Power to the people of St Eval through creation of Neighbourhood Development Plan
St Eval has become the first parish council in Cornwall to produce its Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.
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.
St Eval became one of the first local councils to formally designate its parish as a Neighbourhood Development Area following concerns over Ministry of Defence (MoDʼs) plans to sell some of its land at Trevisker. The proposal to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan was seen by both the parish council and the local community as an opportunity to shape future development in the area at the same time as safeguarding and enhancing valued characteristics.
Since then St Eval has successfully consulted local residents on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan through extensive community engagement events, questionnaires and social media sites. The plan was then submitted to Cornwall Council for legal compliance checks.
The next stage of the process involves a formal consultation process carried out by Cornwall Council. This began on 16 July and will run until 27 August. Once this has been completed the Plan will move forward to the independent examination in September, with a referendum being carried out in the autumn.
Julie Baker, Chair of St Eval’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, said “We are extremely pleased to have reached this milestone as it represents almost three years of hard work by the local community and our supporters. It is a big step towards our vision of producing a balanced and sustainable neighbourhood plan which will reflect our aspirations for future development within the parish. We look forward to moving into the next important phase".
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “I congratulate the community of St Eval on being so advanced with their NDP. Neighbourhood planning is a powerful tool that puts local residents in the driving seat in planning for the future of their community.”
Story posted 25 July 2014
Visit Cornwall collaborates with Finistère to attract new overseas visitors
Earlier this month a delegation representing Visit Cornwall travelled to Finistère in Brittany to strengthen their partnership with Finistère Tourisme – a counterpart tourism development agency - and to attract new, high spending overseas visitors.
The visit started with a meeting at Brittany Ferries HQ in Roscoff, to showcase Cornwall as a tourism destination among the French and German markets. Over the summer, the ferry company is proposing one-day car tours in Cornwall. This type of package works well for the company but there are issues with a lack of accommodation availability for groups and longer stays. Over the next few months, Visit Cornwall will help them identify additional accommodation providers in Cornwall and provide some new visual content for the Brittany Ferries website and on board information points.
During a 3-day programme of visits and meetings, Visit Cornwall was presented with local initiatives to develop the promotion of religious and maritime heritage. At the Abbey of Landevennec - monastery ruins from the late 5th century - they are testing a new approach to site interpretation with some potential joint opportunities with Cornwall for developing augmented reality applications that can revive historical buildings.
A meeting with the Observatory on maritime heritage of the University of Western Brittany demonstrated their integrated approach to preserving and promoting elements of maritime heritage (docks, boats, fishermen communities, chapels, etc) whilst enabling economic development in historical harbours.
Finistère Tourisme shared its knowledge of developing “tourism routes” to promote heritage, specifically heritage harbours, lighthouses, painters and churchyards. It is focusing on awareness and understanding of the offer to reinforce its visibility among visitors - selecting the most iconic and impressive sites; consistent signage along the trail; site interpretation; targeted marketing.
Finistère Tourisme and Visit Cornwall have agreed to join their expertise to better promote and market their complementary maritime and cultural tourism offers. The two tourism development agencies will share content and data from their digital and marketing tools; jointly work on the promotion of the high-end tourism offer; and look at European calls for proposals supporting international projects in the sector.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture Julian German said: “I am convinced that Cornwall and Finistère can learn from one another. In Cornwall we can learn how to better promote cultural tourism trails which attract high value visitors and will have a positive benefit for our economy and those working tourism. I look forward to joint projects being developed for the benefit of one and all.”
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall said: “There are many similarities between Finistère and Cornwall and our Breton friends were keen to learn of our digital marketing and social media activities as well to learn about the success of great Cornish food and drink work and our high quality accommodation. We have agreed to increase our collaboration and joint working for the benefit of Cornwall and Finistère alike.
Story posted 25 July 2014
Health Checks focus on farmers
The Outreach NHS Health Checks team in Cornwall have been getting mud on their boots recently, carrying out health checks with farmers.
The team, which is part of the national free NHS Health Checks programme, has been targeting groups of people who traditionally keep their health problems to themselves and often only visit their doctor when symptoms are well advanced, making their conditions harder to treat successfully.
They have recently had great success setting up health checks with fishermen, and are now reaching out to farmers over the age of 40, with partners Mole Valley Farmers. Paul Tippett, branch manager at their St Columb store, has provided a quiet space, with signage to draw in customers. So far, they have carried out 88 Health Checks over the last 3 months, and the next dates are 12 August at the St Columb store, and at the Camelford Show on 13 August.
Julie Edwards, Head of Communications explained the reason Mole Valley Farmers want to support this Health Checks programme: “As a farmer-owned business, we think this is a wonderful initiative and we are very pleased to be able to support the NHS Health Check programme in this way. We are very aware of the pressure experienced by farmers running busy businesses and often, people will ignore health issues because of time constraints.
“Therefore, having the opportunity to be able to take a range of health check tests in a relaxed environment and discuss the results with a professional is a really positive step and will hopefully reduce health issues and possibly save lives in the future.”
Mole Valley Farmers also invited the Outreach Team to share their stand at the Royal Cornwall Show. 30 checks were carried out for farmers and their families, and five people are being given support to improve their lifestyle, based on the results of the tests carried out.
The Health Checks examine several elements – height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol, which are used to calculate the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
The check itself takes about 20 minutes and includes a discussion of the results and any steps which can be taken, for instance to reduce cholesterol or blood pressure. These conditions can often be prevented, even if there is a family history. In some cases the person may be advised to visit their GP if their results indicate more serious problems. This happens in around 11 per cent of Health Checks and is a measure of the success of the programme in reaching more people who traditionally don’t take their health problems to their doctors.
Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said: “‘Health Checks are an important part of the strategy to improve the health of people in Cornwall. Working together with Mole Valley Farmers in this way helps us to reach people who might otherwise not see a doctor until it’s too late, so we’re very pleased to promote this partnership.”
Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, said: “‘We are delighted to be working with Mole Valley Farmers to target this group of people, as part of our Health Checks Programme. Helping individuals to make good choices about their lives and health is an important part of the work of the Health Promotion Service, and improving people’s health and wellbeing in this way reduces cases of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.”
The Health Checks team will be at Mole Valley Farmers, St Columb on Tuesday 12 August, from 9am to 4pm, or you can catch them at the Camelford Show on Wednesday 13 August. Talks are also underway with Farm Cornwall, which is helping the team link with the cattle markets in both Liskeard and Truro, with a view to offering Health Checks at both sites.
For more information about Health Checks, see NHS Choices or call the Public Health Information Line – PHIL – on 01209 215666 or the Outreach Team on 01872 248584.
Story posted 25 July 2014
New recruits for Hayle Community Fire Station 'pass out' in Penzance
A passing out celebration for eight new firefighters who have joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and are to be posted at Hayle’s new Community Fire Station when it opens later this year, has been held at Penzance Community Fire Station.
An invited audience, including proud friends and families, local Cornwall Council members and representatives of Hayle Town Council witnessed the presentation of certificates to the new recruits by Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury and the Mayor of Hayle, Mr Graham Coad.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: “I was delighted to join local members John Coombe and John Pollard together with family and friends of the new crew of 8 firefighters as they passed out at Penzance station after an intensive training period. This was a great occasion and heralds the first truly new fire station in Cornwall for 66 years. It was fantastic to see the pride in their achievement as they prepare to safeguard their community. My thanks to family and employers whose support will enable them to serve Cornwall.”
The eight new recruits showed off their skills and took part in two drills featuring a car fire and a rescue from a house fire.
The evening also included the official naming of a new fire appliance, “St Michael” which was blessed by Rev Julyan Drew, and music from Hayle Town Band.
Story posted 25 July 2014
Cornwall Best Bar None 2015 Scheme launched in Penzance
The launch of the 2015 Cornwall Best Bar None Scheme took place at Sound Nightclub, Penzance on Tuesday 22nd July. Sound retained the title as the overall winner of Cornwall Best Bar None 2014 for the second year in a row and was runner up in the National Best Bar None competition last November.
The Best Bar None Scheme is open to all clubs, pubs and bars in Cornwall and the owners and managers of licensed premises from across Cornwall attended the launch event including those that are interested in applying for accreditation this year, as well as already accredited venues including Sound, The Vault, Eclipse Nightclub and The Tremenheere who won ‘Best Large Pub’ in 2014 (one of 10 J.D. Wetherspoon accredited premises). Other partners were also present including the Cornwall Licensing Forum Cornwall and Parish Councillors, Cornwall Council Officers, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and representatives from the training sector.
They were welcomed by Cornwall Councillor Pat Harvey, who has supported the Scheme since it was first introduced in 2010. Cllr Harvey encouraged involvement in the 2015 Scheme saying “The aim of Cornwall Best Bar None, in addition to promoting excellent management practice, is to help create a safe and enjoyable social environment for our residents and visitors to enjoy” Other speakers included Lisa Vango from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Jez Bayes, Alcohol Strategy Lead for Cornwall and Robert Matthews providing a trade perspective.
The Cornwall Scheme meets the standards set by National Best Bar None and is managed by the Cornwall Licensing Forum that includes representation from Cornwall Council, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, Devon & Cornwall Police and licensed trade representatives. To become Best Bar None accredited, licensed premises will need to meet minimum standards for licensing legislation including prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance, health and safety and protection of children.
Venues that become accredited will be entered into a competition to be voted best in category and ‘Best Bar None’ for the year.
Story posted 25 July 2014
Gold for Cornwall Council's bereavement services
Cornwall Council’s bereavement services have been awarded Gold Status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
The prestigious award recognises the high level of service provided to funeral congregations, funeral directors and clergy. The ICCM set the standard for the burial and crematorium industry.
This is the fifth year running that the Cornwall Council run Penmount Crematorium has achieved the highest standard but it is the first time that the authority’s cemeteries have been entered for the Bereavement Assessment scheme.
News that both the Crematorium and the cemeteries have achieved Gold Status has been welcomed by Susan Cannan, the Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, who said “We are delighted that Penmount Crematorium has been awarded a Gold rating in the Charter assessment for the fifth consecutive year. We are equally delighted that the first year that Cornwall’s cemeteries have been assessed has resulted in a Gold Rating for them as well”.
Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, added “This is a testament to the hard work of the staff who work in our bereavement services who take great pride in ensuring the best possible experience for the bereaved at a sad and difficult time in their lives.”
“We are very proud of the work put in by all our staff, including those who work at Penmount Crematorium and those who work for our partner Cormac at the cemeteries in providing a first class service that has now been nationally acknowledged as excellent”.
A publicly owned, self-financed facility administered by Cornwall Council, Penmount crematorium is housed on a secluded country estate of 28 acres, 11 of which have been developed as Gardens of Remembrance.
The authority is responsible for twenty-four operational cemeteries throughout Cornwall and currently carries out around a third of the burials that take place every year.
Story posted 22 July 2014
Work starts at King Edward Mine to save two historic buildings and create workspace for local businesses
Midas Group Ltd have started work on the conservation and refurbishment of two redundant Grade II* Listed buildings at King Edward Mine near Camborne. The project will give a new lease of life to the former Count House and Carpenters’ Shop complexes, creating nine affordable workspaces for local businesses, ready for occupation from March 2015.
Phil Kitchener, Midas Site Manager said: ‘The Midas Group Ltd is very pleased to be awarded the King Edward Mine heritage project to add to the list of mine attractions like Geevor Tin Mine and Heartlands that we’ve been involved in. The site team leading this project bring good background knowledge of the skills required with this type of refurbishment on Grade II* Listed buildings.’
In order to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating so the refurbished buildings are as sustainable as they can be and in compliance with best practice in heritage conservation, Midas have brought in specialist skills to work on the project as Phil went on to say: ‘We will be using specialist heritage contractors to apply traditional skills and materials to conserve the two buildings. The work will include lime pointing, lime washing to the external walls, traditional carpentry, stonework and scantle slate roofing skills.’
A specialist project like King Edward Mine is a rare construction opportunity and Midas intend to go the extra mile to pass this building knowledge on to the next generation by bringing apprentices onto the site, as Phil explained: ‘By supporting apprentices and working with local colleges we feel that local young people will not only learn new skills, but gain an interest in historic building conservation which is so important for working in Cornwall. Many historic buildings are looked after by voluntary organisations and so we are also planning to hold a community training day where anyone interested in trying their hand at heritage conservation can come and have a go!’
Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy & Culture, said: “Bringing historic buildings such as these back into economic use not only ensures that they are saved as part of Cornwall’s Mining World Heritage Site, but also creates much-needed ‘grow on’ spaces for local businesses. In addition, conservation projects such as this offer an excellent opportunity to train the next generation in traditional building skills, such as working with Cornish slate. The KEM Workspace Project will create high quality, distinctive work spaces just outside Camborne, which we will be marketing primarily to the creative industry and knowledge economy sectors and ready for occupation early in 2015.”
Trevor Humphreys, Project Management Consultant for Cornwall Council, said that he was excited to have the opportunity to bring these buildings back to life, but that: “There are many challenges still to overcome, not least the mine shaft that has been found underneath the Count House building!” Trevor Humphreys Associates specialise in bespoke heritage and arts based projects including the award winning Porthmeor Studios and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum that has just opened its doors with a new exhibition. “By working in partnership with Cornwall Council our enthusiastic project team are committed to providing an exemplary project which will be an asset to the local community and the wider ERDF Convergence Programme’s legacy.”
St Ives based architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole is providing conservation architectural services for the project. Paul Perry, lead architect said: ‘PBWC Architects are delighted to be involved with such a unique heritage project as we are based here in Cornwall. We take pride in being part of the team which will conserve and convert these buildings within the World Heritage Site. We are one of the few architectural practices to specialise in historic building conservation in Cornwall and we bring experience of delivering other successful ERDF projects here and on the Isles of Scilly.’
King Edward Mine, former home of Camborne School of Mines, was bought by Cornwall Council in 2009 and is substantially leased to a local charity to run as a mining heritage attraction. The site is recognised as having Outstanding Universal Value as the best preserved mine within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site (WHS) for the pre-1920 period. The entire complex is within the WHS and includes sixteen buildings Listed Grade II* and South Condurrow Stamps Engine House which is Listed Grade II.
King Edward Mine Museum is an award-winning heritage attraction containing extremely rare milling equipment that has been expertly restored and brought back into working order by volunteers. The museum is run by a local charity and full details of opening times and attractions on offer are available on the King Edward Mine website.
The King Edward Mine Workspace Project will support the long-term sustainability of this important part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage and has been made possible through a grant from the ERDF Convergence Programme and investment by Cornwall Council.
Stroy posted 22 July 2014
Cornwall to be showcased at 2014 Festival Interceltique
All things Cornish are set to be a big hit at this year's Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany. Cornish food and drink, music, dancing and art have all made a big impression on festival goers and exhibitors in the past and this year will be no exception.
This year, the Festival is set to take place from 01 to 10 August 2014 and Cornwall will have an exhibition there to promote Cornwall as a tourist destination as well as showcase Cornish produce and culture.
Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, who will be attending the festival, says: “The Lorient Festival is an important platform to attract people to Cornwall. It is evident that many people have heard of Cornwall and we need show what Cornwall has to offer. Our environment, our heritage and culture, our food and drink, are strong reasons why people decide to come to Cornwall and they are not weather dependent. Cornwall has much to offer and we need to make sure that we are actively participating on the international stage to ensure that everyone knows this."
Celtic regions from across the globe attend the festival every year, with the Cornish being joined by Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, the Acadie region of North East Canada as well as bands and dancers from across Brittany. It's an opportunity to celebrate Celtic heritage, languages and culture in a bonanza of music and dance, food and drink. Over 600,000 people visit the festival each year, which takes over the southern Breton city of Lorient over the ten days in August.
Visit Cornwall and MAGA will be working with Cornwall Council to put on an exhibition of the best attractions and activities that the region has to offer as well as details of the language, music and culture that has been the signature of Cornwall’s distinctiveness. The stand will be manned by volunteers who are giving their time and language skills to ensure that visitors are well informed and welcomed. Over the 10 days of the festival, thousands will visit the stands and it is hoped that some of these will translate into future visitors helping to boost the Cornish economy.
In addition, producers from across Cornwall will be coming together to show festival goers a small sample of the outstanding food and drink on offer back home. Visitors will be able to sample Cornish brewed beer and cider courtesy of Skinners Brewery, pasties from Trevethicks and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream from Roddas, all brought to the festival by Cornish caterers Downright Delicious. Last year the local newspaper heralded the humble Cornish Pasty as ‘the revelation of the festival’ and 2014 will see even more people experience the delights of traditional Cornish cuisine.
Each year the Lorient festival invites a delegation of Cornish musicians and dancers to perform alongside those from the other Celtic nations in the main festival programme. This year 5 piece Cornish folk/rock band Tredanek, the award-winning Canoryon Lowen choir from St Neot and Truro based Cornish dance group Hevva will be taking part in concerts, workshops and presentations throughout the week as well as representing Cornwall in the Grand Parade, which itself attracts some 60,000 spectators. The groups will also be performing at the Cornish stand, helping to ensure it is lively and vibrant.
In addition visual artist Sandra Boreham will be representing Cornwall in the visual art exhibition and two films from Cornwall, Skath by Paul Farmer and My yw genys, by Alban Roinnard, will be part of the film programme.
Jenefer Lowe, responsible for the Cornish delegation, said “Lorient is an excellent showcase and provides an annual chance for us to celebrate Cornish culture alongside other Celtic nations and regions on an international stage. I am grateful to all the performers, producers and volunteers who will be taking part this year and look forward to a successful festival.”
Story posted 22 July 2014