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Get your turkey ready for 'National Defrost Your Turkey Day'

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:54

To help people stay safe during this festive season Cornwall Council’s Food and Health and Safety team are supporting the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on National Defrost Your Turkey Day on Monday 22 December 2014. This day will prompt Christmas cooks to start thinking of the defrosting process in plenty of time and avoid getting caught out. A typical large turkey can take two days to defrost.

Only one in four people get it right by defrosting their turkey in the fridge. The Food Standard Agency is concerned that many risk getting an unwelcome gift of food poisoning this Christmas. Incorrect thawing provides a platform for bacteria such as campylobacter to spread, leaving you with a turkey dinner that looks and tastes delicious but contains a hidden risk that can’t be seen, tasted or smelled, but can ruin your new year.

From late December 2013 to the start of January 2014 more than 3,000 cases of campylobacter were confirmed in England and Wales – an indication that more care needs to be given to the preparation, storage and consumption of turkey in the home during the festive period.

‘We all love our turkey dinner at Christmas and this year should be no exception. It’s the little things you do that can make a real difference. So if you make sure that your turkey is defrosted safely and in good time, you can enjoy your meal happily and safely.’ Said Kevin Hargin, Head of Foodborne Disease at the Food Standards Agency.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “In supporting this important campaign our team are continuing the good work they have been carrying out in recent months to warn the public about the dangers of washing raw poultry.  I would urge everyone to take notice of the good advice from the Food Standards Agency and have a happy and safe Christmas,”  

The FSA advises that when preparing your turkey from frozen you should:

  • Follow the retailer’s recommended defrosting time. The size of your turkey will determine how long it needs to be defrosted for (a large 11kg turkey can take up to two days to defrost).
  • Defrost your turkey in the fridge if possible or somewhere cool. Cold temperature slows the growth of germs on food and will keep it safe and fresh.
  • Cover the turkey whilst defrosting, leave in the packaging or put it in a container to hold any thawing juices, and place it at the bottom of the fridge to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Defrost thoroughly, as otherwise your turkey may not cook evenly and harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process.
  • Raw turkey should always be put in the bottom of the fridge until ready to use. Leaving on the kitchen counter at room temperature could increase your risk of food poisoning.

What is campylobacter?

Campylobacter is the generic name for a number of species of bacteria that can cause food poisoning in people. They cause more cases of food poisoning in the UK than salmonella, E. coli and listeria combined.

Campylobacter bacteria are commonly found on poultry meat. Between 50% and 80% of cases of campylobacter food poisoning in the UK and other EU countries can be attributed to poultry sources, mostly to raw poultry meat.

Why it’s important?

50% to 80% of confirmed cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry. Campylobacter poisoning can lead to sickness including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, disability and even worse. Those most at risk are children and older people.

If you want your Christmas dinner to be remembered for the right reasons, follow the FSA’s advice on the recommended safe practices when preparing, cooking and storing turkey.

Story posted 19 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

'Good Businesses' earn Trading Standards approval

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:51

After the worst year on record for reports of scams, frauds and doorstep con men, Cornwall Council has adopted a national approval scheme to help consumers find reputable businesses.

The “Buy with Confidence” scheme offers Trading Standards approval to local businesses who can prove themselves to be safe, secure, reliable and worthy of recommendation.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities, Geoff Brown said: “The “Buy with Confidence” scheme is intended to protect consumers in Cornwall by signposting them to local businesses that have been tested and audited and considered to be reputable. Cornwall Council will actively encourage members of the public and local businesses to employ these reputable businesses rather than dealing with rogue traders who turn up at the door uninvited. And the scheme will also provide a marketing advantage for our local businesses, giving them the opportunity to carry the “Trading Standards Approved” logo that will help them stand out from the crowd.”

At an informal ceremony at New County Hall this week the first two businesses to satisfy the accreditation process received their certificates of membership.

Lloyd Richards MCIAT, the Principal of LLOYDS Architecture, is proud to be the first out of over 21,000 businesses operating in Cornwall to be registered.  He said:  “The Practice has undergone a series of detailed independent checks of its administration, back-office and customer-facing procedures and services along with verification of its professional qualifications and accreditations before being approved as a member of the scheme. I recognised this as the gold standard in online business registers as soon as I became aware of the scheme in May of this year.  For any responsible trade or professional business this will be a straight forward process. There are many unregulated business directories online and there is little control over the verification of feedback or testimonies. The advantage of the BWC scheme is that it is assiduously independent and administered by Local Government Trading Standards Officers, whose principal objective is consumer protection.”    

Jo Shinner, Director for Rowan Tree Marketing, said: "I'm delighted that Rowan Tree Marketing is approved for the Buy with Confidence scheme. It's a clear way to show that we do a great job and provide valued business services.  Buy with Confidence helps us assure people that our customers rate us highly and that we are a trustworthy company to do business with. The Trading Standards team were delightful to work with as we passed through the audit process. We were thrilled to be one of the first two businesses in Cornwall to attain the standard required. I am sure it will help Rowan Tree Marketing continue to grow."

In order to become a “Buy with Confidence” member, a business must first apply or be recommended to join the scheme and must then pass a set of tailored background checks. Membership of the scheme is not given lightly – amongst other checks, each applicant will have their complaints history reviewed and will receive a visit from Trading Standards. Good references are required from previous customers and applicants must agree to abide by the scheme's code of conduct, which requires them to follow the letter and spirit of the law. Criminal records disclosure may also be required in some circumstances.

Only if all the requirements are met will a business be granted membership and their conduct will continue to be monitored thereafter. And although the approval cannot guarantee that “Buy with Confidence” members' work will be perfect every time, the public can expect any problems to be dealt with fairly by the business and can turn to Trading Standards for advice in the event of an unresolved issue.

Businesses interested in becoming Trading Standards approved and members of the public who wish to nominate a local business should e-mail bwc@cornwall.gov.uk

Story posted 27 November 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Statement from Adam Paynter, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, re Local Government Finance Settlement

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:20

We have only just received confirmation of the overall level of funding which has been allocated to the Council and need to carry out a detailed analysis of the figures to assess what they mean for the authority.

Our initial analysis, however, suggests that the level of funding allocated to the Council by the Government is very close to the figures predicted in our budget for 2015/2016.

The Government has recognised Cornwall’s stance that providing services in a rural sparse area costs more than in an urban area which has resulted in £200,000 additional funding for the Council.  Whilst this is good news it is far less than the additional costs facing Cornwall.  We also welcome the fact that the Government has decided to retain the local welfare provision grant which means we will receive £885,000 (a reduction of £250,000 on last year’s grant) to help support vulnerable people in Cornwall this year.

With an expected 33% reduction in Government funding over the next four years the Council will need to find savings of up to £196m by 2018/2019. The budget, which was agreed by the full Council on 25 November, was based on making savings of £58.8m in 2015/2016 with an agreement in principle to increase council tax by 1.97%. The decision to go early with the budget rather than wait until February will help save between £7m and £9m next year.

As today’s (18 December 2014) announcement only gives us the overall figure for the Council, we need to wait for further details to be announced by the Government over the next few weeks to draw up a full picture of the impact of the settlement on our services.

We also welcome the Government’s decision to maintain the referendum threshold at 2% rather than reduce it to 1% as was suggested in some parts of the media.  

Story posted 18 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Council agrees that Local Plan is taken forward for examination

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:05

Cornwall Council agreed at its extraordinary full council meeting today (16 December 2014) that the first part of the draft Local Plan for Cornwall be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Cornwall Local Plan –strategic policies will be the basis for future planning decisions and sets out a vision for growth.  It identifies the quantity and distribution of growth for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment, including the identification of the eco community site at West Carclaze near St Austell. Once this plan has been examined by the Secretary of State, further elements, including strategic allocations for the main towns, will follow and be subject to public consultation in the spring of 2015.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: “Our Local Plan has been produced after extensive consultation and thorough discussion and I’m confident it will be found ‘sound’ when it is examined by the Secretary of State. Although the focus for many is on the 47,500 headline figure for housing, we need to remember that there is already planning consent for around 29,000 homes, including around 10,000 that have already been built since 2010.  This leaves a balance of 18,500 to be delivered over the next 15 years. Without a plan the Council and Cornwall are vulnerable to planning by appeal.

Edwina Hannaford adds: “Despite the Government saying we can set our own targets, they expect the number to be based on evidence and the need to respond to the national agenda to boost housing supply. 

Of course, infrastructure is essential but homes are infrastructure too and are needed to support our communities, the economy and our future. The funding of infrastructure and the conditions for job creation are linked to housing delivery. We have consistently delivered our housing targets, even through recession, with 33% of all homes built as affordable homes.

However there are also other important factors we have taken into account. Our landscape is very important to us, economically, environmentally and socially. The Strategic Policies in the Local Plan will help protect and conserve our valued protected landscapes.

We also need to keep in perspective the level of land use in Cornwall. Less than 1% of Cornwall is used for housing and this will only increase by less than 0.5% if the target is reached.

Over a third of land in Cornwall is subject to very stringent environmental policy constraints and 80% of Cornwall is farm land. Cornwall will remain a rural area of the UK.”

The Local Plan will now be submitted to the Secretary of State in January with an examination anticipated in the Spring of 2015.

Story posted 16 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Fair Trading team uncovers substandard garage servicing

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:55

Officers from Cornwall Council’s Fair Trading team have been visiting garages and service centres checking that services and safety checks on vehicles are being carried out properly and to uncover whether they are identifying unnecessary work.

Undercover officers sent in vehicles to a sample of garages across Cornwall – which included national chains and independent businesses. Four of the seven garages tested were found to have missed at least two significant service items which should have been checked as part of the service schedule offered.

Two of those four businesses were found to have overstated the severity of some of the faults found; with one of these stating that safety critical work in two areas was needed when in fact it was not required at all.

Gary Webster, Cornwall Council Senior Trading Standards Officer said: “We targeted our project at those businesses for which we have received complaints about servicing and repairs over the last 12 months. It was heartening to find that three garages did a good job but disappointing to find that the rest failed to check some fundamental aspects of the vehicle; including tyre pressures (particularly spare tyres), windscreen wipers, brake fluid condition and the effectiveness of the coolant (antifreeze).

In some vehicles we introduced minor faults that would not compromise the safety, but which a garage would still have been expected to check as part of carrying out a service. We found that these basic faults were missed in almost every case.

During the project, we also noted that certain garages were very quick to offer a raft of extra service items, many of which would be of limited benefit to the consumer or their vehicle but which would substantially increase the bill.”

Trading Standards Officers will now be providing follow-up advice to those garages who failed to check some of the required service items.  A formal investigation will be carried out into the garage that identified the unnecessary work.

Stuart Benson, Cornwall Council Assistant Head of Service for Public Protection and Business Support said: “Trading Standards consistently receive a large number of complaints relating to car servicing, repairs and sales. Whilst our Fair Trading team have been proactive in advising and supporting businesses to trade within the law and to treat their customers fairly, unfortunately some still fall short of the standard the customer is entitled to expect.

Projects like these have become a necessary tool in identifying unfair or unsafe trading practices that bring disrepute to the wider industry. We will always work to support the majority of businesses who want to comply with the law but we are also willing to take robust action against those who attempt to take advantage of consumers.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The public can be assured that our trading standards team continue to work hard to ensure safety and fairness in areas such as this where customers rely on the expertise of service providers.”

Top tips:

Ensure that you check what is being offered as part of the service. Certain garages and service centres use a menu of items which may vary from business to business. You might be surprised at just how many parts of the service are simply just a visual inspection, rather than a replacement.

The prices quoted for a service are often the basic price, which generally includes an oil and filter change, but may not cover the replacement of other consumables, such as fuel filters, brake fluid, coolant etc. Make sure that you refer to your car manufacturer’s servicing schedule (usually found with the handbook) to ensure that the right things are being checked or replaced at the right time and get the garage to quote the price for these consumables in advance.

Try to ensure that you book your vehicle in at a time where you can make alternative travel arrangements if needed. This can help reduce the pressure on you to agree to any work on the spot. It may also give you an opportunity to get quotes from other garages or seek a second opinion.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about why any suggested work is necessary. If in any doubt, ask the garage to keep the parts for you to inspect at a later stage (and take away for a second opinion if necessary).

Be wary of claims about tyre tread depth, brake pad thickness and brake disc thickness. Some garages will be clever in the way they word this, often giving the impression that the parts are more worn than they really are. It is important to be safe, but if you’re not sure – challenge them.

Insist that they provide a schedule or checklist for all of the work done. If you have any concerns, go back to the garage and ask them to clarify what has been done.

If you require advice about your consumer rights, or wish to report a concern about the practices of a trader or company, please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Story posted 16 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

'Tis the season to be wary warns Cornwall Trading Standards

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:48

In the final run up to Christmas, as the mad panic to find that elusive gift or ‘must have’ toy takes hold and as money gets tighter and the need to find a bargain becomes more essential, Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards urges everyone to be on their guard against falling victim to one of the many scams or frauds designed to spoil the season of goodwill.

Cornwall Trading Standards offers three wise messages to help Cornwall’s consumers stay safe this Christmas:

  • Always buy from reputable, trusted sources. Don’t be tempted to order from websites or street sellers that you have never dealt with before.
  • Never deal with unsolicited telephone calls or unexpected doorstep salespeople – no matter how convincing they seem.
  • Keep it real this Christmas – fakes and illegal copies will bring disappointment and potential danger into your home.

Cornwall Trading Standards Fair Trading Team Manager Nigel Strick said:

“Con men and fraudsters know that we are all much more susceptible at this time of year. The phone call from a parcel delivery firm telling us that we have to pay a charge before they will deliver, the website that offers the toy that has sold out in all of the local shops, the fantastically low priced perfumes, computer games or DVDs……..everyone has the potential to be a scam that will steal our money and leave us with a disappointing gap under the Christmas tree.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is supposed to be the season of happiness and joy but now, more than any other time of the year, we all need to take notice of the good advice from Cornwall Trading Standards so be extra careful and have a Happy Christmas.”

 

Story posted 16 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall's King Edward Mine Museum to receive more than £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:43

A project to conserve the world’s oldest complete 19th / early 20th century mine site has been awarded £1,121,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) following a successful partnership application from Cornwall Council and King Edward Mine Ltd.

The aim of the project is to conserve all the core buildings at King Edward Mine, and refurbish the derelict Assay Office as a new café and ‘community hub’ and the Boiler House as a new exhibition space to enhance the visitor experience.  The funding announced today will also enable King Edward Mine to employ two paid part-time staff and deliver a programme of exciting events, activities and training for local schools, families, visitors, special interest groups and volunteers, working in partnership with other community organisations. 

King Edward Mine (KEM), situated on the outskirts of Camborne, near the villages of Troon and Beacon, is the oldest complete 19th/ early 20th century mine site left in the world.  Almost all the mine buildings survive, and to a remarkable degree they retain their appearance and character of about 1907, when Camborne School of Mines equipped the mine’s Mill with the most up to date surface machinery of the time, including the Californian Stamps battery that had been exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

In preparation for opening the mine as a museum in 2005, a group of individuals, who later became King Edward Mine Ltd, expertly restored and, where possible, brought back much of this machinery into working order.  The Mill now houses the most complete collection of tin dressing plant in Europe, with many items being rare or unique survivals.

King Edward Mine is traversed by the Great Flat Lode Mineral Tramways multi-use trail, a popular route around Carn Brea for walks, cyclists and horse riders. The new café, which will be offered as a franchise, and the additional car parking and improvements to the Events Field, will help King Edward Mine to become the ‘Gateway to the Great Flat Lode’, providing an ideal location for individuals and groups to start their exploration of what is described as the best surviving mining landscape within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.  The café has also received funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk, generously funded by English Heritage and by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

King Edward Mine will remain open to the public as normal throughout the project’s building conservation phase, with the new café and exhibition opening in June 2016.  For all information on visiting King Edward Mine, please go to their website: www.kingedwardmine.co.uk

King Edward Mine will be advertising for a part-time Site Officer later in December and more information will provided on the café franchise opportunity early in 2015 and on the Participation Officer position at the beginning of 2016.

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “King Edward Mine is the oldest complete early 20th century mine site left in Cornwall and an important reminder of the area’s long and proud mining heritage.  Today’s HLF support will enable Cornwall Council to conserve some of the most historic parts of the site as well as vastly improving the visitor offer via a new café and community space for all to enjoy.”

George Eustice MP, said: “I am delighted with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s decision to award more than £1m to the King Edward Mine Museum near Camborne.  We have a rich and unique industrial heritage in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle and this funding will not only help preserve this important historical site but also allow the museum to provide an exciting range of activities for schools and visitors.”

Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for the award of this grant to King Edward Mine, and also KEM Ltd’s Trustees and other volunteers how have worked in partnership with the Council to achieve this important milestone.

Since opening in 2005, this small team of dedicated volunteers have created an award-winning museum at King Edward Mine, attracting increasing numbers of visitors and growing in importance to the local community.  The struggle was always raising funds to restore the deteriorating historic buildings and to put the site on a firmer financial footing. 

In 2009, the Council acquired King Edward Mine in recognition of its importance within Cornwall’s World Heritage Site.  Since then we have secured European funding to conserve two of the redundant buildings and refurbish them as high quality work spaces.  These will be available from April 2015 and we have already had a lot of interest in them.  We have also brought a strong team together, including Truro architects pdp Green and the design company Scribble & Nonsense who are also based locally, to support the volunteers to develop their ideas for the museum in consultation with the local community. 

I am absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support King Edward Mine with this award of over £1m, and congratulate the team on this achievement.”

Kevin Baker, Chairman of KEM Ltd, said: “This is really great news.  King Edward Mine Museum was created by the vision of a few volunteers who have over the years restored the tin processing machinery in the Mill, now unique examples of their type, and who have striven to preserve the site for future generations.  We are very proud of the fact that the museum is award-winning and that so many of our visitors learn about the heritage of the site, but we took on buildings already in very poor condition which has limited what we’ve been able to do to develop the site’s potential.  Without this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we could never have raised funds locally for the conservation of the core buildings, nor indeed for creating a new café and exhibition space.  We are now hoping to attract more volunteers to become part of King Edward Mine’s future, and that more people in the community will be encouraged to come and enjoy the site and take part in the host of events and activities that we are planning.

George Le Hunte, Chairman of Camborne Business Improvement District said: “Congratulations.  This is fantastic news and will assure the future of King Edward Mine Museum and will also attract more visitors to Camborne.”

Categories: Cornwall

Dog owners urged not to 'decorate' trees with dog poo bags this Christmas

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:43

  

Posters showing Christmas trees ‘decorated’ with dog poo bags pictured against a backdrop of iconic Cornish beauty spots and images including Carn Brea, Godrevy and St Michael’s Mount, are being distributed by Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement team to make dog owners think about the impact their lack of action and lack of consideration has on our environment.

Cornwall Council Head of Public Protection and Business Support Allan Hampshire said: “We have probably all experienced the frustration of seeing a full dog poo bag suspended from a hedgerow, tree or left by a footpath.  We are taking that image to the extreme by showing a Christmas tree ‘decorated’ with dog poo bags against the backdrop of some of the lovely places in Cornwall.  We are saying to people that once you have taken the time to scoop and bag the poop, please put the bag in any litter bin or take it home and put it in your own bin.  There is no excuse not to take responsibility for your dog.”

Cornwall Council, Senior Environmental Health Officer Kevin Brader adds: “We are running the campaign now as we notice an increase in fouling and littering issues when the days are short and dog owners are often walking their pets in darkness in the morning or the evening.  Dog owners are reminded that they are required to clean up when their dog has fouled in a public place and must properly dispose of it. It is no excuse to say that you didn’t see where your dog has been; you can be held responsible even if you did not see the incident.  There is no excuse to throw bagged waste into the hedge or tie it to a tree - take it to the nearest bin or take it home.  Anyone caught throwing or leaving bagged dog waste or not properly removing dog waste will face an £80 fixed penalty or prosecution.”

Cornwall Council is also encouraging others to take on a proactive role in tackling the issue of dog fouling. The Council's Public Protection service is the only Local Authority Department in the country to be approved by DEFRA to provide training to other officers, internal and external, to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering offences. There is a programme of engaging with local town and parish council’s in Cornwall to authorise and approve their employees to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

Cabinet member for Communities Geoff Brown says: “This will increase the number of people in our communities who are able to address these anti-social behaviour issues but what we really want is for dog owners themselves to be responsible for their pets and their actions to help maintain the environment and also reduce the risks of diseases associated with dog poo.”

You can report dog fouling on the Council’s website or Facebook page.

Allan Hampshire adds: “It is only with people getting involved and reporting problems in their neighbourhood that we will be able to solve more problems and take more enforcement action on littering and dog fouling. We want these posters to draw attention to the issue and make them think about their responsibilities.”

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Health Promotion Service give Christmas advice for parents and families

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:27

The Christmas season is a time when different generations and age groups within families mix with each other more than at any other time of year. This can create an excellent context for celebrating together, but it can bring with it some tricky issues.

For parents, one of these grey areas is how to cope with having more alcohol around the home when children and young people are mixing with older generations.

The Health Promotion Service, part of Cornwall Public Health, is giving advice to parents about handling this issue.

In many households, there is likely to be an increased amount of alcohol visible, available and enjoyed in the home. Many children will see more bottles and cans than they usually do.

This can be a challenge for parents. For example, your wider family and friends may accidentally create pressure for your children to drink with them, and to drink differently from your well-established habits and guidelines.

This is tricky because the dangers of alcohol are well known, but for children and teenagers the risks are greater because of the greater variations in their physical sizes, and because their organs are still developing.

Cornwall’s Director of Public Health, Stuart Bourne says: 'Evidence shows that young people who start drinking at an early age may risk drinking greater amounts, and drinking more often, than those who delay their first alcoholic drink. This advice from the Health Promotion Service is intended to give parents the confidence to keep their children safe from the risks of alcohol over the festive period and as they grow up.’

So, here are some simple pieces of advice that you may find helpful:

Conversations … Although it becomes a bigger issue at Christmas, it is good practice for parents to talk to their children about alcohol at any time of year, along with a range of other issues, as they grow up. Your children will need to realize that you trust them to be sensible, even though visitors to your home may have different attitudes towards alcohol. Talking about this openly helps your children to know where responsible limits are, and to learn to make their own sensible judgements and decisions as they grow up.

Alternatives … Don’t forget to have lots of soft drinks in the house, both for your children as well as for any drivers. Keep plenty of fruit juices available and visible, or even make it an opportunity to try your hand at mixing a few non-alcoholic cocktails

Consequences … As they grow older and more independent, some young people can become more inclined to take risks. Adding alcohol to this impairs judgment, which may increase the risk of poor or out-of-character decision making, with potential consequences such as:

  • Walking home alone
  • Getting drawn into disagreements and fights
  • Having unplanned and unprotected sex

Irresponsible drinking may have an impact on memory, reactions and attention span. This could affect your child's performance at school, preventing them reaching their full potential, or putting them in situations where their actions may have life changing consequences.

If children experiment with drinking large amounts quickly on repeated occasions (‘bingeing’), they may risk maintaining this habit into adulthood. Harmful alcohol use in adults is related to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, mental health issues, heart disease, infertility and accidents.

The Drinkaware website has a lot of good advice about talking to your children about alcohol.

This includes such helpful questions and topics as:

  • It’s never too early to start talking about drinking and never too late to catch up
  • Don’t react, act
  • Get the tone right
  • Get the timing right
  • Choose a neutral location
  • Use conversation triggers
  • Be honest
  • Set Rules
  • Empower them to make decisions
  • What if my child comes home drunk or having had drink?

Story posted 15 December 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Former Cornwall Housing tenant pleads guilty to tenancy fraud

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:09

In what is believed to be the first such prosecution in Cornwall under new Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act legislation, a woman formerly from Bodmin has been convicted of tenancy fraud for illegally moving out of and then subletting a council house.

Wendy Snowdon (42) formerly of Kinsman Estate, Bodmin pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 December 2014 to one count of tenancy fraud.

In a prosecution led by Cornwall Council on behalf of Cornwall Housing Ltd, Miss Snowdon admitted that she moved out of the property and sublet it without the landlord’s (Cornwall Housing Limited) consent in breach of an express term of the tenancy, knowing that such conduct amounted to a breach of a term of the tenancy.

Miss Snowdon was given 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay Cornwall Council’s full investigation and legal costs of £1,322.90 and a £15 Victim Surcharge.

Cornwall Council’s Corporate Fraud Team and Cornwall Housing Ltd have been working in partnership since August 2014 to tackle tenancy fraud and have recently announced that there will be key amnesty in January and February 2015 to give those who are abusing the system the opportunity to come clean and avoid possible prosecution.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment said:  “It costs on average £18,000 a year to house a family in temporary accommodation. There is huge pressure on the supply of social housing making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help. It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be potentially illegally profiting from it at the same time.”

Jane Barlow, Managing Director of Cornwall Housing said: “Cornwall Housing has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s experienced Corporate Fraud Team and three homes have already been identified that we believe have been illegally sub-let.  This prosecution shows that this type of activity will not be tolerated by Cornwall Housing Ltd. We have announced that we will be running a key amnesty in January and February 2015 as we have seen evidence of how introducing a key amnesty has worked well in other parts of the country. 

By bringing the issue to the public’s attention, other authorities saw an increase in referrals to its tenancy fraud hotline and we hope to see the same results here as we know that the overwhelming majority of residents live in their homes legally and that they share our commitment to tackling tenancy fraud. I would also encourage anyone who suspects someone of committing tenancy fraud to get in touch.”

Anyone who is illegally subletting or is not living in their council home should hand back their keys to the Council’s Corporate Fraud Team, local housing officer or housing office.

Residents wishing to report somebody who may be illegally subletting or is not living in their home can do so in complete confidence by calling the Council’s dedicated fraud hotline on 0800 7316125 or emailing tenancyfraud@cornwall.gov.uk

Further information on www.cornwall.gov.uk/keyamnesty

Categories: Cornwall

Dog owners urged not to ‘decorate’ trees with dog poo bags this Christmas

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:09

  

Posters showing Christmas trees ‘decorated’ with dog poo bags pictured against a backdrop of iconic Cornish beauty spots and images including Carn Brea, Godrevy and St Michael’s Mount, are being distributed by Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement team to make dog owners think about the impact their lack of action and lack of consideration has on our environment.

Cornwall Council Head of Public Protection and Business Support Allan Hampshire said: “We have probably all experienced the frustration of seeing a full dog poo bag suspended from a hedgerow, tree or left by a footpath.  We are taking that image to the extreme by showing a Christmas tree ‘decorated’ with dog poo bags against the backdrop of some of the lovely places in Cornwall.  We are saying to people that once you have taken the time to scoop and bag the poop, please put the bag in any litter bin or take it home and put it in your own bin.  There is no excuse not to take responsibility for your dog.”

Cornwall Council, Senior Environmental Health Officer Kevin Brader adds: “We are running the campaign now as we notice an increase in fouling and littering issues when the days are short and dog owners are often walking their pets in darkness in the morning or the evening.  Dog owners are reminded that they are required to clean up when their dog has fouled in a public place and must properly dispose of it. It is no excuse to say that you didn’t see where your dog has been; you can be held responsible even if you did not see the incident.  There is no excuse to throw bagged waste into the hedge or tie it to a tree - take it to the nearest bin or take it home.  Anyone caught throwing or leaving bagged dog waste or not properly removing dog waste will face an £80 fixed penalty or prosecution.”

Cornwall Council is also encouraging others to take on a proactive role in tackling the issue of dog fouling. The Council's Public Protection service is the only Local Authority Department in the country to be approved by DEFRA to provide training to other officers, internal and external, to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering offences. There is a programme of engaging with local town and parish council’s in Cornwall to authorise and approve their employees to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

Cabinet member for Communities Geoff Brown says: “This will increase the number of people in our communities who are able to address these anti-social behaviour issues but what we really want is for dog owners themselves to be responsible for their pets and their actions to help maintain the environment and also reduce the risks of diseases associated with dog poo.”

You can report dog fouling on the Council’s website or Facebook page.

Allan Hampshire adds: “It is only with people getting involved and reporting problems in their neighbourhood that we will be able to solve more problems and take more enforcement action on littering and dog fouling. We want these posters to draw attention to the issue and make them think about their responsibilities.”

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Cornwall’s King Edward Mine Museum to receive more than £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:43

A project to conserve the world’s oldest complete 19th / early 20th century mine site has been awarded £1,121,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) following a successful partnership application from Cornwall Council and King Edward Mine Ltd.

The aim of the project is to conserve all the core buildings at King Edward Mine, and refurbish the derelict Assay Office as a new café and ‘community hub’ and the Boiler House as a new exhibition space to enhance the visitor experience.  The funding announced today will also enable King Edward Mine to employ two paid part-time staff and deliver a programme of exciting events, activities and training for local schools, families, visitors, special interest groups and volunteers, working in partnership with other community organisations. 

King Edward Mine (KEM), situated on the outskirts of Camborne, near the villages of Troon and Beacon, is the oldest complete 19th/ early 20th century mine site left in the world.  Almost all the mine buildings survive, and to a remarkable degree they retain their appearance and character of about 1907, when Camborne School of Mines equipped the mine’s Mill with the most up to date surface machinery of the time, including the Californian Stamps battery that had been exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

In preparation for opening the mine as a museum in 2005, a group of individuals, who later became King Edward Mine Ltd, expertly restored and, where possible, brought back much of this machinery into working order.  The Mill now houses the most complete collection of tin dressing plant in Europe, with many items being rare or unique survivals.

King Edward Mine is traversed by the Great Flat Lode Mineral Tramways multi-use trail, a popular route around Carn Brea for walks, cyclists and horse riders. The new café, which will be offered as a franchise, and the additional car parking and improvements to the Events Field, will help King Edward Mine to become the ‘Gateway to the Great Flat Lode’, providing an ideal location for individuals and groups to start their exploration of what is described as the best surviving mining landscape within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.  The café has also received funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk, generously funded by English Heritage and by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

King Edward Mine will remain open to the public as normal throughout the project’s building conservation phase, with the new café and exhibition opening in June 2016.  For all information on visiting King Edward Mine, please go to their website: www.kingedwardmine.co.uk

King Edward Mine will be advertising for a part-time Site Officer later in December and more information will provided on the café franchise opportunity early in 2015 and on the Participation Officer position at the beginning of 2016.

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “King Edward Mine is the oldest complete early 20th century mine site left in Cornwall and an important reminder of the area’s long and proud mining heritage.  Today’s HLF support will enable Cornwall Council to conserve some of the most historic parts of the site as well as vastly improving the visitor offer via a new café and community space for all to enjoy.”

George Eustice MP, said: “I am delighted with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s decision to award more than £1m to the King Edward Mine Museum near Camborne.  We have a rich and unique industrial heritage in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle and this funding will not only help preserve this important historical site but also allow the museum to provide an exciting range of activities for schools and visitors.”

Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for the award of this grant to King Edward Mine, and also KEM Ltd’s Trustees and other volunteers how have worked in partnership with the Council to achieve this important milestone.

Since opening in 2005, this small team of dedicated volunteers have created an award-winning museum at King Edward Mine, attracting increasing numbers of visitors and growing in importance to the local community.  The struggle was always raising funds to restore the deteriorating historic buildings and to put the site on a firmer financial footing. 

In 2009, the Council acquired King Edward Mine in recognition of its importance within Cornwall’s World Heritage Site.  Since then we have secured European funding to conserve two of the redundant buildings and refurbish them as high quality work spaces.  These will be available from April 2015 and we have already had a lot of interest in them.  We have also brought a strong team together, including Truro architects pdp Green and the design company Scribble & Nonsense who are also based locally, to support the volunteers to develop their ideas for the museum in consultation with the local community. 

I am absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support King Edward Mine with this award of over £1m, and congratulate the team on this achievement.”

Kevin Baker, Chairman of KEM Ltd, said: “This is really great news.  King Edward Mine Museum was created by the vision of a few volunteers who have over the years restored the tin processing machinery in the Mill, now unique examples of their type, and who have striven to preserve the site for future generations.  We are very proud of the fact that the museum is award-winning and that so many of our visitors learn about the heritage of the site, but we took on buildings already in very poor condition which has limited what we’ve been able to do to develop the site’s potential.  Without this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we could never have raised funds locally for the conservation of the core buildings, nor indeed for creating a new café and exhibition space.  We are now hoping to attract more volunteers to become part of King Edward Mine’s future, and that more people in the community will be encouraged to come and enjoy the site and take part in the host of events and activities that we are planning.

George Le Hunte, Chairman of Camborne Business Improvement District said: “Congratulations.  This is fantastic news and will assure the future of King Edward Mine Museum and will also attract more visitors to Camborne.”

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Opportunity for Cornwall's artists to exhibit at Kernow Lorient 2015

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:48

An exciting opportunity to exhibit their work as part of the internationally renowned Lorient Interceltic Festival is on offer to artists in Cornwall.

Artists in Cornwall are invited to apply to exhibit at the August 2015 festival in the heart of Brittany which attracts around 700,000 visitors a year.  The focus in 2015 will be on Cornwall and the Isle of Man who have teamed up to promote their fantastic music, dance and art.

That includes an art exhibition in the large Faouedic Gallery in the centre of Lorient, which will run over the summer.

Cornwall’s delegation organiser Jenefer Lowe explains: “The Lorient Interceltic Festival is an important platform for Celtic nations and in 2015, with the focus on Cornwall and the Isle of Man, we want our contemporary art, as well as our music and dance, to be centre stage. Each year, one or more Cornish artists are chosen to exhibit in a joint exhibition with work from each country and have made a big impact, but 2015 will be even more special.”

Viv Gillard has been the volunteer co-ordinator for Cornish art in Lorient for the past two years after exhibiting her own work in 2012. “It was an amazing opportunity for me” she says. “It was great to exhibit to a large international audience and for me it led to an invitation to take part in a Biennale celebrating female artists from around the world. I love working as co-ordinator and curating the show – I want to inspire more Cornish artists to create cutting edge work about Cornwall and push the WOW factor forward to show the other Celtic nations what we are all about!”

Cornwall Council is supporting the year of Cornwall in Lorient. “The festival is an excellent opportunity to showcase the best of Cornwall and art is no exception” said Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture, Julian German. ‘We have already proved to Lorient in previous years that Cornish art is of high quality and I hope that Cornish artists will take advantage of this fantastic  opportunity and make 2015 a year to be proud of.”

To obtain a copy of the call for artists, which has full details of the submission process and dates, email kernowart4lorient@gmail.com

Story posted 18 November 2014

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Safer Cornwall highlights dangers of alcohol in the run up to Christmas

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:41

Issued on behalf of Safer Cornwall

The multi-agency Safer Cornwall Partnership is highlighting the dangers of having one too many over Christmas, risking turning what should be a memorable time into one you’d like to forget, or even one you wish hadn’t happened.

We all know that even in small quantities alcohol affects you. Usually in an enjoyable way – or we wouldn’t drink it!

But when you are out and about visiting friends or going to events over the Christmas period, remember that even a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. If you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car you put yourself at risk, as well as your passengers and other road users. Drink driving costs lives.

Plan ahead …It’s best to think ahead - plan in advance how you are going to get home without the need to drive. If you know someone is planning to drive, then don’t even offer them an alcoholic drink.

It might be tempting on a cold or wet winters night, but just don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol; it isn’t worth the risk. And please remember, if you plan to drive the morning after an evening when you have been drinking, you could still be over the limit.

On average, after drinking five pints you won’t be below the legal limit for 12 hours.

Alcohol continues to cause accidents, injuries and deaths in Cornwall. It is a contributory factor in many cases of domestic abuse, and if too much of it is drunk, it can cause long term health damage, which in turn places a heavy burden on the National Health Service.

Tamsin Ferris, Road Safety Officer with Cornwall Council says: “Pedestrian safety plays a key part in our campaign at this time of year; it is frightening that over a third of all pedestrians killed in Cornwall over the last five years had been drinking.

For this reason our campaign focuses on the importance of ensuring people arrange a safe way to get home before they go out for an evening, we are also appealing for people to take care of their friends while on a night out, making sure they get home safely.” 

Des Tidbury the chair of the Safer Cornwall Partnership says: “Everyone needs to seriously consider the consequences of drinking and how it can lead to alcohol related violence, including domestic violence, and anti social behaviour.

People need to be aware that if the national health guidelines on drinking are exceeded, or if people drink and drive, the negative consequences can be devastating. We all need to work together to raise awareness and to tackle the problems to which excessive alcohol consumption contributes.”

Geoff Brown Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities says: “I would urge everyone to drink responsibly. Christmas is a time for many group parties and if someone in your group is a little the worse for wear, that’s when the group should look after them and keep them safe.

Please plan your celebrations to include a designated driver who does not drink, and have a great Christmas”.

Tony Hogg the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner says: “So much of the harm caused to our communities is alcohol-related and on a daily basis the Police in Cornwall deal with people who have become a victim of alcohol related crime, or who become offenders as a result of drinking alcohol.

We must all do whatever we can to raise people’s awareness of the risks associated with their alcohol consumption and to help keep people safe. If you are drinking this Christmas period, please do so safely and responsibly and think about the impact of your actions on others.”

So the message this Christmas from Safer Cornwall is to have a great time, enjoy having a few drinks if you want to, but please avoid drinking to excess, never drink and drive, and take care.

Advice or help …

  • If you need help locally, then advice or support is available from Addaction Cornwall on their 24 hour phone line: 0333 2000 325
  • Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information and advice on the Safer Cornwall website.

The Safer Cornwall Partnership wants you to have an enjoyable Christmas in Cornwall, and this may include having a couple of drinks with friends, but please drink sensibly within the recommended limits, and never drink and drive.

Enjoy Cornwall - drink sensibly this Christmas!

Story posted 11 December 2014

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Cornwall prepares for strong winds and rain

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:30

With Met Office forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain affecting Cornwall over the 24 hours, Cornwall Council is warning residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for strong to gale force southwesterly winds to develop over the next few hours, with the possibility of gusts of between 50-60mph in some places.  This could cause damage to branches, power lines and temporary buildings. There is also a forecast of heavy rain during the night, with the combination of gales and driving rain likely to create difficult travel conditions.

The Council is advising people to avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds. Anyone with responsibility for community Christmas lights and decorations should ensure they are properly secured against strong winds and consider turning off Christmas lights if the weather deteriorates.  We would also advise checking for any damp or damage before turning them back on. Any problems should be dealt with by a qualified electrician.  

 

Story posted 11 December 2014

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Looe Primary Academy pupils create innovative fundraising ideas for school London trip

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:03

Pupils aged 10 from Looe Primary Academy have taken part in a Junior Enterprise Challenge Day at the school organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. With support from NatWest, Premier Inn, Painters Craft Box, Trenderway Farm and local councillor Edwina Hannaford the pupils formed into companies for the day to develop their fundraising ideas to raise money for their school London trip.

The pupils had lots of ideas ranging from penalty shootouts to car washing. Together they produced drawings and models of their fundraising ideas as well as many leaflets, posters and even radio adverts to promote their ideas.  The pupils then presented their ideas to a team of judges and  it was decided that the 3D snowflakes from the Christmas Crafters company would be used to raise money.

“The Junior Enterprise Challenge provided the pupils with the opportunity to make real choices and decisions in a business simulation activity” said Kate Whetter Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Education Business Partnership. She continued “Key to the success of the day was the fantastic support from the local business community”.

NatWest relationship manager Mike Finnie said: "It was great to see how creative and innovative the pupils were as their companies came up with money-making ideas for their school trip. It's never too soon to start developing entrepreneurial skills and NatWest is working hard to encourage young people to see that self-employment can be a very rewarding route. I wish the pupils all the best putting their fundraising ideas into practice."

"It was a fantastic day!  The children really rose to the challenge, with innovative fundraising ideas and professional promotional materials.  The business volunteers added real-life expertise to each team and we can't wait to implement our fundraising ideas." Said Tom Hazelwood year six class teacher

Other primary schools wishing to take part in similar days can contact kwhetter@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Story posted 05 December 2014

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Airport Masterplan consultation launched

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:52

The Newquay Cornwall Airport Masterplan consultation is now live and the public is being asked to comment on the refreshed plans during a 6 week consultation that was launched this week.

A two day consultation event held in the Airport terminal on Sunday 30 November and Monday 01 December saw approximately 70 people from Cornwall and beyond review and comment on the proposed development plans for the Airport.  Passengers visited the Masterplan display as well as representatives from Cornwall businesses and the local and wider community, who specifically attended to take part in the consultation.  The general view of those participating was that they really value the services that the Airport provides and that they agree with the plans for development to ensure the future of the facility.

The cosultation material is available on the Council's website for six weeks (from 30 November 2014) with an opportunity to leave feedback and comments.

The Consultation information is also being made available in three sites across Cornwall 

LocationDate Penzance Library   Monday 8 December – Saturday 13 December Truro One Stop Shop Tuesday 16 December – Monday 22 December Bodmin Library & One Stop Shop  Monday 5 January - Saturday 11 January 2015

 

The current Airport Masterplan was approved by Cornwall Council in June 2009, but since then the global economic downturn has had a significant effect on the aviation sector.  To ensure that development is based on accurate and current information, including the establishment of the Enterprise Zone (EZ) in 2012, it is the right time to review and refresh the plan to take the Airport and EZ forward for the next 10 years.

The Masterplan review explores the options available for the Airport to provide high quality facilities and a business environment to meet modern aviation needs.  It also investigates the possibility of providing a new sustainable aerospace business cluster to attract aviation industries.

Newquay Cornwall Airport has been shortlisted as a possible location for the UK Spaceport and the refreshed Masterplan will be an important document that would support any potential bid from Cornwall.  The Airport Masterplan refresh is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Infrastructure and Business Development Project.

 

Story posted 05 December 2014

 

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service urge: ‘Don’t let fire ruin your Christmas’

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:24

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is reminding everyone that some of our favourite festive traditions such as cooking Christmas dinner, decorating the home and enjoying that festive tipple could have the potential to leave their celebrations in ruin. 

The distractions of a crowded house and celebrations can often result in festive cooking being left unattended and the added influence of alcohol means that it’s even more important to stay alert while preparing the Christmas dinner.

While no Christmas party would be complete without a few decorations, the fact is that dry Christmas trees, flammable decorations and stray wrapping paper can all act as extra fuel for a fire sparked by overheated sockets, faulty fairy lights, unattended candles or carelessly discarded cigarettes.

CFRS Watch Manager Mark Pratten said: “Christmas can be a potentially more hazardous time of year with regards to fire safety. Historically December is one of the busiest periods for accidental house fires.  In December 2013, CFRS attended 17 accidental property fires which, thankfully, is a 41% reduction on 2012 so it appears that people are being more aware during the festive period but of course it is a busy time of year for families and fire safety is often at the back of our minds as we prepare for the festive season. 

The start of festive celebrations bring a whole cocktail of fire risks into the home – from the distractions whilst cooking and the slower reaction times that result from alcohol consumption, to the potential dangers of overloaded plug sockets, flammable decorations and unattended candles. Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and we want to keep it that way. By being aware of the risks and making a few simple checks you can ensure that you and your loved ones can celebrate in safety.”

Here are some top tips to help you celebrate in safety this festive season:

  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. A working alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in a fire. Test your smoke alarms regularly and never remove batteries to power presents.
  • Check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas to ensure their safety as they are at greater risk from fire.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.  The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high risk area.  Avoid cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol and always turn off kitchen appliances when you have finished cooking.
  • Never leave candles unattended. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
  • Put your cigarette out, right out.  Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when drunk or tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
  • Don’t overload sockets – ensure only one plug per socket.  Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers.
  • Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598).
  • Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found in any DIY store.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire – in the event of fire: get out, stay out and call 999

For a home fire safety assessment please call our 24hr freephone Fire Safety Helpline on 0800 3581 999 or apply online

Story posted 05 December 2014

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Lilli's festive engine house design wins Chairman's Christmas card competition

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:02

A young artist from Truro whose colourful design of a Cornish engine house with a festive feel has been chosen by the Chairman of Cornwall Council John Wood as his 2014 official Christmas card was presented with a special prize at New County Hall this week.

All Year 6 pupils in Cornish primary schools were invited to submit designs for the Christmas card on the theme of “Cornwall Land of Granite”.

The entries were judged by Cornish artist Dick Twinney who selected the design by Lilli Heron, from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Truro, as the winner.

“It was really a pleasure judging the children’s artwork for this project” he said.  “I was amazed by the many different interpretations of the chosen theme which made choosing the winners extremely difficult, especially the final five which were all excellent but in different ways. Congratulations to all the children that entered and keep up the good work art-wise.”

“I was delighted to receive such a wide variety of interpretations of the theme I had set “ said Cornwall Council Chairman John Wood.  “I am very grateful to all of the children and their teachers who found the time to produce so many delightful illustrations.

“I was with Dick when he chose the winner and I am really pleased with his choice.  Dave Taylor has done an excellent job in reproducing it  perfectly.  It really will be a pleasure distributing such a lovely card , my sincere thanks and congratulations to Lilli Heron.”

There were also four runners up who were invited to County Hall to meet with Chairman John Wood, Dick Twinney and Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

The youngsters, who were accompanied by their parents and their class teacher, are: 

  • James Nettleinghame, St Cleer Primary School, Liskeard
  • Joshua Davis, St Mary’s Church of England School, Truro
  • Tom Benyon, St Mary’s Church of England School, Truro
  • Isobel Sherwood, St Mary’s School, Truro

Lilli’s winning design has been turned into a card by the Council’s Senior Graphic Designer Dave Taylor who was on hand at the presentation to show the young artist how this was done.

A selection of entries will now be displayed at County Hall throughout the festive season.

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Saltash.net Community School students 'pass out' at Saltash Community Fire Station parade

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:14

Students from Saltash.net Community School will ‘pass out’ on Friday 05 December 2014 at Saltash Community Fire Station.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. 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 Saltash.net Community Schoolhave shown great enthusiasm in 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 Saltash.net Community School 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 Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury.

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 as they grow in confidence.”

 

Story posted 05 December 2014

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