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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/09/2018 - 09:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 09:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 09:00
Information on NHS Kernow's June Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Mon, 07/05/2018 - 09:00
Information on NHS Kernow's May Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's March Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

6' X 18" rut in road if turning left into Hayle from wyvale ., 21st February

See above
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Nut Lane, Lelant Downs
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Pothole, 21st February

The continuous potholes in the middle of the road have caused damage to my car. One in particular now is over 7 inches deep and my drivers side wheels and tyres are being damaged on a daily basis, this is a main rout out of st Ives to the A30 and if this continues to damage my alloy wheels you will have to replace. These potholes have been reported numerous times and the addition of a temporary road surface sign is not acceptable. This is not temporary if it has been going on for months and months
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tyringham Road, Lelant
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The bin is overflowing ., 21st February

The bin in the car park at dynamite key is full and needs to be emptied. No more room for all the bags of dog mess.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 5 North Quay, Hayle
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Camelford Town Council takes over management of Camelford Library and Information Service

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 21/02/2018 - 09:17

Residents of Camelford will be able to access more public services in one place following the handover of Camelford Library and Information Service to Camelford Town Council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme.

From 4 April, Camelford Library and Information Service will be managed by Camelford Town Council but will remain part of the countywide library service.  This means customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

The library will remain in its current location in Town Hall in Market Place and will be joined by the Camelford Town Council offices, making the building a hub for the local community. 

In preparation for the new arrangements, Camelford Library will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 19 March and re-open on Wednesday 4 April.  To ensure that even the most dedicated bookworm has enough to read while the library is closed, customers will be able to borrow up to 36 items from Camelford Library for an extended loan period.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items for free and collect them at other libraries using the online reservation system or to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

Rob Rotchell, Mayor of Camelford, said: “Camelford Town Council is proud to take on the running of Camelford Library and secure its future for the town.  We know how important the library is to people, and by bringing the library and the Town Council offices together we’ll also make it easier for people to access more of the services they need in one place.  On top of this, we’ll be opening the library for an extra two days a week, ensuring people in Camelford will have plenty of opportunity to browse for their favourite books and DVDs.  We will also be extending the range of activities in the coming weeks and hope to re-establish the Tourist Information Centre.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council is looking to devolve local services to the community through the Library Transformation Programme. Our aim throughout this process is to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services that are aligned to local needs.

“Camelford Town Council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action. Devolution at its most worthwhile is about finding the best long term local custodians of an asset, in this case a library that is much loved by the local community. I applaud Camelford Town Council’s innovative approach to working with us and providing an excellent service to their community.”

Story posted 21 February 2018

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Council agrees budget and council tax for 2018/19

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 17:13

A full meeting of Cornwall Council today confirmed a 4.99% council tax increase for 2018/19, which will help protect services for vulnerable children, adults and families, provide more homes, support jobs and support economic growth.

The 4.99% increase will see a general council tax increase of 2.99% for 2018/19 – a rise of 63p per week for a Band B property, plus a 2% increase which will be spent solely on adult social care and which is line with the Government’s policy of asking local taxpayers to help fund social care demands.

For a Band B property, the means that the Cornwall Council element of council tax per week will rise by £1.04.

The four year budget will: 

  • Protect vulnerable children, adults and families with towards a 10% increase in funding for Adult Social Services and a 5% increase to children and family services
  • Continue 100% retention of business rates in Cornwall, generating an additional £8m as the number of businesses grow
  • Reduce fuel poverty, helping over 1,100 homes to stay warmer for less
  • Provide extra provision for care leavers who will now receive additional support with their council tax
  • Provide £1.2m to Citizens Advice Cornwall over four years so the service can provide continued support and advice to residents
  • Bring long term empty properties into use by charging 200% council tax from April 2019 (subject to HM UK Government bringing forward the legislation announced in the Chancellor's budget)
  • Invest over £800m through the capital programme in new and improved housing, major highways and transportation links and projects supporting economic growth
  • Provide capital investment to build 1,000 homes, and help grow the economy, and create better paid jobs
  • Give residents more influence in local decision making, by providing more support for localism and community network panels, including an allocation of £1m per year to determine local Highway capital works
  • Provide the Foundation Living Wage for Council staff and all Council contracts which will help support the local economy by boosting local wages
  • Ensure continued support for those in need with paying their Council tax bills.

The budget will allow Citizens Advice Cornwall offices and support services for vulnerable residents to be kept open, allow the Council to keep investment in highways at the same level, keep evening weekend bus routes running and continue to subsidise post 16 transport options – all services which residents and members said they did not want to see reduced.

Alongside this, the Council will further streamline operations to make £77m savings over four years, including:

  • Transforming Adult Social Care, saving £34m by making the system more efficient, for example by ensuring that the right care package is identified from the start
  • Saving £16m through better workforce management and a reduction in posts of up to 200
  • Rationalising the Council’s property portfolio to reduce running costs and generate income of approx. £1.2m
  • Maximising investment returns by an additional £1m
  • Investing £18m in digital services so that residents can access Council services more easily online as well as improving IT to reduce overhead costs.

Deputy Leader Julian German said: “This has protected the services that residents have said are most important to them, and responds to member concerns that were raised through our scrutiny processes.”

There was a recorded vote on the budget with Cornwall Councillors voting 64 in favour, 45 against and with 3 abstentions.

The Council is also currently calling on central government to change their funding model to provide fairer funding for Cornwall as the current funding model doesn’t match Cornwall's funding needs. Our campaign is calling for a model which allocates money in a fair way, based on need and based on factors that drive demand for local services, such as the number of older people and the higher cost of delivering services in rural areas.

This new funding model would also narrow the gap between the highest and lowest funded councils. For example Camden receives around £1100 per resident in funding from government, compared to £784 per resident in Cornwall. This model would even out that amount. In total Cornwall would receive an additional £39 million a year.

 

Story posted 20 February 2018 

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Route maintenance volunteer, Hayle and Camborne

Facebook - Hayle Town Council - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 16:16
Sustrans is now advertising for volunteers to help them monitor and maintain Cycle Route NCN3 between Penzance and Camborne. If you are interested in becoming a Route Maintenance Volunteer for Hayle/Camborne, full details are available in the link below. Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. They are engineers and educators, experts and advocates. They connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Join them on their journey.


Are you passionate about cycling and would like to help look after the National Cycle Network in your area? We’re looking for volunteer rangers in the Hayle and Camborne area to help maintain the Network and help keep routes in top condition.

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Hayle Town Council is inviting interested parties to submit a tender to carry out extensive...

Facebook - Hayle Town Council - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 16:16
Hayle Town Council is inviting interested parties to submit a tender to carry out extensive improvement works to the Hayle War Memorial and surrounds. For a tender application pack, which includes full details, please contact the Town Council Office on 01736 755005 or email townclerk@hayletowncouncil.net with your name and address and a pack will be sent out to you. Please note that the deadline for receipt of completed tender packs is noon on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

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First Kernow

Facebook - Hayle Town Council - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 16:16



First Kernow Contactless Competition ! Win free Man Engine tickets- Closing date for entries is 20/02/2018 Win One of 3 pairs of tickets (2x adults) to The Man Engine event for a date of your choice. http://www.themanengine.org.uk/ For your chance to win simply: 1. Purchase any First Kernow bus ticket by contactless payment, 2. Take a picture of both the ticket and your receipt 3. Forward the picture to: Kernow.Competition@firstgroup.com 4. Like the First Kernow Facebook Page Winners will be posted on 21/02/2018 . Good luck and get sharing! For full terms and conditions go to: https://www.firstgroup.com/…/first-kernow-contactless-compe… The Man Engine Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Heartlands Cornwall, Lostwithiel, Tavistock and more Cornwall Live Love Cornwall University of ExeterNational TrustCornwall College Oh So Social Golden Tree Productions

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Celebrations as Redruth Library is devolved to Redruth Town Council

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 12:54

Redruth Town Council have this month welcomed the news that Redruth Library and Information Service (previously known as the One Stop Shop) will remain at the heart of the community with the service being handed over to Redruth Town Council in April.

This valued service is to be transferred to Redruth Town Council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which is helping councils and communities have local ownership, management and control of services.

The Library and Information Service will remain in its current location on Clinton Road and the building will continue to be a hub for the local community.

Current staff will transfer from Cornwall Council to Redruth Town Council, and will continue to deliver the service.

Customers using the service should not notice any change to the current service delivery and opening hours will remain the same.

Though the library service delivery will be managed by Redruth Town Council it will remain part of the Cornwall-wide library service. This means that membership, access to computers and services and stock will not be affected by the change.

Councillor Hannaford, Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “Redruth Town Council’s proactive approach to take more control over their local assets is a great example of devolution in action.

“Our Library Transformation Programme is about working with partners and communities to create sustainable services that meet local needs and aspirations.

“Cornwall Council is committed to the devolution of services so that they are delivered at the most appropriate level. This can mean both fighting for more powers to come down to Cornwall from the Government in London, or devolving existing services from the Council to local communities. This commitment to devolution at all levels is a key priority for the Council and its partners.”  

Councillor Henry Biscoe, Redruth Town Mayor, said: “As a council we are working hard to save local services and assets from closure.  We look forward to the prospect of having the Library and Information Service devolved to the Town Council and working in partnership with Cornwall Council to safeguard this valuable service for the community for the coming years.  The devolution will enable us to become custodians of a community asset that will have local ownership, management and control of the service.”

More information about the Redruth Library and Information Service, or devolution, can be found on the Cornwall Council Libraries webpage.  

Story posted 20 February 2018

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Cold calling roofer receives suspended prison sentence

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 12:52

At Bodmin Magistrates on 15 February 2018, Peter Foster, 55, of The Birches, Bury St Edmunds pleaded guilty to offences under the Crime and Disorder Act.

In July 2017, Foster cold called at the home of an elderly couple in St Columb Major offering to fit a dry verge system to one side of the property, claiming it would protect the roof tiles from high winds.

After completing this work, Foster began working on the opposite side of the property without permission, attempting to charge a total of £1,100.

The householders, concerned about the situation, called their daughter, who in turn called the police.

At the time of the incident Foster had been bound by a Crown Court Order in another part of the country, banning him from cold calling at people’s homes.

Following an investigation by Cornwall’s Trading Standards Team, Foster pleaded guilty to a breach of this order at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also given an 8 week curfew and ordered to pay costs and compensation to the victim. Foster was also issued a Criminal Behaviour Order, preventing him from cold calling at properties for a further five years.

Leanne McLean, Cornwall Council’s Lead Officer Doorstep Crime said, “We welcome the sentence imposed by the Magistrates’, which clearly reflects the seriousness of the case.  Cornwall Trading Standards work tirelessly to ensure anyone who commits these offences is brought to justice.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection said, “Our advice to homeowners is to NEVER deal with anyone who turns up at your door without an appointment. If you do require work on your home, always get three quotes and consider using traders that are members of Cornwall Trading Standard’s Buy With Confidence scheme.”

Nigel Strick, Cornwall Council’s Fair Trading Team Manager said, “This is the first time Cornwall Trading Standards has applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order. It means that for the next five years, any attempt by Foster to make unsolicited calls or carry out work without consent could result in a maximum 5 year prison sentence.” 

Anyone who believes they have been victim in a similar situation should report the matter to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Service on 03454040506.

 

Story posted 20 February 2018

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Latest official estimate for Cornwall shows 31% drop in rough sleepers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 20/02/2018 - 11:52

The latest official estimate on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall suggest a co-ordinated action plan by Cornwall Council and partners to tackle the issue of people sleeping rough is beginning to see positive results, with a 31% drop compared to last year.

Official estimates show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 68 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 99 reported the previous year. The figures come from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) data on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall on a typical night in November 2017.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member 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. These results suggest our support services are making a difference and that we are keeping people off the streets. It’s a sign we are making good progress through excellent partnership but there is still a long way to go.”

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).  

The principle behind the Rough Sleeping Reduction 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: “It is frightening how quickly someone can find themselves faced with the prospect of sleeping rough and the continuing impacts of welfare reform mean that more people are at risk of becoming homeless. 

Through our strategy, we can 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.”

One strand of the joined up approach to reduce rough sleeping is Nos Da Kernow, a project which sees a team of experienced outreach, housing options and resettlement officers from Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s Society working together to combine knowledge and skills to help those who are facing pressures that could tip them over into rough sleeping. 

The Nos Da Kernow project has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Achievement in Tackling Homelessness category at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s UK Housing Awards.

“Nos Da Kernow is a really great example of agencies working together and has so far helped more than 70 people from becoming homeless and in danger of sleeping rough. The strong focus on prevention and early intervention is key. The earlier we are able to help someone the better chance we have of preventing them becoming a rough sleeper,” Councillor Mitchell said.

Shelly, 24, was recently supported by Nos Da Kernow and said: “I don’t know where I would be or what I would have done without Mel and Kieren from the team stepping up for me. Because of their help, I now have a chance.”

Shelly called Cornwall Housing for advice about her then situation and was referred to the Nos Da project. Project worker Mel went on to make contact with Shelly organising for them to meet in a local café due to Shelly’s living situation. Shelly said:  “The suggestion to meet in a café put me at ease straightaway, it helped me to feel relaxed and on an equal footing with Mel from the off,” Shelly said.

“Mel supported me in looking for a long-term solution and helped with organising my life so I did not end up sleeping on the streets. With the help of Nos Da, I found a new home. Mel even came to my work so I could sign some time sensitive paperwork, Kieren from the team helped me to get charity funding for the move. The support was unreal! I had bounced around for so long that it still feels strange having stability, but a really nice strange!.”

Another strand is the support for the work carried out by St Petroc’s who deliver the essential outreach service to rough sleepers for Cornwall, and also open a Cold Weather Provision which is operated each winter to provide an additional 8 weeks of basic night time shelter between December and February to those rough sleeping. Cold Weather Provision provides all those partners involved in supporting people to get off the streets, another chance to work together. Cornwall Housing and Addaction staff offer in-reach sessions alongside the St. Petroc’s team increasing contact and taking positive opportunities to help resettle people into accommodation. Last winter 71% of the people accessing this service were moved off the streets into more settled accommodation.  

Steve Ellis St Petroc’s CEO says: “It’s important to acknowledge that the situation for rough sleepers is improving in Cornwall. Support for our work has never been more positive and we see the many benefits to working in close partnership with others such as Cornwall Housing, Addaction and Health for Homeless. We are certain that during 2018 as we at St. Petroc’s support Nos Da Kernow’s important prevention work, and other initiatives we are planning, numbers of rough sleepers in Cornwall will continue to reduce.”

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.

Amanda Addo Rough Sleeping Strategic Lead for Cornwall Housing says: “This positive figure for 2017 shows all of us that while there is still a great deal of work to do, when we put the individuals who find themselves sleeping on Cornwall’s streets at the centre of how we tailor services, and work together with the agencies who can prevent and alleviate the multiple causes of rough sleeping, incredibly positive results occur”.

Members of the public who have concerns about a rough sleeper in their area should contact the 24 Hour Rough Sleeper Referral Line by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting the Streetlink website.

Tel: 0300 500 0914

Web site: streetlink.org.uk 

The rough sleeper will be contacted by the Street Outreach Team within 24 hours and offered advice, assistance and support to find accommodation.

If anyone is facing difficulties that may affect their current housing situation, it is important to seek advice as soon as possible in order to prevent homelessness.  Housing Options is a confidential service and will give specialist advice no matter how big or small the problem may feel.

Please contact Cornwall Housing’s Housing Options team on 0300 1234 161 for free confidential and specialised advice as soon as possible.

Instant advice is also available from:

Story posted on 22 January

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