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Environmental Growth Strategy unveiled to focus on our local nature crisis

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 16:47

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are taking action in the face of the crisis facing wildlife with the unveiling of a new Environmental Growth Strategy.

The Local Nature Partnership of environment charities and agencies, along with Cornwall Council, is setting out their long-term vision for how to support nature to regenerate locally.

In a year of new worldwide target setting for climate and nature at global summits it charts a local course for how growing nature can reverse the decline of wildlife, help to drawdown carbon, and defend against flooding.

“We love our environment here in Cornwall and Scilly.  But under the surface all is far from well.”, said Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Local Nature Partnership.

“Yes, we have been cutting our carbon emissions; but when it comes to nature, our environment is on the retreat.  We don’t just have a climate crisis, we have an ecological emergency too.”

From towans to tors, marshland to moorland, and our iconic Chough – nature is interconnected with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s economy, health, identity and heritage.

But none of the global targets for biodiversity loss were met last year, and 41% of species have declined in the UK over the last 50 years - a trend reflected in Cornwall too.

“This Environmental Growth Strategy is not just important, it’s vital.  It hardwires nature and the environment into public policy making,” continued Teverson.

'This Environmental Growth Strategy is not just important, it’s vital'

“In a year when we have G7 in Cornwall with nature and climate as a major theme, this is our contribution.  Wouldn’t it be good to see those heads of government, here in June, follow our lead?”

Councillor Rob Nolan, the Cornwall Council cabinet member who has championed the strategy within Cornwall Council, said: “The last year has shone a spotlight on the volatility of our relationship with nature, but many of us have been able to find sanctuary seeing wildlife in our gardens, parks, coast and countryside.

"And whether it’s wildflowers for pollinators, more trees to fight climate change, or more green spaces in our towns – residents tell us time and again that nature is high on their agenda.

“Alongside projects like our Making Space for Nature or Forest for Cornwall initiatives, our local communities – from citizen scientists to local conservation groups – are taking action. This new vision sets out how we, our partners, businesses and our communities can continue to work together to fight the ecological emergency.”

The new strategy is available online, along with a toolkit on how communities can take action to grow nature at https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/environmentalgrowth

 

Story published on March 19, 2021

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Organisations urged to bid for Community Renewal Fund

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 14:23

Organisations with ideas to help Cornwall’s towns and rural areas thrive and make the most of digital connectivity are being urged to submit their plans as part of a new fund which will open for applications on April 6, 2021.  

Whitehall is providing Community Renewal Funding in 2021/22 in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Now, the Council, which has been chosen by Government as the Lead Authority, will be inviting project bids in line with two themes – ‘town centre and rural and coastal vitality’ and ‘reducing the digital divide’.  

Organisations will be asked to submit applications that deliver innovation in the delivery of support for local businesses, helping people into employment and investment in communities.  

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “This funding is an opportunity for organisations in Cornwall to come forward with their ideas that will support our towns and high streets to thrive and that embrace the opportunities presented by digital connectivity, helping businesses to grow and residents to find new and better paid employment.   

“We are looking forward to receiving ideas that inspire our communities and our places to grow and that pave the way for future funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund for Cornwall.”  

Interested organisations are advised to read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers to gain further detail on this funding and prepare themselves for this opportunity. You can read more about this on the Government's website

Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.  

The themes of digital inclusion and town and rural vitality have been informed by local stakeholders following identification of gaps in existing provision and to respond to the need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Cornwall Council intends to issue its open call for the Community Renewal Fund on April 6, 2021 with applications to be submitted by May 7, 2021. A set of Frequently Asked Questions and an application form aligned to the national guidance will also be made available.   

For more details visit the Council's website or contact economicdevelopment@cornwall.gov.uk  

Submission to the Government is anticipated to be on June 18, 2021.   

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Defra announces funding boost and new partnership with Forest for Cornwall

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 14:04

Defra and Forest for Cornwall have joined forces to form an innovative new National Woodland Creation Partnership pilot to drive regional tree planting.

This new partnership will be supported through an initial £120,000 uplift from the Nature for Climate Fund, the Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith has announced. 

Following on from the successful Northumberland Forest Partnership announced by the Environment Secretary in 2019, the government is backing this Cornwall Council led woodland creation partnership to help identify sites in Cornwall for woodland creation and bring local stakeholders on board. 

Partnership Forum members include Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Duchy of Cornwall, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Tamar AONB, ConFor, CLA, NFU, South West Water, Cornwall Association of Local Councils, and West Country Rivers Trust.  

The ambition of Forest for Cornwall, set out and led by Cornwall Council as a key part of its Carbon Neutral Cornwall Action Plan, is to ensure that the woodlands created are best suited for the needs of communities in Cornwall.

A mix of targeted tree and woodland planting will be carried out to achieve this, including:  

  • planting trees to provide shade in urban areas to help counter the high rates of skin cancer shown in the county  

  • planting trees in areas of high deprivation to provide well-being benefits for local communities  

  • enabling economic benefits for the county by developing well-designed woodlands of scale to encourage visitors   

  • planting woodlands to enhance nature’s recovery and flood mitigation.  

Today’s announcement highlights the essential role that local authorities and their partners have to play in achieving the Government’s ambition to increase tree planting rates to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by 2025.

To meet this ambition, a locally led approach to tree and woodland creation is needed, and local partners are in a unique position to inform the delivery of tree planting on the ground.  

Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “This exciting new partnership in Cornwall emphasises the importance of working together and using a locally-led approach to help build back greener.  

“I am pleased to announce that through the government’s Nature for Climate Fund, trees will be planted where they are most needed, allowing more communities in Cornwall to have access to nature and in turn, to experience real benefits for health and wellbeing.” 

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said: “Trees are the backbone of our urban and rural environments and essential in tackling the climate emergency. As the largest land managers in England and the government’s expert forestry advisors, we are excited to be part of this new pilot. This partnership will be crucial for deciding where trees need to be planted in Cornwall to provide maximum benefits for people, climate and nature.  

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, said: “We are delighted that Defra is supporting our Forest for Cornwall Programme. 

“As part of our commitment to tackle climate change, we are working with partners to appropriately plant hundreds of thousands of trees in our beautiful county. This funding will enable us to support more landowners and land managers who want to plant trees in different areas. 

“In 2019 Cornwall Council issued a climate emergency and has set the ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2030. As it grows the Forest for Cornwall will help us towards reaching that goal and help us create a better, greener future for the next generation.” 

By growing, protecting and restoring our trees, forests and woodlands we can help reduce carbon emissions, encourage biodiversity and nature recovery, grow our sustainable timber market, and improve people’s health and wellbeing.  

Defra is committed to protecting and restoring our natural environment. This is part of a series of Nature for Climate Fund announcements this spring, leading up to the publication of the government’s action plan on trees, woodland and forestry.  

In recent months, the government has announced £12.1 million of investment for tree planting in Community Forests across the country, as well as a new £3.9 million pot to support innovative planting schemes in towns and cities and near rivers to reduce flood risk.  

In addition to the numerous Partnership Forum members, the Forest for Cornwall Team work with many more partners and communities across Cornwall.  

 

Story published on March 19, 2021

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New CCTV cameras installed at Truro car park

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 13:11

New CCTV cameras have been installed at one of the busiest car parks in Truro in a bid to deter and improve our response to antisocial behaviour in the area.

Cornwall Council’s Parking Services Team have invested in new 360-degree cameras at Moorfield Car Park.

The cameras are managed and monitored by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service at the Critical Control Centre ensuring relevant information is passed onto Devon and Cornwall Police.

 

 

Truro Safe, which is a multi-agency partnership working together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the city, proposed that the new cameras were installed.

Councillor Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Truro is a safe city but like all other major towns in Cornwall, there are some incidents of antisocial behaviour.

“We work really closely with our partner agencies to tackle this issue. These cameras will provide a deterrent to groups those who congregating in the car park and will hopefully give some reassurance to residents.”

Truro Police Michelle Thompson Neighbourhood Team Leader said: “A lot of work is being done in Truro to address some of the issues that have arisen during the recent lockdown.

“This investment is a big step forward in tackling antisocial behaviour in this particular part of the city.

“We have also increased police patrols in recent weeks and working with our partner agencies, we will continue to monitor the situation and look at ways we can tackle this issue.”

Cllr Biscoe and Truro Mayor said: “Moorfield is Truro's most central car park. It serves the business district of Lemon Street as much as the retail and services neighbourhood around Victoria Square, River Street and Boscawen Street. It has become a recurring flashpoint for anti-social behaviour which affects the experience that customers, workers, visitors and residents have of the town. Good quality CCTV, including monitoring, is essential to support re-opening businesses to get going and tackle the challenging legacy of COVID. Very welcome indeed.”

Residents and visitors are urged to report incidents of antisocial behaviour and to not assume others will do so. Reporting through the correct channels ensures the relevant agencies can respond accordingly.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to report any incidents of crime and disorder by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 (non-emergency). Alternatively you can email 101@dc.police.uk

 

Story posted March 19, 2021

 

 

 

 

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Work to begin on new supported housing for adults with complex needs

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 12:30

Work is set to begin this summer on new supported housing in Launceston for eligible adults with health and social care needs. 

Planning permission has been granted for the Cornwall Council-led scheme at Scarne Cross, Landlake Road. The new facility will help address the need for specialist supported housing in Cornwall for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions. 

It will provide seven one-bed units of affordable housing, as well as a community and treatment room. 

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Our drive to provide affordable new housing in Cornwall is something that we know needs to meet the needs of a wide range of people. 

“That’s why I’m delighted to see that work will soon begin on what will be fantastic new supported housing for adults with learning difficulties. 

“We will continue to make sure that new housing meets the needs of our communities.” 

The site will be extensively landscaped, with new trees, kitchen gardens, native hedging, bulbs and shrubs with the aim to improve the habitat and ecology of the site while creating a landscape for residents that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. 

Three of the units will meet Category 3 fully accessible standards and four will be Category 2. 

All of them will be in excess of national space standards, at 62sqm each, and will be offered on a social rent basis. 

Rob Rotchell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults, said: “These properties will enable adults with health and social care needs to live in their local communities and have their own front door.  

“This is in line with the strategic development of quality housing and community support and will contribute to the Adult Social Care community offer to residents of Cornwall.  

“Care and support will be commissioned separately in line with individual’s needs and the housing will be specifically for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions and I have no doubt that they will make a huge difference to the first residents that make them their home.” 

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Cornwall and Brittany to strengthen relationship

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 11:13

Cornwall is set to strengthen its relationship with Brittany on important areas such as trade, fishing and agriculture in a bid to work together in a post-Brexit world to benefit residents and businesses. 

On March 24 Cornwall Council’s leader, Julian German, will sign what is known as a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of Brittany, Loïg Chesnais-Girard. 

The agreement between Cornwall Council and Brittany Council is important as it will help to build strong relations with a neighbouring European region at a time of a changing relationship with the EU. 

It aims to open up increased dialogue to help deal with shared challenges – and could be instrumental in helping to solve issues in areas such as fishing and marine resources, trade, transport and ports, climate change, mobility and youth, tourism and culture. 

Julian German said: “While we are no longer part of the EU, Cornwall  is an outward looking region and we want to strengthen our friendship with our neighbours in Brittany. 

“With many industries facing challenges and change as they adapt to life outside of the EU, this agreement will be another way in which we can work together for everyone’s benefit and to solve problems that come our way.” 

Loïg Chesnais-Girard said: “Brexit is not the end of the story. Our friends in Cornwall will remain our closest neighbours.  

“As we share a common history, people in Brittany have always looked across the Channel for partnership. Today we need dialogue and cooperation more than ever.  

“I’m convinced our excellent relationship will enable us to find common solutions and shared projects, to the mutual benefit of our people and industries.” 

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “As we adjust to post-Brexit life, working proactively with our friends on the other side of the Channel is really important. 

“We have much in common with our counterparts in Brittany and I am sure that this agreement will only help to strengthen that bond for the good of us all.” 

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New report calls for Government to set Cornwall on the path to true devolution

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 11:10

Cornwall has “outgrown” its original devolution deal and a bold new approach is needed to set it on the path to “true” devolution seen in other Celtic nations, according to a new report.

The paper has been produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank.

Sarah Longlands, Director of IPPR North said: “The devolution agenda in the UK has lost momentum and particularly so in England where the process has been piecemeal and top down, driven by Whitehall.

"At a time when we face extraordinary challenges, places like Cornwall need the power and resources to be able to get on and get the job done, rather than wait for central government to make the next move.

"From the Cornish language, the seabed to skills and tax, too many aspects of Cornish life are determined by Whitehall.

“From our research, it is clear that Cornwall has made the best of the fairly limited decentralisation deal that it was originally offered.

"Given the impact of Covid on Cornwall’s hospitality industry and the uncertainty of Brexit, now is the time to give Cornwall real devolution which means that they have the economic powers and resources they need to support a strong and fair recovery.”

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, welcomed the findings.

He said: “Cornwall was the first and remains the only rural area with a deal.

"Through the powers we received we have been able to bring significant benefits to Cornwall which have had a really positive impact on our residents’ lives.

"Since the deal in 2015, alongside better public transport and more connectivity for Cornwall we have cut carbon emissions by making 1,000 homes cheaper to heat for the most vulnerable households every year, and have had the powers to match economic growth funds to local priorities such as pioneering renewable energy from “hot rocks” deep underground.

"This coupled with the experience gained in the last six years underlines that we are best placed to understand and deliver what our communities need to secure Cornwall’s future.

“We have clearly now outgrown that initial deal, and have been calling, through our New Frontiers plan, for the devolution of powers and funding we need to thrive, especially in a post-Brexit world.

“It is time for Westminster to recognise and harness the contribution that rural regions like ours make to the rest of the country.

“In 2014, the Cornish were granted national minority status by the Government, a recognition of the rich cultural heritage our unique corner of the UK can boast.

“It gives us the same status as the other Celtic nations of the British Isles. However, we are still lagging far behind when it comes to the powers to decide our own future.

“We have seen how Wales and Scotland have been able to control their own response to the pandemic and in Cornwall we have been able to build on our own local expertise and our effective partnership approach to achieve significant community outreach through our own, highly effective track and trace system for the residents of Cornwall.

“It shows, when Cornwall is able to implement its own decision making using our own local knowledge, we are able to support our communities and tackle the specific challenges we face far more effectively than when we see policy decided centrally.

“The time has come for a far stronger devolution deal for Cornwall, to allow us to unlock the potential we possess.

“Cornwall is a Celtic nation – and it is time we are treated as one.”

The report looks at how Cornwall - the first rural region to have negotiated a devolution deal with Government - has used the powers in its 2015 deal to deliver real benefits for residents.

It cites Transport for Cornwall offering over 100 new buses, smart ticketing and fully integrated timetables across public transport which is a rural “first” for the UK.

More climate friendly travel is not the only way Cornwall’s devolved powers are helping tackle climate change.

The report states: "Despite the progress made, Cornwall has now outgrown its current devolution deal.

"What is needed is a significant strengthening of devolution arrangements through legislative change in Westminster, setting Cornwall on the path to true devolution on an equal basis with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Devolution is a work in progress across the UK. The devolution white paper should initiate an ambitious programme of change for a new relationship between the centre and the rest of the country."

Calling for a bold new approach, the report notes that so-called “devolution” deals with English regions rarely relinquish real power from the centre, while in the latest surveys for Government around two in three people in Cornwall (64%) say too many decisions affecting their area are made outside it.

The lack of control in Cornwall is illustrated by housing, planning and building regulations. If Cornwall had control over these area we could go further, faster, to meet our ambitions to tackle climate change.

IPPR’s report looks to the true devolution of powers and funding to the other Celtic nations and argues that the time is right to set Cornwall on the path to true devolution with the powers to decide strategy and policy for Cornwall within agreed areas - for example, education, health and planning - and be responsible for overseeing implementation and delivery within Cornwall.

 

Story published on March 19, 2021

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Completion in view for Pool’s latest superfast connected “House of Growth” workspace

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 10:52

 

 

Cornwall Council’s latest workspace development project in Pool, which began just before the first lockdown, is in its final sprint towards completion in May 2021.

Situated opposite the Pool Innovation Centre (PIC), the first high quality workspace project undertaken by Cornwall Council, Chi Tevyans or “House of Growth”, continues to further the Council’s plans to support business development and economic growth.

With full occupation, the Chi Tevyans project has been estimated to create 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5 million to the local economy.

Building on PIC’s successful performance over the last 10 years of supporting 120 innovative and emerging companies, creating over 350 new jobs, the development of Chi Tevyans will help established businesses grow as part of their next stage of development.

To address the current lack of suitable workspace for expanding enterprises in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area, this new-build will provide twelve fit for purpose office suites for businesses looking to relocate into high quality, flexible and well-connected space that will support their growth plans.

 

 

Boasting excellent connectivity through ultrafast ‘fibre to the premise’ technology, its proximity to Pool Innovation Centre’s business hub and to the A30, Chi Tevyans is designed to respond to the needs of thriving enterprises seeking to locate in a dynamic area to further develop their products and services.

Built by Kier Construction Ltd and following BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard, the three-storey building will provide twelve energy efficient office suites, ranging from 86 to 122 m2, with the added flexibility to sub-divide the offices, to either create extra offices for separate tenants, or multiple offices for a single tenant.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning Tim Dwelly, said: “This new development will cater for growing businesses that provide skilled jobs with good wages. Sited next to Pool Innovation Centre, this new workspace has been specifically designed to support those larger businesses which are looking to expand but are struggling to find a suitable space that would suit their needs.”

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive Glenn Caplin-Grey, said: “This high-quality accommodation with ultrafast fibre broadband will appeal to businesses in Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector and complement plans on the edge of Pool for the proposed Fibre Park as part of the Camborne Town Deal. Combined with the success of the Pool Innovation Centre, we have the foundations for a major tech cluster.

“I am pleased that Chi Tevyans is close to welcoming its first businesses and will soon be offering an exciting new workspace hub to support companies to grow and thrive.”

 

 

Cornwall Councillor for Pool and Tehidy Ward Philip Desmonde, said: “This new, high quality workspace will offer Redruth, Camborne and Cornwall a dynamic and central economic hub in Pool, where our amazing Cornwall enterprises can develop. It will be ideal for ambitious growing businesses to move to the area and join an innovative and productive community in Pool. I strongly urge our excellent Cornwall businesses to leave the era of COVID restrictions and grab the G7 event in Cornwall as the spring board for unleashing their potential in this wonderful facility, whilst enjoying a quality of life balance with quality of opportunity.”

Chris Couch, area manager for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, said: “We are making good progress on the new Chi Tevyans development and on track to hand the building over in May. This is the first project we have delivered through Cornwall County Council’s construction framework and we are utilising our skills and expertise, as well as working with our talented local supply chain partners, to build this new office space which will offer first-class facilities.

“We are committed to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we work and throughout this project, we have provided training and job opportunities, including 100 waged training weeks and we’ve also supported three fantastic apprentices. We have also held careers talks with local schools and diverted 346.2m3 from landfill.”

The project has been enabled thanks to £2.3 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund, matched by £1.9 million from Cornwall Council. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2021, with the intention that tenants will be able to move in shortly afterwards.

Businesses interested in finding out more about Chi Tevyans can visit: https://www.choosecornwall.co.uk/property/chi-tevyans/ or email: info@choosecornwall.co.uk 

 

European Regional Development Fund 

The “Chi Tevyans” - Grow On Space project is receiving up to £ 2,376,080 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

 

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St Austell residents urged to think twice before giving to people begging

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 09:31

Residents in St Austell who want to help those in need are being urged not to give money to individuals begging in the town and instead support a project helping to feed the vulnerable.

Last year Safer St Austell, which is a multi-agency partnership working to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour, established donation points across the town so those wanting to help others could donate and feel confident their money was going to those most in need.

As we prepare to come out of lockdown and high street shops get ready to reopen, members of the public are being reminded to think twice before giving cash to people begging.

Since the initiative was launched last year, almost £500 has been donated via the six donation boxes hosted by businesses in the town. Outreach teams who provide on the street support have distributed this money to people in need as vouchers, which are then exchanged for food and drinks at the local support charity STAK.

 

 

Councillor Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “People feel a mix of sympathy and upset when they see on-street begging, and it can sometimes be intimidating. “These donation boxes are an excellent way for people to show concern and feel confident that funds will be used directly to help those who are vulnerable.

“Once the restrictions are eased I’d also urge people to support local Big Issue sellers who have been unable to earn a living during lockdown.”

Councillor Sandra Heyward said: “These collection boxes are a convenient way to enable the community to support those individuals in need. It still is ok to offer a hot drink or meal, but you can also signpost to agencies such as STAK for daytime support. We are so thankful to the community for supporting the donation boxes and promoting ways to help.”

Annette Miller, St Austell BID Manager, said: “We want to make it easy for people to donate money to the charities supporting vulnerable individuals. We are encouraging the community to donate through the boxes so that their support can be directed in the best way. We want to thank everyone who has donated especially during this difficult time.”

The donation boxes are located at the Co-Operative, White River Fish Bar, St Austell Leisure Centre, Tengo, The Natural Store and JD Wetherspoon. If you run a business in the town and would be willing to accommodate a donation point please contact St Austell BID by emailing staustellbid@gmail.com.

Not everyone begging is homeless but if you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).

Once we receive a report from StreetLink, Cornwall Housing, working on behalf of Cornwall Council, will coordinate an outreach team to locate the person sleeping rough to offer support. This will include supporting them to safe accommodation, working with them to assess their immediate needs and engaging with them to discuss underlying issues which may contribute to them living on the streets.

Each person will be encouraged to work with us to agree a move-on plan that addresses not just their housing needs, but the support they need so they don’t end up returning to a life on the streets.

 

Story posted March 19, 2021

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New landlord licensing for privately rented homes recommended by inquiry

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 15:54

The possibility of further landlord licensing schemes for several towns in Cornwall in an effort to improve the quality of privately rented housing and help tenants is to be explored following a Cornwall Council inquiry.

An inquiry into the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Cornwall was called by the Council’s Economic Growth and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee in September 2019 to look into what could be done to address concerns about the quality of privately rented housing in the Duchy.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, has now accepted the recommendations of the inquiry.

As well as plans to lobby MPs and the Government to work to improve standards in the sector, work will now be done towards consulting on the possibility of introducing licensing schemes covering Penzance, Newquay, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth and Penryn.

The Council will also lobby the Government to make three-year tenancies standard, to give tenants more security.

Andrew Mitchell said: “Cornwall’s Private Rented Sector continues to grow and currently covers 37,500 properties – around 18 per cent of all housing in Cornwall.

“That matches the national trend and privately rented homes are an extremely important part of our housing market, so we must do all we can to make sure it provides safe and warm homes for people.

“The inquiry panel clearly believed that the use of discretionary powers in the form of selective and additional licensing for several areas would give an opportunity to bring about significant improvements in privately rented homes, helping those living in poor quality accommodation at a scale not seen before in Cornwall.

“I support these recommendations and believe that they will be key to delivering better standards of living.”

The inquiry looked at concerns such as poor property conditions, high levels of anti-social behaviour, and that many of Cornwall’s privately rented homes lie within areas of deprivation.

Challenges associated with the PRS that came to light included high levels of fuel poverty and a disparity between incomes and rents, together with housing benefit allowances that do not cover rental costs.

Covid-19 has added to these pressures, with some tenants struggling to meet rental costs and some landlords seeking possession of their properties when restrictions are relaxed.

Although these challenges are not unusual within England, they are exacerbated by the additional economic pressures faced by Cornwall’s residents.

Cornwall Councillor Cornelius Olivier, who chaired the inquiry, said: “The panel was mindful of the Council’s PRS Strategy for 2018-23, which aims to raise standards of private rented homes and ensure fewer people live in fuel poverty.

“We were also mindful of the effect that poor housing has in a wider sense, such as on people’s health and protecting children from harm as the numbers of children living in the PRS is known to have risen dramatically over recent years.

“We heard a wealth of evidence from experts, national reports and other inquiries.”

The panel was told that around 50 per cent of Cornwall’s privately rented housing is concentrated in its 20 largest towns and is a larger sector than social renting.

It also heard that more children now live in privately rented homes than live in socially rented or owner-occupied homes – and that housing costs are higher.

At a time when pandemic related restrictions are fully lifted and society is in a more settled state the Council will look to consult fully with all those who could be affected by further landlord licensing and will invite them for their views in due course before any decisions are made.

 

Story published on March 18, 2021

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Council highlights support for Cornwall’s shell fishing industry

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 13:20

Those working in Cornwall’s shell fishing industry are being urged to take advantage of the Government support available to them as they deal with the challenges of a post-Brexit landscape. 

Since the decision to leave the EU was taken, Cornwall Council has been working hard to help reduce any negative impact and disruption and maximise opportunities. 

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “We have called on the secretary of state George Eustice to urgently explore assistance for Cornwall's fish exporters, particularly those who are struggling to sell oysters, scallops and other shellfish to EU countries.  

“We want an urgent intervention by Government to provide certification as well as depuration facilities. We have stressed that we will play our own part to help with this, but we need Government action to tackle the impact of Brexit on many of our exporting fishing businesses. 

“Everyone involved in the industry is working hard to make sure that fisheries are getting the support they need – and I urge those who have not applied for grant support schemes to make sure they know what is available to them. 

“As a Council we will continue to work hard, with our partners in the industry, to make sure that fisheries get every penny of help that they are entitled to as they navigate these uncertain times.” 

The Council’s Cornwall Port Health Authority (CPHA) has worked with DEFRA to gain grant funding that has enabled Export Health Certificates to be provided at a low cost of £15 for the first few months of 2021 to help exporting businesses – and it is lobbying to extend this further into the year. 

CPHA, with support from the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (CIFCA) has also undertaken a fast-track sampling process to obtain Grade B classification for queen scallops from the Fal Fishery. 

CPHA stands ready to assist shellfish processors add additional capacity to their depuration facilities. 

CIFCA has also refunded a proportion of the annual licence fee for vessels working in the Fal Fishery in recognition that most have been unable to export their catch. 

In addition, Cornwall Council Harbours Board has deferred the payment of mooring fees in the harbours it manages to help alleviate the impact of Covid-19 and disruption caused from the end of the EU Transition period. 

Loïc Rich, chair of the Cornwall Council Harbours Board, said: “Many fishermen, together with their fishing vessels, operate out of Cornwall Council-managed ports and harbours in the Duchy; it is a huge part of our economy, heritage, and what Cornwall is all about.  

“When and where we can, and as our Harbours Board has shown recently, we will try to help those who need assistance with meeting their mooring costs.” 

The Council’s Economic Growth Service has established a Fisheries Stakeholder Group to make sure that policies and lobbying of central Government is informed by the sector’s experience and concerns. We continue to represent Cornwall’s priorities in numerous Government and House of Lords consultations relating to the UK Fisheries Act and the UK/EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement. 

While various grant support schemes put in place by the Government have been welcomed, the Council has also pointed out the gaps in that support to Government ministers, which has resulted in changes that have widened the scope of such schemes. 

Gaps remain, however, and work continues in pushing the Government to get them filled. 

Details on the support available from Government can be found via the following links: 

Seafood Disruption Support Scheme 

Seafood Response Fund 

Further advice and guidance on support schemes can be accessed from via Cornwall & Isles of Scilly - Growth & Skills Hub 

 

Posted 18 March 2021

Categories: Cornwall

Work to begin on new Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub in Truro

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 12:05

Cornwall Council is set to begin work on a new site in Truro to help rough sleepers by giving them a safe place to stay and support them on the path to a settled home.

Planning permission has been granted to convert Chough House, in River Street, Truro into a brand new, purpose-designed Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub. It will play a key role in the Council’s homelessness strategy to reduce the number people rough sleeping in Cornwall.

The building is a Council-owned former office building, which has been empty for some time. Work is set to begin in April on converting the building which will provide people who find themselves without a home or at risk of street homelessness, with a safe place to stay. There will be intensive support to help people on a pathway back to settled housing.

 

 

The new scheme builds on the success of the temporary facility in the car park of Carrick House, known by the residents as ‘Carrick Cabins’, which were built in response to the Covid-19 situation.

Once completed, Chough House will include nine single-occupancy rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. One of the rooms will be fully wheelchair-accessible.

The site will also contain staff offices and communal lounges with full kitchens, which at times of urgent need could be converted into extra bed spaces.

There will also be laundry facilities and meeting rooms.

It will be staffed 24/7 by Cornwall Housing or security personnel, with CCTV in and around the building.

The building will have a new efficient air-source heating plant providing heating and hot water and has made provision for the future installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “This is a really important development in our strategy to help those without a home or at risk of being without a home.

“When completed the facility will provide emergency accommodation to anyone who is in need.

“I’m pleased to see that work will be starting soon and I look forward to it opening later this year, and my thanks go to all those that have worked so hard to make this happen. We are also very grateful to Truro City Council, and Truro Mayor and Ward Member, Councillor Bert Biscoe for all their support for this landmark project.”

Local member for Truro Boscawen, Bert Biscoe, said: “The approach, which has evolved from the Covid emergency of providing individual accommodation and one-to-one support, has achieved significant changes in our approach to helping people escape homelessness.

“I very much welcome the repurposing of Chough House where, with the same intensity of staff support, I think we can help people out of perilous circumstances effectively.

“It is important that we develop an approach which supports both homeless people and neighbourhood business. This is a very positive long-term move.”

Work will begin in late April, with a completion date expected in late November 2021.

 

Story posted March 18, 2021

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Cornwall Council urges Carbis Bay Hotel to stop further permanent unauthorised works

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 10:59

Cornwall Council has investigated building works being carried out on land above Carbis Bay Hotel and determined that planning permission is needed.

We can confirm that a planning application (PA21/02527) has been registered and publicised on our web site. Members of the public are invited to make comments on the online planning register in respect of the proposed development which comprises ground works and the stationing of three single storey buildings to be used as meeting rooms.

When buildings works are being carried out that need planning permission, we advise owners that they may have to remove the buildings if they do not gain permission.

Planning legislation does not give us powers to stop works whilst we determine the application, but we urge owners to do so.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Economy, Councillor Tim Dwelly, said:  "As a Council, we say to any landowner that they should cease unauthorised works and only go ahead if/when the works have planning permission. We always urge landowners to respect this request. I had expected Carbis Bay Hotel to do exactly this, in response to the enforcement case triggered by complaints about tree felling and laying of concrete foundations without planning permission.

Cllr Dwelly urges co-operation between the Council and owners of the Hotel. He says:  “I hope the Hotel now takes note. Local people should have their comments considered through the transparent planning process, one which weighs up the pros and cons of development at this site in an objective, considered manner. This will be much harder should any further unauthorised and permanent works continue.”

The Council is seeking urgent discussions with the owners of the hotel and continues to investigate tree loss. The Council will be discussing with the owner mitigation for the impact that the works have already had upon the environment.

 

Story posted 18 March 2021

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Boost for community projects in mid and west Cornwall

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:06

Community projects in mid and west Cornwall promoting a greener world to benefit residents are being given a boost through new grants delivered by Cornwall Council. 

Schemes in Falmouth, Helston and Porthleven, Mabe, Stithians, Penzance, Hayle and Troon are all set to benefit. 

They are among 14 projects around Cornwall that have been given funding as part of a new Council scheme – the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund – as announced in January

The fund is backing projects that support low-carbon infrastructure. 

Falmouth Town Council has been awarded £43,276 to install a boardwalk as part of what is known as the Falmouth Green Corridor. 

 

Simon Penna, Grounds and Facilities Manager at the town council, said the tender to supply and install the boardwalk was currently being advertised. 

He added: “As well as the obvious improvement the boardwalk will make to Falmouth’s infrastructure, the aim of the project is to give continuous pedestrian connectivity from the town’s major area of development along Bickland Water Road to Swanpool, the town and coastal path beyond. 

“The aspiration is to have a pleasant route that people will use in preference to taking their vehicles and the well-being benefits of walking in the natural environment will help improve the lives of our residents. 

“There are a number of community groups that voluntarily maintain parts of what is known locally as Falmouth Green Corridor, they as well as many professionals and interested parties have come together to form the Falmouth Green Corridor Forum. 

“When the news that the bid had been successful came through we were all delighted; many comments have been received, but the overriding feeling is that it is great to have something so positive going on in what has been a very difficult time for so many people. 

“Work to clear the route in preparation is well underway, benefits are emerging even in the early stages, with invasive plant species being eradicated, check dams being created to slow flood water down and habitats created for our wildlife.” 

Chyan Community Trust has been given £25,000 for a pathway, play trail, signage and multi-use workshop floor area in Mabe. 

Chyan Community Field has provided access to zero-emission community training for 20 years for large numbers of local families, schools and organic gardeners. 

Development Officer Brett Jackson said: “CIL provides a great boost to the project by funding the sustainable play trails, which show live examples of low-impact living – food, energy, building and health. 

“The playful trails link examples of sustainable buildings made from cob, granite, logs, willow, straw built and tented structures with accessible paths and a fun information booklet. Other playtrails include zero-emission energy, food and exercise stations.  

“Families can walk or children can learn to cycle on the paths around the field and enjoy the forest garden and countryside. 

“The centre of the field has a tented dome (Chyan Plen) for community training courses and the support from CIL will fund an accessible all-weather workshop floor.” 

South Kerrier Alliance CIC (SKA) has been awarded £32,645 to create a fully accessible walking and cycling route between Porthleven and the existing routes within the Penrose Estate. 

SKA will be working with the National Trust, local farmer Martin Wallis, Porthleven Town Council and Helston Climate Action Group to finalise the proposal and submit a formal planning application.  

Subject to permission it is hoped the route will be completed in early 2022. The National Trust and SKA are providing match funding to support the project. 

David Turnbull, director of SKA, said: “Working with the National Trust, we’ve been able to develop a proposal which has gained Cornwall Council’s support for this much-needed route.  

“A Bridleway link between Porthleven and Helston will be an asset for the local community and wider area, and provide a safe shared accessible route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists.” 

Meanwhile, Stithians Energy Group will receive £42,395 for the installation of solar panels and a storage battery at the Stithians Centre and Troon Association Football Club is set to receive £30,000 for the refurbishment and extension of changing rooms and club house facilities for use by both the club and the wider community. 

Finally, Penzance, Falmouth and Hayle will benefit from another project to be given money by the CIL Fund. 

Our Only World has been given £67,500 to manufacture and place water bottle refill stations at 15 locations across Cornwall. 

Tina Robinson, from Our Only World, said it gave them “15 opportunities to collaborate with communities and make links with locals and visitors”. 

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “These projects personify what this new scheme was designed to be about. 

“It was difficult to choose which would benefit from funding, but all of these are playing their part in a greener future for Cornwall.” 

Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “It was a vigorous process to make the decisions, with the Council’s aim to be net carbon-neutral by 2030 at the forefront of our minds. 

“Supporting projects such as these will play a big part in that – having a positive impact on both their communities and the environment.” 

Since January 2019 the Council has been charging developers the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as a way to reduce any potential adverse cumulative impacts resulting from new housing and other building projects.  

CIL payments are set aside to be spent on infrastructure projects to benefit communities and support development. Between 15 to 25 per cent of the levy goes to the town or parish council where the development has taken place.  

Last summer the Council invited organisations to bid for a slice of £500,000 to pay for infrastructure projects that encourage greener and healthier lifestyles.  

Now the process has been completed, the total support provided by the CIL Fund could rise to £622,939, depending on whether some projects secure match-funding from elsewhere. 

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More funding to support victims of domestic abuse and their children

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 08:58

Cornwall Council is to receive additional funding to support victims of domestic abuse and their children. 

The Council has been allocated £1,173,000 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The New Burdens Funding – Support for those in Safe Accommodation grant will be used to fund services for victims and their children who are living in refuges and other safe accommodation. 

The pending Domestic Abuse Bill places a duty on local authorities across England to provide support to victims and their children and to ensure that eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse are automatically given ‘priority need’ for housing. 

It will also provide a revised statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but includes emotional, coercive, controlling and economic abuse. 

Cornwall Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence team welcome the proposed legislation and hope that these significant changes will give victims increased confidence to come forward and report their experience. 

The team are now working with partners to develop existing services within Cornwall and to identify areas where further support is needed. 

Councillor Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “We are pleased to see this Government is prioritising the needs of adults and children impacted by domestic abuse and are supporting Local Authorities to continue to provide and extend the vital support and services needed in our communities. 

“We also hope that the changes due to introduced under the Domestic Abuse Bill give victims the confidence to speak out and know that they will be supported.” 

Laura Ball, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy Director at Cornwall Council, said: “There is help available for anyone who is currently experiencing domestic abuse in Cornwall. We urge victims to speak out so we can help keep you safe. 

“We know that many victims of abuse fear that they will have nowhere to go if they leave their abuser and this funding will enable us to improve and increase the services in place to support women and children at a time when they need it most.” 

Anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or anyone who is worried that someone they know may be experiencing domestic abuse, can seek help via the Safer Futures website or by calling the Safer Futures Team on 0300 777 4777. 

 

 Story posted March 18, 2021

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Laying the foundations to boost a Cornish business

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 14:00

Multi-award-winning Cornish egg producer and packer St Ewe Free Range Eggs is set to open a new processing facility, creating growth and jobs in both the area and across the wider supply chain, thanks to support from Cornwall Council, the Cornwall Development Company and grant investment from DEFRA.

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “This is a fantastic example of the Council supporting and guiding a local business to help it take a big step forward.

“The work done here across different departments and in partnership with other organisations will make sure that many people benefit, both directly and along the supply chain, leading to the creation of jobs and prosperity.”

St Ewe Free Range Eggs, based at Ventonwyn Farm, Tregony, which works with producer farms in Cornwall, across the south west and Wales has enjoyed huge growth in recent years.

The company now supplies national retailers and has gone international too, exporting to Dubai and Hong Kong.

This has led to the need for a new egg processing facility as the Cornish success story continues to expand beyond what can be accommodated at its home base.

St Ewe Eggs, which has just added the title of Best Rural Food Business at the national Rural Business Awards to its list of achievements, made a plan for the new facility at Resparveth Farm, Grampound Road, and applied to DEFRA for a grant under its EAFRD Growth Programme towards the capital costs.

 

 

A number of options were looked at for the new location before Resparveth Farm was chosen and a number of Cornwall Council services worked with the owners of St Ewe Eggs to help deliver their ambitions.

 

Site selection

Resparveth Farm is part of the Council’s County Farms Estate and negotiations for the sale of the land to St Ewe Eggs was led by Lead Portfolio Surveyor Jonny Alford.

The funds from the sale are now being invested back into the Council Farms estate as part of the delivery of the new 20-year strategy to help improve the productivity and environmental performance of the estate as a whole.

 

Planning

The EAFRD process required planning approval to be in place prior to submitting an application for a grant. The Council’s Planning and Sustainable Development Service guided St Ewe Eggs through that process to ensure that its plans were in keeping with established planning policy and completed in a timely manner.

 

Grant application

Cornwall Council’s Economic Growth Manager, David Rodda MBE, with support from Liz Gilbert from the Cornwall Development Company – which is part of the Council-owned Corserv Group of companies - helped St Ewe Eggs throughout the application process to ensure that it could present a strong case for investment, as the bid was being considered as part of a heavily oversubscribed national competitive process.

The grant application for £731,000 has been successful and work is due to start on site soon – creating growth and jobs in both the area and across the wider supply chain.

 

Bex Tonks, CEO of St Ewe Eggs, said: “We have been hugely grateful for the support of so many in helping us obtain the EAFRD grant, Johnny Alford and his team for the purchase of the land at Resparveth Farm and Martin Woodley and Cllr Bob Egerton with our planning application and subsequent planning development, which was all submitted and approved in the space of two months. 

“All of this was achieved during lockdown, which has been quite extraordinary, and we are so thankful to Cornwall Council for believing in and helping our vision for not only the business, but for the local community, come to fruition. Thank you!"

David Rodda MBE said: “Helping businesses to access the various grants that are available can help to accelerate their growth ambitions and deliver real benefit to Cornwall.

“In this case St Ewe Eggs is creating new employment opportunities in a rural area as well as growth opportunities for the farmers that supply it with eggs and its wider supply chain. This means that the economic benefit of this grant will be felt by multiple businesses.”

Liz Gilbert, from the Cornwall Development Company, said: “It’s really exciting to see this project come to fruition.

“St Ewe Eggs is a Cornish farming success story and this investment will provide a platform for the business to grow and develop long into the future.

“By supporting private sector applicants to navigate the grant application process we are able to maximise the benefits to both the individual business and Cornwall.”

Jonny Alford said: “The breadth and ambition of the Council Farms Strategy requires a blended management of food production, land management focus and estate management.

“The sale of land to St Ewe Eggs enable the Farms Service to support food production, not just on our farms, but on other farms in the Duchy, and supports our ongoing investment in the estate to improve efficient productivity and grow the environmental features on the estate.”

Louise Wood, Service Director for Planning and Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council, said: “It’s great that we were able to work with other areas of the Council, external bodies and St Ewe Eggs to help this Cornish business take the next step in their success story.”

 

Story posted March 17, 2021

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Council is best placed to 'create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall’

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 13:18

Cornwall Council is ‘as well placed as any in the country to lead the recovery from the pandemic and in doing so, create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall’, the Cabinet heard today. 

The committee was discussing a report looking at the authority’s ‘Priorities for Cornwall’ which were set back in 2017 at the start of the current administration. 

The meeting, held online due to the current Covid regulations, also discussed the ongoing transformation of adult social care in Cornwall. 

The authority’s financial performance for 2021-2021 was also discussed, with the cabinet welcoming news that the authority looks set to end with a small underspend against budget for the current financial year. 

The Priorities for Cornwall Performance report 2017-2021 looks at the five key priorities set at the start of the administration, which were: 

  •         Healthy Cornwall 
  •         Homes for Cornwall 
  •         Green and Prosperous Cornwall 
  •         Connecting Cornwall, and 
  •         Democratic Cornwall. 

Among the achievements highlighted within the report were the response to the Covid pandemic across the council, the delivery of affordable homes, the creation of an integrated public transport system, the creation of ‘Together for Families’, and the declaration of a climate emergency, and the subsequent work to tackle climate change in Cornwall. 

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We have worked hard in the last four years to put our residents first and deliver on what matters most to them, so it means a lot that resident surveys have shown improvement in levels of public satisfaction with the organisation since 2017.  

“It is particularly gratifying to see significant increases in three of the ‘success measures’ that are determined by residents, with the most recent survey showing the percentage of residents satisfied with ‘the way that the Council runs things’ now stands at 69%, compared with 46% four years ago.  

“The organisation has come a long way since 2017 and risen to the significant challenges of Covid-19 and climate change head on. There is no doubt in my mind that the Council is as well placed as any in the country to lead the recovery from the pandemic and in doing so, create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall.” 

Posted 17 March, 2021

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New pioneering ‘Back the Future’ fund open for donations to support response to the climate emergency

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 11:12

 

The new Back the Future Cornwall fund, created by Cornwall Council in partnership with Crowdfunder is believed to be a first of its kind.

The public donation fund will enable everyone who lives in and visits Cornwall to contribute towards accelerating our response to the Climate Emergency.

The donations will be used to support the delivery of Cornwall’s collective action and will build on the existing Cornwall Council funded Climate Emergency Crowdfunder campaigns. The Back the Future fund will raise money through voluntary donations, to support projects and ideas that will help Cornwall become carbon neutral.

The public donations will help projects that will be reducing carbon production; removing carbon from the atmosphere; environmental conservation activity; or increasing community resilience.

Donate to ‘Back the Future’ here: Back The Future - Cornwall Climate Action Fund

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change officially opened the fund at a live webinar and was the first person to make a donation, said: “The Council is committed to helping Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030 but we can’t do that on our own. There is a huge amount of expertise within Cornwall’s communities, and so many inspiring local responses to the climate emergency, from businesses and residents alike, and we want to support their tremendous efforts.

“Cornwall Council wants to support those committed to making a difference in the fight against climate change. This fund, led by contributions from residents, businesses and visitors, will provide funding to turn great projects and ideas into reality.

“Our other existing Crowdfunder programmes are already funding innovative projects with tens of thousands of pounds raised since the end of last year. These projects are all wildly different, but they share a passion to respond positively to the climate emergency we are all facing. Individuals can’t do it on their own, and the Council can’t do it on our own. But together we can! We’ve already seen the inspiring ideas that are out there and they just need a bit of help from the crowd to get started.

“So if you want to support Cornwall’s response to the Climate Emergency please visit the Crowdfunder page and make a donation to ‘Back the Future’.

The ‘Back the Future Cornwall - Climate Action fund’ will support projects that are working towards goals such as:  

  • reducing carbon emissions from households, businesses or organisations 
  • promoting sustainable choices and behaviour change 
  • creating new opportunities for renewable energy 
  • supporting climate resilient communities and spaces 
  • promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based solutions, and more!

Dawn Bebe, Co-founder and Director of Crowdfunder, said "We're delighted to be partnering with Cornwall Council to deliver a unique Crowdfunder public donation fund for projects that aim to tackle climate change. There are lots of innovative projects in Cornwall aiming to protect its stunning natural environment and this is a pioneering way for people who love living in and visiting Cornwall to contribute to supporting it’s green future. We believe our Back the Future fund to be a first - and something we hope will inspire other parts of the UK to follow and as a Cornwall based company we are really pleased to donate to this brilliant fund.”

For more information and to make a donation visit: Back The Future – Cornwall Climate Action Fund

More information about Carbon Neutral Cornwall is available on the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Website Climate emergency - Cornwall Council

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive online engagement platforms has information and ideas to inspire low carbon living Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive | Let's Talk Cornwall

 

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Improvements underway at Trenance car park as work continues on Saints Trails project

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:26

Trenance car park in Newquay is being renovated as part of plans to create a link with the Saints Trail route between Newquay and Perranporth for residents and visitors. 

Work is underway on improving the drainage and surface of the car park and providing an access point for users of the multi-use route. 

Green strips have been retained for walkers who use the car park and arrangements will be in place to enable the popular cafe to return to its location opposite the skatepark. 

Connecting the route with Trenance car park will mean Trail users can park at the site and then cycle or walk towards Perranporth or follow the cycle and walking routes into Newquay town centre.

The four Saints Trail routes will see around 30km of multi-use trails built across central Cornwall:   

  • Perranporth to Newquay 

  • St Agnes to Truro  

  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross  

  • Trispen to Idless 

Construction of the next section of the Perranporth to Newquay route is set to begin in the autumn, subject to final land acquisition, with an off-road link built between Cocks and Goonhavern. This link will connect with the Goonhavern section which was completed last year and will take cyclists, walkers and horse riders along route of the former railway line over Reen Rose Road. 

Work on the first sections of the St Agnes to Truro trail will also begin around the same time, subject to final land acquisition, between St Agnes and Sevenmilestone. 

Cornwall Council is investing £2m into the trails with the majority of the funding (£17.07m) for the project coming from Highways England as part of its programme to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside the strategic road network.  

Given the scale of the project and the need to undertake liaison with landowners and extensive environmental surveys, Highways England has agreed to extend the deadline for completing the project. All four trails will be built by the end of March 2023. 

While land negotiations are ongoing, work continues on the project with vegetation clearance programmed to support site investigations, a new safe route for cyclists crossing the A39 at St Erme has also recently been completed as part of the Trispen to Idless trail.   Planning permission has been achieved for both Perranporth to Newquay and St Agnes to Chiverton and an enormous amount of work continues to ensure detailed designs are complete, further progressing development of the project. 

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “This project is all about connecting our communities, linking where residents live and work and joining up access to the services people want and need. The work at Trenance car park will not only benefit users now, but when the trail is built, will provide a natural hub for visitors wanting to access the route. 

“The Saints Trails will bring many benefits for the communities involved – to health, the environment and local economy. We’ve seen how popular the Camel and Bissoe trails are with tourists and we expect the Saints Trails to have a similar draw - we’ve also had requests for new trails all over Cornwall. And swapping the car for a bike helps address congestion on our roads and improve air quality. 

“While it may appear as though construction has stalled, I would like to reassure residents that a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to make this project a reality. 

“It is a complex project, but we are confident of completing construction within the newly agreed timeframe and within budget.” 

Hannah Sanderson, Highways England Senior Project Manager, South West Regional Investment Programme, said: “We are very pleased that work is continuing on Cornwall’s Saints Trails.  

“At Highways England, our work goes beyond operating, maintaining and improving roads, through our Designated Funds programme we are investing in the environment and communities surrounding our network, as well as the people travelling and working on it. 

“This network of cycle routes have been carefully designed by Highways England and Cornwall Council to bring numerous benefits to the people and businesses living near the A30. The St Agnes to Truro section will deliver a high quality traffic-free route between employment and residential areas. The Perranporth to Newquay scheme will re-use the route of an abandoned railway, creating a new tourist attraction as well as providing a multi-use trail.  

“We will continue to work closely with Cornwall Council to realise these exciting projects and look forward to seeing the next section of the trails developed.” 

 

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Council to build 11 new homes at St Agnes supporting local older residents

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 09:41

Construction is set to begin within the next few months in St Agnes on 11 new social rented bungalows for older people.

The specialist properties, which will be available to people with a local connection to the area, will be built in the grounds of the existing sheltered housing scheme at White’s Close.

Cornwall Council has worked with existing residents of White’s Close to ensure the scale of the development, as well as the design and construction of the properties is sympathetic to the area.

The new bungalows will feature an open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a double bedroom and study, and will be energy efficient, heated using air source heat pumps.

Improvements will also be made to the wider development with a new paved footpath and cycle route along the eastern edge of the site and the communal gardens will be given a spruce up with new railings, trees and landscaping.

 

 

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes, said: “These properties will help meet the need in the local area for affordable, single storey homes which are designed to meet the needs of older people.

“We’ve delivered on our commitment to provide 1,000 homes in Cornwall within four years, but we know that more good quality homes are needed. As the plans for White’s Close show, we want to continue with our work to provide good quality homes of all kinds to support the different needs of our residents. With 12,000 households on the Homechoice register, the need is real, and this is a great opportunity to provide a bespoke, really high-quality housing scheme for local older people.”

Local divisional member Councillor Pete Mitchell said: “These new bungalows are designed specifically for older residents and provide options for local older people to downsize into a more manageable property, within a really lovely rural settings. The accommodation will make it easier for the new residents to receive any additional support in the long term, while being able to stay in their local community. I’m so pleased that this scheme is getting off the ground, and thank the parish council and local community for getting behind this really exciting scheme for St. Agnes."

 

Story posted March 17, 2021

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