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Cornish farming brothers fined £6,000 for TB fraud and breaching animal identification regulations

Corwall Council News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:31

Two farming brothers from Gweek have been fined £6, 000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000 for offences relating to TB fraud and breaching cattle identification regulations designed to prevent the spread of disease.

The hearing at Truro Crown Court marks the end of a lengthy investigation by Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection Animal Health team supported by the local Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency into an allegation that Thomas James and Paul Anthony Collins, of Trenoweth Farm, Gweek had submitted a cow for compensatory slaughter under the TB reactor removal programme which had its DNA tag cut out.

All cattle born in the UK after January 1998 are required to have ear tags applied to them in both ears, which are printed with a unique identification number to help control the spread of disease such as TB and BSE.  Under new rules introduced by DEFRA following cases of cattle identity fraud relating to TB reactors, a vet who identifies an animal infected by TB inserts a DNA tag into the ear. This tag removes a small piece of flesh which can then be used as a reference sample at a later date if fraud is suspected.

After an investigation found that an unusual number of animals at the farm had replacement tags ordered for them over the previous 18 months, DNA tests showed that the DNA of some cattle did not match that of their mother’s as stated on their cattle passports.  A further 24 cattle were found with no ear tags and, therefore, no way of establishing their identity. Sheep carcases were also found on the farm which had not been correctly disposed of, presenting a disease risk to the live animals on the farm.

Although the brothers initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, they changed their pleas part way during the trial.

Thomas James Collins pleaded guilty to the re-use of an ear-tag number on a cow to which it was not originally assigned, failure to ear-tag 24 calves and failure to dispose of 2 sheep carcasses

Paul Anthony Collins pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining TB compensation from AHVLA/DEFRA, to the re-use of an ear-tag number on a cow to which it was not originally assigned, and for the failure to ear-tag 24 calves.

Paul Anthony Collins was fined £3000 for the fraud, and £500 for each regulatory offence, and Thomas Collins was fined £750 for each ear tag offence and £500 for the carcasses.  Paul Collins was ordered to pay £4000 in costs and his brother £3000 in costs.  The brothers were given 12 months to pay these costs and fines in full. 

Sentencing the brothers Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC singled out Paul Collins for his "breach of trust" and his deliberate plan to retag the injured cow as a reactor and criticised his "terrible mistake" defence.  He also challenged Thomas Collins over his "old fashioned views, anger, contempt and distain for vets and inspectors"  and said the officers were not picking on him but trying to enforce rules that exist for public confidence in agriculture.

Welcoming the sentencing Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said “The Council’s Public Health & Protection Team are here to do just that – protect public health – this includes not only the food chain but also the public purse.

“It is vitally important to maintain public confidence in the farming industry in Cornwall and we will work hard to achieve and improve this. That means we will always take appropriate and targeted action where obvious breaches of the law are occurring. It is expensive to bring cases to the Crown Court but the costs of not dealing with TB are far greater nationally, locally and personally to many Cornish farmers.  We must do all we can to halt the spread of this devastating disease and illegal retention of reactor cattle on farm will not be tolerated.”

Story posted 26 June 2014

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Cornwall launches new film to get young people talking about safe sex

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:20

Sex may be a hot topic for young people, but discussing safe sex isn’t always high on the agenda. A new film starring comedian Kernow King has been produced in Cornwall to encourage conversations between young people aged over 15, and Relationships and Sexual Health Education (RSE) teachers.

The film, which was launched at Cornwall College Camborne’s Union Building on 25 June, uses humour to get young people talking and provides important sexual health information in a humorous way.

Produced by Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service, RCHT’s Sexual Health Services and Cornwall College, in partnership with Cornish film company Motion Film, the 20-minute film is part of a new sexual health interactive resource – the first of its kind to be produced in England – which will be used in schools and further education colleges across Cornwall.

‘The Motion Farm and I were delighted to be able to make this light-hearted film, with a serious message,’ said the film’s leading man Ed Rowe, AKA Kernow King. ‘We didn't want to scare young people about sexual health, but look to bring it to the forefront of their thoughts when the time is right. It's also important for people to know that there is plenty of support available to them if they need it, and it's not terrifying!’

Cornwall’s Director of Public Health, Felicity Owen, said the film had been produced in direct response to calls from young people for more information about sexual health. ‘When they were asked for their views on sex education and support services, it became clear that there was very little Relationships and Sexual Education available to them,’ she said.

‘They had fears and barriers to accessing what they saw as painful and intrusive sexual health testing services and wanted a current, informative and fun approach to RSE. The film has been developed by sexual health experts, FE tutors and young people in response to this request.’

Welcoming the development of the new interactive resource Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added, ‘This new resource will make a real difference to our young people. Not only will it help them to be healthier, it will also encourage them to have the kind of conversations that really matter.’

As well as leading man Kernow King, the film also features students from Cornwall College, with a professional actress playing the love interest. Nat Mitchell, Student Liaison Officer and Marketing Coordinator from Cornwall College, said, ‘It has been a great pleasure to work with the Health Promotion Service, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, and Kernow King to produce a fit-for-purpose, connected and fun sexual health resource for the young people of Cornwall. Our students were a credit to themselves and worked professionally with the production crew.’

Some of the filming took place at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Sexual Health Hub. ‘This was a great opportunity for us at the Hub to provide young people with important, relevant information about sexual health in a fun way and dispel any myths or concerns they may have about attending our clinics,’ said Kathryn Eccleston, Interim Lead for Sexual Health.

‘The Hub at Truro is open to everyone. We have drop-in sessions during the week where people can just come in or appointments are available. It is a confidential service and we are able to send results by text message. For those who can’t get to the Truro centre, we also hold clinics in community hospitals around the county. There is no charge for the tests, treatments or condoms, so you don’t need to take any chances just because you’ve spent all your money on iTunes!’

For more information on when and where services are available, call 01872 255044 or visit the SHAC website.

In Cornwall, the message is getting through, with the latest figures showing cases of Chlamydia for 15–24-year-olds falling 15 per cent last year. Cornwall’s average rate of teenage pregnancy (under 18) fell from 30.6 per 1,000 women in March 2012 to 26.2 per 1,000 women in March 2013.

Grace Charles, Student Liaison Officer from Cornwall College, has already used the new resource to discuss the importance of relationships, respect, individual choice and self-esteem with students. ‘The resource is a fantastic ice-breaker, relieving students from feeling that they can’t talk about safe sex,’ she said. ‘No more embarrassment, instead it enables students to confidently engage in open, non-judgemental discussion with their peers and professionals.’ 

Schools, colleges and youth organisations across Cornwall will start using the resource over the coming year. For more information, or to obtain a copy for use with youth groups, contact Emma Gardner, Health Promotion Service, on 01209 313419.

 

Story posted 26 June 2014

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Council welcomes funding for disadvantaged three and four year olds

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:12

News that Cornwall has been awarded £342,734 to help disadvantaged three and four year olds has been welcomed by Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People.

The funding is part of the Government’s Early Years Pupil Premium which is designed to help prevent children from low income families from falling behind before they start school.   Nurseries will have freedom to decide how to use the money to help three and four year olds learn and develop, for example more qualified staff or specialists in activities like speech and language to give an extra focus on basic skills.

“This is good news for Cornwall” said Andrew Wallis.  “Every child deserves the right to fulfil their potential and this funding will enable us to support three and four year olds by  building on the support we already provide, through helping eligible two year olds receive their free nursery education funding, until they then receive additional support at school”.

“Although the pupil premium amount is only likely to consist of a top up amount of 53 pence per hour, we are already committed to supporting vulnerable groups through our new integrated Early Years Strategy. This new initiative will, however, help us to identify the children who will benefit from targeted support in their early years setting and through membership of their local children centre. This will, in turn, support the work we are doing to improve standards in schools by enabling teachers to prepare children for the transition to reception class well in advance”.

For further information about early years nursery provision for two year olds and children centre membership, please contact the Family Information Service  on 0800 5878191.

Story posted 26 June 2014

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Works progressing well on the Newlyn Green and Bolitho Gardens sea wall

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:09

Works are progressing well with the project, the foundation for the Newlyn Green sea wall is all but complete and works are taking place on the construction of the main wall. Construction of a new concrete wall at the Bolitho Gardens section is well underway and granite from the old masonry wall will be salvaged and used to face the new wall at Newlyn Green.

Very poor ground conditions at Newlyn Green has meant that deeper excavations have been required to found the wall on solid material.  This has caused some delays with over 300m3 of concrete being placed in a new foundation however CORMAC expect to recover any lost time over the next two weeks. The project has challenging completions dates and every effort is being made to maintain the programme in readiness for the summer events.

These deep excavations and general construction activity throughout the site has led to the erection of some additional security fencing.  This protects those using the local area, particularly children in the play park, from the dangers of the work site and its extent will be regularly reviewed as work progresses. Concrete lorries will be crossing the ‘Green’ on a daily basis for the next eight weeks and plant vehicles will also be accessing the promenade end by the disabled parking bays. Residents and visitors are urged to use their common sense when using the area.

Ian Newby, CORMAC Senior Project Manager said: “We are delighted that local residents and stakeholders have engaged with us to bring both of these construction phases to this stage. We are maximising the good weather which has helped progress and we hope it continues’’.

Jim McKenna and Roger Harding, the two local Cornwall Councillors, have been closely involved in the project and said “We are very pleased at the rate of progress and the way in which CORMAC are managing the works, particularly how local feedback has been taken into account in the planning and delivery of the project.  A regular “drop in” meeting is held at Tolcarne Motors every Friday at noon and any local residents are welcome to attend to discuss any aspect of the work”. 

Story posted 25 June 2014

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Public and businesses invited to help shape the way Cornwall deals with flooding

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:03

Communities, business and members of the public are being invited to help shape the way Cornwall deals with the problem of flooding in the future.

As part of its role as a lead Local Flood Authority the Council is required to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to improve Cornwall’s preparedness and resilience in the event of flooding and manage the risks involved.

The draft strategy has been published and members of the public have until 31 July 2014 to give their views on the proposals.

“Flooding is a real risk faced by residents and businesses across Cornwall” said Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning.  “While it is not possible to prevent all flooding, residents, businesses and the relevant authorities can work together as a community to try and reduce the risk and minimise the potential damage that flooding can cause.“

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy provides an overview of the flood risk issues in Cornwall and the potential sources of flooding.  The strategy sets how the Council and partner authorities propose to work together to manage local flood risk from a variety of sources including surface water, groundwater, sewers, rivers, coastal and tidal flooding.  It considers the pressures that are likely to influence future flood risk in Cornwall and sets out a series of themes to help manage these risks.

“Following last winter’s storms, flooding is very much at the forefront of people’s minds” said Edwina Hannaford.  “We have been working on our flood strategy for some time and now, more than ever, it’s important that we address the issues but also recognise the limitations and constraints.”

“We are keen to hear the views of businesses, community groups and residents, and to work with them to minimise the risks and damage caused by flooding.  By publishing this local strategy we hope to provide a greater awareness of the issues and to be transparent and open in our approach to interpreting national strategy at an appropriate local level.”

The draft strategy and supporting documents is availalble online or you can view a hard copy at New County Hall Reception in Truro or at libraries throughout Cornwall.

 

Story posted 25 June 2014

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Food safety event to help businesses improve standards

Corwall Council News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:47

Held during National Food Safety Week (16 – 20 June 2014), Cornwall Council’s Food & Safety Team organised a training course at Duchy College for 22 food handlers who wanted to help their food businesses improve their hygiene practices and therefore their score under the National Food Hygiene Rating System (NFHRS).

The event on 16 June was designed to engage and support local food businesses with both legal and best practice concerning food safety procedures. Advice and training was given to 22 food handlers from Cornwall based businesses where improvements had been identified as being required. The training included practical demonstrations on cleaning, hand washing technique, kitchen hazard spotting and avoiding cross-contamination. Current guidance on the importance of gas and electrical safety in commercial kitchens was also covered.

John Dickinson from the Council’s Food and Safety Team said:  “We want to help businesses and give them advice and practical guidance so that they can potentially improve their hygiene practices and as a result potentially their score under the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Feedback from those attending the event was very positive and the potential for further such events across the County is being considered.”

More and more members of the public are becoming familiar with the NFHRS and it is possible to access both national and local ratings via the Food Standards Agency website and phone apps when considering where to eat out. 

Story posted 25 June 2014

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Voters go to the polls for the Mabe, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias by election

Corwall Council News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:36

Voters in the Mabe, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias electoral division will go to the polls on Thursday, 17 July to elect a new Cornwall Councillor.

The five candidates nominated for the election are:

  • John Anthony Ault, Penryn (Liberal Democrats)  
  • Linda Margaret Hitchcox, Mawnan Smith (Labour Party)
  • Karen Sumser-Lupson, Mitchell, Newquay (Mebyon Kernow – The Party For Cornwall)
  • Pete Tisdale, Longdowns (UK Independence Party UKIP)
  • Peter Williams, Perranarworthal (The Conservative Party Candidate)

Please contact Electoral Services on 01209 614373 for further information.

Story posted 24 June 2014

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St Austell resident delivers a personal thank you to fire control personnel

Corwall Council News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:41

Grateful St Austell resident Ann-Marie Morey surprised Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service control room operatives when she popped into Truro Community Fire Station on Friday (20 June) to thank them in person for the calm way they gave advice and reassurance to her and fellow residents when fire swept through their block of flats.

When the call came in at 19.24 on 30 May that there was the possibility that a fire had broken out at Park House Flats, Bridge Road, St Austell, three major appliances and an aerial ladder appliance were immediately mobilised and sent to the scene. 

Fire Control Watch Manager Sharen Thomas takes up the story: “Repeat calls were coming into Fire Control thick and fast and on hearing that smoke was issuing from the building, I immediately mobilised two further major appliances from Mevagissey and Fowey; Landrover 4-wheel Drive Pumps from St Dennis and Mevagissey and a further aerial appliance from Newquay.

On call firefighter Jordan Mitsoullis who had responded to attend Truro Community Fire Station was set to work in the Control Room to assist with the mobilisation and to take calls.

Still repeat calls were being received, many from residents of the flats some of whom were understandably extremely frightened and upset.

Firefighter Louise Rockett was talking to a couple who live on the 9th floor of the block of flats who needed advice and support as the drama unfolded.  Firefighter Rockett kept calm and gave that support whilst feeding information back to myself as and when she gleaned it. Firefighter Rockett spoke to the couple for a total of 48 minutes and was instrumental in keeping them calm and informed.  She has only worked in Fire Control for a few months which made her handling of the situation even more admirable.

Crew Manager Jenna Gendall spoke to a resident who was on another floor, passed crucial information to me to give to the crews on the ground and gave fire safety advice to the individuals caught up in the drama.”

Ann- Marie Morey who visited fire control to present fire personnel with some flowers and a thank you card said: “I really wanted to come in and say thank you in person.  I don’t think I would have got through the experience without the help of Louise.  I was literally frightened for my life but the fire service were so professional and were wonderful.” 

Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Gover, Sandra Heyward who was on the scene and supporting the work at the rest centre, which had been set up to offer support and refreshments to those affected by the incident, said: “The way that our fire service responded to and dealt with what could have been a tragic incident was fantastic.  Hearing about how the fire control staff contributed to helping the residents in what was such a traumatic situation, has been wonderful.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said:  “I am, as always, extremely proud of our firefighters both those who attended the incident and fire control personnel who did so much to keep people calm and informed.  They gathered valuable intelligence which they promptly passed on to the crews at the scene to help them tackle the blaze.”

Watch Manager Thomas said:  “I, as officer-in-charge that evening, was extremely proud of my watch and how they coped in very arduous circumstances – the professionalism and team work shown was, in my opinion, second to none with a positive outcome for all concerned.”

Story posted 23 June 2014

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Three arrested as Police swoop on doorstep con-men

Corwall Council News - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:59

Three men were arrested in St Ives last week as Police and Cornwall Trading Standards stepped up their battle against bogus builders and doorstep fraudsters. Concerned neighbours called the Police when they spotted the three men working at the home of elderly sisters.

The men were interviewed at Camborne Police Station after it became clear that they had cold-called at the home of the victims and persuaded them to have work done.

Nigel Strick from Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team said; “The actions of the neighbours may well have saved these ladies from becoming victims of serious and repeated fraud. But this incident shows how convincing these rogue traders can be and how easy it is to fall victim to their deceptions and over-charging.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Homes and Communities warned; “These doorstep frauds often target the elderly and vulnerable. They are despicable acts committed against those trying to enjoy an independent life in their own homes. I applaud the intervention by such caring neighbours and would urge everyone to refuse to deal with anyone who turns up at the door without a prior appointment.”

The three men were bailed and banned from returning to Devon and Cornwall while the investigation continues.

Anyone concerned about doorstep traders should contact Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191.

 

Story posted 23 June 2014

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Warning as telephone scam targets a woman in Camborne

Corwall Council News - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:38

Devon and Cornwall Police and Trading Standards in Cornwall are warning the public to be on their guard against the latest telephone scam after a woman in Camborne paid £69.99, supposedly for a call-blocking service.

It appears that the fraudsters made a spate of nuisance phone calls to the victim, often pretending to be from the Fraud Office, requesting the withdrawal of sums of money from her bank account. After a while, another caller offered a facility to stop the nuisance calls for a payment of £69.99. The victim gave out her card details and agreed to the service.

But enquiries now suggest that the company is bogus and that other people may have been targeted in the Falmouth area.

Julia Grove from Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team warns:  “It is never safe to deal with any cold callers, whether at the front door or over the phone, no matter how convincing they seem. There are genuine ways to protect yourself from nuisance phone calls and advice and assistance is available to anyone who feels that they or an elderly relative are being targeted.”

Anyone who has had similar dealings with a business offering a call-blocking service is asked to contact Cornwall Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191.

 

Story posted 19 June 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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