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Tender open for Coronation Park, Helston

Cornwall Council News feed - 6 hours 9 min ago

The lease to run and manage Helston’s flagship Coronation Park is open for tenders.

The tender opportunity for the site, which is owned by Cornwall Council, includes the park, lake, events square and café - with an existing tenant, river Cober and the former cattle market car park.

The new agreement for the events square will include the public toilets and the landlord role for the boat and cycle hire franchise.

This exciting lease opportunity, which will commence by winter 2016 / spring 2017, is only being formally advertised via the Government’s Contracts Finder website. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 August.

View and download all of the relevant documentation relating to the tender opportunity on the Contracts Finder website.

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Councillor for Porthleven and Helston West, said:

“I support Cornwall Council’s aim of looking for a suitably experienced organisation to be able to invest in Helston’s flagship park. The popular facilities are well used and with the café open daily serving a wide variety of refreshments - we hope to attract some high quality proposals, hopefully from community led organisations to take on the running of this area. We are offering a 99 year lease, but the Council would consider a different length.

“For me, I want to explore opportunities for enhancing and maintaining the very special historic Coronation Lake that is at the heart of the park; The Lake has boating, seating, a water wheel and footpath around it to be able to watch and admire the resident wildfowl. At the town centre end of the park the skate park, café, public toilets, events space, avenues and car parking, offer very special views and entertainment for the parks’ many visitors. I cannot convey enough how important the park and facilities are to Helston, and the wider community.

“Therefore, this is about securing the long term future of this area, including much needed investment to bring it back to its former glory; and giving the community more control over how this area is operated for the benefit of residents.”

There has been considerable investment in the park over recent years, including:

  • £888,000 from the West Cornwall Liveability Project for the redevelopment of the town end of park
  • £116,000 from the Playbuilder Project to install new tower play units within the play area
  • £12,024 for tree works, skate ramp and lake repairs, and a survey report
  • £10,000 on improvements to play area
  • £7,573 on repairs to the steel skate ramps

With this significant investment, tender submissions will need to include a 5/10 year investment plan. The annual income generated by the café lease and former cattle market car park generate a combined average annual income of £32,000; and with an annual programme of maintenance works costing in the region of £16,000 per annum, there is potential for the future management, with investment, to improve this income considerably.

The tender does not include Penrose car park; however if a private organisation takes on the management of the former cattle market car park, this could be operated under contract law, employing the services of a private car park operator to enable enforcement.

Story posted 28 June 2016

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Bridge lifts herald major milestone in A30 dualling project

Cornwall Council News feed - 7 hours 14 min ago

The construction of the dual carriageway on the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake has reached a major milestone with a series of bridge lifts taking place at the site.

Over the next month three bridges - at Preeze Cross, Temple Tor and Cardinham - will be installed over the main carriageway during a series of overnight road closures.

With the steel beams each ranging in weight between 50 and 70 tonnes, a specialist crane had to be constructed at the site to lift them into place. The Liebherr crawler crane is capable of carrying up to 350 tonnes and was brought to Cornwall on 13 articulated lorries.

"Anyone travelling along this stretch of the A30 will have seen the progress we have made on constructing the bridges at Preeze Cross and Temple Tor over the two weeks," said Jamie Bee, Project Manager for Kier. "This is a significant operation involving around 40 people and a key milestone for the dual carriageway project."

Each bridge takes around a week and a half to two weeks to install with the crawler crane taking on the heavy beam lifting work and smaller cranes lifting the deck slabs and precast concrete parapets.

“Many people and a lot of heavy machinery is required to carry out this specialist task and, while we apologise for any inconvenience caused, we hope motorists can appreciate why these overnight closures are necessary,” said Steve Wood, Projects Team Leader for Cornwall Council. “The bridges will connect with new junctions being created from the new dual carriageway and we anticipate they will be open to the public by January 2017."

Highways England Project Engineer Nick Reed said: “We have been working closely with Cornwall Council during both the development and the ongoing construction of the scheme. We are continuing to work in partnership during the series of bridge lifts to ensure there is as little disruption as possible to the travelling public.

“This project forms a key element of the Road Investment Strategy. Upon completion this important scheme will provide significant long-term benefits to both Cornwall and the wider Highways England network with substantially improved traffic flows.

“As work progresses we are liaising with all of our partners to ensure drivers are given as much advice as possible about journey planning and the best times to travel.”

The overnight closures between Temple and Higher Carblake have been scheduled to avoid weekend and commuter traffic and are in place from 8pm to 6am between Sunday evenings and Friday mornings.

During the closures, motorists will be diverted along the A39 and A395 - the standard Highways England 'diamond' diversion route for all through traffic when this stretch of the highway is closed.

Overnight closures (8pm to 6am) will be in place between:

  • 8pm Sunday 26 June and 6am Friday 1 July
  • 8pm Sunday 3 July and 6am Friday 8 July
  • 8pm Sunday 10 July and 6am Friday 15 July
  • 8pm Sunday 17 July and 6am Friday 22 July

Find out more about the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway scheme 

Story posted 28 June 2016

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Overnight closures at A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake

Cornwall Council News feed - 7 hours 51 min ago

A series of overnight road closures will be in place on the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake from Sunday 19 June as part of the dual carriageway construction works.

This latest phase of works - scheduled to avoid weekend and commuter traffic - will allow the construction team to lift the bridge beams and precast edge and deck units into position at the three bridge locations.

During the overnight closures, motorists will be diverted along the A39 and A395 - the standard Highways England 'diamond' diversion route for all through traffic when this stretch of the highway is closed.

Overnight closures (8pm to 6am) will be in place between:

  • 8pm Sunday 19 June and 6am Friday 24 June
  • 8pm Sunday 26 June and 6am Friday 1 July
  • 8pm Sunday 3 July and 6am Friday 8 July
  • 8pm Sunday 10 July and 6am Friday 15 July
  • 8pm Sunday 17 July and 6am Friday 22 July

The diversion route for all through traffic will be:

  • Eastbound beyond the Temple works - diverted at Fraddon onto the A39 returning to the A30 via the A359 at Kennard’s House. 
  • Eastbound to Bodmin/A38 - traffic will be able to continue to Carminow Cross (Bodmin off-slip).
  • Westbound - diverted at Kennards House onto the A395 returning to the A30 via Bodmin or Fraddon. 

Alternative arrangements will be in operation for residents next to the A30 and with no other access.

Kier would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works. 

Find out more about the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway scheme

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Share your views on potential options for Liskeard Cattle Market site

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 3 min ago

Residents and businesses in the Liskeard area are being asked for their views on a range of potential future uses for the Liskeard Cattle Market site.

From 1-11 July there’s a chance to have your say on options for the Liskeard Cattle Market site, adjoining car park and other nearby buildings.  The options consider the town centre as a whole and the market demand for the facilities being proposed. 

Urban design and landscape architecture specialists LHC are carrying out the public consultation for Cornwall Council and will be out and about in the Liskeard area to explain the options and collect views on:

  • 1 July – Morrisons’ foyer from noon until 7pm
  • 2 July – Liskeard Carnival from 4-6pm in the cattle market
  • 9 July – Liskeard Show on the Liskeard Town Council stand

There will be information panels in the Liskeard Tourist Information Centre, the Cattle Market Café, the Liskerrett Centre and Real Ideas Organisation’s (RIO) shop window in Fore Street from 1-9 July.  People can also comment on the options in an online survey any time from 1-11 July at www.cornwall.gov.uk/liskeardcattlemarket.

The cattle market site is currently leased by Kivells and is a key area in the heart of Liskeard.  Discussions have been held between interested parties, including Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council and Kivells, to identify a long term and sustainable future for the site in the event that it becomes available in the future. The consultation is part of a development study for the site.

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Economy and Culture portfolio holder, said: “We want towns in Cornwall to thrive, and one way we can support them is by looking at how we could redevelop key Council-owned sites when they become available.  Imaginative, well thought out schemes can provide community facilities at the same time as investing in the local economy.”

Sally Hawken, Chair of the Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group and Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East, said: “We’d like as many people as possible to comment on these ideas for the future of cattle market.  It’s an important site in Liskeard, and we want it to continue to play a key role in the town centre in the future.  Discussions with local stakeholders show that there’s an appetite for inspirational design and public space as well as facilities that will meet market demand and boost Liskeard’s economy.  But the site could be used in different ways to meet these aspirations and we need local people to tell us what they think will be best for Liskeard.”

Jane Pascoe, Mayor of Liskeard, said: “Liskeard has so much to offer, from independent shops to heritage buildings, and the cattle market is a key site with lots of potential to add to our mix of businesses and enhance the town centre as a whole.  This consultation gives people the chance to think about all that’s good in our town and what could be added to it.”

James Shrubsole, Chair of Liskeard Neighbourhood Plan, said: “During public consultations on our Neighbourhood Plan many in the community highlighted the issue of improving spaces in our town centre, of which the cattle market featured highly.  So this will provide an excellent opportunity for people to input to its development, creating a vibrant focus for the future of Liskeard.”

Story posted 20 June 2016

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Inspector gives provisional 'thumbs up' to Cornwall Local Plan

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 4 min ago

The Planning Inspector in charge of Cornwall’s Local Plan Examination has given a provisional 'thumbs up' to the revised proposals put forward by the Council – enabling the authority to start to move the focus away from housing numbers to improving the quality of new development in Cornwall. 

Following the completion of the recent examination in public, which scrutinised every aspect of the Local Plan, the Inspector, Mr Emerson, has issued a ‘Schedule of Post-Hearing Changes for Consultation’. This is a list of further changes he wants the public’s views on before he makes his final recommendations.  The final recommendations are due to be published in September/October following this consultation.

The publication of the Schedule confirms that Mr Emerson is happy with the Council’s proposed policies to protect the environment and the housing target of 52,500 new homes between 2010-30 (nearly 22,000 of which already have permission) as well as a range of other changes put forward by the Council in January.

One of the key areas identified by the Inspector for further consultation is a proposal to redistribute 300 dwellings from the allowance for the Eco-Community at West Carclaze to the built area of St Austell. He also expects the progress of the Eco community to be closely monitored.

Other changes which the Inspector has requested further consultation on largely reflect new National Policy and include:

  • The threshold for negotiation for affordable housing - this has been brought into line with the Ministerial statement and upcoming national guidance i.e. above 10 units generally and over 5 units in designated rural areas and the AONB.
  • Changes to the wording around the Natural Environment Policy – this follows discussions with Natural England and Historic England to improve the clarity of policy rather than direction.
  • Policies for infill and rounding off in smaller settlements – these have been amended to ensure greater clarity.

The Council will now be consulting on the Schedule over July, with responses then sent to Mr Emerson to inform the final report.

Once the final report has been published Members will need to decide whether to accept his non-negotiable recommendations and formally adopt the Plan, or reject them and start the process again.

Welcoming the publication of the Schedule, Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said “This is very good news for the Council and for Cornwall.  It is also great for helping local communities by providing a robust framework to support the development of their Neighbourhood Plans  and reduce the uncertainty that has accompanied not having a Plan in place. Cornwall’s Local Plan is designed to give communities the ability to reflect their different needs and ambitions within the broader strategy so the faster it can be put in place the better for communities across Cornwall.   

“This has been a long process but it is clear that the Inspector is now largely happy with our Plan. Hopefully we can now proceed to get it adopted and start to apply some robust local planning policies to our planning decisions.

“This means we can now move away from focusing on housing numbers to look at how we can improve the quality of new development in Cornwall and safeguard our special and precious environment.  Importantly, with this we can now demonstrate a five year land supply.”

 

Story posted 20 June 2016

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Newquay Treviglas voters to go to the polls to elect a new Cornwall Councillor

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 5 min ago

Voters in Newquay will be going to the polls on Thursday, 14 July to elect a new Cornwall Councillor for the Newquay Treviglas electoral division.

The four candidates nominated for the election are: 

Candidate

Party

Roy George Edwards

Beach View Close, Newquay  

Independent 

Julian Grover

Bay View Terrace, Newquay                

Labour Party 

Carl Robert John Leadbetter

Well Way, Porth           

The Conservative Party Candidate 

Paul Summers

Stafford Close, St Columb Minor        

Liberal Democrat 

 

Story posted: 17 June 2016

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St Teath and St Breward voters to go to the polls to elect new Cornwall Councillor

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 6 min ago

Voters will be going to the polls on Thursday, 14 July to elect a new Cornwall Councillor for the St Teath and St Breward electoral division.

The six candidates nominated for the election are:

Candiate

Party

Dominic Churton Fairman

Blisland               

Liberal Democrats  

David Micheal Garrigan 

Delabole

Labour Party

Eddie Jones

St. Teath

Independent

William Ronald Kitto

St. Teath

Independent

Jeremy Mark Standford-Davis

St. Teath

Conservative Party

Susan Jane Theobald

St. Teath

Independent

 

Story posted: 17 June 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Speed dating style event to provide updates on A38, employment and tourism at Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 11 min ago

Residents of the Liskeard and Looe area can get updates and ask questions about local Community Network priorities at a speed dating style event as part of the Community Network Panel meeting on Wednesday 29 June.

There will also be a talk by guest speaker Iain Barker on the work of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and a discussion of Lanteglos Parish Council’s proposed highway lengthsman scheme.  In addition, the panel will consider applications by projects that could benefit from the Local Devolution Fund, which can be used to help local councils and organisations take on the running of services and property in the network area.

Cornwall Councillor Jim Candy, who will be chairing the Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting, said: “This should be a lively session as it starts with a speed dating style event where the panel and the public can bring their ideas and discuss how we can improve the A38 and other infrastructure, promote employment and workspace, and promote south-east Cornwall’s tourism potential.  It’s a great way to find out more about the panel’s work on local issues, and everyone is welcome to come along.”

The agenda also includes strategic updates from Cornwall councillors on the Man Engine, the Looe Trail, a meeting with the Minister to discuss the A38, and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Liskeard and Looe 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. 

Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 18 parishes in the community network: Deviock, Dobwalls and Trewidland, Duloe, Lanreath, Lanteglos by Fowey, Liskeard, Looe, Menheniot, Morval, Polperro, Pelynt, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Keyne, St Martin-by-Looe, St Neot, St Pinnock and Warleggan.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday 29 June from 7pm to 9pm at St Keyne Village Hall. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Liskeard and Looe Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Story posted 20 June 2016

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Local children have designs on Glebelands play area

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 12 min ago

Parents and children from Looe are working with Cornwall Housing to shape a new play area at the Glebelands housing development.    

Cornwall Housing recently staged a consultation event at Looe Academy to enable local residents to give their thoughts and opinions on the development of the natural play area planned for the Glebelands development of 15 new Council homes in Looe.

Tenant Engagement Officers, Tania and Jemma and Cornwall Housing’s Development Surveyor George Gillow took part in the consultation, which was also attended by Project Manager Craig Thomas from local company, Gilbert & Goode, who have been contracted by Cornwall Housing to build the new homes, and Landscape Architect, Michael Hawes, from MeiLoci Landscape Architects based in Truro.

The event also gave parents and children who live close to the new development the opportunity to see Landscape Architect, Michael Hawes’s initial design of the play area.

George Gillow, Cornwall Housing Development Surveyor, said, “Our architect was able to explain his thinking behind the initial proposed design for the natural play area. Michael explained to the children how the area will not only be a place for them to play, but it will also be an area for all ages to relax in and enjoy.” 

“The children were then asked to draw and describe what games they play with their friends so ideas could be used to help shape the imaginative play elements of the area. The Landscape Architect was pleased with the information that we were able to gather and is confident that the new play area will be able to reflect some of the children’s thoughts”.

Managing Director of Cornwall Housing, Jane Barlow said, “The work involved in the planning, design and the finished result of the natural play area is just as important to the local community as the 15 new homes currently being built.

“It has also been important to us that the existing walkways that locals currently use to get into Looe are maintained and even improved where we can. This new build development in Glebelands is one that will go towards addressing the local demand for homes whilst also taking into account local feedback.”

 

Story posted 17 June 2016

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Fire course aims to help improve job prospects of St Austell group

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 13 min ago

A group of people referred by St Austell Job Centre will be celebrating their achievements in completing an innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix Community Engagement team at a presentation event at St Austell Community Fire Station on Friday 24 June 2016.

The course, which was developed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and funded by Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset, aims to provide support and training to increase the employment opportunities of those who take part.

The group also took part in a range of fire service activities to promote teamwork, communication skills, raise confidence and aspirations. Alongside this, the course includes fire and road safety advice as well as presentation skills.

Throughout the course, participants get the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through participating in fire and rescue service drills and activities. These skills can then be taken forward and put into practice when the group members meet local employers, support agencies and community groups to help the individuals to identify future employment, training or voluntary opportunities.

CFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “I am encouraged to see how Phoenix Community Engagement team has been able to use the work and reputation of the fire and rescue service to help this group of people develop useful new skills.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities said:  “These courses are an excellent example of how, by working with partners such as Jobcentre Plus, we can really make a difference to the lives of these individuals. I am delighted to celebrate the people who have embraced this opportunity to learn from the best”.

 

Story 17 June 2016

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Create your own poster at popular 'ArTchive' event

Cornwall Council News feed - 9 hours 14 min ago

Come and be inspired by archive posters as well as your own life experiences as you write, design, colour and and experiment with typefaces to create your own narrative poster at a workshop in Truro on 8 July.

Following the success of earlier workshops, the Archives and Cornish Studies Service is delighted to hold another workshop in their popular ‘ArTchive’ series. ‘Archival Advertisements’, on Friday 8 July, is led by artist and sign-painter A. Goodwin, and takes place at Cornwall Record Office in Truro. 

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead at the Record Office, says: “These ArTchive workshops are always a great opportunity to be inspired by our fantastic archive collections. Participants will tour our strongrooms, explore original posters and then work with A. Goodwin to produce their own version. It’s always brilliant to see our collections used in such a way, and I’m always really amazed by the work produced!” 

Spaces for the workshop are very limited, so pre-booking is essential. The workshop, which runs from 10am – 4.30pm on 8 July, costs £10 which includes all materials, but not refreshments. To book, or for more information, contact Cornwall Record Office on 01872 323 127. 

 

Story posted 17 June 2016

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Popular Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 500 people with learning disability and/or autism

Cornwall Council News feed - 12 hours 6 min ago

On Wednesday 06 July 2016 around 500 adults with a learning disability and/or autism will be meeting the people, machines and dogs of the emergency services at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge and runs from 10am until 2:30pm and is free to attend.

Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Highlights of the day will include a Dogtastic display plus demonstrations from the emergency services.  Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more will be in attendance, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment. Police dogs, a mountain rescue spaniel and Purple Angel Ponies will also be there.

Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism, and Cornwall Council.

This will be the ninth year that the event has been held and it has grown each time, with more organisations and emergency services keen to be involved.

Chief Superintendent James Pearce said: “This is a fantastic event and is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including our local learning disability and/or autism community groups in Cornwall, and for local issues to be shared and discussed with the emergency services.”

The success of Cornwall’s Blue Light Day has inspired Devon Blue Light Day in Exeter and Plymouth Blue Light Day.

Around sixty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability and/or autism will also be on hand to give information and advice.

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: ‘It is great to see just how much this event is appreciated by everyone that attends. I would like to congratulate all the organisations who take part for the effort they put into making Blue Light Day such a success and so much fun.”

Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge is attending Blue Light Day and said:  ‘I always really enjoy this event.  I’d like to thank the dedicated people from the emergency services who are fantastic at helping people with learning disabilities gain confidence as well as have fun.  I hope that everyone who attends enjoys this really worthwhile event and I look forward to meeting as many as possible on the day.” 

Please be aware that the emergency vehicle sirens will open this event by sounding between 10am and 10.30am.

If you are sensitive to the noise of sirens it is advised to arrive after this time. Although we anticipate this will be the only time sirens will sound on the day, due to emergency vehicles being open to all attendees we cannot guarantee a siren will not be sounded again by mistake.

Story posted 27 June 2016

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Cornwall launches free support scheme for commercial fleet operators

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:41

Cornwall Council has launched a new initiative which will help reduce operating costs for the region’s commercial fleets while at the same time improving air quality.

The Cornwall ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme was launched on Thursday 16 June at Dolcoath in Camborne. ECO Stars is a free, voluntary scheme that provides recognition, guidance and advice on operational best practice to operators of goods vehicles, buses, coaches and commercial vehicle fleets.  The scheme will be delivered by Transport and Travel Research Ltd (TTR), on behalf of Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service.

The first fleets to sign up to the scheme and be presented with their ECO Stars certificates included CORMAC, Lorne Stewart plc, TNT and WJ South West who were welcomed to the launch by Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities.

Jim Chappell, TTR’s ECO Stars Programme Manager, said: “The scheme is free, simple to join and open to all fleets operating in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) area, irrespective of your fleet size.  By following our advice, businesses could improve their fuel efficiency by up to 5%.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is a great opportunity for operators in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area to get free advice on improving their fleet efficiency. Congratulations to our inaugural members - we hope that many more businesses will follow their lead, join the scheme and contribute to improving air quality in the area, whilst also improving their bottom line.”

Jason Gallop, CORMAC Fleet Technician, said: “Myself and my colleague Wendell Roberts, Compliance Officer, were delighted to accept the certificate confirming our fleet’s four-star status on behalf of Cormac. The evaluation process was entirely straightforward and I would have no hesitation in recommending that other fleet operators should join the scheme. Obviously we look forward to working with TTR again, with a view to achieving a five-star rating in the future.”

More information about the Cornwall ECO Stars scheme can be found on the Cornwall Council ECO Stars webpage. 

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OFSTED rates Cornwall’s children’s social care services among top 25% in the country

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:43

Cornwall Council’s children’s social care services have been rated as ‘Good’ in the most recent Ofsted inspection – putting them in the top 25% of children’s services in the country that have been inspected under this tougher new inspection framework.  Only 12 local authorities have improved to ‘Good’ under this inspection regime and Cornwall is the only authority rated as ‘Inadequate’ between 2010 to 2011 that has now improved to ‘Good’.

The final report from the team of 12 inspectors published today (27 June 2016) gives the Council an overall rating of “Good“, with four of the key areas of the inspection also being rated as ‘Good’ – Children in Care and Permanence; Adoption; Care Leavers; and Leadership, Management and Governance.

The inspectors stated, “Children’s services in Cornwall are good.  A stable and dedicated senior management team, led by an experienced Director of Children’s Services, has worked steadily and purposefully to implement systemic change to services for children and young people in Cornwall.  In doing so, they have created a culture of learning, support and challenge in a professional environment that has enabled social work to flourish”.

The report highlights numerous strengths of the service, including the skills and enthusiasm of social work staff; the “consistently good service” given to children in care and care leavers and the support provided to foster carers; the work of the adoption service; strong partnership working, and the quality of practice in early help services. 

The report gives special mention is given to some of Cornwall’s most innovative services, including the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) and Early Help Hub developed jointly with health partners, as well as multi-agency teams like Teylu (Cornish for Family) which is the specialist pre-birth and parent & child assessment team, and Gweres Tus Yownyk (Cornish for Helping Young People) which is the specialist adolescent service supporting young people on the edge of care. 

The report notes the significant increase in the number of children receiving Early Help in Cornwall from 200 in 2011-2012 to 2,700 in 2015 - 2016, with early help now seen as everyone’s business. Early help provided by the Council was described by the parents and carers who met with inspectors as “amazing” and “brilliant”.  Parents praised the help they were receiving which, they said, had brought about real improvements in the lives of their children.

The report concludes that services for children and young people in Cornwall are now in a much stronger position and more effective than they were in 2013.

Welcoming the judgement Trevor Doughty, Director of Children’s Services for the Council, said “This is a major achievement under the tougher new Ofsted inspection framework.  The Chief Inspector for Ofsted is on record for deliberately making it much more difficult for children’s services to achieve a ‘Good’ rating. This is reflected in the fact that over 73% of local authority children’s services inspected under the new regime have been rated either ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’, with just 12% of the 90 authorities whose reports have been published during this period improving to ‘Good’.  In Cornwall we see this raising of the bar by Ofsted as tough for us but good for children.

“The progress we are making is even more significant when compared to other local authorities that were rated as ‘Inadequate’ in 2010/11.  Of the five authorities receiving this judgement then only Cornwall has improved to ‘Good’, with two of the other authorities either remaining or falling back to ‘Inadequate’.

Other strengths include the quality of leadership, management and governance, which, inspectors say, has resulted in a sustained improvement to the quality of services, along with the investment in high quality training for social care staff and partner agencies which has led to a stable workforce with staff who feel valued and respected.

Jack Cordery, Head of Service responsible for children’s social care in Cornwall, said, “This achievement is down to the dedication, hard work and skill of staff working on the front line, many of whom go way beyond what is expected of them to help and protect the most vulnerable children of Cornwall.  It is also down to strong partnership working and it is good that the inspectors recognised this.”

In response to the recommendations, he added, “There is always valuable learning from inspections and this inspection was no exception.  We have taken on board the feedback from inspectors and are already implementing an Action Plan that aims to get us to ‘Outstanding’ at the next inspection.”

Inspectors rated the area of Help and Protection, as ‘Requires Improvement to get to Good’.  While inspectors said, “The vast majority of children and young people who are in need of help and protection are identified and prompt action is taken to ensure they are safe,” they agreed with the multi-agency self-evaluation that working with children who go missing and those who are at risk of sexual exploitation is an area for further development.  This is common to many local authorities as the nature and extent of child sexual exploitation is recognised and tackled.  A review was undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Children Board at the end of 2015 and inspectors acknowledged that actions are already being taken to improve the effectiveness of the joint agency response to this risk.

“I am extremely proud of the commitment, expertise and achievements of everyone who works so hard to keep children and young people in Cornwall safe and well” said Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services. “We have come a long way but we know we have more to do.  That will always be the case, especially as we address emerging risks to children such as on line child sexual exploitation.  We are already working with our partners to build on the progress we have made over the past five years and we will ensure that we will also get to ‘Good’ in this area at the next inspection.

“Our ambition is still the same, to become one of the best children’s services in the country.  The children of Cornwall deserve nothing less.”

Inspectors also give particular praise to the way in which children and young people are involved in making decisions about their care.  “A particular strength of the local authority is the involvement and consultation with young people who are looked after. The Children in Care Council, known as Voice4Us, is vibrant, committed and dynamic”. 

The national report by Ofsted emphasises the need for strong and stable leadership in delivering children’s social care.  The inspectors found in Cornwall that, “The Director of Children’s Services is a strong and confident leader, effectively supported by the chief executive and the senior management team.” and “ The lead member is highly visible and well informed, and respected for his energy, passion and advocacy for children and young people.“

 

Story posted 27 June 2016

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Council to seek urgent confirmation from Ministers on EU funding allocated to Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:33

We note the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. 

Prior to the referendum we were reassured by the ‘leave’ campaign that a decision to leave the EU would not affect the EU funding which has already been allocated to Cornwall and that Cornwall would not be worse off in terms of the investment we receive. We are seeking urgent confirmation from Ministers that this is the case. 

We will now be studying the impact of this decision on Cornwall, both now and in the future. Because of Cornwall’s relatively weak economy, compared to the rest of Europe, Cornwall has received significant amounts of funding from the EU over the past 15 years and we will be seeking confirmation that this allocation, based on need, will continue in the future.

John Pollard, the Leader of Cornwall Council said “Now that we know the UK will be leaving the EU we will be taking urgent steps to ensure that the UK Government protects Cornwall’s position in any negotiations.

“We will be insisting that Cornwall receives investment equal to that provided by the EU programme which has averaged £60m per year over the last ten years.”

Story posted: 24 June 2016

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Community Network Panel awards funding to help communities run local services

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:14

Communities in St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Area have been awarded a total of £35,000 to help them run local services.  The grants have been made by the area’s Community Network Panel, using money allocated from Cornwall Council’s ‘Local Devolution Fund’.

The Local Devolution Fund, which totals £608,000, has been divided between Cornwall’s 19 Community Network Panels.  It can be used to support the devolution of Cornwall Council services and assets to town and parish councils, and other local organisations, or to support local partnership working projects. 

The St Austell and Mevagissey Panel have awarded grants of £2,000 each to four parish councils who have taken over the running of local toilet facilities from Cornwall Council.  The awards are to:

  • Mevagissey Parish Council, who will be using the funding to help pay for improvements to the toilets, and for their legal costs arising from the transfer of the facility at the beginning of April this year.
  • Pentewan Valley Parish Council, who will use the funding to help support the running costs of the Pentewan toilets this year.  The Parish Council took ownership of this facility in April 2016.
  • St Austell Bay Parish Council, who will use the funding to improve the doors and locks for the toilets in Charlestown, which it built in place of the former Cornwall Council facility. 
  • St Goran Parish Council, who will use the funding to help pay for refurbishment works at the toilets in Canton Street.

The Panel also awarded a grant of £26,601 to St Austell Town Council.  This is in support of the town’s major devolution programme, under which a range of Cornwall Council services and assets will be transferred to the Town Council over the next 18 months, including managing pubic open spaces and the library. 

As part of this programme, the Town Council has to re-locate, with the preferred site being Pondhu House stable block.  It is hoped that Pondhu House can be refurbished to bring it back into use for a range of social and economic development uses.  The Town Council will be using the funding to pay for a feasibility study of the options for the house and stable block.  Funding will also be used towards the purchase of a vehicle and machinery to help support the Town Council’s proposed new horticultural team, which will maintain public open spaces in the town.

Jackie Bull Cornwall Councillor and the Chair of the Panel, said “I am delighted that we have been able to put this funding to such good use.  The funding bids from St Austell and the four parishes were quite different in scale, but they are all share the vital, common objective of securing essential services for local communities.”    

Jeremy Rowe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Localism, said: “I am really looking forward to seeing the first projects benefit from the Local Devolution Fund.  The Community Network Panels play an important role in bringing local partners together and it great to see them making the most of this opportunity to help support devolution and partnership working within their communities. I was very pleased to sign off the Panel’s recommendations for the allocation of its share of the Local Devolution Fund.  Our devolution programme is really starting to pick up momentum now and I am grateful to our Members, local councils and organisations for their positive approach to taking over assets and services within their communities. The parish councils have all shown considerable leadership in keeping local services running, and it is good we have been able to help them in this way.  The Town Council’s devolution programme is bold and exciting, and we look forward to working with them over the next 18 months on its successful implementation”.

Councillor Brian Palmer, from St Austell Town Council, said: “We are grateful to the Community Network Panel for supporting our innovative plans to maximise the use of Pondhu House for the benefit of our residents. The contribution to our new horticultural team, which we look forward to seeing in action shortly, is also gratefully received.”

Councillor Derek Yeo, Chairman Pentewan Valley Parish Council, said: “The toilets are an essential facility for visitors and residents, and we are pleased that the Panel has recognised our efforts in keeping them open by way of this grant.”

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Bodmin exhibition to unveil how Council will build Cornwall’s first cycling town

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:11

People living and working in Bodmin are being invited to a public event next month which will show how the Council and CORMAC will build Cornwall's first cycling town.

The drop in sessions will be held at the Shire House Suite in Bodmin on: 

  • Friday 8 July between 9am and 6pm; and
  • Saturday 9 July between 9am and 4pm.

Hundreds took part in the consultation and attended an exhibition last year which revealed ambitious plans to regenerate the town centre and connect Bodmin with the Camel Trail and cycle hubs at Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods.

Since then the Council and CORMAC have been meeting with key representatives from the local community. This has helped shape a scheme which will transform the centre of Bodmin, improving it for businesses, residents, visitors and anyone connected to the town.

Councillor Lance Kennedy, the Mayor of Bodmin, said: "This scheme will produce a sustainable future for Bodmin, the roads will be safer, the air cleaner and opportunities for all of us better."

Councillor Pat Rogerson, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Leonard, said: “At last, Bodmin’s strategic position within Cornwall is being recognised. Success during this complex build will depend upon a high level of co-operation and communication.”

Councillor Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Mary's, said: "I want to see Bodmin thrive, our inadequate roads are an obstacle to this happening. I'm delighted that finally something is being done to change this. With everyone working together we can get through the upheaval and make Bodmin a great place both to live and visit."

Councillor Steve Rogerson, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Petroc, said: "This is a special opportunity for Bodmin. If we all concentrate on getting it right and work together to overcome any difficulties during the works, our town will benefit greatly."

Phil Uglade, Chairman of Better Bodmin, said: “Better Bodmin has been pleased to play a part in the Bodmin Growth Deal proposal consultations, and strongly believes this major investment will be good for the long term economic growth of our town.  In our view, when complete, the works will help recapture our country town streetscape, and sense of wellbeing as a town.  We value our working connections with both Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council, and look forward to attracting further investments to enhance Bodmin for future generations.”

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council's portfolio holder for Transport, said: "Bodmin sets an example for all of us in Cornwall. It always has a strong sense of itself and despite many setbacks the town bounces back with energy and creativity, always looking forward. 

"With Lanhydrock evolving as a major cycling hub, and the Camel Trail proving one of Cornwall's most durable and popular leisure facilities, Bodmin's embrace of the bicycle is a natural step - it is a bold, brave and enterprising project that will require some patience and difficulty whilst being put in place, but will pay long-term dividends for the town in terms of business, the environment and the wellbeing of all ages in the town. Time to giss on - Bodmin's future beckons!" 

During the event, plans showing the timings of traffic management and road works will be available to view and representatives from the Council and members of the construction team will be on hand to answer questions.

Find our more about the Bodmin Growth Deal scheme

Story posted 21 June 2016 

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Local school children celebrate together at the new look Trenance Play Park

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 14:15

Excited youngsters have been enjoying the fantastic new Trenance Play Park in Newquay since it reopened  last Friday with a launch event. To announce the opening school children from three local schools, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with help from Cllr Geoff Brown. The Mayor of Newquay, Cllr Carl Leadbetter, was at the event and gave a speech.

The gates to the play park were then opened and approximately 60 school children from Newquay Junior Academy, Trenance Learning Academy, and The Bishops Church of England enjoyed playing together on the exciting new equipment. Representatives from the local community, Newquay Town Council, Cornwall Council, Cormac and Earth Wrights Play Designers also went along to this official opening.

The delivery of the new Trenance Play Park has been a collaboration between Cornwall Council’s Environment Service, CORMAC, and the main contractor and designer ‘Earth Wrights’. Works to transform the park started in April. The new design features a bespoke wooden adventure trail; which includes play features such as a play tower, tunnels, scramble nets, tightrope, zip wire, swings and climbing logs.

Local father Keiron Le Mar together with the Friends of Trenance Park community group worked with Cllr Geoff Brown to initiate the project to improve the existing play area, where the equipment was old and in need of replacement. Plans to improve the park were also first discussed at length with the Newquay Resident Association. To decide what the park would look like, the local community were invited to choose from three different designs, and voted online for this exciting new design, completely transforming the play experience.

Geoff Brown said today about the new park reopening: “I’m delighted that the park has been very busy ever since it re-opened last Friday. Making improvements to Trenance is another indication that Cornwall Council is investing in the future of Newquay. Many thanks to the businesses who helped make the opening event a success. Thanks also to the Town Council who have contributed to enhancing the whole area by putting in temporary toilet provision for the whole summer season.”

To help fund the new look play park, Cornwall Council agreed to allow developers Section 106 money, from developments in and around the town, to be used. This is the latest project in Newquay where Cornwall Council will be using Section 106 money to improve important community open spaces. A programme has been developed which includes enhancement of the open space at Esplanade Green, Newquay and this is scheduled to commence this autumn.

Story posted 21 June 2016

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Exciting new look Trenance Play Park to open middle of June

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:54

Youngsters will soon be able to enjoy the fantastic new Trenance Play Park in Newquay when it reopens in a few weeks. The works, which started in April, are now close to completion. Finishing touches including the painting of railings and allowing turf to settle in are expected to be completed within the next three weeks and an opening ceremony will be held mid-June.

The delivery of the new Trenance Play Park has been a collaboration between Cornwall Council’s Environment Service, CORMAC, and the main contractor and designer ‘Earth Wrights’. The new design features a bespoke wooden adventure trail; which includes play features such as a play tower, tunnels, scramble nets, tightrope, zip wire, swings and climbing logs.

Local father Kieron Le Mar together with the Friends of Trenance Park community group initiated the project to improve the existing play area, where the equipment was old and in need of replacement. Choosing from three different designs, the local community voted online for this exciting new design, completely transforming the play experience.

To help fund the new look play park, Cornwall Council agreed to allow developers Section 106 money, from developments in and around the town, to be used.

Local Member, Cllr Geoff Brown, who has been driving the scheme forward said: “I am delighted that after a great deal of public support, not least from the children themselves, this fantastic play park is set to reopen. I would like to express my appreciation to the contractors who have delivered a great community resource on time.” 

Kieron Le Mar added: “I am over the moon that the Park is now ready to open. The new play area looks amazing, Earth Wrights have done a fantastic job. It has been a pleasure to work with the Council, the local community, Earth Wrights and Geoff Brown. I hope the play area brings a lot of joy to kids for years to come”. 

Plans are currently underway to celebrate the reopening of the new play park with a launch event involving Cornwall Council, CORMAC and the community.

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Exciting New Look Trenance Play Park to open with a launch event this week

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:54

The fantastic new Trenance Play Park in Newquay will reopen this Friday. To celebrate Cornwall Council is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10.30am this Friday 17 June. Children from local schools are being invited to come along to the ceremony and then play together on the new equipment. Representatives from the local community, Newquay Town Council, Cornwall Council, Cormac and Earth Wrights Play Designers are also being invited to this official opening.

The delivery of the new Trenance Play Park has been a collaboration between Cornwall Council’s Environment Service, CORMAC, and the main contractor and designer ‘Earth Wrights’. Works to transform the park started in April. The new design features a bespoke wooden adventure trail; which includes play features such as a play tower, tunnels, scramble nets, tightrope, zip wire, swings and climbing logs.

Local father Keiron Le Mar together with the Friends of Trenance Park community group worked with Cllr Geoff Brown to initiate the project to improve the existing play area, where the equipment was old and in need of replacement. Plans to improve the park was also first discussed at length with the Newquay Resident Association. To decide what the park would look like, the local community were invited to choose from three different designs, and voted online for this exciting new design, completely transforming the play experience. 

To help fund the new look play park, Cornwall Council agreed to allow developers Section 106 money, from developments in and around the town, to be used. This is the latest project in Newquay where Cornwall Council will be using Section 106 money to improve important community open spaces. A programme has been developed which includes enhancement of the open space at Esplanade Green, Newquay and this is scheduled to commence this autumn.

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