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- Urgent repairs for Severn Valley Railway viaduct in Kidderminster
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa: Two arrested after game
- Yarpole residents toast decade of 'keeping village alive'
- Major blaze in Herefordshire causes outdoor buildings to collapse
- Malvern's touchscreen tech secrets now on your radar
- Seven Kings stabbing: Fight 'part of ongoing dispute'
- Edinson Cavani: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calls PSG striker 'a great player' after transfer link
- Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general
- Leyton machete attack: Van driver hit PC 'to defend myself'
- Barometric pressure in London 'highest in 300 years' at least
BBC Suffolk News Feeds
- Jackknifed lorry closes A14 Orwell Bridge westbound
- Newmarket stabbing: Mother of two 'stabbed 10 times and strangled'
- Department store Beales collapses into administration
- Orfordness lighthouse: Neighbouring coastguard station could be removed
- Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival: Meet the man behind the bear costume
- County lines: Why one Suffolk teenager said no to drugs dealers
- Trimingham landslide: Warning of risk of further 'slips'
- Tranmere Rovers v Ipswich Town
- Newmarket stabbing: Man charged with murdering woman
- Ipswich motorcycle shop closure ends 100-year association with street
BBC Somerset News Feed
BBC Oxford News Feed
- Toilet in shower found in 'dangerous' Oxford rented homes
- Homelessness: Bench armrests 'hostile' to Oxford rough sleepers
- Brexit explained: Can I still bring back alcohol from the EU?
- Brexit explained: Can I still have a holiday home in the EU?
- Brexit explained: Can I still take my pet to the EU?
- Brexit explained: Can I still get healthcare in the EU?
- Brexit explained: Can I still drive in the EU?
- Department store Beales collapses into administration
- HS2: Give me the facts, says Shapps
- Toilet roll with Trump's face on it left on Oxford bus
BBC Birmingham News Feeds
BBC London News Feed
- Seven Kings stabbing: Fight 'part of ongoing dispute'
- Edinson Cavani: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calls PSG striker 'a great player' after transfer link
- Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general
- Leyton machete attack: Van driver hit PC 'to defend myself'
- Barometric pressure in London 'highest in 300 years' at least
- HS2: Give me the facts, says Shapps
- Roberto: West Ham goalkeeper joins Alaves on loan for rest of season
- Six Nations 2020: England call up eight uncapped players
- Australian Open: Johanna Konta & Kyle Edmund in action on bumper day two
- Man stabbed multiple times on train
A range of support is available for anyone in Cornwall who is struggling today (20 January) on ‘Blue Monday’, which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
Cornwall Council’s public health team work hard to provide support for people throughout the year with their mental health and are currently taking a new approach, developing a ‘Mental Health Safety Plan’ so that people can help themselves during any stage of a mental health crisis.
In the UK an average 6000 people die a year from suicide, that’s compared to around 2000 people killed on the roads. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average, one person a week dies by suicide, which is higher than other areas of the South West.
Deputy Director of Public Health in Cornwall, Steve Brown said: “A Mental Health Safety Plan supports and guides someone when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide to help them avoid a state of intense suicide crisis. Research tells us that it’s one of the best tools to mitigate future suicide behaviours.”
Public Health officer Hannah Clark said: “The plan is designed to be written by the person when they are feeling in a positive state of mind. It asks the person to think about and write down the warning signs that they are heading into a mental health crisis. This could be behaviours such as withdrawing from friends or family, feeling listless and tired or having trouble sleeping maybe.
“It then goes on to ask you to identify what you can do to distract yourself from those negative thought patterns, such as doing exercise or meditation. It takes you through the stages of feeling down right through to who you can contact when you are in crisis. You can then look at the plan at any stage of your feelings with a clear plan of what you should do to help yourself through that difficult time.”
This approach is already being used by other health agencies across the area. The public health team will be launching the plan on their website soon.
For anyone who needs support with their mental health you can visit Cornwall Council’s website. There are also a number of smartphone apps available such as the Stay alive app, My3 app or the Safety plan app. These can all be found by searching your app store.
Anyone who needs immediate help is urged to visit their GP.
Story posted on 20 January
Cornwall’s businesses and residents will keep a direct route into a major London airport, as well as benefit from a new route to Amsterdam and increased flights to Manchester and Edinburgh, under a revised deal with Flybe.
Cornwall Council and the Department for Transport have agreed to a proposal from Flybe that the Newquay to London air route reverts to London Gatwick, operating four flights a day with effect from 29 March 2020. The route will continue to operate under a Public Service Obligation which provides financial support, if required, to maintain the year-round service until 2022.
The new route will replace the current service between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow, with the last flight operating on 28 March 2020.
Flybe’s brand new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Amsterdam will also start on 29 March 2020. The year-round service will provide hundreds of links to global destinations opening up a multitude of new travel and business opportunities. The services will connect with international airlines for convenient onward travel to destinations all over the world for those travelling out of Cornwall, as well as attracting visitors from overseas into Cornwall.
All routes will be operated by Flybe, soon to be rebranded as Virgin Connect. To further improve reliability across the new routes, the airline will be basing a second environmentally efficient Q400 turboprop aircraft at Cornwall Airport Newquay from the start of the summer season.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Following an approach from Flybe and discussions over the added benefits of the new deal to Cornwall, it has been mutually agreed to revert Newquay’s London connection from Heathrow to Gatwick. There will be a new link to Amsterdam which will open up an important two way route to that part of Europe for business and leisure travellers. We’ll also see an increase in connectivity with other UK cities with the service between Newquay and Edinburgh becoming year-round. There will also be an increase in the number of flights between Newquay and Manchester with a new early morning and late return flight providing an effective transatlantic link as well as enabling daily business trips to the area.”
“It’s vital for our residents that direct flights between Newquay and a major London airport continue to operate. Some will miss the current direct route into London Heathrow but I know that the reinstatement of the direct route into London Gatwick will be popular with many travellers who have missed the connectivity it offers to some other international destinations. We are confident that as well as making sure that we have a direct route into a major London airport, the additional benefits we have negotiated will mean that Cornwall Airport Newquay will continue to flourish.”
Flybe will continue to also operate services to Birmingham, London Southend, Leeds Bradford and Belfast City. Other airlines and routes operating from Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2020 include:
- SAS service to Copenhagen
- Blue Islands (Flybe franchise partner) services to Guernsey and Jersey
- Eurowings services to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart
- Ryanair services to Faro and Alicante
- Loganair services to Newcastle, Aberdeen and Glasgow
- Skybus services to Isles of Scilly
- Aer Lingus Regional (operated by Stobart Air) services to Dublin and Cork
Geoff Brown adds: “Flybe’s new route into Amsterdam and confirmation of the route to London Gatwick sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business. Regular access not just to and from London but also to the rest of the world will continue to attract more valuable international tourism.”
Story posted 16 January 2020
“Cornwall is ready and eager to work with the Government to develop a plan to drive local growth and unlock opportunities for all of its residents.”
That’s the message from Cornwall Council leader Julian German in light of the Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ economic performance in struggling towns and unite the country.
A large part of the UK’s regional investment and infrastructure funding is focused on London and other major urban areas, with rural and coastal areas often left behind.
The Government has renewed its focus on investing in underdeveloped towns, but with a scattered rural population and very few highly populated towns, it is not clear to what extent Cornwall stands to benefit.
However, a new study published this week identifies Cornwall and other rural areas as the UK’s ‘Land of Opportunity’.
The report ‘Land of Opportunity: England’s Rural Periphery’, published by New Local Government Network (NLGN), explores how England’s rural and coastal areas could help build a stronger national economy.
Councillor Julian German, said: “Harnessing the opportunity of rural areas like Cornwall must be a key part of levelling up all parts of the UK.
“Unlocking a new economy that delivers prosperity for the whole country must begin with understanding the missed opportunities associated with treating rural areas as just a peripheral concern.
“We need to reframe our view of rural areas, not as hinterlands to which benefits are hoped to trickle down, not as an afterthought when it comes to investment and opportunities, but as places to build resilient local economies and communities that contribute to the UK economy.
“That’s why we’ve taken the lead in establishing a new collaboration of 12 local authorities - Britain’s Leading Edge - of largely or mainly rural areas without major cities.
Councillor German added: “Cornwall Council and other local communities are ready and eager to work with the Government to develop plans that accelerate growth and prosperity for the benefit of all.”
The Government has acknowledged that adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development in all parts of the country does not work.
The Land of Opportunity report says: “The UK needs strong urban and rural economies in order to deliver Brexit and address the unprecedented economic, social, and environmental challenges the country faces. But strong rural economies will not be built on urban policy hand-me-downs…The UK is at its best when all parts of the country work and strive together for common goals.”
Other opportunities for local and national government collaboration include:
- The creation of a new rural social mobility fund – to improve the life chances and opportunities of residents.
- Employment and skills devolution to Cornwall – to help people improve their skills and gain employment.
- Improvements to transport infrastructure outside England’s policy corridor – Not only will this improve access to and reduce the costs of vital local services in rural areas, but it will also contribute to the reduction of transport disadvantage and to greater social and economic inclusion.
The report sets out that with greater policy attention and funding, Cornwall will have the tools it needs to help deliver greater prosperity for residents for decades to come.
“Rural and peripheral areas are the UK’s land of opportunity,” it states. “Now is the time to unlock their unique potential.”
The council’s priorities are set around working with the people of Cornwall to use resources wisely to protect and enhance our unique environment, create more homes and jobs for our residents, and ensure everyone can live well and safely together.
Story published on January 15, 2020
With our road network providing a vital link for communities across Cornwall, National Pothole Day (tomorrow - Wednesday 15 January) highlights the need for better road investment.
We repaired more than 25,000 potholes in 2019 – around 68 per day – but it’s the Council’s ongoing investment in the highway network which is making a long-term difference to the resilience of our roads. This not only prevents potholes and highway defects – the scourge of road users - but ultimately saves on the cost of emergency repairs.Extra Council funding has seen more than 300 roads resurfaced in the last 12 months
Council investment will see an extra £20m spent on our highway network by 2021 – in the last year more than 300 roads have been resurfaced across Cornwall as a result of the first phase of this funding.
Making the best use of our resources and targeting funding to where it is most needed has meant Cornwall’s main A and B roads continue to rank among the top 25% in the country. But, more Government funding is needed to tackle the £270m backlog in road maintenance and repairs on our 7,300km highway network, said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport.
“While the Government’s manifesto pledge of extra funding for potholes is to be welcomed, this is just papering over the cracks,” he explained. “We must invest in our roads – particularly the rural network - and carry out work to prevent potholes forming in the first place. The only way we can do this is with a long term funding settlement from the Government.
“As a report from the County Council’s Network highlighted yesterday, rural councils are on the receiving end of less funding to carry out long term road repairs – major cities receive up to three times the amount in comparison. Our communities are just as reliant on their roads as those who live in cities – more so if you consider the public transport options available in some areas.
“Our investment demonstrates the benefits of proactive maintenance. This extra funding has improved the surface and drainage of more than 370 miles of road across Cornwall and it’s estimated that this work will prevent around 1,200 potholes from forming each year.”New equipment helps speed up repairs
While prevention is a priority, the Council’s contractor Cormac continues to respond swiftly to pothole issues, repairing around 98% within timescales set out in the Council’s policy. These potholes are being repaired quicker and with the environment in mind thanks to new vehicles which make it easier for crews to work on single track roads and a converted pothole repairer trailer which is powered by biomethane.
Dominic Bostock, Interim Managing Director at Cormac said “Thanks to the new additions to our road surfacing fleet we can now easily access narrow rural roads and apply innovative techniques to the way we repair road surfaces and prevent further damage. This has enabled us to significantly improve our productivity and means we are causing less disruption to road users.
“Our biomethane powered pothole filling machine trial has proven a huge success as the first of its kind, it has demonstrated how efficient it can be while reducing carbon emissions. We are excited about the future of our sustainable fleet where we can continue to explore other alternative powered vehicles.”
Highways crews regularly inspect roads for signs of potholes, but members of the public can also report highway defects online and track the progress of the action we’re taking to fix it.
A husband and wife from St Austell appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court last week to face charges of selling counterfeit goods via Facebook, WhatsApp and other on-line platforms in a prosecution brought by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.
Phillip Parish, 38, and his wife Tracey Parish, 49, from Larcombe Road in St Austell, both admitted three offences of selling clothing which bore well-known brand names without the permission of the trade mark owners and a further charge of running a fraudulent business from August 2016 through to April 2019.
The Court heard that the Trading Standards investigation was triggered by a test purchase made on behalf of the Superdry company and that when an entry warrant was executed at their home a quantity of fake items, including Canada Goose jackets, Nike and Superdry sweatshirts and Ugg boots and a sum of cash were seized from the couple. Mobile phone evidence showed that the sales had been taking place for almost three years.
In giving the couple credit for admitting their guilt at the first opportunity and recognising that neither had been before the Court for any other matters Magistrates ordered the couple to pay £5,739 in prosecution costs and surcharges and imposed a 12 month conditional discharge. If either is charged with any further offence during a period of 12 months, further penalties may be imposed for these charges.
Commenting on the prosecution, Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection said: "The sale of counterfeit goods undermines genuine businesses and costs legitimate jobs here in Cornwall. Anyone caught selling fakes can expect to face the full force of prosecution and recovery of proceeds of crime.
"Cornwall Council is determined to defend the interests of legitimate businesses in Cornwall.”
A powerful coalition of South West businesses, education leaders and local authorities, including Cornwall Council, has pledged to work in partnership with Government to make the Great South West the latest growth alliance to rebalance the UK economy.
The Great South West partners are publishing a local growth prospectus today (Monday, January 13) that aims to deliver £45 billion of economic benefit and 190,000 new jobs over the next 15 years.
The Great South West spans the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Heart of the South West (which includes Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset), and Dorset.
Its ambition is to sit alongside the Government-backed Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and Western Gateway economic areas, and includes businesses, LEPs, universities, colleges and local government as a mechanism to attract additional investment in to the area.
At the heart of the growth prospectus is the ambition to make the Great South West the cleanest economy in England and the first to be net zero carbon.
Its focus is on creating world-leading growth in the ‘green’ and ‘blue’ economies, backed by a wealth of natural assets on land and sea, groundbreaking companies and research expertise.
The prospectus sets out how, with Government support, the Great South West can be a test bed for new thinking and new technologies to accelerate the move to a greener, more prosperous economy, and tackle shared challenges like poor connectivity, an ageing population, poor productivity and climate change.
Specifically, it calls for:
• Formal recognition of the Great South West as a growth alliance aimed at rebalancing the UK economy, with an identified Minister to link into Government.
• £2 million over three years to build a business case for investment across a range of projects.
• A Great South West Tourism Zone to help the industry become more productive, sustainable and adaptable.
• An agreement to create a Rural Productivity Deal, addressing the specific needs of the rural economy.
Publication of the prospectus follows a Downing Street summit in December between Great South West partners and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister told the delegation at the time: “We want to address some of the infrastructure issues in the region, as well as other vital services. Because it is the mission of my Conservative Government to unite and level up the country, and the South West has potential in all sorts of areas - from the spaceport in Newquay to farming, fishing, tourism and technology.
"I want to see improvements to infrastructure and technology, better rail and roads, more schools funding and investment in health services. We believe in a dynamic economy. The South West campaign is a great one and your region is an absolute priority to me. So I can assure you that we want to support and champion everything you do."
The Great South West prospectus will be formally submitted to Government shortly and has the backing of Sir Gary Streeter, Chair of the Great South West All Party Parliamentary Group and Conservative MP for South West Devon.
Sir Gary said: “We are living in a new political landscape with a clear commitment from Government to a more regional focus from Whitehall, and that is a huge opportunity for the Great South West. What’s important is that we set out the scope of our ambition in a coherent and compelling way, and demonstrate broad support by speaking with one voice. The Great South West prospectus is a very important part of that.”
"The time has come for substantial devolution and funding to unlock the full potential of the Great South West" - Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council
Councillor Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, said “The time has come for substantial devolution and funding to unlock the full potential of the Great South West. It’s time to hand over the reins of power and let the Great South West shape its own future.
"I’m proud to join businesses, education leaders and other local authorities from across the region in making the case for further powers and additional funding to upgrade our key infrastructure and create a ‘blue and green dynamo’ to power the UK economy.”
Steve Hindley, Chair of the Great South West partnership, said: “Our aspiration is for the Government to recognise the enormous potential of the Great South West to model how the future economy will look, and to work with us to plan and deliver the changes that we need to launch an era of transformational change and become the greenest economy of the UK.”
Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “The Government has committed to changing the economic geography of the UK and to putting the environment at the heart of its economic policy, and that’s a great opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. And by tackling shared agendas like transport and productivity at scale, we can reap the benefits of working together for all our communities.”
Karl Tucker, chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “The South West is poised to unleash its potential to raise productivity and achieve a step-change contribution to UK plc, in terms of economic performance and in helping of meeting its Net Zero targets. We are stronger than the sum of our parts; and by working together we can strengthen our economic opportunities and make a real impact on a global stage. Our region has been historically under-invested in and now is the time to re-dress the balance in partnership with Government to secure greater prosperity for all.”
Jim Stewart, Chair of the Dorset LEP, said: “The Great South West is poised for a step change in productivity and prosperity, and supported by the government, we can capitalise on opportunities presented by the Industrial Strategy, building momentum for a region that is of national and international significance. This prospectus clearly sets out our ambitions to become the leading region for the green and blue economy.”
Story published on January 15, 2020
Cornwall Council is holding events in Camelford and Delabole later this month for residents to have their say on proposals for the preferred route of the A39 Atlantic Highway.
The proposals aim to tackle congestion and improve air quality, as well as ‘unblock’ the A39 as the main route from north Cornwall to north Devon and provide a catalyst for improving Camelford town centre and the local economy.
Events will take place on:
- Friday 24 January – 12 noon to 8pm, Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road PL32 9QX
- Saturday 25 January – 10am to 2pm, Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road PL32 9QX
- Tuesday 4 February – 12 noon to 8pm, St John’s Church, Delabole PL33 9AA
Originally planned for December 2019, the consultation events had to be postponed during the general election period.
Can't make it to one of the events? You can have your say on the preferred route for the A39 Atlantic Highway scheme online.
The needs of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders along and across the new road in addition to improvements to the environment within the town have all been considered as part of the design of the preferred route, which also supports development plans as set out in the Camelford Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Your views on our proposals will help influence the final design and we want as many people as possible to join us at these events. We are committed to doing all we can to support the wishes of local residents who have been asking for these improvements at Camelford for many years, which is why we are contributing £6.5m to put us in the strongest position to support a bid for Department for Transport funding.”
Depending on funding being agreed, work on the proposed £42.5 million scheme could start at the end of 2021 and be open in 2023.
Meet the new Police Inspector, and hear plans for Boardmasters Festival, at Newquay & St Columb Community Network Panel
The next meeting of the Newquay & St Columb Community Network Panel will take place on Thursday 16 January 2019 between 19.00 and 21.00 at Rialton Heights Community Hall, St Columb Minor, TR7 3HU.
Inspector Blackford, the new Police Inspector, will join the panel to introduce himself to the area.
Last summer’s Boardmasters Music Festival at Watergate Bay was cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather. The meeting will hear from the organisers of plans for the 2020 event, and the upcoming planning application for the festival.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to raise funds from developers. These funds are used to pay for the infrastructure that is needed as a result of development, such as roads, playgrounds and drainage.
Cornwall Council’s Infrastructure Group Leader Gemma Arthur will tell the meeting how funds collected by Cornwall Council can be accessed, and will explain the differences between CIL and S106.
There will also be the usual updates on the Highways Scheme, and Cornwall Councillors will brief on issues relevant to the whole (or a significant part) of the Community Network Area, including those raised in full Council, Overview and Scrutiny, etc.
Anyone wishing to raise items is encouraged to advise Community Link Officer Anna Druce in advance of the meeting via firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, Cornwall Councillor Mark Formosa, says: “Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings. They are an ideal chance to keep abreast of local issues, and to question local Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors, service providers, and other decision makers.”
“Whether you just want to sit and listen, or to join in with our sometimes lively debates, this is where you will hear about local services, consultations and developments in Newquay and St.Columb. So please join us and meet some interesting people.”
More information on these panels is available by clicking here.
The Council’s Cabinet yesterday agreed to offer a new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Biffa.
The contract for Waste and Recycling Collection, Street and Public Open Space Cleansing will start on 3 October 2020, and run for 8 years with an option to extend for a further 2.
Biffa is among the most experienced waste management and cleansing companies in the UK and has been providing these services in Cornwall in recent years.
Visible changes next year will include a new state-of-the-art collection fleet, wheeled-bins and food waste collection. There will be weekly separate collection of food waste, with fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections. From summer 2021 in a special campaign every household will hear from the Council about their own role in this recycling revolution.
Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “This contract sees Cornwall poised to transform its recycling, something residents told us in our 2017 survey was a priority. We are very pleased to be continuing to work with Biffa.
"Following very positive collaborative dialogue and a ‘can do’ approach by everyone - including the bidding companies - we now have a way of hitting impressive recycling targets.”
“If, like most of the top-performing parts of the UK, we begin putting our food waste out for collection every week from Summer 2021, we can in one leap transform our recycling rates from the currently disappointing 38% to over 50%.”
Roger Edwards, Managing Director of Biffa Municipal Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been nominated as the preferred bidder for the new Cornwall contract. We are looking forward to introducing new services to significantly improve recycling rates.
"The local Biffa team pride themselves on the excellent service provided to date and we look forward to continuing our productive working relationship with Cornwall Council."
Published January 10, 2020
Nearly 100 people have been offered care sector apprenticeships thanks to investment in the companies that deliver care and support in Cornwall.
Cornwall Council has been able to redirect some of its ‘apprenticeship levy’ monies into local care companies to support the training costs of apprenticeships for their staff. This has allowed the care organisations and companies to offer more apprenticeships and in turn encourage more people into a career in care.
The apprenticeship levy is a government initiative which supports employers to create more apprenticeships. As well as providing 200 Council-based apprenticeships, the Council is also able to pass up to 25% of this levy on to other employers in Cornwall and so far have been able to transfer funds to 16 local employers in the care sector.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “The apprenticeship levy gives Cornwall Council the opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping us to grow and develop the workforce we need to successfully deliver services to our residents.
“It is especially important that we support care companies to attract more staff into the care profession with a shortage of care workers that is set to grow year on year. There are currently over 1000 care role vacancies in Cornwall, and this demand for workers, combined with Cornwall’s ageing population, means we have to think of lots of different ways to attract more people to care roles so that we will be able to cope with this ever increasing demand.”
All of the apprentices benefitting from the levy work in the adult social care sector, including care homes, and domiciliary care. Successful applicants are already undertaking apprenticeships in a range of care related roles.
Tina Darrock from Carers Break, a care community interest company based in Roche said: “The benefits have been really great, more staff are coming on board and the apprenticeship allows them to achieve their qualification and gives them an opportunity to further their career. We’re quite a small organisation and any support we can get to get more staff through our doors is a win win, it’s a bonus. For the workers it’s about the value this puts on their role and on them as a person.”
Lee Wright, an apprentice at Carers Break said: “Helping someone to live their life in their own home is really rewarding, you can see the gratitude in someone’s face when you’re able to help them. Being able to gain an NVQ while I work has given me more confidence and puts a real value on the work that I do.”
Read more information on Cornwall Council’s apprenticeship levy.
To find out more about a career in care please visit the Proud to Care website
Applications for next year’s levy transfer allowance will re-open in spring 2020 and will be allocated to the care sector on a priority basis.
Story posted on 10 January
Liskeard Library, which is operating temporarily from Luxtowe House, Greenbank Road, PL14 3DZ, is extending its opening hours from 1 February to include Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.
This is in addition to the current Monday to Friday hours 9am to 5pm. There is free parking onsite, and there will be a children’s story time every Saturday.
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, says: “We know the people of Liskeard love their library, and we are adding Saturday opening hours to make this temporary library service as good as it can be. Progress is being made on the longer term plans to refurbish the original library in Barras Street.
“This interim solution requires patience, but eventually the residents of Liskeard will have a fully-renovated library building that is more accessible, and more importantly, safeguarded for the future.”
At Luxstowe House temporary library users are able to:
- Access around 1,600 books which will include a good selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Please note: some items showing as ‘in stock’ at Liskeard Library are being stored off site. If reserving this stock there may be a delay of approximately 2-3 days before the items are ready for collection.
- Use a ‘click and collect’ service - Customers will be able to reserve books and other resources from the online library catalogue and collect from the temporary library. If it’s more convenient, customers can choose an alternative collection site when making a reservation on-line.
- Access free Wi-Fi and computers. Printing, Photocopying and Scanning are all available
- Use the Library Self-service Kiosk to borrow and return items, and to pay library charges.
- Download free Audio and EBooks from the temporary library or at home.
- Read the Western Morning News and Cornish Times newspapers.
The temporary library has staff on hand to help customers, and has accessible toilets.
Library Microfilm is currently located in Liskeard Museum for the duration of the building works.
Please note from 1 April the temporary library at Luxstowe House is unable to offer a letterbox book drop-off service out of opening hours.
Story posted on 9 January, 2019
For those people feeling sluggish after all the season’s festivities, a simple exercise plan has been launched by Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team (live on 13 January).
Called ’30 ways in 30 days’ the plan aims to help people who haven’t exercised for some time and perhaps find the thought of doing any exercise a bit daunting.
With tasks such as going for a walk or doing chair-based exercises this plan creates simple, easy ways for people to get moving again, taking small steps towards getting that little bit healthier.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Cllr Sally Hawken said: “For lots of people, joining a gym or going for a run is too much of an obstacle and this plan aims to break down any barriers that exist to someone starting to do exercise. The plan suggests a new activity every day, with day one simply going for a ten minute walk.
“This is ideal for someone who does little to no exercise and it encourages people to focus on the positive feelings they get from taking those little steps, instead of focusing on any feelings of guilt, specifying that if you miss a day there is no reason to give up, just get back on it the next day”.
Deputy Director of Cornwall Council public health, Steve Brown said: “A new activity will be loaded onto Healthy Cornwall’s website every day, with a video guide to talk you through that day’s session. The idea is that people can check in daily and see what it is they should try to do, without being overwhelmed by seeing the whole month in one go and perhaps thinking that it is too much for them.”
The website also offers some useful tips to help people stay on track, such as:
- Plan your day ahead and make the commitment of what time you will exercise
- Put your coat and trainers out by the front door so they are ready and waiting when you get home
- Keep a pair of suitable walking shoes at work
- Arrange a date with your buddy to do a buddy exercise session, there’s less chance of you changing your mind if you commit with someone else
- Keep a diary or note on your phone of how you feel every day. It will help you see your improvement, which is a great booster
- If you need to get up earlier to exercise but you sometimes snooze the alarm, try putting it further away from the bed so you have to get up to turn it off - you’re up now so you might as well exercise!
The scheme launches on Monday 13 January when you can sign up by texting “30ways” to 82228 and by doing so you will receive a text every day for the 30 days with prompts to visit the website to see what the activity is. Everyone who completes the 30 days will receive special offers from local leisure centres.
General advice on staying healthy can be found on the Healthy Cornwall website.
Story posted on 9 January
One of Newquay’s most popular footpaths is set to benefit from new surfacing and better drainage, easing access to the UK’s most famous surfing beach.
As part of the Beach Access Capital Programme, Cornwall Council and Cormac will begin works to improve the access to Newquay’s Fistral and South Fistral beaches. This will create better approaches to the shore via the path through the town’s golf course and via the South West Coast Path.
Works will begin on site on Wednesday 15 January lasting six weeks.
Occasional closures of some sections will be necessary, but as much as possible will remain open at any one time.
Local Cornwall Councillor, and Portfolio Holder for Transport, Geoff Brown, says: “This public footpath is one of the most popular in the town. The works will improve drainage after heavy rain, providing a better surface and easier gradients for mobility vehicles and pushchairs. There will also be better access to South Fistral and the Coast Path.
"We want everyone to be able to enjoy our coast and these magnificent views, so I am really pleased to see these improvements underway.”The scheme will have six main elements Public Footpath through golf course
This provides direct access to Fistral Beach from the town, and as a result is very well used in both in the summer and winter. Unfortunately, the path also suffers from drainage issues which have affected its surface, and as a result it becomes washed out and gullied after heavy rain, making it difficult to use. The works will provide a fine bitmac surface and address these drainage issues. The new surface will extend from the Toby Way all the way through the golf course along the current route.Extension of Bitmac path to Golf Terrace
In order to improve connectivity the improved surfacing will be extended east along the footpath, past the clubhouse, to connect to Golf Terrace.A new wooden staircase to access the beach
Access to and from the beach will be improved at the southern end with the installation of a wooden staircase. This will replace the old steps that have fallen into disrepair, and will give another option to join or leave the beach, especially when the steps at South Fistral are not accessible due to high tide.Widening and improving the path from South Fistral (South West Coast Path)
Although the majority of the Coast Path from South Fistral to the car park is easy to walk, there are sections where it presents problems for mobility vehicles or those pushing prams. Although the path will not be surfaced, parts will be widened and the gradient reduced. There will also be a new viewpoint and a number of passing places created.Beach defence works
Due to the increasing frequency of strong winds and storms, sand from the dunes often blows onto the footpath making it unusable. It is hoped that this can be reduced through the planting of native species on the current access route. This planting will reduce sand blowing into the dunes. It will also stabilise the dunes at this location.Easy access route to the car park from the footpath
An easy access route, which will also be surfaced, will link the north end of the footpath to the car park. This will be at a gentle gradient, and allow year round access.
Story posted on 8 January, 2019
One of Cornwall’s ancient Celtic crosses is back in its rightful place in Truro city centre following a joint restoration project by Cornwall Archaeological Unit and Cormac.
Members of Truro Old Cornwall Society were delighted to see the High Cross returned to its site outside the Cathedral in time for Christmas following a road accident that broke it into four pieces.
Andrew Langdon, an expert on Cornish crosses who researched the history of the cross and recorded the works, said that it was originally discovered buried in St Nicholas Street in November 1958, and rescued by Mr Les Douch who at the time was curator of the Royal Cornwall Museum.
In 1959 the cross was set up on the west side of the Cathedral in a flower border, then in 1981 removed to its present position. In 1988 it was made ‘a truly High Cross’, when a new modern shaft was added in a project organised by former mayor of Truro, Cllr John Christie.
It has stood safely alongside the Cathedral and Truro’s Georgian Assembly Rooms building in High Cross for the last 30 years, but was demolished in a vehicle crash in February 2019 and broken into four pieces. Its remains were collected up by staff from Truro City Council Park’s department and stored in a yard at Boscawen Park until stonemasons lan and Alex Piper, with help from Peter Hooper, skillfully repaired it at Bearah Tor Quarry on Bodmin Moor.
Ten months after the accident, in December the cross was at last set up again by Alex and Ian Piper with the help of Charlie Dinnis of Caradon Tool and Plant Hire and staff from Cormac.
James Gossip, Senior Archaeologist at Cornwall Archaeological Unit which is part of Cornwall Council, said: “We are happy to announce that in a joint project between Cornwall Archaeological Unit and Cormac, Truro’s High Cross has been restored to its rightful place. The 900-year-old cross once again forms a feature in High Cross, where it stands as a complement to the splendour of the lofty cathedral and a reminder of Truro’s antiquity.”
Story posted on January 8, 2020
The Co-ordination of Breastfeeding support services for new mothers in Cornwall is transferring to Together for Families at Cornwall Council, after Real Baby Milk announced they were withdrawing from their contract to support and train volunteers, at the end of December.
Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “Real Baby Milk are considered leaders in the field of breastfeeding support and I would like to thank them for their commitment and dedication over the years.
“They have worked alongside neonatal nurses, midwives, health visitors and children’s’ services staff to ensure women and their families get access to appropriate and consistent information and guidance to support them to breastfeed their babies for as long as they want to.
“And despite the contract with Real Baby Milk coming to an end; Cornwall Council is committed to maintaining the network of breastfeeding peer support that Real Baby Milk has been working so hard to maintain.”
Breastfeeding rates in the UK are comparatively low compared to the rest of the world with only 34% still exclusively feeding at 6 months, which is what the World Health Organisation recommend for optimal health. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.
The team at Real Baby Milk will be continuing to work to produce resources supporting Health Professionals, families and babies. The new edition of the Cornwall Essential Guide will be published by the end of January 2020. Real Baby Milk will also be continuing to offer accredited Training.
The process is now under way to transfer the peer support coordinator role into Together for Families, the combined directorate for children’s services at Cornwall Council. During the transition period Jan – March 2020 there will be a reduced level of recruitment and training while the new coordination arrangements are put into place.
Sally continued: “We will work closely with the existing volunteers to ensure they continue to receive the support and training they need to deliver their role. The volunteers will be well linked into health and children’s services and will be given the opportunity to co-produce any plans, developments or changes that ensure the network can be sustained.”
Breastfeeding peer support meets NICE guidance, UNICEF Baby Friendly standards and the United Nation rights of the Child. It is also an opportunity for local women to access accredited training and volunteer in their communities.
Public Health Commissioner at Cornwall Council, Jo Lewitt, concluded: “I am genuinely heartened by the passion and commitment shown in Cornwall to support new mums breastfeed their babies. Sadly, many women still stop feeding before they want to and often report feeling bad about it.
“There is much more work to be done to improve this situation. We hope to build on the great foundations that have been laid by Real Baby Milk, in Pollen CIC. The hope is that we maintain and strengthen the current network of trained volunteers who offer their valuable time to other women in their communities, many of whom are inspired by the support they received themselves.”
The Launceston Community Network Panel invites you to attend its meeting on Thursday 9 January 2020 between 7pm and 9pm. It will be held at the Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR.
Among items up for discussion is the Transformation of Adult Social Care and Health in Cornwall. Suzanne Wixey, Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Adult Care and Support, will be giving a presentation about the benefits and the impact on the local community.
Another presentation will be by Laura Chapman, Community Maker with Volunteer Cornwall, who will be explaining Social Prescribing.
There will be feedback from the Climate Change Working Group, and updates from Cornwall Councillors as well as Town and Parish Councillors.
Chris Sims, Community Link Officer for Launceston, says: “Everyone with an interest in our area is very welcome to join us. The panel discusses issues affecting the community network area, agrees ways to progress them, and builds working relationships between local partners.”
“All meetings are open to the public and the press, and there is an opportunity for views to be expressed, and to ask questions of decision makers in an informal setting. We do hope you can join us.”
The panel invites local organisations and service providers, including the police and health services, to join them at their meetings.
This public guide to community network panels explains how the meetings work, gives rules for reporting and filming, and shows the full agenda for this and previous meetings.
You can also read about Cornwall Councillor ‘community chest’ grants, which must be applied for by 14 February 2020.
Story posted on January 7, 2020
New contract award means new bus routes, more frequent services and greener buses in Cornwall from April 2020
Bus services in Cornwall are set to further improve from April 2020 when a new package of supported services is introduced with improved frequencies and routes, reduced fares for passengers, better links with rail, integrated school transport services and more environmentally friendly buses.
A new eight year contract has been awarded to Go Cornwall Bus, a subsidiary of national company Go-Ahead, to deliver a network of Council subsided local bus routes which are essential to local residents but are not commercially viable. There will be new services and improvements to existing routes including:
- Direct links to Derriford Hospital
- Launceston to Bodmin Town Centre and Parkway station
- Newquay to Redruth direct
- St Austell to Lostwithiel via Tywardreath Highway
- Truro to Bodmin via Summercourt and Indian Queens
- increased number of journeys between Hartland, Bude and Marhamchurch
- additional journeys on services between Bude and Launceston and Bude to Truro
- Truro to St Mawes to operate hourly on Mondays to Saturdays connecting at Tregony with two hourly Veryan to St Austell services
- Cornwall Airport Newquay to Truro Railway Station
These are the latest in a series of improvements to bus and rail services in Cornwall.
Improvements to public transport in Cornwall over the past 3 years has seen passenger satisfaction increase from 85% to 95% and passenger numbers increase by 5% year on year, bucking the national trend which has seen a reduction in bus travel.
Rail passenger numbers continue to grow with regular half-hourly local stopping trains, doubling the frequency of off-peak services in each direction between Penzance and Plymouth, providing over 7,000 extra seats each weekday.
Infrastructure improvements already in place include
- new rail signalling allowing more trains to run supported by the recently expanded depot at Penzance
- upgraded bus stops and shelters including real time digital information
- new buses and trains
- bus stations improvements at Truro, Newquay and Penzance
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown said:
“Improving Cornwall’s public transport system is one of the key priorities for the Council because we know it is important to our residents.”
“We are concentrating on making public transport easier to use and good value so that residents move away from using the car. This new contract will deliver wider network coverage and more frequent buses with timetables that will dovetail with half hourly train services.”
“These improvements will ensure the trend of increased use continues as we build a completely integrated public transport system which is focussed on the needs of the passenger.”
The Council subsidises over 50% of bus routes across Cornwall to connect communities and offer a viable alternative to the car. These routes would otherwise not be provided by bus operators as they are not commercially viable but are a lifeline for our residents to access employment and education as well as shopping and leisure.
Awarding the contract is the next stage in the One Public Transport System for Cornwall project which is delivering upon its objectives to improve public transport and provide a seamless integrated public transport network.
Geoff Brown continued: “We know that good public transport is important to our residents. Our priority is to make sure that these routes are safeguarded and that passengers who use the bus routes subsidised by the Council get the best possible service. Many people rely on these bus routes for work, for getting to hospital appointments and to go out to see friends and family. Rest assured that they will continue and improve under this new contract.”
“When awarding the new contract we took into account how we can increase the use of lower emission vehicles and encourage more people to use public transport in line with our commitment to tackle the climate emergency. We also looked at ticket pricing, the possibilities around increasing the frequency of buses and the quality of the vehicles – all of which will play a part in encouraging residents to use public transport and move away from using cars.”
Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Go Cornwall Bus said "We are delighted and privileged to be awarded this significant contract by Cornwall Council. We believe that working in partnership we will enhance customer experience, improve opportunity to travel and improve air quality across the Duchy..
Go Cornwall Bus prides itself on being a good community partner, through this expansion we are looking forward to working with people across the length and breadth of Cornwall".
Geoff adds: “We’re also planning to introduce a 4 year pilot scheme to reduce fares to encourage more people to use buses.
Last year, the government awarded Cornwall a £23.5m funding package for a “Reduced Bus Fares” pilot to support the Council’s ongoing commitment to improving bus travel for residents. We’re planning to introduce a scheme in May 2020 which will significantly reduce the cost of bus travel by establishing town zones and capping the cost for making multiple journeys within these zones. Ultimately, we want to deliver an integrated SMART ticketing system for bus, rail and ferry to make it as easy and convenient as possible for residents and visitors to use all forms of public transport.”
The contract to operate the Truro Park and Ride for the next eight years from April 2020 has been awarded to First Kernow. The new contract will see the Truro Park and Ride running later into the evenings from Monday to Saturday which will benefit residents working in or visiting Truro, especially those who work at or visit Treliske Hospital.
A further tender exercise will take place to determine the contracts for the delivery of School Bus Services – these awards will be made at the end of January 2020.
Story posted 07 January 2020
For residents in Cornwall thinking about doing ‘Dry January’, Cornwall Council is suggesting they try ‘Damp January’ instead.
While it’s a good idea to cut your alcohol intake, cutting out alcohol completely is often an unrealistic long-term plan, so Damp January, as you might guess, is about reducing your alcohol intake for a short time instead of cutting it out completely
To support people to do this, Cornwall Council’s Public Health team are suggesting that people download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app which can help them keep an eye on how much they’re drinking.
As many as 1 in 3 people in the South West don’t realise that they drink too much. The app allows people to track what they have drunk throughout the week, and can then calculate how many calories you have drunk and how that equates with food you could have eaten. You can also track how much money you’ve spent on alcohol.
The app will advise you on how you can improve by having more days across the week where you don’t have a drink.
To stay within sensible drinking levels people should aim for 14 units or less per week. That’s the equivalent of 6 medium strength pints of beer or cider, or five medium glasses of wine. And these should be spread out over the week with two days drink free between sessions.
Deputy Director of Cornwall Council public health, Steve Brown said: “We often hear about people doing ’Dry January’ and while it’s a good sentiment to think about being healthier we also often hear about how people then binge drink when the month is over, easily slipping back into bad habits again. We’d encourage people to think about having a few more days a week where they don’t have a drink which is much more achievable as a long-term goal and supports healthy lifestyle changes.”
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Cllr Sally Hawken said: “Our overall aim is to help residents live healthier lives. Some people simply don’t realise that one drink a night can have serious long-term effect on their health. Often “just the one” turns in to two or three and it’s really easy for this to become a regular habit, and then the risks get even higher.”
The Drinksmeter app can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store.
If anyone is concerned about how much they are drinking, or concerned about someone else’s drinking they can call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website
Story posted on 6 January
Cornwall Council is calling on the new government to devolve more powers to the region as part of a plan to support a local economy that works for all residents after Brexit.
In order to prepare Cornwall for the opportunities and challenges of leaving the EU, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (IoS) Leadership Board created a post-Brexit plan for the region.
Called New Frontiers, the plan builds on the successes already being delivered for residents through the Cornwall devolution deal, including more integrated public transport and improved business support.
The New Frontiers plan set out a series of ‘asks’ for Government, such as greater devolution powers, and changes to the region’s economy that could bring in an additional £2bn and create 20,000 new jobs for Cornwall’s residents by 2030.
A year-and-a-half since the launch of New Frontiers – and despite a heavily distracted Government and delays in its commitment to bring forward a devolution framework - Cornwall Council has successfully achieved seven ‘asks’ directed at Whitehall to ensure that Cornwall thrives post-Brexit.
These include:Funding for Cornwall’s Spaceport
The Council has secured a £7.85m investment from the UK Space Agency to develop facilities for the spaceport and secure a commercial launch partner - Virgin.A rural Energy Innovation Zone (EIZ) to pilot a new regulatory approach to heating, transport and power
The Council is a step closer to creating an Energy Innovation Zone after the tender was awarded to the Carbon Trust, who will establish the pioneering EIZ in Cornwall.
The main focus will be to integrate proven low-carbon technologies across energy systems; develop the business models and market arrangements needed to support new approaches to clean energy; and overcome the regulatory and other barriers necessary for them to flourish.
The benefits include reduced emissions, bills and fuel poverty, and increased investment, exports and jobs.The 100 per cent business rate retention pilot has been extended to March 2020
Cornwall Council was successful in negotiating with Government to be one of only five regions in the UK to keep all of the business rates it raises.
Its powers to pilot 100 per cent business rates retention means that around £6m of extra funding now stays In Cornwall each year.With the announcement of the Spending Review, the Council’s second request was granted to have the 100% business rate retention extended to 2021
Previously, 50 per cent of Cornwall’s business rates would have been sent to Whitehall. Now we can use this money to help us grow the local economy and manage funding pressures to focus on Council priorities and key services.Securing funding to support the work of the Skills Advisory Panel in developing local skills opportunities in priority sectors
Around £75,000 of Government funding has been secured to help match skills to jobs with new support for Skills Advisory Panels.The bid for the South West Institute of Technology was successful
The South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) will look to train thousands of students in technical subjects across the region, bringing skills development and career opportunities.
The SWIoT is a unique collaboration between a number of partner organisations, including Cornwall Council, Truro and Penwith College, the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Bridgwater and Taunton College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, and Petroc.The request for the tri-light officer pilot was successful
Cornwall Council, in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, and Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, has increased the number of tri-service safety officers since its inception.
The tri-service safety officers are trained to deliver and integrate aspects of the three emergency bluelight services, and Cornwall Council's anti-social behaviour reduction work.
A total of 10 tri-service safety officers have now been recruited, trained and are serving in predominantly rural communities across Cornwall.
This follows in the footsteps of the country’s first tri-service safety officer Andy Hitchens, who piloted and shaped the role in his first 18 months from December 2015.
Cornwall Council leader Julian German said: “It is 20 months since Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Leadership Board launched New Frontiers as our regional plan outlining everything we need to flourish beyond Brexit.
“Since its development in early 2018, the programme has been successful in achieving seven ‘asks’ against the backdrop of a heavily distracted government and uncertainty over Brexit.
“We’ve remained engaged with Government to stand up for Cornwall on post-Brexit policy, including articulating our requirements of Government’s replacement for European funds – the Shared Prosperity Fund – and to keep it to its promise that we will not be worse off as a result of Brexit.”
Cornwall Council will continue to negotiate the New Frontiers plan with Government to support a local economy that works for everyone, grow skills and opportunities for people in Cornwall, and protect our unique heritage and environment.
The local authority has taken the initiative to form Britain’s Leading Edge - a collaboration of upper tier rural local authorities from all over the country - to strengthen the voice of rural and coastal areas with no major cities.
Story posted on 2 January 2020
Cabinet will meet on Thursday, 9 January to consider a final bidder for the Council’s new waste, recycling collection and street cleansing contract for Cornwall.
The procurement process was extended because bids received were unaffordable, exceeding the budget envelope available. Cornwall Council went back to the bidders with a revised specification seeking a reduction in price. Cabinet members will hear all the detail, but much of it cannot be put in the public domain just yet owing to commercial sensitivity.
The Council will release the name of the preferred contractor once the final bidders have been informed.
Cllr Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Cornwall Council has done a thorough job in seeking best value for the public purse while also providing Cornwall with a high standard of recycling and waste collection services. Our plans are in line with the Government’s draft Environmental Bill and Cornwall Council’s Resource and Waste Strategy.
“We have now received highly competitive, professional bids with reduced prices, and this allows us to recommend to Cabinet that we award the contract. We are grateful to the bidders for their help in getting us to this stage.
“We are keen to press ahead with delivering these new services, and householders should see them rolled out during 2021. In the meantime, it would be good preparation for everyone to seek to minimise their waste and maximise their recycling using the current services – around 57% of the contents of the average black bin bag in Cornwall is made up of food waste or other recyclable materials.
“This is a time of exciting change for Cornwall to bring our services in line with the best elsewhere in England. Some of the top performing local authorities already operate weekly food waste and fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections.
“We acknowledge that householders will have many questions about the new collection services, and we will be in touch to give details well in advance of their introduction.
“The people of Cornwall told us clearly in the 2017 waste survey that they want to recycle as much as possible, and this new provision for food waste will help make this happen.”