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Tinsel, fairly lights, candles? Make fire prevention top of your Christmas to do list

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 28 min ago

Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service are asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.

While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season.

Paula Wellings, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Casualty Reduction Manager, said: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family and friends. But fairy lights, candles and decorations mean it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire”

“To ensure you have the merriest of Christmases, keep fire safety at the top of your list. Make sure candles are in suitable holders and away from curtains, never leave cooking unattended and, of course, test your smoke alarms.

“The colder weather brings its own menaces too.  Take care when using portable heaters or open fires to keep warm.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “We want everyone in Cornwall to enjoy the festive period but it can be a time where safety is not at the forefront of our minds and it’s easy to get carried away.

“There are a number of quick and simple things we can all do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe such as regularly testing our smoke alarms and being vigilant when cooking up Christmas treats”

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service wish everyone in Cornwall a very happy and safe Christmas with some festive safety videos. These will be posted on Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Facebook page throughout December to remind people of the importance of fire safety at Christmas.

You can also view a number of other festive safety tips on Cornwall Council’s website 

 Posted 18 December 2018

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Cornwall set to boost recycling rates as household waste and recycling collections change from mid-2020

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 6 hours 49 min ago

Households across Cornwall will change to a weekly recycling collection and fortnightly non-recyclable waste collections from mid-2020, Cornwall Council's Cabinet agreed today.

Aiming to boost low recycling rates, from mid-2020 plastic, glass, paper and cardboard will be collected weekly, and a new weekly food waste collection introduced. All other non-recyclable waste will be collected fortnightly, with homes issued with either a wheeled bin or seagull proof sack.

With the current kerbside waste and recycling contract with Biffa coming to an end in March 2020, today's decision paves the way for the next stage of the tender process.

The changes are in line with proposals highlighted in the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy which was published earlier today.

Today's decision reflects increasing concerns about the impact of waste on Cornwall’s environment and has been guided by resident views and practice of other councils across the country, explained Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection.

"We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and are incredibly proud of our environment. Today's decision supports residents telling us they want to recycle more.

“We have one of the lowest recycling rates in the UK – we need to recycle more and deal with our food waste more responsibly.  A survey of black bag waste carried out last year showed that a third of the content was food waste. 

“From mid-2020 we'll start collecting food waste in special containers provided by the Council, with this waste then taken to a food processing centre.

"Providing homes with wheeled bins or seagull proof sacks for their waste, we’ll also put to an end the issue of street litter generated by animals pulling apart bin bags on collection day."

The recommendations to change the current waste contract have been considered by a special inquiry, led by the Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny committee. 

The Council has also sought advice from industry experts and other local authorities across the southwest where, all but one other, collect non-recyclable materials every 2-3 weeks. Resident surveys and focus groups, as well as national guidance, helped inform the decision.

Councillor James stressed that no changes will be made until the contract comes into place in April 2020.  

“There is still a lot of work to be done before the changes come into effect in mid-2020. We will be working with communities across Cornwall and will come and talk to you about the changes, explain what needs to happen and when.

“In the meantime, you can help by recycling more and composting where appropriate."

The changes were also supported by local organisations.

Tarn Lamb, Chief Executive of Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change said the move was important to Cornwall’s future saying: “We all need to think and do things differently and have to make smart decisions about what is best for Cornwall, for our future and for our environment. Everyone wants the best outcomes for people and planet - I welcome this decision by the Council to manage resources in a way which prioritises reducing waste and increasing recycling for all our futures.”

Peter Hopkinson, Director of the University of Exeter Centre for Circular Economy said the changes would help increase the quantity and quantity of recycled waste: “This marks an important first step in creating a Cornwall system to reduce waste generation but also recovering more value from the materials within the waste stream.

“The University of Exeter Centre for Circular Economy based at Penryn campus is committed to supporting innovation, creating new jobs and reducing the environmental effects of waste for the benefits of local and regional economies. We look forward to supporting Cornwall Council to continuing to move away from landfill and incineration to circular resource solutions,” he said.  

Find out more about the changes to waste and recycling collections from mid-2020 

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Fight goes on for Cornish tickbox in the next Census

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 8 hours 51 min ago

The people of Cornwall deserve the same recognition as other Celtic nations and should have a Cornish tickbox in the next Census, Cornwall Councillors said today.

Following a White Paper published by the Office of National Statistics which states it does not support the provision of a Cornish tickbox in the 2021 Census, Councillors vowed to keep fighting for the people of Cornwall. 

Having a tick box on the Census would give the Cornish parity with the other Celtic nations - the Scottish, Welsh and Irish - and means that government and public bodies will have better information when making decisions.

Cornwall Councillor and Chair of the Council's Cornish Minority Status Working Group, Jesse Foot, expressed disappointment at the White Paper, saying: “Our campaign to have the Cornish tick box on the next Census in 2021 has been well supported by councillors, our MPs and, most importantly, the people of Cornwall. 

“The publication of this White Paper is not the end of the story.  We will be meeting with our MP’s and partners to keep up the pressure and keep campaigning.” 

Thousands flocked to the Cornish Embassy, or Tick Box Bus, this year to celebrate their culture, language and heritage at events like the Cornish leg of the Man Engine Resurrection Tour and the Royal Cornwall Show.

Jesse added: “The bus was a way for people to think about the elements of our culture which demonstrate the distinctiveness of Cornish people.  It was an important part of our campaign to have the Cornish tick box on the next Census as we encouraged people to think about the unique ways in which the Cornish celebrate life and the things that matter. “

St Austell and Newquay MP, Steve Double lent his support to the campaign with a visit to the bus at the Royal Cornwall Show and by securing a debate in Parliament on the inclusion of a tick box on the Census.  He has also expressed his disappointment at the ONS recommendation and has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister responsible to discuss what courses of action may be open.

In the 2011 Census, 83,966 people in Britain ticked 'other' and physically wrote in 'Cornish' as their national identity. Within Cornwall the total was 73,220. 

Jesse Foot said: “Thousands more would have done so if the option had been as straightforward as it is for the other nationalities. More than 50% of school children identified themselves as Cornish in an education survey conducted last year.

“All this data sends a clear message that the people of Cornwall are willing, and should have the right, to self-identify as Cornish – whether by birth, ancestry, marriage or other means.”

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board’s New Frontiers plan asks the Government to fulfil its obligations under the Framework Convention for National Minorities and to do the right thing by the Cornish, the Cornish language and Cornish culture.

The White Paper does offer some concessions. For the first time, ONS will produce an analytical report on the population who identify as Cornish, and how their health, housing, work and education differs from those who do not identify as Cornish.

Support the campaign on social media using #CornishTickBox

Posted on 18 December 2018 

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NHS Kernow advises residents to be prepared for a healthy Christmas - Coast FM News

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - 13 hours 41 min ago
NHS Kernow advises residents to be prepared for a healthy Christmas  Coast FM News

NHS Kernow is urging residents to make sure they are prepared for any potential health conditions this Christmas. Doctors are advising people to stock up on ...

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'Miracle' Cornish cat Dexter wins national PDSA bravery award - Cornwall Live

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'Miracle' Cornish cat Dexter wins national PDSA bravery award  Cornwall Live

The plucky black cat couldn't even walk when he was first injured.

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Cornwall Council and its partners welcome drop in the number of rough sleepers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 11:46

Cornwall Council and its partners have welcomed another drop in the number of rough sleepers recorded on Cornwall’s streets.

The latest figures, released this week, suggest a co-ordinated action plan to tackle the issue is continuing to have a positive effect, with a 22% drop in the latest count.

This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded since November 2016.

Official figures show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that.

The figures come from the annual estimate on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall counted on a typical night in November 2018, and follow published guidance from the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). All local authorities undertake an estimate or a count at this time of year.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Through the Council’s Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy and the MHCLG-funded Rough Sleeper Initiative, the Council has worked with its partners to introduce new support services and it is evident that this is making a continued impact in keeping people off the streets.

“The excellent partnerships that work with rough sleepers need to keep the momentum going as we are still committed to ensuring that no one is forced to sleep rough in Cornwall and we continue to work to make that goal a reality.”

In July 2017, the Council launched a £1.1 million approach to preventing and reducing rough sleeping with £850,000 coming from Cornwall Housing and £292,000 from a successful bid to the previously named Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for Nos Da Kernow (No First Night Out).  In July 2018, MHCLG awarded the Council £437,489, with a further provisional award of £625,009 for 2019/20.

The principle behind the strategy is to step in early to help those threatened with having to sleep rough as well as improving greater access to transitional housing and support services. 

The multi-agency rough sleeper reduction strategy works to:

  • prevent rough sleeping in the first place by helping those most at risk
  • help new rough sleepers quickly access housing, help and support 
  • identify and provide support for entrenched rough sleepers to help them off the streets permanently. 

Councillor Mitchell said: “We need to remember just how quickly someone can find themselves faced with the prospect of sleeping rough, and sadly, the continuing impacts of welfare reform mean that more people are at risk of finding themselves in that predicament. 

“We are managing to get in early to help people who are in desperate need of accommodation and support and place them on a path that will not involve worrying about their safety at night because they are forced to sleep rough.”

New initiatives introduced this year include additional Assertive Outreach Workers and Cold Weather Provision in Penzance, both delivered in partnership with St Petroc’s and 6 additional crisis beds, delivered in partnership with Coastline Housing. 

“The reasons why people become homeless is very complicated and the longer someone remains on the street, the more difficult it can be to move them back into settled accommodation. The strong focus on prevention and early intervention through effective partnership working is key. There is no sole service or agency responsible for addressing rough sleeping and multi-agency approaches prove to be the most effective means of tackling rough sleeping,” Councillor Mitchell said.

There is also specialist support for existing rough sleepers, many of whom have complex needs and housing histories, to help them to move away from the streets permanently.  The Cornwall Rough Sleeper Operational Group (CRSOG) which  includes Cornwall Council, Cornwall Housing Ltd, Coastline Housing, Voluntary Sector Providers, Safer Cornwall, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Devon & Cornwall Police, Public Health (including Mental Health Services) and Inclusion Cornwall work together to help and support individuals with complex needs and develop joint solutions for them.

Steve Ellis, CEO at St Petroc’s, said:  “We are really pleased the partnership is reducing the numbers. We all acknowledge we still have much work to do, but are totally committed to ending rough sleeping in Cornwall. 

“All partners will continue to work diligently together to meet this aim.” 

Allister Young, CEO at Coastline Housing, said:  “Partnership working in Cornwall is having a positive impact but there remains much more to do.

“The dual approach of the additional 6 beds is reaching those already in crisis, whilst the Nos Da Kernow project is working hard to prevent homelessness by stopping anyone having to spend that terrible first night on the streets  

“It is critical that we continue to work together to improve lives and reduce homelessness in Cornwall.”

Jude Cross,  Rough Sleeping Strategic Lead for Cornwall Housing said: “Cornwall demonstrates that excellent partnership working is key to preventing and alleviating rough sleeping.

“The way in which agencies work together to tailor solutions that meet an individual’s needs is proof that personalised approaches can yield really positive results.

“Whilst we still have more work to do, we are now starting to see a sustained outcome from the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy and this gives us a really positive base to build upon for the future.”

Story posted 17 December 2018

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Opinion today: US liberals make a risky bet - Financial Times

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 06:01
Opinion today: US liberals make a risky bet  Financial Times

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Opinion today: US liberals make a risky bet - Financial Times

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Opinion today: US liberals make a risky bet  Financial Times

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11 Bristol primary schools listed amongst worse in the UK - Bristol Post

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Mon, 17/12/2018 - 05:00
11 Bristol primary schools listed amongst worse in the UK  Bristol Post

Schools fall below the government's performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects.

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Cornwall's worst over-60s - Nine criminals old enough to know better - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sun, 16/12/2018 - 16:54
Cornwall's worst over-60s - Nine criminals old enough to know better  Cornwall Live

Truro Crown Court's biggest case of the week involved a pensioner who beat her husband.

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Cornwall's worst over-60s - Nine criminals old enough to know better - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sun, 16/12/2018 - 16:54
Cornwall's worst over-60s - Nine criminals old enough to know better  Cornwall Live

Truro Crown Court's biggest case of the week involved a pensioner who beat her husband.

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25 years ago from the Falmouth Packet: Family's miracle escape as car strikes pole - Falmouth Packet

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sun, 16/12/2018 - 09:00
25 years ago from the Falmouth Packet: Family's miracle escape as car strikes pole  Falmouth Packet

Family's miracle escape as car strikes pole. 0 comment. A FALMOUTH family of four had a miraculous escape on Saturday after their car careered on to the ...

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These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 13:40
These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall  Cornwall Live

It is something as a parent you want to get right and these results may help you decide where you want to send your youngster.

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These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 13:40
These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall  Cornwall Live

It is something as a parent you want to get right and these results may help you decide where you want to send your youngster.

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These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 13:40
These are the best performing primary schools in Cornwall  Cornwall Live

It is something as a parent you want to get right and these results may help you decide where you want to send your youngster.

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News - LIVE: 'Storm Deirdre' sweeps across Cornwall - Pirate FM

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 07:55
News - LIVE: 'Storm Deirdre' sweeps across Cornwall  Pirate FM

A yellow weather warning was issued from 6am until 6pm on Saturday. The rain caused flash flooding on roads across the Duchy and Devon and forced the ...

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Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust improves, but still in special measures - Coast FM News

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 07:31
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust improves, but still in special measures  Coast FM News

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has improved but will stay under special measures. A report from the Care Quality Commission (QCQ) has upgraded the ...

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Cornwall's average house prices and what you can get for your money in each town - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 06:00
Cornwall's average house prices and what you can get for your money in each town  Cornwall Live

Property prices across the UK have continued to rise throughout 2018 and Cornwall has been no exception. The latest figures from the Land Registry reveal that ...

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Cornwall's average house prices and what you can get for your money in each town - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Sat, 15/12/2018 - 06:00
Cornwall's average house prices and what you can get for your money in each town  Cornwall Live

Property prices across the UK have continued to rise throughout 2018 and Cornwall has been no exception. The latest figures from the Land Registry reveal that ...

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