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NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 11:30
Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
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Lines need repainting, 20th January

Due to parked cars on opposite side of road cars drive down the pavement and these lines have now worn away. Due to new estates the road is getting busier and pedestrians have to huddle against the wall or stand in the drain gulley to keep hold of their limbs.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Trevassack Hill, Hayle
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Join a new One and All Race Equality Forum to help tackle race inequality in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 14:25

Residents are invited to join Cornwall’s new Race Equality Forum so that communities can come together and help create a more inclusive, and anti-racist Cornwall.

Cornwall Council is facilitating the event at the request of a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) steering group established last July in the wake of the global reaction to the death of George Floyd.

Race equality forum 

The steering group have put forward a series of actions which have been endorsed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board to condemn all racist and discriminatory behaviour, commit to an anti-racist Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, and to work together to tackle racism in all its forms.

One of the key actions was to set up a One and All Race Equality Forum for Cornwall and a new core group for this forum, taking over the work of the BAME Steering Group. The first forum will take place on Thursday 4 February from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Cornwall Council Leader, Julian German said: “This is an opportunity for people across Cornwall to come together and make a real difference to people’s lives. This first session will ask people to agree a model of tackling racism that will work for Cornwall and to decide how they want to be involved as this forum and core group moves forward.

“We want to shine a light on injustices that take place across Cornwall. There should be nowhere that hate and racism can hide. There should be no instances where people are discriminated against, abused, threatened and made to live in fear. I’d urge as many people as possible to come together and stand up against racism in Cornwall.”

The first session will include updates on the steps already taken and a discussion about how the new forum and core group could work and what the priorities should be. It will also include guest speaker, Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol who will talk about Bristol’s  experiences in tackling race inequality head on, the lessons they learned, what worked well and their hopes for the future.

People will also be asked to make a commitment about how they would like to continue to be involved.

To sign up for the session then please visit the Let’s Talk Cornwall website   and answer a few short questions. A link to the online meeting will then be sent to participants.

To read about the agreed aims for tackling racism, and read about more of the work that has taken place then please visit Cornwall Council’s website

Story created on 20 January

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Low-carbon projects in Cornwall get funding from new scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:42

A total of 14 projects aiming to boost greener living around Cornwall have been given funding from a new Cornwall Council scheme. 

Back in the summer the Council launched the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, with the aim of handing out grants to projects that supported low-carbon infrastructure. 

Now, after a vigorous and competitive application and selection process, the successful projects can be announced. 

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “When we launched the CIL Fund we wanted to make sure that money went to projects that were based on a low-carbon way of thinking to give their communities a greener future. 

“It was incredibly tough to make the decisions, but we believe that the projects we have backed are deliverable and will really enhance the communities in which they are based. 

“This fund personifies our commitment to tackling climate change and helping Cornwall work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

“The projects that we have selected show the sort of community action that has not only helped us through the pandemic but will ensure greener, brighter, futures for us all. 

“Congratulations to all those who have been successful and we look forward to seeing the results.” 

Since January 2019 the Council has been charging developers the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to reduce any potential adverse effects resulting from new housing and other building projects.  

CIL payments are set aside to be spent on infrastructure projects to benefit communities and support development. Between 15 to 25 per cent of the levy goes to the town or parish council where the development has taken place.  

Last summer the Council made a further £500,000 available to not-for-profit organisations and community groups, including local councils, who could bid for funds to pay for infrastructure projects that encourage greener and healthier lifestyles.  

Now the process has been completed, the actual total support provided by the CIL Fund could rise to £622,939, depending on whether some projects secure match-funding from elsewhere.  

Applicants needed to show how there was local need and community support for their project, as well as how it will enable lower carbon living as part of the Council’s ambitions for Cornwall to become carbon-neutral by 2030.  

The successful projects are:  

  • The 2 Minute Foundation: £32,576 to convert an old beach office and toilets at Bude into an education centre with a community hub and office space 

  • Falmouth Town Council: £43,276 to install a boardwalk to bridge the gap between other components of the Falmouth Green Corridor 

  • Chyan Community Trust: £25,000 for a pathway, play trail, signage, multi-use workshop floor area in Mabe 

  • Urban Biodiversity CIC - Newquay Community Orchard: £65,000 to improve access routes through the orchard and to carry out final landscaping works, including the planting of over 700 new trees by the community. 

  • Our Only World: £67,500 to manufacture and place water bottle refill stations across Cornwall 

  • Walker Lines Gymnasium Trust, Bodmin: £53,345 to install 104 solar panels, which will cover more than 50 per cent of the trust’s electricity needs 

  • South Kerrier Alliance CIC: £32,645 to create a fully accessible walking and cycling route between Porthleven and the existing routes within the Penrose Estate 

  • Launceston Community Development Trust: £35,000 for the planting and landscaping of a community orchard, creating a connected hub with community buildings, several connected paths and crossings, and provide the site with a drainage scheme to reduce flood risk. The project also includes maintenance and protection of present trees, newly planted trees, and hedgerows 

  • Troon Association Football Club: £30,000 for the refurbishment and extension of changing rooms and club house facilities for the club and wider community 

  • Budehaven Community School: £45,702 for a sustainable temporary structure with surrounding wildlife garden to provide accommodation for pupils at risk of exclusion 

  • Dobwalls and Trewidland Parish Council: £30,000 to create a community nature space and for recreational activities 

  • Co Cars Ltd: £62,500 to launch a scheme with 18 e-bikes for hire, by the hour, available from charging points at Chy Trevail, town centre and at least four other locations around Bodmin 

  • Co Cars Ltd: £58,000 to create an infrastructure of 2 electric cars with EV charging plus 2 public charging points in Bude 

  • Stithians Energy Group: £42,395 for the installation of solar panels and a storage battery at the Stithians Centre 

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Applications opened for Cornwall’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:32

Cornwall Council has launched the application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme, aimed at businesses which have been forced to close or limit trading during the current coronavirus lockdown.   

Cornwall has been allocated £11.5m by the Government for the scheme, designed to support businesses who are not eligible for other forms of financial support and have fixed ongoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments, loans or lease agreements for capital equipment or rental of workspaces.

Businesses have until 23.59pm on Sunday, January 31, to apply for a one-off grant. Those eligible include businesses which:    

  • Have not previously received any form of coronavirus grant support 
  • Are Cornwall based and owned     
  • Have been legally required to close and are not business rate registered  
  • Have been severely impacted by the national lockdown which began on Tuesday January 5, but are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) because they have not been mandated to close. This will include a range of businesses who supply goods and services to the hospitality, retail and leisure sector; businesses supplying services to the visitor economy, such as holiday cottage management companies, and; businesses from the event sector such as caterers and event venues. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 who were eligible but did not apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant in November. 

*Home based businesses or newly-started businesses which have been excluded from accessing the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme can apply to the ARG fund and do not have to demonstrate ongoing fixed costs. 

Read more about eligibility and the amount of grant support available 

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy, said: “Our priority is those eligible businesses which have not yet been able to claim any other grant, or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.  

“We want to make a difference to the Cornish businesses hardest hit by loss of income because of lockdown, who have also struggled because of a lack of targeted Government support. We know many of them have fallen between the cracks and we want to put that right.”

Local Restrictions Support Grant 

Cornwall Council continues to pay out vital grant support to businesses affected by changes in tier restrictions and the current national lockdown. The Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to pass on Government grants to Cornwall’s businesses during the lockdown which began in March 2020.

The Council has so far paid out £1.92m to more than 7,500 businesses which had to close when Cornwall moved to Tier 3 restrictions on Boxing Day. And around 12,000 businesses forced to close during the January lockdown will receive their first payments next week under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as well as a Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000).    

If you received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) payment following the November lockdown, you will not need to apply for the LRSG for the current lockdown period or a Closed Business Lockdown Payment. 

Businesses will need to submit an application if they are:    

  • Businesses which pay business rates and have been forced to close, but did not apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grants in November 2020, will need to apply for this latest round of Local Restrictions Support Grants and the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants £4k-£9K)  
  • Business rated businesses which were not required to close, but have been severely impacted by the change in tier restrictions on December 26 when Cornwall entered Tier 2 and December 31 when Cornwall entered Tier 3 (December 26 to December 30 and December 31 to January 4). The application form for this grant will be available on our website shortly.  

Read more about coronavirus business support 

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G7 summit, councillor allowances and A39 Camelford bypass discussed at Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 20/01/2021 - 08:24

News of the forthcoming G7 summit in Cornwall, future councillors’ allowances, and funding for the planned A39 Camelford Bypass were all discussed when Cornwall Council met for the first time in 2021.

Addressing the virtual meeting, Cllr Julian German, leader of the council, expressed his delight at news of the planned visit by world leaders to Carbis Bay in June.

He said: “Colleagues, as you are aware, Cornwall has been chosen to host the G7 Leaders’ summit in June. It's a great opportunity for the government to invest in building back better in Cornwall, to deliver our ambitions of a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall.

“We must ensure that Cornish culture, our businesses and the great work we are doing in tackling the ecological and climate crisis are showcased, and that Government gives Cornwall a strong platform to attract inward investment.”

German Julian

Also on the agenda were councillors allowances following the forthcoming elections, which will see the number of members reduced from 123 to 87.

Councillors considered a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel, which is made up of independent members of the public and does not involve councillors.

The panel does not consider budgets when recommending allowances, but bases its decisions on evidence, including looking at other local authorities and member surveys.

It had recommended that the basic allowance for members should be set at £15,596.99 – an increase from the current £14,472.48 - on the evidence presented to it regarding Councillors workload and responsibilities as community leaders.

However, councillors voted against the proposals by 76 votes to 34.  The existing members allowances scheme will now continue to operate, index linked to the annual pay award for council staff.

Among other items considered by the council was the authority’s capital programme, which included setting aside £6.59m as the council’s potential contribution for the A39 Atlantic Highway (Camelford bypass) scheme.

If the scheme is approved, it will help resolve issues of traffic congestion and air pollution in the North Cornwall town. Camelford has one of the highest levels of air  pollution in Cornwall.

£5.8m was agreed for schemes various schemes that will help to tackle climate change.

You can watch a recording of the meeting by visiting www.cornwall.gov.uk

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New grant programme launched by Headstart Kernow and Cornwall Community Foundation to support young people’s mental wellbeing

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 16:35

Young people in Cornwall will be able to access grants to support mental wellbeing thanks to a new grant programme launched by Headstart Kernow, the partnership programme run by Cornwall Council and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Headstart Kernow are working in partnership with the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF), the Cornish community grants charity, to create and administer the Fund.  In a ground-breaking development, a panel of young people will meet regularly to consider applications to the programme and award the grants.

The pandemic has put additional strain on many young people in Cornwall who were already struggling with their mental health. Social isolation, loss of routine, changes in formal and informal support and uncertainty all threaten the mental wellbeing of young people. Since 2016, Headstart Kernow has been working with schools across the county to build the resilience of young people.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said, “The guiding principle of Headstart Kernow is that young people with first-hand experience of the issues they face are best placed to shape potential solutions.

“The pandemic has created many additional pressures for young people and the Council is delighted to launch the Young People’s Wellbeing Fund to award grants in support of young people, decided by young people.”

Grants are available from £500 - £2,000 per individual for activities and interventions that make an immediate impact for young people in need of additional support. Applications for individual grants are made through a sponsoring organisation such as a youth group, community group or school. Activities that can be supported include, for example, trying new activities, accessing green spaces and meeting new people through group activity, as well as therapy-based interventions.

Tamas Haydu, Chief Executive of Cornwall Community Foundation, commented, “This is such a challenging time for young people in Cornwall and the Headstart Kernow Fund is a really exciting grant programme that will change young lives. We are delighted to be administering the grant programme for young people in Cornwall and working with the Headstart team.”

Headstart Kernow is part of a national six-year, £67.4 million National Lottery funded programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. HeadStart aims to explore and test new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 10 to 16 and prevent serious mental health issues from developing.

Scott Hignett, Head of Funding for HeadStart at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “This new fund will give young people in Cornwall the opportunity to explore different ways to build their resilience and improve their mental health. Putting young people at the forefront of mental health services is a core part of the HeadStart programme, and the Young People’s Wellbeing Fund is a fantastic example of this.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, Headstart Kernow is providing access to additional support and activities in Cornwall as we continue to feel the impact of the pandemic.”

For information on how community groups, mental health projects and individuals can apply for a grant, please visit the Cornwall Community Foundation website.

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You can still access Cornwall’s libraries without leaving your home

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 15:53

Thousands of people have discovered Cornwall Council’s online library service over the last year.

Since the first lockdown began in March, approximately 4,000 people across the county have joined their local library.

Cornwall Library membership allows free access to a huge selection of e-books, e-audio books, online newspapers and magazines, and much more.

When the first lockdown came into force in March 2020 the library service saw a 104% increase in e-book downloads compared to the previous month and a 39% increase in e-audio downloads.

In October the number of free newspaper and magazine downloads reached 60,000 – a 100% rise compared to February.

There are many other free online library resources: library members can research their family history, read a comic, or even learn a foreign language. Details on these and more can be found here.

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for libraries, said: “It’s great to see so many people in Cornwall have discovered or re-discovered the library, the joy of reading, and the huge mental health benefits associated with it.

“We know that home schooling can be really difficult for both parents and children and having access to online library resources could be a huge help for many families over the coming weeks.”

The Government recognises that libraries provide an ‘essential service’ to local communities. Some libraries in Cornwall are offering click and collect services during lockdown. All covid protocols are adhered to, including the quarantining of books before lending.

Access to public network computers is available in some branches with usage limited to those who are vulnerable and in need.

In line with current Government guidance, where the library building allows, members of the public will not need to go inside to collect their books. Instead reserved items can be collected from the library entrance.

You can see what services your local library is operating here.

If you are not currently a library member, or if your library membership has lapsed, you can sign up to the library service free of charge on the Cornwall Council website here.

 

Story posted January 19, 2021

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Cornwall Council and Cornish Pirates team up for 'stay safe, stay a home' lockdown message

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 14:44

Cornwall Council and the Cornish Pirates have teamed up to send an important message to residents urging them to ‘stay safe, stay at home’ during lockdown. 

Pirates players Tom Duncan, Robin Wedlake and Jay Tyack all feature in a short video reminding people of all ages to follow the latest public health guidance so we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 in Cornwall. 

Recent public health data shows that more than two thirds of overall Covid cases in Cornwall were registered in the last six weeks, and the virus is spreading fastest in the community among those under 40. 

 

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “We’re really grateful to the Cornish Pirates for linking up with us to produce this short video. Rugby is such an integral part of sporting life in Cornwall, and I’d like to thank Tom, Robin and Jay for agreeing to take part. 

“Their message is such an important one. The virus is affecting people of all ages and hospitals all over the country, including here in Cornwall, are under immense pressure. 

“If we want to protect our health service and keep our friends and family safe, it’s important we all continue to follow the rules and stay at home – as they say in the video, it’s tough but it’s not forever.” 

Speaking on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, media officer Phil Westren said: “As ever, our players are always keen to respond to help where possible, and at this time the message they express is so very worthy – and especially so because it is being delivered by them as younger members of our community.” 

Director of public health Rachel Wigglesworth said: “I’m grateful to the players for taking part, and for helping us get this vital public health messaging across to residents. The guidance is clear: please stay at home as much as possible and only leave for essential reasons. Follow social distancing rules if you do have to leave your home for essential reasons, and try to minimise your contact with other people to reduce your chances of catching the virus.”

Categories: Councils, Politics

Parking charges suspended in all Council car parks during lockdown

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 11:58

Cornwall Council will suspend parking charges in all of its car parks from Saturday (January 16 2021) until the end of the current national lockdown, as part of efforts to further limit the spread of coronavirus and to support residents. 

The move will mean that some civil enforcement officers and back room staff, due to a reduced service, can be redeployed to support the Council’s Covid-19 response, as well as help residents who rely on on-street parking at home, or live in resident only parking zone areas.   

As many people return to home working arrangements in response to the latest national lockdown, there has been an increase in the number of vehicles parked on residential roads and residents unable to find a parking space near their homes. They will now have the option to park for free in a Council car park.   

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “We are all being asked to stay at home where possible and we want to lead by example, by doing all we can to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  

“The daily operation of our 133 charging car parks requires staff to carry out regular patrols and security officers to collect money from the machines. Given the current lockdown, and the Council’s key role in responding to the pandemic locally, we have a duty to keep our staff safe, as well as ensure all efforts are focussed on dealing with the response - and subsequent recovery - from Covid-19.”     

 

Story posted 15 January 2021

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