Annual Parish Council Report
In what has been a unique and challenging year to say the least, I am chuffed as a mole to say that Altarnun Parish Council has managed to operate unhindered which reflects the marvellous commitment off the councillors to ensure our community has the stewardship that it deserves. I have particularly enjoyed the open and inclusive atmosphere which has encouraged participation from everyone who has attended our meetings, the outcomes of which I hope will prove to be for the benefit of all parishioners.
We were extremely fortunate to welcome two new councillors off great calibre this year, Carl Green and Lauren Coles whose contributions to date have been greatly appreciated and I hope that hey remain a part of the team for many years to come.
Our longstanding commitments to improve facilities within the parish saw the Riverside toilet block and the Mill Green phone box library come to fruition. Unfortunately, the opening of both was delayed by Covid but I am sure that these will prove to be significant community assets for years to come.
The Community Infrastructure Levy scheme has started to deliver funds into our bank account which will allow us to consider similar schemes for the continuous improvement of the parish. Once again, the challenge will be to identify the right scheme in the right place to maximise the resource and deliver something that is worthwhile. We would very much welcome constructive suggestions for such schemes for consideration, bearing in mind there is only a five-year time scale in which to spend the money.
During my frequent travels around the parish I am well aware that the community pulls together constructively and generally feel able to flag up any concerns in the knowledge that their voice will be heard, and those concerns acted upon.
The chair and committee of Altarnun Village Hall are proposing a community event later this year to reenergise clubs, societies, and organisations in the parish after Covid. The parish council will be proud to be part of the initiative and will be very much open to working with local groups to nurture, help and support their aims and goals and seeing them being able to grow again and perhaps deliver a report to next year’s parish meeting, which offers a platform for these groups to publish their achievements and foster enthusiasm for the future.
In our role as consultee for local planning applications, we have generally been supportive of the schemes that have been tabled this year but were acutely analytical off the potential impact they may have on our rural environment and have commented accordingly. The greater percentage were supported but of course, sadly, not all were approved by the planning authority.
Following the local council elections I am delighted to congratulate Adrian Parsons on his re-election as a Ward Councillor. Adrian has done a wonderful job over the last four years and we look forward to more of the same. He not only supports our meetings by his attendance but does a lot of work on our behalf behind the scenes.
Also, huge thanks go to all our suppliers that have helped us over the last 12 months, especially Shaw Welding for the new cemetery gates, My Parish Council for our fantastic website, Cornwall Association of Local Councils for their invaluable guidance and administrative support, Anthony James for his work at Bolventor and most of all to Paul Smart for putting in so much time & effort to the upkeep of Altarnun, Five Lanes, Trewint and our impressive parish Cemetery.
At the end of 2021-22 I hope to be able to report more successful burrowing’s!
Cllr Craig Dowler Chair - Altarnun Parish Council
Covid Testing at Polson Bridge
With effect from 30 June 2020
MOBILE TESTING STATIONS
IN CORNWALL - UPDATED INFORMATION
will start in the following locations in Camborne and
Launceston from Tuesday 30th June – Until Further
Notice. The sites will operate from 10:30am-4pm
unless detailed otherwise by the national testing website (details below).
Camborne – Camborne College Car Park, Church
Road, Pool, TR15 3FH
Launceston – Launceston Rugby Football Club, Polson
Bridge, Launceston, PL15 9QR
The following testing site is already deployed as follows:
In location until
Until further notice
St Austell Information Service, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5DR
Testing Units are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the
sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see
military personnel in attendance.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR TESTING? These mobile testing centres are for people
who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone
over the age of five with symptoms may apply.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TEST The test can
be booked online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test
is no access to the internet people can ring 119.
AT THE TEST CENTRE The
centres can only cater for people arriving in their vehicles. Once you
have your booking confirmed, make your way to the testing station at your
allotted time. The test will be
conducted while you remain in your vehicle.
On arrival you will be given instructions on what to do by the testing
site personnel. Follow all instructions and keep your vehicle windows closed
until you are instructed to open them.
You will conduct the test without leaving your own vehicle. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat,
which can be done by the person themselves or assisted by someone else.
are always carried out safely, observing social distancing. You will be guided
what to do by mobile phone. On arrival you will be shown a number to ring where
you will speak to the person standing outside your vehicle.
be safely passed the equipment you will need to do the test.
guidance, people should arrive at their allotted time. Take your own hand sanitizer or anti-bac hand
wipes so that your hands are clean when doing the test. Also take tissues so that you can cough into them
and blow your nose before swabbing.
TEST RESULTS You will
be informed of your test result within three days, usually via a text message.
HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS Please note that the NHS is providing additional testing sites for health and care workers as part of the local hospital laboratory service. These are located at Threemilestone, Truro and Menheniot, Liskeard in Cornwall and the Bannams site in Barnstaple, Sandy Park in Exeter and on the hospital sites for Torbay and South Devon and Derriford. Access to these services is via the employer route.
PEOPLE AWAITING ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL Further sites in Devon and Cornwall will be provided for people without symptoms who are awaiting admission to hospital for treatment. At this stage, sites are open at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, RCHT Mobility Centre, Truro and Cornish Pirates, Penzance. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have external testing facilities by appointment ONLY through contacting the primary care provider.
Fives Lanes Defibrillator Now Live!
Great news! The Five Lanes defibrillator is up and running and available for use. Not that we want it used but this fantastic community facility has been long-awaited and the Parish Council is delighted to announce the fruition of the project and once again express its thanks to those who have supported it, especially The British Heart Foundation and our extremely kind local supporters , whose financial aid and voluntary maintenance services are greatly appreciated.
The Parish Council also plans to convert the Mill Green box into a small free community library run on an honesty system. Work will shortly start as soon as pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Altarnun Church Hall Restoration
Altarnun certainly does epitomise community spirit. At the March parish council meeting a representative of the Altarnun Church Hall Restoration Group lobbied the council for a donation to assist the completion of significant and essential renovation works to keep this grade two listed building open. Councillors heard how the hall was put to use for the benefit of all and it is certainly one of the live bloods of the area. The restoration group has been successful in raising over £25,000 already, enabling the completion of a lot of the work identified. However, a shortfall of £3500 exists to complete everything required on the urgent works phase and the council was pleased to say ‘yes’ to the request for help and agreed a donation of £500.
A big plea goes out to anyone else who can lend a hand in anyway at all. Please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org