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26 March 2021

In this issue:

  • Changes to lockdown restrictions on 29 March
  • Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars on 30 March and 7 April
  • Post lockdown webinars for event organisers
  • Pioneering new 'Back the Future Cornwall - Climate Action Fund open for donations
  • Extended opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Organisations urged to bid for Community Renewal Fund
  • Reopening High Streets Safely posters - we need your help!
  • Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework
  • Important support

Changes to lockdown restrictions on 29 March

The Council is urging residents to make sure they know and follow the new Government rules which come into effect next week. 

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team is warning that those who break or bend the rules risk allowing COVID-19 to creep back into our communities. 

This would not only put the lives of our most vulnerable residents at risk, it would also jeopardise our route out of lockdown and back to doing the things we love. 

In brief, the rule changes from Monday (March 29) are: 

  • People can meet outside, including in private gardens, either with one other household or as a group of six. 
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but people are encouraged to ‘stay local’ and to keep travel to a minimum. 
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts can reopen, and organised outdoor sport can take place. 

Outdoor parent and child groups are allowed with up to 15 parents. 

It is important to note that the rules do not allow people to mix indoors, and there should be no long-distance travelling or overnight stays, which includes single households staying in a second home. 

People are also being reminded that having the vaccine does not give people a green light to ignore the rules as they can still catch and pass on the virus to others. 

For more information visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/letskeepgoing or www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars

Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support team is running more free support webinars on COVID-19 rules and regulations for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community groups in March and April. 

The next session, focusing on safe trading for self-contained holiday accommodation will be at 11am on Tuesday 30 March, and you can sign up on Eventbrite.

For hairdressers and close contact services the team will be hosting a webinar at 11am on Wednesday 7 April.  You can sign up to the event on Eventbrite.

The team are also hosting a webinar session at 11am on Thursday 8 April for retail and hospitality.  You can sign up to the event on Eventbrite.

You can also catch up with recordings of previous webinars online.

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

Post lockdown webinars for event organisers

Cornwall Council’s Safety Advisory Group are holding two webinars to provide information to event organisers about maintaining public safety as lockdown eases and there are more opportunities to hold events. 

The webinars, for both small and large event organisers, will share the latest government information on how to organise safe events in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines.  

The first webinar for small event organisers, such as community events, fetes and small group meetings, will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 14 April. You can sign up on Eventbrite.

The second webinar for large event organisers, such as town markets, small concerts and sporting events, etc will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 21 April. You can sign up on Eventbrite.
 
Each session will provide an overview of the latest advice from government and, advice and guidance available to event organisers on the Cornwall Council Event Planning website. 

Following the events, a fact sheet and Q&A will be published on the event planning section of the Council’s website. 

If you would like to send questions to eventplanning@cornwall.gov.uk before the webinars, we will try to provide answers either before the webinar date or at the time of the webinar.

'Back the Future Cornwall - Climate Action Fund

The Council, in partnership with Crowdfunder, has created a pioneering new public donation fund to help raise money for projects and ideas that will help Cornwall become carbon neutral. 

The Back the Future - Cornwall Climate Action fund will enable everyone who visits and lives in Cornwall to make a voluntary contribution towards accelerating our response to the Climate Emergency.

Donations will help fund projects that will be reducing carbon production; removing carbon from the atmosphere; environmental conservation activity; or increasing community resilience.

If you're passionate about supporting people in Cornwall to find positive solutions to climate change, you can donate here: Back The Future - Cornwall Climate Action Fund

Extended opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres

Cornwall’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are to trial extended opening hours. 

As part of the trial, all HWRCs, apart from Tintagel, will stay open until 6pm on Wednesdays from 7 April to 4 August.  As Tintagel HWRC is closed midweek, this site only will extend its opening hours on Monday evenings from 12 April to 9 August. 

All HWRCs are operating a car number plate system to manage the flow of visitors and enable social distancing in order to protect the health of staff and visitors. We expect the number plate system to remain in place throughout the trial but are keeping the situation under review.  

For more information on our HWRCs, rubbish and recycling please visit the recycling, rubbish and waste pages of the Council website. 

Organisations urged to bid for Community Renewal Fund

Organisations with ideas to help Cornwall’s towns and rural areas thrive and make the most of digital connectivity are being urged to submit their plans as part of a new fund. 

The Government is providing Community Renewal Funding in 2021/22 in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council, as the Government’s chosen Lead Authority for Cornwall, needs to submit shortlisted bids to Government by 18 June 2021. 

Cornwall Council intends to issue its open call for the Community Renewal Fund on April 6, 2021 with applications to be submitted by May 7, 2021. 

Cornwall Council will be inviting project bids in line with two themes – ‘town centre and rural and coastal vitality’ and ‘reducing the digital divide’. These themes have been informed by local stakeholders following identification of gaps in existing provision and to respond to the need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Organisations will be asked to submit applications that deliver innovation in the delivery of support for local businesses, helping people into employment and investment in communities.  

A set of Frequently Asked Questions and an application form aligned to the national guidance will be made available in due course.

Interested organisations are advised to read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers to gain further detail on this funding and prepare themselves for this opportunity. They are available here. Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.  

For more details visit the webpage or contact economicdevelopment@cornwall.gov.uk  

Reopening High Streets Safely poster - we need your help!

To support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas, many Councils have received ‘Stay at Home’ signage and posters to be used in their local high streets.  The signage has been funded by the ERDF High Street Fund and free to local councils.  

We now need to provide evidence that the ‘Stay at Home’ posters, delivered in February to 26 of our towns and parishes, have been placed throughout the local high streets. We need your help to do this. Please send a photo of the signs in place and email them to Liz.Sheridan@cornwall.gov.uk. The photos you send will support the monitoring and evaluation of the fund and will also support any future funding bids.  

Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

The Cornwall Planning Partnership, including the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, met last week to consider the latest Government consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework.  Part of the consultation also includes the potential for local design guides, although it is unclear how these would link with Neighbourhood Plans. 

The comments and principles discussed by the Partnership will be used to inform the response the Cornwall Planning Partnership will send to Government before the deadline of 27 March.

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.

There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website and 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: Business Rate Support and Growth Hub.  

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