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Pub fined for breaking lockdown rules

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 35 min ago

A pub in Cornwall has been fined £1,000 after people were found drinking alcohol inside the premises during lockdown.

Cornwall Council’s Covid Enforcement Team has served a fixed penalty notice on the business after police discovered a group of men inside the pub drinking alcohol and listening to music.

Under the current restrictions, hospitality venues including pubs, bars and social clubs must remain closed, with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway until 11pm.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Lockdown is not over yet. In order for the current restrictions to be eased we must all do our bit to help bring case numbers down.

“These selfish individuals clearly knew they were breaking the rules and there is no excuse.

“We have worked with thousands of businesses across Cornwall to help them understand and implement the national restrictions. Now is not the time to be complacent and we will not hesitate to take action against those who disregard the law.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Cornwall Council has taken enforcement action against nine businesses for Covid breaches.

The pub has 14 days to appeal to notice.

Businesses can find support and guidance regarding the latest restrictions on the Business Regulatory Support website.

 

Story posted on March 3, 2021

Categories: Councils, Politics

New bridges and path to create safe walking and cycle routes for Launceston residents

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 6 hours 42 min ago

Construction is due to start on Monday, March 8 on projects in Launceston to provide off-road links connecting homes with nearby employment areas.  

The Ridgegrove path and parkland project will see a new path for walkers and cyclists linking Ridgegrove Lane to Newport Industrial Estate, including a new footbridge across the River Kensey.

As part of the project, Cornwall Council will make improvements to newly created public spaces running alongside the path – creating habitats to sustain local wildlife and encouraging residents to enjoy the nature around them. 

Improvements will also be made along the A388 at St Thomas’ Bridge where the Council will be building a new footbridge which will bring benefits for walkers, cyclists and motorists. The current road layout creates a pinch point where HGVs are unable to pass each other and this has led to queuing traffic and increased air pollution levels. 

By building a new footbridge, the Council will be able to remove the narrow footpath currently running along the highway and widen the road to help traffic move more freely. 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transport, said: “This is an issue we and Launceston Town Council have sought to address for some time.

“Residents will know of the congestion issues, especially in and around the Newport Square area – and where we have congestion, we generally have issues with air pollution.  

“Traffic surveys suggest that around 65% of journeys made in Launceston are of less than two miles, or are stopping to do business in the town – providing a safe, off-road route linking residential, town centre and employment areas will help give residents choices about how they travel as well as improved access to green spaces.”

Improvements will also be made to the town’s Zig Zag footpath which will be undergoing a maintenance makeover. The path will be resurfaced, graffiti removed and overgrown hedges and vegetation cut back to improve pedestrian access to the town centre. There are also plans later in the year to improve safety for walkers using Newport Square by upgrading the traffic lights to include a ‘green man’ crossing phase – set breaks in the traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the junction.

Gemma Massey, Cornwall Council local member for Launceston Central, said: “I am delighted to see the works at St Thomas Bridge finally getting underway; these works, combined with the proposed Ridgegrove bridge and path represent a significant investment in this part of the town and will bring about great improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and local residents.  

“I am really excited to see both projects progress as they will help to address air quality issues, improve pedestrian & cycle links whilst also creating a large public open space for future generations, all of which will have a positive impact on people’s health and tackling climate change.” 

More information on the Launceston Bridges project

More information will appear on the Major Projects section of the Cormac website about the construction of the Launceston Bridges project

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Making young people in Cornwall aware of the signs of exploitation

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 02/03/2021 - 16:28

Young people in Cornwall may be unaware they are being exploited, and that’s why Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has launched a new phase of their campaign - #CETHESIGNS.

It will focus on helping young people to understand different types of exploitation; what signs to watch out for, and the help and support that’s available to them if they’re worried about themselves or a friend or family member.   

Much of the content for this new phase of the campaign has been co-designed with the help of young people, thanks to support from colleagues at the Cornwall College Group, HeadStart Kernow and Young People Cornwall. 

Mike Carnall from The Cornwall College Group said: “I think it’s really important that young people have helped us to shape this next phase of the campaign.

“It will hopefully encourage other young people to get on board in learning what to watch out for when it comes to exploitation and, most importantly, let them know that there are people here to help them if they’re worried about themselves or someone they know.”

Children and young adults in Cornwall are not immune to exploitation and this campaign has been designed to increase public awareness of the signs and indicators. This body of work links into the new three-year Cornwall Exploitation Strategy from 2020-2023 for children and young adults aged up to 25.

Cabinet Member for Children, Public Health and Wellbeing at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken, said: “The important thing to remember is that children and young people don’t always realise what’s happening to them.

“Offenders use all sorts of tactics to get young people to do things for them – whether that’s befriending them, giving them gifts and money, or making them think that they owe some kind of debt – and a young person might even think they’ve agreed to what’s happening.

“But we also know that those who exploit children and young people will often resort to violence and threats when they don’t get what they want; that’s why it is so important for us to make sure that we’re educating young people on the signs to look out for and the routes for reporting any concerns – even if they’re not completely sure that it’s exploitation.”

You can find more information on the campaign by visiting the OSCP’s website, where you’ll also find a host of free campaign resources.

How can someone get help?

If you are, or you think a friend is, being exploited or abused then it’s important to know that help is available.  You can contact the police directly on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger. You can also ring Childline for help and advice on 0800 11 11.

Categories: Councils, Politics

How to apply for a postal vote for the May 2021 elections

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 02/03/2021 - 12:11

Residents who want to vote by post in the May 2021 elections are being reminded to submit their applications on time. 

On Thursday, May 6, elections will be held for Cornwall Council, Town and Parish Councils, and the Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner.   

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.  

Kate Kennally, returning officer for Cornwall Council, said: “We know that many people, particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, may be concerned about leaving their home to vote.  

“Measures are being put in place to ensure that polling stations will be safe but we’d encourage anyone who would prefer to vote by post or by proxy to apply as soon as possible.  

“We want to ensure that everybody who wants to vote feels confident doing so in whichever way they choose.” 

How to vote by post or proxy

Anyone who wants to vote by post or by proxy can download an application form or request an application form by calling Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 115.

The form must be printed and signed with a wet signature. A digital signature cannot be accepted. 

Once completed, you can send the form to Cornwall Council by post. Alternatively you can scan the completed form and send a copy as an email attachment (as a PDF or JPEG file) to voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.  

Postal votes are sent to your home address, or any other address you specify, usually 10 days before the date of the election. 

They must be returned to Cornwall Council before the close of poll. 

You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April. 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Statement on Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 02/03/2021 - 08:27

Cornwall Council accepts the findings of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report published today (March 2, 2021).

Cornwall’s portfolio holder for adults Councillor Rob Rotchell said: “We apologise to the individuals involved in this case for the distress caused. The Ombudsman requires us to change the way we assess people’s income when they are responsible for funding their own care.

“We will be changing our approach and our team will be taking account of these findings in carrying out assessments in the future.

“It may not be possible to comply with the recommendation relating to assessments already undertaken but we are looking into this and have raised this matter with the Ombudsman.”

 

Story posted March 2, 2021

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council launches new initiative to help local builders develop new homes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 01/03/2021 - 14:37

Cornwall Council has succeeded in bidding to take part in a new initiative that will help smaller local building companies develop new affordable homes for local people. 

The initiative sees the Council join forces with government agency Local Partnerships to pilot a model that hopes to unlock small sites for delivery by  small and medium-sized construction firms. 

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Construction of the projects would be financed by Cornwall Council with the homes transferred to Council ownership and let to local families as affordable housing. 

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell says: “We know that small construction firms in Cornwall build really good quality homes and play an enormous role in supporting our local economy – in many ways they could be considered the backbone of our local development industry.” 

“Being granted this pilot status is great news as it means that for the first time, we can work with local firms in Cornwall and develop homes for local families, in partnership with a part of the construction sector that we don’t ordinarily have much opportunity to work with.” 

“We would love to hear from any small or medium-sized construction firms that might be interested in working with us to bring forward small sites they own which have the potential to provide new great-quality homes.”  

“We’ll assess the viability of each proposal taking into account local housing need and, if the site and proposal is suitable for both of us, we will enter into contract to make staged payments to the builder and deliver it in partnership with them.” 

“Any homes delivered through this pilot will be used as affordable housing by the Council either for social rent, affordable rent or shared ownership for local families.” 

“It’s a great opportunity to help our local building companies bounce back from what was a very tough 2020.  With the help of Local Partnerships, we are issuing an open invitation to local building companies to come forward with any schemes that they could bring forward of developments of around 2-10 new homes.” 

“We know that our smaller builders are really good at finding those small infill sites that could supply more affordable homes.  This is all about making that happen.”  

Over coming weeks, the Council will be contacting many small and medium-sized construction firms with details of the project but we’re encouraging local builders to proactively make contact with us if they are interested in taking part. 

To find out more, interested developers can register and search for opportunity DN525199 or entering “Small Site housing Development (the development of affordable homes in Cornwall)” on their website or by contacting Cornwall Council’s Housing Delivery Team on 01872 324943 or by emailing housingdelivery@cornwall.gov.uk quoting ‘SME Pilot’ in the subject line. 

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LGBT+ people desperately needed as adopters and foster carers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 01/03/2021 - 14:23

LGBT+ people in Cornwall are urged to explore adoption and fostering as potential parenting routes in a campaign launching today.

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Cornwall Council is joining with over 50 other authorities in the UK to support the campaign as there are currently 80,000 children in care in England, with five hundred of those here in Cornwall.

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week brings together agencies and LGBT+ possible applicants. Build Your Family – the campaign theme – helps LGBT+ people view the adoption and fostering assessment process in easy stages.

The campaign is being led by New Family Social and their Chief Executive, Tor Docherty, said: “Record numbers of LGBT+ people now adopt or foster. The urgent need for more to do so hasn’t disappeared in the pandemic. The assessment process can still take place, despite lockdown and restrictions.

“If you’re LGBT+ it’s as good a time as any to find out how you can build your family through adoption or fostering.”

Cabinet member for Children, Public Health and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “Offering a child a home, whether that be fostering or through adoption, can change their life.

“We know from many years of experience that LGBT+ people come with open minded enthusiasm about the possibilities of starting a family through adoption or fostering, however some of the myths and misconceptions can stand in their way.

“The children in our care have had a tough start in life, but we are looking for people who can offer a stable, warm and loving environment to help children and young people to grow.”

Since the campaign started in 2012, the number of same-sex couples adopting reached 1 in 6 in England in 2020, a record in both its proportion and total figure. In the same period 10 per cent of adopters in Northern Ireland were same-sex couples.

To find out more about fostering and adoption please visit our website.

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More children than ever before gain a place at one of their preferred secondary schools

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 01/03/2021 - 13:51

Young people across Cornwall have been finding out today where they will be going to secondary school in September, with the number of children in Cornwall gaining a place at their first preference school going up again. 

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Data released today (Monday, March 1) show that 5,436 pupils have been allocated their first preference school and 5,648 pupils have been allocated a place in one of their three preferred schools.  

Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that so many young people will be studying at one of their preferred schools. We are very grateful to our partners in secondary schools for their support and help to promote on-time applications.”

The Council received 5,687 applications by the national deadline, compared to 5,798 in 2020, with 99.31% of pupils gaining a place in one of their preferred schools.

Service Director of Education Kate Evan-Hughes said: “Pressure on secondary school places will continue over the next few years and we are planning for future demand.  There are two expansion schemes in the pipeline, Penair School and Launceston Community College with other pressure areas also under review for potential expansion. 

“Our aim is to ensure that as many children as possible can attend their preferred school now and in the years to come.  I would like to thank the School Admissions Team for their hard work and to the secondary schools across Cornwall that have worked in partnership with Cornwall Council to make this work for young people.”

Parents waiting to find out if their child has secured a place at their preferred primary school will know on April 16, 2021.  

Categories: Councils, Politics

Drain covers on junction of A30 and Station Approach, St Erth, 1st March

There are 4 drain covers in the road at this junction, all of which are poorly seated. The one on the west bound side of the road, directly on the junction is particularly bad and is very noisy every time a vehicle hits it and there are thousands on vehicles on this road every day. The other 3, all on the east bound side of the road, are not as bad, but still noisy.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Gateway Court Station Approach
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Blocked pavement, 1st March

This wooden frame and bedside table have been sat on this pavement for two weeks now. Occasionally it is put in the road.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Sea Lane, Hayle
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Blocked pavement, 1st March

This wooden frame and bedside table have been sat on this pavement for two weeks now. Occasionally it is put in the road.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Sea Lane, Hayle
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Pavement dangerous, 1st March

This new pavement was perfect until they started building copper meadows? On high lanes. It is now governed of mud and grit, 8 have seen road sweepers on pavements and think it’s about time one was sent along here...... my granddaughter tripped at the weekend and her knee was cut badly by this small grit,
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 106 High Lanes, Hayle
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Pavement dangerous, 1st March

This new pavement was perfect until they started building copper meadows? On high lanes. It is now governed of mud and grit, 8 have seen road sweepers on pavements and think it’s about time one was sent along here...... my granddaughter tripped at the weekend and her knee was cut badly by this small grit,
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 106 High Lanes, Hayle
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