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Vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers to drive innovation in Cornwall after free masterclass

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers from across Cornwall have been learning about new ways of reducing their emissions and cutting their fuel costs thanks to Cornwall Council’s Driving Innovation masterclass.

Sponsored by CGON, the masterclass was aimed at businesses in Cornwall and the wider south-west that want to reduce their fuel costs and help improve local air quality.  Businesses of all sizes signed up, including Cormac, which operates one of the largest fleets in Cornwall.

Delegates heard presentations on subjects including electric vehicles, low emission trucks and the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme.  There were also demonstrations of hydrogen electrolysers, electric vehicles, and liquid natural gas trucks.

In addition, the day included an opportunity to learn more about Cornwall Council’s trial of hydrogen electrolysers, funded by a grant from the Defra and Department for Transport Joint Air Quality Unit in 2017.  Hydrogen electrolysers from two suppliers, Water Fuel Engineering and Cgon Limited, have been fitted to vehicles in the Cormac fleet.  Both suppliers claim fuel savings of between 5 and 30% depending on the vehicle and reduced emissions of oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and other pollutants. 

The vehicles in the trial are some of the most common in the fleet or those with the highest mileage and range from a small van to a 26 tonne tipper.  The Council is currently working with independent testers Emissions Analytics Limited who are testing the electrolysers in real-world driving conditions by measuring a range of emissions.  The results of the trial will be available in the spring.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This masterclass was a great way for fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to learn about the latest and upcoming technologies.  We hope that many went away to think about how the technologies they heard about could make significant savings on their fuel costs whilst, at the same time, as improving local air quality.”

Bruce Woodman, Managing Director of Pure Energy Professionals Limited said: “Having been part of the growth in the renewable energy industry for over 25 years, I find it refreshing that Cornwall Council is continuing to promote new clean technologies – in this case electric vehicles and hydrogen.  The transport sector needs to find ways to use renewable energy to reduce its reliance on old, polluting, fossil fuels.  Cornwall remains a great place to be based as this new transition begins to gather pace.”

As part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, Cornwall Council has introduced a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality across Cornwall.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities. 

Story posted 22 February 2018

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Four face counterfeiting and money laundering charges

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Four people from Cornwall will appear at Truro Crown Court on Friday 23 February 2018 in connection with the largest anti-counterfeiting operation undertaken by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

Gregory William Whitehead (48), William Thomas Lemoyne (35), Csilla Imre (24) all from St Austell and Ying Yu, also known as Lisa Whitehead (39) from St Columb, each face charges of conspiring to supply fake car accessories, toys and musical instrument accessories and of conspiring to commit money laundering offences.

Cornwall Council alleges that the four people are responsible for over £2 million worth of counterfeit sales involving dozens of e-bay and Amazon accounts and dozens of different bank accounts. Some 100,000 fake items were seized by Trading Standards officers when they raided homes and warehouses owned by the four in February 2016.

Posted 22 February 2018

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Jubilee Pool wins again

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Penzance’s Jubilee Pool has beaten off stiff competition from other projects in the region to receive yet another award for engineering excellence.

A further two projects delivered by Cormac, the Bodmin Town Cycle Project and strengthening of the Kea Cattle Creep were also highly commended for their innovation and cost effective approach to civil engineering at a South West Awards Ceremony hosted by the Concrete Society in Plymouth.

The aim of the awards is to demonstrate excellence in the role, use, application and design of concrete in structural projects within the region. Judges once again praised the creative solution involved in bringing the Jubilee Pool back to life, which included embedding 155 rock anchors into the granite below the pool, with extensive grouting carried out to the terraces and outer sea walls and the creative use of blue coloured concrete for the pool.

Nick James, Head of Cormac Contracting said: “An award from The Devon and Cornwall Concrete Society is one of the most respected and coveted accolades a professional can receive. We are delighted that three of our projects received the recognition they deserved.”

Cornwall Council Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool steering group, Adam Paynter, said: “This is another fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into keeping this pool going throughout the years. In 2014, the pool was nearly destroyed. In 2017, it’s won a national award and is a real jewel in the crown for Cornwall. This award is testimony to all those involved from concept, design, delivery, to ongoing management, as well as to the people of Penzance and Cornwall and beyond, who supported it so well. Thank you.”

Posted 22 February 2018

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Camelford Town Council takes over management of Camelford Library and Information Service

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Residents of Camelford will be able to access more public services in one place following the handover of Camelford Library and Information Service to Camelford Town Council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme.

From 4 April, Camelford Library and Information Service will be managed by Camelford Town Council but will remain part of the countywide library service.  This means customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

The library will remain in its current location in Town Hall in Market Place and will be joined by the Camelford Town Council offices, making the building a hub for the local community. 

In preparation for the new arrangements, Camelford Library will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 19 March and re-open on Wednesday 4 April.  To ensure that even the most dedicated bookworm has enough to read while the library is closed, customers will be able to borrow up to 36 items from Camelford Library for an extended loan period.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items for free and collect them at other libraries using the online reservation system or to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

Rob Rotchell, Mayor of Camelford, said: “Camelford Town Council is proud to take on the running of Camelford Library and secure its future for the town.  We know how important the library is to people, and by bringing the library and the Town Council offices together we’ll also make it easier for people to access more of the services they need in one place.  On top of this, we’ll be opening the library for an extra two days a week, ensuring people in Camelford will have plenty of opportunity to browse for their favourite books and DVDs.  We will also be extending the range of activities in the coming weeks and hope to re-establish the Tourist Information Centre.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council is looking to devolve local services to the community through the Library Transformation Programme. Our aim throughout this process is to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services that are aligned to local needs.

“Camelford Town Council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action. Devolution at its most worthwhile is about finding the best long term local custodians of an asset, in this case a library that is much loved by the local community. I applaud Camelford Town Council’s innovative approach to working with us and providing an excellent service to their community.”

Story posted 21 February 2018

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Council agrees budget and council tax for 2018/19

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

A full meeting of Cornwall Council today confirmed a 4.99% council tax increase for 2018/19, which will help protect services for vulnerable children, adults and families, provide more homes, support jobs and support economic growth.

The 4.99% increase will see a general council tax increase of 2.99% for 2018/19 – a rise of 63p per week for a Band B property, plus a 2% increase which will be spent solely on adult social care and which is line with the Government’s policy of asking local taxpayers to help fund social care demands.

For a Band B property, the means that the Cornwall Council element of council tax per week will rise by £1.04.

The four year budget will: 

  • Protect vulnerable children, adults and families with towards a 10% increase in funding for Adult Social Services and a 5% increase to children and family services
  • Continue 100% retention of business rates in Cornwall, generating an additional £8m as the number of businesses grow
  • Reduce fuel poverty, helping over 1,100 homes to stay warmer for less
  • Provide extra provision for care leavers who will now receive additional support with their council tax
  • Provide £1.2m to Citizens Advice Cornwall over four years so the service can provide continued support and advice to residents
  • Bring long term empty properties into use by charging 200% council tax from April 2019 (subject to HM UK Government bringing forward the legislation announced in the Chancellor's budget)
  • Invest over £800m through the capital programme in new and improved housing, major highways and transportation links and projects supporting economic growth
  • Provide capital investment to build 1,000 homes, and help grow the economy, and create better paid jobs
  • Give residents more influence in local decision making, by providing more support for localism and community network panels, including an allocation of £1m per year to determine local Highway capital works
  • Provide the Foundation Living Wage for Council staff and all Council contracts which will help support the local economy by boosting local wages
  • Ensure continued support for those in need with paying their Council tax bills.

The budget will allow Citizens Advice Cornwall offices and support services for vulnerable residents to be kept open, allow the Council to keep investment in highways at the same level, keep evening weekend bus routes running and continue to subsidise post 16 transport options – all services which residents and members said they did not want to see reduced.

Alongside this, the Council will further streamline operations to make £77m savings over four years, including:

  • Transforming Adult Social Care, saving £34m by making the system more efficient, for example by ensuring that the right care package is identified from the start
  • Saving £16m through better workforce management and a reduction in posts of up to 200
  • Rationalising the Council’s property portfolio to reduce running costs and generate income of approx. £1.2m
  • Maximising investment returns by an additional £1m
  • Investing £18m in digital services so that residents can access Council services more easily online as well as improving IT to reduce overhead costs.

Deputy Leader Julian German said: “This has protected the services that residents have said are most important to them, and responds to member concerns that were raised through our scrutiny processes.”

There was a recorded vote on the budget with Cornwall Councillors voting 64 in favour, 45 against and with 3 abstentions.

The Council is also currently calling on central government to change their funding model to provide fairer funding for Cornwall as the current funding model doesn’t match Cornwall's funding needs. Our campaign is calling for a model which allocates money in a fair way, based on need and based on factors that drive demand for local services, such as the number of older people and the higher cost of delivering services in rural areas.

This new funding model would also narrow the gap between the highest and lowest funded councils. For example Camden receives around £1100 per resident in funding from government, compared to £784 per resident in Cornwall. This model would even out that amount. In total Cornwall would receive an additional £39 million a year.

 

Story posted 20 February 2018 

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Celebrations as Redruth Library is devolved to Redruth Town Council

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Redruth Town Council have this month welcomed the news that Redruth Library and Information Service (previously known as the One Stop Shop) will remain at the heart of the community with the service being handed over to Redruth Town Council in April.

This valued service is to be transferred to Redruth Town Council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which is helping councils and communities have local ownership, management and control of services.

The Library and Information Service will remain in its current location on Clinton Road and the building will continue to be a hub for the local community.

Current staff will transfer from Cornwall Council to Redruth Town Council, and will continue to deliver the service.

Customers using the service should not notice any change to the current service delivery and opening hours will remain the same.

Though the library service delivery will be managed by Redruth Town Council it will remain part of the Cornwall-wide library service. This means that membership, access to computers and services and stock will not be affected by the change.

Councillor Hannaford, Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “Redruth Town Council’s proactive approach to take more control over their local assets is a great example of devolution in action.

“Our Library Transformation Programme is about working with partners and communities to create sustainable services that meet local needs and aspirations.

“Cornwall Council is committed to the devolution of services so that they are delivered at the most appropriate level. This can mean both fighting for more powers to come down to Cornwall from the Government in London, or devolving existing services from the Council to local communities. This commitment to devolution at all levels is a key priority for the Council and its partners.”  

Councillor Henry Biscoe, Redruth Town Mayor, said: “As a council we are working hard to save local services and assets from closure.  We look forward to the prospect of having the Library and Information Service devolved to the Town Council and working in partnership with Cornwall Council to safeguard this valuable service for the community for the coming years.  The devolution will enable us to become custodians of a community asset that will have local ownership, management and control of the service.”

More information about the Redruth Library and Information Service, or devolution, can be found on the Cornwall Council Libraries webpage.  

Story posted 20 February 2018

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Cold calling roofer receives suspended prison sentence

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

At Bodmin Magistrates on 15 February 2018, Peter Foster, 55, of The Birches, Bury St Edmunds pleaded guilty to offences under the Crime and Disorder Act.

In July 2017, Foster cold called at the home of an elderly couple in St Columb Major offering to fit a dry verge system to one side of the property, claiming it would protect the roof tiles from high winds.

After completing this work, Foster began working on the opposite side of the property without permission, attempting to charge a total of £1,100.

The householders, concerned about the situation, called their daughter, who in turn called the police.

At the time of the incident Foster had been bound by a Crown Court Order in another part of the country, banning him from cold calling at people’s homes.

Following an investigation by Cornwall’s Trading Standards Team, Foster pleaded guilty to a breach of this order at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also given an 8 week curfew and ordered to pay costs and compensation to the victim. Foster was also issued a Criminal Behaviour Order, preventing him from cold calling at properties for a further five years.

Leanne McLean, Cornwall Council’s Lead Officer Doorstep Crime said, “We welcome the sentence imposed by the Magistrates’, which clearly reflects the seriousness of the case.  Cornwall Trading Standards work tirelessly to ensure anyone who commits these offences is brought to justice.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection said, “Our advice to homeowners is to NEVER deal with anyone who turns up at your door without an appointment. If you do require work on your home, always get three quotes and consider using traders that are members of Cornwall Trading Standard’s Buy With Confidence scheme.”

Nigel Strick, Cornwall Council’s Fair Trading Team Manager said, “This is the first time Cornwall Trading Standards has applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order. It means that for the next five years, any attempt by Foster to make unsolicited calls or carry out work without consent could result in a maximum 5 year prison sentence.” 

Anyone who believes they have been victim in a similar situation should report the matter to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Service on 03454040506.

 

Story posted 20 February 2018

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Truro firefighters take to the airwaves to host ‘The Truro Fire Takeover’ radio show this March

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Three firefighters from Truro Community Fire Station are set to host their own radio show – ‘The Truro Fire Takeover’ on CHBN radio 100.8FM broadcasting live from studios based at Treliske, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

People in the Truro area and hospital patients in other parts of Cornwall will be able to hear from the experts about home, road and community safety as well as enjoy discussion, music and features when firefighters Andrew, John and James (Jimbo) from Cornwall Fire and Rescue and Community Safety Service take to the airwaves for their live shows. 

They will be hosting five two hour shows every Friday in March, starting on 2 March, from 8pm to 10pm.

The firefighters have first-hand experience and can help people realise how important it is for them to know what to do in the event of a fire, how to prevent a fire in the home, have working smoke alarms as well as night time routines and escape routes.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service firefighter John Wilkins said: “Andrew, James and I are looking forward to going on air and really appreciate this opportunity to help our communities stay safe.  As a service we know that some of the people most at risk from fire are older people, people with long-term health conditions, people with disabilities and those with mobility issues.”

Firefighter James Collins adds: “This initiative, which is being run and aired at Treliske and other hospitals, will allow us to reach these key target groups while they are receiving treatment in hospital. It will also help us to raise awareness with family members and staff who will be taking care of these particularly vulnerable people.”

Firefighter Andrew Ayre: “We’re also looking forward to having some fun as we play our own choice of music, host our own features and discuss hot topics.  We’ll also be welcoming some special guests – you’ll have to tune in to find out who but you can be sure it’ll be worth a listen!”

There are many ways to get involved and members of the community can listen via one of the following ways:

  • Online via CHBN website 
  • iTunes radio,
  • Tunein Radio app – search CHBN
  • 100.8FM within Truro or
  • If you miss the live show you can catch up or listen again via Mix Cloud or the stations social media accounts.

Area Manager for Service Delivery Kathryn Billing said: “This is a fantastic initiative and a perfect example of Working together to make Cornwall safer. I am immensely proud of the firefighters who have developed, designed and delivered this innovative community safety project which will convey important messages to some of the most vulnerable people.”

Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: "Our fire crews use #MoreThanJustFires on social media and this is a true example of their role in prevention and their striving to support the most vulnerable in our communities. It also shows how closely our fire crews work with health professionals and contribute to wider health and well-being work. Well done Truro crew!"

Keep up to date via Truro Community Fire Stations Facebook and Twitter accounts for more news as well as posters and banners around Truro. Make sure to tune in to Andrew, John and Jimbo on Friday 2 March.

For information on the shows please follow us on Facebook and Twitter 

 

Story posted 19 February 2018

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Cornwall Council lighting the way in more ways than one

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

A ground breaking street lighting programme, which was completed in 2012, has to date saved over £26m in energy costs being passed on to residents, but more than saving money, the programme is also reducing CO2 emissions and enhancing our night skyscapes.

Cabinet member for Transport, Geoff Brown, said while it was widely recognised that street lighting was important in keeping roads safe, protecting people and deterring crime, Cornwall Council’s smart lighting system delivered many other benefits which were less well known. 

“In 2009, the Council recognised a need to reduce its electricity consumption for street lighting. But we also wanted to control the amount of light scatter causing the orange sky glow given we live in such a beautiful part of the country where dark skies provide us with spectacular nightscapes.

“We made the decision to upgrade 53,000 street lights across the county with an energy efficient, white light system which is electronically controlled and cloud based. It was a ground breaking decision at the time and is still leading the way for other local authorities.

“To date this has saved residents £26m in energy costs, with these savings continuing to be delivered year on year as energy prices across the UK fluctuate, along with our gradual transition to LED lights.

“This translates to a reduction in carbon emissions of 5,500 tonnes of CO2 a year, and it means our night skies and darker with less light glow, which is good for star gazing,” Cllr Brown said.

The energy efficient equipment can self-report when it is faulty, which significantly reduces operating costs. Other key features of the street lighting system include:

  • All of the lights are white light source which use 60% less power and allows the human eye to recognise more colour and distinguish shapes more easily when compared to orange light
  • Greater optical lantern performance which causes all of the light emitted to be directed below the horizon, and on to the highway or path, removing all sky glow and light scatter
  • Dynamic control systems have the additional ability to dim the lights by 70% & 50% if required
  • An intelligent system, which is self-monitoring and self-reporting, and which can vary light levels based on traffic usage; switch lights on and off at any desired time and monitor the exact energy consumption of the units.

“This smart system means we can dim street lights in Cornwall at specific times, based on the road category and risk, which saves energy and reduces light pollution at the same time,” Cllr Brown said.

The Council works closely with organisations such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Dark Sky’s Society and the Bat Conservation Trust to reduce light pollution, and Cornwall is one of the few areas of the UK to be designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape. It is hoped that the designation of Bodmin Moor will inspire the protection of other stretches of Cornwall’s dark night sky.

Cllr James, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: "Light pollution harms our nocturnal environment for wildlife, by disrupting their breeding habits, and can have detrimental health impacts for humans by affecting their quality of sleep. Saving money is great but being able to reduce harmful impacts on human health and the environment is just as important."

Our nocturnal environment will also be the focus of a special event at Heartlands in Pool on the 15 March which is organised and sponsored by Truro-based Spalding Associates in partnership with Cornwall Council, the University of Exeter and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership. The event will share a growing body of national research and practical experience surrounding wildlife, people and the nocturnal environment, and will explore opportunities to limit the impact of artificial lighting in Cornwall without sacrificing the key benefits. Feedback from the event will help shape Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy.

Story posted 19 February 2018

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Work to start on air quality action plan for Launceston

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Work is to begin on an action plan to improve air quality in Launceston following the declaration of the town as an Air Quality Management Area.

In 2017 Cornwall Council held a public consultation to ask people for their views on air quality in Launceston.  People who responded to the consultation agreed that action was needed to improve air quality in the town.  The official designation of the Air Quality Management Area formally acknowledges that need and is the first step towards creating an action plan for Launceston.

Councils are required to monitor air quality in their area against national targets and to declare areas with poor air quality as Air Quality Management Areas.  Cornwall Council has been keeping an eye on Launceston’s levels of nitrogen dioxide, which comes from car and lorry exhaust, since 2016.  This long term monitoring has confirmed that the Newport area of the town, particularly St Thomas Road and Newport Square, has excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide. 

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Declaring the Launceston Air Quality Management Area is an important first step for the town. The ideas that local people shared with us last autumn are helping us with the next step of drafting an action plan to improve Launceston’s air quality. In the meantime I would urge everyone driving through Launceston to think about what they can do to cut down on traffic emissions. If everyone makes small changes then the community could together make a difference. Please consider walking or cycling on shorter journeys, turning off your car engine when in stationary traffic and next time you change your vehicle check out the emission levels.”

Gemma Massy, Cornwall Councillor for Launceston Central, said: “When we held the consultation in October and November last year, lots of people told us how they thought Launceston’s air quality levels could be improved.  We’re really grateful to everyone who responded and all your suggestions will be considered.”

Jade Farrington, Cornwall Councillor for Launceston South, said: “Over the next 12 months, Cornwall Council will investigate specific measures to improve air quality in Launceston.  This work could include further traffic studies and appraising options that could be included in the draft action plan for our town.”

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Leader and Cornwall Councillor for Launceston North and North Petherwin, said: “When the draft action plan is ready, we’ll be asking people in Launceston to take a look at it and tell us whether they think it includes the right measures.  They’ll also be able to tell us if they’ve come up with any other ideas that they want to share.”

There are eight other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall, which include Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Grampound, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Camelford, Tideford and Gunnislake.

As part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, Cornwall Council has already introduced a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality across Cornwall.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities. 

Story posted 16 February 2018

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South West Peninsula councils join the fight for fairer funding

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Leaders of Devon, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay and Dorset Councils have joined Cornwall Council in calling for central government to provide more funding to stretched rural councils.

Cornwall Council Leader, Adam Paynter, asked fellow council Leaders across the South West to join together in calling for a change to unfair funding which sees rural authorities under increasing pressure. The open letter signals the level of discontent in the South West about the challenging financial landscape local authorities are facing.

“The current funding formula is a post code lottery favouring metropolitan areas, rather than based on need. Most of us are being forced to bridge the gap between Government funding and demand for services through raising council taxes and generating income, which just hits residents harder.

“In Cornwall funding for our children’s services is in the bottom 7 out of 56 Unitary Authorities. We also expect Cornwall’s population of over 85s to increase by 31% more than in the rest of the UKin the next 20 years. This will put more pressure on services to protect the most vulnerable in society.

“My colleagues across the South West face similar challenges. This letter makes it clear that the funding settlement for local authorities is inadequate. The system is unsustainable and needs fundamental reform,” he said.

Cornwall Council is running a fair funding campaign asking businesses and residents to #StandUpForCornwall and sign a pledge asking central government to implement a fairer funding formula which could deliver an extra £39 million for services for people in Cornwall. The current model is based on historical, outdated formulas which means that funding allocations in metropolitan and rural areas are widely different.

 

Story posted 12 February 2018 

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Community safety and Crowdfunder on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area can find out about local community safety matters and Crowdfunder at the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel.                     

The meeting takes place on Thursday 22 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Germans (Eliot Hall) Community Centre, Fore Street, St Germans.         

Lucy Allison, the new community safety officer for East Cornwall, will provide an overview of her role and consult the panel on local community safety issues and how partnership solutions could be developed.  She will also be asking the panel for views on a proposed new multi-agency initiative for Saltash.                                                    

Dawn Bebe, Crowdfunder co-founder and director, will give a presentation about the scheme which helps people fund the change they want to see by backing business ideas, charities, community groups, sports clubs and more.

There will also be updates from parish, town and Cornwall councillors on local matters and an update on local policing from Devon and Cornwall Police. 

Derek Holley, Chair of Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel said: “The Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel is a great way to find out about what’s happening in the area.  Everyone is welcome to join us and learn how local groups could use Crowdfunder to help get their ideas off the ground.  It’s also a good opportunity to hear the latest on community safety and to meet up with your local parish, town and Cornwall councillors.”

Cornwall Gateway Network Panel meets quarterly.  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. 

Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker-with-Rame, Millbrook, Saltash, Sheviock, St Germans, St John and Torpoint.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Cornwall Gateway Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.

Story posted 12 February 2018

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Panel puts forward three schemes for future pattern of electoral divisions across Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Members of Cornwall Council’s Electoral Review Panel are putting forward three schemes for the future pattern of electoral divisions across Cornwall - one for 87 councillors and two options for 88 councillors – for discussion at next Tuesday’s meeting of the full Council. Members will be deciding on their proposed response to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s consultation on Cornwall Council’s electoral arrangements.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England announced in September that from 2021, Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors, down from the current 123. The Boundary Commission is, therefore, consulting on where to draw the boundaries of 87 divisions in Cornwall, but it has indicated that in exceptional circumstances it may be justifiable to reduce or increase this figure by one Member to 86 or 88. In recent weeks, members of the Council’s Electoral Review Panel agreed to make recommendations for an 87 division scheme as required, but also for an 88 division scheme.

After a meeting this week where one option for 88 divisions was reduced to 87 in a process which saw members make improvements to officers’ proposals in the West of Cornwall, the Panel has resolved to recommend a scheme to Full Council on Tuesday with a number of options for them to debate and decide.

The Council’s options will include whether to submit the proposed scheme of 87 divisions and whether to also submit a scheme of 88 divisions, and how to accommodate an 88th division if so. In addition, some specific areas of Cornwall may be debated. For example in areas like Hayle, Newquay and Wadebridge, where part of the Panel felt that an alternative pattern of boundaries should go forward, those options will go to Council alongside the recommended scheme so that all Members may take a view if they wish. Options for the West of Cornwall could also be brought forward by local members over the weekend if they meet the criteria of the Panel’s latest decision.

“A cross-party group of Members and officers have worked incredibly hard in a short period of time to get these proposals ready for the meeting of the Full Council “ said Councillor Malcolm Brown, Chairman of the Electoral Review Panel. “I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this process. Many, many hours of meetings have helped us weigh input from members of the public, Parish Councils and Cornwall Council members from all political groups to get to this point. While difficult decisions have had to be made in some areas, this exercise has given the panel the confidence to be unanimous in its recommendations to Council”.

“Following Thursday’s meeting the Panel has unanimously agreed revised proposals for Full Council, which will make a final decision on our submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s consultation.”

This is the first review of electoral divisions to take place in Cornwall since the creation of the unitary Council in 2009 and the main aim is to ensure that all Councillors represent, as far as practically possible, a similar number of voters. As well as confirming the total number of councillors from 2021, the review also considers the names and boundaries of the electoral divisions.

The deadline for submissions to the Boundary Commission about electoral divisions is 19 February. The submission from the Council, together with responses from other organisations and individuals, will then be analysed by the LGBCE before it publishes its recommendations for the electoral divisions on 8 May. There will then be a further period of public consultation on these proposals before the LGBCE publishes its final recommendations on 2 October 2018. The Order implementing the final electoral arrangements will then be laid before Parliament with the changes coming into effect for the 2021 elections.

Story posted 9 February 2018

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Council and partners support workers following modern slavery operation

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Following a Devon and Cornwall Police operation on the Lizard early this morning (08 February 2018), Cornwall Council is providing welfare and support services for 14 people who have elected to seek help through a National Referral Mechanism which is applied in circumstances like this which means that potential victims are offered support.

The Council, working with partners including the Police, Cornwall Housing, the British Red Cross, the Salvation Army and health services, is providing support while this process is underway.

Fourteen people believed to be aged between 20 and 40 years (12 males and 2 females) have asked for additional support and have been taken to a safe location by mini bus this afternoon. They are Lithuanian and Romanian speakers.

The people being supported are not in trouble and they are not being detained. They are free to leave at any time but will be encouraged to take up the offers of help that are available.

All agencies are working together to help the alleged victims over the next 72 hours, after which an assessment will be carried out to decide next steps.

The Council and partner agencies will now work with the affected people to:

  • find temporary safe accommodation
  • provide any medical treatment
  • link people with other work opportunities

The Council said other local farms had come forward to offer alternative employment should people want it, showing strong community support.

Modern slavery is a crime. It is work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered him or herself voluntarily.

Victims are forced to work against their will, often working very long hours for little or no pay in dire conditions under verbal or physical threats of violence to them or their families. It can happen in many sectors of our economy, including farm work.

If anyone suspects modern slavery, if there is an immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999 or contact the Modern Slavery Helpline 0800 0121 700.

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. More information about the NRM can be found on the National Crime Agency website

Story posted 08 February 2018

Update on 09 February 2018 

The Council is now winding down its support having listened to people’s concerns and ensured people’s ongoing safety and wellbeing.

 

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Cabinet agrees Housing Development Plan to deliver more homes for the people of Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

An innovative and bold plan to provide more homes in Cornwall was given the go ahead by the Council’s Cabinet at their meeting yesterday (07 February 2018).

The Council will invest up to £170 million in directly building 1,000 new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rental with 35% for affordable rent or shared ownership, 15% sold on the private market and 50% available for private market rental.

A new company, wholly owned by the Council, will be set up to buy, let and manage the properties. The income generated from the private sales and rentals will subsidise the affordable homes so there is no cost to the Council over the life of the business plan.

Two pilot sites are already being built in Bodmin and Tolvaddon, which between them will see the delivery of 113 homes. Both sites will have properties to rent or to buy.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “We will deliver a mix of property sizes, types and tenures to meet local needs. Some will be for private rent, providing quality, choice and greater security for those in the private rented sector with five-year tenancies as standard. Some will be sold at market prices and others will be for affordable rent or shared ownership.

“These are homes for local people, with a genuine housing need. Consideration will be given to people who live or work locally.

“Cornwall needs more homes – both to rent and to buy. This is about providing good quality homes that people want to live in, with space, gardens, parking and which are well designed with low energy costs.”

The pilot schemes in Bodmin and Tolvaddon took on board the views of the local people and members, a feature which will continue in the wider programme. 

Watch the webcast of the Cabinet meeting

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Highways maintenance on the agenda at the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

People in and around St Agnes and Perrranporth are being invited to attend the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting to hear about maintaining highways and local matters.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 22 February between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB and was originally scheduled for Thursday 15 February.

Adrian Drake, Area Highways Manager at CORMAC, will be providing an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects. 

At the meeting Town and Parish Councillors can raise any local matters that they may have to discuss at the meeting or to put forward for future agenda items.

There will also be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

Perranzabuloe Parish Councillor Ken Yeo, Chair of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to February’s St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting. This is a chance to learn about what’s involved in maintaining Cornwall’s roads and how you can report highways matters. Join us to find out more, hear about local matters and to meet your parish, town and Cornwall Councillors.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services.

Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises of all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.

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

Posted 8 February 2018

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Council reveals revised budget proposals

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today approved a revised Council Tax level for 2018/19 at 4.99%.

This followed the final settlement received yesterday from central government where additional one-off funding of £2.5m was allocated to Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s Leader Adam Paynter said that the additional funding, made up of £1.7m for Adult Social Care and £0.7m for delivering services in a rural area, has enabled the Cabinet to now propose a 2% increase in the Adult Social Care Precept, rather than the 3% rise originally proposed in November, by passporting all the one off funding on to Adult Social Care.

Deputy Leader and cabinet member for resources Julian German outlined the revised four-year Budget proposals to deliver a balanced budget that will see vulnerable adults and children receive more support, significant investment in a capital programme to generate future growth and jobs, building more homes to meet local demand and continued maintenance of roads and public transport services.

The proposed budget will:

  • Protect vulnerable children, adults and families with a 10% increase in funding for Adult Social Services and a 5% increase to children and family services
  • Continue 100% retention of business rates in Cornwall, generating an additional £8m as the number of businesses grow
  • Reduce fuel poverty, helping over 1,100 homes to stay warmer for less
  • Provide extra provision for care leavers who will now receive additional support with their council tax
  • Provide £1.2m to Citizens Advice Cornwall over four years so the service can provide continued support and advice to residents
  • Bring long term empty properties into use by charging a 100% council tax premium from April 2019
  • Invest over £800m through the capital programme in new and improved housing, major highways and transportation links and projects supporting economic growth
  • Provide capital investment to build 1,000 homes, and help grow the economy, jobs and choice for local people
  • Give residents more influence in local decision making by providing more support for localism and community network panels, including an allocation of £1m per year to determine local Highway capital works
  • Provide the Foundation Living Wage for Council staff and all Council contracts which will help support the local economy by boosting local wages
  • Ensure continued support for those in need with paying their Council tax bills.

To deliver a balanced budget, this will mean general council tax will be set at 2.99% for 2018/19 – a rise of 63p per week for a Band B property.

This is in addition to a revised proposal 2% increase on council tax for adult social care, which is line with the Government’s policy of asking local taxpayers to help fund social care demands.

The total increase will be 4.99%. For a Band B property, this means that the Cornwall Council element of council tax per week will rise by £1.04.

The proposals will allow Citizens Advice Cornwall offices and support services for vulnerable residents to be kept open, allow the Council to keep investment in highways at the same level, keep evening weekend bus routes running and continue to subsidise post 16 transport options – all services which residents and members said they did not want to see reduced.

Alongside this, the Council will further streamline operations to make £77m savings over four years, including:

  • Transforming Adult Social Care, saving £34m by making the system more efficient, for example by ensuring that the right care package is identified from the start
  • Saving £16m through better workforce management and a reduction in posts of up to 200
  • Rationalising the Council’s property portfolio to reduce running costs and generate income of approx. £1.2m
  • Maximising investment returns by an additional £1m
  • Investing £18m in digital services so that residents can access Council services more easily online as well as improving IT to reduce overhead costs.

Councillor Paynter said: “Yesterday’s announcement from central Government on additional funding, though welcome, does not go far enough to drive real long term changes and sustainable funding for the benefit of Cornwall.

“Local authorities have been facing years of austerity measures and expectations that Councils can just pick up the bill when there is rising demand for services.  While yesterday’s announcement that there will be an extra £1.7m for Cornwall from central Government for Adult Social Care is welcome, it isn’t enough; the Cabinet are proposing an increase in the budget for Adult Social Care of over £8m in 2018/19 alone.

“Last October the Local Government Association estimated that the gap in funding for local government will be £5.8 billion by 2020 of which £1 billion is attributable to adult social care - the one off £150m nationally really is a drop in the ocean.

“We have an ageing population growing at a rapid pace that will put more and more demand on services. Where’s the money to support these future needs?

“That’s why we are campaigning for a fairer funding deal for Cornwall that is based on need instead of an outdated funding model that doesn’t take in to account need or the added cost of delivering services in rural areas.

“A fairer funding model could deliver an extra £39million for Cornwall every year – that’s an extra £71 for every resident. It would mean rather than having to make decisions to reduce services, we could look at opportunities to boost road maintenance, support for children and families and create more jobs – the things residents tell us are most important to them.

“Politicians of all persuasions should be putting their backing behind this fair funding campaign. What we need is support for sustainable, long-term funding which protects services the people of Cornwall need most.”

Councillor German said: “This budget is tough and challenging, but ultimately it means residents will be able to continue to access and use the services that are most important to them. 

“It reflects what residents told us was important during the budget consultation, and it responds to member concerns that were raised through our scrutiny processes.

“If it is supported, we will be able to deliver what people told us what is most important to them during the budget consultation - services to protect the vulnerable, more homes and jobs growth.”

The revised budget will now be submitted to full Council on 20 February. 

Story posted: 7 February 2018

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Proposed future commissioning of health and care services for the benefit of the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

At yesterday’s (05 February 2018) Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, members decided to recommend to the Council’s Cabinet that a new joint health and care committee is set up to test how joined up strategic commissioning for health and social care can work to improve how services are better delivered for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Members of the Committee recommended to Cabinet that, as this is a new way of working, there should be a transition period, described as shadow working, so that the emerging model is tested, reviewed and refined.

There will be continuous monitoring of the proposed new model to produce a business case which will detail how the proposed new commissioning board is set up.

The final business case will be considered by the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee before going to the Council’s Cabinet.

Developing such a system for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a way of bringing together the network of existing statutory health and care providers and commissioners. It does not change an organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities, and will allow for a one strategy, one budget and one plan approach to work together in the best interests of the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, rather than those of each organisation. 

Councillor Armand Toms, the Chair of the Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee said: “One of the important recommendations agreed at today’s meeting is to involve and engage with the public and ask them what they think about the system.

Understandably, people are wary of change.  We need to demystify the whole issue.  This is about how can we use what we’ve got to the best advantage for our people so they can receive care in a more joined up way.  It is not about setting up an Accountable Care Organisation; it’s not about outsourcing, it’s not about privatisation.”

Armand adds: “Members also recognised that a single integrated commissioning body provides a strong voice for lobbying Government for fairer funding for the residents of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “I’m pleased that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed to support the concept of strategic commissioning but this is just the first step with nothing set in stone.  Scrutiny and governance are important considerations, as is engagement with the public.   

We already have good examples of how we can work well together, for example, delayed transfers of care are at the lowest level for two years and that is as a result of working closely with the clinical commissioning group.  This is about working so we can deliver what is best for Cornwall as well as lobby for fairer funding for adult social care.”

If agreed by all the partners, the proposed new system will involve NHS Kernow; Cornwall Council; Council of the Isles of Scilly; NHS England; Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

It will mean bringing together a small integrated strategic commissioning function which would jointly commission health, care and wellbeing services, to test out a new more integrated way of working so the network of existing statutory health and care providers work together, to improve care across the whole system, and support front-line staff to do what is in the best interests of people, rather the individual organisations.

Each organisation will continue to operate within the existing statutory framework which means the CCG, councils, NHS England, and NHS provider trusts will remain the statutory accountable bodies in the system.

Councillor Armand Toms gives us his thoughts on the recent Health and Social Care Overview Committee in the video below.

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Break the silence: sexual violence is never OK

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

With recent worldwide media highlighting the prevalence of sexual violence from Hollywood to Westminster, the Safer Cornwall partnership are urging people to break the silence locally.

The partnership will be holding a number of public events across Cornwall during Sexual Violence Awareness Week, 5 – 11 February, to break down some of the barriers, myths and issues around sexual violence.

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to: rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Sexual violence occurs throughout the world and has a massive impact on victims, both physically and mentally. It is estimated that 2.7% of women and 0.7% of men experienced any kind of sexual assault in the last 12 months. This is equivalent to approximately 5,000 victims in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 1,000 men and 4,000 women.

In addition, it is estimated that 1 in 20 children are victims of contact sexual abuse (around 2,300 young people in Cornwall). Although there has been an increasing number of reports to the police and to specialist support services, many people still don’t make a report.

Safer Cornwall partners, SARC (Sexual Abuse Referral Centres) and ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors) services, will be providing information to the public on the range of services they offer and how they can support individuals who may know of someone who has experienced sexual violence, or have experienced it themselves.

To raise awareness and provide information on how to protect yourself or get help if you experience sexual violence, Safer Cornwall partners will host a range of events at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and New County Hall in Truro, as well as host a Facebook Live event.

Sue James, Cornwall Councillor for Portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “As a community we all need to be aware of sexual abuse and sexual violence so we can be sensitive to the voice of victims and ensure they are listened to and heard. We must challenge the culture that keeps victims silent within our community.

“Those that abuse can make victims feel it's their fault or make them fearful of speaking out. Sexual abuse and sexual violence is massively under reported in Cornwall and when people find the courage to speak out, the abuse is not always recognised or condemned as it should be. This week is about sending a clear message that sexual violence is never OK. Help and support services are there for anyone needing them so there is no need to struggle with the hurt alone. It is not OK” she said.

Paul Walker, Chief Fire Officer and Chair of Safer Cornwall, said: “Across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the impact of sexual violence is felt by  victims, their families and children and also the wider community. It’s important that we raise awareness of not only the issues, but also how to get help.”

Michelle Davies, Safer Cornwall Strategy Lead for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, said:  “We want people affected by sexual violence to come forward from behind those closed doors and to access the support available. National Sexual Violence Awareness Week is an opportunity for all services to highlight the wide range of fantastic support that is on offer and stand side-by-side to show our commitment to a zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall”. 

The week will be launched at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) on Monday 5 February 2018 from 10:00 to 13:00 and will include  a sexual violence awareness session for professionals which will cover  what is sexual violence, its impact on victims and survivors, the police response to sexual violence, and specialist support services.

Other events being held during the week include:

  • Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 February, 10:00 – 14:00, Trelawney Wing RCHT -  Information displays offering details of support and guidance
  • Monday 5 February, 19:00- 20:00 and Thursday 8 February 12:00-13:00 - Live Question and Answer sessions for the public with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor via Facebook
  • Friday 9 February, 10:00-16:00, Long Gallery, New County Hall  - Information displays offering details of support and guidance.

To report an incident of sexual violence or raise a concern, please contact the Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC) on 01872 272059 who can provide support, guidance and referrals.

For more information on Sexual Violence please visit the Safer Cornwall website

The Safer Cornwall Partnership includes Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, National Probation Service, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company and NHS Kernow as well as a wide range of other public sector, voluntary, community and private organisations.

Story posted 6 February 2018

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Residents invited to Helston library official reopening

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:20

Local residents are invited to come along to the official reopening of Helston Library and Information Service this Friday, 9 February, following the completion of recent renovation works which mean improved access and services for residents.

Following the recent renovation works jobseekers in Helston can now access a wide range of key services under one roof, following the co-location of the Council’s Library and Information Service and the Jobcentre Plus.  In addition to the current library service opening hours, residents also benefit from new self-service access on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing extended customer access to the library services in Helston. Customers can use the library to borrow and return items using the self-service kiosks and use the public access computers on these two additional days each week.

Jobseekers will also be able to use the library’s free Wi-Fi and access the public computers to help with their employment search or update their CV, as well as enjoying the wider benefits of library membership. This includes library events that support informal learning and health and wellbeing, alongside regular activities for children and families.

Kathy Settle, Chief Executive of the National Libraries Taskforce, Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, and Terri Whitten, Jobcentre Plus Integrated Delivery Operations Manager, will officially open the new community hub at 11am. Members of the public are welcome to come along and look around the library, discover our services, meet our special guests and enjoy some light refreshments.  There will also be a special visit from Bookstart Bear for a Storytime at 11:30am.

It’s free to join the library so this is an ideal opportunity to visit, find out what is on offer and leave with books for all the family. Customers can take advantage of free Wi-Fi and computers and discover the wide range of eBooks, emagazines and other electronic resources available to them.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “This brilliant new space has been transformed through partnership and is already delivering real benefits for the wider community.  If you haven’t visited Helston Library for a number of years you will see how the space has been used brilliantly to create a new Children’s Library. The new joint customer Hub means local residents, library users and job seekers can access a wide range of essential public sector services at one convenient location.

“Working alongside the Jobcentre Plus not only benefits the local community but it also makes much more effective use of public space and the existing building, which is a key part of our work to maximise the way we use public buildings across Cornwall, as well as ensuring the Council delivers value for money. At a time when many local authorities are closing libraries, I am proud that we are finding new ways to invigorate libraries as real community hubs.”

John Martin, Cornwall Councillor for Helston South said: “This new customer hub will be of great benefit to the town. The co-location of the Jobcentre Plus alongside the Library will provide job seekers with additional resources which will benefit their job search as well as ensuring that the Library remains at the heart of the community.”

Nathan Kendall, Jobcentre Plus Manager for Helston, said: “This is excellent news for jobseekers. The move to the new centre will give access to a wide range of key services under one roof.  Advice on benefits and help for jobseekers will be available in this new customer hub, while giving local taxpayers value for money.”

More information can be found about the library on the Helston Library and Information Service webpage.

Story posted 6 February 2018

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