2 July 2021

In this issue:

  • Grab a jab and get protected
  • Let's do it for Cornwall
  • If you're asked to self-isolate
  • COVID advice for businesses
  • Boundary Review update
  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee briefing
  • Tour of Britain
  • Free Landmark Trees
  • ERDF Welcome Back Fund
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Important support

Grab a jab and get protected

First jab

It’s never been easier for people to get their first COVID-19 vaccination with pop-up clinics in Falmouth, Camborne and Newquay and walk-in appointments now available at vaccination sites in Cornwall for everyone aged 18 and over. Find out the latest on

Please continue to encourage people who haven’t already had their first jab to get theirs this weekend and protect themselves from COVID-19.

Second jab

Anyone who is older than 40 and waiting for their second jab can bring forward their appointment from 12 to 8 weeks by calling 119 or using the national online booking service.

You’ll need to cancel your existing appointment for a second jab and rebook for an earlier one. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your chance for an appointment by doing this.

Let's do it for Cornwall

As well as being vaccinated, one of the main ways we can get rates of COVID back down in Cornwall is for us all to make twice-weekly testing part of our regular routine. The symptoms of the Delta variant can be like a cold, so many people don’t realise they’re infected.

You can pick up free tests from local testing sites and pharmacies or order online. Here’s how to get your free tests.

If you're asked to self-isolate

Cornwall Council has put together a free information pack for anyone who has questions about self-isolating. The pack explains what you need to do, what support is available, and if and how you may be entitled to apply for financial support. Download a self-isolation information pack.

The pack is also available in:

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by the national Test and Trace service, you may receive a follow up call from Cornwall Council local case review service. It’s nothing to worry about. The Our case review service page on Cornwall Council’s website explains what will happen.

COVID advice for local businesses

Cornwall Council is urging local businesses to test all employees regularly and encourage vaccine take up to help keep everyone safe and stem the rise of cases in Cornwall.

The Council is providing extra help, support and advice to businesses, especially in the hospitality sector, to support business continuity and keep them open safely. A recording from 1 July of the latest in a series of webinars for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community groups will soon be available to view online and focuses on what to do if your business has a case of COVID.

The Council is actively managing and monitoring settings where there are outbreaks with an enhanced testing regime and robust case review work to understand how the virus has been transmitted. 

Businesses can access support and up-to-date guidance and resources to help them comply with the latest COVID restrictions on the Business Regulatory Support website

For more information on COVID-19 in Cornwall, including, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation and how to access support, visit Details of the latest guidance and rules are available at

Boundary Review update

The latest Boundary Review proposals have been published by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) as part of an initial consultation which runs until 2 August 2021. Town and parish councils and local residents should respond direct to the Boundary Commission for England. You can see the proposals and submit your feedback here

The results of the consultation will inform a formal final report to the Speaker of the House of Commons before July 2023. 

Proposals for revised parliamentary boundaries will keep the six parliamentary constituencies wholly within Cornwall. 

A previous Boundary Review proposed a cross-Tamar parliamentary seat, which has now been dropped. 

The previous review had sought to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600, but this review keeps the number at 650. It means that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has an entitlement to 5.97 seats – which has allowed the Boundary Commission to ‘Keep Cornwall Whole’ with six constituencies. 

You can see full details of the review here

Queen's Platinum Jubiliee briefing

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old. There will be Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the year and an extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, which will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. 

The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho would like to invite you and colleagues to a briefing to discuss initial plans and thoughts about how we in Cornwall can celebrate.

The briefing will be on Wednesday 14 July at 2pm.

Here is the link to join: Click here to join the meeting 

The agenda will be:

  • Introduction – Col Edward Bolitho, overview of national programme over Jubilee weekend and some thoughts about what Cornwall might achieve
  • Queen’s Green Canopy – QGC team representative
  • Big Lunch – Peter Stewart of Eden Project
  • Beacons – Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster and organiser The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

If you plan to attend, please email

During the meeting, please keep your camera off and mute your microphone, as a large number of participants are expected.

Tour of Britain

Plans are already underway for the Tour of Britain cycle race’s first stage in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September 2021. This will be the largest free spectator sports event ever held in Cornwall, with international cycling teams competing across a 100 mile route which zigzags from Penzance to Bodmin.

Town and parish councils with communities on the route will receive an invitation to a meeting being held on 15 July, where they will receive further details of the route timings, road closures and parking arrangements for the Tour of Britain.

The key feature of Cornwall Council’s traffic plans is a ‘rolling road closure’ where village and town roads are closed only temporarily as the race passes through. Spectators will see the sequence of broadcast vehicles, then the peloton of cycling competitors followed by race officials, and a swift road reopening and clear-up. 

COVID safety for teams and spectators is a priority. The event organisers have appointed a dedicated COVID officer and Cornwall Council’s Public Health team will be taking advice directly from Public Health England on COVID regulations and restrictions. Spectators spread along the whole route mean this will be unlike a stadium or single-site sports event.

Town and parish councils looking to join the celebrations and run community events are requested to submit event notification forms by 16 July to Cornwall Council.

There’s more information about the Tour of Britain on the event website.

Free Landmark Trees

The Forest for Cornwall, with support from the Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Fund, is offering every community (via their parish or town council) a celebratory Landmark Tree to plant this winter or next to celebrate a person, place or event in their community and to share that story and why a tree is appropriate.

Town and parish councils, or their nominated contact, can apply via Let’s Talk Cornwall, which has more information. Please apply by 2 August (to allow time for trees to be ordered) or register an interest for next year if you need more time to plan.

Town and parish councils will be contacted about their application at the end of September to confirm tree availability and timings. 

Forest for Cornwall’s guidance suggests a short list of tree species they can source, but they can consider others if there is a particular tree that suits your needs or space. 

Trees can be planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, the Plant for Our Planet or Countryfile’s Plant Britain initiatives or the community’s own plans. 

Many communities are already planting trees or may like to do more. You can find guidance and links to more free community trees on Cornwall Council’s website. 

ERDF Welcome Back Fund

A reminder to please complete the ERDF Welcome Back Fund survey by Friday 9 July. It was included with the recent information and guidance sent to town and parish council clerks about the £609,639 Welcome Back Fund. 

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Welcome Back Fund is an extension to 31 March 2022 of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund and allows a wider range of activities. It aims to help towns continue to safely manage and address the long-term impact of COVID-19, attract people into their local shopping areas and contribute to their vitality.

Cornwall Council is looking at using part of this funding to commission an engaging programme of cultural and creative events across Cornwall. The aim is to help tackle the challenges of seasonality and encourage visitors to experience those towns which are less-visited. 

The survey will help you highlight the other areas you might like the funding to target. This will identify any common threads of interest to support possible centralised procurement, minimise any admin load on those wishing to benefit from some of the available funding, and ensure there is a fairer distribution of monetary support across Cornwall. 

Please submit your completed survey to by Friday 9 July. 

Emergency accommodation

Cornwall Council is planning to provide safe and secure accommodation for hundreds of people currently without a permanent home in Cornwall.

Due to the exceptional number of people the Council has accommodated as a result of COVID, up to 1,000 people – from single-person households to families – are currently in temporary or emergency accommodation in Cornwall, including in hotels, which do not offer security in terms of availability, especially over weekends and during the holiday season. 

The Council is addressing this as a matter of urgency to give those in need of such accommodation somewhere safe to stay without the prospect of having to move at short notice. 

Solutions being looked at include purchasing around 100 park homes to be put on ‘pop-up’ sites, which would be able to house four people each and so provide a home for families. 

Another accommodation type will be ‘Bunkabin’ self-contained units, such as those that have been successfully put in place by the Council in Truro and Penzance during the COVID response. Read more

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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