News from our partners Shifnal Flood Partnership Group
The Shifnal Flood Partnership Group are holding a Flood Awareness Day on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 10am-3pm in the Village Hall, to exhibit what they have accomplished and hope to achieve in your area to help reduce flood risk.
Are you concerned about the flood risk in your area? Would you like to know how to protect your home? Do you want to have your say in protecting your community from flooding?
The Flood Awareness Day will include stands from organisations working with the Shifnal Flood Partnership Group. The National Flood Forum, Shropshire Council, Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water will be on hand to give you the opportunity to ask different organisations any flooding questions you may have, such as:
- What are my rights and responsibilities?
- Having flooded before, can I still get insurance?
- What can my community and I do to help protect our homes and possessions?
- How can I stay safe near water?
- What impact do the housing developments in Shifnal have on flooding?
A range of information will be available to answer your questions, as well as expertise from these organisations on the day.
We welcome all those interested in our work in the Shifnal area, and look forward to seeing you on 10 October.
For further information please contact Shifnal Flood Partnership Group via the website www.sfpg.btck.co.uk.
Voters in St Austell will go to the polls on Thursday 29 October to elect a new councillor for the Poltair Ward.
There are five candidates standing for election:
- Olie Allen – (Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall)
- Gill Birchall – (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
- Andrea Hilary Lanxon – (Labour and Co-Operative Party)
- Laura Caroline Mustoe – (Conservative Party Candidate)
- Jack Allan Satterthwaite – (Liberal Democrat)
Please contact Electoral Services on 01209 614298 for further information.
Story posted: 5 October 2015
Marion Russell, Cornwall Council’s Principal Child and Family Social Worker, has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 as a result of her outstanding work and leadership skills.
Marion, who joined Cornwall Council in July 2008, has been nominated for the Principal Social Worker of the Year prize and will find out if she has won at an awards ceremony in London in November. She is one of 68 finalists across 15 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2015.”
The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
This award recognises a Principal Social Worker who has provided outstanding leadership in implementing effective changes in their service to the benefit of their team and made a positive difference to the lives of people they support.
“I am delighted for Marion who totally deserves this accolade”, said Jack Cordery, Head of Service for Children’s Social Care in Cornwall.
“Marion was the first Munro Principal Social Worker to be appointed in the country. She has pioneered the role and was the first Chair of the national network, supporting other Principal Social Workers as they have been appointed around the country. But, most importantly, she has played a leading role in improving children’s services in Cornwall.”
Marion was appointed as the Council’s first Principal Child and Family Social Worker in 2012. The new role, which is in line with the recommendations of Professor Eileen Munro, is designed to ensure that a senior manager in each local authority is directly involved in frontline services.
“It has been a privilege to work in Cornwall in such an innovative and progressive role” said Marion. ”The Principal Child and Family Social Worker is one part of a systemic approach to raise the knowledge and expertise of social workers, improving practice, leading to better outcomes for children and young people in Cornwall. I am passionate about social work with Children and Families, as are my colleagues in Cornwall, regionally, and nationally.’
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, is delighted that Marion has been shortlisted for the award. “Marion totally deserves this nomination for all her hard work and dedication in putting Cornwall at the forefront of good and safe social work practice” he said. “She is a credit to not only Cornwall, but her profession too. If it was in my gift, Marion would already have won it. “
The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, UNISON, NSPCC, Core Assets, iMPOWER, Local Government Association, ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company, Barnardo’s, Kent County Council, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.
Story posted 5 October 2015
A drive by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing to tackle tenancy fraud has resulted in the recovery of 16 properties ranging from one bedroom flats to three bedroom houses.
The initiative to tackle tenancy fraud included a Key Amnesty earlier this year which encouraged anyone not living in their council home or illegally subletting it to hand back their keys rather than face possible criminal investigation and potential legal action which could ultimately result in a criminal conviction.
Jane Barlow, Managing Director of Cornwall Housing said: “Cornwall Housing has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s experienced Corporate Fraud Team and 16 homes have already been identified as either illegally sub-let or have been vacated. By bringing the issue to the public’s attention we have had a tremendous response with 84 referrals being made to the teams as well as three properties surrendered voluntarily. Almost half of these referrals resulted in action being taken to resolve tenancy issues. Of these cases, 21 resulted in direct action being taken with one false succession attempt thwarted, one Notice to quit issued, three Homechoice applications withdrawn as well as the recovery of the 16 properties.
We know that the overwhelming majority of tenants live in their homes legally and that they share our commitment to tackling tenancy fraud and I would like to thank everyone who contacted us for making this work possible. I would encourage anyone who suspects someone of committing tenancy fraud to get in touch so that we can carry on tackling housing fraud together.”
Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment said: “I’m pleased to hear that the work carried out so far has had such great results. It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be potentially illegally profiting from it at the same time. There is huge pressure on the supply of social housing making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help.”
Cornwall Council’s Chief Audit Executive, Simba Muzarurwi, who leads the Counter Fraud Team said: “Our team of professional investigators has worked well with Cornwall Housing to achieve these great results reflecting the benefits of collaborative working in combating fraud. We are looking forward to building on this strong partnership to explore more opportunities for enhancing the arrangements for identifying and investigating potential cases of tenancy fraud. The Council has a zero tolerance policy on all forms of fraud so the Counter Fraud Team will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those responsible for perpetrating fraud are brought to book. By continuous checking and investigation of anomalies in information supplied by tenants and potential tenants, we can help ensure that housing in Cornwall is allocated to those in most need.”
Residents wishing to report somebody who may be illegally subletting or is not living in their home can do so in complete confidence by calling the Council’s dedicated fraud hotline on 0800 7316125 or emailing email@example.com.
“Cornwall is on the up” –this was the clear message from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughin to business and tourism industry leaders, MP’s and representatives from a wide range of local organisations from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at last week’s Cornwall Expo 2015 .
Hundreds of people packed into the hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay on 29 and 30 September for the first ever Cornwall Expo event. Hosted by Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the two day exhibition and conference focused on infrastructure, business, tourism and skills.
Formally opening Cornwall Expo Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Transport Board, said, “Up to £1bn is going to be invested in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the next five years. Connectivity is at the heart of the effort.
“Transport and communication lie at the heart of a modern region – connections with other places, and also, importantly transport within. If we want quality and productivity to drive our economy, then good, cost effective, environmentally sustainable and convenient transport is essential - so too is having communications infrastructure and community investment which reduces the need to travel and enhances the quality of life”
Highlighting the importance of key projects such as the A30 dualling schemes at Temple, Chiverton and Carland Cross; the plans to integrate rail and bus networks to create a more efficient public transport system; improved rail services and works to improve the harbours at St Mary’s and Penzance, he called on the audience to “go home and prepare to make it happen”.
Welcoming the Secretary of State and Tim O’Toole, the Chief Executive of First Group, to Cornwall, Council Leader John Pollard said “Expo is not just about celebrating the things that we have achieved – it is about explaining that Cornwall is a vibrant, strong and forward looking place, it is about business opportunities, it is about encouraging partners and convincing Government that we can and want to do more.
“We know that there are more challenges ahead – with more pressures on Government funding and budges – but there are huge opportunities with the launch of the new Cornwall and Isles Growth Programme and the Cornwall Devolution Deal. We are determined to seize these opportunities and work with our partners to build on the achievements highlighted at this event.
“Expo demonstrates that when Cornwall acts in unity, together , One and All, we achieve great things”.
The importance of good transport links in driving economic growth was echoed by the Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin who told the audience “It's great to come to the Cornwall Expo and to see so many Cornish businesses confidently planning for the future.Today, Cornwall is on the up. Since 2010, 19,000 jobs have been created here, and across the South West a new business is started every 12 minutes.
"To keep that momentum going this one nation Government is investing in transport, not just in the South West, but to and from the South West. The Government is determined to press ahead with its long-term plan for transport in Cornwall, to ensure that Cornish businesses can play their part in Britain's economic recovery."
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “Cornwall Expo was a real showcase of what has been achieved in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in recent years, and a great opportunity to outline future investment plans aimed at boosting jobs, skills and growth.
“I was particularly heartened by the Transport Secretary’s renewed commitment to continued investment in our infrastructure, not least removing the bottleneck between Chiverton and Carland Cross which costs our economy £3m million a year in delays alone.”
Around 900 people from the business, tourism, local government and the voluntary and community sector attended Cornwall Expo which provided a showcase for some of the great work which is currently going on in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, at the same time as outlining future plans and opportunities.
The theme of the first day was the economy, with discussions on key economic issues and projects; the unveiling of the new Night Riviera Sleeper Carriage by key note speaker Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport and Tim O’Toole, the Chief Executive of FirstGroup and the formal launch of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.
Other speakers on the first day included Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP, Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the LEP; Professor Anne Carlisle, LEP Board Member; Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture; Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation; Matthew Thomson, Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall Food Foundation; Toby Parkins, President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and David Rodda, Rural Delivery Manager for Cornwall Development Company.
The focus of the second day, which was hosted by Malcolm Bell, the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, was tourism, and included a key note speech from James Beresford, the Chief Executive of Visit England.
Other speakers included Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, the Chair of the LEP; David Jackson Executive Director of the Islands Partnership; Rob Goldsmith and Andrew May, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Travel Group; David Rodda, from Cornwall Development Company; Ben Moxon, from Arkenford Research; Kurt Janson, Director of the Tourism Alliance and Paul Nevatt from CORMAC.
“The Cornwall Expo tourism day was a valuable opportunity to discuss future direction of the industry on a regional, national and international level, but most importantly it offered tourism businesses the chance to tap into expert insight and knowledge” said Malcolm Bell.
“There are many exciting opportunities for the coming year and the event was an excellent platform to engage businesses and prepare them to capitalise on forthcoming collaborative campaigns for Cornwall. It was also a day of celebration and marked the announcement of Great Western Railway as Visit Cornwall's core supporter. “
In addition to listening to key note speeches and presentations, delegates also had the opportunity to view a series of films focusing on Cornwall and major infrastructure projects, take part in workshop sessions, and visit a range of different Zones in the Exhibition Hall.
These included the Newquay Aerohub; Space and Cornwall Airport Newquay Zones; Better Business For All; Bus, Rail, Cycling, COMRAC and Highways Zones; Culture; Digital and Superfast Broadband; Employment and Skills; Environment; Electric Cars and Marine Renewables Zones; Growth Hub and Growth Programme Zones; Isles of Scilly Transport Zone, Technology and Tourism Zones.
Story posted: 5 October
Officers have begun an investigation after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in Loughborough over the weekend.
The incident happened sometime between 10.35pm and 10.40pm on Friday 2 October in the Leicester Road area close to its junction with Pinfold Gate.
The victim was involved in an altercation with two men in the middle of the road leaving him with a stab wound to his body.
He attended the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment and has since been discharged.
Two men aged 22 have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Constable 2146 Yassin Desai, the investigating officer, said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries locally to identify any potential witnesses and we would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
“Loughborough Town Centre is very popular on a Friday night so there would have been plenty of people out who may well have seen something connected to this assault.
“Please contact us if you can help our investigation.”
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