Because the complications of having both flu and COVID in the population are unknown and the symptoms of both have some similarities, in order to reduce the risk of overwhelming the NHS there is a need to ensure good uptake of the flu vaccine this year – which is also being expanded to be offered to more groups. The bulk of the vaccination programme is undertaken by GPs and for many people, that is the route by which they will receive it.
However, there is a second pilot programme to help take the pressure off GPs where possible, as well as front-line health and care staff to receive their vaccinations, by running three (or possibly more) drive-thru vaccination centres at Stithians Showground, Eden Project, and Royal Cornwall Showground, plus a possible site in the East (TBC).
The volunteers will meet/greet and check in, marshal patients around the site to the vaccination stations, and then check-up post vaccine before people leave (it is recommended to stay on-site for 10 mins for post-vaccine recovery).
Booking will be online and vaccinations begin from 1st October for those aged 65+ and then those aged 50+ from November. The clinicians on site will perform the actual vaccinations and there will be on-site wellbeing facilities and all COVID-safe procedures followed. There will be no close contact with patients and the work is outside in the fresh air. The greatest need for volunteer support is on the sites, but there are also opportunities to volunteer in the call centre to take booking for patients who do not have access/don’t use the internet. This will be Monday-Friday 8-1 in Truro.
With the temperatures starting to drop and many trees already showing a riot of colour, it certainly seems like autumn has come early this year. This has coincided with the start of our annual maintenance schedules for the strategic network, which includes verge cutting on the rural network, and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you all with a timely update.
Highways teams will be starting work this week on cutting 2672 km (nearly 1,660 miles) of rural verges as part of the autumn ‘serviceability cut’ and new regime to help protect wildflowers and benefit flora and fauna. This follows on from the ‘safety cut’ which we carried out in the spring.
Our operations are designed to continue to support the role of highway verges as important networks for conservation, and we have been carefully monitoring the growth of vegetation to ensure they are cut at the optimum time for safety and environmental reasons.
The rural programme is generally undertaken on roads with a speed limit above 30mph and we anticipate it will take between ten and twelve weeks for us to complete these operations across the county.
We will be cutting to preserve visibility, to ensure that growth does not encroach into the carriageway particularly affecting cyclists or pedestrians, and improve the flow of water along road channels.
While the grass cutting takes place, we would also like to remind road users to be mindful and to take care when passing our cutting operations.
Of course, if you do spot a hazard caused by an overgrown verge then please report it to us online so that we can take action.
Police and Crime Commissioners are urging people to take 60 seconds to influence Government policy on roads policing.
Alison Hernandez, the national PCC lead on road safety, has asked the other 41 commissioners in England and Wales to support and promote a survey so results can be fed into a Department for Transport Call for Evidence.
She is hoping for a significant response to what is believed to be the first national poll co-ordinated by PCCs.
“It is clear that the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads is unacceptable and needs drastically reducing,” she said.
“PCCs have a strong voice in local communities and are eager to understand the public’s views around road safety and policing our roads.
“This survey will allow PCCs to advocate the strength of public feeling to make our roads safer and, I hope, give the Government the evidence it needs to act.”
Commissioner Hernandez, the commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, also believes that more enforcement on the roads could have a knock-on effect on other criminality.
“Roads policing officers play an essential role too in tackling criminality on our roads including drug and weapons smuggling, people trafficking, county lines and other organised criminality,” she said.
“This week in Devon and Cornwall roads police officers discovered a drugs haul after stopping a driver who was speeding at 120mph and we saw on the Call the Cops series how they had prevented people smugglers trading in human misery by apprehending them on the M5.”
Applicants and contractors are reminded that they are responsible for the provision, erection, maintenance and removal of all necessary signing. Applicants are also reminded that they have undertaken to notify all interested parties known to be directly affected by the closure/restriction including, if appropriate, all frontagers on the length of the road such as local residents and businesses as well as other trader who may have to make deliveries and/or collections in the area.
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1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that WILLIAM TRIPP has ceased to be a member of Crowan Parish Council and that a casual vacancy exists in the Leedstown ward.
2. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at 3S, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY (phone 01209 614373) by TEN (or more) electors for the said Ward an election will be held to fill the vacancy.
3. If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by 1st September 2020 the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
4. As a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020 should an election be requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 (the date of the next ordinary elections) the vacancy will therefore be kept open and the Parish Council will be unable to fill the vacancy.
DATED this 11th day of August 2020
Clerk to the Parish Council
Gill Lidgett Clerk to Crowan Parish Council Arromanches Tregellast Close St Keverne Helston TR12 6NH
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