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Dogs on beaches consultation - ‘simplification and harmonisation’ of regulations

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 35 min ago

Having listened to feedback from the Council’s largest-ever consultation response, regulations for dogs on beaches in Cornwall will be simplified and harmonised from this April.

Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, has decided that restrictions will be in place only in July and August, except on beaches with Blue Flag status where they will apply for four and a half months.

Adding one hour in the evenings, until 18.00, will match most lifeguard hours.
These new restrictions will apply to 41 beaches, and will stay in place for three years unless reviewed.

The decision will see:

  • Harmonised restrictions from 1 July to 31 August (two months) between 10:00 to 18:00 hours daily
  • Except where a beach has Blue Flag status in place, when restrictions will apply for longer, from 15 May to 30 September (four and a half months) between 10:00 to 18:00.
  • There is an exception for Porthchapel Beach near Land’s End where current restrictions will be lifted, as requested by the private beach owner.

Rob Nolan has considered the recommendation of last Thursday’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee (NOSC), and has closely examined the response to the Council’s largest ever consultation response.

He has also borne in mind all the factors that have to be considered when making a decision to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order.

The two month restriction reflects the views of the majority (a substantial 69%) of those who responded to the consultation. It takes into account the responses to the consultation and the recommendations made by NOSC. Cllr Nolan has made the decision under delegated powers.

Throughout the consultation there were strong arguments for and against reducing seasonal restrictions. On balance, the arguments for reducing seasonal restrictions were more compelling.

Rob Nolan says, “I must thank everyone who took the time to take part in this consultation, from Cornwall and beyond, both dog-owners and non dog-owners. We are a listening council, and this was the council’s largest-ever consultation response, with over 13,128 replies, 78% from residents and 19% from visitors.

“Across this huge response was a strong theme for the regulations to be both simpler to understand, and standardised across Cornwall. At present they are different from place to place - some are 24 hours, some start at 7am. This is complicated and confusing, particularly for our visitors, so harmonising dates to two months, and times to 8 hours a day, will make them easier to comprehend and to enforce.

“The only exception will be on those beaches that hold Blue Flag status, where restrictions will be in place for over four months. This acknowledges the concerns of some Parish and Town Councils which have Blue Flag beaches in their areas.

“This means people will be able to go down for a beach walk in the morning and the evening with their dogs. And people who prefer a beach to be dog free will also be clear about the months and times of day they can expect this.

“With clarity for everyone, tourist accommodation providers can let their guests know when and where their dogs are welcome – good for Cornwall’s economy and good for residents. We will be monitoring whether dog owners honour these relaxed restrictions by cleaning up after their pets, and keeping them under control.

“I’m sure with common sense and mutual respect we can allow everyone to accept differing viewpoints, and all enjoy the beaches.”

New signs will be created underlining the responsibilities of dog owners. Council officers will monitor the effect of these changes, and it is proposed that a review take place following the 2020 summer period in order to assess their impact.

A new ‘We are watching you’ poster and online campaign to counter dog-fouling is already underway, and will have an extra boost next week. This will give information on reporting dog-related issues to Cornwall Council.

 

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Firefighter role to be combined with social care in new role for Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:44

A new job combining the skills of an on-call firefighter with a social care role could be developed in Cornwall, with the aim of reducing loneliness and social isolation in our communities and better supporting people who self-neglect.

The proposal is part of a report that was presented at Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board today (23 January). It describes how many of the tasks that firefighters and social workers do crossover, such as fire safety in the home, people falling and injuring themselves, the risk from poor housing structures and lack of repairs, and the effect this has on a person’s well-being.

Social workers in Cornwall have been working hard to tackle some of the challenges involved in helping someone who self-neglects. It is estimated that 2750 people in Cornwall are at risk of self-neglect behaviour which can often result in harm coming to them, for example, through hoarding or by not managing the upkeep of their home.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “Often, someone who self-neglects will be reluctant to accept help but it is hoped this new role will start to overcome this. Firefighters are traditionally people that most people trust and will allow into their homes to check things such as smoke alarms and trip hazards. They are then easily placed to support the individual by looking at the whole home environment and what improvements can be made to improve their health, safety and wellbeing.”

Cllr Rotchell added: “Research studies demonstrate that self-neglecting older adults reduce their participation in social activities and have a reduced informal social support network, again increasing their risk of coming to harm.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection, Rob Nolan said: “This is an exciting new role, combining a number of skills which we hope will encourage more people to be on-call firefighter. The recruitment and retention of this significant part of the workforce is becoming increasingly difficult so we want to make the role more appealing to a wider cross section of the community.”

The Care Act 2014 identifies self-neglect as a safeguarding responsibility and defines it as covering a wide range of behaviours including neglecting to care for personal hygiene; health or surroundings and hoarding. It isn’t always easy to determine a root cause but it can be a result of a person’s brain injury, dementia or other mental disorder; obsessive compulsive disorder or hoarding disorder; physical illness which has an effect on abilities, energy levels, attention span, organisational skills or motivation; reduced motivation as a side effect of medication, addictions or a traumatic life change.

The proposals are part of the health and social care chapter of the New Frontiers document and are designed to secure better health outcomes for all residents, reduce the employment rate gap for those with a long-term health condition and enhance community resilience.  The council’s aim is to ensure that everyone has the chance to lead an enjoyable life and to increase confidence and independence.

Other suggestions in the document include devolving building regulation powers that would see sprinklers installed in all new build homes, the development of a more flexible, blended workforce capable of utilising technology enabled models of care and support, and testing new technology enabled methods of care such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence, aids and adaptions.

Story posted on 23 January

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Mounts Bay School gets a Green Flag Award

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:58

Mounts Bay School has been recognised as one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the country after receiving an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Only 3 percent of schools in the UK have achieved this award, which is given to schools who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to environmental issues and raising of awareness.

The school has made a number of eco-friendly changes, include sourcing alternative milk suppliers to help reduce their carbon footprint, children and staff have taking part in beach cleans, introducing new recycling bins, planting trees, and creating bug and insect hotels.

Senior Science Technician at Mounts Bay, Stacey Wheeler, supported the students. She said: “The students are really engaged with this project and they have said they really enjoy the meetings.  The Senior Leadership team have been really supportive, and it is nice to see what they suggest being taken on board; they really feel supported by them.”

To receive a Green Flag Award schools must complete a series of steps, which are then assessed by the Eco-Schools team.  These steps include the creation of an Eco-Committee, an environmental review and action plan, links with the school curriculum, monitoring their progress, and finally the creation of an eco-code.

Stacey added: “The students come up with some great ideas and they are never too farfetched. They think logically and with care about what they want to do, how it can be achieved and why we should do it. A simple example of this is water bottles in school. 

“The school stopped selling bottled water as they were producing 40,000 bottles of waste a year. And that's just one school in one part of the UK. Imagine if all schools stopped this. We have water fountains that the students can fill up reusable water bottles at any time.”

A year after Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency and vowed to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Councillor Edwina Hannaford, said she was proud of the work being done across Cornwall.

“As a local authority we can only do so much and we need local people, businesses and schools to join us in tackling climate change,” she said. “Mounts Bay is one of those schools leading the way and is an example of the passion being shown by young people in Cornwall.

"I hope this inspires other schools in the county to look at the work being done at Mounts Bay and to take steps to achieving this accreditation.”

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New wind turbine to supply green energy to 1,100 Cornish homes

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:03

Construction has started on Cornwall’s first, smart grid-connected wind turbine which will power the equivalent of around 1,100 homes and help cut carbon emissions.

The 2.3 megawatt (MW) turbine will be sited on Cornwall Council land at Ventonteague, near Carland Cross, on the A30, and is the first to be built in Cornwall since 2016.

It will generate enough renewable electricity to reduce Cornwall’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,800 tonnes a year over the next two decades.

The smart grid-connected turbine will help Cornwall better manage its energy supply and power the equivalent of around 1,180 Cornish homes, representing a significant contribution towards the Council’s climate emergency agenda.

Transforming the energy sector is an essential part of Cornwall Council’s response to tackling the climate emergency as Cornwall now generates around 37% of electricity from renewables, up from around 6% in 2009.

Award-winning initiatives such as the Green Cornwall programme have driven forward major changes promoting community and Council-owned renewable energy projects and developing potential new forms of power in technologies such as deep geothermal.

The new wind turbine is part of an EU-funded trial and forms part of the innovative Cornwall Local Energy Market (LEM) which aims to help increase the amount of renewable energy that can be deployed by managing the electricity network more efficiently.

Launched in December 2016, the LEM project is receiving £11.5m support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is a collaboration between Centrica, Western Power Distribution (WPD), N-SIDE, Imperial College, the University of Exeter and National Grid.

The project brings Cornish homes and businesses together via a fully automated online flexible energy market platform. 

The platform allows network operators, the organisations that run our electricity distribution and transmission networks, to improve the way the grid works by buying energy flexibility from local homes and businesses, helping to balance both grid demand and capacity. The LEM is now in its live trials phase, which are set to continue until March.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “The 2.3MW of renewable energy to be generated from this new wind turbine will not only supply energy to the equivalent of more than 1,100 Cornish homes but also count towards Cornwall’s ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“In addition it will be a testbed for our smart-grid concept and demonstrates how our Local Energy Market can make the best use of all renewable energies in Cornwall and help businesses as well.

“This initiative on Cornwall Council-owned land is part of a suite of initiatives including investment into the United Downs and Eden Project geothermal power projects.”

 

Cornwall Council will own and operate the turbine, once constructed, with Centrica responsible for constructing and commissioning the infrastructure that will connect the turbine to the grid and the LEM.

Construction work is currently underway with the turbine expected to be operational this summer.

The site is less than half a mile from the existing 20MW Carland Cross wind farm.

The LEM is also about to install one of Cornwall’s largest battery storage units on premises owned by Wave Hub Limited in Hayle. 

The 1MW battery will provide energy resilience to the Wave Hub site and the local grid.

Dan Nicholls, Centrica’s programme manager for the LEM, said: “Although Cornwall is already home to a large number of renewable energy assets, these wind and battery storage projects demonstrate a new era of decentralised, renewable energy. They form part a suite of renewable and flexible technologies being delivered by Centrica Business Solutions which will subsequently be connected to the new virtual market place.

“This partnership between Centrica and Cornwall Council is a great example of how the private and public sectors can work together to help tackle climate change.”

Wave Hub Limited, which is solely owned by Cornwall Council, will own the battery storage system once in place, with Centrica responsible for the funding, construction and operation. Commissioning is due next month.

Wave Hub Limited exists to help wave energy technologies and offshore wind developers from around the world test in open sea conditions and provides some of the best conditions in Europe. 

Cornwall Council has a track record in championing clean energy through the nationally renowned Green Cornwall Programme which has delivered energy efficiency improvements in over 3,000 homes, the UK’s first collective energy saving in excess of £500,000 for Cornish residents and England’s first community energy revolving loan fund.

It is a key investor in two, pioneering geothermal heat and power projects at the Eden Project and at United Downs near Redruth and it was also the first local authority to develop its own solar farm.

For more information on the Cornwall LEM, visit: https://www.centrica.com/innovation/cornwall-local-energy-market

The Cornwall Local Energy Market project is receiving up to £11,578,110 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

Story posted on 23 January, 2020

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Cornwall Council marks a year of action since declaring climate emergency

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:00

Cornwall Council is becoming a leading local authority on tackling climate change as it marks a year since declaring a climate emergency and summarises its key achievements in helping Cornwall cut its carbon emissions.

On 22 January 2019 Cornwall Council was among the country’s first local authorities to make the climate emergency declaration which included a call to Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Since then the Council has produced a climate change action plan with more than 120 aims; planted the first trees of its flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall; engaged 3,000 residents on what they think should be the Council’s climate change priorities and adopted a new decision-making framework to ensure environmental factors and social benefits are considered in planning all major projects across the Council. 

Yesterday (January 21, 2020) Cornwall Council Leader Councillor Julian German summarised the main achievements of its Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme to date in his Leader’s Announcements speech at full council:

  • At least 50,000 trees have been planted as part of the first phase of the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall, the Council’s flagship natural climate solution project, with help from key partners, in particular the Woodland Trust, schools and communities. The Woodland Trust has praised Cornwall Council for having the ambition to create a woodland for the benefit of people, wildlife and the climate.
  • Cornwall Council has met with town and parish councils and other key organisations to help shape the initial scoping of a Climate Change Development Plan Document, or DPD, which will provide policy for requiring future development in Cornwall to be more energy efficient, promote the use of renewables, and managing coastal change and flood areas.
  • The Whole House Retrofit innovation project has been developed to pilot improvements to 83 existing Council owned social housing homes to make them more energy efficient. Work will start on the first homes in April, using innovative solutions to help reduce running costs by at least 20% and emissions by 80%.
  • The Council’s new decision-making wheel has been introduced to ensure all key decisions take into account social, economic and environmental impacts and can ensure that people aren’t negatively impacted. Every service across the Council recognises their role in responding to the climate emergency and is building the decision wheel into their service plans.
  • A £23 million pilot scheme will support new bus subsidies and reduce bus fares, which will be introduced this year, and the new multi-modal hub at St Erth is now helping more people to be able to use public transport in Cornwall.
  • Council investment in renewable energy has enabled wells to be drilled at United Downs to explore Cornwall’s deep geothermal heat resource and work to begin on developing a wind turbine project at Ventonteague off the A30.

Cllr German said: “Having heard last week that the last decade was the hottest on record, it is timely that last January, here in the Council Chamber, we declared a climate emergency and only six months later Cabinet unanimously approved our own ambitious Climate Change Action Plan, with over 120 key actions. It’s been a busy year with many achievements and there are more planned for the coming year.

“Our work on progressing this agenda at pace and our achievements have placed us as a leading local authority on tackling climate change and many other councils and partners have approached us about our action plan and our decision-making wheel.

“I hope you agree with me that we have made great progress in a year; and there is a lot more work planned for us to do ourselves and with others next year and beyond, to unlock Cornwall’s potential to become carbon neutral.”

Cllr German highlighted the Council’s three key asks of Government to support the Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme including the financial and training requirements needed to undertake the mass housing retrofit of all Cornwall’s housing stock; a faster transition towards the Future Homes building regulations standard; and strategic investment in the South West’s grid to ensure vital electricity grid upgrades.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “We’re celebrating the anniversary of Cornwall’s historic moment in declaring a climate emergency and we are proud of the key achievements we’ve had over the last year to start our ambitious journey towards helping Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030.

“We’re making headway on  our Whole House Retrofit innovation project; working hard for the Forest for Cornwall putting landowners in touch with organisations with trees, and volunteers who want to help plant them; and aligning key strategies, including the 50:50 Future Cornwall Strategy, Local Industrial Strategy and Council Farms Strategy to incorporate a climate change focus with clean growth.

“We are piloting anaerobic digestion on our County Farms, alongside working with farmers to enable sustainable farming to increase carbon sequestration. We are collaborating with health colleagues to help manage the public sector carbon footprint, and understand and mitigate the impact of climate change related health risks. We have teamed up with the Eden Project, encouraging everyone to pledge to ‘Make the Change’ using the practical ideas in their carbon reducing tips for greener living.

“Cornwall Council produces about 1.5 per cent of the carbon emissions output in Cornwall while Cornwall as a whole contributes to the other 98.5 per cent. We have a leadership role but we have to take climate action in partnership with all our residents, businesses and communities.” 

Story posted on 22 January

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Drop-in sessions to discuss crime and anti-social behaviour launched in Camborne

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:59

Residents in Camborne will now be able to access a weekly drop-in session where they can discuss any concerns relating to crime and anti-social behaviour with Cornwall Council's Anti-social Behaviour Caseworker for the area and a member of the local Neighbourhood Police Team.

Organised by the Safer Camborne partnership, local residents and businesses are invited to come and voice any concerns they have and access advice.

The one-month pilot scheme will take place at Camborne One Stop Shop, Dolcoath Ave, Camborne, TR14 8SX on Thursday mornings this January between 10am and 12pm, with the next sessions on the 23rd and 30th January.

Advice for residents and businesses:

• 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 find discarded needles or drug related litter, do not attempt to pick it up. Please report the location to Cornwall Council’s Waste Management Team via the webpage www.cornwall.gov.uk/needles or telephone 0300 1234 141.

• 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 you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection said: “This is a great idea and I really hope the pilot is a success. These are difficult but important subjects, and people will respond well to being able to discuss their concerns and observations informally. If this goes well as a model I can see it being beneficial elsewhere in Cornwall.”

Billy McWhirter, Sector Inspector for Camborne, Pool and Redruth, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Crime and anti-social behaviour has a direct impact on the quality of life of our community and we are committed to working with partners to deal with these very important issues. I hope the new drop in sessions will provide an opportunity to the public to discuss their concerns with officers and help us to make sure we are focusing our efforts on the issues that matter most to the people we serve.”

Cllr David Wilkins, Mayor of Camborne said: “Camborne Town Council welcomes the news of the drop-in sessions and believe it is a positive step for the Town. They will allow residents and business owners additional opportunity to bring their concerns to the attention of the Police and Anti-Social Behaviour Team so relevant services can act efficiently.”

Story posted on 22 January, 2020

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Climate emergency and new cycle trails on the agenda at first full council meeting of 2020

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:39

The climate emergency, and the creation of a network of new cycle and walking trails across Cornwall were on the agenda at Lys Kernow today.

Cornwall Council was one of the first local authorities to declare a climate emergency in January 2019, with the aim of making the Duchy carbon-neutral by 2030, ahead of the Government’s target of 2050.

In a speech to the first full meeting of the authority of 2020, Cllr Julian German, leader of the council, told members that good progress has already been made, but much more remained to do.

He highlighted three key areas where progress had been made, namely the Forest for Cornwall, the creation of a climate change development plan document, and a retro-fit programme for council-owned social housing.

There have already been 50,000 trees planted as part of the forest programme, with schools and communities getting involved in planting on both private and council-owned land.

Cllr German also thanked the Woodland Trust for their support on the innovative scheme.  He also highlighted talks that have already taken place between the council and other local authorities to draw up a plan to ensure future developments across Cornwall are more energy-efficient and focussed on the environment.

He told members:  “I hope that you agree with me that we have made good progress in a year; but there is a fantastic amount more to do and we can only move towards net carbon neutral with all of us; residents, communities, the council and the Government working together.”

Also on the agenda at the meeting were the creation of four new cycle and walking routes across Cornwall, which will be known as the ‘Saints Trails’.

The project will not only provide greater access to the glorious Cornish countryside, but will also encourage people to get out of their cars and to use alternative means of transport to travel across Cornwall.

The plans for the trails were approved unanimously by councillors.

You can watch the proceedings from today’s meeting on our webcast, which will be available on the council’s website for the next six months,

Posted January 21, 2020

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Operator of illegal caravan site fined for not having a licence

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:27

A man who operated an unlicensed residential caravan site on his land at Hawks Tor Kiln, Newbridge Lane, Bodmin Parkway,PL30 4BE has been successfully prosecuted by Cornwall Council’s Licensing Compliance Team.

On Thursday 9 January 2020 at Bodmin Magistrates Court David Barriball, aged 74, of Hawks Tor Kiln was fined £1,500 (reduced from £2,200 for an early guilty plea) for continually operating a residential caravan site without a licence over a period of at least eighteen months. He was also ordered to pay £3,500 towards the council’s costs and pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Kevin Hill prosecuting for the Council informed the Court that between March 2018 and September 2019 the Licensing Compliance Team had repeatedly visited Mr Barriball in an effort to elevate standards and to help promote outstanding planning and housing issues. A caravan site licence and the conditions attached to it help to ensure the safety of residents living on caravan sites, some of whom may be vulnerable and at risk. Despite being warned of the consequences of operating without a caravan site licence Mr Barriball persisted in renting out thirteen caravans, some of which were in a dilapidated condition.

Mr Barriball told Magistrates that he had been experiencing difficulties with other departments of the Council regarding planning permission which he had not obtained before placing and renting out the caravans on his land. Despite the council giving advice and guidance to him on numerous occasions he had chosen to continue to operate in an unlicensed manner and with no planning permission.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this case which sends a clear message that unlicensed caravan sites will be identified and advised on how to achieve compliance. In cases of non-compliance  prosecution will be considered. Residents on caravan sites can be at risk and the council has over the years tried to establish good working relations with the various caravan site licence holders. However we acknowledge that there are some caravan operators, both licensed and unlicensed, who can pose problems for both residents and the Council, and we are taking steps to address such issues.

“On this occasion however, despite having instigated both informal and formal action using a graduated approach to intervention, Mr Barriball failed to follow the advice, guidance and instruction on how to operate his site in a safe and compliant manner. The council will always adopt a firm but fair approach to licensing, but will prosecute when deemed it is appropriate to do so.’’

Story posted on 21 January, 2020

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Council proposes changes to car park charges

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:36

Changes to tariffs in Cornwall Council-run car parks, which include measures to cut traffic pollution in Truro and protect free evening parking in the majority of areas are being considered under a range of proposals by the Council.

The proposals to increase car park charges in line with the rate of inflation, as well as reserved parking and season ticket prices, will be discussed by the Council’s Economic Growth and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday 28 January. Members of the public can also comment on the proposals, which will be published on the Council’s website, as part of the statutory consultation which begins on Monday 27 January.

Free evening parking in most Cornwall Council car parks will continue and has helped support local evening economies.  Flexible pay and park options during the day time will also continue, including the option to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via JustPark.

Price increases 'kept to absolute minimum'

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We want to keep increases to an absolute minimum and for some areas, this will be the first price increase in two years. These proposals will see the majority of short stay hourly tariffs rise in line with the rate of inflation, rounded up to the nearest 10p, and some longer stay tariffs rising by 20p, again in line with the rate of inflation and rounded up to the nearest 10p.

“Income from car parking enables us to make the best use of our resources and target funding towards maintaining Cornwall's 7,300km road network.  Without the income from car parking charges, the Council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding.

“Whilst we receive about £9.7 million net income from parking each year, Cornwall Council is spending £45 million on maintaining the condition and safety of Cornwall’s roads and 2,700 bridges and retaining walls, as well as the car parks themselves.”

Tackling poor air quality in Truro

A key aspect of this year’s proposals aims to tackle the poor air quality levels recorded on Truro’s busy road network. As a result, the proposals include an increase in the cost of batch buying parking sessions in Truro’s Council-run car parks - to £4 per day - as well as an increase in the cost of season tickets.

In 2018 recorded levels of nitrogen dioxide in Truro were almost two thirds higher than UK air quality objectives, with the primary cause being road traffic pollution. Public transport options, such as Truro’s Park and Ride service, offer a cheaper alternative to car parks and keeps traffic away from the city centre.

“The number of people commuting into Truro far outweighs the number of people who live in the city,” said Geoff Brown. “Anyone who drives at peak times will know that while road improvements have helped to reduce the congestion, the roads are still very busy. The answer isn’t always to build new roads – this will just bring air pollution to new areas. We need to help encourage a shift to more sustainable methods of transport - the park and ride is a reliable service and from April we will be extending the hours later into the evenings from Monday to Saturday. And, as we announced earlier this month, we’re planning to introduce a scheme in May which will significantly reduce the cost of bus travel across Cornwall.

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Support for those that need it on Blue Monday

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 09:10

A range of support is available for anyone in Cornwall who is struggling today (20 January) on ‘Blue Monday’, which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.

Cornwall Council’s public health team work hard to provide support for people throughout the year with their mental health and are currently taking a new approach, developing a ‘Mental Health Safety Plan’ so that people can help themselves during any stage of a mental health crisis.

In the UK an average 6000 people die a year from suicide, that’s compared to around 2000 people killed on the roads. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average, one person a week dies by suicide, which is higher than other areas of the South West.

Deputy Director of Public Health in Cornwall, Steve Brown said: “A Mental Health Safety Plan supports and guides someone when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide to help them avoid a state of intense suicide crisis. Research tells us that it’s one of the best tools to mitigate future suicide behaviours.”

Public Health officer Hannah Clark said: “The plan is designed to be written by the person when they are feeling in a positive state of mind. It asks the person to think about and write down the warning signs that they are heading into a mental health crisis. This could be behaviours such as withdrawing from friends or family, feeling listless and tired or having trouble sleeping maybe.

“It then goes on to ask you to identify what you can do to distract yourself from those negative thought patterns, such as doing exercise or meditation. It takes you through the stages of feeling down right through to who you can contact when you are in crisis. You can then look at the plan at any stage of your feelings with a clear plan of what you should do to help yourself through that difficult time.”

This approach is already being used by other health agencies across the area. The public health team will be launching the plan on their website soon.

For anyone who needs support with their mental health you can visit Cornwall Council’s website. There are also a number of smartphone apps available such as the Stay alive app, My3 app or the Safety plan app. These can all be found by searching your app store.

There are also some videos available on line to help you create your own plan. You can visit YouTube or the Staying Safe website

Anyone who needs immediate help is urged to visit their GP.

Story posted on 20 January

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Flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Gatwick to be reinstated from April 2020

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:23

Cornwall’s businesses and residents will keep a direct route into a major London airport, as well as benefit from a new route to Amsterdam and increased flights to Manchester and Edinburgh, under a revised deal with Flybe.

Cornwall Council and the Department for Transport have agreed to a proposal from Flybe that the Newquay to London air route reverts to London Gatwick, operating  four flights a day with effect from 29 March 2020.  The route will continue to operate under a Public Service Obligation which provides financial support, if required, to maintain the year-round service until 2022.

The new route will replace the current service between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow, with the last flight operating on 28 March 2020.

Flybe’s brand new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Amsterdam will also start on 29 March 2020.  The year-round service will provide hundreds of links to global destinations opening up a multitude of new travel and business opportunities.  The services will connect with international airlines for convenient onward travel to destinations all over the world for those travelling out of Cornwall, as well as attracting visitors from overseas into Cornwall.

All routes will be operated by Flybe, soon to be rebranded as Virgin Connect.  To further improve reliability across the new routes, the airline will be basing a second environmentally efficient Q400 turboprop aircraft at Cornwall Airport Newquay from the start of the summer season.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Following an approach from Flybe and discussions over the added benefits of the new deal to Cornwall, it has been mutually agreed to revert Newquay’s London connection from Heathrow to Gatwick. There will be a new link to Amsterdam which will open up an important two way route to that part of Europe for business and leisure travellers.  We’ll also see an increase in connectivity with other UK cities with the service between Newquay and Edinburgh becoming year-round. There will also be an increase in the number of flights between Newquay and Manchester with a new early morning and late return flight providing an effective transatlantic link as well as enabling daily business trips to the area.”

“It’s vital for our residents that direct flights between Newquay and a major London airport continue to operate.  Some will miss the current direct route into London Heathrow but I know that the reinstatement of the direct route into London Gatwick will be popular with many travellers who have missed the connectivity it offers to some other international destinations.  We are confident that as well as making sure that we have a direct route into a major London airport, the additional benefits we have negotiated will mean that Cornwall Airport Newquay will continue to flourish.”

Flybe will continue to also operate services to Birmingham, London Southend, Leeds Bradford and Belfast City. Other airlines and routes operating from Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2020 include:

  • SAS service to Copenhagen
  • Blue Islands (Flybe franchise partner) services to Guernsey and Jersey
  • Eurowings services to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart
  • Ryanair services to Faro and Alicante
  • Loganair services to Newcastle, Aberdeen and Glasgow
  • Skybus services to Isles of Scilly
  • Aer Lingus Regional (operated by Stobart Air) services to Dublin and Cork

Geoff Brown adds: “Flybe’s new route into Amsterdam and confirmation of the route to London Gatwick sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business.  Regular access not just to and from London but also to the rest of the world will continue to attract more valuable international tourism.” 

 

Story posted 16 January 2020

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National Pothole Day highlights need for better road investment

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:53

With our road network providing a vital link for communities across Cornwall, National Pothole Day (tomorrow - Wednesday 15 January) highlights the need for better road investment.

We repaired more than 25,000 potholes in 2019 – around 68 per day – but it’s the Council’s ongoing investment in the highway network which is making a long-term difference to the resilience of our roads. This not only prevents potholes and highway defects – the scourge of road users - but ultimately saves on the cost of emergency repairs.

Extra Council funding has seen more than 300 roads resurfaced in the last 12 months

Council investment will see an extra £20m spent on our highway network by 2021 – in the last year more than 300 roads have been resurfaced across Cornwall as a result of the first phase of this funding.

Making the best use of our resources and targeting funding to where it is most needed has meant Cornwall’s main A and B roads continue to rank among the top 25% in the country. But, more Government funding is needed to tackle the £270m backlog in road maintenance and repairs on our 7,300km highway network, said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport.

“While the Government’s manifesto pledge of extra funding for potholes is to be welcomed, this is just papering over the cracks,” he explained. “We must invest in our roads – particularly the rural network - and carry out work to prevent potholes forming in the first place. The only way we can do this is with a long term funding settlement from the Government.

“As a report from the County Council’s Network highlighted yesterday, rural councils are on the receiving end of less funding to carry out long term road repairs – major cities receive up to three times the amount in comparison. Our communities are just as reliant on their roads as those who live in cities – more so if you consider the public transport options available in some areas.

“Our investment demonstrates the benefits of proactive maintenance. This extra funding has improved the surface and drainage of more than 370 miles of road across Cornwall and it’s estimated that this work will prevent around 1,200 potholes from forming each year.”

New equipment helps speed up repairs

While prevention is a priority, the Council’s contractor Cormac continues to respond swiftly to pothole issues, repairing around 98% within timescales set out in the Council’s policy. These potholes are being repaired quicker and with the environment in mind thanks to new vehicles which make it easier for crews to work on single track roads and a converted pothole repairer trailer which is powered by biomethane.

Dominic Bostock, Interim Managing Director at Cormac said “Thanks to the new additions to our road surfacing fleet we can now easily access narrow rural roads and apply innovative techniques to the way we repair road surfaces and prevent further damage. This has enabled us to significantly improve our productivity and means we are causing less disruption to road users.

“Our biomethane powered pothole filling machine trial has proven a huge success as the first of its kind, it has demonstrated how efficient it can be while reducing carbon emissions. We are excited about the future of our sustainable fleet where we can continue to explore other alternative powered vehicles.”

Highways crews regularly inspect roads for signs of potholes, but members of the public can also report highway defects online and track the progress of the action we’re taking to fix it. 

Report potholes and highway defects

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Forget ‘Dry January’, try ‘Damp January’ instead!

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:08

For residents in Cornwall thinking about doing ‘Dry January’, Cornwall Council is suggesting they try ‘Damp January’ instead.

While it’s a good idea to cut your alcohol intake, cutting out alcohol completely is often an unrealistic long-term plan, so Damp January, as you might guess, is about reducing your alcohol intake for a short time instead of cutting it out completely

To support people to do this, Cornwall Council’s Public Health team are suggesting that people download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app which can help them keep an eye on how much they’re drinking.

 

As many as 1 in 3 people in the South West don’t realise that they drink too much. The app allows people to track what they have drunk throughout the week, and can then calculate how many calories you have drunk and how that equates with food you could have eaten. You can also track how much money you’ve spent on alcohol.

The app will advise you on how you can improve by having more days across the week where you don’t have a drink.

To stay within sensible drinking levels people should aim for 14 units or less per week. That’s the equivalent of 6 medium strength pints of beer or cider, or five medium glasses of wine. And these should be spread out over the week with two days drink free between sessions.

Deputy Director of Cornwall Council public health, Steve Brown said: “We often hear about people doing ’Dry January’ and while it’s a good sentiment to think about being healthier we also often hear about how people then binge drink when the month is over, easily slipping back into bad habits again. We’d encourage people to think about having a few more days a week where they don’t have a drink which is much more achievable as a long-term goal and supports healthy lifestyle changes.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Cllr Sally Hawken said: “Our overall aim is to help residents live healthier lives. Some people simply don’t realise that one drink a night can have serious long-term effect on their health. Often “just the one” turns in to two or three and it’s really easy for this to become a regular habit, and then the risks get even higher.”

The Drinksmeter app can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store.

If anyone is concerned about how much they are drinking, or concerned about someone else’s drinking they can call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website 

Story posted on 6 January

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Time to ‘level up’ all parts of the UK, says new Land of Opportunity report

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:33

“Cornwall is ready and eager to work with the Government to develop a plan to drive local growth and unlock opportunities for all of its residents.”

That’s the message from Cornwall Council leader Julian German in light of the Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ economic performance in struggling towns and unite the country.

A large part of the UK’s regional investment and infrastructure funding is focused on London and other major urban areas, with rural and coastal areas often left behind.

The Government has renewed its focus on investing in underdeveloped towns, but with a scattered rural population and very few highly populated towns, it is not clear to what extent Cornwall stands to benefit.

However, a new study published this week identifies Cornwall and other rural areas as the UK’s ‘Land of Opportunity’.

The report ‘Land of Opportunity: England’s Rural Periphery’, published by New Local Government Network (NLGN), explores how England’s rural and coastal areas could help build a stronger national economy.

Councillor Julian German, said: “Harnessing the opportunity of rural areas like Cornwall must be a key part of levelling up all parts of the UK.

“Unlocking a new economy that delivers prosperity for the whole country must begin with understanding the missed opportunities associated with treating rural areas as just a peripheral concern.

“We need to reframe our view of rural areas, not as hinterlands to which benefits are hoped to trickle down, not as an afterthought when it comes to investment and opportunities, but as places to build resilient local economies and communities that contribute to the UK economy.

“That’s why we’ve taken the lead in establishing a new collaboration of 12 local authorities - Britain’s Leading Edge - of largely or mainly rural areas without major cities.

Councillor German added: “Cornwall Council and other local communities are ready and eager to work with the Government to develop plans that accelerate growth and prosperity for the benefit of all.”

The Government has acknowledged that adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development in all parts of the country does not work.

The Land of Opportunity report says: “The UK needs strong urban and rural economies in order to deliver Brexit and address the unprecedented economic, social, and environmental challenges the country faces. But strong rural economies will not be built on urban policy hand-me-downs…The UK is at its best when all parts of the country work and strive together for common goals.”

Other opportunities for local and national government collaboration include:

  • The creation of a new rural social mobility fund – to improve the life chances and opportunities of residents.
  • Employment and skills devolution to Cornwall – to help people improve their skills and gain employment.
  • Improvements to transport infrastructure outside England’s policy corridor – Not only will this improve access to and reduce the costs of vital local services in rural areas, but it will also contribute to the reduction of transport disadvantage and to greater social and economic inclusion.

The report sets out that with greater policy attention and funding, Cornwall will have the tools it needs to help deliver greater prosperity for residents for decades to come.

“Rural and peripheral areas are the UK’s land of opportunity,” it states. “Now is the time to unlock their unique potential.”

The council’s priorities are set around working with the people of Cornwall to use resources wisely to protect and enhance our unique environment, create more homes and jobs for our residents, and ensure everyone can live well and safely together.

Download a copy of the Land of Opportunity report 

Story published on January 15, 2020

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Couple who sold fake brands on social media ordered to pay more than £5,000 in costs

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:25

A husband and wife from St Austell appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court last week to face charges of selling counterfeit goods via Facebook, WhatsApp and other on-line platforms in a prosecution brought by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

Phillip Parish, 38, and his wife Tracey Parish, 49, from Larcombe Road in St Austell, both admitted three offences of selling clothing which bore well-known brand names without the permission of the trade mark owners and a further charge of running a fraudulent business from August 2016 through to April 2019.

The Court heard that the Trading Standards investigation was triggered by a test purchase made on behalf of the Superdry company and that when an entry warrant was executed at their home a quantity of fake items, including Canada Goose jackets, Nike and Superdry sweatshirts and Ugg boots and a sum of cash were seized from the couple. Mobile phone evidence showed that the sales had been taking place for almost three years.

In giving the couple credit for admitting their guilt at the first opportunity and recognising that neither had been before the Court for any other matters Magistrates ordered the couple to pay £5,739 in prosecution costs and surcharges and imposed a 12 month conditional discharge. If either is charged with any further offence during a period of 12 months, further penalties may be imposed for these charges.

Commenting on the prosecution, Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection said: "The sale of counterfeit goods undermines genuine businesses and costs legitimate jobs here in Cornwall. Anyone caught selling fakes can expect to face the full force of prosecution and recovery of proceeds of crime.

"Cornwall Council is determined to defend the interests of legitimate businesses in Cornwall.”

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Great South West partners target £45 billion economic boost

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:49

A powerful coalition of South West businesses, education leaders and local authorities, including Cornwall Council, has pledged to work in partnership with Government to make the Great South West the latest growth alliance to rebalance the UK economy.

The Great South West partners are publishing a local growth prospectus today (Monday, January 13) that aims to deliver £45 billion of economic benefit and 190,000 new jobs over the next 15 years.

The Great South West spans the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Heart of the South West (which includes Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset), and Dorset.

Its ambition is to sit alongside the Government-backed Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and Western Gateway economic areas, and includes businesses, LEPs, universities, colleges and local government as a mechanism to attract additional investment in to the area.

At the heart of the growth prospectus is the ambition to make the Great South West the cleanest economy in England and the first to be net zero carbon.

Its focus is on creating world-leading growth in the ‘green’ and ‘blue’ economies, backed by a wealth of natural assets on land and sea, groundbreaking companies and research expertise.

The prospectus sets out how, with Government support, the Great South West can be a test bed for new thinking and new technologies to accelerate the move to a greener, more prosperous economy, and tackle shared challenges like poor connectivity, an ageing population, poor productivity and climate change.

Specifically, it calls for:

• Formal recognition of the Great South West as a growth alliance aimed at rebalancing the UK economy, with an identified Minister to link into Government.

• £2 million over three years to build a business case for investment across a range of projects.

• A Great South West Tourism Zone to help the industry become more productive, sustainable and adaptable.

• An agreement to create a Rural Productivity Deal, addressing the specific needs of the rural economy.

Publication of the prospectus follows a Downing Street summit in December between Great South West partners and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister told the delegation at the time: “We want to address some of the infrastructure issues in the region, as well as other vital services. Because it is the mission of my Conservative Government to unite and level up the country, and the South West has potential in all sorts of areas - from the spaceport in Newquay to farming, fishing, tourism and technology.

"I want to see improvements to infrastructure and technology, better rail and roads, more schools funding and investment in health services. We believe in a dynamic economy. The South West campaign is a great one and your region is an absolute priority to me. So I can assure you that we want to support and champion everything you do."

The Great South West prospectus will be formally submitted to Government shortly and has the backing of Sir Gary Streeter, Chair of the Great South West All Party Parliamentary Group and Conservative MP for South West Devon.

Sir Gary said: “We are living in a new political landscape with a clear commitment from Government to a more regional focus from Whitehall, and that is a huge opportunity for the Great South West. What’s important is that we set out the scope of our ambition in a coherent and compelling way, and demonstrate broad support by speaking with one voice. The Great South West prospectus is a very important part of that.”

 

"The time has come for substantial devolution and funding to unlock the full potential of the Great South West" - Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council

Councillor Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, said “The time has come for substantial devolution and funding to unlock the full potential of the Great South West. It’s time to hand over the reins of power and let the Great South West shape its own future.

"I’m proud to join businesses, education leaders and other local authorities from across the region in making the case for further powers and additional funding to upgrade our key infrastructure and create a ‘blue and green dynamo’ to power the UK economy.”

Steve Hindley, Chair of the Great South West partnership, said: “Our aspiration is for the Government to recognise the enormous potential of the Great South West to model how the future economy will look, and to work with us to plan and deliver the changes that we need to launch an era of transformational change and become the greenest economy of the UK.”

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “The Government has committed to changing the economic geography of the UK and to putting the environment at the heart of its economic policy, and that’s a great opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. And by tackling shared agendas like transport and productivity at scale, we can reap the benefits of working together for all our communities.”

Karl Tucker, chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “The South West is poised to unleash its potential to raise productivity and achieve a step-change contribution to UK plc, in terms of economic performance and in helping of meeting its Net Zero targets. We are stronger than the sum of our parts; and by working together we can strengthen our economic opportunities and make a real impact on a global stage. Our region has been historically under-invested in and now is the time to re-dress the balance in partnership with Government to secure greater prosperity for all.”

Jim Stewart, Chair of the Dorset LEP, said: “The Great South West is poised for a step change in productivity and prosperity, and supported by the government, we can capitalise on opportunities presented by the Industrial Strategy, building momentum for a region that is of national and international significance. This prospectus clearly sets out our ambitions to become the leading region for the green and blue economy.”

 Download a copy of the Great South West Prospectus

Story published on January 15, 2020

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Residents invited to have their say on preferred route for A39 Atlantic Highway scheme

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:51

Cornwall Council is holding events in Camelford and Delabole later this month for residents to have their say on proposals for the preferred route of the A39 Atlantic Highway.

The proposals aim to tackle congestion and improve air quality, as well as ‘unblock’ the A39 as the main route from north Cornwall to north Devon and provide a catalyst for improving Camelford town centre and the local economy. 

Events will take place on:

  • Friday 24 January – 12 noon to 8pm, Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road PL32 9QX
  • Saturday 25 January – 10am to 2pm, Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road PL32 9QX
  • Tuesday 4 February – 12 noon to 8pm, St John’s Church, Delabole PL33 9AA

Originally planned for December 2019, the consultation events had to be postponed during the general election period.

Can't make it to one of the events? You can  have your say on the preferred route for the A39 Atlantic Highway scheme online.  

The needs of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders along and across the new road in addition to improvements to the environment within the town have all been considered as part of the design of the preferred route, which also supports development plans as set out in the Camelford Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Your views on our proposals will help influence the final design and we want as many people as possible to join us at these events. We are committed to doing all we can to support the wishes of local residents who have been asking for these improvements at Camelford for many years, which is why we are contributing £6.5m to put us in the strongest position to support a bid for Department for Transport funding.” 

Depending on funding being agreed, work on the proposed £42.5 million scheme could start at the end of 2021 and be open in 2023.

 

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Meet the new Police Inspector, and hear plans for Boardmasters Festival, at Newquay & St Columb Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:52

The next meeting of the Newquay & St Columb Community Network Panel will take place on Thursday 16 January 2019 between 19.00 and 21.00 at Rialton Heights Community Hall, St Columb Minor, TR7 3HU.

Inspector Blackford, the new Police Inspector, will join the panel to introduce himself to the area.

Last summer’s Boardmasters Music Festival at Watergate Bay was cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather. The meeting will hear from the organisers of plans for the 2020 event, and the upcoming planning application for the festival.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to raise funds from developers. These funds are used to pay for the infrastructure that is needed as a result of development, such as roads, playgrounds and drainage.

Cornwall Council’s Infrastructure Group Leader Gemma Arthur will tell the meeting how funds collected by Cornwall Council can be accessed, and will explain the differences between CIL and S106.

There will also be the usual updates on the Highways Scheme, and Cornwall Councillors will brief on issues relevant to the whole (or a significant part) of the Community Network Area, including those raised in full Council, Overview and Scrutiny, etc.

Anyone wishing to raise items is encouraged to advise Community Link Officer Anna Druce in advance of the meeting via anna.druce@cornwall.gov.uk

Chairman, Cornwall Councillor Mark Formosa, says: “Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings. They are an ideal chance to keep abreast of local issues, and to question local Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors, service providers, and other decision makers.”

“Whether you just want to sit and listen, or to join in with our sometimes lively debates, this is where you will hear about local services, consultations and developments in Newquay and St.Columb. So please join us and meet some interesting people.”

More information on these panels is available by clicking here.

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Cornwall set for a recycling revolution as Council offers a new collection contract to Biffa

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:00

The Council’s Cabinet yesterday agreed to offer a new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Biffa.

The contract for Waste and Recycling Collection, Street and Public Open Space Cleansing will start on 3 October 2020, and run for 8 years with an option to extend for a further 2.

Biffa is among the most experienced waste management and cleansing  companies in the UK and has been providing these services in Cornwall in recent years.

Visible changes next year will include a new state-of-the-art collection fleet, wheeled-bins and food waste collection. There will be weekly separate collection of food waste, with fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections. From summer 2021 in a special campaign every household will hear from the Council about their own role in this recycling revolution.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “This contract sees Cornwall poised to transform its recycling, something residents told us in our 2017 survey was a priority. We are very pleased to be continuing to work with Biffa.

"Following very positive collaborative dialogue and a ‘can do’ approach by everyone - including the bidding companies - we now have a way of hitting impressive recycling targets.”

“If, like most of the top-performing parts of the UK, we begin putting our food waste out for collection every week from Summer 2021, we can in one leap transform our recycling rates from the currently disappointing 38% to over 50%.”

Roger Edwards, Managing Director of Biffa Municipal Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been nominated as the preferred bidder for the new Cornwall contract. We are looking forward to introducing new services to significantly improve recycling rates.

"The local Biffa team pride themselves on the excellent service provided to date and we look forward to continuing our productive working relationship with Cornwall Council."

Published January 10, 2020

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Nearly 100 more apprenticeships created in Cornwall’s care sector

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:50

Nearly 100 people have been offered care sector apprenticeships thanks to investment in the companies that deliver care and support in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council has been able to redirect some of its ‘apprenticeship levy’ monies into local care companies to support the training costs of apprenticeships for their staff.  This has allowed the care organisations and companies to offer more apprenticeships and in turn encourage more people into a career in care.

The apprenticeship levy is a government initiative which supports employers to create more apprenticeships. As well as providing 200 Council-based apprenticeships, the Council is also able to pass up to 25% of this levy on to other employers in Cornwall and so far have been able to transfer funds to 16 local employers in the care sector.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “The apprenticeship levy gives Cornwall Council the opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping us to grow and develop the workforce we need to successfully deliver services to our residents. 

“It is especially important that we support care companies to attract more staff into the care profession with a shortage of care workers that is set to grow year on year. There are currently over 1000 care role vacancies in Cornwall, and this demand for workers, combined with Cornwall’s ageing population, means we have to think of lots of different ways to attract more people to care roles so that we will be able to cope with this ever increasing demand.”

All of the apprentices benefitting from the levy work in the adult social care sector, including care homes, and domiciliary care. Successful applicants are already undertaking apprenticeships in a range of care related roles.

Tina Darrock from Carers Break, a care community interest company based in Roche said: “The benefits have been really great, more staff are coming on board and the apprenticeship allows them to achieve their qualification and gives them an opportunity to further their career. We’re quite a small organisation and any support we can get to get more staff through our doors is a win win, it’s a bonus. For the workers it’s about the value this puts on their role and on them as a person.”

Lee Wright, an apprentice at Carers Break said: “Helping someone to live their life in their own home is really rewarding, you can see the gratitude in someone’s face when you’re able to help them. Being able to gain an NVQ while I work has given me more confidence and puts a real value on the work that I do.”

Read more information on Cornwall Council’s apprenticeship levy.

To find out more about a career in care please visit the Proud to Care website

Applications for next year’s levy transfer allowance will re-open in spring 2020 and will be allocated to the care sector on a priority basis.

Story posted on 10 January

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