Drinkaware Club Hosts pilot launches in Truro
Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has launched a pilot initiative in a Truro nightclub aimed at helping to keep young people safe on their night out.
The charity has joined forces with Devon and Cornwall Police, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tony Hogg and Truro Safe, to launch a six month pilot of Drinkaware Club Hosts at The Office nightclub last weekend.
Drinkaware Club Hosts are specially trained staff who work in bars and clubs to reduce drunken anti-social behaviour and help keep people safe.
Working in pairs, the club hosts will have a presence in the venue throughout the night, talking to customers at the start of the evening when a queue is forming, supporting customers who are vulnerable due to alcohol and ensuring guests leave safely after the venue has closed.
Drinkaware is working with other partners across Devon, Cornwall and Gloucestershire to test and evaluate the intervention in venues in Torquay, Plymouth, Exeter and Cheltenham. Findings will be used to inform an on-going roll-out of the Drinkaware Club Host programme in other parts of the country.
This follows a pilot carried out in Nottingham in 2014 as part of Drinkaware’s Drunken Nights Out campaign, developed to reduce alcohol related harm in the night time economy.
Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive of Drinkaware, says: “Following a successful pilot in Nottinghamshire last year we are delighted to be launching Drinkaware Club Hosts in the South West of England in collaboration with police and community partnerships across the region.
“We are encouraged by the findings from our initial pilot, that indicated that this initiative can help to reduce the number of young adults experiencing drunken sexual harassment and other negative experiences on a night out. If behaviour isn’t acceptable sober, it isn’t acceptable drunk.”
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hoggsays: “Tackling alcohol related harm and crime is one of my top priorities in my police and crime plan. This is an important new pilot to help people made vulnerable through alcohol and safeguard them within venues. It will complement and work alongside existing support structures in the night time economy and help keep people safe on their night out.
“I am delighted at the level of engagement and support we have had from local partners. We have been working closely with local authorities, street pastors and the venues to put this pilot together.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown says: “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to trial Club Hosts in Truro. They will be working alongside the other support groups coordinated by Truro Safe, and help to ensure that visitors to the clubs and bars have an enjoyable and safe night. It’s particularly good to know that individuals who find themselves separated from their group of friends will have the hosts there to help look after them.”
Acting BCU Commander, Jim Pearce says: “We are very pleased to have this scheme start in Truro. It will complement the Truro Safe plan to ensure that those that enjoy the nightlife in this fantastic city, will continue to stay safe especially in the run up to Christmas and the New Year”
Story posted 24 November 2015
1 in 5 people living with HIV aren’t aware they have it
HIV testing week – 23-30 November
The number of people diagnosed with HIV is relatively low in Cornwall, but the majority are diagnosed at a late or very late stage of infection. Being diagnosed at a late or very late stage of HIV infection increases your risk of serious illness and death by 10 fold. You can live with HIV for many years without symptoms, increasing the risk of late diagnosis and of the virus being unknowingly passed to others.
There has been a 33% increase in the number of people living with HIV in Cornwall since 2010. The number of people living with HIV in the UK and Cornwall is increasing. This is a reflection of the longer life expectancy of individuals diagnosed due to effective treatment called antiretroviral therapy (ART), ongoing HIV transmission and steady numbers of new diagnoses.
During National HIV testing week we are reminding people that HIV is a risk for sexually active people of all ages but especially men who have sex with men and black African groups. The best way to reduce this risk is to use condoms correctly and consistently, and until all partners have had a sexual health screen. This can also help protect against other STI’s which can increase the risk of HIV. There are also other things you can do…
Make sure you talk about sexual health; your sexual health is an important part of your whole health, it’s OK and it’s important to get information and speak to a health professional about it.
Test for HIV. Go to an open-access sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic like the sexual health hub at Treliske (RCHT) or one of the community sexual health services. This way you will get to chat with a specialist about your needs and access to free condoms.
Ask your GP for a HIV test –there is no need for a lengthy discussion about the test, it just involves having blood taken.
Or go online to get a self-sampling kit you can do at home, this is useful if you find other services difficult to access but you may find reassurance in talking to someone face to face if you can access other services.
If you visit your GP and they ask about your sexual health, that’s OK, don’t be embarrassed. We are working with GP’s across Cornwall to make HIV testing a more open discussion, to help reduce the levels of people receiving a late diagnosis.
HIV can affect anyone but there are some groups are more affected by HIV, this includes men who have sex with men and black African populations. Men who have sex with men are advised to have an HIV and STI screen at least annually, and every three months if having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. Black-African men and women are advised to have an HIV test and a regular HIV and STI screen if having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
Louise Sweeney, Public Health Practitioner, Public Health Team said: “The nature of HIV has changed massively in the last few decades, from the frightening and often fatal virus of the 1980’s and early 90’s to a virus that can be suppressed with effective treatment meaning someone diagnosed in their twenties can expect to live a normal life . Many people diagnosed late with HIV in Cornwall fall outside of the key groups most affected by HIV. That’s why it’s important to get tested early and often”.
Dr Kathryn Eccleston, Consultant in HIV Medicine at Royal Cornwall Hospital said: “We offer anyone attending a sexual health clinic an HIV test as part of a routine screen. Testing for HIV is quick and easy to do, and even if your risk is very low, it is an important diagnosis to exclude. If you’ve ever had unprotected sex, you should consider having a test.”
Story posted: 23 November
Pots, tubs and trays recycling scheme trial starts!
Cornwall Council will shortly be launching two different trial initiatives that will help reduce rubbish and improve recycling services across Cornwall.
The pots, tubs and trays recycling trial starts on the 30 November 2015. The trial will consist of approximately 46,000 properties across parts of the previous Kerrier and Carrick Districts.
These properties were chosen as they are all on the same collection route and the rounds all take place out of the Newham Depot in Truro. This does mean that unfortunately, in some cases, only part of a town or village will be included in the pots, tubs and trays trial.
Properties included in the trial will have already received two leaflets in the post. Find out if you are in the pots, tubs and trays recycling trial.
Collections of the plastic pots, tubs and trays will commence from Monday 30 November. Properties that did not receive the leaflet are asked not to put any pots, tubs or trays out for recycling, as this will affect the trial results.
“Plastic pots, tubs and trays make up a large proportion of our household rubbish and we currently can’t recycle them. We want to see how much we can recycle if we could. We currently only collect plastic bottles in the collection service, along with the other materials such as paper, cardboard, cans/tins, glass and textiles,” said Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment
“We want to find out if recycling the extra items will reduce rubbish and increase recycling rates which is why we are only trialling it, and not doing it everywhere so we can compare the results.”Only 65% of properties currently use the weekly recycling collection service. By increasing the number of items you can recycle, and raising awareness of our recycling collection service, we hope we will increase the overall percentage of properties that recycle.
In other parts of Cornwall we are inviting a number of town and parishes to take part in the ‘waste incentive neighbourhood scheme’.
The scheme has received funding from Government to reduce the amount of black bag rubbish. We are offering town and parish councils the opportunity to submit their campaign ideas on how they can encourage residents to reduce their rubbish.
This scheme is about town and parish councils submitting ideas on how to reduce the amount of rubbish in their area.
The successful council will receive a start-up cost to launch their campaign and reward at the end of their campaign depending on how much their rubbish has been reduced.
At the end of both of these trials we will compare the results to see if the pilots are successful in reducing Cornwall’s rubbish.
Kate Kennally formally confirmed as Cornwall Council’s new Chief Executive
Kate Kennally, currently the Strategic Director for Commissioning and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet, has been formally confirmed as Cornwall Council’s new Chief Executive.
Welcoming Members’ endorsement of Ms Kennally appointment at today’s meeting of the full Council, Leader John Pollard said “I am delighted to welcome Kate to Cornwall. I know she is fully committed to the future of the Duchy and I am looking forward to working with her to make Cornwall the best place it can be.”
“We received applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience which meant the Panel was able to choose from a strong field of candidates. Members conducted a formal interview and considered a wide range of feedback from a number of assessments undertaken over the two day selection process. These were designed to test the candidates and draw out their knowledge, experience, skills, attributes and suitability for the role.
“In coming to its decision the Panel considered all the feedback and information available to them about the candidates. This was a very thorough process and I am very pleased that we were able to make a unanimous recommendation to the full Council. On behalf of the Panel I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process for their support in helping us to make this vital decision.
“Kate will take up her appointment in the New Year. The interim arrangements we put in place with the corporate directors covering the work of the Chief Executive and Trevor Doughty fulfilling the role of Head of Paid Service will continue until Kate joins us. Their willingness to work in this way has enabled the effective management of the authority to continue and I thank them for their continued support and all that they have done in the intervening period.”
Kate Kennally first joined the London Borough of Barnet as Assistant Director Health Partnerships (Younger Adults) in 2006 after previously working in both health and social care roles for the Hampshire and Isles of Wight Strategic Health Authority, Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust, Buckinghamshire County Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
She became the Deputy Director of Adult Social Services for Barnet in 2008, a post she held for two years before being appointed as the Council’s Director of Adult Social Services in 2010. She became the Council’s Director of Social Care and Health in 2011, taking on the additional role of Director of Children’s Services in 2012. She was appointed as the Council’s Strategic Director for Communities in 2013, a role she held until November 2014 when she took up her current post as the Strategic Director for Commissioning and Deputy Chief Executive.
Kate will take up her new role in January and says she feels honoured by the Council’s decision to appoint her as the new Chief Executive.
“Being offered the post of Chief Executive of Cornwall Council provides a once in a life time opportunity to make a difference to a distinct and beautiful place that I love” she said.
“I am a passionate believer in the importance of public services working together to improve the lives of local people by creating thriving local communities, brilliant schools that enable children to succeed, and joined up services that focus on the needs of individuals.
“The Cornwall Devolution Deal offers an exciting opportunity to turn this aim into reality and I am looking forward to working with Members, staff, partners and local residents to achieve this.“
Story posted: 24 November 2015
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is sad to report that Nelson, its Fire Investigation Dog, has passed away
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is very sad to report that Nelson, its Fire Investigation Dog, has passed away after a short illness.
Nelson, a seven and a half year old springer spaniel, has been an invaluable member of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for the past six years.
As part of Cornwall’s fire investigation team Nelson was trained to sniff out the smallest and most sensitive of smells and, with a nose thousands of times more sensitive than a human nose, was able to sniff them out with ease. Nelson completed specialist training every year, and was rewarded every time he found an offending object or smell. This meant he saw his job as a game and was always very happy to work.
Nelson lived with his handler Watch Manager Mark Smith and his family who trained and cared for Nelson. In his fire investigation role Nelson worked both with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and fire and rescue services outside Cornwall to help identify the cause of fires, particularly arson. His expertise has helped to identify cases of arson in support of both Fire and Police investigations, helping to lead to the conviction of those responsible.
Along with Mark, Nelson's role also extended beyond fire investigation. He was very popular with everyone he met, especially the many school children he helped to learn about fire safety. Nelson was one of the first fire dogs to have his own presence on social media, with his Twitter account delivering fire safety messages to almost 4,000 followers.
Geoff Brown, Cabinet Holder for Communities said ‘Nelson has been a great asset to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and I know he will be greatly missed by everyone he came into contact with and, not least his handler Mark and his family, who developed such a close bond with Nelson.’
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, 'Nelson has been an extremely valuable member of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, his ability and skills were both incredible to watch and have led to successful investigations of very complex incidents. His role beyond fire investigation in engaging people young and old has helped to spread the safety message and he will be sadly missed'.
Along with handler Mark, Nelson played a key part in training his longer term future successor Archie to take on this important role early next year.
Story posted: 23 November 2015
Boost for Liskeard parking refund scheme from Community Chest grants
Liskeard’s parking refund scheme has received a £600 boost in the form of Community Chest grants from three local Cornwall Councillors, Sally Hawken, Roger Holmes and Mike George.
More than 50 local businesses in Liskeard take part in the scheme, which allows shoppers to present their car park voucher and claim 50p cash back when they spend more than £10 in participating shops. The funding from the Community Chest grants has been used to provide signs publicising the scheme in Liskeard’s car parks.
Sally Hawken, Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East, said: “It’s fantastic to see businesses and organisations in Liskeard pulling together to make the parking refund scheme such a success. The cash back encourages shoppers into town and rewards them for choosing to buy locally while the extra business boosts Liskeard’s economy.”
Roger Holmes, who represents Liskeard North on Cornwall Council, said: “All three of us are delighted to be able to support Liskeard’s parking refund scheme with Community Chest grants. It’s an excellent example of a project where a small grant can make a big difference.”
Mike George, Cornwall Council Member for Liskeard West and Dobwalls, said: “Liskeard’s parking refund scheme includes some really special independent shops as well as big name national chain stores. It’s a great incentive to come and see all that the town has to offer.”
Liskeard Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jon Pollard said: "The Chamber of Commerce have been involved for two years in the Liskeard parking refund scheme. It is an opportunity to reward our loyal clients and customers for supporting the town centre businesses. Without the scheme many people would find the parking too expensive and shop at the out of town stores and the result would be of no economic benefit to the local community.
"Without the contribution from the three Cornwall Councillors' Community Chest fund the businesses could not afford to implement the scheme and we are always appreciative of their support.
"Liskeard has a wide range of independent traders and we hope that the relaunch of the scheme will encourage more people into the town centre. If you can't find it in Liskeard, we would like to be told."
For details of participating shops, see the Your Liskeard website. Or look for the Liskeard parking cash back stickers in the windows of participating businesses.
To find out more about Cornwall Council’s Community Chest grants, which can be used for a wide range of groups and activities, from supporting community facilities to projects that help young people, older people or the environment, visit our Liskeard and Looe Community Network page. The closing date for applications is 12 February 2016.
Story posted 23 November 2015
Cornwall Council to suspend inbound bus lane at Tregolls Road from Monday, 23 November
Cornwall Council will suspend the inbound bus lane at Tregolls Road in Truro from Monday, 23 November. Detailed examination of traffic monitoring data compiled over the past two weeks shows that there been an increase in the journey times for drivers coming into Truro at peak times, and this is affecting the success of the overall traffic management scheme.
Installation of the bus lane forms part of the park and ride scheme for Truro which is designed to assist with easing congestion and to provide a sustainable alternative for commuters and visitors to access Truro. It is also designed to reduce traffic pressure during peak periods in light of adverse air quality conditions along Tregolls Road.
The aim of the wider strategy across Truro is to increase the options and improve reliability for the 18,000 people who travel into and out of Truro every day. It includes the improvements to Trafalgar junction on the A39 Tregolls Road, which have increased capacity and helped reduce journey times, and the completion of the 1,340 space Truro Eastern Park & Ride facility, which, in conjunction with the existing Western Park & Ride site at Langarth, offers an efficient means to manage commuter traffic for the future. The improvements to the Union Hill junction and the Eastern Park & Ride were completed in August 2015.
The final element of the scheme is the installation of an inbound bus lane between Chellew Road and Trelander Highway. The intention was to provide a priority for buses.. This last part of the scheme came into operation on Monday, 2 November.
Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said that the traffic monitoring data, gathered as part of the implementation phase of the scheme and including subjective data from road users, shows that average journey times have worsened, with average times from Tresillian into Truro increasing from 7 minutes after the completion of the Union Hill improvements to 21 minutes, following introduction of the bus lane.
“It is clear that the bus lane has not achieved what it was intended to, and has reversed the improvements of the junctions and the park and ride. The Council’s engineers have gathered data from cameras and sensors as well as from road users. The delays caused by the bus lane are counter-productive. We are not achieving a better balanced flow or offering bus users any benefit. On this basis it is clear that this final part of a complex scheme needs to go.
“The technical process to revoke a Traffic Order takes some time and involves a period of statutory consultation. This consultation will start on 26 November. In the meantime the bus lane will be suspended from Monday, 23 November pending the formal revocation”.
This legal process should be completed by 14 January 2016. The Council will continue to monitor journey times after the bus lane has been removed.
Maintenance of the A39 between Tregolls Road and the Trafalgar roundabout had already been scheduled for early 2016. If an Order is made to revoke the Bus Lane Order, the Council plans to plane the red surface which indicates the bus lane and reinstate black-top. To minimise disruption for the travelling public these roadworks will be undertaken at night.
“Removing the red surface during the planned maintenance works will reduce the costs to around £30,000 ” said Mr Biscoe. “This, added to the original installation costs of £30,000, will result in a total bill of £60,000. Delivery of the Park and Ride and associated junction measures has been funded by grants from several sources, including European funding, the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Local Transport Plan. Removal of the bus lane will be covered from the contingency line built into the scheme’s budgets. The overall cost of the Park and Ride and associated junction measures is currently estimated at around £12m.
“Such bus lanes usually form part of park and ride schemes in other parts of Britain but clearly have not worked as part of this otherwise successful and much-needed traffic management scheme in Truro. Cornwall Council is learning its lessons, one of which is when one tries to ‘marry’ engineering and psychology, it’s important to respect both disciplines.”
Story posted: 20 November
Cornwall Council reminds businesses to ensure gas appliances and pipework are safe to use
Cornwall Council’s Commercial Food and Safety team are reminding businesses of the importance of ensuring gas appliance and associated pipework are regularly examined to ensure they are safe to use. This applies to any business that uses natural or LPG gas including hotels, B&Bs, commercial kitchens and care providers.
During routine visits Commercial Food and Safety Officers have identified a number of commercial premises that are failing to maintain their gas appliances and associated pipework. This has resulted in a number of formal notices being served.
Geoff Brown Cabinet Member for Communities, says ‘ We want to ensure that businesses understand the importance of maintaining their gas appliances so they are safe to use. It’s a legal requirement to have gas (natural and LPG) appliances examined yearly, the consequences of poorly maintained systems can have fatal consequences for businesses and communities. If gas leaks from a faulty appliance or pipework it can spread quickly and there is a risk of it accidentally igniting causing a fire or explosion which can have catastrophic effects on the viability of any business hence, good maintenance is vital.’
Badly fitted or poorly maintained gas appliances can also produce the highly poisonous gas carbon monoxide (CO). It can kill quickly and with no warning, it can also cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage.
Any repair, servicing or installation gas work must be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer who is trained to work on the type of appliances / systems. Businesses can check the engineer’s identity card or alternatively online at www.gassaferegister.co.uk for confirmation.
Commercial Food and Safety Officers will be continuing to make spot checks within the county. For further information contact the Business Compliance team 0300 1234 212 or email@example.com
Story posted: 10 November