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24 September 2021

In this issue:

  • Stop COVID spreading through your household
  • COVID testing for businesses
  • Leisure centre consultation
  • Let's Talk Homes
  • Prosperous Cornwall 2050
  • Cornwall Community Flood Forum Annual Conference
  • Cornwall Harbours Harbour Revision Order
  • Reuse opportunities at HWRCs
  • A-Z of recycling
  • NHS waiting times
  • Important support

Stop COVID spreading through your household

Please share this information with people in your area.

Even though the number of COVID-19 cases is falling in Cornwall, the virus is still circulating. Current data from Cornwall Council’s Public Health team shows that a lot of cases are down to what is called ‘household transmission’. This is where one person tests positive in a household, and then spreads the virus to others in the house.

It is possible to stop this spread by trying to self-isolate not only from other people in your community, but also from other people in your household. Try to open windows and keep shared spaces ventilated where possible to help blow the virus away. It’s also a good idea to regularly wipe down shared surfaces – for example in kitchens and bathrooms – and try to avoid spending time together, such as watching TV as a family.

All these little measures will help to stop the virus impacting on everyone in your house. Dr Ruth Goldstein has recorded a short video which you can share to help spread the message. 

COVID testing for businesses

Cornwall Council has launched the COVID STAR scheme to promote rapid COVID testing in businesses. The scheme allows traders to receive free Lateral Flow Tests to help prevent workforce outbreaks and ensure business continuity.

Those that engage with the scheme are being encouraged to display a poster with the STAR messaging – Staff Testing Available Regularly. This will let prospective customers know that the business is taking its responsibilities around COVID-safety seriously and treats its employees with care and respect. 

Businesses can sign up by contacting mary.dawe@cornwall.gov.uk

Leisure centre consultation

Residents, community groups and organisations can have their say about how leisure services should be provided in Cornwall Council’s consultation launched this week.

GLL manages 13 leisure centres on behalf of Cornwall Council, but closures during lockdown periods and reduced visitor numbers have had a significant impact on its income over the last 18 months, creating losses of approximately £4.5m.

GLL has asked the Council to allow it to stop operating the leisure centres in Wadebridge, Launceston, Saltash and Falmouth, and the hydrotherapy pool in St Austell Leisure Centre – or, alternatively to subsidise the operation of these facilities.

Supporting residents through COVID-19 has already hit Cornwall Council’s finances hard. The Council does not have a budget for subsidising GLL operations or for operating any centres directly.

As part of the consultation process Cornwall Council is inviting local groups and organisations with ideas about viable solutions or alternatives to come forward and work alongside the Council and GLL. However, if no solution or alternative is found, these facilities would close. 

You can find out more and complete the survey on the Let’s Talk Cornwall website. Paper copies are available by calling 0300 1234 100. The consultation closes on 31 October.

Let's Talk Homes

Cornwall Council is starting to review the current Housing Strategy for Cornwall, a strategic partnership document describing priorities for homes over the next five years and beyond.

Residents, stakeholders, organisations and anyone interested in housing can share their views on Cornwall’s main housing challenges and what the priorities should be moving forwards in a survey on the Let’s Talk Homes web page. The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 8 November 2021. 

The responses will be used to help prepare a draft strategy that will be formally consulted on this winter, with the final strategy expected to be approved by the Council in April 2022.

Cornwall Council will be engaging with town and parish councils through Cornwall Association of Local Councils as well as colleagues in Planning Policy, Local Transport and Economic Development to ensure that all emerging strategies are consistent and complimentary.

For more information, email sarah.thorneycroft@cornwall.gov.uk.

Prosperous Cornwall 2050

Cornwall Council is working on Prosperous Cornwall 2050, a long-term plan that focuses on delivering the right places, renewal, economic growth and prosperity for Cornwall’s communities and on the Council’s commitment to become the first carbon zero region of the UK. It will also help prepare for the next Local Plan.

Prosperous Cornwall 2050 will bring together new and updated strategies and delivery plans from across the Council, including the Housing Strategy, the Local Transport Plan and the Local Skills Strategy. 

The Local Transport Plan and the Housing Strategy (see Let’s Talk Homes for more information) are both subject to periods of consultation which will take place this autumn. The Council is also planning a series of engagement opportunities to gather comments, ideas and suggestions for the future. There will be more information about this, and how your local council can help to plan Cornwall’s future, in issues of the Town and Parish Council Newsletter in the coming months. 

If you have any initial questions, please email Jaquie.stenson@cornwall.gov.uk.

Cornwall Community Flood Forum Annual Conference

Register now for your free ticket to Cornwall Community Flood Forum’s Annual Conference on Friday 5 November. You can choose whether to attend in person at Heartlands or online via Zoom when you register.

There event will include presentations on a range of flood related topics, with speakers from the Met Office, what3words, Perranporth Community Flood Group and more.

If you’re attending in person at Heartlands, there will also be an opportunity to attend your choice of two of three possible workshops:

  • Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder demonstrations
  • Community resilience - the volunteer journey
  • Cornwall coastal erosion and communities

Cornwall Harbours Harbour Revision Order

Cornwall Council has applied for the Cornwall Harbours Harbour Revision Order to bring together existing statutory harbour powers for seven harbours under the same legislation. Public consultation on the Order runs until 17 October.

The harbours include:

  • Bude
  • Newquay
  • Penryn
  • Penzance
  • Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth
  • St Ives
  • Truro

The Order provides for: clarity of the harbour limits, general functions, constitution and governance arrangements of the Cornwall Harbours Board, advisory bodies, application of harbour revenue, establishment of reserve funds and borrowing powers. 

Powers include a power to dredge, moorings, aids to navigation, repair of landing places, works and dredging licensing and penalties for obstruction of works. 

The Order also provides for modernised regulatory and management powers, charging powers and miscellaneous modern powers. See the Cornwall Harbours Harbour Revision Order for full details and how to take part in the public consultation.

The Harbour Revision Order application is linked to the proposed Portreath, Portscatho and Portwrinkle Harbour Empowerment Order, which can be viewed on the Harbour Orders public register.

Reuse opportunities at HWRCs

Cornwall Council is reaching out to local community groups, charities and social enterprise organisations that may be interested in reusing items collected at Cornwall's Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs). 

Last year Cornwall Council reviewed the services it provides across its 14 HWRC sites and how they can support the goals of the Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy. One of the recommendations from the review was to increase reuse opportunities at HWRCs. This would allow onsite staff to identify and keep separate suitable items, which could be collected by approved voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations for reuse and resale across Cornwall. 

To help inform and shape potential reuse opportunities, Cornwall Council and Suez are undertaking a joint soft market test over the coming weeks.  

If you would like a copy of the soft market test questionnaire to pass on to organisations in your town or parish that may be interested, please contact the Waste Team at CornwallRecycles@cornwall.gov.uk.

A-Z of recycling

Please tell people in your area about Cornwall Council’s A-Z of recycling, which explains exactly what you can recycle from your home and which container it goes in. There are entries ranging from aerosols to yogurt pots, and everything in between. 

NHS waiting times

Please encourage people in your area to complete this survey about waiting for hospital care.

Healthwatch Cornwall is asking residents in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to share their experience of NHS waiting times as part of a national survey. Many people have had their treatment delayed by the pandemic – are you one of them? Healthwatch Cornwall want to know if you’re getting the advice, information and support you need while you wait.

Complete the survey here.

The NHS is working hard to get people the care they need, and this survey will be shared with them to help improve support and services in the future.

Important support

For vaccine questions, please email nhskernowccg.ciosc19vaccine@nhs.net or visit the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s website

Please send all other coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk. Residents can also ring 0300 1231 118 for any COVID-19 related queries.

You can see the latest COVID-19 data for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on Cornwall Council’s website.

Cornwall Council has a dedicated telephone line 0300 1234 334 specifically for residents who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. 

Find out more about Cornwall Association of Local Councils at www.cornwallalc.org.uk or email enquiries@cornwallalc.org.uk

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing mid@volunteercornwall.org.uk. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

There’s information about support for those facing hardship or redundancy, including help with food, benefits and council tax, on the Do you need a helping hand? page on Cornwall Council’s website.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Support for businesses and Growth Hub.

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