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Hot opportunity from European investment

Cornwall Council News feed - 5 hours 52 min ago

An investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) worth up to £10.6m will enable a revolutionary geothermal venture at United Downs near Redruth in Cornwall.  The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project, which is the first of its kind in the UK, will explore the geothermal resources at depth and hopes to use the energy to drive a demonstration power plant supplying electricity to the local grid. This exciting project will be led by Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL).

Geothermal energy is heat from the earth. The granite that lies beneath Cornwall is heat-producing and the rocks here are hotter than anywhere else in the UK, making it the best place to extract energy for both heat and power.

To unlock the potential at United Downs two boreholes (called ‘wells’) will be drilled, one 2.5km deep and the other 4.5km deep. The deeper of the two wells would be the deepest onshore hole in the UK. Water will be circulated between the wells, collecting heat from the rocks, before being brought to surface at a temperature of about 1750C and being fed into the demonstration power plant. The plant will generate 1MW of clean renewable electricity, which is enough to meet the electricity needs of about 1,500 households.

Cornwall has a long history of developing industries to exploit the resources beneath our feet.  The landscape still has many reminders of the mining industry and the skills and expertise developed here were exported around the world. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s Cornwall was at the forefront of research into Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy. Researchers at Rosemanowes Quarry near Penryn developed techniques for developing deep geothermal reservoirs in very hard rocks which were applied at many other sites around the world. The United Downs project represents a welcome return of geothermal research to Cornwall.

GEL project manager Peter Ledingham, himself a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines and a member of the Rosemanowes Quarry team, said: “Cornwall has the best geothermal resources in the country but we have yet to press home our competitive advantage. By drilling and testing the deep wells at United downs we hope to prove the quality of the resource and demonstrate the viability of generating renewable electricity from it. The project therefore offers significant potential for economic growth in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, building on its reputation as a ‘green and marine’ region.”

Julian German, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council said: “I am very excited about this announcement. This is a great opportunity to utilise the unique geology we have in Cornwall and presents a chance to lead a new emerging sector.  Deep geothermal heat and energy could be a game changer for energy costs to both residents and businesses and help us eliminate fuel poverty in Cornwall."

Bob Egerton Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, said: “Climate change is the biggest threat facing mankind. We live in societies where we consume large quantities of energy as part and parcel of our lifestyles. It is imperative that we develop renewables to wean us off our dependency on fossil fuels. For many years, geothermal technology has been trialled but not brought to fruition. Now we have an opportunity to take the technology to the next stage and hopefully realise its full potential in producing clean energy and, at the same time, creating highly skilled jobs in Cornwall.”

Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall Councillor for Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, said: “My working background is in mining here in Cornwall and I have first-hand knowledge of how hot some places can be at depth. This is great news and a very exciting project for United Downs Gwennap and will be the first of its kind in the UK supporting skilled employment. This will once again put Cornwall on the map of innovation. If successful the geothermal energy produced could supply a significant amount of renewable energy for local residents and businesses and will be an asset for the local area.”

The drilling will begin in early 2018 and take about 6 months.  Testing the wells, characterising the geothermal system and installing the power plant will take a further 18 months, with a target commissioning date in early 2020. If this pilot project is a success, it will be a catalyst for further investment in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with the potential to develop a new geothermal industry in the county.

Story posted 20 June 2017  

                 

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Electoral review on the agenda for Caradon Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:45

People in the Caradon Community Network area can learn about the latest stage of the Cornwall Council electoral review at the Caradon Community Network Panel meeting on 6 July.

As well as the electoral review, the panel will discuss policing, neighbourhood planning and the Community Infrastructure Levy.  There will be local updates from Cornwall councillors and a chance for members of the public to speak.  As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair for the next 12 months.

Caradon Community Network Panel meets every two months 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. 

Caradon Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the following parishes: Callington, Calstock, Linkinhorne, Pillaton, South Hill, St Dominick, St Ive, St Mellion and Stoke Climsland.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 6 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Millennium House in Pensilva.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Caradon Community Network Panel page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Story posted 27 June 2017

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Celebrations at Victoria Park, Redruth

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:01

Works have recently been completed in the popular Victoria Park in Redruth to install two pieces of inclusive play equipment plus a new ramped access to improve accessibility.

The park will be officially reopened by Ian Thomas, Cornwall Councillor for Redruth South, who has worked alongside the Friends of Victoria Park  to campaign for the new equipment to make the park more inclusive, affording children of all abilities the opportunity to visit the park.

The works have been funded by Cornwall Council and Tesco Bags of Help. Shoppers from the local Redruth Tesco store voted to award the grant to the project to purchase the inclusive play equipment and additional funds to create the new ramped access were made available through Cornwall Council Section 106 monies, arising from new developments within the area. 

Redruth Town Councillor Ian Thomas, who is leading on the project, said: “I am excited to be able to reopen the park with the new equipment which will allow children of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the park. Victoria Park is very important locally and I am pleased that we have improved this asset for the local community.”

A Tesco spokesperson for the two local stores said: “It gives us great pleasure to be able to support the Victoria Park Play Area Scheme, which is providing inclusive play equipment and improved access for the area. We hope that many more children will be able to benefit from the investment and enjoy this great facility for many years to come.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “Working with Tesco to improve Victoria Park in Redruth has been a great success and I am proud that through our partnership working that the park will be much improved for local children.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “I am really pleased that we have been able to provide play equipment that is now accessible for all children regardless of their age or ability. I would also like to thank Tesco for working with us and helping the local community.”

An opening event will be held at the park on Tuesday 27 June at 14:00 where Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas will officially reopen the park and children from local primary schools, Curnow and Trewirgie, will hopefully be attending to cut the ribbon and give the park their official seal of approval.

Story posted 26 June 2017

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Council successfully prosecutes Camborne landlord for overcrowding offence

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:38

On 21 June 2017 at Truro Magistrates Court, Cornwall Council successfully prosecuted landlady Julie Stoddern of Elunda, 1 North Roskear Village, Camborne.

Julie Stoddern pleaded guilty to the offence of failure to comply with a Prohibition Order served by Cornwall Council under section 20 of the Housing Act 2004.   Ms Stoddern was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £500 to Cornwall Council with a victim surcharge of £50.

The Court heard from the prosecution that the Council had concerns that the overcrowded property is known to have a negative effect on the wider community, as well as placing the health, safety and welfare of the occupiers at risk of harm.

Cornwall Council served a Prohibition Order on Julie Stoddern on the 03 April 2012.  The Prohibition Order was served because the premises were found to be overcrowded.  The Order had the effect of requiring Julie Stoddern to not permit more than a maximum of 5 persons in total to occupy the property ‘Elunda’. 

On the 04 February 2013 Julie Stoddern was convicted following a guilty plea at Truro Magistrates Court for two offences of a similar nature under the Housing Act 2004.

In February 2017, officers from the Councils Private Sector Housing Team, with assistance from Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Housing Ltd, discovered that the terms of the Prohibition Order had been breached and the property had become overcrowded once more.  The evidence obtained indicated that on the 01 February 2017, at least 9 people were occupying Elunda (8 tenants and Julie Stoddern).  Council officers invited Ms Stoddern to be interviewed about the suspected offence, but the interview was declined.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Cornwall Council has recently been handed more powers to take action against landlords who place the health and safety of tenants at risk. The Council aims to use these new powers, which include Banning Orders, to full effect.”

Landlords or property agents who wish to know more about their legal obligations are encouraged to contact the private sector housing team to find out more about the Council’s ‘Responsible Landlords Scheme’.  Email rlsc@cornwall.gov.uk or contact the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme Lead Officer on 01872 224543 for more information.

 

Story posted 22 June 2017 

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Burger van man guilty of illegal tobacco sales

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:26

Roy Grenfell of Close Hill, Redruth pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on 21 June 2017 to the supply of illegal tobacco products in the Pool area of Cornwall.

Grenfell, 67, had at the time of the offence been working in a burger van situated in Camborne Retail Park, Pool where, as a side line to selling burgers, he was also supplying illegal tobacco. 

Cornwall Council Trading Standards Officers received information about Grenfell’s illegal business and undertook a test purchase which led to further investigation.  When Grenfell’s home was searched, a total of 298 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and a substantial amount of cash was recovered.

Grenfell pleaded guilty to a total of 6 charges and was ordered to pay fines, a victim surcharge and a forfeiture order totalling £27,209.49

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “The low prices that illegal tobacco is sold for and the lack of any age checks being carried out by the sellers makes it easier for children to smoke. Illegal tobacco jeopardises our health and the health of the economy and it is really important that our Trading Standards officers continue to bring cases such as these before the courts”

Gareth Walsh, Public Health Practitioner for Cornwall Council and Tobacco Control lead said:  "The illegal tobacco work of Trading Standards is not only important in tackling crime but is also an important part of tobacco control in the county. Nearly 1 in 3 people (32%) from a Routine & Manual background still smoke in Cornwall, and smoking is still the single biggest preventable cause of death in the UK with 1,000 people dying because of smoking.  Illegal tobacco is sold at prices much cheaper than the duty-paid price of legally sold tobacco. Not only does this lessen the cost-motivation of smokers to quit, but also is often sold at 'pocket money prices' and is a cheap source for children and young people to smoke."

Elizabeth Kirk, Cornwall Council Senior Trading Standards Officer said “We are very pleased with the results of our case against Mr Grenfell.  We believe it sends a clear message to those who trade in illegal tobacco products that this criminal activity, which undermines legitimate businesses and the attempts of many people to quit smoking, will not be tolerated.  I would urge anyone with information concerning the sale of cheap tobacco to report it. This can be done anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

 

Story posted 22 June 2017 

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Access path at South Fistral beach temporarily closed for safety reasons

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:53

Unfortunately one of the access points to the beach to the South of Fistral Beach, Newquay has been temporarily closed by Cornwall Council. The path, that leads from the dunes to the beach has suffered erosion to the top section of the path and has been closed on the grounds of public safety.

Cornwall Council will be looking at potential schemes to repair the route once the busy summer period has finished. An alternative access to the beach is available adjacent to the café to the South of Fistral Beach.

Posted 22 June 2017

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Local matters on the agenda at the China Clay Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:51

Residents of the China Clay area are being invited to find out about local matters at the China Clay Community Network Panel meeting on Monday 3 July. As this is the Annual General Meeting, the Panel will be asked to agree and approve the draft local priorities for the China Clay area for the next 12 months as well elect a Chair.

The draft local priorities include continuing to develop an economic strategy for China Clay and maximising grant funding opportunities from both public and private sector sources. Other priorities are around looking to provide both infrastructure and transport improvements, and working with partners to reduce the lorry movements in built up residential areas.

The Environmental Protection Officer from Cornwall Council, Eloise Travis will be presenting the panel with a review of general levels of dust from mineral industries within the China Clay area between 2007 and 2017. This review is part of the Clay Area Dust Review Project.

Also on the agenda are a number of updates. At the meeting there will be a discussion relating to the Cornwall Council Electoral Review and Parish Councils will be invited to give an update on Neighbourhood Planning from their parishes. The latest information on economic development proposals relating to the China Clay area being led by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF) will be given. The panel will also be brought up to date on the potential St Austell to A30 transport link and given an update about the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) and the community grants relating to the CERC. 

This meeting is a good opportunity for local people to come along and meet their local Parish and Cornwall Councillors. Everyone is welcome and there is some time is allocated for people to ask questions.

The China Clay Community network panel meets every two months to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners such as the police and health services. In recent meetings the Panel has focused on the delivery of Cornwall Council services in the China Clay area such as housing, planning, transport and highway issues, developing the local economy, the environment, conservation and community safety.

The China Clay Community Network Panel includes all six Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of the five Parish Councils (Roche, St Dennis, St Enoder, St Stephen-in-Brannel and Treverbyn) in the community network area.

This meeting is on Monday 3 July 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Treviscoe Institute and Community Centre, Central Treviscoe, St Austell, PL26 7QW. The agenda and more information about the panel can be found on the China Clay Community Network webpage.

Posted 22 June 2017

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Cornwall Trading Standards issues in car charger warning

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:14

Cornwall Trading Standards is advising visitors who went to this year’s Royal Cornwall Show not to use a small batch of in-car USB chargers which were handed out. 

The 6cm white branded chargers fit into car cigarette lighters and were freely given out in a goodie bag at the show by Sekoya Specialist Employment Services on Thursday and Friday.

The in-car USB chargers were supplied by local St Austell firm Gloweasy Promotions. They are accurately CE marked with clear amperes and voltage instructions.

Problems have been reported with some of the chargers which may be due to combination of the wet weather conditions at the show and the charger having 2 USB ports. As a result Trading Standards officers are advising people not to use them. “As a precaution we would urge anyone who was given a charger to stop using it immediately” said Andy Burnside from Cornwall Trading Standards. 

“Electrical chargers are convenient if used in vehicles to charge products like sat navs, mobile phones, lap tops, tablets, cameras and phones. You should always check the rating output voltage and amperes ratings are the same on both the charger and the electrical device to prevent exploding or igniting from user error”.

When plugging in and unplugging chargers from a socket always disconnect your appliance and check that when you plug any charger into a wall, USB or lighter socket it fits easily. If it does not fit properly it can cause overheating, arcing and mechanical damage to both the socket and the charger.

“Suppliers and retailers have a legal duty to ensure that all charging devices they sell are safe” said Andy Burnside. 

“Cornwall Trading Standards test purchase and carry out product safety testing on chargers from across the county to help protect consumers. Chargers from the internet, markets or temporary shops may not follow safety regulations.”

 

Story posted 16 June 2017

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Public meeting to be held in Falmouth to hear views on planning application PA17/01608

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:10

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA17/01608 - Erection of a 70 bed Premier Inn Hotel with restaurant/breakfast area at Discovery Quay Car Park, Campbeltown Way, Port Pendennis, Falmouth.

This is an outline application for the redevelopment of the site to provide a hotel with 70 bedrooms with an integral ancillary restaurant / breakfast area.

The public meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at Falmouth School, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LH.

Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people.  Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.

The planning application will be considered and debated at a future meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee, due to be held on Monday 10 July 2017.

Full details of the application can be found on the Cornwall Council online planning register under reference number PA17/01608.

Story posted 20 June 2017.

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Plastic recycling on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:12

Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area can find out more about plastic recycling at the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel’s annual general meeting on Tuesday 27 June at St Germans Community Centre.

Cornwall Council’s household recycling scheme is expanding to include plastic pots, tubs and trays, and collections start in south-east Cornwall during the last week in July.  The panel will receive an update on the progress of the scheme and details of the types of plastic containers that can be recycled.

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will elect a chair for the next 12 months and set its priorities for the area with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects.

There will also be time for public questions and a chance to meet local Cornwall, town and parish 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 meeting takes place on Tuesday 27 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Germans (Eliot Hall) Community Centre, Fore Street, St Germans.  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 20 June 2017

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Bog Casts campaign launches for Men's Health Week

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:45

A new campaign using toilet humour is launching to get men to think about their wellbeing during Men’s Health Week (12th-18th June).

The idea for the campaign comes from the fact that some men like to “take their time” while using the toilet, use it as a period of time to lock themselves away, and get some peace. They might also use this private time to look at their phones and look up health issues in private when the whole family or work colleagues aren’t around.

BOG CASTS are a series of short videos, aiming to get men to think about what happens to them if they are drinking too much, smoking, have an unhealthy diet, aren’t getting enough exercise or are under a lot of pressure.

Men like to come across as strong, wanting to be the provider of the family and we know they don't always want to admit there's a problem.

But health is important; we want men to get checked out if they’re worried about something, and for them to know its ok to talk about it.

Brian O’Neill, Consultant in Public Health, Cornwall Council said: “Sometimes Googling your symptoms can make you feel worse so it's important to speak to a health professional if you are really worried.

“Making small changes to a lifestyle can make big differences, and prevention is always better than cure. There’s plenty of help and advice on offer in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and I hope that this humorous approach will encourage men to be more open about their health.”

Dr Paul Cook, GP Carnon Downs surgery near Truro added: “We know that men don’t like to feel vulnerable or admit that they need help. So when a man is feeling ill or depressed they tend to try and ignore the issue and hope that it will go away. But I urge them not to shy away from speaking to a health professional; it’s always in confidence and non-judgemental. Sometimes just talking about the problem can make a difference.” 

For more information visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/bogcasts

Story posted 19 June

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MBE’s for two members of Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:42

The inspirational work of two members of Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team in supporting people with drug and alcohol problems and victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence have been recognised with the award of MBEs.  

Kim Hager, the Joint Commissioning Manager of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug Action Team, has been awarded the MBE for services to public safety, with Michelle Davies, the Strategy Lead for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Serious & Organised Crime, awarded her MBE for services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. 

Both women are part of Cornwall Council’s Community Safety, Fire and Rescue Service.  

Kim has led the development of services for alcohol and other drugs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since 2009, transferring to Cornwall Council with Public Health in 2013. 

She has been at the forefront of developing and improving services for drug users for over 30 years both in the UK and abroad. In 1986 she founded the Exeter Drugs Project (EDP) at a time when many national experts regarded drug problems to be solely a feature of large cities, and then went on to set up a range of other innovative projects.  Part of her work has been to bring together statutory and voluntary agencies, community , inpatient and residential services health, local authority, probation , police, courts and prisons, using her skills as a communicator and negotiator and her personal warmth and positivity to manage some very difficult situations. 

She also served as a member of the Home Office’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for nine years, working with a number of Home Secretaries, where she contributed to a range of key reports, including Drug Misuse in Prisons, Hidden Harm focussing on Drug Using Parents and Children and the Classification of Cannabis. 

She was an architect of the drug treatment system in prisons and has retained a strong commitment to improving the quality of services, conducting many service reviews as a Lead Inspector for the Health Care Commission (forerunner to the Care Quality Commission) and as at the start of her involvement staying in touch with the grass roots, going out and talking to people where they live with serious problems about their lives, their needs and their concerns. Along the way she gained an MSc and authored chapters and publications on service evaluation, audit and training. 

'Our mission has always been to keep people alive, help people to drink and use safely and to provide for those, who get in a mess, to recover “ said Kim. 

 “It’s lovely to receive an honour for this work, which could not be achieved without the great team and services of extraordinarily committed individuals I have the privilege to work with'. 

Michelle Davies joined Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team in 2010 and since then has led on service and partnership development to improve multi-agency responses to domestic abuse, sexual violence and latterly serious and organised crime such as modern slavery and child sexual exploitation. 

She began her career in 2003 as a trainee counsellor, working in a range of services from Universities, Women Centres, Schools and Drug & Alcohol Service and establishing a ‘talking-support’ service for asylum seekers and refugees in Leicestershire.  She says it was this time on frontline services that taught her about human resilience and that it is the simple things, such as humility and human kindness that is fundamental to recovery and growth’. 

“When I reflect back over the last few years and take stock of everyone’s efforts and what has been achieved, we have come so far in improving agency responses and we have made services more accessible than ever before” she said. 

In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience a form of abuse within their lifetime.  In 2016 over 8,000 incidents were reported to the Police.  If every person subjected to domestic abuse and sexual violence were to report their experience to the Police, the number of incidents created would be greater than that for any other crime. 

Over 7,000 people accessed services in Cornwall last year - 3,500 more than in 2015.  “However this is about much more than numbers“ said Michelle.  “Every statistic is a person’s life and the impact of these horrendous crimes can be devastating and long-lasting." 

“These are 7,000 individuals and their families who now have a chance at a more positive and fear-free future - incredible’. 

The impact of domestic abuse and sexual violence on children can be life-long. There is a growing body of research has identified that adverse childhood experiences which includes physical, sexual or emotional childhood abuse; family breakdown; exposure to domestic violence; or living in a household affected by substance misuse, mental illness are fundamental in determining their future health and social prospects, and are one of the strongest predicators of poor health and social outcomes in adults. 

Moving from frontline to managerial roles in 2007 Michelle set about leading on system transformation programmes, working alongside agencies such as the Police, CPS, Health, and the Voluntary Sector to improve multi-agency responses to domestic abuse and sexual violence.  This experience taught her that it is people and relationships – not legislation or policy - that have driven change, made a difference and pulled this agenda out of darkness so that people are talking it and raising awareness. 

I am delighted and honoured to receive the MBE which I accept on behalf of the incredible Community Safety Team that I am privileged to be part of” said Michelle.  “This is a small team of individuals who are genuinely greater than the sum of their parts, and who, on a daily basis, demonstrate professionalism, integrity and a drive to protect the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Cornwall. 

“The award also goes in recognition to the partnerships, staff and army of phenomenal volunteers who give of themselves, their time, knowledge and compassion to deliver the services that make real difference to real people. And finally, and most importantly, the people and families that have and continue to access services, the award should be in recognition of their sheer courage and resilience to come forward and learn that they are deserving of a life free from abuse and that there are wonderful, kind people willing to help them achieve that. 

“I have been humbled by their willingness to share their life stories so that I and others can learn from their experiences and it is through these insights that we will continue to improve our responses to domestic abuse and sexual violence”. 

Congratulating Michelle and Kim on their awards, Sue James, the new Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said “I'm delighted to hear that Kim Hagar and Michelle Davies are being recognised for their work making a difference to the lives of individuals and families.  Kim has beavered away and inspired work with addicts, a field often overlooked for funding and attention. Michelle took the lead in ensuring that agencies recognised and listened to victims of domestic abuse and has improved practice so that agencies work together. 

“Well done and thank you Kim and Michelle as you really have made a difference to the lives of vulnerable families." 

Cornwall’s Chief Fire Officer and Service Director of Resilient Cornwall Paul Walker added  “I am so pleased for Kim and Michelle who receive this wonderful recognition for years of dedication, professionalism and innovation that has made a measurable positive difference for so many people.  Leading innovation and understanding people's needs, however challenging, has seen both Kim and Michelle excel in their respective fields.

 “I am immensely proud to work with them both and I offer both my personal congratulations and on behalf of colleagues and friends from across our Service and partner agencies."

Story posted 19 June

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Diabetes prevention courses available for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:30

Patients in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are set to benefit from expansion of diabetes prevention programme as NHS England drives forward changes to support people to live healthier lives. 

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has announced 13 new areas, including Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, who are now live and ready to offer a leading NHS prevention programme to patients identified at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  

Wave 2 of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme  is part of a wider package of measures to support people with diabetes and those on the cusp of it, to stay fit, well and prevent further deterioration. 

Local people referred on to the programme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk. This will include education on healthy eating and lifestyle choices, reducing weight through bespoke physical exercise programmes and portion control, which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. 

The programme, which is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, was officially launched last year, with the first wave made up of 27 areas and covering 26 million people - almost half of the country. 

Wave 2 areas will cover another 25% of the population, with an estimated 130,000 referrals and up to 50,000 additional places made available thanks to the expansion. 

Early analysis is positive and suggests that just under half of those taking up the programme are men – a much higher proportion that traditional weight loss programmes. 

In Cornwall 28,000 people have an impaired glucose level, an indicator that they are at risk of Type 2 Diabetes. 

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England said: “With more than 18,000 people in England having already started our diabetes prevention programme, the NHS is doing its bit but this is a battle we cannot win alone.” 

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Public Health commented: “This is a great example of why prevention is a key part of our Shaping the Future plans. Helping people before they need medical intervention and drugs not only improves a patient’s life but has cost benefit to our NHS. 

“Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing health problem in the UK with potentially devastating consequences for individuals and for the NHS. This is a great opportunity to reverse the trend in Cornwall and to help people improve their health.” 

Dr Alison Flanagan, GP and Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions for NHS Kernow added: “The good news is that in many cases, Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable illness. Alterations in lifestyle such as care with diet, increasing physical activity and reducing weight can reduce the risk of becoming diabetic. This programme gives us the opportunities to support people to make these changes.” 

Jaine Keable, Senior Manager for LWTC, said “LWTC is delighted to be working with community partners and with Kernow CCG and health professionals throughout Cornwall to encourage a positive change in people’s lives which will reduce or reverse their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Putting prevention in place before T2 Diabetes occurs simply makes sense.” 

Nearly 2.5 million adults and children in England diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes will also benefit from around £42 million of national funding which will be used to advance the care and treatment local diabetes patients receive this year.

At a local level NHS Kernow will receive £212,000 from the national pot of money which will be used for improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets and new/expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing teams.

If you someone is worried about their own risk the Diabetes UK Know your Risk tool online is a great resource (http://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start), if anyone scores “high” then they should contact their GP.

Story posted 19 June

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Safety advice following Grenfell Tower fire

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:24

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is providing advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about fire safety following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. 

Group Manager Justin Sharp, who is the Head of Fire Safety in Cornwall, said “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy, including families and friends of those that have lost their lives, residents and our emergency service colleagues who continue to deal with a devastating and complex incident. 

“It would be wrong at this stage to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out and its findings known.

“Thankfully fires of this type are extremely rare; however, we understand that such an incident does cause alarm and raise concerns with people living in similar buildings. 

“High-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape.  Most fires do not spread further than the flat of origin. 

“I would like to assure everybody that Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service carries out regular inspections of blocks of flats, including Park House Flats, the only high-rise building in Cornwall, which is owned and managed by Ocean Housing, and fully complies with current fire safety regulations”. 

“It is essential that people know what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families.  This is particularly important for the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as the over 60’s and people with mobility issues.” 

Blocks of flats will have their own fire plan and occupants should make themselves aware of the specific advice that relates to the building in which they live. 

If there is a fire inside your flat our advice is to alert all the people in your flat and leave, closing doors behind you.  You should follow your escape plan and if there is lots of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer.  Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place. 

If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors are designed to give you a minimum of 30-60 minutes’ protection from a fire.  If there is a fire in your building, but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to stay in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you.  If you stay put, you should still call 999. 

Councillor Andrew Mitchell, the Cabinet Member for Homes, said “This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with everyone affected.  It is very understandable if residents are concerned about their own properties.

“Our organisations would like to reassure residents that fire safety precautions are given the highest priority across all of the properties we manage. All blocks of flats have fire risk assessments in place and are subject to regular inspection and review.  

“Park House flats, our only high rise block, fully complies with current fire safety regulations. The construction of the block is designed to prevent the spread of fire between flats and between floors.  Each flat is designed as a self-contained fire resisting compartment that will contain a fire and limit its spread. 

“The building has a comprehensive fire detection system that will alert occupants to a fire in the common areas and/or rooms off the protected means of escape. Each flat has its own fire detection. These systems are routinely tested and serviced.   In the unlikely event that residents need to leave the building due to fire, the block has a fire protected escape route.” 

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service will be joining with Ocean Housing at Park House flats between 9 am – 12 noon on Tuesday, 20 June to answer questions and provide reassurance to residents. Fire safety officers will be available for specialist advice and operational crews will be offering home fire safety checks. 

For more fire safety advice and information visit the Cornwall Fire and Rescue service pages.

Posted 16th June 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Policing on the agenda at the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:28

Residents of the St Austell & Mevagissey Community Network area are being invited to learn about policing at the Community Network Panel and Annual General meeting on Monday 26 June. At the meeting Lyn Gooding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, will be updating the panel and answering questions on the Police and Crime Plan and neighbourhood policing.

The Network Panel which meets quarterly consists of the Cornwall Councillors, Town Councillors and Parish Councillors for the area. They discuss what’s affecting the local area and agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners such as the police and health services. As this is the Annual General Meeting, the Community Network Panel will also be asked to elect a Chair and Vice-Chair for the year ahead.

Community Link Officer for the St Austell and Mevagissey Network Panel, Helen Nicholson said: “This meeting is a really good opportunity for people to come along and find out about policing, local matters and what’s happening in their community. Parish, Town and Cornwall Councillors are encouraged to attend, so this is a good opportunity for them to say what’s working well and what may need improving. This is also chance for people to meet their Cornwall, Parish and Town Councillors. Everyone is welcome to this public meeting, and those who come along will have the opportunity to ask questions.”

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 St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the eight Town or Parish parishes in the community network: Carlyon, Mevagissey, Pentewan, St Austell Bay, St Austell Town, St Ewe, St Goran, St Mewan.

The meeting takes place on Monday 26 June from 7pm to 9pm at the Council Chamber, St Austell One Stop Shop, Pennick Road. The agenda and more information about the panel can be found on St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel webpage.

Posted 15 June 2017 

 

Categories: Cornwall

Chairman of Cornwall Council pays tribute to Lady Mary Holborow, the former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:18

The Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor Mary May, today paid the following tribute to Lady Mary Holborow, the former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall who has passed away.

“Cornwall has lost a true ambassador in Lady Mary.  Her love and enthusiasm for the Duchy was infectious and her dedication over her 17 years as Lord Lieutenant was tireless.

I had the privilege of meeting Lady Mary at many events during my time as Mayor of Penryn, and you couldn’t meet a nicer person.  She always put people at their ease and was genuinely interested in what they had to say.

She dedicated so much time of her own to countless charities and community organisations and inspired many others to get involved.  She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her and worked with her.”

Story posted 12 June 2017 

Categories: Cornwall

Local matters on the agenda at Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:01

Residents in and around Truro and Roseland are being invited to hear about local matters at the Community Network Panel on Tuesday 20 June. As this is also the Annual General Meeting the Panel will be asked to elect a Chair for the next 12 months. In addition the Panel will be asked to agree and approve the draft local priorities for the area; traffic management including the A390 Truro Western Corridor highways package improvements and managing flooding.

Following the item on road safety at February’s meeting there will be an update on Speed Watch, the initiative which aims to drive down the speeds of vehicles in limits of 40mph and below. Speed Watch involves local volunteers from the community who help the police, by aiming to engage and educate drivers rather than issue fines and court summonses. This item will include how we can help local groups set up community Speed Watch schemes.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting is a good chance for the community to hear about what’s going on locally. It’s also a good way for people to meet their local parish, city and Cornwall Councillors. Everyone is welcome to the meeting and there’ll also be an opportunity to ask questions.

The Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its 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.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 Parish Councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 June from 7pm to 9pm at New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY. The agenda and more information about the panel can be found on the website. http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/truroroselandcna

People can also keep up to date with what’s happening locally in this area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area facebook page: www.facebook.com/TruroRoselandCNA.

Posted 12 June 2017

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council Leader announces membership of new Cabinet

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:00

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter has today formally confirmed the members of the authority’s new Cabinet and the allocation of the individual portfolios.

The membership of the Cabinet, which reflects the alliance between the Independent and Liberal Democrat Groups to form the new administration, comprises five Liberal Democrats and five Independents.

The five Liberal Democrat councillors nominated to the Cabinet and their portfolio areas are:

  • Adam Paynter: (Launceston North and North Petherwin) - Leader
  • Rob Rotchell: (Camelford) - Adults
  • Geoff Brown: (Newquay Central) - Transport
  • Edwina Hannaford: (Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos) - Neighbourhoods
  • Sue James: (St Just in Penwith) - Environment and Public Protection

The five Independent councillors nominated to the Cabinetand their portfolio areas are :

  • Julian German:(Roseland) - Deputy Leader and Resources
  • Andrew Mitchell: (St Ives West) - Homes
  • Mike Eathorne Gibbons: (Ladock, St Clement and St Erme) - Customers
  • Bob Egerton: (Probus, Tregony and Grampound) - Planning and Economy
  • Sally Hawken: (Liskeard East) - Children and Wellbeing

You can read more about the Cabinet Members in their pen portraits

'I am delighted to announce the Members of the Cabinet  and the portfolios they will hold which reflect the balance of our priorities“ said Council Leader Adam Paynter.  “The majority of the Cabinet are new to the role and will bring new ideas to the table.

“There is also a good spread geographically with councillors from across the duchy from Launceston and Liskeard in the East to St Just in the far West. “

Deputy Leader Julian German said “ I am pleased that we have formed a talented Cabinet to take Cornwall Council forward in the best interests of the residents of Cornwall”. 

Councillor Paynter - Leader

Responsibilities include:

Leadership of the Council; Strategy; Devolution from London to Cornwall; Brexit; Safeguarding; Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board; Communications and Reputation; Resident engagement.

Councillor Paynter is the Liberal Democrat member for Launceston North and North Petherwin.  For further information, please view Councillor Paynter's details.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor German - Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for Resources

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Medium Term Financial Strategy; Resources; Business Rates; Pensions; Fees and Charges; Equalities and Diversity; Human Resources and Organisational Development; Shared Services with other councils. 

Councillor German is the Independent member for Roseland. For more information please view Councillor German's details.

 

 

 

 

Councillor Eathorne-Gibbons - Portfolio holder for Customers

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Customer services; Partnerships (third sector, public and private); Governance and Assurance; Information Technology and Digital Services; Civic functions; Property and Asset Management; Corporate procurement; Risk Management, Insurance; Audit; Leisure, Cornwall Sports Partnership.

Councillor Eathorne-Gibbons is the Independent member for Ladock, St Clement and St Erme. For more information please view Councillor Eathorne-Gibbons details.

 

 

 

Councillor Hawken - Portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Children’s Social Care; Children’s Safeguarding; Early Intervention Services for vulnerable children; Early Years, Education; Special Educational Needs; child poverty; youth offending, Youth Services, Public Health.

Councillor Hawken is the independent member for Liskeard East. For more information please view Councillor Hawken's details.

 

 

 

 

Councillor Rotchell - Portfolio holder for Adults

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Health and Social Care integration; Social Care Services for adults; prevention and wellbeing services; vulnerable adults safeguarding 

Councillor Rotchell is the Liberal Democrat member for Camelford. For more information please view Councillor Rotchell's details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Hannaford - Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Registrars; Library services; Events and Licensing; Community Networks and Localism; Devolution to Town and Parish Councils and community groups; Gypsy and Travellers. 

Councillor Hannaford is the Liberal Democrat member for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos. For more information please view Councillor Hannafords details.

 

 

 

 

Councillor James - Portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Waste; Street cleaning; Waterways, beaches and flood resilience; country parks, parks and open spaces; cemeteries and crematoria; Historic Environment; Allotments and County Farms; Maritime Services; Fire and Rescue services, Community safety; Emergency planning; Public Protection and Enforcement services (environmental health, trading standards etc), Local Nature Partnership (LNP) Board Members.

Councillor James is the Liberal Democrat member for St Just in Penwith. For more information please view Councillor James's details.

  

 

Councillor Egerton - Portfolio holder for Planning and Economy 

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Cornwall Local Plan and planning guidance; Neighbourhood Plans; Development Control Service and Planning enforcement; Land registry and street naming; Regeneration; Economic Growth and Development; Skills Agenda and relationships with Universities; Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board Member.

Councillor Egerton is the Independent member for Probus, Tregony and Grampound. For more information please view Councillor Egerton's details

 

 

 

Councillor Mitchell - Portfolio holder for Homes

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Housing; social housing; homelessness; Welfare Reform. 

Counicllor Mitchell is the Independent Councillor for St Ives West. For more information please view Councillor Mitchell's details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Brown - Portfolio holder for Transport

Responsibilities contained within this portfolio include: 

Local Transport Strategy; roads and pavements; street lighting; public transport; Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry; Parking Strategy; Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Councillor Brown is the Liberal Democrat member for Newquay Central. For more information please view Councillor Brown's details.

 

 

 

 

Story posted 07 June 2017 

Categories: Cornwall

Nuclear safety leaflets for Devonport

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:35

People living in and around Devonport Dockyard are being given important safety information on what to do in the event of a nuclear emergency.

Homes and business that fall within the official public information zone are being sent a booklet which provides information about radiation, together with instructions to follow in the event of a nuclear accident.

If there is a nuclear emergency, people could be exposed to gamma and beta radiation. In some circumstances radioactive material could escape from the Devonport Site and affect areas close to, or downwind of it. The booklets, which are updated once every three years to comply with Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations, tell the public what to do in the very unlikely event that this happens.

The new booklet, which has been produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, who own the Devonport Royal Dockyard and the Dockyard Port of Plymouth, will be delivered to over 16,000 homes over the next few weeks.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said "Safety of the public is our number one priority and no matter how unlikely an incident might be, we need to make sure that people living in and around Devonport, know what they need to do in the event of an emergency.

“All of the emergency services and Local authorities have been involved in the development of the emergency plan and this information leaflet.”

Members of the public who live in and around the dockyard area are also being invited to sign up to a free emergency notification system. This means that in the event of an emergency, those registered would automatically receive information via their landline or mobile at their home or business.

“It is important to be prepared and I would encourage everyone who receives a copy of this booklet to make sure they read it carefully “said Sue James.  “I would also invite them to take advantage of the free notification system to ensure that they are contacted immediately in the event of an emergency situation.”

You can view the existing REPPIR emergency plan for the Devonport site on Plymouth City Council's website.

Story posted 9 June 2107

 

Categories: Cornwall

St Ives Business Support Project and water quality on the agenda at the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:26

Residents of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel area are invited to the June meeting of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include the St Ives Business Support Project, water quality and a presentation from Active Plus about their new ‘Who Dares Works’ scheme.

All are invited to attend the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel meeting which takes place on Monday 19th June between 6:30pm and 8pm at St Ives Secondary School in Carbis Bay.

Representatives from the St Ives Business Support Project will be attending the panel to talk about their new Coastal Community funded project to rejuvenate the building below the Malakoff Bus Station. The building will be renovated and refurbished to provide business support facilities for enterprise, micro and SME businesses, including; project staff, hot desks, conferencing, room & facility hire, office accommodation, catering, event organisation, training and networking opportunities.

There will also be a presentation from representatives from Cornwall Council’s Environment team about water quality in the St Ives Bay area, with an update on progress and DEFRA water quality monitoring points. In addition there will also be a presentation by Active Plus about their ‘Who Dares Works’ project. The project will provide courses, delivered by military veterans from Active Plus, for people in the West Cornwall area who face the biggest barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training and work.

This meeting will also host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) when a new Chair for the Hayle & St Ives Community Network Panel will be elected.

Rowena Swallow,St Ives Business Support Project Director, said: “We're thrilled that the St Ives bid was successful. This is a dynamic business support project which has directly emerged from community consultation around both the St Ives Neighbourhood and Economic Plans over the last few years and we believe it will help promote year-round growth and assist resilience at a local level.”

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

The panel comprises all six Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five parishes in the Hayle and St Ives Community Network - Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth, Hayle North, Hayle South, Lelant and Carbis Bay, St Ives North and St Ives South.

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

Story posted 09 June 2017

Categories: Cornwall