Works to improve the drainage and change the carrigeway layout on the A39 Stickenbridge near Perranarworthal are due to begin on 25 April.
The roadworks, which will be carried out by Cornwall Council’s arm’s length company CORMAC Solutions Ltd, involve improving the drainage to prevent flooding, and to overlay the entire carriageway and re-line with a new road layout. They are due to be completed in August 2016.
During the works, two way running traffic will be maintained during 7am and 7pm. Towards the end of the works the road will close for resurfacing overnight for around five nights, however we will publicise these dates closer to the time.
Story posted 22 April 2016
Members of Cornwall Council have voted to send a clear message to the Government setting out their strong opposition to force all schools in Cornwall to become academies.
A motion opposing the Government’s plans and calling on the Secretary of State for Education to allow Cornwall’s schools and parents to decide for themselves if they wanted to remain with the local authority or become academies was supported by 95 members at today’s meeting (26 April 2016) of the full Council, with just three members voting against and one abstention.
Proposing the Motion Labour Councillor Tim Dwelly said that the proposal was widely opposed by parents and educational professionals, with the principle of centralisation at odds with the Cornwall Deal agreed with the Government.
Adding that there was already excellent work being done by schools which are working co-operatively, he warned that some small schools in Cornwall may struggle to survive if the system is imposed.
“We are also strongly opposed to the proposal to remove the valuable role of parents governors from the school governance structure and to the forced transfer of council owned assets and land to Whitehall “ he said.
He was supported by the Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People Andrew Wallis, whose portfolio includes education, who said that the Government’s White Paper was seriously flawed, with the removal of the parent governor role a retrograde step which would reduce local accountability.
Other Members argued that there was no evidence that academisation improved educational performance and called on the Government to withdraw its proposals.
Following today’s vote the Council will now be writing to the Secretary of State for Education to ask that Cornwall’s schools are given the powers to make their own decisions rather than forced to become academies.
Story posted 26 April 2016
Visitors driving to Truro will be able to take advantage of a new 7 day a week short stay car park in the city centre which can accommodate up to 150 vehicles.
The car park in St Clement Street, behind Cornwall Council’s Carrick House offices, has previously been available only at weekends and public holidays but from Monday 25 April, the increased number of spaces will be available for seven days a week.
Parking charges and restrictions at the new car park will be the same as those applied to other short stay car parks in Truro with a maximum stay of three hours and charges starting at 70p for 30 minutes. After 5pm, there will be a flat rate charge of £1.50.
Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport said: “As we see more and more people coming into Truro, and more and more pressure from out-of-town traders, it’s important to make the best use of council owned spaces like this. I hope this new facility will prove to be convenient, popular and with car park charges pegged at last year's prices, a much improved service being developed. If successful, it will be a significant contribution towards trying to keep prices pegged for longer.”
Story posted: 26 April 2016
Join the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Cornwall Music Education Hub for an exciting Cornwall Family Orchestra & Chorus project!
BBC Music Day returns on 3rd June 2016, celebrating musical collaborations with performances and musical activity across the UK. The day’s events culminate in Cornwall and you could be part of it. The Cornwall Family Orchestra and Chorus who will be performing at the Hall for Cornwall with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Music Day celebrations and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The Cornwall Family Orchestra and Chorus is an ensemble for all ages, instruments or ability, as well as singers. It’s a chance for families to make music together, joining members of the BBC Concert Orchestra in a series of fun, family-friendly workshops. You don’t need to be able to read music.
You and your family will have the chance to work with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra to create a brand new piece of music, ready to perform with the full orchestra at the Hall for Cornwall as part of a special BBC Music Day concert, broadcast live on Radio 3.
It’s free to take part, and open to anyone aged 7+. All participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied throughout by a parent or guardian aged 18 or above. As the project is about inter-generational music making, all attending family members are invited to take part.
To take part in this project you will need to commit to the following dates:
Saturday 28 May, 2.30pm - 5.30pm at Truro High School
Sunday 29 May, 10.30am - 1.30pm at Truro High School
Thursday 2 June, 5.30pm - 8.30pm at Truro High School
Friday 3 June, 2.30pm - 5.30pm at the Hall for Cornwall
Friday 3 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm at the Hall for Cornwall
To sign up to be part of this project, please complete and return the registration form.
Story posted 25 April 2016
Invitation to find out about local matters at the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network area are being invited to learn about local matters at the Community Network Panel meeting on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The Network Panel, which consists of the Cornwall Councillors and Parish Councillors for the area, meets quarterly. They discuss what’s affecting the local area and agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners; such as the police and health services.
At May’s meeting, which is the Annual General Meeting, Town and Parish Council’s will be invited to provide an update on their Neighbourhood Plan. These plans, developed by local people, can include suggesting where new houses, businesses and shops should go and what they should look like.
The Panel will also be considering applications for the Local Devolution Fund for the area. This is a fund set up to help to support the assets and services being managed or transferred from Cornwall Council to local councils or community groups under Cornwall Council’s ‘localism and devolution’ scheme.
The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along and meet their Parish, Town and Cornwall Councillors. If you have a question for the panel, you can ask them your question during the meeting.
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 Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel includes all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Towns or Parish parishes in the community network: Colan Parish Council, Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council, Newquay Town Council, St Columb Major Town Council and St Wenn Parish Council.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday 3 May from 7pm at St Columb Major Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, St Columb Major, TR9 6AN. The agenda and more information about the panel can be found on the Newquay and St Columb community network page.
Cornwall Music Education Hub’s orchestras, the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra, have both held their Easter concerts in Truro Cathedral, the culmination of the year’s hard work and following their Easter residential courses.
The Cornwall Youth Orchestra concert included 80 players aged 10 – 19, conducted by 16 year old Angus Webster who has been conducting the Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Boulton, for the last 18 months. The concert progamme included a selection of works from the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, which seeks to engage children with classical music by focussing on key pieces, in this instance: Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, Bizet’s Toreador Song (from Carmen), and Bernstein’s Mambo (from West Side Story). In addition the Orchestra performed Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Delius’ Walk to the Paradise Garden, Gabrieli’s Consort for Brass, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance, Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets and ended the show with a lively rendition of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance.
For the pieces from Carmen and West Side Story, the Orchestra was joined by the Ten Pieces Choir, led by Angela Renshaw, the Hub’s Vocal Strategy Lead. This choir was made up of 75 singers from the Cornwall County Choirs as well as students from Budehaven, Helston, Launceston, Richard Lander and Torpoint Secondary Schools. The solo parts of Carmen were performed by Rebekkah Scamp (Truro College) and special guest vocalist from the BBC Singers, Matthew Minter.
In addition to this public concert, the Orchestra also held a special informal concert especially for children and adults with special educational needs and adults affected by Dementia from nearby day centres.
The Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra, conducted and directed by Janet Elston, invited a host of guests to join a special Easter concert to mark its 30th Anniversary. These guests included former members of the Orchestra who had returned to Cornwall from across the country especially to join the celebration.
The Orchestra opened the show with a suite by Nigel Hess, consisting of three movements inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare. The Orchestra was then joined by the returning players to perform Philip Sparke’s Orient Express and ended the first half of the concert with John Williams’ Star Wars Trilogy.
In the second half of the show, the Orchestra was joined by the Cornwall Boys’ Choir, Cornwall Girls’ Choir, the Hall For Cornwall’s Youth Theatre and Hall For Cornwall’s Youth Dance Company to perform the British premiere of the fairy tale inspired musical drama, Once Upon a Time…, written by Jan Van Der Roost and translated into English for the first time. All five groups came together to perform an hour long dramatic re-enactment of Grimm’s fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin.
“The standard of both orchestras for this year’s concerts was astoundingly high” said Tanya Moore, Manager of the Cornwall Music Education Hub. “ The Directors have done an amazing job of turning their visions into reality and I’m also impressed with how well all the different groups worked together. The leaders of the all groups should be very proud!
The Cornwall Music Education Hub is a partnership of arts and music organisations which promote music education to children and young people across the county and is led by Cornwall Council. The aim of the organisation is to promote and support access to high quality music making and learning for children and young people. The Hub is funded by Arts Council England. For further information about the Cornwall Music Education Hub, visit www.cornwallmusiceducationhub.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Story posted: 25 April 2016
Mary May, the Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council, lit a special beacon at County Hall in Truro on the evening of Thursday, 21 April to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Mrs May, who was accompanied by representatives of local cadet associations from across Cornwall, lit the specially designed rose beacon after reading a personal message from the Duke of Cornwall. She was also joined by the Council’s Chief Executive Kate Kennally; the Mayor of Truro and other Cornwall Council Members and officers.
Over 1,100 beacons were lit by organisations and communities from across the country in honour of the Queen on Thursday evening. The Queen led the event by lighting the principal beacon at Windsor Castle, with the most westerly beacon being lit at Carn Brea.
“The Queen’s 90th birthday is a significant milestone” said Mary May. “I was delighted to be able to pay tribute to her by lighting the beacon at County Hall and joining thousands of other people across the country as we celebrated her birthday.
Story posted: 22 April 2016
Consultation begins to help plan future provision of sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Cornwall
Cornwall Council is launching a public consultation on how and where residential, transit and Showpeople sites can be provided for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Cornwall.
The consultation period runs from Monday 25 April until 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016 and will influence the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Development Plan (DPD), to meet needs identified as part of the Cornwall Local Plan.
Cornwall Council needs to provide suitable, well managed sites in appropriate locations, to meet the existing and future needs of Gypsies and Travellers. This will enable the provision of decent homes in the future for these communities and particularly those that need assistance in finding safe and secure sites to live on or stay on whilst they are travelling in Cornwall. The provision of a range of additional authorised sites should help alleviate the problems sometimes experienced when groups of Travellers use unauthorised and unsuitable sites.
Cornwall has a number of approved and authorised Gypsy & Traveller sites, however, there are also unauthorised sites (without planning permission). Evidence available on the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall suggest:
- There is a shortage of and a need for transit sites and emergency stopping places;
- More public sites are needed to meet the needs of Travelling communities in addition to the three already provided
- There is a need to facilitate the provision of private sites to meet the expanding needs of Gypsy and Traveller families in Cornwall.
This ‘Scoping document’ marks the formal start of the process of preparing the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan. Evidence suggests that by 2030 Cornwall will need an additional:
- 318 residential pitches on both public and private sites, including the requirement for a new public site or sites to meet the needs of different Traveller groups;
- 60 transit pitches strategically located across Cornwall (15 of these were recently given planning permission) together with a network of emergency stopping places; and
- additional Travelling Showpeople plots.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: “We want to hear from a wide audience to understand what interested parties think about the proposals in this scoping document before the first version of the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations DPD is produced. The Council will engage with key stakeholders and will then consult on the DPD’s content prior to its submission to the Secretary of State.”
Once complete, the DPD will sit alongside the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document and the Council’s Gypsies and Travelling Communities Strategy and will provide greater definition as to how key policies relating to Gypsies, Travellers and Traveling Showpeople will be delivered in Cornwall.
As well as being accessible on the Council’s website, hard copies of the ‘Scoping document’ can also be accessed at any Library or One-Stop-Shop. You can also email email@example.com for further information.
All comments should be returned to the Council by 5pm on Monday 06 June 2016.
Story posted 25 April 2016
Eight qualified on call firefighters from Polruan Community Fire Station now provide a first response in life threatening medical emergency calls as part of a partnership with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
After months of training and preparation Steve Stroud, Colin Payne, Peter Hadley, Des Libby BEM, Dean Hawken, Cameron Edmonds, Malcolm Dodd and Julian Jenkin have taken up new duties as co-responders attending medical emergency calls in addition to their firefighting duties.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will identify the emergencies that are appropriate for the co-responders to attend and co-responders will be despatched to provide care until an ambulance arrives. The co-responders have all been trained in basic life support procedures and the use of an automatic external defibrillator and oxygen therapy. They are expected to deal with around 160 medical emergency calls a year.
Similar schemes have been running since 1999, serving the communities of St Keverne, Mullion, St Mawes, Helston, the Roseland peninsula and the Lizard peninsula. The schemes help South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that prompt medical treatment is given to people living in isolated areas when there is a life threatening medical emergency.
The co-responders undergo training and assessment with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on a regular basis to ensure their skills remain up to date.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker from Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service said: “We’re very happy to be expanding our work with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide additional critical medical emergency cover in Polruan and the surrounding area. The Fire and Rescue Service has an important role in Cornwall’s health and social care integration plans as part of the Cornwall Devolution Deal. Working closely with our emergency service colleagues from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust supports our ‘One Public Sector’ approach to deliver efficient and improved services to residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.”
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s co-responders have been saving lives in our rural areas for 17 years by looking after people until an ambulance is able to arrive on the scene. These latest eight recruits will provide an invaluable service to the Polruan and Lanteglos area.”
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Councillor for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos, said: “I’m very pleased to see the co-responders scheme being extended to Polruan Community Fire Station. It will make a big difference to response times in an area with lots of small hamlets and remote homes where much of the access is via narrow lanes.”
Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service Fire Prevention and Road Safety team organised and held an open event at Hayle Emergency Services Community Station on 14 Thursday April to target members of the community who were over 65, providing safety and wellbeing advice.
Partners, including Disability Cornwall and Tremorvah Industries, attended with their own displays and information. The station’s Tri-Service Officer Andy Hitchens also attended to answer any questions the public had regarding the station, his role and further community safety advice. The event was a huge success with over 60 members of the community attending. Disability Cornwall said they were delighted to be part of the event, with a great turnout and that it was extremely worthwhile.
Other members of the community also provided feedback on the day; “It’s been a fantastic day, I have spoken to the scam company and Leigh-Anne from the Fire Service who provided me with advice on my smoke alarms. These types of events make you feel locally that someone cares” – Anne.
“Well done! I attend many events throughout Cornwall. This event was well thought out; everyone who attended would have received all the information from the different agencies on the event. Thank you for inviting us along to join you.” - Julie
Story posted 22 April 2016
There’s still time for people to share their views on proposals to have Bodmin Moor recognised as an International Dark Sky Park.
Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory’s month long consultation on their proposed bid to have Bodmin Moor recognised as a Gold standard International Dark Sky Park draws to a close on 2 May. The designation is comparable to World Heritage site status.
Everyone is welcome to comment on the proposals by emailing the Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Dark Sky Bid, Cornwall Council, Local Plan Team, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 1XU. If there is public support for the bid, the Council will submit it this summer.
At present there are only three International Dark Sky Parks in the UK, the Elan Valley Estate in Wales, Galloway Forest Park in Scotland and Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park in England.
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “The quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor is amongst the best in the world. If the Dark Sky Park bid goes ahead, it will help us to protect this area of outstanding natural beauty from light pollution.
“We’ve had a good response to the consultation so far, with more than 100 people attending our recent public event and giving us their views and suggestions about how the benefits could be rolled out across Cornwall. There’s still time for people to tell us what they think of the proposals, and we’d love to hear from anyone who hasn’t commented yet or would like to be involved.”
If the bid goes ahead, Bodmin Moor residents and businesses will be provided with a guide to dark sky friendly lighting to help them choose appropriate new lights when they need to replace old ones. No one will be required to change their lights. It’s simply about encouraging people to turn off unneeded lights and have lighting that’s fit for purpose.
International Dark Sky Parks must be a protected landscape, demonstrate a high quality night sky, provide an awareness and education opportunity and have a management plan to minimise light pollution. Bodmin Moor is already designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and measurements taken for the bid by the Caradon Observatory indicate that Bodmin Moor’s night sky has some exceptional conditions.
Story posted 22 April 2016
Ten students from Newquay Tretherras will ‘pass out’ on Friday 22 April at Newquay Community Fire Station.
The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course which is supported by ESF funding through the Learning Partnership. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.
Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Newquay Tretherras have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme. We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Newquay Tretherras have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance.”
The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 -17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.
“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to 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” said CFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds. Once again it’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence.”
Story posted 21 April 2016
St Martin’s Road in Looe is to close to allow tree felling and bank stabilisation works to take place at the bottom of the hill by the Sandplace Road junction.
The road is expected to close on 3 May and will re-open by 20 May. Because of the size of the machinery required, the tree felling taking place and the safety zones needed, it is not possible to carry out the works without closing the road. It will remain shut for 24 hours a day during the works period. Every effort will be made to finish the works ahead of schedule so that the road can re-open as soon as possible, with CORMAC Solutions Limited and their subcontractor working seven days a week.
The works will repair damage caused by a large tree that blew over in the January storms and when complete the temporary protection measures currently in place can be removed, allowing the road to open for two way traffic in time for the busy summer season.
Diversion signs will be in place to direct traffic along the A387 Sandplace Road via Morval and Widegates and vice versa. There will also be signs in Sandplace Road to warn drivers that there may be pedestrians in the road as there is no footpath. Temporary traffic lights will be installed on Barbican Hill to help manage the traffic flow caused by the closure of St Martin’s Road.
Armand Toms, Cornwall Councillor for Looe East, said: “Unfortunately the road has to be closed for safety reasons while the work is carried out. We know from past experience that it will cause disruption and inconvenience, but CORMAC will do everything they can to finish the work as soon as possible. I would ask everyone to be patient and show consideration for their fellow road users while the works take place.”
Story posted 21 April 2016
News release issued jointly with Truro City Council
Truro City Council is now the owner of the popular Boscawen Park which has transferred from Cornwall Council, securing the future of this important leisure area for Truro’s residents and visitors.
Truro City Council has already been managing the park under a long lease. Ownership of the park has been transferred to the city council under Cornwall Council’s ‘localism and devolution’ scheme, for the benefit of local residents.
The park includes an impressive play area, which has received substantial recent investment, led by the City Council and the Friends of Boscawen Park, cricket and football pitches, a playing field, adult outdoor gym equipment, tennis courts and parking.
Truro City Council has been keen to take over ownership of the site as part of their aspirations for the city’s community facilities to be managed and serviced locally, with more local accountability, control and direction. Now that land ownership matters have been clarified, the transfer has been completed.
The Mayor of Truro City Council, Mrs Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, said: “We’re delighted that Cornwall Council has given us the opportunity to own Boscawen Park. We look forward to managing and running it locally, as well as continuing to work with the Friends of Boscawen Park who helped to secure significant funds to overhaul the play area last year. With the great new play area, the range of sports facilities, and our exciting plans for the future, we expect Boscawen Park to become an even more popular outdoor family location for Truro’s residents and visitors. I believe we have an amenity we can be very proud of.”
Jeremy Rowe, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Localism said: “Truro City Council has a strong track record of working with Cornwall Council to deliver localism and devolution projects and delivering frontline services. It has a dedicated grounds maintenance team already managing the park and several other sites; so when they approached us with a plan to take the ownership of Boscawen Park, we were keen to be able to help them realise their local ambition. Truro City Council’s proactive approach to take more control over local assets is a great example of devolution in action. Devolution at its most worthwhile is about finding the best long term local custodians of an asset, in this case an open space that is valued by the local community. I applaud their innovative approach to working with the Council and other partners to provide an excellent service to their community.”
Loic Rich, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Tregolls, said: “Boscawen Park is a focal point for a range of activities from sports and recreation to its connections to the Truro River and wider Fal Estuary areas. This will ensure the area remains for the benefit of the community and I am sure both locals and visitors alike will appreciate that our Truro City Council Parks Department have the skills, abilities, and vision to manage Boscawen Park for now and future generations.”
This asset transfer by Cornwall Council is one of several completed or planned for Truro under Cornwall Council’s Devolution programme.
Story posted 21 April 2016
Residents of Beechwood Parc estate in Truro now have access to grit to treat road and pavement surfaces in snowy or icy conditions. The grit bins were paid for from the Cornwall Council Community Chest of local councillor Loic Rich, while the grit to fill them is supplied from Truro City Council parks department.
Chair of Beechwood Parc Community Association Bob Smith said: ‘In winters past the estate has been cut off due to excessive ice and snow on the road. We’ve positioned the grit bins within easy reach of the steep areas of Tinney Drive and a well-used walkway.’
Cllr Rich said: ‘The residents asked for grit bins some time ago, so it’s great to be able to help with something that could be really useful in a time of need.’
Each Cornwall Councillor has a small grant allocation to help projects run by voluntary and community groups in the Cornwall Council area they represent. The grants can be used to support a wide range of groups and activities including projects to help young people, vulnerable children or adults, as well as the local environment. More information can be found on the Cornwall Councillor Community Grant page.
Story posted 21 April 2016
On Friday, 22 April 2016 at 4:30pm in St Stephens Churchyard, Saltash Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a memorial service that will be held at the gravesides in honour of 6 Saltash auxiliary fire fighters who were killed in the Plymouth ‘blitz’ on 22nd April 1941. This will be the first time in 75 years that such a service has been held at the graves on the day and about the time they left Saltash.
This ‘Band of Brothers’ did not carry arms. They left their small town to help the city in fighting the fire and destruction caused by the German air force. They reported to Devonport police station, were given instructions, but drove over a German landmine in King Street. All were killed instantly.
Statistically this was the biggest loss of life in Saltash during the war, and also of fire fighters in England in a single incident. But the story is much more than this. It involves pathos as well as tragedy.
The fire fighters were auxiliaries set up to supplement regular full time fire fighters. They came from different walks of life. One was a farmer who wanted to join the army, but had to stay home in a protected job. He joined the AFS ‘to do his bit.’ He was killed. His two brothers joined the army and survived. Another was the unit’s instructor. As there was a spare seat he and another volunteered to go. He was selected. He was killed.
The men had only basic kit. They wore boiler suits, tin hats, rubber boots and oilskins, and carried gas masks. Their transport was a 6 seater taxi converted to tow a trailer pump. When they arrived at their destination there was no guarantee their equipment could be used, as there was no common standard amongst towns, cities, country and counties.
As with all fire and rescue services, the unit put themselves ‘in harm’s way,’ probably passing many Plymouth residents travelling in the opposite direction to avoid the bombings.
The memorial service will be conducted by the Rev Michael Goodland, Rural Dean, and an address will be given by Mr Barry Brooking, grandson of one of the fire fighters. A lone piper will play.
Representatives of 4 of the 6 families are expected to attend, together with fire fighters and cadets from Saltash Community Fire Station and members of Saltash Council and mayor and mayoress.
Story posted 21 April 2016
Cornwall Council has condemned the Government’s decision to cut all its funding for the Cornish language with immediate effect.
The Government has provided up to £150,000 a year to support the Cornish language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. This grant has been used to support the development of the language, including funding a range of educational activities. At the end of last year the Council was asked by the Government to submit a bid for funding for the current financial year. This bid was supported by MPs, George Eustice and Sarah Newton, as well as Cornish Members of the House of Lords, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.
The Council has now received a formal letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government stating that it was not providing any further funding to support the development of the Cornish language – despite the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014.
Criticising the decision of the Government Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “The Cornish language is a great source of pride for Cornwall and is part of what makes Cornwall and the Cornish unique. Over the last five years use of the language has increased and this is reflected in street names, signage and on mainstream and social media. Just as importantly, it supports our local and visitor economy as the increase in the use of the language in marketing and tourism has proved.“
“The Government’s decision not to support Cornish with any funding whatsoever goes against the international agreements they have signed up to and that makes no sense at all. Cornwall has received funding from Government for a number of years and all we asked for was to continue at this level of funding.”
“The Prime Minister makes a point of telling us how much he loves Cornwall and the Devolution Deal highlights the Government’s recognition of our unique culture and heritage. However, when it comes to backing those statements up, the Government just doesn’t deliver for Cornwall.”
The decision has also angered Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, who said “The Cornish language is an essential part of the Cornwall brand”.
Cornwall Council will be working with the Cornish language, community and representative organisations such as the Gorseth to discuss how to protect and develop the Cornish language in the future.
Story posted 21 April 2016
Recent figures obtained by the BBC suggest that, with almost a fifth of all children’s social worker posts in England currently vacant, many councils across the country are reporting problems in recruiting and retaining their staff. Cornwall Council has developed an innovative approach that provides local solutions to a national issue.
The recruitment of Children's Social Workers who have the values, motivation and passion to make a real difference to families in Cornwall has been at the heart of the reform programme within Children’s Early Help, Psychology and Social Care Services over the last four years.
“We are committed to those who want to work with our most vulnerable children and young people and have developed a ‘grow your own’ approach where we offer opportunities for local people who are living in and are committed to Cornwall to train to become social workers” said Jack Cordery, Head of the Council’s Early Help, Psychology and Social Care Services. “This has proved to be very successful, with around 18 people training to become social workers at any one time”.
“Our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment offer to Newly Qualify Social Workers is now nationally respected and, as a result, we also receive applications from all over the country as well as those from people living in Cornwall”.
Cornwall’s children’s social care service currently has 225 full time equivalent children’s social workers, with vacancies filled by agency social workers. Around 10% of Children’s social workers are agency staff, which is lower than both the South West and the national average.
Principal Child and Family Social Worker, Marion Russell, a social worker who is in practice herself and oversees the ‘Foundation for Social Work’ in Cornwall, said “As well as offering placements to students and running our trainee programme, the service also attracts experienced social workers through its excellent skills based, evidence-informed learning and development programme, with access to post-qualifying accredited learning in our partnership with Plymouth University.
“We have an established Career and Qualification Pathway that promotes learning and practice, and rewards the most experienced social workers who stay in practice. This summer we will launch our ‘Return to Social Work’ scheme to offer opportunities for those who have had a break in their career to refresh their knowledge, skills and practice”.
The work of the Council’s children’s social care team has been praised by the authority’s Lead Member for Children and Young People Andrew Wallis who said “Social workers in Cornwall do a fantastic job in what can often be difficult and challenging circumstances and I would like to publically thank them for their hard work and commitment.
“The success of our “grow our own” scheme means that we have been able to recruit and retain high quality staff who are working very hard to keep our children and young people safe. We are also seeing applications from experienced staff in other parts of the country who are impressed by what we are doing in Cornwall.“
Story posted 21 April 2016
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is joining with fire and rescue services across the UK in supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA) Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week 2016 (25 April to 01 May).
The campaign is raising awareness of water safety and the everyday dangers of being near water. 44% of people who drowned in 2014 had no intention of entering the water. Trips, falls or underestimating the risks associated with being near water meant that 302 people lost their lives. Adhering to some simple advice can reduce your risk of ending up in the water. By asking people to be ‘water aware’ fire and rescue services aim to reduce the number of fatalities.
CFOA’s Water safety lead, Dawn Whittaker, said: “Most people would be shocked to hear that those people drowning just happen to be near water such as runners, walkers and fisherman. They are unaware of the risks and are totally unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them we hope to reduce the number of those needless deaths.
Fire and rescue services will be giving advice to people on what they should look out for and how to change their behaviour to minimise their risk of becoming one of these statistics. Messages will be posted on social media using the hashtag #BeWaterAware and people are encouraged to share the posts to spread the message.
In the five years between 2008 and 2013 there were 88 fire deaths in the South West ², in 2013 alone 53 people lost their lives in drowning accidents¹ in that same area. During 2014 138 walkers or runners, 14 anglers and even 4 cyclists drowned in the UK and it is these largely preventable accidents that we are striving to reduce. Cornwall and other fire services around the country are collaborating with other agencies and charities working towards a goal of a reduction in drowning by 50% by 2026.
CFRS’s Andy Reynolds said ‘Sadly it is clear from the statistics that many people who drown had no intention of entering water when they left home. They end up there because of accidents, trying to help someone else or save an animal. Water temperatures are still very cold at this time of the year and it will disable even the strongest swimmer very quickly, we urge people not to enter the water as this often just adds to the problems, call 999 and look around for lifesaving equipment to throw or anything that might help a casualty stay afloat’
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Drowning Prevention Week in a number of ways including social media, talking to local running and angling groups and to young drinkers.
Working as part of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), CFOA aims to reduce the number of drownings in UK waters by 50% by 2026. This is outlined in the UK’s first Drowning Prevention Strategy, which was launched on 29 February by Robert Goodwill MP.
Story posted 21 April 2016
Coastal Community Teams and Local Devolution Fund on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel annual general meeting
Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area can learn about Coastal Community Teams and the Local Devolution Fund at the Community Network Panel’s annual general meeting on 28 April.
The meeting will include presentations about the work of Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Coastal Community Team and Saltash Coastal Community Team, which each received £10,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to support regeneration projects in their area.
The panel will also consider applications for 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 Bob Austin, Chair of Cornwall Gateway Network Panel, said: “The meeting is a good opportunity for people to find out more about what their community network does, and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be an update on our priorities and a discussion about neighbourhood plans as well as the items on Community Coastal Teams and the Local Devolution Fund.”
Cornwall Gateway Network Panel meets quarterly. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.
Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker-with-Rame, Millbrook, Saltash, Sheviock, St Germans, St John and Torpoint.
The meeting takes place on Thursday 28 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Torpoint Council Chambers, 1-3 Buller Road, Torpoint PL11 2LD. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Cornwall Gateway Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public.
Story posted 20 April 2016