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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/09/2019 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/08/2019 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August 2019 Governing Body meeting.
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Children and young people community of practice

NHS Cornwall Events - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 00:00
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be holding its first community of practice event supporting the changes to emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people.
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New project launched to secure the future of the British Lop - Smallholder

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 26/06/2019 - 13:00
New project launched to secure the future of the British Lop  Smallholder

The future of the British Lop, which for many years has been one of our rarest native pig breeds, will now be more secure.

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George calls for rare native livestock breeds to be supported in Agriculture Bill

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today argued that native breeds are a public good which must be supported in the Agriculture Bill, at the launch of the RBST project to save the rare British Lop pig.

In conjunction with work that George had undertaken when he was a Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), George confirmed that he had tabled appropriate amendments to The Bill.

Community safety workshops in Launceston

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 26/06/2019 - 10:43

Safer Cornwall is running two workshops in Launceston today for residents to find out more about community safety.

They take place on Wednesday, June 26, at The Orchard Centre, Market Street, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8AU.

The first will be a young people's session from 4.30pm-6pm, and the second session is for adults, and runs from 7pm-8.30pm.

The workshops will provide an opportunity to:

  1. Talk about crime and anti-social behaviour and other issues impacting on community safety in Launceston.
  2. Highlight what Safer Cornwall is already doing to tackle crime in the area.
  3. Understand what additional support might be needed locally.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Safer Cornwall is running these workshops to help residents gain a local perspective on how effectively partners are tackling key community safety issues on the ground. They are an opportunity to talk about crime and anti-social behaviour and other issues impacting on community safety in Launceston and what Safer Cornwall is already doing through the Partnership Plan. Information gathered in the workshops will be used to help understand what additional support might be needed locally.”

To find out more email or call 01736 336506.

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Devon and Cornwall live traffic updates for Wednesday, June 26 - Devon Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 26/06/2019 - 06:12
Devon and Cornwall live traffic updates for Wednesday, June 26  Devon Live

Keeping an eye on the M5, A30, and A38 - and bringing you the news from Penzance and Truro, to Plymouth, Exeter, Bideford and beyond.

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Nasty surprise for shoppers as card surcharge ban being ignored by businesses

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 15:05

Hidden charges for paying with a debit or credit card were banned across the UK in January 2018 yet Cornwall’s Trading Standards team is still finding regular examples of where the surcharges are still being imposed.

Hidden charges for paying with a debit or credit card were banned from 13 January 2018, with the intention of helping millions of UK consumers to avoid rip-off fees when spending their hard-earned money.

So-called ‘surcharging’ had become commonplace, particularly online, with many retailers hitting people with surprise charges just before they are about to make a purchase. Some retailers had been known to add charges which are far higher than it cost them to process a payment. It is estimated that surcharging cost shoppers £166 million in 2015.

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The ban means that it is unlawful for retailers to charge additional fees when someone uses a particular credit or debit card, or other payment systems like PayPal, to make a purchase. This is intended to ensure that consumers can be confident that there won’t be any nasty surprises, and they won’t be penalised for wanting to pay in a particular way.

Introducing the ban last year, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen said:  “It’s completely unfair for someone to be hit by a hidden fee just before they are about to make a purchase, so by scrapping these rip-off charges we are helping to give power back to the consumer.

"As we build a fairer society, this added transparency ensures buyers can make informed choices about how they spend their hard-earned money.”

However, investigations by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team have revealed that the ban is widely ignored by businesses and consumers are still being subjected to the hidden surcharges for choosing the pay by credit or debit card. Now the Council is warning that businesses who fail to heed advice and who continue to impose the card payment surcharges may face Court action.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said:  “The ban on credit and debit card surcharges has been in force for well over a year now and there can be no excuses for businesses that are still imposing these unlawful fees.

"To protect consumers and to maintain fair trading the rules will be enforced by the Council’s Trading Standards team and officers have the power to take civil enforcement action against traders who are found to breach the regulations.

"The rules also entitle customers to receive a refund of any unlawful surcharge they have paid and enable them, if necessary, to take legal action to recover any such surcharge.”

Any businesses who may still be unclear on the regulations, and who require advice and further information on the surcharge ban can visit or call Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support Team on 0300 1234 212

Consumers who are charged an additional fee for paying by credit or debit card should report the incident to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 4 04 05 06

Posted on June 13, 2019

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Tombstoning dangers warning

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 14:31

Young people are being warned about the potentially tragic consequences of tombstoning off Cornish coasts.

Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other Safer Cornwall partners are highlighting the numbers of people killed or seriously injured by jumping off cliffs and seawalls into deep water.

They have issued tombstoning danger signs to look out for, including submerged objects that can cause serious impact injuries.

Since 2004 the Coastguard has dealt with over 200 incidents, with 70 injuries and 20 deaths.

For those seriously hurt, many ended up with life-changing injuries with spinal and limb injuries the most common.

The Safer Cornwall partnership is reminding parents to keep track of their children’s activities and the risks they undertake with tombstoning.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Tombstoning is a popular activity but it can have severe and life-threatening consequences. Unfortunately over recent years it has gained attention for the wrong reasons, with a number of people killed or seriously injured.

“We’re urging everyone to consider the risks to yourself and others and consider the dangers. Look out for warning signs and don’t jump into the unknown.”

Here are the tombstoning warning signs Safer Cornwall is reminding people to look out for:

  • Check for hazards in the water. Rocks or other objects may be submerged and difficult to see.
  • Check the depth of the water. Remember tides can rise and fall very quickly.
  • As a rule of thumb, a jump of ten metres requires a water depth of at least five metres, but this cannot be relied upon.
  • Never jump while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Check for access - it may be impossible to get out of the water and strong currents can rapidly sweep people away
  • Consider the risks to yourself and others. Conditions can change rapidly - young people could be watching and may attempt to mimic the activity.

Safer Cornwall has also highlighted reports of anti-social behaviour associated with tombstoning including people being threatening or abusive, alcohol consumption and criminal damage.

To report anti-social behaviour ring the police on the non-emergency number 101 or email

You can also report anti-social behaviour to Cornwall Council’s Anti-social Behaviour Team on 0300 1234 232 or at

If the threat is causing immediate danger call 999.

Visit the Safer Cornwall website to find out more. 

Posted on 7 June

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Great deal secured for Newquay’s Killacourt

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 11:52

A popular community space in Newquay, the Killacourt, will see a big transformation following a successful transfer of ownership from Cornwall Council to Newquay Town Council.

Transferring the ownership of this much loved and used community space means that more funding can be secured, as well as making sure all future developments are community led. This has already been proven following the successful bid from Newquay Town Council of £500,000 from the Coastal Community Fund.

Cornwall Council has also secured £140,000 Section 106 monies to be used to develop the site, along with other funding streams that Newquay Town Council has been able to access.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford said: “I’d like to congratulate Newquay Town Council for their ambition and vision. I think that Town Councils and local communities know best about what their community needs, and can run better local services, that’s the essence of localism”

Newquay ward member Councillor Geoff Brown added: “Plans are now underway to transform the Killacourt, retaining it as an important green space that can continue to be enjoyed by the whole community, as well as providing a boost to the local economy.”  

Mayor of Newquay, Councillor Rachel Craze said: “The devolution of the Killacourt to the Town Council means we have been able to put in an £800,000 investment into the area. It’s one of the best open spaces we have in the town and this means we can own it, manage it and develop it for the people of the town and all its visitors.”

Plans include investing in various improvements to the bandstand and kiosk area as well as making the site easier to access, helping those with buggies or wheelchair users to have full use of the space.

The scheme also allows for a “mini-Minack” style amphitheatre at the bottom of the Killacourt – ensuring the iconic views are fully exposed and protected for the future.

The plans also involve measures to reduce the impact of events on neighbouring properties by using noise reducing fencing and planting while also protecting their existing views.

Newquay Town Council are inviting anyone with views or ideas about the space to get in touch with them via email

The devolution of the Killacourt supports Cornwall Council’s priority to give residents and communities a greater say in decisions,  making them at the most appropriate level.

Posted on 21 June

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Meet Penzance’s new anti-social behaviour case worker at drop-in sessions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 09:59

Residents in Penzance now have another way to report anti-social behaviour problems in the town at new drop-in sessions starting this week.

They can speak to a police officer and meet the town’s first, dedicated, anti-social behaviour caseworker at the weekly sessions which take place at Penzance One Stop Shop, St John’s Hall, from 10am to midday every Friday starting June 28.

The scheme is part of Safer Penzance’s ongoing bid to tackle issues in the town.

Latest reports from the Safer Cornwall partnership – made up of Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other partners – show that over the last 12 months recorded crime in the town has reduced by 7%, with the greatest reduction seen in theft offences.

Police say anti-social behaviour has increased by 10% which they are attributing to better reporting after local agencies’ work to increase awareness of the importance of reporting crime.

Priorities identified for the town include anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug use, domestic abuse, community engagement and provisions for young people

Safer Penzance continues to encourage people to report all incidents and concerns as they occur as it gives the police the opportunity to respond and deal with the incidents and assign the necessary resources.

In addition these reports are used as evidence to support action and prosecution against those causing problems in the town.

Dorian Thomas has recently been appointed as Safer Penzance’s new anti-social behaviour caseworker, a 12-month pilot role jointly funded by Penzance Town Council and Cornwall Council.

Dorian Thomas Web

He is tasked with tackling persistent anti-social behaviour offenders in West Penwith with a focus on gathering evidence and building cases to take to court for enforcement orders such as the Criminal Behaviour Order.

Since starting his new role earlier this month Dorian has carried out additional patrols in the town centre and delivered more early intervention and prevention work to refer offenders to local support services.

He said: “My role is focusing on Penzance as a whole and the wider community and helping deal with any behaviour that causes harassment and distress. I am also working closely with businesses and talking to them about anti-social behaviour and how it links to crime.

“I would encourage anyone with concerns over crime or anti-social behaviour to talk to us at our drop-in sessions at St John’s Hall which have been set up specifically so anyone can come in and report crime as well as find out what we’re doing to reduce it. We need everyone to do their bit in reporting problems so that we can make Penzance safer together.”

Penzance Town Councillor Will Elliott said: “Penzance Town Council is glad to be working with Cornwall Council to support the new role of an anti-social behaviour case worker. We all believe that this is going to make a real difference in Penzance – both preventing anti-social behaviour in our town and giving the public a familiar face who is readily accessible to them, and who they can regularly speak and report issues to. None of this would have been possible without Safer Penzance bringing everyone together, and talking to one another.

“It’s important to highlight that while this new role shows that the Councils are listening, and are trying new things to counter the various issues associated with anti-social behaviour – it is still vital that members of the public report any actual instances of anti-social behaviour or other offences to the relevant authorities, such as the police, as well.”

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Anti-social behaviour case workers play a key role in preventing and tackling problems in towns across Cornwall.

“Having a dedicated case worker focused solely on Penzance is going to make a real difference to reducing the town’s anti-social behaviour and help to improve the quality of life for everyone.

“We want to thank Penzance Town Council for working with us to support this new pilot role which, if successful, could be extended to other towns across Cornwall.”

To report street drinking, anti-social behaviour or crime please ensure that all incidents are reported to, and logged with, the police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or emailing or ring 999 if you have serious immediate concerns.

Plans are ongoing to set up a Safer Penzance hub in the town centre later in the year.

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Autism's got Talent Roadshow is going to St Ives - Essex Magazine

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 09:02
Autism's got Talent Roadshow is going to St Ives  Essex Magazine

Awe-inspiring children and adult performers with autism are set to wow public audiences with their acts at the Autism's Got Talent (AGT) Roadshow on Saturday ...

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Man in custody after major police response in Cornish village - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Tue, 25/06/2019 - 07:52
Man in custody after major police response in Cornish village  Cornwall Live

A man was taken into custody following an incident at a Cornish village yesterday morning. Witnesses reported seeing two or three riot vans near the Turnpike ...

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Cornwall Council calls for more funding for children's services.

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:06

Cornwall Council is supporting calls from a cross party group of influential MPs to address the crisis in funding for children’s services. 

According to a new report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Children’s Services have reached crisis point and need at least £3.1bn in additional funding over the next five years.

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader, Julian German, welcomes the report and said: “Reports like this show that some ministers are starting to listen to us about the growing shortfall in funding for Children’s Services.  We will continue to campaign for the government to not only increase funding to meet growing need but reform the way money is allocated to areas.  Cornwall has some of the lowest funded Children’s Services in the country.

“Funding from central government does not reflect levels of need.  It’s based on an historical and outdated funding formula that disadvantages children in Cornwall.”

Data from Eurostat shows that Cornwall is the second most deprived area in northern Europe, yet it receives less funding per child than over 100 other local authorities from across England and Wales.  As the increases are based on percentages that gap increases.

In the committees report,’ Funding of Local Authority Children’s Services’, the group also calls for the government to commit in advance of the Spending Review to continuing the Troubled Families programme beyond 2020.

The MPs said that the government should consider a central investment fund for children’s services as a whole, rather than assigning pots of funding for specific areas.

They recommend that the Competition & Markets Authority should investigate the rising costs of independent children’s care placements and profit levels.  They also recommend that the government should consider central investment to increase the supply of places to meet the growing demand.

Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “The government needs to accept the growing need for Children’s Services and match that growing need with increased funding.  It also needs to act to stop the gross inequality in the way Children’s Services are funded.  A child in need in Cornwall has as much right to well-funded services as a child living in all those other better funded areas.

“We have taken all possible steps to make the best use of our funding by creating an integrated Children’s Service but we are on the red line. The Government needs to prioritise children and young people and provide appropriate levels of funding based on deprivation and need.”

The Committee follows a long line of organisations, including the Local Government Association, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a wide range of children’s charities and the Association of Directors for Children's Services, in raising the alarm over shortfalls in funding levels.

Councillor German concluded: “We will continue to put pressure on the government to reassess the national funding formulas, for our schools and children’s social care.  The children of Cornwall deserve a better deal.”

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Spring is in the air as Council transforms 30 green spaces in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:06

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Communities in Cornwall are benefiting from 40 hectares of improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas.

As spring has officially started this week, Cornwall Council is nearing completion of its Green Infrastructure for Growth - Making Space for Nature programme.

The three-year scheme has brought 30 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.

Now residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements.

The following sites have been completed under the scheme which is part of the Council’s Environmental Growth strategy

  • Penzance; Bolitho Gardens, Milllennium Woods, Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann's Field
  • Hayle; Copperhouse Pool Margins, Treveglos Meadow and Millpond Gardens 
  • Camborne; Tuckingmill Valley Park, Wheal Harriet (Elim Centre) and Park an Tansys open space.
  • Pool; East Pool Park, Treloweth Park and Crembling Well. New trees have also been planted on Tolvaddon Road.
  • Redruth; Treskerby Playing Field, Trenoweth Playing Field, Knights Way Field and St Day Road Cemetery.
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park and Longstone Park

Work continues in Penzance and Camborne.

By the end of this year £3.5m will have been spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project is receiving £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

The next Making Space for Nature event is a community wildflower planting day in Penzance on Saturday 30 March.

From 10am to midday residents can help plant pot-grown wildflowers at Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann’s Field in Wherrytown. There will also be an afternoon session in St Mary’s Churchyard between 2pm and 4pm.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “The Making Space for Nature project has helped transform plots of land in towns across Cornwall to make them better places for people and for wildlife.

“As spring starts we are inviting residents to come out and see these beautiful new green spaces and get involved in planting activities or just enjoy being in nature.”

Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at:

  • Trenoweth Playing Field, Redruth, April 9
  • Warfelton Field, Saltash, April 13

  • Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Penzance, April 17
  • Berries Avenue, Bude, May 23
  • Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 6 to 8
  • Goldsworthy Field, Bude, June 15
  • Treveglos Meadow, Hayle, June 21
  • St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth, June 22
  • St Mary’s Churchyard, Penzance, July 3
  • Golowan Festival, Penzance, June 29

Find more information about the Making Space for Nature project.

Making Space for Nature is a practical example of Cornwall Council’s Pollinator Action Plan which is being launched later this spring.

It aims to make the Council’s assets and operations more pollinator friendly by increasing awareness of pollinators and their needs, identify and support local ideas for pollinator opportunities, help ensure pollinator habitats and species recover and provide beneficial services to farming and tourism and residents across Cornwall.

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £2.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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Polperro is first Sugar Smart primary school in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:05

Polperro Primary School has been crowned the first SUGAR SMART primary in Cornwall.  The initiative, which is promoted by the Healthy Schools team at Cornwall Council, encourages teachers, staff and the children into making small steps to reduce the amount of sugar in their snacks, drinks and to work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver launched the SUGAR SMART initiative to try and cut down on the amount of sugar being consumed by children across the UK and just last month Richard Lander in Truro was recognised as the first secondary school to receive the status.

Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing and Cabinet Member at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken, said: “Polperro Primary has shown a real passion for developing a healthier school and they should be proud of their hard work.  Looking at lunch boxes and the foods provided in school is easy to do, but it does take a commitment from the whole school, including parents and governors.

“I would like Polperro to inspire other schools to take on this challenge and to become SUGAR SMART.”

The Healthy Schools team have created a five-step guide to being SUGAR SMART and tips include; changing the contents of vending machines, charging less for healthy snacks and promoting healthier lunches.

Healthy Schools Advisor, Harriet Kretowicz, said: “In order for a school to achieve SUGAR SMART status we are looking to promote healthy lunches and snacks.  They also need to promote drinking water above all other drinks, so no fizzy drinks or high sugar squash.

“We are also looking for that whole school approach, where they engage not only the children, but staff and the wider community and that is something Polperro have been really good at.” 

Scientists say that no more than 5% of our total energy intake should come from sugar. This means different amounts of sugar for different age groups:

  • For children aged 4 to 6 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 5 sugar cubes or 19g.
  • For children aged 7 to 10 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 6 sugar cubes or 24g.

Teacher at Polperro, Jane Wills, said: “It has been a lot of hard work, but it has also been something we really wanted to do as a whole school, so we’ve all bought into the idea of making sure children that attend Polperro School are able to live a healthier and happier life.  If we can help with that in any small way at all, then that has been the key purpose for us.”

Jane added they’ve noticed other benefits from becoming sugar smart: “The children have certainly become calmer and we’ve seen more focus and lot better levels of concentration.  Also throughout the lesson, if you feel as though there is a dip in their concentration you get everyone up and active, just to burn a little more energy and wake us all up.”

For more information on becoming SUGAR SMART teachers are being encouraged to visit the Healthy Schools Cornwall website


Story posted 15 April 2019 

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New cafe coming to Poltair Park in St Austell

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:04

Construction work for a new café in St Austell's Poltair Park is nearing completion.

Cormac Solutions Limited is providing services to the new building when it is installed.

Current installation work is for a new water supply pipe, electrical supply cables, telephone cables, foul sewerage, drainage for rainwater and foundations for the building itself.

Work will be completed by the start of summer and is funded by the developer of a housing development in Trevarthian Road under a Section 106 agreement. In the meantime the park's play areas and skate park remain open.

Poltair Park was transferred to St Austell Town Council in 2017 as part of Cornwall Council’s ongoing devolution programme.

The Town Council maintains and manages the park but Cornwall Council has been supporting a park improvement project.

The community was consulted about what they would like to see and a decision was taken to provide public toilets in the park.

As a result Cornwall Council drafted a feasibility study, supported by the Town Council, which includes plans to provide a kiosk style café that would have toilet facilities and would be leased out to an independent catering contractor to run.

Jackie Bull, Cornwall councillor for St Austell Poltair, said: “This café will make a real difference to the park and will address the concerns of the local community through the provision of toilets. It has been a complicated project and I’m delighted it is finally being done.”

Cormac project manager, Richard Keast, said: “We’re now reinstating the sections of footpath that have been dug up as part of this work, and will be opening sections of the park up again when it’s safe to do so. The next stage will be creating foundations so we can install the café itself, an innovative modular building that we’re manufacturing off-site. As works are completed we’ll refurbish and replant to make sure the park can continue to be enjoyed as soon as possible.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that residents of St Austell will be benefitting from this new café at Poltair Park which comes as a result of communities being able to make decisions about how and who delivers their services.

“This is a great example of how localism is at the heart of our ambitious drive to ensure that services are delivered in the most effective way to the communities of Cornwall.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: "It is great that a partnership between Cornwall Council and the local St Austell Council is enhancing this space for local residents. I hope as people enjoy their improved space they will think creatively about making an enhanced space for nature too."

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Children celebrate new mobile library in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:03

Els Mobile Library With Pupils Web

A new mobile library is set to support thousands of Cornish school children with their reading attainment and love of books.

Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service launched its new mobile library stocked with more than 7,000 children’s books at Mount Hawke Academy this week.

A group of Year 5 pupils became the first children in Cornwall to step into the multi-coloured, specially-decorated library van to choose new titles for their school library.

The service is now ready to visit more than 70 primary schools once a term so pupils aged five to 11 can choose and exchange their favourite books.

The Education Library Service (ELS) contributes to children's reading development by providing resources and expertise to primary schools across Cornwall who have subscribed to the service.

It currently supports 30,000 pupils by providing a regular source of newly published, evaluated and discounted books to develop reading and learning and support and enhance schools’ learning objectives.

Experienced library staff are on hand to give advice and practical support saving school staff time and delivering value for money.

The ELS offers a once-termly mobile library visit to schools who have signed up specifically for the service.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “We believe every child in Cornwall should leave school with a love of books and the ability to read well so they have the greatest opportunities to succeed throughout their lives.

“Our role in achieving this is to offer primary schools in Cornwall a service that brings reading to life and supports educational attainment.

“This new, state-of-the art mobile library will dramatically improve the service we provide and we hope that many more schools and their pupils will engage with our books every single week.”

Catherine Biddick, head of Mount Hawke Academy, said: “We’re just delighted to have been chosen as the school for the new Education Library Service van to be launched at.

“We have a long history with the Education Library Service and this new mobile library means we can choose lots of new books to refresh our library regularly and children who don’t have the opportunity to go into a library can come into the van and see what a library is like.”

Schools can find out more about Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service, including how to subscribe, by contacting 01872 323456 or

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