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  1. Royal Cornwall Hospital still dealing with critical incident

    Mel Osborne

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    Cornwall's main hospital says it is still dealing with a critical incident on Wednesday evening as it struggles to cope with "extreme pressure" on services.

    Medics have been asked to step in to help after the Royal Cornwall Hospital, near Truro, declared the incident.

    It came after 15 ambulances were observed queued up outside the hospital in Treliske on Monday.

    The hospital has seen increased pressure on services since April.

    Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was "aware of issues" after local MP Sarah Newton told the House of Commons of the situation.

  2. Devon and Cornwall weather: More cloud but mostly dry

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    During Wednesday, cloud will be increasing from the northwest with mostly cloudy skies expected after midnight.

    Most places should stay dry, but some patches of light rain or drizzle cannot be ruled out.

    Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

    Devon and Cornwall weather

    Thursday will be mostly cloudy day but also staying fairly dry for most of the morning and afternoon.

    A few brighter spells likely in the afternoon, but a little drizzle is expected later.

    Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

  3. Stadium for Cornwall deal 'in touching distance'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Deals to provide the land and government funding required for the Stadium for Cornwall are within “touching distance” and could be signed by the end of this month.

    That's the message from Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for planning and economy, who told a full council meeting he believed there would be a "happy outcome" for the long-awaited stadium.

    The Stadium for Cornwall is planned to provide a new home for the Cornish Pirates rugby union team as well as for football side Truro City. It will also provide conference facilities, space for Truro and Penwith College and a gym, as well facilities for other sports clubs and community groups.

    It is planned to be built at a site next to the park and ride at Langarth near Threemilestone.

    Last year Cornwall Council agreed to provide £3m towards the project but only if that was matched by the government, fulfilling a promise that had been made by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Conservative Councillor Philip Desmonde asked for an update and whether the deals for the stadium had been completed and whether landowner INOX was in a position to hand over the site.

    Independent Mr Egerton said INOX had been set to hand over the site for the stadium as part of a Section 106 planning agreement linked with the major housing and retail development for the surrounding site.

    However, the agreement was that the stadium site would not be transferred until the developer had started to build homes, adding: "We are in touching distance of not just getting the memorandum of understanding but the legal transfer to be signed off."

    Stadium for Cornwall
  4. Calls for drug testing of door staff in Plymouth

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Plymouth councillor is calling for random drug testing of door staff after reports some are high on drugs while working.

    Plympton St Mary Conservative Andrea Loveridge said she had been told supervisors at two venues were regularly on duty under the influence of illegal drugs and she believed the allegations were true after visiting the places involved.

    She raised the issue of drug testing of door staff at a meeting of the city council but was told the authority could not act take action because door supervisors were outside its responsibility, although it understood the concern.

    Ms Loveridge called for the tests as the only way to deal with the "serious situation".

    Door supervisors are licensed by the Security Industry Authority, a public body which regulates the private security industry. It is against the law for someone to work as a door supervisor without a licence issued by the SIA.

    The authority can take action including suspending or revoking a licence if offences are committed.

    The SIA did not respond to a request for comment. Devon and Cornwall Police declined to comment.

  5. South West Water 'on track to cut pollution incidents'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    South West Water (SWW) says it is "on track" to deliver "zero serious and significant pollution incident" targets by 2020 after being strongly criticised by the Environment Agency.

    The utility achieved just two stars out of a possible four after an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency said in its annual report.

    It was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

    SWW said it achieved its "best ever wastewater performance in 2018", but it also recognised "there is still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

    It added that, as well as aiming for zero serious and significant pollution incidents, it was working on "a further reduction in other incidents and 100% compliance with wastewater permits".

    "We will continue to work alongside the Environment Agency to achieve this," it said.

    South West Water HQ

    SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.

  6. Dockyard workers down tools over pay dispute

    BBC Spotlight

    More than 100 Devonport dockyard workers have staged a five-day walkout in a dispute over pay.

    They downed tools shortly after starting their shift at 08:00 on Wednesday and said they wouldn't return to work until Monday.

    The workers are employed by a string of small companies, but are hired by recruitment firm Morson and paid by dockyard operator Babcock.

    The row has been brewing for weeks because staff claim they're being paid different rates of pay for doing the same or similar jobs.

    Despite confirming 110 staff have walked out, Babcock says the unofficial action is not affecting their programme of work and they're continuing to seek a resolution to the dispute.

  7. Exeter plan to collect general waste every three weeks

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Household waste is set to be collected only once every three weeks in Exeter in a bid to raise the city’s recycling rates.

    Exeter City Council’s executive voted on Tuesday night to introduce sweeping changes to the way waste is collected in the city.

    Under the new proposals, glass would now be collected from the kerbside rather than householders having to take their empty bottles and jars to recycling banks around the city. Householders would be issued with a food waste bin and a kitchen caddy for collecting the food waste before it is placed outside in the bin.

    Exeter recycling bins

    Extra recycling boxes and bags would also be issued to allow for the collection of glass bottles and jars.

    But with the introduction of food waste collections, less waste will need to go in the black bins, and so collections for household waste would only take place every three weeks.

    The model, which, if agreed by full council later this month, would see Exeter City Council replicate East Devon District Council's recycling model.

    Exeter has the lowest recycling rates in Devon - just 30.8% - while East Devon has the highest - at about 60%.

    Speaking at Tuesday's executive meeting, council leader Phil Bialyk said this was an important policy change and showed the council is listening.

  8. Port Eliot having last festival 'for foreseeable future'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    The 2019 Port Eliot Festival will be "the last for the foreseeable future", bosses say.

    The creative arts event at St Germans, due to be held later this month, was finding it "increasingly challenging to present a truly inspirational programme while remaining financially viable".

    Organisers added: "We are very proud of what we have all created together. We sincerely hope to return one day in the future."

    Port Eliot Festival website
  9. Government 'looking into extreme pressure' on Cornwall NHS

    BBC Politics

    The government is looking into the crisis facing the Royal Cornwall Hospital, which is struggling to cope with "extreme pressure" on its services, the prime minister says.

    A critical incident has been declared at the hospital near Truro, with GPs across the county apparently being asked to step in to help ease the crisis and make the situation safe.

    On Monday, 15 ambulances were queued up outside the hospital at Treliske.

    Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth Sarah Newton raised the issue in the House of Commons, saying that people around the county "rely on Treliske".

    Theresa May said the government was "aware" of the crisis.

    She added: "We know the hospital is taking steps to rectify this... and the health secretary is to meet MPs to discuss this issue."

    Royal Cornwall Hospital sign
  10. Fire cuts 'could hit medical emergency responses'

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A north Devon mum, who believes her son's life was saved by firefighters trained as medical co-responders, is warning "we are all in big trouble" if proposed closures of fire stations in Devon and Somerset go ahead.

    Josh Clark collapsed with seizures after contracting meningitis five years ago.

    His mother, Nicola Clark, said she was told the nearest ambulance was almost half an hour away, but firefighters from Woolacombe, trained as co-responders, attended within minutes and provided oxygen that could have prevented severe brain damage.

    Nicola Clark
    Quote Message: I feel that, without their response, areas like this don't have a chance." from Nicola Clark
    Nicola Clark

    A public consultation into the controversial proposals has started, which sees seven stations in Devon and one in Somerset earmarked for complete closure, while another eight could lose one of their engines.

    The service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century and fire incidents in both areas had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018.

    South Western Ambulance Service said it was aware of the proposals but that it had "no concerns about the provision of fire co-responders, and will continue to maintain a high level of community response".

  11. Torquay fire leaves 11 homeless

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torquay fire

    Eight adults and three children have been made homeless as a result of a large fire in Torquay on Tuesday.

    It affected three terraced properties in Shirburn Road and saw 12 fire crews involved in battling the blaze after they were called to the scene at about 15:20.

    No-one was injured.

    Structural engineers have been assessing the buildings.

    Torbay Council said it had found accommodation for one person, while the rest were staying with friends and family.

    Those affected are a mix of owner-occupiers and tenants.

  12. Funding system 'costing NHS in Devon staff'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon is losing out on hundreds of NHS staff because the health secretary is misinformed about how the funding system works, according to the Labour leader of Plymouth City Council.

    Tudor Evans said he had written to Matt Hancock asking him to look at the rules again.

    Mr Evans said Devon was missing out on between £30m and £40m, and unitary authority area Plymouth on about £18m.

    The Department of Health said most NHS staff were employed on national contracts, which meant they got the same basic pay no matter where they lived.

    Hospital sign
  13. New crabbing code after old nets found abandoned

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A new plan to make crabbing more environmentally-friendly is under way in Looe.

    A code of conduct has been drawn up after scores of old crab nets and lines were found at low tide.

    A recent clean-up of a 200m stretch of the harbour at low tide recovered 64 abandoned crabbing nets, the Looe Marine Conservation Group said.

    Looe crabbing code of conduct
  14. South West Water has 'unacceptable level of performance'

    BBC News England

    South West Water (SWW) has achieved just two stars out of a possible four for an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency has said.

    The agency's annual report said only one of the nine major water companies in England was performing at the expected level, with most likely to miss 2020 targets.

    SWW was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

    Trade body Water UK said the report was "disappointing" and the situation was "never black and white".

    SWW said it recognised there was "still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

    Waste water

    SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.

  15. Sailors exercise Freedom of Helston in parade

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RNAS Culdrose Freedom of Helston Parade is taking place in the town.

    Each year sailors from the local naval air station, led by the HMS Seahawk Band, march through the streets. However, new changes this year have brought it back into the heart of Helston.

    The Royal Navy said, in previous years, the parade assembled and was inspected by the mayor in the Trengrouse Way car park, "meaning most people in the centre of town miss the action".

    The 2019 parade has route changes which would see it outside the Guildhall, halting for the main part of the ceremony "so that people can witness the event and listen to the band".

    Following the inspection and speeches, the parade is marching down Coinagehall Street.

    HMS Seahawk was given the Freedom of Helston in 1958, meaning the base has the "freedom to enter with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying"'.

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