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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/09/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August Governing Body meeting.
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Invisable, 21st June

His sign should show a left hand turn to Penponds but it is merely a white circle
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A30, Camborne
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Overgrown vegetation and speeding, 21st June

Brambles and plants overgrown making the Lane significantly narrower. It is hazardous to walk down this road, particularly with speeding vehicles, another issue which needs to be looked at as drivers totally disregard the 30mph zone.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 15 Gwel Trencrom, Hayle
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Overgrown vegetation and speeding, 21st June

Brambles and plants overgrown making the Lane significantly narrower. It is hazardous to walk down this road, particularly with speeding vehicles, another issue which needs to be looked at as drivers totally disregard the 30mph zone.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 15 Gwel Trencrom, Hayle
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St Keverne Bakery owner pleads guilty to food hygiene offences

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 4 hours 45 min ago

The owner of St Keverne Bakery has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 after pleading guilty to a string of food hygiene offences.

During the hearing at Truro Magistrates Court on Monday (18 June), Simon Phillips pleaded guilty to six food hygiene offences including failing to have adequate procedures in place to control pests; placing food on the market which was unsafe and; not maintaining an effective food safety management system. He was fined a total of £319, a victim surcharge of £31 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £5,691.

The court heard that officers from the Council’s Commercial Food and Safety Team had been so concerned about the risk to public health that they ordered the business to cease production following a routine inspection of the bakery’s unit at Treskewes Industrial Estate in St Keverne, near Helston on 31 March 2017. Their inspection revealed evidence of a rat infestation and droppings throughout a rear food room, food which had been out of date for almost two years, trays of decomposing cakes and pasties and a corroded dough prover.

Following the inspection, the company was told it could start operations again once the bakery could demonstrate appropriate pest control procedures had been implemented and the building had been made pest proof. This was completed four days after the inspection.


With Cornwall Council having responsibility for monitoring food safety at more than 8,500 food premises across Cornwall, this case was brought against a business which represents a minority of food establishments (3%) that the Council are actively working with to improve standards, explained Nick Kelly, the Council’s Food and Safety Manager.

“Standards of food hygiene in Cornwall are good and we work proactively with businesses to improve food hygiene and standards,” he said. “However, officers will use emergency powers or take more formal action if public health is at risk such as it was in this case.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection said: “In cases such as this one, our food safety officers won’t hesitate to prosecute. Thankfully, the number of cases like this every year is small.”

Subsequent inspections at St Keverne Bakery have shown the business has made great improvements since the March 2017 inspection. It now has a 4 star food hygiene rating, indicating that food hygiene standards at the bakery are good.

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Pupils across Cornwall attending Promoting Active Democracy Loudly Awards at County Hall, Truro

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 7 sec ago

The voices of almost 200 pupils from 28 primary and secondary schools across Cornwall will be ringing out at County Hall in Truro at 9.45am on Friday 22 June when their school councils will be recognised for their work in promoting democracy.

The children will be welcomed to County Hall by Vice Chairman Hilary Frank, who will be presenting the schools with their Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Promoting Active Democracy Loudly Awards for their work in encouraging effective student voice and leadership in schools.

“We are all proud to host this years PADL School Council Awards ceremony once again, here at County Hall. The awards ensure that our children in Cornwall have a voice with in their School Council and demonstrate how we value the democratic process ahead of National Democracy Week – which this year celebrates 100 years since women got the vote.” said Councillor Mary May, Chair of Cornwall Council.

Councillor Sally Hawke, Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing, said: “These awards are a great opportunity to promote democracy in our young people in Cornwall and help inspire them to become advocates for their communities in the future. It’s also a chance for the children and staff from so many schools in Cornwall to get together and celebrate all of their hard work and achievements.”

The PADL project was set up by members of the Cornwall Youth Forum in 2001. It provides a set of standards for primary and secondary school councils to guide and measure the representation and leadership of students within their schools to ensure they have an effective voice. 

The scheme has four levels – with school councils or pupil parliaments able to gain a PADL award for their work at Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels.  

Accreditation focuses on four main categories:

  • School Council procedures
  • School Council links within the school
  • School Council links beyond the school
  • School Council activities

The scheme was run by children’s charity Barnardos until 2012, when the work was taken over the Cornwall Healthy Schools team. 

The 28 primary and secondary schools receiving awards are:

  • Redruth School – Bronze
  • Penponds School – Bronze
  • St Meriadoc CE Junior Academy – Silver
  • Troon CP School – Bronze
  • Pennoweth Primary School – Bronze
  • St Erme with Trispen CP School – Bronze
  • Falmouth Primary Academy – Silver
  • Devoran School – Bronze
  • Marlborough School – Gold
  • Nanpean CP School – Silver
  • Brannel School – Bronze
  • Treverbyn Academy – Bronze
  • Bishop Bronescombe CE VA School – Bronze
  • The Bishop CE Primary School – Bronze
  • Tregadillet CP School – Bronze
  • St Breward Primary School – Bronze
  • Otterham CP School – Bronze
  • Bude Primary Academy - Bronze
  • Nanstallon CP School – Bronze
  • Berrycombe School – Bronze
  • St Wenn School – Bronze
  • Stratton Primary School – Silver
  • Menheniot Primary School – Silver
  • Calstock CP School – Bronze
  • Liskeard Hillfont Primary School – Bronze
  • Stoke Climsland School - Silver
  • Fourlandends CP School – Bronze
  • Gwinear School – Silver

Posted 21 June 2018

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Safer Penzance increases presence in town in response to concerns about anti-social behaviour

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 12 min ago

Anti-social behaviour workers will be increasing patrols in Penzance and police are set to hold drop in sessions in the town centre following concerns raised by the local community.

During this week's public meeting in Penzance, members of the local community voiced concerns about street drinking and anti-social behaviour, as well as drug paraphernalia discarded in the town centre. As a result, this week members of Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team and the police have stepped up joint patrols in Penzance, and the Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team has brought in additional outreach support. Towards the end of the month the police will begin drop in sessions for members of the public to share any concerns they have.

As lighter nights and warmer temperatures tend to draw out those who are more likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, PCSOs are regularly visiting known hot spots, while police officers and the Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team are also carrying out additional patrols.

While there is not an outright ban on people drinking alcohol in the street, Penzance town centre - like all towns across Cornwall - is covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which gives police the power to require an individual to stop drinking or surrender alcohol.

“We are aware of the concern in the town about the increase in bad behaviour on the streets and are working closely with our colleagues in the Safer Penzance partnership to do what we can to discourage this behaviour," said Penzance police inspector, Nicholas Clarke. "But to do this we must be told at the time a problem is occurring so we have the opportunity to deal with it.

"Recent commentary on social media and in local media suggests that not all crime is being reported to the police at the time it occurs, and in some cases it is not being reported at all. We need people to report issues to us direct."

Repeat offenders are being tackled by Cornwall Council's anti-social behaviour caseworkers who, working with the police, have issued Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) to seven repeat offenders over the last 12 months. CBOs are not only used to place restrictions on someone to deter them from repeating anti-social behaviour, but also are a way to require people to engage with drug or alcohol treatment services. A number of arrests for breaches of this order have been made.

As of today, the Penzance policing area reports overall crime seeing a 24% increase as compared to last year. The police report that this general increase is in line with a national trend and takes into account changes to crime classifications. A large majority of these figures relate to improved reporting of offences such as malicious communications and harassment. However, both shoplifting and robberies within the town have reduced since last year.

Tackling the root causes of anti-social behaviour is key to resolving issues in the long term, and agencies need time and resources to achieve this, explained Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

"We are all very aware of the issues in Penzance and while there might be a perception that little is being done, Safer Penzance is taking action," she said.

"The partnership understands and is acting on the concerns raised. Multi-agency patrols are in place, and we will be working with businesses and residents in the local community to raise awareness of how to report issues and the work underway to address concerns.

"We know that just moving people on does not deliver a sustainable or safe solution and that we have to assertively engage people in treatment. As of this week our Drug and Alcohol Action Team has recruited another assertive outreach worker to engage with individuals in Penzance and reduce the harm they may be causing to themselves and others."

Cllr Dick Cliffe, Penzance Town Mayor, said; “Success is going to require more and deeper partnership working to make the most of limited resources.  We are exploring with Cornwall Council having Penzance ASB and Community Safety officers based in the Town Centre.  Penzance BID is prepared to locate their BID Manager with them and the Town Council is considering funding a Town Centre Manager also to be collocated with them.  A Town Centre management office would make reporting and responding to ASB much more efficient. The police have also committed to using this office and holding surgeries there.

“We are also working with Cornwall Council and the Police over reviewing the Penzance Public Space Protection Order to ensure it covers all of the unwanted behaviours and is simple to enforce.

“The drug abuse issue is by far the most difficult issue to deal with. I believe the starting point has to be education of community leaders. Rampant drug misuse has been the elephant in the room that nobody speaks about – we need to acknowledge this in order to move on.  We can do something about drug litter in the short term.”

However, to trigger these responses, residents can help by reporting through the right routes:

  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • For concerns about drug paraphernalia, such as needles, on the street, email Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk or call 0300 1234 141.
  • Sign up to Devon & Cornwall Alert  and keep track of crime in your local area
  • Follow Penzance neighbourhood website
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Tarmac speed bumps dangerous, 21st June

New road layout which is okish but the tarmac speed bumps look like a last minute thought and they are so steep people will damage their cars even at a very slow speed I was nearly at a stop and the car still went bang awful and not safe.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 69 High Lanes, Hayle
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Tarmac speed bumps dangerous, 21st June

New road layout which is okish but the tarmac speed bumps look like a last minute thought and they are so steep people will damage their cars even at a very slow speed I was nearly at a stop and the car still went bang awful and not safe.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 69 High Lanes, Hayle
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Masses of brambles . Barely any pavement left to walk on. Kids having to walk to school on road., 21st June

Kids having to walk to school on road. So so many brambles sticking out in their faces. Getting really dangerous. Now pretty urgent!
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Penpol Avenue, Hayle
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Masses of brambles . Barely any pavement left to walk on. Kids having to walk to school on road., 21st June

Kids having to walk to school on road. So so many brambles sticking out in their faces. Getting really dangerous. Now pretty urgent!
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Penpol Avenue, Hayle
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Cabinet agrees to buy two strategic sites to deliver more homes for the people of Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 16:50

More homes for local people in Newquay and Launceston have moved a step forward today, when Cornwall Council Cabinet members agreed to buy two strategic sites which could deliver 675 new homes.

The sites will be purchased under the Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP).

Agreed earlier this year, the HDP will see the Council investing up to £200 million in directly building and providing 1,000 new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rental, affordable rent, shared ownership and private market.

The first 113 homes to buy or rent, built on pilot sites in Tolvaddon and Bodmin, are set to be ready later this year.

A new company, wholly owned by the Council, will be set up to buy, let and manage the properties built as part of the HDP. The income generated from the private sales and rentals will subsidise the affordable homes so there is no cost to the Council over the life of the business plan.

The sites in Newquay and Launceston will be added to other housing development sites in Liskeard and Torpoint which the Council already owns.

Cabinet also agreed that the Council should buy 7 affordable homes which have already been built in Dobwalls, to be let to local households on social rents.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “We are committed to delivering 1,000 homes for local people.  Cornwall needs more homes – both to rent and to buy - for local people, with a genuine housing need. For example, in Newquay there are more than 1,500 applicants on the Homechoice register who have stated Newquay as their first preference.  The development in Newquay could provide up to 400 new homes which will go some way towards addressing that need.

“This is about providing good quality homes that people want to live in, with space, gardens, parking and which are well designed with low energy costs.”

The Council plans to build a mix of property sizes, types and tenures to meet local needs. Some will be for private rent, providing quality, choice and greater security for those in the private rented sector with five-year tenancies as standard. Some will be sold at market prices and others will be for affordable rent or shared ownership.

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New levy will raise extra funds for Cornwall’s communities

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 13:37

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today agreed to recommend a new levy on commercial development, which will raise extra funds to pay for the facilities needed to help communities across Cornwall.

The Cabinet voted to recommend that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is introduced, to apply to planning applications that are approved from 1 January 2019. The Levy will raise funds from new housing and commercial developments across Cornwall.

The money can be spent on a wide range of infrastructure projects to help communities address the impact of development in Cornwall. Developers will get certainty up front about the charges they will have to contribute to infrastructure and facilities to support the growth of communities.

The Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, said: “It is right that developers help to pay for the facilities that are needed as a result of their development of a piece of land. This levy on new developments will sit alongside existing contributions that developers are required to make, and help to deliver infrastructure where it is most needed, which is not always in the immediate area of the development.

“A proportion (15-25%) of the levy raised in a town or parish council area will be given back to that local council to use in a way that best serves the needs of their communities.

“The remainder of the money raised will be allocated to support projects across Cornwall. We will shortly be consulting town and parish councils on the most appropriate method for deciding which projects should be supported with CIL monies. A report will be coming to Cabinet later in the year with recommendations on how this should be done. Today’s proposal was just the first stage of a two-stage process.”

The recommendation on the charging rates will now be put to Full Council on 10 July.

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Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel celebrates Community Chest grants

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 13:34

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow area to learn more about how Community Chest grants have benefited their area at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel annual general meeting on Thursday 28 June.

The meeting takes place at 6.30pm in Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.

Community groups that have received Cornwall Councillor Community Chest grants in the past year will tell the panel how they have used the funding to support local projects.

The meeting will also review and prioritise the expressions of interest submitted for the Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes.

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will elect a chair and a vice-chair for the next 12 months.  In addition, the meeting will include updates from the police, Cornwall Council members and town and parish councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Community Chest grants can make a big difference to local groups and projects, so we’ll be celebrating the work of some of last year’s recipients at our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network panel meeting.  Join us to hear how community groups like the St Tudy Playing Field Trust and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group have used their grants.  We’ll also be discussing potential local transport schemes that could be funded by the Community Network Highways Scheme, so come along and find out what’s being proposed in your area.”

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets five times a year 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.

Story posted 20 June 2018

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Full Council to debate proposal to purchase land at Langarth Farm

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 13:11

Cabinet at their meeting today have agreed that a proposal that the Council purchases a development site at Langarth Farm in Truro so that the Council can take the lead in its development, should be referred to full Council for a final decision. 

The Cabinet agreed in principle at their meeting last month (02 May 2018) that the Council should  be taking a significant strategic leadership and delivery role in developments at Threemilestone where planning permissions is already in place for 2,700 dwellings but where no building has started on any of the sites.

Today’s decision by the Cabinet is to recommend to full Council that the Council goes ahead and purchases a specific area of land at Langarth Farm, to bring forward the development of a high quality housing scheme of 154 homes and set the tone for further development in the area.

If the proposal is agreed by full Council, the Council will be seeking to amend the planning permission already in place to significantly improve the development which would be led by Cornwall Council and would be made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing, but also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.

The proposal is to buy the land for the homes from Sanctuary Housing and another parcel of land nearby which gives the Council the option to build a community facility, such as a school or care facility, or additional housing.

Cllr Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning and economy said: “This is the first parcel of land that we are proposing to purchase so that the Council can ensure that developments are coordinated for the benefit of all.

“If the Council does not intervene, it is likely that some sites will start to be built by individual developers under existing planning permissions.  We could end up with an uncoordinated series of estates without the appropriate infrastructure, or, instead, duplication of infrastructure, to the detriment of the whole community.”

The decision by full Council could pave the way for further proposals to be put forward to the Council to purchase specific parcels of land and to bring forward developments on those sites. The Council will also aim to enter into contractual relationships with other developers who own land there so that the Council can masterplan the whole area.

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Step closer for ambitious plans for the future of parking in Cornwall for the benefit of communities, the environment and local economies

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 11:37

Ambitious long term plans for the future of parking in Cornwall - including a £2.1m investment into improving technology in car parks - have today been given the green light by Cornwall's Cabinet.

The Positive Parking Framework for Cornwall sets out a range of measures which will be put in place to make significant improvements into how Council car parks meet the needs of users and local communities.

The aims of the framework include simplified tariffs, new machines and barriers to enable drivers to pay on exit, improved signage and new systems to consider the needs of carers who need to park in areas with restricted parking. Improving technology in car parks means enforcement officers will be able to focus on tackling drivers who park illegally or cause an obstruction on Cornwall's streets.

In the longer term, plans include putting in the infrastructure which will enable people to book a parking space in advance.

The plans aim to address the views of residents and businesses, as well as reflect best practice from other local authorities and industry experts, explained Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport.

"Car parks play an important role and the location, availability of spaces and tariffs can affect local communities, economies and the environment," he said.

"This framework sets out the changes we will make between now and 2030 to improve parking for users, but also to tackle congestion, improve air quality and free up our enforcement officers to deal with on-street parking issues."

In July members of full Council will consider the request for £2.1m into funding technology improvements in Council car parks as part of the Positive Parking Framework for Cornwall.

Cornwall Council has signed up to the Positive Parking Agenda - a national initiative between local authorities and the British Parking Association to make parking a better experience for all.

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