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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 01/12/2020 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Partnership Senate

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 15/10/2020 - 10:00
The next meeting will take place on Thursday 15 October 2020, 10am to 12 noon.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's October 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

16 Cornish beaches to get continued RNLI Lifeguard cover until November, and a further 8 will have weekend and half term cover

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 24/09/2020 - 17:12

Cornwall Council and the RNLI have reached an agreement to extend lifeguard cover on 24 of Cornwall’s beaches until November 1.

Under the agreement 16 beaches will have daily cover, and eight at weekends PLUS every day during the half term holiday.

The extension recognises that Cornwall has had a shorter holiday season due to the original pandemic lockdown, with lifeguards in West Cornwall having reported a 100% increase in beach use, and an amazing 200% increase in numbers of people entering the water (see notes below).

Hotels and holiday accommodation providers are experiencing good bookings for September, and ‘staycations’ have become the norm with holidays abroad curtailed by Covid restrictions and quarantining.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, said: “This has been an entirely unpredictable and unfamiliar year, and we are so pleased to have been able to arrange this extra cover with the RNLI. Whatever the weather, Cornwall’s beaches have remained popular, and we all feel much safer with these good people keeping an eye on us, and with their colleagues in the Lifeboats only a 999 phone call away.”

“As we enter October I would urge those intending to swim, surf or sail to head for the 24 beaches where lifeguards will be watching. Remember, no flags means no lifeguard! Those who venture further should at least aim to be accompanied, and get information on tides and sea conditions. Know your own limits and do not take risks in our Autumn seas. If you are intending to walk the cliffs or coast path, take a friend, and carry a mobile phone.”

“And to our welcome visitors, please observe all the latest Coronavirus restrictions and advice so our residents and tradespeople stay safe. Let’s make sure our emergency services – including lifeguards, lifeboat crews and coastguards – don’t have to risk their own lives in order to save yours.”

The details of the RNLI lifeguard cover are:

After this Sunday 27 September, lifeguard cover will cease at the following beaches
  • Seaton
  • Sharrow
  • Tregantle
  • Kennack
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Tolcarne
  • Porth
  • Porthcothan
  • Portreath
  • St. Agnes
  • Perran Sands
  • Godrevy
  • Upton Towans
  • Beach View
  • Porthminster
  • Gwenver
  • Booby’s
  • Trevone
  • Trebarwith
  • Crooklets
The following beaches will continue to have weekend cover plus every day of October half term holiday (Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November): 
  • Poldhu
  • Porthcurno
  • Treyarnon
  • Sandymouth
  • Hayle Towans
  • Chapel Porth
  • Holywell Bay
  • Crantock
Full time cover will continue until 1 November on the following beaches:
  • Tregonhawke
  • Praa Sands
  • Fistral
  • Towan
  • Watergate Bay
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Porthtowan
  • Perranporth
  • Gwithian
  • Porthmeor
  • Sennen
  • Constantine
  • Harlyn
  • Polzeath
  • Widemouth
  • Summerleaze.

Lifeguarding hours will be from 10.00 until 18.00 until BST ends on 25 October after which service will be affected by failing light

Notes:

RNLI lifeguards covering 10 beaches in West Cornwall recorded 78,000 beach users in the first week of September 2020, compared to 39,000 beach users on 15 beaches in the same area in the same period in 2019 (an increase of 100 per cent)

RNLI lifeguards covering 10 beaches in West Cornwall recorded 18,000 people using the water in the first week of September 2020, compared to 6,000 on 15 beaches in the same area in the same period in 2019 (an increase of 200 per cent)

Categories: Councils, Politics

Father and son given final warning for cruelty to animals

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 24/09/2020 - 14:40

John Read (age 70) and his son Sam (35), from Praze an Beeble, have been fined over £6,500 and given a suspended prison sentence for causing cruelty to sheep, goats and cattle.

On 9 January 2020 officers from Cornwall Council’s Animal Health Team and a vet from DEFRA visited the farm. They discovered most of the animals on the farm were kept in unacceptable conditions.

On 18 September 2020, before District Judge Matson, the Reads pleaded guilty to

  1. Failing to provide adequate shelter, food and dry lying area to cattle
  2. Failing to protect cattle from dangerous objects
  3. Failing to provide ducks with clean water
  4. Failing to provide sheep adequate food.

Kevin Hill prosecuted for the Council and informed the Court that many of the sheep and goats were emaciated yet had no quality supplementary feed, and the cattle were on high ground and moorland and yet had no shelter and only dusty poor-quality hay to eat. The cattle also had access to scrap and collapsed fencing. The poultry were shut in a shed with no water and were thirsty when given water.

Hollie Gilbery and Chris Cuddihee representing the Reads informed the Court that the wet winter compounded by John Read’s ill health had caused a perfect storm. Over this summer cattle, sheep and goats had been sold and buildings repaired, so that the animals would receive better care this winter.

The District Judge gave credit for the early guilty plea and genuine remorse, however as the animals were kept for commercial activity and some of the sheep were emaciated, so had been caused a high level of suffering, a custodial sentence was appropriate. This was suspended for 12 months due to various improvements on the farm.

The Reads were each ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work and pay the Council’s costs of £6,500. They were warned that any future non-compliance would result in prison and a ban on keeping animals.

Jane Tomlinson, the Head of Trading Standards for Cornwall Council, said: “This case involvedwell-intentioned but ultimately incompetent smallholders. Over the years the Council and DEFRA have provided the Reads with considerable advice, but it was ignored.”

Councillor Rob Nolan, the portfolio holder for Public Protection said:“Where officers find repeated non-compliance or a complete disregard for farm animal welfare, the Council will take formal action to protect animals and the reputation of the Cornish farming industry.”

Categories: Councils, Politics

George welcomes Winter Economy Plan

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP in the Winter Economy Plan as part of the next phase of our planned economic response to coronavirus, following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation. 

Large tree roots are coming through the road causing issues for cars driving over them. Our cars are being damaged, 24th September

There is a very large tree on Headland Rd where the nursing home is. It causes many problems, Including debris falling on people and on cars, it has branches hanging down all over and are importantly its tree roots are now starting to protrude through the road causing issues to cars etc driving up and down the road, as the 'humps' are becoming more pronounced. I feel the tree should be removed. It also hangs over the electric and the phone lines, which is a danger in itself.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): The Cliffs Headland Road, Carbis Bay
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Camborne man admits selling illegal tobacco

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/09/2020 - 17:56

Neil Browning, 57, of Marriots Avenue, Weeth Road, Camborne appeared before Truro Magistrates on 9 September 2020. He admitted four charges in relation to the supply of illegal tobacco products, and the evasion of taxes and duties. He was:

  • sentenced to 60 hours of community service
  • ordered to pay legal costs and
  • forfeited cash of more than £7,000

The Court heard that Browning had been selling the illegal tobacco products to a network of contacts. On 13 September 2019 officers from Cornwall Council Trading Standards and Devon & Cornwall Police executed a warrant at his home address. There they found 1,800 counterfeit Richmond cigarettes and 76 pouches of tobacco that did not conform to the UK labelling requirements. A mobile phone, notebooks and cash totalling over £3,700 were also seized. 

Representing the defendant, Mr Moore of Howell Hylton Solicitors explained that Browning was 57 years old with no previous convictions.  He had a wife who was partially sighted for whom he was the carer. He was at risk of losing his job that he had held for over 20 years. He also explained that Browning was on medication to assist him with sleeping as a result of the court proceedings hanging over him.  

The Magistrates explained that they viewed these offences as very serious and that the uniformity of the packaging and warnings were in place so that people were not attracted to a certain brand. They reminded the defendant that the Government and local authority spent a great deal of time, money and effort in trying to deter people from smoking. 

Browning was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order and ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work.  

He was also ordered to pay £3,500 towards the costs and a victim surcharge of £90. Although Browning asked to pay this by instalments the Magistrates noted that he had savings of £7,000. Therefore ordered that the £3,590 should be paid in full with 56 days.  

They also ordered the forfeiture and deprivation of all the items seized from him during the warrant. 

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Health, welcomed the sentence imposed by the court and explained the harm caused by illegal cigarettes. She said: “Almost 1,000 people die each year in Cornwall from smoking-related illness. The sale of cheap tobacco absolutely undermines all encouragement to quit. We have to encourage all possible action against those who sell illegal tobacco and cigarettes.” 

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can carry fines, community orders or prison. In this case the seller admitted that he risked losing his job for the sake of earning money from the illegal sales.  It has taken a criminal conviction for the seriousness to register with him. 

“More and more of these cases are based upon information provided by local residents, a clear indication that communities are not happy to have this type of criminal activity taking place near their homes and businesses. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual selling from home, the chances are you will be reported. Our crackdown will continue.” 

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence by emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Further funding continuing to help self-employed in Cornwall

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed new statistics recently released, that show the huge government support for self-employed workers in Cornwall.

22,400 people in the county have accessed £55million worth of government grants via the second tranche of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). These grants do not need to be paid back and will help to cover lost earnings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Council vows to put residents first as Covid-19 cases rise nationally

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/09/2020 - 17:37

Putting the health of residents first and standing up for Cornwall’s businesses at a time when Government considers new public health measures to tackle a rise in Covid-19 cases was highlighted when Cornwall Council met today.

The full council meeting, held virtually, was addressed by council leader Julian German on the challenge facing Cornwall in the weeks and months ahead.

Cllr German told his fellow councillors: “Our businesses are already suffering from the economic impacts of the virus. I have yet to receive a reply from the Chancellor regarding Cornwall's call for the unspent business rates grant money to be released to help those businesses that have said they need it through the discretionary business grant process.

“I will therefore write to the Prime Minister this week, making the case again to Government.

“No one understands business needs in Cornwall as well as those of us who live and work here, and we should be allowed to distribute that money to the people who need it most.

“We need to help these businesses and to protect the people they employ. As the furlough scheme draws to an end, this money, that we continue hold, waiting for the government to say we can release it, could provide vital support for Cornwall’s businesses. 

“The next few weeks are crucial for us to do everything we can to minimise a second wave of infections. I want to ask everyone to do their bit to help.

“As we move onto the autumn, please continue to follow the key public health rules which are the only certain ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus: wear a mask as appropriate, keeping social distancing and wash your hands.”

Other issues debated at the meeting included the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system, the appointment of a section 151 officer, and the arrangements for meetings ahead of next year’s local elections in May.

You will be able to rewatch today’s meeting via the council’s website by following the below link:  https://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=584&MId=9693&Ver=4

Categories: Councils, Politics

Cars parking on school keep clear markings, 22nd September

Causing blocks so traffic can’t pass

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 44 Weeth Road, Camborne
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Cornwall Council urges businesses to familiarise themselves with new Government Covid rules

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/09/2020 - 12:28

With the government due to launch the NHS COVID-19 app for residents in England and Wales this week, Cornwall Council is urging businesses to familiarise themselves with how the system will work.

Last week, the Government announced that certain venues, including venues run by local authorities will now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues by the 24th September in order to support the roll out of the app.

For the businesses and other venues involved, the process will mean registering when anyone enters any premises where they may congregate for more than 15 minutes in close proximity to others.

These venues need to keep a record of who is there, and when so that when someone tests positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace teams can trace people who have been in close contact with that person recently.

The app has been created to make that process easier and more reliable for those businesses, as well as for the general public who visit those places. There are two elements:

Right now, businesses and other venues across England and Wales are being urged by the government to ensure that they have NHS ‘QR’ code posters visible on entry, so that customers can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

There is a legal requirement for certain venues, including public venues run by local authorities, to display NHS QR posters, and to enforce the recently introduced ‘rule of six' in their venues by the 24 September.

You should create and display a QR code if you are a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public; or an event which is taking place in a physical location. They include:

• hospitality
• leisure and tourism
• close contact services
• places of worship
• local authority venues, such as libraries and children’s centres

From Thursday 24 September, the public will be encouraged to download the new NHS COVID-19 app, that they then use when entering a premises, by showing their smartphone to the businesses’ QR code poster.

The phone app and the QR code poster do the rest. It will create a digital record that you visited that venue at that time, and that record will be logged on your phone for 21 days.

Those residents without a smartphone will be provided with other methods with which to register their attendance.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “We want to do all we can to make sure businesses and those businesses affected by the new rules aren’t caught out by the new legal requirements. We are encouraging businesses to follow government guidance and to download the free posters and display them in their premises ahead of the launch of the app. That way, customers can use them straight away, once the app is launched.

“The more data available, the more effective the track and trace process will be, and the more businesses taking part will encourage the public to download the app and to increase its effectiveness.”

If you are a business or you are holding an event at which the public are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes in close proximity, you can download the free QR code poster here.

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location.

For more information about the NHS COVID-19 app, visit covid19.nhs.uk

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