Works to improve the Union Corner road junction adjacent to Falmouth School are set to start on Monday, 16 February.
The £2.3m project, which is due to be completed in July 2015, will see significant improvements carried out to increase the capacity at the junction and improve safety.
The Union Corner junction links the four key roads in Falmouth (Union Road, Trescobeas Road, Bickland Hill, and Kergilliack Road) with two adjacent mini roundabouts. This arrangement will be replaced by a single new roundabout, together with a new link road to Trecobeas Road. The initial stages of the project will include site clearance and temporary works to facilitate the project, followed by the creation of new carriageway routes, islands and pedestrian routes.
Funding for the works, which will be carried out by CORMAC Contracting and managed by Ward Williams Associates, is coming from a range of partners, including £1,559m from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund, with the balance from Cornwall’s Local Transport Plan.
Welcoming the improvements, Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said “This upgrade is a much needed improvement for Falmouth which will enhance the pedestrian experience as well as improving traffic flow. With the need to keep things moving as much as possible it's a complex scheme.”
“CORMAC is an experienced contractor and will work well with the surrounding community to ensure safety, ease of access and as clean an environment as possible during the works. The funding is also a complex mix and we owe all those who have helped to stitch the package together a warm round of applause for their commitment and creativity.
Also supporting the scheme, David Saunby, the local ward member said “Having attended several meetings on this issue, I am happy to support this project, now that alterations have been made to the original plans regarding traffic flows, which I sincerely hope will ease the very long tailbacks at peak periods along Bickland Water Road towards Union Corner”..
The works include:
- Replacing the existing double mini roundabout with a single roundabout and new link road
- Closure of the existing Trescobeas Road and Union Hill junction
- Upgrading existing footways and providing new to create improved shared use footways for pedestrian and cyclists
- Alterations to existing drainage to accommodate the new scheme
- Amendments to existing signing and lining and providing new
- Amendments to street lighting and the provision of new, energy efficient lighting
As these junctions are among the busiest in Falmouth, CORMAC will be working with partners to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that local residents, businesses and schools are kept fully informed during the construction period. Traffic management plans are being developed to minimise potential nuisance from deliveries, traffic and parking during the construction period.
“We recognise that the scale of these works will inevitably cause some disruption at peak periods and we will working hard to minimise the impact on local people and businesses “ said Cormac site manager Ian Newby. “We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time”.
Brett Miners, Headmaster of Falmouth School and Sarah Newton MP are supportive of the new scheme, which is a key step towards the wider improvement of Falmouth School aiming at providing high quality sports facilities for pupils and the local community.
“I am delighted that the school has been able to work in partnership with Cornwall Council regarding the acquisition of the land required to facilitate the road development” said Brett Miners. “Although the road initially will encroach on school fields, this will only occur during the construction phase as the new road is integral to the wider sports community project and development on the Budock Hospital site, which will enhance the school facilities in longer term.”
Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton said “ I pay tribute to Brett Miners and the governors of Falmouth School for their vision and determination to unlock the land at Union Corner to develop new community sports facilities. Also to the support of the local community, Cornwall Council and the NHS to enable the project to go ahead. The road scheme is a key part of enabling the new community sports facilities.”
Posted on 13 February 2015
Two weeks of intensive campaigning for 18 young people in Cornwall came to an end on Saturday 07 February when the results of the elections for the national Youth Parliament were declared at a special ceremony at County Hall.
More than 5,597 young people from 27 schools, 2 colleges and a number of youth projects across Cornwall took part in this year’s election to choose three new Members of Youth Parliament and three Deputy Members of Youth Parliament to represent their views and champion youth issues locally, regionally and nationally.
Following a welcome to the candidates and their family, friends and supporters from Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, the results of the voting were formally announced by Geoff Waxman, from the Council’s elections service.
The six young people elected were:
- North and East Cornwall – Member of the Youth Parliament - Owen Winter from Wadebridge who attends Wadebridge School; Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament – Tabitha Wethers from Torpoint who attends St Austell College.
Also standing for election was Josh Yates.
- Mid Cornwall –Member of the Youth Parliament - Cameron Sykes from Perranporth who attends Richard Lander School; Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament - Saffron Carol Blake from St Day who attends Richard Lander School.
Also standing for election were Steven James Wills, Emma Donovan, Joshua Boughton and Keziah Bunyan.
- West Cornwall – Member of the Youth Parliament - Owen Davies from Penzance who attends Cape Cornwall School; Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament – Joseph Michael Thomas Lander from Helston who attends Helston Community College
Also standing for election were Charlie Oliver, Ki Loveday Edwards, Sunny George Donaldson, Amber Seddon, Olivia Ireland, Mollie Martin and Abigail Lilly
This year all the voting took place online for the first time in the history of the Youth Parliament elections in Cornwall, with a special voting site set up where young people could see information on the candidates and the issues they want to work on. Moving to an online approach meant that candidates were also able to make a video about the issues they represented and put it on the site and social media was used using the hashtag #HaveYourVoice to campaign and encourage schools and young people to engage with the voting process and raise awareness of young people having a voice.
The number of votes cast were monitored daily and published on the Young People’s Reference Group Cornwall Facebook page and across the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. To help encourage schools and colleges to get involved in the elections process this year there has also been a Democracy Award Scheme with schools and colleges taking part receiving a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award based on their level of participation.
Cape Cornwall recorded the highest level of pupils taking part in the election, with 74% of pupils casting their vote. Other schools with a high voter turnout included Brannel School, where 61% of pupils voted; Liskeard School where 63% of pupils voted; Richard Lander School where 52% of pupils voted and Wadebridge where 58% of pupils took part. All five schools received Bronze Democracy Awards for their efforts.
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Young People was delighted with the level of turnout from young people in Cornwall. “There are almost 120,000 children and young people up to the age of 18 in Cornwall and these elections have been a real opportunity for them to help shape their own future . “ he said. “It is vital that decision makers locally and nationally listen to and act on the concerns and issues facing young people and taking part in these elections has been a good start in making this happen”.
“I would like to thank the staff and young people at all the schools and colleges who have been involved and look forward to working with the MYPs and the Deputy MYPs in the coming months to ensure that the voice of young people in Cornwall is heard”.
Posted - 10 February 2015
Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that the three schools in Cornwall will benefit from funding from the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme.
Minister of State David Laws announced in May 2014 that the Government was allocating £2 billion for the second phase of the PSBP programme to fund major rebuilding and refurbishment projects to address the needs of schools in the very worst condition. Under the programme, which runs from 2015 to 2021, local authorities, dioceses, sixth form colleges, academies, and multi academy trusts were invited to submit expressions of interest for an entire school site or for one or multiple individual buildings. 261 schools England benefited from the first phase of the programme.
Following a detailed assessment of the condition of schools across Cornwall, the Council submitted bids for around £40m to rebuild or refurbish six schools – Helston, Humphry Davy, Hayle Community College, Budehaven Community School, Treviglas Community College and Biscovey Nursery and Infant school - in July and this week heard that funding had been allocated for Helston and Humphry Davy schools. Newquay Tretherras School put forward their own independent bid for funding which has also been successful .
Details of the funding was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who visited both Helston and Newquay Tretherras Schools where he met with staff, students and Governors.
“It is crucial that we invest properly in education so that every child has a fair start in life” said Nick Clegg. “Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms – thanks to this funding” .
Andrew Wallis, who was at Helston School to hear the news from the Deputy Prime Minister in person, welcomed the funding which, he said, would make a huge difference to the schools which had been successful. Adding that he recognised that the remaining four schools would be disappointed that their bids had not received funding from this round of the Priority Schools Building Programme, he said the Council would now be working with staff and Governors to look at alternative options for carrying out the works.
“This is obviously very good news for the schools which have been allocated funding “ he said. “I am particularly pleased that the bid for Helston has been successful as everyone connected with the school has worked extremely hard to secure this much needed funding. I would especially like to pay tribute to Sharon Hindley and her team and the capital projects team as it was their hard work which has resulted in securing funding for these three Cornish schools.
“I know that the staff, governors, pupils and parents at the remaining schools will be disappointed but would reassure them that they put forward a very strong case and we will continue to look at ways of carrying out these works. “
Ensuring that all of our communities are protected is really important and so the Council will be supporting Safer Internet Day on 10 February. The aim of the day is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Andrew Wallis says
“We want to make sure that we are doing all we can to help to protect individuals, families and communities to stay safe online.
E-safety is important to everything we do online whether it’s for work or pleasure. The virtual world provides huge opportunities for everyone to work, learn and be creative but we need to remember that it creates challenges for us as individuals, our family and friends and our communities. We all need to understand these challenges and know how we can stay safe online which is why we are showing our support for Safer Internet Day.”
We all like to think that we know how to protect ourselves online but how easy are we making it for ourselves to become a target of fraud, identity theft, bullying or worse? To see how safe you are online ask yourselves these questions:
- Do you use the same password for all of your online accounts such as banking, shopping, and social media?
- How unique are your passwords are they simply your date of birth, mother’s maiden name or the name of your nearest and dearest?
- How much information about yourself do you share online?
- Who has control over what photos, images or stories about you are being added to social media?
- Who has access to this information? You, your friends or everyone?
This is what e-safety is all about, recognising the risks and knowing what we can do about it. We’ll be sharing e-safety hints and tips throughout the day and we’ll share useful links to websites including Cyber Streetwise where you can find all of the information you need to stay safer online. Cyber Streetwise is part of the governments national cyber security programme aiming to change the way people view online safety. The interactive website provides advice such as installing antivirus software, strong passwords, online shopping and social privacy settings to help people enjoy a safer experience online.
We’ll also be letting you know more about how we use your information and why we hold, use and share information we collect to ensure we are delivering services to you in the most effective way.
To find out more about Safer Internet Day, Cyber Streetwise and all of our other hints and tips follow us on Twitter and Facebook #ccsafeinternet.
Story posted 10 February 2015
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