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Scrapping borrowing limit can help Council to build more homes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:27

Dobwalls Home Resized

Changes to the rules around how much money councils can borrow to build affordable homes have come into effect this week.

A cap, introduced by the Government in 2012, restricted the amount that local authorities were able to borrow against the social housing they own, known as their Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

That cap has now been scrapped so councils will be able to choose to borrow more funds to build more affordable homes. Despite the old cap, Cornwall Council has already been proactive about meeting the demand for affordable housing and has a target of building 1,000 homes for people with a local connection to Cornwall.  

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “The shortage of homes is one of the most pressing issues we face and that is why it is a priority for this Council.  With over 17,000 people on the Cornwall Homechoice Register who want to bid for affordable housing to rent, it is clear that only an increase of all types of housing – including those for affordable or social rent – will help address this need.

We were one of the ambitious councils that bid for more funds to build more homes and it was the popularity of that bidding process amongst local authorities that has led to the lifting of the cap.  

This move will give council’s the freedom to use their HRA and funding as they see fit.  We don’t yet know exactly what that means for housebuilding in Cornwall because, as always, the devil is in the detail, but it should make it easier to access funds. We are already committed to building 1,000 homes for people with a local connection and we’ll be looking at how these new financing rules will work to help us achieve that target.”

The council has already been able to build some homes within the HRA in spite of the old cap.  This includes 23 new council homes in Goonhavern near Truro built by Cornwall Council last year and let to families and couples with a local connection to the area.  There have also been new affordable homes bought through the HRA on new developments specifically to be let as council housing.  This includes homes at Porthpean Road near St Austell, Lantoom Meadows in Dobwalls, and additional social rented homes on the St. Clare site in Penzance, which are currently under construction.

 

Story posted 02 November 2018

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Survey shows four out of five people think recycling is important

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:24

Four out of five people in Cornwall think recycling household rubbish is very important according to the results of a survey published today by Cornwall Council.

Last December Cornwall Council conducted a survey to better understand what people think about recycling, their attitudes to food waste and what would help people to recycle more.

The survey saw 4,404 responses from across Cornwall and from a mix of housing types. The survey was complemented by three focus groups which explored key issues more deeply.

Of those who responded:

  • 91% think it is very important that Cornwall’s environment is protected
  • 82% think recycling household rubbish is very important
  • 77% think that household recycling is fairly or very convenient
  • Only 3% of respondents said they did not recycle
  • One in five households throw away ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a reasonable amount’ of food waste
  • 71% said a collection of a wider range of materials would encourage an increase in recycling
  • One in five people (21%) said they would consider being a volunteer recycling champion for the Council.

Being unable to store the recycling between collections was one of the most cited reasons for not recycling.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: “Public feedback is important – one of our values is to listen to residents and we really wanted to know what people thought.  The survey results suggest people want to recycle and will do it if it is easy but one size does not fit all. It was clear barriers to recycling included storage, access to collection points and confusion over what can be recycled.

“This survey has provided us with lots of insight – it supports that people will recycle more if it is easy, that people want to know what happens to materials collected and we need to provide more information on what can and can’t be recycled.”

The results of the survey and focus groups have now been published on the Council website at: www.cornwall.gov.uk/recyclingsurvey

Results from the survey will now help shape future education and awareness campaigns, as well as be included in the tender documents when the 2020 waste contract is issued.

Councillor James said the feedback had also helped shaped the Council’s proposed Resources & Waste Strategy, which has been published for consultation to seek residents views on the way the Council proposes to deal with waste.

“How we deal with our materials, waste and resources now and in the future is one of the biggest challenges we face. Over the past few years we have seen some reduction in waste generated and some improvement in the amount of waste that is recycled in Cornwall, but we need to do much more.

“This strategy sets out our plan to work with the community to better manage household materials, waste and resources. It’s important that everyone in Cornwall makes an active contribution to reducing the amount of waste we create, and to reusing and recycling more, which is why we are keen to hear people’s feedback on our approach, especially as we had such as strong response to the last survey.

“Our proposed strategy is titled ‘It’s in our hands’ because the management of waste starts with each of us. Only when we all work together, can we make a real difference for Cornwall and its unique and special environment.”

The strategy consultation will run until 31 March 2018 and can be viewed on the waste and recycling section of our website.

Story posted 16 March 2018

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Minister recognises Cornwall’s work to reduce fuel poverty by 5,000 homes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:22

Recent figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show that Cornwall has reduced fuel poverty by over 5,000 homes in a year.

On a visit to Cornwall by Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry visited Cornwall today (Friday 20 July) to learn about Cornwall’s Winter Wellbeing Partnership work in reducing fuel poverty levels.

By 2030 Cornwall Council’s ambition is to remove a further 22,000 homes from fuel poverty.

Led by Cornwall Council working with a range of partners, the programme is making a real difference to people’s lives.

Claire Perry met residents who have benefited from the Warm and Well Cornwall programme which helps residents who are suffering from ill health and living in a cold and damp home to have first time central heating installed and insulation improvements.

Cornwall Council and social landlords have match funded £3.5million investment from the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund.

Cornwall Council’s 2015  Devolution Deal was a key factor in unlocking funding to find better ways of working to help people who would not traditionally have received help under previous funded programmes.

The visit to Cornwall also featured a briefing on the Winter Wellbeing partnership, made up of over 30 organisations, to address fuel poverty.

Each winter the partners provide residents with help from emergency heating funds, advice on better insulation, switching tariffs, providing first time central heating systems and support to find employment.

The Winter Wellbeing partnership launched in 2010 and has helped 7,400 homes and prevented 818 hospital admissions. In the last year alone NHS saved £61,000 based on 63 hospital admissions prevented – every £1 Winter Wellness investment saved the NHS £3.15.

In 2017 Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health team was funded by BEIS to work in partnership with Citizen’s Advice to develop two toolkits which would help local authorities and health services to tackle fuel poverty across England.

This week, following the success of the Energy Price Cap Bill through Parliament, the Government also announced that its flagship energy efficiency scheme will be 100% focused on helping improve over 1 million low income and vulnerable households by 2022. The cap, which will protect millions of households from unjustified price rises and poor value deals on their energy bills, coupled with the £6 billion energy efficiency scheme will help build an energy market that puts consumers at its heart and ensures that those most at risk of fuel poverty are protected.

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall has been leading the way in tackling fuel poverty, and our programmes are held in high esteem nationally. They are providing real solutions to real people and making a difference to everyday lives. A warm and well home is a key foundation to people’s wellbeing and we’re proud to be contributing to reduced hospital admissions in the process.”

Claire Perry Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth said “Yesterday’s changes to the flagship ECO scheme will increase the proportion of the scheme that can be delivered with local authorities up to 25%. Combined with the scheme’s new innovation requirement, this will help Cornwall Council to work with Sarah Newton MP to give Cornish residents the ability to live warm and well.”

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth said: “Ensuring local people live in warm homes is a top priority for me, that’s why I’m thrilled that Cornwall is leading the way in tackling fuel poverty. I have been part of the Winter Wellbeing Partnership work and Warm and Well Cornwall programme for some time and am pleased with the progress we are making. Today we’ve seen first-hand that installing the right heating and insulation can make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of residents. The Government is committed to ending fuel poverty and I am delighted that yesterday’s announcements will enable the Partnership in Cornwall to enable many more people live in warm homes”.

John Pettigrew, Chief Executive of National Grid said: “The aim of our fund is threefold; to help to reduce bills, make fuel poor households warmer, and improve the health of people suffering the most severe levels of fuel poverty. “Around 4.5 million households across the country are in fuel poverty with people not able to heat their homes enough to stay warm and healthy. Many are struggling on low incomes and are relying on heating systems that are expensive to run or don’t heat their homes properly. In many cases, because of their circumstances or the type of property they live in, they can’t apply for existing grant schemes.”

“National Grid is making this significant voluntary contribution of £150m and has established the Warm Homes Fund in recognition of the challenges that people face living in cold, damp and energy inefficient homes.”

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director Affordable Warmth Solutions added: “Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and we are delighted to see the minister visit this exciting initiative and showing her support for the Warm and Well Programme that with our support is already making a difference to the lives of residents of Cornwall.”

Posted on 20 July 2018

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Safer St Austell sleep out in solidarity

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 11:35

Spending a night under the stars may seem like a good idea during the summer, but a group of community workers got a glimpse of the grim reality of homelessness at a special event in St Austell last night.

Officers from the Safer St Austell team spent the night at White River Place protected only by sleeping bags and cardboard.

The event was organised to highlight the issue of homelessness, as well as to help promote the local support services available and to demonstrate how well individuals are supported within St Austell.

Sleep Out 3

The group, which included representatives from Addaction, Cosgarne Hall, SAHA Freshstart, Cornwall Council’s Community Safety, Localism and Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Mayor Gary King, Deputy Mayor Tim Styles and Cornwall Councillor James Mustoe slept out between 10pm and 6am, enduring a long damp night.

Helen Catherall, Addaction worker, said: “Homelessness is a sign. It tells us that there has been a crisis or that there is an underlying issue. Ironically, homelessness is barrier to accessing support when it’s needed the most. This is why it is so important to report rough sleeping to Streetlink either via their online reporting system or by telephoning Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 to ensure support is offered.”

Gareth Bray, Chairman of Cosgarne Hall Board of Trustees, said: “St Austell has a long history supporting those who are homeless going back to the 1800s and we are pleased to be involved with the sleep out to continue to raise awareness around support services. We want to highlight that although we are raising awareness through this event those who have attended had a choice to sleep out whereas those who are homeless do not have this choice.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said:  “Homelessness is an issue we are determined to tackle, and events such as this help raise awareness of the problem.

“It is vital we do all we can to encourage people to contact Streetlink if you see anyone sleeping on the streets. The sooner we are informed, the quicker we can offer the support that these vulnerable people need.”

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Homes for Cornwall partnership celebrates delivery of over 200 new homes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 10:27

St Breward Resident Naomi

This week Homes for Cornwall partners gathered at a new 100% affordable housing development in St Breward to officially celebrate the new homes and welcome new residents. The St Breward development called Moorland Fields and Chyryn Drive provides 21 new homes for local people, ranging from one to four bedrooms. 11 are for rent and 10 for shared ownership. 

The homes at St Breward go a long way to help local housing need by providing 100% affordable housing in a picturesque village where demand has been high for several years.

The development is part of “Homes for Cornwall” launched in 2014. The initiative brings together leading south west housing provider LiveWest, Cornwall Council and leading regeneration business Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver homes on Cornwall Council-owned sites across the Duchy. 

The Homes for Cornwall initiative is set to see the delivery of 356 new homes over the partnership and the St Breward site is the 5th new development in Cornwall.

Naomi Bailey who, with her family, recently moved into a four bedroom home for affordable rent on the new development said: “We’re delighted that we have been able to stay in the village. We need four bedrooms and this house is ideal. We’re all really excited.  We’ve made it our home and we’re really happy with it.”

Gareth Jones, Development Director of Affordable Housing at LiveWest said: “We know there are lots of families who need a home in the village to be close to their relatives and friends. Average house prices in rural areas are roughly £6,500 higher than in urban areas and incomes in rural areas are lower.”

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has provided £286,000 funding for the scheme supporting much needed affordable housing for people from St Breward.

Versha Koria, Affordable Housing Senior Specialist for Homes England said: “Homes England is happy to support this development with affordable housing grant. It is a great example of what partnership working can deliver in a rural location.”

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Homes said: “Building the right kind of housing in the right place is a key commitment for this Council. Developments like this provide local people with high quality homes in a location they want. This development in St Breward is a great example of the Council working with other organisations to reduce our housing pressure and ensure families live comfortably in good quality affordable accommodation, which is one of the commitments we made to the people of Cornwall.”

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director for Galliford Try Partnerships commented; “It is fantastic to hear such positive feedback from the residents and local community. We are delighted with the scheme, transforming a challenging landscape into quality new homes for local people. St.Breward is a stunning new development and one that all Homes for Cornwall Partners can be truly proud of.”

Veronica Stansfield from St Breward Parish Council said: “We’ve got 21 properties for affordable rent or for shared ownership and the Parish Council are delighted.  All the properties have gone to very local people so these are people living in their own community.  These aren’t houses – these are homes.”

Dominic Fairman, Cornwall Councillor for St Breward and St Teath said: “To see all these local families moved in and contributing to the local shop and the local school is good news for St Breward.”

The construction of the new homes was captured by well-known Cornish Artist, Chris Thomas, who worked in a small studio next door. He saw the building site in St Breward near Bodmin as a thing of “beauty and movement”. Chris, who has lived In Cornwall for 50 years and has enjoyed painting its people and landscapes all his life was spellbound by what he describes as “A little piece of history” and decided to capture, on canvas, the creation of the 21 new affordable homes in the village.

Chris, who was working in his studio when construction began, approached Galliford Try Partnerships Site Manager, Colin Benny to ask permission to paint the homes as they were being built.

Galliford Try Partnerships built Chris his own viewing platform so he could be right at the centre of the action on site without being in danger.

Work has also started on a Homes for Cornwall development on the site of the former Cornwall Council offices at St Clare in Penzance with more homes in Penzance due to be built on the old Depot site.

Eight Cornwall Council owned sites were identified for potential housing developments as part of the Council's Housing Investment Plan and the Homes for Cornwall partnership has so far delivered 205 new homes. Releasing and building on Council-owned land both provides affordable housing (currently predicted to exceed    44% of the total number due to be built over the course of the programme) and funds which will be re-invested in more land for further development opportunities.

Around 20,000 homes were built last year in the South West, compared to the 42,000 homes the region needs annually. This dire housing shortage is leaving thousands of people unable to buy their own home or find a stable home in the private rented sector, and is even pushing people into homelessness.

The homes at St Breward provide much needed rural housing for local people. The scheme is a great example of where rural housing has made a difference to local people, these homes have supported families to stay in an area where they have lived and will be contributing to wider services such as local schools and shops.

The event this week was important to highlight how new housing can breathe life into rural communities. It also promotes how rural housebuilding can be key to the survival of vital community assets and services, such as schools, post offices and pubs.

 

Story posted 14 December 2018


 

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England's worst primary schools REVEALED: Is YOUR child in one of these schools? - Express

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England's worst primary schools REVEALED: Is YOUR child in one of these schools?  Express

ENGLAND'S worst primary schools have been revealed in official documents issued by the Department for Education. Check here if your child is in one of the ...

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Par Library to move to Par Running Track under new agreement with community group

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:05

Par Library will move to Par Running Track early next year as part of a new agreement with Par Track Limited to secure the future of a library service in the town.

The new micro library at the popular Moorland Road facility will remain part of Cornwall’s library service, so customers will be able to keep their existing library cards and will be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Offering around 1,600 books including fiction, non-fiction and junior texts, the library stock will be provided and managed by Cornwall Council.

The library will also provide a free ‘click and collect’ service so that visitors can access the library catalogue and reserve books online. Customers will also have access to free WiFi and computers.

The current library on Eastcliffe Road will close on Saturday 26 January and the new micro library at the running track will open on Monday 4 February. Customers will be able to return any books borrowed from the current library to the micro library. Anyone in Par using the Home Library Service, which is delivered by the Royal Voluntary Service, will be able to continue to access this service.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, the Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government. Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities, explained Councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods.

"The members of Par Track Limited are dedicated to their local community and securing access to facilities for their residents," she said. "The group's proactive approach has meant that residents can continue to visit a library in the town, as opposed to us potentially having to introduce a mobile library stop. I commend Par Track Ltd for the excellent service they are providing to their community.”

The new library will initially be open at the same times and on the same days as the current one. Par Track Ltd has plans, subject to the availability of funding, to create a new library space in the future, which they hope will allow them to provide a more comprehensive service and to extend the opening hours.

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Trust that runs Cornwall's main hospitals to stay in special measures - Pirate FM

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Trust that runs Cornwall's main hospitals to stay in special measures  Pirate FM

The trust that runs Cornwall's main hospitals has gone from being rated 'Inadequate' to 'Requires Improvement' but remains in special measures. Another ...

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Royal Cornwall Hospital has officially improved according to latest inspection - Cornwall Live

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Royal Cornwall Hospital has officially improved according to latest inspection  Cornwall Live

Royal Cornwall Hospital has officially improved following the Care Quality Commission's latest inspection but remains in special measures while ongoing ...

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Get active and run, walk or cycle the Truro Active Travel Treasure Trail

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 12:00

Truro Active Trail

Residents and visitors to Truro are being urged to get on their bike, shuffle their shoes or push their pram and stay active this winter by using Truro’s network of shared pathways.

Cornwall Council, in partnership with walking and cycling charity Sustrans, has put together the Truro Active Travel Treasure Trail - an exciting winter challenge that everyone can take part in.

To find out more and to take part in the Truro Active Travel Treasure Trail, simply download the clues from Truro to Threemilestone shared paths page of the website  or pick up a paper copy from Truro Tourist Information Centre, the enquiries desk at Truro Community Library, New County Hall reception or reception at Truro Leisure Centre.

The Treasure Trail is a fun way to encourage everyone to explore new shared paths for walking and cycling which now run next to most of the A390 between Truro and Threemilestone.  The shared paths offer a real alternative to vehicle use for local journeys which will help improve your health, reduce congestion, improve journey reliability and help boost the local economy.

Join in with the self-led trail by foot or bike. Simply gather answers to the clues then complete and submit your answer sheet by 20 January 2019 to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes including high street vouchers and goody bags.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “How we travel and get to where we want to be is not just dependent on the car or even on public transport.  Walking and cycling also form part of the One Public Transport System for Cornwall.  We are working with partners like Sustrans to encourage walking and cycling, as well as with public transport operators, to make it as easy and attractive as possible for people to get around without needing a car.  Not taking the car for that local journey not only has obvious health benefits but also improves air quality.

All the family can give it a go by following the Treasure Trail, or you can just grab a copy of the Active Travel map for Truro which gives you information on walks, cycling and public transport in the area, all in one place.”

The Active Travel map shows key destination including schools, local shops and green spaces and how to get to them on foot, by bike or public transport.

The map has been produced by Sustrans in partnership with and funded by Cornwall Council.  It supports the recent cycling and walking improvements within Truro, providing a real alternative to motor vehicle use for trips to schools, colleges and workplaces.

Paper copies of the free map are available at theTruro Tourist Information centre, the Cornwall Council information centre at Pydar House on Pydar Street, Truro Community Library, County Hall reception, Truro College transport desk, Treliske Hospital-Ingredients restaurant, Trelawney reception and Knowledge Spa reception.

In addition, through Truro BID, shops and bars in Truro have been supplied with maps to distribute to customers and staff.

Businesses in the Newham business area will receive a copy of the map, organised through Newham BID.

Active travel maps are also available on the active travel webpage for Bodmin, Camborne, St Austell, Redruth, Falmouth and Penryn and Hayle,St Erth and St Ives.

 

Story posted 03 December 2018

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Hot topics for discussion at Cabinet

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 13/12/2018 - 11:45

Crucial plans for a sustainable Cornwall will be up for discussion when the Cabinet meets next week at New County Hall.

The authority’s long-term capital investment plan, the purchase of homes to be used as emergency accommodation, changes to Cornwall’s waste collections, and a proposal to purchase and bring back into use a historic Penzance town centre building are all set to be debated.

Another paper due for discussion is the future funding of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry, which could see the first increase in crossing prices in almost a decade. 

Prices on the bridge, which is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council, have not risen since 2010, and, under the terms of the Tamar Bridge Act, must be approved by the Secretary of State before they can implemented.

The money generated by the tolls is used for bridge maintenance, and to subsidise the cost of the Torpoint Ferry service, which is vital to the economy of south east Cornwall.

The cabinet will meet at the Trelawney Room in New County Hall on Tuesday, December 18 at 10am.

Members of the public are welcome to attend cabinet meetings in person or watch the meeting live via a webcast on the council’s website.

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News - Cornwall gets more tri-service safety officers - Pirate FM

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News - Cornwall gets more tri-service safety officers  Pirate FM

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse. Cornwall was the first place in the UK to have the Swiss Army knife equivalent of an emergency services ...

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The Swiss Army Knife of the emergency services in Cornwall - Falmouth Packet

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The Swiss Army Knife of the emergency services in Cornwall  Falmouth Packet

CORNWALL was the first place in the UK to have the Swiss Army knife equivalent of an emergency services officer – and will soon have 10 across the…

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Cornwall gets more tri-service officers to deal with police, ambulance and fire 999 calls - Cornwall Live

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Cornwall gets more tri-service officers to deal with police, ambulance and fire 999 calls  Cornwall Live

Tri-*service* safety officers are deployed in areas which may not have a full time police, fire or ambulance presence and are unique in what they do.

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Cornwall’s newest firefighters take to their stations

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:44

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's newest recruits have completed their initial training and are ready to help protect their local communities.

The group - eight 'on call' firefighters and four Tri Service Safety Officers - were officially welcomed to the service following a 'passing out' parade at Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's Headquarters in Tolvaddon, near Camborne.

As part of training the group followed a two week intensive course aimed at giving them a broad introduction to lifesaving skills including firefighting techniques, water safety, responding to road traffic collisions and first aid.

They will now develop their training with experienced colleagues at their respective stations across Cornwall, explained Area Manager Kath Billing from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS).

"Our new recruits have demonstrated they have what it takes to make a valuable contribution - not just to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, but to the local communities they will now serve," she said.

"It's important they continue to develop their skills and expertise with their colleagues on station - the colleagues who they will work with and will rely on when they are called to emergency incidents."

For the first time, Cornwall's initial firefighter training course has been extended to include new tri-service safety officers. Jointly funded by the three emergency services, eight new tri-service safety officers have been recruited to the service, forming part of a ten strong team serving Bude, Fowey/Polruan, Hayle, Liskeard, Looe, Lostwithiel, Perranporth, St Dennis, St Ives and St Just. Currently in their training and development phase, the new officers will officially take up their community roles in April 2019. Four of the new tri-service safety officers are already fully trained on call firefighters.

As part of their role, tri-service safety officers are qualified on call firefighters with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service; Emergency Medical Responders for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and are also trained by Devon and Cornwall Police in areas specific to safeguarding, complex problem solving tasks, challenging and dealing with anti-social behaviour and assisting local police neighbourhood teams. The officers also work in partnership with Safer Cornwall’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Team.

"Firefighters - and our tri-service safety officers - have such an important role in their local community and I'm delighted to welcome the new recruits to our fire service family," said Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

The new recruits who took part in the passing out ceremony are:

  • Daniel Bassett, Truro
  • Tarryn Brown (Tri Service Safety Officer)
  • Tom Dewaele, Fowey
  • Martin Giles, St Austell
  • Philip Graham (Tri Service Safety Officer)
  • Adrian Hart (Tri Service Safety Officer)
  • Danny Lyden, St Austell
  • Matt Rockett, Torpoint
  • James Smith, Padstow
  • James Trounson, Mullion
  • Mesha Wardman (Tri Service Safety Officer)
  • Corey Wedlake, Helston
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Enjoy the spectacle of nature’s lights this Christmas and support the ‘Big Dipper’ campaign to protect our night sky

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:52

Siblyback

Businesses and residents across Cornwall are urged to take steps to help protect the star quality of our dark skies as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce light pollution.

The ‘Big Dipper’ campaign aims to raise public awareness of light pollution and urges people to help conserve our starry dark night sky so we can all contribute to protecting and enhancing our environment.

To see for yourself the beauty of the dark skies that some areas of Cornwall enjoy, come to a free event being organised by Caradon Observatory on 15 December at Siblyback reservoir between 7pm and 10pm. There will be a range of telescopes for visitors to look through and there is a really good chance that comet 46P/Wirtanen will be visible with the naked eye from dark sky sites like this one. 

The event is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in 2017 after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory. Cornwall Council is supporting another bid for Dark Sky status in West Cornwall and the ‘Big Dipper’ campaign highlights how everyone can help protect our night skies.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for the environment, Sue James said: “By taking a simple step to dip our lights we can reduce light pollution and retain the sense of wonder when we look up to the night sky.”

The Council has led the way with a ground breaking street lighting programme which not only helps safeguard our night skyscapes but has also saved over £26m in energy and maintenance costs; contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: “Cornwall Council’s smart lighting system controls the amount of light scatter causing the sky glow.  Given we live in such a beautiful part of the country where dark skies provide us with spectacular nightscapes, we made the decision to upgrade 53,000 street lights across the county with an energy efficient, white light system which is electronically controlled and cloud based. It was a ground breaking decision at the time and is still leading the way for other local authorities.

“Cornwall continues to be one of the leading Councils for managing its street lighting, in 2009 it introduced a programme to replace its stock with optical controlled lights, which dramatically changed the Cornish night sky from orange to black”

“To date this programme has saved Cornwall’s residents £26m in energy costs and maintenance, with these savings continuing to be delivered year on year as energy prices across the UK fluctuate.

“This translates to a reduction in carbon emissions of 5,500 tonnes of CO2 a year, and it means our night skies are darker with less light glow, which is good for star gazing.”

“This smart system means we can dim street lights in Cornwall at specific times, based on the road category and risk, which saves energy and reduces light pollution at the same time”

“ The Council continues to use the latest energy and light efficient equipment as the better LED technologies are introduced on new developments and via replacement programmes” adds Cllr Brown.

Residents can do their bit to support the Big Dipper campaign by making sure that outside lights, especially LED floodlights and security lights, are not too bright and are installed so that no light is directed up into the night sky.

The campaign is asking people to: 

  • Ensure lights point down and are fully shielded.
  • Only illuminate areas you need to and don’t leave lights on all night – use a timer or motion sensor.
  • Use lighting that is no brighter than necessary.
  • If possible don’t use LEDs emitting bright white/blue light, but rather warmer colours, which is also better for nocturnal animals.

Sue James adds:  “Poorly installed outside lighting can be detrimental to the quality of our dark skies.  Many of the newer security lights being installed emit a very harsh blue-white light, which scatters further into the sky, blotting out our view of the stars. The impact is often made worse by the fact such units are angled outwards to increase the spread of light.  A single, poorly installed floodlight can be seen for miles around.  The night time environment is a crucial natural resource for people, wildlife and for the rural visitor economy which benefits from increasing public interest in astro-tourism.

There is increasing awareness of the impact that light pollution can have on wildlife, by interrupting natural rhythms.  Light pollution can affect humans too, including disrupted sleep and an impact on the body's production of melatonin, a brain hormone best known for its daily role in resetting the body's biological clock.”

If it’s rainy or too cloudy the event on 15 December will be postponed. Caradon Observatory will post Facebook updates running up to the event.

For advice on minimising light pollution visit The Commission for Dark Skies website or the International Dark Sky Association website. 

Further information on light pollution and interactive maps can be found on the Campaign to Protect Rural England website.

Story posted 12 December 2018

Photo credit: Outreach at Siblyback Lake by Jon Jacobs Photography

 

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