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Road works on Kerrier Way, Camborne

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:50

Works are currently ongoing by Linden Homes on a stretch of the Camborne, Pool and Redruth Link Road between Dolcoath Avenue and Lower Pengegon.

This section of the link road has been provided by Linden Homes as part of their planning application, and has not yet been adopted by Cornwall Council. As a result Cornwall Council are not the street works authority for this stretch of road and as such the control of the traffic, including permission to erect traffic management, is not under the control of Cornwall Council.

For further information, or to ask a question about the works, contact Linden Homes on 0800 975 5933. 

Story posted 26 July 2016

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Warning following spate of fake officials cases

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:20

People in Cornwall are being urged to guard themselves against fake officials after an elderly couple lost £900,000 in scam - involving a bogus trading standards officer.

The pensioners, who had already been fleeced for £300,000 by cowboy roofers, believed their fortunes had changed when the bogus official came calling.

However, the crook, thought to be part of the same gang, tricked them out of a further £600,000 in “up-front fees” with promises to recover the money. 

Gary Andrew Booker, 55, of Surrey, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for his part in the crime, earlier in Scams Awareness Month, which runs throughout July.

Other recent cases include: An 83 year old woman who was robbed of £30,000 by bogus police officers; a woman who lost £170,000 to conmen posing as trading standards officers; and a number of elderly people who were caught out by crooks who pretended they were NHS workers. 

Organisers of Scams Awareness Month, Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), are citing such cases as a warning to others.

Cornwall Council Trading Standards officer Julia Groves said: “As an authority that provides a trading standards function these kind of cases concern us.

“Like any public official, our trading standards officers would never ask for money from the public, let alone a victim, to help bring a criminal to justice.” 

Leon Livermore, chief executive of CTSI, said: “All too often criminals pose as charity workers, trading standards officers, government officials and even the police, to gain people’s trust.

“But if a genuine person comes to your door they will be only too happy to wait while you check their identification, or if you tell them to come back another time because you are unsure.”

The campaign is also urging people to follow a simple three-step rule to guard themselves against scams – get advice, report it, and tell others about it.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Scammers target people in all sorts of ways, including online, over the phone or even at their own front door. 

“If you suspect someone is running a scam or are worried you have been a victim of a bogus offer you can get help from the Citizens Advice consumer service.”

Advice to guard against doorstep callers:

  • Fit and use a door security chain when you open the door.
  • Check the identification of a caller by ringing their employer. Use the telephone number from your telephone book and not one they might supply.
  • Do not let anyone to carry out work on your house until you get a second opinion and never agree to callers who say “we are only in the area today”.
  • Never keep large sums of money in the house and keep purses out of sight, not near the door.

Get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service 03454 04 05 06 who can provide advice and pass details on to trading standards.

Report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

Tell a friend, neighbour or relative about any scams you become aware of.

Story posted 25 July 2016

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A392 roundabout near Hendra Holiday Park opens for the school summer holidays

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 09:32

The new roundabout that is being built as part of the Newquay Strategic Route Phase one near Hendra Holiday Park is now open to traffic following the removal of the traffic lights on Thursday 21 July. The traffic lights, in place for the last few months as part of the construction works, have been removed for the whole of the school summer holidays. This is to help improve traffic flow during this busy period.

Work to continue the construction of Phase One will continue without interrupting traffic on the A392 throughout the summer. These works, to the North side of the roundabout, will include completing footways, landscaping and building the carriageway on the new road to the North.

The Newquay Strategic Route is being implemented in three phases. Phase One involves building a new junction on the A392 and a northern spur road of approximately 350 metres heading on to Nansledan.

Once all phases are completed, the Newquay Strategic Route will provide a road link to get to and from Nansledan (formally known the Newquay Growth Area), situated to the east of the town. Nansledan has been identified as an area for new homes, jobs and community facilities. The route will enhance the current road network, minimising delays and congestion on Trevenson Road and Henver Road and taking traffic away from Trencreek and Quintrell.

After the school summer holidays and from Monday 5 September 2016 we plan to re-erect the traffic lights to allow us to complete outstanding construction works to Phase One. These works include a new power supply for the street-lighting, new islands at the entrance to Hendra Holiday Park and final road surfacing.

Cornwall Councillor for St Mawgan and Colan John Fitter said, “I very much welcome the completion of the roundabout stage of Phase one of the Newquay Strategic Route, which will now allow traffic to flow over this section of the Newquay Road network without any further major disruption. I also welcome the ongoing commitment by Cornwall Council to work to a solution that will deliver the entire Newquay Strategic Route. The route will give welcome relief to the residents of Trevenson Road and Quintrell Downs in having a meaningful reduction in traffic volume through their community”.

We would like to thank road users for their continued patience during the construction of this new roundabout.

More details on the Newquay Strategic Route can be found at www.cornwall.gov.uk/nsr

Story posted 25 July 2016

 

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More than one million people set to benefit from extra lane on A30 bottleneck

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:20

A second lane is now in place on the A30 eastbound between Temple and Higher Carblake for the summer - doubling the capacity on the well known bottleneck.

With work to build the dual carriageway on schedule for completion next Spring, the construction team from contractors Kier have been working around the clock to meet the aim of having two lanes in place eastbound in time for the busy summer holiday season.

More than one million people are set to benefit from the opening of the second lane, which will be open between Friday 22 July and Sunday 4 September.

"This is very welcome news for the tourist industry in Cornwall and visitors joining us this summer," said Lord St Levan, Chairman of Visit Cornwall. "The opening of a second lane eastbound means after enjoying all that Cornwall has to offer, visitors won't have their memories diminished by queuing at this well-known bottleneck."

“The dualling at Temple hasn’t been without unforeseen complications – many of which won’t have been discernable to the public. We’re thrilled therefore that Cornwall Council has succeeded in opening another lane just in time for the summer season, and wholeheartedly support its decision to make the additional lane outbound to avoid the lasting memory of visitors leaving Cornwall to be one of severe traffic congestion,” said Mel Colton-Dyer, Head of Business Connections and Skills at Cornwall Council.

“On behalf of the Cornwall Business Partnership, I would like to say that we are delighted to see this further key step in achieving the vital infrastructure that Cornwall has needed for so long and Cornwall Council and Kier are to be congratulated on their commitment to its timely delivery,” said Thelma Sorensen, Chairman of the Cornwall Business Partnership.

Ann Vandermeulen from the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Road improvements in our rural county are a very big priority for everyone and in particular small businesses. From fresh food producers who need to move their goods quickly to their customers to service providers like plumbers, electricians and builders to our tourism customers and anyone who needs to be able to move unhindered through our county, this is one project that is going to make a massive difference to all.

“As you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, so any major works do cause temporary problems while they are under way. Not ideal but has been unavoidably necessary with the end result culminating in a permanent improvement. Therefore it is with real delight and relief that we welcome the opening of this road over the peak season.”

Steve Wood, Projects Team Leader from Cornwall Council, said: "We know how important this route is to local people, visitors and businesses and are pleased to have been able to achieve a second lane running eastbound in time for peak season.

"We have also been working with our colleagues at Highways England to ensure people travelling westbound can be provided with as much information as possible both before setting off and while on their way to Cornwall."

Since construction on the dual carriageway began last year, contractors Kier have cut around 70,000 cubic metres of earth, laid around 3,000 cubic metres of concrete and installed 10,000 linear metres of drainage.

Jamie Bee, Project Manager for Kier, said: " The Kier team and our supply chain have worked extremely hard, seven days a week, including a five week programme of permanent night-shifts to increase the capacity of the A30 for the summer holiday period. This intensive programme period has seen us complete the bridge decks over the road and approximately 3.5km of new carriageway. It has been a huge effort from all those involved and I am very pleased that we have managed to achieve this significant milestone”.

Councillor Chris Batters, Cornwall Council Local Member for Lanivet and Blisland, said: "As someone who has regularly driven the A30 Launceston to Bodmin road since the mid-sixties, I've witnessed it's improvement over those years, but this final stretch of dualling is going to allow motorists to enjoy their drive across the beautiful Bodmin Moors both when entering and exiting Cornwall, and remove much frustration experienced over the years, and more importantly make the road a much safer route."

Henry Kendall, who lives in Blisland, added “The three-lanes at Temple will be a fantastic bonus for all local residents on both sides of the A30 who have had to endure the inconvenience of traffic using our narrow country lanes trying to avoid tailbacks on the A30.  It is a magnificent achievement to have reached this key date in the construction of the new road in just 15 months.”

Nick Reed from Highways England, said: “We continue to work closely with Cornwall Council to deliver this project and ensure that disruption to motorists in kept to a minimum.”

The A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway improvement scheme is being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and Highways England.

People due to travel westbound on the A30 past the roadworks are being advised to plan ahead where possible. Advice on where to go for live traffic information, as well as alternative routes and peak travel times, are available on the Council's website.

More information about the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway scheme is available on the Kier website.

 

Story posted 22 July 2016

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Trading Standards issue cold caller warning following conviction of local rogue trader

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:45

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Officers are again urging people not to deal with traders who cold call at properties offering goods or services. This follows a successful prosecution at Truro Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 20 July) of Kane Shane Lee (21) of Wheal Jewel, St Day.

Mr Lee was convicted of offences relating to misleading and aggressive trading practices for gardening and tree surgery work carried out at the homes of consumers in 2015.

Lee entered guilty pleas to six charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, brought by Cornwall Council Public Protection Service, and received a three year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £2,888 in costs.

In August 2015, Mr Lee cold called at an address in St Austell. The female householder was at home with her two young children. Mr Lee claimed he could cut the grass at the front and rear of the house for £30, to which she agreed. No more than 20 minutes later Mr Lee walked inside the house, telling the householder that he done more work than he had expected and that the price was now going to be £100. Because she felt intimidated, the householder paid the £100 in cash.

In October 2015 in Carbis Bay, Mr Lee cold called at the home of a 91 year old man who lived alone. Lee claimed that due to the forecasted high winds, the householder would be safer if two trees at the front of the property were cut back. The householder agreed, and after 10 minutes work carried out by two other males, Mr Lee attempted to charge the victim £150. In this case the householder argued that the price was too high and eventually paid £50.

In sentencing, the magistrates commented “This kind of activity is utterly unacceptable”.

Cornwall Trading Standards’ Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, Leanne McLean said: “It is because of cases such as this, that we urge people not to trade with people who cold call at your home. If you do get approached by someone who calls at your home without invitation we would advise you to firmly but politely ask them to leave.”

When agreeing contracts at your home, the law requires traders to provide a 14 day cooling off period – set out in the form of a ‘cancellation notice’ which provides time in which you can think more carefully about what is being offered and not feel pressured into agreeing to it on the spot.

Leanne goes on to say: “In these instances the victims were in a vulnerable position and felt intimidated by Mr Lee’s actions. On both occasions he failed to provide any of the legally required information to the victims, including; the business name and address, a description of the service being offered, the price, and the notice of cancellation. Without this information, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to properly enforce your consumer rights if things go wrong.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Both of these cases demonstrate the need for communities to be vigilant and report concerns about cold callers who might be operating in their area; whether it be for gardening and landscaping, driveways or roofing work – some of those individuals engaging in these practices will try to exploit any form of vulnerability. Our Trading Standards Officers are keen to disrupt such activity and will use the intelligence gathered to help prevent further offending.”

If you are concerned about rogues traders cold calling in your area, please report them to Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

For local traders who have been approved by Trading Standards, please visit the Buy with Confidence website.  

 

Story posted 21 July 2016

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Online poll opened for public to have their say on 'Who decides'

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:19

The public are invited to give their thoughts on how decisions about public services in Cornwall should be made in the future in an online poll launched today.

John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, has already held a series of public events across Cornwall, with Adam Paynter Deputy leader, to hear views in person but now anyone who was not able to get to one of the seven events is invited to give their views online.

Questions  include: -  Is the current Cabinet and Leader system the best way for Cornwall to be governed? Do you want to keep things as they are or change to the older Committee style Council, or would you prefer a Mayor for Cornwall? 

Cornwall Council is looking at how the Council currently operates and makes decisions about the services we provide. The Councils review, known as the ‘Governance Review’ is being led by the Council’s Constitution and Governance Committee that will make recommendations to the Council.

An independent external panel, known as ‘GREG’ will also gather evidence for the committee to consider.

The Review is looking at three possible models: a Leader and Cabinet system, an elected Mayor and Cabinet system, and a Committee system.

The Council could also develop a model that sits outside the Cabinet, Mayor or Committee system; this would require Government approval.

Any changes to the current system will be introduced, to coincide with the local elections, in May 2021.

John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “It’s very important that the Council’s review is able to take public opinion into account - to reflect and respond to the needs of local people and businesses. I am very keen to hear from as many people as possible and we have already had some interesting debates at each of the seven public events.  How decisions are made on behalf of Cornwall’s residents and businesses is really important and so I urge people to take a few minutes to read about the options and take part in the poll which is on the Council’s website until 03 August.”

People can also email their views to: whodecides@cornwall.gov.uk or write to: Who decides, Room 4S, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY

 

Story posted 21 July 2016

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People aged 50+ invited to ask ‘Are you being served?’

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:45

 

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Prevention and Road Safety team are inviting members of the community aged 50 and over to a partnership event, at St Johns Hall in Penzance on Tuesday 26 July from 10am-1.30pm, offering them the opportunity to access a number of agencies, who are all committed to keeping them safe and well in Cornwall.

The drop-in event is designed to ensure members of the community feel safe in their local area, and are aware of the information and support available to them. Agencies attending include:

  • Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Trading Standards
  • Wiltshire Farm Foods
  • iSight Cornwall
  • National Health Service
  • Disability Cornwall
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Tremorvah Industries
  • Age UK
  • Dementia Friends

People will be given the opportunity to sign up for a free home fire safety check; access information regarding how to continue driving safely for longer; how they can prevent falling victim to doorstep crime; how to access a free NHS health check; mobility aids available to those that require them as well as how to access hot food packages that can be delivered directly to their homes. There will also be free refreshments, biscuits and cake for everyone who attends.

Paula Wellings, Casualty Reduction Manager, says, “Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire, or being involved in a road traffic collision, increases with age. With an ever-increasing older population, activities such as this event, designed to help people keep themselves safe and allow them to access appropriate agencies who can offer support, are likely to form a growing part of partnership work over the coming years.”

For further information about the event please contact 0800 3581 999 or email prevention@fire.cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 21 July 2016

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Plans to improve highway between Barncoose and Tolgus go on show at public exhibition

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 09:18

People living near or using the road between Barncoose and Tolgus are being invited to an exhibition which will show plans for highway improvements along the A3047 corridor.

The exhibition to highlight the improvements as part of the Redruth Strategic Employment Growth Package will take place on Thursday 21 July between 8am and 8pm at Krowji, West Park, Redruth.

The Redruth Strategic Employment Growth Package is made up of three schemes:

  • Redruth Gateway (Tolgus)
    With outline planning approvals in place for housing, community facilities and office space at Tolgus Fields, the main aspect of this scheme is to provide a new junction - 'Redruth Gateway' (including pedestrian crossings) and to reduce the dual carriageway to a single lane.
  • Barncoose Junction
    Encouraging through traffic to use the new Camborne - Redruth link road by amending the layout of the junction and as a result enabling more sustainable journeys (such as bus, cycle and walking) along Illogan Highway.
  • New and improved dedicated walking and cycling facilities
    Building an accessible and safe signed walking and cycling network linking employment centres, transport hubs and residential areas.

Members of the project and construction teams will be on hand throughout the day at the exhibition to answer any questions you have and there will be more information available about the proposals and traffic management plans.

“This scheme provides an excellent opportunity to enable sustainable travel and create a gateway into Redruth supported by new walking and cycling links connecting key residential and employment sites such as Krowji and Cornwall’s future archive centre, Kresen Kernow,” said Victoria Fraser, Cornwall Council's Transport Planning and Strategy Team Leader.

Read more about the Tolgus and Barncoose junction plans. To be added to our mailing list for updates on the scheme please email redruthsep@cornwall.gov.uk

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Cornwall Councillors agree to increase minimum wage in line with rate set by Living Wage Foundation

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:55

Cornwall Council is to increase the minimum wage paid to its lowest paid staff to £8.25 an hour – once again bringing the authority in line with the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) Living Wage.

The agreement by Members at this week’s meeting of the full Council follows concerns over the Council’s decision not to implement the 5.1% increase proposed by the Living Wage Foundation earlier this year. 

Although the authority is already paying all its employees above the Government’s National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour, and is committed to implementing the £9 an hour increase proposed for 2020, some Members had called for the Council to increase the minimum hourly rate to the LWF level.

The Council originally agreed to implement the Living Wage in accordance with a rate set by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) in 2014 as part of a Collective Agreement which addressed a number of pay bill issues.  It was anticipated that this rate of pay would increase year on year in accordance with the rate set by the LWF but the Collective Agreement included a maximum threshold for future increases of 3%. As the 5.1% increase proposed by the LWF was above the maximum threshold set out in the Collective Agreement, the Council did not implement this increase and instead set a minimum hourly rate of £8.02 for its employees.

Following a Motion put forward by Councillors Tim Dwelly and Robert Webber, at the previous meeting of the full Council, the issue was discussed at last week’s meeting of the Reputation and Performance Portfolio Advisory Committee when members also heard the views of representatives from the trade unions. 

Proposing the recommendation to increase the minimum hourly rate to £8.25 an hour, Committee Chairman Malcolm Moyle said that it was important that the Council continued to be a living wage employer and supported its staff by leading the way in helping to address the issues of low pay.  The recommendation was seconded by Councillor Steve Knightley and backed by a large number of Members.

As well as increasing the minimum hourly rate in line with the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage, backdated to 1 April 2016, Members also agreed that if the increase proposed by the LWG next year was higher than 3%, the financial impact of applying this would be reported to full Council for a decision on whether this should be supported.

Members also agreed to carry out a root and branch review of the Council’s grading and pay structure in consultation with trade unions and other interested parties to help simplify the current structure and put the Council in the best possible position to remain a living wage employer.

Story posted: 20 July 2016

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Cash in the attic or garage!

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:01

Have you got any curious documents gathering dust in your attic? Or perhaps you have found a weird or wonderful object in your fields while out on a walk? If so then the Archives and Cornish Studies Service wants to hear from you!

This year the Service is taking part in the national Festival of Archaeology by running a ‘Documents and Finds Roadshow’ at St Thomas’ Church hall in Launceston on Saturday July 30 from 11am until 3pm.

The free event gives visitors the opportunity to have any mysterious documents from their attics or archaeological finds from their fields assessed by experts from Cornwall Record Office and the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme.

There will be plenty of other activities going on in the area as part of a ‘Medieval Day’ at Launceston Priory to mark the Festival.

Iain Rowe, Learning Officer from the Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service says: “We’re really excited to see what people bring in to show us – it’s always amazing what’s hiding in the attic, or the wonderful things you can find while exploring the Cornish countryside.”

To find out more about the Festival of Archaeology and related events, visit: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

Story posted 20 July 2016

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Cornwall is awarded £8.9m from Big Lottery Fund to provide emotional health support for young people

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:58

Cornwall has been awarded £8.9m from the Big Lottery Fund’s HeadStart programme to continue its work in supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people over the next five years. 

Cornwall is one of just six areas across the country to receive a Big Lottery Fund grant this year which will be used to support the delivery of the HeadStart Kernow Strategy from 2016 to 2021.

“This is a fantastic achievement which will help us to continue to deliver pro-active and preventive emotional health support for young people across Cornwall” said Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Lead Member for Children and Young People.

“This funding will be used to support a range of activities in schools and in local communities, help develop the workforce and improve support systems to ensure that all children and young people in Cornwall can access the right support when they need it”.

Cornwall’s successful HeadStart programme was set up in 2014 after the Council was invited by the Big Lottery Fund to submit a bid for funding to help support young people aged between 10-16 years to deal better with difficult circumstances, and help manage emotional and mental health challenges before they become serious issues. The Council was awarded £500,000 which was used to set up the programme.

Led by a partnership including Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, NHS Kernow, Cornwall Foundation Trust, Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers (CASH), Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers, (CAPH) and the voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kernow focuses on four key areas: 

  • A child’s time and experiences at school
  • Their ability to access the services they need
  • Their home life and relationships with family members
  • their interaction with family members

Practitioners use a range of approaches, including peer mentoring, mental health ‘first aid’ training, online portals and special resilience lessons to help young people feel they have support in the classroom as well as at home, and tackle the stigma that can often surround the issues of mental health.

Over the past two years the programme has worked with 61 primary schools, 10 secondary schools and one special school across Cornwall, helping to support around 10,000 young people aged between 10 and 16 years.  Specialist training has been provided to more than 100 practitioners, both in schools and in the voluntary and community sectors.

Welcoming today’s announcement from the Big Lottery Fund, Richard Head, Programme Lead for HeadStart Kernow, said that the new grant would enable the Partnership to build on its work and support more children and young people in Cornwall.

“National research has shown that many young people report being unable to sleep because of stress or worry, with some saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week” said Richard.  “HeadStart works with young people, families, schools and local communities to pro-actively support good mental health and intervene earlier to help prevent the need for treatment.

“Young people have played a key role in helping to develop our existing programme and we look forward to working together  toimprove support and intervention in school, in the community and at home which will enable children, particularly those who are more vulnerable, to deal with the challenges of growing up and support a healthy life into adulthood. ”

News of the funding has also been welcomed by the partners and schools who have been involved in the project.

“I have been very moved by the connections between school and community in this programme” said Educational Psychologist Ellie Baker. “The linking up that is beginning to be seen between agencies, the common language now being seen to support children with such need is so exciting and gives hope, to practitioners, to the adults around those children, to family members and most, most importantly to the children themselves”.

“The HeadStart- Thrive Workforce Training we received was stunning, the reaction was superb” said Simeon Royale, Deputy Head, Humphry Davy Secondary School. “It has been the most positive piece of staff training we have done… the staff here are absolutely behind the approach”.

Chris Roynan, from Mousehole Primary, added “The training has made a real difference to the way I approach staff, parents and children. The facilitator role has brought stability for children and given them the opportunity to look forward to secondary school by removing the fear for them’. HeadStart has been powerful, really powerful”. 

Story posted: 20 July 2016

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Cornwall Council backs Royal British Legion’s ‘Making the Census Count’ campaign

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 09:52

Members of Cornwall Council are backing The Royal British Legion’s “Making the Census Count” campaign to include a new topic in the 2021 census to provide more accurate information about the number of serving and former members of the Armed Forces in the country

Councillor Andrew Wallis, a former member of the Armed Forces and the Council’s Lead Member of the Armed Forces Covenant, said that the lack of clear data about the size and location of the Armed Forces community , including regular and reserve personnel, veterans and their families, made it difficult for service providers to fully meet their needs.

“The British Legion estimates that the Armed Forces community makes up around one in ten of the general population, with around 2.8m veterans living in the UK, along with 2.1m dependent adults, 1m dependent children and up to 290,000 “hidden” members of the ex serving community who are living in care homes etc” said Andrew Wallis.

“Despite this large population however, the 2011 UK census only contained two questions related to the Armed Forces - one asking whether a member of the armed Forces usually lived at that address and the second whether the respondent usually lived at an Armed Forces base for over 30 days a year.  This failed to collect detailed information on veterans or their dependents, and only provided limited information about reservists and dependents of those serving.

“The Armed Forces Covenant, introduced by the Government, sets out how members of the Armed Forces and their families should be treated and yet we do not have the information to help achieve this”.

Members backed the Motion to support and promote The Royal British Legion’s call to include a new topic in the 2021 census that concerns military service and members of the Armed Forces community.

They also agreed to lobby UK Parliament, which has the responsibility for approving the final census questionnaire through legislation in 2019, to ensure that the 2021 census includes questions concerning the armed forces community.

Story posted 20 July 2016

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Councillors calls on Government to reconsider transitional pension arrangements for women born in 1950’s

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 09:43

Cornwall Council is calling on the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women who were born on or after April 1951.

Members at this week’s meeting of the full Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Motion put forward by Councillor Mario Fonk asking the Council to lobby the Government to reconsider the current transitional arrangements so that women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.

Proposing the Motion Mario Fonk said “ Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Act of 1995 and 2011 with little or no personal notification of the changes. Some have only had two years notice of a six year increase to their state pension age. 30,000 of these women live in Cornwall.

“Many women born in the 1950’s are living in hardship, having seen their retirement plans shattered with devastating consequences.  Some are already out of the labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for relatives or suffering from discrimination, so are struggling to find employment.

“These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when they reached the age of 60.

Adding that it was not the principle of the pension age itself that was in dispute, as it was widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time, Mr Fonk said that the issue was that the rise in the women’s state pension age had been too rapid and had happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected.  This has left them with no time to make alternative arrangements.

The Motion was supported by all sides of the Council Chamber, with Members agreeing to write to the Government calling on them to change the transitional arrangements.

Story posted: 20 July 2016

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Cornwall Council results for St Teath and St Breward and Newquay Treviglas by elections

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 16:00

Voters in the St Teath and St Breward and Newquay Treviglas electoral divisions have elected new Cornwall Councillors.

The results of the St Teath and St Breward by election held on Thursday, 14 July are :

 Name of CandidateVotes Dominic Churton Fairman (Liberal Democrats) 620 Davdi Michael Garrigan (Labour Party) 66 Edward Peter Jones ( Independent)      73 William Ronald Kitto ( Independent)   242 Jeremy Mark Stanford-Davis (Conservative Party)               202 Susan Jane Theobald (Independent)   181

 

As a result Dominic Churton Fairman  has been elected as the Cornwall Councillor for St Teath and St Breward.  

The turnout was 42.8%

The results of the Newquay Treviglas by election, also held on Thursday, 14 July  are :

Name of Candidate Votes Roy George Edwards ( Independent)    58 Julian Grover (Labour Party)       87 Carl Robert John Leadbetter  (The Conservative Party Candidate)       210 Paul Summers (Liberal Democrat)    486

 

As a result Paul Summers has been elected as the Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Treviglas.

The turnout was 28.39% 

Story posted: 15 July 2016

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Longrock cycleway and coast path repairs works underway

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:52

Works are currently underway at Longrock, Mounts Bay to stabilise the failed section of sea wall and to enable the shared South West Coast Path and cycleway to be usable and provide protection to the railway line.

Works will include re-connecting severed utilities to the toilet block, reformation of the embankment, cycleway surface and railings as well as the concrete filling of voids within the structure which were caused by the storm damage. These works are expected to take around three weeks and it is hoped that the cycleway will be re-opened before the school holiday season, or as soon as practicably possible.

After the summer season it is proposed that further rock armour will be placed in front of the wall defence so as to provide a more substantial and effective protection structure to the cycleway, railway line and properties beyond in advance of potential winter storms.

Story posted 19 July 2016.

Categories: Cornwall

Red letter day for Penzance as it prepares to welcome two Royal visitors

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:38

Penzance is preparing to welcome two very special visitors on Monday 18 July when Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit the town to officially re-open the iconic St John’s Hall and the Jubilee Pool.

The Royal couple are visiting Penzance on the first day of their annual visit to Cornwall – making this a real red letter day for the town.

The visit will begin with the official re opening of St John’s Hall following its refurbishment carried out by Cornwall Council. Built using granite from nearby Lamorna quarry in 1867, St John’s Hall is one of Penzance’s most important buildings which has played a key part in the town’s history. The largest granite building in the country, the Hall is a natural rallying point for all public events in the town, and the starting point for all the main festivals, including Golowan’s Mazey Day, Montol and St Piran’s Parade.

Over the years the listed building has been used as a magistrate’s court, police cells and a public dance hall, as well as housing Citizens Advice and the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, the second oldest geological society in the world. The renovated building is now home to Penzance Library and One Stop Shop, as well as to staff in the Council’s adult education, registration and children’s social care services and providing space for public use and weekly Farmers Markets.

Refurbishing the interior of this historic building to provide a 21st century working space while maintaining the iconic façade has been a significant challenge for the Council which has now relocated more than 150 staff from former district council offices to St John’s Hall.

Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed to Penzance by Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE, who will then travel with them to St John’s Hall where they will be met by Lady St Levan, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; Cornwall’s High Sheriff Jane Hartley; Ann Kerridge, the Chairman of Cornwall Council; Kate Kennally, Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive and Clerk to the Lieutenancy; the Mayor and Mayoress of Penzance, Mike Lovegrove and Joanna Sweet; Hester Hunt, the clerk of Penzance Town Council and Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly and the Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard.

This is a very special day – both for Penzance and for Cornwall Council “ said Council Chairman Ann Kerridge . “ We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to see the work which has been led by the Council to transform St John’s Hall into this superb building and to repair and re-open Jubilee Pool. “.

“St John’s Hall is the largest and most important civic building in Penzance and there were very real concerns about its future “ added Council Leader John Pollard.  “Cornwall Council rose to the challenge and  successfully carried out the multi million project to renovate this large and well loved building at a time of severe budget pressures. This is a significant achievement.

“This is not just a building for the Council, however, - this is a building for the people and community of Penzance. St John’s Hall has always been at the heart of community life in the town and I am very proud of the fact that, thanks to the Council, it will continue to provide a home for local groups and organisations as well as housing our staff.“

During the visit Their Royal Highnesses will tour the Penzance Farmers Market at the entrance to St John’s Hall where they will meet local producers and representatives of local businesses and charities including Fishing for Litter, Seafood Cornwall Training, and Farm Cornwall, which is funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

They will also meet representatives of local community groups Street Level Penzance, Penzance Hand Knitters, West Cornwall HealthWatch, Penwith Dementia Action  Alliance and the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.

While His Royal Highness will then leave to formally re open Jubilee Pool, the Duchess of Cornwall will be shown around the interior of St John’s Hall where she will meet staff and Members from Cornwall Council and representatives of local schools and community groups. There will also be performances from the Penzance Youth String Orchestra and Cornwall Council’s Choir.

Story posted: 15 July 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall stages Summit to agree way forward following Brexit decision

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:32

A breakfast summit aimed at bringing together those on both sides of the EU referendum debate and agree a clear way forward for Cornwall was held at Truro College on Friday morning.

Led by Cornwall Council’s Leader John Pollard and the Bishop of Truro Tim Thornton and attended by around 40 leaders of key organisations from across Cornwall, the aim of the summit was to identify the main economic and social issues facing Cornwall post Brexit and to draw up a list of key actions to help address them and create a positive future.

Opening the summit John Pollard said it was vital for everyone in Cornwall to come together and speak with one clear voice. “We are One community, One Council, One Cornwall” he said. “Following the EU referendum we need to do everything we can to unify all sections of society and work together to steer Cornwall through these unchartered waters to a sustainable and prosperous future”.

Emphasising the importance of working together, Bishop Tim said it was important to give a positive message to people and communities in Cornwall.

“We know that people in Cornwall are innovative and entrepreneurial and always come up with good ideas to overcome the challenges they face” he said. “I am confident that we will see this happening now and that people will find new and exciting ways to move Cornwall forward.  “

Adding that it was vital that everyone joined together to stamp out tribalism and focus on improving the lives of local communities, not just growing the economy, he said that Cornwall needed to send out a strong message that it continued to welcome people from all over the world to live, work and visit.

The discussion was led by the Council’s Chief Executive Kate Kennally who reinforced the message of unity, and said the aim of the Council’s Strategy was to create a sustainable and prosperous Cornwall by closing the four fundamental gaps which are holding Cornwall back – economy, funding, health and inequality.

“Up to now our European funding has helped us to tackle these issues – we will now need to look at what tools we have collectively to continue to address them in the future”  she said. 

“As a Council we are feeling optimistic and hopeful for Cornwall but we also have to be realistic about the fact that we have these four gaps we need to address. Most importantly we need to take our residents with us to see that Cornwall has a positive outlook and they can be confident in its future.”

The importance of all sectors working together to create a positive future for everyone in Cornwall was emphasised by all groups attending the summit who also said it was vital to reassure people from across Europe and the rest of the world that they were very welcome to come to Cornwall to visit, work and live.

A list of the key actions Cornwall needs to take to address the issues and deliver the opportunities identified during the summit will be drawn up over the next few days.

Cornwall is setting up a new “Brexit Group” with representatives of key public, private, community and voluntary organisations to tackle the economic and social challenges created by the results of the EU Referendum and work together to secure the best possible future for the Duchy and it is proposed that the summit will reconvene at a later date. 

Closing the summit the Bishop of St Germans said “It is clear that no one alone can do what needs to be done. This is going to require the kind of partnership we see here today.

“We need to engage with and listen to local communities and make sure that their voice is heard in this debate”. 

Story posted: 16 July 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Jubilee Pool officially re-opened by The Prince of Wales

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:30

Jubilee Pool was officially reopened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Monday 18 July, 81 years after its completion in 1935 to mark King George V’s Silver Jubilee.

The reopening formed part of a visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Penzance on the first day of their annual visit to Cornwall – making this a real red letter day for the town.

The Royal visit began with the official reopening of St John’s Hall by Her Royal Highness following its £5.6m refurbishment carried out by Cornwall Council. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales then visited Jubilee Pool, an iconic feature on the Penzance seafront.

The Pool was built upon a traditional bathing spot at the Battery Rocks near the harbour at Penzance. The art deco pool is triangular in shape yet with gentle curves, making it a most pleasant environment.

In February 2014, severe storms hit Cornwall and the pool suffered serious structural damage. Following the damage the pool had been closed for the past two summer seasons, however, after an extensive repair project, which has included rock anchoring of the pool base, sea wall repairs, extensive grouting, mechanical and electrical works, as well as general repair works, the pool was reopened amid great celebration in May this year. Since the successful reopening of the pool a range of activities have been hosted, including stand-up paddle boarding, water polo and yoga classes, which have been extremely popular with the local community as well as visitors from further afield. 

Funding for the renovations project was provided by The Coastal Communities Fund, who granted Cornwall Council £1.95m as part of a project totalling £2.94m, and match funding provided by Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund, Tempus Leisure, the Friends of Jubilee Pool, and Penzance Town Council. The Friends of Jubilee Pool are continuing to raise funds towards their target of £160,000 in match funding for this project. All partners believe that the pool is strategically important in the future regeneration of Penzance, and are working in partnership to explore ways in which the pool can become increasingly self-sufficient, and less reliant on public funding.

His Royal Highness was welcomed to the pool by a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, CSM Calum Deakin, who then introduced Martin Nixon, Chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Pool; Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council Deputy Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool Project Steering Group and James Hardy, West Penwith Community Link Officer .

Martin Nixon, Chair of the Friends of Jubilee Pool said: “It was a privilege to welcome the Duke to Jubilee Pool, it was a wonderful way to highlight the importance of the pool's refurbishment as a catalyst for the future regeneration of Penzance.”

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader and Chair of the Project Steering Group said: “I am delighted that Jubilee Pool has been officially reopened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Renovating Jubilee Pool has been a significant project and Cornwall Council is proud that we, in collaboration with our partners, have successfully completed this important restoration project. By investing in the long term future of Jubilee Pool we have acted together to safeguard this community asset for future generations.”

James Hardy, West Penwith Community Link Officer, said: “Today is a historic day for Penzance as it celebrates the Royal visit and official reopening of this iconic feature of the town.”

David Nebesnuick, Former Mayor of Penzance and Chair of the Leisure and Amenities Committee, said: “On behalf of Penzance Town Council I am delighted that His Royal Highness has officially reopened Jubilee Pool. Since its opening in 1935 the Jubilee Pool has been a key feature of our town and is highly valued by local residents. It is an important part of what makes Penzance such a unique town to live and work in. This excellent restoration, the work of many partners, has already received much praise from across the United Kingdom. All who have visited the Pool are very complimentary about the sensitive way it reflects its heritage. The Pool will now provide great enjoyment and pleasure for years to come both to local people and to visitors.”

Cornelius Olivier, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central, said: “This is a very special day for Penzance and for the Jubilee Pool. I am extremely pleased that Jubilee Pool is once again open to the public and I am sure that this much loved local amenity will prove to be as popular as ever.”

Amelia Kitchen, Project Co-ordinator for Tempus Leisure said: “The Royal visit is an incredible day in the history of Jubilee Pool, it will be wonderful to see so many people enjoying the pool on such an occasion, everyone is very excited and there is a real buzz around Penzance.”

Andrew Berryman, Project Manager for CORMAC, said: “It is a pleasure to see Jubilee Pool so busy since the completion of the extensive repair works and it is an honour for His Royal Highness to officially open the pool.”

Mark Harvey, Cornwall Council Commissioning Support Officer, said: “The Royal visit is a fantastic celebration of the Jubilee Pool’s refurbishment.  The project has been challenging and rewarding in equal measures, so I am thrilled that the team’s hard work is being recognised by the people of Penzance and beyond.”

The visit began with a tour of the pool where His Royal Highness met representatives from the Jubilee Pool renovation project. His Royal Highness was introduced to Rob Andrew, Cornwall Council Assistant Head of Communities and Devolution; Susan Stuart, Friends of Jubilee Pool Deputy Chairman; Mark Harvey, Cornwall Council Capital Projects Team Representative; Amelia Kitchen, Tempus Jubilee Pool Project Co-ordinator and representatives from Cornwall Council Economic Development and Culture Service, Cornwall Council Capital Projects Team, CORMAC and Mott MacDonald. 

His Royal Highness then joined representatives from Penzance Swimming Association and Water Polo Club; Ocean Sports Stand-up Paddle Boarding Penzance Bathing Belles; Jubilee Pool Season Ticket Holders and the Nippers Group from St Ives Surf Life Saving Club before being introduced to Councillor David Nebesnuick, Former Mayor of Penzance and Chair of the Leisure and Amenities Committee.

Mr Nixon then escorted His Royal Highness to meet with representatives from the Department of Communities and Local Government; Coastal Regeneration Division; Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership as well as Cornwall Councillors for Penzance. His Royal Highness was also introduced to three local residents who had been present at the original opening of the pool in 1935. 

Following the tour His Royal Highness was invited by Martin Nixon to unveil a plaque to mark his visit to Jubilee Pool.  

Story posted 19 July 2016

Categories: Cornwall

Royal seal of approval for two of Penzance’s iconic buildings

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:28

Penzance welcomed two very special visitors on Monday 18 July when Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the town to officially re-open the iconic St John’s Hall and the Jubilee Pool.

The Royal couple were visiting Penzance on the first day of their annual visit to Cornwall – making this a real red letter day for the town.

The visit began with the official re opening of St John’s Hall following its  refurbishment by Cornwall Council.  Built using granite from nearby Lamorna quarry in 1867, St John’s Hall is one of Penzance’s most important buildings which has played a key part in the town’s history.  The largest granite building in the country, the Hall is a natural rallying point for all public events in the town, and the starting point for all the main festivals, including Golowan’s Mazey Day, Montol and St Piran’s Parade.

Over the years the listed building has been used as a magistrate’s court, police cells and a public dance hall, as well as housing Citizens Advice and the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, the second oldest geological society in the world.

The renovated building is now home to Penzance Library and One Stop Shop, as well as to staff in the Council’s adult education, registrars and children’s social care services and providing space for public use and weekly Farmers Markets.

Refurbishing the interior of this historic building to provide a 21st century working space while maintaining the iconic façade has been a significant challenge for the Council which has now relocated more than 150 staff from former district council offices to St John’s Hall.  

Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to Penzance by Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE, who then travelled with them to St John’s Hall where they were met by Lady St Levan, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; Cornwall’s High Sheriff Jane Hartley; Ann Kerridge, the Chairman of Cornwall Council; Kate Kennally, Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive and Clerk to the Lieutenancy ; the Mayor and Mayoress of Penzance, Mike Lovegrove and Joanna Sweet; Hester Hunt, the clerk of Penzance Town Council and Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly and the Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard.

“This has been a very special day – both for Penzance and for Cornwall Council “ said Council Chairman Ann Kerridge . “ We are delighted to have had the opportunity to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to see the work which has been done by the Council to transform St John’s Hall into this superb building and to repair and re-open Jubilee Pool. “.

“St John’s Hall is the largest and most important civic building in Penzance and there were very real concerns about its future “ added Council Leader John Pollard.  “Cornwall Council rose to the challenge and  successfully led the multi million project to renovate this large and well loved building at a time of severe budget pressures.  This is a significant achievement.

“This is not just a building for the Council, however, - this is a building for the people and community of Penzance.  St John’s Hall has always been at the heart of community life in the town and I am very proud of the fact that, thanks to the Council, it will continue to provide a home for local groups and organisations as well as housing our staff.“

The visit began begin with a tour of the Penzance Farmers Market where their Royal Highnesses met local producers and representatives of the Newlyn Fishing Industry.

Mr Pollard introduced His Royal Highness to Rob Poole, Rural Economist from the Cornwall Rural Community Council; Rob Wing, Chairman of Newlyn Harbour Commissioners; fisherman David Stevens Jnr; Paul Trebilcock and Sam Lambourn, Chief Executive and Chairman of Cornish Fish Producer’s Organisation; Chris Ranford, from Seafood Cornwall Training and Clare Leverton from Fishing for Litter before meeting a number of local stallholders from the Farmers Market. These included Farm Cornwall, which is funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund and supports farming families; Cornish Bunch, Food of the Gods, Bissoe Nursery, Ruby June and Colliers Cornish Cheese.

At the same time Her Royal Highness, escorted by Kate Kennally, met Brenda Lemon, Manager of the Penzance Farmer’s Market; and representatives of local stallholders, including Jo’s Creative Cakes; Mrs Dawkins Jam; Fox Farm vegetables; Valantina’s Food Passion; Cornish Hen; Chypraze farm and Penzance Country Market.

Following the tour of the Farmers Market His Royal Highness left St John’s Hall to travel to Jubilee Pool where he formally opened the refurbished Art Deco pool, while Her Royal Highness toured the renovated St John’s Hall building.

Entering the main reception area, where members of Cornwall Council’s staff choir were singing, The Duchess of Cornwall, escorted by Kate Kennally, met members of the Council’s senior leadership team, staff who have been involved in the project to refurbish the building and local leaders.

She then entered the library where she was introduced to Mark Read, Head of the Council’s Customers and Communities Service; Karey Bradshaw, Assistant Head of Customer and Digital service and Rosemary Phillips, Senior Library and Information Assistant. 

The Royal party then walked through the children’s library into the garden where Her Royal Highness met Sara Oliver, Development Tutor from Cornwall Council’s Adult Education team, and children and parents from the “Grow A Story” project who planted plants in the community garden.  She then returned to the library where she met Headteacher Hilary Tyreman, Teacher Andrew Varker and children from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School who were taking part in a “chatterbooks “ session based on the “Big Friendly Read” Summer Reading Challenge.

Her Royal Highness was then escorted to the community groups room where she was introduced to Marty Claybourn, St John’s Hall Events Co—ordinator and Rob Poole, from Cornwall Rural Community Charity, and met representatives from local groups who highlighted the work they do in the local and wider community.  These included Denise Abbot and members of Penzance Hand Knitters; Gill Cleave and members of Street Level Penzance; Jane Varker and members of West Cornwall HealthWatch; Graham Carter and members of Penwith Dementia Action Alliance and Neil Plummer and members of the Royal Geological Society.

Her Royal Highness then viewed an exhibition of photos depicting the history of St John’s Hall in the main hall before enjoying a performance of “ Flow my Tears” by the Penzance Youth String Orchestra, conducted by Tim Boulton and accompanied by soprano Kerenza Hurr.

Following the performance Her Royal Highness was invited by John Pollard to unveil a plaque to mark her visit to St John’s Hall before being invited to sign the visitor’s book.  She was then presented with a posy by nine year old Isla Mulholland before leaving the building.

Story posted: 19 July 2016

Categories: Cornwall

E-bay sales cost couple a criminal conviction, £36,000 in legal fees and fines and community service

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:03

A couple who formerly lived in Ashley Close, Penwithick, St Austell before moving to Moorland Park, Newport, Gwent were convicted at Truro Crown Court yesterday (Monday 18 July 2016) after being caught adding registered trademarks to many of the items they sold in an online business selling personalised children’s clothing and other gifts.

John Washbrook and Wendy Ann Sisely who traded as Wendys World on eBay admitted choosing a number of the most popular children’s logos and designs and adding them to T-shirts, aprons, drinks bottles and other gift-ware sold online. But the trademark owners for Hello Kitty, Batman, Fireman Sam, Spongebob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry all confirmed that Washbrook and Sisely were not licensed or authorised to use their designs.

Between February 2012 and December 2013 the couple sold more than 18,000 items and admitted that over 2,000 of them bore the illegal marks.

At Truro Crown Court the couple were sentenced to 75 hours of unpaid community service and ordered to pay £5,000 towards the prosecution costs. They were also ordered to forfeit £23,477 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will have to pay their own legal fees of over £8000.

Lucy Breakspear, Cornwall Council Senior Trading Standards Officer, welcomed the result and hoped that it would serve as a warning to anyone else tempted to use registered trademarks without the proper permissions.

“This business exploited some of the most popular characters and designs despite knowing that they needed a licence and despite the clear warnings on e-bay. The profit they made was at the expense of honest businesses who were trying to sell genuine items or who had paid for a licence to use the logos. The threat to the local economy and to genuine jobs here in Cornwall will not be tolerated.”  

Story posted: 19 July 2016

Categories: Cornwall