Voters in Mevagissey will be going to the polls on Thursday, 6 November to elect a new Cornwall Councillor for the Mevagissey electoral division.
The by election has been caused by the recent resignation of Michael Bunney.
The Notice of Election has been published on the Council’s website today and information packs are now available.
Candidates must submit their completed nomination papers to Room 11 of our St Austell One Stop Shop at Penwinnick Road by 4 pm on Friday 10 October 2014 .
If two or more candidates are nominated by the deadline, the election will take place on Thursday 6 November 2014.
The list of candidates standing for election will be published on the Council’s website as soon as possible after the above deadline.
Story posted 02 October 2014
Older and vulnerable homeowners are urged to apply for a grant from Cornwall Council for essential gas maintenance and gas related repairs to their home.
An average grant of £225 is available after the Council was awarded a £5,000 Gas Safe Charity Grant to help homeowners with a disability over the age of 21. Homeowners over the age of 60 in receipt of a means tested benefits such as the Guaranteed Pension Credit or Council Tax Support are also eligible.
The Council will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out work at the homes of successful applicants which could include gas safety checks, gas servicing, gas boiler repairs or work on cookers, fires, pipework or water heaters.
Mark Deer, Cornwall Council’s Team Lead, Home Solutions said: “Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. For successful applicants, we will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out the work and we will pay them direct. The average grant is anticipated to be in the region of £225 but a full gas service of all appliances, including the gas boiler combustion analysis can cost in the region of £100 so we have the potential to help up to 40 or 50 households be gas safe in their homes.”
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: “This is excellent news and I would encourage those who think they may be eligible to apply to do so. In that way they can be confident that the gas provision in their home is operating in a safe and reliable manner.”
Cornwall Council applied to The Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) which works in partnership with the Gas Safe Charity to provide essential maintenance and repairs to the homes of older and vulnerable people.
FILT Chair, Baroness Kay Andrews, said: "This funding will provide much needed support to many vulnerable and older people. I am delighted that we are working with our partners to provide essential support to keep people safe and warm in their homes".
The Gas Safe Charity funding has been awarded to coordinating charity FILT, as part of a two-year programme and will be used to address the replacement, repair and servicing of dangerous, faulty or insufficient gas appliances and installations that put the safety of older and vulnerable people at risk.
The Gas Safe Chair of Trustees, Gordon Lishman, explained: "Working in partnership across England, Scotland and Wales will help put in place preventive services that directly address the risks of death, injuries and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. The scheme will also help to promote gas safety awareness across the UK.”
People can apply directly to the Home Solutions Team at Cornwall Council by calling 01872 224707 or email: email@example.com
Story posted 02 October 2014
Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA14/01020 - Perranporth Developments Ltd. Ponsmere Hotel, Ponsmere Road, Perranporth Cornwall TR6 0BW; demolition of the existing Ponsmere Hotel, erection of 28 residential apartments, 11 houses, 2 flats over garages, restaurant (A3 use class) and car parking and associated infrastructure.
The public meeting will be held on Thursday 13 November 2014 at 6pm in the Perranporth Memorial Hall, TR6 0DP.
Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.
The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people. Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.
Please be aware that the maximum capacity for the hall is 190 and this cannot be exceeded.
The planning application is due to be considered and debated at the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee meeting at 2pm in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices at Truro on Monday 24 November 2014
Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register under reference number PA14/01020.
Story posted 02 October 2014
Senior Members and officers from Cornwall Council have presented a cheque for £492 to the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice at Porthpean.
The money was raised by a charity Gig Rowing Challenge at Loe Beach which was supported by Truro River Rowing Club.
More than 70 officers and Members – 12 crews of 6 rowers – took part in the challenge, with the crews paying to enter a series of races. There was also a raffle and a BBQ, with prizes and goods donated by local businesses, including Philip Warren Butchers in Launceston, Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery in Bodmin, Dairy Crest in Davidstow, Camelford, Morrisons in Bodmin, Bookers in St Austell, Warrens Bakery, St Just, Trewithen Dairy, Bodmin and Sequel Training.
The cheque was presented to Norma Edwards from the hospice by Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources; Paul Masters, the Corporate Director for Communities and Organisational Development, and Jacquie Rapier, representing Truro River Rowing Club.
Story posted 01 October 2014
Cornwall Council’s Micro Business Incentive (MBI) pilot scheme has helped Launceston based Timberland Joinery Ltd to expand their workforce and fulfil their bulging order book, thanks to the Council’s innovative response to changes in business rate legislation.
MBI is open to micro businesses in the manufacturing sector in Cornwall. It effectively offers a “break” from paying business rates, in order to allow the business to invest in employing a new member of staff which will lead to business expansion and improvement.
The scheme follows changes in legislation which give local authorities more influence on business rate policy, and Cornwall Council has taken the initiative to use this to find new and innovative ways to support local business.
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”.
Kelvin Gay, Manager at Timberland Joinery Ltd said “This scheme has given us the support we needed to employ a new Bench Joiner who will be learning all aspects of our business, from machining, assembling and staining windows and doors to fitting glazing and ironmongery, helping us to fulfil our already busy order book.”
Under the scheme, businesses that employ fewer than 10 people and have an annual turnover of less than EUR 2 million (approx. £1.65m) receive a “grant” of up to £5,000 to offset the costs of paying business rates. The £100,000 scheme is being delivered on behalf of Cornwall Council by Cornwall Development Company, working with the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS).
A variety of other companies from the manufacturing sector have already benefited from the MBI scheme, including food and drink and technology businesses and other potential applicants have until Friday 17th October to apply for the grant. Details of the application process are available from Cornwall Development Company.
Story posted 30 September 2014
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Community Engagement & Training team hosted an evening at Falmouth Community Fire Station on Tuesday 23 September bringing together their partners, peers and clients.
The event showcased their new branding and website and highlighted the projects achievements over the last 18 months.
Previous participants from 4 different Phoenix courses took part in a drill for the audience. The group met for the first time just before the drill and gave a fantastic demonstration of all the skills that they learnt during their time on the course.
Senior Instructor Charlie Philpott said “I am delighted; it was a fantastic evening bringing together many of our partners, showing the options that are available through engaging with Cornwall Fire & Rescues Phoenix Project. The drill proved that you can bring together different members of the community and they can work together to achieve a positive outcome. In the last year alone we have worked with over 330 people and we have some brilliant case studies on our new website which shows the extent of our work.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: “This is a hugely positive scheme which has often been the catalyst to turn lives around. The officers have worked with a broad range of clients and I applaud their efforts to really make a difference.”
CFRS Station Manager Dave Pilling said: “The work that Phoenix has done over the last year highlights the flexible nature of the project. Phoenix has pushed barriers this year to work with more socially isolated members of the community, bringing them into fire stations to begin the reintegration with their local communities. If you would like to work with the Phoenix team please contact them on 01326 318177”
Story posted 30 September 2014
Following the success of a series of events over the past year when almost 1,000 dogs were microchipped in just one week, Cornwall Council in partnership with Dogs Trust, is holding another series of free dog microchipping this October.
Dogs Trust is providing a team of roaming vet nurses who will microchip dogs free of charge.
From 2016 it will be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped which normally costs up to £20.
You are also reminded that your dog must wear a collar and tag with contact details when in a public place.
Cornwall Council Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers will be at the events to offer any advice or if people wish to discuss any dog issues.
The events will be held on
Location and time
Location and time
Council office car park
9am – 12 noon
Beacon Car Park
1pm – 5pm
Penrose car park
9am – 12 noon
Ships and Castles Leisure
Centre car park
1pm – 5pm
Council office car park
9am – 12 noon
1pm – 5pm
Splash Leisure Centre car park
9am – 5pm
Lux Park Leisure Centre car park
9am – 12 noon
Free car park
1pm – 5pm
Cornwall Council Head of Public Health and Protection Allan Hampshire says: “We need dog owners to be responsible for their pets and this latest drive to get dogs microchipped will give owners the reassurance that should their pet become lost or be stolen, he or she is more likely to be returned to them safe and sound.
Local authorities and vets will have scanners so that any dog that is found straying or reported for dangerous behaviour can then be traced back to the owner. If the authorities come across a dog after 2016 that does not have a microchip, the owner will be required to have it chipped urgently or face a fine.”
Lee Paris from Dogs Trust says: “Dogs Trust is delighted to be working with Cornwall Council on another microchipping campaign and is urging dog owners to take advantage of the offer. The issue of stray dogs continues to be a problem across the country and in many cases dogs can be easily reunited with their owners if they were microchipped. While at Dogs Trust we never put a healthy dog to sleep, our rehoming centres are very stretched so we constantly need to reach out to dog owners to help them get their dogs microchipped and neutered to help prevent the scores of stray and unwanted dogs we take in every year. In order to try and reduce any problems and any preventable separations Dogs Trust stresses the importance of also keeping the microchipping details up to date.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown says: ““Most dog owners are very responsible and I welcome this scheme which will enable dogs to be easily identified and enhance the animal’s well-being.”
Story posted 30 September 2014
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Road Safety Team work together to help older people Age Safely
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Council Road Safety are joining forces in support of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Ageing Safely Week.
Throughout the UK, fire and rescue services, in partnership with road safety teams, are working to provide practical help and advice to older people and undertake targeted prevention and protection activities to help them to stay safe.
In Cornwall, experts will be attending flu jab clinics this week to highlight initiatives such as Driving Safer for Longer and the ongoing campaign to provide fire and carbon monoxide safety advice to those most at risk in the community.
Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire, or being involved in a road traffic collision, increases greatly for those aged 65 and over.With an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe on the road are likely to form a growing part of partnership work over the coming years.
Tamsin Ferris, Road Safety Officer who will be providing information about the Driving Safer for Longer scheme, says: “In Cornwall older drivers are over represented in road casualties. For this reason the ‘Driving Safer for Longer’ scheme was set up which aims to provide information round any increased risk that older drivers may face and advice to assist them if they wish to continue to enjoy driving, while being aware of any adjustments they may need to make as they get older.”
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Crew Manager Mark Pratten comments: “UK fire services carried out 274,000 home fire safety checks in households with a person aged 65 or over last year. CFRS currently conduct over 5000 home fire safety visits to targeted groups across Cornwall. We also engage with older people through group visits to WI’s and Age UK day centres; working closely with Dementia Alliance and Memory cafes. We also provide fire and carbon monoxide safety awareness information at GP’s surgeries when they are conducting Flu jab clinics.”
As part of the initiative, older people are also being encouraged by the Safer Cornwall partnership to speak out if they feel that they are being treated in a way that causes them fear or alarm. David Parker, Community Safety Officer, comments: “We want everyone to feel valued, to celebrate diversity and to understand different people’s needs whatever their age. If you or an older person you know is being treated in a way that causes alarm or fear, this is called hate crime and should be reported either through the Police or Disability Cornwall who are acting as a third party reporting centre for Safer Cornwall.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “I am delighted to support this campaign. With increasing life expectancy it is important that we do all we can to assist people to age safely.”
Story posted 30 September 2014
Cornwall Council has introduced a ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to address the issue of violence, aggression and unacceptable behaviour directed towards Council employees.
The Council takes all incidents of violence and abuse towards its employees extremely seriously and the zero tolerance initiative has been developed following an increase in the number of incidents involving abuse.
A survey carried out among Council employees earlier this year found that 95% of the 500 people who responded had experienced verbal abuse either face to face or on the phone at least once in the previous three months. Nearly 16% had been verbally abused on more than six occasions during that time.
The aim of the new initiative is to send a clear message to the public that violence and aggression towards any Cornwall Council employee is unacceptable.
Over the past few months the Council has worked with Devon and Cornwall police to take legal action against two members of the public who verbally abused and harassed Civil Parking Enforcement Officers. In the first incident a member of the public who verbally abused a Civil Parking Enforcement Officer in Penzance was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice by the police, while in the second a St Ives man was given a police caution for harassing a CEO while he was carrying out his duties in the town.
“We acknowledge that the vast majority of people that we have dealings with are civil and polite” said the Council’s Chief Executive Andrew Kerr. “However we will not accept any form of abuse towards our staff who are carrying out their daily duties and will take appropriate measures to support them, including prosecution”.
“The survey also showed that 80% of the staff who had experienced verbal abuse had not reported the incident and, as well as providing further training for staff on how to deal with such incidents, we will also be making it easier for them to report it”.
Managers will be provided with a toolkit on how they can support employees to deal with incidents, including sending letters to the perpetrator and registering them on the cautionary contact list.
Story posted 30 September 2014
Cornwall Council receives highest number of nominations for Community Right to Bid scheme in the country
More than 100 communities in Cornwall have submitted nominations for land or buildings in their local areas to be listed as community assets – the highest number of nominations in the country.
The Community Right to Bid, which was introduced as part of 2011 Localism Act 2011, enables town and parish councils and local voluntary and community organisations to nominate local land or buildings to be included in the list of Assets of Community Value. This then gives local communities the chance to bid to buy the asset if it comes up for sale. It does not matter who owns the asset - if it is of value to the community then it could be listed as an Asset of Community Value.
Examples of a community asset include village shops, pubs, community centres and playing fields.
Cornwall Council received its first nomination on 15 October 2012 - this was for land at St Eval air field to be listed as a community asset. Since then it has received 107 other nominations – making a total of 108 nominations – resulting in Cornwall becoming the area with the highest number of nominations in the country.
Other nominations which have been received include :
- Castle Hill Allotments at Bodmin
- Dolphin Inn at Grampound
- Tuckingmill Valley Park at Camborne
- St Blazey Football Club
- Malabar Community Centre
The Council is continuing to encourage nominations so that local communities have a fairer chance to buy the assets that are important to them.
Jeremy Rowe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Devolution and Localism, has welcomed the success of the scheme in Cornwall. “The legislation means that local people and communities can use the Community Right to Bid to ‘pause’ the sale of buildings or land they care about. This could be their local pub, village shop, village hall or playing field.
“Under the scheme communities who successfully nominate an asset to be included in the list then have up to six months to buy the asset for the community.”
Story posted 30 September 2014
To kick off National Liftshare Week, any registered member (new or existing) who adds a new journey to share between 6 October and 2 November, will be entered into a prize draw to win a free MOT test at either of Cornwall Council’s two MOT test centres.
The site, run by Cornwall Council, provides a way in which people can search for and request a lift to work, college, and entertainment events or for any other trip they may normally undertake on their own in the car.
Sharing a lift halves fuel costs and helps to reduce congestion and pollution on the roads. There’s also the great social aspect with car sharing of being able to chat to someone on the journey.
It is free to register on the Carshare Cornwall site and members can register regular or one-off journeys and the site will search for anyone else travelling a similar journey. Members can then get in contact with each other through the site and arrange sharing a lift. It is also linked to the national Liftshare network so out of county journeys can also be searched for.
Story posted 30 September 2014
News that the final piece of the funding package to support the improvements to St Mary’s and Penzance harbours has now been confirmed has been welcomed by the partnership which will be delivering the £11.9m scheme.
The sea link between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly is a vital lifeline for the communities and businesses of Scilly, providing transport for the majority of freight and carrying more than 80,000 passengers to and from the Isles.
The improvements to the two harbours, which includes carrying out pier widening and improving freight handling facilities at St Mary’s and dredging at Penzance, will help safeguard the future of the sea link by creating deeper water berths which will increase the range of vessels which could potentially provide the service in the future.
Last month the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announced that the Department for Transport was making £6.347m available for the harbour works at St Mary's, together with dredging and traffic management improvements for the harbour at Penzance. The Department for Transport is also giving Cornwall Council a further £976,000 to cover the costs of preparatory works for the scheme. These costs would normally be met by the local authority.
The remaining funding was due to come from Europe and this week it was confirmed that the scheme had been awarded £5.560m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This announcement means that the works can now begin, with the dredging and highways work at Penzance expected to be completed by 31 March 2015, and the harbour extension and other works at St Mary’s due to be completed by 30 June 2015.
The scheme has been developed by a partnership including Cornwall Council, Council of the Isles of Scilly, Penzance Town Council, Duchy of Cornwall, Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, with support from West Cornwall MP Andrew George. Cornwall Council is the Accountable Body for the funding and will ensure the improvements at Penzance and St Mary's Harbours are delivered.
Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste, said “The link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly is a vital component in linking the Island communities to the mainland. It is always important that the sort of partnership that has given rise to this project is in place to ensure that all the British Islands are able to enjoy the benefits of resilient and modern transport. It is good to know we can now giss’on with these works”.
Welcoming the formal confirmation of the funding, the Council of the Isles of Scilly Council, Duchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, said “The St Mary’s Quay partnership came together at the behest of the Department of Transport to design a lower cost, deliverable, functional scheme that delivers improved vessel options and improved passenger and freight facilities. Now, with support from Cornwall Council, the scheme has come to fruition and we are all looking forward to the completion of the works. ”
Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said “This investment complements previous ERDF projects to connect the Islands both physically and digitally. The arrival of superfast, the work at St Mary’s and Lands’ End airports, and the previous slipway improvements at Porthloo demonstrates how European funding has enhanced both social and economic opportunities for the islanders for many years to come.”
“Cormac Solutions Ltd are delighted to have been appointed to undertake a design and build contract to provide the highway improvements to facilitate the development of this important transport link” added Dominic Bostock, from CORMAC Solutions Ltd. “We have been particularly active in Penzance over the past six months, with the rebuilding of the coastal defence at Newlyn Green and Bolitho Gardens along with the Promenade maintenance works, and have forged strong links with the local community which will be extended through our delivery of these works.”
Phil Osmond, the Project manager for Mace, who are acting for Cornwall Council on the project, said “Mace are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project . We are well aware of the importance of good sea links between St Mary’s and Penzance, having worked previously with the Council of the Isles of Scilly. Acting for Cornwall Council we are extremely pleased to be providing project control services for works at both ports.”
Peter Marsh, the Operations Director for Kier, said “Kier Infrastructure are delighted to have been appointed as the design and construct contractor for the St Mary’s Harbour Improvements as this is such a strategically important project to the island community. We are extremely conscious of the vital importance of the sea link between St Mary’s and Penzance. This continues our long commitment to port and coastal works in the South West Region and we are pleased to be working in partnership with Cornwall Council and the wider project stakeholders.”
Peter Madsen Rederi A/S will be carrying out dredging within the Penzance Harbour and the Harbour entrance as part of the upgrade to the Penzance – St Mary’s sea link.
Director of Peter Madsen Rederi A/S John Madsen, commented ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and we aim to complete it within the next four months with the minimum impact to other users of the harbour’.
Story posted 26 September 2014
Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood has chosen an organisation which supports the thousands of young people in Cornwall who care for others as his official charity.
While there are currently 588 known carers in Cornwall, Census statistics suggests that the true figure is nearer to 4,000 with 1,217 young people aged 0 – 15 providing unpaid care, and a further 2,682 aged 16 to 24. Many young carers do not come forward as they see nothing unusual about their role and its part of their family life.
Announcing that he had chosen Cornwall Young Carers as his official charity John Wood said that it was vital to support these young people who do so much for others.
“Research shows than 1 in 12 young carers are caring for someone for more than 15 hours a week, with one in 20 missing school because of their caring responsibilities” said John.
“Cornwall Young Carers supports these young people who are helping others and I want people in Cornwall to get behind the charity so we can help raise money to support the learning and achievement of our young carers.”
A small group of staff have joined with some of Cornwall’s young carers to set up a fund raising group which will be organising a series of events and activities over the next few months. All the money raised by the group will be administered by young carers for young carers on behalf of the charity.
The first event is a car wash day in the main car park at New County Hall,Truro on Tuesday, 28 October, which is being sponsored by Dales Cars. The car washing will take place between 10 am and 4pm, with a minimum donation of £5 per car. The Fire Service will be supplying the water for the car wash, with officers from Truro Fire Station helping to wash cars for an hour during the day.
Other events which are being planned include a Donation raffle on 25 November; a best dressed office competition in December; an online cryptic quiz being staged during January; a black and gold day in February when staff and Members will pay £1 to wear the Cornish colours for the day; a “Goodwill” bank event in March where staff and Members can donate skills or some time which others can then “purchase”; a cake and bake sale in April and a sponsored bike ride along cycle trails across Cornwall during the May half term.
Story posted 26 September 2014
The Council’s Public Health and Protection (PH&P) team is supporting a call from Public Health England (PHE) for everyone to practise good hand hygiene when visiting farm attractions.
The Council’s PH&P team regularly visit the owners of petting farms and other animal visitor attractions to give them advice on how to prevent their visitors being at risk of falling ill and reminding the public to take care and wash hands after being in contact with animals.
John Dickinson, Cornwall Council Commercial Food and Safety Officer says: “Farm visits are great fun. They play a valuable part in the education and development of children and young adults and provide an enjoyable experience for many people. However, it is important to remember that a range of infections can be passed on through contact with animals unless care is taken to avoid them.
“The risk of becoming unwell from illnesses such as E.coli O157 is very low as thousands of people visit such attractions and there are on average only three outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease linked to visits to petting farms every year. The route of infection in these outbreaks is generally through contact with germs from animals. These germs are ingested when people contaminate food they handle or eat or when they put their fingers or other contaminated objects such as dummies or soothers in their mouths.”
To reduce the risk of illness, adults and children should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water after they have handled animals or touched surfaces at the farm, and always before eating or drinking.
"Hand-washing is the single most important prevention step in reducing the spread of gastrointestinal infections after handling animals”, explains John; “It is important that attraction owners provide good, well signed hand washing facilities, ideally located at the point where visitors leave the animal contact area. Responsible adults should closely supervise their children when they are petting the animals and washing their hands.”
Dr Mark Kealy, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset PHE Centre said: “Visiting a farm is a very enjoyable experience for both children and adults alike but it's important to remember that contact with farm animals carries a risk of infection because of the microorganisms - or germs - they carry.
“Anyone visiting a petting farm should be aware of the need to wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water after they have handled animals or been in their surroundings. Children are more at risk of serious illness and should be closely supervised to make sure that they wash their hands thoroughly.
“It is also very important not to rely on hand gels and wipes for protection because these are not suitable against the sort of germs found on farms.
“By being aware and by doing these simple things we can help to avoid illness and enjoy a fun day out.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown says: “We have several very well run attractions in Cornwall where children and adults alike can go and meet farm animals and learn more about them. It is important for us all to have an appreciation for all animals but we must be sensible of our responsibility to look after ourselves and our children. Our team at the Council do a great job in making sure that attractions have the right level of warning signs and facilities in place to encourage people to wash their hands and I urge everyone to understand how important it is to wash hands after being in contact with the animals.”
There has been a marked reduction in the number of reported cases of E.coli O157 in Cornwall associated with the consumption of food products since the Council’s commercial food and safety team have adopted a robust approach during inspections. They have also offered guidance and training to ensure that food businesses operators (FBO’s) are fully aware of the risks and have adequate preventative measures in place to avoid cross contamination risks.
Parents planning to take their children to visitor attractions with animals are urged to take particular care with hand-washing and to follow the instructions provided at the attraction.
As well as thorough hand washing, visitors are advised:
- Do not put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals or walking round the farm
- Do not kiss farm animals nor allow children to put their faces close to animals
- Do not eat or drink while touching animals or walking round the farm. This includes not eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum
- Do not eat anything that has fallen on the floor
- Do not use gels or wipes instead of washing hands with soap and water. Gels and wipes do not remove microorganisms that are often hidden by other materials such as dirt
- Do wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas
- Do wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating or drinking.
- Do remove and clean boots or shoes that might have become soiled and clean pushchair wheels. Then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
- Do supervise children closely to ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly
- Do eat and drink in picnic areas or cafes only.
- Do have a great time!
If you or anyone in your group is sick or has diarrhoea within two weeks of visiting a farm, contact your GP or call NHS 111 as soon as possible. If you or anyone in your group, particularly a young child, has bloody diarrhoea, seek immediate emergency medical attention.
Children under five should not attend school/nursery/group childcare until they have been free of sickness or diarrhoea for two days. Tests may be required to confirm that a child is free from infection.
Parents should confirm with their health professional whether it is safe for them to return before the child returns to school or nursery.
Further advice for anyone with a petting farm is available from Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection team on 0300 1234 212.
Story posted 17 April 2014
The main road between Port Gaverne and Port Isaac re opened yesterday after the repairs to the carriageway were completed by teams from CORMAC Solutions Ltd.
A length of wall approximately 10m long and 3m high opposite The Beach House was destroyed by the storms in February, with damage caused to more than half of the width of the road. The storms also caused significant damage to the sea wall and to the water main.
Following repairs to the water main carried out by South West Water at the end of last week, a structures maintenance team from CORMAC have now replaced the wall with a new concrete structure which is faced with the original stone salvaged from the beach. A new parapet has also been built to match the original parapet in style and shape. The road has also been re instated, enabling it to be re opened to traffic.
The steps, which were also destroyed in the storms, are now being rebuilt, with works expected to be completed by the end of next week.
The costs of rebuilding the wall and re instating the road are estimated at around £60,000.
Local Cornwall Councillor Andy Penny has welcomed the re opening of the road. “I am delighted with the fantastic job Cormac have done rebuilding our road & sea wall at Port Gaverne.” he said. “It's been tough for residents and businesses over the last couple of months but great to see the road open in time for the Easter holidays”.
Story posted 4 April 2014
A Penzance man who verbally abused one of the Council’s Civil Parking Enforcement Officers has been issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice by Devon and Cornwall Police.
The incident took place in Penzance’s Clarence Street on 5 March when the abusive comments made by the member of the public were recorded. CEOs are provided with lone worker devices as well as trialling head/body worn cameras to capture evidence of abuse, and have links for the police to be alerted.
The Council takes all incidents of violence or abuse towards its staff extremely seriously and is currently developing a Zero Tolerance initiative as a result of an increase in the number of incidents involving abuse. This initiative is due to be launched in the Summer.
“We recently asked staff to let us know if they had suffered abuse from members of the public to assess the scale of the problem and will be using the results of this survey to help develop the Zero Tolerance initiative” said Chief Executive Andrew Kerr.
“We acknowledge that the vast majority of people that we have dealings with are civil and polite. However we will not accept any form of abuse towards our staff who are carrying out their daily duties and will take appropriate measures to support them, including prosecution."
Story posted 7 April 2014
Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing are holding a public exhibition in Liskeard and inviting residents to view and to give their opinions on a proposal to provide an authorised and managed Gypsy and Traveller transit site at South Treviddo, near Liskeard (on the junction of the Looe Road with the A30).
The exhibition will be held in the Long Room, Public Hall, 3-5 West Street, Liskeard PL14 6BW on Thursday 10 April from 10am to 6pm.
Jane Barlow, managing director of Cornwall Housing explains: “We really want people to come and see the details; speak to representatives from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing and give their views. We have spoken informally with the local parish councils and Cornwall councillors and we have written to those immediately in the vicinity of the proposed site. We now want to get the views of those who live in and around the area.”
This proposal is for what is known as a transit site which will be robustly managed and will provide temporary accommodation with basic facilities, such as toilets and a water supply, for Gypsy and Traveller families as they travel across Cornwall. The longest amount of time families will stay on the site is three months. Cornwall Council has a statutory responsibility to provide sites and Cornwall Housing has been given ring fenced funding by the Homes and Communities Agency for this purpose.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Council is committed to ensuring that members of the travelling communities have the same rights and responsibilities as every other person. Properly managed sites will benefit Gypsies and Travellers and the local settled community alike. They will reduce the number of unauthorised encampments that sometimes cause problems and increase the potential risk of tensions between Gypsies and Travellers and the local population. Unauthorised sites also raise concern amongst many that some in the Gypsy and Traveller population do not abide by the planning system. By providing properly managed sites, there is an alternative for Gypsies and Travellers rather than taking the unauthorised route.
There is an urgent need for a managed transit site and this piece of Council owned land is available and suitable because of its accessibility and location for a short stay transit site for no more than 15 families.”
In addition to this public consultation, any proposal will be subject to the full planning process.
The Council and Cornwall Housing will be bringing forward further proposed locations in other parts of Cornwall as it works to provide a network of small sites to meet existing needs and to address unauthorised encampments.
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