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Public meeting to be held in St Ives to hear views on outline planning application

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:37

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on an outline planning application for an urban extension to St. Ives/Carbis Bay which includes shops, offices, restaurant/café, housing, gardens, sports field, village square, parking and roads on land at Gonwin Farm in Carbis Bay.

The public meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 08 July at St Ives School, Higher Tregenna, St Ives, TR26 2BB.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for the Strategic Planning Committee to hear from local people on all sides of the debate and no decision will be taken on the day.

Anyone attending the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Strategic Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The planning application will be considered at a meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee in due course.

Details of the Strategic Planning Committee meetings and agendas are available online.

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register under reference number PA13/09107.

 

Story posted 19 June 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Council prosecutes company for illegally burning waste

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:15

At Truro Magistrates’ Court on 17 June 2014 Joseph Thompson of Block and Estate Management Ltd of Colchester, Essex pleaded guilty to offences under the Clean Air Act 1993.  The company were ordered to pay a £12,000 fine, £7,000 costs and £120 victim surcharge. Mr Thompson, as the Company Director was also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £107.92 costs and £100 victim surcharge. This includes the costs for the fire service having to attend the incidents on what was already a busy night for them.

The prosecution followed an investigation by Cornwall Council Public Health and Protection Officers into large scale burning of commercial waste on 5 November 2013 at St Eval, Wadebridge.

Mr Thompson, the 29 year old sole Director of the company, did not have waste management policies and procedures in place and had failed to train staff and contractors in respect of waste disposal.  The unauthorised burning of the waste was subsequently found to be due to neglect on behalf of the business and the Company Director.

The court heard that officers were called to the scene following complaints by concerned members of the public reporting thick dark smoke enveloping the residential estate.  The investigation found that the dark smoke was as a result of the burning of plastic windows, doorframes and other building waste associated with renovation of the former Ministry of Defence properties.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended to the fire on 3 separate occasions. Witnesses reported that the smoke was so thick and acrid that they had to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed. Some witnesses reported not being able to see anything out of their windows due to the thickness of the smoke. Section 2 of the Clean Air Act 1993 prohibits the emission of dark smoke from any industrial or trade premises.  A person found guilty of the offence is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of £20,000. 

The burning of waste, such as plastic, releases harmful pollutants into the atmosphere including particulates and dioxins, which are a group of highly toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.  Air pollution can have damaging health effects and young children, the elderly and people with existing health problems, such as asthma, bronchitis and heart conditions, are especially vulnerable.

A prosecution was deemed appropriate enforcement action due to the significant scale of the incident and the potential adverse environmental and health effects. 

Rebecca Kirk, Assistant Head of the Public Health and Protection Service, said: “We will not hesitate to take enforcement action where appropriate.  This was a particularly nasty case where the quality of life of local residents was impacted by the actions of an individual who chose to ignore the law and dispose of his waste by illegal burning.  I hope this case serves as a warning to other people who think that burning is an acceptable way of dealing with waste rather than disposing of it correctly.”

Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said “This is an excellent result for public safety and demonstrates the determination of Cornwall Council to take positive action.“

Businesses that produce controlled waste have a duty of care to ensure that the waste is stored securely and safely. The waste should be transferred to a person who is authorised to accept waste, such as a registered waste carrier.  Further information on waste legislation and regulations can be found on the Environment Agency’s website.

Anyone wishing to report an environmental incident can either contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 212 or the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.  

 

Story posted 18 June 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Fire course aims to help improve job prospects of Truro group

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:15

A group of people referred by Truro Job Centre will be celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Works team at a presentation event at Truro Community Fire Station on Friday 20 June.

The course, which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and funded by Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset, aims to provide support and training to increase the employment opportunities of those who take part.

Referred by the local job centre, all participants were given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN level one qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques. The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. Alongside this, the course includes fire and road safety advice, as well as train the trainer and presentation skills.

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Works team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said:  “These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best.”

 

Story posted 18 June 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Flood surgeries for people whose properties were damaged in this winter's storms

Corwall Council News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:46

Clive Gardener from Clive’s Cats, Looe who has applied for a Repair and Renew grant with Edwina Hannaford, the Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning. 

Help is at hand for people whose properties were flooded or damaged in this winter’s storms from Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Cornwall Council.

The partners will be holding surgeries in Penzance on 18 June and in Looe on 23 June to offer advice and guidance on the grant schemes and other help available. In particular Flood Forum and Council Officers will be able to provide advice on how to apply, and complete an application form, for a Repair and Renew Grant. Application forms will be available at both surgeries.

Details of the flood surgeries:

  • Penzance, Wednesday 18 June, 2pm - 7pm, The Queen’s Hotel, the Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG
  • Looe, Monday 23 June, 2pm – 7pm, Millpool Centre, Millpool Car Park, West Looe, PL13 2AF

Householders and businesses flooded in the storms that hit Cornwall between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may be eligible, if they meet Defra criteria, for a Repair and Renew Grant of up to £5,000 to help make their property more flood resistant.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning said “Many coastal communities and businesses were affected by this winter’s storms and we are keen to help as many people as possible to make their premises or home more resistant to future flooding. The surgeries will help provide advice and guidance on applying for help from the Repair and Renew grants. Whilst this grant may not cover all of the costs, it will help to put in place practical measures such as flood doors.”

Roy Taylor, Chairman of Cornwall Community Flood Forum said, “Most of the Forum’s work has been away from the coast and we are pleased to help with these surgeries and pass on our experience around flood recovery. We picked up a lot of knowledge helping householders with the Individual Property Protection schemes in mid-Cornwall and can pass this on to other affected households.”

Story posted 16 June 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Council Leader welcomes Prime Minister's visit to Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:33


View a map showing the estimated costs of the storm and flood damage repairs.

Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard has welcomed a visit (10 February 2014) by Prime Minister David Cameron which, he says, has helped send a clear message that Cornwall remains open for business.

The visit began with a brief tour of Kingsand where the Prime Minister met with some of the local residents who have been clearing up after the storms of the last few weeks.

Mr Cameron then travelled to Newquay Cornwall Airport where Mr Pollard and the Council’s Chief Executive Andrew Kerr provided details of the impact of the storms on communities in Cornwall and outlined the works which are taking place to repair damaged roads, buildings and sea defences.

“Cornwall is one of the areas which has been worst affected by the recent storms and the bill for repairs is rising all the time” said Mr Pollard.  “The latest estimate of the costs of repairing our infrastructure is £21.35m and we emphasised to the Prime Minister the importance of ensuring that Cornwall does not have to fight against other areas of the country for the additional funding it needs”.

“We are also very grateful for the Government’s decision to reduce the threshold for the Bellwin scheme to help large authorities like Cornwall and we have asked Mr Cameron to further extend the time for submitting claims under the scheme to give us enough time to put our bid together. “

Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr said that the visit of the Prime Minister had also provided the opportunity to emphasise the importance of maintaining the air link to Gatwick to the economy of Cornwall.  “The impact of the damage to the rail line highlights the importance of maintaining the Newquay to Gatwick flights” he said. 

“The Prime Minister certainly recognised the impact of the closure of the main rail line on Cornwall and announced that the Department of Transport would be providing a grant enabling us to give a reduction of £5 per person per flight for the next two weeks. The grant, which will begin this Wednesday (12 February 2014), will be available to people travelling on all UK flights out of Newquay during this two week period.”

Cornwall Council staff have been working around the clock over the past few weeks to support local communities which have been damaged by the storms and to carry out repairs to buildings and key infrastructure.

These include : (please note that the figures below are the current estimate of the costs of the repairs as at 10 February 2014) and may change as more detailed information is available on the damage which has occurred in specific areas).  

Portreath Harbour where there has been severe damage to the pier. 

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £51k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £800k

Impact

  • Potential coastal flooding to 40 properties
  • Economic impact on 5 fishing boats

St Ives where two piers have been damaged.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £22k
  • Permanent repairs - current estimated costs £22k

Impact

  • Minor repairs to be implemented within two weeks

Newlyn to Marazion where damage includes a breach of coastal defences at Eastern Green and Long Rock threatening the Paddington/Penzance railway line, residential and commercial property, South West Coastal Path; damage to South Quay, Penzance, threatening the link to the Isles of Scilly and damage also to Penzance promenade, Jubilee Pool, Newlyn Green.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £0.685m
  • Permanent repairs - current estimated costs £5.6m

Impact

  • Major damage to coastal defences threatening the Penzance/Paddington railway line, residential and commercial properties and the South West Coastal Path
  • Interim repairs completed by 31 January 2014.

Porthleven (privately owned harbour) where there has been damage to coastal defences, with up to 40 properties at risk from coastal flooding, a breach of the river defences and significant damage to the fishing fleet.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs to coastal and river defences - current estimated costs £105k
  • Capital repairs to harbour (privately owned) to be estimated

Impact

  • Impact on tourism economy
  • Economic damage to fishing fleet

Newquay Fistral where there has been damage to coastal defences and undermining of the Fistral Surf Centre; the removal of sand led to undermining of the Fistral RNLI training base and damage to the sand dunes led to damage to several accesses to the beach.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £15k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £500k

Impact

  • Potential impact on the multiple businesses in Fistral Surf Centre
  • Concerns over the structural integrity of the RNLI training centre
  • Some access structures - severely damaged

Mullion Harbour - (National Trust  Property) where there has been structural damage to Eastern Breakwater.

Cost of damage

  • Estimate awaited from National Trust

Impact

  • Collapse of breakwater would threaten up to 6 residential properties

Newquay Towan and Harbour where there has been damage to the road access to Blue Reef Aquarium, damage to the Towan Promenade and beach huts and damage to harbour assets and harbour masters office.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £22k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £335k

Impact

  • Risk to service supplies and access to the Aquarium
  • Damage to harbour assets impeding commercial uses

St Mawes  where there has been damage to highway, damage to coastal defences at Summers Beach and damage to privately owned quay.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £108k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £12k
  • Estimates for damage to private pier being prepared

Impact

  • Significant damage to private owned pier and harbour master office

Bude where interim repairs to Bude Canal and coastal defences have now been completed.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £59k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £130k
  • Further damage to be estimated

Calstock where the failure of a highway wall resulted in the collapse of the road.

Cost of damage

  • Initial response - current estimated costs £0.1m
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £0.5m

Impact

  • No vehicular access to 43 properties and 1 business
  • 40 trapped cars retrieved by military

Looe where there has been damage to harbour assets and to the coastal defences at Hannafore.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs  £80k
  • Capital repairs - CC - current estimated costs - £20k
  • Looe Harbour Commissioners are preparing estimates

Impact

  • Need for major scheme to give long term protection from coastal inundation
  • Need for marketing campaign to ensure message that ‘Cornwall is open’

Kingsand / Cawsand where there has been significant damage to coastal defences and residential properties and to the structural integrity of the institute and the clock tower.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £20k
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £585k

Impact

  • Very high national media focus - threat to tourism and the local economy

Seaton where there has been significant damage to beach profile and local businesses and the loss of wall at the rear of the beach.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs - current estimated costs £70
  • Capital repairs - current estimated costs £575k

Impact

  • Requires design and installation of new coastal defences

Story posted 11 February 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Kresen Kernow have your say in shaping the new home for Cornwall's stories

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:33
Photo / interview opportunity

10.30 am on Saturday, 1 March at the former Boots shop in Fore Street, Redruth

Interested in Cornwall’s history, archaeology and culture?  Want to get involved with shaping the future of the service that cares for the millions of records including documents, photographs, books, maps and databases that capture this information?   Then why not have your say on the development of the Kresen Kernow project? 

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, the new centre will house Cornwall Council’s archives and historic collections, and will be built on the old brewery site in Redruth. 

The scheme is due for completion in 2017 and members of the project team are now offering people the opportunity to share their views on the services, events and activities they want to see the project and the building provide.

The formal consultation will begin in Redruth on Friday February 28 and Saturday March 1 when the team will take over the old Boots shop in Fore Street between 10am-3pm as part of the town’s St Piran’s festival. Visitors will be able to recall the sights, sounds and smells of the old brewery as well as hearing more about the project and sharing any thoughts and memories with the team.

There will be further opportunities to get involved later in the year when a project focusing on the history of the brewery site gets underway.   This will provide opportunities for the local community and schools to take part, as well as anyone else with a connection to this historic site.

Following the initial event on 28 February and 1 March, the team will travel to Liskeard on 8 March.  There will then be a further ten consultation roadshows taking place in venues across Cornwall to enable people to learn more about the project, and share ideas and suggestions for the archive centre and its services.  For full details of the events and locations visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/kresenkernow or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kresenkernow.

There will also be a survey on the Council’s website which people can use to give their views. The link to this consultation is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kresenkernow

Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture , said, ‘We want the project to create a vibrant community resource and excellent research facilities so we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think. Your views will help us to make sure we meet the needs of everyone, across Cornwall and beyond, who might want to use it.’

Story posted 20 February 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Kresen Kernow have your say in shaping the new home for Cornwall's stories at events in Liskeard, Looe, St Ives and Newquay

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:22

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, the new centre will house Cornwall Council’s archives and historic collections, and will be built on the old brewery site in Redruth. 

The scheme is due for completion in 2017 and members of the project team are now offering people the opportunity to share their views on the services, events and activities they want to see the project and the building provide.

The consultation will come to

  • Liskeard - Thursday 22 May, at theRIO Unit, Fore Street, 10am to 3pm.
  • Looe - Tuesday 27 May, a mini-roadshow in the Library (combined with a family history advice session, bookable through the library), 10am to 3pm.
  • St Ives - Friday 30 May, a mini-roadshow in the Library (combined with a family history advice session, bookable through the library), 10am to 3pm.
  • Newquay - Tuesday 3 June, a mini-roadshow in the Library (combined with a family history advice session, bookable through the library), 10am to 3pm.
  • Royal Cornwall Show – 05 - 07June. Wadebridge Showground – STAND 374 (near the Food and Farming Section), a stand dedicated to the Kresen Kernow project.

These are the latest in a series of consultation roadshows which have been taking place in venues across Cornwall to enable people to learn more about the project, and share ideas and suggestions for the archive centre and its services.  Full details of the events and locations are on the website where you can also find an online survey to give their views. or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kresenkernow.

Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture said, ‘We want the project to create a vibrant community resource and excellent research facilities so we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think. Your views will help us to make sure we meet the needs of everyone, across Cornwall and beyond, who might want to use it.’

 

Story posted 16 May 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall's park home residents support plans to set up new forum

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:19

People living in park home sites across Cornwall are joining together to set up a new Forum to enable them to work together more closely and share information and best practice.

The suggestion to set up a Park Homes Residents’ Forum was initially discussed at two events staged by Cornwall Council for park home residents at Heartlands and Bodmin last September when more than 150 people from sites across Cornwall met with Cornwall Councillors and officers.

Since then Council officers have been working to further improve links for park home residents.  Recent initiatives include a new ‘resident’s guide’ leaflet and the development of a new webpage on the Council’s website.  Officers have also provided information on changes in legislation and organised a pilot scheme to help improve insulation in a number of homes.

Park home residents at the recent steering group meeting agreed to take forward the idea of setting up a Park Homes Residents’ Forum for Cornwall to enable residents to share information and best practice, network with other park home residents and keep up to date with the current park homes legislation.  Following this meeting officers from the Council’s Localism Team will now be working with the residents to help set up the organisation.  

An annual general meeting will now be held in the Spring when park home residents will be invited to vote and formally establish the forum.

Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said ’The Council is committed to working with park home residents to support them to establish the forum. This is an important step and will help residents to establish stronger links between residents on different parks and also with Cornwall Council and the other partner agencies which provide services or support.’

Any park home resident who is interested in attending the next steering group meeting in March or would like further information about the forum can contact Emma Ball – Community Regeneration Officer E-mail emma.ball@cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 25 February 2014

Categories: Cornwall

People in Cornwall offered last chance to comment on Council's main planning document

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:17

Local people in Cornwall are being offered their last chance to give their views on the Local Plan which will help shape the future of Cornwall for the next 20 years.

The Cornwall Local Plan sets out the Council’s aims and planning policies for new housing, community facilities, essential public services and infrastructure up to 2030.

The Council first consulted people in Cornwall on the Local Plan in Spring last year.  The feedback from this consultation and new evidence was then considered at the meeting of full Council in January this year when Members agreed a number of changes to the original proposals.  Among the key changes is an increase in the number of new houses for Cornwall from 42,250 to 47,500 with associated amendments to the proposed distribution of the new housing.

Members of the public, groups and communities are now being invited to comment on these changes. All comments received in response to this further consultation will be submitted to the Secretary of State and will be considered at a Public Examination.

Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “It is vital to have a Local Plan in place for Cornwall as quickly as possible so that planning decisions can be made locally, putting the decisions back in the hands of local people. 

“While I recognise the concerns which have been expressed over the proposed increase in housing, we need to ensure that our figures are realistic and reflect the proposed increases in population and the number of planning permissions which have already been granted in Cornwall.  This will strengthen the draft Local Plan’s position when it is put forward to the Secretary of State for examination and provide a greater contribution towards meeting housing need.”

“The Plan’s policies also promote important issues such as the local economy, affordable housing, community facilities, renewable energy and other essential infrastructure whilst incorporating measures to enhance Cornwall’s natural and historic assets.”

Consultation on the draft Local Plan will begin on Monday 17 March and end at 5 pm on Monday 28 April.

Members of the public can view the proposed changes and associated documents in Cornwall Council libraries and one stop shops as well as on the Cornwall Local Plan pages of the Cornwall Council website. 

Printed copies of the Cornwall Local Plan – Strategic Policies Proposed Submission Document can be provided on request, at a cost of £20 (including postage and packaging) by contacting the Local Plans Team at the postal/email address below or by phoning 01872 224283.

All representations should be made using the Representation Form which can be downloaded from the Council’s website and returned either by hand to any of the Council’s offices, by post to Cornwall Council  Local Plans Team, Carrick House, St Clement Street, TR1 1EB or by e mail to localplan@cornwall.gov.uk.

Unless significant new issues are raised in this consultation, the Council will then submit the draft Plan (March 2014) and all comments received to the Secretary of State for examination.

“This means that this may be the last chance for members of the public to lodge comments for the examination” said Cornwall’s Head of Planning Phil Mason.  “We are conscious that people put a lot of effort into the last consultation and we are happy to accept comments which were made previously.  However we need people to tell us that this is what they want.

“If, in light of changes to our Plan, people want to amend their comments we are also happy to accept minor amendments and the substantive content of their original representation will remain. People can also resubmit a replacement comment if they want to.”

Story posted 14 March 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Works on St Martin's Road, Looe now set to start

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 17:16

The final phase of works to stabilise St Martin’s Road in Looe will now begin on Monday, 10 March.

The works were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, 3 March but the Council agreed to postpone the start date following a request from some local businesses to delay the works until the Autumn.  With other members of the local community calling for the works to take place as quickly as possible, a drop in session was held in Looe last Friday to enable members of the public to give their views on the two options.  Peter Marsh, the Council’s Director of Environment also gave a presentation on the scheme to last night’s meeting of Looe Town Council.

Having carefully considered the feedback from the consultation and taken into account all the points of view which were expressed, the Council has now decided to proceed with the works as quickly as possible. 

As a result the works, which will include using soil nails to stabilise the slope supporting St Martin’s Road, constructing a facing and parapet at the site of “Veronica”, stabilising the edge of the road next to “Boundary Bungalow” and installing raised kerbs along the edge of the road, will begin on 10 March.  The works will be carried out by CORMAC Solutions Limited and specialist sub-contractors.

The complex nature of the engineering works means that St Martin’s Road will need to be closed during this period to ensure the safety of members of the public and contractors. 

The scheme is due to be completed by the beginning of July, however the Council and its contractor and partners will be taking every step to finish the works ahead of schedule, including continuing to work over the Easter holiday period.

The Council is also finalising a package of measures to support the local residential and business community.  This is still being developed in consultation with local Cornwall Council Members and the Town Council but the main proposals include: 

  • A campaign to promote Looe, Polperro and the surrounding area to visitors
  • Robust traffic management measures, including diversion signage agreed in consultation with local Cornwall Council Members.  The Council is examining the feasibility of introducing a one way system for Shutta Road and Barbican Hill.  If this is not feasible, traffic lights will be installed on Barbican Hill.
  • Concessionary parking around school drop off and collection times
  • Examining the feasibility of introducing a shuttle bus between Sunrising and Barbican into the town centre – this is currently being investigated in partnership with local Cornwall Council Members and the Town Council.
  • Providing information to businesses on the support available to help with businesses rates, and for the impact of winter storms and flooding

The Council is also considering a number of other suggestions which were made at the Town Council meeting and drop-in session. 

Further details will be made available shortly.  Regular updates will be circulated on the progress of the works.

St Martin’s Road will be closed from the site of “Boundary Bungalow” at the top of the road to the junction with Sandplace Road.  Barclay House Hotel will remain fully accessible throughout the whole period and arrangements will be made to ensure access for local residents and to the Woodlands Guest House.  A liaison officer has been appointed by the Council to act as a first point of contact for local residents and businesses during the works.

The Council will be working with partners to ensure that access to and from Looe is made as easy as possible.  From the east and north, access to East and West Looe will be via the A387 – from Trerulefoot, this journey takes less than 20 minutes.  There is also access to businesses along the B3253 to Barclay House - all the destinations along this route can be reached from Trerulefoot in 10-15 minutes.  These include businesses and holiday parks including Looe Bay Holiday Park, Looe Caravan Club campsite, Tregoad Park, together with Barbican Road and the Barratt Homes estate.  The other main route for traffic coming from the west, is the B3359/A387 via Pelynt.  Signs highlighting the access routes to Looe and Polperro will be placed at key locations.

Story posted 4 March 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Teaching practical cooking skills for schools at Rick Stein's

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 16:55

On 21 January, Rick Stein's Padstow Seafood School hosted 'teaching practical cooking skills' training for 12 teachers and school staff.  The course was run by the Food for Life Partnership, and the Padstow Seafood School kindly donated their stunning venue free of charge in support of the work of the programme.    

The Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) works with nearly 5,000 schools across England, helping children, adults and teachers understand the importance of good nutrition and where their food comes from.  It supports cooks and caterers to provide fresh, locally sourced and nutritious meals, which evidence shows has a positive impact on learning. FFLP provides free training, resources and support to Cornish schools, including teacher training events around cooking, growing, farm links and food leadership. Since April 2013, this Soil Association-led partnership has been funded by Public Health, Cornwall Council, to work with schools across the county to transform food culture.  

The session at the Padstow Seafood School was led by Rachel Hunt-Brown, an expert trainer provided to the programme by Food for Life's partner organisation, Focus on Food. The 12 attendees learnt to make healthy recipes they could take back into their settings and share with pupils. They learnt how to teach a progression of practical cooking skills across the age range, for example safe knife skills for even the youngest pupils, how to fit a rewarding cooking session into the time limits of a class lesson, how to re-focus school cooking from sweet baking to healthier savoury options and how to link food and cooking with all aspects of the school curriculum.

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, is keen to promote this programme: “The Food for Life programme is a great scheme to educate those who educate our children.  As the children in our primary and secondary schools gain a greater understanding of healthy food, locally sourced ingredients, and basic cooking techniques, they will be keen to experiment at home, and whole households will find their diets improving. This is a great example of organisations working in partnership to really make a difference!”

Trevor Doughty, Corporate Director Children, Schools and Families, Cornwall Council visited the training day and took part in developing some of the practical skills!   He said: “This training is an excellent example of the work going on across the Council to support the health and wellbeing of children and families through schools and their communities.  It inspires teachers and pupils to grow and cook food and supports whole school approaches to learning and health across the curriculum and the school environment.”

Cindy Marsh, Consultant in Public Health for Cornwall Council said, “The work with schools under the Cornwall Food for Life programme is part of a wider whole systems approach to food, health and wellbeing in Cornwall.  We are working together across the Council with all our partner organisations to improve health, wellbeing in the local population.  Helping children achieve and maintain a healthy diet will have lasting health benefits.

Food for Life training for teachers supports schools to get involved in cooking and growing at a whole school level.  This fits with our Public Health programme for Healthy Schools in Cornwall – the aim is simple: to support schools throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to improve health and wellbeing for pupils, staff, parents and carers in the wider school community.

In the Food and Cornwall project we are also concentrating on the economics around the supply and demand for good nutritious food for families, communities and populations.  A key focus is on food poverty, where many families are struggling in tough economic circumstances.  We want to use this work in the wider Food and Cornwall project to help narrow the gap between those with the best and poorest health outcomes.  We are supporting action across whole communities and life-stages with additional support for those who face the greatest challenges.” 

Tuesday’s event was one of a series of training events being run across Cornwall, all of which have been very positively received by participants, who leave enthused and ready to share what they have learnt with other staff and, most importantly, the children in their care. Even the most experienced cooking teachers remark that they have learnt new skills and a fresh approach that they can implement in their school.

The Food for Life Partnership in Cornwall will also be running three further staff training events in Cornwall in the spring term. These are a 'food growing in schools' day, a 'farm links' day and a Midday Supervisors training day, which supports these vital members of staff in providing a calm and positive dining experience in schools. 

The Food for Life Partnership also supports the national School Food Plan and the implementation of free school meals for infants, to be introduced in September 2014. The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark scheme will ensure quality meals are produced, and caterers can be independently accredited.  It recognises caterers’ commitment to serving freshly prepared meals, using seasonal, local and organic ingredients, which are free from harmful additives and better for animal welfare.

Story posted 27 January 2014

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Help shape the future of St Austell give us your views on the Town Framework

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 16:16

Local residents are being invited to help shape the future of St Austell for the next 20 years by giving their views on the St Austell Town Framework.

The Framework, which sets out options for the town’s economic and housing growth, has been developed by a steering group including councillors from Cornwall Council, St Austell Town Council and neighbouring Parish Councils.

The plans look at where new housing, retail and employment space could be built, as well as how to support the town centre, and improving infrastructure and services including the road network, open spaces and education facilities.

Now members of the public are being asked to give their views on the options during a six week consultation period which runs from Monday, 7 April to Monday,19 May.

A public exhibition highlighting the proposals will visit the following three sites within the town:

  • Friday 25 April from 12 noon to 5pm - Bethel Methodist Church Hall
  • Saturday 26 April from 9.30am to 2.30pm - White River Place (opposite the Eden Cafe)
  • Monday 28 April from 10am to 2pm at St Austell Library.

Council officers will be on hand at each venue to answer questions about the St Austell Town Framework.

Councillor Tom French, who chairs the steering group, said “I am very grateful for all the contributions made by Cornwall Council officers and members of the Steering committee to this draft document over the past two years.

“The options set out in this document have been developed with the aim of enabling choices to be made about the future of St Austell. Once we have received your views the document will be revised and a second draft will again be open to public consultation.

“We now need your input so please let us know what you think” .

Local people can take part in the consultation by completing comment forms at the exhibition.  Anyone unable to attend the exhibition can give their views in writing or online up to Monday 19 May. 

Details of the consultation will be available on the Council’s website  and at St Austell Library and One Stop Shop from Monday 7 April. Consultation boards will also be available to view at the library from 28 April to 9 May.

 

Story posted 28 March 2014

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Flood surgeries for people whose properties were damaged in this winter’s storms

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:48

Clive Gardener from Clive’s Cats, Looe who has applied for a Repair and Renew grant with Edwina Hannaford, the Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning. 

Help is at hand for people whose properties were flooded or damaged in this winter’s storms from Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Cornwall Council.

The partners will be holding surgeries in Penzance on 18 June and in Looe on 23 June to offer advice and guidance on the grant schemes and other help available. In particular Flood Forum and Council Officers will be able to provide advice on how to apply, and complete an application form, for a Repair and Renew Grant. Application forms will be available at both surgeries.

Details of the flood surgeries:

  • Penzance, Wednesday 18 June, 2pm - 7pm, The Queen’s Hotel, the Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG
  • Looe, Monday 23 June, 2pm – 7pm, Millpool Centre, Millpool Car Park, West Looe, PL13 2AF

Householders and businesses flooded in the storms that hit Cornwall between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may be eligible, if they meet Defra criteria, for a Repair and Renew Grant of up to £5,000 to help make their property more flood resistant.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning said “Many coastal communities and businesses were affected by this winter’s storms and we are keen to help as many people as possible to make their premises or home more resistant to future flooding. The surgeries will help provide advice and guidance on applying for help from the Repair and Renew grants. Whilst this grant may not cover all of the costs, it will help to put in place practical measures such as flood doors.”

Roy Taylor, Chairman of Cornwall Community Flood Forum said, “Most of the Forum’s work has been away from the coast and we are pleased to help with these surgeries and pass on our experience around flood recovery. We picked up a lot of knowledge helping householders with the Individual Property Protection schemes in mid-Cornwall and can pass this on to other affected households.”

Story posted 16 June 2014

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PCH Dental and Cornwall Council launch new joint oral health venture

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:47

PCH Dental, a subsidiary of Peninsula Community Health, will be expanding its successful Oral Health Programme to 130 additional families in a new joint venture with Cornwall Council.

With an estimated 99% of cases of teeth extraction being considered as preventable due to poor diet and dental hygiene, PCH Dental launched its Oral Health Programme at St Meriodoc Infants Academy in Camborne in April.

Dental Therapists from PCH Dental worked with St Meriodoc to give oral health education to children, start a supervised ‘tooth-brushing club’ for nursery children and apply fluoride varnish to the teeth of children in the reception classes.  The children were provided with tooth-brushes and materials and nursery staff were trained to provide support for children and their families, with dedicated support provided by PCH Dental when needed. The programme has engaged with around 100 children during its three- month trial.

The new joint programme will deliver sessions in 10 locations across Cornwall that give support, advice and information on how to look after oral health to local young families. Teams from PCH Dental and the Council will work with young parents groups with fun activities to help parents and children keep their teeth and gums healthy.

This month is the British Dental Health Foundation’s National Smile Month.

Most people know how important it is for them and their children to brush their teeth and below are some common questions regarding how to keep that smile happy and healthy:

Q. At what age should my child start brushing their teeth?
A. as soon as the first tooth appears it is time to start brushing teeth. This can be anytime from six months old.

Q. How often should children brush their teeth?
A. Teeth should be brushed twice a day. Two minutes is the recommended length of time for brushing.

Q. How else can teeth and gums be kept healthy?
A. Cutting down amount of sugary food and drink consumed can make a big difference to oral health.

Q. Is it necessary for my child to visit the dentist routinely?
A. It helps to take very young children to the dentist whenever parents visit for a check-up. This helps them to get used to the environment and to build up their confidence. They should then be registered at their local dentist and receive regular check-ups so that any problems can be detected early and to avoid the need for extensive treatment.

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, will be working with PCH Dental on establishing the oral health programme to a wider audience.” I look forward to working in partnership with PCH and Public Health to deliver this programme highlighting the importance of good dental care from an early age.” he said. “Highlighting the importance of keeping teeth and gums healthy at an early age will not only help reduce the need for teeth extraction as a result of decay in children, but also into adulthood.”

General Manager of PCH Dental, Paul Critchley has also welcomed the new programme.  “We’re really pleased to be working with Cornwall Council on the Oral Health Programme” he said.  “PCH Dental is dedicated to providing oral health support and care to the whole of Cornwall, including families in hard to reach places.”

PCH Dental delivers community dental services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in 13 locations. 

 

Story posted 16 June 2014

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Voters to go to the polls for the Illogan by election

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:11

Voters in the Illogan electoral division will go to the polls on Thursday, 10 July to elect a new Cornwall Councillor.

The seven candidates nominated for the election are:

  • Trevor Chalker, Kew Noweth, Camborne (Labour Party)
  • Adam Desmonde, Daniell Gardens, Truro (The Conservative Party Candidate)
  • David Ekinsmyth, Tehidy Park, Camborne (Liberal Democrat) 
  • Paul Holmes, Beacon, Camborne (Liberal Party in Cornwall)
  • Jacqueline Merrick, Brea, Camborne (Green Party)
  • Clive Polkinghorne, Hayle (UK Independence Party UKIP)
  • Stephen Richardson, Illogan, Redruth (Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall) 

More details are available on the Council's webpages.

Members of the public have until midnight on Tuesday, 24 June to register to vote in the by election.

 

Story posted 16 June 2014

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If you see something, say something - campaign urges people in Cornwall to speak out to prevent the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:07

Everyone in Cornwall needs to speak out if they see vulnerable adults being abused and neglected.

This is the message to members of the public and staff in public agencies from organisations involved with safeguarding vulnerable adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a new campaign which is being staged next week to coincide with World Elder Abuse Day on 15 June and Learning Disability Awareness Week.

Last year Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Peninsula Community Health and the independent and voluntary sector urged members of the public and staff in public agencies to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  This followed the launch of the successful 2012 multi agency  “If you see something, say something” campaign.

This year the focus is on preventing abuse and neglect.

Last year there were more than 1000 new safeguarding adult referrals in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Of these referrals, 200 related to people with learning disabilities, 100 related to people with mental health issues and 250 were for people over 85 years old.  This includes allegations of physical abuse (30%), emotional abuse (26%), neglect (25%), financial abuse (11%) and sexual abuse (6%). 

“Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence, fear and abuse” said Jim McKenna, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care.  “Agencies in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are working hard to prevent vulnerable adults from being abused and neglected and we need the public to join with us to help achieve our aim”.

A key theme of this year’s campaign is raising awareness of the support which is being provided to improve the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities in Cornwall.  A report published last year* found that people with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death than those in the general population. 

Researchers found that men with learning disabilities died, on average, 13 years sooner than men in the general population, while women with learning disabilities died, on average, 20 years sooner than women in the general population.  Overall, 22 per cent of the people with learning disabilities were under the age of 50 when they died, compared with just nine per cent of people in the general population.

‘While it is vital to protect people when abuse occurs we also need to work together to prevent abuse and neglect from happening in the first place” said Rob Cooper, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board.  “The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of the issue among members of the public.  We need people to look out for their relatives, friends and neighbours  and report anything which gives them cause for concern”.

There are a number of successful projects and initiatives already taking place in Cornwall which are helping to raise awareness of the needs of vulnerable adults.

These include the Time4Change project which employs people with a learning disability to act as trainers and deliver training and awareness raising activities across Cornwall to lots of different people and lots of different organisations. 

Mark Lindsey-Hall, one of the Time4Change trainers, says "I felt it was important to be involved in the Time4Change programme after I was subjected to abuse whilst walking in town. Think of someone who is not a `freak` and is very hard working.  People with a disability have rights to go into to towns and to walk anywhere they choose. My view is that friends of mine have information on who to contact for safeguarding issues. I do this to show people that they have rights in towns or city centres."

Other positive initiatives include the three Acute Liaison Nurses who work at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.   These staff support patients with learning disabilities and their families throughout their hospital experience.  

Recent real life examples of how they have helped patients’ at the RCHT over the last twelve months include a patient with autism who refused to take off his hat and socks to go to the operating theatre.  After spending time with the patient it was clear that he was not going to remove this clothing as they made him feel safe at a vulnerable time.  The Acute Liaison Nurse supported the theatre staff to make reasonable adjustments to allow the patient to keep his clothes until he was asleep.

In another case the Acute Liaison Nurse arranged for a patient living in a supported living environment who did not want to attend hospital because of past negative experiences to make a series of desensitisation visits to help reduce his anxiety by enabling him to become more familiar with the equipment and staff before his appointment.  These type of interventions help to ensure that people with learning disabilities or autism to receive vital medical treatment.

The week long campaign will include posters at council buildings, hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries and one stop shops, schools and police stations.  There will also be an opportunity to watch the ‘say no to abuse’ DVD on the websites of the Council and health partners.

 

Story posted 16 June 2014

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Have you signed up for this year's Cornwall in Bloom?

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 18:14

Residents are being encouraged to get into the green-fingered spirit by joining forces to improve their neighbourhood for this year’s Cornwall in Bloom competition.

The annual competition encourages resident led community groups who enjoy improving the area where they live, to give gardens and open spaces a makeover.

There are 4 categories so if you and your neighbours want to tackle local litter, or if you are part of a larger group who wish to smarten up your town or village, there is a category for you. 

  • Public Parks, Gardens & Green Spaces: - cemeteries and Churchyards, library and community gardens, recreation grounds, playing fields, play sites, nature trails, public footways, car parks
  • Floral Displays: - hanging baskets, flower beds, shops, hotels and pubs, town centre displays, community centres, villages halls, schools, libraries
  • Environmental projects: - wildlife and nature reserves, rivers, ponds and waterways, conservation and wildlife projects, meadows, sustainable gardening, allotments/ landshare, community orchards, woodlands, eco-initiatives
  • Transforming Spaces: - giving public areas a facelift, management of vacant premises, plots and common and industrial areas, housing estates and residential areas.

There are three £250 awards for each category with the money to be used towards their Cornwall in Bloom project.

  • Sprouting: - Your group has been set up your project is moving in the right direction towards your goals.
  • Budding: - You are well on your way and have made a real difference to your environment. 
  • Full Bloom: - Your project is a real success and you will be eligible to enter the “It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Scheme” or the South West in Bloom competitions the following year

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment, Heritage and Planning said: “In most people’s minds, the words ‘In Bloom’ conjure up images of flowers, but Cornwall in Bloom is so much more than that.  Whilst flowers can play a part, more importantly Cornwall in Bloom provides a great opportunity for communities to work together to improve neighbourhoods.”  She adds: “The event’s success over the last few years is testament to the dedication of those volunteers who make our villages and towns so inviting.”

With judging due to take place in July and August, groups are being encouraged to register now before the deadline of Monday 23 June 2014.

For further information please contact:

Jackie Mace: jackie.mace@cormacltd.co.uk or

Richard Budge:  info@truro.gov.uk

Cornwall in Bloom is sponsored by CORMAC Solutions Ltd., South West in Bloom, Truro City Council, St Austell Printing Company, Duchy of Cornwall and Clean Cornwall.

 

Story posted 12 June 2014

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Growing support for Stand up for Cornwall campaign

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 18:14

Support for Cornwall to be given greater control over the spending of the next round of European funding is growing fast with more and more businesses backing the campaign to #standupforcornwall

Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and partners and stakeholders have joined forces to lobby the Government to allow Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to retain the power to decide how the European funding allocated to the region should be spent over the next six years.

The Government is currently considering a proposal to set up a new national programme which would take away Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s (C&IoS) ability to make these vital decisions, jeopardising the creation of new jobs and growth and creating additional challenges in delivering economic development. Instead partners are calling for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to retain its Operational Programme (OP) which sets out the strategy, governance and delivery mechanisms for the 2014-2020 European Programme.

Earlier this week a letter signed by the leaders of all political groups on the Council was sent to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg expressing concern over the creation of a middle-man between Cornwall and Europe and today Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture was in London where he asked Lord Heseltine and Government Minister Greg Clark for their support.  He also met with Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, to ensure the LGA’s continued support.

A number of leading businesses have added their voices to the campaign, with James Staughton, the Managing Director of St Austell Brewery the latest to express his support.  Other businesses and organisations which have already signed up include the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, Imerys, Cornwall Manufacturers Group, Cornwall Marine Network Limited and CoaST. 

“The Council is committed to designing and delivering the best possible EU programme to create jobs and improve the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The best way to do that is by empowering local businesses and communities to make investment decisions and shape their own future” said Julian German.  “We have been making the case for greater devolution of the 2014-20 EU programme for some time and believe a more local approach will lead to greater investment in the region and create more jobs.  It’s a win-win for Cornwall.”

“We have successfully delivered two EU investment programmes over the last fourteen years which have, so far, created 24,707 jobs   It would be a huge backward step if we were to lose our Operational Programme after fourteen years at a time when government policy is for more devolution to regions.  We will continue to work with both UK government and the European Commission to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.“

 

Story posted 12 June 2014   

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New laws give those buying from home better protection including 14 days to change their mind

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:02

New EU laws which become effective in the UK tomorrow (Friday 13 June 2014) are increasing the protection you have when you buy goods and services from home.

If you agree a contract in your own home which is worth more than £42, whether by internet, post or phone, a trader now has to give you 14 days in which to change your mind. They also have to give you a whole list of information before you agree the contract, and a notice to cancel.

If they don’t give all of this to you they commit a criminal offence AND your cancellation period is extended.

Allan Hampshire, Cornwall Council Head of Public Health and Protection said:  “This is an encouraging step forward and offers a greater level of protection to consumers. We would still advise anyone deciding to buy goods or services at home to be extra vigilant and make sure they get at least three quotes for the work before agreeing to anything.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Whilst this is very good news for consumers, I would still urge people to be cautious when completing a purchase at home and not to feel pressurised into making a hasty decision which they may later regret.”

You can find local reliable tradesmen at the buy with confidence website and don’t forget you can call Cornwall Trading Standards for advice on 08454 040506. 

Story posted 12 June 2014

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Fire course aims to help improve job prospects of Penzance group

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:49

A group of people referred by Penzance Job Centre will be celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Works team at a presentation event at Penzance Community Fire Station on Friday 13 June.

The course, which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and funded by Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset, aims to provide support and training to increase the employment opportunities of those who take part.

Referred by the local job centre, all participants were given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN level one qualification in Improving Own Learning and Performance together with the HeartStart accreditation in emergency life support techniques. The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. Alongside this, the course includes fire and road safety advice, as well as train the trainer and presentation skills.

Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Works team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said:  “These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best.”

 

Story posted 11 June 2014

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