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Local grants open to bids from Cornwall’s voluntary and community groups

Cornwall Council News feed - 3 hours 55 min ago

Community and voluntary groups in Cornwall are invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000 as part of Cornwall Council's Community Chest grant scheme for 2017/18.

Each of Cornwall Council's 123 councillors has a total fund of £2,000 to support projects run by not for profit groups in their local area and community and voluntary groups are being asked to apply. The grants can be used to help a wide range of people and activities for example:

  • Helping vulnerable children or adults
  • Helping young people
  • Providing facilities for older people
  • Supporting community facilities
  • Supporting local environment projects
  • Helping to tackle community safety issues.

Councillor Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “Community groups across Cornwall support an amazing range of worthwhile projects in local areas, which councillors help support through this fund.

“Last year Cornwall councillors awarded 751 grants for initiatives ranging from community facilities to schemes promoting healthy living, music and sport.  Many groups used the grants to help attract match funding, leading to over £2m more being poured in to local projects and organisations.

“Applications are welcome from any not for profit organisations that serve Cornwall.  Town and parish councils, village or community hall associations, parent teacher associations, scout and guide groups and many more are eligible for funding.  Talk to your Cornwall councillor to find out whether they can support your application.”

Not for profit groups can apply for Community Chest grants of between £100 and £1,000.  The grants are available for specific projects rather than ongoing running costs, and full guidance on eligibility is available on the Cornwall Council community chest webpage. Applications can be made any time up until the closing date of 16 February 2018. 

Last year Cornwall councillors supported community projects across Cornwall including:

East Cornwall

  • River Recreation Centre CIC - £900 for West Quarries Picnic Site
  • Launceston Rifle and Pistol Club - £480 to purchase an air rifle and bag
  • Padstow and District Lions - £300 to support Padstow Carnival 2016

Mid Cornwall

  • St Goran Community Land Trust Ltd - £500 for the conversion and refurbishment of Gorran Old School
  • Newquay Education Trust - £454 for a wildlife garden
  • Roseland Rugby Club - £500 for mobile training lights.

West Cornwall

  • Out and About with Highway Farm - £300 for a fundraising event.
  • Lelant Village Hall - £500 for hall refurbishments.
  • Diana Close Residents Association - £650.00 for a treadmill.

Story posted 23 August 2017 

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Call to name new Cornish fire boat whittled down to final four - so get voting

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:32

Earlier in the summer, the call went out to help name the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service brand new fire boat – and the public responded with 214 suggestions.

The firefighters of Cornwall now want you to vote for your favourite name from the four they have shortlisted

The poll is now live and you can vote for one of these great names

  • Tan Skath (‘fire boat’ in Cornish)
  • Nelson (in memory of our first Fire Investigation Dog)
  • Morvoren (‘sea maiden’ in Cornish)
  • One and All (taken from the Cornish crest)

The deadline to submit your vote is 5pm on 06 September 2017 and you can find full details of how to vote on the fireboat page on our website 

The person or persons who first suggested the winning name will be invited to attend the boat naming ceremony at the end of the summer.  

The new fire boat commissioned by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, replaces Transco Phoenix which has been in service for the last 17 years and will be based predominantly at Falmouth. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt, said: “The new boat has been designed to support prevention and safety activities and partnership working with our other emergency services which will help keep residents and visitors safe around the waters and coast of Cornwall”.

Station Manager Steve Wilkinson said: “We are pleased to be launching our new fire boat, which will primarily be kept on a berth at Falmouth Marina and will be dealing with maritime incidents and boat safety. I’m looking forward to meeting the person or persons who have suggested the winning name when we hold the launch event in the coming months. I’m sure it will help us to promote the use of this boat in dealing with maritime incidents and boat safety.”

Vote for your favourite name for the fireboat on the website.  

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Story posted 22 August 2017 

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Cornwall Council supporting Cornwall Pride/Gooth Kernow this Saturday

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:35

 

Cornwall Council is celebrating Cornwall’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities (lesbian, kethreydhel, dewreydhel, treus (LKDT)) by supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Newquay on Saturday 26 August.

As well as proudly flying the rainbow flag at New County Hall in Truro leading up to and throughout the Pride weekend, representatives of the Council will be at the fun and inclusive event to let people know about services, talk about opportunities in the Council, and to show its support for the communities it serves.  

Representatives from the Council will join the parade, starting at 12noon from Beach Road car park, and will be at The Killacourt for the family friendly Rainbow Fest in the afternoon.

The Council’s Registration Service will be advising on licensed venues and support anyone who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in stunning Cornwall.

The Corporate Equality and Diversity Team will be there to talk about the ‘We Say No to Hate Crime’ campaign; #proud to be Cornish /#Prout dhe vos Kernewek and the LGBTQ+ Forum for Public Sector employees in Cornwall.  They will also be showcasing some young people’s work on ‘Coming Out’.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service will be on hand to talk about careers within the service with firefighters ready to share their experiences and give information on how to become an on-call firefighter.  They will also be discussing domestic abuse with the message to  “shOUT” about this important issue.

Representatives from the Phoenix Services will be there to talk about the range of professional courses and training they can provide on everything from fire safety, first aid and marine fire-fighting to running courses to increase confidence, motivation and skills of young people.

There will even be one of Cornwall’s fire appliances in the parade.

Julian German, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council with responsibility for equality and diversity said “By taking an active role in the Pride event, we are proud to show our commitment to supporting diversity and improving inclusion within Cornwall.  We want to set an example in all we do to support the whole community. Pride is a great event and I hope that everyone enjoys themselves!”

 

Story posted 21 August 2017 

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Cornwall Council takes action and secures derelict hotel helping to make Newquay Safer

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:01

Newquay residents and visitors have been protected from a potential health risk and fire risk following enforcement action by Cornwall Council’s Community Protection Team at the derelict Edgcumbe hotel site in the town. Council officers, along with Devon and Cornwall Police, worked together at the hotel removing the people occupying the property, recovering stolen items and securing the site against unauthorised access.

An enforcement notice had previously been served on the owner of the building to secure it against unauthorised access, which the owner failed to do within the timeframe. The Council has now secured the property and the costs of doing this work will be charged back to the owner.

Officers removed eight people from the building who were believed to be visitors to the area. The building had become a health risk, as it has no running water or flushing toilets and the occupiers were defecating in toilets.

There was evidence of drug use and of a bed being set on fire from the occupiers using candles to illuminate rooms. Officers thought it was fortunate the fire did not spread to other parts of the building. Several items of potentially stolen property were also recovered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Council Officers from Public Protection will monitor the building to ensure that it remains secure. 

 

Story posted 21 August 2017 

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Camborne Library temporary closure

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:23

Your library is changing! Camborne Library will temporarily close for several weeks to allow an extensive repair and refurbishment programme to be completed. Ownership of the building will be transferred to Camborne Town Council and the badly needed improvement works will allow the library to be used for greater community benefit. A temporary library will be available at the Dolcoath Council Offices while the building is closed.

The library service will return to its home as soon as the works are completed and the Town Council will be moving its offices there next year. Camborne Library will be one of the first in the county to be transferred to a Town Council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which is helping councils and communities take over local ownership, management and control of services.

Camborne Library, on The Cross, will close to the public at 5pm on Friday 25 August and a smaller library will reopen in the reception at Dolcoath on Wednesday 30 August at 9am. The closure will allow the building works, which have been commissioned by the Town Council, to be completed as safely and quickly as possible and the library is scheduled to reopen in February 2018. When the library reopens it will be run and managed by Camborne Town Council and will continue to offer the key areas essential to a modern library including reading for pleasure, information, learning, digital resources and support and engaging with community partners.

Meanwhile, to ensure that even the most dedicated bookworm has enough to read while the library is closed, customers will be able to borrow up to 24 items from Camborne Library from 30 August until the library reopens.  Books borrowed until 30 September will also have an extended loan period.

The temporary library, based in the Dolcoath Council Offices, will also be in operation during the closure to enable library customers to continue to request, return and collect books. Library opening hours at Dolcoath Council Offices will be Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm, please note there will be no weekend opening. Library users will need to bring their library card with them in order to loan any items.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items for free and collect them at Dolcoath or other libraries, including Redruth or Hayle, using the online reservation system. Additionally library users can download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on their tablets, smartphones and computers.

Mrs Val Dalley, Camborne Town Mayor, said: "I am really excited that the Town Council will be taking over the running of the library service and ownership of the library building.  This is really good for Camborne.  With the Town Council offices moving to the same premises it will provide an integrated service in the town centre which can only benefit the whole community."

Julie Zessimedes, Head of Library and Information Services, said: “This is a really exciting project and has been an opportunity for Cornwall Council and Camborne Town Council to work together to deliver a great library service in the town. The refurbishment of the library will mean that the building will be a thriving community hub for library customers and new visitors alike.”

Story posted 18 August 2017

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Work starts to improve parking in seven towns

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:02

Following Cornwall Council’s town parking review last year work has started to help improve parking in seven towns, reflecting feedback from residents.

Changes will include a reduced evening permit price, the introduction of yellow lines and new residents’ parking schemes.

A broad parking review completed last year has shaped the Council proposing different schemes to best meet the needs of each town.

Since April the Council has been working to finalise the designs for each of the towns.

The first phase of the works, which includes further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations, will include:

  • yellow lines and new waiting restrictions in Penzance, Newquay, Bude, Falmouth and Penryn
  • the first residents’ parking scheme in Penryn
  • residents parking schemes are also proposed for St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge, but are still awaiting confirmation of capital funding before the works can be commissioned.

One of the issues identified through the parking review was a lack of on-street overnight space in some of the towns. To help alleviate this the Council plans to reduce the evening parking permit price, in long stay car parks where evening charges apply, from £150 to £50. More details will be available soon.

More information about the parking schemes and programme of work is available on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingreview

The parking plans and information about how people can comment on them are available on the Council’s roads and traffic consultation website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/TrafficConsult

Story posted 17 August 2017

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Council congratulates young people on A level results

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:47

It’s an important day for thousands of young people in Cornwall as they receive their A level exam results, with many options open to young people in the Duchy.

While it is too early to know results across Cornwall, many young people will now be considering whether to continue their education, undertake training or enter the workforce.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to every student on their hard work and commitment. I have no doubt this has been a challenging time and it will be a big relief to know the outcome today.

Whether you now continue in education or are taking those next steps in to work, this is an exciting time and I’d like to wish everyone all the very best.  I also want to pay tribute to teachers at all the schools and colleges, and parents and carers who have all supported our young people achieve their maximum potential.”

Jane Black, the Council’s Service Director for Education said there were many pathways open to young people when they knew their results.

“Some students will be taking up the opportunity to go to university but that may not be the right option for everyone. More young people are now choosing apprenticeships where they can learn in the workplace, get formal off-the-job training and a structured programme that takes them through the skills they need to do a job well.”

“Traineeships are also available to provide young people with the necessary skills and experience to access apprenticeships and wider employment opportunities.”

Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Strategic Director for Children, Families and Adults said: “A good education and entering the workforce are fundamental foundations for young people, which is why we aim to ensure all our young people are supported to achieve their very best. A key element of this is our Cornwall Education Strategy which aims to drive up standards so that Cornwall’s performance is improved.”

Cornwall Council has apprenticeship vacancies available across a range of departments where you can gain technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills.  You can find out more about the apprenticeships available. 

Young people who are unsure what to do next, can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900, via web chat, email or by searching online for the National Careers Service. The service offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.

We will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.  

Story posted 17 August 2017 

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Junction improvements on A30 in St Erth

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:42

Works to improve the existing Station Approach junction on the A30 trunk road at St Erth are due to begin in September. The works form part of the larger St Erth Multi-Modal Hub project which will connect the Cornwall rail mainline, A30 trunk road, St. Ives rail park and ride service and the Cornwall bus network to offer more travel choices for local residents and visitors, as well as reduce reliance on private car transport.

Works on the junction will include the installation of traffic lights and a signal controlled pedestrian crossing. During the works two-way traffic will be maintained at all times during the daytime with single lane traffic planned for limited periods during night time hours only.

To ensure the safety of road users and workers, the speed limit will be reduced to 30mph during these works. Given the changes to the road layout when the junction is complete, Highways England has asked that a permanent 30mph limit is applied to this stretch of road. Highways England will undertake a public consultation on the speed limit before the works are finished.

Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited (WBCEL) have been contracted by Cornwall Council to deliver the St Erth Multi-Modal Hub project.

Works will include the amendments to the existing junction on the A30 trunk road as well as a pedestrian ramp from the south car park to platform level and improvements to the railway station forecourt.

More than 500 car parking spaces will be created – 440 to the south of the Multi-Modal Hub and 100 spaces to the north. The new parking facilities will include ticket vending facilities, CCTV, cycle storage facilities and electric car charging facilities. There will also be drop off/pick up areas and bus facilities located outside the hub to provide easy access to the Multi-Modal Hub.

Councillor Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that works will begin in September on the St Erth Multi-Modal project. This project will support our residents to commute into and out of West Cornwall to access jobs and to be able to enjoy the fantastic environment.

"It also has the added bonus of enhancing the transport offer to the tourists we welcome each year which should reduce congestion on the roads.”

Councillor Pascoe, Cornwall Councillor for Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth, said: “Owing to the New Multi-Modal Hub at St Erth station, there is a urgent need to improve the main A30 from the roundabout to the station. This will be an inconvenience for some time, but in the long term it will be a massive improvement.”

More information about the project can be found on the St Erth Multi-Modal webpage.

Story posted 16 August 2017.

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Hayle and St Ives residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:42

With less than a week remaining, households in the Hayle and St Ives area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor Lionel Pascoe, Chair of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel, said: “We will be using what our residents in the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel area, tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 16 August 2017.

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Bodmin residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:23

With less than a week remaining, households in the Bodmin area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Leigh Frost, Vice-chair of Bodmin Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin St Petroc, says: “With Bodmin set to become Cornwall's first 'cycle town', we are seeing massive levels of investment and growth into our area. We are really interested to know what people who live in the Bodmin area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Bodmin area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Bodmin area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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Creative workshops in Truro and Redruth inspired by our archives

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:36

Local residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Cornwall’s rich history through hands-on creative workshops inspired by our rich archive collections held by the Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service.

The service is running a series of ArTchive events: creative workshops inspired by archive collections with two ‘ArTchive’ workshops now open for booking in Redruth and Truro.

The workshops, which are led by local artists, are inspired by Cornwall’s archive collections, and previous workshops have focused on posters, maps, books, photography and stories from the archives.

On Monday 21 August at Cornwall Record Office in Truro, artist Vicki Aimers will lead ‘Amazines!’, a zine-making workshop using leaflets, adverts and ephemera as inspiration. There will also be the opportunity for a zine swap afterwards.

On Thursday 31 August, at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth, Dandy/Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan will guide participants through a Cartoon Masterclass, loosely inspired by stories from the history of Redruth Brewery which is where Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, will open next year.

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the service, says: “We love running ArTchive as it’s always brilliant to see how creative minds use and interpret our archive sources. We’ve seen some really creative responses and will be displaying many of them in an exhibition later on this year.”

The workshops run from 10am until 4pm and cost £10, including materials. Pre-booking and payment is essential as spaces are limited. Please telephone the Cornwall Record Office (Truro) on 01872 323 127 or the Cornish Studies Library (Redruth) on 01209 216 760 to book a space or for more information.

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is made up of the Cornwall Record Office in Truro and the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth. Together, they are home to hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs and books related to Cornwall's history. The service is dedicated to celebrating and promoting this written and printed heritage and ensuring that it is well preserved and available so that individuals and communities, now and in the future, have access to these fantastic collections.

You can find the Archives and Cornish Studies Service on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kresenkernow.

Story posted 15 August 2017.

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Wadebridge and Padstow residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:39

With less than a week remaining, households in the Wadebridge and Padstow area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Wadebridge West says: “Padstow, Wadebridge and the surrounding villages are full of people with original ideas and often strong opinions, this is part of what makes it a great place to live! Now is your chance to feedback directly to Cornwall Council and tell us exactly what you think our budget priorities should be. You can find out more about the services Cornwall Council is responsible for in our online A-Z.

 “We are really interested to know what people who live in the Wadebridge and Padstow area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Wadebridge and Padstow area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Wadebridge and Padstow area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9m on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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St Agnes and Perranporth residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:12

With less than a week remaining, households in St Agnes and Perranporth who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath Joyce Duffin, and Vice-Chair for the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Area Panel meetings, says: 

“Cornwall is a large and diverse area and I feel strongly that people in our area should get a chance to comment on how services are for us. 

“We are really interested to know what people who live in the St Agnes and Perranporth area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from St Agnes and Perranporth have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residentsin the St Agnes and Perranporth area, tell us to help us shape what Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.

If residents don't send the surveys back that we will be underrepresented. Please take the time to complete and return the survey to get your voice heard."

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

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Posted 15 August 2017

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Newquay and St Columb residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:59

With less than a week remaining, households in Newquay and St Columb who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor for St Mawgan and Colan John Fitter, and Chair for the Newquay and St Columb Community Network AreaPanel meetings, says:

“We are really interested to know what people who live in the Newquay and St Columb area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from Newquay and St Columb have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents were to lose this opportunity to have their voice heard.

“We will be using what our residents in the Newquay and St Columb area, tell us to help us shape what Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

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Posted 15 August 2017

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Bude residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:32

With less than a week remaining, households in the Bude area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Nicky Chopak, Chair of Bude Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Poundstock, says: “We are really interested to know what people who live in the Bude area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Bude area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Bude area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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Bodmin man found guilty of fly tipping given a suspended prison sentence

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:31

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Potential flytippers are being put on notice following the court case of Richard Green (38) of Rock Lane, Bodmin who pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 3 August 2017 to fly-tipping at two separate sites between Bodmin and Blisland in Nov 2016.

Members of the public reported the fly-tips on private land to Community Protection Officers, who checked the waste and uncovered evidence.  A detailed investigation was carried out by officers, which established a link between the two sites and further enquiries proved a link to Mr Green.

Mr Green initially denied the allegation of fly-tipping until he realised that the weight of evidence against him was irrefutable. 

Mr Green advertised on social media and collected waste for a fee. On this occasion he collected construction and domestic waste from several properties around Cornwall. Mr Green claimed he then tried to dispose of the waste at a Council Household Waste and Recycle Centre but he was unwilling to pay the disposal costs for the building waste and was subsequently refused access when it was determined it was trade waste.

The magistrates in summing up said the offences were extremely serious and this was reflected in their sentencing.  Mr Green was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 80 hours non paid work, £1500 in costs and £450 compensation to the land owner for the cost of clearing the fly tip.

The fly tips were on private land and as such the landowners were responsible for the cost of the clearance and removal of the waste by a licenced waste collector.

Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste on public land costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action.  The court’s comments and sentences handed down reinforce this. We were also able to work with land owner and recover the full costs they incurred for the clearance of the flytip”

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: "This sentence sends out a clear message that flytipping is a serious offence. As a Council we are intent on tackling the issue and this shows that when we have evidence to put before a court, this kind of irresponsible behaviour can prove extremely costly to the offender.”

Mr Green pleaded guilty to two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33- Depositing Controlled waste on land without consent  and two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 – Duty of care in respect of transporting waste without the correct documentation or a permit.

 

Story posted 14 August 2017 

Categories: Cornwall

Stargazing event showcases Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky status

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:56

There’s a chance to experience the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor at a stargazing event led by Caradon Observatory and Tolcarn Observatory on Saturday 19 August at Jamaica Inn.

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

The dark sky evening on 19 August will be in two parts.  At 7.00pm there will be a two course dinner event at £16.00 per person.  This will be followed by a free stargazing session at 8.30pm, which is open to everyone. 

The dinner event will include an introduction to Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky designation and talks on exoplanets and the solar system’s giant planets by Grant Mackintosh and Mike Willmott, who are both Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Association.  There will also be a demonstration of the Magic Planet, an interactive globe that depicts the beauty and topography of solar systems. 

The free stargazing session will start at 8.30pm with a chance to chat with the astronomers.  People should wrap up warm and keep their fingers crossed for clear skies.  Outside observing will begin from 9.00pm, after the sun has set.  There will be an array of telescopes for viewing the night sky, including a 12 inch telescope on loan from First Light Optics in Exeter.  The Milky Way will be arching high overhead from north to south.  If the sky and horizon are clear, there will be a chance to see Jupiter before it sets.  Saturn will be due south and will be the main focus for viewing.  There may also be an opportunity to glimpse Neptune when it rises later in the evening.

Dr Wayne Thomas from Caradon Observatory said: “This event is a chance for people to come along and enjoy a view of the stars in one of the darkest areas of night sky in the country.  Being bathed in the glory of the Milky Way on Bodmin Moor is a breathtaking experience, and viewing planets and galaxies through telescope brings home just how vast and awe inspiring our universe is.”

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “There’s a growing interest in astronomy and space sciences in Cornwall, including the potential for a spaceport at Newquay.  Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation helps to protect its exceptionally dark and clear skies from light pollution, ensuring that it remains one of Cornwall’s star attractions for amateur stargazers, astronomers, and astrophysicists alike.”

To book a place at the dinner event, ring Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250.  There’s no need to book in advance for the free stargazing, and people are welcome to drop in from 8.30pm.

More information about Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation is available at on our Dark Sky page.  

Story posted 14 August 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Safer St Austell encourages people to help by reporting anti-social behaviour and street drinking

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:41

As part of the Safer St Austell partnership, people are being asked to speak up and report anti-social behaviour so further action can be taken and people feel safer. 

In February this year a walkabout by partners found that of those who had seen or experienced anti-social behaviour many hadn’t reported it. Sometimes people just post about incidents on social media rather than report it to organisations which can actually help. The partnership, which includes the voluntary sector, public services and the local business community, is responding to local concerns about anti-social behaviour, rough sleeping, drug use and street drinking in the town. However when compared to towns of a similar population St Austell has an average amount of recorded crime when looking at the rate per population.

Last week partners undertook another walkabout, talking to local businesses and residents, encouraging people to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and street drinking and providing a leaflet with contact details to make a report. Many businesses said they’d be happy to report incidents now they felt that something was being done.

The partnership aims to help residents and visitors feel safer by addressing these concerns and providing further information on what to do.

The leaflets provide information on reporting anti-social behaviour, street drinking or discarded needles so that people can report incidents to the organisations that can then take action.

Details of who to contact to help individuals sleeping rough are included in the leaflet. The leaflet also explains that those street drinking are not necessarily rough sleepers and gives information about other organisations that are providing support locally to vulnerable people.

Sarah Necke, Community Safety Officer at Cornwall Council and representative for Safer Cornwall said: “The walkabout was a really positive way for us to talk to people, understand their concerns and tell them about the work of Safer St Austell. Street drinking and anti-social behaviour, such as abusive language and offensive behaviour, happens in many UK towns. If people see an incident we really encourage them to report it using the contacts on the leaflet, so we can understand what’s happening and decide how best to respond. ”

David Pooley, St Austell Town Council’s Clerk said “The walkabout in St Austell last week was a great opportunity for partners to be seen out in the town and working together. It was good to talk to people, hand out the leaflet and explain how people can report incidents of anti-social behaviour and dangerous rubbish such as broken glass or needles. I hope that people will also help by contacting Streetlink if they see anyone sleeping rough.”

The Safer St Austell partners have found that since they formed earlier this year they are working better on a daily basis, and are more effective at sharing helpful information. Over the coming months the partnership will continue to work together on initiatives such as continuing to patrol St Austell, developing the work already being done to reduce the levels of high strength alcohol in the community and provide Substance Misuse and Retail Training (SMART) for licensees. They will also continue to provide outreach work to help rough sleepers and those who require drug or alcohol treatment.

Advice for residents and businesses

  • If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance). Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk.

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

Posted 14 August 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Helston Library temporary closure

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:48

Your library is changing! Helston Library will close for several weeks to allow a refurbishment programme to be completed which will increase the overall customer accessible floor space by over 10%. During the works a temporary library will be accessible at Isaac House on Tyacke Road.

Helston Library, on Trengrouse Way, will be closed to the public from Thursday 17 August, until it reopens in November, to ensure building works can be completed as safely and quickly as possible. The works will increase the overall customer accessible floor space and by making more efficient use of the existing footprint of the building the architects have created a new children’s library, a new interview room and space for the Job Centre Plus service. In addition the Cornwall Council Information Services, which is currently provided at Isaac House, will also be included within the renovated library building making the library a key hub for information in the community.

When the library reopens it will continue to offer the key areas essential to a modern library including reading for pleasure, information, learning, digital resources and support and engaging with community partners.

Meanwhile, to ensure that even the most dedicated bookworm has enough to read while the library is closed, customers will be able to borrow up to 36 items from Helston Library until the library reopens. Books borrowed during the first month in Isaac House will also have an extended loan period.

A reduced library collection will be in operation during the closure in Isaac House to enable library customers to continue to borrow books and also to request, return and collect books. Library users will need to bring their library card with them in order to loan any items. The temporary library schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Wednesday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Friday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Saturday from 10am to 1p.m.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items free of charge and collect them at Isaac House, or any other library, using the online reservation system, or to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

Julie Zessimedes, Head of Library and Information Services, said: “The new partnership for Helston Library is a really positive move for the local community as when the library reopens, we will be sharing the building with Job Centre Plus and offering a real community service to Helston residents. This will be an exciting and innovative community hub for the people of Helston.”

Story posted 14 August 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Recent raid prompts warning on illegal tobacco sales

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:28

More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco have been seized over the past 12 months in Cornwall, prompting authorities to issue a warning to the community that illegal trade will not be tolerated. 

The latest warning follows a joint raid between the Council and police in North Country, near Illogan last month which saw another 1,000 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and a large sum of cash seized. 

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards said the products were either counterfeit, posing a public health risk as people don’t know what’s inside, or they had not had tax paid on them, robbing the public purse of thousands of pounds in tax. 

Trading Standards has received an increasing number of calls and reports from the public over the last year, and as a result ten search warrants have been executed and seven people prosecuted through the criminal courts.   

Cllr Sue James, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “Cornwall Council has been clamping down on this issue and we want to send a clear message to people. If you sell illegal products, chances are you will be caught and you could face serious penalties through the courts. 

“Illegal tobacco trade harms everyone. All tobacco is harmful, but when it is cheap and easy to get hold of, it makes it harder for people to quit and more accessible to children and young people.  

"The loss of tax revenue reduces money available for local schools and health care. 

"The illegal tobacco trade also  has strong links to crime including drug dealing. 

“Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can carry fines, community orders or prison. The number of reports we are seeing shows more people have had enough and are providing us with information to stop local criminals selling and trading tobacco. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual, chances are you will be reported. Our crackdown will continue.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 11th August 2017

Categories: Cornwall