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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:00
Information on the March 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
Categories: Health

Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 13:00
Information on the February 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
Categories: Health

Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 16/01/2020 - 13:00
Information on the January 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
Categories: Health

What could your drink cost you, or others this Christmas?

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 05/12/2019 - 14:45

People across Cornwall are being urged to think more about how much they drink and what their drink could cost them over the festive period.

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance Service and NHS staff across the region have come together to set the record straight on some of those things we always thought were true when it comes to drinking and are asking people to consider what the outcome could be, should they get carried away with their alcohol intake.

From being safe to drive the next day, to taking up a valuable hospital bed, it’s not just your own safety and well-being that is at stake.

Raphael Wilkes, a Specialist Paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) in Cornwall, said: “Some people think that if you stick to the same alcohol type and don’t mix your drinks, you can drink as much as you like. But what matters more is the amount of alcohol you drink and how fast you consume it. Drinking too much of any alcohol too quickly can make you sick, whether it’s wine, beer, or spirits. That could mean you need to go to hospital in an ambulance, which is expensive. You could end-up using a bed that may be needed more by someone who’s critically ill. So please drink sensibly, and don’t drink too much too soon.”

Staff Nurse Alec from Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust talks about how having a big meal means you can drink more: “That’s not true. By eating a lot before you go out you actually just slow down the absorption of alcohol. It means that the alcohol will hang around in your body for longer but it won’t get you any less drunk. In fact, you could end up drinking more than usual as you weren’t feeling the effect, and you don’t want to spend your Christmas party in the MIU with us.”

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director for Public Health, Steve Brown said:  “We all enjoy getting together with family, friends and colleagues at this time of year and some of us might get carried away and one drink can easily escalate into many, however it’s important to consider the effects of drinking too much and the impact it can have on your safety and the safety of others around you.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: Another common myth is you sleep off the amount of alcohol you drink and you’ll be fine to drive the next day.  In actual fact each unit you drink takes an hour to leave your body.  So your average pint of beer of cider has 2 units and 8 pints will take 16 hours to fully leave your body from the time you had your first pint. If you’re driving early in the morning and the police pull you over, you could lose your licence.”

To help you set limits on your drinking you can use the DrinksMeter app which can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store.

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

Story posted on 5 December

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Pothole, 5th December

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Council fine for landlord of Truro property upheld

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:31

Truro Property Resized

A fine of over £12,700, handed down by Cornwall Council to a landlord in Truro for housing offences, has been confirmed after an appeal by the landlord to a Property Tribunal failed.

Cornwall Council is committed to protecting residents, supporting good and improving landlords and taking a robust stance against criminal landlords.

The Council fined property owner, Kam Tao (Restaurants) Limited, earlier this year under powers granted to local authorities in 2017.  The powers allow the Council to issue Civil Penalty notices up to a maximum fine of £30,000 for certain Housing Offences as an alternative to prosecution. 

The landlord decided to appeal the Council’s decision to issue the fine to the First Tier Property Tribunal.  The Tribunal has now published their decision upholding the Council’s action and so the fine of £12,729.30 stands.

Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team first inspected 14 River Street in Truro in December 2017 and identified serious high risk housing problems including

  • no fire detection system, a lack of fire doors and a lack of fire safety management
  • two rooms sub-divided into small, undersized living spaces measuring less than 4.5 m2
  • a lack of fire separation between the shop areas on the ground floor and the living accommodation
  • defective and boarded up windows
  • electrical safety deficiencies.

The Council served enforcement notices to require an improvement to the premises, but the notices were not fully complied with in the required time scale which is a criminal offence.

Since 2017 Local authorities have had powers to issue Civil Penalty Notices for some housing offences.  Cornwall Council has so far caught up with nine rogue landlords fining them a total of £104,586 for renting out unsafe accommodation and placing the health and safety of residents at risk.

This action also serves as a strong deterrent to other rogue landlords.

All landlords are invited to join the Councils free ‘Responsible Landlords Scheme’ which aims to provide advice and information to all landlords to assist with minimum housing standards and legal compliance.

 

Story posted 04 December 2019

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Cornwall's residents to have their say on budget proposals

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:31

From today, residents in Cornwall will have the opportunity to have their say on the council’s budget proposals to protect the most vulnerable residents whilst maintaining the delivery of critical frontline services.

Cornwall council members have been briefed on budget proposals for the next four years which reflect the priorities of Cornwall’s residents: to make efficiency savings, achieve value for money, protect frontline services for children, families and adult social care, and invest in homes and jobs for local people.

Members were also briefed on how, having listened to residents, the council will take action on climate change, totalling £16 million, including starting an 8,000 hectare forest for Cornwall to absorb carbon emissions and a pilot scheme to make Cornwall Housing homes more energy efficient and reduce their fuel bills.

At the briefing at Lys Kernow, members learned how the council has made £380 million of savings since 2010 whilst continuing to protect frontline services. The budget proposals include plans to make a further £44 million in savings over the next four year period in order to manage rising costs and increasing demand for services.

Members were told that whilst the council’s robust assumptions for the next medium term financial plan to 2023 / 24 have achieved a balanced budget for next year, there is still a significant budget gap in subsequent years, rising to £15.2 million by 2023 / 24 which will require further savings to be made.

All assumptions have been made against an economic picture that remains uncertain, with reducing funding and a one, rather than four-year financial settlement announced from central Government for next year.

Members were told that alongside the savings proposed in the budget, residents will have the opportunity to have their say on a proposal to increase council tax in order to help protect local services from further reductions. The proposals make provision for:

  • Services for the most vulnerable adults and children protected, with an investment of an extra £20 million in adult social care in 2020 / 21 and a gross investment into the Council’s “outstanding” rated services for children and families of £15 million over the next four years;
  • An extra £5.9 million in 20 / 21 invested into projects that support economic growth, including £1.2 million for improved bus services.
  • Action across the council totalling £16 million for climate change;
  • Applying a rise of  1.99% to council tax; and
  • Applying the Government’s 2% special levy for adult social care, which raises additional council tax to be used exclusively for the funding of services for vulnerable adults.

The proposed changes to council tax would equate to an increase of £0.91 per week or £47.39 per year for a band B property – the most common in Cornwall.

In developing these proposals the Council expects to keep the council tax in Cornwall below the national average and among the lowest in the South West, the Council also underlined a commitment to maintain council tax support for people on low incomes.

*Residents can have their say by:

We will use what people tell us to help inform and shape the draft budget that Cabinet and Full Council will consider in February 2020.

 

Story posted 03 December 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Community Open Event to help the search for an appropriate purchaser of Redruth’s Passmore Edwards building

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:31

A special community event will be held in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Clinton Road, Redruth on Saturday 14 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The aim is to highlight the forthcoming sale of the neighbouring Passmore Edwards building, and the widely-held wish for it to continue as a community asset if the right purchaser and future use can be found.

Saturday’s drop-in event will allow informal conversation, and the swapping of ideas for the future of this grand old building.    

Jonny Alford, Cornwall Council Property Services, said: “Cornwall Council and Redruth Town Council are holding this Community Open Event for potential users or groups to discuss any interest they may have in purchasing the building. It will provide an opportunity to ask Council representatives any questions, maybe even to build alliances with other community groups where a collective freehold offer may be more attractive.”

The Library, now managed by Redruth Town Council, is relocating in early 2020 to the newly refurbished Cornwall Studies Library in Alma Place, now named the Cornwall Centre, placing it nearer Redruth town centre and allowing increased opening hours.

The agent’s details for 2 to 4 Clinton Road, Redruth, describe it as ‘An imposing former library with many character features, centrally located within Redruth. The impressive building is unlisted and located on a 0.32 acre site providing private parking for approximately 15 vehicles to the rear.’

Come along to the open event if you would like to register your interest in the building as well as have the opportunity to talk to representatives from the Council.

 

Story posted on December 3, 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Cornwall Tour of Britain Community Launch: Announcement of Grand Depart Stage Route, Logo and Website

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:30

The finalised route for the Cornwall Stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020 has been announced at a Community Launch with the Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin.

The Cornwall Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain is taking place on Sunday 6 September 2020.

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The Community Launch also featured an announcement of the Cornwall Tour of Britain official logo and the launch of the official Cornwall Tour of Britain website.

The logo was designed by Falmouth University student Draig Conybear and will become the promotional identity of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage in 2020.

Cornwall Tour of Britain website address is: www.cornwalltourofbritain.co.uk

Cornwall is expected to receive a boost to the economy next year when it hosts the first stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain, with cyclists travelling 170km through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin. The stage route will also visit many of Cornwall's iconic tourist attractions as well as visiting St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell.

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

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

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

The Tour of Britain stage in Cornwall also presents an opportunity for national and local businesses to get involved and sponsor the stage or the event as a whole.

Emily Kent, Head of Economy, Skills and Culture, Economic Growth and Development at Cornwall Council said: "Today's Community Launch to showcase the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020, has a multi-purpose to it. Firstly, it is to connect and engage with communities across the county to showcase the biggest ever sporting event being hosted in Cornwall. We look forward to working with communities on engagement programmes across Cornwall to ensure that this event becomes a huge success right across the county.

“Secondly, we are delighted to announce the confirmation of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage route which will showcase Cornwall not just for cycling fans, but for wider communities across the county as well. Hosting the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain will bring visitors into Cornwall, not only along the Stage route, but across the rest of the county and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad. We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier, more active lives.

"Thirdly, we are also delighted to announce our official Cornwall Tour of Britain logo and website. The logo will act as a visual identity for the Stage hosting that will be seen and recognised across the county as we build up towards the Grand Depart Stage and the website will be used as a vital source of continued news and information about the ongoing delivery of the Stage."

Peter Hodges, Tour of Britain Communications Director, said:  “We are delighted to be formally announcing the official route, logo and website of the Grand Depart Stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain in Cornwall and look forward to bringing the race to the county for the very first time on September 6th 2020.

“A lot of hard work has gone into today’s announcements, which we know will excite local communities across the route allowing them to start planning all of the ways in which they can celebrate the Tour of Britain coming to Cornwall.

“We look forward to working with Cornwall Council, British Cycling, and all of the stakeholders involved to make this an amazing occasion for the whole of Cornwall and for cycling fans from far and wide to come and enjoy.”

Andy Hawes, Tour of Britain Route Director, said: "Having worked with Cornwall Council extensively over the last few months, we have considered, assessed and now created a fantastic stage route that provides the perfect balance of showcasing Cornwall's fabulous environmental assets, tourist attractions, facilitating superb spectator viewing opportunities and providing high footfall visitor opportunities within many towns across the route to provide a huge economic impact and business opportunities to the county.

"We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Cornwall Council over the forthcoming months and working with communities along the route to ensure the successful delivery of a world class sporting event hosted by Cornwall in 2020."

More details of the Tour of Britain schedule and locations of the intermediate Sprints and King of the Mountains climbs for Stage One will be announced in the Spring.

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Cornwall Council looking for paid polling staff ahead of General Election 2019

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:30

Fancy earning some extra cash in return for helping democracy along?

Cornwall Council is looking for extra people to step forward to help run polling stations and count votes for the general election on Thursday, December 12 - and future elections.

These paid roles include poll clerks, presiding officers and count staff. Each plays a vital part in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of polling stations for voters.

Polling station signThe local authority is responsible for arranging the election count and tallying up ballots cast at the 442 polling stations across Cornwall.

Poll clerks and presiding officers are needed to work in polling stations on election day.This election, Cornwall’s counts are being held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Truro College Sports Hall, and Bodmin Leisure Centre.

Their main job is to help set up the polling station and assist the presiding officer by checking names against the register as people come in to vote. These workers are required throughout the day – from 6.30am to around 10.30pm.

Staff are not permitted to leave the premises during polling hours in order to maintain the secrecy of the vote. They must also not wear colours associated with any political party.

Only people who have experience as a poll clerk at previous elections are eligible to become a Presiding Officer.

Ballot boxes at Carn BreaOther paid roles include counting assistants, who are needed from after the poll closes to count votes overnight – and recount them where necessary.

Recruits do not need any specific qualifications, however they are not allowed to actively promote any political party or individual candidate during the election period.


Count staff are paid £15 per hour for the work they do overnight, plus travel expenses. Election costs are funded by the government using a set sum per constituency.The fee paid for a presiding officer is £235, with poll clerks receiving £175 for their time. Applicants will also receive a £15 election training fee.

Acting Returning Officer, Kate Kennally, said: “We’re really pleased with how the plans are shaping up for the election, but we still need a little extra help.

“Working at an election is fast-paced, busy, but also exciting. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of how an election is run, helping to deliver local results for the national election."

If you’re interested in taking up one of these roles or would like to find out more, email voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk and state which role you’re interested in, and which venue you can work at. If there are no vacancies left, your details will be added to the election staff database for future consideration.

For further information about elections in Cornwall, visit Cornwall Council’s website at cornwall.gov.uk/elections.

 

Story posted on December 2, 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Fly tipping Again, 4th December

The local tipping hotspot has been hit again with another load of rubbish dumped
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Cornwall
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