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  1. Truro council blocks development boundary

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A bid to have a development boundary put in place to restrict housebuilding around Truro will be put on hold after being blocked by city councillors.

    On Monday, Truro City Council considered a request from a steering group set up to review the Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to create a development boundary around Truro to give better protection to green spaces around the city.

    If adopted the boundary would put restrictions in place for where developments would be allowed and provide extra protection for sites that people do not want developed.

    The NDP was being revised by the group which consisted of members of the city council and Kenwyn Parish Council.

    Earlier this month the group decided that as well as making revisions the NDP should also set a development boundary.

    However as the addition of a development boundary would be a fundamental change to the NDP some councillors were concerned that it would mean a delay in finalising the plan as it would require another round of public consultation.

  2. Ambulance backlog after A&E 'full to the brim'

    Ambulances outside RCHT

    Up to 17 ambulances queued outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust's A&E on Monday as the department was "full to the brim".

    Olga Zmijewska, an emergency department consultant, said there was "no space for more patients" but explained the team were "on top of the game" and assessed patients while still inside ambulances.

    Quote Message: All sorts of treatment happened in ambulances yesterday. Only patients in need for resuscitation were brought straight in. Hospital management was working hard to create beds. Unfortunely with Grenville Ward closed due to fire damage, and high influx of elderly and frail patients we were put in a difficult place." from Olga Zmijewska Emergency department consultant
    Olga ZmijewskaEmergency department consultant

    She said: "In ED [Emergency Department] we are like willow trees, we can bend to the ground but not broken.

    "In all yesterday's chaos we still managed to prevent patients from getting harmed.

    "It was enormous effort and as consultant in charge I felt a need to tell my team how proud I am for their efforts."

    The hospital trust has said the spike in A&E admissions was not Covid related.

  3. Half term holidaymakers warned as huge swell rolls in

    BBC Spotlight

    Beachgoers have been warned to stick to lifeguarded spots as a huge swell with waves up to 30ft rolls into the South West.

    Swell map

    The swell, generated by the combination of a storm and big low pressure in the north Atlantic is expected to hit the region on Wednesday and holidaymakers surging into the region could be caught in the eye of the storm.

    Strong winds and rip currents are predicted to increase the risk said Steve Instance, from the RNLI in the South West.

    "Forecasts at the moment are predicting a huge swell to arrive on Wednesday and into Thursday combined with strong winds," he warned.

    "Sea conditions are set to be extremely dangerous and its likely most beaches will be red flagged with huge waves, strong rip currents and increased tidal surges.

    "If you are tempted to enter the water, please go to one of the 27 lifeguarded beaches and listen to their advice, if there are no flags then there are no lifeguards. Do not enter the water if the red flag is flying, it only takes seconds to get caught out in conditions like these."

    Lifeguard patrols start at 10:00 and finish at 17:00.

    Beaches with lifeguard cover until 1 November are: Cornwall - Tregonhawke, Praa Sands, Fistral, Towan, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Sennen, Constantine, Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth, Summerleaze, Poldhu, Porthcurno, Treyarnon, Sandymouth, Hayle Towans, Chapel Porth, Holywell Bay and Crantock. Devon - Woolacombe, Croyde and Bantham.

  4. Rashford's free meal tweets made into Google map

    Premises involved in footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign to provide free meals for children over half term have been added into an interactive Google Map.

    Joe Freeman has so far been manually inputting each individual venue offering to help provide food.

    He is using tweets by Rashford, who is sharing messages from local businesses that have pledged to support his campaign.

    "I was eating my lunch, reading Marcus Rashford's tweets and thinking, 'This is amazing, wouldn't it be great if we could see them all in one place,'" Mr Freeman said.

    The father-of-two from south London says while his family does not require free meals, there are some children in his local school who do.

    Ministers are continuing to insist they will not fund free school meals for children at risk of going hungry in England over the half term holiday.

    Rashford's free meal tweets made into Google map

    With more and more pubs, cafes and restaurants offering to help, there's no guarantee Mr Freeman will be able to keep the list up to date.

    It so far shows about 10 locations across Devon and Cornwall that have taken part.

  5. Investigations continue into Royal Cornwall Hospital fire

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Investigations are continuing at Cornwall's main hospital after a fire in a ward side room on Sunday morning.

    Four fire engines and 16 crew were sent to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, near Truro, where the ward was evacuated and the fire dealt with.

    Station manager Chay Richardson, from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said it could have been "incredibly serious" if it had not been for the quick response "it could well have spread to the entire building".

    The fire service said it currently believed the cause was accidental.

    Meanwhile, following a spike in emergency admissions at the hospital, there is a call for local people and holidaymakers to stay away from A&E unless a life was at risk.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said it was urging people to use the 111 service if their condition was less serious.

    Hospital managers said it was not "related to coronavirus" but down to a simple increase in patient numbers.

    Fire engine at Royal Cornwall Hospital
  6. Cyclist critically ill after A390 road crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A cyclist has been badly injured in a crash on the A390 at Hightertown in Truro.

    The incident, involving a car and the cyclist happened on Sunday just before 20:00.

    The cyclist was described as critically ill in hospital.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  7. Hospital sees increase in patient numbers

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said there has been a "spike in admissions" ahead of the half term holiday which begins today for many schoolchildren.

    Dr Toby Slade, an emergency department consultant, said: "The rise in admissions isn’t related to coronavirus or holidaymakers but we are seeing more poorly people, particularly elderly patients, who need our care.

    "With more people likely to be heading to the county over the next few days we want to remind residents and those coming to stay, to first call their own GP, even if they are here on holiday, when they need care for something that’s urgent by not serious or life-threatening."

    Mr Slade said people should go online to if outside of GP surgery hours, or call 111 for advice.

    He said: "We’re doing really well in Cornwall to keep levels of the virus low and need the continued support of patients by using the right services and not coming to our emergency department unless they really need to.”

  8. Pub offering free school meals: 'It's about humanity'

    Lanivet Inn

    A pub near Bodmin has also offered to provide free school meals over the upcoming half term and cheaper meals throughout November.

    The Lanviet Inn said the offer wasn't about "political views" but rather about "humanity" .

    They said: "2020 has been exceptionally tough, for everyone and we understand how important a simple meal can be to children of families who may struggle to make ends meet."

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  9. Redruth cafe offering free children's meals

    Smokey Joe's

    Redruth's Smokey Joe's cafe is offering free meals to all children over the half term period.

    Owner Aubrey Caddy said they would be offering a meal off their children's menu with a drink to all school aged children.

  10. Cornwall store helps with free holiday meals

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Families who's children normally get free school meals are being offered free food boxes by a business operating in Truro and Goonhavern.

    The Refill store has got together with other food shops and volunteers to offer the service in half term, after the government said it wouldn't extend the free meal vouchers during holiday times through until next Easter.

    Shop co-owner Alice Bane told us she couldn't stand by and do nothing while children who receive free school meals "suffer" over the holidays.

    She said: "To think there's family out there struggling and children going without a good, nutritious meal at lunchtime is just awful."

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    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Fairmantle Street to B3284 St Austell Street.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 Tregolls Road in Truro closed and it's heavy in both directions from the Fairmantle Street junction to Trafalgar roundabout, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Council urges tier 3 tourists not to visit

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council is urging people from areas with high rates of coronavirus infections not to travel to the area.

    The council said it was echoing calls from tourism industry leaders including Visit Cornwall's Malcolm Bell to stop holidaymakers heading to Cornwall from any tier 3 lockdown areas.

    Council leader Julian German said: “Our first priority is to keep our residents safe during this pandemic and ensure that undue strain is not placed on our health service.

    “It is not easy, especially after such a difficult year, to ask any business to turn trade away but these are exceptional circumstances and we are asking everyone to work with us to keep Cornwall safe."

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    Mr German said while Cornwall had relatively low numbers of infections "we know from other areas of the country how quickly the picture can change".

    “I am not willing to undo the fantastic work of our public health team in keeping our residents safe, and that is why I am asking those who visit us to follow the rules," he said.

    "Do not travel to Cornwall if you live in a high-risk area and help us to keep Cornwall safe."

  13. Gardeners should 'hone' heritage growing skills

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The man behind the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan has urged people to plant local heritage fruit and vegetables, or risk losing them for good.

    Sir Tim Smit said in the age of supermarkets' mass produced food and refrigeration it's easy to forget about truly traditional and seasonal food.

    He said anyone with a garden should "hone" their own growing skills to "bring back the respect of horticulture".

    Heritage carrots