Cornwall

Drivers urged to take care in Cornwall as icy conditions continue into the weekend

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 18:28

With icy conditions set to continue in Cornwall this weekend as temperatures fall this evening, people are being warned to be careful on icy roads.

Drivers are being warned that icy conditions overnight may make the roads treacherous in parts, especially where there is still snow on the ground.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, urged drivers to take precautions when roads are icy or slushy.

“We are doing everything we can to keep key roads clear, however the icy conditions will continue overnight.

“Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary. It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road so please consider whether you really need to travel and take care if you do have to go out.  

“We’ll have gritters out again tonight covering key routes. They take great care applying salt to the road to ensure that correct spread and widths are maintained. Salting vehicles are extremely powerful and travel at up to 40mph spreading salt across all lanes of motorways and trunk roads. Please remain a safe distance behind them and don’t attempt to overtake unless it’s safe,” he said.

The Council’s gritters - operated by Cormac – went out today at midday, with further gritting to take place on key routes tonight.  Gritters fitted with snow ploughs went out four times in the worst affected parts of east Cornwall last night.

Hand-salting gangs have also been sent out to ensure clear routes hospitals and emergency services buildings.   

Given the ongoing conditions, there is some disruption to waste and recycling collections. The latest information on collections can be found at www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

Councillor Brown praised local communities for their tremendous response in reaching out to help each other.

“From checking on your neighbour to opening your home to others for the night, there were hundreds of snow heroes across Cornwall to whom I would like to say thanks. You embody the true spirit of Cornwall.

“I’m also very proud of the Council staff, our fire and rescue service and CORMAC who worked around the clock to help people in need and get the roads cleared. It was a challenging 24 hours and we’ll keep monitoring the situation to everyone stays safe.”

In particular he praised Cormac gritter driver Lee Keast in Bodmin, who was stopped by an ambulance crew struggling to get to their blue-light destination. Lee escorted the crew right to the front door of the caller’s address in Bodmin. 

Information on winter driving (including in snow and ice) can be found at: /community-and-living/cornwall-fire-and-rescue-service-homepage/keeping-safe/road-safety/be-a-safer-driver/driving-tips-and-advice/winter-driving/

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  www.streetlink.org.uk or use a mobile app which can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google Play stores. You can also call 0300 5000 914. Streetlink will then pass on the information to the nearest service and connect them with support within 24 hours.

Posted in 1 February

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Landslip in Lostwithiel

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:00

Cornwall Council has received reports of a landslip at Scrations Lane, Lostwithiel.

There are no injuries reported and no danger to properties and residents.

Cormac highways staff are onsite, including our geoenvironmental engineer. They are assessing the situation and checking on the stability of the section of the hillside that has collapsed. Approx 1000 tonnes of material has collapsed onto the narrow lane and so no vehicles can use it.  This means that the residents of around 30 homes in the cul-de-sac can only currently reach their homes on foot.  Some residents’ vehicles are on the other side of the landslip and so can’t be moved.

Neighbouring properties are providing emergency pedestrian access to the lane

Wester Power Distribution has instructed their contactor to attend in case there is any risk to power lines.

The Council is sending officers to provide support to residents and keep them informed of what is happening.

 

Story posted 01 February 2019

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Strategic partners sought to deliver first 750 Extra Care units for people in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:02

Submissions have now opened for a strategic partner to work with Cornwall Council deliver to deliver the first 750 extra care units for Cornwall residents.

The council has pledged to deliver over 3,500 extra care units by 2025.

Submissions are now being called for from either a single partner or a collaboration of partners to deliver the first 750 of these units.

Extra Care units offer people an alternative from residential care and allow them to live in their own homes with their own front door with care and support available around the clock if they need it.

Nearly 1 in 4 residents of Cornwall are aged over 65 and this number is set to increase by a further 40% over the next 20 years, highlighting the need for extra care homes to help people remain living independently.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Extra care homes are a good way for people to maintain their independence while also being able to access any care and support they might need.

“We want people to have a better range of living options so they can still live independently, within their community and near family and friends. Evidence shows that this leads to healthier and happier lives. This in turn reduces the need to use health and social care services, alleviating demand on already stretched services,” Councillor Rotchell said.

An extra care living facility in Liskeard is already supporting people to live independently with care and support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if needed.

Bruce Parker, who is in his early 70’s, has been living there with his wife since it opened. He said: “Living here has made such a difference, before when we were struggling we had no one, now all we have to do is press a button and the staff are there, they’re wonderful really”.

All of the proposed developments will be co-designed with local communities to recognise the different characters of towns in Cornwall.

The other ways in which this scheme will be delivered are:

  • Remodelling partners’ existing capacity (such as sheltered housing and care homes) that are no-longer fit for purpose.
  • Market shaping - to identify and develop opportunities with new and existing providers to deliver accommodation suitable for older people’s needs.
  • Direct development – there may be opportunities for the Council to directly build especially in areas where the market is less responsive.

Interested parties can apply through the Council’s Due North e-portal www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk and express an interest in “DN350137 Strategic partners for the development, delivery and operation of extra care houses in Cornwall”. New users to site will need to register.

Posted on 1 February

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Drivers urged to take care after snow and ice hits Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:46

Following a busy evening dealing with issues caused by yesterday’s snow, people are this morning being warned to take it easy on icy roads.

Drivers are being warned that icy conditions overnight may make the roads treacherous in parts, so please drive very carefully if you do need to go out. 

Last night hundreds of motorists were stranded following heavy snow on the A30 and A39, and many other routes saw treacherous dangerous driving conditions.

A tactical coordination group, bringing together representatives from Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue, NHS and Cornwall Search and Rescue, worked through the night to ensure all calls were responded to and the roads cleared.

Cornwall Council had gritters out yesterday at 2pm, 5.30pm and 9pm, treating routes in east Cornwall.  Routes in the west were also covered at 3pm and midnight.

Highways England are responsible for maintenance of the A30 and also had crews working.

The gritters – operated by Cormac – again covered the east Cornwall routes again at 3am. Each route takes around three hours to cover.

Dozens of schools in Cornwall have now reported they are closed today – for detailed information on school closures and road conditions visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

Councillor Geoff Brown, portfolio holder for transport at Cornwall Council, said it had been a challenging night, despite plenty of advance warning of the poor weather.

He said:  “We started issuing warnings about cold weather on Monday, and yesterday warned about snow and ice, road conditions and the action being taken.

“One of the biggest problems we encountered was that people abandoned their cars, which blocked the way for the emergency services and the gritters to get through.  This caused considerable delays in clearing the roads and left people stranded for longer than they should have been. We appreciate everyone wants to get home, but the actions of a few impacted on many.

“If you are stuck, stay with your car and wait until the roads are cleared. If you are vulnerable and need help, call the emergency services.

“Some of the specific incidents we dealt with were two school buses, one at Kingsley Village and one at Winnard’s Perch, which were stuck.  We reached both vehicles during the early evening, ensuring the children were safe and well.

“We had fire and rescue crews doing sweeps along the A30 and A39 to check people were OK while they waited for the roads to be cleared.”

“I would like to thank all of the agencies who worked so hard in some challenging circumstances. I can only praise the work of all of the services who dealt with the situation professionally and calmly.”

Councllor Brown also praised the community for rallying around to help those stranded. “There have been lots of offers of help on social media – the true spirit of Cornwall really shines when we are hit with difficult situations.”

News of any impact on bin and recycling collections will be available this morning through the council’s Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/CornwallCouncil

Story posted 1 February 2019

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Technology is supporting adults to live independently at Pendennis House in Wadebridge

Cornwall Council - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 14:32

People with learning disabilities in Cornwall are being supported to live independently in their own homes with the help of Technology Enabled Care in Wadebridge.

As part of Cornwall Council’s Technology Enabled Care trials, four residents at Pendennis House, a ‘Supportive Lifestyle’ provider, have been using a sensor based monitoring system in their flats alongside a care and support package that is tailored to their needs.

One person that Pendennis House supports, Darren Rogers, lives in his own self-contained flat and has access to support when he needs it.  Previously he would have had to have someone in his home at night time to make sure he was safe but now, with the clever use of technology he is able to live more independently.

There are monitors in place around his home that detect movement so if any unplanned activity were to take place it would then alert staff in the nearby hub who could assist him if he needed it. He also has special assistance phone which allows him to call someone at the hub if he needs to.

Pendennis House Manager Nancy Jeffs said: “People we support are given a higher level of independence and using the sensor based technology means that they have less restriction placed on their life.   

“They can use the special assistance phone to contact someone should they need urgent help and staff are on hand seconds away if needed. We have seen people’s confidence levels soar using this technology and this has spread into other areas of their lives, having the confidence to pick and choose activities they want to get involved in.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “ This is a great example of how technology can support people to live independently in their own home. Evolving technology within social care offers many opportunities to better help support people’s lives.”

The people Pendennis House support regularly enjoy a number of activities that they can choose to take part in, one of those being a musical session with Cornwall’s very own Britain’s Got Talent 2016 semi-finalist Josh Curnow.

Posted on 31 January 

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Young carers in Cornwall urged to get the support they deserve

Cornwall Council - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:24

Young carers in Cornwall are encouraging other young people in a similar position to come forward and get the support they deserve. 

There are an estimated 4,000 young people aged 25 and under providing unpaid care for their families across the County, but Cornwall Council is warning that around half of those are missing out on vital support.

As part of Young Carer’s Awareness Day (31 January 2019) a film featuring young people from across Cornwall is being launched to encourage more young carers to access the support services available to them. 

The film has been produced by Kernow Young Carers and features young people like Bethany, she said:  “I didn’t realise I was a carer when I was younger, because it was a gradual process, but it’s quite a responsibility when you are 9 or 10 years old.  When I was younger I used to look after my Nan, but when she passed away that’s when I started to look after my mum because she started to go downhill. 

“There are stressful times when you are a carer and sometimes you do feel overwhelmed.  Young Carers is about going out and having an opportunity to do things you wouldn’t normally do; you’ve got a set date and something to look forward to.  It breaks up that time that you are at home looking after a parent or sibling and you learn a lot about yourself being a part of Cornwall Young Carers.”

Kernow Young Carers is an Action for Children project commissioned by Cornwall Council, to provide support, activities and support groupsfor young carers up to 25 years old who look after parents/carers, siblings and other family members.

The service is aimed at making sure their caring does not stop young carers having the same opportunities as all young people. This includes information, advice and guidance, activities and trips, short breaks, support groups, and support in schools.

Councillor Sally Hawken, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said: “Young carers don’t always realise that they are a young carer; helping with medication, cooking, cleaning, or helping to dress the person they look after.  We offer a lot of support which can really make a difference to young carers. This Young Carer’s Awareness Day today, we are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the information and support available to young carers in Cornwall.”

Over 700 young carers supported by Kernow Young Carers are referred due to their parent’s health problems, which can include disability or long term illness. Nearly 500 young people care for a sibling, and 180 care for parents with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Other reasons for young people becoming carers include parental substance misuse, caring for a grandparent who lives in the family home, and young adult carers who care for a partner.

Kernow Young Carers regularly attend schools to give information to pupils about the support available. They help schools to identify and support young carers, and can also offer 1-1 support where the caring role is having a significant impact on their own welfare and opportunities. They run activities in the holidays to give young carers a break from their caring role and have access to funding to give young carers a trip out on their own or with the person they care for.

Aaron is also part of Kernow Young Carers, he said: “I have been a young carer for a year or two, before I joined Kernow Young Carers, life was hard. Not knowing who’s out there or if anyone can help or show support?  Since day one I have loved it and the way I can just talk to people and they understand the situation I am in, because some people don’t understand the consequences of being a carer. For example going out with mates – I cannot do that because I am caring for my mum and brother.

“My grandad has been a rock for me and my mum because he takes us where we need to go in the car, and helps care for my mum and brother, so he knows the impact and what it’s like to look after someone. Being with Young Carers helps me talk about being a carer confidently to my mates and people who are going through the same but care for different relatives, and I can make new friends.

“I would like to say thank you to Kernow Young Carers and I would recommend them to anyone, and I would like to say if you care for anyone at any age, go speak to them, don’t hold back. It does not matter if you are five or 16, go speak to them and you will see the difference.”

If you are a young carer or know one please contact Kernow Young Carers.  Action for Children’s Kernow Young Carers can be contacted on 01872 321 486.

Referrals to Kernow Carers Service (Adults and children) can be made by calling 0800 587 8191.

The Young Carers Service is on Facebook at Kernow Young Carers.  More information is also available at https://www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/carers.page

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Council gears up for cold spell

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:15

With a cold blast hitting the whole of the UK in the coming days, Cornwall Council is ready and prepared to deal with any problems the weather may bring.

Officers from our Emergency Management service are monitoring the weather situation closely and are liaising with staff from other Council services and partner agencies to respond if required.

The Council’s gritters will be out whenever there is a risk of ice or snow, aiming to apply salt before the onset of freezing.  CORMAC carries out precautionary salting on 1400km of the most heavily trafficked A and B roads which between them are responsible for around 80% of traffic movements.

The Council recently took stock of a top-up delivery of salt from Northern Ireland, which was unloaded at Fowey Docks and transferred to depots across Cornwall.

Even where a road has been gritted, motorists should never assume that a road is safe as black ice, freezing rain and sudden hail storms as well as snow can lead to hazardous driving conditions.

 

Councillor Geoff Brown, portfolio holder for transport, said:  “If we see really bad weather, we’re advising people to avoid travelling unless their journey is essential. If you have to drive, please take extra care and drive in accordance to the road and weather conditions.

“Reduce your speed, allow extra distance between yourself and other vehicles, and keep an eye out for pedestrians.  Remember, roads can still be treacherously icy even when the sun is shining, so take extra care.”

One of the other key areas for concern will be for rough sleepers across Cornwall, who are left extremely vulnerable when the weather gets cold.

The Council, in partnership with Cornwall Housing, St Petroc’s Society and other organisations, will be providing emergency accommodation and other services over the next few days as temperatures are predicted to fall.  

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  Streetlink – a 24/7 website, mobile app which can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google Play stores and phone line (03005000914) which allows anyone who has a concern, to send out an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough.

Streetlink will then pass on the information to St Petroc’s Assertive Outreach Team so that they find, engage with the person and connect them with support within 24 hours.

Andrew Mitchell, portfolio holder for homes, said:  “We work all year round with rough sleepers to help them find permanent accommodation, and to help them access support services. Due to their vulnerability to cold weather, we will be doing all we can to ensure they have access to warmth and shelter during any extreme weather.”

If we see weather which affects schools or rubbish collection, information will be available on the Council’s website ww.cornwall.gov.uk/snow and on the Council’s Twitter feed - @CornwallCouncil. 

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Council congratulates Cornwall’s students on GCSE results day

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:33

Exam results will be on the minds of thousands of young people across Cornwall today, as the wait for this year’s GCSE results is finally over.

While it is too early to know the statistics for results across Cornwall, today marks a milestone for all students as they now consider their next steps.

Cornwall Council’s message to students is that whatever your results, there are more options on the table than ever before to make your next move a successful one.

Last year, there was a significant change to the grading system for GCSEs in three subjects – grades in Maths, English Language and English Literature were marked from 9 to 1 – 9 being the highest grade. Students gaining a grade 4 would have gained a grade C in the previous system.

The reforms were put in place to ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in high performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

This new grading system has been extended further this year to an additional twenty subjects and it is anticipated that all subjects will be graded in the same way by 2020.

Also for the first time this year, a new headline measure will be published for EBacc. The EBacc average point score measures pupils’ point scores across the five pillars of the EBacc: English, mathematics, science, humanities and languages. Headline performance measures will be published by the Department for Education in October 2018.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results today – I hope the hard work has paid off and you have achieved the results you wanted. I wish you all best for whatever path you decide to follow.

“And as well as students, I’d like to give praise to teachers, staff, Governors, parents and carers for their role in helping young people fulfil their potential.”

“Collecting GCSE results can be an emotional time for teenagers and their families alike, however, young people now have access to more pathways than ever before.”

“While young people now continue in learning or training until they are 18, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. Many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, however they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”

The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.

Story posted 23 August 2018

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St Columb Major Library becomes a community hub

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:32

We are delighted to announce a new agreement between St Columb Major Town Council and Cornwall Council which means that the Town’s library will transfer to the Town Council’s management from early October 2018.

The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library.

St Columb Major Library will also remain part of the countywide library service, so customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Speaking on behalf of St Columb Major Town Council, Town Mayor and Cornwall Councillor Paul Wills said: “The library is a much-loved facility and we have exciting plans for its future. We will be keeping all existing staff and employing new members of the team, and have plans to redecorate and make the library more welcoming.  We’re also keen to explore longer opening hours - all of which will be of real benefit to the local community. I am delighted that we have finally reached an agreement that means we will have the support of Cornwall Council’s Library Services for many years to come. It was very important that we crossed the “T’s” and dotted the “I’s” to ensure we struck the right deal. The future of our library is now secure”.

The library’s current opening hours are Tuesdays 9.30am – 5pm, Thursdays 1 – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council has been working closely with town and parish councils and community groups to find the best custodians for local libraries through the Library Transformation Programme. 

“Our aim has always been to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services aligned to local needs.  With St Columb Major Town Council taking on the management of the library, local people will be able to continue to enjoy it for many years to come. The town council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action. This arrangement will provide a sustainable library service for the St Columb Major area.”  

 

Story posted 21 August 2018

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Providers invited to help transform adult care and support services in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 09:04

Care and support providers, community and voluntary sector organisations from across the country are being invited to transform adult social care services with Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow.

With the need to make the changes in adult social care to bring services closer to the communities they serve, organisations are invited to a market positioning event on 25 February 2019 to get more information on the Council’s plans and help shape care and support services that meet the needs of people living in Cornwall.

The resulting market position statement will set out how the NHS and the council plans to commission services and this event gives the opportunity to develop the current draft further before its publication.

It is intended to support providers to develop their market offer in line with how the council and NHS Kernow plan to commission, exploring creative solutions and opportunities which genuinely offer people more choice and control over their lives.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “This is a great opportunity for providers and commissioners to come together to work in partnership, making sure that the services for people in Cornwall improve outcomes for those with care and support needs both now and in the future.

“At the centre of this is our intention to develop a resilient and sustainable care market that supports and promotes strong communities so that people live their lives as successfully, independently and safely as possible.”

“I urge as many of providers as possible to come along to this event”

John Groom, NHS Kernow’s Director for Integrated Care, said: “Across Cornwall there are people and organisations with huge expertise in providing care and support which we can draw on to develop this market position statement.

“Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow’s work with providers will develop a sustainable market place in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to deliver high quality care and value for money.”

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis and booking will be available soon through Eventbrite. Find out more on the Market Postion Statement Co-Production Event page.

To register your interest please email acld@cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 30 January 2019

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Devolution Deal delivering better services for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:00

Cornwall’s ground breaking devolution deal has resulted in better services for residents and more control over how money is spent.

Leaders from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and business representatives met last Friday to mark three years since the original deal and delivery of over 50%.

They learnt how £568 million in funding was now under local control as a result of the deal which spans a wide range of projects, tackling fuel poverty, improving health and social care, transport, heritage and culture and flood resilience. In the last three years the deal has delivered:

  • increased bus and rail patronage by 1.4 million journeys
  • £17m private investment into the bus network in Cornwall, with 78 new buses and the ability to travel with the Cornish equivalent of London’s Oyster card;
  • £11.5m investment over three years into the Warm and Well programme, making the homes of over 1,000 vulnerable households in Cornwall cheaper to heat every year;
  • Cornwall investing in new energy technologies such as deep geothermal, potentially providing electricity for thousands of homes in the future;
  • land for 255 new homes in Cornwall;
  • support for 11,392 businesses and start-ups through the creation of the Growth Hub and Better Business for All Regulatory support service; and
  • support for over 5,000 new apprenticeship starts annually.

Cornwall Council made history by becoming the first rural authority to secure a Devolution Deal, giving it more power over funding to deliver services to local businesses and residents.

Adam Paynter, Leader of the Council, said: “The deal was ground-breaking, Cornwall was the first rural authority to achieve such a deal and to deliver over 50% on it just three years later is remarkable.

“Having greater control over how money is spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, means we are able to improve necessary services and tackle some of the bigger problems we know our residents are facing like fuel poverty.

“The deal hasn’t just allowed us to greater improve our transport network, it has also helped us build on some of our more innovative plans, like geothermal, which has given Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly a head start on using renewable energy.”

With uncertainty over Brexit, it is more important now than ever that Government devolves further power and funding to Cornwall so that it can flourish beyond Brexit. Cornwall was the first authority to launch a regional Brexit plan with New Frontiers.  New Frontiers sets out Cornwall’s asks of Government, to unlock a further £2 billion from Cornwall’s economy and support the delivery of at least 20,000 additional jobs by 2030.  This would be achieved through measures such as devolved funding for more affordable housing and the development of Spaceport Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for resources, Julian German said:

“Cornwall’s deal clearly shows how bringing funding and decision-making closer to the community works.

“Through the deal we have implemented schemes to tackle fuel poverty, improve our public transport network, support innovative energy technologies and enable over 11,000 businesses to grow and prosper. This is having a real impact on the prosperity and quality of life of people across Cornwall.

“Given these significant benefits, we want to go further with the development of our next devolution proposition “New Frontiers” – a plan to show how a rural economy can contribute to the UKs future prosperity, help us prepare for Brexit, develop our distinctive economic strengths and build on the existing deal, whilst creating an environment and society that works for everyone in Cornwall.”

This information is now available in a full report available on Cornwall Council’s website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/devolution

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Invitation to learn more about future plans for Wadebridge Library at Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 08:50

People in Wadebridge and Padstow and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the February meeting of the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 7 February at Egloshayle Pavillion, Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge PL27 6AE.

During the meeting there will be an opportunity to hear an update from police on local policing matters, as well as an update from Wadebridge Town Council on their future plans for Wadebridge Library.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods will also be attending the meeting to discuss continuing plans for strengthening community network panels (CNPs). This gives CNPs options to strengthen local partnerships and agree local priorities, as well as have greater engagement with local community to enable residents to have more influence over issues such as devolution.

There will also be updates from parish, town and Cornwall councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what’s happening in the Wadebridge and Padstow area. You'll be able to talk to your local councillors and police about the issues that matter to you.”

Wadebridge and Padstow 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.  The panel’s priorities include public transport, asset and service devolution, affordable housing, highways, traffic and parking issues.

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 14 parishes in the community network: Egloshayle, Padstow, St Breock, St Endellion, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Kew, St Mabyn, St Merryn, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands, St Tudy and Wadebridge.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Council starts work on new pedestrian crossing on Kenwyn Road in Truro

Cornwall Council - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:11

Pupils at the local school, parents and the local community in the Kenwyn area of Truro who have campaigned for a crossing to make it safer for them to cross a busy road are about to get their wish.

Work commissioned by Cornwall Council is due to start on installing a new zebra crossing on Kenwyn Road in Truro on 21 January and it is estimated it will take three weeks to complete.  To keep disruption to a minimum, the work will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 6am under traffic light control, with the lights removed before rush hour each morning.

The new crossing, which is being funded by £67,000 received from developers as part of what is known as a section 106 agreement, will link the Hendra estate with Kenwyn Church, St Mary's School and Truro Nursery; and the Trehaverne neighbourhood with the green spaces of Victoria and Hendra, including the skate board park.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport said:  "We have listened to the local community.  Their campaigning and the work of their local Cornwall Councillors has been key to making this scheme a reality.  It's important that we encourage people to walk more as we join up options to get around as part of the Council's One Public Transport initiative.  This new crossing enables residents to safely walk from their homes to school, open spaces and the shops and other services in the City."

David Harris, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Trehaverne said: "This pedestrian crossing is a welcome improvement to this particular stretch of road. Improving the safety of pedestrians and drivers on our roads is of paramount importance and so it is important that we are able to deliver this crossing which will make a huge difference to the whole community."

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen said: "The campaigners who have successfully made the case have been focused, provided good evidence, and have built positive relationships which have enabled it to move forward in what is, for a scheme such as this, quite a speedy manner. The interaction between pedestrians and vehicles is a big challenge and it is important that communities can function securely and freely. I'm sure that, once complete, this crossing will enhance safety, build confidence and improve the quality of life for a large number of people. Well done Highways".

Campaigner Lisa Smith Walker, parent and governor at St Mary's School says: "We are delighted that the crossing is imminent. Fellow parent Debbie Schmid and I have been campaigning for 2 years for the crossing, which we hope will make the junction much safer for both pedestrians and motorists.

Visibility at the Hendra/Kenwyn junction is poor, and the traffic is fast and busy - this will help to calm the traffic along the whole of Kenwyn Road as well as making crossing the road so much safer for everyone. There are so many near misses out there, hopefully the crossing will help prevent a tragedy.

The support from our community has been amazing and we'd like to say a massive thank you for that, and also to our local councillors for their help".

The design of the scheme was chosen after discussions with local residents from ten ideas that were put forward.

Geoff Brown adds: "There were  a number of challenges to providing a permanent crossing at this site, including the lack of a pavement on the south side of Kenwyn Road and the position and visibility to and from the junction along Kenwyn Road.  However, we're confident that these have been overcome and that the design of the new zebra crossing works well."

Cormac will start work on building the scheme on 21 January 2019. Story posted 18 January 2019
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Advance warning of evening lane restrictions on Tregolls Road, Truro on Wednesday 30 January

Cornwall Council - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:24

Lane restrictions will be in place along a section of Tregolls Road in Truro from 7pm on Wednesday 30 January as tree surgeons work to remove a large tree from the central reservation.

CORMAC’s arboricultural officers, working on behalf of Cornwall Council, discovered brackets of a decay fungus on the mature Eucalyptus and further investigation identified decay within the lower stem. As a result of the tree’s condition, there is an increased risk of it falling into the road. To allow the tree surgeons to safely dismantle and remove the tree, Tregolls Road will be reduced to one lane in either direction.

Cornwall Council’s Tree Safety Officer Matthew Odgers-Brown said: “This prominent tree makes a significant contribution to the local landscape and it is with great regret that we have to remove it. However, public safety must be our priority. We intend to plant a replacement tree as near to this location as underground services permit and are also planning to plant new street trees within verge at the Chellew Road junction. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we carry out these works – we will remove the lane restrictions as soon as we have completed the work to dismantle and remove the tree.”

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Outstanding Wave Multi Academy Trust to provide education services for new adolescent mental health unit

Cornwall Council - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:07

Cornwall Council has commissioned Cornwall’s Wave Multi Academy Trust to provide education services for children and young people while they are receiving specialist treatment at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s new child and adolescent mental health unit ‘Sowenna’. Sowenna is currently being built on the Bodmin Hospital site.

The new 14 bed unit will provide specialist mental health services for young people up to the age of 18 when it opens in the summer enabling them to be treated closer to their family and friends.

The new facility includes an education block to enable young people to continue with their education while they are staying in the unit. Announcing that Wave MAT had been commissioned to deliver education services, Dr Barbara Vann, Chair of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which is leading the CAMHS project, said “I am delighted that education of great quality will be offered by the Wave Multi AcademyTrust.”

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Children Schools and Families said:“ This facility is going to be life changing for children and families in Cornwall who have, for so long, been forced to travel to other parts of the country for the care they need.  I am delighted the Wave Multi Academy Trust has been chosen as the education provider because they have a clear track record of delivering outstanding education in a health environment to support the children at Sowenna”. 

Wave MAT currently runs the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, as well as six other Alternative Provision academies across Cornwall, and three in Devon, and CEO Rob Gasson is delighted the MAT has been commissioned to deliver the education for the new CAMHS unit.

“Our well established and strong relationships with schools and the health service in Cornwall means that we are extremely well placed to ensure that the education of the young people using this facility can continue throughout their treatment” he said. 

“Our current CHES service has been judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted and we are looking forward to being able to provide the same high quality services for young people at Sowenna.  We are very proud of the quality of education we are providing for young people and this will enable us to ensure that there is a joined up approach to the education of young people in Cornwall who require this form of medical intervention”.

Research shows that an estimated 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 experience mental health difficulties. While most can be treated and supported within the community, some require a more intensive programme of treatment and care.

For children and young people with severe mental issues this has meant travelling hundreds of miles away from their family and friends to hospitals in Birmingham, Essex, Kent and Cheshire to access specialist psychiatric treatment. The opening of the new unit will mean that young people from Cornwall can be treated closer to home, enabling them to maintain their relationships and friendships.

Posted 25 January, 2019

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Owners urged to clean up dog poo: new figures released

Cornwall Council - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:32

Cornwall Council is urging dog owners to bag and bin their dog poo as new figures reveal the extent of dog fouling in public places.

Latest figures show that from April-December 2018 a total of 429 reports of dog fouling were made to the Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service. That compares to 686 fouling service requests in 2017/18 and 872 reports in 2016/17.

The area with the highest number of dog fouling complaints so far this financial year is Penzance with 20 calls from members of the public. Saltash had the second most reports at 17, while Tywardreath and Par saw 16 dog fouling complaints.

Since 2015 there have been a total of 2,610 dog fouling reports in Cornwall with Newquay recording the highest amount at 135 while Penzance had 123.

The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service undertakes pro-active patrols of known fouling hot spots. Since 2015, more than 2,400 patrols have taken place, with 402 in April-December last year alone.

Anyone who does not pick up after their dogs faces a fine of up to £1,000 or can receive a fixed penalty of £100 in order to discharge the offence.

Find out more about the Council's work to combat dog fouling and view figures on dog fouling service requests by area

Cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “Most dog owners act responsibly and clean up after their pets but unfortunately there are a minority who think it is okay to leave it to others to sort out.

“There are more than enough waste bins for dog owners to use and general waste bins can be used to dispose of bagged dog waste. If you’re in an area where there happens to be no bins, you should be taking waste home - there really is no excuse.”

Members of the public can report dog fouling incidences to the Council online 24/7. The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service responds to and investigates complaints of dog fouling.

There are 30 officers with the Council’s Community Protection Team authorised to tackle fouling but there are a number of other officers including some who are not uniformed as well as police community support officers who can issue fixed penalties.

Since 2012 Cornwall Council has also provided DEFRA approved training to 80 town and parish council employees to enable and authorise them to issue dog fouling fixed penalty notices and help tackle the problem.

Cornwall Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer Kevin Brader said: “Our message is clear – pick up your dog poo or risk a fine. Your laziness is anti-social, is a blight to our environment and poses a health risk to the public especially children. 

“You can report dog fouling to the Council with information including the identity or description of the offender, their address or car registration number and the time of day that offence took place and this will help us to contact the offender directly.”

Councillor James issued a final word of warning: “Saying you didn’t see your dog foul is not a defence. It’s your responsibility as a dog owner to do the right thing – bag it and bin it or take it home with you.”

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Plans put forward to support community led projects to help tackle loneliness in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:22

Grass roots projects could be eligible to apply for grant funding under proposals to tackle the issue of loneliness and social isolation in Cornwall.

This is part of the Prevention Services business plan being presented at the Overview Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee today (23 January).

The grant funding will focus on helping local community projects to get started, grow and develop with Cornwall Council proposing to match fund up to 80% of the projects with the other 20% being supported through crowd funding.

This is just one of the proposals being put forward to reduce social isolation and homelessness by improving the way that people access information and advice, helping people to manage their own health and wellbeing and to maximise their independence.

The Prevention Services business case is in its final stages of development with Cornwall Council health and social care commissioners working with a range of service providers and other professionals, as well as people who currently use these sorts of services, to finalise the arrangement which will cover the next four years.

Cornwall has a higher than average number of older people with 24% of the population aged 65 and over, 21% of people with a limiting long term illness and 12% of the population providing unpaid care. These numbers are set to increase over the coming years and with the amount of funding that the council receives from the government decreasing each year Cornwall Council is taking an innovative approach.

From September 2016 to October 2018 an extensive period of engagement and consultation has taken place to help shape these proposals. Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Residents have told us they want to take more responsibility for their wellbeing and wellness, be as independent as possible and remain part of their local community.

“Providers have told us that making small steps can make a big difference such as getting people to smile, getting people out of their home for a cup of tea, getting people to eventually attend an activity in their community. This is why we are keen for community projects to help as they are better served to know who is in their community and how best to support them.”

The other proposals include:

  • Identifying a lead partner (or partnership) to work with Cornwall Council Adult Social Care and with care providers to improve links to the voluntary sector and coordinate volunteer support.
  • One countywide contract offering support to people that are rough sleeping or homeless, or are at risk of rough sleeping or being homeless.
  • Direct access accommodation with support for typically no more than six weeks for people who are homeless. (This contract is already in place but has been included as it forms part of the new model).
  • One countywide community outreach contract delivering short term support with independent living skills and self-management of health and wellbeing for people with physical health needs, learning disabilities and any other health needs.
  • Five locality-based supported accommodation and community outreach contracts delivering short term support with independent living skills and self-management of health and wellbeing for people with mental health, substance misuse needs and any other complex needs.

Contracts will start in autumn 2019 following a competitive tender process.

Posted on 23 January 2019

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Councillors declare a “climate emergency” and call for further work to reduce Cornwall’s carbon emissions

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 13:13

The climate change crisis and the need for urgent action was recognised by Cornwall Council today with a “climate emergency” declared.

The motion – ‘Urgency on Climate Change’ - was brought to Full Council by Councillor Dominic Fairman, local member for St Teath and St Breward, and seconded by Councillor Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for neighbourhoods.

The motion called on the Council to provide resource to prepare a report within six months to establish how Cornwall can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency, low-carbon fuels and investment in renewable energy within a timescale which is consistent with an ambition to restrain Global Warming to 1.5°C.

An amendment to the motion was put forward by Councillor Jayne Kirkham, seconded by Councillor Martyn Alvey.  The amendment went further, declaring a climate emergency and calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Fairman said: “After a very lively debate a cross-party amendment was accepted which went even further than the original motion. If we are to avoid the worst-case scenarios, then the social change required will be deep.  

"Radical social change is uncomfortable and difficult – but I believe that as local representatives of our communities we have a responsibility to take leadership. Cornwall Council has shown that leadership today," he said.

Councillor Jayne Kirkham said: “Members voted for the amended motion, almost unanimously, to declare a climate emergency today in line with other local governments across the world covering 17.5 million people, including London and Manchester. Our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 and the report we will prepare to help us to do so, will put Cornwall on the front line in combating climate change.”

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the environment Sue James said: "Climate change is already here and having effects in Cornwall, like the unprecedented rainfall causing flooding in Coverack in July 2017 and the significant late snow last year.

“We cannot compete with the power of nature with money and concrete alone. Our climate change planning has to assist communities to make appropriate and realistic plans. Scientists warn that extreme weather events will have a disproportionate toll on poor, weak and elderly people; those people this Council has set a priority to protect.

“Today’s declaration is a positive step forward in building on the work done by the Council to date on issues contributing to tackling climate change, ranging from supporting renewable energy to reducing waste, improving public transport to reduce traffic congestion, flood mitigation, rolling out energy saving LED street lighting and more. Our plans will build on these achievements and work with other Councils with similar ambitions.

“We all have a part to play in this - whether being less wasteful of food, having a meat free day a week, driving less and considering a less polluting vehicle when considering changing our cars or mending things rather than simply throwing them away."

Posed on 22 January 2019

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More improvements in Newquay to encourage walking and cycling

Cornwall Council - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 12:18

A new proposal to make it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy Newquay by cycling and walking is now out for comment.

The plan, to build a number of pedestrian and cycle improvements at the intersection of Bank Street and Lower Marcus Hill, will see additional paved crossing points and a new cycle connection between the Tram tracks and the existing cycle way on Manor Road. The changes to the junction with Marcus Hill will improve pedestrian safety, and slow vehicles, at this busy junction whilst removing the "no left turn" from St Michael's Road.

Providing and promoting better cycling and walking routes as alternative methods to getting around by car is a key part of our Connecting Cornwall aims to make it easier for walkers and cyclists to enjoy safe and easy access to town centres across Cornwall.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport and local Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central Geoff Brown said:  “These improvements will help those walking in and around the town centre and provide the missing link for cyclists to easily get to the western part of the town via the Tram tracks and Manor Road.  It has my full support.”

The £125,000 scheme will be jointly funded by the Council’s Local Transport Plan and developer contributions for pedestrian and cycle improvements in the town.

It complements the other recent Council investments in walking and cycling paths along Henver Road and the Barrowfields where the Council built multi-use paths which opened in 2016.

Recent survey counts for one weekday in mid-September last year demonstrated that more people are using those paths and cycle ways with 634 trips made on the Barrowfields path, including 86 by bike, and over 150 cycle trips made on Henver Road on the same day.

The public are invited to comment on the plans from 22 January to 13 February 2019.  Construction could start in mid-May and finish in June with work suspended during the late spring holiday half term break.

The plan is to keep Manor Road and East Street open during the day to avoid disruption to bus services.   Where works need a full road closures, these are likely to  be carried out during the night.

Full details of the scheme are on the Cornwall Council Consultation Finder webpage.

Posted on 23 January 

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Council agrees £39.3 million investment in more homes for temporary accommodation

Cornwall Council - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:19

Up to 250 homes for people in need of temporary accommodation will be purchased by the Council following a decision by members at today’s Council meeting  (22 January 2019).

The homes will be spread throughout Cornwall so that those who find themselves in need of a temporary home whilst they are helped to find a more permanent option, can still be near work, school and family. 

Self-contained accommodation will be provided for families with children and there will be shared accommodation for single people or couples with no children.

Cornwall Council received more than 800 homeless applications during 2017, and these plans will allow a more flexible response suited to people’s needs, avoiding the use of bed and breakfast accommodation.

There are currently 267 households in temporary accommodation in Cornwall with around a third of that number in bed and breakfast or hotels because the Council does not have enough temporary accommodation of its own to offer them.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “How we help those in need is a measure of the society we live in.  This decision is about making sure that we help those who, for whatever reason, are in danger of no longer having a roof over their head or a place to call home.

“More and more often, we are being approached by families who find themselves in this dire situation and we have a legal as well as a moral duty to help them.

“Not only is bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation unsuitable, particularly for families, it is also very expensive.

“Providing good quality, affordable, temporary accommodation in locations where it is needed ensures people have somewhere safe to stay, provides stability and gives people a better chance to find or keep work.”

In 2017, the Council received 9,967 requests for housing advice and over 800 homelessness applications.

It is envisaged that the 250 homes for temporary accommodation will be managed by Cornwall Housing Limited who are already commissioned to deliver housing options and homelessness services on behalf of the Council.

Cornwall has in recent years been among the top providers in the country of new affordable homes. Last year, 3,400 new homes were built in Cornwall, and over 900 of these were affordable housing. People wishing to rent or buy one of these affordable homes must have a connection to Cornwall and already be living here.

The Council is directly investing £200m to directly deliver 1,000 new homes built in the right locations with the right infrastructure around them.

 

Story posted 22 January 2019

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