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Window cleaner plants trees on every street he works

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:36

A window cleaner with a passion for nature has planted trees on almost every street he’s worked over the last 30 years.  

Tree warden Richard Argall has planted around 1,000 trees in and around Truro and continues to look after many of them to this day.  

Speaking during National Tree Week, the 61-year-old wants to encourage others to get planting to brighten up their street, support local wildlife and help the environment. 

Richard, who is an ambassador for the Forest for Cornwall project, developed an interest in nature at a young age. 

“I’ve been growing things since I made the connection between a pea shooter and peas growing in my parents’ garden,” he said.  

“I always had house plants and when as I got older I started getting involved with allotments.  

“During a period of unemployment I was looking after two allotments and they both had fruit trees. I started pruning them and taking care of them. Then I started looking at the trees around the allotment and tidied them up. 

“When I moved to my present home and there was a small self-sown hawthorn growing in the garden. I didn’t want it where it was so I thought I’d replant it.  

“That was the first tree that I actually planted. Once you do something like that then you’re hooked. That was it. That was the spark.” 

In the early 1990s Richard started planting trees across the city with support of friends, and his customers. 

“From then on you realise there are other people involved,” he said. “A good friend of mine had been planting trees previous to this.  

“His friend sent him seeds and he grew them in his garden in rows and was giving them away so I started looking around where we could plant them in Truro. 

“I was completely hooked. I started trying to find places everywhere and anywhere.” 

Working closely with Truro City Parks department, Truro in Bloom and Cornwall Council’s tree officers Richard became involved in several projects across the city.  

Over the years he has planted all variety of trees in public spaces, schools, graveyards and private gardens. Now there are few streets where Richard hasn’t been involved in planting or looking after trees. 

“I’ve always been a self-employed window cleaner and I push around a trolley for work,” he said. 

“I came up with the ambition to plant a tree in every street I clean windows. I started to ask customers if they would like a tree in their garden.  

“You will see a tree on pretty much every street that I have worked on. There are some streets where there are no gardens but they are very far and few between. 

“I visit many of these trees every day. Some of them I walk past twice a day and I never get tired of looking at them. 

“One tree in an urban desert can bring it alive. A single tree in a public square or a grass verge becomes so important.” 

The Forest for Cornwall, conceived by Cornwall Council, is an ambitious tree planting project.  

Thousands of trees are being planted all across Cornwall in a bid to help tackle climate change. 

Richard, who is supporting the project, is urging other people to get involved and start planting in their area. 

“My advice is to start simple,” he said. “Look around at newly planted trees and see if there is anything you can do to help them. 

 “If you want to start planting trees there is a lot of help and support for you.” 

You can support the Forest for Cornwall by planting just one tree in your garden, or get together with your neighbours and local community to explore what you could do to together to grow the Forest for Cornwall.  

Find out more on the Forest for Cornwall website

Categories: Cornwall

Use or lose Cornwall’s leisure centres

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 13:55

Communities across Cornwall are being urged to support their local leisure centres and help protect them from permanent closure. 

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) runs 14 Better leisure facilities across Cornwall on behalf of Cornwall Council.  

It is a charitable social enterprise and not-for-profit organisation that employs over 900 people across Cornwall. 

Following a month-long closure during Lockdown 2.0, all GLL leisure centres and swimming pools reopened on Wednesday. Now they need your support to ensure they remain financially viable.  

Cornwall Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet member with oversight of the leisure agreement between the Council and GLL, said: “We live in a beautiful county that is predominantly surrounded by water. We desperately need these centres to ensure that children can learn how to swim and that families have access to facilities to help them stay healthy and active. 

“We must protect these essential community facilities.” 

Adam Paynter, deputy leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The Council has provided significant funding to support leisure centres this year. Without extra support from the government there is a risk that some centres may have to close if they continue operating at a loss.  

“We are urging local communities to support their local centres to help prevent this from happening.” 

All GLL leisure centres were operating in a Covid-secure manner prior to lockdown 2.0. Those measures remain in place to keep staff and customers safe. 

James Curry, GLL’s Head of Service in Cornwall, said: “We’re working really hard to keep everyone safe and keeping fit and healthy has never been more important. We’re really pleased with the very positive feedback we’ve been getting and urge people to use their local leisure centres as much as possible. We have opened all our leisure facilities, including swimming pools, this week but long periods of closure have obviously had a severe impact on our finances. This really is a case of use what’s available or risk not having it there in the future.” 

Cornwall Council has provided a financial relief package for the county’s leisure centre providers. 

The vast majority of the funding, which was announced in September, was in the form of loans to the providers totalling up to £4.4m. It also included additional grants, loan holidays and contract payments totalling approximately £1.7m which was funded from Council reserves.  

GLL is offering half price membership throughout December, with no joining fee. For details, visit https://www.better.org.uk/memberships/gym-membership-deals-and-offers.  

Book today 

GLL has implemented a safer, better, stronger approach under coronavirus regulations to keep its centres as safe and comfortable as possible.  

This means centres are operating at reduced capacity and all activities must be booked in advance through the Better UK app. 

Details on how to do this are available on https://www.better.org.uk/coronavirus/booking or by visiting a centre and asking staff to help.  

Posted 04 December, 2020

Categories: Cornwall

Local shopping areas across Cornwall gear up for the high life

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 09:51

A team of colourful stilt walkers will be out and about visiting 17 towns from St Ives to Bude between 3-17 December to remind visitors in an entertaining and visible way to respect social distancing and to follow the ‘Hands, Face and  Space’ guidance.  

Their appearances will coincide with some of the free parking days being offered in Cornwall Council-operated car parks in towns such as Bodmin, Falmouth, Liskeard and Looe, and also with late night shopping in Launceston. 

Cornwall’s high streets are expected to be particularly busy now that they have safely reopened following the second lockdown. With only a few shopping weeks left before Christmas, it is important that residents can feel reassured that their Covid-safety is top of mind at all times. While they are giving much-needed support to local independent businesses they can know that all possible measures are being taken to look after their wellbeing. 

The street performing team is being paid for under the Reopening High Streets Safely project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund*. 

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, Tim Dwelly, said: “We hope everyone will enjoy the light-hearted touch that the stilt walkers will bring in reminding people to follow the Hands, Face and Space guidance that will help keep us all safe. 

“We can all be immensely relieved that our town centres and high streets have been able to fully re-open in time to benefit from the busy few weeks before Christmas. 

“This is a particularly critical time for them. They really are dependent on our support to recover safely and sustainably and the recent news of the loss of some very big name, high street brands is a very real wake-up call. 

“It is hoped that people throughout Cornwall take full advantage of the free parking days and the extended shopping hours in the next few weeks.” 

Cornwall Council is working with local councils to make sure that local neighbourhood shopping areas and high streets remain open safely. This is being achieved with the help made available through the EUs Reopening of High Streets Safely Fund which is available until March 2021. 

This will be especially important during what is hoped will be a very busy pre-Christmas shopping period, and the three months of trading immediately prior to Easter next year.  

Following these five safety tips will help you enjoy and make the most of your high street visit: 

  1. Go with the flow – keep your distance and follow all local signage.
  2. Be safe – plan ahead, be considerate, responsible and patient.
  3. Say ‘hi’ (Dydh da)to any Covid advisors or local information officers you come across. They’re there to help and guide you.
  4. Help us help you stay safe - remember to wash your hands often, use free sanitiser stations, use contactless payment and follow other hygiene advice such as wearing a face covering when needed.  
  5. Visit with confidence. Cornwall’s high street businesses are working hard to help protect the safety of customers and staff. Look out for their Covid-19 risk assessment certificate.

Where and when will the street performers be?

Fri 4th          St Ives/Camborne

Sat 5th         Falmouth/Penryn/Redruth

Tues 8th      St Austell

Wed 9th      Wadebridge/Padstow

Thurs 10th  Newquay

Fri 11th        Launceston

Sat 12th       Liskeard/Looe/Bodmin

Wed 16th    Saltash/Callington

Thurs 17th   Bude

For more localised information check out local town websites.

Categories: Cornwall

Join us for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2020

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 16:30

Want to find out who some of the most sustainable businesses in Cornwall are? Want to hear from Chris Packham? Then why not join us for the online Cornwall Sustainability Awards ceremony!  

The awards ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom from 1-3pm on Friday 4th December. You can book a place for the awards online

The judging panel are representatives from Cornwall Council, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.  

One of the judges Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We asked for nominations this year rather than applications as we realised that companies might not have had as much time to apply due to catching up on business after Covid lockdown restrictions. We’ve received lots of brilliant nominations and I’ve really enjoyed being one of the judges involved. It’s made me realise how many fantastic green businesses we have in Cornwall working on environmental growth and carbon neutrality. 

“We are delighted to have Cornwall Sustainability Awards back after a short pause in 2019. The categories this year reflect Cornwall’s response to the climate emergency and the changing world we’ve all been in living with the Covid pandemic. We know there are lots of amazing businesses out there doing great work and this is a chance for them to shine and lead future environmental growth. Many of our previous winners have gone on to win national and international awards and become leaders in their field”. 

Businesses were nominated in the following categories: 

  • Green Innovation in a time of Coronavirus 

  • Circular Economy 

  • Environmental Growth 

  • Carbon Neutral 

An overall winner is chosen from the winners from all the categories. 

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) which is a unique and exciting EU-funded venture to create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Their sponsorship has enabled us to book Chris Packham as our keynote speaker. 

Tevi Project Manager Dr Dan Bloomfield said: “Everyone at Tevi is very excited about CSA this year.  In what has been a really tough year for everyone, there is still much to celebrate.  We’ve been helping dozens and dozens of enterprises to invest in new products, new services, new ways of doing things that help make the economy of Cornwall more circular, and which helps the environment grow.  We are really looking forward to showing our support to all, and for sharing our plans for the future.” 

Tickets are free this year so we’re encouraging everyone to book a ticket online and join us at this year’s awards.

People can join in on social media using the hashtag #CSA2020. 

Nominees 2020 list (in alphabetical order): 

  • Admaps 
  • Arc Marine Ltd 
  • Arco2 Architecture 
  • Beach Guardian CIC 
  • Bennamann 
  • BF Adventure 
  • Boost Innovations Ltd 
  • Cabilla Coaching Ltd 
  • Chocolarder 
  • Cornish Lithium 
  • Cornwall Uncovered  
  • Ekopod 
  • Fal Food Box Co Ltd 
  • Fishy Filaments 
  • Fourth Element Ltd 
  • Fowey Harbour Commissioners 
  • Happy Habitats 
  • Incredible Bulk Ltd 
  • Jeremy Hastings Ltd 
  • Kestle Barton 
  • Kudhva 
  • Leap Associates 
  • Mevagissey Garages Ltd 
  • Nancarrow 
  • NSN Electrical 
  • NUDE Canteen 
  • Odyssey Innovation Ltd 
  • Oltco Ltd 
  • Packshare 
  • PK Porthcurno  
  • Plastic Oceanic 
  • Readymoney Beach Shop 
  • Sustain Cornwall Ltd 
  • The Cornish Spirits Drink Company 
  • The Grow Box 
  • The Hive 
  • The Refill Machine Company 
  • Tugdock Ltd 
  • Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) 
  • Ward Williams Associates 
  • Woodland Valley Farm 
  • Yallah Coffee Ltd 

 

Story posted 03 December 2020

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall’s EU citizens urged to apply to settlement scheme

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:25

Cornwall Council is reminding EU nationals to apply for the government’s settlement scheme and to seek support if they need it.

Those who are resident in the UK before the end of the UK transition period on December 31, 2020 are eligible to apply and they have until June 30, 2021 to do so. More than 10,700 people living in Cornwall have so far applied to the scheme.

Cornwall Council is promoting the scheme to EU citizens currently living in Cornwall to ensure they are fully informed.

Cornwall Council Leader Julian German said: “Cornwall’s EU residents are our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours. They are part of our communities and we want them to stay.

“We’re trying to reach out to as many EU citizens living in Cornwall as possible to make sure that they know about the EU Settlement Scheme and what they need to do to submit their application on time.

“Cornwall Council has a crucial role in supporting our residents, including those who are vulnerable or hard-to-reach, and making sure that they have all of the information and support they need to allow them to complete their application and stay living here.”

Inclusion Cornwall can provide practical support to people who need help to complete their applications, including directing applicants to IT support or help for complex applications.

The service has already supported 38 individuals with complex cases in completing their applications.

Inclusion Cornwall manager Andrea Gilbert said: “It’s extremely important that this type of support is available to European citizens who need help to continue living and working here.

“We want to make sure that our most vulnerable residents receive help if and when they need it.

“Working with partners, we will do our best to make sure people are aware of decisions and arrangements that may affect them, as well as providing advice and support resources.”

If you, or someone you know, is having difficulties applying for settled status, please contact Inclusion Cornwall on 01872 326440 or by email at hello@inclusioncornwall.co.uk.

Further support is available from Citizens Advice Cornwall. Call 03333 440061 for free EUSS advice and support. Alternatively, email EUSS@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk or text ADVICE EUSS to 78866 and a member of the team will call you back.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme here.

Published on December 3, 2020

Categories: Cornwall

Night-time Covid marshals to support Cornish towns

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:35

Night-time street marshals will be patrolling Cornish towns and hospitality areas to support residents and businesses as we come out of lockdown.

The teams will be in place in various towns across Cornwall between 6pm and midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Working closely with Cornwall Council’s Covid Enforcement and Public Health teams and Devon and Cornwall Police, Covid marshals will give advice and support to businesses and members of the public on the necessity of social distancing and the latest covid-related restrictions.

The marshals will mostly work in pairs and will travel between different towns, depending on where they are needed most.

There will also be extra support in the daytime. Up to 20 Covid compliance advisors are being recruited to support businesses understand and implement the latest rules.

This crucial work has been funded by a £305,000 grant that was awarded to Cornwall Council by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support additional compliance and enforcement activities.

The grant will also be used to provide additional monitoring of CCTV systems. This will enable resources to be directed to areas if problems arise.

Cllr Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “These measures will help the night-time economy reopen safely in the run up to Christmas.

“Businesses are working really hard to adjust to the latest rules and we will continue to work with them and support them as they welcome back customers.

“Compliance levels are high in Cornwall and this has helped us stay in Tier 1 – the lowest level - but we cannot be complacent. We ask that people follow the measures in place and help keep Cornish communities safe.”

Covid night-time marshals will be patrolling Penzance, St Ives, Helston, Camborne, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Newquay, Falmouth, Launceston, Bude, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Liskeard and Saltash. Other towns may be included where public health and protection risks present. 

Businesses can access advice and support regarding the latest restrictions at businessregulatorysupport.co.uk.

Alternatively, businesses can contact the Council’s Business Regulatory Support Hub at businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk.

To report concerns about covid compliance call Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1118 or email covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

 

Story posted 03 December 2020

Categories: Cornwall

‘Follow your own tiers and help keep Cornwall cases low’ – council’s message to visitors

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 17:25

New travel and pub rules for the south west explained

With the end of the national lockdown and the introduction of the new tier system, the south west is working together to clarify the rules around travelling between tiers to help keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

With many residents who travel between Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth on a daily basis for work, the school run, or for leisure, it is important for everyone to understand how the tier system works.

From today, Wednesday, December 2, the region’s counties are being placed into one of three tiers, with Tier 1 being classed as ‘medium alert’ and 3 classed as ‘very high alert’.

Cornwall is the only area to fall into Tier 1 (alongside the Isles of Scilly) with the rest of the region classed as either Tier 2 or Tier 3.

In brief, the rules for each tier are as follows: 

Tier 1: Up to six people can meet indoors or outdoors. Pubs and restaurants can open, with last orders at 10pm and closing at 11pm.

Tier 2: Up to six people can meet outdoors but no mixing indoors, apart from support bubbles. Pubs and restaurants can open, with last orders at 10pm and closing at 11pm, but alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

Tier 3: No mixing indoors. People can only meet outdoors in limited places such as parks and public gardens. Pubs and restaurants must close unless they are offering takeaways. 

The announcement that Cornwall is the only area where people can visit pubs for drinks alone has led many to question what happens when people cross from a Tier 2 county, such as Devon, in search of a pint or two. The government has already warned people not travel to the duchy to visit its pubs, but the reality is that thousands of residents in the south west will move between different tiers as they go about their everyday lives for work, leisure and the school run – and is vital that everyone follows the rules to keep cases low and reduce community transmission regardless of where they live.

Put simply, the rules follow you down the tiers but not up.

So if you live in Tier 2 and travel to Tier 1, you must stick to Tier 2 rules. But if you live in Tier 1 and travel to Tier 2 you must follow Tier 2 rules. Those living in Tier 3 should avoid travel altogether unless the journey is essential.

Cornwall Council’s Leader, Julian German said:

“We know the lockdown has been tough on both residents and businesses and we want to keep the new rules as simple as possible for anyone who lives and works on a border between two different tiers in the South West. Our message is that wherever you live it’s important to play your part by following the rules. All we ask is that anyone coming over from Tier 2 must remember that the Tier 1 rules do not apply to them and they must follow their own tier’s rules.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said:

“We’d also urge people to remember the basic guidelines too – wear a face covering when required, wash your hands regularly, keep two metres away from people where possible and follow the ‘rule of six’.  The guidance is there to ensure the virus is not given the opportunity to spread further. Only by respecting the rules and each other can we keep Covid-19 at bay and look forward to a time when we can all enjoy socialising more freely.”

Categories: Cornwall

Follow your own tiers and help keep Cornwall cases low

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:58

New travel and pub rules for the south west explained

With the end of the national lockdown and the introduction of the new tier system, the south west is working together to clarify the rules around travelling between tiers to help keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

With many residents who travel between Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth on a daily basis for work, the school run, or for leisure, it is important for everyone to understand how the tier system works.

From today, Wednesday, December 2, the region’s counties are being placed into one of three tiers, with Tier 1 being classed as ‘medium alert’ and 3 classed as ‘very high alert’.

Cornwall is the only area to fall into Tier 1 (alongside the Isles of Scilly) with the rest of the region classed as either Tier 2 or Tier 3.

In brief, the rules for each tier are as follows: 

Tier 1: Up to six people can meet indoors or outdoors. Pubs and restaurants can open, with last orders at 10pm and closing at 11pm.

Tier 2: Up to six people can meet outdoors but no mixing indoors, apart from support bubbles. Pubs and restaurants can open, with last orders at 10pm and closing at 11pm, but alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

Tier 3: No mixing indoors. People can only meet outdoors in limited places such as parks and public gardens. Pubs and restaurants must close unless they are offering takeaways. 

The announcement that Cornwall is the only area where people can visit pubs for drinks alone has led many to question what happens when people cross from a Tier 2 county, such as Devon, in search of a pint or two. The government has already warned people not travel to the duchy to visit its pubs, but the reality is that thousands of residents in the south west will move between different tiers as they go about their everyday lives for work, leisure and the school run – and is vital that everyone follows the rules to keep cases low and reduce community transmission regardless of where they live.

Put simply, the rules follow you down the tiers but not up.

So if you live in Tier 2 and travel to Tier 1, you must stick to Tier 2 rules. But if you live in Tier 1 and travel to Tier 2 you must follow Tier 2 rules. Those living in Tier 3 should avoid travel altogether unless the journey is essential.

Cornwall Council’s Leader, Julian German said:

“We know the lockdown has been tough on both residents and businesses and we want to keep the new rules as simple as possible for anyone who lives and works on a border between two different tiers in the South West. Our message is that wherever you live it’s important to play your part by following the rules. All we ask is that anyone coming over from Tier 2 must remember that the Tier 1 rules do not apply to them and they must follow their own tier’s rules.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said:

“We’d also urge people to remember the basic guidelines too – wear a face covering when required, wash your hands regularly, keep two metres away from people where possible and follow the ‘rule of six’.  The guidance is there to ensure the virus is not given the opportunity to spread further. Only by respecting the rules and each other can we keep Covid-19 at bay and look forward to a time when we can all enjoy socialising more freely.”

Categories: Cornwall

Support your local shops and businesses and park for free in the run up to Christmas

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 13:15

As towns and high streets reopen fully from December 2, the Council is working with city, town and parish councils to encourage residents to support local businesses in their local town with free parking on selected days in Cornwall Council operated car parks across the Duchy. 

People will be able to park for free locally on a day selected by their city, town or parish council to support local shops and businesses and enjoy local cafes and restaurants. 

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “This year more than ever it’s important that we all support our local shops and businesses in a safe and considerate manner.  If you take advantage of the free parking offer in a town near you, please make sure you adhere to all the social distancing measures in place.”   

Cornwall Council contacted city, town and parish councils to offer the initiative which will result in over 90 Cornwall Council run car parks, which usually charge for parking, being free for one day. We also gave city, town and parish councils the opportunity to offer additional free parking days in one or more of the Cornwall Council car parks in their area and some local councils are doing so. 

Some towns have chosen Saturday, December 5 as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past eight years.  Others have chosen a date just after Christmas to encourage people to visit and take advantage of the sales. 

All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at charging points on the day when parking is free. 

If the car park is one of the ‘pay on exit’ car parks, you should take a ticket from the entrance barrier as usual.  On departure if you have only parked on the free parking day, the barrier will open to allow you to exit. If you have stayed for longer than the free parking day, any additional parking fee will need to be paid for at a pay station before you return to your vehicle. 

When and where will free parking days take place? Town/ Parish Date of free parkingCar parks Bodmin  12 December 2020 

Berrycombe Road

Dennison Road 

Fore St - Long & Short Stay

Victoria Square 

Boscastle   01 January 2021 

Cobweb 

Bude  19 December 2020 

Crooklets

Post Office

Summerleaze

The Crescent

The Wharf 

Callington  05 December 2020

New Road North

New Road South 

Camborne 

05 December 2020 

(Camborne Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12,19 and 23 December 2020) 

Rosewarne

Rosewarne Extension 

Cawsand 

01 January 2021 

Cawsand 

Fowey  05 December 2020 

Caffa Mill

Main

Albert Quay  

Falmouth 

19 December 2020 

(Falmouth Town Council is providing additional free parking on 05, 12 and 26 December 2020) 

Church Street

Grove Place

The Dell

The Moor

Town Quarry

Well Lane 

Hayle 

05 December 2020 

(Hayle Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12 and 19 December 2020) 

Commercial Road

Foundry Square 

Helston  19 December 2020 

Castle Green

Trengrouse Way

Trengrouse Way Extension

Tyacke Road 

Launceston  05 December 2020 

Castle Street

Cattle Market Long Stay

Cattle Market Short Stay

Pannier Market

Walk House 

Liskeard   05 December 2020 (Liskeard Town Council is providing additional free parking on 12 and 19 December 2020) 

Cattlemarket

Lower Sungirt

Rapsons 

Upper Sungirt

Westbourne 

Looe  12 December 2020 

Riverbank

Millpool

Kilminorth Woods 

Marazion   26 December 2020 

Long Rock

Marazion Station 

Mevagissey  19 December 2020 

Church Street

River Street

Newquay   19 December 2020  

Fore Street

Mount Wise

St Georges Road

The Manor 

Penryn  14 December 2020 

Commercial Road

Exchequer Quay

Saracen 

Penzance  19 December 2020 

Causeway Head

Clarence Street

Greenmarket

Harbour

Penalverne 

St Anthonys

St Erbyns

Wherrytown 

Polzeath  05 December 2020  Polzeath Beach  Port Isaac  19 December 2020  New Road  Porthleven   05 December 2020 Kittos Field Redruth 

19 December 2020 

(Redruth Town Council is providing additional free parking on 05 and 12 December 2020) 

Flowerpot Chapel

New Cut

New Cut Extension

West End  

Saltash  19 December 2020 

Alexandra Square

Bellevue West

Bellevue East

Culver Road 

St Austell  

19 December 2020  

St Austell Town Council is offering free parking in their Priory Car Park on this date 

Clifden Road

Polkyth  

St Ives   19 December 2020 

Porthmeor

Sloop

Barnoon Long Stay

Park Avenue

Smeatons Pier

Trenwith

Station

Island 

Torpoint  19 December 2020 

Anthony Road

Tamar Street 

Truro 

05 December 2020  

(The Park and Ride will also be free all day on 05 December)  

Carrick House

Edward Street

Fairmantle 

Garras Wharf

Moorfield

Moresk

Old Bridge Street

Pydar Street

Viaduct  

Wadebridge  19 December 2020 

Goldsworthy Way

Piggy Lane 

Widemouth  26 December 2020  Widemouth Bay 
On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.  Visit our car park pages for more information about Cornwall Council car parks, including how to buy multi-use tickets which bring down the cost if you regularly park in a particular location
Categories: Cornwall

Statement on Safeguarding Adults Review on support given to homeless man with complex needs

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 15:54

Cornwall Council accepts the findings of a summary report published today (November 27) by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board (CIOSB) on the support given to a homeless man with complex health and welfare needs.

The Board commissioned the review so partner agencies in Cornwall and Devon could learn from the experiences of the man, who is identified only as ‘Jack’ in the executive summary report to protect his anonymity.

Jack is now safe and well and lives in a nursing home.

The review examined Jack’s experiences with health and social care agencies over a three-year period from 2016 to identify if there were areas in his support that could be improved.

His case was one of the first to be referred to the High Risk Panel set up in 2018 and made up of Cornwall Council’s adult social care services, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies.

The panel enables professionals to discuss detailed support for individuals who are causing high levels of concern and need a focussed and co-ordinated approach across several agencies in order to protect and support them.

This initiative has continued since Jack’s case and has been extremely successful in supporting many more individuals in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “Jack was one of the first people we supported through our High Risk Panel and his positive outcome being settled in a new home demonstrates that the Panel is working effectively to make timely referrals of complex cases and manage multi-agency planning.

“Jack’s story highlights how difficult it is for individual practitioners and agencies to balance respecting a person’s autonomy and right to choose with the duty of care to prevent significant harm or to protect an individual from abuse and neglect.

“As a health and care system we are always striving to improve our services to residents and continually learning from experiences and research in this difficult and complex area which is developing all the time.

“The executive report clearly identifies the issues raised by Jack’s review and an action plan is now in place to monitor how local services in our health and care system are changing in the light of the recommendations in the review.”

The report says Jack spent several years living a transient lifestyle mainly across the South West. He was homeless and there were increasing concerns about his health and welfare.

He had multiple contacts with housing personnel, mental health practitioners, police officers, emergency hospital departments and social workers.

In November 2018 Jack came under the supervision of the Court of Protection that now oversees his care placement and a Deprivation of Liberty order.

The scope of the Safeguarding Adults Review looked at a number of issues as they related to Jack, including support for adults who self-neglect, those with multiple complex needs and who are homeless.

It also looked at practices surrounding assessment of an individual’s mental capacity, hospital discharge, liaison between different local authorities and partnership and collaborative learning.

The review says practitioners and some agencies and services worked diligently to try to meet Jack’s accommodation, care and support needs and that there is evidence of some information-sharing between agencies, including across local authority boundaries.

The report adds Jack’s behaviour and lifestyle proved challenging for individual practitioners and service providers when trying to meet his needs and keep him safe.

It identifies issues in Jack’s care and makes recommendations which have been agreed by all partner organisations of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

A key recommendation in the review is that formalised, multi-agency systems should be used to bring together practitioners and managers to share information, risks and mental capacity assessments so an agreed plan can be put in place to support an individual.

It says policies and procedures for homelessness and self-neglect should complement each other, be up to date and monitored regularly for effectiveness and joint working.

It also calls for legal advice and training for frontline staff and managers to support their work in dealing with complex care and mental capacity and information sharing.

An action plan has started to monitor how services for highly complex cases such as this could be continually improved, including overseeing the effective working of the High Risk Panel which manages complex referrals.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board’s executive summary review into Jack’s story can be viewed here. 

 

Story posted November 27, 2020

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Cornish communities get help to make their visions a reality

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:57

Communities in Cornwall are being given a tool to help plan their own futures. 

The Sustainable Growth and Innovation team within Cornwall Council’s Planning and Sustainable Development Service and the Council’s Localism team has created the Place Shaping Community Toolkit, which aims to help towns and villages identify their priorities and ambitions and set them on the road to making them a reality. 

Place shaping is the idea of a community leading its own vision for the future – areas that have been most successful in securing external funding are those that have created, and stuck to, a consistent set of priorities and projects over a set period. 

The toolkit aims to help guide this using four key themes – town and town centre renewal; population growth; sustainable economic growth and key infrastructure. 

It helps communities decide on their vision and priorities and identify which local organisations can deliver them. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “The aim of this is to help towns and villages produce their own place shaping vision themselves, led by what people living and working there want to see. 

“Cornwall Council will provide support at regular intervals throughout the process.  

“We appreciate that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to place shaping in Cornwall, as each area is unique and will therefore have different requirements – and that is why we have developed the toolkit.” 

The toolkit can be used by any community, however, it will also help those towns looking to apply to the Council’s Town Centre Revitalisation Fund, which was launched earlier in November

The toolkit will be available via the Town Centre Revitalisation Fund webpage on the Cornwall Council website. 

Posted November 27, 2020

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People urged to access Cornwall’s support services amid rise in anxiety and depression

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 08:42

There is help and support available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties during the second lockdown. 

This is the message from Cornwall Council’s Public Health team and NHS partners as once again people are asked to stay in their homes to halt the spread of coronavirus. 

Statistics suggest that the number of people experiencing anxiety and/or depression in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has roughly doubled since the pandemic began. 

A survey by independent group Healthwatch Cornwall over six weeks in June and July revealed that of the 1,731 participants, 13% had ‘probable’ depression/anxiety and 44% had ‘possible’ depression/anxiety.

In Cornwall Council’s residents’ survey in 2017 the figures were 5% and 22% respectively – roughly half.  

Concerns focused on finances, the health of family members, fears around catching the virus, isolation and loneliness, and uncertainty about the future. 

In response, Cornwall Council and its partners across the health and social care system have pulled together a range of materials including guides, web links, phone apps, z-cards for wallets and crucial information and contact details for anyone who finds themself in crisis. 

Many can be found on our Mental Health Guidance webpage, and there is a list of other links below. 

Support is being offered virtually as well as face-to-face, with targeted work going on in high risk groups and communities. Initiatives include social prescribing at GP practices, a mobile crisis lorry run by charity Valued Lives, and expansion of debt management and mental health advice and support via CAB and Pentreath. 

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, said: “We want people to know that mental health services are available to support them and ready to listen. It’s OK to not be OK, and no one has to face things alone. 

“As well as checking out the help and information on our website we would also urge everyone to follow the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which include staying in touch with family and friends, keeping active and healthy and trying new things.” 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are: 

  1. Connect – Lockdown or self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with friends and loved-ones through social media, email, facetime/video calling or a good old-fashioned phone call.  
  1. Be active – Staying active is vital for your physical and mental health, and lockdown doesn’t mean this is off limits. Check out the Healthy Cornwall website for ideas. 
  1. Keep learning – Trying a new hobby or learning something new is a great way to keep the mind active so why not learn a musical instrument, try your hand at photography or become a crossword expert? 
  1. Give - Supporting vulnerable people and/or volunteering can help you make new friends as well as make a huge difference in your community. For more information visit the Volunteer Cornwall website.  
  1. Take notice – Try to be mindful of your environment and make the time to get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can, while still sticking to the rules. 

Rachel Wigglesworth, director of public health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to helping people get safely through this second lockdown and beyond. 

“Being worried during these uncertain times is completely understandable and the new measures now in place mean it is more likely people will experience feelings such as anxiety, loneliness and being overwhelmed.  

“But we want everyone to know that help and support is there so please take the time to check out what’s available. This could help you improve your own mental wellbeing as well as the mental health of other people in your community. Remember, we’re all in this together.” 

Dr Richard Sharpe, advanced public health practitioner at Cornwall Council, said: “Information and feedback from across our communities suggest people are feeling more anxious but may not be coming forward for help and support with their wellbeing. There is also evidence that some people who are already known to mental health services are attending with more severe symptoms which are requiring more intensive support. 

“With this in mind we want to remind people that help is available and we would urge people to make use of the support services. I would also advise people to take time to relax, eat well, stay hydrated, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle that includes good quality regular sleep patterns.” 

Tim Francis, head of joint strategic commissioning for mental health and learning disability at NHS Kernow, said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see how collaboratively service providers across statutory as well as 3rd and voluntary sectors have come together to tackle the impacts of the pandemic.  

“We have established even more support to reach out to even more people with targeted schemes including the farming and fishing communities and more rural towns and villages.” 

Further information for anyone struggling owth their mental health: 
  • 24/7 NHS mental health response line for support and advice: Call free on 0800 038 5300, any time day or night if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind our 24/7 open access telephone response line will listen to you and determine how best to help. 
  • A range of mental wellbeing guides are available on our mental health webpages.  They cover everything from pregnancy to suicidal thoughts. 
  • Outlook South West, which is part of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has a range of talking therapy services available to people aged 16 and above in Cornwall. These include psychological wellbeing courses like Stress Buster, currently being delivered as live online webinars. They also provide one-to-one therapy for anxiety and depression via telephone and video appointments, as well as various digital platforms for guided self-help.  
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has 12 free online self-help courses that anyone can take from a platform called ‘SilverCloud’. 
  • Charities including Valued Lives and Mind contain a wealth of information aimed at helping people with mental health difficulties. 
  • For tips, support and advice on all things health-related visit the Healthy Cornwall website. 
  • For mental health safety plans and a list of Apps to support you with your mental health, visit our Safety Plan webpages.
  • If you are in crisis and need support then contact your GP or NHS Direct on 111. Other support available includes: 
  • Valued Lives – 01209 901438 
  • Samaritans – 116 123 
  • SANE – 0845 767800 
  • Papyrus – for young adults – 0800 0684141 
  • CALM – for men – 0800 585858 
  • Childline – for under 19s – 0800 1111 
  • Community Mental Health Team – 0845 2077711 
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Residents urged to remain on guard as Cornwall is placed in Tier One for Covid restrictions

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 17:31

Cornwall will be placed in Tier One for coronavirus restrictions when the second national lockdown ends next week – but residents have been urged not to let their guard down in the fight against the virus.

It means businesses can reopen, although strict public health guidelines will remain in place, which include:

  • You must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • If you can work from home, you should continue to do so
  • You should follow the rules on meeting others safely: no more than six people at a time
  • You should attend school or college as normal, unless you are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • You should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We are so grateful to our residents for their continued support.

“However, now is not the time to relax, we need to be on our guard more than ever before, if we are to remain in this position.

“The tiers are reviewed every two weeks, and we are close to being in tier two, so I ask each and every resident of Cornwall to do their bit and remain vigilant if we want to stay in tier one and not see a rise in cases in the winter months ahead.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We have worked so hard to keep levels of coronavirus down across Cornwall, the last thing we would like to see is people treat this as a chance to relax.

“I would urge everyone to continue to follow the public health guidelines.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel now with the positive news we have seen on potential vaccines, it would be a huge waste of effort to throw away all of our hard work now.”

Although businesses are allowed to reopen across Cornwall, any visitors have been told they must adhere to the tier rules that apply to where they live.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “To hear we have been placed in tier one is a huge relief to many businesses across Cornwall, who will now be able to reopen in time for the holiday season.

“However, it will not be business as usual.  We must remain vigilant and follow covid-safe guidelines, and we must also be mindful of the fact that visitors from across England must also adhere to the tougher tier two rules, even when they are visiting Cornwall.

“Those living in tier three areas are advised to avoid travelling to other areas altogether.

“This is good news for the hospitality industry across Cornwall, but we must remember that our priority must continue to be following the public health guidelines and ensuring we do not see a spike in case numbers going forwards.”

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Cornwall Council agrees a new vision for Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 11:38

A plan that sets out a vision for Cornwall in 2050 was approved yesterday (25 November) by Cornwall councillors.

The plan was developed following a listening exercise, The Cornwall We Want, that saw thousands of people get involved and have their say.

Over 25,000 people visited The Cornwall We Want online platform, and over 4000 people contributed to the campaign by taking a survey, participating in live events and focus groups or by sending written contributions.

Cornwall Council Leader, Julian German said: “By listening to what residents told us and by understanding what we already know about Cornwall is how we have developed a plan for Cornwall: Gyllyn Warbarth, Together We Can: The Cornwall Plan.

“With full council endorsement this plan will now be presented at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board as it’s imperative that everyone in Cornwall gets behind this vision so that we can all work together to achieve the goals that are set out. This includes Cornwall’s leaders, right through to each and every resident who we ask to think about what they can do to play their part, as the council cannot do this alone.”

The plan has also been endorsed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Senate, which unanimously supported the proposed vision on 15 October, the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, which has formally written to express local councils’ support for the vision and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, which unanimously supported the proposed vision on 22 October.

Cornwall’s Youth MP’s also endorsed the plan, they said: “Each year, young people across Cornwall vote on the top issues they want us to campaign for as members of the UK Youth Parliament. This vision places the most pressing concerns for children right at the heart of plans for Cornwall’s future, from protecting the environment through to improving mental health, ending child poverty and giving everyone an equal chance of a good life”.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has contributed the following endorsement: “Across the country, there is a new appreciation of the difference that nature makes to our lives, and of the link between our own health and that of the planet. This vision shows how Cornwall can lead the way in building back better and greener. We are working to protect and enhance our environment for the next generation.”

The plan will now be discussed at the next Leadership Board meeting on 11 December.

You can read the plan and give your feedback by visiting the Let’s Talk Cornwall website.

This vision will influence and shape Cornwall Council and partner strategies for years to come, if you are interested in seeing what strategies currently exist please visit the Council’s key documents page.

Story created on 25 November

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150 new electric vehicle charge points

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 10:33

More than 150 electric vehicle charge points will be installed across Cornwall after the Council secured funding to significantly boost access for residents. 

The new units will be installed in a range of locations including Council car parks and offices, as well as in communities where there is currently limited charge point availability. 

Having made a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for £2.9m, the Council has committed a further £725,000 to cover the remaining cost. 

It will bring the number of public charging points available in Cornwall to more than 360 by 2023.  

Last week the Government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as part of the wider aims of its green industrial revolution. Improving access to charging points well before this date will provide Cornwall with the infrastructure to help residents make the switch to electric or hybrid vehicles and help cut carbon emissions. 

Focus on reducing road transport emissions

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for climate change, said: “With road transport accounting for 22% of Cornwall’s carbon footprint, reducing it needs to be a focus of our activity.  

“We have to reduce the amount of miles we drive independently and the type of vehicles we use to get around. Travel in Cornwall isn’t as easy as in major cities where public transport is more readily available, but with electric vehicles becoming more widely available we have to increase the infrastructure to support them and help people make the switch. 

“I hope to see more electric vehicles on Cornwall’s roads in the coming years to help Cornwall become Carbon Neutral by 2030. And this is an important step along the carbon neutral way to having enough charging points to make electric vehicles a credible sustainable choice in Cornwall. As we work to improve access to infrastructure, I would also like to see more financial incentives from industry and government to enable people to make the switch.” 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “As a Council we are committed to giving people choices about how they travel which not only benefit their health, but the environment too. We have invested heavily in cycling and walking schemes which make it easier – and safer – for people to travel to work and for children to travel to school and our supported bus network features the latest generation of low emission vehicles.” 

 

Categories: Cornwall

Families in Cornwall are not claiming the help they are entitled to get

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:57

Cornwall Council is urging local families to check if they are eligible for the Healthy Start scheme.

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

The number of families eligible has increased by approximately 30% through the pandemic but take up of the scheme in Cornwall does not yet reflect that, with about half of eligible families currently claiming the voucher for fruit and veg and just 2% of those that are eligible collecting the vitamins.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “The impact of the pandemic on families has been profound and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to get in touch. 

“The scheme can be worth up to £900 per child over their first four years of life and add at least £3.10 to a family shop per-child per-week, but this will raise to £4.25 in April following the campaign by the England Footballer Marcus Rashford.”

“Under the scheme, along with a voucher, families are also entitled to claim vitamins, which include Vitamin D; the Vitamins are a great way to supplement someone’s diet and the benefits can be huge.”

Healthy Start vitamins contain vitamins A, C and D for children aged from birth to four years, and folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Healthy Start vitamins are important because 8% of children under five in the UK don’t have enough vitamin A in their diet and families in lower-income groups tend to have less vitamin C in their diet.

Public Health England issued advice at the start of the pandemic, urging everyone to take vitamin D daily because of lockdown and people spending more time indoors. Evidence also suggest that we should all be taking vitamin D between October and April, because of the shorter days; this includes breastfed babies from birth and formula fed babies when they have less than 500ml of formula a day.

The vitamins are available to exchange for vouchers in pharmacies across Cornwall with a network of 30 across the county, supported by the Local Pharmacy Committee.

To qualify a family must be on job seekers allowance, income support or in receipt of other qualifying benefits, which is about 4331 people in Cornwall.  Every eight weeks families are sent a green vitamin voucher, which they can swap for either Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets or Healthy Start children’s drops in pharmacies across Cornwall.

Sally Hawken added: “A healthy balanced diet is essential and the fruit, vegetables and vitamins that this scheme provides helps children as they grow. I would urge anyone who uses the vouchers, already to take up the free vitamins and anyone on these benefits to speak to their health visitor or midwife to see if they qualify.”

To qualify you must be at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:

  • Income Support, or
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year)
  • Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month) 

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.

Families who need to know more information can discover more  by discussing with their midwife, health visitor, local family hub or online at the Healthy Cornwall Website  or on the NHS website.

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Cornwall starts 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:53

“I don’t think that’s abuse, abuse is a slap or a punch.”

Those were the words of a young woman from Cornwall after she had been headbutted by her partner and was struggling to recognise him as abusive. She was 20 weeks pregnant at the time. She is among thousands of people across Cornwall who live in fear of someone they love.

In the last 12 months a staggering 4,695 people accessed domestic abuse services in Cornwall - aged between 16 and 94.

Today Safer Cornwall and Together for Families, part of Cornwall Council, are joining forces at the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, to highlight the issue in Cornwall, to try and remove the stigma and to encourage people to speak out and access the help they need.

This partnership includes the police, the NHS, the Voluntary Sector, Probation and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.

Anna MacGregor from Safer Cornwall said: “Domestic abuse can take many forms and often those who are being hurt don’t see themselves as experiencing abuse.

“In Cornwall young women, aged between 18 and 25, are most at risk of direct victimisation of domestic abuse and sexual violence. It can have devastating, long lasting and sometimes tragic consequences.

“This campaign is specifically about protecting girls and young women.

“Even in lockdown, if you are at risk you can still leave your home to access safety and support.

“If you need help or you are worried about someone who may be at risk of domestic abuse or sexual violence contact the Safer Future’s Team.”

Throughout the ‘16 Days’ campaign we will be sharing information about domestic abuse and sexual violence and advice on where to find support.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Home should be a safe place? No adult, young person or child should have to live in fear of being hurt in their own home.

“We are proud of this campaign and we ask that you join us in taking a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

Cornwall’s integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, is still providing support, safety planning and information for adults, young people and children, via their helpline, text service, face to face and online.

Safer Futures will also direct you to any additional services that you may need and can liaise on your behalf if appropriate to do so, for example if you feel you want to access a refuge at this time.

Visit their website or by calling 0300 777 4777

If you feel unsafe and feel that you are in immediate danger, then you should still contact the emergency services via 999. Devon and Cornwall police work very closely with our local domestic abuse and sexual violence services and will ensure you get the follow-on support that you need.

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Cornwall Council looks to progress work on former Carclaze School site

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 14:30

Cornwall Council has reaffirmed its commitment to regenerate a former school site that was damaged by fire in the summer. 

The former Carclaze School in St Austell was hit by fire on July 9, 2020, causing serious damage to the structure. 

Responding to residents’ wishes to see more homes provided for local people, Cornwall Council has committed to a sustainable, affordable housing proposal to regenerate the site and is in the process of appointing contractors to clear debris to allow plans for the site to progress. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “The priority for Cornwall Council remains to work with partners to secure a sustainable development proposal to safeguard the future for this site in line with the wishes of the community. 

“An important step towards this is for the debris from the fire damage to be cleared to enable safe access for building surveyors so they can inspect the structure. Cornwall Council is in the process of finding contractors to undertake this work.” 

Cornwall Council has worked with Cornwall Rural Housing Association over the past two years to bring forward a plan to use the structure of the building to create affordable homes for local people, as well as creating community parking on the site. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year the scheme was due to go forward for planning consent, with public consultation about to take place, and the Council continues to work with Cornwall Rural Housing Association to bring the scheme to fruition. 

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “Providing good quality affordable homes for local people is a top priority and we will continue to work to bring this site back into use to achieve that aim.” 

Matt Luke, Cornwall Council local member for Penwithick and Boscoppa, said: “Myself and Treverbyn Parish Council have long been working with Cornwall Council and developers to bring this site forward to a conclusion for the local community and we hope to have contractors on the site shortly clearing the fire debris.” 

Jackie Bull, Cornwall Council local member for St Austell Poltair, said: “I look forward to seeing the wonderful Silvanus Trevail frontage restored and the development moving forward, now, in a speedy manner.” 

The Council is aware that Devon and Cornwall Police has now concluded its investigation into the fire, with no charges brought. Anyone who has any information should still contact the police. 

 

Story posted 25 November 2020

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Statement on Kepak meat processing factory

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 11:07

106 employees at the Kepak meat processing factory in Bodmin have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now self-isolating following swift action by the factory owners, Cornwall Council and Public Health England (PHE) South West.

A total of 271 staff members have been tested over the past week after a small number initially reported positive tests.

This has been done though the company’s own on-site lateral flow tests, local NHS testing, and the use of a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) which visited the site on Thursday on the advice of Cornwall Council and Public Health England South West.

Of the 106 positive cases, roughly 80-85% were asymptomatic. Testing is continuing at the site and figures may be subject to change.

Anyone identified as a close contact linked to the positive cases will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. If you are contacted, you should only get tested if you go on to develop symptoms. Even if you test negative, you must still self-isolate for 14 days.   

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Cornwall Council has worked alongside the factory owners, Public Health England South West and our NHS partners to quickly contain this outbreak, provide public health advice and help stop the spread of the virus. Kepak staff who have tested positive are now self-isolating in line with public health guidance and are being given support.

“Outbreaks such as this are always tough for everyone involved, but we have worked with Kepak and our health service partners in taking quick and robust action to help stop the virus spreading.

“It is also a stark reminder that Covid-19 often comes with no symptoms, meaning people can easily pass the virus on without knowing they have it. I would urge everyone to keep following the government’s guidance to halt the spread of the virus and get a test when required to do so.”

She added: “The situation will continue to be monitored closely so staff can return to work as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety of residents and workers in Cornwall remains the council’s top priority.”

If you have any of the three main Covid-19 symptoms – a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste or smell, you must self-isolate and your household must continue to self-isolate while waiting for a test. You also must continue to isolate until you get your test results.

Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate, along with all members of their household, whether they have symptoms or not.

For more information on the rules and guidance visit www.gov.uk

A spokesperson for Kepak Group said: “Kepak is providing advice and support to any staff member who needs to self-isolate due to either a positive result or being a close contact of a confirmed case. 

"We are working closely the Public Health case review team to ensure that all contacts are identified. The Group is working tirelessly to protect its staff as well as ensuring the continuity of secure food supply during this pandemic. All staff members returning to work are following the Company’s Covid-19 return to work guidelines”.

 

Published November 25, 2020

Categories: Cornwall

Plans for a cleaner, greener and more inclusive Cornwall approved by full council

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:43

Ambitious plans for the future of Cornwall have been approved after a full meeting of Cornwall Council today.

The meeting, held virtually in light of the current Covid restrictions, also saw the Harbours Board Annual Report and free school meals and child poverty discussed.

The plans to shape the next thirty years in Cornwall, entitled Gyllyn Warbarth: Together We Can. The Cornwall Plan 2020-2050, were drawn up after one of the largest consultation exercises in the authority’s history.

It commits to creating a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall, with key goals including becoming plastic-free and carbon-neutral, ending street homelessness and a real living wage for every job.

Introducing the proposals, Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, told colleagues: “I am proud at the depth and breadth of the listening that we have done, which combines with our knowledge, to bring forward Gyllyn Warbarth.

“Personally, I heard first-hand from people across Cornwall in our livestreamed discussion event; I heard from black, Asian and minority ethnic residents in a roundtable discussion; and I heard from people who took part in our focus group with the LGBTQI+ community in Cornwall.

“I have digested all of the feedback we have received through our multiple communication channels.

“We have reached out across the whole of our communities, and I am proud that we have made particular effort to hear from those who feel that they do not have a voice, and we will ensure that these are ongoing dialogues.”

The plan was approved by the council, and will now form the clear strategic direction for the council.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr German said:  “I am proud of the The Cornwall Plan and am delighted to see it approved by the full council.

“We carried out a huge consultation exercise to ensure that we were truly reflecting the views of our residents.

“Thanks to this, we have proposals that are directly aligned with the priorities of our people, including the battle against climate change, the need to protect and enhance our culture and the desire to create a fairer and more inclusive society.

“My thanks go to the team that organised such a wide-reaching consultation, and I am confident this will make a hugely positive difference for Cornwall in the years to come.”

Cllr German added:  “I would just like to say thank you to the team who make these virtual meetings possible.  It is not the ideal way for us to meet but enables us to carry on with our vital democratic work during such testing times.”

Posted on November 24, 2020

Categories: Cornwall