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Appeal for information after injured stray dog is found in Falmouth

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:37

Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service are appealing for information after an injured stray Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found wandering in the Old Hill area of Falmouth.

On 28 January 2016 the service received a phone call from a member of public who had found the dog alone and in apparently poor health. One of the Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers attended and was shocked to see the condition of the dog. The dog was obviously suffering from a chronic skin condition, hair loss and serious injuries to its tail.

The male, brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Bruce by officers and estimated to be around 4 years old, was not wearing a collar or tag and had no microchip. He was immediately taken to a vet for emergency treatment and pain relief.

On examination the vet found that the damage to the tail was such that it would require amputation. Further investigation under anaesthetic revealed that the skin of the tail was so infected that there would be a risk to the dog to undertake removal of the tail at this point. The tail was debrided, cleaned and dressed and the dog is currently on a course of treatment to bring the infection under control and to remedy his skin condition.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Cornwall Council has a statutory duty to collect and kennel any dog found straying.  If an owner is not found within 7 clear days ownership of the dog transfers over to the Council who then engage with rehoming centres.

In this case the dog will be signed over to the National Animal Welfare Trust who will continue to treat his injuries.

The Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service are appealing for information as to who might own this dog and how the dog came to be in this condition.

If anyone recognises this dog or has any information that maybe helpful please do not hesitate to contact Cornwall Councils Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service on 0300 1234 212. 

Cornwall Council's Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers are working in partnership with the Dogs Trust, who have provided free micro chips for any dog within Cornwall.

We are offering totally free micro-chipping for all dogs until March 2016. If you would like to arrange a free chip, please call us on 0300 1234 212.

Story posted: 8 February 2016

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Buying from local selling sites and local fairs? Are you aware of risks

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:28

Cornwall Trading Standards are encouraging you to be careful and follow simple precautions when buying from local selling sites, on social media and at local fairs.

The advice follows a recent case where Trading Standards have recovered a large quantity of unsafe items specifically targeted at residents through these local selling sites, social media and Christmas fairs.

The seizure included counterfeit branded cuddly toys, children's fashion accessories, child-appealing lights, key chains, harmful bow and arrow pens, fancy dress costumes and figurines which had all been purchased direct from China and did not conform to UK/EU safety requirements or The Toy (Safety) Regulations 2011.

In this case, the seized toys had unsecure eyes, hair, ears and small parts easily detached in play and capable of choking young children.  We recovered and tested a plastic doll containing carcinogenic phthalates 88% higher than the 0.01g per 100g legally allowed in the UK; accessible parts of toys must not contain materials that could cause cancer.

In fire safety tests, setting fire to the toys using a small candle flame in a controlled fire safety facility the toys took just four minutes to engulf in flames and black smoke.  This could have been a child’s bedroom.

As you can see in our video www.facebook.com/CornwallBusinessConsumerSupport it took just a few minutes for the deadly thick black smoke to drift from the melting fabrics and filling materials.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities, says “Products bought cheaply through local selling group sites and local fairs, often through people you know and trust, may seem harmless but it’s important to remember that they can pose a considerable safety risk.” 

Jane Tomlinson from Cornwall Trading Standards says: “Safety complaints involving local selling sites and social media are on the increase. From the video and the recent issues with hover boards, you can see the fire concerns arising from directly imported, often counterfeit, goods that do not meet safety standards.  Private individuals and traders directly importing counterfeit toys can often contain cancer causing chemicals, as well as being choking hazards.  You may be saving a few pounds, but can be putting your children in danger.  We encourage people to look for recognised schemes, such as Buy With Confidence and Made In Cornwall, as well as using recognised traders when choosing where to buy their goods from. If you have any concerns about the quality and safety of a product please stop using it”.

If you use local selling sites and social media to trade or buy we can investigate any complaints made in relation to non-compliant, unsafe or counterfeit branded goods or CE markings if an infringement is suspected. Please contact Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191 with any information.

Story posted: 9 February 2016

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Healthy communities key to the future of health services in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:12

The 2015 Director of Public Health Annual Report has been published this week, highlighting the work done in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to tackle key health priorities.

The report contains a series of infographics to present information briefly and clearly.  These give information on patterns of poor health and wellbeing, in addition to showcasing the work that is being done locally to tackle these issues.

Health inequalities continue. Levels of sickness and disability benefit claims are closely linked to areas of poverty.

The Live Well Model is very useful in explaining how lifestyles influence rates of death and disability in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The infographic topics include the five lifestyle behaviours covered in the Live Well model in addition to other Public Health local priority areas. The report also contains a section on local Public Health Outcome Framework outliers (Public Health indicators that are worse than the national average).

Some highlights of the statistics featured in this year’s report:

  • People from the poorest communities in Cornwall spend over 12 years longer living with poor health compared to the most affluent communities.
  • For physical activity there is £16 returned over two years for every £1 invested in the Healthy Weight Programme
  • Around 3,000 people a year will quit smoking using the Stop Smoking Service
  • Since 2013, our Homeless Patient Hospital Discharge Service has supported 170 homeless patients, 89% discharged into suitable homes and saved 338 bed days or equivalent of £169,000 in healthcare costs.
  • Teenage conceptions  in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have fallen from 39.8 per 1,000 in 1998 to 18.2 per 1,000 in 2014, representing a 54% decrease

Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline Court said: “Health services have a relatively small influence on how healthy we are and how long we live. Lifestyle factors like physical activity, healthy food, social interaction and not smoking are more important as are education, employment and good quality housing.

“Health is everybody’s responsibility, starting at home and in our own communities, schools and workplaces and partnership work is vital for successfully addressing these health priorities.

“We look forward to working with local communities and a wide range of colleagues in addressing the issues raised in the report."

You can have your say on shaping the future of health, care and wellbeing in Cornwall the new survey which is available online and in print versions.

Story posted: 8 February 2016

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Penryn College students 'pass out' at Falmouth Community Fire Station parade

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:32

Ten students from Penryn College will ‘pass out’ on Friday 05 February at Falmouth Community Fire Station.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course which is supported by ESF funding through the Learning Partnership. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.

The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Penryn College 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 Penryn College have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance.”

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 -17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.

“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service” said CFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds. Once again it’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence.”

Story posted 04 February 2016

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Stay safe in the kitchen urges Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:28

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, in conjunction with Fire Kills, is reminding people of the dangers of cooking and providing key information on how to stay safe.

Each year, cooking causes more accidental fires in the home than anything else. Cooking-related fires tend to result in the most non-fatal casualties and the second most fatalities (behind smoking products) so the importance of promoting cooking fire safety messages cannot be overestimated.

Last year in Cornwall there were 66 accidental fires related to cooking which, although a reduction of more than a fifth on the previous year, still means that cooking related fires account for the biggest proportion of accidental dwelling fires. Over the past three years there have been two deaths and six serious injuries due to this type of incident. Nearly all of these fires occurred in the kitchen and the majority are related to the oven (60%) and then the grill/ toaster (15%). There is no distinct seasonal pattern and they can occur at any time of day with the highest volume between 5pm and 6pm.

Please remember when cooking at home:

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

Station Manager Richard Gibbons, Prevention Lead (South Command) forCornwall Fire and Rescue Service says:  “We are appealing to members of the public to be mindful of their safety when cooking, as well as the safety of more vulnerable members of the household such as children. Taking a few preventative measures will increase safety and lessen the risk of injuries from cooking related incidents.”

What to do if a pan catches fire:

  • Don’t take any risks.  Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.  Never throw water over it.
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself – Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.

 

Story posted 04 February 2016

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Cornish residents to help shape the future of local Health and Social Care services

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:10

Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow are seeking the views of Cornwall’s residents to help them shape the future of the county’s health and social care services.

Monday 25 January sees the launch of a joint survey asking people about their priorities for health and social care in Cornwall and ways they believe potential savings could be made to help health and social care budgets go further. The survey will be followed by a series of community events across Cornwall and Scilly.

Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow are working with the key health care providers to bring all the organisations responsible for health and social care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly closer together. The objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by 2020 and provide seamless health services.

Cornwall Councillor, Jim McKenna, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “The way we commission and provide health and social care services was created more than 60 years ago. Cornwall is facing rising costs resulting from increased demand as people live longer with more complex conditions.

“Cornwall’s residents have a once in a lifetime opportunity to help us redesign these vital services to meet the needs of people today and in the future.”

Councillor McKenna added he is keen to see increased public accountability and participation in Cornwall’s health and social care system in future.

The Chairman of NHS Kernow, Dr Iain Chorlton, added: “We’ve identified what we think works now, and what could be better. We are working with the people who provide the services to develop options on how care and support can be provided in the future.

“The input of Cornwall’s residents will help us check that we’ve got this right, and ensure we are focussed on addressing the things that matter to local people.”

Last summer, the Prime Minister offered Cornwall the opportunity to have more local control over health and social care decisions, and budgets worth nearly £2 billion per year.

Cllr Jeremy Rowe, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “More local control over decisions and budgets that affect the health and wellbeing of Cornwall’s residents will enable us to have a bigger impact. It will allow us to better co-ordinate services to tackle some of the major challenges, supporting physical, mental and social wellbeing.

“The ambition of Cornwall’s health and wellbeing strategy is that people in Cornwall live longer, happier, healthier lives and good health and wellbeing will be everyone’s responsibility.”

Phil Confue, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, added: “This is the best opportunity in a generation to close the gap between physical and mental health care; putting mental health on a par with physical health will allow us to improve peoples’ lives and use our resources more effectively.”

Cornwall’s major health and wellbeing challenges include:

  • Life expectancy in Cornwall is 81 which is better than average for England. However healthy life expectancy is only 64 meaning people in Cornwall spend on average 17 years living in poor health.
  • The main causes of death are cancer, heart disease and stroke whereas the main causes of long term poor health are mental health problems and bone and joint conditions such as back pain and arthritis.
  • More than one in five of Cornwall and Scilly’s 545,000 residents are living with a long term condition.
  • Cornwall has a higher proportion of people aged 50 plus than the national average and that number is growing.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 children in Cornwall, aged under 19, are living in poverty.
  • The cost of providing health and social care is already exceeding the funding available for it and that funding gap will get worse as the number of people needing support increases.
  • With the second weakest economy in the UK, earnings in Cornwall were 19 percent below the national average in 2011.

Given the financial challenges and the pressures on our health and social care system, we must better prepare our services for the future using the resources available in the best way possible.

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Wallis, Portfolio Holder for Young People, added: “Cornwall’s Health and Social Care providers working more closely together offers an exciting opportunity to provide seamless services that will benefit children and young people across Cornwall.”

Healthwatch Cornwall, the independent organisation that represents people’s views on health and social care in the county, is working with Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow to ensure service providers and the public have the opportunity to have their say on how changes can be made.

Healthwatch Cornwall Chief Executive, Debbie Pritchard said: “It is essential that people input into this survey so they can influence decisions relating to the long-term delivery of their health and social care services, and their future needs can be met more effectively.”

People who want to help shape the future of Cornwall’s health and social care services, can complete the survey online from 25 January by visiting www.cornwall.gov.uk/shapethefuture

Paper copies of the survey will be available in Cornwall Council Libraries, One Stop Shops, GP’s surgeries, and NHS hospital waiting rooms from the beginning of February. The survey closes at 9am on Monday 14 March.

Survey responses will be used to shape discussion at the community events to be held in March. They will also be used to help prioritise options selected for the final health and social care integration strategy to be submitted to the Department for Health later in the year.

 

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Cornwall Council secures £900,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding to improve St Austell’s Town Centre

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:07

Cornwall Council has secured £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to improve St Austell’s Historic Town Centre. The money will fund high quality traditional repairs and reinstate shopfronts, signs and missing architectural detail in the town’s Conservation Area. This will rejuvenate important historic buildings and public areas in the town centre including Fore Street, Duke Street, Market Street, Trevarthian Road and High Cross Street bringing them back in to use, and helping to boost the local economy. The money has been awarded from the HLF’s Townscape Heritage Programme. Work for the scheme in St Austell is due to start in spring 2017 and will take four years to complete.

To help secure the bid, Council Officers liaised with local groups including St Austell Town Council and Chamber of Commerce to identify historic buildings in need of restoration and encourage local property owners to come on board. As part of the scheme Council Officers will work in partnership with other business organisations including the Eden Project, Cornwall College and Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust to progress energy-saving and skills training initiatives. This will include upskilling local contractors and college students in both traditional and new sustainable building techniques so they can be employed to improve some of St Austell’s historic buildings.

Edwina Hannaford, the Council's portfolio holder for Planning said, “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Rejuvenating historic buildings and public areas in the town will help to boost St Austell’s economy and create a better centre for businesses, local communities and visitors. This scheme is also a great opportunity to work with local partners and support local contractors so they too can be involved in improving the town centre.”

The local member for St Austell Gover Sandra Heyward added, “I’m really pleased that we’ve secured the Heritage Lottery Funding to help to bring St Austell’s town centre back to life. It’s a significant boost for local people and I encourage local contractors and students to get involved in this scheme if the opportunity arises. I look forward to seeing some of the town’s Historical buildings and areas being improved over the next few years.””

Heritage Lottery Fund Chair, Sir Peter Luff, said: “Historic town centres are the beating heart of communities, so where they fall into disrepair, the community pays a heavy price. Research shows that this can be changed and that even small changes - improving shop fronts or restoring architectural features - can make a real difference. That's what the Townscape Heritage scheme does so successfully, providing a boost for local economies, with vital employment and training opportunities, start-up spaces for small businesses and enhanced public places for residents and visitors. Townscape Heritage funding has made a huge difference to communities across the UK and this is only possible thanks to National Lottery players.”

To progress the scheme, the next step is for Council officers to continue to work in partnership with local groups, and to produce more detailed proposals for the buildings and areas that are in need of improvement.”

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Council opposes transfer of control of fire and rescue service and calls on Government to devolve powers for policing in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:07

Cornwall Council has confirmed its opposition to proposals which could see control over Cornwall fire and rescue service transferred to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner and says, instead, it will be calling on the Government to devolve powers for policing in Cornwall to the Council.

The Council originally stated its opposition to the proposal by the Home Secretary to consider the transfer of control over fire and rescue services to police and crime commissioners in July 2013.  At that time the authority said that local control and accountability of fire and rescue services was vital to ensure that the service met the needs of rural communities such as Cornwall.

Members at this week’s meeting of the full Council repeated this view, calling on the Government to leave Cornwall’s fire and rescue service alone.

Proposing a Motion calling on Cornwall’s six MP’s and representatives in the House of Lords to ensure that these “ill-conceived ideas” were not acted upon in the case for Cornwall, Councillor Sue James said that Cornwall was already leading the way in collaboration between blue light services and there was no local case for making any change. 

Her case was backed by Geoff Brown, the Cabinet Member for Communities, who said that Cornwall’s “outstanding “ fire and rescue service was doing a fantastic job and he strongly opposed any proposal by the Government to transfer control. 

“We already have the tri service station in Hayle and the UK’s first tri service officer so are leading the way nationally in collaboration between the blue light services” he said.  “The fire and rescue service also plays a vital role in community safety and in working with vulnerable groups, including young people.  At the same time the creation of the unitary council has already delivered significant back office savings.

“We are already delivering what the Government is proposing and I back the invitation issued by Sue James to Home Office Minister Mike Penning to come and learn from Cornwall”.

Other Members called on the Council to go even further, with Julian German proposing that the Government should be asked to devolve powers for policing in Cornwall to the Council.

Members agreed to continue to oppose any plans to transfer the control of Cornwall’s fire and rescue service to the Police and Crime Commissioner and to give the Leader and Chief Executive the authority to talk to the Government about the future transfer of powers over policing in Cornwall to the Council as part of the Devolution Deal.

Story posted: 27 January 2016

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Rogue Newquay landlord handed heavy fine for letting substandard accommodation

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:04

 

At Truro Magistrates Court on 26 January 2016, Newquay landlord Marc Potter entered four guilty pleas to charges that he failed to comply with the requirements of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Regulations 2006 and was fined £8,500, ordered to pay costs of £5,119.24 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team inspected a house in multiple occupation (HMO) at Marcus Hill in Newquay after concerns about the standard of the property were raised by the Gang Master Licensing Authority.

During the inspection in March 2015, the property was found by Environmental Health Officers to be poorly managed and there were immediate and serious risks of harm to the 10 people living there from fire and electrical hazards. 

The property had inadequate and poorly maintained fire precautions and several defects to the electrical installations which meant that tenants were in danger of being electrocuted.  The Council had to take emergency remedial action to protect the tenants from imminent risks of serious harm.

The dining room ceiling had collapsed as a result of a leak from the communal bathroom above and the general state of repair of the property was poor.

The gas central heating boiler was uncertified and its flue had been encased within a plastic flower pot.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and the environment Joyce Duffin said: ‘‘The Private Sector Housing Teams successful action sends out a clear message that Cornwall Council does not tolerate rogue landlords. 

The Council has just been awarded £127,500 from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to target rogue landlords which will be used to better understand available intelligence, train investigating officers and further increase enforcement activity.”

The Council is committed to supporting good and improving landlords and, in partnership with local and national landlord and agent associations, has created the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme.  Cornwall Council strongly recommends that all landlords in Cornwall join the scheme to help ensure they are operating lawfully.  

 

Story posted 26 January 2016

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Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service offer guided tours of Kresen Kernow site

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:04

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service are hosting a range of Kresen Kernow update events next week.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, Kresen Kernow will be home to the world’s biggest collection of archive material related to Cornwall, as well as Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record. It will be constructed on the former Redruth Brewery site, and partly located in the 200 year old Brewhouse there.

Preparatory work has recently been completed on site, carried out by CORMAC and funded by a package of funders, the work includes a flood alleviation scheme and landscaping to prepare the site for development and to create a safe and pleasant walkway from the town centre to Kresen Kernow. While the site remains closed at present for safety reasons, the project team are inviting members of the public on guided tours of the finished works.

Deborah Tritton, Project Director, said: “We are delighted with the progress that has been made on site so far, and are looking forward to showing people around. We hope you will join us for a tour, or at one of the other free events taking place, including user forums and a history talk.”

The user forums take place at Cornwall Record Office in Truro (Thursday February 4th, 6pm-7pm) and the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth (Friday February 5th, 5pm-6pm). Free tours of the public areas on site are running from 10am-2pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th February. Please note, pre-booking for these tours is essential. For those interested in the site’s history, a free talk will take place at the Cornish Studies Library on Friday 5th February from 3.30pm-4.30pm; pre-booking for this is also required. For more information, or to book your place, please telephone 01872 323 127. If you can’t attend but still have questions, a special hashtag has been set up, tweet @kresenkernow using #KKQandA and one of the project team will answer your query.

More information about the Kresen Kernow project can be found on the Cornwall Council Kresen Kernow webpages or via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kresenkernow.

Story posted 26 January 2016. 

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Changes to draft Cornwall Local Plan go out for public consultation

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:03

A six week public consultation on proposed changed to the draft Cornwall Local Plan begins on Monday 25 January 2016.

Members agreed to propose changes to the draft Cornwall Local Plan following recommendations made by the Secretary of State appointed inspector earlier this year.  

At hearings held last year the Inspector recommended additional work and gave advice about changes to the Plan to make it ‘sound’ before it can be considered for adoption.

The results of the public consultation, which will centre just on the proposed changes to the Cornwall Local Plan, will then be considered by the Inspector as part of the Local Plan Examination when it resumes.  He will then recommend changes to the Council after his examination.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning said:

“I urge everyone to have their say on the changes to the draft Local Plan.  You can do this online on the Council’s website. You can also view a copies of the proposed changes at the Council’s one stop shops and libraries.  

Cornwall needs a Local Plan. We need an adopted plan so we can start determining local planning applications on locally agreed policies and not having to rely on the National Planning Policy Framework alone.  We need an adopted Plan so that policies for economic development, affordable housing, renewable energy and the protection of our precious landscape, among others, have weight and are defendable.

We also need the Plan to support plans for our towns that identify areas where growth should go and importantly where it shouldn’t, rather than just respond to developer’s applications.

We need a plan that supports Communities to develop their own Neighbourhood Plans.

However, to be adopted by the Council and therefore carry full weight, it must first be found ‘sound’ by an independent Government appointed Inspector at a public examination.

From the earlier hearings of the examination the Inspector recommended that the housing target should be increased but also cautioned against planning for too many more houses that simply would not be built or harm our economic plans. In addition, he recognised the Council’s very strong commitment to delivering affordable housing.

Unless the issues raised by the Inspector are addressed to his satisfaction he will not be able to find the Local Plan ‘sound’; consequently the Council would not be able to adopt the Plan and national planning policies will continue to be used for planning decisions. The Government has also recently announced its intention to step in to undertake the plan-making function if local authorities cannot progress them by 2017.

In the meantime, we shall continue to press the Government for devolved powers for planning in Cornwall.”

The Inspector’s headline recommendations were to:

  • re run the housing model and update the housing target using the Government’s housing projections .
  • increase the Plan’s housing target to reflect the pressure from existing second and holiday homes and consider if further increase is needed to meet affordable housing needs.
  • be clearer about how the Plan’s policies support the economic strategies and employment land, particularly how much and where.
  • adjust Affordable Housing targets to a more achievable level .
  • engage better with Gypsy and Traveller communities to get better evidence of their needs.

As a result of these recommendations, the key changes which are now going out for public consultation are

  • to increase the overall housing target to 52,500 (from 47,500) following a reassessment of the economic strategy, updated demographic projections and how the Plan supports the needs of particular groups;
  • distribution of this new target to meet need across Cornwall adjusting this up and/or down to reflect local circumstances – particularly economic objectives, the need for affordable housing and what can realistically be delivered;
  • revise how many affordable houses that can be expected based on what is viable;
  • new targets for sites to meet the needs of Gypsy and Travelling communities

Existing permissions and houses that have been built between 2010 and now will count against the headline figure. This means that nearly 11,500 of the proposed 52,500 homes required have already been built and over 20,000 more have planning permission.

This means the plan needs to allow for 21,000 over the next 15 years. At present, on average, 33% of all homes built are affordable homes.

 

Story posted 25 January 2016

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Don’t miss your chance to take part in the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service half marathon

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:52

The 2016 Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service half marathon is set to take place on Sunday 21 February.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Half Marathon is an annual charity event set in the stunning grounds of The National Trust’s Lanhydrock House. A hilly 13.1 miles of multi terrain course surrounded by amazing views throughout to make the hills just that bit more bearable!

The event continues to gain popularity and this, the fifth year, is set to be the biggest yet.

The race will start and finish at Bodmin College on Sunday 21 February 2016. Marathon start time will be 10am. Registration will start at 8.30am.

To our repeat runners please note the different starting and finishing location to previous years.

T Shirts will be issued to all finishers and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers.  The event is open to all with a minimum age on day of the event of 17 years old.

Entry Details: £18 entry fee and £16 for affiliated club runners.

Entry on the day: £20 entry fee and £18 for affiliated club runners.

For entries received less than 1 week before race day, we cannot guarantee a t shirt. Collect your race numbers on the day at Registration.

This year's chosen charities are Enable in Cornwall Ltd and The Fire Fighters Charity

Story posted 22 January 2016

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Hoverboard safety recalls continue due to fears over potential fires and explosions

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:51

Cornwall Trading Standards continue to investigate the safety of hoverboards as concerns over the 2015 top Christmas gift result in major retailers continuing to recall many different makes of hoverboard.

Back in November 2015, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire in a child’s bedroom caused by a faulty recharging unit supplied with a ‘Swegway’ Hoverboard. “After just an hour on charge the product overheated and caught fire. The batteries overheated to such an extent that they exploded like fireworks around the room, even after the charger became disconnected from the mains” explained Mr Goodman, the homeowner.

Hoverboards being recalled include

  • Mitsuta All Smart Gizmos DuoGlyde Self Balancing Drifter/Hoverboard and GT Self-balancing scooter, Charger: HK-42-2000
  • John Lewis Selfy Stick Air Runner (white and black) 893 91901 & 893 91902
  • Menkind and Red5 Flywheels in black, white and red. Codes 51974, 51976,51977  and  SmartGlider in "cool white", "Dazzling red" and "jet black". Codes: 51979, 51980, 51978
  • Argos Nevaboard - catalogue code: 455/7669
  • Tesco iCandy airboard glider - all models
  • Halfords Air Runner Balance Board, 190375 192470, 192488
  • Swegway “double intelligent drift scooter” Chinese imports from the internet which contains a ‘Use’s’ Manual with counterfeit CE safety markings and written instructions expressed in very poor English.

If you have purchased any of these and you have concerns about its safety, please stop using it immediately and return it to the retailer. You can normally only make a claim against a seller based in the UK. If it was bought after October 1st 2015 then you can get a full refund for up to 30 days after the purchase and if it cannot be repaired or replaced you should get a full refund for up to six months after buying it. For further advice, please call Cornwall Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191.

Jane Tomlinson from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service says: “If you are buying ANY electrical item please ensure you complete the guarantee registration provided with genuine items to repair, replace or refund goods which do not meet the specifications. This enables manufacturers to contact owners in the event of a product recall. We recommend consumers sign up to our Cornwall Trading Standards Facebook page; follow our Twitter page @supportcornwall or visit our recall pages on the Cornwall Council website for up to date information on all aspects of product safety.”

Watch Manager Brian Webber from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service added: “Free home fire safety checks are available across Cornwall including the fitting of free smoke detectors where necessary, and other important safety advice.  If you have any concerns about home fire safety please contact 0800 3581 999 for more advice”.

Story posted: 22 January 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall awarded £127,500 to tackle rogue landlords

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:51

Cornwall Council has been awarded £127,500 to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector after it successfully bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). 

The vast majority of tenants in the private rented sector in England receive a satisfactory service from their landlords but, a small number of landlords act unlawfully, and place tenants in overcrowded or poorly maintained accommodation.

The DCLG funding aims to crack down on this small minority of rogue landlords by providing funding to selected local authorities who have a large proportion of private rented stock in their areas and significant problems with rogue landlords.

Cornwall Council will use the funding to better understand available intelligence, improve the skills of investigating officers and increase enforcement activity.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment says ‘The successful bid and receipt of this large amount of funding is great news for Cornwall. It highlights the progress  Cornwall Council has made in addressing issues we have with the quality of our private rented sector but there is more to do. The vast majority of tenants in Cornwall receive a satisfactory service from their landlords and letting agents but a small number do not and are faced with living in hazardous and poorly maintained accommodation. The money will be used to identify and then tackle ‘rogue’ landlords or agents to improve the living conditions of people renting in Cornwall.’

Story posted: 22 January 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Redruth Youth Council and health and social care integration on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel area are being invited to discuss health and social care integration with the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, Councillor Jim McKenna at the January meeting of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th February 2016, between 7pm and 9pm, at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool,  and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Councillor Jim Mckenna will be talking about integrating health and social care as well as hosting a question and answer session. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit a question please contact Charlotte Caldwell, Community Liaison Officer for Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth, by emailing charlotte.caldwell@cornwall.gov.uk or telephoning 07805 860511.  Also on the agenda is a presentation  by the Redruth Youth Council and a discussion of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Network budget. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel said: “As always, our Community Network Panel is able to provide an evening of engagement, consultation and information exchange for the public, the voluntary sector, commerce and the local Town and Parish Councils.  More importantly, our meetings are always designed to question, challenge, hold to account those in authority and, by doing so, shape the community services and facilities for our distinct area.”

Cornwall Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, said: “I am delighted to be attending to talk about the future of health and social care in Cornwall. I look forward to a lively question and answer session.”

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “Health partners and Cornwall Council are continuing to work together to develop ambitious plans for the devolution of health and social care in Cornwall. 

Cornwall could be at the forefront of public sector reform, becoming the first rural county in the country to benefit from devolved powers. 

Devolution is an extension of the nationally acclaimed work which is already taking place in Cornwall to join up health and social care and could make it happen more quickly. Devolution of health and social care could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes, with more decision-making, budgets and accountability at a local level. 

As part of the devolution process, we will be exploring new ways of working with housing, education, the police, and other public and third sector bodies to look at the wider influences on health, wellbeing and prevention.” 

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

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 03 February 2016

Categories: Cornwall