Reporting Incidents of illegal use of Bridleways, Footpaths and Trails

For many years now, residents, land owners and Parish Councils alike have raised concern over the increasing number of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) incidents and related issues resulting from the illegal use of our high valued Public Rights of Way (PRoW) and Trails, by off-road motorised vehicles, e.g. Motor cycles, quad bikes and 4 x 4s. Such activity has caused untold damage to many of our Bridleways and Footpaths (Byways are legally allowed) which the vast majority of people simply love to walk, ride or cycle and see as a key part of their health and well-being.

We know this is yet again one of those cases where the few who are spoiling things for the many law abiding off-road users who wish to do the right thing and so this subject does need perspective. Most reported incidents relate to annoyance, livestock disturbance and damage, however, some residents actually live in fear of what they sometimes see coming around the corner towards them.

Accessibility and good maintenance of our Bridleways, Footpaths and Trails has never been more important than at this time and the Police are prepared to help address the problem. However, they can only do so if incidents are reported in the right way and that way is via Cornwall Council’s on line ‘Report It’ tool, the link to which is:

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/countryside/public-rights-of-way/report-motorised-vehicles-on-public-rights-of-way/

Totally anonymous, and simply a means by which to report such activity, this single page ‘Report It’ requires only 6 boxes to be completed. All logged reports will be collated quarterly throughout the year and sent to the Police for scrutiny so they can identify potential “hotspot” locations for subsequent enforcement action, if/as required. An Illegal Use of PRoW/Trails Group has been formed with a view to working, not only with the Police but with the wider community at large.

Thank you!

Posted on behalf of the Illegal Use of PRoW/Trails Group

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Cornwall

www.walkinginengland.co.uk/cornwall 

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, this website also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

email: john@walkinginengland.co.uk

Businesses reminded of rules as Cornwall moves to Tier 2 High Alert restrictions

Businesses in Cornwall are being reminded of the new rules they must adhere to from Boxing Day, December 26, now that the Government has announced that the Duchy has moved into Tier 2 High Alert coronavirus restrictions.

All businesses and venues must follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.  The Government guidance for Tier 2 says:

  • Pubs and bars can only remain open if they are operating as a restaurant and hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal. They must operate table service only and also stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm.
  • Table bookings can only be for one household or support bubble, as mixing of households indoors is not permitted.
  • At least one person in the group should give their contact details to the venue, or each individual should check in using the NHS COVID-19 app so that NHS Test and Trace can contact them if needed.
  • Hospitality venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so for takeaway after 10pm. After 11pm, this must be through delivery, click-and-collect or drive-through.
  • Accommodation such as hotels and holiday lets can remain open, ensuring that social contact rules are followed. People staying in holiday accommodation must be from the same household. People living in Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas should not be travelling to Cornwall, except for reasons listed in the Government’s guidance.
  • Retail businesses can remain open and must operate in a COVID-secure manner.
  • Theatres, concert halls, music venues and sports stadia can open, but with capacity restricted to whichever is the lower of 50 per cent of their capacity or 2,000 people outdoors, or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Likewise conference centres and exhibition halls must adhere to the same capacity limits.
  • Shops, gyms and those offering personal care, such as hairdressers, can remain open.

Dr Ruth Goldstein, Dr Ruth Goldstein, public health consultant for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Unfortunately Cornwall, like the rest of the country, has seen a steep rise in cases.  As we move into a higher tier of coronavirus restrictions it’s more important than ever that businesses know how to operate to keep everyone safe. If we all keep following the new rules we can help to stop the spread of the virus.”

Everyone is reminded that we all need to keep washing hands or use hand sanitiser often, wear a face covering in public places such as shops and on public transport, and to keep two metres apart.   

The full rules for Tier 2 are available on the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert to find out more about business support measures for Tier 2 businesses visit https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

 

Information on the Census – 21st March 2021

Households across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, alongside the rest of England and Wales will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first census run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,”

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said “This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on Sunday 21st March, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk

Mr John Floyd – Census Engagement Manager for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

CHACEWATER and DEVORAN SURGERIES – CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING TIMES

CHACEWATER SURGERY

Thursday 24th December 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Saturday 26th December CLOSED
Sunday 27th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Wednesday 30th December 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Thursday 31st December 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Friday 1 st January CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January 8.30 am – 11.30 am (pre-booked appointments only)
DEVORAN SURGERY

Thursday 24th December 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Saturday 26th December CLOSED
Sunday 27th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday 30th December 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Thursday 31 st December 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Friday 1 st January CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January CLOSED

In the event of an emergency outside normal Surgery opening hours please dial 111

May we take this opportunity to wish all of our patients a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year

Geoff Nankivell – Clock Tower Lighting

The new lighting display was the last major project on which Geoff was involved for the Parish Council. With the immense contribution he made to our Parish over many years, and support he gave to numerous residents, it is fitting that the illumination of the focal point of St Day is dedicated to his memory. The intention was to have his Family inaugurate the new system, at which we could all show our appreciation – sadly the current circumstances mean that this cannot take place.

Diane has asked that in these gloomy times we provide some light and hope, by turning on the display now, and at some stage in the future have a formal ceremony, which all can attend.

 

Remembrance Sunday Information – 8th November

The Service WILL be held at the War Memorial.

Government guidelines are that only members of the Clergy, Parish Council, RBL, Service Personnel (past and present) and those laying wreaths may attend.

Please observe the two-minute silence from your doorstep.

Will all those who are officially participating please assemble at 10.50am at the junction of Fore Street, Chapel Street and Scorrier Street, but keep social distance.

 If you feel it essential to observe the proceedings please keep within family units and maintain the 2m social distance from other groups/individuals. If you or a family member is unwell please do NOT attend, this also applies if you are in a high-risk shielding category.

 Those present will be asked to complete contact details which, by law, we are obliged to obtain for a minimum of 21 days.

 The War Memorial gates will remain open until 12th November for those who wish to add their tributes.

 Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these difficult times.