Cornwall Council Covid-19 updates August 2020


  • Changes to the Planning System 2020 – Recording of the briefing session

If you couldn’t attend Cornwall Council’s briefing session on 18 August about the Government’s recent and proposed changes, you can:

View a recording of the session online                                                                              Download a copy of the presentation slides                                                             Download the questions and answers from the session


  • Planning for the Future – Government consultation paper on the changes to the planning system

The Government has published a white paper called Planning for the Future which is a consultation paper on changes to the planning system. It is aimed at streamlining and modernising the planning process with a new focus on design and sustainability to ensure that more land is available for development where it is needed. The consultation closes on 29 October 2020.                                                                                                                The Government has also published a further document on short-term measures which includes changes to the standard method for assessing local housing. The consultation for this document closes on the 1 October 2020.                          Cornwall Council’s Planning team has produced a briefing note summarising the key proposals

Preventing exploitation of children and young adults

A new three-year  strategy to prevent the exploitation of children and young adults aged up to 25 has been launched in Cornwall.

Exploitation is where someone takes unfair advantage of others to gain something for themselves. It occurs when a person is persuaded to do things in exchange for something that they need or want (coercion), or threatened or forced to do things by people with more power than them – this can be someone of a similar age to the child or young adult being exploited, as well as an adult.
There’s more information, including how to report any concerns on Cornwall Council’s website.

Stay alert, be COVID aware

There’s a  new film  from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection team with safety tips to help visitors, residents and local business prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep Cornwall safe.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

There’s still time for local councils, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund for projects that aim to tackle and raise awareness of loan sharks. But you’ll need to be quick as the deadline for applications is midnight on 31 August. 

The fund is formed of money seized from illegal money lenders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. For the first time this year joint applications are being accepted from up to four groups, which means a potential total grant of up to a maximum of £20,000 to fund a joint project.

You can find out more and download an application form from Anyone who is interested in applying for a grant but needs more information can contact Dave Monk, LIAISE Officer, on 07864 928758 or


Coronavirus Newsletter 23

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Outbreak Management Plan

To continue to manage the spread of Covid-19, the government has asked Local Authorities to produce a Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP).
The plan sets out how Local Authorities will play a significant role in identifying and managing Covid-19 outbreaks.
The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly plan maps out a clear way of working that prioritises the health of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Click Here to see Ruth Goldstein, public health consultant at Cornwall Council, explain the new Local Outbreak Management Plan and what it means for people in Cornwall.

What is the aim of the plan? 
The plan sets out how Cornwall Council, and the Council of the Isles of Scilly, will work together with the NHS Track and Trace service to manage local Covid-19 outbreaks. This will involve working with partners such as:

  • Public Health England
  • NHS
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Local businesses
  • Voluntary sector

How will the plan work? 
The plan sets out a number of ‘Boards’ which will all work together to make sure that information is used to:

  • analyse cases
  • identify any possible issues
  • if necessary, identify a plan of action

Anyone affected will then be alerted. For example, they may be asked to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with a positive case.

What will a response to an outbreak look like? 
Each case will be unique and the action taken will depend on many factors. Within 24 hours of notification of a case, action will be taken to confirm all of the details including:

  • interviews
  • testing
  • carrying out a risk assessment
  • making sure all relevant people are made aware of what is happening

If it is necessary, an ‘Incident Response Team’ will then agree and co-ordinate the activities involved in the management, investigation and control of the outbreak.

What will people be expected to do? 
Anyone who is involved in an outbreak will be asked to take action and it is very important that they follow the instructions they are given. The plan sets out how it is everyone’s responsibility to act sensibly, and according to what is agreed necessary, to control an outbreak and protect the health of the community.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything 
No news is good news is the saying, and that will be true of any local clusters and warnings to the public. If our cases remain low there won’t be a need to bring any localised lockdowns in to force, in fact they will be a last resort. We want to reassure you that we have plans but just because you don’t hear about them doesn’t mean they aren’t in place. Plans are in place and will be actioned if necessary.

How can you help? 
If you are contacted by NHS test track and trace, please follow their advice and self-isolate. This will help us to stop the spread of the virus, and we all need to do our bit to help. You can wear a face covering in shops and public transport. Masks aren’t just to protect you, but if you’re a carrier of the virus with no symptoms you will help protect other people too. Please keep up with good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser while out in public if you can’t wash your hands.

St Breward Community Newsletter No 22

The St Breward Credit Union Service Point is reopening this Wednesday 12 August 10am – 12 noon at Gwerty Koth (old Shop), Row.
For more information about Credit Unions do call in or contact Denis Lusby 01208 850517

NHS 111 – making the right choice for urgent healthcare

NHS 111 is a system for urgent – but not emergency – healthcare. This way of accessing urgent care in Cornwall is to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible during the pandemic.

If you need urgent care, visit or phone 111 to find out where you should go and when. You will be directed to the most appropriate treatment. Accessing services in this way will help to prevent long waits and reduce the risk of infection in waiting rooms.

Arrangements have not changed for people with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Please continue to dial 999 as before.

£1,500 per household to upgrade rural broadband

People in Cornwall whose home or business is not covered by the current Superfast Cornwall programme plans for receiving fibre broadband could be eligible for up to £1,500 towards reliable superfast broadband in the next year, as part of the Government’s Broadband Upgrade Fund.

People can find out if they’re eligible for funds by entering their details on the Broadband Upgrade Fund website and registering their interest. Registration for funding closes on 30 September 2020. 

The Government is urging as many local households and businesses as possible to sign up for Government help in installing superfast broadband. Please share this information with people and businesses in your area so they can register for funding.

Spreading the word about The Cornwall We Want

Could you help Cornwall Council spread the word about The Cornwall We Want? The Council wants to hear from as many people in Cornwall as possible about what they want for Cornwall for future generations.
Only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic. The Council wants to develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall so that Cornwall’s recovery leads to a ‘better normal’ than before the crisis.
People can join in the discussion online at or send their views through the post.

The Council wants people to share their views on:

  • Their hopes and fears for the future
  • Their experience of the lockdown
  • Whether the lockdown made them think again about what matters in their life
  • What changes they want to make
  • What the ‘new normal’ to looks like for them, their business or their community
  • What they see as the challenges and opportunities to achieving those aims

Anyone who’s not online can write to the Council at: Cornwall Council -The Cornwall We Want Room 4S New County Hall
Treyew Road Truro  TR1 3AY

Update from Cormac

Cormac Highways & Environment teams are gradually getting back to normal after scaling back their work activities due to government COVID-19 guidelines.

Highways:  initial focus is on the maintenance of the main routes. Surfacing, surface dressing and some site-based programmes started at the beginning of June. They are also keen to take advantage of lower traffic volumes and public footfall in some areas, as this minimises disruption for everyone, particularly local residents and businesses.

They will be carrying out essential surface dressing across the county over the next few months. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation they won’t currently be posting letters to individual households. Signs will be put up well in advance to notify local residents of the need to move parked cars to allow the work to be done without any delays.  Roads often have to be closed to provide enough room for works to be carried out safely.

Verge management: this year, Cormac have reviewed their programmes and have significantly reduced the areas of rural verges cut. Like many councils across the country, they cut highway grass in rural areas for’safety reasons only’, to preserve visibility for road users and to provide a safe space for pedestrians. This allows Cormac to fulfil safety requirements while fully committing to protecting wildlife and the wider environment.

Keeping updated: the highways updates are posted on the Cormac website programming pages so that you can see what’s happening in your area and when.

Staying connected: Cormac wish to ensure that communication line are kept open so that problems can be reported and dealt with. To report a highway or footpath problem (including potholes) please contact the highway services and fault reporting . 

To read the whole newsletter from Cormac, please click here.


Citizens Advice, Cornwall: Newsletter

Citizens Advice Cornwall  is asking  for your opinion on how to improve  their services in the longer term. Their Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:

“We know the demand for independent, accurate and free advice is going to massively increase after the lockdown and it’s vital that people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have somewhere to turn to. That’s why it’s essential we start planning now.”

How You Can Help
Citizens Advice is part of the community and we need your suggestions about how we can reach more people in your area. We can consider running more outreach services, making use of technology to deal with more cases online or via webchat and social media, finding new ways to reach more remote rural areas and making sure people know how to access our services.
We may need to recruit new volunteers but we need to find safe places for them to work and to meet clients confidentially. Our annual budget is reducing so are there any ways you or organisations you work with might be able to support us? Email your comments to

For further details and to read the whole newsletter, please click here

Contacting Citizens Advice   Although our offices and outreach operations are closed during the Covid19 restrictions, we are still continuing to offer our services to the public:     

Text ADVICE to 78866 or for debt issues, text DEBT to 78866 and we’ll call you back within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

Call us on 03444-111444 Mondays to Fridays between 10am and 4pm

Check our website at for useful, up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects and to take part in a webchat session.                                                                         

Inclusion Cornwall Newsletter 12th June

Cornwall Council’s Early Years teams have created a new guide for preparing children for Early Years transitions, such as starting reception. There is support for parents and carers, as well as information and advice for settings and other professionals. There are resources for all children with specialist and targeted information for children with SEND. Visit

Ban on evictions extended by 2 months to further protect renters Find out more

Cornwall-based Shallal Studios has been awarded emergency funding for Picture Post, a new art activity project linking isolated artists during COVID-19, partnering with Project Ability to build a creative community. A weekly activity pack with ideas and inspiration for making art will be available to download via the Picture Post website.  Shallal Studios is encouraging people to get involved with the project online.

DEVON and CORNWALLDWP have updated their resource sheets aimed at people facing redundancy. Access them here

St Breward Community Newsletter No 17

Parish Magazine Summer Special
With the easing of Lockdown the Parish Magazine for St. Breward, Helland and Blisland with Temple are pleased to announce a ‘Summer Special’ available the first week of July.

We know that many Local Organisations aren’t able to meet and many Spring and Summer events have been postponed so the Parish Magazine would like to highlight the many and varied things that have been, and are, being done in these challenging times.

Could those of you who live in the parish please send photos to the Editor at showing some of the things that have been done during Lockdown. Things that have made you laugh, cringe, cry or are proud of would all be of interest. We are looking for photos of families doing Lockdown activities which have been fun, different, new, etc. The more photos, the better and they should be in jpeg format with the photographer’s name and brief details of who is in the photos. The deadline is Saturday 20th June.

We have had photos of the fantastic Scarecrows in recognition of key-workers, and are busy working through them to include as many as possible.

Items for the St Breward ‘Down your Way’ section: what your group has been doing to stay in touch, or thanking certain individuals/organisations who have gone above and beyond, please send to St Breward Parish Magazine contacts by 6pm on Wednesday 17th June.

The Raj at Wadebridge
Deliveries from the Raj at Wadebridge are changing to twice a month; Kirsty Hewitt has kindly offered to co-ordinate orders/deliveries from The Raj to the Camel Trail Car Park at WenfordBridge . Please contact Kirsty by text on 07748 803280 (phone if you are unable to text) if you are interested in having a delivery. No commitment to having a regular delivery.

St Breward Community Newsletter No 15

Cornwall Council has asked that the following information be circulated to businesses in Cornwall:

Back in Business – Operating Safely during the coronavirus pandemic

Are you a Cornish business in need of guidance and advice on how reopening post COVID 19 will affect you? Business Regulatory Support are here to help you open your business, as quickly as possible, once restrictions allow and in a safe and compliant way.

We have produced guidance which includes up to date information from Government, specifically for all business sectors. This will ensure you get the information YOU need. We also have a series of webinars to talk you through the changes and also invite any questions you may have.

Business Recovery Guide

Cornwall Council are pleased to introduce a guide for businesses. This will help ensure you can reopen safely and trade in a responsible manner to minimise the risks from COVID19. Many businesses have been closed for a period of time and premises left empty. This brings with it a range of risks that need to be addressed so that businesses can open safely.

As we are adapting to the ‘next normal’, the guide will be kept up to date with the latest guidance on managing COVID19 risks. This means you will have the latest information in one place.

The guide covers the following:

  • Working Safely – Coronavirus
  • Cleaning & Disinfection
  • Food Safety (Reopening safely)
  • Structure and maintenance
  • Health and Safety ( things to think about prior to reopening)
  • Fire Safety

This guide is appropriate for all small to medium sized businesses including the leisure, office, care and retail sectors. As guidance changes it will be constantly updated so keep checking back for changes and updates.

Download your copy here >>


Cornwall Council are putting together a series of webinars. These will help businesses operate safely during the COVID19 pandemic. Many businesses will be operating again after a break. Others will be facing new challenges in the way they operate to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. We are very much aware that this is a time of great worry and anxiety for many. People are worried about their health and that of their families, their business and livelihoods. There is now the prospect of returning to work and understanding complicated and perhaps difficult-to-apply guidance. We hope these webinars will provide a friendly, informative and supportive platform to help with some of these concerns.

We are offering a series of sector based webinars. These will give you the opportunity to catch up on the latest advice and put questions to our expert panel. This could be on a range of regulatory matters covering COVID19 safety, fire, health and safety, T&Cs and food safety.

The format for each will involve a presentation of approximately 30 minutes followed by an opportunity to ask questions. If you can’t make the live webinar a recording will be available afterwards and questions can be sent in advance.

Business interruption insurance during the coronavirus pandemic

We are aware that many local businesses are trying to claim on their insurance but are being asked to prove there was a case of Covid19 within 25 miles of their business. Our Trading Standards team have produced the following guidance to support them with their claim.

10% off All online training

10% off all online training, covering topics including food hygiene, health and safety, consumer law and work based skills such as CV writing and stress management. Use code COVID19. Start your training now >>

Further Support

If you think that there is information on the website that would be helpful to members of our community who do not have access to the Internet please email  or telephone 01208 850727 and we will ensure that they receive a paper copy.