Families in Seaton will soon be able to enjoy football, volleyball, basketball and tennis in a new £56,000 multi use games area (MUGA).
Located near the children’s play area and the entrance to Seaton Valley Countryside Park, the new MUGA will provide a safe fenced area for people of all ages to play ball games.
Deviock Innovation Group has been the driving force behind the new facilities, working closely with their local Cornwall councillor, parish council, the community and the local primary school. The enthusiastic community group was started in 2009 by three friends who wanted to improve facilities in Seaton, Downderry and the rest of Deviock Parish.
Caroline Whitley, one of the founding members of Deviock Innovation Group, said: “We’re all parents of young children and we were concerned that the existing area for ball games wasn’t very safe and was quite often full of cars as it was also used as an overflow car park. We thought that if we got together and started the group we would be able to make the area safer and a much nicer area for children to play.”
The group started by meeting with Jim Candy, their local Cornwall Councillor, and the Deviock Parish Council to establish who owned the land and how to turn their ideas into reality. Then they consulted the local community and primary school to find out what sort of facilities they wanted to see in the MUGA. Next the group met with several different park companies, before settling on Kompan to design and create the community’s dream MUGA.
Funding for the scheme came from a £50,000 grant from the Viridor Credits scheme, which supports community, heritage and biodiversity projects. Bond Hire agreed to donate some of the equipment needed to make the site safe while the work to transform it takes place. The local community also rallied round to generously donate money towards the project and support funding raising activities such as a masked ball and a quiz night.
Rhona Doyle, another member of Deviock Innovation group, said: “When we started looking into what we needed to do, it soon became clear that our project was bigger than we’d first thought. But if you can get the community behind you and get some like-minded people with some time to help out, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our local community, parish council, Jim Candy, Viridor, Bond Timber, Inn on the Shore and Cornwall Council for their ongoing support. Without you none of this would have been possible.”
Marielle Newton, who is also part of the Deviock Innovation Group, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has helped with this project. We’re thrilled that the MUGA will be opening soon, but this is just the beginning for us. We also hope to improve the children’s play area with some exciting new equipment in the future.”
Jim Candy, Cornwall Councillor for Trelawny, said: “For some years I have been trying to sort out the silly situation where the existing basketball court is also used as an overflow car park. I can remember a time when my son and his friends were prevented from playing basketball because there were cars parked in the middle of the court.
“It’s fantastic that the community has come together to make the MUGA happen, and I am glad that I was able to help by bringing together all the interested parties from the group and from the Council. The MUGA will have significant benefits for the village, providing a safe area where people of all ages can play together and enjoy the benefits of exercise in the fresh air.
“A committed and enthusiastic community group can make a huge difference to their area, and I’m looking forward to working with Deviock Innovation Group on their future plans.
“I would also like to thank WH Bond and Roy Davey Contractors who have generously stepped in to cover extra costs that arose when work started on site and we discovered the tarmac we needed to remove was much deeper than originally anticipated.”
Story posted on 21 February 2017
The Archives and Cornish Studies Service launches its new exhibition at the Cornish Studies Library on Saturday March 4th, as part of Redruth’s St Piran’s Day celebrations.
‘Dazzling Daffodils’ looks at the history of Cornwall’s daffodil industry, and features material from a range of Cornish archives including items never before seen on public display.
Among a range of spectacular photos and fascinating documents from Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library, Penlee House and Falmouth Spring Flower Show archive are a range of treasures borrowed from the Lanarth archive. Lanarth in St Keverne was once home to P.D. Williams, Cornwall’s “Daffodil King” of the 1920s and 1930s.
Williams, a cousin of J.C. Williams of Caerhays, was famed for the daffodils he bred and his variations sold – and still sell – across the world. The archive contains evidence of the international fever for daffodils between the wars, with American invoices being paid in gold after the 1929 crash, and pictures and certificates showing P.D.’s success in Dutch flower shows.
Also on display will be spectacular watercolours of some of P.D.’s daffodils, painted by some of the best known botanical artists of the day. One painting even recently helped to solve a mystery of a curious daffodil variety…
Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the Service, says: “We are delighted to be displaying such a seasonal exhibition this year and are particularly excited to show some of P.D. Williams’ amazing personal archive for the very first time. Research for the exhibition has also uncovered photos and treasures from our own collections so we really hope people embrace this celebration of a different type of Cornish gold.”
The exhibition runs at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth from Saturday March 4th until Saturday April 15th during Library opening hours.
Story posted 20 February 2017
Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory are to apply for an International Dark Sky Designation for Bodmin Moor.
If the bid is successful, the designation would formally recognise the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor and help protect it from light pollution.
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “I’m delighted that this bid is going ahead. The quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor is amongst the best in the world, thanks to its low levels of light pollution. Cornwall Council already seeks to maintain dark skies through the Local Plan, and achieving the International Dark Sky Designation for Bodmin Moor would help protect our wonderfully starry sky for local residents and draw in visitors during the winter months, boosting our local economy. It would also provide a focus for awareness and learning about the stars and solar systems and benefit wildlife and the health of local communities.”
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) designations are for places that have an exceptionally high quality night sky and have made a commitment and put partnerships in place to work to protect and enhance it. Other parts of the UK with designations include Exmoor, Dartmoor, South Downs, Brecon Beacons, Elan Valley, Snowdonia and parts of Northumberland and Scotland.
The area proposed for inclusion in the Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Designation is the portion of the moor that lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty plus a two mile buffer zone around it. Residents and business in the area would be encouraged to manage lighting better so that it can do what it needs to without harming the night sky. No one would have to change their existing lights. Instead people would be provided with a guide for dark sky friendly lighting to help them choose appropriate lights when they need to replace old lights or fit new ones. They would also be encouraged to only use lighting where it’s needed and turn off lights when they aren’t needed.
Dr Wayne Thomas and Ken Bennett from Caradon Observatory said: “We are fortunate that Bodmin Moor has some of the darkest skies in England. An International Dark Sky Designation would help preserve the beauty of our skies for future generations and to allow people who visit the Moor to be inspired by what the universe has to offer.”
A month long public consultation held last year found overwhelming public support for the bid. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Visit Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall Police, and many local councils, businesses, observatories and astronomers also support the bid.
Anita Grice-Goldsmith, Director of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Cornwall), said: “We are delighted that this bid is going ahead. Bodmin Moor is an incredible place, a testament to the magical diversity of Cornwall. Being granted an International Dark Sky Designation would ensure the ongoing protection of its beauty and environment for both people and wildlife. We very much support Cornwall Council in this bid.”
The aim is to finalise the application and submit it to the IDA at the end of March, with a decision expected in June 2017. More information about the Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Designation bid is available on our Dark Sky Proposal page.
Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory are also supporting a separate project led by local councils for an International Dark Sky Reserve designation for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Story posted 20 February 2017
An agreement has been reached to transfer the management of Coronation Park in Helston to South Kerrier Alliance. An investment plan which includes part funding from Cornwall Council, SKA and Helston Downsland Trust is included within the agreement. This large scale devolution will allow investment in the site and safeguard the area for the future.
The devolution 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.
David Turnbull, Director of South Kerrier Alliance CIC, said: “Clearly we are delighted that the hard work we invested in developing a community led proposal for management of Coronation Park gained so much local support and that Cornwall Council have agreed to support our plans. To have a local community group, a Town Council and Cornwall Council work together in such a way is exceptional. Cornwall Councillor Andrew Wallis has played a critical role in facilitating the project and deserves much thanks from all parties for driving the process forward.
Coronation Lake and Park is such a high profile, fundamental asset of Helston. It has so much potential for supporting community cohesion as well as developing the visitor economy of the town and surrounding area. It is our belief that the Park should be run by the community, for the community.”
Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Councillor for Porthleven and Helston West, said: “Coronation Park is a much loved and well used facility not only from residents of Helston, but from the surrounding towns and villages too. For me, my ambition has always been 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. I cannot convey enough how important the park and facilities are to Helston, and the wider community.
To achieve this, it is about bringing people together for a common goal. Therefore, I am very happy to support South Kerrier Alliance’s aims of taking control of Coronation Park as they have a proven record of delivering and running projects. This devolution project is in partnership with Helston Downsland Trust, and is a great example of partnership working for the benefit of local residents. Thanks should also be given to Cornwall Council who understood the wishes of the community and agreed this devolution deal. This devolution deal comes with over £120,000 worth of funding that will be used to invest in the site over the next few years. I look forward to working with this new local partnership. Thanks to all of my fellow Councillors in the Helston & South Kerrier Community Network Panel for their support in this matter.”
Tim Grattan-Kane, Chairman of Helston Downsland Trust, said: “Helston Downsland Trust and the South Kerrier Alliance are uniquely placed to involve the community in determining the development of the park and can therefore ensure that our management will be in line with the wishes and demands of local people and visitors.”
Jeremy Rowe,Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Localism, said: “The transfer of Coronation Park in Helston 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 a park that is valued and used by the local community. For me being able to provide the community, and in particular the new custodians, with more certainty and control over the park is just as important as making financial savings. I take great pleasure in being able to help South Kerrier Alliance, a well-established and respected organisation, realise their plans and vision for their local area. The initial lease/plan/tenure is for 99 years; this will allow the park to remain within the community and allow it to continue to meet local need. I applaud South Kerrier Alliance for taking up the challenge and also recognise the important role Helston Downsland Trust has played in allowing us all to reach this position of success.”
Devolution has been recognised as a key component of the Council Strategy 2015-2019, with Localism and devolution's primary purpose to help sustain locally-led service delivery at a time of unprecedented budget challenges for local government.
There are a number of devolution projects underway in Cornwall and several assets and services have already been successfully devolved to town and parish councils and community organisations.
More information about devolution and completed devolution projects is available on the Cornwall Council devolution webpage.
Story posted 20 February
Cornwall Council is asking people in Grampound for their views on declaring the village an Air Quality Management Area.
Councils are required to monitor air quality in their area against national targets and to declare areas with poor air quality as Air Quality Management Areas. Because the A390 passes through Grampound, Cornwall Council has been keeping an eye on the town’s levels of nitrogen dioxide, which comes from car and lorry exhaust. Long term monitoring has confirmed that areas of Grampound, particularly the eastern end of Fore Street, have excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide and that an Air Quality Management Area is needed to improve matters.
Bob Egerton, Cornwall Councillor for Probus, Tregony and Grampound, said: “The consultation gives people the chance to find out more about air quality in Grampound and what an Air Quality Management Area will mean for the village. I would ask local residents to share their views and ideas about how local air quality could be improved.”
Councillor Geoff Brown, Portfolio Holder for Communities said: “The declaration of this new Air Quality Management Area is a positive step towards improving the quality of the air in Cornwall. Once the Air Quality Management Area is officially designated through a legal order, we can start work on the action plan to improve Grampound’s air quality. I would encourage everyone in Grampound to respond to the consultation as your opinions really do matter.”
The consultation period runs until 17 April. There will be a public drop in exhibition in Grampound Village Hall from 5pm-7pm on 8 March with staff from the Council’s Public Protection team on hand to answer questions. Anyone can comment on the Grampound proposals at the drop in exhibition or by completing an online survey, emailing the Council on email@example.com, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at a one stop shop.
After the consultation closes, all comments will be considered and the Grampound Air Quality Management Area will be officially designated. There are seven other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall, which include Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Camelford, Tideford and Gunnislake.
More information and the online survey for Grampound are available on our air quality pages.
Story posted 20 February 2017
Hundreds of local young people, business representatives, Cornwall Council officers, teachers and parents are coming together to help celebrate and promote careers guidance and career resources in Cornwall as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March.
The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.
“As the largest careers campaign in the UK, National Careers Week is a great platform to promote careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in Cornwall,” said Samantha Cartmel, National Careers Week Ambassador in Cornwall and Communications Officer for the Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy (RAAS) Board.
“This year it is also running alongside the Government’s campaign, National Apprenticeship Week, so we’re really excited to see so many great events promoting all aspects of employment and employability throughout the county. It will be an exciting week for young people.”
Events being planned include:
- 6 March - the local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network are organising an event at the Eden Project to promote apprenticeship opportunities to young people;
- 7 March - Truro and Penwith College are running a workshop for local businesses to offer advice on how the Apprenticeship Levy and how hiring apprentices can benefit their business, which can be booked through their website
- 7 March – Workpays is hosting an online 30 minute Guinness World Records™ attempt at 8:45am for the largest online careers advice seminar ever and anyone who is interested in careers advice can take part
- 9 March - Cornwall Council are hosting an apprenticeship open day at New County Hall to promote their Apprenticeship Programme, which is open to all
- 10 March – The Talent Match Cornwall team are organising an employer engagement event for young people out of education and employment with Spider Eye for their members
- 10 March - the National Careers Service tour bus will end its tour of the South West in Truro outside the JobCentre to provide more information on career opportunities and how to access CEIAG for anyone who is interested
“There will also be social media campaigns running throughout the week and all who are taking part are being encouraged to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #NCW17 and #NAW17” said Sam.
St Austell’s four secondary schools are also collaborating on a series of evening events that have a particular career interest connected to the ‘smart specialisation’ sectors that have been identified (by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership) as growth sectors for Cornwall. They are being funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and delivered by Cornwall Education Business Partnership.
Ruth Bennetts from Next Steps South West said: “To my knowledge, this is the first time that such level of collaboration has taken place in relation to careers guidance work. The schools have worked not only in partnership with each other but also sought advice from other partners including Next Steps South West, The Enterprise Adviser Programme, Cornwall Chamber and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Ambassadors. This is the first time that we have seen a school led careers collaboration on this scale.”
The aim of supporting these two widely celebrated national campaigns is to help bring Cornwall one step closer to ensuring young people in the county receive the highest quality of careers education, which is vital to improving future employment and life chances.
For more information on National Careers Week, visit www.nationalcareersweek.com and for more information about National Apprenticeship Week, visit the Government website.
Story posted: 16 February 2017
Cornwall Council is seeking the views of young people, parents and carers, schools and colleges and the wider public on potential changes to its Post 16 Transport Policy.
The Post 16 School Transport Policy sets out how and when the Council provides subsidised transport for young people aged 16-19 to attend school, college or another education establishment. This only affects the Post 16 Transport Policy and not any other school transport policies.
Whilst young people are now required by law to be engaged in education, employment or training up to the age of 18, Cornwall Council does not have a statutory duty to provide home to school/college transport free of charge for learners aged 16 to 19 in the same way as it does for primary and secondary aged pupils up to the end of Year 11.
This means that the Council’s subsidised post-16 transport scheme is a discretionary provision.
The Council spent more than £13m providing school transport for children and young people last year, of which around £2.2m* was spent on Post 16 transport.
“We have seen significant cuts in our funding from the Government over the past few years which have had a very real impact on our education and social care services “ said Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People. ”As a result we have had to review all our policies to ensure that we are making the best use of the resources we have.
“Unfortunately when the Government raised the education participation age to 18, it failed to provide any additional money to local authorities to provide post 16 transport. While we are committed to ensuring that young people in Cornwall continue to have access to range of Post 16 education opportunities, we have been forced to take the difficult decision to look at reducing the level of subsidy we provide.
“We wanted to seek the views of all interested parties before any decisions are made and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation process.“
Following approval by members of the Young People Policy Advisory Committee in December, the Council is consulting on a number of potential changes to the Post-16 Transport Policy which would come into effect from either September 2017 or September 2018.
We are seeking views on the proposals from all interested parties, including:
- Young people
- Schools, colleges and other learning providers
- Members of the public
The post 16 transport consultation continues until Friday 17 March 2017.
Story posted 17 February 2017
Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service have held a special demonstration at their headquarters in Tolvaddon to urge local MPs to consider the benefits and impact of having sprinklers in Schools.
On Wednesday 15 February a number of MPs, Councillors and project leads were invited to attend the presentation and sprinkler demonstration delivered by the Business Fire Safety (Protection) team of CFRCS Service. Attendees also enjoyed an informative tour of CFRCS Service’s new headquarters, which is protected by a sprinkler system.
The Department for Education recently issued its consultation on a revised BB 100. Published in 2007, BB 100 advised on how to design school buildings so that they satisfied Building Regulations Part B, “Fire Safety”. It needed revising for a number of reasons but particularly because some of its content was out of date. These changes had to be made without diminishing or compromising the overriding importance of ensuring the safety of pupils, staff and visitors if a fire does occur in a school.
The new draft includes within the executive summary the following statement, “The Building Regulations do not require the installation of fire sprinkler suppression systems in school buildings for life safety and therefore BB 100 no longer includes an expectation that most new school buildings will be fitted with them.” This is a significant shift from the current version of the guidance where it acknowledges the importance of sprinklers and makes this an expectation in new schools.
Sprinkler systems can save lives and limit damage. In Cornwall a number of systems have already been installed in public and residential premises. Sprinkler systems use simple technology, installation during construction is easy and the cost is minimal.
“This excellent event has provided Cornwall MP’s, Councillors and colleagues from Cornwall Council with strong evidence that “Sprinklers Save Lives” said Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker. “We must work with colleagues, developers and public sector build project managers to encourage broader use of sprinkler systems in new build houses, schools and other public buildings. With simple technology and relatively low costs the question we should be asking is “Can we afford not to fit sprinkler systems?”
MP Steve Double said: “It was good to visit the Cornwall Fire Rescue Service HQ to listen to presentations and watch demonstrations of the effect of sprinklers. It is clear that sprinklers save lives and property and I will certainly support moves to encourage their installation in both public buildings such as schools, as well as homes.”
Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities Geoff Brown said: “Sprinklers not only save lives they can also play a vital role in early suppression of a fire thereby minimising the loss to businesses of stock and down time due to essential repairs. I have written to the schools minister expressing my concern at the apparent relaxation of the requirement to fit sprinklers in new build schools, which is so much more cost effective than fitting the system at a later date.”
Story posted 17 February 2017
Archie the fire dog and his friend Woody are making a bid for film stardom with the launch of a new animation to highlight fire, road and animal safety.
The brand new animation, ‘Archie and Woody’s Fire Investigation Adventure’, is believed to be the first to feature a fire investigation dog. It has been put together by Phoenix Services – part of Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service, to support their prevention campaign, to highlight key safety messages to the public and to encourage families to watch and learn together.
The first animation tells the story of a house fire where Archie’s handler Mark, Archie and Woody put on their fire shoes to investigate and support the Service in understanding the cause of the fire. Archie and Woody will be using all the cuteness at their disposal to get over the message to children and families about what they should do in the event of a fire.
CFRCS Service are one of a handful of services within the UK to employ the services of their own fire investigation dog team. The dogs are used as a tool to search cold, post-fire scenes for the presence of flammable and ignitable liquids that could have been used to start or promote fires deliberately.
Julian Commons Phoenix Services Manager: “The work and personalities of our fire investigation dogs provide a unique opportunity to deliver safety and educational messages to residents of Cornwall. By moving Archie, Woody and Mark onto the ‘big screen’ through our animated series we are able to extend the reach and appeal of Archie, Woody and Mark both locally and nationally so that more people than ever can enjoy their adventures and safety messages.”
Paul Walker Chief Fire Officer said: “We are really pleased with this animated film which aims to help families to understand important safety messages. Archie and Woody are valued members of Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service and we hope people from across the country will take them into their hearts through animation.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is a fantastic project to educate young people. I know from our work on sea safety just how effective targeting youngsters can be. Not only do they remember the safety messages for years to come but can also play a vital role by passing this information to parents.”
You can see new animation on the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page.
Story posted 17 February 2017
St Ives Community Fire Station and Hayle Emergency Services Community Station are recruiting for On-Call Firefighters
Community stations in St Ives and Hayle are opening their doors for recruitment evenings this month when you can find out how to apply and what’s required to be an on-call firefighter, as well as meet with current personnel to find out first-hand about life as an on-call crew member.
Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is responsible for a wide range of services that help make Cornwall safer. Our wide remit is delivered through a range of Prevention, Protection and Response services. The work we do is extremely varied and includes everything from fighting fires and rescuing people, to attending road traffic collisions and promoting community safety within local schools and to the wider community.
If you're interested in becoming an On-Call firefighter, pop along to:
- St Ives Community Fire Station: 27 February at 18:30–20:30
- Hayle Emergency Services Community Station: 28 February at 19:30–20:30
Station Manager Dave Carlisle said: “On Call Firefighters respond to emergencies primarily in their town and surrounding area but may also be called upon to support larger incidents throughout Cornwall. Being an On Call Firefighter is a rewarding role and will make you part of a team that truly supports your community. So don’t be ordinary…be extraordinary and become an On Call Firefighter.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The rewards of being a volunteer in your community are great and as a retained fire fighter give you the opportunity to make a real difference and save lives in so many ways.”
Please note that you need to live or work within the proximity of the community fire station, so that you can respond to emergencies very quickly; you need to be able to get there within four minutes of a call and be flexible in your work.
Story posted 16 February 2017
Anyone can take advantage of Cornwall Council’s popular garden waste recycling scheme and with two new special offers, there’s never been a better time to join.
More than 25,000 residents are already doing their bit for the environment by subscribing to a fortnightly collection. It’s perfect for green waste such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings.
To join the scheme, simply make a one-off purchase of a bin or bag of a size to suit and pay an annual subscription for collections. Prices start from £3.50 for a reusable bag and just £17.50 for a year’s subscription. Discounts are available for signing up for two years instead of one and for subscribing online.
Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment, said: “We are all increasingly aware of the importance of looking after our environment by recycling more. Nationally, the ambition is to recycle half our waste by 2020. We think Cornwall should be leading the way and want to increase the number of residents using the garden waste collection service to more than 30,000 this year. By using this and our other recycling services, people do make a difference.”
Existing subscribers to the garden waste collection service should have received a letter explaining how to renew their subscription. The deadline to renew is 11 April.
Signing up or renewing online for garden waste collections is fast, simple and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A short film is available to explain the process. Alternatively, residents can phone 0300 1234 141 during office hours, Monday to Friday.
Story posted 16 February 2017
First time dads under the age of 25 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will now be receiving a free information pack to help them prepare for family life.
The DadPad™, developed with NHS professionals, was originally launched in 2013 and aims to help dads with the practical and emotional changes that becoming a dad brings. It’s a laminated set of cards which can be easily carried around and shared, to learn and talk through the new experiences to come. The information provided ranges from how to; change nappies, wash, hold, handle and bond with their baby, to supporting themselves and the mother emotionally. Advice about the realities of sleep difficulties, coping with crying, and relationships after having a baby, are also included.
After a successful pilot, 5,000 DadPads have been funded over the next three years, to be given to under 25’s as they are an at risk group, although becoming a dad at any age can be very challenging.
The DadPad™ was created by Julian Bose, founding Director of Inspire Cornwall CIC. Julian said: “The DadPad™ was developed because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us they wanted important information on how to care for their baby, and what to expect. During a time where families have so much going on it is likely that dads are excited, anxious, confused and questioning life, all at once.
“By using the DadPad throughout the early days, dads can save time by quickly getting to grips with their new responsibilities, learn how to provide vital support for the mother and baby, reduce the risk of any accidents, and develop a lifelong confidence to become the best parent they can be.”
Ravi Jaipaul, Public Health Practitioner from Cornwall Council’s Public Health team said: “From a Public Health point of view we want to include dads more, so now Health Visitors, the Family Nurse partnership, and agencies who work with young dads can engage with them and the DadPad™, to add in this extra support for the family as a whole.”
Ruth Wellings programme Manager for Women and Children at Kernow CCG explains: “Younger dads often find it difficult to ask for help, and we hope the DadPad™ will help them to deal with the stresses of becoming a new parent. It’s vital that new parents feel supported so it doesn’t get to crisis point”.
DadPads are being developed for NHS Trusts across the country. Already available in Wiltshire it is now being looked at being adopted in SW and Wessex regions next.
Story posted 16 February 2017
Firefighters at Truro Community Fire Station will be delivering a series of events at Truro College, specifically aimed at 17 – 24 year olds, in a bid to help raise their road safety awareness and reduce the numbers of young drivers being killed or seriously injured on Cornwall’s roads.
A vehicle which appears to have been involved in a collision will be on display at Truro College from Monday 20 February for a 4 week period. Each week fire crews will visit the site to engage with students where each visit will focus on a different safety message, including drug driving, the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving and in-car distraction.
A story board will accompany the vehicle, which is based on a real collision that involved a young driver carrying five passengers who, driving dangerously, drove into the path of a lorry. Six people had to be extracted from the two vehicles involved by crews from Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service. The story breaks down the sequence of events during the incident and the impact it had on the whole of Cornwall.
The young driver who caused the crash, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously. At court, the Judge heard the driver took responsibility for the collision after dangerously weaving their car around deliberately into the path of an oncoming vehicle, not paying attention, texting on their phone and showing off.
The teenage driver was jailed for causing serious injuries to six people – including themselves, banned from driving for two years and will have to take an extended test after their disqualification period.
Young car drivers and passengers are a particularly vulnerable road user group that are significantly over represented in road traffic casualties and are the most likely age group to experience a collision.
The overall aim of this innovative initiative is to encourage students to make a positive change to their driving behaviour in a bid to reduce the chance of them being involved in, or causing a collision. Students will be encouraged to make a safer driving pledge during the crews’ visits.
Paul Walker Chief Fire Officer said: “Road Safety is a key focus for our prevention activities and changing people’s driving behaviours is essential to our success. This targeted campaign by Truro fire and rescue crews aims to increase awareness of the devastating impact road traffic collisions have on drivers, passengers, families, friends, emergency response crews and our economy. This supports our aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cornwall roads. Please drive safely and THINK ROAD SAFETY.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is a great initiative, young drivers are the most at risk group of individuals and anything which makes a person think positively about their driving has got to be a good thing.“
Story posted 16 February 2017
Construction work starts this week on a new roundabout just off the A30 at Callywith Gate, near Bodmin.
The roundabout is being built to cater for demand from the new Callywith College, which is currently under construction, and also to provide access to existing and future developments at Callywith Gate allocated through the Local Plan.
As well as a new roundabout, the scheme will see improvements made to the highway designed to encourage drivers to reduce their speed along Launceston Road when exiting the A30. It will also improve access for pedestrians and cyclists accessing local employment, housing, education and recreational facilities. A new sustainable urban drainage system will also be built to direct runoff from the carriageway into a purpose-built pond, rather than directly into sewer systems, thus reducing the impact on the local drainage network.
The scheme is being built by CORMAC on behalf of the Council.
Cris Peck, CORMAC’s construction manager for the scheme, said: "Construction will be carried out in several phases, with the overall aim of keeping traffic flowing and disruption to a minimum.
“With the exception of a couple of days under traffic lights while we install new crossings, works until after Easter are mostly offline, meaning that they are off the road itself, reducing any potential impact on traffic. Where work on the road is needed, it tends to be undertaken at night and is out of the way by 7am, meaning there is little disturbance to peak-time traffic.
“As a result, some short duration night-time closures will be necessary to carry out surfacing works. We will give plenty of notice before carrying out such closures, and I’m sure people will appreciate the reasoning for doing so.
“Access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times, and we will be regularly updating the CORMAC website with information on the scheme’s progress and any traffic management implications.
“We thank people in advance for their patience and co-operation throughout the duration of these works. We’re confident that the end benefits will be worth the wait.”
The project is the latest to be supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s £60m Growth Deal, which aims to speed up the delivery of new homes and jobs by removing barriers to growth.
Additional funding for the project has come from a developer contribution from Truro and Penwith College, which is opening Callywith College in September 2017, and Cornwall Council ring-fenced money.
Mark Wardle, Callywith College principal designate, said: “The staff at Callywith College are delighted that construction of the new roundabout at Callywith in Bodmin is to get underway. The roundabout is a vital transport cog in the college’s surrounding infrastructure and as well as easing traffic flows for Bodmin residents and visitors will play an essential part in our goal of improving access to quality education for the young people of Cornwall.”
Cornwall Council's Licensing Team is warning illegal street traders that action will be taken against those found to be flouting the rules.
The warning comes after a car dealer from Bugle was issued with eight fixed penalty notices for selling vehicles on the A30 near Innis Downs. The dealer, who received a £100 fixed penalty notice for each vehicle advertised for sale on the road, has since paid the fine in full.
In July last year, Cornwall Councillors voted to make Cornwall a street trading consent area, meaning all street trading - aside from exemptions - has to be approved by the Council.
Since then the Council's Licensing Team has been working with local traders to make them aware of the changes. The majority have been successful in gaining consent to trade in the locations they want to trade in.
However, with car dealers, the situation is slightly different and most applications for street trading are turned down, mainly due to rules under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act and Highways Act.
Bob Mears, Senior Licensing Officer from Cornwall Council, said; "We have therefore left notices on vehicles to try and encourage car dealers to stop, however some have ignored this and continued to trade. We have then been left with no option but to trace the trader and in the first instance issue fixed penalty notices.
"This in itself can be a painstaking process, as we find many cases result in us following a trail of owners. But we will take the necessary steps to identify the sellers and take the appropriate action."
Story posted 15 February 2017
Additional road safety and drainage schemes carried out across Cornwall following £2.9m Council boost
Work is now underway on more than 1,800 road safety and drainage schemes across Cornwall after the Council's Cabinet allocated an additional £2.9m to carry out repairs.
Funding for the work, a range of resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes which would not have otherwise taken place for several years, was announced in October.
One of the main themes highlighted in the residents’ survey, which was carried out by the Council in June 2016, was the need to improve the condition of the local road network.
The money has been used to fund schemes throughout Cornwall, from drainage works in Morvah, near Penzance and Coverack, near The Lizard to repainted white lines in Whitstone near Bude and Landulph, Botusfleming and Hatt in South East Cornwall.
Find out more about how the Council has spent the funding and view the full programme of work and view the full programme of work, as well before and after photos from the schemes as they are completed
£600,000 - renewing more than 1,100 white and yellow lines to improve safety at junctions and enforcement of parking restrictions in key areas highlighted by Council Members as well as renewing KEEP CLEAR zig zag signage outside schools.
£1,345,000 - surfacing and surface treatment at 24 locations across Cornwall. This will not only address current issues, such as potholes and weaknesses in the road, but will also extend the life of the highway.
£1,000,000 - a targeted programme to clean and renew 598 drainage features along the rural road network. This will not only make it easier for water to drain away from the road, but taking water away from the road surface also reduces the likelihood of potholes forming.
“There is a difference between new road schemes and repairing potholes,” said Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport. “New schemes can be paid for with one-off 'capital' money. Maintenance is paid for by regular income - 'revenue' money.
“It’s two different sorts of money. Revenue funding is very precious - which is why this £2.9m is so valuable. It enables us to undertake maintenance schemes to keep our roads in good condition. It’s not enough by any means, but it will make an important difference.”
Local People invited to find about planning at the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network area are being invited to hear about planning matters at the Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 23 February. Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Phil Mason, Head of Planning and Enterprise at Cornwall Council, will be coming along to talk about planning for the future and working together. The discussions will include general planning matters and as well as the Local Plan; which sets outs how land is used and what will be built where. As part of this, people who come along will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Chair of the Network Panel, Councillor Ken Yeo of Perranzabuloe Parish Council, said: “The network panel meeting this month is a really good opportunity for residents to find out about what’s currently happening in planning. Those who come along can put their question about planning to Edwina Hannaford and Phil Mason so I encourage local people to attend. This is also a chance for people to meet representatives of their local Parish and Cornwall Councillors and hear about what else is happening locally. Everyone is welcome to this public meeting.”
The St Agnes and Perranporth Panel meets bi-monthly. They discuss matters that affect the local area and agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners such as the police and health services.
Some of the areas that community networks across Cornwall focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.
The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel includes all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.
The meeting takes place on Thursday 23 February 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB.
The agenda and more information about the community network panel can be found on the St Agnes and Perranporth Community network panel webpage.
Posted 14 February 2017
The third of the 13 highway schemes which form the Building a better Bodmin scheme has been completed - more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
The work at Higher Bore Street involved widening the footway, improving visibility at the junction with Midway Road and installing a toucan crossing.
Alex Hoffen, Project Manager for CORMAC, said: "This scheme has involved a lot of work 'behind the scenes' with utility companies, such as gas, water and electricity to either divert services or work around services.
"As such, there has been a lot of careful construction taking place here to ensure we did not disrupt supplies to local homes. The scheme was originally planned for completion at the end of February, so clearly we're very pleased to have been able to finish more than a fortnight earlier."
Elsewhere in Bodmin, town centre visitors may have noticed that the final layer of stonework is being laid at Church Square. Between now and the end of May, CORMAC crews will lay more than 17,000 individual bricks at Church Square. They will also lay around 7,000 kerb stones - if laid end to end, the kerb stones would stretch to almost 4.5 miles.
Councillor Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Council Local Member for Bodmin St Mary's, said: "I'm delighted that this work has been completed early and want to thank the people of Bodmin for their patience. I know people have been delayed while these works were carried out and will be glad that this piece of work has now been completed."
The Building a better Bodmin project is a series of highway improvements which aims to improve traffic flows, make it safer for people walking and cycling in the area and provide a catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre.
One aspect of the project is to create a cycle link between Lanhydrock, the Camel Trail and Cardinham Woods, connecting Bodmin to these popular cycle hubs which are popular with thousands of visitors each year.
The project is supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s £60m Growth Deal, which aims to speed up the delivery of new homes and jobs by removing barriers to growth. Other Growth Deal projects are on site at Saltash, Truro and Treluswell, with more to follow.
Cornwall Council has appointed a specialist contractor, Bernhards Sports Surfaces, to resurface the popular Par Athletics Track. The contractor will start work on site on 1 March 2017. It is hoped that the resurfacing work, which is dependent on weather conditions, will be completed in time for the summer and by 1 June this year.
The works are being done following a survey last April that confirmed a full resurface of the athletics track which was laid in 2000 was required. As well as resurfacing the track, the Council has commissioned Bernhards Sports Surfaces to update other items to ensure that the whole site is fit for purpose in the future. This includes installing a new hammer / discus cage and throwing circle which will also have a disabled fixing point.
During the improvement works the athletics track and football pitch within it will have to be closed and people are being encouraged to use the alternative running track at Carn Brea Leisure Centre. The football pitches surrounding the site and changing facilities will however still be open for use; subject to any health and safety matters which occur from the works. People using the facilities during the improvement works are being asked to be mindful and observe any on site health and safety instructions.
To help to minimise disruption, Tempus Leisure has already contacted parties who were planning athletic and football events at the track during the improvement works so they could look to make alternative arrangements.
Local people can find out more about the works by going along to a community event hosted by Bernhards Sports Surfaces at Par Athletics Track Pavilion on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 6pm. At the event, people will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from the contractor.
Local Cornwall Councillor, Doug Scrafton, said about the improvements: “This is excellent news. As is already known, a local community group are in the process of assuming responsibility for the track and its environs, initially with the assistance of GLL. With the complete resurfacing of the track, it will mean that we have the best possible basis on which to begin our exciting new project. I know that those who use the track will be willing to suffer a few weeks’ inconvenience in return for the long term advantages to be gained.”
People who wish to use the running track at Carn Brea Leisure Centre whilst Par Athletics Track is closed for improvements should call 01209 714766.
For further information about the operation of Par Athletics Track, please contact Dragon Leisure Centre on 01208 75715.
Posted 13 February 2017
Students from Pencalenick School ‘passed out’ on Friday 10 January at Falmouth Community Fire Station.
The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning during the five-day Phoenix course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running. This course for this group of students has been funded by West Cornwall Youth Trust (WCYT).
Phoenix has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.
Station Manager Andy Mortimore, Phoenix Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Pencalenick School 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 Pencalenick School have worked extremely hard to succeed and improve their own learning and performance.”
Phoenix is a Cornwall-wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 10 -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. The students also had the opportunity for an ‘away day’ during their course and this time they went to Granite Planet for a day.
“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 13 February 2017