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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

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's March 2020 Governing Body 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

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/02/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's February 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Dementia carers support workshop

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:30
A 'taster' workshop for people new to the role of caring for a loved one diagnosed with dementia.
Categories: Health

Flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Gatwick to be reinstated from April 2020

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/01/2020 - 22:23

Flybe Resized

Cornwall’s businesses and residents will keep a direct route into a major London airport, as well as benefit from a new route to Amsterdam and increased flights to Manchester and Edinburgh, under a revised deal with Flybe.

Cornwall Council and the Department for Transport have agreed to a proposal from Flybe that the Newquay to London air route reverts to London Gatwick, operating  four flights a day with effect from 29 March 2020.  The route will continue to operate under a Public Service Obligation which provides financial support, if required, to maintain the year-round service until 2022.

The new route will replace the current service between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow, with the last flight operating on 28 March 2020.

Flybe’s brand new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Amsterdam will also start on 29 March 2020.  The year-round service will provide hundreds of links to global destinations opening up a multitude of new travel and business opportunities.  The services will connect with international airlines for convenient onward travel to destinations all over the world for those travelling out of Cornwall, as well as attracting visitors from overseas into Cornwall.

All routes will be operated by Flybe, soon to be rebranded as Virgin Connect.  To further improve reliability across the new routes, the airline will be basing a second environmentally efficient Q400 turboprop aircraft at Cornwall Airport Newquay from the start of the summer season.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Following an approach from Flybe and discussions over the added benefits of the new deal to Cornwall, it has been mutually agreed to revert Newquay’s London connection from Heathrow to Gatwick. There will be a new link to Amsterdam which will open up an important two way route to that part of Europe for business and leisure travellers.  We’ll also see an increase in connectivity with other UK cities with the service between Newquay and Edinburgh becoming year-round. There will also be an increase in the number of flights between Newquay and Manchester with a new early morning and late return flight providing an effective transatlantic link as well as enabling daily business trips to the area.”

“It’s vital for our residents that direct flights between Newquay and a major London airport continue to operate.  Some will miss the current direct route into London Heathrow but I know that the reinstatement of the direct route into London Gatwick will be popular with many travellers who have missed the connectivity it offers to some other international destinations.  We are confident that as well as making sure that we have a direct route into a major London airport, the additional benefits we have negotiated will mean that Cornwall Airport Newquay will continue to flourish.”

Flybe will continue to also operate services to Birmingham, London Southend, Leeds Bradford and Belfast City. Other airlines and routes operating from Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2020 include:

  • SAS service to Copenhagen
  • Blue Islands (Flybe franchise partner) services to Guernsey and Jersey
  • Eurowings services to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart
  • Ryanair services to Faro and Alicante
  • Loganair services to Newcastle, Aberdeen and Glasgow
  • Skybus services to Isles of Scilly
  • Aer Lingus Regional (operated by Stobart Air) services to Dublin and Cork

Geoff Brown adds: “Flybe’s new route into Amsterdam and confirmation of the route to London Gatwick sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business.  Regular access not just to and from London but also to the rest of the world will continue to attract more valuable international tourism.” 

 

Story posted 16 January 2020

Categories: Councils, Politics

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

National Pothole Day highlights need for better road investment

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/01/2020 - 10:53

With our road network providing a vital link for communities across Cornwall, National Pothole Day (tomorrow - Wednesday 15 January) highlights the need for better road investment.

We repaired more than 25,000 potholes in 2019 – around 68 per day – but it’s the Council’s ongoing investment in the highway network which is making a long-term difference to the resilience of our roads. This not only prevents potholes and highway defects – the scourge of road users - but ultimately saves on the cost of emergency repairs.

Extra Council funding has seen more than 300 roads resurfaced in the last 12 months

Council investment will see an extra £20m spent on our highway network by 2021 – in the last year more than 300 roads have been resurfaced across Cornwall as a result of the first phase of this funding.

Making the best use of our resources and targeting funding to where it is most needed has meant Cornwall’s main A and B roads continue to rank among the top 25% in the country. But, more Government funding is needed to tackle the £270m backlog in road maintenance and repairs on our 7,300km highway network, said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport.

“While the Government’s manifesto pledge of extra funding for potholes is to be welcomed, this is just papering over the cracks,” he explained. “We must invest in our roads – particularly the rural network - and carry out work to prevent potholes forming in the first place. The only way we can do this is with a long term funding settlement from the Government.

“As a report from the County Council’s Network highlighted yesterday, rural councils are on the receiving end of less funding to carry out long term road repairs – major cities receive up to three times the amount in comparison. Our communities are just as reliant on their roads as those who live in cities – more so if you consider the public transport options available in some areas.

“Our investment demonstrates the benefits of proactive maintenance. This extra funding has improved the surface and drainage of more than 370 miles of road across Cornwall and it’s estimated that this work will prevent around 1,200 potholes from forming each year.”

New equipment helps speed up repairs

While prevention is a priority, the Council’s contractor Cormac continues to respond swiftly to pothole issues, repairing around 98% within timescales set out in the Council’s policy. These potholes are being repaired quicker and with the environment in mind thanks to new vehicles which make it easier for crews to work on single track roads and a converted pothole repairer trailer which is powered by biomethane.

Dominic Bostock, Interim Managing Director at Cormac said “Thanks to the new additions to our road surfacing fleet we can now easily access narrow rural roads and apply innovative techniques to the way we repair road surfaces and prevent further damage. This has enabled us to significantly improve our productivity and means we are causing less disruption to road users.

“Our biomethane powered pothole filling machine trial has proven a huge success as the first of its kind, it has demonstrated how efficient it can be while reducing carbon emissions. We are excited about the future of our sustainable fleet where we can continue to explore other alternative powered vehicles.”

Highways crews regularly inspect roads for signs of potholes, but members of the public can also report highway defects online and track the progress of the action we’re taking to fix it. 

Report potholes and highway defects

Categories: Councils, Politics

George welcomes announcement on regional connectivity

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed the news that Flybe will continue to operate after discussions with central Government. 

In a sign of the Prime Minister's commitment to levelling up all regions of the UK, the Government has announced additional measures to support regional connectivity across the UK to ensure all corners of the country drive the economy and fully benefit from prosperity in years to come. 

Forget ‘Dry January’, try ‘Damp January’ instead!

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 14:08

For residents in Cornwall thinking about doing ‘Dry January’, Cornwall Council is suggesting they try ‘Damp January’ instead.

While it’s a good idea to cut your alcohol intake, cutting out alcohol completely is often an unrealistic long-term plan, so Damp January, as you might guess, is about reducing your alcohol intake for a short time instead of cutting it out completely

To support people to do this, Cornwall Council’s Public Health team are suggesting that people download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app which can help them keep an eye on how much they’re drinking.

 Drinksmeter

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

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

To stay within sensible drinking levels people should aim for 14 units or less per week. That’s the equivalent of 6 medium strength pints of beer or cider, or five medium glasses of wine. And these should be spread out over the week with two days drink free between sessions.

Deputy Director of Cornwall Council public health, Steve Brown said: “We often hear about people doing ’Dry January’ and while it’s a good sentiment to think about being healthier we also often hear about how people then binge drink when the month is over, easily slipping back into bad habits again. We’d encourage people to think about having a few more days a week where they don’t have a drink which is much more achievable as a long-term goal and supports healthy lifestyle changes.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Cllr Sally Hawken said: “Our overall aim is to help residents live healthier lives. Some people simply don’t realise that one drink a night can have serious long-term effect on their health. Often “just the one” turns in to two or three and it’s really easy for this to become a regular habit, and then the risks get even higher.”

The Drinksmeter app 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 6 January

Categories: Councils, Politics

Time to ‘level up’ all parts of the UK, says new Land of Opportunity report

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 10:33

“Cornwall is ready and eager to work with the Government to develop a plan to drive local growth and unlock opportunities for all of its residents.”

That’s the message from Cornwall Council leader Julian German in light of the Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ economic performance in struggling towns and unite the country.

A large part of the UK’s regional investment and infrastructure funding is focused on London and other major urban areas, with rural and coastal areas often left behind.

The Government has renewed its focus on investing in underdeveloped towns, but with a scattered rural population and very few highly populated towns, it is not clear to what extent Cornwall stands to benefit.

However, a new study published this week identifies Cornwall and other rural areas as the UK’s ‘Land of Opportunity’.

The report ‘Land of Opportunity: England’s Rural Periphery’, published by New Local Government Network (NLGN), explores how England’s rural and coastal areas could help build a stronger national economy.

Councillor Julian German, said: “Harnessing the opportunity of rural areas like Cornwall must be a key part of levelling up all parts of the UK.

“Unlocking a new economy that delivers prosperity for the whole country must begin with understanding the missed opportunities associated with treating rural areas as just a peripheral concern.

“We need to reframe our view of rural areas, not as hinterlands to which benefits are hoped to trickle down, not as an afterthought when it comes to investment and opportunities, but as places to build resilient local economies and communities that contribute to the UK economy.

“That’s why we’ve taken the lead in establishing a new collaboration of 12 local authorities - Britain’s Leading Edge - of largely or mainly rural areas without major cities.

Map showing England's rural periphery

Councillor German added: “Cornwall Council and other local communities are ready and eager to work with the Government to develop plans that accelerate growth and prosperity for the benefit of all.”

The Government has acknowledged that adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development in all parts of the country does not work.

The Land of Opportunity report says: “The UK needs strong urban and rural economies in order to deliver Brexit and address the unprecedented economic, social, and environmental challenges the country faces. But strong rural economies will not be built on urban policy hand-me-downs…The UK is at its best when all parts of the country work and strive together for common goals.”

Other opportunities for local and national government collaboration include:

  • The creation of a new rural social mobility fund – to improve the life chances and opportunities of residents.
  • Employment and skills devolution to Cornwall – to help people improve their skills and gain employment.
  • Improvements to transport infrastructure outside England’s policy corridor – Not only will this improve access to and reduce the costs of vital local services in rural areas, but it will also contribute to the reduction of transport disadvantage and to greater social and economic inclusion.

The report sets out that with greater policy attention and funding, Cornwall will have the tools it needs to help deliver greater prosperity for residents for decades to come.

“Rural and peripheral areas are the UK’s land of opportunity,” it states. “Now is the time to unlock their unique potential.”

The council’s priorities are set around working with the people of Cornwall to use resources wisely to protect and enhance our unique environment, create more homes and jobs for our residents, and ensure everyone can live well and safely together.

Download a copy of the Land of Opportunity report 

Story published on January 15, 2020

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