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Planning and network priorities on the agenda for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:44

Residents of the Liskeard and Looe Community Network area are being invited to find out more about Cornwall Council’s planning policy and future priorities for the Community Network Panel at its meeting on 13 July.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, and Phil Mason, the Council’s Head of Planning and Enterprise, will be attending the meeting to talk about planning policy and how this relates to planning locally.

The Panel has also been developing its local priorities, which will be used to influence Cornwall-wide strategies, local projects and the way local services are delivered.  Draft priorities for discussion at the meeting include improving the A38, retaining and creating local jobs and promoting south-east Cornwall’s tourism potential.

Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues. 

Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 18 parishes in the community network: Deviock, Dobwalls and Trewidland, Duloe, Lanreath, Lanteglos by Fowey, Liskeard, Looe, Menheniot, Morval, Polperro, Pelynt, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Keyne, St Martin-by-Looe, St Neot, St Pinnock and Warleggan.

The meeting takes place on Monday 13 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Cleer Memorial Hall.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Liskeard and Looe Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.

Story posted 03 July 2015

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Blue Light Day 2015 hailed a great success

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:30

This year’s hugely popular Blue Light Day saw around 500 people with learning disabilities meeting the people, machines and dogs of the emergency services at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Wednesday 01 July.  

Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between people with learning disabilities and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Highlights of the day included a singing and signing choir, a performance from George Riley plus demonstrations from the emergency services.  Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more attended, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment plus Police dogs, a mountain rescue spaniel and Nelson the Fire Service dog.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Adult Care Jim McKenna and Chief Supt Julie Fielding were also there.

Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability, and Cornwall Council.

This is the eighth year that the event has been held and has grown each time, with more organisations and emergency services keen to be involved.

Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding said: “Once again this has proved to be a fantastic event and a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including our local learning disability community groups in Cornwall and for local issues to be shared and discussed with the emergency services.

As a result of the Cornish Blue Light Days, Plymouth and Devon have been inspired to create their own days as well.

Around sixty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability were on hand to give information and advice. They included Cornwall Council’s Electoral Services Team, encouraging more people with a learning disability to register to vote.

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: “I have really enjoyed meeting people and spending time with their families and carers, as well as the many partner organisations which support them. It is great to see how much this event is appreciated and just how much fun everyone has.  I would like to congratulate all the organisations who took part for the effort they put into making Blue Light Day such a success. It is definitely one of the best and most enjoyable events that I attend and am very much looking forward to Blue Light Day 2016 already!”

Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge said:  ‘I am proud to support this event with its message of helping people with learning disabilities gain confidence to become part of their local communities. I’d like to thank the emergency services for being willing to support the event once more, and for the enjoyment that they put into it, as well as the serious messages.’

Photographs show emergency services and performances at Blue Light Day.

Story posted: 3 July 2015

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Landlords urged to act on new fire safety laws

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:47

Private landlords across Cornwall are being urged to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws aimed at saving dozens of lives a year.

The regulations make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes and come into effect from 01 October 2015.

Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

To help landlords gear up for the new regulations the Government has provided Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to landlords that register their interest.

To apply landlords need to visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire and follow links for business fire safety to complete the online registration form. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to our online registration form, you can call our Freephone fire safety helpline on 0800 3581 999 between 9-5pm Monday to Friday.

Detectors will be available for collection from St Austell Community Fire Station week commencing 06 July 2015 from the main reception area. News of additional distribution centres in the west and east Cornwall will follow shortly on www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire.

CFRS Group Manager Steve Halstead said: “We are pleased to support this initiative. Landlords need to be clear that from October they have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are fitted with appropriate fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives so we are encouraging landlords to come forward to take up this offer and also to register with the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme, where they can access guidance and support to ensure their tenants and property are safe” : www.cornwall.gov.uk/responsiblelandlord

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “I fully support this great initiative and would urge landlords to take advantage of the offer. Recent fires in Cornwall have demonstrated the effectiveness and importance of all properties being fitted with such warning devices as early warning has ensured that occupants can safely vacate the premises.  An early call to the fire service also minimises the potential damage to buildings”

Story posted: 1 July 2015

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Junior Engineers of Tomorrow

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:56

Pondhu pupils take on an engineering challenge with Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership

On Thursday, year five pupils from Pondhu School in St Austell took part in the first ever “Crossing the Gap Challenge Day” at the school organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. With support from Pendennis Shipyard and STEM Ambassadors, the pupils learned a little bit about engineering before being set an engineering challenge – “Crossing the Gap”. Using a limited supply of materials they had to design, test and make a structure so that a small remote-controlled car could cross a 1 m gap safely.

The pupils had many ideas about how to solve the challenge including bridges and ramps. At the end of the day the pupils took part in an exciting showdown to win prizes. The fastest crossing prize was won by Milarna and Thomas and the best structural design prize was won by Jacob. The creative design prize was won by Madison, Maddison  and Emily whilst Georg and Charlie took the prize for making the most cost effective solution.

“The Crossing the Gap Challenge Day provided the pupils with the opportunity to learn about engineering as well as develop their problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way.” said Kate Whetter Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Education Business Partnership. She continued, “Key to the success of the day was the wonderful support from Pendennis Shipyard and STEM ambassador Victoria Phillips from Truro- Penwith College”.

Mrs Newnes, the class teacher said “The children thoroughly enjoyed their day. They joined in enthusiastically with the challenge and learnt a great deal about skills such as design, budgeting and construction.”

“A very enjoyable day was had by all and it was nice to work with the young engineers of the future.” Said Joshua McKnight, Electrical Engineer Apprentice at Pendennis Shipyard.

“Lots of amazing bridges were built and I had a great time working with the children and their teachers” added Victoria Phillips a Truro Penwith College STEM ambassador.

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

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Employers lead 'Have a Go' day at Penair School

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:06

Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership organised a ‘Have a Go’ day for Penair School in Truro on Tuesday 30 June where local employers provided ‘tasters’ – bite sized opportunities to try out work-based skills.  Year 9 students found out about careers and the pathways to a dream job – including further education and apprenticeships.

‘Have a Go’ activities included how to make superfood wraps with the School of Cornish Sardines/St Austell Brewery, writing an article with Cornwall Today and having a go at making corners out of textiles with Fast Track Fabrics. Also offering ‘Have a Go’ activities were: Truro-Penwith College Hair and Beauty, the Army, Falmouth Marine School, The Nurturing Excellence project, Second Chance Project, Cornwall Marine Network and the National Careers Service.

“The ‘Have a Go’ day at Penair School raised the profile of skills, vocational training and apprenticeships for young people” said Kate Whetter, Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.

“All of our Year 9 students ‘had a go’ at a range of tasks from different employers including everything from changing a pillow to plotting a maritime chart” said Elizabeth Donnelly, Head of Careers at the school.

Sanjay Kumar said “The ‘Have a Go’ day is a great pathway to nurturing future talents for the ever expanding hospitality industry in Cornwall. Working on behalf of Springboard and St Austell Brewery it is vital for me to inspire the next generation of caterers to make the right choice and carve a bright future out of the available opportunities.”

Cornwall Today editor Kirstie Newton said “It is important to inspire the next generation of professionals, and to give them a taste of what journalism can offer. I really valued meeting ‘real’ journalists at a similar stage in my education and it means a lot to be able to give something back”.

Story posted: 1 July 2015

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Are you caring for someone else's child?

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:01

Cornwall Council is trying to raise awareness of private fostering and is encouraging people in Cornwall to let them know if they looking after someone else’s child, and are, in fact, private foster carers.  Also to ask anyone who knows someone who is looking after someone else’s child to encourage them to let us know or, failing that, to tell us themselves.

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for and living with someone who is not their parent, guardian or close relative for more than 28 days. 

Although this is done as a private arrangement, legally the parent and carer must notify the local authority where the child is going to live.  However, despite this legal requirement, many private fostering arrangements are going unreported, with figures from the Department of Health suggesting there are currently more than 10,000 children being privately fostered in England and Wales.

“It is vital that people let us know if their child is living with another family or they are looking after someone else’s child” said Rebecca Sargent, the Council’s Fostering Manager.  “Whilst we know that most of these children will be safe and happy, it is important that the arrangement is in the best interests of the child. 

“We have a duty to provide support and advice but we can’t do that if we don’t know about it.  Private foster carers may also be entitled to financial support. “

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People, said, “We recognise that some people may feel worried about involving the Council in a private family matter, but in reality most people who have notified us say they have benefited from the support they have received.”

Helen and James are private foster carers in Cornwall for 15 year old Jess (the names have been changed for privacy). They say: “We have been privately fostering for four months.  We would thoroughly recommend this to anyone considering it.  It is an absolute pleasure watching our foster child grow with confidence and happiness.”

Since living with Helen and James, Jess has had a positive experience of family life and is progressing well at school.

Cornwall Council is encouraging anyone who is involved in a private fostering arrangement or thinks they know someone who is to tell them about it so that they can make an assessment of their needs and make sure the child is safe, healthy and happy and can offer support to private foster carers and parents if they need it.

For more information or to report a private fostering arrangement please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit on 0300 1231116. 

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Speak Cornish Week 4 - 13 July

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:01

It’s Speak Cornish week again and this year at Maga we are encouraging everyone to talk about what they like!

The Cornish for “I like…” is “Da yw Genev…” and this is the theme of this year’s #SpeakCornish week which runs from 4 to 13 July. 

MAGA is inviting people to contribute drawings, photos or film of people using “Da yw genev…” to tell us what they like. During the week helpful vocabulary will be released on www.learncornishnow.com/speakcornishweek.

Last year the website www.learncornishnow.com received an impressive 10,000 extra visitors during #SpeakCornish week, and over 200 individuals and businesses posted films of themselves using Cornish online, ran promotions and competitions and arranged activities. The tag #SpeakCornish made half a million impressions in one hour!

There are a lot of events to get involved in during the week as well, ranging from conversation evenings, to film screenings, children’s storytimes and promotional stands!

So whatever you do, #SpeakCornish in the week; go along to one of the activities, join us online, or find us on our stand - starting at Bodmin Riding on 4th July.

"Have some fun uploading your film shot in Cornish and watching other people's contributions" said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture and Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership. “There was a fantastic response last year and we hope that even more people join in this year!"

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Superfast broadband access on the agenda for Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:10

Residents of the Bodmin Community Network area are being invited to find out more about how broadband speed and access to superfast broadband in the area can be improved at the Community Network Panel meeting on 8 July.

Guest speaker Julian Cowans, Superfast Cornwall Programme Manager, will provide guidance and answer questions on the provision of broadband in the area.

Cornwall Councillor Ann Kerridge, Chair of Bodmin Community Network Panel, said: “Rural villages in our network area are reporting problems with very slow existing broadband speeds and also with getting access to superfast broadband.  The Community Network Panel is keen to understand how speeds can be increased to reasonable levels, even if villages don’t have access to superfast broadband.

“The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this important issue.”

Bodmin Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues. 

Bodmin Community Network Panel includes all four Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the seven parishes in the community network: Blisland, Bodmin, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet and Withiel.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday 8 July from 7pm to 9pm at Blisland Village Hall.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bodmin Community Network page.

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Blue Light Day set to break all records

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:46

On Wednesday 1 July 2015 around 500 people with learning disabilities will be meeting the people, machines and dogs of the emergency services at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge and runs from 10am until 2:30pm and is free to attend.

Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between people with learning disabilities and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Highlights of the day will include a singing and signing choir, a performance from George Riley plus demonstrations from the emergency services.  Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more will be in attendance, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment. Police dogs, a mountain rescue spaniel and Nelson the Fire Service dog will also be there.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Adult Care Jim McKenna and Chief Supt Julie Fielding will also be attending.

Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability, and Cornwall Council.

This will be the eighth year that the event has been held and has grown each time, with more organisations and emergency services keen to be involved.

Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding said: “This is a fantastic event and is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including our local learning disability community groups in Cornwall and for  local issues to be shared and discussed with the emergency services.

As a result of the Cornish Blue Light Days, Plymouth and Devon have been inspired to create their own days as well.

Around sixty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability will also be on hand to give information and advice. They include Cornwall Council’s Electoral Services Team, encouraging more people with a learning disability to register to vote.

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: ‘Last year I really enjoyed meeting people and spending time with their families and carers, as well as the many partner organisations which support them. It is great to see how much this event is appreciated and just how much fun everyone has.  I would like to congratulate all the organisations who take part for the effort they put into making Blue Light Day such a success and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.’

Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge is attending the event and said:  ‘I am proud to support this event with its message of helping people with learning disabilities gain confidence to become part of their local communities. I’d like to thank the emergency services for being willing to support the event once more, and for the enjoyment that they put into it, as well as the serious messages.’

Story posted: 29 June 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Are you caring for someone else’s child?

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:05

Cornwall Council is trying to raise awareness of private fostering and is encouraging people in Cornwall to let them know if they looking after someone else’s child, and are, in fact, private foster carers.  Also to ask anyone who knows someone who is looking after someone else’s child to encourage them to let us know or, failing that, to tell us themselves.

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for and living with someone who is not their parent, guardian or close relative for more than 28 days. 

Although this is done as a private arrangement, legally the parent and carer must notify the local authority where the child is going to live.  However, despite this legal requirement, many private fostering arrangements are going unreported, with figures from the Department of Health suggesting there are currently more than 10,000 children being privately fostered in England and Wales.

“It is vital that people let us know if their child is living with another family or they are looking after someone else’s child” said Rebecca Sargent, the Council’s Fostering Manager.  “Whilst we know that most of these children will be safe and happy, it is important that the arrangement is in the best interests of the child. 

“We have a duty to provide support and advice but we can’t do that if we don’t know about it.  Private foster carers may also be entitled to financial support. “

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People, said, “We recognise that some people may feel worried about involving the Council in a private family matter, but in reality most people who have notified us say they have benefited from the support they have received.”

Helen and James are private foster carers in Cornwall for 15 year old Jess (the names have been changed for privacy). They say: “We have been privately fostering for four months.  We would thoroughly recommend this to anyone considering it.  It is an absolute pleasure watching our foster child grow with confidence and happiness.”

Since living with Helen and James, Jess has had a positive experience of family life and is progressing well at school.

Cornwall Council is encouraging anyone who is involved in a private fostering arrangement or thinks they know someone who is to tell them about it so that they can make an assessment of their needs and make sure the child is safe, healthy and happy and can offer support to private foster carers and parents if they need it.

For more information or to report a private fostering arrangement please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit on 0300 1231116. 

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Works to stabilize cliff face/retaining wall above access road to Great Western Beach, Newquay

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:20

Works to reopen the access road to Great Western Beach in Newquay following a landslip in February are continuing.

The access road had to be closed for safety reasons as the cliff face is unstable and since the landslip occurred further cracks in the road adjacent to the Great Western Hotel have appeared.

The rock face and retaining wall both require strengthening and reconstructing and the access road will have to remain closed while this work takes place. Work is expected to carry on until the autumn.

As part of the design process CORMAC is undertaking exploratory drilling to determine the overall stability of the cliff face and the results of the drilling will assist in the design of a replacement wall. The drilling work will be noisy and Cornwall Council is liaising with nearby businesses and residents on when the noisiest work will be carried out.

CORMAC are doing all they can to minimise the impact of the construction works, however everyone’s patience and cooperation will be appreciated while the work takes place.

The premises below the retaining wall are closed to the public, however all other businesses remain open as usual.

Whilst Great Western Beach remains accessible from neighbouring beaches about 3 hours after high water, please seek the advice of lifeguards and vacate the beach when the tide starts to come back in so as to avoid becoming cut off by the rising tide. Please be aware of the tide times and for your own safety ensure you are not trapped by the incoming tide.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central, says: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy Great Western Beach this summer but safety has to be paramount, although we are working to stabilise the cliff as quickly as possible - to remedy what is potentially a very serious situation. We are liaising with local businesses and residents to keep disruption to a minimum, however work will continue throughout the summer and into the autumn.” Geoff stressed that partners in Newquay are working closely together and added: “We are working with the RNLI Lifeguards and Lifeboats, the Coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police, and have comprehensive contingency plans in place should anyone get cut off by the tide.”

Information about the works to stabilize the cliff face and retaining wall is available on the Council’s website on the Newquay and St Columb Community Network page.

A Marine Management Organisation licence has now been obtained to allow construction machinery to be brought across the beach to the work site.

If you have any queries regarding the works please contact CORMAC on 0300 1234 100 or call the number on the site signs.

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Penzance Prince's Trust Team celebrate successful course

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:15

A group of seven young people aged between 16 and 25 years old who are not in employment, education or training (NEETS), have celebrated transforming a woodland area and interactive learning area at Heamoor Community Primary School in Penzance, as part of a 12 week Prince’s Trust TEAM programme personal development course.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme is underway in Penzance and aims to help young people develop the skills and confidence to move into employment, education, training, volunteering or apprenticeships. The courses are run in partnership with and funded by Cornwall Council’s Adult Education service.

The TEAM chose to transform the woodland area and an early years play area for the school, and particularly the key stage one children, by creating several different areas including a mud kitchen, music garden, waterwall, shelter and seating area and a fire pit. In the woodland area they created an army base, woodland seating area with fire pit, assault course, and insect hotel. All of these will help promote interactive learning for the children at the school as well as outside groups that may use the area such as brownies, cubs, scouts and the local nursery.

The team would like to say thank you to all that have helped to fund this project including Morrison’s, where the team did their fundraising and who donated light refreshments for the presentation; Mayor of Penzance David Nebesnuick for attending the presentation and all the staff and children at Heamoor Community Primary School for welcoming the team into their school.

The team also received donations in the form of materials from Macsalvors who very kindly donated equipment necessary to complete the project; Simm's Scrap Metal in Camborne for the donation of a fire pit made from an old washing machine drum; Cormac for lending their volunteer trailer and for donating logs for seating and B&Q Penzance for donating pallets and cable ties.  The donated materials were invaluable and have made the project a success and helped to make the woodland area and early years area  look as appealing as possible for the local community as well as giving the children many different interactive learning opportunities.

Princes Trust Team leader Andrew House said: “The participants take on and learn a lot in just 12 weeks. The support of local businesses has been very generous and has helped the team to learn new skills and help raise their levels of confidence and motivation to ensure they enter further education, training or employment.”

As well as the community project the group will also take part in team building activities and challenges, a week-long action packed residential trip as well as receive advice on how to write a CV and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Reception class teacher Alison Williams said:  “Thank you to you and your amazing team.  We are thrilled with all you have created for our children at Heamoor Community Primary School.  This will enhance their outdoor learning opportunities immensely.

It has been a pleasure to have you and your team on-site for the past two weeks.  The students conducted themselves in a polite, respectful and considerate manner at all times.  They were responsible when working in our Early Years area, and responded to the children's numerous questions and comments brilliantly.”

Station Manager Dave Pilling from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are delighted to be able to work with The Prince’s Trust to deliver this very worthwhile programme.  Too many young people feel they don’t have any skills and talents, and feel they’ll never amount to anything. The Team programme really does help them to turn their lives around; helping them into work, education or training, furthermore taking part in Team does not affect their benefits”.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds.  This initiative in partnership with The Prince’s Trust is to be applauded.  It’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence and, in some cases, turn their lives around.”

If any local businesses are interested in work experience placements or being involved in future community project then please contact Andrew House on 07817538964. 

In this photo:  Members of the team with Assistant Chief Officer Simon Mould (left); Mayor of Penzance David Nebesnuick; Penzance, Station Manager Dave Pilling & Andrew House Princes Trust Team Leader with Headteacher Mrs Jody Flynn (far right).

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Kebab shop owner fined a total of £1,285 for further Licensing Act breaches

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:36

On 25 June 2015, Truro Magistrates Court heard how a Truro kebab shop which had its premises licence revoked following an earlier failed appeal, continued to sell hot food into the early hours, only days after losing the appeal. 

Mehmet Gulenc. the proprietor of One Stop Kebab Shop, New Bridge Street, Truro, was originally prosecuted on 19 August 2014 for a breach of licence conditions and given a Conditional Discharge by the Court.  His Premises Licence was subsequently reviewed and revoked by Cornwall Council at a Licensing Act Committee on 29 October 2014.  This revocation was appealed by Mr Gulenc and the Council decision was upheld by the Magistrates’ Court on 24 February 2015.

Only three days after this decision, at 23:15 hours on Friday 27 February 2015, police observed Mr Gulenc behind the counter serving members of the public. He continued to serve until 01.39 hours after informing police he had not received the paperwork from the court and was entitled to carry on. The premises should have ceased trading at 23.00 hours.

Gulenc was fined £160 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge £20 and full costs to the Council of £1,105.88 making a total of £1285.88.  The conditional discharge remains in place and he was informed that if he breached it again he could be brought back to the Court.

Gulenc’s solicitor stated that he struggled to understand the law as he was not native to this country but accepted that this was the third time he had committed such offences.

Bob Mears Cornwall Council Senior Licensing officer said, “I am disappointed that the Council were yet again placed in a position where they had to take such enforcement action following previous breaches but I am happy with the outcome and I hope that this is an end to this matter and Mr Gulenc realises the error of his ways”.

Story posted: 26 June 2015

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Speak Cornish Week 4 – 13 July

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:35

It’s Speak Cornish week again and this year at Maga we are encouraging everyone to talk about what they like!

The Cornish for “I like…” is “Da yw Genev…” and this is the theme of this year’s #SpeakCornish week which runs from 4 to 13 July. 

MAGA is inviting people to contribute drawings, photos or film of people using “Da yw genev…” to tell us what they like. During the week helpful vocabulary will be released on www.learncornishnow.com/speakcornishweek.

Last year the website www.learncornishnow.com received an impressive 10,000 extra visitors during #SpeakCornish week, and over 200 individuals and businesses posted films of themselves using Cornish online, ran promotions and competitions and arranged activities. The tag #SpeakCornish made half a million impressions in one hour!

There are a lot of events to get involved in during the week as well, ranging from conversation evenings, to film screenings, children’s storytimes and promotional stands!

So whatever you do, #SpeakCornish in the week; go along to one of the activities, join us online, or find us on our stand - starting at Bodmin Riding on 4th July.

"Have some fun uploading your film shot in Cornish and watching other people's contributions" said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture and Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership. “There was a fantastic response last year and we hope that even more people join in this year!"

Story posted: 29 June 2015

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Art fraudster pleads guilty

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:44

An art dealer from Hayle in Cornwall is set to be sentenced on 16 July after entering last minute guilty pleas to seven charges of fraud at Truro Crown Court on 24 June.

David Carter, 57 of Prospect Close, Hayle had initially denied claims that he deliberately sold cheap imitations as genuine works of art. He had also denied deliberately exaggerating the value of paintings supposedly by famous artists such as Alfred Wallis and John Brett. Faced with evidence from scientists and art experts from across the country, Carter pleaded guilty to seven of the charges.

The Court heard that Carter bought paintings for as little as £300 from ‘unreliable sources’ such as websites called “any old tatt” and “credit crunch my arse”. He then advertised them for sale through his gallery or via his website describing them as being by well-known artists and with a price tag of up to £65,000, a potential mark-up of 20,000%.

The prosecution, brought by Cornwall Council Trading Standards, followed a three year investigation and was described by Judge Harvey Clarke as “remarkable and brave”. 

Story posted 25 June 2015

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Cornwall takes centre stage among the Celtic nations in a celebration of creativity

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:17

Four rising stars from Cornwall’s prestigious art scene will exhibit their work this summer in one of Europe's largest and most successful Celtic festivals, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Brittany.

Cornwall will showcase the works of up-and-coming Cornish artists James Eddy, Sophie Capron, Leo Sharp and Zenna Tagney to an audience of up to seven hundred thousand visitors from around the globe from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 August.

All four artists responded successfully to Cornwall Council's invitation last November to submit applications to exhibit at the famous festival.

Viv Gillard, curator and art co-ordinator for the Cornish collective in Lorient, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to showcase Cornwall and raise the profile of our home-grown talent. Undoubtedly, this will support our local artists’ ambitions to secure national and international recognition.

“Each artist is set to unveil a variety of breath-taking and fascinating works of art ranging from James Eddy's land art installations and Zenna Tagney's enchanting ceramic sculptures to Sophie Capron's captivating abstract paintings and a series of images from photographer Leo Sharp. All exhibitors have spent many months planning and there will be something for everyone to admire.”

“The Lorient festival is a really important showcase for Cornwall,” said Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Economy and Culture. “As one of the largest inter-Celtic festivals in the world there is a great deal of empathy and support for Cornwall. This provides a great opportunity to show what we have to offer and I am sure that our artists will, as in previous years, not only demonstrate the skill, creativity and professionalism that Cornish artists have in abundance, but will also wow the audiences.”

This summer Cornwall and the Isle of Man share the spotlight as the showcased areas at the festival, now in its 45th year. The Isle of Man has selected four artists to exhibit alongside those from Cornwall, adding the paintings of Juan Moore, Julie Roberts and Eileen Schaer, along with Will Suttton's parkour film submission.

The paintings will be displayed during the month-long art exhibition which opens at the start of the festival and continue throughout August in the 'Galerie Du Faouëdic' in Lorient's town centre.

The festival is a ten-day celebration of art, music, dance, film and food, which features a three hour parade of costumed dancers, pipe bands and musicians as part of a full programme of concerts, films and entertainment. Cornwall and the Isle of Man will also share a large pavilion presenting information on culture and tourism, hosting performances and serving the best of our food and drink. Cornwall’s presence at the festival is supported by Cornwall Council.

Read more about the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 

Story posted 25 June 2015

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service rated 'Excellent' for equality

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:33

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has been praised in an independent review for its commitment to community engagement, equality and diversity.

As a result, the Service is now only one of eleven fire and rescue services in the UK to be rated as 'Excellent' under the national Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework.

During a three day visit to CFRS, the peer review panel met with staff, partners and members of the public to gain an insight into the organisation's approach to managing equality and diversity.

In gaining the 'Excellent' rating, CFRS had to demonstrate that the service was making a difference under the Framework's five key themes:

  • Knowing your communities
  • Leadership, partnership and organisational commitment
  • Engagement and satisfaction
  • Responsive services and customer care
  • A skilled and committed workforce

Paul Walker, Chief Fire Officer of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am immensely proud of all my staff from across CFRS and the Council’s Community Safety service. This Local Government Association (LGA) and Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) led peer review confirms our diverse and wide reaching front line role delivers positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall. Our focus on Community Engagement, Equality and Diversity (CEED) has now been formally acknowledged with our Service assessed as operating at the ‘Excellent’ level of the Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework.

“This demonstrates we know our local communities and those most at risk; that our community engagement is wide reaching and levels of satisfaction high; that we deliver responsive services with a focus on customer care and that there is a commitment to our CEED agenda throughout our service and partner organisations. It also shows a skilled and professional workforce with a positive workplace culture where staff are delivering excellent services on a daily basis. I would like to thank all staff, Members and colleagues from Cornwall Council as well as our partners for their support in the months leading up to and throughout the peer review process.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Communities, said: “It is a privilege to work with such a committed team. This is a huge tribute to all our dedicated staff, partners and members who have worked, and continue to work, to take the service forward in an innovative and visionary manner.

“The review panel were especially impressed with the close partnership working with other blue-light services at our tri-service station in Hayle, which is unique. They also commented on the breadth of commitment across a council-governed fire authority where community safety and prevention play such a key role. I was delighted the team recognised and valued the strong, supportive, family feel of the whole service.”

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New partnership calls on private landlords and property agents to meet decency standard and provide well managed properties in Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:58

A new online resource for private landlords and letting agents is being launched to help raise property and management standards in Cornwall.

A partnership between Cornwall Council, local housing professionals and landlord representative groups has created the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme.

The scheme is being introduced to support private landlords and lettings agents to offer safe, well managed and better quality accommodation whilst keeping up to date with what the law requires of them.

The rented sector has expanded dramatically in the last decade and in Cornwall there is a thriving private rented sector offering high standards and well managed accommodation across the County. However sitting alongside the good there is the bad.

It is believed that in the region of 20,000 rented properties in Cornwall do not meet the proper standard, often presenting risks to tenants.

To help with this the scheme introduces the Cornwall Rental Standard, a new rental standard for the private rented sector designed to support landlords to identify and address the most common hazards found in dwellings and reduce the harm that they can cause.

The partnership encourages all private landlords and letting agents operating in Cornwall to register on the scheme using a simple online process where the address of the rented property is not asked for. 

Joyce Duffin Cornwall Council cabinet member for Housing and Environment said: “I believe that Cornwall Council is striking the right balance between regulation and support by introducing this scheme. Many improving and existing good landlords can take advantage of the support this scheme offers to help them find the right path through what is sometimes a very muddy pool of available advice, guidance and legislation for the private rented sector.”

Ruth Clarke, Cornwall Residential Landlord Association said: “CRLA welcomes and encourages the initiative to promote good landlords in Cornwall.  The amount of legislation and regulation surrounding the private rented sector can be confusing meaning that both new landlords and those with many years of experience need guidance and help at times.  We look forward to working with our partners in this scheme and seeing an improvement in the standard of accommodation offered to tenants.”

Iain Maitland, South West Landlords Association said “South West Landlords Association believes in and will help promote Local Authority initiatives which educate landlords, letting agents and tenants.  Landlords who know and observe their responsibilities deserve recognition.

Ken Staunton from the National Landlords Association said: “The National Landlords Association (NLA) supports initiatives that aim to improve standards within the private rented sector and we believe that the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme (CRLS)) will contribute greatly to raising awareness of landlords’ responsibilities. The CRLS offers sound advice and guidance and will hopefully serve as a first step towards more landlords achieving accreditation while professionalising approaches within the sector.”

Linda Spelman, representing the Association of Residential Letting Agents said: “ARLA is fully supportive of initiatives aimed at raising professional standards across the private rented sector. We have campaigned widely for more appropriate regulation of letting agents for a number of years and therefore welcome these knowledge-based initiatives”.

Find out more on the Responsible Landlord Scheme webpages www.cornwall.gov.uk/responsiblelandlord

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New campaign is launched to attract staff to work in the care sector

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:57

Cornwall Council has joined with social care providers across Cornwall to launch a new campaign to attract staff to work in the care sector.

The joint recruitment campaign, which is being funded by the Council, has been developed following recognition that the care sector – one of the most important employment sectors in Cornwall, is facing significant recruitment issues. The value and importance of the care workforce cannot be under estimated – working with service users and their families to live independently within their communities, providing care to the people that need it, when they need it, is immensely rewarding and highly regarded by the users of services.

The building of our care workforce is of paramount importance to both the Council and care providers across Cornwall and we are working together to raise awareness of the opportunities available for people interested in working in the sector. Initially having the right values and life skills is more important than experience and qualifications as there is plenty of scope to develop both skill and career development. If you are able to build relationships based on trust and have good communication skills, including being an effective listener, then we would like to hear from you.

Anyone interested in a career in care please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/youcare or phone 01872 323800. You will then be contacted direct by care providers who can provide more information about the roles available, rates of pay and benefits, including travel expenses and training opportunities.

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Overnight road closures for A30 Temple as dual carriageway work begins

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:57

A section of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake will be closed for six nights during the next fortnight as work begins to dual the carriageway.

Overnight closures - between 8pm and 6am nightly- will start at 8pm on Monday 29 June and end at 6am on Friday 3 July. The road will also be closed overnight between 8pm on Monday 6 July and 6am on Tuesday 7 July.

The works - to remove current road markings on the highway and install average speed cameras - have been scheduled to avoid weekend and commuter traffic.

During the overnight closures, motorists will be diverted along the A39 and A395 - the usual diversion route which is put in place when this stretch of the highway is closed.

“With more than 39,000 vehicles using the A30 at Temple during peak season, our priority is to keep traffic moving and this at the forefront of planning for any restrictions that are introduced,” said Jeremy Edwards, from Cornwall Council’s Transportation Service. “This is why we will only be closing the A30 at night when only absolutely necessary and during periods when we know traffic levels will be at a minimum.

“We would like to reassure motorists that for the majority of the works, a minimum of two lanes of traffic will be open and delays are not expected to be significantly different to those normally experienced.”

From Monday 29 June the following restrictions will also be in place:

  • Right turns from local roads on to the A30 will be closed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and to make the site safer for both motorists and road workers.
  • The Trewardle Road junction will be permanently closed. This will be replaced by a new junction slightly further along the highway.
  • The ‘Cardinham Gap’ (the central reserve crossing opposite the Cardinham Airfield Road) will also be closed to all but site traffic.

Mick Martin, Public Liaison Officer for Kier, said: “During a recent exhibition a number of residents raised concerns about the diversion signs that have been placed in and around the villages as they believed this was for diverting A30 through traffic when the trunk road was subject to overnight road closures. 

“We can assure the public that these signs are advisory local diversion routes to assist local traffic finding their way during the initial phase of the work.  When the A30 is closed – which will only be at night - all through traffic will be diverted well away from surrounding villages.  Special measures are in place to cater for the residents who live directly on the A30.”

The A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway improvement scheme, which is being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and Highways England, is expected to take 19 months to complete, with two lanes open in each direction ready for the school holiday period in summer 2016.

Read more about the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake improvement scheme

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