Cornwall Council

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Latest Updates

  1. Cornwall Council to support residents and businesses

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online


    Cornwall Council is urging people to follow the new lockdown restrictions and says it will be supporting residents and businesses.

    The local authority called on the government to introduce tighter restrictions hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a third national lockdown for England.

    Council leader Jilian German said the action should have been taken “as soon as the surge in case numbers became evident”.

    He said: “My hope now is that these steps will prove enough to make a real difference and reduce the spread of the virus.

    “We will now assess the details of [Monday’s] announcement, and make sure we are ready to support to our residents, especially those shielding, and our local businesses in the way we have been since the first lockdown started back last March.”

  2. Nurses to get special parking permits for patient visits

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Nurse visit

    Hundreds of nurses visiting patients in their homes in Cornwall are having their lives made a little easier.

    They are now being given special permits to allow them to park on single or double yellow lines meaning they can spend more time with their clients instead of driving around searching for a place to park.

    Geoff Brown, the Cornwall councillor with responsibility for transport said the scheme was secure and not open to abuse.

    "The wardens will know for two reasons, one is they will be displaying a permit, which are being issued at the moment," he said.

    "Secondly they have all got access to the new computer systems [which have] the details of the vehicles that have permits so they can double check on there as well."

  3. Leisure centres 'struggle' to stay open as members leave

    BBC Spotlight

    Leisure centre

    The future of some leisure centres in Cornwall is hanging in the balance as thousands of people are choosing to discontinue their memberships.

    Greenwich Leisure Centre (GLL), which runs 14 leisure centres on behalf of Cornwall Council, says memberships are about 50% lower than they were in March across the county.

    Despite a £6m relief package from the council and 57 job losses, the leisure centres are still hoping enough members will come back in the new year.

    James Curry, Cornwall head of service for GLL, said: "Unless customers return to the business we are going to struggle to keep all the centres open and the council will have to make some decisions in conjunction with GLL on the future of their facilities".

  4. Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry 'were running on reserves'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Tamar Bridge

    A £1.6m government grant for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry has been welcomed by a senior Cornwall councillor because managers had been using cash reserves to keep them operating, he has said.

    Crossings owners Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council were considering tolls increases to cover financial shortfalls caused by Covid-19 reducing traffic.

    The new cash meant plans to increase fees at the start of 2021 "will not need to go ahead at this stage", managers said.

    A charge for a car would stay at £2 or £1 for pre-paid journeys, they added.

    Cornwall councillor cabinet transport member Geoff Brown said it was a great relief because managers had spent almost all of their reserves keeping the routes open.

    Quote Message: There is a misconception that the bridge [and ferry] puts money into the coffers of Plymouth and Cornwall councils. There isn't a single penny that goes back to the authorities. Although they have responsibility for the operation, it's a self-financing thing and the money is ring-fenced, so that's why this was such a concern because they've used nearly all of their £2m of reserves." from Geoff Brown Cornwall Councillor, Cabinet Member for Transport
    Geoff BrownCornwall Councillor, Cabinet Member for Transport
  5. Government's £1.6m for Tamar crossings halts toll increase

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    There will be no increase in tolls on the Tamar Bridge or the Torpoint Ferry between Cornwall and Plymouth in the new year.

    It has been announced that the routes' owners - Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council - have been given an additional £1.6m grant to cover a proportion of the financial shortfall caused by the impact of Covid-19.

    The charge for cars on the bridge will remain at £2 or £1 for those with a pre-paid tag.

    The money meant that "proposals to increase toll prices at the beginning of next year will not need to go ahead at this stage", bosses said.

    The grant is to "cover the period up to July 2020", they added.

    Tamar Bridge
  6. Lockdown support to prioritise local businesses

    Cornwall Council will be prioritising "genuine" local tourist businesses over second home owners when distributing support funds, the council said.

    The government has given £11m to the council for grants to assist businesses during affected by the second lockdown.

    The council confirmed 13,000 of the 23,000 properties registered as second home or holiday let pay council tax.

    Around three quarters of the 10,000 registered for business rates received a support grant from the government.

    These figures show that more than two thirds have not been eligible for the mandatory government business grants.


    No second home has received such a grant because second homes are not on the Business Rates register, the council said

    However, Tim Dwelly from the council explained the government allowing second home-owners to claim to be a holiday let business and register for business rates was a "mistake".

    He said: "The rules should be tighter with the Government requiring evidence rather than the owner being able to declare that a property is available as a holiday let.

    "I believe that all holiday lets should be registered for Council Tax rather than business rates, this would make the system so much simpler and boost the Council’s income for services.

    "The Council’s priority is to support genuine Cornwall-owned businesses and that’s who we will be prioritising with the funds that we have a say on."

  7. Support for small businesses in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Small businesses in Cornwall that have so far been unable to get help from the government grants and loans scheme can apply to Cornwall Council for support from Friday.

    The council has £11m from the government to support businesses that do not pay business rates but are closed because of lockdown, or those that are not closed but are badly affected by the restrictions.

    Chief executive of Cornwall's Federation of Small Businesses, Ann Vandermeulen, said it was a "very welcome" development to ensure every business gets "some kind of support and help".

  8. MP calls for Plymouth-Cornwall routes' Covid compensation

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One of Cornwall's MPs has sought assurances from the government that the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry will be recompensed for losses during the Covid pandemic.

    South East Cornwall Conservative Sheryll Murray raised it when she spoke via video link in the House of Commons on Monday.

    In response the minister responsible, Jake Berry, said provisions had been made for both Cornwall and Plymouth city councils, which jointly own and operate the routes.

    Tamar Bridge
  9. Drive to fill 1,000 vacant Cornwall care jobs

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council is trying to fill 1,000 care sector jobs.

    Rob Rotchell, cabinet member for adults, said the council wanted to hear from people who might not have considered a career in care before.

    With the number of people out of work or being made redundant as a result of the Covid pandemic the council is encouraging people thinking of a new line of work to find out more about working in care.

    Councillor Rotchell said: "We particularly welcome those who have worked in retail, hospitality and leisure-based roles. There are many roles for those with less or no previous experience."

    He said with increasing demand for care services as a result of the pandemic the council wants to fill the vacancies so it can continue to provide help and support to the most vulnerable.

    He added as well as newcomers to the care sector the council also wants to hear from those who previously worked in care and want to return.

    A new website has been launched to provide information and details of the vacancies available.

  10. Council officers to run lockdown spot checks on businesses

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Since the start of the second England-wide lockdown, Cornwall Council has received about 100 reports of alleged breaches to the lockdown rules.

    In response, council officers will be travelling across the county throughout November doing spot checks on businesses to make sure they are compiling with Covid-19 legislation.

    The council has also received 4,000 complaints about people breaking the rules in Cornwall since the first lockdown in March.

    However, only one fine of £1,000 has been issued.

    Kevin Brader from the environmental health team at the council says enforcement is the last resort.

    "Our approach has been engage, educate, encourage and enforce which means we get to compliance before we get to formal enforcement. Because we're trying to get people on board and the majority of businesses are doing things correctly."