Cornwall

Trading Standards crackdown - shop keeper fined £2,500 for illegal cigarettes

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:45

A man who runs a convenience store in St Austell has been fined for having illegal cigarettes which were found during a visit by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

Marek Bzdak of Shelley Court, St Austell, operates the Delicatessen Polonus shop in the town’s East Hill.

Last April two officers from Cornwall Council Trading Standards called at the shop to give advice on age-restricted sales and illegal tobacco as part of a routine community engagement operation.

During their visit the officers discovered 2,200 illegal cigarettes wrapped in black plastic bags in the store room of the shop.

Bodmin Magistrates Court heard on November 14 that when Bzdak was interviewed by Trading Standards officers he gave implausible excuses for having the cigarettes in the shop.

Bdzak admitted three charges against him and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £2,550. He pleaded guilty to two charges of not complying with tobacco packaging regulations and one charge of having non-duty paid goods on his premises.

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Interim Deputy Director of Public Health explained the harm caused by illegal cigarettes: “Almost 1,000 people die each year in Cornwall from smoking-related illness. The sale of cheap tobacco absolutely undermines all encouragement to quit, and so action against those who sell illegal tobacco and cigarettes has to be maintained.

“Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can result in fines, community orders or prison. In this case the sale of illegal cigarettes could also have meant the shop losing its licence to sell alcohol and other items.

“And although this prosecution arose from a routine Trading Standards visit, more and more cases are based upon information provided by local residents. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual selling from home, the chances are you will be reported. Our crackdown will continue.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

Story posted on 18 November, 2019

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Winter walks ahead, as new timber bridges restore rights of way in Ludon Valley

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:59

Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in the Ludon Valley, Crackington Haven and St Gennys.

The condition of the existing bridges had deteriorated, and one of the bridges had collapsed, leading to one section of the path being closed in September 2018. 

All three bridges were replaced with 9.5m bridges in May to June of this year, and should last well over 20 years in their current location.

The paths through the wooded valley are a very important recreation resource and are used by locals and visitors alike, and form the basis of many of the circular routes from the Haven and the South West Coast Path.

Cornwall Council Countryside Officer Dave Wood says: “It is always a great shame when we have to close a section of a right of way, as we had to here in 2018. It’s always a great pleasure to restore a lovely walk like this through the Ludon Valley. We hope locals and visitors will take advantage, and brave the chill to enjoy this beautiful part of North Cornwall this winter.”

Local geologist Jane Anderson says: “This footpath couldn’t be re-opened soon enough for the locals. It’s an extremely popular path, leading as it does to connecting footpaths which branch inland with routes back to Crackington, or leading  to the South West Coast Path, Strangles Beach, Boscastle, or back to the Haven for coffee! We are enormously grateful to Cornwall Council, Cormac, and Debbie Ebsary in particular for getting this pathway open pretty promptly.”

Story posted 14 November 2019 

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Saints Trail update at St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 15:17

Residents of Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen and St Newlyn East are invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday 21 November and hear discussions about local matters.

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting will include updates on the Saints Trail scheme and proposals for the A3075/Cubert crossroads from Cornwall Council's Transport and Infrastructure Service.

There will also be an update from Education Department Officers regarding school places in both Primary and Secondary Education.

The meeting will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB on Thursday 21 November.

Community Link Officer Roger Gates said: “All local residents are invited to attend the meeting - it is your opportunity to meet your Cornwall councillors and your parish council representatives.

"The meeting on Thursday is a good opportunity for you to find out what’s going on locally and how your representatives address matters that have been brought to their attention. As a Panel we encourage input from the residents who attend the meeting.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets regularly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other partner agencies.

Some of the topics to be discussed at future meetings will include the future of local government in Cornwall, consultation on Cornwall Council’s budget setting process, climate change action and the provision of adult social care.

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

Story posted on 14 November, 2019

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Invitation to attend the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:28

Residents are invited to the next meeting of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel to be held on Thursday 21 November between 7pm and 9pm at Rialton Heights Community Hall, St Columb Minor, TR7 3HU.

There will be a presentation on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which allows local authorities to raise funds from developers. These funds are used to pay for the infrastructure that is needed as a result of development.

Gemma Arthur, group leader in Cornwall Council’s planning and enterprise team, will update the panel on how the funds collected by the Council can be accessed, and explain the differences between Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106.

In addition panel members will discuss the priorities for 2020 and make suggestions for future meeting arrangements and speakers.

The panel’s current priorities, set in October 2017, were identified as health – including the pressure on GP surgeries due to increase in development and housing – waste and recycling; and highways.

At this meeting there will also be a verbal update on progress regarding the Community Highways Scheme with a number of schemes nearing completion and the consultation on the first round of projects now finalised.

Community Link Officer Anna Druce says: “We always encourage residents to attend these Panel meetings, to learn more about our work on important local issues. There is an opportunity for local residents to ask questions and hear updates on local matters from parish, town and Cornwall Council representatives.”

“The presentation on Community Infrastructure Levy will also be very informative. Come along, find out more and talk informally with decision makers in your area of Cornwall.”

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.

Story posted on 14 November, 2019

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General Election 2019 - Everything you need to know

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:58

Voters will be heading back to the polls to cast their ballots on December 12, after MPs agreed to a pre-Christmas election.

Polling cards will be dropping through residents’ letterboxes in the next few days – and Cornwall Council is encouraging people to ‘act sooner rather than later’ if they need a postal vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday, November 26. Completed forms must be received by the Cornwall Council elections team before this deadline.

Postal vote packs will then be issued around November 27 to registered voters who requested them before November 5. Anyone who applied after this date should expect their postal pack during the first week of December. 

Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Kate Kennally, said: “The deadline to register to vote is also Tuesday, November 26. Remember: if you’re not registered and therefore can’t vote, you haven’t got a voice.

“It’s important that people are able to have their say on issues that impact upon us all, so I’d urge everyone of voting age to spend the five minutes it takes to ensure you are registered to vote.”

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of polling day.

How does voting work?

In a general election, the UK’s 46 million voters can vote to choose an MP for their area. 

Anyone aged 18 or over can vote, as long as they are registered and a British citizen or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. EU citizens cannot vote in a general election unless they have dual nationality.

Voting takes place at local polling stations, set up in places like community centres, churches and schools. Voters put a cross on the ballot paper beside the name of their chosen candidate and drop it into a sealed ballot box.

How do I register to vote?

By visiting the Gov.UK website and filling out the relevant forms. Alternatively, you can register by post

There is also an 'easy-read' guide available.

Who runs the country during a general election?

Parliament is dissolved 25 working days before a general election. Once this happens, MPs will lose their status and the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery issues writs of election to local Returning Officers.

MPs are allowed to carry on casework provided they do not give the impression they remain an MP and the constituents concerned are happy with the arrangement.

Government ministers remain in office and in charge of their departments until a new government is formed.

In the case of a serious event, the Cobra emergency committee would still be activated, with relevant ministers’ present. 

By convention, after Parliament is dissolved, a period called ‘purdah’ begins, when ministers' activities and the use of official resources are restricted. 

Pre-election restrictions also apply to more than 440,000 civil servants working in the UK. They are staff who are politically impartial and work for government departments or agencies. 

In this period, they aren't allowed to do any work for party political purposes. That includes answering queries on new policies outlined in a manifesto, or commenting on proposals. 

So far as local authorities are concerned, they are not affected in the same way as the civil service, but during the period between the notice of an election and the election itself (November 11-December 12), local authorities are restricted in terms of what they can publish and broadcast.

Who organises an election in Cornwall?

Cornwall Council and its Electoral Services team is responsible for organising all elections in Cornwall – from sending out household enquiry forms to make sure that people are registered to vote, to running count centres during a general election.

There are six parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly is part of the St Ives parliamentary constituency.

The Electoral Services team manages individual electoral registration, undertakes the annual canvass of all residential households, and publishes the register of electors.

What does a Returning Officer do?

Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive Kate Kennally, who is the Acting Returning Officer for elections in Cornwall, explains: “When I undertake the role of Acting Returning Officer, it’s separate from my responsibilities as the Chief Executive and I’m personally responsible for the effective running of the election. 

“But I am very fortunate in that I have a team of very experienced election staff working in Cornwall, so it’s a responsibility that, whilst significant, is one that is shared, and it’s really exciting to see our democracy in action.

“As somebody who believes very strongly in the importance of our civic and democratic life, it’s always a time that, whilst it’s busy, has a real buzz about it too.

“From the opening of the ballot boxes and getting that first tantalising sense of how the poll’s gone, through to standing on the rostrum and declaring the result, I see that everyone involved at those counts want to stay through until the end – they feel that sense of pride that comes from having been a part of it, and the excitement that the declarations can bring.”

How much does a general election cost?

The total paid from the Government’s Consolidated Fund for the costs of the May 2015 UK Parliamentary general election was £114.7m, while 2017’s snap election cost £140m.

A general election in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly costs around £1 million and this is funded by the government using a set sum per constituency. That sum enables the Council to book venues, pay staff, organise the printing and delivery of postal ballots, and make sure an effective election is run to guidelines that are set nationally.

Where can I go to vote?

There are 442 polling stations up and down the length of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with more than 1,500 members of staff involved in making sure polling day runs smoothly.

While most people will find themselves casting their vote in village halls, community centres or schools, a few will find themselves marking their ballots in altogether more unusual locations. 

Here are some of Cornwall’s most unique places where you could be voting next month. 

Caerhays Castle

Some voters in the 2019 general election will be marking their cross in a nineteenth century castle near Truro. The castle dates from 1370 and is set in 100 acre-grounds.

Paradise Park (café area)

People voting in the Hayle area can make their choice surrounded by penguins, parrots and red pandas at Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary.

Polzeath Marine Wildlife area (visitor centre)

In the centre of Polzeath, nestled between the shops and the pitch and putt is Polzeath Marine Centre, which will be turned into a polling station on December 12.

Tolvaddon Fire Station

A meeting room at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Camborne will double up as a polling station.

Portable cabin, Wheal Martyn Museum

Wheal Martyn is home to the UK’s only china clay mining museum, and its portable cabin will be put to use as a polling station.

Kayak Store, Rising Sun car park, Portmellon

Voters in Portmellon can cast their vote right next to their local – in a kayak store.

Cathedral Offices, Old Cathedral School, Truro

The former school building on Cathedral Close is now called the ‘Old Cathedral School’ and is now used as an office building – and a polling station.

Posted on 14 November

Categories: Cornwall

Council to invest in projects to support business and create jobs in Liskeard, Penzance, Bodmin and Hayle

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 16:55

Cabinet members at their meeting today (13 November 2019) have agreed to match fund and invest £14.5million in projects all over Cornwall to support regeneration, businesses, job creation and the development of skills to improve the lives of our residents.

The projects will collectively deliver tailored business support to 740 small and medium-sized enterprises, create 319 jobs which will generate over £10 million for Cornwall’s economy, support thousands of residents into training, skills or employment, contribute to a Zero Carbon Cornwall by 2030 and develop over 5,000m2 of new workspace in Liskeard, Penzance, Bodmin and Hayle.

The Council’s commitment to funding the projects will unlock European funding through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

Regeneration projects include

  • Liskeard Cattle Market where the Council has been working with partners and the community to secure the future of this prime town centre Council owned site.  The funding agreed today will go towards creating a digital and creative workspace to bring in new companies and new jobs.  
  • Penzance Creative Cluster which will see the construction of flexible workspace at Causeway Head for creative industries along with space for meetings, events and collaborative working, and
  • Phase 2 of the Hayle Renewables Business Park which will see a combination of new build and refurbishment across two brownfield sites to deliver new business space.

Business support projects include

  • Marine-I 2 in Hayle which will see an extension of the coordinated support for businesses operating within the maritime sector.  The number of businesses in Cornwall in the Marine sector grew by 105% between 2012 and 2018 compared to an 83% growth nationally.
  • Aerospace Cornwall 2 to build on the success of the Aerohub project to increase the productivity and capability of the local aerospace / space supply chains. Phase 2 of the project will, it is estimated, enable around 23 businesses to manufacture world class products within the next three years.
  • Cornwall Trade & Investment – to build on the success of the Invest in Cornwall programme which has established 31 new enterprises in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, bringing 130 jobs with another 120 forecast to be created by September 2020.
  • Cornwall Export Accelerator – to establish a bespoke export business service.
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Energy Innovation Fund - to provide business support to help in the adoption of low carbon technologies and contribute to a Zero Carbon Cornwall by 2030.
  • Skills Hub 2 – to connect employers to skills advice and support and help identify skills gaps and opportunities to increase productivity

Skills projects will work directly with residents and includes the People Hub, which will work with unemployed residents to develop bespoke Personal Action Plans.  There is also support for the Building Futures Partnership, which will provide tailored support to people living in deprived areas.

Funding was also agreed to develop a project for a Cornwall Food & Drink Hub on Council-owned land at Walker Lines Industrial Estate, Bodmin.  It would provide industrial workspace targeted at the food and drink sector and wider agri-tech supply chain businesses.

Cabinet agreed today that the Council will invest up to £14.246m to bring forward these projects which will then draw down more than £39m of additional investment, including more than £34m of European Funds, into the Cornish economy.

Cornwall Council’s investment will be a combination of allocations from the Economic Development Match Fund Reserve (£6.438m) and capital borrowing (£7.808m).

MORE NEWS FROM CABINET:

Cabinet supports investment into local community facilities to support proposed Langarth Garden Village

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Story posted 13 November 2019

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Cabinet supports investment into local community facilities to support proposed Langarth Garden Village

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 16:43

A commitment to invest in community facilities for the benefit of residents living in Threemilestone and Highertown, as well as residents who will live at Langarth Garden Village in the future, has been supported by the Cabinet at their meeting today (13 November 2019).

Important community facilities will receive early investment in parallel with the ongoing engagement with residents to inform the masterplanning to create Langarth Garden Village in the future.   

The existing community facilities that will benefit from Council funding includes £612,000 in match funding for the community hall at All Saints Church Highertown.  The popular Hall, which currently serves the whole of the community along the A390 corridor, hosts a variety of non-faith community events and groups which support residents including the Truro Memory Café, Singing for the Brain, Parenting and Wellbeing Courses, Toddle Parent and Toddler Group, the Resident's Association, Guides and NCT Classes.

Threemilestone School will receive up to £888,000 for projects including a new hall so that the existing school has great improved facilities ahead of the new school being built as part of the new Langarth Garden Village development. The new hall will be a great facility not just for the school, but for the whole community. 

Other schemes may be supported in the future including improvements to the Community Hall in Threemilestone, walking and cycling links from Langarth Garden Village to Threemilestone village centre and improved access to the Threemilestone Industrial Estate.

Cabinet members also agreed plans to acquire land for the Langarth Garden Village development and to facilitate the building of the Northern Access Road.  This major transport link in Truro will help to bring forward the development of Langarth Garden Village and new homes to build a community where residents are encouraged to walk and cycle to work, for shopping and for leisure. 

The land to be acquired includes the land to be transferred to the Council, subject to contract, for the purpose of delivering the stadium for Cornwall. 

The Council is committed to ensuring that Langarth Garden Village is of the best quality. In January 2019 Cornwall Councillors took the decision to intervene with £159 million allocated to support the development of a masterplan and key infrastructure for the whole site.  This included £47 million which was subsequently awarded from government for building the Northern Access Road. 

The Council has pledged to involve the community and work with them to ensure that the new development is a place where people want to live.  It will be set in high quality open spaces with green infrastructure at its heart. 

Residents will be encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport to travel for work, school or leisure. We have been working with the local community and key partners to develop plans for the scheme includes education, health, cultural and leisure facilities and flexible workspaces. These will be set in open and walkable green landscapes with trees, walking and cycle ways. 

The overall Council funding is to be used to acquire land, create a masterplan, and forward fund investment in community infrastructure.

A masterplanning team was appointed including several local firms.  They have been working with over 100 different partners, groups and individuals to establish a set of design principles from which new proposals can be created. 

More news from cabinet:

Waste services update and energy efficient homes plan discussed by Cabinet

Council to invest in projects to support business and create jobs in Liskeard, Penzance, Bodmin and Hayle

Story posted 13 November 2019 

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Waste services update and energy efficient homes plan discussed by Cabinet

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 16:37

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet heard today (13 November 2019) how the new waste and recycling services contract for residents will aim to bring Cornwall in line with the South West’s top recycling Councils, deliver a more affordable service and respond to the climate emergency.

The current waste and recycling collection contract is due to come to an end next year and the Council has been in a competitive dialogue tender process to choose the new contractor.

Councillors meeting at New County Hall heard how the scope of the new waste contract has changed to make it more affordable, while still meeting Cornwall’s priorities for reducing waste, driving up recycling and providing good value for taxpayers.

The new contract on which bids will now be made will see non-recyclable rubbish collected fortnightly from summer 2021 with the introduction of weekly food waste collections.

Recycling collections will remain at fortnightly intervals instead of weekly as previously planned, which will help secure the best value for money in the long term.

This collection approach is also used by many of the best-performing recycling authorities in the South West.

Residents will be supported with information and advice before the changes are made to help them use the new services when they are introduced in 2021.

The changes also meet the objectives set out in Cornwall Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy.

Cabinet members also heard how the planned removal of Council-run recycling banks from carparks and other public spaces will be brought forward into next year.

Recycling deposited in the banks accounted for less than 1% of total household recycling collected last year.

Supermarket owned recycling banks will not be removed as part of these changes. 

Residents will still be able to use the 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres across Cornwall.

Councillors also approved a plan to increase the Council’s garden waste collection charges which are among the lowest in the region, so that they will be in line with the South West average.

The annual charge for collecting green waste from a 240 litre bin will go up from £38.75 to £43.

A preferred bidder is scheduled to be chosen at Cabinet in January with the contract due to be awarded by spring.

Also approved by councillors today was a Council contribution of £2.28m to the innovative ECO whole house retrofit project, which aims to deliver a cost effective model of improving energy efficiency to Cornwall’s existing homes.

The £2.28m pilot scheme would see improvements such as insulation and heat pumps fitted to 83 Cornwall Housing homes.

The plan is part of Cornwall Council’s plan to tackle the climate emergency and help Cornwall strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

More news from cabinet:

Cabinet supports investment into local community facilities to support proposed Langarth Garden Village

Council to invest in projects to support business and create jobs in Liskeard, Penzance, Bodmin and Hayle

Story posted 13 November, 2019

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Truro and Roseland Community Panel to discuss affordable housing and progress on highways schemes

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:38

People in Truro, the Roseland and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel at 7pm on Tuesday 19 November at New County Hall in Truro.

There will be a presentation by Noreen Jefferies, Rural Housing Enabler, who will outline the principles of community led housing, give practical examples, describe what local members and parish councils can do to help, and aim to answer the question ‘What does affordable housing mean?’

Panel members will be updated on the expressions of interest received for the Community Network Highways Scheme including any initial views received from the Council's highways department and Cormac. There will be an update on progress in the implementation of the first tranche of the scheme.

Also on the agenda are standing items on traffic management and the climate emergency.

The Community Link Officer will update the panel on the Community Governance Review, a proposal to reduce paper at Panel Meetings, the Localism Team’s move to a new interim Communities Service, upcoming consultations, the Housing Strategy, and 2050 and beyond.

Community Link Officer Mark O’Brien said: “We are always delighted to welcome members of the public to these meetings. It is a great opportunity for people to hear about local issues, talk informally with elected representatives and council officers, and hear from guest speakers. Cornwall is greatly enriched by this type of enthusiastic community engagement, so we are grateful to everyone who takes the time to attend meetings or engage in other ways with our discussions and programmes.”

Truro and Roseland 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 highways issues.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 parish councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkivel, Tregony and Veryan.

You can also keep up to date with what’s happening in the area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area Facebook page.

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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Download the app to reduce your drinking as part of Alcohol Awareness Week

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:28

As part of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week residents in Cornwall are being invited to download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app to help them take back control of their drinking.

The campaign for people to be more aware of what they are drinking was launched earlier this year by Cornwall Council Public health team.

As many as 1 in 3 people in the South West don’t realise that they drink too much and the app allows people to track what they have drunk throughout the week which can then calculate how many calories you have drunk and how that equates with food you could have eaten. You can also track how much money you have spent on alcohol.

The app will also then advise you on how you can improve by having more days across the week where you don’t have a drink.

Deputy Director of Public Health Steve Brown said: “The campaign to support people to drink less focusses on how easy it is to slip into having a drink every day. Often it can be reasoning you’ve had a long day at work and need a drink to unwind, that you’re having a girl’s night or it’s the night of the big sports match.

“This isn’t about telling people they have to stop drinking altogether but just to think about having a few more days a week where they don’t have a drink.”

He added: “Some people simply don’t realise that one drink a night can have serious long term effect on their health. Often “just the one” turns in to two or three and it’s really easy for this to become a regular habit, and then the risks get even higher.

“I’d encourage anyone to give their drinking more thought and explore the questions posed by this app to take steps towards a healthy future”.

The app itself can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store, and here’s a flavour of some of the questions:

  • How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop once you had started? Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking, either in an accident or a fight?
  • How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
  • How often in the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

If anyone is concerned about how much they are drinking, or concerned about someone else’s drinking they can call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website 

Posted on 13 November

Categories: Cornwall

Prize-winning farmer fined for animal welfare offences

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:57

A prize-winning farmer has been fined for causing cruelty to his sheep.

Samuel Rogers, 24, of Advent, near Camelford, pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 7 November 2019 to causing cruelty to sheep, failing to dispose of sheep carcases and failing to provide a suitable environment for livestock.

Cornwall Council visited the farm and other land farmed by Rogers in April having issued him with a caution for similar offences in 2018.

Animal health inspectors and a vet from the Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency found more than 30 sheep and lamb carcases and two emaciated ewes.

The inspection team also found that livestock had access to sharp items and trailing wire and movement record discrepancies in Rogers' paperwork.

He pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of a lamb carcase and 19 sheep carcases, causing unnecessary suffering to two emaciated ewes, failing to provide a suitable environment for sheep and cattle and failing to complete an annual sheep flock inventory.

Magistrates fined Rogers and ordered him to pay full costs. In total he has to pay £6,184.

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Manager Jane Tomlinson said: “Rogers has been given a lot of advice over the last 18 months and unfortunately he has failed to act upon it. He is a young man who has won prizes for his sheep at local shows this summer, but unfortunately this is not reflected in his farming practices on a larger scale.”

Stuart Benson, Head of Service, Business Standards and Registration with Cornwall Council said: “Cornwall Council officers work to assist farmers, small holders and businesses across Cornwall in complying with the relevant legislation. However, where officers find repeated non-compliance, the Council will take formal action to protect the reputation of the Cornish farming industry and protect livestock.” 

Posted 11 November 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Cornish Trust wins national housing award

Cornwall Council News feed - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 17:41

Partnership working between the residents of a small Cornish community and Cornwall Council to rescue and transform buildings to provide much needed affordable housing for local people on the Rame Peninsula has been recognised with a national award. 

The Peninsula Trust, a local community led organisation, came to Cornwall Council with a proposition to buy and renovate three Council owned coastguard cottages in Cawsand village and then let them to local families at an affordable rent.  The Trust, which already runs the Rame Centre community hub in Millbrook village is also working to rescue the Old Ship Inn at Cawsand, with assistance from Cornwall Council’s Community Housing Land Remediation Fund, rebuilding it as a community-owned café and heritage centre with flats for affordable rent above.

Now, the Trust’s hard work has been recognised with a National Community Land Trust Network Award.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “Huge congratulations to the members of the Peninsula Trust for this recognition.  The achievements of the Trust are a shining example of how the community can take the lead to bring forward affordable housing for local people and work with us to provide the right homes in the right place. We want to encourage more of this kind of collaboration.  We have a Community Land Trust Revolving Loan Scheme to support the development of new affordable housing by Community Land Trusts and we’re open to ideas being brought forward by communities where we can offer help and advice.”

Simon Ryan from the Peninsula Trust said:  “Cornwall Council is helping us take the lead in helping our community.  The demand for housing is huge and working with the Council we can start to make a difference.  We’re getting enquiries from all over the country asking how we are doing what we are doing and I tell them it’s down in no small part to the support we are getting from Cornwall Council. And it’s not just housing - the Council have been supporting us on all our community work through their Localism programme, which has been brilliant”

George Trubody, Cornwall Councillor for the Rame Peninsula said: “It’s the residents who are at the heart of initiatives like this.  Thank you to everyone who helped on the journey, and it is great that the Trust is getting the national recognition that this partnership working with Cornwall Council deserves. I think there are lots of other Community groups in Cornwall that could be empowered to learn from this example.”

 

Story posted 09 November 2019 

Categories: Cornwall

Healthcare permit parking scheme could expand after success of pilot project

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:52

A pilot scheme to allow carers to park for free when on home visits has proved a success, and looks set to be extended in the New Year.

It was introduced across Cornwall in April this year, since when almost 1,500 permits have been issued to staff of Care Quality Commission accredited care organisations.

Now the council is looking to offer the same terms to community nurses to allow them to spend as much time as possible delivering vital care services to the person they care for.

The Healthcare Permit parking scheme works in a similar way to the blue badge scheme for disabled people.  Carers are issued with a yellow badge which they are able to place in their windscreen, set the time and then park for up to an hour in many places where they wouldn’t normally be allowed to park. 

Even with the Healthcare Permit, parking still isn’t allowed in loading bays or at bus stops or on zig zag lines outside of building like schools and hospitals.  Specific parking bays such as those reserved for disabled drivers, doctors, taxis or residents are also not included in the scheme. 

There is no charge for a Healthcare permit which is vehicle specific.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said:  “We introduced the scheme in April as a pilot, and always said we would like to extend it if it proved successful.

“I have remained convinced that the benefits to both carers and those members of the community they look after far outweighs the cost of the management of the scheme, and so I have asked officers to work up proposals for extending the scheme to community nurses in the New Year.”

Categories: Cornwall

Harnessing ‘parish power’ to deliver climate action

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:34

Over one hundred representatives of Cornwall, town, and parish councils have met to discuss how residents have benefited from a decade of effective localism and to hear how Cornwall Council’s plan to tackle the climate emergency could become a template for rural areas to combat global warming.    

The Localism Summit in Wadebridge this week was hosted by Cornwall Council and focused on partnerships with grass roots communities to drive local innovation and present a stronger voice to Government.

Council Leader Julian German said: “Today is about celebrating how well we are recognised in terms of localism, and how we can work together, not as separate individual organisations pulling in different directions, but as one entity striving to achieve a common goal.

“The world is a changing place, more than ever now because of the pressing matter of climate change. So the purpose of today is to embrace what recognised independent research is saying about us. Together we can use what we have already started to deliver this and to improve people’s lives.”

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of the national membership network for community organisations, Locality, gave a keynote speech on the future of localism nationally and in Cornwall.

He said: “Over 100 communities across Cornwall have had assets devolved to local ownership and 80% of parishes have local service agreements. There is significant learning in Cornwall about the changing role of local councils – and to foster the right culture, trust and relationships.

“There are more opportunities for local councils to strengthen their role in community development and their partnerships with the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations to enhance the opportunities for community delivery, co-production and community-led planning and decision making.”

There was also a presentation on localism opportunities for Cornwall by Sarah Mason, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils.

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, introduced workshops on the benefits of localism and responding to the climate emergency challenge.

Cllr Hannaford said: “This was an uplifting event, and there was real energy in the room and some great ideas. Localism is a good fit in Cornwall because we have a history of innovation and problem-solving that starts with individuals and communities, and this has often ended up being adopted globally. For example steam power, international telecoms, and deep geothermal energy.

“Now we are turning that Cornish ‘can do’ attitude to seeking the fastest route to carbon neutrality, and we’ll succeed because of the powerful partnerships on show at this summit.”

Talks were given by Helston Climate Action Group, Chacewater Parish Council and Camelford Network Panel, all of which are drawing up climate change plans to support their communities. Delegates from town and parish councils across Cornwall discussed ways of providing leadership, support, information and governance to encourage local climate change action.

Chacewater Parish Councillor John Cavey said: “There is a huge amount of enthusiasm for tackling climate change. The reality is, it’s not all down to the Government or Cornwall Council or the parish councils or individuals. It’s a combination of everyone working together. We’ve got to do it. Everyday we’ve got one fewer day to get it done.”

Cornwall Council’s Climate Change Action Plan Carbon Neutral Cornwall has been praised as being at the forefront of the UK’s response to the climate emergency and an exemplar for other public and private sector organisations.

It has been asked to attend and present at several national events including a Clean Local Growth Innovation event in October, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Conference in November, and the innovation programme ‘Energy Catapult’ Workshop in December.

Posted on 8 November, 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Adapting Truro for Change: new exhibition to unveil ground-breaking plans for transforming Pydar Street

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:23

Find out how a ground-breaking redevelopment project is set to transform Truro into a creative, confident city and lead Cornwall into a successful and prosperous future.

Pydar Street – the first project of its kind in the country – will create a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable urban neighbourhood for Truro and we can’t wait to show you our plans and hear what you think.  

The redevelopment of the Truro site, which sits between the iconic railway viaduct and the River Allen, is being led by Cornwall Council with support from Truro City Council, Truro BID, Kenwyn Parish Council and Truro Chamber of Commerce.

The partners will be unveiling their exciting vision for this key site, which includes the former Carrick District Council offices, at a special exhibition at 8 Clement Street (opposite New Look) between 8 am and 7pm on Monday, 18 November.  The exhibition will then be open daily between 12 noon and 4pm until Saturday, 23 November.

With new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, coupled with an exciting riverside park and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events, a transformed Pydar Street will create jobs, turbocharge the local economy, tackle social inequality and attract new visitors. 

“Truro has a proud history of adapting with the times and inspiring people and places from across the world” said Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Culture, Planning and Economy.  “We want to see it enhance its place as a bold, confident cityand become a flagship destination that celebrates Cornwall’s rich culture, heritage and history.

“The redevelopment of Pydar Street is this catalyst for change.  This development will create a dynamic, inclusive community where affordable homes, trailblazing business, new social and cultural opportunities and an active waterfront will become both a destination and a gateway to Truro, driving the city’s significance and prosperity into the future. “

The proposals for Pydar Street have been shaped by extensive interviews with members of the local community, as well as by stakeholder workshops and site design studies during the past twelve months. The vision for the site has also been informed by the work of the Truro Placeshaping Project which identified the regeneration of Pydar as strategically important for Truro and its people.

Previous public feedback has emphasised the desire for affordable homes for people of all ages. Places to sit near the river, close to nature, and city centre cycle hire hubs and a community led venue and café also proved popular when the team first canvassed the public in April 2019.

A transformed Pydar Street will put community back into the heart of the city, with approximately 300 new homes where different generations can live together and learn from and support each other. 35% of these new homes will be affordable, with a mix of housing set in a visually stunning landscape with rooftop gardens, play areas and green spaces.

Add in historical walks, cafes, restaurants, nature trails, a hotel, and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities which connect the city with its rivers and waterfront – and it is easy to see how Pydar Street will champion the very best of Cornwall and become an exciting blue print for the future.

The project will also become a beacon to new ways of living and help tackle the climate emergency by aspiring to be a ‘carbon natural’ site, championing clean energy, urban agriculture and the electric revolution.

The proposals include 'The Hive'. Building on Truro’s growing position as a Creative and Digital Cluster and Falmouth University’s reputation for creating high growth companies, it will bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment. With a focus on screen, digital, gaming and the creative industries, it will help drive the local economy through the development of high-value, high-growth businesses and jobs.  

“By pioneering new ways of living, learning, working and playing, Pydar Street will demonstrate why this small corner of the world has inspired people for generations “ said Bob Egerton.  “This is a very important moment for our city and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to comment on the proposals before the outline planning application is submitted at the end of January” .

Following the exhibition the Pydar Street team will stage a series of further drop in events in the pop up building at 8 St Clement Street.  You can find out more at www.lovetruro.net

Posted 08 November

Categories: Cornwall

National report shows effectiveness of Cornwall’s Trading Standards team

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:18

The first national report on the value of local Trading Standards teams has highlighted the effectiveness of Cornwall Council’s consumer watchdogs.  

The report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) is the first to use data from 108 teams across England and Wales.

Based on the financial year 2018/19, it demonstrates the impact of Trading Standards teams embedded in local councils.

Trading Standards are law enforcement agencies that exist to promote and protect the safety, health and economic vitality of the country’s local communities.   

The ‘Value of Trading Standards’ report shows that across England and Wales in 2018/19 officers were able to prevent £42 million in consumer losses, seized over £20 million worth of unsafe and counterfeit goods and prosecuted more than 1,000 criminals.   

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said the national figures were reflected in the results achieved by Cornwall’s Trading Standards.

Cllr Nolan said: “Over the same 2018/19 year, Cornwall’s Trading Standards teams prosecuted 31 offenders and issued 11 further formal warnings. Prison sentences of nearly 14 years were imposed as well as financial penalties of over £77,000. On top of that, nearly £12,000 was recovered under the Proceeds of Crime legislation.

"Trading Standards interventions prevented over £40,000 from being handed over to criminals and 156 victims of scam mail and scam phone calls were supported by our team of Trading Standards Volunteers, helping them to avoid future scams and feel safer in their own homes.

"Our officers also worked to prevent unsafe consumer products reaching the shops, with over 5,000 unsafe products, worth around £125,000 being stopped before they hit the shelves.

"And in terms of supporting our local businesses in Cornwall, Trading Standards officers have partnered with 36 businesses under the Primary Authority advice and guidance scheme and have accredited over 300 businesses through the ‘Buy With Confidence’, the ‘Made in Cornwall’ and the ‘Product of Cornwall’ approval schemes.

Our Trading Standards service definitely delivers great value for money in protecting consumers and helping Cornish businesses to thrive.”

Cornwall Trading Standards is responsible for enforcing around 40 Acts of Parliament and more than 1,000 associated regulations which have an impact on residents - from the safety of children's toys to the honesty of property descriptions when buying a home. Officers investigate ‘clocked’ cars and the welfare of farm animals. The department is responsible for ensuring that sales are carried out within the law.

More information on regulatory services within the Public Protection Service can be found by visiting Cornwall Council's Regulators Code and Public Protection Fees and Charges pages.

Posted on 8 November, 2019 

Categories: Cornwall

Newquay sees £1m investment in public open spaces

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:41

Residents and visitors to Newquay are benefitting from a significant investment totalling £1 million into various open space projects across the town.

Cornwall Council has been working with Newquay Town Council and community groups to invest ‘Section 106’ money brought in from various developments across the town into the community. This has resulted in over £1 million being spent on improvements to public open spaces over the past 5 years.

A number of local projects have received significant investment, the largest being the Newquay Concrete Waves skatepark which received a contribution of £225,000 towards the £650,000 project.

Cllr Olly Monk said: “The project to redevelop the skatepark started about ten years ago but it was the Section 106 money that was the catalyst to getting things moving with it, with further funds then granted from Sport England.

“The benefit is being reaped across the community and people from all over the country enjoy the space. It caters for a wide range of local users, and people are visiting the park as a destination in its own right. So as well as there being an uplift in tourism it also tackles inactivity, getting people off their couch, ditching the skateboard video games to come and use the facility.”

Another project has seen two new benches installed on East Street in Newquay town centre. Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Louis Gardner speaks about the project: “The benches are an example of how a relatively small project can really make a huge difference to the town. The benches have been made from recycled materials and have been installed by Newquay Town Council staff.”

Cllr Geoff Brown has worked with local schools to use over £100,000 to upgrade the play equipment at Trenance Park, he said: “The park has been phenomenally well used and we’re really delighted that it’s been such a success.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “These projects and the many others who have benefitted from this money are a great example of how a wide range of different groups working together can achieve great things for the community.

“It’s so important that residents have a wide variety of open spaces and public facilities such as high quality play areas for young children, activities for older children and young people such as the skate park and then high quality walking areas that allow people to get about across the town easier and enjoy the many beautiful views that Cornwall has to offer.”

Other projects that have benefitted from this money include:

  • New children’s play equipment on Atlantic Road play area in the Pentire area
  • Funding for access, pathways and associated landscaping at Newquay Community Orchard
  • An upgrade of St Columb Minor play area including a plaque in memory of former Councillor Paul Summers
  • ‘Welcome to Historic Porth Beach’ Heritage boards
  • Funding towards the development of a new events space at Newquay Killacourt
  • Relocation of Trenance boating lake fountain

For more information on Section 106 monies and to find out where money has been spent in your community then you can visit the developer contributions page. 

Posted on 8 November

Categories: Cornwall

UK Space Agency approves £7.35 million grant to support air-launch from Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:09
UKSA Grant to fund Additional Studies and Design and Manufacturing of Ground Support Equipment

Grant funding has been given to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of Sir Richard Branson’s satellite launch company, to enable the horizontal launch of small satellites from Cornwall Airport Newquay. In addition to funds and support provided by Virgin Orbit, the UKSA grant comes as part of a broader £20 million funding package for Cornwall Airport Newquay infrastructure announced in June, which is pending final approval by Cornwall Council later this month.

The funds will be used to develop launch operations support systems and manufacture them in the UK, as well as to conduct mission planning, and to further ready the facility for satellite launches from Cornwall with the first spaceflight targeted for as soon as the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to U.S. and U.K. regulatory approvals. These launches will be conducted using Virgin Orbit’s innovative air launch system, LauncherOne, and are expected to be the first orbital launches ever conducted from the UK, as well as the first horizontal launches ever conducted in Europe.

CEO of Virgin Orbit, Dan Hart, said; “We’re tremendously excited to be supporting the UKSA and Cornwall Council by bringing space launch to the UK, a capability that will boost UK participation in a fast-growing global space economy while providing direct, ready, and responsive access to space for Her Majesty’s Government. We very much look forward to furthering our ties with the cutting-edge satellite innovators across the UK and with local industry, who will be critical partners in fulfilling the full potential of this endeavor. We’re eager to set up a world-class launch facility at Spaceport Cornwall, bring domestic space launch to the UK, and launch the next generation of satellite developers in their quest to better understand our earth and our environment, connect human kind, serve national security, and explore our solar system”.

Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport said; “The finalisation and commitment of the £7.35m is a major milestone.  This, together with the UKSA Horizontal Fund and LEP Growth Deal Fund, takes investment to Spaceport Cornwall to over £8m. This agreement also confirms Virgin Orbit’s commitment to Cornwall and the UK.

“It allows Cornwall Council to make a decision in November to invest with confidence that the Spaceport project will now go ahead without delay and head rapidly towards a historic launch in 2021. This launch will be the catalyst for local jobs, allows Cornwall and the UK to lead on more sustainable launch, grow an industry cluster that uses space applications to address climate change and is an incredible opportunity to inspire the next generation to pursue a space or science career.”

Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Duddridge, said; “This is a massive vote of confidence in Virgin Orbit’s technology and a breakthrough moment in Cornwall and the UK’s satellite launch ambitions. The LEP is investing over £9m in Cornwall’s space economy because we want to seize a global opportunity, and Spaceport Cornwall is a critical part of that.”

The first phase of Spaceport Cornwall is expected to create 150 jobs and generate £200m for the Cornish economy.  The jobs will create local employment with many roles locally sourced including opportunities across operational support and engineering. The project will offer long term work opportunities for local communities and inspire children to consider a career in the space industry. 

The total funding package includes £2.5m from Virgin Orbit, £500,000 from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and £12m from Cornwall Council (subject to Full Council approval).

Story posted 08 November 2019 

Categories: Cornwall

How to vote in the general election 2019 – Make sure your voice is heard

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:56

With a general election now set for December 12, Cornwall Council is encouraging residents to register to vote by November 26 and make sure their voices are heard.

It takes about five minutes to register on the government's website, or you can register by post.

Cornwall Council Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Kate Kennally, said: “Our elections team is busy preparing for the recently called General Election and they are making sure necessary arrangements are in place for Thursday, December 12.

“We will be ready for the election, but we want to make sure that our residents are too. Don’t lose this opportunity to have your say. This is an important moment, and you have until November 26 to register to vote.

“You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and the full details are on Cornwall Council’s website. Make your voice count.”

Who is eligible to vote in a general election?

To vote in a UK general election you must:

  • Be 18 or over on the day of the election.
  • Be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
  • Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years).
  • Not be legally excluded from voting.

You also need to be on the electoral register. You only have to register once, but will need to re-register if you have changed your address, name or nationality since you first registered. In order to vote in this general election you must apply to be registered by Tuesday, November 26.

The forms can be completed online. If you need help, you should contact Cornwall Council’s Electoral Registration Office.

How can I register if I need to?

By visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and filling out the relevant forms. Alternatively, you can register by post. Download the forms here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-to-vote-if-youre-living-in-the-uk.

I’m a student. Where do I register to vote?

If you’re a student you can register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses, but you can only vote once in a general election.

Thursday, December 12 is close to when term finishes, so you might already have travelled home, but there is nothing stopping you applying for a postal vote in your university constituency if you want to vote there.

Voting at your local polling station

Details of your nearest polling station will be shown on the back of your polling card, which you will receive in the post from mid-November.

What should I do if I can’t vote in person on December 12?

There are two ways to vote if you can’t be there to vote in person on the day of an election – with either a postal vote or a proxy vote. To apply for a postal or proxy vote you must already be registered to vote and on the electoral roll.

The deadline to apply for a new postal vote, or amend or cancel an existing postal vote, is 5pm on Tuesday, November 26.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote means someone can vote on your behalf. Anyone can act as your proxy provided they’re registered to vote and allowed to vote in the same type of election.

You need to apply for a proxy vote at least six working days before election day. Electoral Services must receive your application to vote by proxy by 5pm on Wednesday, December 4.

 You may wish to vote by proxy because:

  • You’ll be away.
  • You’ll be at work.
  • You’ll be attending a course.
  • You’re disabled.
  • You’re living overseas.
  • You’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces.
  • You’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service).

If you currently vote by post but want to switch to proxy voting, you must tell Electoral Services in writing before 5pm on November 26.

Voting by post

 

Anyone registered to vote in an election can apply for a postal vote. You don’t need to give a reason. You just need to fill in a form and then send it to the Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on November 26.

How can I check if I am registered to vote?

Every local authority holds the electoral register for their area. You can contact Cornwall Council’s Electoral Registration Office and they will let you know if you are registered.

Contact the Registration Office by email at voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk, over the phone on 0300 123 1115, or in writing at Cornwall Council Electoral Services, St Austell One Stop Shop, 29 Penwinnick Road, St Austell. PL25 5DR.

 

Story posted on 08 November 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall social worker nominated for a prestigious award

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:29

A social worker from Cornwall has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting vulnerable adults.

Zachary Bishop, who works for Cornwall Council and is based in Bodmin, has been selected as a finalist for Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards and will find out if he has won at a national awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake. 

Zachary is one of six finalists in the Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year category and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.

Strategic Director of Adult Care and Support, Helen Charlesworth May said: “We’re very pleased to hear that Zachary has been shortlisted for this award. At Cornwall Council we make sure we provide opportunities for people to progress in their career, including providing opportunities for newly qualified social workers to gain experience in areas they find most interesting to help spark a lifelong passion for their chosen career.

“I’d like to say a massive well done to Zachary and wish him all the best at the awards ceremony at the end of the month”

Zachary Bishop said: “I was nominated by my manager and I was recognised around the development of a community map which is about pulling together a list of community resources to help other workers identify support available to individuals, as well as supporting the development of the Council’s Adult Risk Strategy which supports people who may be considered to be making choices that put them at risk.

“Cornwall is a great place to work and I’ve been really well supported in my role. I’ve been allowed to pursue work in areas that really interest me. I find my role really rewarding, being able to support people through hard times in their life, sometimes supporting them to make just small changes that in turn can make a big difference to their life.”

The Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year is sponsored by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Maris Stratulis, National Director for BASW England, said: “This award recognises an individual who is just beginning their journey as a qualified social worker, but has already shown impressive potential. Congratulations to all those shortlisted; to have made such a difference to so many lives in the first year of practice is an admirable achievement.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Personnel; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and individual category supporters Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec, Children’s Social Work Matters and Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Sunderland, North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex.

More information can be found on the Social Work Awards website

Posted on 8 November

Categories: Cornwall

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