WATCH: Friday News Round Up

Storm Doris – Storm Watchers asked to be careful

The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for the wettest weather to move across Cornwall later today, with the highest winds expected in the evening. There is currently a Met Office weather wind warning in force with the risk of high winds across coasts and hills and large waves along southern coasts.

There are two peaks of strong winds expected  –the first arrived late morning to mid-afternoon, followed by the second peak during mid-afternoon to early evening.

This morning’s tide has now turned and the next high water is at 21.13 (Newlyn).

The winds will be at their strongest across the Isles of Scilly and the southern coasts of Cornwall, and around hills during these peaks, ranging from Gale Force 8 up to Gale Force 9 on occasions, with gusts of between 50-65mph,and possibly up to 70mph. These winds may cause some travel disruption – particularly on exposed bridges and high sided vehicles, as well as potential disruption to air and ferry travel There is also the risk of damage to trees and potential disruption to power supplies, as well as the risk of injury from flying debris, such as bins, bins, fences and trampolines and temporary structures.

The strong winds are likely to be accompanied by large waves, especially around the Isles of Scilly, and the southern coasts of Cornwall, which may present a hazard to the public on beaches, sea walls, piers and promenades, especially at high tides, plus on coastal roads and railways, due to wave spray and possible overtopping.

“We are advising members of the public to drive according the prevailing conditions and not to take unnecessary risks” said Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities. “We would also ask people to avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds unless absolutely necessary.

“While we recognise the fascination of watching the large waves people can put themselves in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours, please keep a safe distance from the sea as large waves can travel a considerable distance up the shoreline”

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Take off for PZ -Scilly Helicopters as Heliport Plans approved

Cornwall Council has unanimously resolved to grant planning permission for a heliport that will reinstate the vital air link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. 

Helicopters will operate from Penzance to the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco, complementing existing routes and playing a vital role in growing the islands’ visitor economy. It is hoped flights will commence in spring 2018.

“Significant Benefits”

Cornwall Councillors unanimously approved the scheme after Officers reported the proposal would bring “significant benefits for local businesses and visitors.”

The site off Jelbert Way is adjacent to the site of the former heliport at Eastern Green, where a helicopter service to the islands operated successfully for 48 years until October 2012. The location has significant benefits in terms of weather resilience, excellent road and rail links, and proximity to local amenities including accommodation, shops and eateries.

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The £2m private investment will bring benefits for both West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s tourism economy, increasing visitor numbers and extending the tourist season. The project will also bring important social benefits, improving connectivity for island residents and creating around 30 permanent jobs.

Robert Dorrien-Smith commented: “Naturally, we are delighted. The decision marks the start of the project that we believe will bring about a revival for the islands and dramatic improvements for their residents, businesses and visitors.”

Cornwall Council received over 2,600 messages of support for the project – the most it has ever received for a planning application.

Robert added: “The volume – but also the content – of the public support demonstrates without a doubt the importance of this project to the future of tourism on Scilly, and in Cornwall as a whole. We want to take this opportunity to thank all those who shared often very personal reasons for supporting the reinstatement of this lifeline service.”

The service is expected to launch in spring 2018, operated by state-of-the-art AW139 helicopters into both St Mary’s and Tresco.

18-year-old man stabbed in Truro

Police were called to Baynards Close Truro at 4.50pm Wednesday after an 18-year-old man had been assaulted with a knife.

The victim had been stabbed in the leg. A passing member of the public conducted first aid on the man. Upon attendance, police officers applied pressure to the wound until paramedics arrived.

The man was taken to Treliske Hospital with leg injuries where he remains in a stable condition.

A scene guard and cordon were put in place on Baynards Close whilst Truro CID carried out investigations.

Enquiries are continuing today as police seek to locate suspect/s.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to this incident which may be linked to an earlier fight in a local licensed premises.

 

75 new Homes on old St Lawrence’s Hospital, Bodmin

Plans for 75 new homes on the site of the former St Lawrence Hospital in Bodmin have been given the go ahead.  The homes will be some of the first to be built as part of Cornwall Council’s Contemporary Cornish Living scheme, which aims to provide attractive, high quality homes that people can afford in areas of high demand.

The development will include a mixture of one, two and three bedroomed homes and will include open market sale properties, and affordable and private rental properties. The first homes built will be for private rent and will be ready for occupation in spring 2018.

The former Bodmin St Lawrence Hospital site is one of two pilot sites being progressed by Contemporary Cornish Living.  The other is in Tolvaddon.  The Contemporary Cornish Living scheme will be rolled out to other sites across Cornwall with an ambition to deliver 1,000 homes by 2022. The proposed housing developments will be self-financing. The Council will use the money raised from renting and selling the homes to pay back the money it will borrow to undertake the developments.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for Housing and Environment, said:

“Because the market alone can’t meet the level of demand, we are using our Housing Development Programme to directly invest in and build attractive, high quality homes that people can afford in areas of high demand.  Our aim is to deliver up to 1,000 homes over the next five years in developments that include market homes to buy and rent. The £240 million that our Housing Development Programme is investing in Cornwall’s economy will also create much needed construction jobs, provide local employment and bring skills development opportunities”

Tin Coast Partnership confirmed as a Coastal Community Team

The Tin Coast Partnership are delighted to discover that they have been awarded Coastal Community

The partnership, which includes members from Geevor Mine, Cornwall Council, The Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, National Trust, St Just Town Council and Cornwall 365, was formed to “coordinate the development of a destination in the far west, a place to see the best of the legacy of Cornish Mining, and to develop tourism in the local area in a sustainable way that respects and promotes it’s heritage and benefits the local economy”.

An application was submitted by the group in Autumn last year to become a Coastal Community Team, which is a Government run scheme through the Coastal Communities Alliance, enabling and acknowledging local groups who wish to come together and develop a common plan for their area.

Successful applicants to the scheme are awarded funding to assist with the implementation of their vision and will give access to bid to the Coastal Community Fund.

Initial funding of £10,000 will be used to develop the Tin Coast Partnership further, establishing its economic plan and brand, as well as setting up a Business Supporter Scheme which it hopes local businesses will choose to join to work together to raise the profile for tourism in the St Just-in- Penwith Parish area for the benefit of the community as a whole.

More information about the Tin Coast Partnership can be found at National Trust Tin Coast

Family tribute following collision

The family of Dean Ward, 47, who was killed as a result of a serious collision on the A39 at Perranarworthal, have paid tribute in a statement

Mr Ward’s family said: “Our heartfelt tributes for our very much loved father, brother, son and friend… you shall be missed so very, very much. Not a day shall pass that you will not be in our thoughts. xxxx”

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Dean Ward [pictured here with his daughter] and David Burnett, 47, both from Truro, died after a collision on the A39, Truro, on Thursday 26 January 2017.

Both men were killed when the blue Ford Fiesta they were traveling in left the road and came to rest upside down in a tree.

The third man sustained a serious leg injury and was extracted from the vehicle by the fire service before being taken to Treliske Hospital.