11 December 2008

I shall post here continuing good news for Cornwall, developments which will positively help the people of Cornwall and the local economy and everyday lives. Everyone who wants the people of Cornwall to succeed in the modern world will welcome them. This post covers the second half of 2008 to December. Vorsprung Cornwall 1 and 2 cover 2007 and Vorsprung Cornwall 3 covers January-June 2008.

* The West Briton reports that Pool, between Camborne and Redruth, is to see a major new development. £40 million will be spent to create a new campus for Cornwall College and £12 million to create a business innovation centre. Eventually and hopefully about two thousand new office jobs will be created at Pool. This is very good news indeed for education and the economy in Cornwall. (11 December 2008)

* A parliamentary answer (Hansard 17 November 2008 column 132W) shows that the number of people sleeping rough in Cornwall has fallen from thirty six in 1998 to zero in 2008. This is progress, especially in Penwith which accounted for half the county’s rough sleepers in 1998. Of course, this does not reveal whether the rough sleepers have moved into accommodation or have simply moved on. (18 November 2008)

* Two lifeguards in Cornwall have been awarded the RNLI silver medal for their courageous rescue of a holiday maker from treacherous seas at Trebarwith in June. After bringing him from the sea, they resuscitated him and kept him alive until the helicopter arrived to take him to hospital. You can read the RNLI account here. They are heroes. (14 November 2008)

* Excellent news for people in Cornwall seeking work. £27 million is available for new projects to help people improve their present skills or develop new skills and thus increase their chances of finding work. The money is from the European Social Fund (ESF) and has just been announced by the UK government. It will support three projects in each of the three areas of Merseryside, South Yorkshire, and Cornwall. Project applicants will have to put up 25 percent match funding in Cornwall but 50 percent in the other two areas.

This is additional to the £100 million from the ESF and British government for improving work skills announced on 15 October 2008 to help people facing redundancy. (6 November 2008)

* The Healthcare Commission has produced an assessment of the urgent and emergency services in areas* covered by primary care trusts in England. There are numerous ratings for numerous aspects of services such as out-of-hours GP services, A and E departments, and ambulance services. Details of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly area are here. The good news is that the Cornwall area’s overall score is in the top one third of results, the “best performing”. There is also summary file of all the areas’ ratings. (26 September 2008) *The Commission defines the areas as “within 152 localities set by the boundaries of the primary care trusts.”

* A project which has helped a thousand unemployed people in south Kerrier is expanding its catchment area westwards. The project, funded by the government and the EU, offers guidance and also helps job seekers to overcome difficulties with the costs of travel, childcare, and clothes, for example. An excellent, successful project. You can read a report on it here . (25 September 2008)

* Part of the Dobwalls bypass is now opened and it is expected that the new road will be fully open by November. The bypass is costing £42 million and will take traffic away from Dobwalls village on the A38, the Cornwall-Plymouth road. It began in late 2006 and will end congestion in Dobwalls making life there pleasanter and speeding the traffic

* Business Cornwall reports that RAM Gasket Solutions, a Redruth firm employing fourteen people, has won investment grants to expand. Three new jobs will be created. This is good news for the Cornwall economy, the firm, and its workers. Celebrate this success.

* Last March it was announced that the English open golf tournament was coming to St Mellion golf club from 2009 to at least 2013. Now the exact dates for 2009 have been announced . This tournament will attract top golfers and thousands of spectators to St Mellion, near Saltash, and will create scores of new golf-related jobs. The boost to the local economy should be impressive.