Cornwall

Dogs on beaches - 'harmonisation and simplification' of regulations

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 16:23

Having listened to feedback from the Council’s largest-ever consultation response, regulations for dogs on beaches in Cornwall will be simplified and harmonised from this April.

Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, has decided that restrictions will be in place only in July and August, except on beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status where they will apply for four and a half months.

Adding one hour in the evenings, until 18.00, will match most lifeguard hours.
These new restrictions will apply to 41 beaches, and will stay in place for three years unless reviewed.

The decision will see:

  • Harmonised restrictions from 1 July to 31 August (two months) between 10:00 to 18:00 hours daily
  • Except where a beach has Blue Flag or Seaside Award status in place, when restrictions will apply for longer, from 15 May to 30 September (four and a half months) between 10:00 to 18:00.
  • There is an exception for Porthchapel Beach near Land’s End where current restrictions will be lifted, as requested by the private beach owner.

Rob Nolan has considered the recommendation of last Thursday’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee (NOSC), and has closely examined the response to the Council’s largest ever consultation response.

He has also borne in mind all the factors that have to be considered when making a decision to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order.

The two month restriction reflects the most popular views (monthly start date July 26%, end date August 43%) of those who responded to the consultation. It takes into account the responses to the consultation and the recommendations made by NOSC. Cllr Nolan has made the decision under delegated powers.

Throughout the consultation there were strong arguments for and against reducing seasonal restrictions. On balance, the arguments for reducing seasonal restrictions were more compelling.

Rob Nolan says, “I must thank everyone who took the time to take part in this consultation, from Cornwall and beyond, both dog-owners and non dog-owners. We are a listening council, and this was the council’s largest-ever consultation response, with over 13,128 replies, 78% from residents and 19% from visitors.

“Across this huge response was a strong theme for the regulations to be both simpler to understand, and standardised across Cornwall. At present they are different from place to place - some are 24 hours, some start at 7am. This is complicated and confusing, particularly for our visitors, so harmonising dates to two months, and times to 8 hours a day, will make them easier to comprehend and to enforce.

“The only exception will be on those beaches that hold Blue Flag status or Seaside Awards, where restrictions will be in place for over four months. This acknowledges the concerns of some Parish and Town Councils which have Blue Flag beaches in their areas.

“This means people will be able to go down for a beach walk in the morning and the evening with their dogs. And people who prefer a beach to be dog free will also be clear about the months and times of day they can expect this.

“With clarity for everyone, tourist accommodation providers can let their guests know when and where their dogs are welcome – good for Cornwall’s economy and good for residents. We will be monitoring whether dog owners honour these relaxed restrictions by cleaning up after their pets, and keeping them under control.

“I’m sure with common sense and mutual respect we can allow everyone to accept differing viewpoints, and all enjoy the beaches.”

New signs will be created underlining the responsibilities of dog owners. Council officers will monitor the effect of these changes, and it is proposed that a review take place following the 2020 summer period in order to assess their impact.

A new ‘We're watching you’ poster and online campaign to counter dog-fouling is already underway, and will have an extra boost next week. This will give information on reporting dog-related issues to Cornwall Council.

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Over £900 for Cornwall Hospice Care as Penmount Crematorium Charity of 2019

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:33

Penmount Crematorium near Truro has raised £913.91 for Cornwall Hospice Care in its annual Charity of the Year fundraiser.

The charity cheque was handed over to Clare Bray & Anna Seymour from Cornwall Hospice Care by Penmount Staff on 30 January.

The funds were raised from donations received at the crematorium’s Service of Remembrance held on the last Sunday in June, and its Carol Service in December. Both Services take place in the Trelawny Chapel. Staff have also raised money with a metal recycling programme.

Every year the staff at Penmount choose who they would like to support throughout the coming year, and then work closely with the chosen charity’s representatives to raise as much as possible.  

Community Engagement Officer Clare Bray says: "From all of us at Cornwall Hospice Care, I'd like to say big thank you to all the team at Penmount Crematorium who supported us again last year. It was a real honour to be a part of the two remembrance services, which clearly meant a great deal to those who attended.”

“The amount raised is fantastic and will go directly towards supporting patients in Cornwall living with a terminal illness, and their families and carers.”

Cornwall Hospice Care operates Cornwall’s two adult hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. Now in its fortieth year of supporting terminally ill adults in Cornwall, the charity provides services free of charge in its two hospices, in towns and villages, and in Cornwall’s acute hospital.

Susan Cannan, Bereavement Services Manager at Penmount Crematorium, says: “Penmount Staff are delighted to have raised this money for such a worthy cause”.

Penmount Crematorium is a publicly owned, self-financed facility administered by Cornwall Council, two miles from the city centre of Truro. It is situated on a secluded country estate of twenty-eight acres, eleven of which have been developed as Gardens of Remembrance. The Crematorium’s chosen charity for 2020 is Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Moves underway to create Cornwall's first ‘Real Living Wage Town’

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 11:27

Penzance could become the first Living Wage Accredited Town in England, under ambitious plans being developed between local employers, business owners, the Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall Council.

The real living wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by nearly 6,000 UK businesses and organisations.  The current rate is set at £9.30, a pound more than the amount set out by the UK Government.

The benefits for businesses paying a Living Wage are many and far reaching; reduced staff turnover and sickness, an improvement in morale and productivity and finally beyond that, more money is spent locally boosting the economy. 

Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Julian German, said: “We are delighted to be working with and supporting a group of dedicated employers in West Cornwall, who have clearly identified the benefits of paying the Real Living Wage.  The project is very much in it’s early stages, but the passion and commitment being shown so far is excellent.”

In 2015 Cornwall Councillors pledged to adopt the Living Wage Foundation rate rather than the minimum wage as the lowest rate of pay for all directly-employed staff. Work is now underway to extend the scheme to the contractors we work with, ensuring their staff are also paid at the higher rate.

Julian continued: “The plan is ambitious; to substantially increase living wage jobs not just in the Penzance area, but across Cornwall.  We know the transformative effect the real Living Wage has on people and their families. The leadership shown by local employers and councillors is an example for others to follow. 

“Cornwall is one of the poorest areas of Northern Europe and historically, has seen some of the lowest wages. So, I am delighted that Cornwall Council is taking a leading role in trying to change this.”

It’s hoped that under the plans key local employers will become involved in the pilot project such as schools, GP practices, care homes and the hospital.  The pilot will also be extended to include businesses in Newlyn, Mousehole, Heamoor and Gulval.

Independent Councillor for Penzance East, Tim Dwelly, started the campaign: “I am proud of the work being done by local employers and the commitment they are showing to achieving Real Living Wage accredited status.

“Not only is this great for local employees, there is a lot of evidence to show the impact this can have - not only on those receiving the additional money, but the wider financial benefits for the whole community.  And although this is in the early stages, the drive and commitment is there to make this a massive success.”

This morning a celebration breakfast was held at New County Hall, which brought together some of the businesses committed to the Real Living Wage and those businesses keen to find out more, as well as Cornwall Councillors.  Delegates heard from council leaders and Living Wage business owners about the impacts the scheme has had on them and their staff.  

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Have your say on Langarth Garden Village masterplan

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:27

We’re holding a series of community engagement events in and around the site of the new Langarth Garden Village during the first week of March so you can give us your views on the latest draft of the masterplan.

Langarth Garden Village is set to provide high quality homes, education, health, cultural and leisure facilities, and flexible workspaces set in open and walkable green landscapes with trees, walking and cycle ways.

During the past few months local people and stakeholders have been sharing their ideas, aspirations and concerns for the site with members of our masterplan team. Their feedback has played a key role in shaping the emerging masterplan and we are now seeking comments on the latest proposals. 

The dates and times are:

  • Monday 2 March 2pm to 7pm at Truro Golf Club, Highertown 
  • Tuesday 3 March 2pm to 7pm at Shortlanesend Village Hall  
  • Wednesday 4 March 2pm to 7pm at St Agnes Miners and Mechanics Hall  
  • Thursday 5 March 2pm to 7pm at Chacewater Village Hall  
  • Friday 6 March 2pm to 7pm at Threemilestone Community Centre 
  • Saturday 7 March all day at Truro Farmers Market, Lemon Quay  

Representatives from the Council and the master planning team will be on hand at all the events to talk about the proposals and answer any questions.  

The Council’s highways team has also been working on the designs for the new road which will connect all the developments on the site and provide an alternative route to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.   

Details of the latest proposals for the new road and the link road which will connect the development with the A390, will also be available at the public engagement events so people can give their views.

Read more about Langarth Garden Village   

You’ll can also give your views using the online questionnaire on the Langarth Garden Village pages on our website or you can email the team at LangarthGV@cornwall.gov.uk with any queries or comments.  

All the comments will be used to shape the final version of the masterplan ahead of the formal submission of the outline planning application in May 2020. 

 

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Announcement of ground-breaking joint leadership role

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:22

A new approach to working together on social care, health commissioning and public health services across Cornwall is being put in place following a joint agreement between Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

The new joint ‘Accountable Officer’ role will incorporate the duties currently undertaken by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of Adult Care and Health and those of NHS Kernow’s Chief Officer to provide joined-up leadership to deliver on the new vision for Health and Well-Being for the next 10 years, agreed by all the partners in January 2020 that “by working together to tackle health inequalities, everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing and grow, live, work and age well”.

Cornwall has a ‘super-aging’ population and as people live longer there will be an increased demand on health and social care services. The creation of a joint role builds on the already-close working between the two organisations and has the potential to deliver far-reaching benefits to local people by providing joint oversight, leadership, and focus to allow public health and social care services to develop and deliver services to meet the needs and promote the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “This role is the next step in bringing together Cornwall’s public health, social care and health services to make sure that people in Cornwall are receiving a more seamless service between their care and health needs.

“When someone is in crisis it shouldn’t matter if their needs are due to their health or social care. By bringing these two important services together people should start to benefit from a much simpler and more integrated service.”

Dr. Iain Chorlton, chair of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group said, “This is an important signal of our commitment to joint working. We recognise this will be a challenging role and have taken several months to prepare the groundwork for such an important leadership position, which is a key step in how we work together to transform and develop services that meet the needs of our unique population.

“People expect us to work together to plan health and care, and this is a significant and positive step forward, which I believe will help us to improve the health of our population while delivering better value and impact for local taxpayers.”

It is our intention that the new role will be established and in place for the start of the new financial year on 1 April 2020. The appointment will be for an initial trial period of 18 months.

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Abusive and aggressive behaviour sees “rogue” builder in court

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:01

A builder from Newquay, described by Cornwall Council’s Legal Team as one of the worst examples of “rogue trading”, appeared at Truro Crown Court on 20 February following an investigation by Trading Standards.

Kryster Young of Shackleton Drive, Newquay had admitted seven charges of using misleading actions, aggressive practices and of contravening professional standards at an earlier hearing at Truro Magistrates Court. And this morning the Crown Court heard how he had taken on two building jobs for which he had neither the experience nor the skills to complete. 

The Trading Standards investigation found that Young had caused a catalogue of errors and poor workmanship at two properties, leaving the home owners with bills of over £5,000 and £13,000 respectively to have the faults and problems rectified.

And when one of his customers complained about the work, Young returned to the property and ripped off the flat roof, scattering the pieces across the garden. He also sent threatening text messages to the other customer when she too complained.

In passing sentence, HHJ Carr reminded Young of the devastating impact his actions had had on two people who had saved up their hard-earned money to have the home improvements undertaken. And when challenged by the aggrieved customers Young had become “abusive and aggressive in a manner that is wholly unacceptable.” He ordered Young to pay fines and compensation totalling £14,350.

Commenting on the prosecution, Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said: “This case demonstrates a terrible abuse of trust, where home owners put their faith in a builder to honour promises and to do a good job."

"Lying about an ability to undertake specialist work, substituting inferior materials, insisting on payments despite work not being finished and leaving others unsupervised to actually do some of the work all points to a reckless disregard for the customers. The deliberate damage caused and the threatening text messages sent only compounds this criminal behaviour.”

“And it is specifically to help home owners avoid these rogues and criminals that Cornwall Council has adopted the 'Buy with Confidence', business approval scheme. I would urge everyone to use only tradesmen and businesses who have been approved by Trading Standards wherever possible.”

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The eyes have it – peering posters are on the look-out for irresponsible dog owners

Cornwall Council - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:22


The eyes have it – peering posters are on the look-out for irresponsible dog owners.

It is estimated that one in every ten dog owners doesn’t pick up after pooch has taken a poo. If that’s you, a new campaign across Cornwall should make you feel more than a little uneasy.

Cornwall Council has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to adopt its award-winning ‘We’re watching you’ poster campaign. The focus is a pair of piercing eyes that actually glow in the dark. And their ‘We’re watching you’ message has been proven to reduce incidents of dog fouling on pavements, parks, paths, playgrounds and other public spaces.

Countering dog fouling is high on Cornwall Council’s #Litterless agenda, and the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued has jumped from 17 in 2018/19 to 84 in 2019/20.

And we really are watching you! Almost 2,000 high-visibility dog fouling patrols have been carried out since 2016. Also, 100 town and parish councils have been trained in using a new 'no contact report card' which makes dog fouling easier to report.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “Dog poo is unsightly, it’s a nuisance, and it’s a health hazard. 90% of dog owners take the responsible approach, and go on dog walks equipped to clean up. But on these dark winter evenings some unscrupulous people think they don’t need to take the trouble, as they think they won’t be observed. Not so! Now our luminous eyes posters should make them think twice. If reported they could face a £100 fixed penalty, or prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000.”

“This summer we are extending the months when dogs can be walked on beaches, so more than ever we need to adopt a no-tolerance approach to dog mess. No excuses, everyone must come up to the standard of the responsible majority of dog owners.”

It seems the pupils of Lanner School near Redruth agree with Cllr Nolan. Lanner is one of a dozen dog-walking ‘hot spots’ where Cornwall Council is testing the ‘We’re watching’ campaign. Among comments from the young audience: “I think it’s the owners’ fault because the dogs can’t pick up their own poo!” “Can you please pick up your dog’s poo because if it gets in children’s eyes it can make them blind.”

You can find out more about the campaign here. It has already reduced dog fouling by up to 75% in Portsmouth and other places, according to a Keep Britain Tidy report.

If it proves effective in the twelve test sites Cornwall Council will look at rolling it out more widely, providing signs and monitoring forms to more town and parish councils and also to interested community groups.

Keep your eyes open for the ‘We’re watching you’ campaign in the following pilot areas: Torpoint, Chacewater, Lanner, Launceston, Newquay, Camborne, Saltash, St Austell, Tywardreath/Par, Falmouth, St Blaise, Penzance.

If you represent a town and parish council interested in being part of a future phase of the 'We're watching you' campaign should the pilot prove successful, please register your interest by emailing Business Development Manager James Peck on james.peck@cornwall.gov.uk.

And please keep a look out on social media for Cornwall’s ‘We’re watching you’ posts, including our filming at Lanner School, and share them.

 

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Budget proposals on the agenda at next week’s Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:54

Cornwall Council will meet on Tuesday 25 February for final approval of the budget for 2020/21 to ensure delivery of essential services that work for every resident of Cornwall.

The proposals, approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet last week, would see council tax rise by 1.99 per cent, plus the Government's two per cent precept ringfenced for adult social care services.

The cabinet’s budget proposals would keep council tax rates well below the England average and make Cornwall’s bills among the lowest in the south west.

This is against a backdrop of ever-growing pressures on Cornwall Council’s finances and uncertainty about government’s future funding arrangements for local government.

Over the last ten years, the Council has made around £380 million of savings, with significant savings to be made over the next four years, whist continuing to make the case to government for fairer funding for Cornwall’s residents.

At Tuesday’s meeting, members will also consider the council’s business plan and the medium term financial plan 2020/21 – 2023/24.

Members will also be given an overview of the capital programme, which outlines major strategic projects which are fully or part-funded by Cornwall Council to support the priorities of residents, create jobs and boost the economy.

The report to members will include recent decisions from cabinet and seek the formal approval from Council for the overall increase to the programme for the funding of those projects.

Cornwall Council will meet at Lys Kernow on Tuesday, February 25 at 10.30am.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, or you can watch live via our webcast.

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Find out more about mental health safety plans at events across Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:29

A series of events aimed at supporting people with their mental health by using a mental health safety plan are being held across Cornwall on 28 February.

Events will be held in Penzance, Carnon Downs and Lanivet and Cornwall Council's Public Health Team would like to invite anyone who is interested, including individuals, organisations and community groups, to learn more about how the plans can help them and the community.

Cornwall Council’s public health team work hard to provide support for people throughout the year with their mental health and mental health safety plans are designed so that people can help themselves during any stage of a mental health crisis.

In the UK an average 6000 people die a year from suicide, that’s compared to around 2000 people killed on the roads. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average, one person a week dies by suicide, which is higher than other areas of the South West.

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health said: “A mental health safety plan supports and guides someone when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide to help them avoid a state of intense suicide crisis. Research tells us that it’s one of the best tools to mitigate future suicide behaviours. The events are an opportunity for people to hear about them in more detail, whether to learn how to write one for themselves or support someone else to write one.”

Launch events will be held in three different locations throughout the day on 28 February, these are at:

  • St John's Hall, Alverne Room, Penzance - 9am-11am
  • Truro and Penwith College, Tregye Campus, Carnon Downs - 12:30pm- 2:30pm
  • Lanivet Parish Community Centre, Lanivet - 4pm-6pm

Cllr Hawken added: “I’d urge anyone with an interest in this area to go to one of these events to find out more. It is the Council’s priority that everyone should have better health and this very much includes mental health.”

More information on each event and how to book can be found on the council’s website

For anyone who needs support with their mental health you can visit Cornwall Council’s website.

You can also download a mental health safety plan template off Cornwall Council’s website

Anyone who needs immediate help is urged to visit their GP.

Story posted on 17 February

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New Cornwall care company aims to reduce the amount of time people spend in hospital

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:44

A report which proposes that a new care company be established within the Corserv group, Cornwall Council’s arms-length group of companies was approved by Cornwall Council Cabinet this week (12 February).  

The new company aims to reduce the amount of time people spend in hospital and will help strengthen the care market. It will employ 300 staff and deliver around £10.5m of services each year.  

The council has agreed to this important change following its purchase of Trefula nursing home in St Day, and its plan to invest a further £825,000 in the STEPS service which helps people get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. The annual spend on these services will see an increase from £4.7m per year to £5.5m.

Cllr Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults said: “Building more capacity within reablement services means more people can be supported to live independently at home and avoid being placed in long term residential and nursing care when they don’t need to be.

“All of these services being managed by one company will also make it a lot easier for care and health workers to refer people into the service.”

In 2018, the council commissioned a Strategic Review of Cormac which recommended that an alternative infrastructure be considered for Corcare and STEPS, which is currently managed by Cormac, whose primary focus is Highways.

The Cormac report proposed that, in order to enable Corserv to develop specialist expertise in the delivery of care services, and to enable the Cormac company to focus on traffic and highway services, a new care company be established as a subsidiary of Corserv Ltd within the Corserv Group of Companies.

The new company will be able to recruit and develop new care staff to help bring additional capacity to the fragile care market in Cornwall. It will ensure that people receive the care they need. Supporting people to be at home and independent will be its central ethos. As a separate company it will have its own structure, governance and board arrangements with specialist management expertise.

STEPS and Corcare bring expertise in providing care and support for people with a mix of different needs. Over the last year the reablement team have supported over 900 people to leave hospital by working with health professionals to identify people who can, with support, return to their own homes.

This initiative will support the council to deliver on its priorities of ‘reducing the need for admission to care homes’ and ‘reducing the number of people staying in hospital longer than is required’.

The business plan will be presented at the next March Cabinet meeting for progression to the next stage.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s website

Story posted on 14 February

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Disabled Cornish youngsters make 'Masked Ball' a glittering success

Cornwall Council - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:16

More than 40 young people with disabilities came together for a masked ball prom night this month (Saturday 1 February) with the help of Action for Children’s Cornwall SPACE project.

Dressed up in a glittering array of sparkling outfits, smart suits and elegant ball gowns, the young guests were wined and dined with soft drinks and a buffet dinner at Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth, posed for funny shots of themselves in a photo booth, before taking to the dancefloor to twist the night away.

Funded by Cornwall Council, Action for Children’s SPACE gives disabled children and young people across Cornwall exciting new activities to try, whilst providing families with an all-important short break. The services also run youth groups for disabled young people in St.Blazey, Hayle and Bodmin.

Young person’s practitioner at Action for Children, Hannah Prior, said: “What a fantastic night! Our young people had been planning and looking forward to the event for months and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

“Supporting disabled young people to have a fun at events like this, helps them feel empowered and builds their confidence as part of a safe and happy childhood. A huge thank you to all the young people, parents and staff who made the evening such a glittering success!”

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Cornwall Council invests in new business space in Pool

Cornwall Council - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:56

Work on a new commercial space for businesses to grow and provide jobs to benefit Cornwall’s residents, has started in Pool.  

Chy Tevyans or “House of Growth” will join a suite of workspaces commissioned by Cornwall Council. It is the latest Council-led development to meet the needs of businesses who want high quality office space so that they can expand and grow.  

Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Chy Tevyans will be a three-storey building featuring twelve new office suites, ranging from 86 to 122 m2, providing a total of 1,512m2 of flexible workspace, enabled with ultrafast ‘fibre to the premise’ technology. Its central location, next to the Pool Innovation Centre, provides excellent public transport and road connections.  

Chy Tevyans will address a gap in the supply of grow on workspace in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) area. It will provide infrastructure for growing businesses that need new office space to accommodate their growth, and provide a high quality work environment where businesses can create and develop their products and services. The building will boast the same high-quality environmental standard as other recent workspaces commissioned by Cornwall CounciI, such as the Aerohub Business Park Sector 2 and the Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing, and will be built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard.  

The Cornwall Council led project is being built by Kier Construction Ltd with Mace Group Ltd acting as Project Managers. It is funded by a £2.3 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), matched by £1.9 million from Cornwall Council.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, with the first tenants following in early 2021. The development will enhance the North Trevenson site, which currently comprises the residential development of Mellior Park, Cornwall College and the Pool Innovation Centre. It is estimated that once the building is fully occupied, the Chy Tevyans project will support the creation of 40 new jobs in the area and contribute £1.5 million to the local economy.  

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning Bob Egerton, said: “This new development in a strategic location close to the A30 will offer much needed high quality accommodation for businesses looking to expand. It contributes to Cornwall Council’s strategic aim to increase high wages and high skilled local employment.”

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive Glenn Caplin, said: “The tech sector is growing in the Pool area and by providing more high quality, fibre connected office space we are supporting the continued growth of this important cluster. I look forward to seeing the first businesses moving in next year.”

Cornwall Councillor for Pool and Tehidy Ward Philip Desmonde, said: “I welcome the news of this new development as there is a shortage of workspace for larger commercial businesses in the Pool area. I look forward to this investment supporting new Cornwall SME’s and talents, and to reinforce the message this area is a fertile place for growth.”

Chris Couch, area manager for Kier Regional Building, said: “We are delighted to be delivering new office space in Pool. Working in collaboration with Cornwall Council, Chy Tevyans will provide first-class facilities for local businesses.

“Over the duration of this project, we will work with our local supply chain, provide training opportunities through our Employment Skills Plan and engage with the local community. We look forward to delivering this new work space that will bring a range of benefits to the Pool area for years to come.”

For more information about the project development visit The Growth Programme website or send your enquiry to: growthprogramme@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Story posted 12 February 2020 

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Cabinet agree budget proposals for 2020/21

Cornwall Council - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 15:21

A budget to deliver essential services that work for every resident of Cornwall has been approved by the Cabinet  at Lys Kernow today (12 February 2020).

The proposal will now go before Full Council for final approval on Tuesday, February 25.

Residents who took part in the recent consultation process were able to tell us what issues really matter to them. These included affordable decent housing, good schools and safeguarding for our children, better job prospects and cost of living, better wages, decent services for the vulnerable and elderly, climate emergency, public transport and improvements in road and pavement repairs.

However, we also listened to people’s concerns over rising bills, and are doing all we can to keep Cornwall’s council tax rates well below the England average and one of the lowest in the south west, despite ever-growing pressures on our finances.

The budget proposal for 2020/21 will see Cornwall Council:

  • creating better paid jobs for local people, putting £10 million into the pockets of the lowest paid as the first South West council to pay the real Living Wage (£9 an hour compared to £7.70 national minimum wage).
  • continuing to lead the fight against the climate emergency, with £20 million set aside for our climate action plan, including continuing to plant the forest for Cornwall, retrofitting homes to improve energy efficiency, changing planning processes to ensure the climate is at the heart of decisions made, and improving footpaths and cycleways to reduce short car journeys.
  • improving care for vulnerable older people, investing an extra £20 million a year in adult social care next year - on top of the £7 million a year uplift we have already delivered.
  • ensuring our children get the best start in life, increasing funding for children schools and families in Cornwall by a further 6%, and putting £13m of capital to improve school buildings.
  • building more good quality homes for local people, with an extra 1,000 homes directly through the council.
  • improving 4,500 miles of rural road, with an extra £10 million each year for road repairs for 3 years.
  • investing in a new waste service to encourage every resident to cut down on their plastic and recycle more.

The proposals would mean council tax would rise by 1.99 per cent, alongside the government's two per cent increase ringfenced for adult social care services.

Council deputy leader Adam Paynter, who is responsible for resources and finances, said: “This council works for you and every other resident of Cornwall.

“Our 5,500 staff provide homes, educate the young, maintain your parks, keep your streets clean, help you stay fit and healthy, collect and recycle your waste, care for you and your loved ones and we give you a helping hand when you need it.

“They are one of Cornwall’s largest workforces - and they work for you.

“Over the last ten years, we have changed the way we work to make over £380 million of savings, while protecting the services that people have told us are most important.

“We are now continuing to do just that, while also leading the fight to tackle the growing climate emergency.  I am pleased that our sound financial management, combined with an ongoing drive for value for money, means we can continue to invest in the services that matter most to you, while keeping council tax down as much as we can.”

Also agreed at today’s meeting were plans to create a new £4 million fund to help shape town centres in the face of changing shopping habits and new lifestyle and working patterns.

The new funding will not be available to those towns who have already secured Government funding, which has already seen Penzance, Truro, St Ives and Camborne approved for up to £25 million worth of schemes.

The budget will now be presented to full council for approval when it next meets at Lys Kernow on Tuesday, February 25 at 10.30am.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, or you can watch live via our webcast.

 

Story posted 12 February 2020

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The Brexit transition period and where Cornwall stands

Cornwall Council - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:39

The UK formally left the European Union at 11pm on Friday, January 31 - so what’s changed since then?

Well, not much initially. The UK immediately entered an 11-month transition period during which the country will no longer be a member state but will still be subject to EU rules and regulations.

The transition period is designed to avoid abrupt changes to trade rules and immigration, and to give businesses and the government time to adjust post-Brexit.

It will also allow negotiations to begin over the future relationship between the UK and the EU, with the aim of striking a trade deal during this time.

Cornwall Council has taken a look at what this all means for residents and businesses.

What will stay the same during the Brexit transition period?

 

The country will remain in the customs union and single market and will still be a part of existing EU trade deals, as well as being subject to EU regulations.

This means that current rules will stay the same for now, but businesses will need to prepare for changes at the end of the transition period.

Freedom of movement will also continue to apply during the transition, so UK nationals will still be able to move and live in the EU as they currently do.

The same applies for EU nationals wishing to live and work in the UK.

Europeans will have the same rights and status as before. This also means that there will be no change to the documents they need to prove their rights to rent or work.

European citizens who wish to stay in the UK after the transition period may need to apply for settled status to continue living in the UK from 2021. You will be able to apply up until June 2021.

Cornwall Council is offering an ID scanning service for those who would like help applying for settled status, and help for more applicants who need more support through Inclusion Cornwall.

How long is the transition period set to last?

The transition period is due to last 11 months, coming to an end on December 31, 2020.

It means that the UK has 11 months to negotiate its future relationship and trade deal with the European Union.

An extension to the transition period could be requested for up to two years, and the country has until June 30 this year to ask for this.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the law which Parliament passed to agree the withdrawal deal – stops Ministers from being able to agree to an extension.

If by December 31, a deal on the future relationship has not been agreed, the UK will exit the transition period with no deal and will revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules on trade and security, mirroring the terms of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

How has Cornwall Council been preparing for Brexit?

Cornwall Council has been preparing for different Brexit scenarios since the referendum result – including preparing the council for a possible ‘no deal’ outcome.

Working alongside partners across the South West, the council will continue to review its arrangements in 2020 to ensure it remains prepared.

Julian German, the leader of Cornwall Council, said: “As a council, we’re continuing to do all we can to stand up for Cornwall to ensure that the Prime Minister sticks to his commitment that Cornwall will be no worse off as a result of Brexit.

“Our New Frontiers plan was designed to help shape Government’s post-Brexit policy, and build upon our current devolution deal to enable Cornwall to make its own decisions.

“Our new collaborations with other areas – including the Great South West, and Britain’s Leading Edge – will also help to strengthen our voice in partnership.

“In the coming months we’ll also reiterate again and again that our European residents and their families are hugely valued members of our community who we hope will continue to make Cornwall their home.”

What will happen to EU funding for Cornwall?

As a result of the deal reached between the UK and the EU, the funding that Cornwall currently receives from the EU’s 2014-2020 Budget is secured to the end of 2023.

Ralph Bunche, head of the Cornwall Brussels Office, said: “Some funding may continue depending on whether the UK decides to join some EU programmes, such as those that encourage research and innovation and cross-border collaboration.

“The UK government has consistently stated that Cohesion funding will be replaced via a UK Shared Prosperity Fund.”

Cornwall Council will continue to call on government to stick to the Prime Minister’s commitment for a UK Shared Prosperity Fund to match like-for-like the amount that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receives from the EU.

Will Cornwall still be able to bid for EU funding in the future?

Applicants in Cornwall can continue to bid for EU funding throughout 2020.
Any awards made in 2020 will be guaranteed for the duration of the project – up to three years.

From 2021 onwards, stakeholders in Cornwall will only be able to bid on EU projects under EU programmes that the UK has agreed to join.

Mr Bunche said: “EU stakeholders can continue to bid on projects under the full range of programmes which were accessible pre-Brexit, and any projects that were agreed at the start of this year will remain.

“There is a question about what will happen with those projects after the end of the year but, as it stands, there are no barriers to participating in programmes this year.”

 

Story posted on February 11, 2020

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Celebrating Cornwall's apprentices

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:42

What do Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham and Elvis all have in common?

They all started their careers as an apprentice!

We’re celebrating another successful National Apprenticeship Week, where Cornwall Council, Cormac and the NHS in Cornwall put the spotlight on ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities across Cornwall.

The national week of celebration encourages parents, teachers, employers and young people to ‘Look Beyond’, and celebrate the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities.

There are currently nearly 200 apprenticeships in Cornwall Council, in a range of subjects from entry level to master’s degree programmes. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience and a qualification in your chosen career, or to upskill staff and develop your workforce.

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Adam Paynter, said: “Gaining an apprenticeship is a great tool to either launch or change your career. We have around 180 talented individuals currently working through their apprenticeship schemes within the council and I’d like to pay tribute to their spirit and enthusiasm.

“Studies have shown that an apprentice can raise the morale of a work place and bring new ideas.  So, whatever your interests or ambitions there is likely to be an opportunity for you to develop and to go on and have a rewarding career with us.”

Cornwall Council has recruited 62 new apprentices in the last year and has forged links with nearly 30 different learning providers to provide apprenticeship courses.

Our aim is to have trained over 500 apprentices before 2021, but the courses aren’t just open to young people leaving school or college. Former Apprentice Alison Thomas said: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, obviously there’s a minimum age, but there’s actually no maximum age and just take the leap of confidence, and the leap of faith to actually do it”. 

The week was finished off with a joint celebration event for those apprentices that completed their qualification in the last 12 months/year. 

Paul Masters, Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods attended the event to present Cornwall Council employees with their certificates.  Paul is a former apprentice and said: “I started an apprenticeship with North Cornwall District Council in 1981. I had just completed a year at art college. I had to decide whether to continue with a degree at art college, to be a pilot in the air force or to become an environmental health trainee – I chose the latter.

“Working for Cornwall Council is fun. There is always a challenge, always a lot on - but it can be tough. Ultimately, working for Cornwall Council is a good achievement. The best thing about being an apprentice is the ability to go out and job shadow, there was so much variety. One day it might have been housing, the next could have been a health and safety accident.” 

If you would like to know more about apprenticeships in Cornwall, there is an open event on Thursday, March 5.

You can find more information on the current vacancies and apply now on  our website.

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Future of Local Government discussed at St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 14:14

Residents of Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen and St Newlyn East, are invited to attend the next St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel on Thursday, February 13 and hear about local matters.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford, will be giving a presentation on ‘What the future holds for local government in Cornwall’. There will also be an update on year one highways schemes, and progress regarding year two expressions of interest in the network area.

The meeting will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB on Thursday, February 13.

Community Network Panel chairman, Cllr Ken Yeo, said: “All local residents are invited to attend the meeting - it is your opportunity to meet your Cornwall councillors and your parish council representatives.”

“The meeting on Thursday provides you with an invaluable opportunity to hear from Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods. In addition, you can find out about what’s going on locally and how your representatives address matters that have been brought to their attention. As a panel we encourage input from the residents who attend the meeting.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets regularly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other partner agencies.
Topics that have featured regularly on the agenda include updates on the Saints Trail scheme and the provision of school places in both primary and secondary education affecting pupils within the network area.

Topics likely to be discussed at future meetings will include climate change action, and the provision of adult social care.

More information about the community network panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage.

Story posted on February 10, 2020

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Hundreds of new trees for Cornish towns and villages

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:58

Residents are to benefit from improved green spaces as trees are to be planted in 15 Cornish towns and villages as part of the Forest for Cornwall.

A total of 19 sites will see the new, carbon-absorbing canopy cover which will count towards Cornwall Council’s flagship project to help tackle the climate emergency.

Planting for 13 of the locations will be part-funded by the Government’s Forestry Commission after the Council won a £87,000 bid under the Urban Tree Challenge Fund which aims to expand woodlands and tree cover across England.

The Forest for Cornwall programme is co-financing these sites as well as providing all funding for the remaining six sites.

The initiative follows the community launch of the Forest for Cornwall at Saltash last December with the help of the Woodland Trust, volunteers, residents and school pupils.

A total of 208 native and non-native trees are due to be planted with Forestry Commission support across the following locations:

  • Thanckes Park, Antony Road, Torpoint
  • Berryfields and Wallace Road, Bodmin
  • Hillside Park, Bodmin
  • Coronation Close, Callington
  • B3266 verge, Valley Truckle, Camelford
  • Land at Harbour View, Hayle
  • Public open space at St James View, Indian Queens
  • Culverland Park and Wrey Avenue, Liskeard
  • Polwhele Road, Treloggan Road and Treloggan Road roundabout, Newquay
  • Princess May Recreation Ground, Penzance
  • Treweath Road, Penzance
  • Trethowel Recreation Ground, St Austell
  • Trelander Highway Housing Estate, Truro

 A total of 76 trees funded by the Forest for Cornwall are set to be planted across the following sites:

  • Public open space at Boconnoc Avenue, Callington
  • Land at Sunnyside Parc, Illogan
  • Brea Playing Field, Pool
  • Open space land at the Paddock, Redruth
  • Raymond Road Playing Field, Redruth
  • Hawthorn Avenue, Torpoint

Planting for Torpoint, Callington, Illogan, Pool and Redruth will take place over the next month while the remaining sites will be planted in the following planting season from October onwards.

The trees will be a mixture of native broadleaf and non-native trees to provide resilience to local disease and climate changes.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s cabinet member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “After the successful launch of the Forest for Cornwall in Saltash we are pleased that the Forestry Commission will be supporting us in our next major planting effort focused in urban areas.

“This new tree canopy cover will not only count towards the Forest for Cornwall and help address the climate emergency, it will increase accessibility to open spaces for our residents, helping people socialise, get out and about into nature on their doorsteps and exercise for free with clear benefits for their personal and community wellbeing.

“Access to woodlands for our residents of Cornwall is currently fairly limited, with only 41% of residents living within 4km of a woodland, so there is a real need for trees in our towns and villages.

“We hope our climate action inspires others to plant more trees in their communities – whether you are a town and parish council, school, organisation or individual who wants to take positive steps to tackling the climate emergency, get in touch with us so we can support you in contributing to the Forest for Cornwall.”

Of all the sites 16 are located in the Council’s Air Quality Management Areas with the aim that the increased tree cover will create cleaner air for residents and commuters.

The Forest for Cornwall is the council’s flagship carbon-reducing programme to cover 8,000 hectares of land across Cornwall over the next decade with woodlands, forests and other canopy cover.

Once completed, the programme aims to extend canopy cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total land area and capture 1% of Cornwall’s current greenhouse gas emissions, working alongside other natural climate solutions to draw carbon from the atmosphere.

This latest planting scheme builds on the Council’s award-winning £6.4 million European Regional Development Fund Green Infrastructure for Growth / Making Space for Nature project which is transforming a number of urban greenspaces for people and wildlife in towns across Cornwall.

More information on the Forest for Cornwall and how to get involved is at www.cornwall.gov.uk/forestforconwall.

 

Story posted on 7 February, 2020

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Fly-tipper who dumped 2,000 tonnes of waste on wildlife reserve in Camborne is sentenced

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:54

A man who dumped an estimated 2,000 tonnes of waste – much of it contaminated – on a wildlife reserve in Tuckingmill Valley Park has received an eight-month suspended jail sentence and been ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation to Cornwall Council and £22,400 in legal costs. 

Mr FB Greening, 69 (known as Brian) of Pengegon in Camborne dumped the material which included lead, arsenic and some asbestos, in 2016. The fly-tipping took place over three days of intense destruction of wooded land at the south edge of the park.  

It is thought to be one of Cornwall’s largest ever instances of fly-tipping. 

Greening was charged after a lengthy investigation by Cornwall Council’s Neighbourhoods and Public Protection Service, following a report from a member of the public. He was sentenced on Friday, 31 January 2020 at Truro Crown Court. 

He owned a large plot of land adjacent to the Tuckingmill site for which he had planning permission. When clearing his land, instead of paying for proper disposal, he dumped the spoil on what he thought was scrub or unused land. 

In fact, it was land managed by Cornwall Council on a long-term lease which was being used as a wildlife reserve. 

Cornwall Council hopes that the area can be restored, but during the tipping trees were felled and original flora and fauna would have been destroyed. 

The land will now be cleared of the contaminated waste and compensation monies used by the property team to reinstate the area.  

Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Allan Hampshire, says: “The Council takes the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and we actively investigate all cases to identify evidence that could support a prosecution of offenders. This case underlines the potential repercussions for those who deliberately fly-tip.” 

This is a setback for Tuckingmill Valley, which had been transformed from the most visible derelict land site in West Cornwall into an award-winning park. 

The site is situated in the heart of Camborne and Redruth and has become a symbol of regeneration for the area. 

 

Story posted on 7 February, 2020

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Work starts on first Saints Trail at Goonhavern

Cornwall Council - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 11:22

Work is underway in Goonhavern on the first part of a new 17km multi-use trail between Newquay and Perranporth.

It will be the first in a network of multi-use ‘Saints Trails’ across central Cornwall aimed at increasing opportunities for cycling to work, for leisure, and to help residents lead healthy active lifestyles.

The Saints Trails will be similar to the existing Camel and Bissoe trails, which are well-used by local residents and popular with visitors to Cornwall.

While most of the Newquay to Perranporth trail will be away from main roads, the route at Goonhavern passes through the centre of the village. Teams from Cormac are currently working on a 500m section to widen footpaths on Perranwell Road and Bridge Road, as well as installing toucan crossings near the double roundabout and park.

This short section will not only be of benefit to those using the wider Perranporth to Newquay trail, but it will also benefit residents – in particular local youngsters who currently need to cross the busy Perranwell Road and Bridge Road to get to the park.

'Connecting Communities'

The four Saints Trail routes will see around 30km of multi-use trails built across central Cornwall. In December the Council’s Cabinet confirmed the routes as:  

  • St Agnes to Truro 
  • Trispen to Idless 
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross 
  • Perranporth to Newquay 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “This project is all about connecting our communities, linking with where residents live and work and joining up access to the services that people want and need.

“There are many benefits – to health, the environment and local economy. We’ve seen how popular the Camel and Bissoe trails are with tourists and we expect the Saints Trails to have a similar draw. And swapping the car for a bike helps address congestion on our roads and improve air quality.” 

Read more about the Saints Trails

Cornwall Council is investing £2m into the trails with the majority of the funding (£17.07m) for the schemes coming from Highways England as part of its programme to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside the strategic road network. 

Highways England Senior Project Manager Hannah Sanderson said: “We’re pleased to see the works getting under way to create these multi-benefit Saints Trails.

“Our Designated Funds programme was developed so that we can invest in improvement projects like this, which go beyond traditional road building and maintenance, and have a positive impact on people and communities.

“Funding for this project will provide a significant benefit for people and businesses living alongside and nearby the A30, part of our strategic road network, and we look forward to seeing progress as the trails are developed.”

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Mental health photography project event at Penryn Campus

Cornwall Council - Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:09

Cornwall’s Local Hero photography exhibition is now visiting Penryn Campus, shared by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, with a public launch event taking place on Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm.

This is a joint project between photographer Jon Mackenzie, Cornwall Council, Wavelength magazine, and the male suicide prevention charity CALM, who use the powerful stories and images Jon captures to help people to explore their own mental health, and open up to others about their feelings.

The subjects in Jon’s photographs relate to the proportion of suicides amongst men and women in the UK, with 75 percent male and 25 percent female.

The exhibition has been in several places so far, including Wheal Kitty in St Agnes, and Cornwall Council’s County Hall in Truro.

Cllr Sally Hawken, portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health said: “Our mental health is just as important as our physical health so I feel strongly that we need to be able to talk more openly about it and make it less of a stigma for people. The exhibition is excellent and Jon’s style of photography is very thought provoking. I’d recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it to go along to the event and see it for yourself.”

Photographer Jon Mackenzie said: “Everyone has had really positive responses to the work and its triggering and stimulating conversations around mental health. I wasn’t 100 per cent sure how this exhibition would be received and just hoped that people would come to see it, talk about mental health and then we’d be able to direct them to services. In reality it’s had a much bigger impact than I thought possible and those people photographed have reported to me how much it has helped them too.”

Michelle Lewis, Head of Student Support, said: “We’re very pleased to bring this exhibition to our students. The collection of photographs of people in Cornwall and their accompanying story is very powerful and we hope our students and staff, who are all welcome to visit, will enjoy and appreciate the collection and it will help people start conversations about mental health.”

Cllr Sally Hawken added: “On average, one person a week dies by suicide in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which is higher than other areas of the South West. It is the Council’s priority that everyone should have better health and this very much includes mental health.”

Alongside the exhibition Jon has also launched a number of camera clubs supported by CALM, similar in idea to the man shed projects, where men can turn up to discuss photography, take photos and have a chat if they wish.

The exhibition will be at Penryn Campus and is based in the library area. The event on 5 February is a drop-in event from 7pm until 9pm and people can just turn up without booking a place. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

If you have concerns about your mental health and wellbeing it is recommended that you first contact your GP to talk over your concerns. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate support for your needs.

There is also a range of support and advice available on the Council’s website

Story posted on 4 February 

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