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Local residents are invited to attend the next meeting of the China Clay Community Network Panel on Monday 9 December 2019 at 7pm in the Café, Wheal Martyn, Carthew, PL26 8XG.
On the agenda is an update on Community Speed Watch by Gary King from the St Austell Community Speed Watch. Gary will explain how people interested in volunteering can get involved.
Attending will be Inspector Ed Gard from Devon and Cornwall Police, Helen Toms an Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker at Cornwall Council, and Dave Halford, a Tri Service Safety Officer with Cornwall Fire and Rescue.
They will give a joint update on Community Safety issues in the Clay area. This will be followed by a round table discussion and a chance to ask questions.
There will be a progress update on Community Networks Highways Scheme from Cornwall Council Community Link Officer Tasha Davis.
Tasha said: “We enjoy welcoming new faces to our panel meetings. This is your chance to meet and talk informally with local decision-makers, representatives of councils and service providers. Come along just to listen, or to speak up and pass on views and suggestions. You’ll be glad you did.”
The panel discusses issues affecting the community network area, agrees ways to progress them and seeks to builds working relationships between local partners. Panel meetings are open to the public and the press. Our public guide to community network panels explains how the meetings work and rules for reporting and filming meetings.
You can find more information on the China Clay Community Network Panel China Clay Community Network Panel web page.
Story posted on 6 December, 2019
A group of young people from Penrice Academy are celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course commissioned by Safer St Austell.
The new course was developed by Safer St Austell to provide a bespoke programme for young people to engage them in positive activities, providing enhanced safety and wellbeing information to support their development.
It was delivered by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix team in partnership with Cornwall Council, Young Addaction YZUP, Devon & Cornwall Police and Young People Cornwall.
Young People are an identified priority within the Safer St Austell Delivery Plan.
The programme has been funded by Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, St Austell Town Council and Penrice Academy.
All participants were given the opportunity to take part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations.
Throughout the course participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities.
These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when attending college, further education and training or in the workplace.
The course also includes fire and road safety advice, first aid skills, mental health awareness, healthy relationships advice and information on crime and disorder. It provides an opportunity for the young people to consider career aspirations.
Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt said: “Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service commits itself to supporting and developing skills for members of the local community. Our course staff are supportive, inspiring and passionate about what we do, therefore we create an inclusive learning environment for course attendees to realise their potential and ambitions. The participants on this course have worked extremely hard throughout this week to succeed and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with Penrice Academy and Safer St Austell.”
A spokesperson for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said:“Safer St Austell is a shining example of what can be achieved in a community when partners come together and are empowered to act.
“The decision to use OPCC funding to help young people to keep themselves safe and develop new skills was one we wholeheartedly support and we are very pleased that it has been successful.”
Sara Gwilliams, Deputy Town Clerk of St Austell Town Council said: “I am delighted that the Town Council’s Community Committee were able to fund this amazing project for young people. The skills learned by the young people are wide ranging and will hopefully give them the confidence to either pursue further education or enter in to the work place”.
Assistant Principal, Penrice Academy Mike Sullivan said: “It has been absolutely fantastic to see a group of our students engaging so well with the Phoenix Project. Through the work at the fire station the students have learnt how to develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. The bespoke programme put together by the Safer St Austell with the Phoenix Team has also supported these students with workshops to increase their awareness about important issues such as healthy relationships, drug awareness and anti-social behaviour and its impact on the local community.
"The students involved have been unanimously positive about their experiences on the course and have all now decided they want to pursue a career in the emergency services. The course has improved their aspirations, their sense of self-worth and their ability to work positively with others. Overall, we would highly recommend the Phoenix Project as an effective platform for re-engaging students who need that extra bit of support outside of the classroom.”
Phoenix Services has more opportunities to support young people who fit the funding criteria for Skills for Young People through the ESF programme. If you work with a group of young people aged between 15-25 and you would like to discuss if we can work with you please call 01326 318177.
Safer St Austell is affiliated to Safer Cornwall the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall and provides a local multi-agency co-ordinated response to the issues that are identified by the partnership and the communities of St Austell. The partnership works to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Story posted on 6 December, 2019
People across Cornwall are being urged to think more about how much they drink and what their drink could cost them over the festive period.
Cornwall Council’s Public Health team, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance Service and NHS staff across the region have come together to set the record straight on some of those things we always thought were true when it comes to drinking and are asking people to consider what the outcome could be, should they get carried away with their alcohol intake.
From being safe to drive the next day, to taking up a valuable hospital bed, it’s not just your own safety and well-being that is at stake.
Raphael Wilkes, a Specialist Paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) in Cornwall, said: “Some people think that if you stick to the same alcohol type and don’t mix your drinks, you can drink as much as you like. But what matters more is the amount of alcohol you drink and how fast you consume it. Drinking too much of any alcohol too quickly can make you sick, whether it’s wine, beer, or spirits. That could mean you need to go to hospital in an ambulance, which is expensive. You could end-up using a bed that may be needed more by someone who’s critically ill. So please drink sensibly, and don’t drink too much too soon.”
Staff Nurse Alec from Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust talks about how having a big meal means you can drink more: “That’s not true. By eating a lot before you go out you actually just slow down the absorption of alcohol. It means that the alcohol will hang around in your body for longer but it won’t get you any less drunk. In fact, you could end up drinking more than usual as you weren’t feeling the effect, and you don’t want to spend your Christmas party in the MIU with us.”
Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director for Public Health, Steve Brown said: “We all enjoy getting together with family, friends and colleagues at this time of year and some of us might get carried away and one drink can easily escalate into many, however it’s important to consider the effects of drinking too much and the impact it can have on your safety and the safety of others around you.
Devon and Cornwall Police said: Another common myth is you sleep off the amount of alcohol you drink and you’ll be fine to drive the next day. In actual fact each unit you drink takes an hour to leave your body. So your average pint of beer of cider has 2 units and 8 pints will take 16 hours to fully leave your body from the time you had your first pint. If you’re driving early in the morning and the police pull you over, you could lose your licence.”
To help you set limits on your drinking you can use the DrinksMeter app which can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store.
If anyone is concerned about how much they are drinking, or concerned about someone else’s drinking they can call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website
Story posted on 5 December
A fine of over £12,700, handed down by Cornwall Council to a landlord in Truro for housing offences, has been confirmed after an appeal by the landlord to a Property Tribunal failed.
Cornwall Council is committed to protecting residents, supporting good and improving landlords and taking a robust stance against criminal landlords.
The Council fined property owner, Kam Tao (Restaurants) Limited, earlier this year under powers granted to local authorities in 2017. The powers allow the Council to issue Civil Penalty notices up to a maximum fine of £30,000 for certain Housing Offences as an alternative to prosecution.
The landlord decided to appeal the Council’s decision to issue the fine to the First Tier Property Tribunal. The Tribunal has now published their decision upholding the Council’s action and so the fine of £12,729.30 stands.
Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team first inspected 14 River Street in Truro in December 2017 and identified serious high risk housing problems including
- no fire detection system, a lack of fire doors and a lack of fire safety management
- two rooms sub-divided into small, undersized living spaces measuring less than 4.5 m2
- a lack of fire separation between the shop areas on the ground floor and the living accommodation
- defective and boarded up windows
- electrical safety deficiencies.
The Council served enforcement notices to require an improvement to the premises, but the notices were not fully complied with in the required time scale which is a criminal offence.
Since 2017 Local authorities have had powers to issue Civil Penalty Notices for some housing offences. Cornwall Council has so far caught up with nine rogue landlords fining them a total of £104,586 for renting out unsafe accommodation and placing the health and safety of residents at risk.
This action also serves as a strong deterrent to other rogue landlords.
All landlords are invited to join the Councils free ‘Responsible Landlords Scheme’ which aims to provide advice and information to all landlords to assist with minimum housing standards and legal compliance.
Story posted 04 December 2019
From today, residents in Cornwall will have the opportunity to have their say on the council’s budget proposals to protect the most vulnerable residents whilst maintaining the delivery of critical frontline services.
Cornwall council members have been briefed on budget proposals for the next four years which reflect the priorities of Cornwall’s residents: to make efficiency savings, achieve value for money, protect frontline services for children, families and adult social care, and invest in homes and jobs for local people.
Members were also briefed on how, having listened to residents, the council will take action on climate change, totalling £16 million, including starting an 8,000 hectare forest for Cornwall to absorb carbon emissions and a pilot scheme to make Cornwall Housing homes more energy efficient and reduce their fuel bills.
At the briefing at Lys Kernow, members learned how the council has made £380 million of savings since 2010 whilst continuing to protect frontline services. The budget proposals include plans to make a further £44 million in savings over the next four year period in order to manage rising costs and increasing demand for services.
Members were told that whilst the council’s robust assumptions for the next medium term financial plan to 2023 / 24 have achieved a balanced budget for next year, there is still a significant budget gap in subsequent years, rising to £15.2 million by 2023 / 24 which will require further savings to be made.
All assumptions have been made against an economic picture that remains uncertain, with reducing funding and a one, rather than four-year financial settlement announced from central Government for next year.
Members were told that alongside the savings proposed in the budget, residents will have the opportunity to have their say on a proposal to increase council tax in order to help protect local services from further reductions. The proposals make provision for:
- Services for the most vulnerable adults and children protected, with an investment of an extra £20 million in adult social care in 2020 / 21 and a gross investment into the Council’s “outstanding” rated services for children and families of £15 million over the next four years;
- An extra £5.9 million in 20 / 21 invested into projects that support economic growth, including £1.2 million for improved bus services.
- Action across the council totalling £16 million for climate change;
- Applying a rise of 1.99% to council tax; and
- Applying the Government’s 2% special levy for adult social care, which raises additional council tax to be used exclusively for the funding of services for vulnerable adults.
The proposed changes to council tax would equate to an increase of £0.91 per week or £47.39 per year for a band B property – the most common in Cornwall.
In developing these proposals the Council expects to keep the council tax in Cornwall below the national average and among the lowest in the South West, the Council also underlined a commitment to maintain council tax support for people on low incomes.
*Residents can have their say by:
- Filling in an online survey at www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2019
- Emailing email@example.com
- Requesting a paper copy of the survey from your local Library Information Service
- Writing to: Budget Consultation, Room 4S, County Hall, Truro,TR1 3AY.
We will use what people tell us to help inform and shape the draft budget that Cabinet and Full Council will consider in February 2020.
Story posted 03 December 2019
Community Open Event to help the search for an appropriate purchaser of Redruth’s Passmore Edwards building
A special community event will be held in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Clinton Road, Redruth on Saturday 14 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
The aim is to highlight the forthcoming sale of the neighbouring Passmore Edwards building, and the widely-held wish for it to continue as a community asset if the right purchaser and future use can be found.
Saturday’s drop-in event will allow informal conversation, and the swapping of ideas for the future of this grand old building.
Jonny Alford, Cornwall Council Property Services, said: “Cornwall Council and Redruth Town Council are holding this Community Open Event for potential users or groups to discuss any interest they may have in purchasing the building. It will provide an opportunity to ask Council representatives any questions, maybe even to build alliances with other community groups where a collective freehold offer may be more attractive.”
The Library, now managed by Redruth Town Council, is relocating in early 2020 to the newly refurbished Cornwall Studies Library in Alma Place, now named the Cornwall Centre, placing it nearer Redruth town centre and allowing increased opening hours.
The agent’s details for 2 to 4 Clinton Road, Redruth, describe it as ‘An imposing former library with many character features, centrally located within Redruth. The impressive building is unlisted and located on a 0.32 acre site providing private parking for approximately 15 vehicles to the rear.’
Come along to the open event if you would like to register your interest in the building as well as have the opportunity to talk to representatives from the Council.
Story posted on December 3, 2019
Cornwall Tour of Britain Community Launch: Announcement of Grand Depart Stage Route, Logo and Website
The finalised route for the Cornwall Stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020 has been announced at a Community Launch with the Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin.
The Cornwall Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain is taking place on Sunday 6 September 2020.
The Community Launch also featured an announcement of the Cornwall Tour of Britain official logo and the launch of the official Cornwall Tour of Britain website.
The logo was designed by Falmouth University student Draig Conybear and will become the promotional identity of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage in 2020.
Cornwall Tour of Britain website address is: www.cornwalltourofbritain.co.uk
Cornwall is expected to receive a boost to the economy next year when it hosts the first stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain, with cyclists travelling 170km through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin. The stage route will also visit many of Cornwall's iconic tourist attractions as well as visiting St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell.
The race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race will generate over £3m of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage, and it is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of Cornwall to watch.
The Tour of Britain stage will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in Cornwall. The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and the most prestigious race in Britain, and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.
A total of 120 riders take part in the Tour of Britain and by hosting the first stage of the race in 2020, it will give opportunity for the public in Cornwall to see the world’s best cyclists in action.
The Tour of Britain stage in Cornwall also presents an opportunity for national and local businesses to get involved and sponsor the stage or the event as a whole.
Emily Kent, Head of Economy, Skills and Culture, Economic Growth and Development at Cornwall Council said: "Today's Community Launch to showcase the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020, has a multi-purpose to it. Firstly, it is to connect and engage with communities across the county to showcase the biggest ever sporting event being hosted in Cornwall. We look forward to working with communities on engagement programmes across Cornwall to ensure that this event becomes a huge success right across the county.
“Secondly, we are delighted to announce the confirmation of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage route which will showcase Cornwall not just for cycling fans, but for wider communities across the county as well. Hosting the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain will bring visitors into Cornwall, not only along the Stage route, but across the rest of the county and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad. We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier, more active lives.
"Thirdly, we are also delighted to announce our official Cornwall Tour of Britain logo and website. The logo will act as a visual identity for the Stage hosting that will be seen and recognised across the county as we build up towards the Grand Depart Stage and the website will be used as a vital source of continued news and information about the ongoing delivery of the Stage."
Peter Hodges, Tour of Britain Communications Director, said: “We are delighted to be formally announcing the official route, logo and website of the Grand Depart Stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain in Cornwall and look forward to bringing the race to the county for the very first time on September 6th 2020.
“A lot of hard work has gone into today’s announcements, which we know will excite local communities across the route allowing them to start planning all of the ways in which they can celebrate the Tour of Britain coming to Cornwall.
“We look forward to working with Cornwall Council, British Cycling, and all of the stakeholders involved to make this an amazing occasion for the whole of Cornwall and for cycling fans from far and wide to come and enjoy.”
Andy Hawes, Tour of Britain Route Director, said: "Having worked with Cornwall Council extensively over the last few months, we have considered, assessed and now created a fantastic stage route that provides the perfect balance of showcasing Cornwall's fabulous environmental assets, tourist attractions, facilitating superb spectator viewing opportunities and providing high footfall visitor opportunities within many towns across the route to provide a huge economic impact and business opportunities to the county.
"We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Cornwall Council over the forthcoming months and working with communities along the route to ensure the successful delivery of a world class sporting event hosted by Cornwall in 2020."
More details of the Tour of Britain schedule and locations of the intermediate Sprints and King of the Mountains climbs for Stage One will be announced in the Spring.
Fancy earning some extra cash in return for helping democracy along?
Cornwall Council is looking for extra people to step forward to help run polling stations and count votes for the general election on Thursday, December 12 - and future elections.
These paid roles include poll clerks, presiding officers and count staff. Each plays a vital part in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of polling stations for voters.
The local authority is responsible for arranging the election count and tallying up ballots cast at the 442 polling stations across Cornwall.
Poll clerks and presiding officers are needed to work in polling stations on election day.This election, Cornwall’s counts are being held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Truro College Sports Hall, and Bodmin Leisure Centre.
Their main job is to help set up the polling station and assist the presiding officer by checking names against the register as people come in to vote. These workers are required throughout the day – from 6.30am to around 10.30pm.
Staff are not permitted to leave the premises during polling hours in order to maintain the secrecy of the vote. They must also not wear colours associated with any political party.
Only people who have experience as a poll clerk at previous elections are eligible to become a Presiding Officer.
Other paid roles include counting assistants, who are needed from after the poll closes to count votes overnight – and recount them where necessary.
Recruits do not need any specific qualifications, however they are not allowed to actively promote any political party or individual candidate during the election period.
Count staff are paid £15 per hour for the work they do overnight, plus travel expenses. Election costs are funded by the government using a set sum per constituency.The fee paid for a presiding officer is £235, with poll clerks receiving £175 for their time. Applicants will also receive a £15 election training fee.
Acting Returning Officer, Kate Kennally, said: “We’re really pleased with how the plans are shaping up for the election, but we still need a little extra help.
“Working at an election is fast-paced, busy, but also exciting. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of how an election is run, helping to deliver local results for the national election."
If you’re interested in taking up one of these roles or would like to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org and state which role you’re interested in, and which venue you can work at. If there are no vacancies left, your details will be added to the election staff database for future consideration.
For further information about elections in Cornwall, visit Cornwall Council’s website at cornwall.gov.uk/elections.
Story posted on December 2, 2019
At a London ceremony last evening Penzance was applauded as the national winner of the Great Town award.
The accolade comes from the Academy of Urbanism, an independent organisation that aims to improve towns and cities across Europe and beyond.
Towns were shortlisted from across the UK and Ireland, with Penzance eventually selected as one of three finalists.
The process called for nominations not applications, and Penzance then impressed the independent assessors during a series of rigorous fact-finding visits and shortlisting workshops.
The citation from the Academy at last night’s ceremony said ‘Penzance’s story of resilience and successful community engagement through neighbourhood planning is remarkable and must be celebrated!’
The other two Great Town finalists were Brighton and Hove and Dundee.
Other winners in the annual awards were Connswater in East Belfast as Great Place, St Marks Road in Bristol as Great Street, Portobello in Edinburgh as Great Neighbourhood, and Portugal’s Porto beating Utrecht and Sheffield as European City of the Year.
Penzance was able to impress the Academy with a long list of recent initiatives:
- It was the first community in the UK to be awarded Plastic Free Community status
- It has carried out a successful campaign against anti-social behaviour
- It has unveiled a stunning coastal outdoor lido, the restored Jubilee Pool, soon to be heated by geothermal energy
- It is refurbishing its historic promenade ahead of hosting the start of next year’s prestigious cycling Tour of Britain race
- It is now the terminus for Britain’s newest fleet of high speed trains, and is completing a new heliport to connect with the Isles of Scilly
- It has a £3.7 million project to improve coastal resilience across Mount’s Bay while safeguarding environmentally important marshlands at Marazion.
- Work has begun on a significant bid to Government for the Future High Street Fund
The Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s main platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. As well as providing a means to build relationships with places that are doing good work, the Awards help build a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism, which is then shared online, in print and at events – a great ‘shop window’ for Penzance.
The Awards were attended by Susan Stuart and Keith Bell who have been leading the development of Penzance’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, and Penzance Town Council was also represented.
James Hardy from Cornwall Council’s Localism Team says: “The nomination and selection of Penzance for the Great Town Award is independent recognition from national regeneration professionals of the progress being made in Penzance, and of the exciting opportunities for its future being developed.”
Story posted on 28 November, 2019
Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel to discuss local government’s future and setting up speedwatch projects
Local residents of Saltash, Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula are invited to attend the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel meeting at The Guildhall, Lower Fore Street, Saltash PL12 6JX on Wednesday 4 December from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
There will be an update from Devon and Cornwall Police by Inspector Rupert, and a presentation entitled ‘Local Government in Cornwall - what does the future hold?’
Also on the agenda is an item on community speedwatch. PCSO Mary Wells from the Saltash Neighbouring Policing Team will talk about these projects, how they can be established, and answer any questions.
There will be an update on the Community Networks Highways Scheme from Catherine Thomson, Community Link Officer and Paul Allen, Highways and Environment Manager, CORMAC, as well as news from the South East Cornwall Economic Development working group.
The Town and Parish Councils will also give feedback on Climate Change and Plastic Free Cornwall for the Gateway Community Network area. And there will be news on the Network Panel’s own priorities of water transport, air quality in Tideford, and the A38.
Community Link Officer Catherine Thomson says: “These meetings are lively and informative, and there is an opportunity for members of the public to raise any questions they may have.
Whether you’re after an informal conversation with councillors and decision-makers in your area, or just want to come along to listen, you are very welcome. This is an important part of Cornwall that needs interested people to discuss its needs. I guarantee you will enjoy yourself, and want to join us again.”
The Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues.
You can read Wednesday’s agenda, and previous copies, on our web page here.
Story posted on 28 November, 2019
December would be a good time to search out any overdue library books, as some of Cornwall’s Libraries have decided to ask for donations to foodbanks in lieu of fines, as a special one-off Christmas fundraiser.
‘Food for fines’ was suggested by Cornwall Council Library and Information Service Manager Linda Moffatt, and her idea quickly gained support to bring a little Christmas cheer to those families facing hardship on low incomes.
Linda sais: “Money is tight everywhere, but some families are really struggling, so in the run-up to Christmas, if you owe any money for overdue items this is a good opportunity for you to donate food to help your local community, making your own money go further too.”
All food donated over participating Library counters during December will then be passed on to local foodbank charities.
Linda added: “The following sites and our mobile libraries will accept whatever you are able to donate to clear any library fines you owe when you make your donation. How much you owe, and whether the value of the food donated matches or exceeds it, is not an issue. This is just a community coming together to help others, in the true spirit of the season. Of course, we will happily accept donations even if you don’t owe any library fines! Help us to spread some smiles this Christmas!”
The libraries taking part are in Penzance, Helston, Callington, Bodmin, Liskeard, Launceston, Looe, St Agnes, Falmouth, Redruth, St Ives, St Just, St Columb Major and Hayle, as well as the two mobile library vans. Camelford Library will be accepting food for fines up to £5.
These libraries will be displaying posters showing the types of food that can be accepted - it has to be food with a long shelf life, so no fresh food or produce thank you, or anything chilled or frozen. We welcome some household items such as toiletries and cleaning products too.
Food for Fines runs from Monday 2 December to Tuesday 31 December inclusive.
We will be asking the teams to take festive photos to encourage food donations so why not take a selfie with your donation, and email it to email@example.com so that we can share them on our social media pages? The more people who join in, the more families we can help.
The food for fines idea has already taken off in America, and had success in the UK in places including Renfrewshire and the Wirrall. Cornwall Libraries is hoping that Cornish communities will respond to the call just as generously.
Story posted on 28 November, 2019
Camborne Nursery School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ for the 8th year in a row by Ofsted, following an inspection in October. The early year’s facility, which is maintained by Cornwall Council, was first judged as outstanding in May 2012.
Inspectors praised the nursery for being a “nurturing and welcoming school” adding that staff “know the children exceptionally well”. They also picked out comments from parents, who described the school as “one of those magical places you thought possible only in children’s fiction.”
The report added that “children behave extremely well. They quickly learn how to listen. This helps children to learn in a calm, harmonious setting” and that “children show kindness, friendship and support to each other.”
School leaders were praised for designing and creating “an exciting curriculum that enriches children’s experiences of the world” and for preparing children “extremely well” for the next stage of their education.
Head Teacher at Camborne Nursery, Emma Short, said: “We want to help children thrive through learning and play, nurturing their imagination and helping them to set solid foundations for their future. I am delighted that the Ofsted inspectors have taken note of this in their report.
“This is a tremendous team effort and I’m very proud of all the staff, parents and children who work together to make this a successful learning environment.”
Inspectors found that children were “excited to be at the school” and that “staff are highly skilled in nurturing children’s imaginations. For example, one child talked about listening to the clouds in the garden. Children learn how to express their ideas and feelings exceptionally well”.
Service Director of Education (Interim), Tim Osborne, concluded: “This is an excellent testimony to the hard work and dedication of the team at the nursery, who are all committed to ensuring children receive the best start in life.”
Cornwall Council has won the first ever Beacon Award for Inclusive Apprenticeship recruitment at the annual Cornwall apprenticeship awards evening, hosted by Truro and Penwith College. The award recognises the council for the high level of support and care given by managers and colleagues.
Talent and Development Team Leader at Cornwall Council, Joan Mallard, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have won. This award recognises employers going the extra mile to support apprentices with a disability or long-term health condition - which is excellent news and recognises the collaborative work of our HR service and recruiting managers in developing inclusive and supportive approaches.
“Two of our apprentices, Ali Thomas and Hugh Gibbard, were also finalists at the awards evening and received a highly commended in their respective categories of Business Apprentice and Digital and IT Apprentice. Joan continued: “Hugh and Ali have fully embraced their apprenticeships and it is a real achievement for them to be nominated, in some very tough categories.”
Cornwall Council uses apprenticeships to help develop staff and to create jobs, with over 50 new apprenticeship enrolments in the past two months, and nearly 20 starting this November. It means the council has nearly 200 apprentices currently working in positions across the authority.
Joan added: “Not only are we providing opportunities for workers to develop themselves, we are also supporting some amazing members of staff who will benefit both the council and other employers across Cornwall in the future.”
These apprenticeships are being undertaken by an equal mix of existing council employees who are working to develop their skills in their current position, and employees new to the organisation.
Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers with a number of graduates undertaking the ‘learn while you earn’ programmes. The average age of an apprentice at Cornwall Council is 32 and more than half of our current recruits are studying towards a higher level apprenticeship (Level 4 to Level 7, Master’s Degree).
Joan concluded: “The programme is something we are very proud of, we believe in a fair wage for fair work and pay competitive rates, and we also see most apprentices stay with the Council once they have completed their apprenticeship and either progress onto a higher level apprenticeship or gaining employment. Our apprentices also have a core development programme during their first year, which includes and career advice and guidance. We actively support apprentices in taking their next step upon completion, including working with managers to allow access to suitable vacancies.
Ellie Skinner is a Policy and Intelligence Advisor with Cornwall Council, she said: “It has been an experience, but I’ve learnt so much and there is a real difference between the person I am now, to the person I was a year ago. My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship; just go for it because there are so many opportunities available to you and always say yes to training, because this will help you in the future.”
For more information on current apprenticeship vacancies, please visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/apprenticeships
Residents of St Austell and Mevagissey are invited along to the Community Network Panel to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.
The meeting is taking place at the Merlin MS Centre, Bradbury House, Hewas Water, PL26 7JF from 6pm on Thursday, 28 November. There will be an opportunity to have a tour of the Merlin Centre beforehand for anyone who would like to see the facilities.
Health and wellbeing is one of the priorities of the Panel. Cornwall Council Adult Social Care service will give a presentation on the transformation of adult social care and health and how it will benefit and impact the local community.
There will also be a presentation about measures being taken to strengthen localism in Cornwall and there will also be an opportunity for local groups to share their actions about climate change.
Helen Nicholson, Communities Link Officer, says: “Everyone is invited to attend our Community Network Panel and hear about our work on local issues.
“Come along, find out more and meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillor.”
Community network panels are an opportunity for members of the public to engage with what’s happening in their local area, to speak to their local Town and Parish Councillors and shape the future of where they live.
The St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community network focuses on include economic investment, health and wellbeing, deprivation, climate change, community safety and transport and highways issues.
The St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel includes all Cornwall Councillors for the area including St Austell, St Austell Bay, St Mewan, St Ewe, Mevagissey and Gorran.
The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel on the St Austell and Mevagissey webpage.
Story posted on November 25, 2019
Residents are being encouraged to enjoy the festive season in their local town as Cornwall Council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across Cornwall.
People will be able to park for free locally on a day selected by their city, town or parish council to support Christmas events, shop locally and enjoy local cafes and restaurants.
Cornwall Council contacted city, town and parish councils to offer the initiative which will result in over 90 Cornwall Council run car parks, which usually charge for parking, being free for one day. Some town and parish councils are offering additional free parking days.
Many towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already have planned. Others have selected Saturday 07 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past seven years.
All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at charging points on the day when parking is free.
If the car park is one of the ‘pay on exit’ car parks, you should take a ticket from the entrance barrier as usual. On departure please insert your ticket into the machine by the exit barrier. If you have only parked on the free parking day, the barrier will open to allow you to exit. If you have stayed for longer than the free parking day, any additional parking fee will need to be paid for before you drive up to the exit barrier.Town/ ParishDate of free parkingCar parks Bodmin 30 November 2019
Berrycombe Road, Dennison Road,
Fore St - Long & Short Stay, Victoria SquareBude 21 December 2019
Crooklets, Post Office, Summerleaze, The Crescent, The WharfCallington 07 December 2019 New Road North, New Road South Camborne
29 November 2019(Camborne Town Council is providing additional free parking on 30 November, 07, 14 and 21 December) Rosewarne, Rosewarne Extension Cawsand
01 January 2020Cawsand Fowey
07 December 2019Caffa Mill, Main (Christmas Market on Albert Quay car park) Falmouth
07 December 2019Church Street, Grove Place, The Dell, The Moor, Town Quarry, Well Lane Hayle
30 November 2019 (Hayle Town Council is providing additional free parking on 07, 14 and 21 December)Commercial Road, Foundry Square Helston
13 December 2019Castle Green, Trengrouse Way, Trengrouse Way Extension, Tyacke Road Launceston
30 November 2019Castle Street, Cattle Market Long Stay, Cattle Market Short Stay, Pannier Market, Walk House Liskeard
30 November 2019 (Liskeard Town Council is providing additional free parking on 07, 14 and 21 December)Cattlemarket, Lower Sungirt, Rapsons, Upper Sungirt, Westbourne Looe
07 December 2019Riverbank, Millpool, Kilminorth Woods Marazion
26 December 2019Long Rock, Marazion Station Mevagissey 07 December 2019 Church Street, River Street Newquay 30 November 2019 Fore Street, Mount Wise, St Georges Road, The Manor Padstow 30 November 2019 Link Road Penryn 30 November 2019 Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen Penzance 30 November 2019 Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown Polzeath 07 December 2019 Polzeath Beach Port Isaac 06 December 2019 New Road Redruth 07 December 2019 Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut, New Cut Extension, West End Saltash 21 December 2019 Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road St. Ives 30 November 2019 Porthmeor, Sloop, Barnoon Long Stay, Park Avenue, Smeatons Pier, Trenwith, Station, Island Tintagel 30 November 2019 Tintagel Visitors Centre Torpoint 21 December 2019 Anthony Road, Tamar Street Truro
30 November 2019
(The Park and Ride will also be free all day on 30 November 2019)Park and Ride will run until 10pm and will be free from 4pm on 04, 11 and 18 December 2019 Carrick House, Edward Street, Fairmantle Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, Viaduct Wadebridge
14 December 2019Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane Widemouth
26 December 2019Widemouth Bay St Austell
St Austell Town Council is offering free parking after 4pm in their Priory Car Park on 26 November, 03, 10 and 17 December 2019
On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.
Story posted 25 November 2019
Following an investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards into illegal television streaming services, a local man admitted copyright and fraud charges at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 20 November 2019..
Steven Underwood (also known as Steven Isaac), previously of Killiers Court, Illogan, near Redruth, faced two charges under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Fraud Act 2006 after officers found that he had sold around £400,000 worth of illegal streaming subscriptions that enabled users to view pay-TV without the permission of, and without making any appropriate payment to, the relevant broadcasters and content owners.
The Court heard that Underwood’s activity was initially detected by copyright protection agency FACT and that the trail eventually led to an address in Cornwall.
On Wednesday 16 January 2019 officers from the Police Regional Organised Crime Unit, FACT and Cornwall Council Trading Standards executed an Entry Warrant at Mr Underwood’s home. A number of devices including an iPhone, tower computer and laptop computer were seized. These were forensically examined and compelling evidence of unlawful activity was recovered.
Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, says: “We are constantly working to remove sellers of illegal streaming subscriptions from the market and bring them to justice.
The message is clear - if you are tempted to sell access to content that is not licensed or owned by you, you risk facing a criminal conviction.
We encourage consumers to use legitimate services that are safe to use and ensure that content creators are properly remunerated.”
Paul Masters, Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods, adds: “Stealing intellectual property or copyright is as serious as other more tangible thefts. Our Trading Standards officers will always seek to protect Cornwall’s consumers from being duped by copyright fraud. Only buy streaming services from a trusted source, and if in doubt contact our Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 for reassurance.”
Steven Underwood will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on 19 December 2019.
Story posted 22 November 2019
Residents of the village of Carnon Downs have voted overwhelmingly to ban cold callers from their front doors in an effort to protect themselves from rogue tradesmen and other doorstep fraudsters.
Supported by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team and Devon and Cornwall Police, two streets in the village will become Cornwall’s first “No Cold Calling Zone” on Tuesday 26 November 2019 when new street signs are unveiled and enforcement patrols commence.
The two streets taking part in the initiative are Mount Agar Road and Agar Meadows.
Paul Masters, Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods, said: “Over the last year the Council’s Trading Standards team has responded to more than 150 reports of doorstep fraud – bogus gardeners, rogue roofers, dodgy driveway firms and other home improvement scammers all of whom are well-practised in the art of persuading homeowners into handing over lots of money for over-priced, poor quality, unnecessary or falsely described work.
“In all of these cases the fraudster called at the door without being invited and national surveys have found in the past that as many as 96% of us do not want to be disturbed by cold callers at all, no matter what their motive.
“In other parts of the UK, No Cold Calling Zones have proved very successful in providing local residents or communities with the confidence to say “NO” to uninvited salespeople or to warn rogue traders and cold-callers that they are being watched. As a result, they have been linked to reports of significant crime reduction and a greater feeling of security amongst residents.”
Leanne McLean, Trading Standards Lead Officer for Doorstep Fraud, said: “We have attended two attempted doorstep fraud incidents in Carnon Downs in recent months and the criminals have obviously identified the village as a worthwhile target area.
“By adopting a No Cold Calling Zone the local residents will be more alert to the tactics used by fraudsters and will be able to turn them away more easily. It will remind them not to deal with anyone who knocks at the door without being invited. The new signs will also remind all tradesmen who knock at the door that they commit a criminal offence if they do not leave when asked to do so by the homeowner.
“This scheme will not affect any genuine businesses as they don’t need to cold call but it will hopefully prevent anyone else in Carnon Downs from handing over money to a bogus firm who is here today and gone tomorrow.”
PCSO Emil Gabriele from Devon & Cornwall Police, who helped to establish this first No Cold Calling Zone in Cornwall, said: “Having been attached to the Council’s Trading Standards team for the last 12 months I have seen first-hand the damage that rogue traders can do and how their actions affect the health and wellbeing of the homeowners who fall victim to these crimes.
“These criminals prey on the vulnerable with no regard to the effect their actions have. It is hoped that by setting up this No Cold Calling Zone the partnership between local residents, Cornwall Council Trading Standards and Devon & Cornwall Police can help to eliminate this type of criminality from our communities.
“This Zone sends out a clear message that residents will not deal with doorstep traders.”
Family is the single most important influence in a child's life and that was the message behind an event held in Truro. The Resilient Families conference, which was organised by Cornwall Council, brought together community safety, the voluntary sector and teams from the housing, education and health sector to discuss best practice and what more can be done to support families across the county.
The event was organised by the Head of Partnerships, Innovation and Wellbeing at Cornwall Council, Charlotte Hill, she said: “From their first moments of life, children depend on parents, family, carers and communities to protect them and provide for their needs. These form a child's first relationships, experiences and they are a child's first teachers and act as role models in how to act and how to experience the world around them.
“Being parent is not always easy and sometimes families need a bit of help to access the support they need. The aim of the day was to bring together partner organisation and to evaluate what we are doing well and to identify new ways of working. We want to give children in Cornwall the best start in life and by supporting families; we can help them to unlock their true potential.”
Under One Vision, the multi-agency partnership plan for children, young people and their families, all the agencies working with children in Cornwall believe that greater integration is the best way of improving the effectiveness of services. This conference was about bringing together those partners, along with other organisations, to share ideas and to create stronger and more resilient families.
Chief Executive of the Charity ECCABI, John Ede, said: “It’s a very complex situation in Cornwall because there are a lot of hidden problems in the rural areas. That makes events like this absolutely essential; Cornwall is long and thin and it takes a long time to get from end to the other, which makes sharing good practice even more important.”
Jon says the rural nature of Cornwall can make people feel isolated and that we need to look at issues on a local level. “One of the other issues we need to consider, is that Cornwall may be one county, but our communities are very different. So we can’t paint all of our problems with just one colour - you need to address specific issues in specific places.”
Housing was also on the agenda, with a presentation from housing organisations including Ocean Housing, Cornwall Housing, Live West and Coastline.
Head of Housing Strategy and Partnerships at Cornwall Council, Mel Bray, added: “I think it has a huge role. Because housing is the stable plank, if you get it right that underpins education, work and health. Poor housing can make all of those fall over for a family, so getting the housing right can give them the best start in life.
“This is a great way for us to share best practice and to hear what other people have to offer, so that we can link into those services if we need them. It also enables us to share what we can offer and do to create resilient families.”
The event was held on the same day as International Children’s Day; which celebrates 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Children’s Rights Officer at Cornwall Council, Katherine Ennever added: “This convention is the widest ratified statement on children’s rights in the world. I’m asking people today to think about how they can promote and uphold children’s rights across Cornwall and how that will improve their lives, by helping to share their voice.”
People in Cornwall will soon benefit from more availability of sexual health clinics and an online service following an announcement that Brook and their online partner SH:24 will provide sexual health services in Cornwall from December 2019.
Cornwall Council is responsible for commissioning contraception and sexual health services in Cornwall and, as part of tender law, is legally required to regularly undertake a commissioning process so that services best meet the changing needs of the population.
The changes to the service have been brought about following feedback from a Cornwall Council consultation and information gathered in Cornwall’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
The findings of the consultation showed that the majority of people want to access a specialist, all age, integrated sexual health and contraceptive service for their sexual health needs.
People fed back that the most common barrier preventing them from using sexual health services was if they were “hard to get to”. Other common perceived barriers were “fears of seeing someone you know” and “embarrassment”.
They also wanted a mix of bookable and drop in appointments at a clinic which is accessible to them. In particular young people preferred to access an online service and a specialist young people’s contraceptive and sexual health service.
All of this feedback was taken into account when commissioning the new service.
Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director for Public Health, Steve Brown said: “It’s important that people have access to good quality sexual health and wellbeing services. Poor sexual health leads to inequality, and can have negative impacts on physical, emotional and social health. People will also be able to use an online testing service, making it much easier for people in Cornwall to access sexual health services”
He added: “Brook is already an established and trusted provider for young people’s sexual health services in Cornwall and SH:24 is an award-winning supplier of digital sexual health and reproductive services. The procurement process was open, honest and transparent and was run in accordance with the contract procedure rules.”
Louise Carrington, Director of Operations for Brook, said: “Residents remain at the heart of our vision for this innovative model and we are committed to ensuring a seamless transition between services for both users, and staff.
“We are really looking forward to working with residents, local partners and commissioners, to deliver a holistic service that meets the individual sexual health needs of those in the community.”
The full report of the consultation results is available on the Council's website
From 2 December you will be able to find out more about the services on offer and book an appointment on the new sexual health website.
Posted on 21 November
As the weather turns colder again people across Cornwall are being urged to think about how they can plan ahead to stay in good health, have a good support network and think about the impact they have on health and social care services in the region.
Cornwall Council Adult Care and Support teams and Public Health teams advise there are a number of things that people can do, including making sure they have their flu jab, keeping warm and active, having a friend or neighbour on hand to help should they get ill, for example picking up medicines from the pharmacy, and to be flexible and mindful about how they use services.
Strategic Director for Adult Care and Support Helen Charlesworth May said: “At this time of year we often see a spike in the amount of help and support people need. This puts a huge amount of pressure on the resources available across the social care and health system.
“Workers across the region are already under a huge amount of pressure and do a fantastic job providing care and support to those most in need but before people get to the stage of needing our help there is already a huge amount of support available in the community that they can access, as well as taking simple steps to stay well at home.”
Interim Deputy Director of Public Health, Steve Brown said: “Evidence shows that people who don’t keep warm and active and are socially isolated face negative impacts on their health and social needs.
“The Public Health team have a wide variety of help and support available to people, a lot of which is included in this year’s Winter Wellbeing Guide which was launched last month. There are also many different activities that people can access in their community such as organised walks and support to stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake.”
The Winter Wellbeing guide, published online and as a useful business card, gives information on heating, insulation, and how to save money on energy by switching companies and checking tariffs.
In an average winter over 20,000 extra lives are lost due to winter illnesses. Combined with cold and damp homes, it is a serious public health concern.
Helen Charlesworth May added: “We work very closely with colleagues at our hospitals and issues often arise where the demand for hospital beds and care beds is so high. We have already made a lot of improvements in order to make sure people can access rehabilitation services so that they can get back on their feet quicker after a stay in hospital. Sometimes though people do need a care package in order to go home and if this is the case we ask that people be flexible in accepting the package of care that is on offer. Wherever possible we will try to meet the needs of individuals but it might mean, for example, that people have to take a later wake-up call so that everyone is able to go home with a care package as soon as possible.”
The Winter Wellbeing guides are available as printed copies at Council One Stop Shops, GP surgeries and health centres, hospitals, Family Hubs, and Job Centres. They are also available to view online on the winter wellbeing pages.
Further actions people can take are:
- Keeping their home heated to 18 degrees Celsius
- Reduce energy costs and debts to then reduce stress levels and improve mental wellbeing
- Have a pneumonia jab
- Staying hydrated
Posted on 21 November