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Cornwall Council will not change adult social care policies following consultation

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:24

The Council has listened to concerns from people who responded as part of its adult social care policy consultation, their carers and families, and groups that represent them and announced that there will be no policy changes as a result of the consultation which closed on Monday 23 April 2018 at 5pm.

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for adults Rob Rotchell says: “We know that people who use adult social care services and their families felt strongly that they did not have enough time and support to respond fully to the proposed changes. We have listened and I can confirm that no policy changes will take place based on this consultation.

This consultation has not been our finest hour and I apologise to those who have felt that the Council has not responded appropriately.  We are listening and, more importantly, we will improve our engagement and general communication as a result of the lessons learnt from this consultation. We want to build bridges with individuals, their families and all the groups that represent the people that use adult care services. 

We are in discussions with Healthwatch so that we can work with them to learn lessons to help us identify where the process went wrong and how we improve our approach to future Adult Social Care consultations.”

Posted 26 April

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Policing and highways on the agenda for the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:06

Residents of the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel are invited to attend the May meeting of the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include policing, highways  and the Local Development Fund.

All are invited to attend the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel meeting which takes place on Wednesday 2 May between 6pm and 8pm at Cury Village Hall, Helston.

Sergeant Mark Cooper, from Devon and Cornwall Police, will be attending the meeting to provide a policing update to the Panel and Frances Hughes, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be attending to answer questions from the Panel and local residents about local and national policing.

Also on the agenda are presentations about highways and the Local Development Fund. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for residents to ask any questions they may have. 

Cornwall Councillor Carolyn Rule, Chair of Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel said: “I do hope that as many of you as are able will attend this meeting, these network panels are the opportunity for communities to come together and input into the work that your local councillors do on your behalf. we welcome everyone to come along and take part in the debate.”

The Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.

The panel comprises all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the 18 parishes in the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network - Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Grade-Ruan, Gunwalloe, Gweek, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Mullion, Porthleven, Sithney, St. Anthony-in-Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin-in-Meneage and Wendron.

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

Story posted 26 April 2018

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Students get first hand experience in fire safety activities

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:05

Students at Newquay Tretherras School got a taste of fire safety activities this week as they took part in a special training course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue’s Phoenix team.

The five-day training course aimed at promoting team work and communication skills, and raising confidence and aspirations includes fire safety activities such as hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus.

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall-wide initiative for young people between the ages of 13 -17 which aims to improve community resilience, the economic prospects of young people and deliver high quality training solutions across Cornwall.

Thousands of young people in Cornwall have benefited from the project since it started in 2002. The students will take part in an official passing out parade at Newquay Fire Station on Friday to mark the completion of the course.

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection Councillor Sue James said: “This training is an important way to invest in young people across Cornwall and promote safety in our communities. As well as building resilience, the training provides transferable skills to use at school, in further education or in the workplace. Ultimately it helps us build a more resilient Cornwall.”

Phoenix Services Manager Marytn Addinall said: “These pupils from Newquay Tretherras Schoolhave shown great enthusiasm in taking part in training which includes fire and road safety advice and first aid. We are proud to work in partnership with the school to help pupils gain important life skills and support young people to be more resilient for the future.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “It’s great to see yet more young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders and learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service.”

More information about Phoenix can be found on the Phoenix Cornwall website.

Posted 25 April 2018

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Who Dares Serves in Helston

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 14:02

Participants completing the latest ‘Who Dares Serves’ course will attend a passing out parade on Friday 18 May at Helston Community Fire Station.

Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people insight into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and a host of public services from across the South West. Focussing on a taster into each public service, the course gives an idea of the breadth of skills it takes for each to operate and how individuals can be involved within these services.

Who Dares Serves is a one of a range of innovative work-related options within the ‘Who Dares Works’ project, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and led by award-winning Community Interest Company, Active Plus.

The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning over the five days. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase techniques demonstrated throughout the week, including hose running and first aid.

Who Dares Serves is led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who have been running the Phoenix Project since 2002 to enhance self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dr Julian Commons, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project Manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for members of the local community. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone team work, communication and leadership skills. The participants from the Who Dares Serves course have worked extremely hard to succeed throughout this week and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with the emergency services across the South West.”

Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said: “It is great to see public services coming together to deliver this course. We know from the feedback from previous courses how positive the impact is with comments such as ‘this has been such a massive boost for my personal confidence!’ The course plays a great role in helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”

Cllr James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We are very proud to support the Who Dares Serves project which not only connects our services to the local community but also helps to build community resilience and improve the skills and confidence of the participants.”

Who Dares Works is a partnership of 17 organisations working together to support over 850 people across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training, and is led by Active Plus. Over the next 2-3 years, the project will receive up to £3.3 million of funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Anyone wishing to find out more about what’s available within Who Dares Works can call 01872 300236, email whodaresworks@activeplus.org.uk

Story posted 25 April 2018

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Invitation to support StARR project and share local knowledge to reduce flood risk

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:28

Local people in Par and St Blazey are being invited to share their knowledge of local flooding by completing an online survey for the St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (STARR) project which aims to reduce flood risk in the area.

The request follows the successful PL24 Futures event in St Blazey earlier this month that primarily focused on STARR and where of those who gave feedback 80% showed support for the project.

The StARR project is being developed by a partnership of Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency, Cornwall Development Company, South West Water, The University of Exeter and Westcountry Rivers Trust.

At the PL24 Futures event over 80 local people and nine local councillors took the opportunity to see the proposals developed so far to reduce flood risk to those living and working in Par and St Blazey. 

As well as proposals to reduce flood risk the event provided information about local flood causes, future scenarios, wildlife and water quality. Local people had the chance to discuss the initial StARR concept proposals and to raise issues about flooding in the area with experts from the StARR partnership, Cormac, local councillors and Par and St Blazey Flood Group.

Those involved in developing the St Blazey Neighbourhood Plan, Tywardreath and Par Neighbourhood Plan, St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF) and Ocean Housing were also on hand to discuss long term aspirations to improve the local area. 

The partners are still working to secure funds to reduce flooding, encourage business investment and improve the environment within Par and St Blazey.

Local Councillor for St Blazey Pauline Giles said: “It’s been great to see so much enthusiasm for the StARR project at the PL24 Futures event with the majority of people supporting the proposals. I urge local people who have not yet given feedback to share their experiences of flooding in the area and support the project by completing the online survey. Local information is vital to help shape proposals that will reduce flood risk and improve the environment for our community.”

People can take part in the survey until Friday 11 May. Survey results and responses to matters raised at the PL24 Futures event will be posted on the StARR web page and shared with local town and parish councils and community network panels.

If funding is secured there will be further opportunities for local people to be involved in more detailed proposals before the scheme is implemented by 2022.

To complete the online survey and find out more details about StARR including a short film visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/starrproject.

Posted 24 April 2018

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Highways and Community Emergency Plans on the agenda for Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:05

Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel area are invited to attend the May meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include highways, Community Emergency Plans, Community Chest Grants and the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service ‘Adopt a Parish’ Scheme. 

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 8 May 2018, between 7pm and 9pm, at Tremayne Hall, Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge in Falmouth.

Arthur Roberts, Resilience and Emergency Officer will be attending the Panel to discuss Community Emergency Plans. Community Emergency plans form part of the Cornwall Community Resilience Network, which helps communities to be prepared to respond to an emergency, like flooding, heavy snowfall or a major fire.

Also on the agenda is a update from Sean Taylor, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Station Manager, about the ‘Adopt a Parish scheme and Mark James, Cornwall Council Localism Manager, about the Cornwall Councillor Community Chest Grants which have been allocated to local charities and community groups so far this year.

Cornwall Councillor Bastin, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting is a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to ask questions about local issues so please do come along and take part.”

The Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meets every other month to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.  

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

Story posted 24 April 2018

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Truro Safe receives funding to continue to improve community safety

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:04

Truro Safe has been recognised by the Safer Cornwall Partnership for its work in improving community safety in the city and is to receive funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez.

Truro Safe was formed in 2013 to respond to a need to improve safety relating to the evening and night time economy. It consists of licensed traders, taxi operators, the Police, Truro City Council, Cornwall Council, Truro Business Improvement District (BID), Truro Street Pastors, Cornwall Resus and the Street Marshals.

Along with nine other ‘Safer Towns’ in Cornwall, Truro Safe will receiving £5,000 so it can continue working in partnership to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour locally.

To celebrate its achievements to date, the partnership came together in Truro to raise awareness of the Safer Towns launch this month and to show the community that Truro’s partner agencies are committed to tackling local issues. They talked to local businesses about their work, gave them a chance to voice their concerns and encouraged them to report by handing out their ‘Different Issues, The Same Streets’ leaflet which has contact details for reporting.

The Truro Safe partners welcomed the support and recognition from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Alun Jones, Truro BID Manager and Truro Safe partner explained that: “Since forming, Truro Safe has been responding well to the different issues on the streets. The work of the Truro Street Pastors and Street Marshals alongside the Police and Special Constables ensures that anyone out in the city centre on a Saturday night who finds themselves in a vulnerable position will be looked after.”

Safer Cornwall and Truro Safe recently worked closely together to support a local response to concerns regarding a specific group of vulnerable individuals sleeping rough in the City.

Other work of the Truro Safe partnership has included launching donation points across the city making it easy for people to donate money to the charities who are supporting vulnerable individuals most in need on Truro’s streets.

There are currently ten donation boxes being hosted by businesses in the city. These include Tesco (Garras Wharf), CeX in River Street, Try Dowr Wetherspoon on Lemon Quay, Bone China in Castle Street, NatWest in St. Nicholas Street, Superdry, Sole Plaice in Pydar Street, Truro Methodist Church at Union Place.

Details of all donation box locations are on www.trurobid.co.uk and local businesses and venues who wish to host a donation box should get in touch with the BID by emailing: alun.jones@trurobid.co.uk.

For more details about Truro Safe and for a copy of its Same Issues, Different Streets leaflet visit: http://safercornwall.co.uk/make-a-difference/truro/

For more information about Safer Cornwall visit www.safercornwall.co.uk.

Posted 24 April 2018

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Penmount Crematorium donates over £2,000 to Children’s Hospice South West

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:14

Penmount Crematorium presented Children’s Hospice South West, which provides hospice care to patients and their families in the South West and in Cornwall, with a cheque for £2100.18 last month.

The crematorium, managed by Cornwall Council, raises money for charity annually through a number of ways including the remembrance service in June, the carol service in December and the Christmas memory tree in the flower room.

The crematorium chose the Little Harbour Hospice in Porthpean as their 2017 charity, which is the one of the three hospices that Children’s Hospice South West operates. Alice Merrett, the representative from the hospice charity went to Penmount to receive the cheque.

Alice Merrett, Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West said: “On behalf of all the children and families that we support at Little Harbour I would like to thank Penmount Crematorium for their generous donation. We are currently supporting over 90 children with life-limiting illnesses along with their families so donations like this really will make a difference to the care we can offer local families.”

Susan Cannan, Bereavement Services Manager at Cornwall Council’s Penmount Crematorium, said: “The staff at Penmount selects a charity to support each December and enjoys working towards supporting that charity throughout the following year. We’re pleased to be able to donate to Children’s Hospice South West and help them to continue to do their wonderful work for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Cornwall.”

This year Penmount Crematorium has chosen to support the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall.

Story posted 23 April 2018

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St Blazey, Fowey & Lostwithiel Community Network Panel to discuss highways scheme and greater voice for local people

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:21

People in and around the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel community network area are being invited to attend the April meeting of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel.

Items on the agenda include the new Community Network Highways Scheme and giving communities a greater voice.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Monday 30 April 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at The Burrows Centre, Lamellyn Road, St Blazey, Par, PL24 2DD.

Tasha Davis, the Community Link Officer for the area, will introduce the new Community Network Highways Scheme that will give community network panels a greater influence over local and major transport schemes. Community network panels will be able to review and prioritise local schemes and will have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

Tasha will give details on plans to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice. This will include ensuring the panel understands how the recommendations can give people in St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel more of a voice through their community network panel.

There will also be round the table updates from Cornwall Councillors and Town and Parish Councils on matters of interest across the community network, and the opportunity to share experiences.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

St Blazey Cornwall Councillor Pauline Giles and Chair of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel said:  “Come along to the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel meeting. We’ll be talking about the new Community Network Highways Scheme, giving communities a greater voice and there will be updates from Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors. This meeting is a great opportunity for people to find out more about their local area.”

The St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners; including town & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of the eight Parish Councils (Boconnoc, Broadoak, Lanlivery, Luxulyan, St Sampson, St Veep, St Winnow and Tywardreath and Par) and three Town Councils (Fowey, Lostwithiel, St Blaise) in the community network area.

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

Posted 23 April 2018 

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Members agree to provide up to £3million to help fund a Stadium for Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:37

Cornwall Council today agreed to provide up to £3million of capital funding to support building a Stadium for Cornwall which will be a multi-use sports, education, business, health and community facility and the permanent home for the Cornish Pirates and Truro City Football Club.  

The Stadium for Cornwall project will contribute to wider economic and social benefits to residents in encouraging people to take part in sport and physical activity across Cornwall. It will also safeguard the survival of the sports clubs as well as bring additional benefits to the college as they establish a new education and training centre for catering, hospitality, sport, leisure and health, together with a business, conference and hospitality centre.

There were 69 votes for, 41 against and 7 abstentions as the majority of members agreed to provide previously unallocated money from its Economic Development Match funding pot to support the delivery of the Stadium for Cornwall by August 2019, in time for the beginning of the academic year and rugby and football seasons.  

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Planning and Economy Bob Egerton said: “This decision recognises the wider benefits that a Stadium for Cornwall will bring to the whole of Cornwall. This is money that is set aside to support infrastructure to help grow the wider economy of Cornwall - it is not money that we are in any way diverting from delivering day to day services.”

Members also agreed that the Council helps with preparing, submitting and supporting a bid to the Government for a further £3 million to deliver the Stadium for Cornwall.

Bob Egerton added: “I want to thank our six Cornish MPs for the support that they have given to this project. We will also be submitting a business case requesting a similar figure from central government. We know that this funding is not guaranteed, but we will continue to work with the MPs and we are hopeful that it can be achieved.”

In January 2018, the three partners leading the Stadium for Cornwall project, Truro and Penwith College, Cornish Pirates and Truro City Football Club, made a request to Cornwall Council for up to £6m of capital funding to add to the £8 million already raised by the private sector for the £14m development.

The partnership has been extended to include Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to incorporate a Health and Fitness Centre as part of the Stadium complex. It will be open to the public and will provide the base from which health, wellbeing and community activities will be run by GLL, who have considerable experience in operating similar programmes in other parts of the country and who already deliver leisure services on behalf of the Council.

The partners will also be establishing a community sports fund, to be administered by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, to improve sports facilities across Cornwall.

In making their decision to support the building of the Stadium for Cornwall, Council members have made it clear that no further public funding will be available for the project and that partners alone will be responsible for any additional construction costs. There will be no public funding for running the stadium. Partners will be responsible for covering any additional construction costs and operating costs and this will be incorporated into the conditions of the Council providing the capital funding.

The full report is available on the Council website – agenda item 9.2

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Posted on 17 April

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Coastal Communities Team and public transport on the agenda for Bude Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:36

There’s an opportunity for people living in and around the Bude Community Network area to learn more about the Coastal Communities Team and public transport plans at their Community Network Panel meeting on Monday 30 April at 7.00pm.  The meeting takes place in the Conference Room, Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LD.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bude Community Network page.

Paul Tilzey from Bude Coastal Communities Team will tell the panel about the team’s aspirations to improve the local environment, enrich and protect historic assets, create jobs and enhance the area’s visitor appeal through community partnerships and collaboration.  As part of this the team are looking to secure funding for a coordinator who will work with partners to help deliver these priorities.

Nick Truscott, Cornwall Council’s Team Leader (Planning and Contract Management), will give a presentation on the One Public Transport project and answer questions about local public transport priorities.

There will also be a briefing on the Community Network Highways Scheme, which will give community network panels a greater influence over local and major transport schemes.  Community network panels will be able to review and prioritise local schemes and will have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for local updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors and time for public questions.

Cornwall Councillor Nicky Chopak, Chair of Bude Community Network Panel, said: “Come along to your Bude Community Network Panel and find out more about Bude Coastal Communities Team’s aspirations, discuss local projects and find out how you can support them or get involved.  You’ll also have the opportunity to hear about the One Public Transport project and the Community Network Highways Scheme, so please join us.”

Bude Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, community hospitals, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways 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.

Story posted 20 April 2018

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Children in Cornwall celebrate the seasons through song

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:12

Hundreds of children from across Cornwall have come together in the last few weeks to perform as part of the Cornwall Music Education Hub’s schools annual vocal programme, ‘Songfest’.   

This year was the largest Songfest to date with children from over seventy schools and colleges performing in nine different venues around Cornwall. 

The theme was ‘A Song for All Seasons’ which focused on folk songs of the South West, each song depicting a different month of the year. 

The folk songs were arranged by Devon-based songwriter and composer, Chris Hoban, who kindly gave permission for the songs to be performed at the events.  

Angela Renshaw, Vocal Strategy lead for Cornwall’s Music Education Hub said: “This year has been a real joy working with the teachers, pupils and musicians to create our interpretations of some of the most traditional of songs that are such an important part of our musical heritage.

“The children performed with great energy and purpose and it is fabulous to see that singing is alive and kicking in Cornwall's schools.“

The annual Songfest event has been created by Angela Renshaw and Patrick Bailey, the Hub’s Ensemble Lead for Mid and West Cornwall, as part of its commitment to support singing in schools.  

Posted on 19 April 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Orion stargazing evening celebrates Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Landscape

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:50

There’s a chance to experience the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor at a free stargazing evening focusing on the wonders of the constellation Orion.  The stargazing evening will be led by Caradon Observatory and takes place on Saturday 17 February at Jamaica Inn.                  

The evening is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in 2017 after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory. 

From 6.30pm there will be a free stargazing session, which is open to everyone.  At 7.00pm there will be a dinner event – carvery and dessert with a talk and a demonstration for £16.50 per person. Please call Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250 to book dinner.  The dinner will be followed by another free stargazing session from 8.30pm onwards.

The first free stargazing session will start at 6.30pm with an array of telescopes, including a 12 inch telescope on loan from First Light Optics in Exeter.  Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to see Orion the hunter, one of the best known constellations in the winter sky.

The dinner event starts at 7.00pm and will include an introduction to Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation and a talk on star formation in Orion with examples of stellar nurseries, nebulae and stars that will one day go supernova.  There will also be a chance to see the Magic Planet, an interactive globe that depicts the topography of planets, and a question and answer session.

Outside observing will continue after the dinner event at 8.30pm with further opportunities to see Orion, which includes two of the brightest stars in the night sky, Rigel and Betelgeuse.  People should wrap up warm and keep their fingers crossed for clear skies. 

Dr Wayne Thomas from Caradon Observatory said: “Orion dominates the winter sky and is one of the most recognisable star patterns.  From the incredible Betelgeuse to the iconic Horsehead Nebula and the jewel in the crown, the Orion Nebula, there is always something to capture the imagination.  Come and experience it at its best from Bodmin Moor’s dark skies.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Bodmin Moor was the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to become an International Dark Sky Landscape, and other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are now asking us for advice on how to protect their dark skies from light pollution.  It’s wonderful to think that what we have achieved here in Cornwall could be replicated elsewhere, ensuring that future generations will be able to continue to enjoy the beauty of the stars.”

To book a place at the dinner event, ring Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250.  There’s no need to book in advance for the free stargazing sessions, and people are welcome to drop in for the first session, which runs from 6.30pm to 7.00pm, or the second session from 8.30pm.

Story posted 2 February 2018

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Council agrees unanimously to reduce charge for disabled car park spaces

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:55

Cornwall Councillors voted unanimously yesterday to keep the new reduced fee of £350 for providing residential disabled parking bays in Cornwall, and endorsed the work being undertaken with disability groups to ensure that Cornwall remains in step with other local authorities when setting the charges for providing disabled parking bays in the future.

The reduced charge of £350 for residential disabled parking bays has already been implemented across Cornwall following consultation with disability groups. Thirty-six new applications have been received since the fee was changed.

In the longer term, Councillors agreed that the disabled parking application process should be updated in consultation with Disability Groups, to align with the governments new Personal Independence Payment Scheme. They also agreed that future charges will take into account similar comparisons with neighbouring authorities in the region.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport, Geoff Brown said: "This means we will be able to offer our disabled residents the opportunity to put in place disabled parking spaces close to their homes, where there is a justified need, at a cost of £350. This is in line with or slightly less than many other local authorities. We will continue to work with local disability groups to review our policy and do the very best we can to support our disabled community."

Councillor Brown also confirmed that four applicants who had recently been charged more than the £350 charge will be refunded the excess as soon as possible.

Story posted 18 April 2018

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More reception age children in Cornwall offered their first preference school this year

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:17

Parents of reception age children across Cornwall found out today which school their child has been allocated for September, with the majority being offered their first preference.

Cornwall Council received 5,486 applications for reception places for pupils to start school in September 2018. Of those, 5221 (95.2%) have been offered a place at their first preference school, an increase on last year’s figure of 93.4%.

Nearly 99% of applicants have been offered a place at a school they named as one of three preferences on their application form. In light of the increasing pressure on primary school places across the country this is good news for children and families in Cornwall.

“We’re pleased so many children and families have the news they wanted on National Offer Day,” said Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing.

“Thanks go to the School Admissions Team for their hard work in co-ordinating this process and to schools for their support in ensuring as many children as possible attend their preferred school.” 

Cornwall Council recognises, however, that some families may be disappointed by their allocation for this September. Areas in Cornwall experiencing particular pressure on reception places this year include Newquay and Bude. 

Cornwall has 226 schools with reception classes and this year 72 of those are full after the first round of allocations compared to 92 at this time last year.

“Cornwall Council will continue to plan for the demand on places to ensure as many children as possible can go to their preferred school now and in the future,” said Sharon Hindley, Head of Education Access and Sufficiency.

The number of oversubscribed schools is expected to increase as late applications for places are processed over the next few weeks.  Late applications are always a concern for the Council as they reduce the chance of families getting a preferred school. The School Admissions Team, in partnership with the Family Information Service, works hard each year to get the message out to families through various channels including social media and early years settings, but they have still received more than 130 late applications so far this year.

Posted on 16 April

Categories: Cornwall

Council welcomes latest milestone in partnership to bring twice hourly rail service to Cornish mainline

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:52

Plans for a twice hourly rail service on the Cornish mainline are firmly on track with testing now underway of the new fleet of High Speed Trains which will help double the number of services currently available.

Cornwall Council has welcomed the fleet’s arrival as a major milestone in the transformation of rail services in Cornwall. GWR announced this week that the High Speed Trains (HSTs) – four carriage Class 43 Castle trains which have been converted from eight carriage vehicles - will come into service from next month.

The announcement comes as Network Rail continues its extensive upgrade to signalling on the mainline railway – improvements to infrastructure which will enable the new HST fleet to run the half hourly service later this year, explained Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport.

“This project is an important part of our investment in Cornwall and will benefit our economy by bringing more people into the county” he said. “This is a very exciting time for rail in Cornwall. We have the signalling work on our mainline, which will create the capacity for the new fleet of HSTs and Intercity Express Trains to enter service later this year which will seetrains leaving Penzance for Plymouth twice an hour and stopping at stations along the way.

“As a Council we are committed to working with partners to improve Cornwall’s public transport network and provide regular, reliable services for residents and visitors and this is a key elements of our One Public Transport System for Cornwall project, providing a fully integrated and sustainable public transport network and delivering an integrated SMART ticketing system for bus, rail and ferry.”

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said: “These trains will replace smaller, less powerful trains on this part of the network; doubling the number of seats – as part of our commitment to improving rolling stock across every part of our network. They will work alongside new Intercity Express Trains; helping us to double the frequency of services into and out of Cornwall and improve capacity on suburban commuter services.”

Mike Gallop, Director of Route Safety and Asset Management, for Network Rail, said:  “Passengers and communities in the South West will see rail travel transformed from next year as huge investment into both railway infrastructure and the new Intercity Express Trains transforms the railway.

“As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is undertaking track renewals and signalling upgrades in Devon and Cornwall to improve the reliability and resilience of the railway. This work will enable GWR to run two services per hour between Plymouth and Penzance from 2019, which will not only transform journeys for passengers but will also support economic growth in the area.”

Mark Duddridge, Chairman the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The LEP is investing more than £20 million of Local Growth funding to upgrade our rail network, including new signalling, enhanced sleeper service, new train care centre at Penzance and Wifi in Cornish stations. Good connectivity is vital to growing our economy and we look forward to the new half hourly service on the mainline later this year.”

The £400m programme of improvements for rail services in Cornwall is the result of a partnership between Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department for Transport, GWR and Network Rail.

Story posted: 28 March 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting to discuss new Community Network Highways Scheme

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:17

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow area to find out about the new Community Network Highways Scheme at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 19 April.

The meeting takes place at 7.00pm in Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.

The Community Network Highways Scheme will give community network panels a greater influence over local and major transport schemes.  Community network panels will be able to review and prioritise local schemes and will have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

The meeting will include a discussion about Community Speed Watch schemes, which aim to engage and educate speeding drivers.  Teams of trained volunteers and sometimes police officers or community support officers monitor traffic from the roadside in speeding hot spots.  Speeding vehicles are recorded and warning letters are sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

A representative from the Wadebridge, St Breock and Egloshayle Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group will also be on hand to answer questions about the draft plan relating to the wider network area.

In addition to this, there will be updates from the police, Cornwall Council members and town and parish councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “We know there are concerns about speeding in the Wadebridge and Padstow area, particularly around schools. Community Speed Watch schemes are one way communities can take action, so come along and find out how you could get involved.  We’ll also be talking about the new Community Network Highways Scheme, the neighbourhood development plan and other local matters.  Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  The panel’s priorities include public transport, asset and service devolution, affordable housing, highways, traffic and parking 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.

Story posted 13 April 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Communities get more say on local road projects

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:17

More decisions on spending for small highway schemes will now be made locally thanks to a new arrangement which gives Community Network Panels around Cornwall a budget for 20mph signs outside schools, parking controls, dropped kerbs and improvements for pedestrians.

Each Community Network Panel will be given a budget totaling £50,000 a year as part of this new council initiative which will see £1 million a year spent on these local transport priorities.

Portfolio Holder for Transport Councillor Geoff Brown said: “Local people know local needs best. We said we will be a listening Council, and that we wanted to increase local decision making – here is the proof.”

Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Councillor Edwina Hannaford, said: “It’s great for local communities to be able to drive highway improvements based on local need. We know what a difference this funding could make and look forward to seeing the Community Network Groups spend their budget in a way that’s tailored to their specific areas.”

“This is a tangible way to improve the place where we live and encourages the community to get involved.”

Along with this transport funding being transferred to Cornwall Network Panels so they can spend on small local highway schemes, each panel will also be able to put forward one new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) each year to improve things like yellow lines in their area. This TRO will be funded by Cornwall Council and will not affect their £50,000 annual spend on highways schemes.

All ideas for local highway projects are to be decided by Community Network Panels by the end of 2018, with new schemes in place by the end of spring 2019.

Story posted 13 April 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Free Galaxy of Stars evening celebrates International Dark Sky Week

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:51

There’s an opportunity to experience the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor at a free Galaxy of Stars evening as part of International Dark Sky Week (15-21 April). 

The stargazing evening will be led by Caradon Observatory and starts at 7.30pm on Friday 20 April at Siblyback Lake near Liskeard (PL14 6ER).         

The evening is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in 2017 after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory. 

The evening begins with talks on what galaxies are and how they are formed, followed by interactive activities to help people understand the importance of Bodmin Moor’s designation as an International Dark Sky Landscape.

After the sun sets around 8.30pm, there will be a chance to view the night sky through large telescopes.  Weather permitting, there may be a glimpse of a crescent Venus and an opportunity to hunt for some galaxies as the evening grows darker.  If it’s cloudy, people will still be able to enjoy the Magic Planet, an interactive globe showing the topography of planets, and a question and answer session with the astronomers.

The onsite café, the Rock Hopper, will be open until 9.00pm for drinks and food, and meals can be booked in advance on 01579 343448.

Dr Wayne Thomas from Caradon Observatory said: “Come and experience the fantastic views from Bodmin Moor’s dark sky with us.  There will be a beautiful crescent moon and plenty of galaxies in the southern sky will be visible through a telescope.  So come along, wrap up warm and keep your fingers crossed for clear skies.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “International Dark Sky Week is an annual worldwide event drawing attention to issues associated with light pollution and the simple things we can all do to help protect our beautiful night sky and view of the stars.  This includes things like turning lights off when they aren’t needed, installing lights that point down instead of up and only lighting where you need to.  I would encourage everyone to think about how they can protect our night skies.”

For more information about the Galaxy of Stars evening, email South West Lakes Trust at info@swlakestrust.org.uk or ring 01579 346522.

There’s also a Deep Space triple bill at Sterts Theatre near Liskeard on 21 April celebrating our connection to the stars as part of International Dark Sky Week.

Story posted 12 April 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Six more Safer Towns launched across Cornwall to tackle community safety

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:07

The Safer Towns scheme is set to be extended across six more towns in Cornwall to improve community safety.

The four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence - St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – will be complemented by Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash from this month. So far in 2017/18, the Partnership has co-ordinated effective multi-disciplinary operations in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance responding to specific community problems. These responses have provided a balance of enforcement to address immediate crime and safety concerns, and provided targeted and intensive support to individuals with the aim of achieving longer term, sustainable positive outcomes.

The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership. Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. They are a virtual organisation providing a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme, with the funding used to target crime and disorder issues in each town. 

Organisations in towns where the model is already operating work in partnership with each other to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Persistent problem places and people are targeted, with initiatives put in place to work with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions.

The work in each Safer Town is designed to match the needs of each community and will be based on local town profiles.

Over the next ten days, each town will have a launch event to raise awareness and demonstrate to the community that partner agencies are committed to tackling local issues.

Events range from leaflet drops and walkabouts, which give residents and businesses the chance to voice their concerns and influence what changes they would like made, through to town workshops to identify local priorities and actions.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Sue James said: “In Cornwall we have lower levels of crime so it is generally a safe place to live. However, we know different communities have their own specific concerns that make them feel unsafe. We are keen to work with communities to tackle anti-social behaviour and community safety issues worrying them so as to stop them from escalating and affecting the quality of people’s lives. I want the partnerships to make a real difference in each of the towns being targeted for improvement.”

Cornwall Council’s 2017 resident survey found 86% of people who responded to the survey said they felt safe outside in their local area during the day, and 64% after dark. Twenty percent of respondents reported they felt unsafe after dark.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: ”I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues relating to street drinking and drugs and street attachment,” said Ms Hernandez.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, Newquay, Penzance and Truro involving agencies, town councils and businesses and I am encouraged by the way businesses and charitable groups have joined statutory partners to find solutions.

“I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

“This investment is focused on particular towns but its benefit will be felt throughout Cornwall.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, Chair of Safer Cornwall and Director of Resilient Cornwall said, “Safer Towns are a fantastic example of communities working together to make Cornwall safer; where residents influence the focus of activities in the place that is important to them. We really welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support and continued recognition of the partnership approach in Cornwall”.

Police Commander for Cornwall Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce said: “Safer Towns reflects Devon and Cornwall Police’s ethos in putting people and places at the heart of all what we do. We are already beginning to realise the benefits that working together, the public sector with the communities and residents, have achieved in existing Safer Towns like Newquay. We are fully committed to supporting the new Safer Towns”.

If you would like to be part of your local Safer Town initiative or want to find out more please email communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 12 April

Categories: Cornwall