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  • New Friends group could lead to Castle Park improvements

    A budding Friends of Castle Park group has met with Cornwall Council and other local organisations to discuss ways to improve the popular Liskeard park.

    The talks included representatives from Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council, Clean Liskeard, Liskeard’s Neighbourhood Plan group and the Police who were able to advise the group on play equipment and possible funding sources, tackling anti-social behaviour and litter and how the facilities at Castle Park fit in with the rest of Liskeard’s park provision.

    Toria Tanton, Chair of the Friends of Castle Park said: “This was a positive, informative meeting. We have a lot of information and decisions to take on board, most importantly whether to become a full on registered charity or work in partnership with another organisation etc. We will contact other parks who have been successful about what they have experienced, so we can get a clearer picture of what the positive steps are to running a successful Friends of Castle Park committee.”

    Councillor Sally Hawken, Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East, said: “It’s great to see local people taking an interest in their park.  It’s early days, but an enthusiastic group can make a big difference to their local area.  We’ve discussed what the group would like to see happen in the park and how to set up a Friends of Castle Park group that could bid for funding for more play equipment and other improvements. I would encourage the community to give their support to the Friends of Castle Park committee.

    “We’ll also be putting the group in touch with similar groups in other parts of Cornwall that have successfully transformed their local parks so the Friends of Castle Park can pick up hints and tips about what works best.”

  • Joint statement from NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council re commissioning of children's community health services

    Joy Youart, Managing Director at NHS Kernow and Trevor Doughty, Corporate Director for Education, Health and Social Care at Cornwall Council, said “NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council want to consider the opportunities for closer integration between health and social care services offered by the Cornwall Devolution Deal and have, therefore, jointly decided to discontinue the current procurements of children’s community health services.

    “This decision will allow NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council to explore alternatives to deliver seamless children’s services, which is in line with our plans to integrate commissioning as set out in the Deal.  

    “We remain committed to ensuring children and young people have the best start in life and the support they need to realise their ambitions. It is our vision to improve people’s health and experience of care, provide early help and reduce the cost of care.

    “Children and their families using existing services will not be affected by this decision. They should attend appointments as normal – children will continue to receive appropriate services according to their needs.

    “As always, we will ensure that any future tender process adheres to relevant legislation.”

    Story posted: 29 July 2015

  • Trading Standards warn of latest version of telephone money transfer and bogus council tax refund scams

    Following a recent incident brought to their attention by staff at a local post office, Cornwall Trading Standards Officers are warning the public about a scam relating to PPI (payment protection insurance) refunds.

    Truro Post Office raised the alarm when one of their customers came in asking to buy Ukash vouchers in order to secure a PPI refund. A concerned member of staff rang Trading Standards and the customer was advised that it was a scam.

    Scammers had targeted the potential victim by telephone, offering her a £2,000 refund for PPI charges. She was contacted on several occasions, which helped build trust in the process. Eventually she was convinced to buy Ukash vouchers to the value of £200 as an administration fee. The scammers promised that a courier would arrive later that day to collect the vouchers and hand over her money. 

    Senior Trading Standards Officer Gary Webster commented: “There was no chance that anyone would have arrived at the lady’s home to hand over the cash. The scammers would have simply rung her and asked her to provide the Ukash voucher codes to confirm payment of the admin fee. Using the codes they then would have been able to withdraw the cash.

    We are really grateful to the staff at the Post Office for noticing this and bringing the matter to our attention. This type of scam is so incredibly simple but the technique used by the scammers to cover their tracks is often very sophisticated. Local or national telephone numbers can easily be diverted to pay-as-you-go mobile phones or to telephones based outside of the UK. The scammers will often use company names of real businesses that are entirely unconnected. This gives the victim some reassurance if they happen to search online to see if the company actually exists.”

    Ukash and other money transfer schemes offer a convenient method of securely transferring money between people, but there are dangers with this that can be exploited by fraudsters. The recipient does not need any physical paperwork – they only need the code, which they can use to redeem for cash at any participating outlets (usually local shops, post offices or supermarkets). In many cases they may even only need part of the code, as some of the digits purely relate to the country of origin. There is no method of recovering monies that are sent in this way.

    Gary goes on to say: “July is National Scams Awareness Month and we are keen to get the message out to people that they need to be very wary of cold calls. We have seen lots of other versions of this scam, including one that purported to offer substantial compensation to consumers who had previously been caught by timeshare scams. I’m aware of someone who lost over £17,000 over a two week period, and another person who lost many tens of thousands to a variety of different telephone scams over a period of months. The scammers will effectively ‘groom’ their victim, spending time over numerous phone calls to build trust, before eventually disappearing with the money.”

    Cornwall Council is also warning residents about bogus callers who are claiming to be ringing on behalf of the Council, offering refunds for over-payment of Council Tax.

    A number of local residents have reported that scammers, apparently from a business calling itself ‘Claimers’ are stating that they will refund the over-payment, provided a £65 fee is paid in advance.

    Senior Trading Standards Officer, Gary Webster warns; “Cornwall Council would never ask for an upfront payment in order to receive a refund for Council Tax. Any cold caller who asks you to pay money with the promise of a larger refund, prize or compensation payment is clearly not to be trusted. Never pay money or provide your bank or credit card details to someone over the phone who has cold called you.”

    If you need to verify the identity of a Cornwall staff member please call 0300 1234 100. If you are concerned that you, or someone you know has been a victim of a scam, please seek advice from Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. You can also report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40.

     

    Story posted 28 July 2015

  • Bodmin incident highlights importance of smoke alarms

    Firefighters are again reminding people of the importance of having working smoke detectors fitted.

    During the early hours of Sunday morning crews from Bodmin and Lostwithiel were alerted to a property in Lanivet where there was a report of a fire.

    On arrival the crew found that the occupant had been woken by their smoke detector and that there was a fire in their tumble dryer.

    The occupant threw a bowl of water over the tumble dryer before evacuating the building and waiting for the fire service.

    Watch Manager Dan Fitzpatrick from Bodmin Community Fire Station said: “This is a great opportunity to remind people of the importance of having working smoke detectors fitted.  This could have been a devastating incident if the occupants were not woken up in the early stages of the fire by their alarms. The tumble dryer was not actually drying at the time but was left on standby mode which also goes to show the importance of turning all appliances off when they are not in use.”

    When crews arrived the fire was out and both the occupants and their dogs had evacuated the house.  The crews from Bodmin and Lostwithiel used a fan to ventilate the property due it being smoke logged.

    For more fire safety advice or to book a free home fire safety check from the fire service please visit Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s website or call free phone 0800 3581 999.

     

    Story posted 28 July 2015

  • Council’s Family Information Service receives national award for the quality of information provided to families in Cornwall.

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    Cornwall’s Family Information Service (FIS) has gained national recognition for the quality of the service it provides to local families.

    The St Austell based team has been presented with the ‘Families First Quality Award’, in acknowledgment of its excellence in providing information, advice, assistance and customer service to local parents and carers.

    The award has been developed by the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) in conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE) and Suffolk County Council.

    To achieve the award, the team had to meet 10 challenging standards and demonstrate how it meets and exceeds its statutory requirements of the Childcare Act (Information Duty Section 12) and the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2014.  

    FIS, part of Cornwall Council, is a central point of contact for parents/carers and professionals. It offers information and advice related to families including early education and children centres, parenting, behaviour, education, activities and a wide variety of family support services. 

    It is also the only official directory of all Ofsted registered childcare available in the county and can advise on funding options to help pay for nursery education places and care.

    Rebecca Patterson, FIS team leader, said, “Family Information Services has  a statutory obligation to provide information to families.   We work hard to ensure we do this effectively.   As a result, we are regarded as a key service for parents, carers and professionals in Cornwall.“

    The award has been welcomed by Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, who said “As a parent I know how hard it can be for families to bring up children at times.  Access to information is vital.  It can prevent a problem becoming a crisis, stop a family becoming vulnerable and open up new possibilities, helping a family to prosper.”

    “The FIS team works hard to help parents in Cornwall to feel supported and informed”.

    FIS offers a freephone helpline with trained advisors, plus a website with details of family services including Children’s Centres, parenting programmes and the online access point for receiving help from specialist services including the Local Offer, Family Workers and Targeted Youth Support.

    If you have a family related enquiry, call the team on 0800 587 8191 / 01872 323535 or visit www.cornwallfisdirectory.org.uk.

  • Residents in Roseland to hold referendum on Neighbourhood Development Plan

    People living in the Roseland will have the opportunity to vote on their local Neighbourhood Development Plan when a formal referendum is held on Thursday 20 August 2015.

    The question to be asked of voters at the referendum is: "Do you want Cornwall Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Roseland to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    Local councils across the UK were given the powers to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans as part of the 2011 Localism Act.  Since then more than 70 parishes across Cornwall have begun work on developing their own plans for their local area.

    Roseland is one of a number of areas to formally designate its parishes as a Neighbourhood Area with support and advice from members of Cornwall Council’s Planning Department, Localism Team and Planning Aid to navigate the process and produce its Neighbourhood Development Plan.

    The Referendum will be conducted following similar procedures to those used at local government elections. Poll cards have been sent to voters registered in the neighbourhood plan area, which covers the parishes of Gerrans, Philleigh, Ruan Lanihorne, St Just in Roseland and Veryan.

    Jon Smith, Chair of the Roseland Plan Steering Group, said: "It has taken the better part of 3 years and an enormous amount of effort by a very large number of people to get from the first public meetings to where we are now, with The Roseland Neighbourhood Development Plan having passed Examination and proceeding towards Referendum.  It is now time to decide whether The Plan should be used to help determine local planning applications. An unwavering feature of our approach has been to encourage everyone in the Roseland community to 'Have Your Say', so that the Plan truly reflects the community’s aspirations for the future. In the same spirit, I urge everyone to use their vote in the Referendum and make their views known." 

    A Notice of Referendum and more information has been published on the Cornwall Council website.

    More information about the Referendum is available from Electoral Services in 01209 614373 or from the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/elections.

    Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said “Communities all over Cornwall are developing their plans. If agreed at the referendum, local planning applications will be determined by locally agreed planning policies. This is localism in action.”

    Story posted: 27 July 2015

  • Residents in Quethiock to hold referendum on Neighbourhood Development Plan

    People living in the Parish of Quethiock will have the opportunity to vote on their local Neighbourhood Development Plan when a formal referendum is held on Thursday 20 August 2015.

    The question to be asked of voters at the referendum is: "Do you want Cornwall Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Quethiock to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    Local councils across the UK were given the powers to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans as part of the 2011 Localism Act.  Since then more than 60 parishes across Cornwall have begun work on developing plans for their local areas.

    Quethiock is one of a number of local councils to formally designate its parish as a Neighbourhood Area with support and advice from members of Cornwall Council’s Communities and Devolution Team and Planning Department to navigate the process and produce their Neighbourhood Development Plan.

    The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections. Poll cards have been sent to voters registered in the neighbourhood plan area which covers Quethiockparish.

    A Notice of Referendum and more information has been published on the Cornwall Council website.

    More information about the Referendum is available from Electoral Services in 01209 614373 or from the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/elections.

    David Jones, Neighbourhood Development Plan Chairman and Vice Chairman of Quethiock Parish Council said: “A lot of hard work has gone into developing the Neighbourhood Plan for Quethiock.  We’re very pleased to have reached the stage where local people can now decide whether or not they want it to help determine local planning applications, and we would urge everyone to use their vote in the referendum to make their views known.”

     Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said “Communities all over Cornwall are developing their plans. If agreed at the referendum, local planning applications will be determined by locally agreed planning policies. This is localism in action.”

    Story posted: 24 July 2015

  • Voters go to the polls for a new councillor for the Pendarves Ward of Camborne Town Council

    Voters in the Pendarves Ward of Camborne will go to the polls on Thursday, 20 August to elect a new Town Councillor.

    The four candidates nominated for the election are:

    • David Atherfold - The Conservative Party Candidate
    • Erin Jane Krey - Labour Party
    • Julia Trenor Prosser - Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall
    • Roger Neil Richards - Liberal Democrat

    Three polling stations will be in use for the by election:

    • St Johns Church Hall, Trevu Road, Camborne  
    • The Lowenac Hotel, Basset Road, Camborne
    • Barripper Methodist Chapel, Fore Street, Barripper

    These will be open between 7 am and 10 pm. 

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  • Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth had Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
    should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.

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