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Twelve Cornwall Council car parks to move over to ‘pay on exit’

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 3 hours 52 min ago

The first Cornwall Council car park to move over to pay on exit will be officially opened in Penzance on Wednesday 27 February.

The Harbour car park in Penzance is the first of twelve car parks in eight towns that are being moved over to pay on exit technology as part of the Council’s Positive Parking Framework

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said the move to pay on exit would make it easier for customers as well as support local economies.

“Pay on exit parking has been shown to encourage people to stay longer in town centres as they don’t have to rush back to their car when their car parking ticket is running out.

“It also means civil enforcement officers (CEOs) will not be tied up having to check pay and display tickets. This frees them up to do more work taking action where cars are parked illegally – which we know frustrates residents.”

“Free evening parking in most Cornwall Council car parks will continue and has helped support local evening economies.  We’ll also be continuing with flexible pay and park options during the day time, such as being able to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via the JustPark telephone payment and offering seasonal permits at a reduced rate.”     

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Councillor Penzance Promenade said: "The introduction of ‘Pay on Exit’ for the Wharfside car park, the Council’s first in Cornwall, is great news for Penzance and has been requested by many businesses in the town. Evidence collected from elsewhere in the country last year, by the Positive Parking Panel on which I sit, indicates that people using them tend to stay longer, thus increasing car park income without having to raise hourly rates. The recommendations of the Parking Panel, combined with a collaborative approach from Cornwall Council officers and Councillor Geoff Brown when working with Penzance Town Council, the BID, Chamber of Commerce and Penzance Regeneration Board, mean that from April, Penzance will have much more competitive car parking charges. This in turn will hopefully see more people paying less to park."

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance East said: "This is good news on many fronts. Visitors will stay for longer visiting the high street and enforcement officers will be able to spend more time in Penzance back streets. Best of all, the new 96p per day resident batch price for Harbour Car Park will work with Pay on Exit seamlessly. That means more people who work in town parking in the Harbour car park instead of in residential streets."

Work is now being carried out at the twelve car parks to enable the installation of the pay one exit technology.  Pay on exit means that the motorist takes a ticket at the barrier when entering the car park, pays at the machine when ready to leave and then inserts the ticket via the exit barrier. There will be some disruption while the works at the car parks take place and some of the car parks will be closed or operating at reduced capacity before reopening as pay on exit. 

All 12 car parks will be changed over to pay on exit and open by Easter 2019. 

The car parks are:-

  • Town Quarry, Falmouth
  • Main Car Park, Fowey
  • Milpool, Looe
  • St Georges Road, Newquay
  • The Manor, Newquay
  • Link Road, Padstow
  • Harbour, Penzance
  • The Island, St. Ives
  • Trenwith, St Ives
  • Garras Wharf, Truro
  • Moorfield, Truro
  • Old Bridge Street, Truro     

Cornwall’s Positive Parking Framework is set to be a benchmark standard for local authorities who, like Cornwall Council, have aligned  their parking policies and operations to the Positive Parking Agenda, a national initiative supported and assisted by the British Parking Association.

As well as the introduction of Pay on Exit technology at the twelve car parks, Positive Parking Framework plans include:-

  • A trial to enable Care Quality Commission accredited carers to park on the street whilst providing care services to vulnerable people
  • A review of the role of our Civil Enforcement Officers as better use of technology means that they will be freed up to visit more areas that are not currently frequently patrolled, to ensure that traffic congestion through illegal parking is reduced.
  • Improved directional signage, contactless payment, discounts for residents and businesses, raising awareness of season tickets and other payment options.
  • Mobile camera technology to help with more efficient enforcement or targeted enforcement around schools and colleges to support reductions in traffic congestion.

Geoff Brown added: “We are investing in our car parks to improve the experience for motorists.  Income from car parking is vital as it enables us to continue making the best use of our resources and target funding to help maintain Cornwall's 7,300km road network.  Cornwall’s roads are some of the best in the country with the Council rated as amongst the top 25% in the country for keeping our main roads in good repair. Without the income from car parking charges, the Council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding."

“Whilst we receive about £9.7 million net income from parking each year, Cornwall Council is spending £45 million on maintaining the condition and safety of Cornwall’s roads and 2,700 bridges and retaining walls, as well as the car parks themselves.”

 

Story posted 20 February 2019

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Highways England and Cornwall Council funding delivers cycling and heritage boost for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 4 hours 37 min ago

New Cycle Trails Resized

Highways England is continuing its drive to improve the lives of communities across the country by today announcing a multi-million pound boost for cycling, heritage and wildlife projects along the A30 in Cornwall.

Highways England, the company responsible for managing and maintaining England’s major A roads and motorways, is pumping £27 million into Cornwall for a wide range of initiatives including a variety of new cycle paths, habitat and heritage projects.

£2 million from Cornwall Council will be added to the £17 million being invested from Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund towards a comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling.

A further £10 million from Highways England’s Environment Designated Fund will help improve and conserve the quantity, quality and condition of valued landscape features within mid-Cornwall.

The funding will help walkers and cyclists travel safely by creating a network linking Truro, St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay. It will also help restore internationally rare heathland habitat and Bronze Age barrows, reduce flooding and water quality issues, and enable public access to the Grade II registered Chyverton Park.

Vinita Hill, Highways England Designated Funds Director, said: “Highways England is delighted to be partnering with Cornwall Council to realise a number of environmental and cycling projects. Our designated funds programme was developed so that we can invest in projects beyond our traditional road build and maintenance, and this is a glowing example of how this funding can have a positive impact on people and communities.”

Spanning more than 30 kilometres, and starting later this year, the work will significantly improve the cycle network, increasing cycling as a method of travel to work, attract leisure and tourism trips, and contribute to healthy active lifestyles, while opening access to the countryside to be enjoyed by resident and tourist cyclists alike. The routes include:

  • St Agnes to Truro
  • Trispen to Idless
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross
  • Perranporth to Newquay

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Truro and St Agnes Cycle campaigners, led so well by Sarah and John Wetherill as well as Jamie Roberson to secure this record breaking £17 million into new cycle ways. Along with an additional £10 million for improving our heritage, natural environment and resilience for climate change we can all look forward to more easily and safely exploring Cornwall. This £27 million investment is good for the environment, good for the climate and good for our health and wellbeing.” 

Cornwall Council will lead the delivery of the cycling schemes, and over the coming months will conduct surveys and collect information to develop the designs. Early engagement with landowners will be followed by public and stakeholder consultation later in the year, with the schemes due to be delivered by spring 2021.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport said: ‘This major funding from Highways England provides us with a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling.

“The routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall. The cycle network will reach out to towns and villages and link with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.

“Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues and plays a key role in promoting a healthy life for our residents, and we look forward to working with our partners at Highways England and with the local communities, on delivering these exciting schemes.”

A total of £10 million of Environment Designated Funds will help improve and conserve the quantity, quality and condition of valued landscape features within mid-Cornwall.

Including historic assets within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage site, the funding will help Cornwall Council and partners to build on their work around environmental growth and climate resilience, and the numerous schemes will include:

  • creating nature-friendly “Green Ribs” to provide improved habitat and safe corridors for wildlife in landscapes either side of the strategic road network
  • enhancing and restoring the internationally rare heathland habitat at Newlyn Downs,
  • working with nature to reduce flooding and water quality issues downstream of local watercourses
  • rescuing the Grade II listed Wheal Busy Smithy building near Chacewater
  • understanding and enhancing the area’s Bronze Age barrows and the prehistoric “landscape of ancestors” they represent,
  • restore and enable public access to the Grade II registered Chyverton Park.

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection added: “This funding from Highways England offers an opportunity for partners to work with local communities to restore and enhance the environment, together with historic and cultural assets in mid-Cornwall.

"It will support our climate emergency plans, helping residents to reduce their dependency on car travel while supporting communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change by improving waterways and flood resilience. The schemes build on the work of local partners in Cornwall, offering benefits to residents, wildlife and visitors now and into future decades.”

Partners involved in the projects are Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Natural England, Cornwall Catchment Partnership, and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

The Government allocated £675 million of funds to Highways England over a five-year spending period covering 2015 to 2020.

The series of ring-fenced funds are designated to address a range of issues including Environment, Cycling, safety and integration, Air Quality and Innovation.  

The cycling projects in Cornwall have been developed as part of Highways England’s cycling designated fund, and the company is working to achieve a target to deliver 150 cycling schemes by the end of Road Investment Period (2015-2020).

For further details on the specific A30 Designated Funds projects go to https://highwaysengland.co.uk/designated-funds/a30/

 

Story posted 20 February 2019

 

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Plymouth placed on three day flood alert - Plymouth Live

Plymouth placed on three day flood alert  Plymouth Live

Exceptionally high spring tides and large waves prompt Environment Agency warning.

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Three-day flood alert for the whole of Cornwall's coast - Cornwall Live

Three-day flood alert for the whole of Cornwall's coast  Cornwall Live

A three-day flood warning has been issued for the whole of Cornwall's coast from Land's End to Rame Head. Flooding is expected all around the county from ...

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Call for young people to learn emergency skills through Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 15:29

Young people in Cornwall have the chance to learn how to help others in an emergency as the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award reopens for applications.

The ground-breaking scheme was first launched in Cornwall after the response to significant flooding and aims to educate and train young people to assist before, during and after a crisis.

 The scheme was created in 2011 to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as severe weather.

The award scheme has since grown and is now recognised both nationally and internationally, with the scheme being used as far afield as Bangladesh.

Cornwall Council is relaunching the award with a brand new website and leaders resources to help anyone that would like to take part in the award to complete the three different levels.  

 The award scheme is open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 18 and uses a 3 tier system, where awards are earned at various ages.

 The scheme provides encouragement by awarding certificates and badges at each level. The handbook, training material and support available on the website will allow anyone to gather the awareness and skills to prepare themselves, their family, community and neighbourhood for dealing with an emergency situation, and to respond appropriately.

 Everyone participating in the Award scheme is encouraged to engage with their local community Police, Fire or other relevant emergency service, which are invariably willing to provide relevant support and information. Other organisations such as the Environment Agency and Local Authorities also provide information, support and encouragement.

Simon Mould, Head of Community Safety & Localism at Cornwall Council, said: “The Community Safety Award is a fantastic scheme which engages our younger members of our communities to be involved in building resilience in their local areas whilst achieving many personal skills, knowledge and confidence.

"We look forward to working with our partner emergency service responders in supporting this valuable scheme.”

For more information about the award visit: www.communitysafetyaward.org

Follow the award on Facebook – www.facebook.com/communitysafetyaward

Follow the award on Twitter – www.twitter.com/DofC_CSAward  

 

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Cash for greener taxis in clean air boost for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 12:10

Residents are to benefit from greener taxis in Cornwall following a £90,000 cash injection to Cornwall Council for new electric vehicle chargepoints.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has made the award to support ultra-low emission taxis across the county.

Announced by the Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman, the funding will be used to install five, fast and rapid electric vehicle chargepoints in Cornwall. 

Taxis which are electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles will be able to use the charging points which will be installed next year.

Their locations will be announced by Cornwall Council later this year. 

The scheme is part of a £6 million plan for 346 electric chargepoints across the UK in the Government’s bid for a zero emission future.

Cornwall has nine Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and the Council is working to reduce emissions from vehicles as a key part of improving air quality in towns and villages. 

Cornwall Councillor Sue James, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to making Cornwall greener and healthier and as part of our Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy we have a range of air quality projects and policies to help improve air quality across the county. 

“Assisting taxis to be greener and reduce their emissions is just one of the projects we are bringing forward to improve air quality.”

Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “I welcome this funding from OLEV.  This is a great opportunity for taxi drivers in Cornwall who want to reduce their emissions. 

“We hope to have the chargepoints installed within the next year and will provide further details on their locations as soon as possible.”

The electric chargepoints scheme was open to bids by local authorities across the UK. Funding was awarded through a competitive process in which bids were evaluated against a published set of criteria.

Rapid charging (43/50kW) enables charging in 20-30 minutes for onward travel and fast charging (22kW) will enable day-to-day charging (up to about four hours) for electric vehicles or charging for plug-in hybrids.

Last month Cornwall Council passed an emergency climate change motion and called on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Alongside work already underway to bring back nature, reduce traffic congestion, improve public transport, reduce waste and use renewable energy sources, this new project is further evidence of the Council’s ongoing commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and tackling climate change.

Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “The Government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.”

Richard Harrington, Automotive Minister, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in our economy.

“These new charge points for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long-standing partnership with the UK automotive sector.”

Under the Environment Act 1995 Cornwall Council is required to monitor air quality in the county against the Air Quality Objectives.  If air pollution is higher than these national objectives, the Council has to designate an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and produce an Action Plan to improve air quality in the area.

Cornwall Council licences around 1,200 taxis (private hire and hackney carriage).

 

Story posted 19 February 2019

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SAPC calendar raises £200 for charity - Business Cornwall Magazine

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SAPC calendar raises £200 for charity  Business Cornwall Magazine

The 2019 St Austell Printing Company (SAPC) calendar has helped to raise £200 for a much-loved Cornish charity.

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Police arrest woman after Hell's Mouth body discovery and investigations continue - Cornwall Live

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Police arrest woman after Hell's Mouth body discovery and investigations continue  Cornwall Live

A woman who was suspected of aiding or abetting a suicide has been arrested then released under investigation after a body was found at a Cornish beauty ...

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Police arrest woman after Hell's Mouth body discovery and investigations continue - Cornwall Live

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Police arrest woman after Hell's Mouth body discovery and investigations continue  Cornwall Live

A woman who was suspected of aiding or abetting a suicide has been arrested then released under investigation after a body was found at a Cornish beauty ...

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Anti-social behaviour team takes action in Camborne and Newquay and secures closure orders

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 12:44

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police, have successfully taken action on behalf of local residents to close down two properties in Camborne and Newquay, following recent closures in Penzance and St Ives. 

The orders are part of a continued crack down on anti-social behaviour and a demonstration of the authority’s commitment to create safer communities.

The first closure granted was for a house in William Street in Camborne which has been described as a central location for both the use and dealing of drugs.  Complaints included large groups of people at the property, threatening behaviour with loud arguments and disturbances.

Drug users and dealers frequented the property at all hours of the day and night leaving surrounding residents in fear for their safety. On one occasion, the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to attend an incident at the address but Officers were met with threats of violence preventing them from accessing the property.

Dorian Thomas from Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team said: “Due to the ongoing behaviours of the tenant and associates, the property has become a catalyst for ongoing community tensions caused by visitors to the address. The escalation of anti-Social behaviour, misuse of alcohol & drugs and crimes from the address has caused great concern for those living around the property.

“Local residents have been afraid to come forward in fear of retribution, intimidation and threats from the visitors.  The closure order is essential for the community to return to a normal quality of life.”

PC Geoff Streatfield from Camborne Police added:  “I am pleased to say that Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have again been successful in the use of current legislation and have obtained another premises closure. The place in question has been the centre of continued and prolonged disturbance and anti-social behaviour which has had an adverse and prolonged effect on the local community.

“This closure, along with others that have being obtained shows that all agencies and the Courts are taking these reports seriously. I must stress though that these measures are only implemented as a last resort and after all other attempts at positive interventions have been exhausted with failure of the tenant to engage.”

The second closure was granted for a property in Hawke Close, Newquay. The closure order was applied for as the tenant continued to ignore previous warnings to stop people using his address for the purpose of taking and dealing drugs leading to persistent and ongoing disorder. The successful application of the Closure Order will safeguard the local residents by providing a much needed respite.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “I am delighted at the court’s decision to issue a full closure order on these premises. This legislation is not used lightly, and the case was only taken to court due to compelling evidence of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour linked to the address. Class A drug supply and use will always be dealt with robustly by Newquay police.

“The issue of this full closure order reflects the outstanding partnership work that has taken place between the police, Cornwall Council, LiveWest Housing and local residents. Hawke Close, Crantock Street and the surrounding area are a lot safer now this property has been closed. We will continue to target drug dealers and premises involved in drug misuse, and work with our community to make Newquay a safer place for all.”

Residents are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour to the police by using the 101 number or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk

Posted on 14 February

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Devon and Cornwall traffic, travel and breaking news updates on Monday February 18 - Plymouth Live

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Devon and Cornwall traffic, travel and breaking news updates on Monday February 18  Plymouth Live

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Devon and Cornwall traffic, travel and breaking news updates on Monday February 18 - Plymouth Live

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Devon and Cornwall traffic, travel and breaking news updates on Monday February 18  Plymouth Live

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There are more than 30 potholes with some over 3 feet wide and some approx 5 inches deep, these present a potential danger to pedestrians and to cars on Trenawin Lane, these are getting worse weekly and have now become dangerous to road users. Most cars h

There are more than 30 potholes with some over 3 feet wide and some approx 5 inches deep, these present a potential danger to pedestrians and to cars on Trenawin Lane, these are getting worse weekly and have now become dangerous to road users and to pedestrians. Most cars have a ground clearance of less than 5 inches. Please can these be filled as I fear there is a risk if they are not filled as soon as possible. These have been getting worse for months now, The council have recognized the problem and have placed a sign nearby so accepted there is a risk already, I realise potholes are sometimes unavoidable but feel these now present a real risk if not filled immediately, Thank you

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Trenawin Lane, Connor Downs
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