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Statement re Carn Brea development

Corwall Council News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:58

Cornwall Council has confirmed that development expected to include a new supermarket and cinema adjoining Carn Brea Leisure Centre will not now proceed.

The Council’s Cabinet originally agreed in November 2013 to go ahead with the sale of part of the Carn Brea site to release funds to refurbish the leisure centre.  The sale price would also have paid for the re-location of the running track from the site to Redruth School.

This decision was dependent on a sale to the appointed developer, Salmon Harvester properties.  In turn, Salmon Harvester based their bid on securing a supermarket tenant for its scheme.

ASDA had been in negotiation with Salmon Harvester but has recently  reviewed their strategy in common with many other supermarkets and have now confirmed that they no longer wish to proceed. This now makes the sale unviable.

Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said “We have seen several other examples of supermarkets changing their strategies recently, and unfortunately the Carn Brea site is no different. We will continue to monitor the market and whilst not expectant of an early solution the Council will continue to support ideas that help a trust with further investment in the area ”.

Rorie Henderson, from Salmon Harvester, said: “We recognise that now ASDA are no longer able to proceed we cannot provide the capital receipt that the Council and Leisure Trust require to facilitate the refurbishment and relocation of the running track. This is disappointing but we retain interest in the site and may return with fresh proposals if the market alters in the future”. 

Colin Rowe, Chairman of Carn Brea Leisure Centre Trust, said: “The Trustees are naturally disappointed that after so much time and effort from those involved, this exciting opportunity for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth community will not be delivered at this stage.  Although this particular scheme will not go ahead, we look forward to working with Cornwall Council to explore alternative development options going forwards. In the meantime, it is very much business as usual at Carn Brea Leisure Centre.”

 

Story posted 16 September 2014

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The 5th Big Beach Day for people with learning disabilities

Corwall Council News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:38

Cornwall Health Promotion Service, Peninsula Community Health, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Volunteer Cornwall, and Cornwall Sports Partnership have teamed up with a number of other providers to put on a free day of beach activities for people with learning disabilities.

This year is the 5th Big Beach Day event and took place on Friday 5 September when over 100 people came along to Fistral Beach, Newquay. The theme was Hawaii so everyone was asked to go along in their brightest beach shirts or grass skirt.

There was a range of beach activities such as surfing with the Wave Project, beach olympics and a beach litter-pick. 

There was also Arts for Health activities on the beach, a wellbeing tent, keyword signing sessions, plus a healthy barbeque and cocktails supported by Soul Food Café and Sanjay Kumar, Chef at Newquay’s Headland Hotel.

The Rhiannon Morris awards were presented at the Big Beach Day this year. The awards recognises outstanding work in promoting healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities and is in memory of Rhiannon Morris who was a member of the CHAMPs Team who sadly passed away in 2012. The winners were

  • Health Service and Council Award - Mark Steer, Manager of Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust - Adult Learning Disability Service
  • Community, Voluntary and Charity Award - Alistair Russell and Andrea Thurtle for work with the 'Speak Out' Group
  • Special Award - Colin Comaskey and Sharon Conibear for their work as part of Truro Social Care team

The day was co-facilitated by the Cornwall Health And Making Partnerships (CHAMPs) Team. The CHAMPs team consists of eight people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions who are employed by Cornwall Council to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Toni Reynolds, Health Promotion Liaison for Learning Disabilities, said:‘This year looks to be our best year yet. We had lots of different activities for people no matter their ability or experience with a number of people making use of the beach wheelchairs to access the beach and participate in the activities as well. We hope this event will show even more people how to get the most out of the beach.’

Anthony Dunn, CHAMPs Team member, added:‘The Big Beach Day is about getting people with learning disabilities on the beach to get them healthy and active. We need to do this because lots of people with learning disabilities have worse health than other people.’

Sam Edwards, liaison nurse from Peninsula Community Health, commented:

‘I'm really excited that this event has gone from strength to strength. People are always asking when is the next Big Beach Day. So, I'm pleased that this year we are able to welcome new partner organisations to help run the event and provide even more activities. The impact that these experiences can have on people's confidence is plain to see. Last year, we had a young man in his 20's with profound disabilities who'd lived in Cornwall all his life and this was the first time he'd ever been able to access the beach.’

Councillor Jim McKenna, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, explained: ‘Big Beach Day has really grown over the last five years and I am grateful that so many individuals and organisations are willing to give their time and expertise. With their help, we are able to give more people with learning disabilities the chance to enjoy new experiences that many of us take for granted.’

More information is available on the Cornwall Health Promotion Service website.

Story posted 08 September 2014

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5000 translations and growing

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:32

Maga is celebrating this week as its translation service completes 5000 pieces of work!

The hardworking translators who provide this service for Maga have undertaken translations on a wide variety of subjects from personal milestones, such as births, weddings, congratulations and inscriptions to reports, product names, speeches and house names. The team also have a large number of tattoos to their credit! Many of the most frequent phrases requested can now be found in the “Basic phrasebook” which is one of the most popular pages on the MAGA website.

The demand for new translations continues to grow, with monthly totals higher this year than last.  More and more businesses are finding that using Cornish is useful to them and you will now find business cards, signs, products and business names in Cornish, thanks to the translation service.

The MAGA translation team have been hard at work since 2006. The service is free up to forty words while larger translations carry a modest charge. Translations can be ordered on line, but there is always someone at the office who can talk through what is required if that is helpful. If you intend to use your translation in speech then an audio file can be sent to help you get it just right.

If you want to add a bit of Cornish to your day, see MAGA’s basic phrase book, or get a translation, visit the website at www.magakernow.org

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Council's Cabinet confirms changes to music tuition service

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:25

Members of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet have confirmed changes to the Music Tuition service which will see music teaching in schools in Cornwall delivered in a different way in the future.

The Music Tuition service, one of three strands of the wider Cornwall Music Service, does not generate enough income to meet its costs, resulting in the Council being forced to provide an annual subsidy of between £200,000 and £300,000.  While Members recognise the importance of music to children and schools and want to ensure that there is a sustainable service which provides access to music tuition for children in Cornwall, the need to find savings of £196m over the next four years means that the Council can no longer afford to provide this level of subsidy without cutting other services.

The Cabinet voted in May to set up a brokerage model to deliver music tuition. Under this model music teachers would move from being directly employed by the Council to being self employed and registered with the Council as approved to provide music tuition.  Although a number of other models had been considered by the Council at this time, including an improved in house model, these were not financially sustainable or cost neutral.

 

However, following the decision by the Cabinet to implement the new model by 1 January 2015, Members agreed that any further proposals which came forward during the formal negotiations with staff and unions which were found to be financially and legally sound could be brought back for further consideration.

Members at today’s meeting were given details of two alternative models:1) to make local amendments to the terms and conditions of the teachers to reduce costs and 2) to move staff contracts to a common pay scale.

Members were told that while Model 1 would see the annual deficit initially reduced to around £118,979, this did not take into account local and national pay progressions which would increase costs over time. As a result the model did not resolve the current overspend or provide for a financially viable and sustainable future for the service.

In the case of Model 2 the financial projections relied on significant changes to the terms and conditions of the teachers which were unlikely to be supported by the main teaching unions and could lead to the risk of legal challenges. It was also based on increase in fees to generate income which would be difficult to implement and failed to take on going inflationary pressures into account.  As a result the Cabinet was unable to support the proposal.

“We said in May that we would consider alternative proposals if they were both legally sound and financially viable ” said Andrew Wallis.  “Unfortunately, despite extensive consultation, neither of the two alternatives which have been put forward today meet this criteria.  This means that we will now be going ahead with implementing the brokerage model which is financially sustainable  and,  if there is sufficient take up from music tutors and schools, will continue to provide access to music tuition cross Cornwall. 

However the meeting also heard that positive discussions had been held with a group representing a number of the music teachers currently employed by the Council who were interested in setting up a trust to deliver the service.

“We have held an initial meeting with the group and are happy to hold further discussions to see if there is any other support we can give to them” said Andrew Wallis.  “As we said earlier we want to see the provision of a high quality music tuition service in Cornwall but we are unable to continue to subsidise it at a time of budget cuts.  “

The remaining two strands – Music Hub and the Music Therapy service - are not affected by this decision.

 

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Cabinet agree changes to Cornwall Homechoice Allocation Scheme

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:13

Changes to Cornwall Homechoice, the common housing register for Cornwall and the Council’s housing allocation scheme for letting council and housing association homes in Cornwall, have been agreed by the Council’s Cabinet.

A formal consultation which took place earlier this year with stakeholders including tenants, Registered Providers, Age UK, Disability Cornwall and CAB received more than 2,600 responses.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said:  “Delivering homes to meet the needs of local people is a key priority for the Council.  We have had a great response to the consultation and we have taken on board the views expressed.

We want to tighten up our allocations policy to try and meet the urgent need of our communities and the changes agreed today will assist Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing Ltd to better manage the housing waiting list and ensure that homes are allocated fairly to those in greatest need.

The new policy will require a 3 year local connection on all council owned and controlled properties and I am particularly keen to see the local connection criteria extended to at least five years.  One of the recommendations passed today asks for further work to be carried out on the Council’s planning policy so that the five year connection can be applied across the board on new homes.”

The main changes to the housing register include

  • those who have assets valued at over £50,000, or those who have an income of £60,000 or more will not qualify to join Cornwall Homechoice.
  • in a tie break situation an applicant’s household income will come into play and preference will be given to an applicant whose household income is £30,000 or less, for homes owned and managed by the Council;
  • other than in exceptional circumstances, a household where anyone has demonstrated anti-social behaviour within the last 2 years will not be able to join the register;
  • applicants who have not bid on any property for 12 months are removed from the housing register unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances;
  • applicants are only able to bid for 1 property per advertising cycle (previously 3) and that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, applicants who turn down 2 properties that are offered to them are removed from the housing register;
  • to be allocated a council home or a home managed by one of our partner registered providers to which the Council has nomination rights, applicants must be able to demonstrate a 3 year local connection.

To allow these changes to Cornwall Homechoice to be applied to all existing as well as new applicants, access to the Register will be limited for up to 6 months although applications will still be considered and accepted from certain groups who may be in urgent housing need.

When applicants register with Cornwall Homechoice, their housing need is assessed and they are given details of their priority banding, eligible date, and the type and size of property they can apply for. They can then bid for vacant properties advertised by partner landlords. 

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St Ives farmer prosecuted

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:50

On Tuesday 9 September, following a two day court case, Mr Brian Gray and Mrs Sheila Gray of Venton Vision Farm, Burthallen Lane, St Ives, were prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The couple initially appeared in front of Truro Magistrates in January 2013 to answer summonses relating to the straying of llamas and the dangerous hazards on their farm, for which they pleaded not guilty. Following a two day trial, the Magistrates found them guilty, they were ordered to pay costs and received a conditional discharge for twelve months.

Within days of the above order offences were being reported by residents living close to Venton Vision farm. On 1 April 2013, DEFRA veterinary officer Lorna Stevenson and Local Authority Animal Health Inspector Richard Dack inspected the farm.

On 9 September 2014 at Truro magistrates Court, Mr and Mrs Gray pleaded guilty to three representative charges:

  • Failing to protect their Llamas from pain, suffering, injury and disease by failing to stop them straying   
  • Failure to dispose of a Llama carcase
  • Exposed Llamas to potentially dangerous hazards failing to provide them with a suitable environment

The Magistrates after hearing evidence from the prosecution and defence gave their findings. 

Using powers contained in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 the Magistrates disqualified the Grays from keeping farm animals including Llamas for 5 years, a penalty of £165 + £20 victim surcharge was recorded against each of the Grays and full cost of £1300 awarded to Cornwall Council.

Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities, Geof Brown said: 

"This is clear evidence that CC take animal welfare very seriously and whilst initially assisting people with suitable advice will not hesitate to take action to protect animals when necessary.

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Cornwall Council and Safer Cornwall highlight danger of illegal 'taxis'

Corwall Council News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:41

Throughout September the Safer Cornwall Partnership in conjunction with Cornwall Council Licensing Compliance and members of the taxi trade are working together to highlight the dangers of using illegal unlicensed ‘taxis’.

The campaign team will be attending student events at Saltash, Falmouth, Newquay, Stoke Climsland and Penryn, handing out leaflets and offering advice to young people.

Cornwall Council Licensing Compliance Manager Bob Mears said: “Through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, car owners are increasingly offering taxi services but without the necessary licence for themselves or Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licences.”

Steve Rowell Community Safety officer for West Cornwall said: “It is very important that we highlight the dangers of using unlicensed vehicles and drivers. The licensed drivers in particular go through very stringent scrutiny before they get their licence in terms of a group 2 medical and full CRB check.

If there is any doubt about their fitness to hold a licence they are required to appear before a Miscellaneous Licensing Committee who will examine the information placed before them to determine whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

There have been a number of cases in other parts of the country where unlicensed taxi drivers have been involved in nasty incidents including rape, assault and theft, which highlight the importance of ensuring that taxi drivers are suitably vetted through the licensing system.”

Bob Mears, Licensing Compliance Manager added, “All licensed vehicles are subject to serious scrutiny. Apart from an annual MOT, those vehicles over three years old are required to have an interim MOT every 6 months, and are subject to joint agency inspections by the police, licensing and VOSA. Many of the unlicensed vehicles are not fit for purpose; are unroadworthy and are not covered by suitable insurance in the event of an accident.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Both the Council and our professional taxi operators take their responsibility to deliver a safe service to the public very seriously and I would encourage everyone to make sure that they use a licensed vehicle when they require a taxi.”

The team will also be promoting alcohol awareness at these events and distributing leaflets and posters through local PubWatch and taxi forums.

If you require any information regarding either licensed taxis or obtaining a drivers or vehicle licence please contact Cornwall Council Licensing Service on 0300 1234.  

 

Story posted 09 September 2014

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Saltash singer urges smokers to go smokefree this Stoptober after quitting with the Cornwall stop smoking service

Corwall Council News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:38

Smokers across the South West are being encouraged to take the Stoptober Challenge and quit smoking for 28 days this October.

The campaign, which runs throughout October is asking smokers to think about stopping now, to sign up to quit for 28 days on October 1st and receive support direct to their inbox or mobile to help them succeed.

Fiona Andrews, Director of Smokefree South West, said: “We know that most smokers – two thirds – want to quit.  There are now millions more ex-smokers in the UK than those still smoking, and we also know there are some practical tools that help turn that decision to go smokefree into real success. According to a recent survey, 4 in 10 smokers have taken steps to quit in the last year. Stoptober is a fantastic campaign because it draws in friends, family and work colleagues to get behind smokers, gives them a real focus, and crucially, the support they will need to quit for good.”

Cllr Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for Health and Adult Care, said: "Quitting smoking isn't easy, but there's a lot of support out there if you're ready to give it a go. By taking the 28 day Stoptober challenge you’re five times more likely to stay smokefree, so please take that important first step - sign up today and get in touch with our Stop Smoking Service who will help you get through it and make a really positive change.”

This is the third year of Stoptober, which is run nationally by Public Health England. The 28-day target is based on research that says that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stay quit. Last year, 18,775 smokers in the South West signed up for Stoptober and nationally 65% of those who took part succeeded in staying quit for the 28 days.

This year’s Stoptober campaign is using comedy to engage smokers and help them through their 28 day smokefree challenge, and stay quit for good. Smoking may be deadly serious but stopping can give a powerful sense of achievement and personal success.

By signing up to Stoptober, smokers are provided with a detailed 28-day step-by-step programme to support them in their smokefree attempt. To find out more, and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search ‘Stoptober’ online.

The benefits of quitting are well known, but smokers who have quit the habit know that while it can be hard to overcome the cravings, the pay-off is certainly worth it and after just 28 days smokers will start to feel the financial, physical and health benefits, including better sense of taste and smell and a reduced risk of lung cancer and heart disease.

With the launch of Stoptober, the 28 day quit challenge just around the corner, 66 year old Geoff, a singer from Saltash is urging other smokers to follow his success, and quit for good.

Geoff Taylor, a singer, first tried smoking when he was 13 years old and was smoking up to 30 cigarettes a day from the age of 16. He stopped in his thirties but relapsed, so this time he asked Cornwall Stop Smoking Service to help him quit for good.

“I went to see Sharon, the Stop Smoking Adviser. At first we tried nicotine replacement patches but I just smoked with them. Sharon was very supportive and we tried different nicotine replacement options until we found what worked for me.” 

Geoff decided to quit when he realised he wanted to see his grandson turn 21. 

“I knew the way I was smoking I wouldn’t stay fit for another ten years. I was so addicted to roll-ups I was waking at 3am to roll a cigarette. I had friends suffering from smoking-related diseases which affected their breathing.”

He had also been offered a new job and was concerned smoking would affect his ability to work.

“I am a singer so I need power in my lungs; smoking was reducing my lung capacity and making me out of breath. If I hadn’t stopped smoking I wouldn’t have this job.”

Geoff would encourage anyone thinking of quitting this Stoptober to take that next step and use the free help available.

“In the end it was the inhalator that helped me, being able to use the white stick got me through the first few weeks. I used it with the nicotine capsules and then cut down on those and after a month didn’t need it at all. Sharon helped me identify my triggers and come up with ways round these difficult situations without a cigarette. I couldn’t have done it without Sharon counselling and encouraging me.”

“For those thinking of stopping smoking I would say to take all the help you can get.”

If you want to quit this Stoptober, sign up online to the 28 day quit challenge. For advice and support along the way contact the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Stop Smoking Service on 01209 215666 or email smokefree@cornwall.nhs.uk.

Story posted 09 September 2014

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Plain, standardised tobacco packs could reduce sales by £5.5million in Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:23

Public Health England has announced compelling new estimates for how standardised packaging could bring strong public health and economic benefits.

The Government consultation on introducing plain, standardised packaging for tobacco products ended on 07 August. However, evidence from Australia already shows what can be achieved. They have seen an impressive 15 per cent decline in the rate of smoking between 2010 and 2013, with a 3.4 per cent fall in tobacco sales by volume in the first year.

If that fall in sales were to be mirrored in Cornwall, Public Health England predicts that total savings would be approximately £5.5 million (£5,566,976). These statistics estimate the potential savings to smokers through spending less on cigarettes, with a potential knock-on benefit for local businesses, as people would have more money to spend elsewhere. Smoking also impacts directly on adult social care, with recent estimates by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) suggesting this costs Cornwall Council £8.2million each year in care costs.

The introduction of standard packs would also be likely to decrease the number of children in the South West starting to smoke. Attractive packaging is a key reason why young people are tempted to try smoking, which can lead to a lifetime addiction.

Stuart Bourne, Cornwall’s Acting Director of Public Health, said: ‘It is widely known that smoking costs lives - in fact one in every two smokers will lose their life to this lethal habit. Tobacco remains the only consumer product which kills when used as intended. The figures for lives lost are startling and hopefully, in addition to the clear health risks, this will both encourage existing smokers to quit and prevent new people starting to smoke.’

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, added: ‘We are pleased that the possibility of standard tobacco packaging is a step closer. Anything which helps people in Cornwall to think again about the risks and makes smoking less attractive will help them to be better off – not just with their health, but financially too.’

Find out more about how to kick the habit in Cornwall from the Stop Smoking Service. They offer FREE help and support to anyone who wants to stop smoking. You can call them on 01209 215666 or email smokefree@cornwall.nhs.uk

Story posted 08 September 2014

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Cornwall Council confirms new operator for Callington to Tavistock bus service

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:18

Cornwall Council has confirmed that from Monday 22 September, the bus service between Callington and Tavistock will transfer from Western Greyhound Ltd to Plymouth Citybus Ltd.  The Council is grateful to Western Greyhound for co-operating and ensuring a smooth transition to the new service.

The new service has been revised slightly to give better efficiency. Provision will be restored to housing estates on the north of Callington and journey time between the two mains towns of Callington and Tavistock has also been reduced.  Journeys through Harrowbarrow and Metherall will return to the pre June 2014 frequency level of two-hourly.   The Cothele area will be served by a dial-a-ride service provided by Darren’s Taxis of Callington.

Peter Oliver, Commercial Manager of Plymouth Citybus Ltd, said “Plymouth Citybus is delighted to be once again operating the service between Callington and Tavistock under the service number 79/A. 

“The new timetable maintains a number of important links within Callington and an hourly service between Callington and Tavistock, with journeys now able to accommodate a number of the school movements between the two towns. The new timetable will be available on the Plymouth Citybus website early next week, with leaflets available a few days later. These leaflets will be distributed to a number of shops along the route.

“Fares will be revised, with an increase of between 10p - 20p compared to the fares charged pre June.  Passengers will, however, be able to access the range of season tickets available on mobile phone and the internet, with tickets up to 7 days duration also available from the driver.  These season tickets will also be valid for use on our Service 42 and 11 which operate from Tavistock to Plymouth with most services calling via Derriford Hospital. We also have services that operate to Okehampton from Tavistock.

“Our goal is to operate a high quality and reliable service.“

The dial-a-ride service is available from Monday 22 September; it will be pre-bookable and will serve a number of communities on the route.  

Shopping journeys will be available on Mondays to Fridays from St Dominick, Ashton, Rilla Mill, Golberdon, South Hill and Maders and surrounding areas.  On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, journeys will be available for Chilsworthy, Latchley, Luckett and Cox Park to Callington.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a service will be offered from St Dominick Park and Cothele linking to Gunnislake Station and Callington. 

Bookings for the dial-a-ride service need to be made by 1700 on the day before travel by calling 07861 303101.

Local Cornwall Councillor Andrew Long said: "I would like to thank the staff at Cornwall Council who have worked very hard to ensure we can have a new contract on this route. The reinstatement of the services to the housing estates in the north of the town are very welcome."

Story posted 08 September 2014

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Incentive grants still available for small manufacturing businesses in Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:39

Small manufacturing companies in Cornwall are still able to apply for a “break” from paying business rates as part of a Cornwall Council scheme, which aims to help companies grow and take on more staff.

Under the Micro Business Incentive scheme, micro manufacturing businesses receive a “grant” of up to £5,000 to offset the costs of paying business rates.  The £100,000 scheme funded by Cornwall Council is being delivered by Cornwall Development Company working with the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS).

A variety of businesses from the manufacturing sector have already benefited from the MBI Scheme.  Suresense Technologies Ltd in Perranporth, who provide energy saving solutions to industry throughout the world, has recruited two sales and administrator roles following a successful application.

Ian Hambly, CEO of Suresense Technologies Ltd, said “I heard about the MBI scheme through Martyn Pearson at SWMAS, who has been instrumental in enabling us to build on the success we have experienced in our first two years. I was thrilled when Suresense was successful in our application, particularly as we are a start-up business. The process was simple and straightforward, something I was not expecting, and I would encourage other businesses to look into applying for the scheme.”

Another company benefitting from the Scheme is Bugle based Gripsure (UK) Ltd, who manufacture and sell non slip timber decking throughout the UK.

Gripsure (UK) Ltd Director Mike Nicholson said “By taking advantage of the funding through MBI we have been able to employ a new business development role, which focuses on generating sales within our current UK customer base for our new product - Gripsure Aquadeck.  This in turn will boost our profile in the market and ultimately increase production and profitability.”

The pilot scheme is open to manufacturing businesses in Cornwall which employ fewer than 10 people and have an annual turnover of less than EUR 2 million (approx. £1.65m).  As a result of the grant, businesses must employ a new member of staff for a minimum of six months for at least 25 hours a week, and demonstrate how this will link to business improvement.   Preference will be given to businesses paying people above the average Cornish wage.

The scheme follows changes in legislation which give local authorities more influence on business rate policy, with Cornwall Council seeking new ways to support local business and the use of local workspace.

Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “Cornwall Council is determined to support the growth of small businesses. These firms are the backbone of our local economy and are some of the biggest innovators. This scheme helps them to grow and helps boost jobs in the manufacturing sector. Even as we face tough budget pressures, we are keen to do what we can to help small businesses succeed”

Businesses have until Friday 3 October to apply for the grant.  Details of the application process are available from Cornwall Development Company.

Story posted 05 September 2014

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service urge residents to make a clean sweep for safety

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:32

With summer drawing to a close, Chimney Fire Safety Week (9 –15 September) provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney or multi fuel appliance flue is ready for the winter months ahead. 

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended 247 incidents through 2013/14 which involved a chimney or flue.

As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, CFRS is urging householders to ensure their chimney and multi fuel stoves (such as wood burners) are safe and to have their chimney swept or their flue serviced by a registered chimney sweep. 

Open fires and multi fuel stoves not only warm up a home, but also create a unique relaxing ambience.  With the numbers of people using open fires growing, CFRS has provided some top tips for safer chimneys.

  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Make sure embers are properly put out  before you go to bed and if placed in a metal bucket removed to a well-ventilated area (preferably outside)
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • Please ensure that you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installed correctly in your property.
  • Never block or cover any ventilation vents in your home.

CFRS Crew Manager Mark Pratten explains: “With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using multi fuel stoves such as wood burners, open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire and potential carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney or flue is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and I would urge all householders to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installed correctly in their home.” 

CFRS recommend the following simple maintenance routines:

  • Smokeless coals - Once a year 
  • Wood - 4 times a year when in use
  • Bituminous coal – Twice a year
  • Gas - Once a year
  • Oil - Once a year 

Mark adds: “Latest statistics show that there are approximately 7,000 chimney fires a year in England, but most chimney fires are preventable.

“All chimneys and flue-ways should be cleaned and checked during the summer months to ensure they’re free from debris and in full working order before the heating season. A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified chimney sweep.”

For more information on fire safety please visit the Fire Kills website; the CFRS chimney fire page or contact Cornwall Fire and Rescue service for Home fire safety advice on 0800 3581 999.

To find a certified chimney sweep, or for more information on chimney fire safety, please visit:

Story posted 05 September 2014

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Project to explore history of old Redruth brewery site is launched

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:29

Image attached courtesy of John Baughan 

A community history project is launching this September to explore, gather and share the stories of Redruth and in particular the old brewery site which will be the home of the Heritage Lottery Funded Kresen Kernow, the new archive centre for Cornwall.

The Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place, Redruth will play host to the community history project’s launch at 5pm on Friday 12 September. 

The team will also be on hand to give out information about the project at Redruth Community Centre on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 September, 10am-3pm, as part of Redruth’s Mining and Pasty festival where there will be a display about the history of the area, and free guided tours around the perimeter of the Brewery. On Friday 12 September representatives of Azook’s cornishmemory.com project (another Heritage Lottery Funded initiative) will also be in attendance at the Community Centre with their mobile digitisation studio.

Iain Rowe, participation officer on the Kresen Kernow project says:“We are interested in hearing from anyone who was linked with, or has stories, memories, photos or film footage of, the Brewery, as well as the knitwear and bacon factories, Penventon Park, hotel and nightclub, as well as any information relating to the fuse works, foundry, bone and saw mills, or even rugby on the Brewery Field.”

Cascade, a Cornish educational theatre company, is leading the project. Kit Maher, Cascade’s artistic director, said “We are proud to be part of this project. Cascade has been running community projects for 20 years and is well placed to provide an exciting series of creative events in Redruth. Cascade's aim is to share, spread and celebrate the stories of Redruth and in particular those relating to the old brewery site.  There is a huge wealth of history and many tales to be told about the old brewery site and Cascade is passionate about unearthing as much as possible and celebrating the amazing past of Redruth. If you have any stories to share, reminiscences to repeat or you just want to join in the fun then come along and see what’s going on.”

Azook’s Richard Trant says: “We are keen to introduce cornishmemory.com to all those interested in the memories and heritage of Cornwall captured by camera, cine film and audio recording over the last 100 years and more. We are interested in seeing any material that may be hidden in your attic or garage, or your own memories. We can digitally preserve these memories and record interviews in our Mobile Digitisation Studio.”

For more information, or to book a tour, please contact Iain Rowe at irowe1@cornwall.gov.uk or on 01872 323127. You can also find out up to date information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kresenkernow or on the Kresen Kernow website pages.

 

Story posted 05 September 2014

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'A Hard Rock Life!' mining exhibition opens at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth

Corwall Council News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:29

Miners eating pasties, c1895. Courtesy of the Cornish Studies Library

It’s ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place Redruth this September, as the library’s new exhibition about mining in Cornwall opens on Friday September 12 to tie in with Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival.

The exhibition looks at the lives of those working in Cornwall’s mines, predominantly in the 19th century, including bal-maidens and children. Documents will be on display related to some of the terrible mining disasters which occurred, including the official report into the Levant Mine disaster. The exhibition will also feature material related to Cornish migration, including letters and posters.

On Saturday September 13 Dandy/Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan will be at the library leading ‘Mini Mining Cartoon Masterclasses’ Drop into the Library at any time between 10am and 2pm to join in the fun, and you can also contribute to our massive mining scene! 

Kim Cooper, Principal Librarian at the Cornish Studies Library, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Nick back for another brilliant cartoon workshop, this time inspired by our mining exhibition. Redruth’s Mining and Pasty Festival gives us a great opportunity to participate in events in the town, as well as showing off our fantastic mining collections, which are designated as having international importance.”

For further information, telephone the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216760. ‘A Hard Rock Life!’ will be on at the Cornish Studies Library until September 30 during regular opening hours.

 

Story posted 05 September 2014

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Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth hold alcohol awareness event

Corwall Council News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:32

As part of Safer Cornwall’s multi-agency campaign ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ tackling issues surrounding alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour, Safer Redruth and Healthy Redruth teamed up to open the Old Boots Store in Fore Street Redruth on 20 August to provide advice on alcohol and healthy living. 

Addaction were on hand providing specialist advice and guidance and the Health Promotion Service provided free Health Checks to the 40+ age group and general lifestyle information with the support of volunteers from Healthy Redruth.  Questions and Answers CIC were also available to promote a new project called ‘Local Jobs for Local People’.

Officers from the Police, town and Cornwall Councillors, Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team and community volunteers also undertook a walkabout around the town centre speaking with businesses and members of the public, delivering community bulletins and noting any issues to address.

Helen Page from Healthy Redruth said ‘It was a really interesting day and we spoke to lots of different people. Healthy Redruth was keen to be involved as alcohol can have such a huge impact on our lives and health. We spoke to groups of young people who had fun with the beer goggles and learned how to keep themselves safe on a night out. We also spoke to a man who had started drinking alcohol at 8am that morning and wanted to get help to change. We gave out lots of unit cups and alcohol calorie counters. Did you know that a bottle of wine contains the same amount of calories as 3 Mars Bars? Or 3 large bottles of lager is the same as a Big Mac and fries?’

Sue Clark the Operations Manager Specialist Services for Addaction Cornwall said “Addaction staff were available throughout the day and were pleased to engage with a number of younger people providing information on YZUP (Addaction’s Young People’s Service)”  The phone contact for YZUP is 0333 200 0325.

Sarah Necke, a Community Safety Officer from Cornwall Council said “It was a great opportunity for Safer Cornwall to align their ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ campaign with the goals of Healthy Redruth and our partner agencies.  The multi-agency walkabout speaking with members of the public and businesses was a positive experience and enabled us to talk with the community about any concerns they had in relation to crime or anti-social behaviour in their area, which will be tackled wherever possible by Safer Redruth.”

Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information and advice on the Safer Cornwall website.

Story posted 04 September 2014

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Council sets out draft budget proposals

Corwall Council News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:14

Cornwall Council has today published its proposals for saving £196m over the next four years and is asking members of the public, partner organisations and staff to give their views on the draft budget and come forward with any other ideas for saving money.

The Council's aim is to strengthen its partnerships with the rest of the public and community sector in order to make as many savings as possible without cuts to frontline services. The authority is seeking to devolve at least £34m of services to town and parish councils and to work on integrating services currently run by government departments, the NHS, voluntary and community sectors and Cornwall Council.

The unprecedented scale of the savings required means that all areas of the Council are affected by the draft proposals.  However, rather than simply ‘salami slice’ every service, the authority has developed a four year plan which will help protect the three key priority areas identified by the public and Members during last year’s budget consultation.  These are services for the most vulnerable in society (including vulnerable adults, children, older people and the poorest), public transport, and road repairs and maintenance.

“We are determined to focus on what Cornwall will be like in 2019, rather than what we need to cut” said Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard.

“Budgetary constraints and the changing nature of Local Government require a different approach and, as we said last year, we want to build a resilient and sustainable Cornwall and not simply reduce the services we provide.

“To this end we have worked with Councillors, officers and partners to develop this budget, the Council’s strategy which underpins it, and a Business Plan which will implement it.  Our commitment is to create a leaner, more resourceful organisation that delivers essential council services in the most efficient and effective way.  This also means having the courage to make some extremely difficult decisions.

“At the same time we have been pressing the Government to change the way local government is funded to give Cornwall a fairer share of the money it allocates to councils to provide services.  We currently receive less than half the money per head of population than that given to Hackney and if we were funded in the same way as an average urban council we would receive an additional £48m a year.  We are continuing to have discussions with Ministers over the need to recognise the cost of providing services to people in Cornwall and have recently sent a submission to the Independent Commission set up to look at this issue setting out how we think the system should be reformed.”

Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said “Over the past few months we have looked closely at everything we do to see how we can protect services by becoming more efficient and changing the way the Council is run.  We started with the money we spend on ourselves and have already identified more than £30 million of savings through a radical restructure of senior management, reducing the use of consultants and agency staff by 59%, and a local pay agreement with staff.  This work is continuing, with further savings due to come from ongoing restructuring and the sale of surplus buildings, but the sheer scale of the savings we need to make means we cannot rely on these actions alone. “

"We are looking to work much more closely with the rest of the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.  We will be seeking to integrate our services and to share support functions and buildings wherever possible.  But we know that front line services will also be hit and so we have worked with elected members, with partners and with the public to understand where they feel savings can be made and which services should be protected."

“However we are also looking to the future and to developing the skills, jobs and infrastructure that Cornwall needs.  We persuaded the Government to allow decisions on spending our European funding to be made in Cornwall, and we have seen significant Government investment in our rail, air and road links. We are also investing £50 million in match funding for the next round of the EU convergence programme."

“The draft budget proposals include some things which we would want to do regardless of the need to make savings.  These include further reducing the number of buildings and working more closely with partners to share costs.  Others are savings we would prefer not to have to make and which we know will have a significant impact on the people who use these services.  But, faced with the need to save £196m from our budget , we have very little choice.

“However even implementing all these proposals will still leave us with a £6 million shortfall and this figure could rise depending on Government funding decisions.  We have already ruled out a number of options as unacceptable in the current circumstances and, rather than have to revisit them in the future, are asking people to come forward with any ideas on areas for savings we might have missed or where we could go further than we are currently suggesting.

The draft budget proposals are based around four key areas:

  • Working with staff to reduce the pay bill – including further restructuring and the transfer of staff to new models of delivery and arm’s length companies
  • New models of delivery – including integrating health and social care services; devolving further services to town and parish councils and community and voluntary groups (eg libraries ); creating trusts and partnerships to deliver services such as culture and tourism, and seeking external partners for services such as parking. 
  • Management improvements – including delivering more services digitally and through the website; reducing administrative costs in areas such as IT and postage; more effective procurement and contract management and sharing buildings with partners and community groups;
  • Increasing income – taking a more commercial approach in areas such as public protection, licensing, planning, and waste.

“We recognise that many people will be concerned at the impact of some of these proposals but the stark truth is we cannot protect services and save £196m by continuing in the same way” said Alex Folkes.  “We have to become more efficient and change the way we run the Council.  By doing this we can support key services for vulnerable children and adults, and help people who are struggling to make ends meet by maintaining council tax support.   We will also be supporting the bus network and continuing to fix potholes and maintain our roads.

“We now want to hear the views of people in Cornwall on these proposals.  We are holding 20 public meetings during October  so people can give us their views on the proposals and any new ideas”.

Following today’s publication of the draft budget, the proposals will be considered in detail by the Council’s Portfolio Advisory Committees during September. 

As well as the public meetings in October there is also an online form where people can give their views and make any suggestions. - www.cornwall.gov.uk/cornwallbudget.

This consultation will close on 29 October.

All the comments and suggestions made by members of the public and partners will then be used to produce a revised draft which will be discussed by the Cabinet on 5 November and then the full Council on 22 November when the final decision will be made. 

You can read more detailed information in the following documents:

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