Local voices – An answer to the centralisation of power to Truro

Warriors urged to get out from behind the keyboard

Do you know what Community Network Panel is?

Part of the Unitary authority bid back in 2009, CNPs were supposedly going to be one of the answers to the ‘centralisation’ of power to Truro, real and/or imagined following the abolition of the district councils.

“Community networks are the main way we connect with communities and help them address important local issues” says the blurb on the Council website. “Cornwall Council recognises that we can’t solve all the issues that communities face on our own and so elected Members and officers work with local councillors and other key partners to coordinate our activities locally”.

The 19 network panel areas of Cornwall- zoom in for contacts


There are 19 CNP in Cornwall, and up til now the consensus is they’ve been a bit of a flop.

However back in September, the council ruled out getting rid of them altogether, and decided to jazz them up and make them work.

Full Council Paper on CNP

Strengthening and empowering Community Networks (CNs) is supposedly a key commitment of the new Council administration. “Give residents and communities a greater say in decisions and make them at the most appropriate level” was aired as a Council priority.

The meetings are open to the public to attend and participate. Each meeting will have a theme and a special expert guest to give the latest info. This month’s meetings are:

Roads + Shaping Our Future at Bodmin

Highways maintenance and proposals to transform health and social care at the Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting on Wednesday 10 January at 7pm. The meeting takes place in Room 2 of Cornwall Council’s Chy Trevail offices at Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin, PL31 2FR.

Karen Kay, Urgent and Emergency Care Executive Lead for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and Tracey Lee, Interim Programme Director for Shaping our Future,will be on hand to hear about local health and social care priorities and concerns. They will also provide feedback on the recent co-production workshops and outline the next steps for the programme to transform health and care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Spaceport & more terrestrial transport in Newquay

Newquay and St Columb highway standards and the potential Spaceport in Cornwall at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Thursday 11 January 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at the Newquay One Stop Shop, Marcus Hill, Newquay, TR7 1AF.

Adrian Drake, the Highway and Environment Manager from Cormac will be coming along to explain the standards of roads and schedule for maintaining them, including how a member of the public can report defects.

Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will be coming along with Miles Carden (Spaceport Cornwall Lead) from the Cornwall Development Company and Gavin Poole from the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to talk about Spaceport Cornwall.

Highways and a greater say for local people – Liskeard & Looe

Liskeard and Looe – plans to give communities more say on local issues and to hear the latest on highways maintenance, public transport and policing.

The meeting is on Tuesday 16 January from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Cleer Memorial Hall, PL14 5EA.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, and Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, will lead a discussion on proposals for giving local people a greater voice on important local issues via the community network panel.

NHS bosses discuss transformation plan at Truro

Truro and Roseland Community Network: the latest on proposals to transform health and care and the Environmental Growth Strategy.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 16 January 2018 between 7pm and 9pm in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall, Truro.

There will be an update on Shaping Our Future (the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) from Andrew Abbot and Tracey Lee from NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

Cormac manager at Camborne & Redruth

Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) Community Network Panel: set the network’s priorities and learn more about highways at their Community Network Panel meeting in January.

Tuesday 16 January between 7pm and 9pm at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool.

Adrian Drake, Cormac Highway and Environment Manager, will brief the panel about local highways issues and solutions. There will also be an opportunity for local residents to ask any highways questions they might have.

Alison Hernandez in Penzance

West Penwith Community Network Panel area :  local and force-wide policing issues with the Police & Crime Commissioner at the January Community Network Panel meeting.

Thursday 18 January 2018, between 7.00pm and 8.30pm, in St John’s Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will be attending the meeting to provide a policing update to the Panel. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have about policing in their local area.

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