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‘Keep following the rules or risk a return to lockdown’, warns Cornwall Council

Tue, 30/03/2021 - 12:02

Residents in Cornwall and those thinking of travelling to the area are being urged to make sure they know and follow the new Government rules which come into effect next week. 

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team is warning that those who break or bend the ‘roadmap’ rules risk allowing Covid-19 to creep back into our communities. 

This would not only put the lives of our most vulnerable residents at risk, it would also jeopardise our route out of lockdown and back to doing the things we love. 

In brief, the rule changes from Monday (March 29) are: 

  • People can meet outside, including in private gardens, either with one other household or as a group of six. 
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but people are encouraged to ‘stay local’ and to keep travel to a minimum. 
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts can reopen, and organised outdoor sport can take place. 
  • Outdoor parent and child groups are allowed with up to 15 parents. 

It is important to note that the rules do not allow people to mix indoors, and there should be no long-distance travelling or overnight stays, which includes single households staying in a second home. 

People are also being reminded that although the vaccine programme in Cornwall is on track and working well, having the jab does not give people a green light to ignore the rules. 

The new rules are part of the first step in the Government’s roadmap for reopening the country after lockdown. 

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “I would urge everyone to make sure they know what the new rules are and not to break them. 

“With the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases having reduced due to the lockdown, it is easy to see how people might drop their guard and bend the rules in order to get that much-missed normality back in their lives. But this would be a huge mistake.  

“It wouldn’t take much for the virus to creep back into our lives and communities and if that happens we could end up spending much longer living with these restrictions.  

“No one wants another lockdown. So if you want to get back to doing the things you love, make sure you follow the rules, remember ‘hands, face and space’ and get your vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.” 

Cornwall Council will be running an advertising campaign from next week to remind people of the rules so make sure you listen to your local radio stations and look out for our posters. 

For more information on the roadmap rules visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/letskeepgoing or www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Tourism 

The South West’s tourist industry and the emergency services are warning visitors against travelling to the region before lockdown measures are due to be relaxed on April 12. 

There are fears a minority of tourists might be tempted to travel early, before facilities are ready or attractions are open. Apart from the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, a dangerous ‘false start’ to the tourist season will put unnecessary extra strain on the emergency services. 

Under the government’s roadmap for reopening after the lockdown, April 12 the earliest date outdoor attractions are allowed to open. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, are also due to re-open on that date. Until then, many car parks and toilet facilities will not be fully open and of course, food and drink are only available from essential shops or takeaways.  

Visitors are being warned it is against the guidance and could be dangerous to travel before April 12 – assuming the government confirms that date. 

Malcolm Bell, chair of Visit Cornwall, said: “The hospitality sector in Cornwall is working hard to get ready for visitors when the time is right – and no one wants to experience another lockdown. We want visitors to hear this message, plan ahead, book now and visit later when the rules allow and we look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful part of the world.” 

For more information visit www.visitcornwall.com  

Story posted March 25, 2021

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Share photos of our mobile messages to spread the word on the route out of lockdown

Mon, 29/03/2021 - 16:32

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Mobile advertising vans, featuring clear messages reminding people of the roadmap rules as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted, will be travelling around Cornwall in the coming weeks.


The vans will be trundling around as many Cornish towns and landmarks as possible over the next two weeks and we’re asking people to take a photo if they see one and share it on social media to help spread the word.


There will also be posters appearing at bus stops across Cornwall and messages broadcast on local radio stations reminding everyone of what they can and can’t do.


Only by following the new rules, which come into effect from today (March 29), will we all be able to keep Covid at bay and progress through the four steps of the government’s roadmap to reopening the country.


The messaging on the vans aims to remind people of what they can and can’t do, particularly when it comes to meeting up with friends and family.
In a nutshell, the new rules are:

  • People can meet outside, including in private gardens, either with one other household or as a group of six.
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but people are encouraged to ‘stay local’ and to keep travel to a minimum.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts can reopen, and organised outdoor sport can take place.
  • Outdoor parent and child groups are allowed with up to 15 parents.

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We need everyone to make sure they know the rules and follow them, otherwise we could easily find ourselves back in lockdown and nobody wants that.


“So, if you want to get back to doing the things you love, follow the rules, remember ‘hands, face and space’ and get your vaccine as soon as it is offered to you. It would also be great to see people sharing their photos of our ad vans and posters on social media so as many people as possible get the message.


“Only by working together and helping each other will we be able to follow the roadmap back to some kind of normality. Let’s keep going!”


For more information on the rules and a Q&A on what you can and can’t do at each step of the roadmap on our website

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Sexual health testing reminder

Fri, 26/03/2021 - 18:03

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may be going undetected during the pandemic, which could result in serious consequences for people’s health in the long term.  

The problem is not just in Cornwall with Public Health England reporting a drop in the number of tests across the rest of the UK during the lockdowns.  

Prior to the pandemic in 2019 there was an increase in new diagnoses of gonorrhoea and syphilis, across the whole of the UK including in Cornwall.     

Public Health Advanced Practitioner for Cornwall Council, Lucy Walsh, said: “Test, test, test – If you have had unprotected sex in the last 12 months, please make the time to get yourself checked out.  Sexual Health services have remained open throughout the pandemic and we would urge people to get themselves checked. 

“Pre-pandemic there was a worrying upward trend in diagnoses of gonorrhoea and syphilis. Since 2015, gonorrhoea diagnoses have risen by 71% and syphilis rates are at levels not seen since World War Two across the UK – so it’s more important than ever to get a sexual health MOT.”  

Most people with chlamydia will not have symptoms. It is therefore important to test regularly and especially when changing partners. Long term problems can include reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. 

If left untreated gonorrhoea, which often doesn’t have any symptoms, can lead to reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and if not treated syphilis can lead to serious complications to bones, skin, heart and the central nervous system.  

Lucy said: “Our priority is to now get people tested for STIs.  Although the lockdown restrictions were in place to protect all of us from Covid, you won’t be judged – the important thing is to get tested.”  

Public Health Cornwall recommends you should test regularly as some infections may not present with any signs or symptoms at all.  

Putting off going for a test could not only be detrimental to your health, but it could also affect your partner, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend and lead to further infections. 

The easiest way to get a test is to go online and add your details to request a test which is sent to your home from Brook our Cornwall sexual health service at https://www.sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk/ 

  • Tests arrive the next working day in a plain envelope, sent via first class post. 

  • Kits include clear instructions and links to online videos to help you take your own samples 

  • Results will be sent to you within three days 

  • You can also get support via text or phone from SH:24’s clinicians, seven days a week 

Sexual Health Services in Cornwall are offered by Brook who are operating services by appointment-only; due to Covid restrictions they are not able to offer walk-ins at the moment.  If you want to book an appointment to get help please call 0300 30 30 714 or for more information please visit https://www.sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk/.  

 

Story posted March 26, 2021

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Sexual health tests reminder

Fri, 26/03/2021 - 15:14

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may be going undetected during the pandemic, which could result in serious consequences for people’s health in the long term.  

The problem is not just in Cornwall with Public Health England reporting a drop in the number of tests across the rest of the UK during the lockdowns.  

Prior to the pandemic in 2019 there was an increase in new diagnoses of gonorrhoea and syphilis, across the whole of the UK including in Cornwall.     

Public Health Advanced Practitioner for Cornwall Council, Lucy Walsh, said: “Test, test, test – If you have had unprotected sex in the last 12 months, please make the time to get yourself checked out.  Sexual Health services have remained open throughout the pandemic and we would urge people to get themselves checked. 

“Pre-pandemic there was a worrying upward trend in diagnoses of gonorrhoea and syphilis. Since 2015, gonorrhoea diagnoses have risen by 71% and syphilis rates are at levels not seen since World War Two across the UK – so it’s more important than ever to get a sexual health MOT.”  

Most people with chlamydia will not have symptoms. It is therefore important to test regularly and especially when changing partners. Long term problems can include reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. 

If left untreated gonorrhoea, which often doesn’t have any symptoms, can lead to reduced fertility or an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and if not treated syphilis can lead to serious complications to bones, skin, heart and the central nervous system.  

Lucy said: “Our priority is to now get people tested for STIs.  Although the lockdown restrictions were in place to protect all of us from Covid, you won’t be judged – the important thing is to get tested.”  

Public Health Cornwall recommends you should test regularly as some infections may not present with any signs or symptoms at all.  

Putting off going for a test could not only be detrimental to your health, but it could also affect your partner, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend and lead to further infections. 

The easiest way to get a test is to go online and add your details to request a test which is sent to your home from Brook our Cornwall sexual health service at https://www.sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk/ 

  • Tests arrive the next working day in a plain envelope, sent via first class post. 

  • Kits include clear instructions and links to online videos to help you take your own samples 

  • Results will be sent to you within three days 

  • You can also get support via text or phone from SH:24’s clinicians, seven days a week 

Sexual Health Services in Cornwall are offered by Brook who are operating services by appointment-only; due to Covid restrictions they are not able to offer walk-ins at the moment.  If you want to book an appointment to get help please call 0300 30 30 714 or for more information please visit https://www.sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk/.  

 

Story posted March 26, 2021

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Builder's three year reign of misery is ended by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards team

Fri, 26/03/2021 - 14:09

A rogue builder whose unfinished jobs, poor quality work and catalogue of excuses left householders more than £80,000 out of pocket is beginning a jail sentence following an investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

James Lee Knight, 44, formely of Reawla Lane, Reawla, Hayle advertised for building works via Facebook under the names of Jay Knight or Jay Knight Masonry.

But from January 2017 and September 2020 he persuaded at least eight homeowners to pay for repairs or extension works that he failed to finish. Most of the work he did undertake was of such a poor standard that it needed to be re-done by other firms.

Knight appeared at Truro Crown Court in February where the extent of his fraudulent business practices were revealed as he admitted nine offences of fraud, one offence of theft and one of criminal damage.

He returned to court today (March 24) to be sentenced for his offences. 

Sentencing Knight, Recorder Simon Levene said: “Essentially you were a dishonest builder who took clients for a ride and took a lot of money off them. You did a really terrible job.

“There has been a long-lasting effect on the victims. If you stole money but left houses in a beautiful condition that would be one thing, but this is different altogether.

“The cost to your victim to put right your workmanship shows how serious the fraud is.”

Knight was jailed for two years and three months, and ordered to pay compensation of £85,913 to his victims. He was also ordered to pay £23,583.20 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, Nigel Strick, Cornwall Council’s Fair Trading Team Manager, said: “These are awful crimes, which leave long-lasting effects for his victims, and I am delighted we have stopped him from being able to do this to anyone else.

“I hope this sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour in Cornwall, and that if you do carry out these crimes, you will be caught and will be punished appropriately.”

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Parents in North and East Cornwall can collect Covid-19 tests from two sites from this week

Tue, 23/03/2021 - 15:14

Parents of nursery, school and college-age children in North and East Cornwall will be able to pick up free Covid-19 testing kits from sites in Bude and Launceston from this week.

The aim is to ensure all adults who live in households with children can test themselves with rapid-result Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) twice a week if possible.

As many as one in three people who catch the virus display no symptoms meaning they go about their daily lives unaware they are spreading it around.

Results for LFD tests are typically available within an hour so anyone who tests positive can self-isolate immediately.

This means Covid will have far fewer opportunities to sneak into workplaces and schools, keeping our communities as safe as possible.

New collection points are now available at:

• Bude (Stratton Business Park) every Thursday, 9am-3pm, from March 25.

• Launceston (Cattle Market short stay car park) every Monday, 9am-3pm, from March 29.

Other collection points in Cornwall are available at Liskeard, Bodmin, Truro, Falmouth, Camborne (Heartlands) and Penzance. To find your nearest, check out the map here - https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

Adults over 18 years of age can pick up a maximum of two kits each per visit for their own use. Other adults in the household must pick up their own kits.

Instructions on how to use the tests and record results are included with the kits.

People should not use these kits to test children. Where appropriate, children will be supplied kits by their schools.

Dr Caroline Court, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Cornwall Council’s lead on Covid-19 testing, said: “We now have collection points across the whole of Cornwall making it much easier for parents and adults in school bubbles to access this rapid testing, free of charge.

“Asymptomatic testing plays an incredibly important role in preventing the spread of the virus, stopping outbreaks before they can happen, and ultimately protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“I would encourage all households with children at nursery, school or college to make sure they get hold of these tests and use them twice a week if possible.”

Anyone who is unable to visit a collection point can order tests to be delivered to their home at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

However, stock is limited and people are encouraged to use the collection sites if possible.

Essential workers who are unable to work from home can also access drive-through LFD testing sites at Camborne, St Austell and Liskeard. To book visit https://getatest.vdt.app/cc

Anyone who tests positive with an LFD at home must self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a further PCR test. To book a test visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

For more information on Covid-19 and testing in Cornwall visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Story posted on March 23, 2021

Categories: Councils, Politics

Have your G7 summit questions answered by police, council and government panel of experts

Tue, 23/03/2021 - 12:21

Representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council and the Cabinet Office G7 taskforce will host a Facebook Live briefing this week to answers questions from residents about the upcoming G7 Leaders’ Summit.

The live stream will take place on Thursday, March 25, from 6pm.

You can follow along on either the Cornwall Council or Devon and Cornwall Police Facebook pages. Click 'get reminder' on our pinned Facebook post for a notification when we go live.

Superintendent Jo Hall, of Devon and Cornwall Police will host the event.

She will be joined by Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, Cornwall Commander and Chief Inspector Russell Dawe, Lead Planner for G7 policing and security.

Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Kate Kennally, and Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth, will also appear alongside Cabinet Office G7 taskforce representatives Joseph Potts and Laura Perry.

G7 Facebook Live image

Each organisation will deliver a short presentation outlining their plans to date, before answering questions from the public covering policing and security, transport, impact on local residents, Covid safety and securing a lasting legacy for Cornwall.

You’ll be able to put your question to the panel by commenting on the live stream post, or if you’d like to ask a question in advance of any organisation taking part, please send it to G7engagement@dc.police.uk and the panel will try and answer as many as possible on the day.

Superintendent Jo Hall, of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We recognise our local communities will want to understand how this event will impact them and we hope that this opportunity will allow us to address any concerns residents may have.

“I look forward to welcoming you to the live chat on Thursday and continuing our conversation over the coming weeks as we build up to the event in June.”

Kate Kennally said: “Hosting the G7 is a real honour for Cornwall, and we look forward to welcoming leaders to our beautiful part of the world.

“There’s a great deal of work to be done before that happens, but preparations are well under way.

"We’re working alongside colleagues in Devon and Cornwall Police and central government, as well as local stakeholders, town and parish councils and community groups, to make sure we play our part in helping the summit run as smoothly as possible, with the minimum amount of disruption for residents.

“I understand that a lot of people will have questions, so I encourage you to take part in this event and we’ll try and answer as many as we can.”

Cornwall Council Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth, said: “It’s exciting for Cornwall to be hosting the G7, but it presents a set of unique challenges given that we’re in the midst of a pandemic.

“The health and wellbeing of residents is our absolute priority, and the public health team at Cornwall Council is already working closely with government and Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure that the summit is Covid-safe for attendees and residents alike.

"I look forward to being able to share some of that information with you at this Facebook LIVE event, and if you have any questions please send them in and we’ll do our best to answer.”

 

Story published on March 23, 2021

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Have you got what it takes to become a social worker in children’s services in Cornwall?

Mon, 22/03/2021 - 14:50

Cornwall Council is joining a national campaign to recruit more people into a career in social work, through the STEP-UP retraining programme.  

The government initiative will see graduates and career changers given the chance to change their lives and get hands on experience, as they become the next generation of social workers.  

There are over 700 vacancies across the UK on the scheme, with five of those in Cornwall, and applications are open now. Students will each receive a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support them whilst in training.

The Council’s Service Director for Children and Family Services, Ben Davies, said: “The last 12 months has clearly demonstrated the crucial role that social workers play in supporting the most vulnerable children and families. We are looking for people who believe in relationship-based social work with children and families and share our determination to make a difference to children’s lives. We offer the opportunity to develop your social work career in an innovative and ambitious children’s service. We would like to hear from people keen to embrace the opportunities of learning in an outstanding team.”

This intensive, 14-month, full-time programme is for those without a degree in social work and who want to become a social worker. Students can expect to learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience.

On completion, the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will enable graduates to register and practice as a social worker, making a difference by nurturing relationships with families during difficult times and by protecting children.

The Step Up programme runs every two years and applications are open until April 7, 2021, followed by regional assessment centres for candidates successful at the initial application stage.

Students can expect to start the programme in January 2022, completing their training in March 2023.

Candidates are eligible to apply if they hold a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification i.e. a honours degree or a graduate certificate; or a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) for example, a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma, in a discipline other than social work.

They should also have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent).

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate significant experience of either working or substantial volunteering with vulnerable children, young people and/or families/ carers or adults.

 

Story posted March 22, 2021

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Environmental Growth Strategy unveiled to focus on our local nature crisis

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 17:47

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are taking action in the face of the crisis facing wildlife with the unveiling of a new Environmental Growth Strategy.

The Local Nature Partnership of environment charities and agencies, along with Cornwall Council, is setting out their long-term vision for how to support nature to regenerate locally.

In a year of new worldwide target setting for climate and nature at global summits it charts a local course for how growing nature can reverse the decline of wildlife, help to drawdown carbon, and defend against flooding.

“We love our environment here in Cornwall and Scilly.  But under the surface all is far from well.”, said Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Local Nature Partnership.

“Yes, we have been cutting our carbon emissions; but when it comes to nature, our environment is on the retreat.  We don’t just have a climate crisis, we have an ecological emergency too.”

Environmental Growth Strategy

From towans to tors, marshland to moorland, and our iconic Chough – nature is interconnected with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s economy, health, identity and heritage.

But none of the global targets for biodiversity loss were met last year, and 41% of species have declined in the UK over the last 50 years - a trend reflected in Cornwall too.

“This Environmental Growth Strategy is not just important, it’s vital.  It hardwires nature and the environment into public policy making,” continued Teverson.

'This Environmental Growth Strategy is not just important, it’s vital'

“In a year when we have G7 in Cornwall with nature and climate as a major theme, this is our contribution.  Wouldn’t it be good to see those heads of government, here in June, follow our lead?”

Councillor Rob Nolan, the Cornwall Council cabinet member who has championed the strategy within Cornwall Council, said: “The last year has shone a spotlight on the volatility of our relationship with nature, but many of us have been able to find sanctuary seeing wildlife in our gardens, parks, coast and countryside.

"And whether it’s wildflowers for pollinators, more trees to fight climate change, or more green spaces in our towns – residents tell us time and again that nature is high on their agenda.

“Alongside projects like our Making Space for Nature or Forest for Cornwall initiatives, our local communities – from citizen scientists to local conservation groups – are taking action. This new vision sets out how we, our partners, businesses and our communities can continue to work together to fight the ecological emergency.”

The new strategy is available online, along with a toolkit on how communities can take action to grow nature at https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/environmentalgrowth

 

Story published on March 19, 2021

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Organisations urged to bid for Community Renewal Fund

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 15:23

Organisations with ideas to help Cornwall’s towns and rural areas thrive and make the most of digital connectivity are being urged to submit their plans as part of a new fund which will open for applications on April 6, 2021.  

Whitehall is providing Community Renewal Funding in 2021/22 in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund. 

Now, the Council, which has been chosen by Government as the Lead Authority, will be inviting project bids in line with two themes – ‘town centre and rural and coastal vitality’ and ‘reducing the digital divide’.  

Organisations will be asked to submit applications that deliver innovation in the delivery of support for local businesses, helping people into employment and investment in communities.  

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “This funding is an opportunity for organisations in Cornwall to come forward with their ideas that will support our towns and high streets to thrive and that embrace the opportunities presented by digital connectivity, helping businesses to grow and residents to find new and better paid employment.   

“We are looking forward to receiving ideas that inspire our communities and our places to grow and that pave the way for future funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund for Cornwall.”  

Interested organisations are advised to read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers to gain further detail on this funding and prepare themselves for this opportunity. You can read more about this on the Government's website

Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.  

The themes of digital inclusion and town and rural vitality have been informed by local stakeholders following identification of gaps in existing provision and to respond to the need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Cornwall Council intends to issue its open call for the Community Renewal Fund on April 6, 2021 with applications to be submitted by May 7, 2021. A set of Frequently Asked Questions and an application form aligned to the national guidance will also be made available.   

For more details visit the Council's website or contact economicdevelopment@cornwall.gov.uk  

Submission to the Government is anticipated to be on June 18, 2021.   

Story created on 19 March 2021 

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Defra announces funding boost and new partnership with Forest for Cornwall

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 15:04

Defra and Forest for Cornwall have joined forces to form an innovative new National Woodland Creation Partnership pilot to drive regional tree planting.

This new partnership will be supported through an initial £120,000 uplift from the Nature for Climate Fund, the Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith has announced. 

Following on from the successful Northumberland Forest Partnership announced by the Environment Secretary in 2019, the government is backing this Cornwall Council led woodland creation partnership to help identify sites in Cornwall for woodland creation and bring local stakeholders on board. 

Partnership Forum members include Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Duchy of Cornwall, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Tamar AONB, ConFor, CLA, NFU, South West Water, Cornwall Association of Local Councils, and West Country Rivers Trust.  

The ambition of Forest for Cornwall, set out and led by Cornwall Council as a key part of its Carbon Neutral Cornwall Action Plan, is to ensure that the woodlands created are best suited for the needs of communities in Cornwall.

A mix of targeted tree and woodland planting will be carried out to achieve this, including:  

  • planting trees to provide shade in urban areas to help counter the high rates of skin cancer shown in the county  

  • planting trees in areas of high deprivation to provide well-being benefits for local communities  

  • enabling economic benefits for the county by developing well-designed woodlands of scale to encourage visitors   

  • planting woodlands to enhance nature’s recovery and flood mitigation.  

Today’s announcement highlights the essential role that local authorities and their partners have to play in achieving the Government’s ambition to increase tree planting rates to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by 2025.

To meet this ambition, a locally led approach to tree and woodland creation is needed, and local partners are in a unique position to inform the delivery of tree planting on the ground.  

Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “This exciting new partnership in Cornwall emphasises the importance of working together and using a locally-led approach to help build back greener.  

“I am pleased to announce that through the government’s Nature for Climate Fund, trees will be planted where they are most needed, allowing more communities in Cornwall to have access to nature and in turn, to experience real benefits for health and wellbeing.” 

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said: “Trees are the backbone of our urban and rural environments and essential in tackling the climate emergency. As the largest land managers in England and the government’s expert forestry advisors, we are excited to be part of this new pilot. This partnership will be crucial for deciding where trees need to be planted in Cornwall to provide maximum benefits for people, climate and nature.  

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, said: “We are delighted that Defra is supporting our Forest for Cornwall Programme. 

“As part of our commitment to tackle climate change, we are working with partners to appropriately plant hundreds of thousands of trees in our beautiful county. This funding will enable us to support more landowners and land managers who want to plant trees in different areas. 

“In 2019 Cornwall Council issued a climate emergency and has set the ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2030. As it grows the Forest for Cornwall will help us towards reaching that goal and help us create a better, greener future for the next generation.” 

By growing, protecting and restoring our trees, forests and woodlands we can help reduce carbon emissions, encourage biodiversity and nature recovery, grow our sustainable timber market, and improve people’s health and wellbeing.  

Defra is committed to protecting and restoring our natural environment. This is part of a series of Nature for Climate Fund announcements this spring, leading up to the publication of the government’s action plan on trees, woodland and forestry.  

In recent months, the government has announced £12.1 million of investment for tree planting in Community Forests across the country, as well as a new £3.9 million pot to support innovative planting schemes in towns and cities and near rivers to reduce flood risk.  

In addition to the numerous Partnership Forum members, the Forest for Cornwall Team work with many more partners and communities across Cornwall.  

 

Story published on March 19, 2021

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New CCTV cameras installed at Truro car park

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 14:11

New CCTV cameras have been installed at one of the busiest car parks in Truro in a bid to deter and improve our response to antisocial behaviour in the area.

Cornwall Council’s Parking Services Team have invested in new 360-degree cameras at Moorfield Car Park.

The cameras are managed and monitored by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service at the Critical Control Centre ensuring relevant information is passed onto Devon and Cornwall Police.

 

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Truro Safe, which is a multi-agency partnership working together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the city, proposed that the new cameras were installed.

Councillor Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Truro is a safe city but like all other major towns in Cornwall, there are some incidents of antisocial behaviour.

“We work really closely with our partner agencies to tackle this issue. These cameras will provide a deterrent to groups those who congregating in the car park and will hopefully give some reassurance to residents.”

Truro Police Michelle Thompson Neighbourhood Team Leader said: “A lot of work is being done in Truro to address some of the issues that have arisen during the recent lockdown.

“This investment is a big step forward in tackling antisocial behaviour in this particular part of the city.

“We have also increased police patrols in recent weeks and working with our partner agencies, we will continue to monitor the situation and look at ways we can tackle this issue.”

Cllr Biscoe and Truro Mayor said: “Moorfield is Truro's most central car park. It serves the business district of Lemon Street as much as the retail and services neighbourhood around Victoria Square, River Street and Boscawen Street. It has become a recurring flashpoint for anti-social behaviour which affects the experience that customers, workers, visitors and residents have of the town. Good quality CCTV, including monitoring, is essential to support re-opening businesses to get going and tackle the challenging legacy of COVID. Very welcome indeed.”

Residents and visitors are urged to report incidents of antisocial behaviour and to not assume others will do so. Reporting through the correct channels ensures the relevant agencies can respond accordingly.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to report any incidents of crime and disorder by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 (non-emergency). Alternatively you can email 101@dc.police.uk

 

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Work to begin on new supported housing for adults with complex needs

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 13:30

Work is set to begin this summer on new supported housing in Launceston for eligible adults with health and social care needs. 

Planning permission has been granted for the Cornwall Council-led scheme at Scarne Cross, Landlake Road. The new facility will help address the need for specialist supported housing in Cornwall for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions. 

It will provide seven one-bed units of affordable housing, as well as a community and treatment room. 

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Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Our drive to provide affordable new housing in Cornwall is something that we know needs to meet the needs of a wide range of people. 

“That’s why I’m delighted to see that work will soon begin on what will be fantastic new supported housing for adults with learning difficulties. 

“We will continue to make sure that new housing meets the needs of our communities.” 

The site will be extensively landscaped, with new trees, kitchen gardens, native hedging, bulbs and shrubs with the aim to improve the habitat and ecology of the site while creating a landscape for residents that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. 

Three of the units will meet Category 3 fully accessible standards and four will be Category 2. 

All of them will be in excess of national space standards, at 62sqm each, and will be offered on a social rent basis. 

Rob Rotchell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults, said: “These properties will enable adults with health and social care needs to live in their local communities and have their own front door.  

“This is in line with the strategic development of quality housing and community support and will contribute to the Adult Social Care community offer to residents of Cornwall.  

“Care and support will be commissioned separately in line with individual’s needs and the housing will be specifically for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions and I have no doubt that they will make a huge difference to the first residents that make them their home.” 

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Cornwall and Brittany to strengthen relationship

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 12:13

Cornwall is set to strengthen its relationship with Brittany on important areas such as trade, fishing and agriculture in a bid to work together in a post-Brexit world to benefit residents and businesses. 

On March 24 Cornwall Council’s leader, Julian German, will sign what is known as a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of Brittany, Loïg Chesnais-Girard. 

The agreement between Cornwall Council and Brittany Council is important as it will help to build strong relations with a neighbouring European region at a time of a changing relationship with the EU. 

It aims to open up increased dialogue to help deal with shared challenges – and could be instrumental in helping to solve issues in areas such as fishing and marine resources, trade, transport and ports, climate change, mobility and youth, tourism and culture. 

Julian German said: “While we are no longer part of the EU, Cornwall  is an outward looking region and we want to strengthen our friendship with our neighbours in Brittany. 

“With many industries facing challenges and change as they adapt to life outside of the EU, this agreement will be another way in which we can work together for everyone’s benefit and to solve problems that come our way.” 

Loïg Chesnais-Girard said: “Brexit is not the end of the story. Our friends in Cornwall will remain our closest neighbours.  

“As we share a common history, people in Brittany have always looked across the Channel for partnership. Today we need dialogue and cooperation more than ever.  

“I’m convinced our excellent relationship will enable us to find common solutions and shared projects, to the mutual benefit of our people and industries.” 

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “As we adjust to post-Brexit life, working proactively with our friends on the other side of the Channel is really important. 

“We have much in common with our counterparts in Brittany and I am sure that this agreement will only help to strengthen that bond for the good of us all.” 

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New report calls for Government to set Cornwall on the path to true devolution

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 12:10

Cornwall has “outgrown” its original devolution deal and a bold new approach is needed to set it on the path to “true” devolution seen in other Celtic nations, according to a new report.

The paper has been produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank.

Sarah Longlands, Director of IPPR North said: “The devolution agenda in the UK has lost momentum and particularly so in England where the process has been piecemeal and top down, driven by Whitehall.

"At a time when we face extraordinary challenges, places like Cornwall need the power and resources to be able to get on and get the job done, rather than wait for central government to make the next move.

"From the Cornish language, the seabed to skills and tax, too many aspects of Cornish life are determined by Whitehall.

“From our research, it is clear that Cornwall has made the best of the fairly limited decentralisation deal that it was originally offered.

"Given the impact of Covid on Cornwall’s hospitality industry and the uncertainty of Brexit, now is the time to give Cornwall real devolution which means that they have the economic powers and resources they need to support a strong and fair recovery.”

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, welcomed the findings.

He said: “Cornwall was the first and remains the only rural area with a deal.

"Through the powers we received we have been able to bring significant benefits to Cornwall which have had a really positive impact on our residents’ lives.

"Since the deal in 2015, alongside better public transport and more connectivity for Cornwall we have cut carbon emissions by making 1,000 homes cheaper to heat for the most vulnerable households every year, and have had the powers to match economic growth funds to local priorities such as pioneering renewable energy from “hot rocks” deep underground.

"This coupled with the experience gained in the last six years underlines that we are best placed to understand and deliver what our communities need to secure Cornwall’s future.

“We have clearly now outgrown that initial deal, and have been calling, through our New Frontiers plan, for the devolution of powers and funding we need to thrive, especially in a post-Brexit world.

“It is time for Westminster to recognise and harness the contribution that rural regions like ours make to the rest of the country.

“In 2014, the Cornish were granted national minority status by the Government, a recognition of the rich cultural heritage our unique corner of the UK can boast.

“It gives us the same status as the other Celtic nations of the British Isles. However, we are still lagging far behind when it comes to the powers to decide our own future.

“We have seen how Wales and Scotland have been able to control their own response to the pandemic and in Cornwall we have been able to build on our own local expertise and our effective partnership approach to achieve significant community outreach through our own, highly effective track and trace system for the residents of Cornwall.

“It shows, when Cornwall is able to implement its own decision making using our own local knowledge, we are able to support our communities and tackle the specific challenges we face far more effectively than when we see policy decided centrally.

“The time has come for a far stronger devolution deal for Cornwall, to allow us to unlock the potential we possess.

“Cornwall is a Celtic nation – and it is time we are treated as one.”

The report looks at how Cornwall - the first rural region to have negotiated a devolution deal with Government - has used the powers in its 2015 deal to deliver real benefits for residents.

It cites Transport for Cornwall offering over 100 new buses, smart ticketing and fully integrated timetables across public transport which is a rural “first” for the UK.

More climate friendly travel is not the only way Cornwall’s devolved powers are helping tackle climate change.

The report states: "Despite the progress made, Cornwall has now outgrown its current devolution deal.

"What is needed is a significant strengthening of devolution arrangements through legislative change in Westminster, setting Cornwall on the path to true devolution on an equal basis with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Devolution is a work in progress across the UK. The devolution white paper should initiate an ambitious programme of change for a new relationship between the centre and the rest of the country."

Calling for a bold new approach, the report notes that so-called “devolution” deals with English regions rarely relinquish real power from the centre, while in the latest surveys for Government around two in three people in Cornwall (64%) say too many decisions affecting their area are made outside it.

The lack of control in Cornwall is illustrated by housing, planning and building regulations. If Cornwall had control over these area we could go further, faster, to meet our ambitions to tackle climate change.

IPPR’s report looks to the true devolution of powers and funding to the other Celtic nations and argues that the time is right to set Cornwall on the path to true devolution with the powers to decide strategy and policy for Cornwall within agreed areas - for example, education, health and planning - and be responsible for overseeing implementation and delivery within Cornwall.

 

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Completion in view for Pool’s latest superfast connected “House of Growth” workspace

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 11:52

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Cornwall Council’s latest workspace development project in Pool, which began just before the first lockdown, is in its final sprint towards completion in May 2021.

Situated opposite the Pool Innovation Centre (PIC), the first high quality workspace project undertaken by Cornwall Council, Chi Tevyans or “House of Growth”, continues to further the Council’s plans to support business development and economic growth.

With full occupation, the Chi Tevyans project has been estimated to create 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5 million to the local economy.

Building on PIC’s successful performance over the last 10 years of supporting 120 innovative and emerging companies, creating over 350 new jobs, the development of Chi Tevyans will help established businesses grow as part of their next stage of development.

To address the current lack of suitable workspace for expanding enterprises in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area, this new-build will provide twelve fit for purpose office suites for businesses looking to relocate into high quality, flexible and well-connected space that will support their growth plans.

 

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Boasting excellent connectivity through ultrafast ‘fibre to the premise’ technology, its proximity to Pool Innovation Centre’s business hub and to the A30, Chi Tevyans is designed to respond to the needs of thriving enterprises seeking to locate in a dynamic area to further develop their products and services.

Built by Kier Construction Ltd and following BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard, the three-storey building will provide twelve energy efficient office suites, ranging from 86 to 122 m2, with the added flexibility to sub-divide the offices, to either create extra offices for separate tenants, or multiple offices for a single tenant.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning Tim Dwelly, said: “This new development will cater for growing businesses that provide skilled jobs with good wages. Sited next to Pool Innovation Centre, this new workspace has been specifically designed to support those larger businesses which are looking to expand but are struggling to find a suitable space that would suit their needs.”

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive Glenn Caplin-Grey, said: “This high-quality accommodation with ultrafast fibre broadband will appeal to businesses in Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector and complement plans on the edge of Pool for the proposed Fibre Park as part of the Camborne Town Deal. Combined with the success of the Pool Innovation Centre, we have the foundations for a major tech cluster.

“I am pleased that Chi Tevyans is close to welcoming its first businesses and will soon be offering an exciting new workspace hub to support companies to grow and thrive.”

 

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Cornwall Councillor for Pool and Tehidy Ward Philip Desmonde, said: “This new, high quality workspace will offer Redruth, Camborne and Cornwall a dynamic and central economic hub in Pool, where our amazing Cornwall enterprises can develop. It will be ideal for ambitious growing businesses to move to the area and join an innovative and productive community in Pool. I strongly urge our excellent Cornwall businesses to leave the era of COVID restrictions and grab the G7 event in Cornwall as the spring board for unleashing their potential in this wonderful facility, whilst enjoying a quality of life balance with quality of opportunity.”

Chris Couch, area manager for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, said: “We are making good progress on the new Chi Tevyans development and on track to hand the building over in May. This is the first project we have delivered through Cornwall County Council’s construction framework and we are utilising our skills and expertise, as well as working with our talented local supply chain partners, to build this new office space which will offer first-class facilities.

“We are committed to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we work and throughout this project, we have provided training and job opportunities, including 100 waged training weeks and we’ve also supported three fantastic apprentices. We have also held careers talks with local schools and diverted 346.2m3 from landfill.”

The project has been enabled thanks to £2.3 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund, matched by £1.9 million from Cornwall Council. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2021, with the intention that tenants will be able to move in shortly afterwards.

Businesses interested in finding out more about Chi Tevyans can visit: https://www.choosecornwall.co.uk/property/chi-tevyans/ or email: info@choosecornwall.co.uk 

 

European Regional Development Fund 

The “Chi Tevyans” - Grow On Space project is receiving up to £ 2,376,080 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

 

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St Austell residents urged to think twice before giving to people begging

Fri, 19/03/2021 - 10:31

Residents in St Austell who want to help those in need are being urged not to give money to individuals begging in the town and instead support a project helping to feed the vulnerable.

Last year Safer St Austell, which is a multi-agency partnership working to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour, established donation points across the town so those wanting to help others could donate and feel confident their money was going to those most in need.

As we prepare to come out of lockdown and high street shops get ready to reopen, members of the public are being reminded to think twice before giving cash to people begging.

Since the initiative was launched last year, almost £500 has been donated via the six donation boxes hosted by businesses in the town. Outreach teams who provide on the street support have distributed this money to people in need as vouchers, which are then exchanged for food and drinks at the local support charity STAK.

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Councillor Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “People feel a mix of sympathy and upset when they see on-street begging, and it can sometimes be intimidating. “These donation boxes are an excellent way for people to show concern and feel confident that funds will be used directly to help those who are vulnerable.

“Once the restrictions are eased I’d also urge people to support local Big Issue sellers who have been unable to earn a living during lockdown.”

Councillor Sandra Heyward said: “These collection boxes are a convenient way to enable the community to support those individuals in need. It still is ok to offer a hot drink or meal, but you can also signpost to agencies such as STAK for daytime support. We are so thankful to the community for supporting the donation boxes and promoting ways to help.”

Annette Miller, St Austell BID Manager, said: “We want to make it easy for people to donate money to the charities supporting vulnerable individuals. We are encouraging the community to donate through the boxes so that their support can be directed in the best way. We want to thank everyone who has donated especially during this difficult time.”

The donation boxes are located at the Co-Operative, White River Fish Bar, St Austell Leisure Centre, Tengo, The Natural Store and JD Wetherspoon. If you run a business in the town and would be willing to accommodate a donation point please contact St Austell BID by emailing staustellbid@gmail.com.

Not everyone begging is homeless but if you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).

Once we receive a report from StreetLink, Cornwall Housing, working on behalf of Cornwall Council, will coordinate an outreach team to locate the person sleeping rough to offer support. This will include supporting them to safe accommodation, working with them to assess their immediate needs and engaging with them to discuss underlying issues which may contribute to them living on the streets.

Each person will be encouraged to work with us to agree a move-on plan that addresses not just their housing needs, but the support they need so they don’t end up returning to a life on the streets.

 

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New landlord licensing for privately rented homes recommended by inquiry

Thu, 18/03/2021 - 16:54

The possibility of further landlord licensing schemes for several towns in Cornwall in an effort to improve the quality of privately rented housing and help tenants is to be explored following a Cornwall Council inquiry.

An inquiry into the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Cornwall was called by the Council’s Economic Growth and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee in September 2019 to look into what could be done to address concerns about the quality of privately rented housing in the Duchy.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, has now accepted the recommendations of the inquiry.

As well as plans to lobby MPs and the Government to work to improve standards in the sector, work will now be done towards consulting on the possibility of introducing licensing schemes covering Penzance, Newquay, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth and Penryn.

The Council will also lobby the Government to make three-year tenancies standard, to give tenants more security.

Andrew Mitchell said: “Cornwall’s Private Rented Sector continues to grow and currently covers 37,500 properties – around 18 per cent of all housing in Cornwall.

“That matches the national trend and privately rented homes are an extremely important part of our housing market, so we must do all we can to make sure it provides safe and warm homes for people.

“The inquiry panel clearly believed that the use of discretionary powers in the form of selective and additional licensing for several areas would give an opportunity to bring about significant improvements in privately rented homes, helping those living in poor quality accommodation at a scale not seen before in Cornwall.

“I support these recommendations and believe that they will be key to delivering better standards of living.”

The inquiry looked at concerns such as poor property conditions, high levels of anti-social behaviour, and that many of Cornwall’s privately rented homes lie within areas of deprivation.

Challenges associated with the PRS that came to light included high levels of fuel poverty and a disparity between incomes and rents, together with housing benefit allowances that do not cover rental costs.

Covid-19 has added to these pressures, with some tenants struggling to meet rental costs and some landlords seeking possession of their properties when restrictions are relaxed.

Although these challenges are not unusual within England, they are exacerbated by the additional economic pressures faced by Cornwall’s residents.

Cornwall Councillor Cornelius Olivier, who chaired the inquiry, said: “The panel was mindful of the Council’s PRS Strategy for 2018-23, which aims to raise standards of private rented homes and ensure fewer people live in fuel poverty.

“We were also mindful of the effect that poor housing has in a wider sense, such as on people’s health and protecting children from harm as the numbers of children living in the PRS is known to have risen dramatically over recent years.

“We heard a wealth of evidence from experts, national reports and other inquiries.”

The panel was told that around 50 per cent of Cornwall’s privately rented housing is concentrated in its 20 largest towns and is a larger sector than social renting.

It also heard that more children now live in privately rented homes than live in socially rented or owner-occupied homes – and that housing costs are higher.

At a time when pandemic related restrictions are fully lifted and society is in a more settled state the Council will look to consult fully with all those who could be affected by further landlord licensing and will invite them for their views in due course before any decisions are made.

 

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Council highlights support for Cornwall’s shell fishing industry

Thu, 18/03/2021 - 14:20

Those working in Cornwall’s shell fishing industry are being urged to take advantage of the Government support available to them as they deal with the challenges of a post-Brexit landscape. 

Since the decision to leave the EU was taken, Cornwall Council has been working hard to help reduce any negative impact and disruption and maximise opportunities. 

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “We have called on the secretary of state George Eustice to urgently explore assistance for Cornwall's fish exporters, particularly those who are struggling to sell oysters, scallops and other shellfish to EU countries.  

“We want an urgent intervention by Government to provide certification as well as depuration facilities. We have stressed that we will play our own part to help with this, but we need Government action to tackle the impact of Brexit on many of our exporting fishing businesses. 

“Everyone involved in the industry is working hard to make sure that fisheries are getting the support they need – and I urge those who have not applied for grant support schemes to make sure they know what is available to them. 

“As a Council we will continue to work hard, with our partners in the industry, to make sure that fisheries get every penny of help that they are entitled to as they navigate these uncertain times.” 

The Council’s Cornwall Port Health Authority (CPHA) has worked with DEFRA to gain grant funding that has enabled Export Health Certificates to be provided at a low cost of £15 for the first few months of 2021 to help exporting businesses – and it is lobbying to extend this further into the year. 

CPHA, with support from the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (CIFCA) has also undertaken a fast-track sampling process to obtain Grade B classification for queen scallops from the Fal Fishery. 

CPHA stands ready to assist shellfish processors add additional capacity to their depuration facilities. 

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CIFCA has also refunded a proportion of the annual licence fee for vessels working in the Fal Fishery in recognition that most have been unable to export their catch. 

In addition, Cornwall Council Harbours Board has deferred the payment of mooring fees in the harbours it manages to help alleviate the impact of Covid-19 and disruption caused from the end of the EU Transition period. 

Loïc Rich, chair of the Cornwall Council Harbours Board, said: “Many fishermen, together with their fishing vessels, operate out of Cornwall Council-managed ports and harbours in the Duchy; it is a huge part of our economy, heritage, and what Cornwall is all about.  

“When and where we can, and as our Harbours Board has shown recently, we will try to help those who need assistance with meeting their mooring costs.” 

The Council’s Economic Growth Service has established a Fisheries Stakeholder Group to make sure that policies and lobbying of central Government is informed by the sector’s experience and concerns. We continue to represent Cornwall’s priorities in numerous Government and House of Lords consultations relating to the UK Fisheries Act and the UK/EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement. 

While various grant support schemes put in place by the Government have been welcomed, the Council has also pointed out the gaps in that support to Government ministers, which has resulted in changes that have widened the scope of such schemes. 

Gaps remain, however, and work continues in pushing the Government to get them filled. 

Details on the support available from Government can be found via the following links: 

Seafood Disruption Support Scheme 

Seafood Response Fund 

Further advice and guidance on support schemes can be accessed from via Cornwall & Isles of Scilly - Growth & Skills Hub 

 

Posted 18 March 2021

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Work to begin on new Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub in Truro

Thu, 18/03/2021 - 13:05

Cornwall Council is set to begin work on a new site in Truro to help rough sleepers by giving them a safe place to stay and support them on the path to a settled home.

Planning permission has been granted to convert Chough House, in River Street, Truro into a brand new, purpose-designed Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub. It will play a key role in the Council’s homelessness strategy to reduce the number people rough sleeping in Cornwall.

The building is a Council-owned former office building, which has been empty for some time. Work is set to begin in April on converting the building which will provide people who find themselves without a home or at risk of street homelessness, with a safe place to stay. There will be intensive support to help people on a pathway back to settled housing.

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The new scheme builds on the success of the temporary facility in the car park of Carrick House, known by the residents as ‘Carrick Cabins’, which were built in response to the Covid-19 situation.

Once completed, Chough House will include nine single-occupancy rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. One of the rooms will be fully wheelchair-accessible.

The site will also contain staff offices and communal lounges with full kitchens, which at times of urgent need could be converted into extra bed spaces.

There will also be laundry facilities and meeting rooms.

It will be staffed 24/7 by Cornwall Housing or security personnel, with CCTV in and around the building.

The building will have a new efficient air-source heating plant providing heating and hot water and has made provision for the future installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “This is a really important development in our strategy to help those without a home or at risk of being without a home.

“When completed the facility will provide emergency accommodation to anyone who is in need.

“I’m pleased to see that work will be starting soon and I look forward to it opening later this year, and my thanks go to all those that have worked so hard to make this happen. We are also very grateful to Truro City Council, and Truro Mayor and Ward Member, Councillor Bert Biscoe for all their support for this landmark project.”

Local member for Truro Boscawen, Bert Biscoe, said: “The approach, which has evolved from the Covid emergency of providing individual accommodation and one-to-one support, has achieved significant changes in our approach to helping people escape homelessness.

“I very much welcome the repurposing of Chough House where, with the same intensity of staff support, I think we can help people out of perilous circumstances effectively.

“It is important that we develop an approach which supports both homeless people and neighbourhood business. This is a very positive long-term move.”

Work will begin in late April, with a completion date expected in late November 2021.

 

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