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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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Residents urged to have their say on plans for the growth of Cornwall’s towns

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 14:28

Residents only have a few days left to submit their comments to Cornwall Council on where new housing and commercial development could be located within some of Cornwall’s largest towns.

The consultation deadline to have your say on the Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan is 5pm on 22 October 2018.

The plan covers two eco-communities at West Carclaze, near St Austell and Par Docks and these 10 areas:

  • Penzance and  Newlyn
  • Hayle
  • Camborne-Pool-Illogan-Redruth
  • Helston
  • Falmouth and Penryn
  • St Austell
  • Newquay
  • Bodmin
  • Launceston
  • Saltash

The Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan is currently undergoing an examination in public, led by central government’s independent Planning Inspectorate, which considers whether the document is fit for purpose and if the Council can adopt it as planning policy and use it to determine planning applications.

As part of this on-going examination process, various modifications to the plan have been proposed which are now subject to this consultation.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning Bob Egerton said: “The plan represents our opportunity to take a proactive approach to the future growth and regeneration of our communities. We want to ensure as many residents as possible respond to this consultation as their feedback will help to shape the future of their community.”

“This could represent the final opportunity for residents to be able to influence a document that is setting the strategy for the growth of many of our larger towns, so I would urge people to get involved and have their say.”

You can get involved by accessing the consultation documents online. The Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan is also in the libraries and information centres within the towns covered by the document. 

 

Story posted 15 October 2018

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Rogue traders and doorstep sellers across the country targeted in a UK wide week of action

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 16:02

Members of Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team have spent the past week targeting rogue traders in attempt to disrupt their activities and promote awareness of the financial harm and misery they can bring.

It is the 13th year in a row that the team have joined forces with other agencies to help raise awareness of the issue through a co-ordinated UK-wide operation.

Led by Cornwall Trading Standards with assistance from Devon and Cornwall Police, officers conducted mobile patrols targeting suspects  who were known to be operating in the county, as well as conducting residential patrols in areas frequently targeted by rogue traders. 

This type of crime is a UK wide problem and evidence suggests that rogue traders share information to repeatedly target some of our most vulnerable residents.

They will often travel large distances to commit offences and in some cases are known to employ slave labour to carry out the work, highlighting the need for a shared approach nationally within Trading Standards and the Police.

Leanne McLean, lead officer for doorstep crime said, “Rogue traders prey on the most vulnerable in society, conning them out of vast sums of money, for unnecessary and overpriced work. When someone falls foul of a rogue trading scam, research shows that it has a significant  detrimental effect on the victim’s health and their confidence. 

Operation Rogue Trader aims to catch offenders and disrupt their activity as well as highlighting the dangers of rogue trading and doorstep crime. As you can imagine, those involved in this form of illegal activity do not tend to be law abiding citizens in other aspects of their life. By working with Devon and Cornwall Police, we can  help educate the public, gather valuable intelligence and disrupt their criminal activity. The aim is to rid rogue traders from our streets and make Cornwall’s communities safer.”

Councillor Sue James said, “Our Trading Standards team continue to combat the crimes associated with cold calling home maintenance traders and professional doorstep fraudsters. Cornwall Council will take robust enforcement in these cases, to provide a meaningful sanction and deterrent.

“Where possible, we will seek to recover the criminal proceeds in order to refund the victims. Working closely with partners in the Police and Adult Social Care, Trading Standards ensures those at risk of victimisation and exploitation are safeguarded and that those responsible for the crimes are brought to justice. 

“Operation Rogue Trader is a key part of the strategy to proactively tackle this type of crime, and intelligence sharing and joint initiatives between Trading Standards and the Police will ensure that there are no hiding places for the criminals.”

Activities during the week ranged from training the Royal Mail sorting office in St Austell on how to identify postal scams, to identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where older or vulnerable people live.

The team also acted on real time intelligence from the Police, Trading Standards Officers and consumers; as well as conducting a joint mobile patrol with Devon and Cornwall Police teams. Over 250 residents were advised on how to keep themselves safe at home from rogue traders and over 400 leaflets distributed, including our Buy With Confidence ‘Trading Standards Approved’ directory  of approved traders.

It is not illegal for traders to sell at the door and legitimate callers will not mind if you shut and lock the door while you verify that they are genuine. Rogue traders often offer gardening work or maintenance services at attractive rates but the quality of work is substandard, unnecessary or overpriced. They often use persuasive sales techniques to encourage people into making hasty decisions.

The message from Trading Standards is a simple one – genuine traders DO NOT call door to door without an appointment. If you aren’t sure who they are, don’t open the door.

People should report cases of rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 04 05 06.

Posted 12 October 2018

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Event shows how robots could support the future of care in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 14:41

Virtual reality and mobile apps are just some of the technology already being used to help people age well.    

Hundreds of social care experts, including those from Cornwall Council, came together at Technology Enabled Care event hosted by Cornwall Council and the Shaping Our Future programme held at New County Hall in Truro, on 9 October 2018.

The aim of the event was to explore how technology can support people to live independently and safely in their own homes for longer, helping to relieve pressure on already overstretched adult social care services during a period of dramatically reduced funding from central government.

They have been working closely with EPIC which is a three year project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the South West Academic Health Science Network, and led by the University of Plymouth. EPIC brought along a number of robotics to exhibit at the event such as robots that can provide companionship, prompt people to take medication and provide comfort to relieve anxiety.

One person who has benefitted from the use of technology enabled care is Mandy Moses from Penryn. She has been using a programme supplied by the company iCareiMove to access support through her laptop. This allows her to watch and follow a set of exercises tailored to her needs.

Mandy said: “Being able to use technology in this way has transformed my life. Before I started, I was unable to leave my house but by doing the exercises I’m now able to go out and see my friends and family. It has made a huge difference to my life.”

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “As a council, we must find different and more cost effective ways to provide people with the support they need to live independent, healthy and happy lives. This is to ensure we continue provide high quality service amid a tough financial climate which has seen council funding slashed by central government.

“Technology enabled care is part of the solution and has been proven to reduce a person’s dependence on costly care packages while improving their quality of life. It is heartening to see how it has helped Mandy achieve her independence.”

Cornwall Council is testing a variety of technology in social care environments, including the use of trackers to help people who live with dementia and the people who care for them.

Marathon runner Simon Wheatcroft, who is visually impaired, was guest speaker at the Technology Enabled Care Event. He spoke about how he has cleverly used technology to support him compete in marathons across the world. His inspiring story helped those who attended to think more widely about how technology can be used to support people they work with.

Watch Mandy and Pat talk about iCareiMove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13XGJhcSkGA

Posted 12 October 2018

 

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Childhood obesity rates in Cornwall improving

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 13:30

The number of children in Cornwall who are overweight has dropped this year according to statistics released this week.

The data is taken from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which records the weight of children in reception year (aged 4-5 years) and year 6 (aged 10-11 years) in schools across the country. In some areas, children’s weight status is shared with their parents to help them understand their child’s growth and consider positive lifestyle changes.

The percentage of reception age children had been increasing year on year since school year 2011/12 but this year has seen a decrease of almost 2%. The data for 2017/18 shows a reduction in the percentage of children in reception year who are overweight from 16.7% in 2016/17 to 14.9%.

The downward trend of year 6 children who are overweight has continued, 14.5% in 2016/17 to 13% in 2017/18. The data also shows that Cornwall is below national average.

Cornwall Council is working on a number of initiatives working towards reducing the child obesity rates in Cornwall. The Sugar Smart survey earlier in the year showed that 98% of people wanted healthier options available when eating out and 83% were worried that sugar was impacting the family’s health.

The Healthy Schools programme is available to all schools with a number working towards a Healthy Schools award. This includes healthy approaches to food in schools, sugar smart status and increasing physical activity in line with the chief medical officer guidelines of 3 hours per day. Cornwall Council have therefore been encouraging schools to be involved with the Daily Mile initiative where children walk or run a mile every day, as healthy weight is a combination of eating well and being active.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing Sally Hawken said: “While the rates in Cornwall appear to be getting better, we know that there is still so much more to do to ensure our children are given the best possible start in life. Trend data still shows us that children are putting on weight during primary school. By the age of 10-11 years old there are nearly double the amount of children who are obese compared from when they start school.

“A healthy weight in childhood lays the foundations for decades of healthy life as an adult. This data underlines how important it is for families to talk about health and weight as part of everyday life.

“Each year, children leave primary school overweight or obese and our most deprived areas are the worst affected. It’s never too soon to make a change and there is lots of support from Cornwall Council and the national health campaign Change4Life to help.

“Sometimes it’s hard to make the right choice for a number of reasons and we recognise that access to good food and sports or activity is an additional cost that some families struggle to afford. That’s why organisations across Cornwall are working to make sure families can get help to reach a healthy weight.”

Any family who would like support can get in contact with the Healthy Cornwall Service by calling 01209 615600 or visiting the Healthy Cornwall Service website.

Story posted 12 October

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly urges people to consider adoption

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 11:35

On the eve of National Adoption Week (15-21 October), more people are being urged to consider adoption, with around 40 children a year in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly needing permanent homes.

Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly Adoption Agency say children who require adoptive parents could have suffered from abuse and neglect and need parents who can help them with their previous experiences by offering them acceptance, guidance and nurture.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, Sally Hawken, encouraged people who have considered adopting in the past to take the next step.

“Children deserve to have the best possible opportunities in life. Being adoptive parents can be challenging and rewarding in equal parts. The  Adoption Service, has  over the years has provided many children with a loving and secure family life and are on hand to provide support and guidance to anyone who is ready to take the next step and find out more.

“Adoption provides vulnerable children the love and security of family life. We encourage adopters from all walks of life, and backgrounds. You can be single, in a same sex relationship and any age. We need people who are able to emotionally meet the needs of a child and provide a loving and stable home, but who can also offer a child understanding and acceptance of their past history. 

Lisa and Max recently adopted two siblings through the Adoption Service. Lisa said while the route to adoption was long and intense, it was worth it.

“The process helps you prepare  emotionally and practically for your much-awaited for child or children.  Nothing can prepare you for the excitement of the day you get told you have been 'matched', and the magic only continues to grow from that point.  Our two little girls came to us neglected, emotionally and physically fragile and mistrusting of people and their surroundings.  It has been a sheer joy to watch them evolve and change… to see them learn to laugh and smile without inhibition and watch their demons melt away. 

“There is perhaps a misconception that a bond with an adopted child is not as strong as with birth children - this is not true.  The longing and yearning for a family that has been felt by both parents and children ensures a bond and love that is deep and ever growing. 

“We know we will never do anything again that will bring us such joy, happiness and unadulterated laughter as adopting our babies has.  We would urge anyone to consider adopting as so many children need a loving home, whatever the dynamic and make up of your family, you will undoubtedly have something to offer.  It is no cliché to say that adopted children are special.  They will make your house a home and make you a family.  A special family.” 

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent call 01872 322200 or visit www.adoptincornwall.co.uk.

Posted on 12 October 2018

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Deadline for secondary school applications

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 17:53

Time is running out for parents to apply for secondary school places for their children.

The application deadline for secondary places is 31 October. Cornwall Council is urging families to submit application forms by this date to give children the best possible chance of being placed at a preferred school.

Parents who miss the application deadline reduce their chances of getting one of their preferred schools because their forms will not be dealt with until after all the other applications have been processed.

Cornwall Council’s Education and Early Years Service is currently working hard with local schools and the Family Information Service to help guide all parents and carers through the application process. Their mission is to raise awareness and ensure that parents have information to hand to help them identify their preferred schools and apply before the deadline.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken said: “Deciding on a preferred secondary school can be a time of mixed emotions and getting the right information at the right time can really help parents during this next stage in their child’s education.

“A visit to the school is a good opportunity to meet teachers and pupils as well as helping to find out the answers to a wide range of practical questions from school uniform to the expectations around homework. If there is not enough time to make a visit, talking to parents whose children currently attend the school can also help and the school website can provide lots of useful information.”

“For those families who need extra help navigating the school admission process, the Council also offers impartial advice on which schools to list as preferences. This support is available to any parent or carer through a Choice Adviser and if you find yourself in a situation where you are finding it a challenge to complete the application, this service can really help.”

A Choice Adviser may be contacted through the Family Information Service (0800 587 8191 or at fis@cornwall.gov.uk).

Not submitting a school application by October 31 increases the risk of not being allocated a preferred school, because late applications will not be processed until after all those submitted on time. There will be some delay before a place can be allocated and it is possible that some schools will already be full.

Posted on 11 October

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Early action to reduce homelessness

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 17:06

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A new referral system to help people facing homelessness has been introduced in Cornwall. 

Seventeen referrals for people threatened with homelessness or who are homeless have already been made thanks to the introduction of the ALERT referral system, run by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing.

The new system enables organisations like Jobcentre Plus, Social Services, youth offending teams, hospital accident and emergency services and probation services to easily refer people who are homeless, or who may find themselves threatened with becoming homeless.  Cornwall Housing will then make contact to provide the support they need.

The Homelessness Reduction Act introduced earlier this year includes a ‘Duty to Refer’ which kicked in on 01 October, although Cornwall Council introduced the ALERT referral system ahead of that deadline.

Cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell says: “We are well prepared and were able to introduce this new system ahead of the ‘Duty to Refer’ deadline. Given Cornwall’s geography, we needed a system which is simple, easy and consistent so that other organisations, with the consent of the person involved, can let us know if someone is at risk.  We are committed to preventing homelessness.  We understand finding out that someone is at risk early increases opportunities to offer help and support before the situation gets even more desperate.”

Andrew adds: “The duty to refer must be more than simply a one-way referral into the Housing Options service. Rather, a wide range of public bodies need to co-operate and act on any opportunity or responsibility that they have to prevent homelessness and the causes of homelessness.”

The last official estimate on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall suggest that co-ordinated action by Cornwall Council and partners to tackle the issue is beginning to see positive results.

Official estimates showed that 68 people were reported as rough sleeping in November 2017 compared to 99 reported the previous year – a 31% reduction.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Ultimately, no one should be forced to sleep rough in Cornwall, or anywhere else for that matter.  We want to get as close to that goal as possible and we’re working to make that happen.  That’s why we have invested in prevention measures like the the ALERT system so that we can help people early and they don’t end up on the streets.”

Anyone who feels they are in danger of becoming homeless should contact Cornwall Housing as soon as possible.

The housing options service run by Cornwall Housing offers free advice and assistance for landlords, tenants and owner occupiers across Cornwall on a wide range of housing issues including:

  • Your options to find a home
  • Homelessness
  • Joining the Homechoice housing register

Online www.cornwall.gov.uk/housingoptions

By telephone Tel: 0300 1234 161

By email  info@cornwallhousing.org.uk

 

Story posted 11 October 2018

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Parking charges

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 14:01

Following recent reports about parking charges in Cornwall ahead of the Economic Growth and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 16 October, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “I want to assure everyone that these are not proposed new charges but were simply produced to give the committee an indication of how fees might look if we were to introduce a zoning approach to car park charges.  At present there are 123 different charges in place across Cornwall.

Clearly there is work to do in looking at zoning fees and which zone might apply to specific car parks.

No fee changes could be made until a full public consultation has been carried out.”

 

Story posted 11 October 2018

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This #HousingDay families with a local connection celebrate moving into Cornwall Council homes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:49

Vince Family Outside Their New Home In Dobwalls

Families have moved into new homes in Dobwalls which have been bought by the Council as part of its commitment to provide 1,000 new homes.

Seven new homes at Penhale Close in Dobwalls have been bought by the Council from Wainhomes to add to Cornwall Housing’s stock of social housing.  They have been let to families with a connection to Dobwalls and the surrounding area.  All were registered on and applied through the Council’s Homechoice register. The homes are being managed by Cornwall Housing.

 

“Ecstatic is a good word. The family are really, really very happy with where we are going from here.  We can start to settle down”  says Craig Vince who, with his family, has moved into one of the new homes bought by the Council.

His wife Sharon adds: “We couldn’t believe it when we looked at the house.  It is so beautiful. We’re very excited.”

Emma Selby, who has also moved into one of the new homes with her young family, explains: “I was bidding on Cornwall Homechoice because my rent was too high where I was privately renting.  This house is much nicer and the area is nicer too with more children for mine to play with.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “#HousingDay18 celebrates the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK. It’s heartening to hear first-hand how the Council’s commitment to providing quality homes for families in Cornwall is making a real difference to people’s lives.  This Council is committed to providing 1,000 good quality homes for local people and we will be doing that through a number of initiatives.  In this case, buying these homes in Dobwalls for social rent made sense and we have added them to our Housing Revenue Account which means they will be kept for social rent and allocated to people with a local connection.” 

The Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP) will see the Council investing up to £200 million in directly building and providing new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and private market ownership.

The first 113 homes to buy or rent, built on pilot sites in Tolvaddon and Bodmin, are set to be ready later this year. New sites in Newquay and Launceston are in the process of being purchased and these will be added to other housing development sites in Liskeard and Torpoint which the Council already owns.

Andrew Mitchell adds:  “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 proposed 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 new homes in Dobwalls are also some of the first to be provided by the Council, and indeed within Cornwall, that feature a full fire suppression system to help protect the safety of tenants.  The Council has committed to installing such systems in all homes it builds or purchases. Officers worked with the developer to ensure a high quality system was installed, which in this case works by spraying a fine mist in the room to quickly suppress any fire and giving occupants an opportunity to escape safely.

 

Story posted 10 October 2018

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Aerohub Business Park Workspace Scheme Reaches Major Milestone

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:42

Construction of Cornwall Council’s flagship development at the Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has marked a major milestone towards its completion with a topping out ceremony.

The development, part of Cornwall Council’s commitment to secure 38,000 new jobs on council land by 2030, is supported by £4.4m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund and £3.1m from the local authority. 

The topping out ceremony, which marks having reached the highest point of the new building, saw a sapling planted to signify the milestone. Representatives from the project team, Cornwall Council and the business community gathered to mark the event.

The development, which should be completed in early 2019, will provide 1,005m² of office space in addition to a further eight business/light industrial units totalling 1,904m².

It represents a landmark for the Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay, from which Cornwall and Virgin Orbit will soon be launching satellites to space from the  UK’s first horizontal Spaceport by 2021. 

Cllr Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, praised the strategic opportunity presented by the Plot 2 development  for businesses and the wider economy of Cornwall: “It offers businesses high-quality accommodation, in a strategic location close to Newquay, the A30, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Council’s future Spaceport. It will act as a catalyst for investment and jobs across the whole Aerohub Business Park and beyond.”

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said, “Having driven the successful bid for the Enterprise Zone here the LEP is thrilled to see the first phase of the Aerohub Business Park progressing. This combination of office and industrial workspaces promises to be the beginnings of a vibrant community of businesses which will be given a boost by the additional benefits that locating within the Enterprise Zone can offer.”

Steve Double MP for Newquay and St Austell said “This morning I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony of the new office block at Newquay Aerohub. It was great to visit with Cornwall Council and see the work completed to date on this important site. With the recent Government announcements safeguarding the Newquay-Gatwick route and the continued progress towards the Spaceport, Newquay continues to be the place to be for businesses looking to innovate and grow, and I look forward to the completion of these new facilities in the near future.”

Chris Couch, Area Manager Cornwall for Kier Construction said, “The Aerohub Business Park will bring an array of benefits to the local area and we are delighted to celebrate this latest milestone with a topping out ceremony. We are working with the local supply chain to deliver this exciting project that is set to leave a lasting legacy in the area.”

Small or Medium Sized Enterprises interested in locating in the new state of the art facilities are encouraged to  contact Will Oldrieve, Senior Consultant at Vickery Holman on either woldrieve@vickeryholman.com, or 01872 245608.

Posted on 10 October 2018

 

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