10 September 2021

In this issue:

  • COVID update
  • Planning help for local councils
  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Rubbish, recycling, beach and street cleaning services
  • Grants to support sustainable travel
  • Have your say on the Safer Cornwall Partnership Plan
  • Climate Literacy training for local councils - additional accounts
  • Welcome Back Fund
  • September 2022 schools admissions process
  • Become a school governor
  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee - wildflower sowing
  • Important support

COVID update

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, along with Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, were recently designated an Enhanced Response Area by the government because coronavirus case rates in these four local authorities were some of the highest in the country. 

COVID case rates are beginning to fall in Cornwall now, but we all still need to be careful and do what we can to stop the spread of the virus. Here’s how you – and people in your area – can help.

Keep testing even if you’ve been double jabbed

Having both vaccinations means you’re less likely to get COVID, and less likely to become seriously ill, but you can still get it and pass it on.

Keep taking the free twice-weekly lateral flow tests to help keep others safe. They’re free from your local pharmacy and you can even get them delivered to your door.

Get a free PCR test if you’ve been in close contact

Anyone who’s been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID should get a free PCR test

What to expect now schools are going back

Cornwall Council’s Public Health Consultant Brian O’Neill explains what changes children and parents can expect as they return to the classroom.

Remember that COVID symptoms can present differently in younger people and can include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

There’s more back to school information here.

Planning help for local councils

There’s dedicated planning help and advice area on the Local councils page Cornwall Council’s website with the local council protocol, presentations from the June 2021 planning induction training, and links to information about:

  • The role of local councils in planning – including facilitating development, development management, community engagement, pre-app discussions, getting involved in the local development framework, parish plans, neighbourhood plans, monitoring and review, and guidance on planning harm. Plus:
    • A guide to consultations for local councils by application type
    • A guide to paperless planning and how to use consultee access
    • Advice on using the Online Planning Register to measure plans
  • Cornwall Planning Partnership – including guidance produced by the group:
    • Guiding principles for pre-app discussions and specific help on predetermination in council or individual discussions
    • Protocol for local councils, Cornwall Council and developers to work together on pre-applications
    • Guiding principles for post-decision community engagement
    • Day in the Life of a Planning Application – end-to-end planning guidance from development idea to completion of development
  • Local Council Planning Conferences – future conferences and training and presentations from the 2020 events
  • Information for planning consultees – how to set up Consultee Access and submit a comment
  • How to respond to planning applications – how to set up a website account and find an application, How to comment factsheet, guidance on what is and isn’t a relevant consideration, petitions, and public speaking at Committee.

Tree Preservation Orders

Cornwall Council has published a joint statement from its Environment and Planning and Sustainable Development Services on the use of Tree Preservation Orders to help local councils and residents understand the criteria for a Tree Preservation Order.

There’s also a new document called Trees and Planning, which sets out what the Planning Service can do to manage and increase tree cover through the planning process.

Both documents, plus more information on trees and Tree Preservation Orders, are available on the Trees page on Cornwall Council’s website.

Rubbish, recycling, beach and street cleaning services

Twice a year there’s an opportunity for you and your community to share your views on the rubbish, recycling, beach and street cleansing services provided by Cornwall Council’s contractor Biffa.

You can take the survey online. Your answers will be anonymous and your feedback will help Cornwall Council and Biffa understand where services are working well and where to focus for continuous improvement.

Anyone who can’t take the survey online can get a paper copy by ringing 0300 1234 141 or from one of Cornwall Council’s Information Services Points.

The survey runs until 30 September.

Grants to support sustainable travel

Businesses, schools, colleges, town and parish councils, and organisations throughout Cornwall can apply for Cornwall Council funding to support their efforts to encourage sustainable travel.

The Council’s Travel to Work grant offers up to 75% funding to support initiatives aimed at promoting green travel. This could include cycle shelters and cycle parking, electric car charging points, pool electric bikes and shower and changing facilities.

Anyone interested has until February 2022 to apply. Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis or until all the funding has been awarded. 

More information is available at

Have your say on the Safer Cornwall Partnership Plan

Share your views on crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues that have an impact on community safety in your local area in Safer Cornwall’s Have Your Say survey. The information in the survey will be used to understand the issues that matter to local communities, to help shape Safer Cornwall’s priorities for the next three years, and to target its resources. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. The survey closes on 21 December.

Please complete the survey yourself and encourage people in your area to take part.

Climate Literacy training for local councils - additional accounts

As part of our commitment to help Cornwall become carbon neutral, Cornwall Council is making its bespoke online climate literacy training course available to local councils.

Many local councils are already taking advantage of their two free Learning Hub accounts providing access the Climate Literacy training and other online courses, as featured in our 13 August issue of the Town and Parish Council Newsletter.

For those councils that have more people wanting to undertake the Climate Literacy training, we’ve negotiated the one-off Learning Hub fee down from £500 to £200 per local council. Each additional licence will still cost £30 per person to access the courses through the account.

If your council hasn’t already taken up the offer of two free accounts, or would like to take advantage of additional licences, please contact Cornwall Council’s Learning and Development Team at

Welcome Back Fund

The Welcome Back Fund page on Cornwall Council’s website has a new section – ‘Discover our towns’. It aims to encourage year-round footfall by having as much up to date destination information as possible in one place for those looking for somewhere different to explore, shop safely, do business and socialise. 

Seventeen towns have so far taken the opportunity to have a direct link posted to their preferred destination or what’s on pages. The Welcome Back Fund is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and a QR link to the page is featured on all new Welcome Back Fund signage in Cornwall Gateway Services, Cornwall Airport Newquay and GWR stations. 

If your town isn’t on the list and you’d like to be included, please contact

On the same web page there are also posters to download and print for premises looking to encourage visitors to wear a face covering and generally keep being COVID responsible for the sake of their staff and others. There are versions for generic places of work and public places, and for the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors, all jointly endorsed by Cornwall Council, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, Visit Cornwall and the BID.

September 2022 schools admissions process

The application window for school admissions in September 2022 opened on 7 September 2021 and has been widely advertised. The deadline for applications for children starting secondary school is 31 October 2021. The deadline for applications for children starting infant or primary school is 15 January 2022.

Families can find more information or apply online at

Please encourage families in your area to apply on time – if their application is late their preferred schools may already be full. The Family Information Service is available on 0800 587 8191 to provide support for vulnerable families who need who need help with the application process. 

Become a school governor

Could you or someone you know be a school governor? Cornwall Council is looking for new governors to join local schools.

School governors play an important role in leading our schools. They provide strategic leadership and accountability. And with more than 300,000 school governors in England, they form one of the largest volunteer groups in the country.

The benefits of being a school governor include:

  • Developing your professional skills and experience, such as strategic planning, chairing, financial planning and team working, all of which are valued by employers and can assist your own career development
  • Building relationships and network in your area
  • Supporting children and young people in your community

The Council also needs new local authority governors to represent the local authority, help schools improve and support schools’ ethos and mission.

To find out more, email

Queen's Platinum Jubilee - wildflower sowing

Next spring will see HM the Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. 

To mark the occasion, Cornwall Council is planning a red, white and blue theme for its wildflower meadow creation programme next spring. Cornwall Councillors are also being asked if they would like to contribute some of their Community Chest grant funds to buy a ‘jubilee’ seed mix to sow in their divisions to ensure a display of red, white and blue in verges and public open spaces in time for June.

Local councils holding their own Platinum Jubilee celebrations may wish to be aware of the planting plans in case they wish to use a similar colour scheme in their own winter sowing and spring planting to add to the effect across Cornwall.

For further information, email

Important support

For vaccine questions, please email 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 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 or email

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing

Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing 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 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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