Hedgehog Awareness Week 3rd – 9th May

Save our hedgehogs!    Surveys by citizen scientists show hedgehog numbers have fallen by about 50% since the turn of the century.  Conservation groups say they are particularly concerned about the plight of the prickly creatures in rural areas.

What can you do to help?

  • Look out for hedgehogs before you strim, mow or use hedgecutters. Many, many hedgehogs are injured or killed by people using power tools so please do check before you switch on.
  • Let your garden, or a part of it, get a bit untidy – hedgehogs need wild areas, where grasses & native plants are left uncut, to nest in, to hibernate and for insects to eat.
  • Make a hole in, or under, your garden fence, wall or gate –13x13cm is enough – to create a hedgehog highway.
  • Keep your garden hazard free – hedgehogs can get trapped in netting & litter, drown in ponds, get burnt in bonfires.
  • Go chemical free – garden pesticides kill our native plants and insects. They poison hedgehogs (and other wildlife) and mean there is less food & shelter for them too.
  • Make a watering hole for hogs – hedgehogs die without water….and they also love to eat aquatic bugs and frogs.
  • Feed a hungry hog – Hedgehogs will love tasty treats particularly in spring and autumn. If hedgehogs visit your garden, leave out a bowl of cat or dog food (not fish flavoured), chopped peanuts or meal worms.
  • NEVER give bread or milk to hedgehogs.

Gardeners will be pleased to know that hedgehogs’ diet includes slugs!

For more details on actions to care for hedgehogs, please visit Cornwall Council’s Operation Hedgehog here

Parish Council Remote Meeting 7pm on Monday 4th May

The Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 4th May 2020 as a remote meeting via Zoom at 7pm. This is because of the COVID-19 legislation requiring social distancing measures to be followed and to promote Government instruction:

                                        STAY at HOME – PROTECT the NHS – SAVE LIVES

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND REMOTELY

Joining Instructions: – either use Zoom link below on laptop/PC/tablet or dial in using tel.numbers below:

  1. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/5613235644 Meeting ID: 561 323 5644

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  2. Dial by your location

+44 131 460 1196 United Kingdom

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Meeting ID: 561 323 5644

If using a PC and you wish to speak, you will need a microphone.

To view the Agenda, please click here.

Covid-19 Cornwall Council Update No. 3

Important support

Please send all coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk This email address is monitored seven days a week and will be staffed from 9am-5pm over the Easter weekend.
Cornwall Council’s phone lines for COVID-19 and shielding enquiries will be open 9am-1pm over the Easter weekend
0300 123 1118 for COVID-19     and    
0300 123 4334 for shielding enquiries

Help for extremely vulnerable residents. Extremely vulnerable residents who need help getting food supplies or medical prescriptions – either because they are in the high risk, ‘shielded’ group or have other specific difficulties – are being urged to get in touch with Cornwall Council or Volunteer Cornwall. Residents who can get help could fall into different groups depending on whether they are shielded or not:

Shielding after receiving a letter. Those who have received letters from the Government advising them they are considered to be at high risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus because they have an underlying disease or health condition and that they should self-isolate at home for at least 12 weeks and ask others for help with shopping and prescriptions. This ‘shielded’ category includes:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • People having treatments for some cancers
  • People who have long-term lung disease or severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis
  • People with conditions which make their blood and cells work differently and get infections easily
  • People taking immunosuppression medications which reduce the body’s response to fighting infections
  • Women who are pregnant and have heart disease 

Everyone in the shielding group, which covers all ages from young to old, is being asked to follow stricter social distancing rules than most people and cannot leave their homes, even for essential shopping or exercise.

Suspected to be shielded but have not received a letter. Those who believe they should be in the shielded category but have still not received a letter should exercise caution and contact their GP. If they are unsure if they should be shielding or not, they should also contact their GP for advice.

Not shielded but still needing help. Residents who have not received letters stating they are in the shielded group but may still have complex or medical needs or have other difficulties in getting shopping or medicines and need assistance. 

How to get help Those shielding need to register at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or by calling 0800 0288327. Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall can provide additional help. Ring the Council on 0300 1231118 or email covid19@cornwall.gov.uk or ring Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or email requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk
Those who are not shielding but still need help should contact the Council or Volunteer Cornwall on the same contact details.

Holiday accommodation enforcement

Cornwall Council has been working to ensure that accommodation providers are shut to holidaymakers as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The overwhelming majority of holiday accommodation providers closed their doors last month. But after the Council wrote to businesses last week, it received around 200 reports from residents alleging that some holiday lets were still open to people visiting Cornwall. The majority of premises contacted have now complied.

Council officers are phoning businesses to investigate complaints, followed up with written warnings. On-site visits are made when businesses fail to comply or evidence is needed.

There are a number of exemptions which allow some holiday accommodation businesses to remain open, for example to provide accommodation for key workers, NHS staff and for health and care use. If you are aware of accommodation providers in your area who may be breaking the law, please email covid19@cornwall.gov.uk with as much information as possible, including a precise address, the name of the accommodation or owner and a telephone number or email address if known.

A letter has also been sent to second home owners instructing them not to visit their second home this Easter.

Rubbish and recycling service Weekly kerbside rubbish collections and fortnightly recycling collections are continuing on their usual days, and there are no changes to collection days over Easter.
However, bin crews may not arrive at their usual collection times over the coming weeks. Residents should put their rubbish and recycling out by 7am and it should be collected by 6pm.
Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed and bulky waste collections have been suspended.
Households with a possible coronavirus infection should follow
Public Health England guidance

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being placed out for collection on your next collection day.

See Cornwall Council’s website for more information about rubbish and recycling services.

Samaritans There has been an increasing number of deaths by suicides recorded in Cornwall since the COVID-19 pandemic began. If you know anyone who is in need of crisis support, please ask them to call the Samaritans on 116 123, from any phone, at any time. Calls are free.

New domestic abuse awareness campaign launched as cases expected to increase.

  • Safer Cornwall has launched an awareness raising campaign to help counter the expected increased risks of domestic abuse and the challenges of providing adequate support during lockdown. The campaign aims to reassure communities that vital services are still available to support adults and children during this time and reiterates where and how to access help. The campaign also includes information on staying safe in the house, school places for children and how communities can support those affected.
    Cornwall’s integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, is still providing support, safety planning and information via their helpline, text service and online. Safer Futures will also direct people to any additional services that they may need and can liaise on their behalf if appropriate to do so, for example if someone feels they want to access a refuge at this time.
    Support is available by:
  • Making a referral online 
  • Email: saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk
  • Tel: 0300 777 4777

There is also refuge and support via:

If you know anyone who is at immediate risk of harm, please call the police now on 999.  You can also follow Safer Cornwall on Facebook and Twitter

Have your say on how planning rules can help tackle climate change. Town and parish councils and residents of Cornwall can have their say about Cornwall Council’s Climate Change Development Plan Document (DPD) online. The Climate Change DPD outlines the Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support the Council’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

The first round of consultation runs until May 26 and, because of the need to stay at home, will be held predominately online. There will be no face to face public events or exhibitions. Paper copies of the document can be provided for anyone who can’t view the document online. There will also be online events and question and answer sessions on the new DPD via Skype. Further details on the webcasts will follow.

Latest position on planning delegation and planning committees. For further information and links, please click here.

Cornish small businesses affected by coronavirus:  The Council has written to all businesses in Cornwall with information about financial support available.  There are still potentially 10,000 eligible businesses in Cornwall. If you know someone who has received a letter from the Council and hasn’t yet applied for a business support grant, please encourage them to apply. Anyone who hasn’t received a letter but believes they’re entitled to support should ring 0300 1234 171.
There’s more information about support for businesses on Cornwall Council’s Support for business web page.

Support for the creative sector:  Cornwall Council is bringing forward £687,000 of planned financial support for Cornwall’s cultural and creative sector to help organisations that have been heavily affected by the impact of the COVID-19 virus. A range of organisations are affected and will be contacted directly by Cornwall Council .

To ensure appropriate support can be put in place to ensure a successful recovery phase for Cornwall’s creative sector, please encourage creative organisations and self-employed individuals in your area to take part in this survey.

People Hub phoneline to advise people with employment questions: Cornwall Council is introducing a new service to help individuals with support and advice on employment, training and skills and where to find further help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can call the People Hub phoneline on 0333 0150699 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, with an out of hours messaging service outside those times.
People Hub will be staffed by a multi-agency team providing immediate information, advice and guidance about:

  • Employment and skills support programmes
  • Temporary staffing agency workers
  • Those under threat of redundancy or made redundant
  • Self-employed
  • Zero hours contract workers
  • Being furloughed
  • Retraining or developing new skills
  • Sick pay and processes

Government advice update service. You can sign up to get emails from the Government’s GOV.UK website when their information about coronavirus (COVID-19) changes. There might be 40 to 60 changes a week, and you can choose whether to get updates every time something changes, once a day or once a week.

An unusual Easter – please enjoy Cornwall safely

It’s a great temptation to be out in the spring weather and the Cornish countryside over the Easter weekend, but Cornwall Council is asking people to: 

  • Exercise only locally and not make non-essential journeys.
  • Use the 4,500 km of public rights of way – footpaths, bridleways, byways, the SW Coast Path – only for access and exercise.
  • Follow Government guidelines on social distancing. People should avoid busy sections, as it is hard to keep your distance from others. Please be patient, and let other people pass you at a safe distance.
  • Be considerate about paths. Some people who are self-isolating have concerns about paths adjacent to their homes, as do some farmers and landowners about adjacent paths. Landowners have no legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way or access to land, but please be sensitive to their concerns.
  • Everyone should follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Leave gates as you find them. Take extra care on the coast path.
  • Keep dogs on leads or under effective control, especially near livestock and other people.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use sanitiser after touching shared surfaces outdoors such as stiles or gate locks.
  • Beaches are open, but there are no RNLI lifeguard patrols so the Council strongly advises against entering the water, swimming, surfing or pleasure boating. Barbecues, beach sports and other get-togethers are contrary to guidelines.
  • Cornwall Council has suspended car park charges until the end of April, but this is to support essential workers during the pandemic, not for non-essential travel.

Please encourage people in your area to respect the need to keep everyone safe at this difficult time, be considerate of other’s space, follow police instructions and other regulations, and do all they can to help beat COVID-19.

 

 

April edition of The Parish Magazine now available

Due to Covid-19, The Parish Magazine will be taking a break as so many village events have been cancelled and so there won’t be so much to report in the magazine.

There is still plenty to read in this edition including: the news from our three villages; Out & About; two items on nature; reports from our two County Councillors, a chocolate fridge cake recipe and the details of this year’s sunflower competition.

Copies are available from St Breward Stores at only £1. We look forward to seeing the next edition of the magazine when these difficult times are over. Keep safe everyone!

 

 

 

 

Cornwall Council, April 2020 Newsletter Issue 2

The theme of this month’s Council newsletter is ‘Keeping in Touch’  and contains links to various organisations offering help to people and also various tips and advice.

Cornwall Council hopes you are all keeping safe and well in  these unprecedented times. Please keep in touch and let them know if there’s anything they can help with. To view the newsletter, please click here.

COVID-19 Cornwall Council update No. 2

Holiday accommodation during Easter

Cornwall Council’s Enforcement team has been calling on holiday accommodation providers, including letting agents and online booking platforms, to support the COVID-19 response by following the Government’s closure orders.

Many caravan parks, hotels, campsites and holiday homes have shut their doors as a result of the Government ordering all non-essential businesses to stop operating and for everyone to stay at home and avoid unessential travel.There are a number of exemptions which allow some holiday accommodation businesses to remain open. For example, Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay has been providing a place to stay for people who have been in hospital, are able to be discharged, but are not ready to go home.

However, the Council has received complaints alleging that some holiday accommodation providers are still trading as normal and operating illegally. The Council is now writing to all holiday accommodation owners, letting agents and online booking platforms in Cornwall, who are not exempt to the COVID-19 orders, to ask for their co-operation in complying with the orders and help protect the health of our population, NHS and other critical services at this time.

If you believe that holiday accommodation in your area might not be complying with the new regulations, please contact businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk

Holiday businesses that need advice or information about COVID-19 cancellations and obligations can contact the Cornwall Council Business Advice Hub at businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk.

Temporary change to publicity on planning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cornwall Council will continue to send Neighbour Notifications for planning applications, but will not be displaying a Site Notice except for the following: applications for development affecting a Public Right of Way; development representing a departure from the Development Plan or applications for EIA development accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

Temporary changes in planning enforcement

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council will not be fully investigating:

  • Breaches of planning conditions relating to delivery times to essential businesses
  • Changes of use of cafes and restaurants to takeaways
  • Householder development (unless the person reporting demonstrates significant harm)
  • Breaches of construction traffic management plans (unless the person reporting demonstrates significant harm)
  • Adverts

There will also be ongoing enforcement matters that may have to be tolerated for temporary period during the lockdown while employees are unable to travel.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse and sexual violence doesn’t stop during lockdown. Please watch and share this video from Safer Cornwall. Five minutes of your time could help someone experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence to access the safety and support they desperately need. There’s more support for those living with domestic abuse during the COVID-19 outbreak on the Safer Cornwall website and the Safer Futures website. You can also ring Safer Futures on 0300 777 4777 or Cornwall Refuge Trust’s 24Hr Helpline on 01872 225629.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, please call the police now on 999.

Retired or former social workers needed to support Cornwall’s most vulnerable people

The Council is asking for anyone living in Cornwall who has experience of working in social services – including retired social workers or those who have recently left the profession – to help maintain the support provided to vulnerable families, children and adults through the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you know a former or retired social worker who might be interested, they can register their interest via email at
HRdeployment@cornwall.gov.uk. Cornwall Council will then contact them to gain further details of their qualifications and skill set.

Caring

Over 200 people have already applied to help support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis with basic training already given to 35 volunteers. If you know anyone who would be interested, they should visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website and apply as soon as possible. Anyone wanting to help only in a volunteer capacity should visit the Volunteer Cornwall website.

Libraries

All of Cornwall’s libraries are now closed and mobile libraries are off the road. But there is still a wealth of good reading available online, and residents of Cornwall can become a member and start borrowing electronically online.
Cornwall Library Members can access eBooks, Audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, comics and eGraphic novels. Please share details of the online library offer with people in your area.

Business grant support

Cornwall Council has sent letters about business grant support to businesses. Business owners need to complete a simple online form for the Council to be able to pay the grant. The quicker they provide this information, the sooner the Council can pay the grant.
If an owner can’t access their business premises or hadn’t received a letter by Friday 3 April, then they should contact the Council on 0300 1234 171.

Business rates support

There are two types of reliefs available to businesses.
The first is the extension of the Expanded Retail Discount Relief, which means that those businesses categorised as retail, leisure or hospitality will have their zero rate relief extended to cover 2020/21. This will happen automatically and rate payers will be re-billed.

The second set of reliefs is through the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Those in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief will receive a grant of £10,000. Those in receipt of Retail Hospitality and Leisure Relief will receive a grant of £10,000 (for those with Rateable Value up to £15,000) or £25,000 (for those with a Rateable Value of between £15,000 and £51,000).

Cornwall Council has written to all businesses that, according to its records, might qualify for a grant fund payment. Business owners who have not received a letter by 6 April and think they should qualify should contact the Council on 0300 1234 171.

There’s more information about business rates support on the Support for business page on Cornwall Council’s website.

 

 

 

COVID-19 update from Cornwall Council

Carers needed

People who need care and support in Cornwall are calling on everyone who can, to urgently step up and apply for a role in Cornwall’s care sector as Cornwall faces an unprecedented demand for care and support during the coronavirus emergency.

Cornwall Adult Health & Social Care, with providers, has developed a comprehensive induction programme to ensure that all those who are recruited have the essential skills and knowledge required for the role and there are plenty of opportunities for this to become a permanent role in the future.

Anyone who wants to help should visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website and apply as soon as possible. Anyone wanting to help only in a volunteer capacity should visit the Volunteer Cornwall website.

Car parks

Currently Cornwall Council is removing all charges at Council car parks until the end of April to ensure essential workers are able to travel as required. This will then be reviewed monthly.

Registration of births, deaths and marriages

From Monday 30 March deaths must be registered by phone: none of Cornwall’s Register Offices will be open except for pre-booked appointments to register a death. People will be able to make a request to register a death through an on-line form on the Cornwall Council website or by phoning 0300 1234 181, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm. The Council will contact the customer only when all necessary paperwork has been received – there may be some understandable delays with the medical profession.

All other Register Office services are suspended until further notice.
The Council is contacting marriage/civil partnership couples who have booked with it to discuss their options, but with over 3,000 bookings there is a backlog. The Council is not taking any new bookings for marriages or C
ivil Partnerships until it has re-scheduled the displaced bookings. Please email Cornwall Council on ceremonies@cornwall.gov.uk but there is likely to be a delay in the response.

Birth registrations are suspended for the time being. People who are not able to register the birth of their child because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can still make a claim to receive child benefit.

Council tax support

Due to additional Government funding, an extra £150 will be received by those of working age already receiving Council Tax Support: this will be automatic and reduced Council tax bills will soon arrive. This will take a little time to sort out so anyone in difficulties in the mean time should contact Cornwall Council to discuss their circumstances.

Exercise advice

The latest Government advice on travelling to exercise is:

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not drive unnecessarily.
  • You should go outside either alone or with members of your own household.
  • Keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.
  • Gatherings of more than two in public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this.
  • If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

Footpaths, bridleways and byways remain open for the public to use to get to work, medical appointments or as part of their daily exercise routine. Cornwall Council has had a small number of requests to close public rights of way which are located near to people who are self-isolating. The Council has no legal powers to do this, and there are no plans to do so.

New COVID-19 WhatsApp information service

The Government has launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The free service is an automated ‘chatbot’ that will allow people to get answers to the most common questions about COVID-19 directly from Government. It aims to further reduce the burden on NHS services, including 111, combat the spread of the virus and ensure people stay at home and save lives. It’s as easy as sending a message ‘hi’ to the dedicated number on WhatsApp. More information can be found on the Government website.