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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issue carbon monoxide warning

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:19

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is targeting the residents of Cornwall to highlight the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home through the use of gas appliances, solid fuel/wood burners and open fires following an incident in Polruan.

The incident in the early hours of this morning (03 September) has once again highlighted the importance of having a carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

At 01:50 this morning a 999 call was received from a property where a carbon monoxide alarm had started sounding. The occupant had evacuated the property and gone to a neighbour’s home to call 999 for assistance. An appliance from Polruan was mobilised and on arrival firefighters tested for and found carbon monoxide.  The source of the gas was confirmed as coming from an open fire with a defective chimney flue. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear any remaining carbon monoxide from the premise. The occupant of the property was allowed to return home when crews confirmed the carbon monoxide was cleared and advice was given to get the chimney checked out.

Watch manager Mark Pratten from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service explains:

“Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Carbon-based fuels are safe to use, it is only when the fuel does not burn properly that excess CO is produced, which is poisonous. When CO enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.

We want to raise awareness and provide education to the people of Cornwall regarding the dangers of this silent killer, it is important to understand that carbon monoxide can be produced in many different ways not just by a gas boiler or appliance. We are therefore asking people to be CO aware and to take the following steps to avoid becoming a victim.”

  • Purchase a Carbon Monoxide detector to European Standards EN50291and place it in your home (refer to manufacturers guidelines) test it regularly, keep the sensor free from dust and well maintained. A portable detector could also be taken with you on holiday to help safeguard you and your family.
  • Have your appliances properly installed and regularly serviced by qualified installers. With gas this means Gas Safe Registered. Ask about training and experience. Ensure that your gas fitter is not only Gas Safe Registered but also qualified to work on that appliance and uses a flue gas analyser to check for the silent killer, CO-Gas. You can check the individual's ID number with the Gas Safe Register to make sure he or she is qualified to undertake work on particular appliances (e.g. gas fires not just boilers). Chimneys and flues must be swept regularly and appliances checked once a year by fully qualified engineer/sweep.
  • Do not block vents. Make sure you have some ventilation and wear extra clothes/ bedclothes to keep warm.
  • If you are removing hot products of combustion(ashes) from your open fire at the end of the day, please ensure they are removed to fresh air in a metal bucket and extinguished properly in a safe environment.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can have tragic results so KNOW THE DANGERS

More information on the dangers of carbon monoxide is available on our website or call our 24 hr freephone fire safety helpline on 0800 3581 999 for more information on our home fire safety service. 

Story posted 3 September 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Affordable housing on the agenda for Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:43

Residents of the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area are being invited to find out more about affordable housing at the Community Network Panel meeting on 10 September.

The Panel will discuss the amount of affordable housing being delivered as part of new developments in the area and the use of Section 106 funding.  Cornwall Council officers will be on hand to answer questions about affordable housing policies and procedures.

Wadebridge and Padstow 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. 

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 14 parishes in the community network: Egloshayle, Padstow, St Breock, St Endellion, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Kew, St Mabyn, St Merryn, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands, St Tudy and Wadebridge.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 10 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Egloshayle Pavilions.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.

Story posted 3 September 2015

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Free training events to help takeaway businesses meet legal conditions

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:24

The Cornwall Community Safety Partnership, which includes Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Immigration Enforcement, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Housing are offering free training to those running food takeaway businesses in Cornwall.

The training will offer advice and guidance on a variety of topics including health and safety, food safety, public health and licensing.  There will also be sessions on fire safety and employment responsibilities, including those relating to migrant workers, and housing.

Those running takeaway establishments will receive an invitation to attend one of the training sessions taking place on:-

  • 14 September - St Clare Committee Room, Penzance
  • 15 September - Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne
  • 16 September - Carrick House, Truro
  • 21 September - Luxstowe House, Liskeard
  • 22 September - Bodmin Police Head Quarters
  • 23 September - Bodmin Police Head Quarters

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown says: “I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer and enhance their business reputation. There are many aspects to running a successful takeaway food business and we want operators to be aware of and comply with all their legal obligations.  We will be following up the offer of free training with a series of multi-agency visits across Cornwall to assess the success of the training. We’ll also be visiting those businesses that have chosen not to take up the offer of the free training to assess their needs and to make sure they are complying with their legal responsibilities.”

To reserve a place on the course please contact the Council’s  Business Support Team on 01208 893133.

Story posted 28 August 2015

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Public meeting to hear views on Carbis Bay planning applications

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:23

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on several planning applications at Carbis Bay Holiday Park, Laity Lane. The applications are for 34 dwellings and associated works on Site A, 49 houses on Site B and 35 dwellings on Site C. 

The public meeting will be held at St Uny School on Polmenor Drive in Carbis Bay at 6pm on Wednesday 9 September. All are welcome and on arrival will be able to register their wish to speak.

The public meeting is an opportunity for councillors to hear from local people on all sides of the debate and no decision will be taken on the day.

The planning application will be considered by the West Sub Area Planning Committee at its meeting due to be held on Monday 21 September at Committee Room 1, Council Offices, St Clare, Penzance. 

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register - visit the online planning register and use reference numbers; PA15/06282, PA15/02691 and PA15/06284.

Story posted 28 August 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council is proud to be part of Cornwall Pride

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:23

Cornwall Council is supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Truro on Saturday 29 August 2015 and are proud to be flying the rainbow flag at New County Hall over the Pride weekend.

Cornwall Pride celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of Cornwall in a fun and inclusive event. Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves.  Representatives from the Council will join the parade, which will be opened by Cornwall Council Chair Ann Kerridge and starting at 11am from Lemon Quay, and will be in Victoria Gardens, where revellers will gather after the parade.

Information will be available about adoption, fostering and adult education. We will also be asking people to tell us what they think could be done to improve equality and equality of opportunity across Cornwall.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be there to talk about careers within the service as well as being on hand to give advice and guidance on community fire safety. There will be an opportunity for you to share your views on our draft Integrated Risk Management Plan which is currently out for consultation and a number of our firefighters will be in attendance with some of their emergency vehicles.

The Council will also be promoting the services and support on offer from its Registration Service for those who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in Cornwall. The registration service can provide information about venues licensed to host a civil ceremony and offer support for that special day.

Representatives from the Safer Cornwall Partnership which includes Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be talking about their ongoing ‘what will you drink cost?’ Campaign. The campaign delivers educational and preventive messages on the risks of drinking too much alcohol, and where to find help to cut down.  Representatives from the LGBT PACT (Partners and Communities Together) will also be there to discuss specific issues and provide information on what advice and support is available. They will also be advising people on how to report hate crime incidents and encouraging attendance at the Hate Crime Conference at Truro College on the 19 September.

Cllr John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council with responsibility for equality and diversity said “We endeavour to make Cornwall fully inclusive by setting an example in all we do.  By participating in the Pride event we intend to show our intent and ability to support the whole community and the range of services we offer. Having attended Pride, it is also great fun!”.

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Events in Redruth celebrate site of Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre (2)

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:36

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is celebrating the news of an £11.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, with a range of activities and events celebrating the former Redruth Brewery which will be the site of Kresen Kernow.

To tie in with the national Heritage Open Day scheme and Redruth’s International Mining and Pasty Festival, there will be free guided walking tours of the area on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September leaving from Redruth Community Centre. Find out about life at the brewery in the past, and the luminaries – such as William Murdoch – who had connections to it.

On Saturday 12 September further free events and activities will be held at the Community Centre, including exhibitions related to brewing and pubs in the town and the premiere of an animation about the site’s history, made by Tough Dough and children from Trewirgie Junior School, with input from former brewery workers.

Complementary activities will also be available at the Cornish Studies Library, in Alma Place, on both days where documents and artefacts from the Redruth Brewery will be exhibited by the Trevithick Society.

Iain Rowe, Learning Officer for the Service, says: “We are delighted with the news that Kresen Kernow will bring the brewery site back to life. In honour of this we’re celebrating its long history through these free activities, and we’d love for you to join us to find out more about the brewery’s fascinating history and its illustrious and international connections.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture Julian German said: “These events will help us appreciate the rich history of Redruth as we look forward to a new archive centre which will inspire us to celebrate Cornwall’s distinct identity and history.” 

For further information, or to book a place on a guided walk, please contact cro@cornwall.gov.uk or telephone 01872 323 127. 

Photo one: People in Redruth hearing about the plans for Kresen Kernow. Photo two: An artist’s impression of what the finished site will look like

Story posted: 27 August 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Suicide prevention partnership to hold saving lives event

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:27

Around 60-70 people in Cornwall die by suicide each year and that number is consistently higher than might be expected for the size of the population.

To raise awareness about the issue an event is being held at County Hall in Truro on 10 September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The event has been organised by Sara Roberts, consultant in public health at Cornwall Council. She says “The theme for Suicide Prevention Day this year is ‘reaching out: saving lives’. We want to reach out to join others around the world to address this important public health problem,but we are doing it with a very local focus. So we’ll be exploring a number of different ways of reaching out to save lives in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - reaching out to the suicide prevention community, reaching out to vulnerable individuals to show them that someone cares and to put them in touch with relevant services, and reaching out to support those who have been bereaved by suicide.”

The event forms part of a collaborative programme in South West England, through which local partnerships are working together with a shared aim towards achieving ‘zero suicides’. It will be attended by people who work in public, private or voluntary sectors to support people who may be at risk of suicide, or to reduce risk at a population level, and representatives of people who have experience of suicidal risk.

It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to think that suicide is the only course of action. People who have experienced this suggest that just having someone reach out to them at that crucial time to show care and concern can really help. Dr. Chris Hamilton, a consultant clinical psychologist at Outlook South West, the largest provider of talking therapies in Cornwall, will be encouraging participants to think about their own role as individuals. He says “if we see someone who is distressed, we should have the courage to ask them if they are ok. Just listening to what they have to say can give them time to think and reflect and it can make a huge difference.” 

Councillor Jeremy Rowe, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board added: “Every suicide is a tragedy for the person concerned and the people left behind. There is no single or simple solution to this, so I welcome this event bringing people together from a number of different organisations to share information and work together.”

Isolation increases the risk of suicide and, conversely, having strong social connections is protective against it. Therefore, being there for someone who has become disconnected can be life-saving. The support of family and friends is crucial, but it is often not enough. It may also be necessary to put vulnerable individuals in touch with relevant services. Attendees at the event will find out about how local services are working together to prevent suicides. There will be a formal agenda of speakers, but also plenty of opportunity to network.  A ‘market place’ of service provider stalls will provide information about the support services available locally.

Suicide is devastating for families, friends and community members who are left behind. In Cornwall & Isles of Scilly we are fortunate to have a Suicide Liaison Service to provide professional support following suicide bereavement, but everyone can be encouraged to offer a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear, reaching out to give someone who has been bereaved by suicide the opportunity to talk about their loss, in their own time, on their own terms.

Story posted: 27 August 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Fire, Rescue and Community Safety service consultation needs you!

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:44

Cornwall Council’s Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service is preparing for its three year Integrated Risk Management and Service Plan with a Cornwall wide consultation. The consultation will help shape what the service plans to do from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

Like all public services we are facing reducing budgets with fewer resources to deliver services to the people of Cornwall. This means we need to think differently about how we can deliver essential services with less money, or consider how we work in partnership with other organisations to deliver wider services more efficiently.

To ensure that we are focusing on the right areas we need your views.

We welcome comments from all members of our community irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle or beliefs. We want to actively engage with employees, elected Members, partners and communities.

Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, says “Your opinions really do matter. By telling us what you think you are helping us to make decisions about where we focus our activities and shape the services we deliver.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker added ”We pride ourselves on open and regular engagement with our communities as we continue ‘Working together to make Cornwall Safer’. I recognise that we face challenging times ahead but, with flexibility and by working together, we can continue to deliver an excellent 24/7, 365 days a year service to communities, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.  

“Please take the time to have your say and help us to shape our projects and activities across the Fire, Rescue and Community Safety service."

You can get involved and let us have your views by completing the online survey: www.cornwall.gov.uk/fireconsultation

Also keep a look out for updates on our website and social media; on Twitter @CornwallFRS and on Facebook www.facebook.com/CornwallFRS.  Don’t forget to use #YourSafetyYourViews.

Story posted: 25 August 2015


If you have any questions or would like to find out other ways to get involved please contact us:

Email: consultation@fire.cornwall.gov.uk

Post: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, FREEPOST (SWB999) Truro TR1 3ZZ

Freephone: 0800 3581 999

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Penzance Prince's Trust Team celebrate successful course

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:47

A group of seven young people aged between 16 and 25 years old who are not in employment, education or training (NEETS), celebrated completing a 12 week Prince’s Trust TEAM programme at a final presentation event in Land’s End on 05 August attended by Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.

As part of the personal development course the team transformed a woodland area and interactive learning area at Heamoor Community Primary School in Penzance by creating several different areas including a mud kitchen, music garden, waterwall, shelter and seating area and a fire pit.  During the Final Challenge week, the team helped people from Pengarth Day Centre, Cornwall One Parent Support Group and Scope Care Home in Camborne.

The group also took part in team building activities and challenges, a week-long action packed residential trip, gained nationally recognised qualifications and received advice on how to write a CV.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme aims to help young people develop the skills and confidence to move into employment, education, training, volunteering or apprenticeships. The courses are run in partnership with and funded by Cornwall Council’s Adult Education service.

Princes Trust Team leader Andrew House said: “The participants take on and learn a lot in just 12 weeks. The support of local businesses has been very generous and has helped the team to learn new skills and help raise their levels of confidence and motivation to ensure they enter further education, training or employment.”

Station Manager Dave Pilling from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are delighted to be able to work with The Prince’s Trust to deliver this very worthwhile programme. Too many young people feel they don’t have any skills and talents, and feel they’ll never amount to anything. The Team programme really does help them to turn their lives around; helping them into work, education or training, furthermore taking part in Team does not affect their benefits”.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds.  This initiative in partnership with The Prince’s Trust is to be applauded.  It’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence and, in some cases, turn their lives around.”

If any local businesses are interested in work experience placements or being involved in a future community project then please contact Andrew House on 07817538964. 


Story posted 25 August 2015

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Newquay hosts the 6th Big Beach Day for people with learning disabilities

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:39

Newquay’s Fistral beach will once again be the venue for the ever popular Big Beach Day. This year’s free event for people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions and their parents and carers and will take place on Friday 4 September from 10.30am to 3pm.

Cornwall Health Promotion Service, Peninsula Community Health, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Volunteer Cornwall, and Cornwall Sports Partnership are once again teaming up with a number of other providers to put on a free day of fun beach activities including accessible surfing, singing and signing, beach games, arts and crafts, music therapy, a sandcastle competition and a BBQ. 

The Rhiannon Morris award will also be presented at the Big Beach Day. This award recognises outstanding work in promoting healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities and is in memory of Rhiannon Morris who was a member of the CHAMPs Team and who sadly passed away in 2012.

The day will be co-facilitated by the Cornwall Health And Making Partnerships (CHAMPs) Team. The CHAMPs team consists of ten people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions who are employed by Cornwall Council to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Adrian Quest, Health Promotion Liaison for Learning Disabilities, said: “This year looks to be our best year yet. We have lots of different activities for people no matter what their level of ability or experience.  We hope this will show even more people how to get the most out of the beach.”

Anthony Dunn, CHAMPs Team member, added: “The Big Beach Day is about getting people with learning disabilities on the beach to get them healthy and active. We need to do this because lots of people with learning disabilities have worse health than other people.”

Councillor Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “‘Big Beach Day goes from strength to strength and I am grateful that so many individuals and organisations are willing to give their time and expertise. With their help, we are able to give more people with learning disabilities the chance to enjoy the beaches that many of us take for granted.”

More information is available on the Cornwall Health Promotion Service website or by calling 01209 310066.


Story posted 25 August 2015

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Public meeting to hear views on Carbis Bay planning application

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:12

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on a planning application for 30 residential units on land adjacent to Carninney Farm, at Carninney, Carbis Bay.

The public meeting will be held at St Uny School on Polmenor Drive in Carbis Bay at 6pm on Wednesday 2 September. All are welcome and on arrival will be able to register their wish to speak.

The public meeting is an opportunity for councillors to hear from local people on all sides of the debate and no decision will be taken on the day.

The planning application will be considered by the West Sub Area Planning Committee at its meeting due to be held on Monday 21 September at Committee Room 1, Council Offices, St Clare, Penzance. 

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register using the reference number PA15/05320.

Story posted 25 August 2015

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A collection for Kernow Young Carers at the Fisherman’s Friends performance in Port Isaac

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:05

Cornwall's most famous shanty singers, Fisherman's Friends, sing regularly on the Platt in Port Isaac throughout the summer. At their performance on 28 August 2015 there will be a collection to benefit some of Cornwall's bravest young people.

The much loved eight man group, famed for their rousing shanties and Cornish folk songs, will sing live at Port Isaac's Platt from 7.30 pm on Friday 28 August – weather permitting.  There is no entry fee but a collection will be made in aid of Kernow Young Carers, an Action for Children project that offers support, information and guidance to young people across Cornwall who find themselves in a caring role. All of the money raised will go into the young carers grant fund.

Councillor Ann Kerridge, Chairman of Cornwall Council who nominated Kernow Young Carers as her Chairman’s charity has added her support to the event and said: “It is really wonderful to see that a collection will take place during the Fisherman’s Friends performance and that this will raise funds for these special young people. I hope everyone who goes along has a fantastic evening whilst supporting this important cause.”  

In addition to providing support to those who need it, the charity provides training and educational sessions, school groups and local young carers forums so that young people involved in caring do not lose out on schooling or educational opportunities.  It also gives young carers a break by providing them with trips and short breaks away from their caring role.

If you would like to support Kernow Young Carers whilst being entertained by Cornwall's finest shanty group, come along to Port Isaac's Platt from 7.30 pm on Friday 28 August and bring the family.

If you would like to make a donation to Kernow Young Carers or if you would like a collection box for your local shop, pub or society, please contact Kernow Young Carers on 01872 321486.

Story posted: 21 August 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall's Teenage Pregnancy rate falls to record low

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:04

Cornwall’s under 18 conception rate has continued to fall and, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics, is now, for the first time, less than half the baseline set in 1998 when the National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy began.

The data released today shows Cornwall’s annual conception rate to be 18.2 conceptions per 1000 women aged 15-17, a whopping 54.3% decrease from the 1998 baseline of 39.8 per 1000. This means Cornwall has not only exceeded the national target of a 50% reduction in pregnancy rates, but has also outperformed the average reduction achieved across England and Wales of 40%.

Today’s data release also brings Cornwall’s under 18 conception rate below 20 conceptions per 1000 for the first time and see’s Cornwall performing better than the South West average.

Cornwall Council remains committed to reducing the rate of under-18 conceptions and improving outcomes for young parents and their children through the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Action plan. Teenage pregnancy is often associated with negative health outcomes for the mother and child and increased likelihood of them both living in long-term poverty. In addition to this, many teenage conceptions are unintended. Around half result in a termination, an avoidable burden for the young women affected.

Lex Gainsbury, who leads the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy at Cornwall Council said, “Today’s figures are fantastic news and are testament to the hard work of all our services and partners across Cornwall. It demonstrates that sustained effort from committed individuals at every level really makes a difference.  We are over the moon to have achieved the national target but it is important that we do not become complacent and face the challenges ahead with the same vigour and enthusiasm as that which has got us this far."

"Evidence shows that the two factors that have the biggest impact on rates are access to young people friendly sexual health services and both formal and informal relationship and sex education, ensuring young people have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make positive choices about their sexual health now and in the future."

“In Cornwall young people can access information and support from a wide range of services including the C-Card condom distribution scheme, pharmacies, their GP, Contraceptive and Sexual Health clinics such as Brook or the Sexual Health Hub in Truro. You can find out about all of these services by visiting the Cornwall SHAC website.”

Louise Sweeney, who also manages the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, added “we want to do more to ensure we are effectively sharing key messages around relationships and sexual health with the people of Cornwall. Because of this Cornwall Council are currently working with partners throughout sexual health to launch a new initiative entitled TALK Relationships and Sexual Health (RSH). The aim of the initiative is to encourage people across Cornwall to TALK about relationships and Sexual Health and access the support and services they need to do this confidently. You may want to know more about improving your own sexual health, or want support in talking to your own children and young people about relationships, growing up and sexual health, either way TALK relationships is here to help.

“But to make sure we communicate with you in the best possible way, we need your help. TALK RSH has two surveys, one for young people, one for parents and carers. Both surveys are asking for your views around the best way to offer support and communicate with you. The initiative and surveys will be formally launched in the coming weeks."

Councillor Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead member for Children and Young People said, "This is really fantastic news and shows how organisation working together for a common goal does produce results and shows what can be achieved. You cannot achieve a 50% conception rate reduction without this cooperation and I would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have made this possible."

“It is imperative to all people no matter what age or gender to have a positive understanding of sexual health, their bodies and the choices they can make. That is why supporting and enabling good quality, comprehensive relationships and sex education at home and in our schools is a key priority for Cornwall.”

Schools in Cornwall have access to a wide range of support on RSE including Cornwall’s Health Promotion Service, Healthy Schools, Brook Young People and CLEAR’s Healthy Relationships Programme. A new resource available for schools and colleges to use, the Kernow King Sex Tape and Resource which was recently shortlisted for a UK Sexual Health Award.

In addition to support for schools, parents and carers can also get support and training on relationships and sex education, to support them to have conversations with their children, through Speakeasy.

Professionals working with young people are guided by the Relationship and Sexual Health Guidance and can access a free sexual health training programme, all available on Cornwall Council’s website.  

Posted on 29 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Chief Executive Andrew Kerr's report to Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:04


At the meeting of Cornwall Council on 19 May 2015, Chief Executive Andrew Kerr gave a Stewardship of the Council report to members. He talked about significant successes including:

  • investment in transport infrastructure
  • improvements in key services and
  • more joined up working with partners.

These were all underpinned by the commitment of staff who are helping to deliver savings of over £31m through the collective agreement. 


Story posted 19 May 2015

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New Taxi Bus transport scheme for Lamorna Cove, Penzance

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:30

From Monday 28 September Cornwall Council will be introducing a change to the public transport provision to Lamorna Cove.  The previous bus service had, on occasions, encountered difficulty with access and turning along the route due to the size of the bus used. The Council reviewed passenger numbers which were found to be poor with many journeys not recording any passengers.  As a result the Council will withdraw the bus service and replace it with a smaller 8-seat minibus provision operated by a local taxi company. This will also address the problems with access and turning.

The minibus service will operate a ‘shopper facility’ Monday to Friday between Lamorna Cove (Village Hall) and Penzance town centre.  The First Kernow bus service 1 will continue to operate between Penzance and Lamorna Turn.

Alternative arrangements for students attending Mounts Bay Academy and Humphry Davy School from Lamorna Cove will begin from the start of the new school year and families have been notified of these changes. 

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “It is important as we look forward, with climate change, new technologies and changes in lifestyles all vying for attention and exerting pressures, that the Council responds to the needs of communities and uses innovative approaches to mobility.”

David Edwards of the Council’s Passenger Transport Unit, said: “This is an alternative way of providing low volume public transport.  The Council is keen to work with local taxi providers to develop similar services where patronage does not justify the use of larger vehicles.”   

Bill Maddern, Cornwall Councillor for St Buryan, said: “I am pleased to see the Council responding to the needs of the local community and providing a workable solution for this problem.”

The current bus operation will remain until Saturday 26 September. Details about the new service will be published in early September on Cornwall Council’s public transport webpages http://www.cornwallpublictransport.info and on the public transport information website Traveline http://www.travelinesw.com.

Story posted 25 August 2015

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Promoting free healthy activities for people with learning disabilities at Truro's first Big Park Day

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:27

Cornwall Health Promotion Service, Peninsula Community Health, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Council and Special Olympics Cornwall have teamed up to put on a day of free activities for people with learning disabilities.

The event at Boscawen Park in Truro will take place between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 15 July 2015 and offers a range of activities including easy cricket, football, art and music therapy, archery, boules, table tennis, kite flying and more.

The Big Park Day is co-facilitated by the CHAMPs team, which consists of ten people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions, who are employed by Cornwall Council to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Adrian Quest, Health Promotion Liaison for Learning Disabilities said: ‘The Big Park Day is about helping people with learning disabilities to get active and also to promote a healthy lifestyle and get the most out of Cornwall’s parks and open spaces. This is shaping up to be a great event. We have lots of different activities to encourage as many people as possible, whatever their ability or experience, to come along and participate.’

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, explained: ‘Big Park Day is a great initiative and I am grateful that so many individuals and organisations are willing to give their time and expertise. With their help, we are able to give more people with learning disabilities the chance to enjoy the great outdoors that many of us take for granted.’

More information is available on the Healthwatch website.


Story posted 10 July 2015

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Truro is declared as an 'Air Quality Management Area'

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:20

Following a public consultation in early 2015, the Council has taken the steps required to formally declare Truro as an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ (AQMA).

Improving local air quality is a priority for Cornwall Council and regular monitoring is carried out across Cornwall.

Results of this monitoring have indicated that Truro suffers from excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  Following a public consultation in early 2015 the Council has now taken the steps required to formally declare Truro as an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ (AQMA). 

Truro becomes the sixth AQMA in Cornwall.  The five other AQMAs named across Cornwall since 2005 are St Austell, Gunnislake, Tideford, Bodmin and Camborne-Pool-Redruth.

This designation highlights the Council’s commitment to Truro as an area for improvement in air quality, and an action plan is now being prepared.  The action plan is likely to be published in the next year and aims to introduce measures to help improve air quality.  There will be a further consultation on the draft action plan when residents and businesses will again be invited to have their say.

Geoff Brown, Portfolio Holder for Communities said: “The declaration of this new Air Quality Management Area is an important positive step towards improving the quality of the air in Cornwall, and the well-being of our residents and visitors.”

Allan Hampshire Head of Public Protection and Business Support said: “Air pollution is amongst the top 10 causes of mortality in the UK, with nearly 30,000 people dying prematurely each year as a result of exposure to air pollution.  While many people think Cornwall has clean unpolluted air the declaration of a 6th air quality management area in the county confirms that this is not necessarily the case, however the declaration is an important step towards improving air quality within Truro and with it the health of those living and working in the city.”

More information on air quality in Truro is available on our website.

Story posted 09 July 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Council Leader welcomes Chancellor's positive comments on devolving powers to Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:19

In today's (08 July 2015) Budget speech the Chancellor made this announcement  – “and in the first of our new county deals, we are making progress on a major plan to give Cornwall a greater say over local decisions.”

In response Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard said “As I have stated over the past few months, we have been working with partners to prepare a ‘Case for Cornwall’ which sets out ambitious proposals for greater powers, freedoms, flexibilities and support to be given by the Government to Cornwall.

“These proposals are designed to allow the people of Cornwall to benefit from an integrated health and social care system, significant economic growth, more affordable homes, greater access to employment and training opportunities, together with a much improved public transport network.

“As such we welcome today’s positive comments from the Chancellor which set out the Government’s plans to honour its manifesto commitment to devolve far reaching powers from London to counties and look forward to continuing to work with civil servants to agree a Cornwall Deal which enables the Case for Cornwall proposals to be delivered”. 

Story posted 08 July 2015

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Council asks for views of local residents affected by fly tipping

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:06

Cornwall Council is inviting local residents who have been affected by fly tipping on their land to give their views on the causes and scale of the issue and identify any potential solutions.

Last year the Council introduced a charging system at its Household Waste Recycling Centres for ‘non household’  items of waste such as car tyres, rubble/soil, asbestos and plaster board.

Dealing appropriately with these types of waste is very costly and one of the aims of the new charges, which have been introduced by many other local authorities, was to ensure that people depositing the waste paid towards the costs of its disposal rather than the cost being met by all council tax payers in Cornwall.  It was also hoped that the introduction of charges for these types of wastes would help tackle the problem of tradespeople trying to dispose of their waste free of charge through HWRC’s rather than through the proper channels.

All other household waste can still be deposited at the HWRC’s free of charge.

“We recognised that there could be a potential increase in fly tipping in the short term following the introduction of charges as some people would wish to avoid paying for their waste to be disposed of” said Joyce Duffin, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment.

“We have always recorded the number of fly tips on public and private land, and have been monitoring this issue closely to see if there would be an increase in the number of incidents.  While this shows that there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported to the Council, this reflects a national increase in fly tipping across the country. 

“However not all the items being fly tipped are ones which people have to pay to dispose of.  In fact one of the most frustrating aspects of this increase is that many of the items being fly tipped can actually still be taken to the HWCR free of charge”.

Fly tipping is a criminal offence and anyone caught carrying out this unlawful activity faces significant financial penalties or imprisonment.  While the Council clears fly tipped waste on public land , it is not responsible for clearing fly tips from private land. Although officers work with landowners to prosecute offenders where there is evidence, it is the responsibility of the land owner to pay for the clearance of fly tipped material from private land

Following the introduction of the charges it was agreed to review the situation in September to assess the impact of the decision and identify any changes which might need to be made to the Council’s policy.  As part of this process Members of the Council’s Scrutiny Management Committee wanted to seek the views of landowners who have been affected by fly tipping of these waste streams.

“While we have achieved significant savings for council tax payers as a result of the introduction of the charges at HWRC’s, it is important that we consider all the issues, including the potential impact on private landowners” added Joyce Duffin.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has been the victim of fly tipping with their views on the scale of the problem, the impact of the introduction of the charges on fly tipping, and how the Council is dealing with the issue” said Neil Burden, Chair of the Scrutiny Management Committee.  “ We would also be interested in hearing any suggestions for improving the current situation.”

Anyone wishing to give their views is asked to send their comments in writing either by email to refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk or by post to Refuse and Recycling Team, Room 1, Western Group Centre, Radnor Road, Scorrier, TR16 5EH by Friday, 11 September. Comments received by this date will be taken into account by the Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 30 September.  

Story posted: 24 August

Categories: Cornwall

Council congratulates GCSE students in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:15

Cornwall Council is congratulating young people in Cornwall who have worked so hard at their GCSE courses and have today received the results that have done their talents and abilities justice.

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said the achievements were a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and schools in Cornwall and praised the support provided by parents and carers. “I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements” he said.

“All our schools are committed to providing the best quality education for their students and today’s results show that, once again, hard work has paid dividends. This is a very important time for these young people who will be making key decisions which will affect their future lives."

Also welcoming the success of Cornish students, Jane Black, the Council’s Head of Service for Learning and Achievement, said that the exams were an important stepping stone for young people in Cornwall.  “I’m really pleased to see so many young people do so well in their GCSEs.   We are still waiting for detailed results from a number of our secondary schools but anticipate that the picture here will reflect the national picture.  We will be analysing the data from all our schools over the next few days when we will have a clearer idea of how they have performed”.

“The changes in the educational system mean that these young people will continue in learning or training until they are 18.  However, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. While many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”

The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.

Story posted: 20 August 2015

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