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Cabinet agree funding to support Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 17:55

Council funding of £540,000 has been agreed at today's Cabinet meeting  (Wednesday 19 June) which will unlock over £5 million of European and national cultural money to support Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage which is so important to our residents and businesses.

The Council’s investment into Cornwall’s creative industries will boost the Cornish economy and encourage communities to get involved with what makes Cornwall’s distinct culture and identity so special.  It will be used to deliver innovative projects to create jobs and build on the already strong economic success of creative industries which are estimated to contribute over £4 billion to the Cornish economy.

The funding announced today builds on the recognition of the importance to residents and businesses of Cornish culture, heritage and the arts and the historic Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this year by major investors in culture.

Representatives from Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England joined together to reinforce their commitment to work closely together to promote Cornwall’s distinct identity.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning said: “Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage is important to many residents as they help give us a real sense of place and community.  Our creative sector is a huge cultural and economic asset that is growing at twice the rate of the UK economy.  It supports our economy and makes us distinctive, not just in the UK but globally.”

“The Cabinet has today agreed a package of funding to unlock further support for projects as, by working more collaboratively, we can harness our collective resources to make a difference and deliver for the residents of Cornwall”

All parts of Cornwall are set to benefit from Council funding which will see

  • £340,000 invested in Creative Kernow’s Cultivator 2 programme and Screen Cornwall. 

The Council’s investment will unlock £1.4 million of European Social Fund money, £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund, £500,000 from Arts Council England and £180,000 of other funding.  After the success of the original Cultivator programme, Cultivator 2 will provide support to an additional 300 businesses a year with help such as grants, coaching and mentoring, a graduate start up programme and the direct creation of over 40 jobs.  There is also support for the newly launched Screen Cornwall set up to encourage film and TV companies to shoot here and connect production companies to local crew and support services.  Seeing Cornwall on the screen also drives up the number of visitors who come here to enjoy all that we have to offer on the back of TV shows like Poldark and Doc Martin.  Visitors who come here are estimated by Visit Cornwall to be worth around £60 million to the Cornish economy.

  • £50,000 to add to Arts Council England funding of £550,000 for the New Voices project at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in West Cornwall.

This is about taking art out of the galleries and into the community to reach people who may think art ‘is not for the likes of me’.   The project will also concentrate on opening up job opportunities in galleries.  By linking with organisations like DisAbility Cornwall, iSight and KONNECT Cornwall, who work with victims and offenders of crime as well as young people struggling to remain in education, the aim is to open up employment opportunities to a diverse range of people. 

  • £20,000 for the intoBodmin project to bolster applications for further funding from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund

Through the intoBodmin Community Interest Company, we will be working with residents to explore Bodmin’s distinct culture and sense of place and how the community can get involved in identifying opportunities to improve and shape the town.

  • £30,000 to link South East Cornwall into the Mayflower 400 celebrations taking place in 2020 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. 

The investment will link Cornwall into the celebrations, promote Cornwall to the thousands of visitors expected to attend the year-long programme of events and encourage them to visit Cornwall.

  • £100,000 to support the performance in Cornwall of the internationally significant Ordinalia Nessa.

There is an unrivalled opportunity in 2020 to support the performance of this internationally recognised trilogy of medieval mystery plays dating from the mid fourteenth century and written in Cornish. The Ordinalia Nessa is one of Cornwall’s cultural treasures and performance groups will be invited to work up a proposal for Arts Council England funding to perform the plays in Cornwall. The manuscripts will be welcomed to Cornwall in June 2020 in a special ‘Out of Ordinary’ exhibition at the archive centre for Cornwall, Kresen Kernow.

Bob Egerton adds:  “Heritage and culture is at the heart of identity and what makes a place special. From our spectacular coastline and countryside, to our industrial heritage, archives and museums, our heritage tells an important story and has a huge impact on our residents, visitors and the economy.”

Story posted 19 June 2019

 

 

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Investments approved by cabinet focus on council's key priorities

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 17:24

A series of investments focused on Cornwall Council’s key priorities and aimed at giving communities more say about funding to improve their local areas were approved by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet at Lys Kernow today (Wednesday 19 June 2019).

The meeting was the first to be chaired by the new leader, Councillor Julian German, who was elected to the role at a meeting of the full council last month.

In his first official announcements, Cllr German welcomed new cabinet member Rob Nolan, as well as paying tribute to outgoing member Sue James.

One of the major items on the agenda dealt with investment into culture and the creative industries across Cornwall, focussed on a number of key events due to take place in the coming years.

Introducing the paper, Cllr Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, told members that the investment would not only create a strong and sustainable creative industry in Cornwall, but that it would also benefit community cohesion.

The next phase of the Superfast Cornwall project was also discussed.  Superfast 3 aims to bring high-speed internet access to some of the remotest areas of Cornwall, promoting new ways of working, helping bring fresh employment opportunities and improve social inclusion in those communities. 

The meeting heard how the roll out of superfast broadband could  have environmental benefit, through allowing people to work from home, and reduce the need for commuting and further travel.

Cllr Egerton told the meeting:  “The Superfast 3 project will help to maintain our enviable position as one of the best connected rural regions in the UK, preparing our businesses for the 4th Industrial Revolution and leveraging £4.2m of funding in to Cornwall.

“This is expected to be the last chance to access European funding to deliver broadband infrastructure and is an opportunity that we must grasp.”

The Community Led Local Development programme was also on the agenda, looking at an investment from the council being used to access European funding to support some of the most vulnerable communities in Cornwall through business support, job creation and skills training.

Cllr Egerton said:  “"In order to deliver on our Strategic Economic Plan’s ambitious vision for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to be the place where business thrives and people enjoy an outstanding quality of life, we must ensure that prosperity is felt across all parts of Cornwall, including in the very poorest communities.

"Cornwall Council investments in a CLLD match funding scheme will ensure that significant investment is made in promoting economic prosperity based on local priorities in the areas of Cornwall that needs it the most."

The council’s investment programme and the delivery of the funds were also discussed by members, as well as the purchase of 45 affordable homes across two sites in Cornwall.

The cabinet also approved the Capital Programme Outturn for 2018/19, and noted the council performance report for the same period.

The report highlighted some of the achievements of the authority over the past financial year, as well as highlighting areas requiring attention.

Posted June 19 2019

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New digital software will help reduce loneliness in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:20

People who are lonely in Cornwall will soon find it easier to access activities in their community following a new partnership between Cornwall Council and Elemental, a digital social prescribing programme.

This new software will upgrade the existing social prescribing service being led by Cornwall Council’s public health team and its partners Volunteer Cornwall, along with Active Plus, Age UK Cornwall, Chaos Café, CN4C, Eden Project and Pentreath Ltd.

There are currently 30 GP practices across Cornwall working with 12 link workers. The link workers meet with individuals to find out what sorts of support is available to them that meet their needs, such as volunteering, group learning, gardening, social activities, benefit advice and healthy lifestyle support.

Cornwall Council Public Health consultant Rachel Wigglesworth said: “We’re really proud to be introducing this digital software, especially as this week is Loneliness Awareness week. This will make everything more streamlined as, rather than each link worker working off different spreadsheets, all of the information will be stored in one place.

“It also supports GPs to refer people in to the service, as well as making it easier to understand whether people are getting value out of the service with improved monitoring abilities”.

Julie Pollard, Social Prescribing Co-ordinator, Volunteer Cornwall said “We are already seeing the benefits of using the new system. We can monitor exactly what progress someone is making, as well as their GP also being able to see the way in which they are being helped. It really helps for people to be able to see how far they have come.”

Elemental CEO, Jennifer Neff said: “We’re so excited about this new partnership with Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall. Julie and her team are so passionate about reducing health inequalities in communities throughout Cornwall and we know that they are going to be making a huge impact through their new digitally enhanced services.”

Developing and supporting schemes like social prescribing supports the council to deliver better health outcomes for everyone which is part of its “Healthy Cornwall priority”, working with partners to shape Cornwall’s future health and care services.

Posted on 17 June 

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Meet the team reducing flood risk in Par and St Blazey

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:13

Residents in Par and St Blazey can find out more about  a major flood alleviation scheme at an information event next week.

As part of the St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project, the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council are finalising the project to reduce the risk of flooding to the communities of Par and St Blazey.

A public information event featuring design proposals will be held at St Blazey Football Club on Friday and Saturday, 28 and 29 June.

The StARR project consists of a number of different schemes to reduce the risk of flooding from various sources, such as surface water, river flooding and tidal flooding.

Plans include reconnecting river floodplains, tree planting, water storage features, highway improvements and works to the existing infrastructure along Par River and Treffry Canal.

Residents will be able to view some of the proposed scheme designs and find out more about the next steps for the project.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Damaging floods occur in Par and St Blazey frequently and with climate change impacts the risk of flooding is going to increase.

“The StARR project will benefit the whole community by improving flood resilience for homes, businesses, community facilities and transport links making the area a better place to live and work.

“We’d encourage everyone to drop in event, meet members of the project team and ask any questions you may have.”   

Designs are now being drawn up and residents are encouraged to comment formally on the scheme proposals via the planning application process when it takes place from autumn.

The StARR information event will be held at St Blazey Football Club, Station Road, St Blazey, PL24 2ND on Friday 28 June, from 2pm to 7pm, and Saturday 29 June, 10am to 1pm.

You can find the latest scheme announcements by following Twitter @EnvAgencySW or @CornwallCouncil or by visiting the StARR project on Cornwall Council website.

The project is seeking £7.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

Additional funding is being provided by a variety of sources including DEFRA Growth funds, Flood Defence Grant in Aid, South West Water and Cornwall Council.

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Climate crisis and recycling on the agenda at Launceston Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:48

Residents in Launceston and the surrounding parishes are invited along to tomorrow’s Community Network Panel meeting to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

As it is the panel's Annual General Meeting a new chair is being voted in and attendees are encouraged to contribute to discussions on priorities for the next 12 months. 

The following speakers will give presentations to the panel:

  • Steve Ford, who leads on Cornwall Council’s Environmental Growth and Partnerships, will speak about the Council's climate emergency declaration and its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Charlotte Barry from the Good Companions will give a presentation on the important role of town and parish councils in helping tackle the climate crisis.
  • Peter Blenard, Waste and Recycling Community Support Officer, will brief the panel on Cornwall Council’s residential waste and recycling provision, the work of the waste and recycling community engagement team and the garden waste subscription service.

The meeting is taking place in the Guildhall in Launceston Town Hall on Thursday 20 June, from 6.30pm.

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel.

Community network panels are an opportunity for members of the public to engage with what’s happening in their local area, to speak to their local Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors and shape the future of where they live.

The Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues.

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of LauncestonTown Council and the Parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephen by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Newquay Safe issues reminder to parents

Cornwall Council - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 17:40

Newquay Safe is informing parents of young people celebrating the end of their exams that pubs and campsites are not running any under-18s nights.

The partnership made up of Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies has been leading on Operation Exodus which is designed to manage the influx of school leavers arriving in Newquay during the first two weeks of July.

This will be the first year that under-18s events are not running and Newquay Safe says it is because fewer young people are having nights out in the town which now has a quieter evening and night-time economy.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We recognise that post-GCSE students used to be attracted to the town, so our position has been that we have had to responsibly manage them and ensure their safeguarding is treated as a priority.

“Now however, the partnership and businesses within the town’s night-time economy have recognised this change in customer dynamics and have re-focused their operating practices towards people who are over 18.

“Over the past 10 years Newquay has evolved to be a more family-orientated resort with a reduced emphasis on the night-time economy. This positive evolution has resulted in reduced numbers of young people visiting the town, for example after their GCSE exams.”

Newquay Safe is reminding parents and carers of children planning to visit the town to know where their children are staying and give contact details to accommodation providers in case of emergencies.

The partnership reiterates that underage drinking will not be tolerated.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection for Cornwall Council, said: “The partners of Newquay Safe have been working to address concerns to do with young people visiting Newquay following the exam period.

“We encourage accommodation providers to be mindful of their safeguarding responsibilities and support the partnership with raising any concerns.

“Newquay is a family town with outdoor activities, wonderful beaches and green open spaces for all to enjoy.”

Since 2009 the award-winning Newquay Safe Partnership has been helping residents and visitors to the town enjoy the best that Newquay has to offer, by tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

More information is available on the Safer Cornwall website

 

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Annual meeting for St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 15:54

Residents of the six north coast parishes are invited to attend the June meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel and hear about local matters.

The Network Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 20 June between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB.

At the meeting community network panel members will be invited to discuss local matters in their area. As this is the annual general meeting the panel will also be asked to elect a Chair for 2019/20.

There will also be a discussion on proposals to strengthen community network panels. 

Perranzabuloe Parish Councillor Ken Yeo and Chair of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting and it is a good opportunity for local residents to meet their local Cornwall Councillor and their local parish councillor representatives.

"Where appropriate you will be invited to give your views and input for consideration by the panel."

The panel comprises of all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.

Some of the areas that community networks focus on include the dualling of the A30, school places in both primary and secondary education, highway schemes and community safety.

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

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Nasty surprise for shoppers as card surcharge ban being ignored by businesses

Cornwall Council - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:10

Hidden charges for paying with a debit or credit card were banned across the UK in January 2018 yet Cornwall’s Trading Standards team is still finding regular examples of where the surcharges are still being imposed.

Hidden charges for paying with a debit or credit card were banned from 13 January 2018, with the intention of helping millions of UK consumers to avoid rip-off fees when spending their hard-earned money.

So-called ‘surcharging’ had become commonplace, particularly online, with many retailers hitting people with surprise charges just before they are about to make a purchase. Some retailers had been known to add charges which are far higher than it cost them to process a payment. It is estimated that surcharging cost shoppers £166 million in 2015.

 

The ban means that it is unlawful for retailers to charge additional fees when someone uses a particular credit or debit card, or other payment systems like PayPal, to make a purchase. This is intended to ensure that consumers can be confident that there won’t be any nasty surprises, and they won’t be penalised for wanting to pay in a particular way.

Introducing the ban last year, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen said:  “It’s completely unfair for someone to be hit by a hidden fee just before they are about to make a purchase, so by scrapping these rip-off charges we are helping to give power back to the consumer.

"As we build a fairer society, this added transparency ensures buyers can make informed choices about how they spend their hard-earned money.”

However, investigations by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team have revealed that the ban is widely ignored by businesses and consumers are still being subjected to the hidden surcharges for choosing the pay by credit or debit card. Now the Council is warning that businesses who fail to heed advice and who continue to impose the card payment surcharges may face Court action.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said:  “The ban on credit and debit card surcharges has been in force for well over a year now and there can be no excuses for businesses that are still imposing these unlawful fees.

"To protect consumers and to maintain fair trading the rules will be enforced by the Council’s Trading Standards team and officers have the power to take civil enforcement action against traders who are found to breach the regulations.

"The rules also entitle customers to receive a refund of any unlawful surcharge they have paid and enable them, if necessary, to take legal action to recover any such surcharge.”

Any businesses who may still be unclear on the regulations, and who require advice and further information on the surcharge ban can visit www.gov.uk or call Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support Team on 0300 1234 212

Consumers who are charged an additional fee for paying by credit or debit card should report the incident to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 4 04 05 06

Posted on June 13, 2019

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Fishermen in Cornwall urged to ‘know your numbers’ as part of Men’s Health Week

Cornwall Council - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:37

Fishermen in Cornwall are being encouraged to know the important numbers relating to their health with help from a Healthy Cornwall check-up service from Cornwall Council.

The Men’s Health Forum campaign to “know your numbers” focusses on specific numbers all men should be aware of that relate to their overall health and wellbeing. These include your blood pressure, fruit and veg intake and the amount of cigarettes you smoke and alcohol you drink.

Cornwall Council public health consultant Ruth Goldstein said: “It can be especially difficult for fishermen to keep track of their health as they often work long hours and are dependent on tide times so may not be able to access normal health services.

“They are also more likely to keep any health worries to themselves and find it difficult to find the time to visit the doctor on top of all the other pressures on their time.”

The outreach sessions will take place at different ports, with a range of support services on offer, from physiotherapy to NHS health checks, MacMillan skin cancer advice and advice from the Fishermen’s Mission.

Dates for the diary are:

  • Friday 14 June – Fisherman’s Shack, Newlyn
  • Monday 17 June – Wheelhouse, Mevagissey
  • Tuesday 18June – Memorial Hall, Padstow
  • Wednesday 19 June – Fisherman’s Mission, Newquay
  • Friday 21 June – Fisherman’s Shack, Newlyn

All sessions will take place from 7am until 2pm.

To find out more about the campaign visit the Men’s Health Forum website.

You can also find a range of support and information on the Healthy Cornwall website. 

Keeping people healthy is one of Cornwall Council’s priorities, making sure people in Cornwall have better health outcomes, working with partners to shape future health and care services.

Another service that is currently available for fishermen is the Seafit programme. This service provides support to fishermen and their families in Newlyn, motivating and supporting them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The Healthy Lifestyle Advice service is available to all fishermen and their families in Newlyn. A drop-in takes place every Tuesday from 7am-12.30pm at the Fisherman’s Shack. There’s no need to book, just turn up. There’s also a drop-in at Harbourside Physiotherapy every Monday from 2pm-6pm.

Posted on 13 June

 

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Climate change, policing and highways on the agenda at Caradon Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 16:41

Residents in Caradon and the surrounding parishes are invited along to this week’s Community Network Panel on Thursday 13 June to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Inspector Julian Morris of Devon and Cornwall Police will give a presentation on policing and crime matters in Launceston, and Lucy Allison, Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Officer for East Cornwall, will provide the panel with an update on the Safer Cornwall partnership.

Also on the agenda will be a progress report on the Community Network Highway Scheme.

St Mellion Parish Council will be giving an update on developments to tackle climate change and Linkinhorne Parish Council will be talking about Minions Visitor Centre.

The meeting is taking place in the Council Chamber, The Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD on Thursday 13 June, from 6.30pm. 

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel 

Community network panels are an opportunity for members of the public to engage with what’s happening in their local area, to speak to their local Town and Parish Councillors and shape the future of where they live.

The Caradon Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues. 

Caradon Community Network Panel includes all Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of Callington Town Council and the Parishes in the community network: Calstock, Linkinhorne, Pillaton, South Hill, St Dominic, St Ive, St Mellion and Stoke Climsland.

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 

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Cornwall carers celebrated as part of Carers Week

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 16:27

People who look after family members, friends or neighbours can often feel isolated due to lack of support. This week, as part of National Carers Week Cornwall Council is highlighting the range of support available for people who regularly look after someone.

All carers are eligible to request a Carers Assessment from Cornwall Council which could result in extra support in the form of a personal budget, having a short break from your caring duties, help to return to work if you want to, and much more.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “We know there are around 60,000 people in Cornwall who undertake caring duties and they provide a very valuable service. Sometimes people don’t even think of themselves as a carer, they think they just look after someone”

“It’s extremely important that all carers are supported to carry out their role and they don’t get burnt out. A Carers Assessment can make sure they are getting all the support they are entitled to, as well as putting them in touch with other services in the region.”

Making sure carers are supported is one way that Cornwall Council aims to help people in Cornwall have better health outcomes, which is one of Cornwall Council’s priorities.  

As well as an assessment from the council there is also a range of support on offer from Kernow Carers Service. They provide a wealth of information and guidance on all matters.

Kernow Carers Service is also celebrating and recognising carers with a series of events for Carers Week taking place across Cornwall including a pottery workshop in Bude, a boat trip in Padstow and a party in the Minack Theatre.

You can find out more about these events and other services from Kernow Carers Service on their Facebook page or call on 0800 587 8191.

You can find out more about getting a Carers Assessment and lots more other services on the Council’s website.

Posted on 12 June 

 

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Health visiting team recognised by UNICEF

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:33

UNICEF assessors have praised Cornwall’s Health Visitors in a new report, which looks at the support given to new mothers.  The inspectors said the service, which is now part of Cornwall Council’s Together for Families, showed that pregnant women and new mothers received a high standard of care across Cornwall.

The Baby Friendly Initiative was set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation and is a global programme aimed at providing a practical and effective way for local services to improve the care for mothers and babies.  The programme includes enabling successful breastfeeding and supporting mums who formula feed.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “This is fantastic recognition of the work being done here in Cornwall to support new mums and their babies. Babies don’t come with a manual, so having the support of an experienced and understanding health visiting team can make all the difference; they can answer questions and take away some of the stress.”

All of the mums questioned told the inspectors that they were happy with the care of the health visiting team.  The results of the survey also showed that mothers also thought the staff were kind and considerate and giving the appropriate information to support families in feeding and caring for their babies..

Sally continued: “One of our aims is to ensure children receive the best start in life, and supporting families at the start of their journey is one of the keys to ensuring this happens.  I think this award means so much because it is based on feedback from mums.”

Cornwall’s Health Visiting service has been accredited as ‘Baby Friendly’ since 2012, one of the first services in the South West to gain this recognition from the international programme.

Infant Feeding Coordinator at Cornwall Council, Stephanie Heard, said: “I am absolutely thrilled for the team to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to the mums of Cornwall. We have a great team who are all extremely focussed on the wellbeing of mums and their babies.”

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Key decisions for Cornwall Council's Cabinet

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:30

Key decisions on Cornwall’s cultural future, the next steps for the Superfast Cornwall broadband programme and funding for community-led developments will all be on the agenda when the Cabinet meets at Lys Kernow in Truro next week.

The meeting, which will take place at 10am in the Trelawny Room on Wednesday, will also see the acquisition of affordable housing at Gunnislake and Tolvaddon discussed.

The cabinet committee will be asked to approve funding of up to £565,000 into creative projects across Cornwall, which will help bring in a further £5,051,291 of funding from other sources.

Projects which will be supported include the performance of the medieval Cornish plays known as the Ordinalia in a special performance in 2020, and a special exhibition to be held at Newlyn Art Gallery.

The cabinet is also being asked to consider investing £1.6 million into the third phase of the Superfast Cornwall broadband project, which would be supported by £4.2 million of European funding.  

The project would see superfast internet made available to a further 2,700 properties across Cornwall in some of its remotest locations.

Match funding of £3.5 million is also being requested for a new Community-Led Development Programme, which would unlock a further £13.3 million of European funding for the scheme.

The programme’s aims include:

  • Creating jobs locally,
  • Keeping businesses viable
  • Supporting business growth
  • Helping residents get the skills they need to find jobs

Also on the agenda is the purchase of affordable homes at Tolvaddon and St Ann’s Chapel near Gunnislake, a look at the council’s end-of-year performance report for 2018-19, and the authority’s investment programme.

Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “This agenda clearly shows how we are focussing on improving the lives of all our communities.

“From supporting our cultural heritage, connecting our communities to superfast broadband, championing community-led developments and creating affordable homes, we are ensuring all of our residents, including those most vulnerable, are given the tools to improve their lives.”

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Healthy Under 5's scheme is laying the foundations for life

Cornwall Council - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:25

A heathier lifestyle in the Early Years lays the foundation for the rest of a child’s life and holds the key to tackling childhood obesity.  That’s why Trailblazers Nursery, who are based near Bugle, have been recognised as one of the first nurseries in Cornwall to receive a Healthy Under 5s certificate, for their work supporting children, parents and the wider community to become healthier.

The Healthy Under 5s programme, from Cornwall Council, aims to encourage and support all Early Years providers to become health promoting environments and encourage healthy lifestyles from an early age.  The programme gets children and parents talking about healthy eating, dental health, physical activity, accident prevention and emotional health.

Healthy Under 5s Coordinator, Shelley Jamieson, said: “Early Years providers play a really key role because they can reach out to a large number of people in the community and hopefully make a huge difference.

“The idea behind the programme is to lay the foundations early on and that will help the children to live a healthier lifestyle as they grow older.   But it’s also about empowering the staff because they have the power and the ability to amplify that message into the wider community and to engage parents and carers.”

The programme isn’t just about Healthy Eating; it also includes ways for parents and children to become Sugar Smart, teaches children the important of brushing their teeth properly and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Nursery Manager Elaine Taylor said:  “When I read about the programme I thought it really suited our nursery and I wanted the best for the children in our care.  I think it is very achievable for anyone; a few simple changes to the daily running of the nursery can make a huge difference.

“The support from the community has been brilliant and parents are fully supportive.  One thing we have focussed on is dental health and we’ve had great support from the Brighter Smiles programme.

“They brought tooth paste for all the children, showed the children how to brush their teeth properly and they took that home and enthusiastically showed their parents.”

There is a "stark" increase between the ages of seven and 11 in the proportion of children in the UK who are overweight or obese according to data. The study of nearly 12,000 children found 25% were overweight or obese at age seven, rising to 35% at 11.

Anita Torres is one of the mums at Trailblazers Nursery, she said: “It is really important that this message is getting out there, because a lot of children are not eating healthily and it is important to start them young.  My daughter now asks for water and fruit and isn’t that bothered about juice and sweets.  She’s also been really keen to practice her tooth brushing and is getting really good at it.”

Over 100 Early Years providers are now signed up to the programme, but it’s hoped more will sign up to the scheme which is delivered by Healthy Cornwall.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “It’s good to hear about the work being done by nurseries in Cornwall and the positive impact this is having on the lifestyles of children.  We want to ensure that every child has the best start in life and it’s important to make the most of support services like this.”

For more information on Healthy Under 5s visit www.healthycornwall.org.uk

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Major boost for housing, public transport and the economy as £47m Truro infrastructure funding is announced

Cornwall Council - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:46

Funding for a major transport link in Truro to bring forward the development of new homes to build a community, allow more investment in public transport and encourage cycling and walking which will  improve the lives of residents has been announced today (11 June 2019).

The Government has announced that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for £47 million from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to build the Truro Northern Access Road and bring forward the development of new homes.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for housing Andrew Mitchell said: “Building homes for local people is a key priority of this Council.  We have already agreed to invest to bring forward and co-ordinate a high quality housing scheme to establish a community rather than a series of housing estates. This government funding announcement means that the proposed Council intervention to provide access to kick start house building is a step closer.“

“We want to reduce reliance on the car in support of our climate change commitments, so the new route will provide walking and cycling along its entire length. The funding will help us integrate the route with our wider ambition for cycle routes from the north coast into Truro.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “Good connections are the key to the success of communities as well as businesses and the people who work there.  This funding will release other funds for building the infrastructure needed to support the housing and workspace that Cornwall needs.”

“Our communities need appropriate infrastructure and the delivery of the Truro Northern Access Road is key to that so we can ensure the needs of residents are front and centre.  We are committed to improving Cornwall's road and public transport networks and unlocking stalled housing development sites. The new link will open up access to the new development with a new A390 junction at Penstraze.”

Sarah Newton, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, said “I was pleased to make the case within Government for the funding required to deliver this important new link and improve the quality of the development planned by Cornwall Council for this area. It’s vitally important that we develop attractive, sustainable places where local people will love to live. This investment sits alongside investment in new school places and health services.”

The Northern Access Road will run parallel to the north of the existing A390 between Threemilestone and Treliske. The public will be invited to view the proposals for the 3.5km route as part of the planning submission in Spring 2020.  Subject to all the necessary approvals and consents being secured, work is anticipated to start in Summer 2020 and be completed in Winter 2022.

 

Story posted 11 June 2019

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Screen Cornwall aims to build on creative successes

Cornwall Council - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:16

A new screen agency, designed to develop Cornwall as a leading rural hub for film, TV and digital technologies, is being set up to build on the Duchy's reputation for creative talent.

Cornwall Council along with the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are proud to be two of the founding partners of the new screen agency. Cornwall is already well represented in TV and film, with hit shows including Poldark and Doc Martin being filmed in the region as well as Cornish director Mark Jenkin’s feature BAIT premiering at Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and being released in the UK by the BFI.

A diverse range of films have also been filmed here, including The Kid Who Would be King, Make Up  and Film London short NAPTHA which recently screened at Semaine de la Critiques at Cannes Film Festival.

Phillippa Giles, Chair of Screen Cornwall, Clare Parnell of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and Bob Egerton, Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, Economy and Planning

Now Screen Cornwall is being launched to promote all screen industries including TV and film, digital media, video games and immersive technology.  The agency will initially be hosted by Creative Kernow as part of its creative sector support portfolio and in its first year will be building key relationships with the wider creative sector in Cornwall to ensure it embeds huge added value to this exciting growing sector

Screen Cornwall ’s objectives include:

  • positioning Cornwall as an easy-to-deal-with location option for national and international projects
  • connecting production companies to local crew and support services
  • helping emerging talent establish themselves after education and build their experience on high quality productions
  • offering support for existing screen businesses to scale up and showcase their work nationally and internationally
  • increasing the number of filming days in the region
  • driving screen tourism, which is currently estimated by Visit Cornwall to be worth around £60m to the Cornish economy, with 50% visitors from the USA citing TV shows as an influential factor in their decision  .

Councillor Bob Egerton, the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, Economy and Planning, said:  “Cornwall is already well placed in the screen industry. The diversity of productions filmed with our stunning landscape as a backdrop and the talent emerging through the skills and education offer provided by Falmouth University and our colleges, makes it one of the fastest growing sectors in our creative economy.

“Screen Cornwall will help develop the sector further, and is another step towards creating the dynamic, self-sustaining economy Cornwall needs to be to face the challenges of the 21st Century.”

Glenn Caplin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, added:  “It is vital that we recognise and support the importance of the creative industries in Cornwall. They contribute nearly £90 billion to the UK’s economy annually, and have seen employment growth almost four times higher than average in the past few years.

“Here in Cornwall we already have growing tech and content production sectors, and Screen Cornwall will enable us to grow this further, creating a self-sustaining organisation which will make a positive contribution to Cornwall’s growing creative economy.”

Phillippa Giles, Chair of Screen Cornwall, and high end tv producer of Sky One’s ‘Delicious’ with Dawn French, adds: “Cornwall’s got soul! It is a unique and staggeringly beautiful place to base a production, as we have discovered through three series of Delicious. Now, as Chair of the new screen agency, I am delighted we will be able to provide focused support for a whole range of projects considering shooting in the region. Screen Cornwall will also provide training, skills development and business support to further develop the sector and to enhance Cornwall’s already strong reputation for both creative and production talent.”

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Tombstoning dangers warning

Cornwall Council - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:13

Young people are being warned about the potentially tragic consequences of tombstoning off Cornish coasts.

Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other Safer Cornwall partners are highlighting the numbers of people killed or seriously injured by jumping off cliffs and seawalls into deep water.

They have issued tombstoning danger signs to look out for, including submerged objects that can cause serious impact injuries.

Since 2004 a total of 142 incidents of tombstoning across the country required a rescue or emergency response and 12 people have died as a result, including three teenagers.

For those seriously hurt, many ended up with life-changing injuries with spinal and limb injuries the most common.

The Safer Cornwall partnership is reminding parents to keep track of their children’s activities and the risks they undertake with tombstoning.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Tombstoning is a popular activity but it can have severe and life-threatening consequences. Unfortunately over recent years it has gained attention for the wrong reasons, with a number of people killed or seriously injured.

“We’re urging everyone to consider the risks to yourself and others and consider the dangers. Look out for warning signs and don’t jump into the unknown.”

Here are the tombstoning warning signs Safer Cornwall is reminding people to look out for:

  • Check for hazards in the water. Rocks or other objects may be submerged and difficult to see.
  • Check the depth of the water. Remember tides can rise and fall very quickly.
  • As a rule of thumb, a jump of ten metres requires a water depth of at least five metres, but this cannot be relied upon.
  • Never jump while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Check for access - it may be impossible to get out of the water and strong currents can rapidly sweep people away
  • Consider the risks to yourself and others. Conditions can change rapidly - young people could be watching and may attempt to mimic the activity.

Safer Cornwall has also highlighted reports of anti-social behaviour associated with tombstoning including people being threatening or abusive, alcohol consumption and criminal damage.

To report anti-social behaviour ring the police on the non-emergency number 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

You can also report anti-social behaviour to Cornwall Council’s Anti-social Behaviour Team on 0300 1234 232 or at antisocialbehaviour@cornwall.gov.uk

If the threat is causing immediate danger call 999.

Visit the Safer Cornwall website to find out more. 

Posted on 7 June

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Share your ideas on combating climate change at Royal Cornwall Show

Cornwall Council - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:26

People across Cornwall will have their say on how to tackle climate change as Cornwall Council launches a major public engagement on the climate emergency today.

Last week councillors shared their initial plans to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030 and recommended asking residents for their views on the Council’s ideas.

Now the Council is starting face-to-face engagement at the Royal Cornwall Show where visitors are being asked how aware they are of climate change, what they think  of the Council’s proposals to cut emissions and what they are prepared to do themselves.

The conversations kick-start a series of engagements in town centres across Cornwall where Cabinet Members will talk to residents to hear their opinions on which climate change themes are key to them.

There will also be a short survey for people to give their thoughts online.

All the views will be collated for the Council’s Climate Change Programme Plan to be presented to Cabinet next month addressing what has already been achieved along with the short term and long term actions required by the Council, its partners, communities and residents.

Up for discussion at the engagement sessions are the following Council proposals for reducing Cornwall’s carbon footprint:

Transport

  • Reducing car journeys through more buses and trains, more frequently and helping people to walk and cycle more
  • More public charging points to help people switch to electric cars

Housing

  • Building more energy efficient new homes
  • Making existing homes more energy efficient

Energy

  • Making existing homes more energy efficient
  • Creating more large-scale, energy farms

Environment

  • Planting more trees
  • Helping nature  to thrive

Waste

  • Making it easier to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose waste
  • Making it easier to reduce single use plastic 

The other topic of conversation at the engagements will be whether people are willing to make a difference themselves, for example by committing to some of the following pledges suggested by Cornwall-based climate change consultants Climate Vision:

  1. Ring my energy supplier to see if I can switch to green energy. If not, I will find an alternative supplier.
  2. Buy local seasonal produce as much as possible, starting with at least two meals a week
  3. Educate myself about the science and impacts of climate change
  4. Contact my MP and ask my friends to make these pledges too
  5. Walk, cycle, use public transport or register with carsharecornwall.com to travel to work or make regular journeys at least once a week
  6. Work on my carbon footprint using an online carbon calculator
  7. Do a home energy check to find out how I can save energy in my home
  8. Turn down my thermostat to reach the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between  18 - 21°c and think about putting on a jumper
  9. Reduce my holiday air miles by 50%
  10. Learn to drive in a greener way 

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: “After declaring a climate emergency earlier this year we are now working on a  plan for how to help  Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030. We want to hear what everyone thinks about our proposals and whether they are also willing to get involved and take action themselves to tackle climate change.

“We recognise that achieving our ambition will require significant action from nearly every service from within Cornwall Council. It will also need action from every person, community and business across Cornwall.

“Do come and talk to us at the Royal Cornwall Show and complete our online survey to let us know what your priorities for climate change are and how you’d like to get involved.”

More information and a link to the online survey is available on the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/climatechange

Cornwall Council will be at the Royal Cornwall Show throughout the three-day event which started today.

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Illegal tobacco business stubbed out after raid by Cornwall Council Trading Standards officers

Cornwall Council - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:58

A Redruth man, caught with 1,000 pouches of illegal tobacco and £30,000 in cash has narrowly avoided prison after pleading guilty at Truro Crown Court.

Herbert Reed, 65, of Trenoweth Estate, North Country, Redruth had earlier pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to the sale of illegal tobacco products from his home address.

Following tip offs from members of the public, Trading Standards officers, with the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, executed a warrant at the home of Reed in July 2017.

Almost 1,000 pouches of illegal tobacco and £30,000 in cash was seized, along with records indicating that Reed’s illegal business had operated since at least December 2014.

In passing sentence, HHJ Carr warned Reed that his operation had clearly been going on for some time and that only his early guilty plea and his poor health had saved him from an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the seriousness of his offending. 

Nevertheless, Reed was sentenced to 9 months in prison, suspended for two years, for having the criminal property in his possession with an additional 8 month prison sentence, again suspended for two years, for evading excise duty. Reed will now also face financial recovery proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Steve Brown, Interim Director of Public Health, said:  “Trading Standards action like this directly supports our efforts to reduce smoking levels in Cornwall. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so the sale of cheap tobacco absolutely undermines all encouragement to quit.

"As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health anything that can be done to reduce smoking levels has to be a good thing for the residents of Cornwall.”

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:  “I am proud of the work that our Trading Standards officers undertake in combatting sales of illegal tobacco.

"This criminal activity affects the health of local communities, undermines local businesses and starves our schools and health services of unpaid taxes.

"In this particular case, officers received good information from members of the public and we would encourage anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales in their area to report it via email to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

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Hundreds of families in Cornwall miss out on free vitamins

Cornwall Council - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:13

More low income families in Cornwall will be able to get free Healthy Start Vitamins thanks to a new initiative from Cornwall Council in partnership with community pharmacies across the Duchy. The Healthy Start scheme, which was launched over five years ago, supports low income families with access to better nutrition.

But the take up in Cornwall has been historically low, with only 2% of those that are eligible actually collecting the vitamins. Cornwall Council, following the integration of Health Visitors into the authority, have taken steps to counter this and have agreed a partnership with over 70 community pharmacies to make it easier for people to access the scheme.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring that children have the best start in life and nutrition is a key part of this. I am delighted that the community pharmacies are going to make it easier to access the vitamins, so hopefully that will help some families. ”

This comes at a time where national charities such as Sustain and the Royal Society for Public Health have criticised the wider scheme. In an open letter to the Health Minister, Matt Hancock, the charities say that in 2018 families failed to access £28.6m of free fruit, vegetables, milk and vitamins that they were entitled to via ‘Healthy Start’ vouchers, because ministers spent no money promoting the scheme. 

Sally Hawken continued: “Families in Cornwall, who need our help, are not accessing this free food due to a lack of promotion by the government.  The vouchers should be targeted at families that rely on benefits like Universal Credit as they are 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.

“The Vitamins are a great way to supplement someone’s diet and the benefits can be huge, that’s why we are announcing this partnership and making it easier for families to access this particular part of the scheme.”

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.

There’s also growing evidence about the importance of Vitamin D for children and adults, which suggests that we should all be taking 10 micrograms, particularly between October and April. This includes breastfed babies from birth and formula fed babies when they have less than 500ml of formula a day.

To qualify a family must be on job seekers allowance, income support or in receipt of other qualifying benefits, which is about 3,500 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 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.

“This scheme is designed to help give children the best start in life and we hope that by making it easier to get hold of them, it will encourage more people to take advantage of the scheme.”

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 at www.healthystart.nhs.uk or by talking to their Health Visitor. 

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