Learn2Live, a powerful, thought provoking initiative designed to target young drivers and passengers in Cornwall, held a two day event at the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth to spell out the devastation that a road traffic collision causes not just to those directly involved, but also to family, friends and the members of the emergency services that attend such incidents.
Organised by Cornwall Council Prevention, Protection and Road Safety in partnership with Devon County Council, Learn2Live was presented to over 1100 students from various schools and colleges who attended the four events which took place over two days.
The Learn2Live programme is based on a short DVD showing a group of friends being involved in a collision and the emergency services arriving. As each agency arrives at the scene, the DVD is paused and a member of that particular emergency service gives their chilling account of attending the scene of a road traffic collision.
This is followed by a family member who has lost a loved one in a road traffic collision giving their account of the circumstances of their loss and the devastating affect that this has had on their life.
The programme concludes with a young man called Pete telling his story about how he was involved in a collision, the impact of which will stay with him for the rest of his life.
Tom Rehaag, Cornwall Council Fire & Road Safety Advisor, says: “Through Learn 2 Live, young drivers and passengers will witness how a collision occurs, the devastation that follows, and how the lives of all the professionals, and in particular family members, are affected. We hope that through this high impact programme young drivers will think about the facts, consequences, and what they can do in order to avoid being involved in a road traffic collision.”
The event was supported by Cornwall Advanced Motorists (CAM) who attended with a view to encouraging young drivers to take post-test training to increase their safety.
Rob Robinson, Vice Chairman of CAM says: “We want young drivers to enjoy their driving. The RoSPA Advanced Driving course and test is all about ‘safety through skill’. It’s never boring. It's all practical. Young drivers are capable of driving to the highest standards and we would like to help them do that. We have also found that the course helps parents restore their own confidence and knowledge of current driving techniques which may prove useful whilst they are helping their son or daughter learn to drive. Call our CAM Secretary on 07519 344425 if you would like more information.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is a fantastic initiative. Statistics demonstrate the potential of young drivers to be involved in accidents and anything we can do to reduce this risk is well worth doing.”
Photograph: Line-up of speakers who participated in the event (L-R) PC Mike Gamble, Simon Taylor (SWAST), Group Training Instructor Martyn Addinall, Watch Manager Terry Nottle, Sergeant Phillip Grigg, Pete Atkinson
Story posted: 5 October
Safer Cornwall’s Hate Crime Conference on 19 September at Truro College saw over 85 delegates representing organisations with an interest in supporting victims or tackling hate crime as well as members of the public come together to discuss the issue.
A range of speakers provided interesting and informative presentations on specific areas including sexuality and gender, race and religion, disability and learning difficulties, the Police’s Victim Care Unit, and the 5 third party support centres in Cornwall. A speakers’ question and answers session prompted lively and sometimes emotional response from the delegates. Breakout sessions were designed to identify key areas for improvement, some of the emerging priorities were:
- To maintain the momentum created by the conference, and for Safer Cornwall to continue to engage with the media – in particular, challenging the often unfounded stereotypes that are used;
- To continue to engage with schools encouraging challenges to unwanted behaviour, and providing teachers with the necessary authority and training to do so.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (or lack of religion or belief), sexual orientation or transgender identity.
This can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. If the behaviour does not constitute a criminal offence it is described as a hate incident and the police will record it as such if it is reported.
Numerous anecdotal reports from victims and support groups have informed the Safer Cornwall Hate Crime sub group, that some of the people in our communities are subjected to hate incidents or crimes on a daily basis - sometimes frequently every day.
This unwanted behaviour may be subtle – for example, impatience with people who are moving slowly down the street because of their disability, or treating someone with disrespect because of who they are – or it might be more overt, such as name calling and bullying in schools, derogatory use of the word gay, or aggression targeted at an individual who is different in some way.
The nature of hate incidents spans a broad spectrum and at the most extreme, can have fatal consequences. Much of the behaviour that people experience on a daily basis may appear to be ’low level’ in nature but research shows that this kind of persistent abuse is very damaging to a person’s health and wellbeing and can have an even greater impact than physical violence.
We know that in Cornwall as in the rest of the country, hate incidents and crimes are significantly under-reported, in part, because these incidents occur so frequently that, to some people, they are part of normal life. Victims often do not think anything will be done to deal with the behaviour, or they may think that reporting incidents may make the situation worse.
In addition, the heightened media attention on the current international refugee crisis, the threat of ISIS and the portrayal of people claiming benefits, particularly people with disabilities, as ”scroungers” is fuelling negative attitudes. The role of the Safer Cornwall Hate crime sub group is to tackle these issues, to raise awareness, build public confidence and encourage reporting.
Areas for improvement will be fed into the Hate crime sub group for continued attention. Delegates also took part in an interactive survey that showed that having attended the conference, they were much more likely to report hate incidents or crimes to the Police.
To see the presentation slides, or video, or for more information on hate crime, or on where to get support, please see http://safercornwall.co.uk/what-we-do/hate-crime/ . Safer Cornwall would like to thank Truro College for the kind use of their premises.
Story posted: 5 October
Following consultation with the Cornish language community and expert advice from Iaith, the Welsh Centre for Language Planning, Cornwall Council, along with its partners, launched a new approach to the development of the Cornish language at the Cornish Language Forum held in Truro over the weekend.
Use of the language has accelerated over the past five years with the success of the recent ‘Speak Cornish Week’ highlighting how demand and use of the language has grown. Over 250 short videos in Cornish were produced with Cornish gaining significant coverage on social media. The new online course ‘Say Something in Cornish’ now has over 1000 registered users.
Jenefer Lowe, Cornish Language Development Manager, also used the Language Forum to launch a new approach which will see more funding invested with language organisations in the private and third sector.
“We have launched a Social Innovation Fund which will be open for applications over the next six weeks, with other funding streams coming on stream in the next two weeks” she said. “The focus of this fund is the engagement of young people with Cornish”.
“At this point in the development of the Cornish Language it is important that available funding is invested in partner organisations which have the potential to become the engines of developing, delivering and teaching the language.”
Jenefer, who has led the successful development of the language for the past 10 years, will be handing over to a new ‘Cornish Language Lead’ in the New Year and the search for the right person to build on her achievements has also started.
Paying tribute to her work, Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “Jenefer has played a vital role in the development of the Cornish language. Under her leadership our vision to reverse language shift and to see Cornish actively used, enjoyed and thriving as a minority language has taken major steps forward.
“ In recent years the use of Cornish as a cultural icon and as a mark of local origin has increased significantly, assisting businesses to capitalise on local distinctiveness. Jenefer will be greatly missed but we aim to appoint a new Cornish Language Lead early in the New Year”.
Councillor German went on to say; “We have put in place new delivery models which will increase the use of the language and its cultural and economic value. We are now switching our attention to ensuring that Government continues to meet its obligations to protect and develop the language.”
Application forms for the Social Innovation Fund are available here www.magakernow.org.uk/innovationfund.
Story posted: 5 October 2015
A man from Camborne has received a three year conditional discharge in respect of two fraudulent homeless applications made to Cornwall Housing Ltd and Coastline Housing Ltd, respectively.
Dominic Hallgate (50) of Higher Penponds Road, Camborne appeared at Truro Magistrates Court on Tuesday 22 September 2015 after entering not guilty pleas to two counts of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006 at a previous hearing.
Mr Hallgate denied dishonestly failing to disclose to both Cornwall Housing Ltd and Coastline Housing Ltd when applying for a house as a homeless person that he in fact owned a property in Leicestershire.
Working in partnership with Cornwall Housing Ltd and Coastline Housing Ltd, Cornwall Council’s Corporate Fraud Team conducted an investigation into the homeless applications and established that Mr Hallgate did in fact own a property in Leicestershire and in addition that he rented the property out. Once this was established, Cornwall Housing Ltd and Coastline Housing Ltd took positive action with regards to the fraudulent homeless applications.
After hearing evidence from both Cornwall Council and Mr Hallgate the court found Mr Hallgate guilty in respect of both charges and sentenced him to a three year Conditional Discharge and ordered him to pay £1,200 towards the Council’s costs as well as a £15 Victim Surcharge.
Coastline Housing Ltd Head of Housing Services Kevin Brown said: “Tackling tenancy fraud is high on Coastline’s agenda, and we take a very dim view to tenancies being obtained through fraudulent behaviour. When a case comes to our attention, we take appropriate action to remedy the matter, and our partnership with the Council’s Fraud Team is highly valued. Thanks go to them in achieving a good result in this case.”
Cornwall Housing Managing Director Jane Barlow said: “Cornwall Housing takes fraud very seriously and will always take appropriate action when it is found as we need to ensure that we make the best use of affordable housing and meet genuine housing need. I would encourage anyone with any concerns about potential fraud to call the confidential hotline on 0800 7316125.”
Cornwall Council operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud and corruption. If you suspect fraud is occurring we would be happy to talk to you on our confidential fraud hotline. Call us on freephone 0800 7316125.
Story posted 25 September 2015
How can we widen participation in our democratic institutions? And how can under-represented groups get their voices heard in Parliament and beyond?
A free public talk focusing on representation and democracy will be held from 1-3pm on Friday 16 October 2015 at County Hall in Truro and will feature a keynote speech from the Lord Speaker Rt Hon Baroness D’Souza on women and democracy, and the role of the House of Lords.
She will be joined by others involved in democracy at a more local level to take a look at how Cornwall’s under-represented groups can have a stronger voice and how to get involved on issues that matter to you.
There will also then be an open Q & A session with the panel, and the chance to network with other attendees.
Sign up for this free event to get:
- Insight into the role of the Lord Speaker and the House of Lords.
- Guidance on how you can get involved and directly engage with issues that matter to you at Parliament.
- An understanding of democracy at a local level in Cornwall and how you can get involved.
There are limited places available for this special event, so registration is essential to guarantee entry. To register to attend this event please email: email@example.com
This one-off special event is being held as part of the Lord Speaker's national Outreach activities and is part of the Outreach Service's ongoing Women in Parliament programme.
Its aim is to encourage more women to think about being actively involved in UK politics. As well as one off special events such as this, the Outreach Service offers targeted resources, ongoing workshops and a mentoring programme as well as free training to women’s groups on effective campaigning at Parliament.
Story posted 05 October 2015
Voters in St Austell will go to the polls on Thursday 29 October to elect a new councillor for the Poltair Ward.
There are five candidates standing for election:
- Olie Allen – (Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall)
- Gill Birchall – (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
- Andrea Hilary Lanxon – (Labour and Co-Operative Party)
- Laura Caroline Mustoe – (Conservative Party Candidate)
- Jack Allan Satterthwaite – (Liberal Democrat)
Please contact Electoral Services on 01209 614298 for further information.
Story posted: 5 October 2015
Marion Russell, Cornwall Council’s Principal Child and Family Social Worker, has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 as a result of her outstanding work and leadership skills.
Marion, who joined Cornwall Council in July 2008, has been nominated for the Principal Social Worker of the Year prize and will find out if she has won at an awards ceremony in London in November. She is one of 68 finalists across 15 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2015.”
The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
This award recognises a Principal Social Worker who has provided outstanding leadership in implementing effective changes in their service to the benefit of their team and made a positive difference to the lives of people they support.
“I am delighted for Marion who totally deserves this accolade”, said Jack Cordery, Head of Service for Children’s Social Care in Cornwall.
“Marion was the first Munro Principal Social Worker to be appointed in the country. She has pioneered the role and was the first Chair of the national network, supporting other Principal Social Workers as they have been appointed around the country. But, most importantly, she has played a leading role in improving children’s services in Cornwall.”
Marion was appointed as the Council’s first Principal Child and Family Social Worker in 2012. The new role, which is in line with the recommendations of Professor Eileen Munro, is designed to ensure that a senior manager in each local authority is directly involved in frontline services.
“It has been a privilege to work in Cornwall in such an innovative and progressive role” said Marion. ”The Principal Child and Family Social Worker is one part of a systemic approach to raise the knowledge and expertise of social workers, improving practice, leading to better outcomes for children and young people in Cornwall. I am passionate about social work with Children and Families, as are my colleagues in Cornwall, regionally, and nationally.’
Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, is delighted that Marion has been shortlisted for the award. “Marion totally deserves this nomination for all her hard work and dedication in putting Cornwall at the forefront of good and safe social work practice” he said. “She is a credit to not only Cornwall, but her profession too. If it was in my gift, Marion would already have won it. “
The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, UNISON, NSPCC, Core Assets, iMPOWER, Local Government Association, ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company, Barnardo’s, Kent County Council, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.
Story posted 5 October 2015
A drive by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing to tackle tenancy fraud has resulted in the recovery of 16 properties ranging from one bedroom flats to three bedroom houses.
The initiative to tackle tenancy fraud included a Key Amnesty earlier this year which encouraged anyone not living in their council home or illegally subletting it to hand back their keys rather than face possible criminal investigation and potential legal action which could ultimately result in a criminal conviction.
Jane Barlow, Managing Director of Cornwall Housing said: “Cornwall Housing has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s experienced Corporate Fraud Team and 16 homes have already been identified as either illegally sub-let or have been vacated. By bringing the issue to the public’s attention we have had a tremendous response with 84 referrals being made to the teams as well as three properties surrendered voluntarily. Almost half of these referrals resulted in action being taken to resolve tenancy issues. Of these cases, 21 resulted in direct action being taken with one false succession attempt thwarted, one Notice to quit issued, three Homechoice applications withdrawn as well as the recovery of the 16 properties.
We know that the overwhelming majority of tenants live in their homes legally and that they share our commitment to tackling tenancy fraud and I would like to thank everyone who contacted us for making this work possible. I would encourage anyone who suspects someone of committing tenancy fraud to get in touch so that we can carry on tackling housing fraud together.”
Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment said: “I’m pleased to hear that the work carried out so far has had such great results. It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be potentially illegally profiting from it at the same time. There is huge pressure on the supply of social housing making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help.”
Cornwall Council’s Chief Audit Executive, Simba Muzarurwi, who leads the Counter Fraud Team said: “Our team of professional investigators has worked well with Cornwall Housing to achieve these great results reflecting the benefits of collaborative working in combating fraud. We are looking forward to building on this strong partnership to explore more opportunities for enhancing the arrangements for identifying and investigating potential cases of tenancy fraud. The Council has a zero tolerance policy on all forms of fraud so the Counter Fraud Team will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those responsible for perpetrating fraud are brought to book. By continuous checking and investigation of anomalies in information supplied by tenants and potential tenants, we can help ensure that housing in Cornwall is allocated to those in most need.”
Residents wishing to report somebody who may be illegally subletting or is not living in their home can do so in complete confidence by calling the Council’s dedicated fraud hotline on 0800 7316125 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Cornwall is on the up” –this was the clear message from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughin to business and tourism industry leaders, MP’s and representatives from a wide range of local organisations from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at last week’s Cornwall Expo 2015 .
Hundreds of people packed into the hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay on 29 and 30 September for the first ever Cornwall Expo event. Hosted by Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the two day exhibition and conference focused on infrastructure, business, tourism and skills.
Formally opening Cornwall Expo Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Transport Board, said, “Up to £1bn is going to be invested in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the next five years. Connectivity is at the heart of the effort.
“Transport and communication lie at the heart of a modern region – connections with other places, and also, importantly transport within. If we want quality and productivity to drive our economy, then good, cost effective, environmentally sustainable and convenient transport is essential - so too is having communications infrastructure and community investment which reduces the need to travel and enhances the quality of life”
Highlighting the importance of key projects such as the A30 dualling schemes at Temple, Chiverton and Carland Cross; the plans to integrate rail and bus networks to create a more efficient public transport system; improved rail services and works to improve the harbours at St Mary’s and Penzance, he called on the audience to “go home and prepare to make it happen”.
Welcoming the Secretary of State and Tim O’Toole, the Chief Executive of First Group, to Cornwall, Council Leader John Pollard said “Expo is not just about celebrating the things that we have achieved – it is about explaining that Cornwall is a vibrant, strong and forward looking place, it is about business opportunities, it is about encouraging partners and convincing Government that we can and want to do more.
“We know that there are more challenges ahead – with more pressures on Government funding and budges – but there are huge opportunities with the launch of the new Cornwall and Isles Growth Programme and the Cornwall Devolution Deal. We are determined to seize these opportunities and work with our partners to build on the achievements highlighted at this event.
“Expo demonstrates that when Cornwall acts in unity, together , One and All, we achieve great things”.
The importance of good transport links in driving economic growth was echoed by the Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin who told the audience “It's great to come to the Cornwall Expo and to see so many Cornish businesses confidently planning for the future.Today, Cornwall is on the up. Since 2010, 19,000 jobs have been created here, and across the South West a new business is started every 12 minutes.
"To keep that momentum going this one nation Government is investing in transport, not just in the South West, but to and from the South West. The Government is determined to press ahead with its long-term plan for transport in Cornwall, to ensure that Cornish businesses can play their part in Britain's economic recovery."
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “Cornwall Expo was a real showcase of what has been achieved in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in recent years, and a great opportunity to outline future investment plans aimed at boosting jobs, skills and growth.
“I was particularly heartened by the Transport Secretary’s renewed commitment to continued investment in our infrastructure, not least removing the bottleneck between Chiverton and Carland Cross which costs our economy £3m million a year in delays alone.”
Around 900 people from the business, tourism, local government and the voluntary and community sector attended Cornwall Expo which provided a showcase for some of the great work which is currently going on in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, at the same time as outlining future plans and opportunities.
The theme of the first day was the economy, with discussions on key economic issues and projects; the unveiling of the new Night Riviera Sleeper Carriage by key note speaker Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport and Tim O’Toole, the Chief Executive of FirstGroup and the formal launch of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.
Other speakers on the first day included Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP, Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the LEP; Professor Anne Carlisle, LEP Board Member; Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture; Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation; Matthew Thomson, Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall Food Foundation; Toby Parkins, President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and David Rodda, Rural Delivery Manager for Cornwall Development Company.
The focus of the second day, which was hosted by Malcolm Bell, the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, was tourism, and included a key note speech from James Beresford, the Chief Executive of Visit England.
Other speakers included Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, the Chair of the LEP; David Jackson Executive Director of the Islands Partnership; Rob Goldsmith and Andrew May, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Travel Group; David Rodda, from Cornwall Development Company; Ben Moxon, from Arkenford Research; Kurt Janson, Director of the Tourism Alliance and Paul Nevatt from CORMAC.
“The Cornwall Expo tourism day was a valuable opportunity to discuss future direction of the industry on a regional, national and international level, but most importantly it offered tourism businesses the chance to tap into expert insight and knowledge” said Malcolm Bell.
“There are many exciting opportunities for the coming year and the event was an excellent platform to engage businesses and prepare them to capitalise on forthcoming collaborative campaigns for Cornwall. It was also a day of celebration and marked the announcement of Great Western Railway as Visit Cornwall's core supporter. “
In addition to listening to key note speeches and presentations, delegates also had the opportunity to view a series of films focusing on Cornwall and major infrastructure projects, take part in workshop sessions, and visit a range of different Zones in the Exhibition Hall.
These included the Newquay Aerohub; Space and Cornwall Airport Newquay Zones; Better Business For All; Bus, Rail, Cycling, COMRAC and Highways Zones; Culture; Digital and Superfast Broadband; Employment and Skills; Environment; Electric Cars and Marine Renewables Zones; Growth Hub and Growth Programme Zones; Isles of Scilly Transport Zone, Technology and Tourism Zones.
Story posted: 5 October
Residents of the Bodmin Community Network area are being invited to learn about Cornwall Council’s planning policy and restorative justice at the Community Network Panel meeting on 14 October.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, and Phil Mason, the Council’s Head of Planning and Enterprise, will be attending the meeting to talk about planning policy and how this relates to planning locally.
Guest speaker Deborah Mitchell from Restorative Justice will brief the panel on plans to use restorative community services to benefit people harmed by crime or conflict in Bodmin and the surrounding areas.
There will also be a member of staff from Cornwall Council’s Natural Environment team on hand to explain the work that the Council has carried out around setting maintenance standards on assets such as public spaces and parks. The new standards aim to provide a consistent and affordable service across Cornwall for public space managed by the Council.
Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge, Chair of Bodmin Community Network Panel, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to find out more about the planning process at a time when there’s a lot of development taking place in Bodmin. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.”
Bodmin Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and 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.
Bodmin Community Network Panel includes all four Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the seven parishes in the community network: Blisland, Bodmin, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet and Withiel.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday 14 October from 7pm to 9pm at the Shire House Suite in Bodmin. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bodmin Community Network page.
Story posted 2 October 2015
Residents of the Bude Community Network area can find out more about community safety and the new GP Out of Hours Service at the community network panel meeting on 12 October.
Andrew White, Chief Executive for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will give a presentation on the police 101 non-emergency call system and planned improvements. PC Stephen South will provide an update and discussion on local policing.
Kate Lock, General Manager of the NHS Out of Hours Service, will brief the Panel on the new GP Out of Hours Service. The meeting will also include the chance for people to feedback on their own experiences of the new service.
Cornwall Councillor Nigel Pearce, who will be chairing the Bude Community Network Panel meeting, said: “We know that people in the Bude Community Network area are very interested in local health provision and community safety. The panel meeting is an opportunity for people to come and learn more about these key issues and also to share their experiences.”
Bude Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and 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.
Bude Community Network Panel includes all four Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Bude-Stratton, Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, North Tamerton, Poundstock, St Gennys, Week St Mary and Whitstone.
The meeting takes place on Monday 12 October from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bude Community Network page.
Story posted 2 October 2015
William, Mark and Aaron Harris who farm at The Elms, Treworlis Barton, Breage, Helston were sentenced at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30 September following the third prosecution against the family brought by Cornwall Council’s Quality Standards and Animal Health Team.
The two day trial considered 17 charges each against Mr Mark Harris and Mr William Harris and 1 charge against Mr Aaron Harris. The charges covered various animal welfare problems and also offences of obstruction as the Council’s officers and the vets were subjected to the Harris’ obstructive behaviour which led to Aaron Harris being pepper-sprayed by police.
William Harris (73) was found guilty of 8 offences of causing unnecessary suffering to animals pursuant to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, 8 offences of not taking steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure the needs of animals were met, pursuant to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and 1 offence of obstructing or impeding an inspector or constable or other officer in the execution of his duty, or assisting in such obstructing or impeding. He was given an 18 week sentence suspended for 2 years and ordered to pay £5000 costs and an £80 victim surcharge. He was also banned for life from owning/keeping farmed livestock and given 28 days to dispose of all his cattle. The Magistrates ordered that after 28 days a Depravation Order would allow Cornwall Council to dispose of any remaining cattle.
Mark Harris (40) was found guilty of 8 offences of causing unnecessary suffering to animals pursuant to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, 8 offences of not taking steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure the needs of animals were met, pursuant to Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and 1 offence of obstructing or impeding an inspector or constable or other officer in the execution of his duty, or assisting in such obstructing or impeding. He was given a 12 week sentence suspended for 2 years, ordered to pay £5000 costs and £80 victim surcharge. He too was banned for life from owning/keeping farmed livestock.
Aaron Harris (37) was found guilty of obstructing or impeding an inspector or constable or other officer in the execution of his duty, or assisting in such obstructing or impeding. He was given a conditional discharge for 3 years and ordered to pay £1199 in costs and £15 victim surcharge.
During the winter of 2014/15 three visits were carried out by Animal Health Inspectors accompanied by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) vets and the Police to the Harris’ Farm. Cattle were found to be in poor bodily condition and suffering due to being subjected to unacceptable housing conditions such as being tied by the neck so tightly that they could not exhibit normal behaviour or even lie down and many were tied without access to water. Despite advice and direction being given at each visit the same problems were found on the subsequent visits – the Harris’ refused to change their practices or even to leave water drinkers switched on constantly to allow cattle to drink as necessary.
In December 2012 William Harris was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to cattle and disqualified from keeping cattle for 1 year he was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
In August 2014 Mark Harris was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to cattle and fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £1,600.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities said: “Our officers were very disappointed to discover that practices on this farm have not improved despite advice being given and previous enforcement action being taken against this family. We always take proportionate action and here the complete disregard for advice given and the continued suffering of the poor cattle on this farm have left us with no option but to put these offences before the courts again. Cornwall has a fine-farming reputation and the agriculture sector is a huge part of the community here in Cornwall. The Council wishes to support and promote the farming industry and its reputation – in order to do this we must ensure we prevent poor practices and stop any unnecessary suffering we discover. Our officers and the APHA vets were subjected to unacceptable violent and threatening behaviour by this family whilst trying to undertake their duties - fortunately the police were on hand to control the situation.”
Story posted 01 October 2015
John Pollard, Cornwall Council Leader, and Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader, are holding a series of ‘Open Doors’ public events across Cornwall and want to hear about the things that are important to you.
Come along to one of the 14 events and put your questions directly to John Pollard and Adam Paynter in person. If you have any questions you want to ask them or issues you would like to raise - John and Adam are ready and willing to discuss them with you.
John Pollard says: “These sessions are your opportunity to come along and talk with us about the things that really matter to you. I hope that as many people as possible will be able to meet with us and share their views.”
You can also talk to John Pollard and other Cornwall Council Cabinet Members through John’s live webchat on 21 October, 1pm–2pm. Join in the live conversation online www.cornwall.gov.uk/webchat
John and Adam will listening and responding to your questions, in the following locations, during October, November and December:Open Doors public events All events begin at 6.30pm, except the webchat
Newquay Sports Centre, Tretherras Road, Yeoman Way, Newquay TR7 2SL
Carriage Room, Falcon Hotel, Breakwater Road, Bude EX23 8SD
Falmouth Town Council offices, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 2RT
1pm – 2pm
Live webchat with John Pollard 1pm-2pm
Helston Community College, Church Hill, Helston TR13 8NR
Echo Centre, Liskeard, Barras Place, Liskeard PL14 6AY
Camborne Room, Pool Innovation Centre, Trevenson Rd, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PL
The Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall, Western Road, Launceston, PL15 7AR
The Gallery, Humphry Davy School, Coombe Rd, Penzance, TR18 2TG
Council Chamber, St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR
Town Hall, The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AQ
Bodmin Community College, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, PL31 1DD
The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS
Council Chamber, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY
Saltash Town Council offices, The Guildhall, 12 Lower Fore Street, Saltash, PL12 6JX
Story posted 2 October 2015
Cornwall Expo 2015 showcases key infrastructure projects taking place in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
With up to a billion pounds due to be invested in growing the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the next five years, Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are jointly staging Cornwall Expo 2015 to showcase some of the key projects which are currently being delivered to business and tourism industry leaders and to outline plans for the future.
Cornwall Expo, which is taking place in a hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay on Tuesday, 29 September and Wednesday, 30 September, is a major exhibition and conference which focuses on infrastructure, business, tourism and skills.
The two day event, the first of its kind to be staged in Cornwall, is being hosted by Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.
Photo above: Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP with a model of Bloodhound
“I am very pleased to be hosting the first Cornwall Expo” said John Pollard. “The aim of this event is to share the positive things which have been happening in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
“Over the past twelve months there have been a number of announcements about individual road, rail, air and maritime schemes – representing millions of pounds of investment in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s transport infrastructure. Today is about bringing all these projects together in one place to show what is being done to improve transport and connectivity, build economic growth, support tourism and develop education and skills.
“Today is also about recognising the importance of partnership working. None of the projects highlighted in the hangar would have been possible without the support of the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government, our MP’s, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Town and Parish Councils, local businesses, the transport and tourism industries and the voluntary and community sector. Cornwall Expo 2015 demonstrates that when partners in Cornwall work together we can achieve great things”
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said “Tackling barriers to growth has been a priority for the LEP and the investments being showcased at Cornwall Expo highlight the huge steps we and our partners have taken in just a few short years.
“The challenge now is to look ahead at how we can maximise that investment to grow our businesses, boost productivity and create jobs. Skills have become the number one issue for our businesses and a major focus of Cornwall’s Devolution Deal.
“We want the business community to tell us what they need to equip themselves for the future economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the Cornwall Expo is a great opportunity to do that.”
Up to 1,000 people from the business, tourism, local government and the voluntary and community sector are expected to attend Cornwall Expo which will showcase some of the great work which is currently going on in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, at the same time as outlining future plans and opportunities.
The theme of the first day is the economy, with discussions on key economic issues and projects; the unveiling of the new Night Riviera Sleeper Carriage by key note speaker Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport and Tim O’Toole, the Chief Executive of FirstGroup and the formal launch of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.
Delegates will be welcomed by Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Transport Board. Other speakers on the first day will include Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the LEP; Professor Anne Carlisle, LEP Board Member; Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture; Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation; Matthew Thomson, Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall Food Foundation; Toby Parkins, President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and David Rodda, Rural Delivery Manager for Cornwall Development Company.
The focus of the second day, which will be hosted by Malcolm Bell, the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, is tourism, and will include a key note speech from James Beresford, the Chief Executive of Visit England.
Other speakers will include Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Chris Pomfret, the Chair of the LEP; David Jackson Executive Director of the Islands Partnership; Rob Goldsmith and Andrew May, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Travel Group; David Rodda, from Cornwall Development Company; Ben Moxon, from Arkenford Research; Kurt Janson, Director of the Tourism Alliance and Paul Nevatt from CORMAC.
“As well as being an opportunity for tourism businesses to network and collaborate, Cornwall Expo is an exciting showcase for the significant steps being taken in transport and connectivity, and the benefits that these will have on Cornwall’s visitor economy” said Malcolm Bell. “Bringing together expert speakers from the industry, the tourism day also provides a valuable forum for businesses to hear about national opportunities and to pick up practical advice.”
In addition to listening to key note speeches and presentations, delegates will also have the opportunity to view a series of films focusing on Cornwall and major infrastructure projects, take part in workshop sessions, and visit a range of different Zones in the Exhibition Hall.
These include the Newquay Aerohub; Space and Cornwall Airport Newquay Zones; Better Business For All; Bus, Rail, Cycling, CORMAC and Highways Zones; Culture; Digital and Superfast Broadband; Employment and Skills; Environment; Electric Cars and Marine Renewables Zones; Growth Hub and Growth Programme Zones; Isles of Scilly Transport Zone, Technology and Tourism Zones.Watch a short video explaining more about Cornwall Expo 2015
Older and vulnerable homeowners are urged to apply for a grant from Cornwall Council for essential gas maintenance and gas related repairs to their home.
Grant are available after Cornwall Home Solutions Team was awarded a £5,000 Gas Safe Charity Grant to help homeowners with a disability over the age of 21. Homeowners over the age of 60 in receipt of a means tested benefits such as the Guaranteed Pension Credit or Council Tax Support are also eligible.
The Council will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out work at the homes of successful applicants which could include gas safety checks, gas servicing, gas boiler repairs or work on cookers, fires, pipework or water heaters.
Mark Deer, Cornwall Council’s Team Lead, Home Solutions said: “Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. For successful applicants, we will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out a full gas service of all appliances, including the gas boiler combustion analysis. Last year we assisted 43 households with gas servicing and essential repairs and look forward to doing the same this year.”
In the first instance please contact Home Solutions 01872 224707.
Story posted 25 September 2015
This week Pondhu Primary School pupils have taken part in a Junior Enterprise Challenge with Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership and local businesses.
Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership organised a Business Enterprise Challenge for year six pupils at Pondhu Primary School to promote entrepreneurial spirit as well as develop awareness of the range of skills needed for different jobs.
The marketing challenge was launched by Tamar Foods. The year six pupils formed into mini companies for the day to put together a marketing campaign to promote soufflettes to Spain. With the support of Tamar Foods, NatWest Bank and St. Austell Brewery they put together a range of marketing materials, including leaflets, posters, radio and adverts, worked out some costings and even made soufflettes before assembling trade stands for a trade fair.
With the help of judges Angie Shepherd from Nurturing Excellence, Gareth Paget from St Austell Brewery, Mike Finnie from NatWest Bank and Jessica Hull from the Continuous Improvement Department at Tamar foods was able to select the winning pupil company Spanish Soufflettes.
“The Junior Enterprise Challenge day has been a great success for the students taking part” said Kate Whetter, Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership “it has been a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to develop important skills such as teamwork and communication and to work on a brief set by Tamar Foods”.
“The day has given Tamar Foods the great opportunity to work within the community. Seeing all the pupil’s ideas for packaging and marketing paving the way for future roles within the food industry.” said Jessica Hull from Tamar Foods.
Angie Shepherd from the Nurturing Excellence project added “It is great to see businesses supporting the school and developing the enterprising spirit of the pupils.”
“The classroom was a hive of activity as children took responsibility for their allocated roles. They had to think creatively, suggest and adapt their ideas and harness their talents. It is a great boost to their self- confidence as they prepare for the next stage of their education. It is an inspirational way to link into their Spanish, PSHE and DT lessons. Having experts from industry we hope will broaden their expectations for future goals and careers.” said Christine Heath yr6 teacher.
Story posted 25 September 2015
Police 101 calls and Rural Development Programme on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area are being invited to find out more about police non-emergency 101 phone calls and the Rural Development Programme at the Community Network Panel’s meeting on 6 October.
Sandy Brooks, Head of Contact Services for Devon and Cornwall Police, will attend the meeting to discuss planned improvements to call handling for police non-emergency 101 calls.
Caroline Hanlan from Cornwall Development Company will be on hand to tell the panel about opportunities presented by the Rural Development Programme, which provides investment opportunities to create jobs, support start-up businesses, get communities to work together to improve their area and improve rural services.
Cornwall Councillor Bob Austin, Chair of Cornwall Gateway Network Panel, said: “Cornwall Gateway Network Panel focuses on matters that affect the local area and what we can do with partners such as the police and health services to influence Cornwall-wide strategies, local projects and the way local services are delivered. Everyone is welcome to come along, learn more about our work and share their ideas about issues within the community.”
Cornwall Gateway Network Panel meets quarterly. 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.
Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker-with-Rame, Millbrook, Saltash, Sheviock, St Germans, St John and Torpoint.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday 6 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Guildhall in Saltash. The agenda and more information about the panel will be available soon on our Cornwall Gateway Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public.
Story posted 25 September 2015
Royal visit marks official opening of Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Headquarters
On Tuesday 22nd September 2015 the headquarters of Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent.
Firefighters, officers, control and corporate staff from the service gathered at HQ, Tolvaddon, Camborne, to greet the Royal party. They were joined by local councillors and dignitaries from the region.
During the visit His Royal Highness was shown around the new headquarters, which became operational on 1st September 2015. There was also a multi-emergency service display.
Before officially opening the building and unveiling the plaque to commemorate the occasion, His Royal Highness met members of the Fire Control personnel, architects and builders of the new headquarters as well as the Princes Trust Team who won the Community Safety Cup 2015. His Royal Highness was also invited to present Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to staff.
The new HQ is the final stage in the Camborne, Pool, Redruth and Hayle Emergency Cover programme which involved relocating Camborne and Redruth Community Fire Stations, as well as critical support services including Fire Control, Training and Development and Engineering Workshops and Stores, to two new sites in Tolvaddon and Hayle. The relocation to the new station and facilities is expected to save the service around £500,000 a year in maintenance, running and operational costs.
Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Communities, said: “I am delighted that His Royal Highness was able to join us and open this exciting new project, which is a tribute to the vision of the leadership team and was delivered on time and within budget by the contractors, Kier. The new Fire HQ will be a fitting building to house our outstanding, dedicated and committed team who work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the people of Cornwall.”
Paul Walker, Chief Fire Officer said: “It has been a very proud day for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and we were delighted to welcome HRH Duke of Kent to open our new Service Headquarters in Tolvaddon. It was also a wonderful day for the seven members of staff receiving their Fire and Rescue Services Long Service and Good Conduct medal in recognition of 20 years dedicated service. The formal opening ceremony was a celebratory occasion to recognise the professionalism and dedication of all staff and partners involved in this project. I am very grateful for the commitment, support and scrutiny provided by Cornwall Council Members which has helped deliver these fantastic new facilities. We very much look forward to being a part of the Tolvaddon community as we continue to develop and deliver our wide range of services by “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer””.
For more information about the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire
Posted 24 September 2015
GP Out of Hours Service and affordable housing on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the Launceston Community Network area can learn more about the new GP Out of Hours Service and affordable housing strategy at the Community Network Panel meeting on 16 September.
Kate Lock, General Manager of the NHS Out of Hours Service, will brief the Panel on the new GP Out of Hours Service. The meeting will also include an update on Launceston Medical Centre.
Cornwall Strategic Affordable Housing Manager Louise Dwelly will provide an update on the affordable housing strategy and answer questions about how it relates to the Launceston area.
Cornwall Councillor Jade Farrington, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “Health provision and affordable housing are key issues for people in the Launceston Community Network area. This is a chance for everyone to come along and find out more about these important topics.”
Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and 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.
Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday 16 September from 7pm to 9pm at The Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Lauceston Community Network page.
Story posted 11 September 2015
At Truro Magistrates Court on the 09 September 2015, Cornwall Council successfully prosecuted landlady Janet Marlene Carter of Newton Moor Farm, Troon, Camborne, TR14 9HW for failing to comply with two Improvement Notices served under Section 11 and 12 of the Housing Act 2004 for a property she rented out at 39 Lemon Place, East End, Redruth, TR15 1PJ.
Ms Carter, who did not attend the Magistrates Court, was in her absence fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1642.72, a victim surcharge of £120 and a criminal court charge of £150 making at total of £4,912.72.
When Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team inspected the property earlier this year, the property was found to be in a very poor condition with
- a collapsed bedroom ceiling as a result of water leaking through the roof which had allowed damp to penetrate and wet rot to affect skirting boards;
- large gaps around the frame of the entrance door and a bedroom window which did not close properly making the property excessively cold;
- inadequate guarding and handrails and loose treads and floorboards on the staircase exposing the tenant to the risk of injury;
- missing fire bricks and gaps in a solid fuel burning appliance which had the potential to allow smoke and fumes to escape into the property leaving the tenant exposed to the health risks connected to carbon monoxide.
Improvement Notices were served in February 2015 for the hazards ‘excess cold’, ‘damp and mould growth’, ‘falls on stairs etc.’, and ‘carbon monoxide’ which required specific works to be completed by 20 April 2015.
When a follow up visit was made on 23 April 2015 to determine if the works required by the Improvement Notices had been satisfactorily completed, it was found that the works in relation to the hazard ‘carbon monoxide’ had been carried out but no other required works had been completed for the hazards ‘Excess Cold’, ‘Damp and Mould Growth’ and ‘Falls on Stairs etc.’.
Mark Grose, from Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing team said: “In this case the property was being poorly managed and in such poor condition that it was putting the health, safety and wellbeing of the occupant at significant risk of harm. It was apparent that no maintenance had been completed at the property for some considerable time and the landlord did not respond within the required timescales to the enforcement notices. When landlords fail to manage and maintain their properties to an acceptable standard and place the health, safety and wellbeing of tenants at risk, the Council will take appropriate enforcement action and prosecute for non-compliance.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and environment Joyce Duffin said: “Cornwall Council is committed to supporting landlords and helping them meet their legal requirements. Working in partnership with national and local landlord and letting agent associations the Council has developed the ‘Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme’ and the ‘Private Rental Standard’ for Cornwall. The scheme is designed to help good and improving landlords understand and comply with what can often be perceived as complex legislation”.
Landlords and property agents are encouraged to join the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme.
Story posted 10 September 2015