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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 14:00
Information on the March 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 14:00
Information on the February 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 16/01/2020 - 14:00
Information on the January 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 14/11/2019 - 14:00
Information on the November 2019 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Cornish mum says adopting was one of the best decisions she has made

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 2 hours 44 min ago

At the end of National Adoption Week a Cornish mum has said that adopting was one of the best things she has ever done.  Debbie (not her real name) adopted her daughter ten years ago and with thanks from the Family Plus Team; she has seen her daughter flourish and become a confident young lady.

Debbie said: “The best advice we can give to potential adopters is to be prepared for a 'Different Kind of Parenting'. We aren't going to dress this up; adopting a child is a huge undertaking and will affect all aspects of your life and your families; just like having your own child.

“We already had a daughter and this changed the dynamics and the experience tremendously. Our blueprint for parenting wasn’t right for our new daughter; she hadn't read the blueprint! So our path has been full of wrong turns and road blocks.”

Taking home a child for the first time is a nerve racking and exciting time for parents, but when you adopt you have the chance to change a child’s life forever.  “There were times when we wondered what the heck we had done but you must never lose sight of WHY you are doing this and not take things personally.”

Debbie says there is loads of support available in Cornwall for parents who adopt a child, which has really helped her. “It was like a breath of fresh air when we contacted Cornwall Council’s Family Plus Team and we were introduced to our Therapeutic Family Support Worker from the Family Plus Team.  They are totally committed to us as a family unit, and have made us all feel worthy, transforming our lives and, most importantly, introducing our daughter to therapy which has tackled the paper chain of her life and started to mend the many broken links.

“With the help of the Family Plus Team our daughter is turning into a lovely 16 year old young lady. She likes herself now thanks to the support we have been given. Has been given the chance to address and explore lots of gaps in her life and is starting to finally accept her situation and move on. She doesn't feel the need to proportion blame any more. Family Plus Team have played an important part in this.”

At the end of National Adoption Week Cornwall has 27 young people waiting to be adopted; they are a range of ages and some are in sibling groups. 

Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “Adopted children can be among the most complex and vulnerable in society as they have often suffered serious neglect or abuse in their early lives.  But adoption can transform their lives and our aim is to support the young people and the adoptive parents throughout their journey.”

The focus of National Adoption week has been about challenging the misconceptions that people have about adopting.  It doesn’t matter about your marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or employment status. None of these are a barrier to adopting a child; each application is based on its own merit.

Debbie concluded:  “Our future is looking bright but most importantly our daughter is also looking forward to HER future and her life. This is the ultimate goal of being a parent and even more so, adoptive parents. She filled a gap in our lives.  She didn't choose her beginnings but she is now looking forward to a future with us.”

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Cornwall Council fact checks claims made by Nigel Farage at Camborne event

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 4 hours 24 min ago

Cornwall Council is urging the Government to share details of its plans to replace EU funding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly like-for-like with a dedicated fund.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has received investment from the EU programme averaging around £60 million a year over the last 10 years, and the Council urgently needs clarity over funding to ensure the region is no worse off after Brexit.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German reiterated the calls after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gave a speech at an event at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Camborne on Monday evening (October 14), where he claimed that Cornwall receives “literally a minuscule sum of money” from the EU and that “Cornwall is doing very badly out of the European Union”.

Councillor German said: “Cornwall Council is fact checking some of the claims made at a recent event.

“It would appear that Mr Farage has a fundamental lack of understanding about how the current EU programmes work and how our status as a ‘less developed region’ provides us with significant funds to invest in projects that help to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall.

“Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive annual funds amounting to around £162 per person, compared to £17 per person for most other areas of England*. This is the highest per capita allocation of any region in England. Even using the most conservative method of measuring, we receive £248 million more than we contribute.”

Julian German

"EU programmes provide us with significant funds to invest in projects that help to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall" - Cornwall Council leader Julian German

A large proportion of EU funds have been matched by the private sector and from public sources, such as the Growth Deal, Local Growth Fund, and universities, which are drawn from general taxation, not from council tax. 

Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly has provided match funding for some projects, and in the current programme period (2014 to 2020) this is worth around £60 million, helping to unlock more than £300 million of EU funds to help improve the lives of one of all.

The delivery of EU funds is controlled by a local partnership board along with Government departments and Cornwall Council as Intermediate Body, which was awarded to the Council as part of its devolution deal.

This means the Council now has control over the way that European funds are spent in the region.

Over the years, EU funding has helped deliver and maintain a wide range of projects to stimulate economic growth, overcome poverty, and promote social inclusion.

Examples include the development of the A30, as part of a comprehensive road network, the rail mainlines from London to Penzance, Cornwall Airport Newquay, the Hall for Cornwall, Superfast Cornwall, and Combined Universities in Cornwall, giving access to higher education without the need to leave the region and helping retain skills for the future.

Story posted on 18 October 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Help Cornwall’s NHS by planning for a safe and healthy October half-term

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 4 hours 43 min ago

If you or a member of your family experience a minor injury or illness during the October half term holiday, don’t spend your time waiting in the emergency department - there are lots of different ways that you can access advice, support and treatments from the NHS.

Here are some ways you or your family can get help if you become ill, even if you are on holiday. 

Self-care: Having a few basic items in your medicine cabinet can save you time and effort should you become ill. Items should include paracetamol, a bandage, sticking plasters, antiseptic cream, and indigestion tablets. If troublesome symptoms persist or worsen see your GP or call 111 if your GP surgery is closed.

Repeat medication: If you or someone you care for requires repeat medication, make sure you have ordered and collected any prescriptions before they run out. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible to organise prescriptions.

Visit your local pharmacist: You can speak to your pharmacist for confidential expert advice and over-the-counter treatments for a wide range of common illnesses and complaints, such as stomach upsets, allergies, water infections, sticky eyes, cuts, nappy rash, skin conditions and coughs and colds.

They can also arrange an urgent supply of any prescribed medicines that run out, so you don’t have to use the out of hours’ service or the emergency department. This service is also available for anyone who’s on holiday or visiting family. You can get details of which pharmacies are open by visiting Choose Well.  

NHS 111: If you urgently need to see a GP when your surgery is closed and it cannot wait until it re-opens, call NHS 111. The NHS 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a healthcare professional in the evening and at the weekend.

It's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It includes a full range of health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. NHS 111 is also online at 111.nhs.uk.

Minor injury unit: If your injury is not serious you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) rather than go to the emergency department. This will allow emergency department staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions. You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment. X-ray is available at some locations. Access waiting times by visiting Choose Well. 

Minor injury units are based at:

  • Bodmin Community Hospital
  • Camborne Redruth Community Hospital
  • Falmouth Community Hospital
  • Launceston Community Hospital
  • Liskeard Community Hospital
  • Newquay Community Hospital
  • St Austell Community Hospital
  • St Mary’s Community Hospital
  • Stratton Community Hospital, Bude.

Urgent treatment centres: The urgent treatment centres at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, and Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone needing urgent medical care for injuries and conditions such as fractures, deep cuts, non-life threatening head injuries and minor falls. You will be seen by a doctor from 9am to 10pm and an experienced nurse overnight. X-ray is available from 8am to 11pm.

Emergency department or 999: Only use the emergency department or the 999 ambulance service for life threatening and emergency conditions such as heart attack, stroke, if someone is unconscious, has severe loss of blood, or breathing difficulties. If a family member is experiencing chest pain or has become unconscious call 999 immediately.

Online waiting time service: If you need to visit the emergency department, a minor injury unit or urgent care centre, you can see how long you may have to wait by using the online waiting time service, which shows the longest wait, how many people are waiting to be seen and how many people are in the department. It also includes opening times and x-ray availability. Visit Choose Well for more details.  

Family GP and NHS Kernow Governing Body member Dr John Garman said: “We’re gearing up for the October half-term and are once again appealing to anyone who needs help to use the right service and keep the emergency department free for urgent and life-threatening care only.

"The emergency department is not the right place to treat sporting sprains and strains, minor fractures, broken bones, upset stomachs, insect bites and cuts. Please visit a minor injury unit or our urgent treatment centres in Penzance or Truro for treatment.

“Holidays and weekends are a time to relax and have fun but if you or a family member falls ill or has an accident, help yourself and the NHS by getting the right treatment for your level of illness or injury.

“If you have a minor illness or ailment then visit your local pharmacist. They can help with expert advice and over-the-counter remedies. If you need urgent medical advice but it is not a life threatening emergency, call NHS 111. Their call handlers can tell you anything from where to find an emergency dentist to getting you and out-of-hour’s doctor.”

James Cookson, Pharmaceutical Advisor for NHS Kernow said: “Pharmacies can provide a lot of help especially during the holiday season.

“If you’re suffering from a cough or cold, visit your local pharmacist, they can help you choose the right medicine. Also, make sure you’ve had your flu jab if you have a long term condition, care for someone, or are pregnant.

“They can also provide advice and treatment for a range of minor ailments, such as nappy rash, sticky eyes, water infections or bites and rashes. They can also arrange an emergency supply of medication if you have forgotten to renew your prescription, or bring your medication on holiday.”

Visit  Choose Well for details of all services, opening and waiting times, and contact details.

 

Story posted 18 October 2019

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Illegal tobacco seller convicted after warrant is issued by magistrates

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 42 sec ago

Police were forced to arrest an illegal tobacco seller and take him to court after he failed to appear before magistrates.

Stephen Robert Seymour, 34, of The Glebe, Camborne, faced four charges brought by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards in relation to the sale of illegal tobacco but failed to appear at Truro Magistrates Court in June and failed to provide any excuse for his non-attendance.

As a result, the Court issued a warrant for his arrest and on Thursday morning officers from Devon and Cornwall Police caught up with him and took him into custody at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

Magistrates heard that Trading Standards had received information in the summer of 2018 alleging that Seymour was selling smuggled packets of tobacco from his home and from the shop where he worked.

A search of his workplace locker and of his home revealed a small quantity of non-UK tobacco and evidence of sales from June until September.

Seymour pleaded guilty to the four offences and was fined £200 and ordered to pay a £200 contribution towards the prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection said:  “I am very proud of the work that our Trading Standards officers undertake in combatting sales of illegal tobacco. Illegal tobacco trading affects local businesses, and the unpaid tax on these goods means less funds available for our schools and health service.

“In this case, officers were in receipt of good quality information from members of the public; We would encourage anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales in their area to report it via the report-it@cornwall.gov.uk email address.”

Steve Brown,Interim Deputy Director of Public Health for CIOS, said:  “Combatting sales of Illegal tobacco feeds directly into our wider Tobacco Control activities. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so sales of cheap, illegal tobacco directly undermines quit attempts.

“As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health, this in turn has a heavy impact upon the health and wellbeing of the residents of Cornwall.”

Categories: Councils, Politics

Help us put a roof over the head of someone threatened with homelessness

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 6 hours 38 min ago

We’re calling on landlords and accommodation providers to help us help residents who find themselves threatened with homelessness and in need of short term furnished accommodation.  We’re looking for suitable homes throughout Cornwall to be used as temporary accommodation for residents who find themselves in housing need, in areas close to their networks of support, employment and schools. 

We’re holding three events at locations across Cornwall so that landlords and other accommodation providers can come and talk to us to find out how we can work together and for them to feedback to us.

  • St Johns Hall, Penzance on 22 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm;
  • New County Hall, Truro on 23 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm; and
  • Chy Trevail, Bodmin on 25 October at 1.30 pm until 5.00 pm.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “There are many reasons why residents, be it a family, couple or single person, find themselves in need of temporary accommodation.  It can be as a result of things like a relationship breakdown or welfare reform. More and more often, we are being approached by residents who find themselves in this situation and we have a legal as well as a moral duty to help them.”

Since April 2018 Cornwall Council received 8,784 approaches for help from households threatened with homelessness, an increase from 8,659 the previous year. Over 78% of those were given advice and help so that they could avoid becoming homeless.

There are approximately 250 households in temporary accommodation in Cornwall at any one time, with around a third of those in bed and breakfast or hotels because the Council does not have enough temporary accommodation of its own to offer them.

Andrew continues:  “We have already said that we want to buy a stock of suitable homes to use as temporary emergency accommodation and we’ve set aside over £39 million for that purpose.   However, finding and buying suitable properties takes time so we’re being pro-active in reaching out to accommodation providers to fill the gap. We want to have access to good quality furnished homes so that those who find themselves in need of temporary accommodation can still be near work, school and family whilst we help them to find a more permanent option.”

Ideally, the accommodation will be close to local amenities and public transport.  We’re also looking for accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users and has good accessibility.

Providers of accommodation interested in attending any of the events should please contact housing.commissioning@cornwall.gov.uk

More information here

 

Story posted 18 October 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Help plant the Forest for Cornwall and fight climate change

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 8 hours 6 min ago

Residents, community groups, businesses and schools are being invited to get involved in planting Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall.

The ambitious programme to cover 8,000 hectares of land across Cornwall with carbon-absorbing woodlands and forests will be officially launched next month during National Tree Week.

The event will be supported by the Woodland Trust, as part of its nationwide Big Climate Fightback campaign, and other partners.

It will mark the start of the first large-scale project under the Council’s trailblazing Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme in response to the climate emergency and to lead Cornwall towards the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The Forest for Cornwall will significantly increase the number of trees across multiple locations such as woods, parks, farmland, towns, villages and gardens over a decade.

Once completed, it aims to extend canopy cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total land area and capture 38,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, representing 1% of Cornwall’s current greenhouse gas emissions.

As well as several large areas of woodland and forests on public and private land, there will be many smaller copses and individual trees, with connecting corridors in the form of hedgerows, and trees along rivers, trails, cycle routes and in urban streets.

The programme will also strengthen the protection of existing trees, woodlands and hedges.

Together with the University of Exeter and Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Council is mapping Cornwall to identify areas where there is greatest potential for growing woodlands and hedges and establishing an accurate baseline of current canopy cover.

The Council is calling on community groups, landowners, town and parish councils, environmental charities, schools and individuals to get involved in the Forest for Cornwall and help fight climate change.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “We are at the start of our journey to create the Forest the Cornwall and we are acting faster than the Government and other local authorities in putting our plans to tackle climate change into action.

“But we need all our residents’ help in driving this vital project forward. Whether you are a community group keen to plant trees for the Forest for Cornwall; a town or parish council or scout group wanting to increase tree cover in and around your premises; or a residents association with ideas for more street trees to enhance your local area and improve air quality - we want to hear from you.

“We would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved with your local communities in planning your own tree planting events and I want to thank everyone who is already taking positive climate change action.”

Cllr Edwina Hannaford Web

The first phase of the Forest for Cornwall from 2019 to 2021 will be core funded and coordinated by Cornwall Council and it will be delivered through partnerships and private sector projects.

It will involve partners such as the Local Nature Partnership, landowners, forestry sector, town and parish councils, environmental charities, the NHS, private utilities, local businesses, government bodies, schools, communities and individuals.

Over recent years, Cornwall Council has already been working with partners to increase canopy cover, for example through the award-winning Green Infrastructrure for Growth Making Space for Nature ERDF-funded programme and Keyn Glas, the £10 million Highways England scheme to create new habitats and woodlands on the A30 corridor.

There are a number of ways to join or start a community project to contribute to the Forest for Cornwall.

The Council has joined forces with Crowdfunder to work with local groups to support ideas to increase nature in communities and help tackle the effects of climate change.

The Grow Nature Seed Fund supports small-scale projects that help create more space for nature in towns and villages.

Up to £1,000 is available for each eligible project and there is the opportunity to double this amount through Crowdfund Cornwall.

Any Cornwall-based and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisations are eligible to apply.

For details of the Seed Fund, please email Grow-Nature@cornwall.gov.uk  

The Woodland Trust is encouraging people to join their mass planting campaign, the Big Climate Fightback by pledging to plant a tree. The Trust also offers ‘free tree’ schemes for schools and communities and support for landowners to plant trees.

Ross Kennerley, Woodland Trust South West Regional Director, said: “The Woodland Trust is very excited to be working with Cornwall Council on this pioneering project and contributing some native broadleaf trees for the Forest for Cornwall.  These trees are part of the Big Climate Fightback, the UK’s largest ever mass planting campaign, where we aim to get one million people to pledge to plant a tree, to fight climate change and provide real benefits for people and wildlife.

“With the Committee for Climate Change report showing that the Government needs to triple the amount tree planting across the UK, the Forest for Cornwall shows real commitment to tackling this issue head on.  The Woodland Trust is looking forward to working with the people of Cornwall to provide free trees to schools and communities and advice and support to landowners to get trees in the ground.”

To find out more about Forest for Cornwall email forestforcornwall@cornwall.gov.uk 

More information about Carbon Neutral Cornwall is available on our Climate emergency web page

 

Story posted 17 October 2019

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Cornwall Council supports The Eden Project’s drive towards clean energy

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/10/2019 - 17:38

Cornwall Council has stepped in as a key investor in a pioneering geothermal heat and power project at the Eden Project.

After a ten-year campaign to bring the clean, green technology to Cornwall, the project and their partners, EGS Energy Limited, said that the funding will enable them to start drilling their first well on Eden’s site next summer.

A total of £16.8 million has been secured from a mixture of public and private sources. Cornwall’s final round of EU funding, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), has contributed £9.9m. Cornwall Council has put in £1.4m. Institutional investors have contributed the remaining £5.5m.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “By providing strong support and investing in alternative forms of renewable energy, we are leading the way in making the most of Cornwall’s unique assets to benefit our residents and businesses as we work together to tackle the climate emergency.

“Geothermal energy promotes Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a ‘clean growth’ region and shows that our approach to the Government’s Industrial Strategy for Cornwall is shaped around the transition to an economy that is powered by clean energy. I hope that this focus on clean energy will expand to the wider south west and to the UK as a whole. This step change will be absolutely necessary if we are to meet our ambitions for tackling the climate emergency both locally and nationally.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford said: "Cornwall is the first in the UK to explore the potential to power our economy from deep geothermal energy, the hot rocks and springs lying deep under Cornwall.

"Unlike other renewable sources where energy is dependent on the wind or the sun, deep geothermal offers a stable consistent and secure source of energy.

"All of this was made possible through our first devolution deal with Government. We want to build on this through our New Frontiers plan.

"If we can find a way to exploit geothermal power successfully, these hot rocks have the potential to provide Cornwall with a rich source of strategic minerals and renewable energy, as well as significant benefits to the local economy from jobs, research and investment.

"By supporting one-off exploration projects, this exploration for geothermal power at the Eden Project is the next step towards testing the technology we need to help us to exploit geothermal power more widely across Cornwall".

Eden Co-founder Sir Tim Smit said today that securing funds and thereby the chance to spark an energy revolution amounts to the biggest leap forward for Eden since it opened in a former clay quarry near St Austell in 2001.

Sir Tim said: “Since we began, Eden has had a dream that the world should be powered by renewable energy. The sun can provide massive solar power and the wind has been harnessed by humankind for thousands of years but because both are intermittent and battery technology cannot yet store all we need there is a gap.

“We believe the answer lies beneath our feet in the heat underground that can be accessed by drilling technology that pumps water towards the centre of the earth and brings it back up superheated to provide us with heat and electricity.

“The missing piece of the jigsaw in a 24/7 clean renewable energy future is this baseload. Now we have the green light and the funding to start drilling we are determined to make this technology work. And we want to work with others all over the world - sharing knowledge and encouraging the change as fast as is humanly possible.”

The funding will pay for the first phase of the project - drilling one well, a research programme and a heat main, to prove the extent of the resource 4.5km down in the granite that lies beneath the Eden site.

This first well will initially supply a district heating system for Eden’s Biomes, offices and greenhouses. It will pave the way for the second phase - another 4.5km well and an electricity plant.

Completing the second phase will mean that Eden will be generating sufficient renewable energy to become carbon positive by 2023 as well as aiming to be able to provide heat and power for the local area.

To deliver the plan, a new company, Eden Geothermal Limited (EGL) has been formed. The EGL shareholders are:

  • Eden Project Limited, the world-renowned educational charity and visitor attraction.
  • EGS Energy Limited, a leading geothermal development and consultancy group with experience on commercial scale projects in Cornwall and around the world.
  • BESTEC (UK) Limited, which is affiliated with BESTEC GmbH, the specialist geothermal developer and drilling advisor.

The EGS Energy team have significant experience and expertise, having been part of the Hot Dry Rocks geothermal programme in Cornwall in the 1980s, the follow-on EU programme in Soultz-sous-Forêts, France and the subsequent commercial power generating projects in Landau and Insheim, Germany, among others worldwide. The University of Exeter will be providing academic and research services to the project.

Sir Tim paid tribute to the tenacity of the EGS Energy team and his own colleagues within Eden for enabling drilling to start and expressed huge thanks to the council, the EU and the institutional investors.

He said: “Geothermal will be a game changer for Eden, Cornwall and the UK. The heat will be used for the Biomes, to grow food, as well as helping support the development of our long-awaited hotel.

“Once up and running, our plant will provide more than enough renewable electricity and heat for the whole site, as well as for the local area. We will be drilling for good energy rather than bad.”

Glenn Caplin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is another huge step forward in the drive to create a geothermal industry in Cornwall, using our natural assets to decarbonise our economy and create high value jobs. Renewable energy is both an environmental and an economic opportunity for Cornwall, which is why clean growth is at the heart of our emerging Local Industrial Strategy.”

Guy Macpherson-Grant, Managing Director of EGS Energy, said: “It is exciting that this geothermal development is under way. The geology in the county is particularly well-suited for cost-efficient heat and power generation, and St Austell benefits from particularly high heat flows.”

Augusta Grand, Director of Eden Geothermal Limited, who has led Eden’s geothermal project for the last seven years, said: “It is great that we’re now getting going on this project. Geothermal has huge potential to provide baseload heat and power on a very small surface footprint.

“We look forward to being able to demonstrate the advantages of the technology to Eden’s one million visitors a year and encourage greater investment.”

Richard Day, non-executive chairman of Eden Geothermal Limited, said: “The support we have received from all our stakeholders will allow us to prove the resource in this part of Cornwall. Alongside the other geothermal project in Cornwall at United Downs, we are looking to stimulate a whole new Green Tech industrial cluster in Cornwall, on the back of the centuries of mining heritage in the county.”

The Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Coastal Communities and Local Growth Minister, said: “The Eden Project is not only a must-see tourist attraction bringing visitors from all corners of the globe to Cornwall, but also an innovator at the very forefront of renewable energy development.

“Thanks to £9.9 million of Government funding, work can begin immediately on this exciting project which will unlock the rich geothermal resource beneath the site and allow the full untapped potential of renewable energy sources to be fully utilised.

“This will be essential in tackling climate change, exploring alternative energy sources and ensuring Cornwall can take full advantage of all the economic opportunities that lie ahead.”

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: “Cornwall is a literal hotbed for geothermal energy and has for some time been a leader in clean and sustainable energy production. I have long championed the Eden Project’s efforts to realise the potential of this renewable energy.

“Cornwall’s unique geology enables geothermal energy to make a significant contribution to maintaining the Duchy’s clean energy credentials. It is great news that we have been able to secure funding for this scheme that fits well with the Eden Project's vision. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved locally in getting us to this position.”

Dr Robin Shail, Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Exeter, said: “Cornwall is rapidly re-establishing itself as the UK centre for deep geothermal energy and we’re delighted to be involved in this major project in which we will contribute towards achieving research objectives and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers to work in this emerging sector.”

View a video of Sir Tim Smit talking about Eden’s geothermal plans.

Read more about Eden's geothermal project.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Residents urged to say no to driveway repairs after gang is spotted in Newquay

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/10/2019 - 16:51

Cornwall Council Trading Standards has issued a warning this morning following reports of a gang offering driveway repairs or replacement at homes in the Newquay area this week.

Reports suggest that the gang is pretending to be an established business and is offering 10 year guarantees on their work – in fact, the gang will be here today and gone tomorrow with no come back for anyone who subsequently finds a problem with the work.  

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime said, “Our message couldn’t be simpler. Do not buy anything from anyone on your doorstep. Genuine traders do not need to go door-to-door touting for work. Anyone knocking on your door offering you something, no matter how good it sounds, is more than likely up to no good.”

Other tactics involve persuading homeowners to have the work done to their driveways before the 14 day cooling off period has expired – this prevents other quotes from being obtained – and asking for payment in cash or by cheque to a third party.

Although the cold-callers will be nice and friendly at the start, they can become aggressive and menacing when it comes time to pay or if the work carried out is queried.  

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to rogue traders, or if you have any intelligence relating to incidents, please contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or via email at report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

All information is gratefully received and could be vital to investigations.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Saltash community services review event

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 17/10/2019 - 16:30
Come to our drop in session at Saltash Leisure Centre to learn more about out work to review community services in Saltash.
Categories: Health

Council publishes Cornwall’s Road Safety Strategy

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/10/2019 - 12:53

The Council has published a Casualty Reduction Strategy which sets out a 2 year action plan where partners including Cornwall Council, Highways England, Devon and Cornwall Police, the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and other road safety agencies, work together to address the number of serious collisions on Cornwall’s roads.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said:  “What we need to try and do is instill a ‘road respect’ culture.  Human behaviour contributes to 83% of collisions which result in injuries.  Changing the behaviours and attitude of all road users, whether it is a driver, rider or pedestrian, can help reduce risk and promote a safer more positive environment for everyone.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said:  “There has been a 34% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cornwall’s roads since 2013.  We all need to work together to reduce those figures.  We’re adopting a Safe System approach as part of this strategy.  It recognises that people are fallible and will make mistakes.  We’re never going to prevent all collisions but we can put in place measures and initiatives so that when something does happen, it doesn’t result in a fatality or life changing injury.”

The Safe System approach recognises that everyone has a role to play in keeping our roads safe and is focused on five pillars of action.  A multi-agency approach delivering Safer Speeds, Safer Road Users, Safer Vehicles, Safer Roads and Mobility and an excellent Post Crash Response will drive casualty reduction.

Geoff Brown adds:  “One of the key projects where we are applying the Safe System multi-agency approach to address road safety concerns is for the A38.” 

Cornwall Council is working collaboratively with Highways England, Safe 38, Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and other partners to agree a programme of road safety interventions to be delivered over the short, medium and long-term to address the high rate of collisions.  The recommended interventions have been identified within the A38 Road Safety Feasibility report which considered a range of proposals put forward by Safe 38. 

James Millidge, Chair Safe 38 said, “Safe 38 welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively with Cornwall Council and are pleased that our proposals formed a key part of the report and look forward to the delivery of the interventions.  We whole heartedly support the need for this investment and proud that as a community we have been part of identifying what needs to be done”.

The Casualty Reduction Strategy also recognises that the perception of safety is a real concern to communities and a barrier to some in terms of walking and cycling.   To help address this, the Council has given communities the tools to make decisions on local road projects.

Community Network Panels have been deciding how to make best use of their share of £1 million (£50k per annum for 4 years for each Community Network Area) to fund local road projects for the benefit of their residents.

Bollards to prevent inconsiderate parking, ‘slow down’ signs asking motorists to cut their speed and parking controls to help keep junctions clear are some of the early measures delivered. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport Geoff Brown said: “Local people know local needs best. We said we will be a listening Council, and that we wanted to increase local decision making – here is the proof.”

“It’s great for local communities to be able to drive highway improvements based on local need and we have seen some innovative projects coming forward.  We are confident that this funding can make a real difference with Community Network Panels deciding how to spend their budget in a way that’s tailored to their specific areas and encouraging communities to get involved.”

For example, the community in Saltash, raised concerns about the high volume of traffic and speeding vehicles outside St Stephens Community Primary School. There was an increasing safety concern for children so the existing barrier was shortened to create additional space for them to cross.  Feedback from the community is that this has been a small but positive change that will support future improvements.

Works have also just been completed to address community road safety concerns between Warbstow to Cranworthy Water.  Pedestrians using this route felt unsafe due to the speed of traffic, lack of pavements and the poor visibility at Warbstow Cross Junction.  A range of measures such as new 30mph gateway signs, white edge lining, a mirror and renewal of existing junction markings and signs have been provided to address those concerns. 

Rob Nolan says:  “The Casualty Reduction Strategy is an opportunity for all of us to take stock of our priorities and examine our own behaviour as we work together to reduce the number of injuries or fatalities on our roads.”

 

Story posted 17 October 2019 

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