Cornwall Council is congratulating young people in Cornwall who have worked so hard at their GCSE courses and have today received the results that have done their talents and abilities justice.
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said the achievements were a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and schools in Cornwall and praised the support provided by parents and carers. “I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements” he said.
“All our schools are committed to providing the best quality education for their students and today’s results show that, once again, hard work has paid dividends. This is a very important time for these young people who will be making key decisions which will affect their future lives."
Also welcoming the success of Cornish students, Jane Black, the Council’s Head of Service for Learning and Achievement, said that the exams were an important stepping stone for young people in Cornwall. “I’m really pleased to see so many young people do so well in their GCSEs. We are still waiting for detailed results from a number of our secondary schools but anticipate that the picture here will reflect the national picture. We will be analysing the data from all our schools over the next few days when we will have a clearer idea of how they have performed”.
“The changes in the educational system mean that these young people will continue in learning or training until they are 18. However, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. While many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.
“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”
The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.
Story posted: 20 August 2015
Pathways to Health - largest interactive careers event takes place in the Knowledge Spa at Royal Cornwall Hospital
On Friday 6 March, 300 young people from schools and colleges in Cornwall visited The Knowledge Spa in Truro to take part in the county’s health care careers event for young people. Organised by Cornwall Learning’s Education Business Partnership in partnership The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and Plymouth University, EBP South West and Truro-Penwith College, Pathways to Health was aimed at 14-19 year olds considering a career in medicine, healthcare, engineering or IT and the allied health professions at technical or professional level.
Students had the chance to explore the latest revolutionary technologies used in health and medicine through interactive workshops and stands, guided by health professionals and employers.
Workshops included Operating Department Practice, a simulated ward as well as a Royal Society of Chemistry workshop. They visited interactive stands staffed by health professionals, scientists and technologists representing Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Plymouth University and other healthcare organisations and industry representatives. Student ambassadors from Plymouth University enabled the smooth running of the day. The wide range of stands offered information on everything from Medical Physics to Optometry. Students even had the chance to discover the contents of an ambulance and their purpose courtesy of the South West Ambulance Foundation Trust.
“The event definitely had the WOW Factor” said Kate Whetter, Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. “We were able to showcase some of the most exciting advances in healthcare science and technology here in Cornwall and open young people’s eyes to the opportunities the future holds”
Nick Macklin, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to support this event and help inspire young people to pursue a career in healthcare. We employ over 5000 people in a wide range of roles and this event during National Careers Week is a great way to showcase the opportunities and innovative services right here in Cornwall.”
Robyn Clark, Outreach Events Team Leader, Plymouth University said: “Plymouth University is committed to training the healthcare professionals of the future and this was a great event to highlight the range of opportunities open to graduates”
‘Truro and Penwith College is delighted to support this event. STEM provision at our college is based upon a foundation of strong subject development, improving the skills and outcomes of learners. Students will benefit from the cutting edge technologies demonstrated at this event to make informed choices in their work, their future careers and further study.’ Said Paul Britton STEM coordinator at Truro and Penwith College.
Charlotte Molyneux from EBP-SW said ‘We were thrilled to be part of this exciting event providing the opportunity for students from across the region to gain insight into the wide range of exciting careers within the healthcare industry’
Exhibitors included :
- Optometry, Psychology, Human Movement and Function Laboratory - Plymouth University Faculty of Health and Human Sciences –Optometry and Psychology
- Plymouth University School of Medicine and Dentistry – dentistry
- Plymouth University School of Nursing and Midwifery – simulated ward
- Cornwall Mobility Centre, Midwifery, Volunteer Services, Medical Physics, Speech and Language Therapy – all from Royal Cornwall Hospital
- Cornwall Stroke Service,
- Public Health and Protection, Care Ambassadors,– Cornwall Council
- South West Ambulance Foundation Trust
- Exeter European Centre for Environment and Human Health
- The University of St Mark and St John
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Army Careers
The event was attended by Penrice Academy, Cornwall College – Camborne, Mullion Comprehensive, Wadebridge School, Bodmin College, Sir James Smith's Community School, Callington Community College 6th Form, Camborne Science and Int'l Academy, Penair School, Mounts Bay Academy, Truro- Penwith College, Fowey River Academy and Truro High.
Story posted 16 March 2015
With thousands of youngsters in Cornwall receiving their exam results today, Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said that their achievements are a tribute to the hard work and commitment of students, schools and colleges and to the support provided by parents and carers.
“This is a very important day for all these young people and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take” he said.
Jane Black, the Council’s Head of Service for Learning and Achievement, has also welcomed the success of Cornish students. “Hopefully everyone has got the grades they need to go onto the next stage, whether that is to higher education or to the world of work” she said. “However, if you have not done as well as you had hoped, then please don’t panic as there is a huge amount of support available from schools and colleges.”
“We know that university may not the right option for everyone, with more young people now choosing apprenticeships and traineeships. If you are unsure what to do next, you can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.“
The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.
“The Council is committed to raising aspirations among all our young people” added Jane Black. “We are continuing to work with all schools, settings and partners in Cornwall to ensure that students are enabled to do the very best they can, right from Early Years.”
Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.
“It is important for the future of both our young people and for the future of Cornwall that all students have access to the highest possible quality of education” said Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Corporate Director for Education, Health and Social Care. “While the majority of our schools are achieving high standards, we need to ensure that all are enabling students to achieve the maximum progress possible”.
Story posted: 13 August 2015
More than 90 performers, four visual artists, a golf team, bar and catering staff, technicians and volunteers have set sail for the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany.
Cornwall has taken part in the internationally renowned festival since the 1970s, but this year is special as the festival, which is taking place between 7 and 16 August, focusses on Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
Cornwall will be well represented with performers ranging from award winning Camborne Town Band to singer-songwriter Kezia. Top Cornish music band Dalla will be performing alongside the popular 3 Daft Monkeys and The Changing Room, who won no less than three competitions for Cornwall at the Pan Celtic festival at Easter.
A special project has brought together Keskowethyans – a young group of dancers and musicians drawn both from experienced Cornish dancers and new recruits, while for the first time Cornwall is sending harpists to join those from Wales and Brittany, in the shape of Sarah Deere-Jones and a harp ensemble.
Other groups include young fiddle and guitar duo MacQuarrie and Toms and singers the Aggie Boys, bringing shanties and other songs in their own inimitable style.
The art exhibition features four artists from Cornwall alongside four from the Isle of Man and will remain in Lorient until September./p>
Skinners beer, pasties from Etheringtons and cream teas will be among the items on offer in the Cornwall and Isle of Man pavilion, where Cornish event caterers Downright Delicious will be delivering high quality food and drink throughout the ten days of the festival, showcasing produce from both regions.
The entertainment line-up also feature chef demonstrations that will include Cornwall’s very own Nathan Outlaw, whose restaurant in Port Isaac holds two Michelin stars. Information on Cornwall and its attractions together with sales of Cornish goods completes the offer and the pavilion will be alive with music, dance and chat.
‘The festival attracts over 700,000 people and is an excellent opportunity to showcase what Cornwall has to offer’, said Julian German, the Council’s Economy and Culture Portfolio holder. ‘There is great buzz around this year and we are sure that everyone involved will do Cornwall proud and show just how much we have to celebrate’.
And as the final accolade – Lorient will be naming a roundabout after Cornwall in honour of this year!
Issued on behalf of Maga - the Cornish Language Partnership
Dr Zephaniah said pupils should have a greater awareness of the "different cultures and languages" within Britain.
"Hindi, Chinese and French are taught [in schools], so why not Welsh? And why not Cornish? They're part of our culture," he said.
His comments were made at the recent National Eisteddfod in Wales.
Talking to BBC Wales' Cymru Fyw, he said: "In England, on the whole, when we talk about multiculturalism, we tend to talk about black people, Asian people and people who have brought their cultures here.
"Sometimes we forget that there are local cultures which are very different to English mainstream culture and literature."
Zephaniah, who was born in Birmingham, is a poet, playwright and author. He left school unable to read or write but went on to write critically acclaimed poetry - especially for young people. In 2008 The Times listed him amongst the top 50 post-war writers.
Cornwall’s Esedhvos is part of the Gorsedh celebrations and takes place in St. Austell between 1 and 6 of September.
Story posted 12 August 2015
People in Bude and Stratton are being invited to give their views on plans to replace the old beach huts at Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches with new and refurbished huts as part of a £1million Cornwall Council funded project to enhance the coastal assets in the area.
The proposal to replace or refurbish the existing beach huts was put forward during a consultation event in 2013 which invited residents to come up with their ideas on how to improve the local beach areas.
Following discussions with the Bude Coastal Asset Steering Group, the Council has now developed plans to provide up to 225 beach huts, which will be split roughly equally between Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches. The scheme, which is being led by Currie & Brown on behalf of the Council, is designed to benefit both local residents and visitors to the area.
The Council is holding an open day at Summerleaze Terrace between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, 19 August to provide an opportunity for residents and beach users to come along and see the plans and give their views on the project. They will also have the chance to see examples of the huts sited in front of Life’s a Beach Café.
“The Bude coast is vital to tourism “ said Joyce Duffin, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment. “The beach huts are one of the most iconic images in Bude and we want to hear the views of local people and visitors on the designs which are being proposed”.
“We have taken on board all the comments received during the 2013 consultation and the discussions with the Coastal Assets Steering Group, and are proposing to install the huts in pairs so that they resemble a pitched roof traditional timber beach hut. We are also looking at options for increasing the size and number of windows within the huts.”
The Council has invited bids from companies who specialise in the construction of timber buildings with the aim of providing huts to a very similar design to the huts installed at Mentone Gardens. These huts were installed as pilots for the larger scheme to allow everyone the opportunity to see the three sizes of huts being proposed. The preferred supplier is currently being appointed with a view to new huts being installed during autumn 2015.
The huts, which are intended for daytime use only, will be similar in nature to the existing huts, and will not, therefore, have any electric or water services. They will be installed close to existing locations of beach huts, although this may not always be in the exact positions.
A planning application has been submitted for the erection of the huts at Summerleaze Green, with a decision expected by the end of September 2015.
An options appraisal has also been carried out to consider the best layout for beach huts. A number of options are being considered, including the refurbishment of some of the existing huts rather than replacement. The final decisions will be based on a range of factors, including the available funding, costs of ground works, the overall look of the design, user satisfaction and the need to provide a desirable mix of sizes.
Works are expected to begin in the autumn and continue through the winter, with the aim of the huts being made available for tenants in the spring.
“Where possible we intend to prioritise installation of huts in new locations so that existing tenants have a hut to move to (even if on a temporary basis) before the existing concrete huts are demolished” said Joyce Duffin. “We are planning for all of the new huts to be installed and operational for mid July 2016.”
“We welcome feedback from existing and potential hut tenants along with any interested parties and would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the open day on 19 August. “
You can email your comments to EnvironmentService@cornwall.gov.uk.
Story posted 12 August 2015
This summer St Ives is trialling 6 BigBelly Solar bins which harvests energy from the sun and uses it to compact waste to an eighth of its size. Cornwall Council has had the ordinary looking, but hi-tech, litter bins installed on the harbour to trial their effectiveness and to assess their impact.
The new bins will replace the large wheeled bins which have previously been used on the harbour during the summer season. Due to their size, the former litter bins were often used incorrectly by individuals depositing commercial and holiday home waste. It is hoped this trial will help understand the issues associated with this problem as well as trialling the system for any operational efficiencies. Cory Environmental, cleansing and collections contractor, will continue to provide collections for the new bins.
The innovative BigBelly solar bin looks like a standard litter bin but it contains a solar PV module which provides the power for an internal compactor which is used to compress the litter. A Bigbelly bin takes up roughly the same footprint as an existing street bin but, because of the compactor, can apparently hold up to eight times more waste than the average bin.
Each compactor comes equipped with a wireless monitoring system which alerts the collections team when the bin is ready for emptying. This information is used to schedule collections more efficiently with savings predicted in expenditures such as vehicle journeys and fuel costs.
The BigBelly bins are also designed to prevent access from animals and birds and are an excellent deterrent for seagulls.
Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment, Joyce Duffin said: "These new solar powered ‘Bigbelly’ bins will help to tackle litter at one of Cornwall’s busiest summer destinations. We will carefully monitor this trial and see if the bins are a useful addition to our work on waste."
The BigBelly solar bin trial will continue until mid-September and the bins are being monitored carefully for emptying requirements, litter bin weights and issues. After the trial the Council will assess the bins for their costs and benefits.
Story posted: 10 August 2015
The world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall has a new home in Redruth!
After more than 10 years in the planning, the final element of funding has been found to turn the dream for a new archive centre for Cornwall into reality.
Today John Whittingdale, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, welcomed a £11.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award to Cornwall Council to create Kresen Kernow, an inspirational new archive centre on the site of the former Redruth Brewery. With an ever growing interest in Cornish heritage, this new building, complete with cutting edge digital facilities, will help people across the globe learn more about Cornwall and its rich culture and history.
Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale said: “National Lottery money continues to make an absolutely vital contribution to our culture and heritage in the UK. I am delighted that this investment will help safeguard the historic brewery buildings at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The new archive centre at the Redruth brewery will be home to the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and maps related to Cornwall and will inspire people of all ages by showcasing their rich and distinct history for future generations.”
Welcoming news of the funding Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “This grant from HLF will enable us to make our vision for Kresen Kernow possible. We have been working with partners in Redruth for two years to clear the Brewery site, which has been derelict for nearly a decade. With this announcement today we can build on this effort and create a thriving and vibrant archive centre, which will be at the heart of a wider heritage-led regeneration scheme, creating over 300 jobs and £40m of investment in Redruth.”
Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “This inspiring project is now ready to transform Redruth’s old Brewery into a centre dedicated to Cornish heritage. At its heart, it’s a celebration of Cornwall’s strong tradition of storytelling but it will also provide a new use for an existing historic building and create much-needed jobs. We’re hugely supportive of these plans which we believe to be exemplary in providing investment at both a local and wider regional level.”
At the heart of the project will be the extensively refurbished historic brewhouse with a new environmentally sustainable extension for archive storage and care. The design, developed by leading architects Purcell, takes advantage of the unique heritage features of the brewery buildings and carefully integrates contemporary archive and learning facilities. Work will begin on construction in 2016 with the centre due to open in 2018.
During the 18 month development stage, the project team spoke to thousands of people about the scheme and their ideas are central to the project. The new exhibition and public spaces will transform how the internationally significant collections are shared with visitors of all ages and a learning studio will provide a dedicated area for schools and community groups eager to find out more about Cornwall’s archaeology, history, literature and culture.
The HLF grant will also fund a wide programme of events and activities at the centre, around Cornwall and online, including workshops, training and the ‘Out of the Ordinary’ exhibition, featuring loans of significant Cornish documents from national collections. Digital engagement with Cornwall’s archives will be transformed, and a dynamic and enhanced range of volunteering opportunities will be on offer.
Due to Cornwall’s connections all over the world and the growing interest in ancestral tourism, the centre is expected to attract visitors from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. However, it will retain the brewery’s heritage at its core, with artefacts, documents and memories from the brewery’s heyday also preserved in the exhibition spaces.
Cllr Judy Davidson of Redruth Town Council said “the site of the former brewery here in Redruth is steeped with history. Being confirmed as the site for the new Kresen Kernow ensures that this history will not only be recorded, but continued. We are delighted to be hosting this project for the whole of Cornwall, and the funding from the HLF ensures that not only will we have a first class facility in the town, but this will be a catalyst that unlocks the site for the future investment in the town.”
This view was echoed by Horace Yao, of Sino Ltd, the private sector partner leading on the development of the wider site adjacent to the new building. “We are delighted to hear this news” he said. “We will be working with the local community to make sure we can deliver our plans to build new homes, workspace and micro-brewery and complete the transformation of this site and turn around the fortunes of this historic town”.
Story posted: 6 August 2015
Smokers are being warned that they must wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking - especially when tired - as Cornwall fire and rescue service highlights that more than a third of all deaths in fires in the home nationally are caused by cigarettes.
Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fires in the home, often because of tiredness, careless behaviour such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol.
Also importantly when smokers fall asleep with a lit cigarette in hand, their proximity to the resulting fire seriously lowers their chance of escaping in time.
Cornwall Fire Service is reminding smokers to ‘Put it Out, Right Out’ whenever they light up, to install smoke alarms on every level of the home and, to test them regularly. Without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in an accidental fire in the home.
These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home:
- Never smoke in bed - take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
- Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished, never dispose of cigarette ends in a plastic bin and make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going out of the room or to bed.
- Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly and also plan an escape route for you and your family - a working smoke alarm and an escape plan can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
- Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
- Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.
- Consider using a metal bucket - plastic materials such as waste bins and rubbish bags should never be used to dispose of cigarette ends and could cause a serious fire if used incorrectly.
- If you have concerns for a relative or neighbour re misuse of smoking materials contact 0800 3581 999 to arrange a home fire safety visit.
Watch Manager Mark Pratten said “Every five days, someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials. Despite a fall in the overall number of fires caused by these products, it’s still the biggest killer in accidental fires in the home across the country.
“Every smoker should wake up to the risks they take every time they light up, and drop the habit of smoking whilst in bed or under the influence of alcohol. The risk of falling asleep before you ‘put it out, right out’ is just too great.
“Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious, so invest in a working smoke alarm and plan an escape route in your home, it could give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen.”
For more information about our free home fire safety service please contact our 24hr free fire safety helpline on 0800 3581 999 or go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire.
For more information and advice about the stop smoking service call 01209 313419 or go to email@example.com.
Story posted: 5 August 2015
Works to repair archaeological features at Trevelgue Headland damaged by erosion to begin in September
Works to record and protect archaeological features damaged by erosion at Trevelgue Headland, near Newquay are due to begin on Monday, 7 September.
The Cornwall Council owned site comprises an impressive Iron Age promontory cliff-castle, defined by a spectacular series of large earth and stone ramparts which defended an east-west headland 700m long and protecting, on its south side, the natural harbour of St Columb Porth. Two Bronze Age barrows survive on the headland, along with the remains of an extensive Late Iron Age/Romano British settlement. It is designated by Historic England as a Scheduled Monument.
The winter storms of 2013/14 caused significant areas of erosion and minor landslips on the Headland, exposing fragile archaeological layers and features, including damage to the large ramparts that cut across Porth Island. These are now being further eroded by the high number of visitors to this popular site.
The proposed works, which will be led by PWH Conservation Surveyors Ltd, from Barnstaple, and carried out by Michael Vanstone Plant Hire and Groundworks, Bude, are designed to provide a layer of protection which will help lessen future erosion and storm damage. The scheme, which is expected to be completed by the end of December, will be closely monitored and recorded by members of Cornwall Archaeological Unit and Historic England.
As the scheme involves areas of footpath used by the public, parts of the site and the Island itself will be closed to the public on weekdays during the works. The area will be re-opened on Friday evenings to allow access to the site, although the sections where ongoing repair works are taking place will be cordoned off to protect public safety. Details of the dates and areas of closure will be fixed to the entrance of the site.
“We recognise that the closures may cause inconvenience to both local residents and visitors to the area but would ask that people bear with us while these essential repair works are carried out” said Ann Reynolds,Senior Archaeologist from the Council’s Historic Environment Service.
The works are being funded by Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, following a recommendation from Cornwall Council’s Countryside Archaeologist and the Heritage at Risk Project Officer for Historic England.
As part of the works, local members of Newquay Old Cornwall Society will be trained on how to carry out future monitoring of the site, building on their current and much valued on site recording and scrub clearance work.
Story posted: 3 August 2015
Cornwall Council’s Communities Policy Advisory Committee, known as the Communities PAC, met recently to discuss and consider the report on the Council’s Face to Face Service and the alternative service delivery of Library and One Stop Shops. The PAC has recommended to Cornwall Council’s Cabinet that further work should be done in line with ‘Option 3’ in the Committee report which is to progress individual devolution deals with local groups and organisations and consider proposals for delivering the remainder of the service within budget if insufficient interest from Communities is forthcoming. Cabinet agreed with the PAC recommendation and withdrew the item from the Cabinet agenda in order to allow more time for this further work to be carried out.
Prior to, and throughout the consultation on the future delivery of Face to Face Services a number of groups and organisations expressed an interest in delivering their local service. We will now be working with those local councils, groups and organisations to discuss and develop their proposals further.
In addition to this the PAC and Cabinet are keen for invite further expressions of interest from other town and parish councils and community groups who had not previously contacted the Council or shown an interest in delivering their local service. Hopefully this further opportunity will encourage communities to come forward with solutions for their area. We need to hear from interested parties by 30 September 2015.
We are aiming to protect the whole library/one stop shop service across Cornwall through local organisations and groups taking on the running of their local service whilst being supported by the Councils central library and one stop shop team – so far we only have 14 ‘expressions of interest’ from across Cornwall and without more we cannot rule out ultimately having to close sites in order to deliver the service within budget.
Geoff Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has responded to the consultation - as their views have helped to shape the way forward. We have listened to the concerns of the public and our Members - and the choice by Cabinet, to delay a decision on the library and one stop shop recommendation, demonstrates that this was always an open consultation.
Geoff continued: “It’s really important that local councils and organisations use this extra time to talk to the Council about how they can work with us to find solutions for their local areas.”
Once the proposals, and any new ones yet to be received, have been developed they will be presented to the Communities PAC, for the committee’s views prior to a formal recommendation to Cabinet.
Story posted: 5 August 2015
Cornwall Council has welcomed a successful legal challenge of a Government policy which would have restricted local planners’ abilities to ask developers to provide affordable housing on small housing applications.
The proposals by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government would have limited the use of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 so that it could continue to be used to seek contributions from developments under ten dwellings in urban areas and five dwellings in rural areas in order to mitigate the harm of developments on local infrastructure such as highways and education and to provide affordable housing.
Cornwall Council provided evidence in support of the Judicial Review brought by West Berkshire Council and Reading Borough Council to highlight the impact of the imposition of a national rule on different local markets.
Following the successful challenge the Government has now removed these limits from national planning policy guidance.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for planning, said: “This is about giving local authorities the ability to make decisions about applications in their areas. I agree with the Judgement that this issue was one best set locally as part of the development of our Local Plan rather than imposed across the country.
“In Cornwall 26% of previous permissions were on sites under 10 units. The change, which was brought into being suddenly last November, has already had an impact upon our ability to support the delivery of affordable housing. We recognise there needs to be a balance on all these issues, but the Cornwall Local Plan is the appropriate place to test what works in Cornwall, not a blanket statement for all parts of the country.”
Story posted: 5 Aug 2015
Plans to improve cycle and pedestrian provision in Bodmin have been given the thumbs up by almost 60% of people who attended a recent exhibition.
Under the proposals for the Dennison Road, Church Square, Turf Street and Crockwell Street area, road signs, traffic lights and markings would be removed, the highway narrowed and footways widened.
Local residents, councillors and businesses took the opportunity to comment on the plans which were unveiled as part of the wider 'Bodmin Growth Deal' during a two day exhibition in June.
Of the 433 people polled at the exhibition, 64% said they were in favour of improvements to cycle and pedestrian provision in the town. When asked about the proposals for the Dennison Road area, 59.6% of those who attended said they were in favour.
Since then Cornwall Council and CORMAC staff have met with disability awareness charities, as well as Bodmin Town Council and Better Bodmin to gain their views on the proposals. People also had the opportunity to comment on the plans during the four-week consultation which coincided with the start of the exhibition.
As well as the 'shared space', the Bodmin Growth Deal proposes a range of highway schemes including a new roundabout at the junction of Priory Road and Launceston Road and cycle links to hubs at the Camel Trail and Lanhydrock.
Councillor Steve Rogerson, Cornwall Council Local Member for Bodmin St Petroc: “Bodmin is at the heart of Cornwall and now it has the chance to benefit from being at the heart of cycling in Cornwall.
“The creation of the cycle routes will not only lead to benefits from tourism, they will also provide easier cycling journeys for residents to school and to work. The result should be less pollution and a safer, healthier, environment.”
“The Growth Deal is the first of many major opportunities to address transport and pollution issues, it is a genuine Bodmin Growth Deal,” said Councillor Lance Kennedy, Bodmin Town Mayor.
Work has now begun to adapt the proposals in light of comments made during the consultation and the project team is working with the charity, ISight Cornwall to ensure the plans take into consideration the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted.
A further public exhibition to unveil the final designs is due to take place shortly before construction work on the various schemes start in December 2015. Works are scheduled to be complete by Spring 2017.
Story posted: 5 August 2015
Cornwall Council is to set up its own home care provision to help deliver home care packages for adults with complex needs in cases when existing care providers have been unable to provide support.
The new care agency will provide a safety net to help ensure that care packages are available when people are discharged from hospital.
Experienced staff from the Council’s Short Term Reablement Planning Service (STEPS) will transfer to CORMAC Solutions Ltd to form the new home care agency alongside the existing STEPS service. The STEPS team currently provide short term support at home for people recovering from hospital treatment or other temporary issues.
Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council’s Adult Care Portfolio Holder, said “We know there is an urgent need to provide more home care packages in Cornwall, particularly for adults with more complex needs. Over the past few months there have been some occasions when we have struggled to find private sector providers to deliver care to people in some areas of Cornwall.
“By combining the business experience of CORMAC with the social care expertise of our STEPS team, we can fill some of this gap and help ensure that care is provided for people when and where they need it”.
“However we know that existing care providers in Cornwall are struggling to recruit enough staff to meet the current level of demand, and we are keen to ensure that any new care provision doesn’t draw existing staff away from other providers.”
Bill Shields, RCHT Chief Executive said: "We welcome any move to increase home care provision in Cornwall and continue to work alongside the Council and all our partners to ensure people receive appropriate support outside of hospital."
NHS Kernow’s Managing Director Joy Youart said: “We’re committed to ensuring the whole system works together to support people to be discharged from hospital when they’re ready and welcome any move to increase care home provision.”
Cornwall Council is currently trialling the new arrangements with a small team from STEPS, with a view to having the new care agency up and running under CORMAC by October.
Story posted 29 July 2015
Cornwall Council has decided to increase the hourly rate it pays private companies for providing traditional domiciliary care* for people living in their own homes.
The Council currently spends approximately £28m a year on commissioning packages of traditional domiciliary care for people living in their own homes. The rates that the Council pays are currently in the lowest quartile of rates paid across local authorities in the South West.
The Council has modelled the financial impact of the rates in light of information provided by the UK Home Care Association and providers. The authority has also taken into consideration the impact of local economic growth on the ability of providers to attract and retain staff to meet the Council’s care requirements. This has resulted in a decision to increase the rates paid to those providers who are providing traditional domiciliary care for individuals living in their own homes. The Council is putting an additional £4.5m into the Adult Care budget to meet the costs of this decision.
“Traditional domiciliary care plays a crucial role in supporting people to live in their own homes and it is vital that we ensure that we can provide support for people where and when they need it “ said Jim McKenna, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Support.
“Over the past few months we have been working with representatives of Healthwatch Cornwall, the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group and providers to try and work though a number of issues, one of which relates to the payment rates currently paid by the Council for care at home to vulnerable clients.
“We have listened to the concerns of providers on this matter and I am pleased that we have been able to reach agreement in increasing the hourly rate to a level which is above the South West average.
Debbie Pritchard, Healthwatch Cornwall’s Chief Executive, said: “Healthwatch Cornwall has worked hard to represent the views of providers, paid-carers and the cared for in relation to the county’s care-at-home system to commissioners. Our report, published in May 2015, included a number of recommendations to the commissioners, with one being the need to review pay and conditions for carers.
“Therefore we welcome Cornwall Council’s decision to increase the hourly rate paid to providers for traditional care-at-home services. We hope this will increase recruitment and retention of staff, and, ultimately, ensure that a reliable and sustainable care-at-home service is delivered at all times to those who need it.”
This decision will come into effect from 4 September.
Story posted 29 July 2015
Jubilee Pool, an iconic feature of the Penzance seafront for 80 years, is undergoing a major renovation which will include essential structural improvements, as well as repairs required following significant damage suffered during the winter storms of 2014.
Works to be completed include:
- Anchoring the pool floor to the rock bed
- Repairs to external wall and structure
- Stabilisation and repairs to terraces and changing rooms
- Replacement of paving and hand railings
- Upgrading the pool drainage system and electrical systems
The renovation work is being carried out by CORMAC Ltd and the pool is scheduled to open in spring 2016.
Alongside the renovation works there will also be a number of activities arranged to promote and create a sustainable future for the pool.
The Coastal Communities Fund granted Cornwall Council £1.95m as part of a project totalling £2.94m. Match funding has also been provided by Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund, Tempus Leisure, the Friends of Jubilee Pool, and Penzance Town Council.
Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Chair of the Project Steering Group said: “Cornwall Council welcomes the fact that we have reached this long awaited milestone and works have begun at Jubilee Pool. This project is a celebration of the spirit of collaboration and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners in the future.”
The Mayor of Penzance David Nebesnuick said: “I am delighted that the major work has begun at the Jubilee Pool and I look forward to the pool being returned to its former glory as an outstanding art deco structure.”
Martin Nixon, Chair of the Friends said: “We are delighted that this project is finally underway and are very grateful to all those who have contributed to our fundraising efforts; helping to contribute to the restoration of the pool and in turn creating a sustainable future for this much loved amenity.”
Richard Allen, Director of Business Development for Tempus Leisure said: “Tempus is delighted to support the project, working with Cornwall Council, Penzance Town Council and our other partners to transform this iconic facility.
The development provides an exciting opportunity to build upon our previous success at the pool and really shows how it can be managed as a sustainable sporting and cultural venue.”
Ian Newby, Senior Project Manager for CORMAC said: “CORMAC are really excited to be involved in this project which brings many engineering challenges”.
Story posted: 3 August 2015
A window fitter from Hayle has narrowly escaped imprisonment after pleading guilty to a series of frauds carried out between July 2013 and August 2014.
In a prosecution case brought by Cornwall Trading Standards, Liam Hawkins, who traded as Profile Windows appeared before Magistrates in Truro this week to face 12 charges of fraud.
The court heard that Hawkins took cash deposits and further down-payments from a number of his customers but used the money to settle gambling debts. In some instances the customer thought they were dealing with another company but Hawkins had intercepted the appointment booking so as to pretend to take the order and receive the deposit.
Despite being convicted for a similar offence in February 2014, Hawkins continued the practice until frustrated customers reported the matter to police and Cornwall Trading Standards.
At Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 29 July 2015 he admitted all 12 charges and was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community service, to repay £968 to three of his victims and to pay £2,900 towards the prosecution costs.
Nigel Strick, from Cornwall Trading Standards, said; “The Court recognised that these were very serious offences, involving a breach of trust and repeat victimisation. The penalties imposed by the Magistrates reflect the stress and anxiety caused to some of the victims by the string of lies and excuses he used to avoid repaying their money. Liam Hawkins now has to refrain from further offending or he faces certain imprisonment.”
Story posted 30 July 2015
A budding Friends of Castle Park group has met with Cornwall Council and other local organisations to discuss ways to improve the popular Liskeard park.
The talks included representatives from Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council, Clean Liskeard, Liskeard’s Neighbourhood Plan group and the Police who were able to advise the group on play equipment and possible funding sources, tackling anti-social behaviour and litter and how the facilities at Castle Park fit in with the rest of Liskeard’s park provision.
Toria Tanton, Chair of the Friends of Castle Park said: “This was a positive, informative meeting. We have a lot of information and decisions to take on board, most importantly whether to become a full on registered charity or work in partnership with another organisation etc. We will contact other parks who have been successful about what they have experienced, so we can get a clearer picture of what the positive steps are to running a successful Friends of Castle Park committee.”
Councillor Sally Hawken, Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East, said: “It’s great to see local people taking an interest in their park. It’s early days, but an enthusiastic group can make a big difference to their local area. We’ve discussed what the group would like to see happen in the park and how to set up a Friends of Castle Park group that could bid for funding for more play equipment and other improvements. I would encourage the community to give their support to the Friends of Castle Park committee.
“We’ll also be putting the group in touch with similar groups in other parts of Cornwall that have successfully transformed their local parks so the Friends of Castle Park can pick up hints and tips about what works best.”
Joint statement from NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council re commissioning of children's community health services
Joy Youart, Managing Director at NHS Kernow and Trevor Doughty, Corporate Director for Education, Health and Social Care at Cornwall Council, said “NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council want to consider the opportunities for closer integration between health and social care services offered by the Cornwall Devolution Deal and have, therefore, jointly decided to discontinue the current procurements of children’s community health services.
“This decision will allow NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council to explore alternatives to deliver seamless children’s services, which is in line with our plans to integrate commissioning as set out in the Deal.
“We remain committed to ensuring children and young people have the best start in life and the support they need to realise their ambitions. It is our vision to improve people’s health and experience of care, provide early help and reduce the cost of care.
“Children and their families using existing services will not be affected by this decision. They should attend appointments as normal – children will continue to receive appropriate services according to their needs.
“As always, we will ensure that any future tender process adheres to relevant legislation.”
Story posted: 29 July 2015
Trading Standards warn of latest version of telephone money transfer and bogus council tax refund scams
Following a recent incident brought to their attention by staff at a local post office, Cornwall Trading Standards Officers are warning the public about a scam relating to PPI (payment protection insurance) refunds.
Truro Post Office raised the alarm when one of their customers came in asking to buy Ukash vouchers in order to secure a PPI refund. A concerned member of staff rang Trading Standards and the customer was advised that it was a scam.
Scammers had targeted the potential victim by telephone, offering her a £2,000 refund for PPI charges. She was contacted on several occasions, which helped build trust in the process. Eventually she was convinced to buy Ukash vouchers to the value of £200 as an administration fee. The scammers promised that a courier would arrive later that day to collect the vouchers and hand over her money.
Senior Trading Standards Officer Gary Webster commented: “There was no chance that anyone would have arrived at the lady’s home to hand over the cash. The scammers would have simply rung her and asked her to provide the Ukash voucher codes to confirm payment of the admin fee. Using the codes they then would have been able to withdraw the cash.
We are really grateful to the staff at the Post Office for noticing this and bringing the matter to our attention. This type of scam is so incredibly simple but the technique used by the scammers to cover their tracks is often very sophisticated. Local or national telephone numbers can easily be diverted to pay-as-you-go mobile phones or to telephones based outside of the UK. The scammers will often use company names of real businesses that are entirely unconnected. This gives the victim some reassurance if they happen to search online to see if the company actually exists.”
Ukash and other money transfer schemes offer a convenient method of securely transferring money between people, but there are dangers with this that can be exploited by fraudsters. The recipient does not need any physical paperwork – they only need the code, which they can use to redeem for cash at any participating outlets (usually local shops, post offices or supermarkets). In many cases they may even only need part of the code, as some of the digits purely relate to the country of origin. There is no method of recovering monies that are sent in this way.
Gary goes on to say: “July is National Scams Awareness Month and we are keen to get the message out to people that they need to be very wary of cold calls. We have seen lots of other versions of this scam, including one that purported to offer substantial compensation to consumers who had previously been caught by timeshare scams. I’m aware of someone who lost over £17,000 over a two week period, and another person who lost many tens of thousands to a variety of different telephone scams over a period of months. The scammers will effectively ‘groom’ their victim, spending time over numerous phone calls to build trust, before eventually disappearing with the money.”
Cornwall Council is also warning residents about bogus callers who are claiming to be ringing on behalf of the Council, offering refunds for over-payment of Council Tax.
A number of local residents have reported that scammers, apparently from a business calling itself ‘Claimers’ are stating that they will refund the over-payment, provided a £65 fee is paid in advance.
Senior Trading Standards Officer, Gary Webster warns; “Cornwall Council would never ask for an upfront payment in order to receive a refund for Council Tax. Any cold caller who asks you to pay money with the promise of a larger refund, prize or compensation payment is clearly not to be trusted. Never pay money or provide your bank or credit card details to someone over the phone who has cold called you.”
If you need to verify the identity of a Cornwall staff member please call 0300 1234 100. If you are concerned that you, or someone you know has been a victim of a scam, please seek advice from Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. You can also report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40.
Story posted 28 July 2015
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