Latest updates – 14/5/20

Opening of Tips! (Household Waste Recycling Centres)

Cornwall (HWRCs) will open next Tuesday.  You will be able to use them depending on the last number of your car registration – if it’s an odd number, you can visit on an odd date of the month and if it’s even, on an even day of the month. See attached Doc 1 and Doc 2.



Need help to cope with lockdown?

Have you struggled to stay present for your family during lockdown? Creating and maintaining a nurturing environment for both ourselves and our children during these changing times can be a challenge. It can be tough to find the energy needed to keep you and your family emotionally strong and resilient. We all have days when we feel ‘less than’ and that’s OK. What helps us to all feel nurtured is to be heard and to be responded to with care and support.

This week’s content focuses on ways we can look after ourselves in order to take better care of our families, and to build connection to the wider world during lockdown. There’s videos, podcasts and activities suggested to help you help them. Each week the content changes and we are delighted to have a variety of resources and ideas to support you. Visit



Planned phased return to school

The Department for Education (DfE) announced on 10 May that there will be a phased return to school, beginning on June 1 at the earliest.  The first classes set to return will be Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 – all in primary schools.

That will needless to say prove quite a challenge, as it gives schools just three weeks, including the half-term week, to prepare for approximately 17,500 children, plus the children of key workers and vulnerable children eligible for provision, attending school.

In addition, the DfE have stated that early years settings may also be able to open for all children. Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges have been asked to work towards the possibility of providing some face-to-face contact with young people in Year 10 and Year 12 to help them prepare for exams next year.

The government aims for other primary years to return later in June to have one month in school prior to the summer holidays. The DfE currently has no plans to reopen secondary schools for other year groups before the summer holidays.

School leaders are keen to emphasise that a phased return may look different in different schools mostly due to the number of staff available, particularly in small schools.

The local authority, school and academy leaders are working together to ensure that the transition for staff and children returning to school is successful.

We are aware that consideration will need to be given to many aspects of a return including the following:

  • Emotional and mental health and wellbeing of staff, families and pupils
  • Communication between schools and parents
  • Premises
  • Health and safety of staff and pupils when in school e.g. school nurses, PPE requirements, cleaning, safeguarding
  • Transport of children to and from school
  • Social distancing
  • Staff absence/illness and staff who are ‘shielding’
  • Teacher workload such as teaching, whilst still providing online provision and support for those not in school
  • School attendance
  • Catering


Voluntary sector survey

Cornwall VSF has created a survey, with help from our contacts in the sector and Exeter University, to evaluate the social and economic impact that the current crisis has had on the voluntary sector.  It is forecast that there will be an understandable surge in demand, and a corresponding drop in income from fundraising, but we need to establish a more precise picture, in order to help the sector recover.

Please share the following link with any friends or family members who work in the voluntary sector in Cornwall, or with any groups you may be involved with yourself, to help us maximise the reach of our survey.


Testing sites

From this week, there is a change to a couple of the testing sites across Cornwall.

The local testing sites at Threemilestone and Liskeard are remaining as before, but the site at Tregunna Park in Truro has moved to the Heartlands car park at Pool from today. The site at Bodmin will close tomorrow (Thursday, May 14), and will reopen at a location to be confirmed near Bude next week.  We will confirm the details when they are available. Tests must be pre-booked before arrival at the testing sites.


Maintaining our community infrastructure

Cornwall Council, through its service provider Cormac is carrying out a programme of works to help maintain essential community infrastructure – such as parks, amenity areas, rights of way and the coast path.  These all benefit people’s daily exercise regimes and help their social well-being.

Cormac will ensure the teams maintain social distancing.  We are asking residents in the affected areas to observe any diversions or security fencing that they see and respect the teams during these works.



Review of Wednesday (13.05.20) Programme

Grass cutting

Cemetery –Rosehill  St Blazey

Cemetery  – Tywardreath

Barrowfields POS – Newquay

St Columb Minor Rec POS – Newquay

Hannafore POS – Looe

Manor Park POS – Duloe

Bull Engine POS – St Blazey

Farriers Green – Camelford

Aberdeen Close – St Blazey

Church Road POS – St Austell

Old Roselyon POS – St Blazey

Trenance Gardens – Newquay (Formal gardens)

(NHS) sites – Bodmin

Reskadinnick Rd Playing Field – Camborne

Seton Gardens – Camborne

Land at Tremayne – Camborne

Chapel Close – Camborne

Constantine Terrace – Tolvaddon/Camborne

Hunterfield – Tolvaddon/Camborne

Glasney Playing Field – Penryn

Queen Mary Gardens – Falmouth

Fox Rosehill Gardens – Falmouth

Gloweth College Way – Truro

Land east of Kingsley Close – Truro

Leap Park – Truro

Land at Glynn way – Truro

Polstain Road – Truro

Land at Ventonlace – Grampound Road

Seneschall Parc – Helston

Heamoor Rec – Penzance

Landeryon Gardens – Penzance

Larrigan Hill – Penzance

St James Place – Leedstown

Bayview Terrace – Hayle

Ellis Park – Hayle

POS PLAY Field – Canonstown

Ayr Field – St Ives

Richmond Gardens – St Ives

Redruth School – Redruth (SLA)

Avanti Cottage – Helston (SLA)



Hawkers Cove to Gun point

Polkerris to Gribben

St Loy-Penberth



Wild flower plugs Liskeard and Torpoint.

Today (14.5.2020), teams are due to carry out grass cutting in and around Bodmin [Camel Trail], Tywardreath, Newquay, Fowey, St Blazey, Liskeard, Millbrook, Fourlanesend, St Germans, Camborne, Tolvaddon, Gwennap, Truro, Redruth, Pool, Helston, Canonstown, Hayle, Penzance, St Ives.  They are also due to carry out coast path works in the following areas: Downderry-Portwrinkle; St Loy to Penberth.  Watering is planned in Morrab Gardens, Penzance.  Planned works are subject to operational issues and pressures.


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