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Cornwall Council - It’s time to prove that Cornwall really is Proud to Care!

27 March 2020

People who need care and support in Cornwall are calling on everyone who can, to urgently step up and apply for a role in Cornwall’s care sector.

The call for more carers comes as Cornwall faces an unprecedented demand for care and support during the Coronavirus emergency.

Coronavirus Community Update

Following the Government’s additional restrictions to help combat the spread of the coronavirus outbreak the Council have today taken the following steps:
• Closed all Council operated public conveniences this is to reduce the risk of infection and discourage the congregation in the town centre, parks and beaches.
• Closed all Council operated play areas. Whilst we are endeavouring to keep parks open for exercise, if the physical distancing restrictions required are not observed by users then these facilities may be closed also.
• Cancelled all markets on The Moor.

Help with Council Tax & Business Rates - Coronavirus

For those concerned about their ability to pay their council tax or business rates in the current coronavirus crisis see the links below. https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-tax/sort-out-your-council-tax-arrears/help-with-council-tax-debt-and-managing-money/ Help with council tax debt and managing money - Cornwall Council

Marlborough School Parliament Visit the Mayor

Key members of Marlborough School’s Parliament visited the Mayor recently to find out what the Mayor does and to take a look at all the Civic regalia. Jenna (Chair), Esme (Vice-Chair), George (Secretary) and Aiden (Administration Officer) enjoyed asking the Mayor lots of questions and looking around the Chamber and Parlour. The Mayor told them about how a Council meeting is run and invited them to come back and hold a full Parliament meeting in the Council Chamber.

Public Conveniences to Close Temporarily from 27th March 2020

At a meeting of the Town Council’s Virus action group held on the 18th March 2020, it was decided that closing public conveniences was necessary to protect the public, the decision was not taken lightly as the Council recognise the importance of these facilities which is the reason that the Town took over the responsibility for them nearly 7 years ago thus preventing permanent closure. Whilst the science regarding infection is formative the Council feels this will further restrict opportunities for transmission of the infection.

Temporary Closure of Services

Following the need for social distancing as part of the coronavirus response efforts some of the Council’s face to face and other services will be unavailable temporarily. The Falmouth Information Service on The Moor will be closed to the public after Friday (20th March) and public toilets will be unavailable after Friday (27th March). Falmouth Library and Falmouth Art Gallery will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 21st March. You can continue to contact the Council electronically or by telephone. 01326 315559.

Statement as to Persons Nominated

As a consequence of the Covid-19 virus and the need for social distancing, the Returning Officer at Cornwall Council has taken the decision to suspend the scheduled by-election for the Town Council Penwerris Ward which was due on 9th April 2020. We understand the election will take place on a new date to be announced.