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30 July 2021

In this issue:

  • Stay safe
  • COVID won't take a break
  • Managing public outdoor settings
  • Returning to the office
  • Need a poster to encourage COVID-respect?
  • Community Chest grants
  • Reporting anti-social behaviour
  • Climate Emergency DPD update
  • Local Council Planning Conferences 2021
  • Quarterly Planning Enforcement Report
  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee
  • Love Where You Are
  • Landmark tree reminder
  • Tour of Britain
  • Library book amnesty
  • Important support

Stay safe

Most legal restrictions were lifted earlier on 19 July, but COVID is still circulating in our communities and cases are rising across Cornwall.

Please share this information with people in your area.
We all need to be responsible, be respectful and take precautions to keep ourselves and others safe.

Look out for the following new COVID Delta variant symptoms:

  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Lethargy or tiredness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hay fever like symptoms

If you experience any of these symptoms, book a PCR test.

See the GOV.UK website for more information on what you can do to keep yourself and others safe now restrictions have been lifted.

COVID won't take a break

Visitors to Cornwall are being urged to pack COVID tests along with their sun cream when they’re preparing to come on holiday.

As tourist hotspots get more and more busy everyone is being asked to try to keep a distance between people and wear a face covering if a business asks you to as they are protecting their staff as well as you.

Visit Cornwall is advising all staycationers to:

  • Test yourself and your family before setting out and while you are in Cornwall
  • Get your jab when offered and make it a priority before you set out on holiday – ideally 14 days before hand so you have the most protection
  • Help local health services by bringing your medication with you and calling your own GP if needed whilst away
  • Please call 111 instead of turning up at a hospital, unless it’s a life-threatening emergency. Our hospitals are working at full capacity, and with a higher than usual number of people visiting because of travel restrictions, we need your help to protect them from being overwhelmed
  • Be aware of the anxiety some may be feeling as they emerge from restrictions
  • Respect those who choose to wear masks 

Managing public outdoor settings

The Government has published new guidance on how to manage public outdoor settings in a COVID-safe manner.

It includes:

  • Urban centres
  • Green spaces
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Beaches, countryside and coastal areas

The guidance covers social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and hygiene, toilets, keeping staff safe, marshals, events, pavement licences and more.

Returning to the office

There’s a new COVID Trading Safely webinar about returning to the office on Tuesday 3 August at 11am.

The session is for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community organisations with workers returning to office based working. It covers how to keep the office safe, business meetings, and events.

Book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

If you have any questions that you want to put to the team before the webinar, please email them to businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk.

There’s more COVID business advice and support on Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support website.

Need a poster to encourage COVID-respect?

If you’d like to encourage those visiting your premises to wear a face covering and generally keep being responsible for the sake of your staff and others, you can download and print an A3 poster from the Welcome Back Fund page on Cornwall Council’s website.

There are different coloured versions suitable for places of work and public places, and also for the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors. 

The posters are available courtesy of the Welcome Back Fund, funded by the European Regional Development Fund. They have been jointly endorsed by Cornwall Council, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, Visit Cornwall and the Business Improvement Districts. 

Community Chest grants

Community and voluntary groups in Cornwall are invited to apply for grants as part of Cornwall Council’s Community Chest grant scheme for 2021/22. Town and parish councils are eligible to apply for suitable projects.

The Community Chest gives small grants to not-for-profit groups across Cornwall. Each Cornwall Councillor has a small grants budget to support projects in their area.

Grants can cover a wide range of activities, including:

  • Helping vulnerable children or adults
  • Helping young people
  • Providing facilities for older people
  • Supporting community facilities
  • Improving a community centre or village hall
  • Local environment projects
  • Helping to address community safety issues
  • Purchasing play and exercise equipment for community use
  • Public events, festivals and exhibitions
  • Helping communities following the COVID-19 pandemic

To find out how to apply, see the Community Chest page on the Cornwall Council website. If you have any queries, please contact localism@cornwall.gov.uk.

Crowdfunding can be a good way to help projects attract wider support and increase the funds they receive. If you are interested in this, visit the Crowdfund Cornwall website for further details of the funds available and how the process works.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please do so as soon as possible. The closing date for completed applications is 18 February 2022.

Reporting anti-social behaviour

Safer Cornwall is reminding people that if they are subjected to anti-social behaviour (ASB), the issue cannot be dealt with unless it is reported. 

ASB can be intimidating, abusive or rowdy behaviour which can have a significant impact at a personal or community level. Examples include but are not limited to, shouting, swearing, using violence or threatening to use violence and vandalism. These types of behaviour can be aggravated by the misuse of drugs or alcohol. 

Cornwall Council has a number of ASB officers who work across Cornwall alongside police colleagues. The ASB Team works closely with police and other partners across the county to tackle a range of anti-social behaviours in adults and young people. For this approach to be successful, a balance between prevention and early intervention, support and enforcement is required.

During 2020/21, 443 ASB warning letters were issued by ASB officers and police on individuals following a reported incident of ASB to the police. This joint process between Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, ensures individuals are engaged with services at an early stage to divert them away from further offending. 

You can report ASB to Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 101, emailing 101@dc.uk or using the Devon and Cornwall Police webchat service.

Climate Emergency DPD update

Cornwall Council has been working on a statutory Development Plan Document (the Climate Emergency DPD) to support the climate emergency actions, strengthen existing planning policy and to introduce new policies to support the Council’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030. It covers themes including: renewable energy, coastal change/flood management, energy efficiency, transport, natural climate solutions and agriculture.

The Climate Emergency DPD covers the whole of Cornwall and engagement with communities has been crucial to developing the plans. Thank you to all town and parish councils for their support with this work. 

The DPD is ready to be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in public before it can be adopted. At a meeting on 21 July, Cabinet agreed to recommend to full Council that the DPD be submitted and Council will take final decision in September. Subject to this approval, the DPD will be submitted for examination allowing some of the policies to start to inform planning decisions. 

If you have any questions, please email climateemergencydpd@cornwall.gov.uk.

Local Council Planning Conferences 2021

Cornwall Council is currently exploring options for local council training in 2021 with a working group from the Cornwall Planning Partnership. We’ll share more information about this when it becomes available.

In the meantime, you can find the latest presentation on the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document on the Local Council Planning Conferences page on Cornwall Council’s website.

Quarterly Planning Enforcement Report

The Quarterly Planning Enforcement Report for 1 April – 30 June 2021 is now available to download from Cornwall Council’s website.

You’ll find the enforcement reports for the past year and more information on how to report planning enforcement issues Cornwall Council’s Report a breach of planning control web page.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

If you missed the recent briefing on The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will include an extended bank holiday from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022, you can catch up here:

Love Where You Are

Cornwall Council and Crowdfunder have launched the Love Where You Are campaign, inviting visitors, residents and businesses to help combat climate change and donate towards environmental projects across Cornwall.

Town and parish councils can get involved by hosting QR codes in their buildings and open spaces. You can download and print a QR code poster from the Love Where You Are web page.

Scannable QR codes are being placed at some of the Cornwall’s most iconic locations and areas of outstanding natural beauty. People can use their smartphone to scan the codes and instantly donate to the campaign, which has already attracted national media attention with the creation of a 20m square QR code on Lusty Glaze beach.

Businesses and organisations across Cornwall, including the Chamber of Commerce, Heartlands, the Caerhays Estate and Cornwall AONB, are displaying QR codes in their buildings and open spaces too. 

Donations will be used to create the Cornwall Climate Action Fund. Local councils, businesses and organisations will be invited to apply to the fund later this year in support of low carbon projects and initiatives like community tree planting, e-bikes or renewable energy on community buildings. 

Landmark tree reminder

There’s still time to apply for a landmark tree to plant this winter. Applications close on 2 August, so if you're halfway through your application don't forget to complete and submit it. 

If you need more time to plan your planting, you can still register an interest for a tree to plant in winter 2022-23. The application portal will remain open so you can register your interest or make your application for next year when you’re ready. If you have any questions, contact the Forest for Cornwall team using the ‘Ask a Question’ button on the portal. 

If you’re registering an interest for 2022-23, you won’t be able to complete all the questions on the online form. Please complete what you can and put ‘TBC’ in any mandatory questions you can’t yet answer. Doing that will let you progress through the form and submit it.

Tour of Britain

On Sunday 5 September Cornwall will host the start of the annual international cycling race, the Tour of Britain. The Grand Depart will take place in Penzance at 11am. Throughout the day cyclists will battle to be the first across the winning line as the first stage winds through 111 miles of Cornwall, ending in Bodmin on Sunday afternoon.

Please share the advice on how to get the best view on the big day with people in your area. It includes details of the Tour of Britain route, when the race is likely to be in each area, no stopping areas, alternative parking, rolling road closures and more.

Library book amnesty

Please encourage residents in your area to take part in the two-week book amnesty being held by Cornwall’s libraries.

From 2-14 August residents can hand back overdue library items without any penalties in all libraries run by Cornwall Council and by town and parish councils.

All Cornwall libraries have reopened and measures remain in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To keep staff and residents safe, visitors are encouraged to wear facemasks if they are able to do so and to maintain social distancing. 

The opening times for local libraries are listed on the Your local library page on the Cornwall Council website. 

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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