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New Drive-Through Flu Vaccination Services

To support Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s health and care system carry out flu vaccinations for residents during the pandemic we have joined forces with our primary care colleagues, pharmacists and health and care teams to offer three new drive-through flu vaccination sites across Cornwall during flu season.

Patients and staff from participating GP surgeries and employers can book a drive-through flu jab appointment online or by phone, drive to the location, receive their vaccination jabs in a Covid-safe way and be able to leave shortly after being monitored for any reactions.

The new drive-through sites are at:

  • Stithians Showground
  • Eden Project, St Austell
  • Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

Additional mobile sites for East Cornwall are being secured.

These facilities are part of a menu of flu vaccination delivery options available this autumn and winter for patients who are eligible for a flu jab and have been invited from a participating GP surgery or pharmacy.

They will also be offered to all frontline health and care staff.

The approach is designed to pool staffing and resources more effectively so flu vaccinations can be given to more residents safely.

It will complement pre-existing flu jab offers in GP surgeries, occupational health settings and pharmacies.

The drive-through sites are a trial and all practices are organising their clinics differently this year to keep people safe.

All patients should book their appointments through their practice as usual and their GPs will be able to tell them where the clinics are located.

Those giving vaccinations at the drive-through locations will be GPs from surgeries who have expressed an interest to use the sites; occupational health staff and peer vaccinators from the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and Cornwall Foundation Trust; pharmacists; and additional staff from across the health system such as Brook, medical and paramedic students.

The drive-though sites will each have capacity for four lanes of vehicle traffic, marquees, WIFI, signage, refrigeration for vaccines, storage, toilets, handwashing facilities, waste collection, traffic management, a site commander and paramedic to coordinate operations and respond to anyone who needs medical attention until an ambulance arrives.

Penryn Museum

The Museum will be closing again at the end of the month.

Openings hours- Mondays & Thursdays 10am-1pm

Care and consideration to be shown to those emerging from shielding

Following the pause on the Government shielding programme from 1 August, recognising that many residents may be emerging for the first time from their households since lockdown, Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow are calling for people in towns and high streets in Cornwall to be considerate of those around them and help keep Cornwall safe by continuing to follow the social distancing guidance in place. 

Cornwall Council, Volunteer Cornwall and NHS Kernow will continue to support shielded and other vulnerable residents, through registering for priority supermarket delivery slots, prescriptions collection, and welfare and befriending support.

To date, Cornwall Council has contacted over ten and a half thousand shielded residents, carried out nearly 350 door visits, supported over 500 emergency food parcels, and provided volunteer and welfare support - as well as prescription and medical assistance.

Subject to ongoing clinical evidence, from Saturday 1 August, the changes are:

  • Shielded individuals can stop self-isolating as guidance will be updated to allow them to go to shops and places of worship while following social distancing rules.  
  • Food parcels sent by Government to those shielding will stop on 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies.  
  • Those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is COVID secure, adhering to the guidance available.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford, said: “This is potentially a very unsettling time for residents who are emerging from shielding households for the first time since lockdown – and we want to raise awareness amongst all residents in order to support those around them.

For anyone that needs help then please contact the Council’s shielding line on 0300 1233334 for support.

If at any point it becomes necessary for those shielding to self-isolate then information will be given to them as soon as possible about what they will need to do.

Newsletter for the “Kernick Works” project, Parkengue, Penryn

The latest newsletter from the developers Caledonian, can be viewed here.

 

Don’t lose your voice - residents in Cornwall urged to look out for the voter registration details for their household- 30/07/20

Cornwall residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With elections to Cornwall Council, parish and town councils and for the local police and crime commissioner taking place in Cornwall in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual household canvass ensures that Cornwall Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so, allowing them to be able take part in any future elections.

If you know you’re not currently registered, the easiest way to register to vote is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote , or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.

This year’s canvass, which we must carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.  

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details carefully.

Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across the UK, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter .

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at [email protected]  or call on 0300 123 1115.  

 

Another chance to have your say on proposed climate emergency planning rules

Cornwall Council has thanked residents for giving their views on proposed new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle the climate emergency.   Yesterday (July 22) its Cabinet gave the go-ahead to the next stage of public consultation on the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document, or DPD. 

Formerly known as the Climate Change DPD but renamed following feedback from residents, the Climate Emergency Development DPD will outline Cornwall Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support Cornwall Council’s ambitious aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.   

Despite part of the consultation taking place during lockdown, the Council received detailed evidence, information and suggestions from experts, residents, activists and interest groups. Feedback will help shape the Council’s draft policies on measures to support Cornwall in becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and be published shortly. The next stage of public consultation runs from August 10 to September 25. 

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “There have been challenges because of COVID-19, but the depth of feeling raised by the climate emergency and the fears that were shared in responses have rightfully kept our environment at the top of the agenda.  

“Cornwall’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 needs a range of measures across the Council and amongst our communities and businesses. My colleagues in Planning have an important role to play in setting planning policies to help us reach our goal. We will lead by example, but will need other agencies, businesses, residents and visitors to help Cornwall take this step.”  

Councillor Tim Dwelly, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “As we continue to develop the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document or DPD, it’s important that you tell us what you think we should do. 

“The Local Plan already includes policies that are aimed at responding to climate change, but they could do more. 

“The draft policies in the DPD address climate emergency issues affecting Cornwall, sitting alongside and adding to those in the Local Plan. The DPD will give us additional powers to help protect our environment by reducing carbon, and encouraging an eco-friendly approach to building, transport, land use and energy production.” 

Climate Emergency DPD policies are being considered to support:     

Green energy –This could mean allocating areas for renewable energy, safeguarding renewable energy sources, and promoting energy storage solutions to ensure renewable power generated in Cornwall can be used here.     

Enhancing the environment – Using nature to reduce Cornwall’s carbon footprint, protecting and increasing biodiversity and planting more trees and hedges, for example through the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall programme.     

More efficient housing – Building homes with alternative, renewable energy sources, improving building standards and retrofitting Cornwall Council housing to make homes warmer and greener.    

Greener travel – Looking at ways to reduce the need to travel by designing places that encourage walking and cycling.    

Community resilience – Increasing resilience to coastal change and flooding, making sure buildings are in safe locations and creating natural flood management systems.    

Like the Local Plan, the Climate Emergency DPD would become a statutory planning document supporting and strengthening the policies that have already been adopted to protect the environment.    

All suggestions and feedback received during the consultation will be considered but not all ideas can be included in planning policy.     

After September 25 there will be more chances to comment on the Climate Emergency DPD on further consultation dates to be announced before final policies are decided and submitted to Government for inspection in 2021.  

It will then become a legal planning document like the Local Plan and will support and strengthen policies that protect the environment. 

If you would like to be added to the DPD mailing list please email: [email protected] 

If you can’t access the internet or need a paper copy of the DPD please write to Climate Emergency DPD, New County Hall, TRURO TR1 1XU or telephone 0300 1234 151.

Renters urged to get in contact now if worried about losing their home - 21/07/20

If you rent your home and are worried about being evicted, we’re urging you to get in touch with us now so we can work with you and your landlord to help find a solution.   At the beginning of lockdown the government put in place measures to protect tenants from eviction. Those measures were recently extended but are due to end on August 23. 

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “You may be a renter who is experiencing difficulties, including being able to pay the rent.  The ban on evictions has been useful but there will some renters out there who are dreading the next few months. Our message is that Cornwall Housing’s Prevention and Engagement Service is open for business and we encourage you to get in touch and ask for help and support so we can try to prevent you losing your home.”   

“Similarly, there may be landlords out there who are getting ready to serve notice or to pursue existing possession orders once restrictions are lifted. Again, we are here to offer advice on the support that is available to help them if they have a tenant who is breaching their tenancy agreement.”   

“We can offer mediation and support to both parties to help avoid evictions.”    

One in five households in Cornwall privately rent their home and some of those households may have suffered money worries due to the coronavirus crisis.  Many landlords, who have been able to apply for mortgage holidays just like homeowners, are doing what they can to help.  Landlords too may also be facing financial pressures and tenants should continue to pay their rent if they can afford it.    

If you need help and support to prevent homelessness you can seek advice from Cornwall Housing’s Prevention and Engagement Team at www.cornwallhousing.org.uk or by calling 0300 1234 161.  

If you are living in a Cornwall Housing managed home and find that you are struggling to pay the rent, please get in contact with the rent management team on 0300 1234 161.  

Worrying about whether or not you will be able to keep a roof over your head can take its toll and help and support is available for anyone concerned about their mental wellbeing. More information is available at www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth    

The Council is continuing to encourage those who can pay their Council Tax to continue to do so but for anyone who is struggling to pay their Council Tax, please do get in touch and explore how we can help.  

 We have already been able to help those households currently receiving Council Tax Support after the Government announced a further contribution to the Council Tax Hardship Fund.  That meant we were able to give everyone of working age currently receiving Council Tax Support (25,000 households) an extra £150 off their Council Tax.  

There are also three discretionary funds to support residents in need of extra financial help.    

     Find all the information, including if you are eligible for Housing Benefit, at www.cornwall.gov.uk/benefits   

Reopening of leisure centres - 16/7/20

GLL and Cornwall Council welcome the recent announcement by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP that leisure centres, gyms and pools will be allowed to reopen from July 25. 

Re-opening in Cornwall will be phased for safety reasons – prioritising centres best suited to being COVID-secure in the first instance and then gradually rolling out others.  

From July 25, the following will open: 

Bude Leisure Centre – gym and fitness classes only 

Liskeard Leisure Centre – gym and fitness classes only 

Bodmin Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and outdoor tennis only. 

St Austell Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 

Newquay Waterworld – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 

Helston Sports Centre – gym and fitness classes only 

Truro Leisure Centre – gym, fitness classes and swimming pool 

Newquay Trampoline & Play Park – trampoline area, subject to final review of COVID-safe options. 

 

Like theatre venues across the country, the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth will remain closed in accordance with government guidelines. 

 

The following centres will not be in the first round of reopening on July 25: 

Ships & Castles Leisure Centre, Falmouth 

Launceston Leisure Centre

Saltash Leisure Centre

St Ives Leisure Centre

Wadebridge Leisure Centre

GLL is a charitable social enterprise that employs around 900 staff in Cornwall. The cost of keeping centres in hibernation for four months with no income, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and how services will be delivered, has resulted in a total funding shortfall of around £5m.

Negotiations are continuing to find a solution to what has become a serious financial challenge and, together with local MPs, we have jointly been lobbying Government for a rescue package similar to the one that is now in place for the arts.   

Leisure centres provide an essential public service and we are really looking forward to welcoming customers back. 

Cornwall continues to reopen with caution

Cornwall’s shops, pubs and hairdressers, hotels and other hospitality businesses have worked hard to keep customers safe since reopening last weekend.
 
While our infection rate remains low, we can all play our part in keeping it that way. As the weather gets warmer again, as schools break up and we welcome back more visitors, we are asking everyone to be vigilant and stick to social distancing rules. 
 
Council officers will continue visiting hospitality businesses to give advice and support as they reopen. And we will take enforcement action where necessary, but only against businesses that are:

·         clearly creating COVID-19 infection risks, e.g. failing to manage social distancing or provide the necessary hygiene controls.

·         creating noise nuisance, litter and anti-social behaviour.  

You can talk to us in confidence if you're worried a business may not be managing its Covid-19 infection risk properly. We will investigate, offer advice and take enforcement action where necessary. Call us on 0300 1231118 or email [email protected]. 

Social distancing in our town centres 

Following on from the announcement that our high streets can once again re-open for business from June 15, we have developed a toolkit to help local communities draw up measures that will allow people to maintain social distancing in our town centres. You can find a link to the toolkit here. 

A number of simple measures have been identified that can provide a quick and straight-forward means by which local communities can introduce social distancing measures. 

At the heart of this approach is that town and parish councils, residents and communities are best positioned to do the right thing when it comes to drawing up plans for how to reopen town centres. Cornwall Council will provide all the support we can to town and parish councils and local communities, including on issues such as traffic management and temporary street closures.

Social distancing in public places (from Cornwall Council)

Following on from the announcement that our high streets can once again re-open for business as of the 15 June, the Council has developed a toolkit to enable local communities to be able to develop measures to support people to be able to socially distance in our towns. At the heart of our approach is that we trust our residents and communities to do the right thing – to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines. There has been clear and consistent messaging around two metre social distancing.

The following link sets out the Highway Toolkit along with a FAQ page and the Government’s ‘Safer Public Spaces: Urban Centres and Green Spaces’ document https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads-highways-and-pavements/social-distancing-a-guide-for-towns-parishes-and-businesses

As town centres re-open the key principles of our role are:

*We will not develop or impose plans on communities. However, we will support plans that are led by communities, and which are ideally owned by Town and Parish Councils, but there is no expectation that plans must be created

*We will advise and put things in place in areas where we can best use our expertise. This includes traffic management and temporary closures of streets to traffic

*We trust communities and businesses to do what is right in their area. This removes the need for businesses to seek permissions to use outside space

*Working with public transport operators to put social distancing messages in place. The messages will be in line with national guidance. Messages willbe in our pay and display car parks, as well as rail stations, bus stations and shelters

*Our measures must consider safe access for all users

*We have built a toolkit to support communities developing their traffic management plans. Download the Social Distancing with the Highway Toolkit here.

 

Important support

Please send all coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address co[email protected]
There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website specifically for clinically vulnerable residents who are in the shielded group.
Find out more about Cornwall Association of Local Councils at www.cornwallalc.org.uk or email [email protected]
Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing [email protected]
Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing [email protected]. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email [email protected] or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Business Rate SupportCouncil Tax Support and Growth Hub.