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Park Home residents’ forum up and running to offer support

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:52

A recent meeting held in St. Erme Community Centre saw the creation of a new resident led forum set up to support people living in Park Homes in Cornwall. The group held its inaugural meeting and AGM where it was unanimously agreed that the forum should be established, and a committee of park home residents was voted in to take the forum forward.

“I am so pleased that those who attended showed their strong support to setting this forum up” said Derek Cordier, Chair of the Forum, “I feel we have a strong committee of dedicated people who all live in park homes and who will be able to work well together to get the forum established and offer support to other residents in Cornwall.” 

A constitution for the forum was also agreed at the meeting which sets out its objectives which include:

  • representing the interest of park home residents in Cornwall and informing them of their rights
  • building relationships and improving communication with Cornwall Council and other organisations
  • to engage, communicate and distribute information to park home residents in Cornwall Council
  • to support new and existing qualifying resident associations.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Ward Member for Newquay Central and Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities at Cornwall Council said “Setting up this independent forum is a really positive and important step and we are committed to continue to develop our understanding of the needs of people living in Park Homes”

The first committee meeting has already taken place and the members are in the process of writing to all park home residents in Cornwall to make them aware of the forum and ask them to become members. With support from Cornwall Council, they will also be applying for funding to help the group carry out its objectives.

“Cornwall Council’s Localism team and other services will continue to support the forum and all park home residents in Cornwall” said Mark O’Brien, Cornwall Council’s Community Network Manager leading on this piece of work, “and we want to ensure that all park home residents are aware of the benefits of becoming part of the forum where important support, information and advice will be made available to them.”

Dianne Eade, Secretary of the Forum added “If you are a park home resident please look out for our welcome letter which will be coming out to you shortly. If you would like to find out anything more about the forum or are able to help by offering to post copies of letters into your neighbours letterboxes, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.”

The forum can be contacted via d.eade.cornwallparkhomesforum@gmail.com

 

Story posted 15 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall to apply for grading under Gold Standard Framework for housing advice services

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:19

After achieving a score of 72% in a peer review with colleagues from Devon, Cornwall Housing can now apply for grading under the Government’s ‘Gold Standard’ framework to assess and improve the quality of its housing options and advice services.

The ‘Gold Standard’ national improvement programme, launched last year to help local authorities improve their housing options and advice services to prevent homelessness, has attracted a high take up nationally with 97% of local authorities on board but only around 50 Authorities having completed the peer review stage.

Local authorities must score at least 60% via a peer review, a rigorous off and on-site assessment of a range of services on offer, to be able to go on to make an application to reach Gold Standard status.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “I would like to congratulate the team for an excellent performance. Cornwall Housing has demonstrated that tackling homelessness effectively is a key priority for Cornwall and the Council.  The peer review is an important benchmark for assessing the quality of our services, and the improvement plan will ensure that Cornwall maintains a strategic focus on housing and the prevention of homelessness”

To reach Gold Standard status, councils will need to meet ten key commitments including offering a comprehensive prevention service, with advice and support for single people as well as families in need and adopting a local No Second Night Out scheme to help prevent new rough sleepers from becoming entrenched into a street lifestyle

Cornwall Housing Ltd has been working with the 11 Local Authorities in Devon to develop peer review partnerships so each authority can participate in a peer review over a 12 month scheduled programme. 

Lead Reviewer for the Devon & Cornwall Grouping Alison Mawson said: “Cornwall is only the second authority, with Torbay being the first, in the Devon & Cornwall grouping to participate in a peer review.  All Local Authorities in the grouping intend participating in the process and are showing real commitment to improvement across the peninsula”.

Areas tested via the peer review process include

  • the effectiveness of the overarching homelessness strategy
  • the quality of the content, navigation and ease of access of the relevant web-pages
  • the quality of advice provided to households using the service

the effectiveness of partnership working in preventing and tackling homelessness.

Story posted 14 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Speak Cornish Week 21-26 July

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:07

Cornwall holds a special place in the hearts of people across the world.  With Cornish people recently being granted minority status, ‘Speak Cornish Week’ is a timely celebration of our unique heritage.

The Cornish language partnership, MAGA, are hosting Speak Cornish Week between 21-28 July, and are encouraging YOU to get involved.

All you have to do is film yourself saying a few words in Cornish, and share it online using social media with the hashtags #10sfylm #speakcornish.  MAGA will be sharing their own 10 second films too. Wherever you are, let’s all get involved and show our love for Kernow! 

Cornish Language Partnership Chair Councillor Julian German will launch the week online so watch out for his film which will be shared on 21 July, followed by a week of activities including a fish and chip supper, taster sessions, pub sessions and church services. One highlight will be the performance of GogMagog in Perranporth on Friday 25 July which includes English and Cornish languages, and this performance will follow an afternoon of Cornish ‘gems’ in Perranporth. The main event will be a language fair on Falmouth moor on the 26 July – so come and join in with some Cornish language activities, music and dance!

“Speak Cornish week is a great initiative” said Cllr German. “It doesn’t matter how much or how little Cornish anyone has, we should all use it and take pride in it. Everyone can join in with the film challenge – all you need is a phrase in Cornish and your phone or camera to show your support. It is also a good time to decide to learn more Cornish!”

All of the information is on www.learncornishnow.com where you can also find fun phrases to try, an overview of Speak Cornish Week, as well as a link to the calendar of events, and further updates.

Story posted 15 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Celebrations as the poet Charles Causley's house is saved!

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:24

photo Steve Tanner

Sir Andrew Motion Patron of the Charles Causley Trust cutting the ribbon to officially open Charles Causley’s house, 

Celebrations have been held in Launceston to mark the launch of the poet Charles Causley’s house as a centre for a writer in residency programme. This sees the fruition of a long held ambition of the Charles Causley Trust to bring the house back into use to support literature projects. Kent Stanton, the Trust’s Chair said “It is as a result of teamwork, dedication and determination that we have managed to realise the dream of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons”.

The Charles Causley Trust was established prior to Causley’s death with the aims of developing the poet’s house as a centre for the celebration of his life and writing and to promote new literature activity in the community.  In 2007 the Trust purchased his house, located in Launceston, Cornwall.

The Trust was successful in securing £50k of funding from Arts Council England together with an investment of £116k from Cornwall Council to allow it to undertake the development of the house. The Trust is also grateful for the considerable in kind support that it has received from Launceston Town Council and Literature Works. A Design Team lead by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects and Trevor Humphreys Associates as Quantity Surveyor were appointed, together with Ron Bullock Ltd as the main building contractor.

The house was in need of significant structural repairs and renovation throughout. The external walls of the property were coming away from the house – leaving a gap of several centimetres between the skirting board and the edge of the floor in places! There were also damp problems throughout the property and modernisation was required – for example house now benefits from central heating for the first time in its history.

The ethos of the project is that the space should be ready for a resident to walk in and find a useable space that they can make themselves at home in straight away. Residents will also have the privilege of using the two reception rooms which have been restored back to just how they were when it was Causley’s home. The Trust referred to its photographic records (including some 360° panoramic shots) which enabled them to reinstate the rooms accurately after the building works were completed; hanging pictures in just the same spot that Causley had and putting his treasured belongings back on the mantelpiece. The vision was for the house to be a place of both energy and contemplation and the Trust hopes that many more writers will be inspired to create new works whilst sat at Causley’s desk.

The garden has now been planted up taking as its inspiration plants that are referred to in Causley’s poems. The planting was undertaken by a team of students from the Practical Horticulture RHS Certificate Level 2 course at Duchy College. The garden also includes a unique sculpture inspired by Causley’s poems created by Owl’n’Wolf (Joseph and Céline Holman). A Garden Poems pamphlet is available as a free download at iTunes by searching for  ‘Charles Causley’.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German said:  “It is fantastic to see the house restored into such a welcoming and inspiring space. The redevelopment was one of the ten priority projects named in Cornwall’s White Paper for Culture in recognition of its significance to the literature sector and culture in Cornwall.”

Cornwall Council member for Launceston Central Alex Folkes said: “I am thrilled to see this wonderful project successfully achieved and delighted that it will see Launceston established as a centre for literary activity for Cornwall and beyond. Charles Causley remains a Launceston icon and he can now inspire thousands more through physical links to his life in this house as well as through his poems and the annual Causley Festival of arts and literature in the town."

The first poet in residence at the house will be Dr Alyson Hallett. The residency will give Dr Hallett the opportunity to work on a third collection of poems, whilst engaging a range of participants through a programme of events and activities that will encourage and inspire creative writing and poetry appreciation.

Literature Works (the literature development agency for the South West) is working closely with the Trust to support the residency project, which has also attracted funding from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. 

 

Story posted 08 July 2014

 

Categories: Cornwall

Shops fail checks on deadly goods

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:22

A series of recent spot checks on shops in Truro found many prepared to sell age restricted products to an underage young person.

Under the supervision of Cornwall Trading Standards officers, 15 year old Imogen visited twelve shops across Truro and attempted to purchase a variety of age-restricted products.  Worryingly half of the shops tested failed and proceeded to sell her the product illegally.

By the end of the day, Imogen’s haul included: two 18 rated DVD’s; one 18 rated video game; two lottery scratch cards; one can of spray paint and, most worryingly, a knife with a 15cm blade.

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer said, “In order to buy the products we have test purchased, you need to be 18 years old with the exception of the scratch cards, where you need to be 16.  While some of the shops were great, promptly asking Imogen for photo ID and then refusing her purchase, others were not so good, with one even admitting that they shouldn’t really be selling the product to her, which was very disappointing.”

All of the shops visited will now receive either a letter congratulating them on refusing the test purchase or a visit from a Trading Standards Officer advising them of their legal responsibilities.”

Cornwall’s Trading Standards regularly carry out test purchasing of age restricted products such as tobacco products and alcohol.  Anyone with any information concerning shops or pubs serving persons under the legal age is urged to contact Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191.

Story posted 14 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Stray dog list goes online as fall in numbers of strays reported

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:59

Details of stray dogs which have been handed into the Council or picked up by the Council’s Dog Welfare team are now available on the Cornwall Council website so those who have lost their dog are now be able to view the register online.

The enhanced service is launched as it is reported that, for the second year running, the number of stray dog handed into the Council has fallen.

From April 2013 to April 2014, there were 1,295 stray dogs reported to the Council – down from 1,574 in 2012/13; a reduction of 247.

The Council’s Head of Public Health and Protection Allan Hampshire says:  “We have a robust system in place for re-charging the owners of stray dogs for the costs incurred by the Council in picking up strays and arranging for them to be looked after.  The onus has to be on dog owners to make sure that their dogs do not stray.  A stray dog will foul and can potentially be a danger to road users and others.

The onus is also on the owner to make sure that their dog has an id tag and is micro-chipped so that dog and owner can be reunited quickly. 

We hope that the free dog micro-chipping events we have held in partnership with Dog’s Trust over the past few months, which has seen over 1500 dogs micro-chipped, will lead to a further reduction in the number of stray dogs reported to the Council.  In partnership with Dogs Trust, we are able to offer free dog micro chipping until March 2015.

To book an appointment, just call dog welfare and enforcement on 0300 1234 212.”

The stray dog register has always been available for the public to view at any reasonable time however, it is now published as a live document on the Council’s website and will automatically update when a new case is reported to the Council.  It is hoped that this will help the owners of lost dogs to locate their pets and to overall increase the number of stray dogs that are returned to their owners.

However, owners should be aware that the Council is not available to return dogs outside of normal office hours. The Council has a duty to provide a minimum of one drop off location to receive stray dogs out of hours and its collection service exceeds this minimum requirement and ensures that stray dogs are in a safe location. All dogs are housed at licensed boarding establishments and the dog’s welfare is an important consideration during their stay in kennels.

When the dog is returned to the owner or re-homed via an appropriate charity, the dog’s details will be taken off the website.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said “Clearly we have a duty to pick up stray dogs and in so doing keep the public safe, protect the animal from harm and hopefully reunite dog and owner. It is pleasing to see that although a significant figure the number of strays is reducing and this is I am sure is due to our very responsible dog owners but when a dog does go walk about, our team are often able to assist in its recovery.” 

Organisations such as Dog Lost will be directing the owners of lost dogs to the Council’s website so that they can check to see if their dog has been reported to the Council.

 

Story posted 11 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Results of Illogan by election

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:51

Voters have elected David Ekinsmyth (Liberal Democrat) as the Cornwall Councillor for the Illogan electoral division.

The results of the by election held on Thursday, 10 July were :

Candidate

votes cast

David Raymond Ekinsmyth (Liberal Democrat)   

277

Stephen Anthony Richardson (Mebyon Kernow The Party for Cornwall) 

217

Adam Nicholas Philip Desmonde (Conservative Party)

215

Clive Edward Polkinghorne (UK Independence Party)

156

William Trevor Chalker (Labour Party) 

129

Paul Thomas Holmes (Liberal Party In Cornwall)

121

Jacqueline Norma Merrick (Green Party)

  50

The turnout for the by election was 32.4% 

 

Story posted 11 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Children encouraged to lose themselves in this summer's Mythical Maze reading challenge

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:31

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, run by Cornwall libraries and The Reading Agency, is encouraging children to spend the summer discovering mythological creatures at libraries across Cornwall.

The theme this year is Mythical Maze and over the summer holidays, young bookworms aged four to 12 will be set the challenge to read six books and will get a sticker for each book they read. Once all six books have been read, children will receive a medal for completing the reading challenge.  Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

There will be a variety of events taking place in libraries across Cornwall to support the Challenge, ranging from creative workshops to hands on animal encounters.

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships said: “In 2013 more than 7500 children in Cornwall took part in the summer reading challenge, improving reading skills and confidence and having a great time sharing books and celebrating their achievements.

“We want to encourage even more children to take part in this fantastic free summer activity in 2014.”

Anne Sarrag, summer reading challenge director for The Reading Agency, says: “Mythical Maze is all free fun, which is top news for parents. So mums, dads and carers, pop down to your local library and find out more about what’s happening locally, and help your children discover a love of stories this summer whilst they maintain and develop their reading skills over the holidays.”

Mythical Maze, which is free to join, starts on Saturday July 12 and finishes on Saturday 06 September. 

The activity this year has been designed by children’s book illustrator, Sarah McIntyre.

Libraries are free to join, free to use, and give you access to a fantastic collection of books, films, music, information and more. For more information visit the library pages on our website, pop along to your local library or call the library service on 0300 1234 111 and ask about taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Story posted 08 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Praise for Cornwall's Together for Families programme

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:28

Cornwall has been praised for its work in turning around the lives of 475 families with the most complex needs over the last two years.

Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced that 52,833 of the most troubled families in England had been put back on track by local authority teams since April 2012.  

This means that:

  • children are back in school for three consecutive terms where they were previously truant or excluded
  • high levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced
  • and/or adults that were on benefits have been in work for at least three months

The Secretary of State said that councils had risen to the challenge of helping whole families improve their lives, through a ‘tough love’ approach that combines intensive and practical support.

“To have helped so many families so quickly is testament to the hard work and determination of troubled families teams across the country” said Eric Pickles.  “Nobody is saying that troubled families will become model citizens overnight but turning them around starts with getting kids off the streets and into school, giving them a better chance in life, and helping adults into employment or better able to work.”

Cornwall’s partnership Together for Families, which includes Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Health commissioners, Probation, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Youth Offending team, Careers South West, community safety and domestic abuse teams, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector (including Action for Children and Addaction), was set up in 2012 following the launch of the Government’s “troubled families” programme.

The aim of the three year national programme, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2012, is to support local organisations, which are working with families identified as having the most complex needs.  Under the programme key workers work with families to identify the support they need to address their problems and then help them to access a package of both mainstream and specialist support

Local partnerships can apply for up to £4,000 of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government for each family they successfully support to change their behaviour.  This funding is allocated in two phases - an upfront fee and a “payments by results” part which is dependent on providing evidence of positive achievements. Families who meet the criteria for the programme are offered additional support from a range of partner agencies from across the area.

Welcoming the positive comments from the Secretary of State Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh, Chair of the Cornwall “Together for Families” partnership, said “The Together for Families programme is about providing tailored support to families who really need it.  The success of the programme in Cornwall means we have been able to work with local services to make the changes that are required to provide timely and efficient support for those families with the most complex needs.”

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young Families, said “Working with the families directly enables the partner agencies to help overcome the difficulties the families face.  The results of this programme shows that tackling the issues as a family unit helps achieve real positive outcomes.”

 

Story posted 10 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Call for ideas and support for Cornwall to be once again 'The Land of Steam'

Corwall Council News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:12

A group of Cornwall Councillors has thrown their weight behind calls for Cornwall to capitalise on its steam heritage and want to hear the ideas of interested individuals, groups or organisations who want to see Cornwall once again known as 'The Land of Steam'. 

At a meeting in Truro facilitated by Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood, it was agreed that here in Cornwall there is a passion for anything steam – from trains to traction engines, beam engines to boats. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, who leads and co-ordinates the interest group, said “Steam trains and traction engines attract huge attention and enthusiasm from people of all ages.  We want to bring their ideas together and harness their energy to help take this project forward.”     

Council Chairman John Wood said “We are interested in all ideas, big or small!  For example, I would love to see a regular steam train service into Cornwall, with branch lines running connecting steam specials too.”

He added: “Steam is a key part of our history – famous names like Richard Trevithick, William Murdoch and the Great Western Railway helped to make Cornwall great, driving us forward in the fields of industry, transportation and agriculture.  It is also a vital part of our present, with our famous steam railways, steam fairs and many individuals, societies and groups dedicated to keeping steam alive.” 

Councillors agreed that they want to ensure that steam is an important part of our future and pledged their support for the current campaign to restore the turntable at St Blazey in order to facilitate running steam trains into Cornwall. 

They also felt that there is an opportunity to work on a broader front to truly reawaken Cornwall as the land of steam which would have considerable benefits for tourism, the economy and Cornwall’s communities.  They hope that the Government’s announcement last week about investment in the modern Cornish rail network will provide scope to encourage heritage projects.

Councillor Derek Elliott, whose idea it was to form a group, said: “I feel extremely confident that with the combined drive and passion of enthusiasts, councillors and the general public, we can work together to achieve some outstanding successes for the people of Cornwall.”

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Portfolio Holder for Transport & Waste, said: “Why is the railway such big business in Cornwall? Because Cornwall loves railways. Ever since the early horse-drawn rail-roads and Trevithick the Cornish have conducted this affair with passion and commitment. Only one thing, perhaps, tickles the Cornish engineering romantic more than locomotion and that is steam locomotion. Around the World, in peoples' minds, Cornwall is closely linked to steam. It's a relationship founded in history and portrayed vividly through generations of Great Western marketing, Betjeman verse and endless streams of postcards, books and branch-line afternoons. The formation of an informal group of Councillors to promote and campaign for the interests of heritage rail seems more natural than nature. The present is always an interplay between past and future, and Cornwall's future is as much bound up in its heritage as it is in the opportunities of the future - is there scope for a modern steam engine”

Anyone interested can contact the Members’ group c/o Stephen Foster in the Council’s Localism Team (email: stephen.foster@cornwall.gov.uk or by post to Room 75, Liskeard One Stop Shop, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ).  Please mark your correspondence ‘Land of Steam’.  

 

Story posted 10 July 2014

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Major step forward for Redruth Brewery as CORMAC starts building work

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:17

Transformation of the Redruth Brewery site is set to begin this week. CORMAC will be starting work on securing the site and clearing growth so that further building surveys can be carried out.

The works, which are being led by Cornwall Council, mark the start of the wider regeneration project across the site which has been given the go ahead following confirmation of a £1.7m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme.

Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “This is great news for Redruth and for Cornwall. Work is starting on a key site for improving Redruth’s economic fortunes.  A site which will provide critically important access to Cornwall’s documentary heritage. Cornwall Council has drawn together a package of funding to turn this dream into reality and it is fantastic to see a physical start been made on the site after months of preparation.”

CORMAC Contracting Ltd have been appointed to construct a flood alleviation scheme, carry out demolition works and create an accessible public space for a range of activities which will provide a suitable setting for historic buildings and new development.  These works are due to be completed in Spring 2015. 

Minimal activity will take place in the early stages as the project involves quite extensive planning and design co-ordination before any major works can commence. 

Hoardings will be installed in approximately four weeks’ time, and will be used to display information, tell stories about the place and the journey the development will take. The existing fencing and plywood hoarding, to the rear of the site, will be replaced with a mesh fencing panel, creating a safe and attractive space for everyone to engage in the activities on site.

Welcoming the start of the regeneration works, Ian Newby, CORMAC’s senior project manager said “This project is regarded by Cormac Contracting Ltd as a pivotal development for Redruth and we are delighted to be associated with it”. 

 

Story posted 08 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Celebrations as the poet Charles Causley’s house is saved!

Corwall Council News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:13

photo Steve Tanner

Sir Andrew Motion Patron of the Charles Causley Trust cutting the ribbon to officially open Charles Causley’s house, 

Celebrations have been held in Launceston to mark the launch of the poet Charles Causley’s house as a centre for a writer in residency programme. This sees the fruition of a long held ambition of the Charles Causley Trust to bring the house back into use to support literature projects. Kent Stanton, the Trust’s Chair said “It is as a result of teamwork, dedication and determination that we have managed to realise the dream of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons”.

The Charles Causley Trust was established prior to Causley’s death with the aims of developing the poet’s house as a centre for the celebration of his life and writing and to promote new literature activity in the community.  In 2007 the Trust purchased his house, located in Launceston, Cornwall.

The Trust was successful in securing £50k of funding from Arts Council England together with an investment of £116k from Cornwall Council to allow it to undertake the development of the house. The Trust is also grateful for the considerable in kind support that it has received from Launceston Town Council and Literature Works. A Design Team lead by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects and Trevor Humphreys Associates as Quantity Surveyor were appointed, together with Ron Bullock Ltd as the main building contractor.

The house was in need of significant structural repairs and renovation throughout. The external walls of the property were coming away from the house – leaving a gap of several centimetres between the skirting board and the edge of the floor in places! There were also damp problems throughout the property and modernisation was required – for example house now benefits from central heating for the first time in its history.

The ethos of the project is that the space should be ready for a resident to walk in and find a useable space that they can make themselves at home in straight away. Residents will also have the privilege of using the two reception rooms which have been restored back to just how they were when it was Causley’s home. The Trust referred to its photographic records (including some 360° panoramic shots) which enabled them to reinstate the rooms accurately after the building works were completed; hanging pictures in just the same spot that Causley had and putting his treasured belongings back on the mantelpiece. The vision was for the house to be a place of both energy and contemplation and the Trust hopes that many more writers will be inspired to create new works whilst sat at Causley’s desk.

The garden has now been planted up taking as its inspiration plants that are referred to in Causley’s poems. The planting was undertaken by a team of students from the Practical Horticulture RHS Certificate Level 2 course at Duchy College. The garden also includes a unique sculpture inspired by Causley’s poems created by Owl’n’Wolf (Joseph and Céline Holman). A Garden Poems pamphlet is available as a free download at iTunes by searching for  ‘Charles Causley’.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German said:  “It is fantastic to see the house restored into such a welcoming and inspiring space. The redevelopment was one of the ten priority projects named in Cornwall’s White Paper for Culture in recognition of its significance to the literature sector and culture in Cornwall.”

Cornwall Council member for Launceston Central Alex Folkes said: “I am thrilled to see this wonderful project successfully achieved and delighted that it will see Launceston established as a centre for literary activity for Cornwall and beyond. Charles Causley remains a Launceston icon and he can now inspire thousands more through physical links to his life in this house as well as through his poems and the annual Causley Festival of arts and literature in the town."

The first poet in residence at the house will be Dr Alyson Hallett. The residency will give Dr Hallett the opportunity to work on a third collection of poems, whilst engaging a range of participants through a programme of events and activities that will encourage and inspire creative writing and poetry appreciation.

Literature Works (the literature development agency for the South West) is working closely with the Trust to support the residency project, which has also attracted funding from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. 

 

Story posted 08 July 2014

 

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall welcomes Crown Estate new UK wave and tidal demonstration zones

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:19

The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed has announced today (08 July 2014) that it has awarded seabed rights to establish six new wave and tidal current demonstration Zones, which for the first time will enable locally based organisations to manage and sub-let parts of the seabed to a range of wave and tidal current developers.

Wave Hub has been successful in securing the management of the North Cornwall Demonstration Zone.

Commercial Director of Wave Hub Limited, Stuart Herbert said: "Wave Hub has extensive knowledge and expertise relating to the management of offshore renewable energy test sites through all stages of development from feasibility study to infrastructure installation and operation. We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine many years of practical offshore test site development and management expertise with the specific local knowledge and established stakeholder network developed by our partners at Cornwall Council. The formation of this experienced partnership will ensure that the opportunity to maximise marine energy development in the region is fully exploited."

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate explained: “By providing these additional seabed rights we are pleased to be enabling further technology development and commercialisation, which will be critical if the UK is to unlock its significant natural resources for wave and tidal current energy. This innovative approach to leasing the seabed sees us responding to market demand and introducing managed demonstration zones to give other organisations the opportunity to lend tangible support in their local areas.”

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member  Economy and Culture, Julian German added “We are hugely encouraged by The Crown Estate's decision to create this new Demonstration Zone, which will be managed by Wave Hub.

In the global drive towards the future commercialisation, it is further recognition of the strategic importance of Cornwall in the deployment of Marine Renewable Energy technologies especially in terms of wave and floating wind technologies.

Through its commitments to Wave Hub and the recently launched Offshore Renewable Development Programme Cornwall Council remains fully dedicated to ongoing investment and development in this growing sector, to ensure the commercialisation of wave technology and the continued growth of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly world leading Marine Renewable supply Chain."

Story posted 08 July 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council welcomes Government decision over European funding

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:10

The announcement today (07 July 2014) that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will retain the power to decide how European funding is spent in the region has been welcomed by Cornwall Council, local businesses and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.

Earlier this year the Government announced it was considering a proposal to set up a new approach to managing the EU Programmes nationally which would take away Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s (C&IoS) ability to make decisions over how the next round of European funding would be spent. 

Concerned that this would jeopardise the creation of new jobs and growth and create additional challenges in delivering economic development, the Council joined forces with the LEP and key partners and stakeholders to lobby the Government to allow Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to decide how the European funding allocated to the region should be spent over the next six years.

A letter signed by the leaders of all political groups on the Council was sent to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in June expressing concern over the creation of a middle-man between Cornwall and Europe and Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, met with Government Ministers and the Chairman of the Local Government Association.

Over the past few weeks a number of leading businesses have added their voices to the campaign, including St Austell Brewery, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall Manufacturers Group, Cornwall Marine Network Limited and CoaST and today Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the Government had agreed to give Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the LEP new powers to make spending decisions for the next EU funding programme locally. 

Welcoming the announcement Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, who has spearheaded the campaign, said “This is great news for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and I would like to thank everyone who has supported our campaign”.

“We are 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.   This decision will deliver a more local approach which will lead to greater investment in the region and create more jobs.  It’s a win-win for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly”. 

Story posted 07 July 2014

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service urge increased vigilance as latest round of FBU strike action is confirmed

Corwall Council News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:10

After confirmation from the Fire Brigades Union that its members will be taking part in another period of strike action from 10am to 7pm on Thursday 10 July 2014 as part of the national protest against changes to fire fighter pensions, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is once again asking the public to be extra vigilant and careful.

In addition, it is understood that the FBU has decided upon further strike action from 6am to 8am and from 5pm to 7pm on

  • Monday 14 July
  • Tuesday 15 July
  • Wednesday 16 July
  • Thursday 17 July

Then on Friday 18 July from 6am to 8am and from 11pm to 1am into Saturday 19 July.

On Saturday 19 July from 11am to 1pm and then from 11pm to 1am into Sunday 20 July.

On Sunday 20 July from 5pm to 7pm.

On Monday 21 July from 6am to 8am and again from 5pm to 7pm.

Following the final period of strike action detailed above, action short of a strike will commence until further notice. There is no indication at present of what that will consist of.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said:“Our contingency plans were tested during the last periods of strike action and we are currently updating the details of those plans to ensure that once again we remain focused on public and firefighter safety; providing the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us and ensuring a quick return to normalisation.”

CFRS is asking people to act on key critical safety messages:-

  • In the event of fire, you should get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home
  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re working. Test them regularly
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Do not overload electrical sockets. Watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment, and wiring/cables
  • Drinking alcohol? Plan how to get home safely without driving.

Prevention advice and guidance has been prepared for businesses and residents on our website.

Des Tidbury adds: “This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.  While the strike action will inevitably have an impact on the services we provide, I want to reassure you that residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations.”

Story posted 07 July 2014

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£198m Growth Deal for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:50

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly have secured a £198m Growth Deal from Government that aims to create 4,000 jobs and 6,000 new homes.

The deal, which follows months of negotiations, will see the Government invest £49m, mostly in the next two years, unlocking a further £149m from the public and private sector. Crucially, the LEP and local authorities have also secured new powers to make sure all spending decisions for the next EU funding programme are made locally. 

And in what is being seen as a breakthrough for devolved government from Whitehall, the LEP will also have more control over a range of other Government spending streams.

The Growth Deal is the first major tranche of funding needed to deliver the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan that was launched earlier this year.

It will see investment in a raft of projects ranging from road improvements to unlock development sites and ease congestion, to cycling and bus routes, and improvements in skills and learning. It also recognises the crucial need to invest in sewage and water facilities on the Isles of Scilly to remove a critical barrier to growth, with a pledge from Government to work together on funding options.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Chairman Chris Pomfret said: “This is a great deal for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Not only have we secured new money to help us remove blockages to growth, but we have negotiated the freedom to make our own decisions. In effect we will have a single investment programme that bundles together EU and national funding from different sources, all channelled through the LEP to deliver jobs and growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. That’s a real breakthrough.”

John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “Securing this deal has been a tremendous team effort between the LEP, local authorities, our MPs and the business community who have worked together to make our voices heard. This deal gives us the control we sought and means we can set our own priorities. It’s great news for Cornwall and positions us well for future Growth Deals.”

Amanda Martin, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, said: “This is welcome news for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and provides more freedom to invest in the islands, for example, through smart grid investment, skills development and renewable energy. Improvements to mainland transport infrastructure, including roads and rail, will make it easier for people to reach us and will boost the visitor economy. Importantly, both Government and the LEP recognise that significant investment into water and sewerage infrastructure is vital to remove a critical barrier to future economic growth on the islands, and we welcome their commitment to work with us on options for this investment.”

Toby Parkins, President of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and a leading light in the campaign for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to retain control of its EU funding programme, said: “Business will welcome this deal because it will remove barriers to growth and give them confidence to invest. Having local control of EU and national funding streams will reduce bureaucracy and target investment where it’s really needed.”

The Growth Deal for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was formally announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (Monday 7th July) during a visit to Cornwall and is part of a national announcement of similar deals across England, each one tailored to different areas.

Further Growth Deals will follow and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP will shortly start discussions about its priorities for the next round of Growth Deals.

The deal announced today is in addition to the £520 million of EU funding that has been ring-fenced for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Between now and 2020 the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP will oversee an estimated £1 billion investment in the local economy.

Growth Deal - summary of key projects

  • A38 Cornwall Gateway: Improvements to Carkeel Junction that will deliver benefits to Cornwall’s connectivity with the UK and accelerate new employment and housing development in Saltash. Growth Deal contribution: £3.5m
  • Newquay Growth Area: Supporting access to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Enterprise Zone at Aerohub at Newquay Cornwall Airport, and housing and employment in the Newquay Growth Area through delivery of transport improvements along the Newquay Strategic Route. Growth Deal contribution: £2m.
  • Falmouth Gateway: Improvements include a new roundabout junction to unblock a key pinch point on the highway network that will accelerate housing and employment growth in support of Cornwall’s strategic education and employment sites. Growth Deal contribution: £0.9m
  • Bodmin Cornwall’s Cycling Town: Improvements to the extensive walking and cycling network in Bodmin to accelerate growth in the local economy and create a more sustainable travel pattern. Growth Deal contribution: £5.8m
  • Truro Western Corridor: Package of schemes to accelerate housing a job growth along a key corridor into Truro, including capacity improvements at Threemilestone roundabout and the delivery of critical walking and cycle links along the Western Corridor. Growth Deal contribution: £8.2m
  • Night Riviera Sleeper Service: Improvements to the Night Riviera Sleeper Service including increased capacity, upgraded sleeper berths and lounge area and space for bicycles and surf boards. This is part of a package of projects supported by Government that will see the Traincare Centre for maintenance of the Sleeper Service relocated to Penzance. Growth Deal contribution: £7m
  • Increasing business engagement with schools: Government will work with the LEP to explore the feasibility of implementing a programme of Enterprise Advisers in line with Lord Young’s recommendation in his review ‘Enterprise for All’, in addition to wider activities to link local businesses with schools. Growth Deal contribution: n/a

Central Government has agreed provisional allocations to the following projects starting in 16/17 and beyond:

  • Bus Network Improvements: Package of improvements to the bus network to facilitate the access to employment, skills and services required by a growing economy. Growth Deal contribution: £8m
  • West Cornwall Transport Interchange Creation of a new bus rail interchange including improvements to the A30 junction, Parkway Station and refurbished and improved passenger facilities. Growth Deal contribution: £4.5m

The Growth Deal includes a further £8.9 million of funding which the Government has previously committed to large scale transport schemes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

  • Total Growth Deal funding:  £49m
  • Additional investment from local partners: £38.4m
  • Additional investment from private sector:  £110.6m
  • Total value of Growth Deal investment: £198m

Story posted 07 July 2014

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Strike Action 10 July

Corwall Council News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:41

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have announced a national strike in the ongoing dispute with the Government over firefighter pension reforms.

Strike action is due to take place on the following days

  • Thursday 10 July 2014 from 10am to 7pm (9hrs)

The service has a legal duty to maintain a level of service to local communities as best it can.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) will continue to respond to 999 calls and will do everything it can to keep the public safe during these periods of strike action. Find out more information about the CFRS strike

Strike action will also affect some schools, please see Current School Closures page to find out if your school is affected.

 

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Safer Cornwall alert re dangers of tombstoning

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:01

The recent hot weather is prompting some young people to carry out the high risk activity of tomb-stoning, the practice of jumping or diving from a height into water, in parts of Cornwall.

It is a high-risk activity which is unregulated and undertaken by unsupervised individuals.

Since 2004 the Coastguard has dealt with over 200 such incidents with 70 injuries and 20 deaths in the UK; of those injured the youngest was 12 and the oldest was 45.

Last year in Portreath, a serious accident resulted in someone suffering from broken limbs and the individual had to be rescued by the emergency services.

Tomb-stoning can be dangerous because:

  • Water depth alters with the tide; the water may be shallower than it seems
  • Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible; they can cause serious injury if you jump onto them
  • The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim
  • Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away

James Instance from Falmouth Coastguard says: “Think before you get involved. Don't let alcohol; drugs or your friends affect your judgement. Even if you think you are jumping safely, children may be watching you and copy your actions.”

David Parker from Safer Cornwall says: " Safer Cornwall has just announced it's what will your drink cost? In some cases, young people are drinking alcohol in areas of Cornwall where tomb-stoning is popular. Mixing alcohol with water activities is particularly dangerous, and we would strongly advise young people to think about what it would be like if one of their friends were to be killed or seriously injured. We want young people to have fun, but please, avoid tomb-stoning and stay alive to enjoy next year.

Local Cornwall Councillor Joyce Duffin says: “Portreath has a history of a few youngsters cliff jumping by the harbour. However, this recent spell of good weather has seen a much larger group than usual. Many of these people are from other parts of Cornwall or holiday makers who do not know the tides or realise the risks. People need to be aware of the dangers and recognise that there can be really tragic consequences.”

Paul Walker, Head of Cornwall Council Community Safety Service says: “The statistics show the devastating impact this high risk activity can have and I ask people to refrain from Tomb-stoning along the Cornwall coastline. Stay safe by accessing and enjoying the sea in designated areas where your safety is monitored by professional RNLI Lifeguards.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Homes and Communities Geoff Brown says: “Tomb-stoning can be potentially dangerous or even fatal and is a problem in many areas of the UK including inland waters. Whether on the coast or inland you should avoid jumping in to water, there may be hidden dangers under the surface and you cannot be sure of the depth either of which can cause serious injury or worse. The message is clear if you do not know that the depth of the water is safe or you cannot see what is below the surface DON'T JUMP.”

Don't jump into the unknown.

More information is available from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

If you want to report a dangerous incident, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Story posted 4 July 2014

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Recreational Sea Angling Strategy public meeting

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:54

Do you fish for sport or a hobby in Cornwall? Do you want to have a say in how the inshore waters around Cornwall are managed? Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is holding a public meeting to discuss the development of a Recreational Sea Angling Strategy for Cornwall on Thursday 10 July from 7-9 pm, Trelawney Room, New County Hall. 

Cornwall IFCA is looking to involve as many voices in the formation of its Recreational Sea Angling Strategy as possible. If you have an interest in the way inshore fisheries are managed or would like to find out more about how Cornwall IFCA manages the fisheries please come along to the open meeting.

This is the first sector specific strategy Cornwall IFCA has produced and as such represents a major step in recognising the value and importance of the recreational sector in the Cornish fisheries.  This is your opportunity to become involved in this process from the start.

“Recreational angling represents an important and vibrant part of the overall picture of fishing in Cornwall. The Recreational Sea Angling strategy represents a golden opportunity for anglers themselves to take an active role in developing how this sector could be managed” said Sam Davis, Principal Scientific Officer, Cornwall IFCA

All are welcome to the public meeting and there is no need to book a place, however if you would like any further information please contact Cornwall IFCA on 01736 338842 or e-mail enquiries@cornwall.gov.uk

Story posted 04 July 2014

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Download and borrow ebooks for free from Cornwall libraries

Corwall Council News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:42

Cornwall Libraries has introduced an exciting new free service for library members who can download up to five ebooks to a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Cornwall library members can access more than 1500 ebooks which, once downloaded, customers can read at any time, even when not connected to the internet.

Linda Moffatt, Stock Team Leader for Cornwall Libraries said: “We are pleased to be working with Bolinda Digital on this innovative new service for Cornwall. The service is simple to use. If you are already a library member, all you need to do is create a free BorrowBox account via the link on the Cornwall Library website using your library card. Then simply login and search, browse and discover the great collection which is available 24/7.  If using a smartphone or tablet, the BorrowBox App is available free for both Apple and Android devices.

Customers can read at leisure and the book will automatically delete at the end of the loan period, so no worrying about overdue charges. We will be adding new titles regularly to expand the collection.”

Linda adds: “A new range of eaudio books are also available on BorrowBox which complement our existing eaudio book collection. Customers can borrow 5 eBooks every 2 weeks and 5 eaudiobooks every 3 weeks. A really exciting option on BorrowBox is that you can read and listen to excerpts before you borrow them and also see other available titles by that author and link to author websites. Reserving an ebook which is already on loan is free and you will receive an email when your book is ready to download. Reading couldn’t be easier wherever you are.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships Adam Paynter said: “We know that many people now read books and magazines on their tablet or smartphone so this exciting new service, along with the recently launched free magazine downloads will meet their needs.  There is free computer access in all Cornwall Council libraries and one stop shops and some libraries also have free WIFI making it possible for customers to pop into the library, choose a print book, check emails and download an ebook, all free of charge.”

Customers can also download ebooks from home and on the move, as long as they have a Cornwall Library membership card and an internet connection.

Dawn Schofield, Online Team Leader said “There are many other free online resources available via the Cornwall Council website including access to reference sources, free language courses and family history. And of course, access to books, audio books, dvds and information in our libraries. Library membership is free and this new service will hopefully encourage more people to join the library and discover our other online resources.”

Story posted 04 July 2014 

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