Cornwall

Find out about community safety in your town

Cornwall Council - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 08:34

Residents in 10 Cornish towns can find out how community safety is being improved in their area at a series of engagement events run by Safer Cornwall.

In partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) the events will provide residents with the opportunity to ask their Safer Town partnership team what work is taking place within their town and to raise any concerns or issues they may be experiencing.

The Safer Towns Scheme launched last April and takes a multi-agency approach to tackling community safety issues, to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups.

The partnerships work to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. The scheme was rolled out across Camborne and Redruth, Falmouth, Bodmin, Saltash and Liskeard and re-launched in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance. 

Safer Towns on Tour events are here:

  • Liskeard - Saturday 30 March, 10am –1.30pm, Liskeard Public Hall
  • Falmouth – Tuesday 2 April, 9am, The Moor
  • Truro - Saturday 13 April, 9am at Lemon Quay
  • Newquay - Saturday 13 April, afternoon, venue to be confirmed
  • St Austell - Thursday 25 April, from 9am, Alymer Square
  • Bodmin - Thursday 25 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Mount Folly
  • Penzance - Wednesday 1 May, 11am - 2pm, Market Place (adjacent to Lloyd’s Bank)
  • Redruth - Friday 3 May, 9.30am - 12pm Market Strand / Market Place
  • Camborne - Friday 3 May 1:30pm - 4pm, Commercial Square
  • Saltash - Saturday 22 June, all day at Saltash Regatta (Waterfront)

 Work has taken place over the last year to establish the Safer Town groups and develop action plans based on crime information through Town Profiles and feedback from the Cornwall Council Residents’ Survey. 

The scheme was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with £5,000 allocated to each town.

Partners have reviewed priorities in their towns and put forward proposals for how the funding should be spent locally. There are a number of new projects, campaigns and outcomes which have been delivered in 2018/19 and will be put in place during 2019/2020 through the support of the PCC.

All Safer Towns meet on a regular basis to share current intelligence, raise concerns and deal with emerging dynamic issues collectively.

A key factor in the success of the scheme is the wide membership of the groups, which include public, private and voluntary organisations who are able to feed in local intelligence and local issues.

Each town is unique with different community safety priorities and there have also been a number of initiatives which have been rolled out through all the Safer Towns.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, said: “Part of the role of PCC is to encourage interested groups to come together to find solutions to community issues.

“So I am really pleased to be able to support the Safer Towns Scheme because it’s the perfect example of that ethos and we are already starting to see results where the groups have been active for some time.

“I think that getting out onto the streets and talking about their work, encouraging people to talk about their issues and report them to the appropriate authority.”   

Sue James, cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “These engagement events are a great opportunity for residents to air any concerns they have about community safety in their towns as well as find out more about what is being done to tackle issues.”

To find out more please visit www.safercornwall.co.uk/safer-towns

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Plans for £17m cycling paths go on show

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 16:57

Residents of Newquay and St Columb can hear more about a £17m project for a series of new cycle paths around the A30 next week.

The next meeting of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network community network panel is on April 4 at 7pm in at St Mawgan Community Hall.

Doug Boden, Cornwall Council’s Transport Principal Officer, will be attending to give a presentation about the Cycling Safety and Integration Highways Agency Designated Funds.

Highways England has given Cornwall Council £17m in funding for 30km of new cycle routes and a cycle bridge over the A30 at Chiverton.

When the A30 is dualled the old road will be detrunked and a further 12km of cycle path will be put in place.

ARUP, the design consultants for HE, has now produced a series of high level designs for the cycle routes and Cornwall Council will now lead on the delivery.

This is a chance for panel members to be to be updated on the project to date and view some of the initial plans.  

During the meeting there will also be an opportunity for local residents to ask questions and hear updates from parish, town and Cornwall councillors on local matters.

St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel and learn more about our work on local issues. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out about the cycle paths plans. Come along, find out more and meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillor.”

The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly 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 highway issues.

The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Towns or Parish parishes in the community network: Colan Parish Council, Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council, Newquay Town Council, St Columb Major Town Council and St Wenn Parish Council.

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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Learn more about recycling at Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:44

People in Wadebridge and Padstow and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next meeting of its Community Network Panel which will include a presentation on recycling.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 4 April 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.

There will also be discussions on climate change with a chance to find out how the parish and town councils can make a difference.

A representative from Cornwall Council's Waste and Recycling Community Engagement Team will update attendees on garden waste subscriptions and waste and recycling provisions currently and in the future.

There will also be information 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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Policing and Stratton Hospital on the agenda at Bude Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:19

Residents in Bude are to get an update on the temporary overnight closure of Stratton Hospital Minor Injuries Unit at the next Bude Community Network Panel meeting.

Everyone living in the town and surrounding parishes are invited along to the meeting on Monday 8 April to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Devon and Cornwall Police Sgt Dan Harvey will provide an update on local policing and crime matters in the area.

Kim Hager, Joint Commissioning Manager for Resilient Cornwall, will discuss drug and alcohol use in the area and the services and support available.

There will also be an update regarding the temporary overnight closure of Stratton Community Hospital following on from the Extraordinary Community Panel Meeting, held in February.

The meeting is taking place in the Conference Room of the Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LD on Monday March 8, from 7pm.

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 Bude 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. 

Bude Community Network Panel includes all Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of Bude-Stratton Town Council and the Parishes in the community network: Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, North Tamerton, Poundstock, St Gennys, Week St. Mary and Whitstone.

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

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Support for car speed limiters to cut road accidents

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:52

Cornwall Council has backed calls for new speed limiting technology to reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on Cornwall’s roads.

From 2022 all vehicles sold in Europe will have to be equipped with intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and advanced emergency braking after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU.

The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit.

In 2017, 295 people were killed or seriously injured on Cornwall's roads, representing a 34% increase from 2013.

Factors related to speeding made up the fourth highest contributing factor for road collisions in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, 91% of all fixed penalty notices issued were for speeding offences.

Cornwall Council is working with partners including Highways England and the police to review the Cornwall Road Casualty Reduction Strategy and create a new action plan.

Since the strategy was published a number of road safety projects have been carried out across Cornwall.

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “I welcome the announcement from the EU on the intentions to use technology to prevent drivers exceeding speed limits.

“I would urge our own Government to bring this into UK law. Although every driver that speeds believes they are a safe driver, the evidence suggests it is a significant cause of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050.

Learn more about being a safer driver on our Road safety pages.

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Innovative Supported Living scheme officially opens in Porthpean

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:25

A Cornwall Council scheme of 7 new spacious one bedroom homes in Porthpean near St Austell, designed to support learning disabled adults with a range of eligible health and social care needs to live independently, was officially opened yesterday (27 March 2019).

The high quality and technology enabled new Supported Living scheme was designed and built with a partnership between Wainhomes, Cornwall Council Housing and Adult Social Care and Cornwall Housing. The scheme provides a blue print for future much needed Supported Living that assists individuals to live ordinary lives within their local community.

Adult social care have commissioned quality care and support on site to ensure the people who live there  develop a range of independence skills with care and support that supports them to live their life the way they want to.

Havencare, the core care and support provider will offer flexible person centred care and support for tenants to meet their individual needs. The use of assistive technology funded by Adult Social Care will promote independence and skill development.

These new innovative homes are managed by Cornwall Housing and each person has their own tenancy providing security for them to have their own home and own front door.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for adults and Andrew Mitchell, cabinet portfolio holder for homes have been to meet and welcome the new residents.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said:  “This Council is committed to providing 1,000 quality homes by 2021 which match the needs of our residents.  These can be affordable homes to buy or rent, homes that will be available for market rent or, as in this case, specially built and accessible homes for residents who need extra support.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Helping people who may have additional needs to have a home of their own is hugely important. These new homes are fully accessible and designed and built to meet the needs of our residents who have professional support available whenever they need it. Schemes like this support and promote strong communities so that people live their lives as successfully, independently and safely as possible.”

Mark has recently moved here into his own flat which has allowed him to move back to Cornwall from Plymouth, he said: “I’m glad to be back living near family. Living here I can choose how I spend my time, either in my flat or here (in the community hub).”

The community hub is the heart of this supported living development providing tenants with access to a shared space offering social opportunities and a range of activities. Technology Enabled Care options are available such as Autonome, a web based application which helps develop independent living skills such as travel training and meal preparation. The hub is available at structured times and provides opportunities for people to develop relationships and strengthen links with the wider community.  

Posted 28 March 2019

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Cabinet sets out agenda to grow economy and improve residents' quality of life

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:19

Wide ranging plans to ensure the continued growth of Cornwall’s economy while improving the quality of life of its residents were on the agenda when the council’s Cabinet met today.

Investment in transport links, schools and regeneration schemes were all approved at the meeting at New County Hall in Truro.

The first item for discussion was an increase of £26 million for the council’s capital programme, which identified a number of new schemes which will be funded by the council.

The projects discussed included the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

A total of £3.4 million of Government funding has also been secured for investment in the roads and sewerage required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

The proposals were forwarded by Councillor Julian German, deputy leader of the council, who said:  “This investment will provide improvement to school and children’s social care, improvements to transport links, and through investment in the multi-use trails, will bring health benefits as well.

“I am delighted to be able to bring forward these schemes which will help to improve the lives of the people of Cornwall.”

The CORSERV Group of Companies four year business plan was also discussed by the cabinet. 

The plan sets out ambitious proposals for creating a sustainable future for the business, which includes Cormac, Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Development Company. 

Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons said:  “Corserv has enjoyed some real successes over the past year, including the implementation of the Foundation Living Wage across the group of companies, the continued growth of passenger numbers at Cornwall Newquay Airport, and extra investment in our road improvements.

“This plan now sets out how the group of companies intends to build on that.”

The plan was approved unanimously by the cabinet.

Other items discussed were the Integrated Risk Plan for the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, the Housing Development Programme action plan and finance update, and proposals to acquire the building Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Store currently leases on the Victoria Business Park at Roche.

Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “The agenda today really reflected our key priorities for Cornwall, focussing on building a sustainable economic future, while creating more homes and jobs for our residents.

“We are getting on with the business of improving our resident’s lives, while ensuring we remain responsible with our finances, and I welcome the opportunity we now have to move these excellent projects forwards.”

Posted March 27, 2019

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Cabinet agree £4 million regeneration plan for South East Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:12

Residents and businesses in Torpoint, Liskeard, Saltash, Looe and across all of South East Cornwall are set to benefit after a co-ordinated regeneration programme for the area was supported at today’s Cabinet meeting (27 March 2019).

Up to £4 million has been earmarked to invest in a series of inter-linked community focussed projects to benefit residents, businesses and encourage more visitors to the area including: 

  • £1.1m for progressing the design work and business case for a series of cycling and walking trails in South East Cornwall to improve connectivity, support more active life-styles and encourage more tourism
  • £2.3m towards a flood protection and economic regeneration scheme for Looe which will see Cornwall Council working with the community on designs which will form the basis of bids for further funding
  • £300,000 on further work to enable the regeneration of the Liskeard Old Cattle Market Site where the local community recently took part in a ‘charrette’ to decide for themselves their vision for the site
  • £250,000 for Kerdroya, a project that employs 79 local specially trained workers to keep alive the skills to build traditional Cornish hedges and develop capacity in the industry so that Cornish hedging can be a part of other infrastructure schemes coming forward across Cornwall
  • £50,000 to progress a Tamar River Links project to create improved maritime links focussed on the Tamar River for Saltash, Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula.
  • Working with the Town Council, this scheme links into a wider town centre and waterside regeneration project in Torpoint to include the old library site and the Torpoint Police Station building which Cornwall Council has already agreed to buy for £495,000.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “This investment is really good news for residents and businesses across South East Cornwall and it will bring long lasting benefits to the area.

"It has been a real collaborative effort where local Cornwall councillors, town councillors and organisations like the Looe Harbour Commissioners have come together to work for the good of South East Cornwall.

"It demonstrates how everyone has a part to play in improving infrastructure and facilities for their local communities.”

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Cornish school children run around the world

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:10

Children from one Cornish School have run, jogged or walked enough miles to almost reach Australia.  King Charles Primary School in Falmouth is one of 90 schools across the county that have signed up to the Daily Mile, a national initiative supported by Cornwall Council’s Healthy Schools team that inspires young people to get more active.

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children - regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.  Research has shown that regular exercise can increase attainment in primary school, and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they have started The Daily Mile.

Portfolio Holder for Health and Well Being and Cabinet Member, Sally Hawken, said: “It’s fundamental that schools play a role in equipping children with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices for themselves.  The Daily Mile is brilliant because it is very simple and easy for schools to do; it takes no setting up and it’s a brilliant way to lift a class that may need an energy boost.”

Today nothing threatens the health and wellbeing of children more than childhood obesity. More than one in three children is overweight or obese by time they leave primary school.

Cornwall Council and the Healthy Schools Programme supports teachers and children to achieve improvements in wellbeing for the whole school community. In turn this makes a contribution to overall school improvement and raises attainment, achievement and aspirations.

Bobby Hodgson is a member of the School Council at King Charles School, he said: “We thought we needed more exercise, we needed to make our school fitter - So we decided to do a mile every day. I think it’s really fun to have a bit of exercise and it refreshes your mind so you can come back to your learning with new ideas.”

Another member of the School Council, Amelie Rowe, added: “I think it’s very good exercise in the morning or afternoon and it’s just a mile, so it’s not too far to run.  It’s just good to get out of the classroom sometimes and you come back refreshed.”

King Charles School have woven the Daily Mile into their curriculum and set the children challenges like recording enough miles to reach worldwide landmarks.

Teacher at King Charles, Hannah Pickford, said: “It gives everyone an opportunity to work on their own personal best, so the emphasis is not about running a complete mile, but getting out for at least 10 minutes every day and either running, jogging or brisk walking and doing the best they can do and beating what they did the day or week before.

“The children have really enjoyed it, they are excited when we say ‘pens down we are going out to do our Daily Mile’, it does give them an opportunity to burn off some steam and come back to class a little bit more focussed and they seem to be extremely positive about it, no matter what the weather is.

“Each year group is running towards a goal and it is related to a topic they are currently doing in class.  For example last term our year 6 was aiming to run to the pyramids in Egypt.  So far as a school we have done seven thousand miles!”

For more information visit the Healthy Schools website.

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Businesses helping their staff to get healthier given awards

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 10:48

Businesses across Cornwall have been awarded for their efforts in looking after the health of their employees.

The annual Healthy Workplace conference and awards ceremony took place at the Royal Cornwall Showground recently, celebrating the efforts of over 40 businesses from a variety of sectors. 131m working days are currently lost because of sickness absence every year in the UK, with 42% of employees having at least one sickness absence in a year. There’s an estimated £30bn price tag for employers due to the cost of presenteeism (attending work while ill).

The conference saw Professor Dame Carol Black, Public Health England and NHS expert advisor gave the key note speech on improving the welfare of working people. Attendees took part in workshops on changing the culture on domestic abuse, presenteeism, resilience & sleep and suicide postvention – the support offered to employees if a colleague dies by taking their own life.

The Healthy Workplace team awards bronze, silver and gold level awards based on the achievements of the businesses throughout the year. Workplace health is recognised as a big factor in tackling levels of sickness absence, particularly with workplace related stress.

Schemes implemented over the year include daily plank and push up challenges, introducing free fruit bowls and healthy snack stops, laughing yoga, hydration awareness and training staff as mental health first aiders.

Sally Hawken portfolio holder for wellbeing and public health said: “The Healthy Workplace scheme is a nationally recognised and admired programme for the work they do not only in reducing sickness absences for companies, but improving the health of our residents.

We want to make sure we are doing our best to help businesses in Cornwall prosper, and reducing staff absences is one way we can help do so. Looking after employees is key because staff are a company’s greatest asset and a happy workforce helps create a healthy workforce.  A good job can be one of the most important parts of our lives. Work can be hugely rewarding and very sociable.  It can provide an everyday boost to our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.” 

If businesses are interested in finding out more, or signing up to the Healthy Workplace programme they can visit Healthy Cornwall or call 01209 615600.

You can find a full list of the winners and locations of the businesses on the Healthy Workplace website.

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Pollution on a plate served up by Cornwall’s litter heroes

Cornwall Council - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 15:43

Shoppers in Truro have been invited to sit down for a meal of plastic litter as part of a campaign to highlight marine pollution.

The dishes included spaghetti made of old rope and plastic bottle tops, a fry-up breakfast of plastic bags, Smarties box lids and cigarette lighter casings and sushi created from Lego, elastic bands and microplastic.

Created by Delia Webb from Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, the meals were all made from litter collected from Cornwall’s beaches with some items believed to be more than 50 years old.

The unusual dishes were presented to shoppers at Lemon Street Market in Truro and their reactions filmed:

Cornwall Council and Clean Cornwall are celebrating the efforts of Cornwall’s litter heroes and their tireless work to create a #LitterlessCornwall.

It comes at the start of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean running until April 23 and aimed at getting everyone to do more to keep their local areas clean.

Young siblings Arthur and Layla Edwards were shocked to be presented with their pizza made of rubber and polystyrene and topped with tyres from a toy car.

Their mum Saskia Bregazzi said: “I think this will make them think about the plastic that we find on beaches. Putting litter in the form of actual food really makes you think about the effects of pollution.”

Delia Webb from Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition said: “Would you be tempted to eat a meal made out of plastic rubbish? Probably not – and yet this is the toxic menu facing our marine creatures, fish and sea-birds each and every day. If they are accidentally ingesting this pollution, then by default so are humans that consume those animals.

“Volunteers from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition are working hard not only to pick up plastic pollution from Cornwall’s countryside and coast, but also to raise awareness of the need to drastically cut the consumption of single-use and non-essential plastics. Picking up litter and recycling are great ways of helping our planet and wildlife. However, to really solve this global issue we all need to refuse, reduce, and reuse first, then recycle as the last resort.”

Cornwall Council is calling on everyone to do their bit to keep their communities tidy and make a difference as part of the #LitterlessCornwall campaign.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: "The dishes of litter made by Delia Webb, of Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, give the stark message that littering is not only destroying the beauty of our environment but also harming wildlife that eat it and then possibly us.

“Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a great way to encourage us to tackle litter together; each doing our little bit to create a litterless Cornwall.

“The best way to get involved in community litter picks is to find an event on the Clean Cornwall website. If starting your own event then register with Clean Cornwall who can help you get more people involved.”

The full ingredients of the dishes of litter are below:

Pizza - Dough made from rubber and polystyrene. Pizza topping is a balloon, onions are milk bottle scraps, olives are tyres from a toy car. Salad is balloons and plastic poppy stems and flowers from artificial wreaths

Flotsam Flurry ice cream - Polystyrene packaging, cavity wall insulation, surf boards, fishing floats. The sprinkles are fragments of plastic that have broken down.

Fried breakfast – Egg white is a plastic carrier bag, yoke is a yellow ball chopped in half, sausages are cigarette lighter and gunshot casings, bacon is rubber bales that are believed to be from a ship in the 1930s. The ship was transporting rubber from India to be made into shoe soles and other items. Baked beans are Smarties lids from the 1960s and '70s featuring imperial measurements. Tomatoes are poppy key rings.

Fish and chips – The fish are fishing lures that have been lost or discarded at sea, the mushy peas are green fishing line, the beads are used on lures and fishing line. The chips are polystyrene foam from long-line fishing gear.

Sushi – The seaweed is marine-themed Lego that came from the Tokyo Express container spill 22 years ago. The sushi is wrapped in green plastic bags for seaweed and tied with orange monofilament fishing line. The rice is made of biomedia filters from water treatment systems.

Pasta – The spaghetti is all kinds of different rope, mostly ghost fishing gear. The tomatoes are water and coke bottle tops. The salad leaves are artificial green leaves used in butchers’ window displays, probably spilled from a container ship.

As well as Delia Webb from Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition, this project was supported by Ruth Gripper from Clean Cornwall, Kirsty Edwards of Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition and Plastic Free Falmouth, John Page of Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition and Friends of St Andrews Wetland Reserve and Cornwall Council’s Waste and Recycling Team.

If you know a litter hero in your community who deserves a big thank you, tell us on Facebook using the #LitterHeroes hashtag or email communications@cornwall.gov.uk. You can nominate an individual or group.

To find out about litter picks in different areas or to register a new one go to Clean Cornwall.

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Highways on the agenda at Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:25

Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel area are invited to attend a meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel tomorrow.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 26 March 2019, between 7pm and 9pm, at Temperance Hall in Lower Market St, Penryn.

Andy James, Head of Highways and Environment at Cormac, will be giving an update on the delivery programme of highways schemes.

Cornwall Councillor Bastin, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting is a great opportunity for residents to find out more about local issues and to also have their say. We would encourage everyone to come along.”

The Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including 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 highway issues.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.  

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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Council welcomes £98,000 cash boost for litter cleaning

Cornwall Council - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:07

Cornwall Council and partners will get a last-minute litter-cleaning boost after a £98,400 Government cash injection.

The one-off funding announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be spent on community-led high street and town centre cleansing, including funding for relevant training, events and the purchase of litter picking equipment.

It comes at the start of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean aimed at getting everyone to do more to keep their local areas clean.

Cornwall Council has welcomed the funding which is required to be allocated over the next fortnight. It is now developing a plan with its partners Clean Cornwall and Biffa to make the best use of the new funding provision.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “Whilst this initiative is welcome in Cornwall, it is important that the Council formulates a programme of spend that will make best use of this one-off funding provision for the communities of Cornwall.”

The funding is part of a £9.75 million Government fund announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire to back the efforts of community groups cleaning up their local areas across the country.

Cornwall Council and Clean Cornwall are celebrating the efforts of Cornwall’s litter heroes and their tireless work to create a #LitterlessCornwall.

To get involved in local litter picks and take part in the Great British Spring Clean go to Clean Cornwall.

 

 

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Cornwall to host the first stage of the UK’s largest cycle race, The Tour of Britain, in 2020

Cornwall Council - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:00

Cornwall is set to receive a boost to the economy next year when it hosts the first stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain, with riders travelling 170km through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin.

The stage’s provisional route (subject to final approval) will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.

The agreement to hold the race will be confirmed at a special signing ceremony with the Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin today (Friday, 22 March, 2.30pm - 4pm).

The race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race will generate over £3m of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage, and it is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of Cornwall to watch.

The Tour of Britain stage will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in Cornwall. The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and the most prestigious race in Britain, and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.

A total of 120 riders take part in the Tour of Britain and by hosting the first stage of the race in 2020, it will give opportunity for the public in Cornwall to see the world’s best cyclists in action.

The Tour of Britain stage in Cornwall will also present an opportunity for national and local businesses to sponsor the event.

Councillor Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “This is fantastic news for Cornwall, not just for cycling fans, but for the wider community as well.

“It will bring visitors into the Duchy, not only along the cycle route, but across the rest of the Duchy and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad.

“We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to get on two wheels and lead healthier, more active lives.”

Dave Potter, Chair of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage Working Group, said:  “I am absolutely delighted to be part of a team that has worked for over two years to bring to Cornwall in 2020, a stage of the Tour of Britain. It is a fantastic opportunity to present to the World, the landscape and culture of Cornwall. 

“Hosting this premier sporting event also enables the generation of economic activity, promotion of healthy living and cycle tourism in Cornwall.  But above all, it will hopefully act as an inspiration to young people that anything is possible and nothing is out of reach.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said:  “We are delighted to today be formally agreeing the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour of Britain in Cornwall and look forward to bringing the race to the county for the very first time in September 2020. 

“A lot of hard work over a sustained period has gone into today’s news, which we know will excite sports fans in Cornwall and across Britain. 

“Working with Cornwall Council, British Cycling, the UCI and partners we look forward to making Cornwall the destination to be next September to see the world’s best.”

Chris Opie, Cornwall’s most successful professional cyclist, said:  "As a proud Cornishman and Cornwall’s most successful Professional Cyclist, I am a lifelong athlete who grew up in Cornwall, but had to look further afield for inspiration from world class athletes. Should the bid to host the Tour of Britain be successful, the opportunity to inspire a younger generation would be incredible.

“The chance to witness the world’s top athletes competing in one of the world’s toughest events right on their doorstep, enabling a generation to dream and to aim for large, exciting, ambitious goals could be genuinely life changing.

“Very few individuals have the belief they can do something extraordinary in life, the Tour of Britain is the perfect vehicle to showcase that life can be special.

“As a competitor, the idea to race along the roads I grew up cycling on is truly spine tingling. To stand on the start line in a Cornish town or city as part of a world class sporting event would fill me with a pride unrivalled by any sporting experience imaginable.”

Posted 22 March, 2019

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Spring is in the air as Council transforms 30 green spaces in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:52

  

Communities in Cornwall are benefiting from 40 hectares of improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas.

 As spring officially starts today, Cornwall Council is marking the final stages of its Green Infrastructure for Growth - Making Space for Natureprogramme.

The three-year scheme has brought 30 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.

Now residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements.

The following sites have been completed under the scheme which is part of the Council’s Environmental Growth strategy

  • Penzance; Bolitho Gardens, Milllennium Woods, Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann's Field
  • Hayle; Copperhouse Pool Margins, Treveglos Meadow and Millpond Gardens 
  • Camborne; Tuckingmill Valley Park, Wheal Harriet (Elim Centre) and Park an Tansys open space.
  • Pool; East Pool Park, Treloweth Park and Crembling Well. New trees have also been planted on Tolvaddon Road.
  • Redruth; Treskerby Playing Field, Trenoweth Playing Field, Knights Way Field and St Day Road Cemetery.
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park and Longstone Park

Work continues in Penzance and Camborne.

By the end of this year £3.5m will have been spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project is receiving £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

 

The next Making Space for Nature event is a community wildflower planting day in Penzance on Saturday 30 March.

From 10am to midday residents can help plant pot-grown wildflowers at Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann’s Field in Wherrytown. There will also be an afternoon session in St Mary’s Churchyard between 2pm and 4pm.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “The Making Space for Nature project has helped transform plots of land in towns across Cornwall to make them better places for people and for wildlife.

“As spring starts we are inviting residents to come out and see these beautiful new green spaces and get involved in planting activities or just enjoy being in nature.”

Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at:

  • Trenoweth Playing Field, Redruth, April 9
  • Berries Avenue and Warfelton, Bude, April 12 and 13
  • Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Penzance, April 17
  • Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 6 to 8
  • Goldsworthy Field, Bude, June 15
  • Treveglos Meadow, Hayle, June 21
  • St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth, June 22
  • St Mary’s Churchyard, Penzance, June 29
  • Golowan Festival, Penzance, June 29

Find more information about the Making Space for Nature project.

Making Space for Nature is a practical example of Cornwall Council’s Pollinator Action Plan which is being launched later this spring.

It aims to make the Council’s assets and operations more pollinator friendly by increasing awareness of pollinators and their needs, identify and support local ideas for pollinator opportunities, help ensure pollinator habitats and species recover and provide beneficial services to farming and tourism and residents across Cornwall.

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £2.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-2014-to-2020-european-structural-and-investment-funds

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South East Cornwall set to benefit from transport funding boost

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:22

Residents in South East Cornwall are set to benefit from a successful bid to the government’s Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links, with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport.  Cornwall Council joined forces with Plymouth City Council and Saltash Town Council to support and develop a bid for funding to improve the wider Plymouth travel to work area which includes South East Cornwall

The successful funding bid means that South East Cornwall is set to see a £320,000 investment in transport infrastructure to improve key bus corridors in the Saltash, Torpoint, Rame Peninsula and Liskeard areas. Improvements will include new bus shelters, timetable cases and the installation of digital real time passenger information (RTPI) signs at key locations. 

Another £516,000 has also been received to deliver walking and cycling improvements in Saltash to provide key connections to Plymouth, support economic and housing growth and manage increased travel demand.

The joint bid sees a total of £7.6 million for a number of sustainable transport initiatives in Plymouth.  In Cornwall, a share of the funding will go to improve cycling, walking and public transport links between Cornwall and Plymouth. 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Improving sustainable transport connections in Cornwall and into Devon is so important for our residents.  This funding will help us deliver work being carried out on this Council’s One Public Transport System for Cornwall (OPTSfC) Project which aims to deliver an integrated and customer focused transport network under the Cornwall Devolution Deal.” 

Cornwall Council is now working closely with Plymouth City Council in preparing a bid for the second round of funding.

 

Story posted 20 March 2019

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Housing and health among key topics due for discussion at Cabinet meeting

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:18

Investment in housing, the creation of new cycle paths, and investment in schools are just some of the plans up for discussion when Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee meets next week.

One of the major issues to be discussed will be new additions to the council’s Capital Programme of investments.

The projects include the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, and investment in the roads and sewerage required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

Funds are also being set aside for the construction of new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

The CORSERV Group of Companies four year business plan will also be discussed by the cabinet. 

The plan sets out ambitious proposals for creating a sustainable future for the business, which includes Cormac, Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Development Company. 

Also on the agenda are the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, which looks at an investment of £6.4m in a new Liskeard to Looe cycle trail, and an update on the Housing Development Programme, which extend the council’s ambitious housebuilding plans across Cornwall.  

Other items due for discussion are the integrated risk management plan from the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and proposals to relocate the Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Store from Bodmin to new premises on the Victoria Business Park at Roche.

Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “This agenda reflects our key priorities for Cornwall, focussing on building a sustainable economic future, while creating more homes and jobs for our residents.

“We are also looking at creating new cycle trails to improve health and increase access to our beautiful countryside, and improvements to the transport network, and improvements and modernisation to our schools.

“It shows our continuing determination to focus on those matters which will make a real difference to the lives of our residents.”

The meeting will take place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Wednesday, 27 March, starting at 10am.

The meeting is open to members of the public, and can also be watched via webcast here.

Posted 20 March 2019

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Cornwall Virtual School picks up a national award

Cornwall Council - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:06

The Virtual School from Cornwall Council has been recognised nationally for supporting for some of  Cornwall’s most vulnerable pupils to  Secondary School Achievement at the first ever National Creative Learning Awards. 

The awards are organised by The Creative Learning Guild a charity that supports the grassroots creative learning movement across the UK.

The Virtual School supports young people from across Cornwall who are currently in care or who have just left care, and it uses a range of learning techniques to help improve their education. 

Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “This is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that the Virtual School team, put in on a regular basis.  When you are working with vulnerable young people, it is important to tailor the learning to them to maximise their opportunities and that’s what the Virtual School does brilliantly.

“Children in care have all been through trauma, which can impact on their ability to regulate their emotions and behaviour, in a classroom setting, this might present as outbursts or other learning difficulties. 

“These creative projects have supported young people in various ways and the outcomes show the projects are working. Schools have noticed reduced classroom disruption, improved attendance and better educational attainment.  Not only that but carers have also reported improved behaviour at times and most importantly the children themselves say they feel better understood and they get more out of school.”

The national Creative Learning Awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning.

Judge and Managing Editor of Education Today, Jonathan Swift, said: “This is a very impressive, well-run project which has clearly made a big difference to the lives of the children it has engaged with.”

Posted 20 March, 2019

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Community safety on the agenda at Launceston Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:12

Residents in Launceston and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Launceston Community Network Panel on Thursday 21 March to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Iain Mackelworth, Cornwall Council’s Acting Head of Investment & Growth will provide the panel with an overview of the council’s Investment Programme, with a specific focus on workspace development.

Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Lynden Hughes will provide an update on local policing and crime matters.

There will also be an introduction from Alex Arthur, Data Analyst for Community Safety, and Lucy Alison, Community Safer Officer for East Cornwall about the opportunity for the Panel to hold an awareness workshop about community safety issues.

The meeting is taking place in the Guildhall in Launceston Town Hall on Thursday March 21, from 7pm. 

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 Launceston Town 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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New shoots for Cornwall’s garden waste on Global Recycling Day

Cornwall Council - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:14

Green-fingered residents in Cornwall are recycling record amounts of garden waste as Global Recycling Day is celebrated today.

More than of 32,000 tonnes of grass clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings were collected by Cornwall Council last year - enough to fill 39 Olympic swimming pools.

Residents put out 11,300 tonnes of garden waste at the kerbside to be picked up by the Council’s garden waste collection service and 20,750 tonnes were deposited at Cornwall’s 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres.

All collected garden waste is turned into compost and used on farms in Cornwall.

The number of residents subscribing to the Council’s fortnightly garden waste collection service has grown by about 10% per year since 2012.

In 2016-17 a total of 30,000 households were signed up and last year it was around 33,700.

The service collects grass cuttings, leaves or organic sweepings, tree, shrub and rose prunings, branches up to 30cm long and 2.5cm diameter (e.g. broom handle width), cut flowers, weeds and windfall.

Residents have the option of putting their garden waste out in a specially provided 240 or 140 litre bin or 70 litre bag.

Annual garden waste subscriptions start at £23.25 and all details are available on the website.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that so many people in Cornwall are recycling their garden waste and using our fortnightly collection service which is a great option when people lead such busy lives.

“There are many ways to dispose of your garden waste, whether that’s through our collection service, depositing it at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres, home composting or simply reducing waste at source.

"As we mark Global Recycling Day today, recycling your garden waste is yet another way you can recycle in Cornwall and do your bit for the environment.”

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