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  • Crime writer Simon Hall to officially open new Bodmin Library

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    Crime writer and BBC Crime Correspondent Simon Hall is to cut the ribbon at the official opening of Bodmin Library in its new home in Chy Trevail at 11.00am on Friday 31 March.     

    There will be a chance to meet Simon and learn more about his novels, which include The Dark Horizon and Shadows of Justice.

    Simon Hall said: “It's a privilege to be asked to open the new library in Bodmin. It's a wonderful building which I know will be a great asset to the area, and treasured by the community.  Libraries play such an important role in our lives. Without a library I would never have become the avid reader, and subsequently author, that I have. 

    “Books can take us on such a wonderful journey through our imagination, our planet, and into other universes...  and all from our armchairs.  The world of words is a joy to play in, and I know the new library will only encourage more people to join us there.”

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    Cornwall Tech Jam will be part of the celebration and will be leading a session for local schoolchildren and members of the public where they will be able to try out the Raspberry Pi, a tiny single board computer that can be used to learn about programming through fun, practical projects.

    There will also be an opportunity to find out more about using BorrowBox to download eBooks to read at any time on your tablet, smartphone, PC or Mac.

    Julie Zessimedes, Cornwall Council’s Head of Library and Information Services, said: “The new library and information service gives the Service an opportunity to work with a number of partners to deliver social and informal learning activities to the community. I hope that we can encourage non-library users to join and make use of this great facility.”

    Bodmin Library is open from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays and 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays.

    Story posted: 21 March 2017

  • Bag your books before Bodmin Library move

    People in Bodmin are being reminded to stock up on books and talking books to tide them over while Bodmin Library and Information Service moves to its new home in Chy Trevail.

    The library will close its doors at its current site in Lower Bore Street at 5.00pm on Wednesday 1 February and reopen in Cornwall Council’s Chy Trevail offices at 8.30am on Wednesday 8 February.  To ensure that even the most dedicated bookworms will have enough to read during this time, customers can borrow up to 36 items from Bodmin Library for an extended loan period. 

    There’s also the opportunity to reserve items for free and collect them at other libraries using the online reservation system or to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

    Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: “We know how much people in Cornwall love their libraries, and we are doing everything we can to keep them open in the face of major funding cuts from Government.  We’re working on individual solutions for each library, which include local councils and community groups running some and alternative arrangements for others. 

    “For Bodmin, this means a new home in Chy Trevail, which will bring benefits like longer opening hours and better access for disabled customers, plus the chance for library users to enjoy some cake and a cuppa with their books in the Chy Trevail café and to access other services like the Adult Education Centre and the Registration Office while they’re on site.”

    Story posted 24 January 2017

  • Warning to motorists over Threemilestone bus gate

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    Motorists are being warned that action will be taken after reports that a small number of them are ignoring the very clear signs at the Chyvelah Road bus gate at Threemilestone in Truro, showing that the junction is for buses only, and have been using it to access the A390.

    The bus gate is for the use of “Buses Only” and a Traffic Regulation Order is in place to enforce this requirement.

    There is CCTV monitoring and Automatic Number Plate Reading cameras in place at the junction and the details of any vehicle, other than a bus, trying to use the bus gate will be passed on to the Police for further action, including possible prosecution.

    In addition, the Council will also be making changes to the traffic lights at the junction so if any vehicle other than a bus tries to go through, they will not trigger a green light.

     

    Story posted 22 March 2017 

  • Cornwall is celebrating National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

    Hundreds of local young people, business representatives, Cornwall Council officers, teachers and parents are coming together to help celebrate and promote careers guidance and career resources in Cornwall as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March.

    The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.

    “As the largest careers campaign in the UK, National Careers Week is a great platform to promote careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in Cornwall,” said Samantha Cartmel, National Careers Week Ambassador in Cornwall and Communications Officer for the Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy (RAAS) Board.

    “This year it is also running alongside the Government’s campaign, National Apprenticeship Week, so we’re really excited to see so many great events promoting all aspects of employment and employability throughout the county. It will be an exciting week for young people.”

    Events being planned include:

    • 6 March - the local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network are organising an event at the Eden Project to promote apprenticeship opportunities to young people;
    • 7 March - Truro and Penwith College are running a workshop for local businesses to offer advice on how the Apprenticeship Levy and how hiring apprentices can benefit their business, which can be booked through their website
    • 7 March – Workpays is hosting an online 30 minute Guinness World Records™ attempt at 8:45am for the largest online careers advice seminar ever and anyone who is interested in careers advice can take part 
    • 9 March - Cornwall Council are hosting an apprenticeship open day at New County Hall to promote their Apprenticeship Programme, which is open to all
    • 10 March – The Talent Match Cornwall team are organising an employer engagement event for young people out of education and employment with Spider Eye for their members
    • 10 March - the National Careers Service tour bus will end its tour of the South West in Truro outside the JobCentre to provide more information on career opportunities and how to access CEIAG for anyone who is interested

    “There will also be social media campaigns running throughout the week and all who are taking part are being encouraged to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #NCW17 and #NAW17” said Sam.

    St Austell’s four secondary schools are also collaborating on a series of evening events that have a particular career interest connected to the ‘smart specialisation’ sectors that have been identified (by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership) as growth sectors for Cornwall. They are being funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and delivered by Cornwall Education Business Partnership.

    Ruth Bennetts from Next Steps South West said: “To my knowledge, this is the first time that such level of collaboration has taken place in relation to careers guidance work. The schools have worked not only in partnership with each other but also sought advice from other partners including Next Steps South West, The Enterprise Adviser Programme, Cornwall Chamber and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Ambassadors. This is the first time that we have seen a school led careers collaboration on this scale.”

    The aim of supporting these two widely celebrated national campaigns is to help bring Cornwall one step closer to ensuring young people in the county receive the highest quality of careers education, which is vital to improving future employment and life chances.

    For more information on National Careers Week, visit www.nationalcareersweek.com and for more information about National Apprenticeship Week, visit the Government website. 

    Story posted: 16 February 2017

  • Seasonal dog bans

    At the Communities Policy Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday (31 January) members recommended that all the existing dog control orders relating to dogs on beaches are carried over and remain as they are with the introduction of new Public Spaces Protection Orders. 

    This means that there are only three changes to the dog bans that are already in place – the first is at Gwithian where, since the collapse of the steps at St Peters Point the access to the area of the beach where dogs are allowed has been restricted. The new Public Spaces Protection Order(PSPO) will reflect an adjustment of the boundary which will resolve this issue.  The second is for Porthleven West where the new PSPO will change the times when dogs are not allowed on the beach to 9am to 7pm (formerly 7am – 7pm) from 1 April to 30 September. The third is for Porth, Newquay where the new PSPO will change the times when dogs are not allowed on the beach to 9am to 7pm from 1 April to 30 September (formerly 24 hours from Easter Day to 1 October). 

    Members have also recommended that further work be carried out to harmonise the dates and times of  seasonal dog bans across Cornwall’s beaches.  

    Geoff Brown, cabinet member for communities said: “I’m really keen for the seasonal dog bans to be harmonised but we need to do more work to make that happen. Apart from the three changes - at Gwithian, Porthleven West and Porth - the timings for the dog bans on all the other beaches will remain as they are for the time being. In the meantime, I have asked for work to continue so that we can harmonise seasonal dog bans as soon as possible.”

    Story posted: 7 February 2017

  • Smallholder from Lanivet banned from keeping sheep for ten years

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    At a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court on Monday 20 March 2017, Stephanie Pedrick a 50 year old smallholder from Roseland Farm, Red Moor, Lanivet, Bodmin was banned from keeping sheep for ten years and sentenced to 3 months in custody, suspended for 2 years.

    Miss Pedrick, who had previously pleaded guilty to breaching an earlier ban on keeping sheep and failing to safeguard the welfare of cattle, was banned from owning, keeping, participating in keeping, dealing or transporting sheep for 10 years.  She was prohibited from applying to the court to overturn the ban for 5 years.

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    Miss Pedrick pleaded guilty to: 

    1. On 17 March 2016, failing to prevent wild animals consuming the carcasses of 2 sheep and 3 lambs.
    2. On 21 July 2016 failing to dispose of the carcasses of 5 sheep.
    3. On 21 July 2016 failing to safeguard the welfare of cattle by allowing them access to collapsed fencing.
    4. On 21 July 2016 breaching a ban on keeping sheep.

    For the breach of the ban Miss Pedrick was given 2 months in custody and for failing to safeguard the welfare of cattle 1 month in custody, to run consecutively, suspended for 2 years. 

    In addition, Miss Pedrick was ordered to pay costs of £5,426.70. 

    Miss Pedrick was not banned from keeping cattle as there was a lack of evidence to prove that cattle and pigs were not cared for. 

    Andy Burnside, Cornwall Council’s Senior Trading Standards Officer responsible for Animal Health said:  “This investigation involved some of the most serious welfare matters.  The breach of a Court Order banning a person from keeping animals, and the ongoing failure to dispose of carcasses which presented a real risk to other animals and humans, will not be tolerated.   Miss Pedrick has been given advice over the last 5 years and prosecuted three times but still failed to provide for the most basic needs of her animals.”

    Jane Tomlinson, Cornwall Council’s Team Leader for Trading Standards said: “Cornwall Council officers work to assist farmers, small holders and businesses across Cornwall in complying with the relevant legislation however, where we find repeated non-compliance and a complete disregard for farm animal welfare, we will take formal action to protect animals and the reputation of the Cornish farming industry”. 

    Story posted: 21 March 2017

  • Money Skills for Life project launched

    Money Skills for Life, an innovative pilot project developed in Cornwall, is being launched in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area.

    The scheme is aimed at giving people specialist, one-to-one financial coaching to look at their relationships with money, their life choices and help them avoid going into debt, improving the outlook for themselves and their families.

    The project, run by Citizens Advice Cornwall, will involve eight specially trained life coaches providing £300 worth of free coaching sessions to people in the local community who are not heavily in debt but are willing to make changes to their spending habits. The coaches are volunteers from the local community who gained their Level 3 Life Coaching Skills qualifications at Truro and Penwith College.

    The idea for the Money Skills for Life project came from members of the local community at the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel and is funded by the National Lottery, Cornwall Council and Coastline Housing.

    If successful, the Money Skills for Life pilot programme could be extended to other parts of Cornwall.

    Neil Colquhoun, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Cornwall, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this important initiative which will improve the prospects for local community.

    Debt is a big issue, both nationally and here in Cornwall, leading to higher levels of poverty and stress for the individuals concerned and their dependents. Last year, almost 7,000 people came to see Citizens Advice because of their debt problems.

    What we’re aiming to do is tackle the root causes of debt before it becomes unmanageable.”

    Nicki Highton, Coastline Housing Community Investment Officer, said: “More and more of our customers are turning to us asking for budgeting help and support. 

    This innovative project allows customers to access fantastic one to one coaching which will enable them to identify key things in their life which they could change in order to help them budget more confidently and safeguard themselves from going into debt in the future.

    It’s a different way of supporting our customers and as a pilot we are really looking forward to evaluating the results and seeing if this type of support is helpful and valued by our customers.”

    Citizens Advice Cornwall dealt with 3,277 debt problems in the Camborne and Redruth parliamentary constituency in 2015-16. The main debt issues were Debt Relief Orders (24%), council tax arrears (11%), credit, store and charge cards (9%), unsecured personal loans (7%) and water bills (6%).

    For more information about Citizens Advice Cornwall visit www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk.

    CLIENT CASE STUDY – HANNAH CHRISTOPHERS

    Hannah Christophers, 29, took part in the Money Skills for Life programme on the suggestion of her landlord, Coastline Housing, and is undertaking coaching sessions.

    “I have always struggled a bit with money but the course is helping me to get more organised and keep on top of my spending. I am filing all my paperwork so I can keep track of what I need to pay,” she said.

    “I was starting to lose track and getting confused with what I had to pay and because I had lived in supported housing, I hadn’t needed to work out my own bills before.

    The coaches are really friendly and they don’t judge you, so it’s something I’d certainly recommend to other people.”

    COACH CASE STUDY – CAROLINE WADE

    Caroline decided to train as a mentor for the Money Skills for Life scheme last year and has completed the Institute of Learning and Management coaching course at Truro College as part of the Money Skills for Life training.

    “When we work with clients, we try and find out what their situation is and what they want to achieve, whether it’s paying something off, organising their money or starting to save.

    We then look for simple, achievable steps the clients can take towards achieving their aims. We don’t tell people what they must do, everything is done at their pace and they help decide the actions they need to make the changes in their life.”

    Story posted: 17 March 2017

  • Hotel near Liskeard fined for substituting branded spirit

    The owner of a hotel near Liskeard has been fined £126 after a bottle behind the bar labelled as Bacardi Rum was found not to contain that brand of spirit.

    Mark Frost was also ordered to pay costs of £1,696 and a £30 victim surcharge after the hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 15 March 2017.

    The court case followed a routine inspection of the Wheal Tor Hotel, Caradon Hill, Pensilva, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5PJ in July 2016 by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service, when a bottle of Bacardi Rum behind the Hotel’s bar was tested for authenticity. On testing it was discovered the spirit in the bottle was not Bacardi but had been substituted with a different product.

    Matthew Collings, Trading Standards Officer said, "Trading Standards’ Inspections of businesses allow us to ensure that consumers within Cornwall can have confidence in the authenticity and safety of their purchases. It also promotes a fair and level playing field for businesses.  We hope the outcome of this case will reassure consumers within Cornwall that we consider the truthful description of food products to be a priority area of work in protecting the public.”

    Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “This is yet another example of the work carried out on a daily basis by our Trading Standards team to ensure that the public are protected.”

     

    Story posted 17 March 2017

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