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Transformation Board meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 18/06/2020 - 10:00
The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18 June 2020 – 10am to 12.30pm at NHS Kernow, Trevithick room, Sedgemoor, Priory Road, St Austell PL25 5AS.
Categories: Health

Postponed - Whose Shoes? United 2020

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 21/05/2020 - 10:00
Share your experiences in a safe and welcoming space where babies and partners are welcome.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's May 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Cornwall ensures rough sleepers are accommodated during Covid crisis

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 3 hours 19 min ago

Cornwall Council, supported by local hotels and holiday parks, has put plans in place to provide rough sleepers with accommodation during the coronavirus crisis.

On Friday 27 March 2020 there were 51 people identified as sleeping rough in Cornwall, 38 of whom were made offers of accommodation, with 13 being uncontactable.

Since then a further 14 people have been added, making a total of 65 across Cornwall.

Cabinet Member for Housing Andrew Mitchell said: “For those who are now being identified, or who have chosen not to accept an accommodation offer at this time, the Council continues to offer Outreach support and will be actively making offers of accommodation and encouraging people to accept."

“The Council doesn’t wish to see anybody sleeping rough in Cornwall during the Covid-19 pandemic and has the arrangements in place so that this is not necessary.”

The Government has confirmed that hotels, B&Bs, hostels and holiday parks that are providing accommodation to support people who are homeless through arrangements with the local authority or other public bodies should remain open to help with these arrangements.

People should note that such businesses are helping to house those in need and not encouraging tourism at this time.  

Registering homelessness

Keeping residents safe is our number one priority. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, you should contact Cornwall Housing Limited on 0300 1234 161 and ask for the Prevention and Engagement team. You can also find useful information and advice on their website at www.cornwallhousing.org.uk

If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough, you should report this through Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk or by phoning them on 0300 500 0914. Streetlink will then inform our Outreach Team who can make contact with the person and offer them help and support to find accommodation.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Have your say online on how planning rules can help tackle climate change

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 17:55

Residents can now have their say online on proposed new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle the climate emergency.  

The Climate Change Development Plan Document, or DPD, will outline Cornwall Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support Cornwall Council’s ambitious aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.  

Because of the need to stay at home in response to the Coronavirus, residents and other stakeholders can view the proposals online and give their views and suggestions by email from now until May 26. 

This first round of consultation will be held predominately online, and there will be no face-to-face public events or exhibitions during the current health emergency.  

If anyone cannot view the document online, paper copies can be provided. 

There will also be online events and question and answer sessions on the new DPD via Skype. Further details on the webcasts will follow. 

Climate Change DPD policies are being considered to support:   

Green energy –This could mean allocating areas for renewable energy, safeguarding renewable energy sources, and promoting energy storage solutions to ensure renewable power generated in Cornwall can be used here.   

Enhancing the environment – Using nature to reduce Cornwall’s carbon footprint, protecting and increasing biodiversity and planting more trees and hedges, for example through the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall programme.   

More efficient housing – Building homes with alternative, renewable energy sources, improving building standards and retrofitting Cornwall Council housing to make homes warmer and greener.  

Greener travel – Looking at ways to reduce the need to travel by designing places that encourage walking and cycling.  

Community resilience – Increasing resilience to coastal change and flooding, making sure buildings are in safe locations and creating natural flood management systems.  

Cabinet members approved plans for public consultation to start on the new Climate Change DPD at a meeting at Lys Kernow on March 18.   

Like the Local Plan, this DPD would become a statutory planning document supporting and strengthening the policies that have already been adopted, to protect the environment.  

All suggestions and feedback received during the consultation would be considered but not all ideas can be included in planning policy.   

There will be further chances to comment this year before the final policies are decided and submitted to Government for inspection next year.   

Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for culture, economy and planning, said: “While we are all doing our part during this pandemic

we need to keep up the momentum on our plans and action to tackle the climate emergency.  

“It is critical that we continue our work on developing the Climate Change Development Plan Document which will be our vision of how we can help lower our carbon footprint through our planning policies. 

“We hope that you will find the time to give us your views and suggestions during this consultation. Climate change is important to all of us and we need to press on with this vital work to safeguard the future for everyone.”  

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s cabinet member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “We have seen the incredible community action of our residents across Cornwall recently.

“While social distancing has meant we have had to cancel or postpone public meetings and events, you can still contribute ideas and comments on our Climate Change DPD online and through other means.

“If you can’t access the internet get in touch and we will arrange for a paper copy of our plans to be sent out to you.” 

Public consultation on the Climate Change Development Plan Document runs from now until 26 May.  

To give views on the Climate Change DPD or for further information visit Cornwall Council’s website or email climatechange.dpd@cornwall.gov.uk or call 0300 1234 151. 

 

Story posted on 7 April, 2020

Categories: Councils, Politics

New heritage and community use proposed for former Redruth Library building

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 16:24

2 to 4 Clinton Road, Redruth, the imposing Victorian former library building, may soon become a cultural and heritage hub following the approval by Cornwall Council of a bid by Cornwall Heritage Trust.

Extensive marketing aimed at securing a future community use was carried out since October 2019, and there were a number of expressions of interest.

Now Cornwall Council has accepted a bid from the Cornwall Heritage Trust. This 35 year old charity protects some of the most notable heritage sites in Cornwall, including Treffry Viaduct, Castle an Dinas and Sancreed Beacon. It also provides grants to other heritage organisations and has an education programme.

It intends to transform 2 to 4 Clinton Road into a cultural and heritage hub, where organisations can meet and hold events and functions, and where the Trust can have a more visible presence within the community. The acquisition will be assisted by Heritage Funding which the Trust is obtaining direct.

Cornwall Council’s Leader Julian German, local Redruth Members and the Town Council all support the disposal and consider that the Trust’s proposed use will be sustainable and receive local support.

The building has also recently been awarded Grade II Listing by English Heritage.

The Library service has been relocated and will now be at Redruth Civic Centre, Alma Place, Redruth, TR15 2AT. Its re-opening date is postponed until further notice due to Coronavirus.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Holiday lets investigated for flouting COVID-19 closure orders

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 12:43

Cornwall Council has worked to ensure that accommodation providers are shut to holidaymakers as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The overwhelming majority of holiday accommodation providers such as self- catering businesses, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, hotels, campsites and holiday homes, closed their doors last month as a result of the Government ordering all non-essential businesses to stop operating and for everyone to stay at home and avoid unessential travel.

But over the weekend the Council’s Public Protection team received around 200 reports from residents alleging that some holiday lets were still open to people visiting Cornwall.

After investigations the majority of premises contacted have now complied, including:

  • A number of Airbnb properties which were shut on Friday evening despite incorrect information on the booking platform’s website;
  • Two glamping sites;
  • Several premises which agreed to send guests home after being contacted
  • A campsite and other premises which have confirmed they are now closed;
  • A holiday cottages letting agency which has now ordered all guests to leave and cancelled upcoming bookings.

Officers are phoning businesses to investigate complaints, followed up with written warnings.

On-site visits are made when businesses fail to comply, or evidence is needed.

Last week the Council wrote to all holiday accommodation owners, letting agents and booking platforms in Cornwall to ask for their cooperation in complying with the closure orders.

There are a number of exemptions which allow some holiday accommodation businesses to remain open, for example to provide accommodation for key workers, NHS staff and for health and care use.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said: “We have been following up all complaints over the weekend and continue to do so today to protect our communities and protect our NHS resources. Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about this matter.

“Some complaints will require further investigation over the coming days and some will also require physical visits to check and possibly to take action, but the vast majority of complaints received have revealed no non-compliance with the new laws to close certain businesses or the accommodation provider was happy to take our advice and close.

“We need everyone to stay at home so we can fight this health crisis together but our message to visitors is to please come back to Cornwall when all this is over.”

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “I pleased that almost all tourism accommodation providers are complying with the law, that said it is still very disappointing that some were found to be flouting the orders of the Government.

“I would like to thank Cllr Rob Nolan and the Cornwall Council staff for their investigations over the weekend and I would ask the public to keep vigilant and report any further properties that they suspect may be defying the law.

“I would also ask that people not jump to suspicions or make adverse comments online or in person to anyone they suspect, as many will still be operating to house key workers, health and care staff and the homeless – so please report, but do not jump to the wrong conclusion.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “I am delighted that the proactive approach taken by Cornwall Council, which engaged businesses early in this issue, has had a significant effect, with the vast majority of accommodation providers complying with these regulations and some becoming part of the solution by providing temporary homes for critical workers and victims of crime.

“Unfortunately, there will always be a minority who do flout the regulations, both police and local authority partners need to be robust in dealing with them to ensure that we save lives and protect the NHS at this most vital time in our response to this crisis.”

Campsites and caravan parks are now closed but Council officers have also ordered people in campervans and caravans in Council car parks to leave.

Motorhomes, campers and vans parked on roads would fall under the remit of Devon and Cornwall Police.

Cornwall Council is requesting people reporting accommodation providers who may be breaking the law to give as much information as possible including a precise address, the name of the accommodation or owner and a telephone number or email address if known.

The email to contact the Council is: covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

 

Story posted on 7 April, 2020

Categories: Councils, Politics

People Hub phoneline set up to advise people with employment questions during Covid-19 pandemic

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 07:57

The Council is introducing a new service to help individuals with support and advice on employment, training and skills and where to find further help. 

Residents can call the People Hub phoneline on 0333 0150699.  It will be available between 10am–5pm, Monday–Friday, with an out-of-hours messaging service outside of those times.

People Hub will be staffed by a multi-agency team to provide immediate information, advice, and guidance about    
  • Employment and skills support programmes 
  • Temporary staffing agency workers 
  • Those under threat of redundancy or made redundant 
  • Self-employed 
  • Zero hours contract workers 
  • Being furloughed 
  • Retraining or developing new skills 
  • Sick Pay and Processes 

People Hub was due to be launched later this year but has been set up now as an emergency response to help people during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It will be managed by the Cornwall Development Company and work alongside the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub to provide individuals (as opposed to businesses) with a similar service by monitoring what is happening and providing links to other organisations and agencies who can provide more personalised and in-depth support.  

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Culture, Economy and Planning Bob Egerton said: “This new service is aimed at people who are concerned about their jobs and what help and support they can access in this current very difficult situation. The People Hub will help give individuals the support they need in the same way that the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub is a fantastic resource for businesses.” 

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We know that COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our economy so it’s vital that individuals as well as businesses are supported through this crisis. The People Hub will provide that support to anyone facing employment issues or wanting to develop new skills.”  

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