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Council to carry out new pilot waste project in Port Isaac

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:56

Cornwall Council will be writing to the owners of self-catering properties and holiday lets in Port Isaac over the next few weeks to make them aware of their responsibility for disposing of their waste as part of a new pilot project being run in partnership with St Endellion Parish Council and waste contractor Cory Environmental.

In 2012 the Government issued revised waste legislation that described how all waste types should be classified (i.e. household, commercial) based upon where the waste is produced.  This included a number of changes affecting campsites, charity shops, hotels, B and Bs and waste produced from self-catering accommodation.  Waste from these producers is now classified as commercial waste. 

As a result of the legislation any producer of commercial waste is required by law to make their own arrangements for waste collection and disposal rather than being disposed of by the Council’s household waste and kerbside recycling service.

Following a decision by Members to implement the legislation in two phases, the Council initially wrote to schools, nursing homes, residential homes hospitals, charities, clubs and societies advising them of the changes to the legislation and outlining their responsibilities.

Implementing the second phase, which includes waste from camp sites, self-catering accommodation and guest houses, has proved more complex, however,  because of the scale of self-catering accommodation and guest homes in Cornwall, and the added complication of second homes not being easily identifiable as holiday lets.

Over the past few months the Council has been looking at ways of ensuring that the owners of these properties are disposing of their waste in accordance with the law and will be carrying out a pilot project in Port Isaac to test the process and assess the level of resources that will be needed to inform all properties in Cornwall of their duty.  This will involve reviewing the current waste arrangements in Port Isaac to help understand waste collections in the village.  In line with legislation the pilot will focus on where the waste is produced, and not how an individual property is rated.

The results of the pilot will then be analysed by officers from the Waste Management Team with a view to applying the process across the rest of Cornwall over a reasonable and practical period of time.

“It is important that we are fair and consistent in our approach and that all properties producing commercial waste pay for its collection and disposal, rather than the costs falling on council tax payers” said Joyce Duffin, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment.  “This means ensuring that all property owners are made aware of their responsibilities with regard to the waste legislation”. 

“We are aware that, while a number of self-catering properties and holiday lets are already making their own arrangements for disposing of their waste, others are leaving their waste out in black bags for the Council to collect and dispose of.  This is illegal and we will be working with St Endellion Parish Council and waste contractor Cory Environmental to ensure that they are making the arrangements to dispose of their waste appropriately”.

Considerable work has been carried out by officers from the Waste Management team and Cory over the past few months to identify the owners of self-catering properties and holiday let accommodation in the village, as well as holiday letting agents and cleaning companies, and those local businesses which are wrongly using the household waste collection service to dispose of their commercial waste. 

The Council will now be writing to these people to explain their responsibilities for arranging for the collection and disposal of their waste, and informing them that from 4 July the authority will be stopping waste collections and removing any Council provided waste and recycling containers from the property.

Local Cornwall Councillor Andy Penny is backing the pilot project.  “I support the efforts to untangle domestic and commercial waste in our area and to reinforce business responsibility for their waste” he said.

“As the Chairman of Port Isaac Village hall, a registered charity, I have had discussions with Cory and am waiting for the commercial contract to be produced.”


Story posted 06 June 2016

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Falmouth hoteliers fined after guest injured in balcony fall

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:08

Two Falmouth hoteliers have been fined £4,000 each and ordered to pay full costs of £6,074 after a guest fell through the balustrade of a wooden balcony.

Julie Anne McCann (49) and Troy Vincent McCann (48) of Chellowdene Bed and Breakfast, Gyllyngvase Hill, Falmouth each admitted an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act at Truro Magistrates Court on 26 September 2016.

The incident happened in September 2015 when a guest who was staying at Chellowdene on his honeymoon, fell through a rotten wooden balustrade and plunged over 3.4 metres (over 11 feet) onto the tarmac below. He sustained a broken arm and wrist, damage to his back and lacerations to his head and was off work for several months.

The case was brought by Cornwall Council Public Protection.

Cornwall Council Public Protection officer Carol Thorogood said: “Falls from height are a major cause of injury. This accident was due to inadequate maintenance of a wooden structure. Any business owning a wooden balcony must check for water penetration and rot and must have a suitable and sufficient maintenance regime in place.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Our Public Protection and Business Support team offer assistance to businesses to enable them to operate safely, to protect their customers and employees and to comply with the law. However, where we find that a business has been negligent and failed in its duty to ensure health and safety we are prepared to take the matter before the court. This is a timely reminder that owners should regularly inspect their property to ensure that structural failings do not cause harm to the public.“

Story posted: 27 September 2016

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Major step forward for Cornwall’s Local Plan

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:08

The Planning Inspector in charge of Cornwall’s Local Plan Examination has issued a report which finds that the Plan can be made sound by making a number of changes which had already been put forward by the Council and put out for consultation last July.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: 

“There are no surprises here and crucially, the Inspector accepts that the overall housing target of 52,500 new homes to be built is sound.   As at April of this year, 36,000 of this total number already have planning permission or have been built so we are looking at an additional 16,500 new homes by 2030.

But the Local Plan is not just about the number of new homes to be built – it is about being able to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans and working closely with communities to understand their needs and concerns; it is about promoting and supporting economic growth; it is about protecting and cherishing our unique landscape and it is about improving the quality of new development in Cornwall.

This has been a long process but we now have a clear way forward that will be considered in full by the Council’s Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee in October followed by the Cabinet and all Councillors in November. If the Council accepts the Inspector’s recommendation we can go ahead and adopt the Plan.

I hope that we can now proceed to get the Plan adopted, carry out further consultation on strategic allocations in the main towns and start to apply some robust local planning policies to our planning decisions.  In that way, we can start to resist unwanted and speculative development and help shape communities - not just build housing estates.”

The Planning Inspector’s report includes a full Schedule of Major Modifications, many of these bring the Plan into line with National policy.

The key changes required are:

  • An increase in overall housing from our original 47,500 to 52,500 dwellings
  • Some changes in the distribution of housing in the main towns and Community Network Areas to reflect the increase.
  • A clearer explanation of the Plan’s role in taking forward the Council’s economic strategy and the identification of a jobs target of 38,000 new jobs.
  • Greater clarity on the role of the Council’s Site Allocations Plan and of Neighbourhood Plans in delivering how housing is allocated.  These plans will form part of the policies to determine planning applications – the Council will consult on the Allocations Plan over the winter and town and Parish Councils can write their own Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Amend affordable housing policy to reflect the evidence on viability and that the threshold for this is consistent with Government policy.

Introduce a new policy about mitigating recreational pressures on European protected natural habitats arising from new residential development.

Story posted: 27 September 2016

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Truro night club owner fined for breaching licensing hours

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:07

The owner of The Office night club in Truro has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £836 by Truro Magistrates for breaching licensing hours at a hearing held on Wednesday 21 September.

Cornwall Council solicitor Mark Andrews told the court that the owner of the club Darren Hoare had applied for a Temporary Event Notice to cover the missing hour when the clocks changed to British summertime, however the application was not submitted within the legal time limits and, therefore, could not be progressed. Mr Hoare was informed of the situation by the Council’s licensing officer who stated that this meant the night club would not be able to open for the additional hour. This was also confirmed by the licensing officer for Devon and Cornwall Police.

Despite this advice Mr Hoare decided to keep the club open without the required Temporary Event Notice being in place. This was observed by police officers on the night, with Mr Hoare deciding not to close despite their intervention. As a result the matter was reported to the Council’s Licensing Compliance Team.

In mitigation Mr Hoare’s barrister told the court that Mr Hoare had been a licence holder for over 10 years and this was the first time that he had done anything wrong or breached his licence in any way.

She said he accepted it was a poor decision which had been made without thinking of the potential consequences. The court also heard that a number of people in the local community had written in support of Mr Hoare, who was a former Chairman of the Truro Pub Watch Scheme, and supported a number of local charities.

Announcing the sentence, the Magistrates said that Mr Hoare had recklessly broken the conditions of his licence despite clearly knowing the licensing regulations.

Following the hearing Bob Mears, Cornwall Council’s Senior Licensing Compliance Officer, said “It is a great shame that a person of Mr Hoare’s integrity and standing in the community placed himself in such a position.  The Council takes a very serious view regarding breaches of licensing legislation and will take the necessary action when required”.

Story posted: 23 September 2016

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Electoral Review Panel puts forward proposal for future size of Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:05

Members of the Electoral Review Panel set up to review the future size of Cornwall Council and the boundaries of its electoral divisions have put forward an initial proposal of between 105 and 115 Councillors.  The Panel will put forward further proposals as the electoral review progresses.

Cornwall Council currently has 123 Councillors.

This first draft submission, which will be considered at the meeting of the full Council on 6 October, follows detailed analysis of a wide range of evidence, including electoral forecasts, the geography and size of Cornwall, the Council’s decision-making and scrutiny arrangements, the findings of the recent Governance Review and the role and workload of Cornwall Councillors.

If approved by the Council at the meeting on 6 October, the draft submission will be submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England by their deadline of 14 October, along with the supporting evidence.

This is the first of three submissions on the size of the Council which the authority will make before the final decision is announced by the LGBCE on 16 May 2017, immediately after the unitary Council elections.  The second draft submission must be made by 16 December, with the final submission due on 3 March 2017, giving the Council the opportunity to seek the views of town and parish councils, partner organisations and members of the public.

Announcing details of the first draft submission following today’s meeting of the Electoral Review Panel, Chairman John Wood, said “This is a very important issue, both for the Council and for Cornwall, and we need to make sure that we get it right.  Over the past few months we have examined a wealth of evidence to help us decide how many Members we think are needed to manage the business of the Council in the future.

“This has involved looking in detail at the role of a Cornwall Councillor, as well as taking in account issues such as the geography and size of Cornwall, and the impact of future changes in governance and further devolution – both from the Government to Cornwall, and from Cornwall Council to town and parish councils.  The reductions in staffing levels and in some services which have taken place as a result of cuts in our funding from the Government have seen a significant increase in the workload of Members – from an average of 19 hours a week at the time of the last review in 2008 to more than double that for many Councillors today.”

Adding that this first draft submission reflected the views of the Panel, John Wood said it was vital that people in Cornwall now took the opportunity to have their say on the future size of their Council.

“Following this first draft submission we have a nine week period before we make our second draft submission in December and we want to hear what people think.  We will also be carrying out a comprehensive consultation and engagement programme during January and February before the final submission is made in March so there is plenty of time for people to give us their views.”

This is the first review of electoral divisions to take place in Cornwall since the creation of the unitary Council in 2009 and the main aim is to ensure that all Councillors represent, as far as practically possible, a similar number of voters.  As well as deciding total number of councillors, the review will also consider the number of electoral divisions, the names of those divisions and the boundaries of the divisions.

Work on drawing up draft recommendations on the new electoral divisions will formally begin in May 2017, following the Commission’s announcement of their decision on the size of the Council, with further consultation taking place with Members, town and parish councils, partners, key stakeholders and the public between October and December 2017.

The responses from the consultation and engagement will then be analysed by the LGBCE before it publishes its final recommendations on 27 March 2018.  The Order implementing the final electoral arrangements will then be laid before Parliament in April 2018, with the changes coming into effect for the 2021 elections.

Story posted 23 September 2016

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Cornwall Housing pledges its support for Gas Safety Week 2016

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:04

Cornwall Housing has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week with a targeted campaign on social media reaching out to people across Cornwall. It also gives an opportunity to remind our tenants of the importance in responding promptly to appointment requests from us for their property to have an annual gas service.

For safety reasons, it is vital that Cornwall Housing tenants keep to their annual service appointments. With 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries across the UK in the last three years3, it is important that our engineers are able to get in and do their job at the first appointment. Whilst our first priority will always be the safety of our tenants, the financial cost to the company because of missed appointments also has a knock on effect in the services that we can then offer for everyone.

Our Engineers will not know of, or be able to discuss any possible rent arrears or other ongoing issues that tenants may be working with Cornwall Housing to resolve. Their priority is to maintain the safety and efficiency of the heating system.

Adrian Pengelly, Cornwall Housing’s Director of Assets said, “Our tenants’ wellbeing will always be our primary concern and gas appliances that go unchecked are a danger to them and their households’ safety.

“If we struggle to gain access to carry out the annual gas service because of tenants not keeping to their appointments, we will take legal action. Legal action only happens in a very small number of cases and is completely avoidable if appointments are kept.”

Jonathan Samuel, Managing Director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Cornwall Housing this Gas Safety Week. By working together, we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”

Story posted: 22 September 2016

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Shaping the future of services for Cornwall’s disabled children

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:01

Parents and carers are being invited to help shape the future of services for disabled children and young people in Cornwall over the next five years at this year’s annual Aiming Higher Conference which is taking place at the Royal Cornwall Showground Pavilion in Wadebridge on Wednesday, 4 October.

This year’s conference - “Building Better Solutions Together”, which is being jointly staged by Cornwall Council and Cornwall’s Parent Carer Council, also provides an opportunity for parents, carers and professionals to hear about the national picture and what is happening locally.

“The aim of this year’s conference is to enable parents and carers to work with the professionals who currently plan and deliver health, education and social care services in Cornwall to discuss how services can be shaped in the future to meet the needs of disabled children and young people” said Kay Henry, Chair of the Cornwall Parent Carer Council.

Keynote speakers include Amanda Harvey, from the Council for Disabled Children, who will outline the national picture; Kay Henry, who will highlight achievements over the past ten years; and Jane Black, the Council’s Head of Learning and Achievement, who will talk about the implications of the changing world of education,

Delegates will also hear from 20 year old Mollie Watt who, after being born deaf and then losing her sight at the age of 14 after being diagnosed with the progressive eye condition Usher Syndrome, set up her own charity The Mollie Watt Trust to raise awareness of the condition and show sufferers that, with the right help and determination, they can achieve amazing things.  Mollie, who was chosen as the SENSE Young Disabled Person of the Year in 2010 and is now a SENSE Ambassador, is also a prolific blogger, campaigner, public speaker, writer and artist. 

There will also be a presentation from members of the GOT group. Originally set up with funding by the Council to meet the needs of children and young people in Cornwall with sight and hearing impairments and dual sensory loss, the GOT Group has gone from strength to strength. Last year members of the GOT2ACT drama group performed in Perth as part of an exchange programme between national deafblind charity Sense and Senses Australia, a charity for people with disabilities.

Delegates at the conference will be welcomed by Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children, who wants as many parents and carers as possible to come along to help shape the future integration of health and social care services in Cornwall.

“We want to work with all our partners, especially parents and carers, to identify how we can work together even more effectively” said Andrew Wallis. “ This conference will give everyone the opportunity to work together to help achieve this”.

“I am particularly delighted that Mollie has agreed to come to Cornwall to share her experiences and am sure that hearing her journey will be a real inspiration.  I am also looking forward to watching the performance from Cornwall’s GOT group who are always an inspiration to everyone who meet them.

“We have a long standing and positive relationship with the Cornwall Parent Carer Council and this conference gives parents and carers the chance to ask questions and raise any queries they may have”. 

The morning session includes formal presentations from the keynote speakers, with the afternoon session providing delegates with the opportunity to take part in practical workshops.  Workshop topics will include Autism, Mental Health and Wellbeing for children with SEN and D; Transition and Preparation for Adulthood; SEND Reform implementation two years on and Promoting Good Sleep.

There will also be a marketplace with stalls run by a number of local service providers and organisations offering advice and information

The conference, which is free to attend, is taking place between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm.  For more information or to book a place please email aiminghigher@cornwall.gov.uk or phone 01736 336809 . 

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Transport and policing on the agenda for the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:01

Residents of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel area are invited to the October meeting of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include the Police and Crime Plan and local transport.

The meeting takes place on Monday 3 October, between 6pm and 8pm, at  Hayle Community School, High Lanes, Hayle.

An officer of the Police and Crime Commissioners Office will be attending the panel to talk about the Police and Crime Plan. The plan sets out the strategic direction for policing and community safety in Devon and Cornwall and the related spending priorities. There will also be an opportunity to talk about local issues and to ask questions.

Residents will also receive a presentation from Cornwall Councillor Bert Biscoe, Portfolio Holder for Transport, with the opportunity for questions about highways and transport issues in the Community Network Panel area.

Cornwall Councillor Lionel Pascoe, Chair for this meeting of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is welcome to attend the Community Network Panel meeting in October which will be a great opportunity for local residents to ask their questions about local transport or the Police and Crime Plan.”

The Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel meets quarterly 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 six Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five parishes in the Hayle and St Ives Community Network - Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth, Hayle North, Hayle South, Lelant and Carbis Bay, St Ives North and St Ives South.

More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Network webpages

Story posted 22 September 2016

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Progress continues to help deliver a roundabout at A3075 Cubert Crossroads

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:58

Cornwall Council has been making progress on the next stage to help deliver the proposed roundabout at Cubert Crossroads on the A3075; which aims to improve safety and reduce congestion at the junction.  This next stage involves completing the business case for the project which is essential to secure the funding from Government to both design and construct the scheme. The business case will include demonstrating the need for the new junction, the construction costs and the benefits.  

Cornwall Council agreed to fund the production of the business case in February 2016.  This followed the well-attended public engagement events in December 2015 where 95% of those who gave feedback supported the council’s preferred option for a proposed roundabout at Cubert Crossroads.

Councillor Maggie Vale, who was elected at the end of July following the resignation of Cllr Lisa Gorman, said: “I was pleased to hear earlier this year that Cornwall Council will fund the preparation of the business case so that the next stage of this important project can take place.  The local community are keen to see improvements to Cubert Crossroads and I’m keen to keep up the momentum of this piece of work.”

The proposed roundabout is likely to cost in the region of £4 million and this involves costs to realign utilities.  After the business case is delivered the next step is to secure funding commitments from the various stakeholders including Central Government (Department for Transport) and Developer Contributions to pay for the scheme.

Councillor Vale added: “Highways schemes of this nature can be complicated, however once the business case is completed in December we will have more detail about the construction costs. I hope we’ll then be able to work with our partners to secure funding so the roundabout can be delivered as soon as possible.”

For more information on the proposed roundabout option at this junction please visit the webpage at www.cornwall.gov.uk/cubertcrossroads.

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Public meeting to be held in Falmouth to hear views on planning application PA16/00703

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:56

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA16/00703 - Falmouth School, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth. 

This is an outline application for the construction of new all-weather 3G sports pitches (including fencing, floodlighting, etc.), a new sports pavilion building (including educational and community functions), new grass sports pitches, new/altered internal access roadways, new vehicle parking areas and associated external works at Falmouth School, Falmouth.

The public meeting will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at Falmouth Cricket Club, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4JB. 

Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people.  Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.

The planning application will be considered and debated at a future meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee, due to be held on Monday 6 June 2016 at the Council Chamber, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register using reference number PA16/00703.

Story posted 14 April 2016

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Public meeting to be held in Falmouth to hear views on planning application PA16/05447

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:55

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA16/05447 - Land at Ocean Bowl, Pendennis Rise, Falmouth, Cornwall.

This is an outline application for the redevelopment of the site to provide purpose-built student accommodation which will include 253 bedrooms, communal facilities (reception, gym, study rooms, cinema), and a cafe/restaurant as well as ancillary infrastructure and landscaping.

The public meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at Falmouth School, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LH.

Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people.  Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.

The planning application will be considered and debated at a future meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee, due to be held on Monday 24 October 2016.

Full details of the application can be found on the Cornwall Council online planning register under reference number PA16/05447.

Story posted 20 September 2016

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Stoptober - the 28-day quit smoking campaign - is back

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:54

Research has shown that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good.

During Stoptober England’s seven million smokers are being encouraged to take part in this year’s campaign, starting on 1 October.

Last year in Cornwall we doubled the number of people who signed up for online support from the Stoptober website.

The Stoptober website will help you start your quitting journey with a range of free and proven support available for 28 days and beyond. Stoptober is here to help you - from the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger, to more information about the expert face to face support that the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Stop Smoking Service can offer.  There is also information on the different types of stop smoking aids available to you; including patches and vaping.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone. Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago, so join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search Stoptober and find the right support for you.

Sarah Roberts Lead Stop Smoking Advisor for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Stop Smoking Service says “The best way to quit is with face to face support and we have advisors all across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on hand to help you. We’re a vaping friendly service and we’re happy to support you using them as a way to quit for good. Even if you haven’t been successful in the past, this is the perfect opportunity to try again”

For face to face support and advice in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly go online to the health promotion website or call 01209 313419 or search Cornwall Stop Smoking Service on Facebook and Twitter.

Story posted 20th September

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Sexual Health Week 2016 puts the spotlight on STIs as pharmacies in Cornwall pilot chlamydia testing

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:44

Pharmacies in Cornwall are trialling a scheme to help young people get tested to enable detection and treatment of undiagnosed chlamydia.

Chlamydia remains the most frequently diagnosed sexually transmitted infection. Young people are most affected; especially those aged 15-24 years. Most people don’t realise they have it, as it often has no symptoms, and therefore going undetected and untreated may lead to serious health complications. It also means it is more likely to be passed on unknowingly. As many as 1 in 12 young people tested are found to have the infection.

Six pharmacies across the county are taking part in a 3 month trial to target women aged 15-24. Pharmacies were chosen to take part because they are easy for young people to get to due to their locations and opening hours. Also many offer C-CARD (the free condom scheme) and emergency contraception (commonly known as the morning after pill). Chlamydia tests will be offered to young women who are accessing emergency contraception where there is a greater risk of chlamydia infection.

Lindsay Knight, Chlamydia Screening Co-ordinator, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, said “We hope that young women will choose to take this opportunity to do something really valuable for their sexual health & wellbeing.  Chlamydia often has no symptoms and left untreated can cause problems including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.  The only way to find out if you have Chlamydia is to do a test, and this self –taken test is easy, free and confidential.  Our young people friendly team will support and advise anyone who receives a positive result, and the treatment is also easy, effective and free.”

Philip Yelling Chief Officer, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Pharmaceutical Committee adds “This pilot is really important in helping us understand what pharmacies can do locally to help improve sexual health and reduce the spread of infection in Cornwall. Young people may find it easier to drop into a local pharmacy where they can already access emergency contraception, condoms and other health services to help them stay healthy.”

Cllr Andrew Wallis, Cabinet Member for Children’s services said: “We hope that by offering chlamydia testing at a time when there may be an increased risk of infection may help young women consider the benefits of testing and make it more convenient for them. Reviewing and evaluating this pilot will help us to further understand what young people in Cornwall need to improve their sexual health.”

Young people who are sexually active should test for chlamydia annually and with every change of partner. Chlamydia tests are currently available at many health services including GP services, contraceptive and sexual health services such as Brook and Royal Cornwall Hospital Trusts Sexual Health Hub and online at www.freetest.me

Condoms used correctly and consistently can help prevent chlamydia. Condoms are available for free through the C-CARD scheme and more information for young people can be found on Savvy Kernow.

To contact a sexual health service, or for more information on sexual health, STIs and the full range of services available in Cornwall visit SHAC at www.cornwallshac.org.uk.

Story posted 15th September

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Flood management & highways matters on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:43

Residents of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area are being invited to hear about plans to help manage flooding within the area at the Community Network Panel meeting on 27 September 2016. Dr. Dave Watkins the Floods, Catchments & Coastal Lead within the Strategic Environment Team at the Cornwall Council will attend to talk about how the Council assesses drainage schemes for new housing developments. This will include information about draining surface water from rainfall effectively via ‘sustainable drainage systems’ which are considered to be environmentally beneficial.

Following the public exhibition events in July, the meeting will include the progress on the A390 Truro Western Corridor highways package. This consists of the Chyvelah Road Bus Gate, the Threemilestone Roundabout Improvement and Arch Hill Junction Improvements schemes. Scheduled to be delivered in the next two years, the package will ease traffic flow along the A390 and address congestion from the daily estimated 18,000 commuter trips into Truro. Mark Secker, Project Manager working on behalf of the Council, will give the update on the scheme; which will also support housing development and employment space helping to boost Truro as a regional economic centre.

As this meeting is the annual general meeting, the panel will be asked to elect a chair for the year ahead. 

Chris Wells Chairman of the Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor, said: “At this meeting people will be able to hear about local matters including flood management and progress on the A390 Truro Western Corridor highways scheme. Everyone is welcome so I hope that people will come along to find out more and take the opportunity to meet their local, parish, city and Cornwall Councillors. Those who come along will have the opportunity to ask questions.”

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners such as 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 Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 Parish Councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony  and Veryan.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 27 September from 7pm to 9pm at New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY. The agenda is published online a week prior to the meeting on the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel webpage and more information about the panel can be found on this webpage.

People can also keep up to date with what’s happening locally in this area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area Facebook page.

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Cabinet approves first phase of Council’s direct delivery housing programme

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:43

Cabinet have today approved the first phase of the Council’s direct delivery housing programme. The ambition is to build 1000 homes by 2020/21 across key towns in Cornwall.  This first phase is for the construction of 113 homes on two sites at Tolvaddon and Bodmin, representing an investment of £20m.  The Cabinet also authorised work to identify and acquire more land to expand the Programme.

The Bodmin and Tolvaddon sites will contain a mix of open market and affordable homes for sale and rent.  Homes will have high standards in terms of insulation, living space and quality of construction, to ensure they are healthy homes that are affordable to run.  Long term tenancies will be offered to ensure that individuals and families can form part of strong and stable communities.

50% of private rented accommodation in Cornwall is of a poor standard, and the Council’s Housing Development Programme seeks to address this by providing an affordable alternative to those within the private rented sector.

The Council wants to build in locations where there is a clear local need, and to bring forward development which is supported by the local community.  The proposed developments at Tolvaddon and Bodmin have received strong local support at community engagement events.

Following a procurement exercise and construction phase, the first homes will be occupied in October 2017.

Councillor Joyce Duffin, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment said: “I’m delighted with the all-Party support for this important initiative.  Cornwall needs more good quality homes, both to rent and to buy, and the market alone can’t meet this demand.  This is a great opportunity for the Council to take the lead and deliver quality housing for people in Cornwall.  The project now moves to the next stage and we expect to be on site in early 2017”.

Story posted 14 September 2016

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Partnership with Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group produces new book to promote inclusion in schools

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:43

A new book aimed at three and four year olds in Cornwall which is using images of children who have Down’s syndrome to help promote a positive message about inclusion in schools has been officially launched today.

“Going to School”, which will be included in the BookStart Treasure Packs given to every Cornish rising school age child in Cornwall for the next four years, has been produced through a partnership between Cornwall Council and three parents from the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.


The book, which is the second title in the Looking Up series, takes the reader on a journey through a typical school day showing children having fun learning alongside their peers.  Some of the children in the book happen to have Down’s syndrome and some of them don’t – with the publication designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion and show children, and parents and carers that all children are more the same, than different.

Welcoming the launch, Angie Emrys-Jones, one of the three parents who have been involved in the project, said "Vicky, Sandy & I are thrilled to have worked with the Council and BookTrust to see 'Going To School' included in BookStart Treasure Packs.  The Support Group has around 150 families, all of whom are passionate about promoting inclusion for children with Down's syndrome.  We are very proud of this book, which has been produced with their support.

“Our approach is to use pictures rather than words to convey a message and the images the book contains have been chosen to give opportunity to talk about the many things that may happen during a typical school day – learning together, making friends and having fun.”

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, said, “The creation of this amazing new book stems from a visit by parents of children with Down’s syndrome to County Hall to celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day. They asked how they could raise the profile using their book.  As a result of this visit I arranged a meeting between the parents and our Early Years team to discuss including the book into the BookStart pack.  This week’s launch is the culmination of this hard-work.”   

Last year 6,498 BookStart Treasure Packs were distributed to 336 different Early Years settings across Cornwall by the Council’s BookStart Coordinator, Deborah Averil. Merryn Kent, the Council’s Reader Services Team Leader, is equally positive about the new book.

“Sharing picture books is a great way to help young children discover more about their world and take their first steps in learning to read! “ she said. “Going to School’ does more than promote inclusion in a very clear and simple way and I am really pleased that through BookStart, we are able to share this book with young children and their families across Cornwall.”

Story posted: 13 September 2016

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Council awarded sixth RSPCA Gold Footprint Award

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:42

For the sixth consecutive year, Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement team has been awarded a RSPCA Gold Community Animal Welfare Footprint Award for the high quality way in which the Council handles stray dogs.

The accolade recognises that Council Cornwall has put in place clear procedures to deal with stray dogs including the treatment and welfare of dogs whilst in the Council’s care, re-homing policies, and proactive action to reduce stray dog numbers whilst providing a cost effective service. In the last 9 months the Council has also commenced an out of hours stray dog return process for weekends and Bank Holidays to get dogs back to owners quicker.

Each year Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers deals with dog welfare issues, noise complaints in relation to dog barking and dog fouling complaints. It also deals with approximately 1100 stray dogs and works with a number of re-homing charities to rehome around 110 unclaimed stray dogs each year. For the sixth consecutive year there has also been a reduction in the number of stray dogs reported to Council. This has been attributed to the hard work put in by officers promoting responsible dog ownership and the Council’s free microchipping campaign with Dogs Trust.  The Council also publishes a list of stray dogs on its website and Facebook page to help owners be reunited with their dogs. Up to date list of stray dogs that have been found is now also available on the Council’s website.

Cornwall Council Community Protection Mananger Lynn Carter says: “Allowing your dog to roam puts it at risk of injury or causing injury to other animals as well as causing a nuisance by fouling whilst unaccompanied. Our Dog Welfare and Enforcement team routinely deal with dogs straying in public areas, and will pick up any unaccompanied dog in order to minimise the problems they cause.

It is vital that dog owners are responsible for their dogs and keep them under proper control as well as having a collar/ID – which as well as being a legal requirement, also means they can be reunited more quickly if they do escape.

Any dog that is dealt with as a stray incurs expense to the owner including a release fee and kennelling charge as well as an additional charge if your dog is found out of hours – all of which must be paid before any dog is released.

Having your dog tagged and micro chipped means you can be reunited as quickly as possible and minimises charges. I am delighted that the hard work that the officers carry out has been recognised for the sixth year in a row”.

In April 2016 it became a legal requirement that all dogs are micro-chipped.  The Council offers a micro-chipping service for dogs. If you would like to arrange for your dog to be microchipped, please call us on 0300 1234 212.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for communities said: “I am delighted that the team has been recognised for the high standards of their animal welfare. In these financially challenging times it is good to know that we are still able to provide a high quality service. Dog owners can assist the team in their work by ensuring that their pets are kept safe, are tagged and micro chipped and by picking up after them and depositing waste in a suitable bin”.

Should you find a stray dog or wish to report a problem relating to dogs such as fouling, please contact the Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service on 0300 1234 212.


Story posted 13 September 2016

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Have your say on Beacon Park

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:41

Cornwall Council is working in partnership with Camborne Town Council on a scheme to deliver a new improved park for Beacon in Camborne, and we’d like your views.  

The exciting new scheme will be an opportunity to breathe new life into the open space and improve the quality of play for children in the area.

Officers from the Environment team attended the Beacon Park Fun Day, which is organised by the Friends of Beacon Park, earlier in September and are now consulting the wider public for their thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

The deadline for this stage of the public consultation is 26 September 2016. The findings will be used by the Friends of Beacon Park to develop proposals for the space, which will be the basis of future consultations.

To take part, and to see details on the consultations to date, visit the Cornwall Council play areas page

Robert Webber, Cornwall Councillor for Camborne Treslothan, said: “I’m delighted with the exciting suggestions which been put forward already and look forward to consultation with the general public and especially the young people who will use the play area.”

Martin Cornish, Chair of the Friends of Beacon Park, said: “Beacon fun day was a resounding success, there was a coming together of a community and the people came in droves to show their support for the park – smiles all round.”

Stuart Wallace, Public Space Officer, said: “Beacon Park Fun day was a great success and the whole group came together amazingly to pull off a really excellent event. Many local residents popped by to complete the survey and we had lots of suggestions given or drawn for us. Anyone who missed us on the day can complete the survey on the Cornwall Council website.”

Funding for the project will be provided from a variety of grants and with designated funds from Cornwall Council’s development planning obligations. 

For more information contact the Environment team on 0300 1234 202 or email environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk

Story posted 13 September 2016

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Cornish Studies Library hosts exhibition by local artist

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:41

The Archives and Cornish Studies Service was delighted last week to launch a new exhibition of original art by local artist and illustrator Sue Lewington.

‘Real Lives: History, Memory, Imagination’ will be hosted by the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth until Friday 30 September. The exhibition features a range of paintings, books, collages, illustrations and much more, inspired by Cornwall’s archive collections.

The exhibition is a result of an artist in residence project where Sue spent time at both the Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library gathering inspiration from both the buildings and collections. The resulting works represent a creative imagining of the spaces, and a range of pieces which are inspired by maps, photographs, school log books, diaries, letters, and the stories behind them. Sue has also captured the storage areas – spilling over with archive treasures - on both sites before their move to Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, in 2018. 

Sue said, “I am excited by the beautiful books, the maps wrapped in linen bags, the boxes of letters, photos and mysteries. And running through them all are fascinating stories… I used items chosen from the archives to begin imaginary explorations, and through re-imagining the lives of and stories from the archive, I have come to consider my own too.”

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the Archives and Cornish Studies Service, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Sue, and have really enjoyed seeing how she has reinterpreted and been inspired by our collections. We hope this will be the start of a long and fruitful creative partnership.”

The exhibition opening was marked by an ‘ArTchive’ workshop led by Sue, where participants made their own versions of ‘Commonplace Books’ found in the archives, as well as a small launch.

For more information about the exhibition, contact the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216 760.

Story posted 13 September 2016

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Cornwall Council Leader criticises “inequitable and unlawful” proposal for cross border constituency

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:40

The Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard has confirmed his total opposition to the creation of a cross border constituency between Cornwall and Devon and has written to the Government criticising the "inequitable and unlawful" proposal put forward by the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England.

The proposal would see the towns of Launceston and Bude joined together with Bideford – creating a new constituency crossing the historic border between Cornwall and Devon for the first time in Cornwall’s history.

Following Member support for a 'Opposition to Devonwall Constituency 'motion at the meeting of the full Council on 17 May, proposed by Dick Cole and  Andrew Long, the Council wrote to the Minister for Constitutional Reform John Penrose, and the Parliamentary Boundary Commission expressing its very strong opposition to any such proposal and asking for an urgent meeting to state its case for ensuring that all Cornwall's Parliamentary constituencies are wholly within the Duchy.

"We believe there is a serious legal and constitutional conflict between the provisions of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 ("the Act"), which requires MP’s to represent the same number of electors, and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities” said Mr Pollard.

"The Government’s recognition of the Cornish as a national minority under the Framework Convention in 2014 came after the Act came into force and we are arguing that the Act needs amending to address this conflict."

Adding that the Boundary Commission had said there was nothing they could do as they were required to comply within the provisions of the Act, Mr Pollard said he would be meeting with Group Leaders at the end of the month to determine the Council’s strategy to oppose the proposal. This would include mounting a robust defence of the Council’s position at the Boundary Commission consultation meetings scheduled for November in Exeter and Truro.

Confirming his opposition to the proposal, Mr Pollard has now written to Chris Skidmore, the newly appointed Minister for the Constitution, reinstating the Council’s demand for a change in the law and repeating his request for an urgent meeting.

"There are cultural, legal, geographic and political reasons to maintain our border in terms of Parliamentary representation" said Mr Pollard. "We must work with the community to co-ordinate the opposition to this proposal."

In the meantime, Council officers will be studying all the proposals in detail and working with Members to draw up a comprehensive and robust response in respect of all issues for submission to the consultation hearings in November.

Story posted: 13 September 2016

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