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Council elects Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader at annual meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 19 sec ago

John Pollard, the Independent Member for Hayle North, was re-elected as the Leader of Cornwall Council at this week’s meeting of the unitary authority.

Thanking Members for their support Mr Pollard said that being re-elected as the Leader for the third year was both an extremely humbling and emotional experience. “I am grateful for the Council’s support and promise that I will do my best to ensure that this Council is successful and inclusive” he said.  “I will strive to bring a consensus that is above party political gain but delivers to the Cornish public the service that they deserve.

“I believe that the alliance between the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups on the Council has worked tremendously well and this is a credit to all involved.  The Cabinet is very talented with all portfolio holders working extremely hard and bringing good management to their area of responsibility.

“We must all strive for the highest possible standards but overall Cornwall is a successful Council in comparison to many other local authorities. 

“Looking forward, if we can implement the four year budget, if we can maintain a spirit of improvement, if we can eradicate mistakes and insensitive communications, we can build a different, strong, resilient, and sustainable Cornwall. “

Following the decision of Jeremy Rowe, the Liberal Democrat Member for St Issey and St Tudy, to stand down as Deputy Leader of the Council, the role has been taken over by Adam Paynter, the Liberal Democrat Member for Launceston North and North Petherwin.

Confirming the appointment Mr Pollard said “Adam brings enormous experience to the Cabinet and I know that his wise counsel and intelligent approach will be a great assistance to me and the Council. “

Mr Pollard also paid tribute to the contribution which had been made by Jeremy Rowe, who will continue in his role as the Cabinet Member for Localism. “ An architect of the alliance, the foundation of the Liberal Democrat contribution to the Cabinet and, most importantly, the most dependable  and supportive Deputy anyone could wish for.  He has been brilliant.  I am delighted that he remains on the Cabinet and know that he will be an integral part of the team. “

Mr Pollard also confirmed that all the nine remaining Members of the Cabinet would continue in their existing roles. 

At the meeting Members also elected Ann Kerridge, the Liberal Democrat Member for Bodmin St Mary’s, as the Chairman of the Council, with Mary May, the Independent Member for Penryn West, elected as Vice Chairman.

This is the first time in the history of both Cornwall Council, and the former Cornwall County Council, that two women have held the roles of Chairman and Vice Chairman at the same time.

Thanking Members for their support and confidence, Ann Kerridge, the former Vice Chairman of the Council, said that John Wood had been an excellent Chairman and would be a hard act to follow.  Her comments were echoed by Council Leader John Pollard who said that Mr Wood had been a superb Chairman of the Council.

Also thanking Members for their support new Vice Chairman Mary May pledged to do her best for the Council and for Cornwall.

Following the announcement that Chief Executive Andrew Kerr is leaving the Council to take up a new position as the Chief Executive of Edinburgh City Council, Members have confirmed the arrangements for the appointment of a new Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

A Selection and Appointment of Chief Officers Panel will now be appointed and convened as soon as possible to oversee the appointment process, including all relevant terms and conditions.  Members of the Panel will include the Chairman of the Council, the Leader, Deputy Leader, Independent Cabinet Member, the Group Leaders of the Conservative, UKIP, Mebyon Kernow and Labour groups and the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group.

The Panel will report back to the next meeting of the full Council on 21 July. 


Story posted 20 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Success as communities, businesses and Cornwall Council work together in bid for Blue Flag and Seaside Awards

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 41 sec ago

This summer seven Cornwall Council beaches will be flying Blue Flags, the joint highest number for any local authority area, with brand new awards for Trevone and Widemouth.

In addition, Crooklets and Summerleaze in Bude have been successful in their bid for Seaside Awards, Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Prestigious Blue Flags, the international standard for the best beaches in the world, will be flying this season at Gyllyngvase in Falmouth; Porthminster and Porthmeor in St Ives; Polzeath; Porthtowan; Trevone and Widemouth, near Bude.  All seven have also been successful in their bid for a Seaside Award.

The applications for the Awards and the work required to make sure that the beaches reach the exacting standards required to win has been made possible through sponsorship and the work of community groups and local businesses.

Cornwall’s Rock based Sharp’s Brewery is playing a key role in protecting five Cornish beaches. 5p of every pint sold of Sharp’s 2015 limited edition beers ‘Rockpool’, ‘Rising Tide’, ‘Offshore’ and ‘Point Break’ will go towards the initiative and the support of Polzeath, Trevone, Porthtowan, Porthmeor and Gyllyngvase beaches.

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager, Sharp’s Brewery, says, "With Sharp’s Brewery being based in North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are therefore proud and delighted to be supporting the coastal community in helping these beautiful beaches obtain and retain the prestigious Blue Flag Status that they so highly deserve. As an extension of our  'There’s an Adventure Brewing’ campaign we will be sponsoring Polzeath, Porthtowan, Porthmeor, Trevone and Gyllyngvase beaches in Cornwall by donating 5p from every pint sold of our new Rockpool beer to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag Initiative does a fantastic job of supporting beaches in coastal areas, and we are pleased to be helping them continue the great work that they do across Cornwall."

The successful Blue Flag and Seaside Award applications for Porthtowan were also made possible through the efforts of the local beach management group who have proactively led the community effort to gain these prestigious awards.  John Barrow, Chairman of the Porthtowan Beach Association said: “Winning both the Blue Flag Award as well as the Seaside Award is fantastic - a brilliant achievement and a ringing endorsement of the exemplar standard of the beach environment at Porthtowan. It demonstrates that an inclusive partnership between communities, Cornwall Council and our very valuable Sponsors not only works but also creates real value for everyone.”  

The Chairman of the Falmouth Beach Management Group, Councillor Steve Gray, echoed the message that partnership working at the community level had brought Blue Flag success for Gyllyngvase. He hoped that the other beaches in and around Falmouth could also now work towards award status.

Porthminster has been awarded Blue Flag status following support for its application from community ‘beach champions’ including local businesses.

Similarly Widemouth near Bude has become a Blue Flag beach when local funders supported the application after being approached by ‘beach champions’ from Widemouth Task Force.

Summerleaze has gained a Seaside Award after the Bude Cleaner Seas Project approached local funders who agreed to support the application process.  Supporters included, John Gimson, Trev Plant, Dawn Robinson-Walsh, The Gallery, Air Culture, Olive Tree, Surf Cabin and Life’s A Beach.  Friends of Bude Sea Pool and Bude Area Tourist Board also made generous donations, and Bude-Stratton Town Council offered a sizeable grant.

Ian Saltern, Project Manager for the Bude Cleaner Seas Project said, “I’m really grateful to all those who contributed towards achieving this award for Summerleaze – not just those who donated money, but also the farmers, businesses, schools, local groups and community minded people who have done their bit to ensure that Bude’s bathing water and beaches have reached such a high standard.  I’m very proud of the effort everyone has made.”

Crooklets, also in Bude, has also gained a Seaside Award following the efforts of ‘beach champions’ in the area. A newly formed ‘Beach Management Committee’ comprising of local residents Deb Rosser, Nicola Hammond and Martin Dorey raised money to pay for the application with a JustGiving page. Thanks to the generosity of local hotels, cafes and individuals they smashed their target within days leaving money in the pot to pay for a Blue Flag application next year.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Housing and Environment Joyce Duffin said: “It is fantastic to see what can be achieved when sponsors, local beach champions and the Council work together to achieve these really excellent results for Cornwall.  It’s great to see how everyone has stepped up to support their beaches.  It is not just the cost of the application itself which needs to be factored in but all the work that needs to be carried out for a beach to be worthy of a Blue Flag or Seaside Award.  The sponsorship and practical efforts of all concerned which has helped Cornwall Council to make the applications, is to be applauded.” 

Story posted: 20th May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Council Leader to host four events as the public are invited to give their views on the Case for Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 1 min ago

Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard is hosting four public events, in Penzance, Liskeard, Truro and Bude, to hear people’s views on the ‘Case for Cornwall’.

Before the General Election on 7 May, the Council wrote to the leaders of the main national political parties in England calling on them to give their support for the Case for Cornwall, a package of bold measures which seeks to obtain additional powers and freedoms for Cornwall across a range of areas including health, housing, transport and funding. Now that the election has taken place, the Council is working to finalise the Case for Cornwall to be able to present the final document to Parliament in July.

Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard explains: “Cornwall has a proud record of standing up and fighting for what it believes in and I hope that the people of Cornwall will agree with me that we need to have more local accountability, more local control, more local direction and more local democracy.  We want to put forward a strong case which will give us the powers, freedom and flexibility to enable us to deliver a better service to our communities and create a more flexible and sustainable Cornwall.

I am inviting residents to join me and senior Council officers to learn about and discuss the proposals outlined in the Case for Cornwall before we present the final document. We have already had some positive feedback and want to hear from residents to help us further shape the final submission.”

Everyone is welcome to come to any of the events:-

  • Wednesday 27 May 6.30pm
    Penzance One Stop Shop, St Clare, Penzance, TR18 3QW
  • Thursday 28 May 6.30pm
    Luxstowe House Council Chamber, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ
  • Monday 1 June 6.30pm
    New County Hall, Treyew Road,Truro, TR1 3AY
  • Wednesday 3 June 6.30pm, Falcon Hotel, Breakwater Road, Bude EX23 8SD

The Council will also have an area devoted to the Case for Cornwall at the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge on 4, 5 and 6 June

Details of the Case for Cornwall are available on the Council’s website and in libraries and one stop shops

You can pledge your support on Twitter @CaseforCornwall #standupforCornwall and on Facebook


Story posted 19 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Work begins to stabilise Porthtowan Dunes

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 2 min ago

Work has begun to help stabilise the dune at Porthtowan.

At a meeting attended by representatives of Porthtowan Beach Association, the Porthtowan Dunes Community Group, St Agnes Parish Council and Cornwall Council a programme for planting vegetation on the dunes was agreed. The area will be fenced off during this time to help protect the new plants and give them an opportunity to establish.

While the fencing will clearly mark the areas where work is taking place, visitors to the beach are being asked to be mindful of this work and not to enter the fenced-off areas.

Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Housing and Environment, and Local Member for the area, said: “It is really important that we achieve some way of stabilising the sand in Porthtowan.  At the meeting everyone agreed to go ahead with this planting and provide signage so that residents and visitors will know why the works are happening.  The fencing is vital to let these plants establish without being walked over."

“The results of an independent study, which will provide a long term management plan for Porthtowan, will be available after the summer.”

Posted on 12 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Fire service prepares to move into new Tolvaddon station

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 2 min ago

Firefighters in Camborne and Redruth will be shortly making the move to Tolvaddon after being given the keys to Cornwall’s newest fire station.

Many years in the planning and after a year-long build, the brand new custom built Camborne, Pool and Redruth Community Fire Station will open its doors later this month.

Contractors from Kier Construction handed over the keys to Station Manager Mark Salter last week, prompting crews to start the task of moving into their new home.

Crews will begin to respond to emergency calls from the station later this month and in the run up to official move will rehearse mobilising fire appliances from the Tolvaddon site. When fully operational, wholetime and on call firefighters will be based at the station which will provide 24 hour cover for the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area. The station will house three fire engines, as well as a rescue tender –used to respond to road traffic collisions and animal rescues among other incidents – and a rope rescue vehicle.

“Our immediate focus, prior to going live, is to ensure that all our critical systems are functioning correctly.  This includes the testing of our mobilisation and deployment procedures and completing a series of operational preparedness checks before we officially move in,” said Mark Salter, Station Manager for Camborne, Pool and Redruth Community Fire Station.

“Firefighters will be spending as much time as possible here at the new station over the next few weeks in order to become familiar with the operating area and to become more accustomed to their new surroundings.  We will be working with the local community to make sure we are considerate of their needs and will be inviting neighbouring residents to a series of drop in sessions at the station after we go live."

“Today is a momentous occasion and is a testament to the determination of our Chief Fire Officer and Principal Management Team who have taken a long held ambition of the Service and made it a reality.  I very much look forward to serving at the new community fire station and feel immensely proud of what Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has achieved.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Communities, said: “I am delighted that our dedicated fire fighters will be moving to these new, purpose built, premises. Together with the new Hayle Community Fire Station this will enable CFRS to reach almost 14,000 homes in the area more quickly and will provide fire cover second to none. I would also like to thank Kier for their co-operation, efficiency and attention to detail in the construction of the new station.”

Stuart Denslow, Project Manager for Kier Construction, said: “We have been pleased to be part of the process to provide CFRS with a new fire station, it has been a challenging project however we have enjoyed the collaborative working relationship with the Fire service and project team and look forward to seeing the facility go live.”

The new station is an important investment for the service, with the new building replacing two stations which were more than 50 years old. The relocation to the new station and facilities is expected to save the service around £500,000 a year in maintenance, running and operational costs.

Photographs show CPR Station Manager Mark Salter (centre) at the new station with firefighters from Blue Watch Camborne who will be among those to be based at the new building.

Story posted: 12 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Liskeard students 'pass out' at Liskeard Community Fire Station parade

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 3 min ago

Students from Liskeard School and Community College will ‘pass out’ on Friday 15 May at Liskeard Community Fire Station.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.

The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Liskeard School and Community College have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme. We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Liskeard School and Community College have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance.”

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 -17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.

“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service” said Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds.  Once again it’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence.”


Story posted 15 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service launch dementia awareness campaign

Cornwall Council News feed - 2 hours 4 min ago

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Dementia Awareness Week (17-23 May) by  launching a new initiative to help their staff and the public understand dementia and the challenges that people with dementia face.

The initiative is being launched on the Piazza in Truro on Monday 18 May, from 9.30am to 4.00pm when Fire and Rescue staff will be engaging with the public passing on knowledge they have recently gained, and encouraging people to think differently about dementia.

Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. It can strip you of your memory, your relationships and your connection to the world you love, leaving you feeling isolated and alone.

Fire and Rescue staff have already started working with the Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friends in the dementia cafes in Cornwall and this has already improved their knowledge. An ongoing process of Fire and Rescue staff awareness training will continue to further broaden their knowledge.

Assistant Chief Officer Simon Mould said: “Dementia can affect any of us and describes a range of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes and reasoning.  These can significantly impact on individuals and carers lives and increase the risks they are exposed to.  Initiatives such as this can help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by helping raise general awareness around the condition.  By working together we can help support the individuals to make small changes which can make a real difference to their independence.  Sometimes it’s the simple things that we can all do that can make a real difference to someone’s quality of life.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities said: “For anyone suffering from dementia and their close friends and relatives, this can be a life-changing illness and it is vital that we raise awareness of how best to support those in need with consideration and patience.”

Community Safety Officer David Parker said:”‘This is a great initiative and I encourage people to take a few minutes and make themselves aware of the top ten tips”.

Top Tips cards will be available at the launch.

Ten top ways you can help when you encounter people who may have dementia/memory loss

  • Smile and ask ‘”Can I help you?”’ -  reassurance helps to put people at ease.
  • Be patient – give people time. Do things with them, not for them.
  • Respond to aggression or anger by retreating, so long as there is no likelihood of harm to themselves or others, allow time to settle down and re-approach later. It is very likely that the occasion will have passed and been forgotten.
  • Be clear – communicate calmly, use gestures and props to help,
  • Keep it quiet - check noise level and reduce it, turn off the radio and TV, which can be both distracting and confusing; so can other people’s conversation.
  • Don’t make assumptions about what someone may want or need – be guided by the individual
  • Talk about dementia and remember the carer – you will be helping to reduce the stigma around dementia.
  • Distract them, talk about things they enjoyed in the past. Promote THIS IS ME or LIFE STORIES, which are a record of an individual’s personal preferences, achievements and networks for example, allowing an outsider to form an understanding the person behind the dementia.
  • Dementia affects logic and reasoning, so don’t expect a reasonable response to any situation or location.
  • Don’t argue – the brain of a person with dementia tells the person they can’t be wrong.
  • If there is repetition, treat the statement or question as if it’s the first time you have heard it. To the person, it is the first time they have said it.
  • Always be kind and sensitive, and remember that everyone’s dementia is different.

Story posted 15 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall's Teenage Pregnancy rate falls to record low

Cornwall Council News feed - 3 hours 33 min ago

Cornwall’s under 18 conception rate has continued to fall and, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics, is now, for the first time, less than half the baseline set in 1998 when the National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy began.

The data released today shows Cornwall’s annual conception rate to be 18.2 conceptions per 1000 women aged 15-17, a whopping 54.3% decrease from the 1998 baseline of 39.8 per 1000. This means Cornwall has not only exceeded the national target of a 50% reduction in pregnancy rates, but has also outperformed the average reduction achieved across England and Wales of 40%.

Today’s data release also brings Cornwall’s under 18 conception rate below 20 conceptions per 1000 for the first time and see’s Cornwall performing better than the South West average.

Cornwall Council remains committed to reducing the rate of under-18 conceptions and improving outcomes for young parents and their children through the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Action plan. Teenage pregnancy is often associated with negative health outcomes for the mother and child and increased likelihood of them both living in long-term poverty. In addition to this, many teenage conceptions are unintended. Around half result in a termination, an avoidable burden for the young women affected.

Lex Gainsbury, who leads the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy at Cornwall Council said, “Today’s figures are fantastic news and are testament to the hard work of all our services and partners across Cornwall. It demonstrates that sustained effort from committed individuals at every level really makes a difference.  We are over the moon to have achieved the national target but it is important that we do not become complacent and face the challenges ahead with the same vigour and enthusiasm as that which has got us this far."

"Evidence shows that the two factors that have the biggest impact on rates are access to young people friendly sexual health services and both formal and informal relationship and sex education, ensuring young people have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make positive choices about their sexual health now and in the future."

“In Cornwall young people can access information and support from a wide range of services including the C-Card condom distribution scheme, pharmacies, their GP, Contraceptive and Sexual Health clinics such as Brook or the Sexual Health Hub in Truro. You can find out about all of these services by visiting the Cornwall SHAC website.”

Louise Sweeney, who also manages the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, added “we want to do more to ensure we are effectively sharing key messages around relationships and sexual health with the people of Cornwall. Because of this Cornwall Council are currently working with partners throughout sexual health to launch a new initiative entitled TALK Relationships and Sexual Health (RSH). The aim of the initiative is to encourage people across Cornwall to TALK about relationships and Sexual Health and access the support and services they need to do this confidently. You may want to know more about improving your own sexual health, or want support in talking to your own children and young people about relationships, growing up and sexual health, either way TALK relationships is here to help.

“But to make sure we communicate with you in the best possible way, we need your help. TALK RSH has two surveys, one for young people, one for parents and carers. Both surveys are asking for your views around the best way to offer support and communicate with you. The initiative and surveys will be formally launched in the coming weeks."

Councillor Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead member for Children and Young People said, "This is really fantastic news and shows how organisation working together for a common goal does produce results and shows what can be achieved. You cannot achieve a 50% conception rate reduction without this cooperation and I would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have made this possible."

“It is imperative to all people no matter what age or gender to have a positive understanding of sexual health, their bodies and the choices they can make. That is why supporting and enabling good quality, comprehensive relationships and sex education at home and in our schools is a key priority for Cornwall.”

Schools in Cornwall have access to a wide range of support on RSE including Cornwall’s Health Promotion Service, Healthy Schools, Brook Young People and CLEAR’s Healthy Relationships Programme. A new resource available for schools and colleges to use, the Kernow King Sex Tape and Resource which was recently shortlisted for a UK Sexual Health Award.

In addition to support for schools, parents and carers can also get support and training on relationships and sex education, to support them to have conversations with their children, through Speakeasy.

Professionals working with young people are guided by the Relationship and Sexual Health Guidance and can access a free sexual health training programme, all available on Cornwall Council’s website.  

Posted on 29 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council invites the public to visit the Council stand at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show

Cornwall Council News feed - 4 hours 25 min ago

Are you planning to visit this year’s Royal Cornwall Show on 4, 5, and 6 June?  If so come and visit the Cornwall Council stand where you can find out about the Case for Cornwall as well as information about a range of other Council services. 

Each year public spending in Cornwall amounts to about £4.3 billion, however the majority of this spending is either carried out by the Government or by other organisations – with little local choice on how it is spent.  We are seeking new powers and freedoms from the Government so we have greater control over the decisions which affect Cornwall.

We want local residents to help shape the final proposals to submit to the Government in July and are currently holding a series of public consultation events to give people the chance to find out more and have their say.

One of these events is taking place at the Royal Cornwall Show where Council Leader John Pollard and other members of the Council’s Cabinet will be at the Council Pavilion on Stand 92 to provide information about the Case for Cornwall and answer any questions. 

You will also have the opportunity to give us your views on the future of libraries and one stop shops and have the chance to find out more about our adoption and fostering services.

There will also be displays from our Road Safety team, with advice on how to stay safe on our roads; information from our Communities and Devolution team on how we are working with local communities and partners, and advice on how to protect your home from flooding. 

You will also be able to learn some simple Cornish phrases from the Cornish Language Partnership, visit a display of electric vehicles, and talk to officers from our Building Control service.  

So why not come along and join us on stand 92 and find out what Cornwall Council is doing for you.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities invited to information day in Truro

Cornwall Council News feed - 7 hours 41 min ago

Saturday 6 June 2015 sees the fourth annual Cornwall Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender, Partners and Communities Together (LGBT PACT) information day at Lemon Quay, Truro (outside Marks and Spencer) from 10am to 3pm.  

Simon Mould, Assistant Chief from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and the Chair of the LGBT PACT says:  “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the depth and variety of work that is delivered throughout Cornwall by our LGBT PACT partners.  The information day is a great opportunity to chat informally and find out what’s on offer. Please visit us on 06 June to find out more about our LGBT History; current issues from around the world and access local sources of information, advice and support.”

The LGBT PACT is made up of a collective of partners including: The Source FM, The Intercom Trust, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG), Cornwall Pride, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Council, Coastline Housing, Devon and Cornwall Police, Healthy Gay Cornwall, LGBTQ Youth Cornwall and Dementia Action Alliance.  Together they work closely to identify and promote the concerns and priorities of the LGBT communities living in and visiting Cornwall.

This year they are supporting the Cornwall Pride theme of Solidarity, supporting LGBT brothers and sisters around the world. 

WE'RE LUCKY... to be LGBT and living here in the west – it's not perfect and the battle for true equality goes on but it could be worse.

WE'RE LUCKY... that those who came before us through the sixties, seventies and eighties laid down the foundations for the liberties we enjoy today.

WE'RE LUCKY... that we can join together in a legal union and pledge our commitment to the person we love.

Even now in 2015, it is still a crime to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in over 70 countries with punishments including life imprisonment, flogging and the death penalty. In all regions of the world, to a greater or lesser extent, LGBT people are denied the right to freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. LGBT people continue to face hate-motivated violence and discrimination in jobs, health care and education because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Cornwall is renowned for its caring nature and respect for all aspects within our community. Everyone is welcome to join us at this event which showcases many of our support services.”

For further information on the LGBT PACT please contact lgbtpact@fire.cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 28 June 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Planning and highway updates on the agenda for Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:46

Residents and businesses are being invited to find out more about Cornwall Council’s planning policy and local highway improvements during the June meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel.

All are invited to attend the meeting which takes place on Tuesday 2 June between 7pm and 9pm at Falmouth Town Council Office, The Moor, Falmouth.

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

The panel will also be discussing the proposals to replace the current double roundabout on the A39 at Treluswell with a larger, single roundabout, as well as options to improve road safety between Treluswell and Devoran.

Councillor Alan Jewell, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The Community Network Panel provides a great opportunity for members of the local community to discuss their local priorities and influence plans that affect all of their communities.” 

The Falmouth and Penryn 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 nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.  

Read more about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings.

Story posted 26 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Newquay men plead guilty to fly tipping

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:39

Phil Trebilcock of 40 Crantock Street, Newquay and Kevin Rogers of 21 Robartes Road, Newquay pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 20 May 2015 to fly-tipping fish waste onto Towan Beach Newquay in April and June 2014.

CCTV evidence, witness statements from concerned residents and surveillance undertaken by the Council’s Public Protection and Business Support team showed the two fishermen tipping items over the harbour wall at South Quay, Newquay and Active Cellars, Newquay. Cornwall Council had previously given written warnings on three occasions to Mr Trebilcock and his employee Mr Rogers culminating in a fixed penalty notice being issued to Mr Rogers in 2013. However the previous warnings were ignored by the two men and further incidents occurred in April and June 2014.

Mr Trebilcock was given a £665 fine and was also ordered to pay a £66 victim surcharge and the Council’s costs of £1002

Mr Rogers was given a £530 fine and ordered to pay a £53 victim surcharge and the Council’s costs of £1002

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection and Business Support service said: “Cornwall Council continues to work hard to tackle issues of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. The Council is keen to send out a message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action.”

Fly-tipping can be reported on the Cornwall Council website.


Story posted 21 May 2015

Categories: Cornwall

Perranporth landlord fined for housing failures

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:20

Cornwall Council’s private sector housing team has successfully prosecuted landlord Abu Mohammed Murshed Chowdhury of Massala Restaurant, St Pirans Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BJ.

At a hearing at Truro Magistrates Court on the 20 May 2015, Mr Chowdhury pleaded guilty to failing to comply with two Improvement Notices served under Section 11 and 12 of the Housing Act 2004, and three breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. Mr Chowdhury was fined £2000 and ordered to pay costs of £1635.10 to Cornwall Council with a victim surcharge of £120.

An inspection of the living accommodation above the commercial premises was carried out which found that the property was a house in multiple occupation being poorly managed with disrepair to bathroom utilities, cracked glazing in a bedroom and potential electrical hazards.  There was no form of fixed, controllable heating in any of the rooms leaving occupants exposed to the health risks of excessively cold temperatures. There was also concern over the fire detection and lack of adequate fire protection provided at the property leaving occupants exposed to the risk of injury should a fire occur.

Improvement Notices were served for both the hazards ‘Fire’ and ‘Excess Cold’ on the 21October 2014 requiring specified works to be completed by the 21 January 2015.

The disrepair and breaches identified under The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 were to be completed by 21 December 2014.  A visit by Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on the 28 January 2015 found that both of the Improvement Notices had not been complied with, and some Management Regulation failures were still outstanding.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and environment said: “Cornwall Council is committed to supporting all private sector landlords to help them comply fully with their legal responsibilities.  Through the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme, Cornwall Council has developed a private rental standard for Cornwall which lays out the key elements of what is needed to comply with the law in an easy to understand format.  The scheme will help good and improving landlords understand an area that can often be perceived as complex by providing access to advice and support”.

Landlords or property agents who wish to know more about their legal obligations are encouraged to express their interest in the ‘Responsible Landlords Scheme’ by making contact with the private sector housing team.

Expressions of interest can be emailed to the team – rlsc@cornwall.gov.uk or contact the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme Lead Officer on 01872 224543 for more information.

Story posted on 21 May 2015

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Have your say on the future of Cornwall's libraries and one stop shops

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:16

Thank you to everyone who has already taken part in the Library and one stop shop consultation; we have been very encouraged by the feedback we have received online, and through partner workshops and public drop in sessions.

You can still comment on the consultation, which closes on 10 June.

Join us at the Royal Cornwall Show on the Cornwall Council stand 92 to hear more about the review and let us know your own ideas, on 4, 5 and 6 June.

Groups and organisations that may be interested in delivering Library/One Stop Shop Services need to complete a Business Case form, available on our website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/librarysurvey and send it by 5pm on Friday 29 May:

By email to: libraries@cornwall.gov.uk

By post to:  Cornwall Library and One Stop Shop service review, Truro Community Library Union Place, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1EP

Story posted on 22 May 2015

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Residents local to A30 Temple works invited to information event

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:10

People living near the A30 at Temple are being invited to attend an information event at Cardinham Parish Hall on Thursday 4 June between 2pm and 8pm.

The drop in event will include details of the diversions which will be in place for the roads around and currently joining the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake as well as initial plans for traffic management on the A30 while works take place.

Officers from Cornwall Council and contractors Kier will also be on hand to answer questions about the scheme.

The works, which are being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and Highways England, are expected to take 19 months to complete, with two lanes open in each direction ready for the school holiday period in summer 2016.

A second event will be taking place at Blisland Village Hall between 2pm and 8pm on Thursday 17 June for those unable to make the Cardinham date.

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Have your say on Bodmin shared space plans

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:09

A public exhibition will be taking place next month to unveil the latest designs for a shared vehicle, pedestrian and cycle space in Bodmin town centre, as well as highway improvements and cycle routes.

The scheme will bring a ‘shared space’ to the Dennison Road, Church Square, Turf Street and Crockwell Street area, as well as various highway schemes including a new roundabout at the junction of Priory Road and Launceston Road and cycle links to hubs including the Camel Trail and Lanhydrock.

Shared spaces – where road signs, traffic lights and markings are removed from the highway – improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by encouraging motorists to slow down. Similar schemes have been successful in a number of areas in the UK including at Poynton in Cheshire and at Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London.

Local residents, cyclists, commuters and businesses are being encouraged to attend the exhibition which will be taking place at the Shire Rooms in Bodmin on:

  • Friday 12 June – between 10am and 6pm
  • Saturday 13 June – between 10am and 4pm

Much of the content of the new proposals has been informed by feedback from a previous public consultation in Bodmin in 2013.

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport, said: “The world is changing all around our towns and their challenge is to find a future path. It is good to see Bodmin exploring a future which engages prosperity with strong environmental principles, fitness and building a new heritage.

“I'm looking forward to the exhibition to promote shared spaces and cycling – it’s a new approach and Bodmin is in the forefront - where it belongs to be!”

Those unable to attend the consultation can view the designs and have their say on the proposals from Monday 15 June on our website, by visiting Bodmin One Stop Shop at Bodmin Library on Lower Bore Street, writing to Bodmin Growth Deal, Cornwall Council, c/o Engineering, Design Group, Western Group Centre, Radnor Road, Scorrier, Redruth, TR16 5EH, calling 0300 1234 222 or emailing bodmingrowthdeal@cornwall.gov.uk

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Local heroes recognised at inaugural Civic Awards ceremony

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:11

Community volunteers from across Cornwall have been recognised for their generosity during the Council’s inaugural Civic Awards ceremony.

Nominated by local Cornwall Councillors, unsung heroes who make an outstanding contribution to their local areas were presented with awards by outgoing Council Chairman Councillor John Wood during the event at County Hall in Truro.

Councillor Wood said: “It was staggering to meet so many people from such diverse backgrounds who do so much in so many different ways to benefit the communities in which they live and work.  I hope that they will go away from here tonight aware that they are valued by us and that this is our way of saying  ‘thank you’ on behalf of everyone in Cornwall.”

There were 14 recipients of the inaugural Civic Award:

Sarah Adkins, Saltash 

Involved in numerous local community groups, Sarah has worked on fundraising events for her local church, is a member of the Saltash-Plougastel Twinning Association, a Trustee of the China Fleet Trust and Honorary Secretary of the Plymouth Area Business Council.

But it is for her dedication and inspirational leadership as Chair of Governors at Bishop Cornish School that she deserves particular recognition, especially as she will be standing down as Chair at the end of this term. She has seen the school through excellent inspections - but she has gone above and beyond her role, setting up a charity and spearheading a campaign to build the eco-friendly Education Centre that has won several national design and community awards. The children of the school are at the heart of all her actions and decisions. In 2011 the governors were the national winners of the National Governors Association Outstanding Governing Body of the Year Award in recognition of their excellent work.

Ebby Anstey, Newquay 

Known in Germany as ‘Mr Twinning’, Ebby was the driving force behind Restormel Borough Council’s twinning with the German region of Dithmarschen. Since his retirement, Ebby has continued to support international relations by acting as secretary and then vice chair for the community organisation which took over the twinning work. As part of this work, Ebby organises week long exchange visits each year and produces a newsletter every two months.

Reverend Canon Malcolm Bowers, St Blazey

Until recently Father Bowers has been Parish Priest of St Blazey. Since 1983 he has played an active part in community life well beyond the demands of his clerical role and his abilities as a ‘mediator’ have been much appreciated.  He has earned both the respect and love of a great many of his parishioners who, while not directly involved with the church, have greatly appreciated his contribution to village life.  An example of his dedication to the community is his contribution to the Fourways Youth Centre for over 15 years.

Sonia Clyne, Par 

Sonia is a founder member of the Par Community Association, which has worked tirelessly to bring the community together. She has served as secretary of the Association but has also been actively involved in serving the community in practical ways; such as acting as a marshal in the annual triathlon event and helping organise the annual ‘Big Lunch’ and many other ways.

Working with the St Blaise Feast committee, Sonya has helped organise the annual Feast Parade.  She has also been and remains a long serving member of the Par Bay ‘Big Local Group’, which is on the verge of realising one of its principal ambitions: the establishment of a Community Hub centre.  

Ann Craig, Stokeclimsland 

Ann is a former teacher for St Joseph’s School in Launceston and takes a keen interest in local community life through her involvement in many organisations including the Women’s Institute and Old School Committee. Ann also runs weekly Old School Committee afternoon tea parties and was Stokeclimsland show secretary from the late 1970s until 2010. Local youngsters have also benefitted from Ann’s generosity through her voluntary work at the local primary school where she teaches bread making and knitting.

Gill Gillvray, Four Lanes

Gill set up the Four Lanes Neighbourhood Watch group in 1999 with a group of like-minded volunteers who were concerned about the safety of local senior citizens in their homes. One of the group’s first actions was to start a gardening scheme, making improvements to house exteriors, gates and fences in an attempt to make them less of a target. As a result of its actions, the group received a commendation from the Home Office under its Bogus Caller Initiative.

Keith Goldsmith, Menheniot

Keith has worked tirelessly for the good of his local community for many years. Keith served as Chairman of the Menheniot Cricket Club for a great number of years, giving the club outstanding service and raising tens of thousands of pounds to help improve and preserve its facilities and ensure the continued success of this valuable community asset.

Over the last year he has ensured that a patch of empty wasteland has been transformed from an eyesore into an inspiring and beautiful public open space for the enjoyment of all.

Jonathan Hancock, St Just

Known as a man who ‘gets things done’, Jonathan is involved in many aspects of village life. Chair of Trustees for St Just’s popular Lafrowda Festival and Treasurer of St Just and Land’s End Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan is also the linchpin for the village’s Christmas lights display, each year spending many hours putting up the lights. He was the first person to sign up as a volunteer driver for the Contact the Elderly project and at the weekend will spend time driving older members of the community to social events.

Frank Holden, Torpoint

Frank founded the Seventeen Thirty Club (STC) in Torpoint’s Kings Arms in 1997. Made up of several of the pub’s regulars, the group aims to support local young people. Every time the group raises £100, it donates the money to a youth organisation and since February 1997, the group has raised more than £22,000. It is estimated that around 3,000 children and young people in Torpoint have benefitted from the group’s generosity.

Derek Hoskin, Bodmin

For more than 12 years Derek has run the Lower Midway Neighbourhood Watch Association in Bodmin. Derek is also instrumental in keeping the Midway Road Playing Field in such fantastic condition – he personally checks the field every day and organises repairs to the equipment, as well as running fundraising events for the field.

Derek is also very active in helping residents of Midway sheltered flats. He delivers papers and shopping and he helps residents with their problems. He puts up Christmas decorations and organises their coffee mornings.

Bill Johnson, Roche

Described as an ‘asset to Roche’ it is Bill’s charitable spirit that saw him nominated for this award. A local hero in his community, Bill gives most of the eggs and produce from his allotment to people less fortunate them himself and makes items from scrap wood which he sells and gives the proceeds to charity.

Paddy Long, St Eve

Paddy is one of those people who quietly helps their community in numerous ways, never looking for or expecting any credit.

The list of community support endeavours Paddy is involved in is endless.  He is part of the Community Speed Watch team; a former Parish Councillor; an organiser of litter picks; a helper on carnival day; a church warden for St Ive Church; a senior tutor for Cornwall Advanced Drivers; a supporter of numerous fundraising events; a manager of parking for flu vaccination clinics; a distributer of the parish magazine and many more.

Des Mennear, Tregony

Currently chair of Tregony Parish Council, Des has also served as a councillor for Carrick District and Cornwall County councils. Proactive in identifying issues of concern within the community, Des strives to ensure that the residents of Tregony get the best service. He is also a driving force behind many voluntary activities in the village.

Graham Mountford, Newquay

A Newquay RNLI stalwart, Graham began his links with the organisation in 1965, when the inshore lifeboat was brought to the town. Starting out as a crew member, Graham became the team’s submersible tractor driver in 1995 and also maintains the vehicle – a role he continues to this day.

Graham is now a deputy launching officer with responsibility for the launch of the lifeboat and he has given over 50 years of voluntary service to saving lives at sea. Not only has Graham dedicated his life to saving others by readily responding to the pager at all hours of the day and night, he has also willingly imparted his extensive knowledge and expertise to new, younger crew members.

When a call came for volunteers to help to tidy the grounds of the community centre he was there. In short, if volunteers are required for any community activity he will turn up.

Story posted 21 May 2015

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Farmers prosecuted for illegal sale of raw milk

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:31

The proprietors, Frederica Allen and Sarah Talbot-Ponsonby of Helsett Farm, Boscastle pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates court on Friday 15 May 2014 to 7 offences committed under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 and received fines and costs totalling £11080.

A joint investigation was carried out by Cornwall Council’s Food Safety Team and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the discovery of the illegal sales of raw milk during a routine inspection by Cornwall Council in September 2013.  Further investigation discovered that during a breakdown of the farms Official Tuberculosis Free status in January 2014, milk from bovine animals that should have been discarded entered the food chain. 

Prosecuting Counsel, Barry White told the court that there were two elements to the case for which the Council and the FSA had enforcement responsibilities.  Helsett Farm had failed to register for the sale of raw milk, despite the Council providing guidance on this matter.  Un-pasteurised milk carries a higher risk to public health and any business supplying raw milk needs to meet certain standards and be registered. 

The second element was the failure to separate and dispose of milk from cattle identified as reacting to the mandatory Bovine Tuberculosis test.  The milking equipment used at the farm is designed to allow the milk to be separated with very little effort needed and there was evidence that it had been previously used successfully at the farm for separating milk from animals being treated with antibiotics.  Both defendants had also failed to withdraw the subsequent products and notify the Council of the incident. 

Both defendants accepted responsibility for the failings and in mitigation the court were told that while both were technically responsible for upholding the law, they had different operational roles at the farm.  In mitigation, the raw milk supplies had stopped when the TB was discovered and all the milk from the reactor animals had been subject to pasteurisation.  The pasteurisation process is known to reduce the risk of human infection and therefore there is minimal risk to the public.

The court, when sentencing gave credit for their pleas and previous good character but stressed that laws are in place for a reason.

Cornwall Council Food and Safety Manager Nick Kelly said:  “Checking the integrity of foods being produced are a routine part of food hygiene inspections and we work jointly with colleagues from the FSA to share information and carryout investigations locally as well as nationally to ensure all parts of the food chain are safe.  My officers have previously advised the defendants on the correct process for applying for approval to supply raw milk and they were aware that milk from the animals reacting positively to the Tuberculosis tests should have been discarded.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member communities Geoff Brown said:  “The Council carries out thousands of food safety inspections each year and regularly advise businesses on how to comply with the law.  However, when businesses potentially put customers at risk by selling unfit food, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the Courts.”


Story posted 19 May 2015

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Chief Executive Andrew Kerr’s report to Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:56


At the meeting of Cornwall Council on 19 May 2015, Chief Executive Andrew Kerr gave a Stewardship of the Council report to members. He talked about significant successes including:

  • investment in transport infrastructure
  • improvements in key services and
  • more joined up working with partners.

These were all underpinned by the commitment of staff who are helping to deliver savings of over £31m through the collective agreement. 


Story posted 19 May 2015

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Cornwall delivers record 1,000 affordable homes

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:24

Cornwall is leading the way in the delivery of affordable homes, with over 1,000 homes built between March 2014 and April 2015.  The total exceeds the Council’s target and is the largest number of affordable homes ever delivered in the Duchy in a single year. 

The Council’s success, working together with its partners, puts Cornwall near the top of all English local authorities in the delivery league table. The Council’s affordable housing team has worked in partnership with housing associations, charities, private developers and the council housing service to deliver a range of affordable homes including affordable rent, shared ownership and discounted homes to buy.  

Last year, Cornwall was second amongst English local authorities in the number of affordable homes built. This year, with delivery figures even higher, Cornwall is expected to be once more one of the country’s top performing councils.

This performance has also helped the Council raise more money. It has secured more than £20 million over three years from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency to invest in new homes. To reflect the Council’s ambition it has more than matched the Government’s investment of £20 million. and has for 2015-16 provisionally been allocated over £16 million ‘new homes bonus’ (cash paid by Government to recognise its role in helping new homes to be built).

The 1,008 homes completed in 2014/15 have been built across Cornwall, from Bude to the Lizard, Liskeard to St Just in Penwith and Looe to Newquay. They include homes for older people in Camborne and Liskeard and community based housing in Menheniot and Nancledra and range from single dwellings through to schemes of over 60 affordable homes. A total of 633 were for rent and 370 for sale.

Chelsey Williams recently moved into Carland View in St Newlyn East - the 1,000th affordable home built during the last financial year. Having lived in the village since childhood, Chelsey and her family – husband Adam and children Noah and Ellie-Rae - were delighted to be offered the house through Cornwall Homechoice which is owned and managed by Ocean Housing.

Chelsey said: “We were over the moon to get one of the new builds within our local village. Me and my husband have both come to love and appreciate over the years of living here, and couldn't have dreamt of a better village and community for our two young children to grow in it. 

“The house is everything and more we could have dreamt of for the four of us. And we can't begin to thank everyone enough. If it wasn't for Ocean and the Council’s hard work, none of this would have been a reality.

“We truly believe these schemes for local people in local villages are fantastic. It allows local people who cannot afford to buy a property the opportunity to have a beautiful home at an affordable price.”

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Planning, said: “Affordable housing is a priority for this Council and meeting this target for the first time truly reflects our ambition. The Council has invested time, money and staff resources into this ambition. We said we’d deliver and we did.”

Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Housing and Environment said: “We know housing is crucial to health and well-being: it regularly tops our communities’ lists of priorities. We also know there is a desperate housing need. With over 25,000 local families on our housing register, every home helps meet this need.”

Frances Turner, Managing Director of Ocean said: “Ocean Housing applauds Cornwall Council for their ‘stand out’ performance.  We’re very proud to be one of their delivery partners.  But the work doesn’t stop here.  Ocean plan to invest in over 500 new affordable homes across the county by 2020, which will support the local economy, help to create jobs and training opportunities.  We couldn’t do this without the Council’s progressive approach and support in terms of staff time and investment funding.”

Photo caption:  Chelsey Williams and her daughter Ellie-Rae have recently moved into their new home – the 1,000th affordable home built in 2014/15. They are pictured with Cllr Joyce Duffin (first on left), Cllr Edwina Hannaford (far right) and staff from Cornwall Council and Ocean Housing. 

Story posted on 12 May 2015

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