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 www.supportincornwall.org.uk/startingschool
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 CORNWALL – DWP have updated their resource sheets aimed at people facing redundancy. Access them here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Planning application PA20/03987 The Stables, Coombe Road, St Breward, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4LZ
Works to trees subject to Tree Preservation Order namely T1 – Oak. Reduce limb over house in close proximity to chimney back to suitable growth point. T2 – Beech. Remove two lowest hanging branches where indicated on photos. T3 – Beech. Remove low hanging branch.
Mr Stewart Pickford – PA20/03987 (Case Officer – Lorraine Lehan).The application can be viewed here by entering the planning application reference number into the search bar.
Comments on this planning application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5th June please, with the subject title PA20/03987.
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)
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.
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.
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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 pleaseemail or telephone 01208 850727 and we will ensure that they receive a paper copy.
If you click here you will see what’s on offer in Cornwall with Cornwall 365 What’s On For digital and online events from Theatre for children and adults, Cinema, Cookery, Museum collection tours, Writing Groups, Bedtime stories, Dance and much, much more
Post Office current accounts and access to cash There is now an accelerated, telephone-based, nominated agent process for Post Office Card Account (POca) customers who are not able to leave home. The new process allows any POca customer who is having trouble accessing their money due to self-isolation, or if they are shielding, to arrange for a nominated agent to collect cash from a Post Office branch on their behalf. To request this service the customer rings the POca helpline on 0345 722 3344 then selects Option 1 and, when prompted, holds for an advisor.
The customer will need to have their POca card when making the call to verify their identity and will need to provide details of their named nominated agent. A new POca card and pin number is then sent to the customer at their home address which can then be used by the customer’s agent to access cash on their behalf at any Post Office branch. The customer will receive separate statements showing the transactions undertaken using the nominated agent card.
This new process removes the need for the customer to visit a Post Office branch to collect, complete and return the nominated agent form
RNLI and lifeguarding cover on beaches Cornwall Council is warning people to be extra vigilant about safety at the seaside and think twice about going in or on the water as there will be no RNLI lifeguard cover over the bank holiday weekend. To add to potential problems, a large coastal swell and a spring tide are expected to bring hazardous sea conditions to the South West this weekend.
Cornwall Council has been in discussions with the RNLI to resume lifeguarding services on some of Cornwall’s beaches. Subject to having the appropriate social distancing and public health measures in place, lifeguards will return to a number of beaches with cover to be rolled out in three phases, with the beaches in Phase One to be lifeguarded by end of May.
Holiday lets must stay shut this weekend Cornwall Council enforcement officers will take action against any accommodation providers that flout the COVID-19 business closure rules this bank holiday weekend.
At the start of the first extended weekend since the Government eased some of its lockdown restrictions, Cornwall Council is repeating the public health safety message to visitors to please come back later.
Restrictions on holiday accommodation remain in place and public protection officers will be responding to complaints of any businesses suspected of breaking the rules over the weekend, including making inspections of potential premises open illegally to holidaymakers.
If you’re concerned that a business may be flouting the rules, please contact Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1118 or email email@example.com
There are some exemptions to holiday accommodation being open, for example people living there permanently, people not being able to return home and accommodation for key workers. Evidence to support these claimed exemptions are checked by officers.
Police have warned that they have the option to visit and fine people staying at second homes, caravans and campervans and will ask them to return home.
Residents planning to enjoy the sunshine this weekend are reminded to please do so responsibly and observe social distancing rules at all times. If anyone is concerned that others may not be, they are urged to avoid confrontations and contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Free parking in Cornwall Council car parks for NHS and health and social care staff
Cornwall Council car parks will remain free for NHS and health and social care staff and critical care volunteers when car park charges are reintroduced on Monday 1 June.
Like many local authorities across the country, the Council will be reintroducing car parking charges on 1 June as coronavirus lockdown measures start to ease.
Tariffs will remain at 2019 levels and not increase with inflation this year as originally planned. Free evening parking in most Council car parks will continue, as will flexible pay and park options during the day, including the option to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via the JustPark app.
Cormac will be making a phased return to carry out key repair and maintenance works, alongside essential planned critical projects over the coming weeks. This will ensure that the road network and essential community infrastructure remain accessible and safe. This is essential for those who still need to travel – people travelling to and from work or to exercise, those who need to shop for basic necessities, people walking and cycling for exercise, and those providing care for vulnerable people – as well as maintaining the condition of 4,500 miles of our roads.
People are being asked to please be kind to the workforce and observe any diversions or safety fencing that is in place. Problems with roads, highways and footways can be reported online For up to date information on what’s happening in your area, see the updates on Cormac website programming pages
Dogs on beaches
The new seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches began on 15 May 2020. At this stage they will affect only the 12 beaches in Cornwall that have Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, where no dogs will be allowed between 10.00 am and 6.00pm.
The remaining seasonal restrictions come into place on 1 July 2020 and will also be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. This allows dog owners to exercise with their pets before 10.00 am and after 6.00 pm, while the hours in between respect those who prefer to exercise on beaches without dogs present.
Dog owners should keep their pets on leads in all public areas to help with social distancing and also continue to pick up after their pets. There are no plans to relax access for dogs to Cornwall’s beaches, or to change Public Protection Orders, under the current easing of Government exercise guidance.
Reporting safeguarding concerns
Cornwall Council is reminding people to keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours during lockdown in case of any safeguarding concerns.
Everyone has a right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse, but not everyone can protect themselves. Watch out for:
Domestic abuse, by and towards people of any gender
Abuse of older people
Abuse of disabled or otherwise vulnerable people
Abuse of children
To report a safeguarding concern, ring the Council on 0300 1234 131 and choose option 3.
If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person’s safety, ring the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.
Support for new parents in Cornwall, including front line health visiting and school nursing, are continuing throughout the lockdown.
New parents are still being offered home visits to undertake new birth assessments or can opt to receive their assessment by phone or video call.
Parents with children under the age of two also have access to video calls with a named health visitor and telephone or video call health reviews are continuing.
Families with additional needs are being prioritised and health visitors and school nurses are actively contacting families to provide health advice and support. This can range from growth and developmental concerns, health worries, behaviour and emotional health needs, coping with babies and children during the lockdown, infant feeding, nutrition and sleep issues.Breast feeding support is also being delivered by telephone and virtual contacts by breastfeeding volunteers who work with health visitors.There’s more support and information for families on Cornwall Council’s Together for Families web page.Health visitors and school nurses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can be contacted on the Client Advice Line on 01872 322779 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support to stop smoking New evidence shows that smokers who get coronavirus are 14 times more likely to get a severe respiratory disease, so there’s never been a better time to give up smoking. Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team are continuing to provide a stop smoking support service, even during the lockdown, with support available by telephone, text and email.
As well as personalised behavioural support to develop a quit plan and practical help on beating the cravings, the Healthy Cornwall team can also arrange stop smoking medication, such as nicotine replacement therapy, through a GP prescription request or voucher.
To find out more, complete the online enquiry form or ring 01209 615600