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A pioneering course has been giving participants insights into working for the fire and other emergency services.
Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people an introduction into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and a host of public services from across the South West.
The participants of the latest course have attended a passing out parade today (17 May, 2019) at Helston Community Fire Station.
Focussing on a taster into each public service, the course gives an idea of the breadth of skills it takes for each to operate and how individuals can be involved within these services.
Who Dares Serves is a one of a range of innovative work-related options within the ‘Who Dares Works’ project, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and led by award-winning Community Interest Company, Active Plus.
The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning over the five days. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase techniques demonstrated throughout the week, including hose running and first aid.
Who Dares Serves is led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who have been running the Phoenix Project since 2002 to enhance self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt said: “Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service commits itself to 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 Cornwall College.”
Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said: “It is great to see public services coming together to deliver this course. We know from the feedback from previous courses how positive the impact is with comments such as ‘this has been such a massive boost for my personal confidence.
“The project as a whole has already supported over 700 people in west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”
Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “We are very proud to support the Who Dares Serves project which not only connects our services to the local community but also helps to build community resilience and improve the skills and confidence of the participants.”
The Who Dares Works project is a partnership of 17 organisations working together to support over 850 people across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training, and is led by Active Plus. The £3.3 million project is funded by the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
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 would like to find out more call 01326 318177.
To join Who Dares Works call: 01872 300236.
Families in Gloweth will soon be able to enjoy an upgraded play area now that ownership and management of Chyvelah Ope play area has transferred to Kenwyn Parish Council, bringing it closer to the local community it serves.
Cornwall Council’s Localism and Legal Teams have been working alongside Kenwyn Parish Council and Councillor Dulcie Tudor, the Divisional Member for Threemilestone and Gloweth, to bring this about.
Councillor Tudor said: “Residents brought this forgotten and run down area to my attention during the local elections two years ago. Rectifying the situation hasn’t been easy.
“When the developer of the housing estate went bust a corner of the play park was left in a legal ‘no man’s land’ so Cornwall Council were unable to transfer the land to Kenwyn Parish Council.
“After some legal wrangling this has now been resolved and I’m very pleased that Kenwyn Parish Council are finally able to do what they wanted to do for years and take ownership.”
Kenwyn Parish Council said: “Kenwyn Parish Council is delighted that we have now taken ownership of the playing field. It is wonderful to find that with co-operation mutual goals can be achieved that benefit the community at large. We will be engaging in public consultation soon to see how best to use the space.”
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods said: “Transferring management of community buildings and spaces in this way allows local communities to have a direct input in what is on offer from their local facilities and services.
“The hard work of all those involved means that families in this community will have a much improved community space for children to run around in and play”
This agreement has been developed as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which supports parish and town councils, and communities, to take over local ownership, management and control of services for the benefit of local residents.
Similar devolution projects are being developed across Cornwall which involves Cornwall Council’s Localism Team actively working with communities. You can find out more information on devolution on the council's web pages.
Posted on 16 May
Beach champions across Cornwall are celebrating today as 15 Cornish beaches hoist world-renowned Blue Flag, Seaside awards or both accolades into their skies above.
Thanks to the hard work of local beach champions, Cornwall Council and sponsors Sharp’s Brewery, 22 iconic Blue Flags and Seaside award flags will fly over the following beaches from today (May 15, 2019).
Blue Flag: Gyllyngvase (Falmouth), Porthmeor (St Ives), Great Western (Newquay), Porthtowan, Trevone Bay, Widemouth Bay, Carbis Bay (self-funded).
Seaside award: Crackington Haven, Gyllyngvase (Falmouth), Great Western (Newquay), Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth (Newquay), Porthtowan, Porthmeor (St Ives), Porthminster (St Ives), Sennen Cove, Trevone Bay, Widemouth Bay, Crooklets (Bude), Summerleaze (Bude), Carbis Bay (self-funded).
The newest addition to the award-winning Cornish beach team is Crackington Haven, set between Bude and Boscastle. The beach with its stony foreshore and golden sand will now be flying its Seaside award throughout the next year.
Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation responsible for the awards in the UK, today (May 15, 2019) announced that 15 beaches in Cornwall have been awarded either one or both of the status marks.
These include 15 Seaside awards and seven Blue Flags, making Cornwall a great destination for beach goers and ocean adventurers to visit all year round. Some beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside awards to achieve this number.
For the fifth year running, Sharp’s sponsorship has provided funding for Cornwall Council to make the applications for the awards and the team continues to work with the communities who deliver environmental initiatives to make the achievement possible.
Carbis Bay, which has been awarded both a Seaside and Blue Flag award, is the only Cornish beach that has self-funded its own application through Carbis Bay Hotel.
The iconic Blue Flag, an international quality mark for beaches, reassures visitors and residents that Cornwall’s beaches are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits.
Blue Flags and Seaside awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, Keep Clean programmes, environmental education and management.
Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, said: “We are thrilled to once again have so many Cornish beaches represented amongst the world’s best. The 22 Blue Flag and Seaside awards are an important symbol of what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are in fact world-class.
“I want to thank everyone across the Cornish community who selflessly and tirelessly dedicate their time to looking after our beautiful beaches. Our local staff and many volunteers who raise awareness about harmful marine litter and organise beach cleans play a really valuable role in helping us to protect and maintain Cornwall’s reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit. They should all be rightly proud of these awards. I also want to thank Sharp’s Brewery for once again playing a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside applications.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “It is fantastic news for Cornwall’s holiday-makers, overseas visitors, residents and businesses that we have been able to award an amazing 22 flags to the county’s beaches this year. The support from Sharp’s Brewery is invaluable in supporting both Cornwall’s beaches and volunteers, and the Blue Flag more widely – which improves the quality of England’s coastline and promotes our best beaches.
“The success of Cornwall’s beaches in reaching the very high standards of both awards is a real testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.”
North Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery has provided over £42,000 towards the costs of Blue Flag and Seaside award applications over the last five years.
James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery said: "With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are delighted to have supported our hard working beach champions and local volunteers, as well as Cornwall Council, and BeachCare (part of Keep Britain Tidy) over the last five years with our support now totalling in excess of £42,000.
“The team at Sharp’s fully appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into gaining, and keeping, so many iconic Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Thanks and congratulations to all of these 15 beaches and to all involved behind the scenes, from us all at Sharp’s Brewery.”
The Blue Flag programme launched in 1987, and is owned internationally by The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.
The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.
Spaceport Cornwall and plans to transform adult social care will be on the agenda at the Newquay and St Columb Community Network meeting this week.
Residents are invited to attend the Community Network Panel on May 16 at 7pm in St Columb Major Council Chamber.
Spaceport Director Miles Carden and his project team will give a presentation about the UK’s first horizontal spaceport and will be discussing with panel members future community engagement opportunities.
Jonathan Price, Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Adult Transformation & Commissioning, and Jane Nicholas, Head of Adult Care and Support, will be attending the meeting to give information and invite views on the transformation of adult social care and health and its benefits and impact for residents.
The panel will also get the opportunity to hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Alison Hernandez and Inspector David Meredith both of whom will give a question and answer session regarding police issues in the network.
St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel and learn more about our work on local issues. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out about the exciting Spaceport plans and what’s happening with adult social care. Come along, find out more and meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillor.”
The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly 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 highway issues.
The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Towns or Parish parishes in the community network: Colan Parish Council, Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council, Newquay Town Council, St Columb Major Town Council and St Wenn Parish Council.
More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage.
The election of a chairman and leader will top the agenda when Cornwall Council meets at County Hall next week.
The leader will be confirmed following a vote by the council on Tuesday, and their first task will be to appoint the cabinet portfolio holders.
The appointment of members to the various committees across the council will also take place at the meeting.
Councillors will also hear two important speeches during the meeting. The first, on the current state of Cornwall in the national context, will be given by the leader. The second, which reflects on the stewardship of the Council over the past year, will be given by the Chief Executive, Kate Kennally.
One recommendation from cabinet will be put to members for approval, a plan to invest £1.225 million to support the creation of new businesses and up to 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector in Cornwall.
The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, to support four innovative projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.
Three motions submitted by members will also be debated on the day, one on the need to reform the system of building regulations, one calling for a ban on the use of netting on Cornish hedgerows, and one on changes to the education funding formula.
The meeting will take place in Council Chamber at County Hall in Truro on Tuesday 21 May, starting at 10.30am.
The meeting is open to members of the public, and can also be watched via webcast.
Community heroes from across Cornwall were recognised at a special ceremony at County Hall in Truro last week.
A total of 32 worth winners of Cornwall Council’s Civic Awards were honoured, ranging from litter pickers to charity fundraisers, each having been nominated by a local councillor.
The Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor was also recognised after the pub threw open its doors for those stranded in the snow on the A30 this winter.
The awards were handed out by the chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor Mary May.
She said: “It was an amazing occasion, and it is always an honour to recognise those people who help to make Cornwall such a special place to live.
“They do not do their work for the recognition, but from a sense of community spirit and pride, and are a real inspiration to us all.”
Welcoming the recent announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for funding as part of the government Rough Sleeper strategy , Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.”
“We are waiting for confirmation of the amount that will be allocated to Cornwall but the latest Rapid Rehousing Pathway announcement means we will be able to help more people move away from a life on the streets. It follows on from an additional £1 million for Cornwall after strong successful bids to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Rough Sleeper Initiative.”
This latest successful bid from Cornwall will go towards funding a mobile Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub, which was highlighted in the MHCLG announcement. The hub will provide a safe environment which is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone who is at imminent risk of, or already, rough sleeping can be helped and it will be delivered in partnership with Cornwall Housing Ltd, Cosgarne and St Petroc’s.
The money will also be used for a Supported Lettings Scheme, which will provide help for rough sleepers as they move into independent accommodation, and Navigators, aimed at people with complex needs who may have been sleeping rough for some time, to address issues around addiction, mental health, and housing. There will also be funding for a local lettings agency to help single people and couples with no children, who are at risk of, or who have, slept rough, access private rented accommodation.
Andrew Mitchell says: “Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off and our partnership working with Cosgarne, Cornwall Housing Ltd, St Petroc’s and Resilient Cornwall is key to helping us access this funding and deliver the services.”
Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that. This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded in Cornwall since November 2016.
Cllr Mitchell adds: “Estimates indicate that Cornwall Council’s action plan to tackle rough sleeping is continuing to have a positive effect. We are waiting for final confirmation of the amount of additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.
Story posted 10 May 2019
Gardeners starting bonfires this spring are being reminded to look out for hedgehogs as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to build bonfires on the day they are to be lit to save hedgehogs and other wildlife from suffering.
Bonfires pose a safety risk to humans but are also a threat to hedgehogs, whose numbers are in rapid decline.
The Fire Service has issued some tips for having a bonfire, either to get rid of garden waste or as part of a celebration, to ensure people, property and wildlife are safe.
It comes after its Social Media Advisor, Emma Matthews, who volunteers for Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue charity in Newquay, highlighted the animals’ plight with her local watch.
The crew decided to include some additional bonfire safety tips to protect hedgehogs:
Bonfire building tips
- Only burn dry, clean materials. Damp material causes smoke.
- Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences, trees and buildings.
- Check there are no cables e.g. telephone wires above the bonfire.
- Avoid adding petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control.
- Check bonfires carefully for sleeping hedgehogs and other wildlife before lighting as they like to sleep in them. Lift up the base and listen for any noises, or if possible the entire pile should be re-sited before being lit. If it is not possible to move the bonfire use broom handles to lift from the base of the pile, and shine torches, looking and listening carefully for any signs of life.
- Light the bonfire from one side only to give any animals the chance to escape.
Bonfire safety tips
Once the bonfire is lit, follow these guidelines:
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.
- Don’t leave the bonfire unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the bonfire.
- Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode causing injury.
- Spray the embers with water once the bonfire has died down to stop it re-igniting.
Katy South, Co-Founder and Trustee of Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue, said: “It’s brilliant to be working in partnership with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to raise awareness of the possible dangers of bonfires, as they are the perfect home for hedgehogs.
“Although we have very few hedgehogs coming to us as bonfire casualties, this is likely because they’re unable to escape; meaning survival in these situations is very low.
“The hedgehog’s key defence is to curl up into a ball rather than run. We really hope members of the public will help us and more importantly the hedgehogs, by following the advice the firefighters have provided.”
Sue James, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “Hedgehogs are in serious decline and I commend Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for reminding people to think about protecting their local wildlife when having a bonfire.”
If you are planning any kind of controlled burning such as having a bonfire, please contact Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to inform them on 0203 162 2240. This helps them avoid sending fire engines to false alarms when they could be responding to a real emergency.
Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue is a registered charity and more information is available on www.pricklesandpaws.org or by ringing 01637831299.
Residents in Torpoint are invited to celebrate the official launch of their library after being transferred to Torpoint Town Council recently as part of an agreement with Cornwall Council.
The launch day of Torpoint Library, Information Service and Community Hub is taking place this Saturday, May 11, from 11am and everyone is welcome.
Children and staff from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School will be holding a mindfulness demonstration.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Torpoint, Councillor Lambert Keise and Mrs Maureen Keise, and Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, will be attending the launch.
Torpoint Library was transferred to Torpoint Town Council on March 1 as part of Cornwall Council’s Library Transformation Programme.
The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the building on Fore Street is continuing to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.
Torpoint Library has remained part of the countywide service meaning customers can keep their existing library cards and still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.
Cllr Lambert Keise, said: “As Chairman of Torpoint Town Council I am honoured to officially launch Torpoint Library, Information Service and Community Hub. I am sure the recently renovated facility will serve the community of Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula for the foreseeable future.
The Community Hub will continue to provide the existing services which will be supported by the Torpoint Archives and Heritage area, where Torpoint’s heritage will be preserved for the future and a café facility ‘Drecklys’ will be managed in the Community Hub.
“Thank you to the children and staff from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School for their mindfulness demonstration and also to the school for baking a wonderful cake to celebrate this momentous occasion.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with the transfer of the library from Cornwall Council and hope the facility will continue to benefit residents’ and the surrounding communities.”
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m looking forward to celebrating the official launch of Torpoint Library, Information Service and Community Hub under the management of the Town Council. I’m delighted the facility has been secured for the community and many more generations of library users.
“Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have been working closely with Torpoint Town Council to secure the future of the town’s library.
“The Town Council’s proactive approach is an excellent example of devolution in action and I commend them for the excellent service they are providing to their community.”
Cornwall Council’s standards committee welcomes proposed new powers to deal with ‘unethical’ behaviour
Proposed new powers for councils to deal with unethical behaviour from councillors have been welcomed by Cornwall Council’s Standards Committee.
Member of the committee worked with the national Committee on Standards in Public Life to help draw up the new report.
It follows a resolution by Cornwall Council in 2016 to help work to resolve issues created by the introduction of a new ethical standards regime in 2012.
The new powers would include handing councils the ability to suspend members if they are found to have breached the Code of Conduct.
At its meeting held on 25 April 2019 the Standards Committee welcomed the report produced by the Committee on Standards in Public Life entitled ‘Local Government Ethical Standards – A Review by the Committee on Standards in Public Life’.
The Chairman of the Standards Committee, councillor Paul Wills, said: “After Cornwall Council asked the Standards Committee to work with the appropriate external bodies over the issues arising from the ethical standards regime introduced in 2012, the Standards Committee has worked hard to help to bring about these changes.
“We are particularly pleased that there are proposals within the report relating to the re-introduction of suspensions for breaches of the Code of Conduct, it is something the committee pushed hard for.
“We also welcome the proposals which will give back the right to vote to the lay members on the Standards Committee who represent Town and Parish Councils and the wider community.”
The Standards Committee has formed a working group to consider those parts of the report that can be implemented without the need for a change in the law and will be seeking to maintain the close links that have been established the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Green-fingered residents across Cornwall are being encouraged to cut down on waste by composting as International Compost Awareness Week is celebrated.
Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for gardens but research shows that almost half of food waste in rubbish bins could have been composted, even in households already composting.
Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to the CO2 a kettle produces annually, or a washing machine produces in three months.
Now Cornwall Council is giving residents tips on how to start or revive a compost bin and reduce their overall waste.
Esther O’Bearagh, Waste and Recycling Community Engagement Team Leader, said: “Home composting is one of the most positive things that you can do to help the environment and we are sure that there are gardens that have poor unloved compost bins, just crying out to be used.
“Some people have tried to compost and it wasn’t successful, perhaps it just didn’t seem worthwhile, or something may have happened to put you off, or you just found this odd looking Dalek at the end of the garden when you moved in.”
Here are some steps to start or revive a compost bin:
- Check to see if there is compost in the bottom of the bin. The easiest way to harvest the compost is to lift the whole bin up. Any existing compost can be used in flower beds or a vegetable patch. To use as planting compost sieve it first.
- If there is dry un-composted material in the bin put it to one side.
- To stop vermin getting into the bin, buy wire mesh from a DIY store to go under the bin and up the sides to cover the hatch.
- Position the compost bin in a sunny spot on bare soil which allows beneficial microbes and insects to gain access to the rotting material and also creates better aeration and drainage, both important to successful composting.
- The best compost is made from a mixture of brown, carbon-rich waste - like autumn leaves, cardboard, egg boxes, egg shell, prunings, small branches and pet bedding - and green, nitrogen-rich waste, such as grass cuttings, weeds and vegetable peeling.
Sue James, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “Composting is a cheap and easy way we can all do our bit to cut down on waste and help the environment and it has huge benefits for your garden.
“It improves the condition of your soil, helps keep plant disease at bay and balances out acidic soil which we have a lot of in Cornwall. Your plants and flowers will love you for it.”
Information on buying a subsidised composting bin is available on the garden waste collections page. Alternatively, garden waste can be taken to the Council’s household waste and recycling centres for free or collected through the garden waste subscription.
For a full list of what to compost and how see the Recycle Now website.
Driving into Truro will soon be a more colourful experience thanks to a Cornwall Council project to plant more areas of wildflowers along the A390. The planting has been carried out by Cormac and Truro City Council, with support from Cornwall Council’s localism team.
A 2 kilometre stretch of the central reservation of the A390 from Threemilestone roundabout to beyond the Treliske roundabout will soon bloom with yarrow, poppy, bird’s-foot trefoil, daisy and clover. Not only will the flowers improve the look of one of the main routes into the city, they’ll also help to support birds, bees and other wildlife. Verges also provide a potential habitat for rare flowers.
The majority of the flowers are native species and, weather permitting, will start to blossom around the end of June. Six cherry trees have also been planted on the reservation south of Treliske roundabout.
Around 7400m² of seeds were cast using hydro-seeding, where the seeds are mixed with mulch into a solution that is then sprayed over the area to be planted. This method improves the chances of the seed germinating successfully and provides a more accurate spread rate. Embedding seeds into the mulch also substantially lowers the chance of them blowing away in a breeze.
Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for the environment says: “We’ve lost so many insects and pollinators over the years and we’ve got to do something to put habitats back. So we’re creating wild flower corridors along our roads to help insects and pollinators flourish. This is very much part of the Council’s environmental growth strategy and the Pollinator Action Plan that we’re launching.”
Cornwall Councillor for Threemilestone and Gloweth Dulcie Tudor says: “I’ve long been arguing that my side of Truro (Gloweth Threemilestone) is the ‘Cinderella’ side. So I’m delighted about these improvements and the Council’s assurance that the planting will be maintained by Cormac and Truro City Council Parks Management who do such a good job on the Eastern side of Truro.
This marks an end to two different standards evident for the key gateway routes into Truro. It’s important. Not least because the visual impact of the A390 into Truro reflects the Council’s ambitions for development on this corridor. But it gives me some idea of the Council’s aspirations for the ‘new town’ at Langarth. Who would want to live or work in area that doesn’t look like it’s being cared for? It’s going to be really exciting watching the wildflowers coming up in June. There are more visual improvements planned for the A390 in my area so watch this space!”
Councillo Holroyd and Green from Kenwyn Parish Council have also welcomed the move to spruce up the area. Cllr Holroyd, Chair of Kenwyn Parish Council said: “It’s great that there is more of an effort being made to show off this side of Truro.”
Councillo Green adds: “This is one of the first areas of the city that people coming in on this busy road sees and it needs to be a positive view.”
Mayor of Truro, Councillor Lindsay Southcombe said: “This scheme links to the wider scheme, Wild Truro, involving the wild flower seeding of a number of sites in the City as well as attractive pollinator and wildlife friendly planting of beds.”
Story posted 07 May 2019
Come along and hear about the role of the Community Network Panel at Falmouth and Penryn community meeting: May 7, 7pm
Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn area are invited to attend a meeting of the Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel next week.
The role of the Panel includes:
- Discussing current issues affecting the Community Network Area
- Agreeing local priorities with a view to influencing Cornwall wide strategies
- Working together to promote the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of communities
Cornwall Council is committed to giving Panels greater control and influence on issues communities face.
The next Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting takes place on Tuesday 7 May, between 7pm and 9pm, at Budock Village Hall, Budock Water, TR11 5DN.
Cornwall Councillor John Bastin, Chair of the Network Panel, said: “The Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting is a great opportunity for residents to find out more about local issues and to have their say. We would encourage everyone to come along.”
The Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meets every two months to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including 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 highway issues.
The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.
More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage.
Cornwall Council is supporting calls from a cross party group of influential MPs to address the crisis in funding for children’s services.
According to a new report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Children’s Services have reached crisis point and need at least £3.1bn in additional funding over the next five years.
Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader, Julian German, welcomes the report and said: “Reports like this show that some ministers are starting to listen to us about the growing shortfall in funding for Children’s Services. We will continue to campaign for the government to not only increase funding to meet growing need but reform the way money is allocated to areas. Cornwall has some of the lowest funded Children’s Services in the country.
“Funding from central government does not reflect levels of need. It’s based on an historical and outdated funding formula that disadvantages children in Cornwall.”
Data from Eurostat shows that Cornwall is the second most deprived area in northern Europe, yet it receives less funding per child than over 100 other local authorities from across England and Wales. As the increases are based on percentages that gap increases.
In the committees report,’ Funding of Local Authority Children’s Services’, the group also calls for the government to commit in advance of the Spending Review to continuing the Troubled Families programme beyond 2020.
The MPs said that the government should consider a central investment fund for children’s services as a whole, rather than assigning pots of funding for specific areas.
They recommend that the Competition & Markets Authority should investigate the rising costs of independent children’s care placements and profit levels. They also recommend that the government should consider central investment to increase the supply of places to meet the growing demand.
Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “The government needs to accept the growing need for Children’s Services and match that growing need with increased funding. It also needs to act to stop the gross inequality in the way Children’s Services are funded. A child in need in Cornwall has as much right to well-funded services as a child living in all those other better funded areas.
“We have taken all possible steps to make the best use of our funding by creating an integrated Children’s Service but we are on the red line. The Government needs to prioritise children and young people and provide appropriate levels of funding based on deprivation and need.”
The Committee follows a long line of organisations, including the Local Government Association, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a wide range of children’s charities and the Association of Directors for Children's Services, in raising the alarm over shortfalls in funding levels.
Councillor German concluded: “We will continue to put pressure on the government to reassess the national funding formulas, for our schools and children’s social care. The children of Cornwall deserve a better deal.”
Every 20 minutes another young person comes into care and needs to be placed with a foster family in the UK. Across the country there is a shortage of foster carers and here in Cornwall, the situation is no different.
Cornwall Council currently needs more people to offer a loving home to the almost 500 young people in care across the county. This Foster Care Fortnight (13-26th May) Cornwall Council’s Together for Families is launching a series of information events to find more amazing people who want to make a difference and who can offer a loving home to those who need it most.
Foster Carer for Cornwall Council Debbie Spence said: “The best bit about being a foster carer is watching children achieve the things that are important to them like riding a bike, learning to drive a car and then seeing the elation on their faces, the sparkle in their eyes when the mission is accomplished.
“It can be extremely challenging, especially finding the strength to support a child or young person through a challenging time. You live their distress with them. But you do have some great moments as well; I remember especially when a child made me a beautiful paper cup and saucer for mother’s day.”
Cornwall Council is aiming to recruit an additional 40 foster families by the end of the year. Across Cornwall there is a diverse range of young people in care and this means foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences. The children range in age from newborn to teenagers, and some are sibling groups but like all children, they need to be part of a family where they are nurtured and feel safe.
Debbie continued: “My advice is to attend an information session and ask questions even the ones that you think are stupid. Talk to other carers if you don't know any get pointed in the right direction at the information sessions.”
Despite the trauma experienced by children coming into care and their difficult start to life, good foster care can help to transform their lives and enable them to flourish. Fostering offers children a safe and caring home and plays a big part in supporting them to maintain links with their birth family.
There is a need for thousands more foster carers every year across the UK. Foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences with them. They work as part of a team of professionals and receive training to develop the skills required to meet the needs of children in their care. Alongside this professionalism, they offer children love, warmth and stability.
Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, Said: “Becoming a foster carers isn’t always easy and we don’t pretend it is, but it does give you the power to change the life of a young person. We need more people to come forward and these information sessions are a brilliant way to discover more.
“We are keen to hear from people right across Cornwall, that’s why our roadshow will visit all corners of the County. I would urge people; if you have thought about becoming a foster carer; ask those questions that you still need answering.”
The information events for Foster Care Fortnight are happening in 10 different locations across Cornwall between 10am and 2pm:
Morrisons Liskeard – PL14 3PR
Asda Penryn – TR10 9LY
Morrisons Newquay – TR7 2GZ
Sainsbury’s Truro – TR1 3XL
Sainsbury’s Penzance – TR18 3AP
Tesco Camborne – TR14 8DT
Waitrose Saltash – PL12 6LD
Par Market – PL25 3RP
Tesco Launceston – PL15 9HD
Cornwall Services – PL26 8UF
For more information on Fostering please call: 01872 323 638
Story Posted May 3rd
As a testament to the many spectacular people who live in Cornwall, in just over two weeks since its launch there have been over 60 nominations to be one of Cornwall’s inspirational #60over60.
The campaign launched by Cornwall Council on 10 April is a search for residents whose stories can inspire others to make small changes to their lives. The campaign aims to shift the sometimes negative perceptions of ageing and celebrate the valuable contributions that older residents make to the community.
The applications have been pouring in and range from people nominating themselves or others for things like taking part in triathlons and other fitness challenges; volunteering and getting a degree.
Some of the things people have said around ageing include:
“My 60s have been amazing!!! Yet no one told me they could be. I want to pass that nugget on to everyone else, especially those that are dreading the big 6 O!”
“I think all over 60s have something to offer and learn and should be encouraged to live their life to the full. I am a great believer in 60 is the new 30”
“With less than two years to go to my Big 7 O I am just keeping fingers crossed that it continues to get better and better.”
The closing date for applications is on 10 May after which the nominations will be shortlisted and judged for the final 60 by a panel that includes Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults, Councillor Rob Rotchell, Nigel Clark from Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Tarn Lamb from Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change.
Councillor Rob Rotchell said: “I’m not surprised at the amount, or the sorts of nominations we have already received as I know that there are many over 60’s doing great things in and around Cornwall.
“I’m looking forward to reading through the nominations and it looks like the only difficulty will be in highlighting just 60 individuals, when it’s clear that everyone being nominated is inspiring in some shape or form.”
Nigel Clark from Age UK and member of the judging panel said: “Every person, regardless of age has a contribution to make, there are people who are very active in their community and this is an opportunity to really acknowledge what they are doing and to make a big noise about it”
“We want people to come forward whether they are in the rural communities or in the urban areas to be identified and to show people that yes, they are over 60 and they’re really enjoying life”.
The final 60 are expected to be announced in June. You can find out more on our 60 over 60 webpage.
Posted on 3 May
A plot of land in Launceston has been bought by Cornwall Council as part of its commitment to provide quality homes for local people.
The land in Launceston has been bought as part of the Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP) which will see the local authority investing up to £200 million in providing new homes on sites across Cornwall in coming years.
The site at Link Road, Launceston already has planning permission for up to 275 homes, a pub, restaurant and supermarket. The Council intends to build around 150 homes through its Housing Development Programme with the intention of starting on site next year.
Homes are already being built by the Council as part of the Housing Development Programme on two pilot sites in Bodmin and Tolvaddon, which between them will see the delivery of 113 homes. Both sites will have properties to rent or to buy. The Council has other sites it owns which are coming forward in Newquay, Redruth, Liskeard and Torpoint.
The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and private market ownership.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Cornwall needs more homes – both to rent and to buy – and the Council is seizing the initiative to provide those homes. For example, in Launceston there are 142 applicants on the Cornwall Homechoice register. The proposed development in Launceston could eventually provide a large number of new homes which will go some way towards addressing that need.
This is about providing good quality healthy homes that local people want to live in, with space, gardens, parking and which are well designed with low energy costs.”
Cornwall Councillor for Launceston South Jade Farrington said: “I'm very pleased that Launceston has been chosen as one of the Council's sites. Planning permission has already been granted for these homes, so it's excellent news that Cornwall Council is stepping in to ensure high build qualities that meet the needs of local people.”
The Council will deliver a mix of property sizes, types and tenures to meet local needs. Some will be for private rent, providing quality, choice and greater security for those in the private rented sector with five-year tenancies as standard. Some will be sold at market prices and others will be for affordable rent or shared ownership.
All the affordable homes built as part of the Housing Development Programme will be allocated to households who have a local connection to Cornwall, either through residency, employment or close family connections.
Andrew Pegg, Managing Director, Wessex Investors, Site Promotor “A really positive outcome and testament to the spirit of collaboration between the public and private sector. We can now expect this mixed-use development to come to life and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Cornwall Council in order to fulfil the aspirations of the local community.”
Mark Chugg, MRICS, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, joint agents with Herridge Property Consultants, said: "This is a good news story for Launceston as Cornwall Council is the buyer and is going to deliver the residential development scheme, including a significant amount of affordable housing, to enable those in need locally to be housed and facilitate the delivery of the commercial part of the site."
As has happened with the pilot schemes in Bodmin and Tolvaddon, the Council will be working with the local community and taking on board their views when designing the homes and the environment around the neighbourhood.
Story posted 02 May 2019
Children at a Penzance school have called on dog owners to pick up after their pets as new figures show the number of dog fouling reports across Cornwall has more than doubled in recent months.
It comes as latest figures show that from January to March 2019 a total of 323 reports of dog fouling were made to Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service.
That compares to 155 dog fouling service requests in the previous three months and coincides with a recent Council social media campaign calling on dog owners to bag and bin their dog poo.
The increase brings the total number of dog fouling reports for the 2018/19 financial year to 752, up from 686 in 2017/18.
Martin Higgs, head of Alverton Primary School, said: “Alverton School is built upon a strong sense of community which extends beyond our school gates. Parents, children and staff are extremely proud of our school and their proactive response to this issue reflects that pride.
“It’s clear that the children who made the video have spoken honestly about their concerns and the sense of outrage and bewilderment that they feel about adults who behave so irresponsibly with their pets – hopefully this video will remind those responsible of Alverton’s Golden Rule, ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’.”
The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service undertakes pro-active patrols of known fouling hot spots. Since 2015, more than 2,500 patrols have taken place, with 486 last year alone.
The area with the highest number of dog fouling complaints last year was Penzance with 61 calls from members of the public. Tywardreath and Par had the second most reports at 31, while Bodmin saw 26 dog fouling complaints.
Anyone who does not pick up after their dogs faces a fine of up to £1,000 or can receive a fixed penalty of £100 in order to discharge the offence.
Members of the public can report dog fouling incidences to the Council online 24/7. The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service responds to and investigates complaints of dog fouling.
Cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “We welcome the increase in the public reporting incidences of dog fouling as it shows a growing awareness that leaving dog poo in a public place is anti-social.
"We would ask people to continue reporting, which can be done easily through the Council website and ask that people give as much information about the incident and offenders as possible.
“I commend the pupils, staff and parents of Alverton Primary School for highlighting the problem and would welcome other schools following their lead. I'm sure the public will react positively to their local young people calling on dog walkers to act responsibly, picking up after their dogs."
Penzance Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, who is working with Alverton School parents and staff to tackle dog fouling, said: “Parents and children at Alverton School are keen to get the message across that it is essential that owners pick up after their dogs, as dog fouling is an issue on paths leading to the school.
“We recognise that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible but there are a minority who refuse to pick up after their dogs and we hope this publicity will remind them to do so.”
When reporting dog fouling, information including the identity or description of the offender, their address or car registration number and the time of day that offence took place will help Cornwall Council track offenders.
At today’s meeting (01 May 2019) Cornwall Council’s cabinet agreed to invest £1.225 million to support the creation of new businesses and up to 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector in Cornwall.
The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, to support four innovative projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.
Building a strong research and innovation sector within the Cornish economy is vital for encouraging new businesses and well paid jobs. The Council’s investment is expected to support more than 300 small and medium sized businesses across Cornwall.
Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning, said: “This decision reflects our commitment to careful investment to create jobs within a sustainable economy.”
The funding from Cornwall Council will provide match funding to support higher education innovation and research projects:
Launchpad - a £8.4m project led by Falmouth University so that they can continue their work on a proven, innovative post-graduate Incubation and Acceleration programme to create a new generation of Cornwall-based companies..
The initial three-year project period is on course to create 128 new jobs and 32 companies in knowledge-intensive sectors, with the potential to create a continuous flow of jobs and businesses in Cornwall. The funding from Cornwall Council will be used to continue the programme.
EPIC2 – An extension to the £3.769m project led by University of Plymouth. The EPIC (E-Health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall) project is a collaborative project seeking to help grow eHealth businesses and improve health, wellbeing and enhance the care quality by using eHealth technology. The project develops a user led approach to digital health market development within the health and care sector through research and innovation.
Smartline 2 - To continue a ground breaking research project led by the University of Exeter looking at how technology can help us live healthier and happier lives. Information is collected so that researchers and Cornish enterprises can help design better systems for managing homes in the future, and for inventing new products and services to help residents live happier and healthier lives.
ATI (Acceleration Through Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) – funding from the Council will extend the University of Plymouth led project to supply high value, high impact interventions and intensive business support to businesses that are ‘innovation ready’ across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The funding will extend the three-year project designed to reach out to the wider business community and help bring forward innovations that are new to the firm or new to the market, and drive up growth and productivity. Pop Up innovation centres are in towns including Bude, Liskeard, Bodmin, Launceston, Looe, Newquay, St Austell, Penzance and St Marys.
Story posted 01 May 2019
A plan to grow the use of the Cornish language has been unanimously approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee at today's meeting (01 May 2019) at County Hall.
The plan aims to build on the work the council has already undertaken to make the language more visible across Cornwall on road signs and names, by increasing its use both in written and spoken forms.
Today’s agenda also included a review of the council’s financial performance for 2018/19, and investment plans in research and innovation.
Introducing the Cornish language plan for 2019-2022, Councillor Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for planning and economy, explained how the authority’s focus will now be on developing the use of the language in both spoken and written form across Cornwall.
The council will also write to the Government calling for ministers to support a current bid for funding expansion of the Cornish language programme.
Councillor Egerton said: “We have to take these exciting opportunities to ensure that Cornish is not just a language with a past, but that it has a future as well.”
The cabinet approved the adoption of the plan unanimously.
The cabinet heard how the council is set to have underspent by £1.234 million for the past financial year. This surplus will now be placed in the General Fund Reserve for use on projects in the future.
Each portfolio holder spoke of their individual portfolio’s performance during 2018/19, and thanked staff for their efforts to meet budget within some very challenging circumstances, with special mention given to adult social care, which came in under budget for the first time since 2011/12.
Summing up the report, the council’s deputy leader, Julian German, welcomed the sound financial management, but warned the situation remains difficult for the council. He said: “We need more resources from the Government to be able to continue to deliver the services our residents so desperately need.”
The creation of 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector through the investment of £1.225m was also approved by the cabinet.
The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, and will be used in four separate projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.
Cabinet members were shown a video highlighting the sort of advances investment in innovation can bring, where an app is helping people to live more independently in Cornwall.
Speaking after the meeting, council leader Adam Paynter said: “Today’s agenda summed up many of the authority’s priorities.
“We are focussed on helping protect and enhance our cultural heritage, while the the creation of a sustainable, self-sufficient Cornish economy remains one of our key goals.
“I was especially pleased to see the report on our performance for the past financial year, which demonstrates how our prudent financial management is ensuring we are able to keep providing the services our residents need, while keeping within our budget.”
Story posted 01 May 2019