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  • Future development plans for the airport go to public consultation

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    The Newquay Cornwall Airport Masterplan is being reviewed to consider the changes in the aviation environment over the last 5 years and how the Airport can be developed to help grow Cornwall’s economy and how it can be more commercially and environmentally self-sustaining.  The public is being asked to comment on the refreshed plans as a 6 week public consultation is launched with a two day event to be held in the Airport terminal.

    The current Airport Masterplan was approved by Cornwall Council in June 2009, but since then the global economic downturn has had a significant effect on the aviation sector.  To ensure that development is based on accurate and current information, including the establishment of the Enterprise Zone (EZ) in 2012, it is the right time to review and refresh the plan to take the Airport and EZ forward for the next 10 years.

    Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships, said “Cornwall Council recognises Newquay Cornwall Airport’s importance to the Cornish economy and is committed to its sustainable development.  The refresh of the Masterplan will identify how the Airport can help Cornwall to grow its economy through the creation of an aerospace cluster and other airport related business activity and is vital for the connectivity it provides.”

    The Masterplan review explores the options available for the Airport to provide high quality facilities and a business environment to meet modern aviation needs.  It also investigates the possibility of providing a new sustainable aerospace business cluster to attract aviation industries.

    Al Titterington, managing director of Newquay Cornwall Airport, said “The aviation industry is starting to emerge from its worst decline in decades so it is important that the Masterplan is updated to reflect a new and emerging industry sector and that communities and stakeholders are kept updated on our development plans.

    “I believe the proposals on display will clearly identify not only how the Airport plans to develop airline and commercial operations but also outlines how the Airport plans to attract aviation related industries to the Enterprise Zone. The development of aviation and engineering businesses onsite is now as relevant to the Airport’s success as the commercial agreements planned with airlines.

    “The public consultation at the Airport will showcase updated information on how the Airport aims to meet the needs of the aviation industry and how we will deliver results for the traveler using the services as well as for supporting the local economy”.

    Cornwall Development Company (CDC), on behalf of Cornwall Airport Ltd and Cornwall Council, commissioned the project to review the Masterplan and the work undertaken so far will now be made available through a public consultation.

    The general public, businesses and decision makers in Cornwall are all invited to attend a 2 day public event at the Airport, where the proposals will be displayed in the Terminal Building.   The event takes place on Sunday 30th November from 12pm to 7:30pm and on Monday 1st December from 6am until 7pm.  One hour of free car parking will be available for those visiting specifically to attend the consultation. 

    All materials will also be available online on the Council’s website:  www.cornwall.gov.uk/airportmasterplan from the 30 November 2014 and there will be an opportunity to leave feedback and comments as well details of the consultation event.  The information will also be made available in other locations around the county, the dates and venues of which will be confirmed soon.

    Newquay Cornwall Airport has been shortlisted as a possible location for the UK Spaceport and the refreshed Masterplan will be an important document that would support any potential bid from Cornwall.  The Airport Masterplan refresh is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Infrastructure and Business Development Project.

  • Key amnesty offered to tenants who are not living in or are illegally sub-letting council homes

    Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing tenants in Cornwall are being contacted this month to let them know about a key amnesty taking place during January and February next year which gives people who are illegally subletting or not living in their council homes the opportunity to hand back their keys.

    The key amnesty, which runs from 01 January 2015 to 28 February 2015, allows anyone not living in their council home or illegally subletting it to hand back their keys rather than face possible criminal investigation and potential legal action which could ultimately result in a criminal conviction.

    Illegal subletting happens when a council home is let to a tenant and that tenant then moves out and illegally lets the property to someone else – usually at a higher rent.

    Not only is this illegal, it prevents much needed homes from being made available to families in genuine need and in addition costs every household in Cornwall money.

    Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: “It costs on average £18,000 a year to house a family in temporary accommodation.

    There is huge pressure on the supply of social housing making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help.

    It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be illegally profiting from it at the same time.”

    The initiative has been launched in the wake of a change in the law.

    The introduction of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 in October 2013 means people illegally subletting their property can now face a prison sentence of up to two years, a criminal record, or a fine of up to £5,000.

    Geoff adds: “I would urge anyone either not living in or illegally sub-letting their council home to get in touch right away.

    Once the amnesty ends anyone found not to be living in their home or illegally subletting will face the full force of the new powers.”

    Jane Barlow, Managing Director of Cornwall Housing said: “Cornwall Housing has been working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s experienced Corporate Fraud Team and three homes have already been identified  that we believe have been illegally sub-let.  We have seen evidence of how introducing a key amnesty has worked well in other parts of the country.  By bringing the issue to the public’s attention, other authorities saw an increase in referrals to its tenancy fraud hotline and we hope to see the same results here as we know that the overwhelming majority of residents live in their homes legally and that they share our commitment to tackling tenancy fraud. I would also encourage anyone who suspects someone of committing tenancy fraud to get in touch.”

    Anyone who is illegally subletting or is not living in their council home can hand back their keys to the tenancy fraud team, local housing officer or housing office.

    Residents wishing to report somebody who may be illegally subletting or is not living in their home can do so in complete confidence by calling the Council’s dedicated fraud hotline  on 0800 7316125 or emailing tenancyfraud@cornwall.gov.uk

    Further information on www.cornwall.gov.uk/keyamnesty

  • Statement re Alex Folkes

    On 16 October 2014, the Council received information raising serious child protection concerns relating to Alex Folkes and immediately launched a formal investigation into the circumstances. In view of the potential seriousness of the issues raised, Councillor Folkes was asked to stay away from the Council whilst the investigation was carried out by senior officers from the authority in consultation with other agencies.

    As a result of the information which came to light during this investigation, the Leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, decided that Councillor Folkes could not continue to carry out his Cabinet responsibilities and demanded that he either resigned with immediate effect or he would remove him from his role as the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.  The Council received his resignation on 4 November 2014.

    Although the concerns arose in relation to specific incidents which occurred in 2003 and, therefore, before Councillor Folkes became a member of Cornwall Council, the authority has an overriding responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people in Cornwall.  The Director of Education, Health and Social Care has, therefore, written to schools and children’s settings in the Launceston area to alert them to the potential risk posed by Councillor Folkes.

    Following the 2009 unitary elections, some Council officers became aware of an adverse entry on a CRB disclosure form relating to Councillor Folkes.

    The Council totally condemns any action which poses a threat to children, but does not have the legal power to remove Alex Folkes from his position as an elected councillor. Nevertheless, the Chief Executive Andrew Kerr has written to Councillor Folkes urging him to resign from the Council with immediate effect

    The Council has an overriding responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people in Cornwall.  After receiving the initial information raising serious child protection concerns relating to Councillor Folkes on 16 October, we launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances.  As part of the investigation we were given information by the police which was assessed by the Local Authority’s Designated Officer (LADO) as part of the Council’s formal safeguarding process.  Based on the information supplied by the police at this stage, the LADO process concluded that Councillor Folkes represented a serious and enduring risk to children.  This decision was later confirmed by additional information supplied by the police. This led to the Director for Education, Health and Social Care writing to schools and children’s settings in the Launceston area.

    We took legal advice on all aspects of this matter in order to make certain that the process was conducted fairly and properly and in the interests of ensuring the maximum safety of children in Cornwall.  We are confident that the investigation, which was aided by the police, has been dealt with appropriately and all proportional steps have been taken to ensure children in Cornwall are protected to the maximum possible degree.

    The Council also took legal advice on when it could share details of the evidence which had been provided to the LADO with Councillor Folkes and provided him with the information as soon as it was legally able to do so. 

    An internal investigation is currently underway into the way the matter was dealt with in 2009.

     

    Story posted 21 November 2014

  • Bude smallholder is sentenced to four months in prison and is banned from keeping sheep for animal cruelty offences

    Bude smallholder David Evans has today been sentenced to four months in prison and banned from keeping sheep by District Judge Kevin Grey for animal cruelty offences described by Cornwall Council officers as the worst they had ever seen.  He was also ordered to pay costs of £714.

    Mr Evans, a smallholder from Week St Mary, near Bude, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to :

    1)  In February 2014 causing unnecessary suffering to 6 sheep by failing to prevent emaciation.

    2)  In February 2014 causing unnecessary suffering to 9 sheep by failing to treat their lameness.

    3)  In February 2014 failing to dispose of 119 sheep carcasses

    4)  In February 2014 failing to store 119 sheep carcasses away from animals or birds.

    5)  In March 2014 causing unnecessary suffering to a sheep by failing to prevent its emaciation.

    6)  And in March 2014 failing to provide sheep a clean dry lying area.

    Mr Evans, who owns about 40 acres of land, was found to have 119 carcasses of sheep in various states of decay scattered across his farm.  Animal carcases must be disposed of correctly in order to minimise the potential for disease transmission to wild animals and other livestock.  Inspectors from Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Business Support Service and vets from The Animal and Plant Health Agency who visited the farm on 6 February, also found 145 sheep in such an appalling condition that they had to be put to sleep to prevent them from experiencing further pain.

    The court heard that Mr Evans had been offered help and advice by both Cornwall Council and The Animal and Plant Health Agency in 2012 but had chosen not to follow the suggestions which had been made.

    Commenting after the sentencing, Jonathan McCulloch, the Council’s Animal Health Inspector who investigated the case, said “In 15 years as an Animal Health Inspector, this case is by far the worst I have ever experienced.  Dead sheep were scattered across the farm, new born lambs had died after getting stuck in mud.  Mr Evans had done very little to ensure the safety of his sheep, his sheds were full of junk so the sheep had no shelter from the weather.  The lame and emaciated sheep were just ignored.”

    Allan Hampshire, Cornwall Council’s Head of the Public Health and Business Support Service, added “The Animal and Plant Health Agency must be thanked for all the help they gave in this case.  Officers from the Agency fed and cared for the surviving sheep for nearly a week until Mr Evans was well enough to take charge of them.  Smallholders must be aware that the Animal Welfare Act does not make a distinction between pet and farmed sheep, I would suggest that newcomers to agriculture understand the efforts involved in keeping animals prior to buying them.”

    Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said “This was an appalling case of animal neglect and I would like to thank our animal welfare team for their efforts.  For staff to discover 119 carcasses and then have to put down a further 145 sheep is unprecedented and clearly the court has acknowledged the seriousness of these offences.

    “It is even more frustrating that Mr Evans failed to heed the earlier advice given to him by Council officers and I hope this sentence sends a clear message to other small holders”. 

    Story posted 20 November 2014

  • Opportunity for Cornwall’s artists to exhibit at Kernow Lorient 2015

    Art Exhibition

    An exciting opportunity to exhibit their work as part of the internationally renowned Lorient Interceltic Festival is on offer to artists in Cornwall.

    Artists in Cornwall are invited to apply to exhibit at the August 2015 festival in the heart of Brittany which attracts around 700,000 visitors a year.  The focus in 2015 will be on Cornwall and the Isle of Man who have teamed up to promote their fantastic music, dance and art.

    That includes an art exhibition in the large Faouedic Gallery in the centre of Lorient, which will run over the summer.

    Cornwall’s delegation organiser Jenefer Lowe explains: “The Lorient Interceltic Festival is an important platform for Celtic nations and in 2015, with the focus on Cornwall and the Isle of Man, we want our contemporary art, as well as our music and dance, to be centre stage. Each year, one or more Cornish artists are chosen to exhibit in a joint exhibition with work from each country and have made a big impact, but 2015 will be even more special.”

    Viv Gillard has been the volunteer co-ordinator for Cornish art in Lorient for the past two years after exhibiting her own work in 2012. “It was an amazing opportunity for me” she says. “It was great to exhibit to a large international audience and for me it led to an invitation to take part in a Biennale celebrating female artists from around the world. I love working as co-ordinator and curating the show – I want to inspire more Cornish artists to create cutting edge work about Cornwall and push the WOW factor forward to show the other Celtic nations what we are all about!”

    Cornwall Council is supporting the year of Cornwall in Lorient. “The festival is an excellent opportunity to showcase the best of Cornwall and art is no exception” said Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture, Julian German. ‘We have already proved to Lorient in previous years that Cornish art is of high quality and I hope that Cornish artists will take advantage of this fantastic  opportunity and make 2015 a year to be proud of.”

    To obtain a copy of the call for artists, which has full details of the submission process and dates, email kernowart4lorient@gmail.com

    Story posted 18 November 2014

  • Festive tales at Cornish Studies Library in Redruth

    Christmas greeting card from 1914

    Drop in to the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth on Saturday November 29 between 3pm-4.30pm to be delighted by festive tales from storyteller Mark Harandon. You’ll hear magical tales of Christmas past, of snowy winters, festive fare and the true spirit of Christmas revealed at this free event.

    The Library’s new ‘Season’s Greetings’ exhibition also opens on the same day. Featuring original documents and photographs from Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service collections, the exhibition includes letters from astronomer John Couch Adams, describing Victorian Christmas celebrations, as well as a selection of Christmas letters and postcards from soldiers on active service in the First World War. These include over thirty letters sent to Newquay Urban District Council from men from the town who were sent Christmas gift parcels in 1917. The parcels, which included saffron cake and soap, were gratefully received, with one soldier writing “I return my heartiest thanks, it came as a great surprise, and it shows that the boys in the trenches are not forgotten…”

    ‘Season’s Greetings’ runs from November 29 – December 30 during library opening hours. Call 01209 216 760 for more information. 

    Story posted 18 November 2014

  • Kick off your Cornish Christmas at the Made in Cornwall Fair

    Image of some decorations handing on a holly tree

    Toys, trails and real ales to cakes, crafts and photographs - just some of the goods which will be available at this year’s spectacular Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair which is running from 26 to 30 November on the Piazza in Truro. 

    Thousands of locally made crafts and food items will be on display to entice Christmas shoppers next week when the Piazza in Truro plays host to the annual Christmas ‘Made in Cornwall’ fair.

    “If you’re wanting to give family and friends something a little bit different this Christmas then a visit to the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair is a must, especially as you’ll be supporting Cornish businesses at the same time”, explained Liz Rickard from the Made in Cornwall Scheme.

    “There is inspiration at the fair to suit all pockets and all tastes, the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer! There are ‘Ginger Biscuits and Tea’ gift sets through to the adventure of a Treasure Trail in a beautiful Cornish location, both costing less than £10; or for something bespoke, how about a portrait of your pet or some personalised jewellery?”

    The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance for members of the public to buy genuine Cornish gifts and food for Christmas.  Over 90 quality local businesses, from as far afield as Callington and Liskeard to The Lizard, will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed annual fair which runs from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 November. 

    “Once again we will be showcasing many of Cornwall’s talented artists, crafts people and food businesses providing Christmas shoppers with the chance to buy local products at great value prices. We are delighted that along with the established favourites there will be several new faces belonging to young artists and artisans.” 

    Amongst these will be Holly from ‘Luscious Lucy’ in Newquay with her ‘Secret Hedgerow’ range of alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks made using Cornish fruits, flowers and berries; Simon from SR Studio in Truro will be bringing the richly illustrated ‘Cornwall Uncovered Map’; and will you be able to resist a Cornish Pisky to hang on your Christmas Tree? – Jingle and Belle, made by Cornish Pisky Pals in Coverack, will be making their first public outing when they come to the fair.

    The Fair will be open from 10.00am to 9.00pm on Wednesday, 26 November to incorporate the late night shopping evening, from 10.00am to 5.00pm from Thursday through to Saturday, and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 30 November.  Admission is free.

    Story posted 17 November 2014

  • Wadebridge Primary Academy pupils design products ready for school Christmas fair

    Pupils from Wadebridge primary academy

    On Wednesday 12 November pupils aged 9 and 10 from Wadebridge Primary Academy took part in a Junior Enterprise Challenge Day at the school organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership. With support from NatWest, Premier Inn Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), Worldwide Financial Planning and sixth form ambassadors from Wadebridge School the pupils formed into companies for the day to develop their business ideas.

    The pupils had lots of business ideas ranging from snow globes to Christmas tree decorations. Together they produced drawings and models of their products as well as many leaflets, posters and even radio adverts to promote their products.

    “The Junior Enterprise Challenge provided the pupils with the opportunity to make real choices and decisions in a business simulation activity ” said Kate Whetter Education Projects Manager at Cornwall Education Business Partnership. She continued “Key to the success of the day was the fantastic support from the local business community”.

    Mike Finnie, business specialist at NatWest, said: "The youngsters from Wadebridge Primary Academy who took part in the Enterprise Challenge showed a flair and enthusiasm which was great to see. 

    "It's never too early to start to learn about entrepreneurship and to develop employability skills. NatWest is pleased to support these Junior Enterprise Challenge Days as they are the ideal way to start to give youngsters the skills and confidence they will need in later life."

    “The enterprise day has been a great success with all the children actively involved in a wide range of business skills. From creating a company name and log to designing and making a prototype for their chosen Christmas product it has been an action packed experience. Enabling children to learn from professionals within the field of business and finance who attend the day has been a real asset. Children will remember today for a long time” said Tessa Hewins Year 5 teacher at Wadebridge Primary Academy.

    Story posted 17 November 2014

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