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Thursday 14 June 2012
Bodmin is getting ready to bloom...

Bodmin is hoping to follow on from its previous success at the local ‘Cornwall in Bloom’ Awards.

In the last two years the town has achieved a ‘Full Bloom Award’ in the category ‘Clean and Tidy – Good First Impressions – Floral’ in 2010 and won ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Parks and Gardens’ in 2011.

This year, Bodmin will be entering the larger ‘South West in Bloom’ competition and hope that this will be the catalyst for wider community and business sector involvement.

Judging of the Town is to take place in early July 2012 and our outside Parks Team are working hard to improve areas of the town, with both floral schemes and general tidying/ smartening up of areas including painting railings, refurbishing benches and weed spraying.

All of which are important roles to ensuring our entry is as good as possible.

If you are a business or organisation and are keen to get involved over the coming year with making Bodmin a ‘blooming’ marvelous place, please contact Selina Jay, Projects Assistant on 01208 76616 or via email to selina.jay@bodmin.gov.uk





Friday 08 June 2012
Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Electors’ Rights

Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 and The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

Each year the Council’s/Meeting’s annual return is audited by an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to the accounting statements. For the year ended 31 March 2012 these documents will be made available between the following dates;

22 June – 20 July 2012, Monday to Friday Between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm

at Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DQ or here on this website.

Local electors and their representatives have rights to;

  • Question the auditor about the accounts; and
  • Object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose on 23 July 2012 and until the audit has been completed.

The Councils audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice. The audit is being carried out by: Audit Commission, 2nd Floor, Aspinall House, Aspinall Close, Middlebrook, Bolton, BL6 6QQ

This announcement is made by:

Anne Banks FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER Date of Announcement – 8 June 2012





Wednesday 06 June 2012
Mayor promotes Armed Forces Day Bodmin in new video

Armed Forces Day Bodmin
Armed Forces Day - Show Your Support
Saturday 23 June 2012
A short video advertising Bodmin’s Armed Forces Day has been locally produced featuring the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken W Stubbs.

The introductory video, put together by Chris Batters, gives a visual tour of where some of the activities associated with the occasion will take place, including Priory Park, the War Memorial, Narisa Lawn and Bodmin’s football pitch where a military parade will round off the day’s event.

The video then takes the opportunity to feature some of Bodmin’s attractions which can be sampled by visitors on the 23 June.

You can view the video on Bodmin Town Council's Armed Forces Day website here.

In addition to the video, other promotional materials advertising Bodmin’s Armed Forces Day on June 23 are now being distributed as the occasion draws closer.





Tuesday 29 May 2012
Silver award for Bodmin Visitor Information Centre

Silver Award Winners
It’s official; the Visitor Centre in Bodmin’s Shire Hall is officially one of the best in England according to the judges of the Visit England for Excellence Awards after having won a Silver Award in the Visitor Information category at the prestigious ceremony.

The Silver Award is one of the highest accolades for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. The team from the Shire Hall was presented with their Silver Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said "In a year when we received a record of 392 high quality applications winning a Silver Award is a considerable achievement. Bodmin Visitor Information Centre has achieved one of the highest accolades for excellence in tourism which VisitEngland can bestow. I warmly congratulate them".

The newly appointed Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs commented on the news. “With tourism being so vitally important in Cornwall, to continually achieve excellence and at this level, is truly outstanding.”

Speaking on behalf of Bodmin Visitor Information Centre, Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer said “The last six months have been fantastic for my team at the Shire Hall. This latest award is true testament to the staffs’ commitment to first class customer service and excellent team work and to have been recognised nationally as one of the best is amazing”

Also winning awards in the Visitor Information category were Manchester taking the Gold, Greenwich also awarded the silver prize and Chesterfield and Harrogate received a joint bronze award.



Monday 21 May 2012
Mayor heralds Olympic Torch event as an outstanding success!

The Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Ken Stubbs, heralded the Olympic Torch Relay event on Saturday 19 May 2012 as an outstanding success.

The Town Council run event at Fair Park was supported by Bodmin College and a large number of community and voluntary groups from the town. It was an opportunity to showcase the many sporting and outdoor activities available. It was a great family fun day, which was enjoyed by people of all ages.

It is estimated that there was between 2,500 and 3,000 people that attended throughout the day. There were great performances from Bodmin Town Band and Big Bang Music and Children’s Samba Band as well as Dan Brazier’s juggling and a Zumba demonstration by Mike Truscott of M Body Fitness.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was a brilliant performance by Will Coleman and Kernocopia based on historic Cornish Sporting Achievements in the fields of Cornish Wrestling, Surfing, Sailing, Rugby and Rowing.

Thousands of people lined the streets, from Westheath Avenue through to Dennison Road to cheer on the torchbearers as they ran through the town, helping the Olympic Flame on its way to London and the Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012.

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs, said ‘it was a brilliant event which brought the whole community together to celebrate this historic occasion!’.


Early afternoon at the Fair Park

Above - People beginning to gather at the Fair Park during the afternoon

Mayor of Bodmin, K W Stubbs with wife Marion enjoying the day

Above - Mayor of Bodmin, K W Stubbs with wife Marion enjoying the day

Kernocopia perform infront of the crowds

Above - Kernocopia perform in front of the crowds


The torch procession passes the Fair Park

Above - The torch procession passing the Fair Park along Westheath Avenue




Friday 18 May 2012
bodmin Celebrates new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2012 - 2013

Mayor Choosing 2012
Mayor Choosing 2012
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Bodmin Town Council officially elected its new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the annual Mayor Choosing event yesterday. 

The new Mayor, Councillor K W Stubbs and the new Deputy Mayor, Councillor A J Coppin, were welcomed into office at the traditional ceremony held in the Public Rooms.

A welcome reception was held in the Shire Suite for invited guests.

You can view images of the Mayor Choosing event for 2012 in the gallery to the right.

 


Wednesday 09 May 2012
Bodmin has honour of hosting armed forces day event 2012

People from across Cornwall will be gathering in Bodmin on Saturday 23 June 2012 to support Britain’s Armed Forces.

This will be the curtain-raiser in the South West for the National Armed Forces Day event which is being held in Plymouth on the following Saturday.

The aim of the day is for the people of Cornwall, and Bodmin in particular, to honour the commitment of the Armed Forces. To that end it was decided to theme the day as a “Garden Party” with entertainment being provided throughout the day and with many of the town's attractions offering free admission to the public.

Each of the Services will be setting up a “Village” of sideshows and static displays and the event would culminate in a Muster and Sunset with bands on the football pitch. This format differs from previous years, but fits well with the Plymouth event which will include more formal parades by the military.

Jonathan Coode, Deputy Lieutenant and Chairman of the Organising Committee, said ‘this is a great opportunity for the people of the County to say thank you to our brave service men and women, and the veterans, for all the great work that they have done serving Queen and Country, so that we might enjoy the civil liberties that we do. This is an open invitation to everyone to come and join us in Bodmin and support the event’

Plans are now well in hand – don’t miss out, put the date in your diary and come along for a fun day and show your support for our brave service personnel.

For more information about the event, visit the Armed Forces Day - Bodmin website or contact Stephen Facer on 01208 76616 or email; stephen.facer@bodmin.gov.uk





Tuesday 10 April 2012
Bodmin Information Centre shortlisted for top national award.

Bodmin Town Council's Visitor Information Centre team are smiling from ear to ear after learning news that the centre has been named as a finalist in the Visitor Information provider category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012.

As a finalist, the Shire Hall's Visitor Centre now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter. The team will have to wait until then to find out what award they receive but are guaranteed either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award. The other contenders for the coveted prizes are Chesterfield, Harrogate, Greenwich and Manchester.

Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. This is no small achievement in a year when we have received a record number of submissions. The quality of submissions this year has been outstanding and Bodmin Visitor Information Centre can justifiably take credit and pride in earning a place at the top of their category in England. I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.

Councillor Linda Spear, Chairman of the Promotions Committee said "To be named as one of the best Tourist Information Centres in the country is outstanding. This really is the icing on the cake after the VIC team's earlier success this year."

This news comes after the Bodmin office was named as the best of its kind in Cornwall and awarded the top prize at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Wendy Wright, Tourism Officer for the Information Centre said "To have won the Gold Award in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards was one thing but now to have been recognised as one of the best information centres in England really is quite another. People often ask us what is the secret to our success and I can only attribute it to the fantastic team that we have here and the great support that we receive from Bodmin Town Council." Wendy added "Whatever award we receive on the 22nd May it will be a great testament to the team and all their fabulous work!"




Wednesday 25 April 2012
Bodmin Olympic Torch Relay Event - Preparations Update

Bodmin Town Council is extremely excited to announce plans for the arrival of the Olympic Torch on Saturday 19 May 2012.

A family fun day will take place in the Fair Park, Corporation Road, from 1.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m., culminating in the arrival of the Torch at 5.58 p.m.

There will be something for all the family with a range of free entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and juggling. Bodmin Town Band will provide music throughout the afternoon and Kernocopia will stage a special theatrical performance. Local sports and youth organsations will provide demonstrations and further information about their clubs. A range of local community groups will also be on hand with stalls and activities to fundraise and promote their organisations.

For many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the Olympic Torch on the first day of its 70 day journey around the U.K., so don’t miss it! Come along and show your support for your local torchbearers. Please arrive early and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the run up to the arrival of the torch.

The official sponsors of the Olympics will be onsite to entertain the crowds and this may be an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact Bodmin Town Council by telephone on 01208 76616 or by emailing laura.hancock@bodmin.gov.uk

Additional information regarding the Torch Route can be found online at: http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay

Further information on Kernocopia can be found at www.kernocopia.co.uk or by emailing info@kernocopia.co.uk

Adobe PDF   View the poster for Bodmin's planned event here.




Friday 23 March 2012
Bodmin in Bloom front garden competition 2012

The Bodmin in Bloom Committee is very pleased to be running the Front Garden Competition again this year and are seeking entries.

It doesn’t matter if your front garden is large or small, the Judges are looking for colourful gardens bursting with bright blooms.

All you have to do is return your entry form to the Council Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin PL31 2DQ by no later than 30 June 2012 and your front garden will be included in the judging.

Judging will take place during July and all entrants will be invited to an Award Evening sometime in September or October. Entry forms are available from the Town Council Offices or can be opened and saved to hard disk below:

Adobe PDF   Entry form - Bodmin in Bloom Front Garden Competition 2012

Mike Armstrong, the Chairman of the Bodmin in Bloom Committee, said “With spring approaching, now is a great time to get out in your garden and start planting for summer colour. We look forward to your entry in the Front Garden Competition”.

Bodmin in Bloom is an initiative aimed at BRIGHTENING BODMIN.



Tuesday 13 March 2012
Olympic Torch Relay Event

The Council is busy preparing an exciting event to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Bodmin on Saturday 19 May 2012.

The special event will take place at the Fair Park from 1.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. with free entry for local people and visitors. A range of activities will be available to keep the family entertained including a bouncy castle, face painting, juggling, balloon modelling, music and theatre performances.

Local community groups and sports clubs are invited to participate by providing demonstrations and promoting their activities.

The event will culminate in the arrival of the Torch at Westheath Avenue at approximately 5.39 p.m. From this point it will continue along Higher Bore Street, Dennison Road, Priory Road and proceed to Liskeard.

This is extremely exciting for the town as the worldwide media will be closely following the Olympic Torch Relay on its first day – it will certainly be a day to remember!

Adobe PDF   View the poster for Bodmin's planned event here.

To find out more about the route the Olympic Torch will be taking go to the official London 2012 website

For more information about Bodmin's planned event, please call 01208 76616 or email Executive Assistant, Laura Hancock.



Friday 9 March 2012
Planted Daffodils in bloom at Beacon Road

In Bloom
Daffodils at Beacon Road
The daffodils at Beacon Road
Hundreds of Daffodils heralding the coming of Spring can be seen lining Beacon Road at the patch of ground near the junction to Robartes Road.

The bright yellow flowers were planted last October as a Community Project involving Bodmin Town Council and members of Bodmin Community Church.

The initiative was described by Deputy Mayor Councillor K Stubbs as 'a partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display'.





Friday 2 March 2012
Jacob Lyne is elected as Bodmin Town Councillor

Jacob Marwood Lyne (Liberal democrats) has been formerly elected as a Bodmin Town Councillor.

At only 19, Jacob has become the youngest Member of Bodmin Town Council by many years.

He beat three other candidates for the St Mary's Ward vacancy by a strong margin.

The election results were as follows in order of votes:

Jacob Marwood Lyne: 442 votes

Robert Taylor: 213 votes

Paul Ellis: 194 votes

Christopher John Mark Wilkes: 141 votes

Adobe PDF   The official Declaration of Result of Poll can be viewed here.






Friday 24 February 2012
By-Election for St Mary’s Ward – Important Information

Residents from St Mary’s Ward are encouraged to vote for a new Town Councillor on Thursday 1 March 2012. The Polling Stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Provided you are on the electoral register you can vote at the following Polling Stations, depending on your address.

Please note that no polling cards have been issued and you do not need a polling card to be able to vote.

People who live in the following roads vote at the St Mary’s Parish Centre:

Alexandra Road
Barn Lane – all even numbers from 2 – 46 and Reservoir Apartments
Bawden Road
Beech Drive
Berrycombe Hill
Berrycombe Vale
Blowinghouse
Blowinghouse Lane
Bodiniel View
Boskear Lane
Boundary Road
Broomfield Drive
Browning Drive
Burden Close
Cheery Tree Close
Chestnut Grove
Dawe Crescent
Dunmere – Valley View Park
Fair View
Flamank Park
Foster Drive
Jago Close
Jubilee Terrace
Kay Crescent
Kinsman Estate
Kirland
Kirland Road
Little Kirland
Maple Close
Midway Road
Monument Way
Old Market Place
Park Drive
Paull Road
Pethybridge Drive
Quarry Park Terrace
Queen’s Crescent
Rock Lane
Rowan Close
Sandra Way
Sacrletts Well Road – Alderly, Beechcroft House, Scarletts Well Cottage
Sherwood Drive
St Georges Crescent
St Lawrence
St Lawrence’s Hospital –Parc Carow Flats
St Leonards – The Cat & Fiddle, The Bungalow – Stan Mays
St Marys Close
St Marys Crescent
St Marys Road – Abbey Mews
St Prian Close
Sycamore Close
Tanwood View
Town End – Rosevallon House
44 Town End – Rosevallon Lane
45A Town End
47 Town End
Tredanek Close
Trelawney Close
Trelawney Road
Treningle View
Vivian Raod
Westheath Avenue – St Marys Gardens
Westheath Road
Whitestone Crescent
Whitestone Road

People who live in the following roads vote at the Shire House Suite:

Agar Terrace
Armchair Corner
Barn Lane – Numbers 7, 9, 11 & 13
An Gof Gardens
Beacon Court
Lance Drive
Barton Close
Beacon Hill – Beacon Hill Mews
Beaconsfield Terrace
Bederkesa Court
Berrycombe Road
Berrycombe View
Bodinel Road
Cardell Road
Chapel Lane
Clifden Terrace
Copshorne Road
Cribbage Terrace
Elizabeth Close
Elm Grove
Finn VC Estate
Fore Street
Gregorys Court
Higher Bodiniel Road
Higher Bore Street – Hampstead Terrace
Ivy Cottages
Kerhuon Court
Pearces Court
Russell Mews
Russell Place
The Brambles
Hillside Court
Hillside Park
Kestennen
Lower Bore Street
Margaret Crescent - Margaret Corner
Ranelagh Mews
Ringway
Robartes Road
Salisbury Terrace
Scarletts Well Park – Camel Court
Scarletts Well Road – Shire Oaks Barn
St Leonards – all properties except the Cat & Fiddle and the Bungalow (Stan Mays)
St Leonards Terrace
Statham Road
Talvenydh Court
Torwood Close
Town End – all properties except Rosevallon House, 44 Town End – Rosevallon Lane, 45A Town End, 47 Town End, Western Terrace.


There are 4 Candidates standing for election (in alphabetical order):

Paul Ellis (Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall)

Jake Lyne (Liberal Democrat)

Robbie Taylor (Retired Cornwall Fire Service Officer – Independent)

Christopher John Mark Wilkes (The Conservative Party Candidate)


If you are unsure about which station to visit in order to vote, please contact the Electoral Services Department at Cornwall Council – 01579 341234




Tuesday 21 February 2012
St. Piran Children's Painting Competition - now underway

Children's Painting Exhibition
Children's Painting Competition
Now underway at the Shire Hall
The Bodmin St. Piran Committee's children’s painting competition is now underway with entries already being exhibited in Bodmin's Shire Hall Visitor Information Centre Gallery.

The competition is being trialed this year as a further way to get local children thinking about their Patron Saint and as a way to engender cultural distinctiveness and identity in this great County where they live, learn and play.

It is anticipated that judging will take place in the week following the St. Piran’s Day parade. The judging panel will consist of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bodmin, together with Councillor R J Micek. Prizes are being donated by the Bodmin Lions.

Following the judging, prizes will be awarded as follows:

The painting / collage selected as overall winner will be professionally mounted and framed and will receive a cash prize of £15.00.

The First and Second runner-ups will also have their work professionally mounted and framed and will receive cash prizes of £10.00 and £5.00 respectively.

All remaining pieces of work displayed in the Shire Hall will each receive a certificate from the Bodmin Joint St. Piran Committee highly commending them for their work.

The exhibition of children’s work runs in the Shire Hall from 27 February to 16 March 2012.

Should you have any queries regarding this competition, or if you would like any further information or clarification on the above points, please contact Paul Ellis on 01208 78839 or via e-mail paulellis007@btinternet.com





Wednesday 08 February 2012
Bodmin Visitor Information Centre - Officially Excellent

Celebrations
Winners of excellence award
Bodmin's VIC Team
The best tourism businesses from across the South West were celebrating last night (6th February) at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards and among the finalists was Bodmin Town Council’s VIC (Visitor Information Centre).

In competition for the title of best Tourist Information service, alongside Bodmin, were Bristol, South Somerset, Dorchester and the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre who themselves have won the Gold title for the past two years as well as taking a Silver Award in the Enjoy England competition in 2011.

This year’s awards event was hosted by well known TV presenter Teresa Driscoll, with the presentations themselves made by journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and a frequent TV commentator on travel and tourism.

The staff from Bodmin, were left completely speechless when it was announced that the Bodmin office was to take the Gold with Gloucester the Silver, Dorchester the bronze and Bristol and South Somerset both being named as Highly Commended award winners. The judges cited the in house leaflets and the team’s commitment to providing excellent customer service as reasons for the Bodmin Office’s Gold Award.

Councillor Linda Spear, Chairman of the Promotions Committee was over the moon with the news and said “Big congratulations to all those involved. The staff have worked really hard in promoting Bodmin and this is a great achievement indeed”

The latest award adds to the Bodmin team’s recent win at the Cornwall Tourism Awards where they also scooped the Gold Award for Best TIC but also took the title of winner of winners for their consistency over the years. The team will now go forward to represent the South West region at the Enjoy England Awards in May.





Thursday 02 February 2012
Bodmin St Piran's Day celebrations 2012

St Piran's Day
Celebrations
Bodmin’s thirteenth St Piran’s Day celebrations will take place on Monday 5 March. The event will feature the traditional parade which will assemble outside the Barley Sheaf in Higher Bore Street at 10:15 am. The parade will then progress to Mount Folly with Cornwall's new Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Edward Bolitho, to the accompaniment of a pipe band. Upon arrival, after the loudest “Oggy Oggy Oggy” chants in Cornwall and some short speeches, ‘Trelawny’ will be sung.

Once again children from all of Bodmin's schools are the most important part of the day's celebrations. In addition to taking part in the march, chanting, dancing and singing, they will be performing in St Petrocs Church after the march and contributing to a painting competition which will be on display in Shire Hall from 24 February.

Bodmin Lion Kevin Marshall who chairs the committee which has been organising Bodmin's 2012 St Piran's Day said: “Once again Bodmin will be the only place to be on St Piran's Day. What makes Bodmin so special is that we base our day around our children who are the future of Cornwall. Their enthusiasm is infectious bringing Cornwall's traditions alive in a unique way not seen anywhere else. My committee is delighted that Cornwall's new Lord Lieutenant has chosen to come to Bodmin on Cornwall's most special day.”

As in previous years Bodmin is expecting to welcome Cornishmen and women from London, Bournemouth and around the country to take part.

Keith Truscott who helped set up the first St Piran's Day and has been keenly involved ever since said: “Bodmin's St Piran's day gets better every year . What will be new this year is a painting competition which will be displayed in Shire Hall. We have raised money to gives prizes for the best entries. We are more interested in paintings that capture the spirit of Cornwall and St Piran than finding artistic masterpieces.”


Adobe PDF   St Piran's Day - basic event itinerary (PDF)








Monday 24 January 2012
Bodmin Town Council Budget set for 2012 - 2013

Bodmin Town Council is pleased to confirm its budget for the coming financial year (2012 / 2013) with a total expenditure of £1,322,028 and a Precept of £1,022,000.

This represents an increase of 1.97% on a Band D Property which is equivalent to an increase of 8 pence per week.

Keeping the increase to this level has only been made possible by prudent financial management and efficient housekeeping, and followed some hard decision-making by Councillors in a budget meeting lasting over 5 hours.

The good news for motorists using the Priory Car Park in the town centre is that the Town Council has frozen its car parking charges, to help support the town centre economy during times of austerity. This budget makes provision for the cost of elections, not only any by-elections that might occur in this year, but also some funding toward the cost of the full elections in May 2013.

This year sees a reduction in core administration costs, with budget savings including a target reduction of 20% in printing and postage by more effective use of email to send documents and electronic invoicing for those people using our services and facilities that are online.

The budget also includes provision for the town centre CCTV system, which is recognised as being a vital tool for community safety.

The Council is also setting aside funding for building repair, which should help to keep costs down in the future.

All of the Town Council’s income is generated from the sale of services, room hire, cemeteries, car parks or the council tax. The Town Council receives no grants from Central Government nor any share of the Business Rates collected in the town. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Town Council does not receive support from the Government to offset the cost of council tax increases up to 2.5%.

Bodmin Town Council supports and assists a large number of organisations in the community. Click here for further information on the range of Town Council services.




Monday 16 January 2012
Local Period Drama Production - Premiere in Bodmin

Bodmin Community Cinema is proud and privileged to be able to bring you the Premiere of 'The Murder of Nevell Norway', the new film from Chris Batters', SW Film & Theatre Productions part of CB Productions SW group.

This is a fantastic local period drama telling the story of the murder in 1840 of the wealthy merchant Nevell Norway from Wadebridge, by William & James Lightfoot.

The murder took place on the road between Bodmin & Wadebridge near Pencarrow, and following their eventual arrest, they were tried and convicted in the courts at Shire Hall, Bodmin. They were then imprisoned and eventually hanged in Bodmin Jail.

The production used many local actors and extras, also many of the locations in the story are still in existence and allowed filming to be carried out around Bodmin and Wadebridge. Come along and see whom or what you can spot.

The Premiere is on Thursday 16th February 2012 , in the Shire House Suite , Bodmin. Doors open at 7.15pm .

As it is the premiere the Mayors of both Bodmin and Wadebridge are being invited to attend , we are looking for this to be a black tie event, especially as the press, radio and television are being informed about this special night.

It is advised that you book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Such is the interest in the film, and the number of people connected with the making of it, we are expecting a sell out. It has been only 3 days since we set this up and we have already sold a third of the tickets. We will be charging only £4 per ticket for the event which includes a drink and canapes on arrival.

Profits from the ticket sales will help the cinema survive. Phone us on 01208 77446 or email us here with 'Premiere Tickets' as the subject.

If there is sufficient demand we will hold a second screening at a later date. Chris will have DVD's of the film available for sale on the night at a reduced price of £5. Profits from the DVD will help fund his next production.

We hope you can come along to what will be a fantastic evening. Don't forget our regular screening will be on the following day - Friday 17th February with 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' (15) in the Public Rooms and this month's film is 'Submarine' (15) next Friday - 20th January. Check the Bodmin Community Cinema website for details.

 
Adobe PDF   Premiere Poster (PDF)




Friday 13 January 2012
Bodmin Masterplan - Public Consultation

You can help shape growth and development in Bodmin over the next 20 years by offering your views.

The work undertaken to date on the Bodmin Masterplan has been incorporated into two documents and consultation on these will take place shortly.

A meeting for this purpose has been scheduled for Friday 3 February between 12.00pm - 7.00pm. at the Public Rooms in Bodmin.

Link to the Cornwall Council website for further information about this meeting plus documentation about the Bodmin Masterplan.

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Thursday 12 January 2012
Volunteers needed to help with new scheme to help with elderly

At a Full Council meeting on 17 November last year, Bodmin Town Councillors were given a presentation by Janey Comber from the charity, Contact the Elderly.

The charity is currently looking for local volunteers in the hope that its services can be offered to make a difference to the elderly in Bodmin.

Keen to support the initiative, Bodmin Town Councillors wish to encourage individuals and community groups from the Bodmin area to become involved.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

"We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month" (from the Contact the Elderly website).

You can find out more about how Contact the Elderly make an impact and how you can help with their plans for the Bodmin area by visiting the Contact the Elderly website.

 
Adobe PDF   A brochure produced by the charity can be viewed here (PDF)




Wednesday 11 January 2012
By Election For Bodmin Town Council

An election is to be held to elect a new councillor to represent St Mary’s ward on Bodmin Town Council.

The by election has been called after more than ten electors petitioned the Returning Officer calling for an election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frederick Hancock.

The Notice of Election will be formally published on Thursday, 26 January.

Anyone wishing to be a candidate can get nomination papers from the Deputy Returning Officer based at Luxstowe House, Liskeard, PL14 3DZ (01579 341234).

If more than one person stands for election a poll will take place on Thursday, 1 March 2012.



  


Wednesday 11 January 2012
Narisa Hall nears completion

Almost finished...
Narisa Hall
The new Narisa Hall
The work to rebuild Narisa Hall in Priory Park is almost complete.

The new building replaces the previous structure which was destroyed by fire in December 2009 due to an arson attack.

Bodmin Town Council is pleased with the build quality and with Gloweth Ltd, the principal Contractor, in providing a much needed and modern community facility for the benefit of the town.

RTP Surveyors have also seamlessly project-managed the rebuild and the Council would like to thank both firms for their professionalism and friendly, efficient working practices.

A formal opening of the new building is being organised for early this year.



  


Friday 06 January 2012
Warm Reception for Bodmin Wassail

Filling the Wassail bowl
Bodmin Mayor R Solomons
at the annual Wassail visit
On Friday 6 January 2012, the Bodmin Wassailer’s graced various parts of the town of Bodmin with their traditional costume and songs.

One of their stops included the Shire House where they were warmly recieved at 12 noon by Town Clerk Paul O'Callaghan, Bodmin Mayor Councillor Ralph Solomons, Deputy Mayor Councillor Ken Stubbs and other Bodmin Town Councillors.

The Bodmin Wassail is one of only two surviving traditional visiting wassails which are very different from apple tree wassails. It is unique in that records confirm it has survived continuously since 1640.

The male only group visit houses in Bodmin singing two songs – one when seeking entry and another upon leaving – in return for hospitality and donations to local charities.





  


Thursday 22 December 2011
Bodmin Wassail - annual visit to Shire House

In the New Year, the Wassailers will continue its link with Bodmin Town Council dating back to the seventeenth century.

Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons will welcome the Bodmin Wassailer’s to the Shire House at 12 noon precisely on Friday 6 January 2012.

The Wassailers, who receive traditional hospitality at 15 to 20 houses throughout the town on twelfth night dressed in top hats, dickie bows, waistcoats and tails, have extended the custom by going out in the afternoon to residential and nursing homes, shops and the library.

Vic Legg of the Bodmin Wassailers said, “Wassail is a living tradition in Bodmin and is changing and developing all the time.”

Bodmin’s Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan said “The Town Council is delighted once again to contribute to the tradition of wassail. I shall be following in the footsteps of my predeccessor Nicholas Sprey when I fill the wassail bowl with Bodmin’s finest ale as it begins its twelve hour journey across our town.”



  


Friday 16 December 2011
Conclusion of Audit for year ending 31 March 2011

NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT AND RIGHT TO INSPECT THE ANNUAL RETURN ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2011

Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act 1998
The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)


The audit of the accounting statements for Bodmin Town Council for the year ending 31 March 2011 has been concluded.

The accounting statements are available for inspection by any local government elector for the area of the Bodmin Town Council and can be read at our Council Offices, Shire House, Mount Folly, Bodmin or viewed here:

Adobe PDF  Annual Return 2011  (pdf)

Paper copies can be provided to any local elector on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the annual return.

Anne McAuley FMAAT MIAB RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER Date: 16 December 2011



  


Thursday 15 December 2011
Christmas Message from Mayor, Councillor R Solomons

Bodmin Mayor
Bodmin Mayor R Solomons
Councillor R Solomons
A s the old year draws to a close I can’t help but be acutely aware of how difficult 2011 has been for so many sections of our community. If all the predictions prove to be correct 2012 could well be even more austere. With this in mind I and the rest of Bodmin`s town councillors must approach next year’s budget with even more circumspection than usual.

Probably the most enjoyable part of taking on the role of Mayor is the wide range of people I get to meet and talk to from all walks of life. What is most striking is the number of people who put in so much effort, frequently voluntarily helping those members of our community less fortunate than ourselves. To all of you, and you know who you are, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do, Bodmin would be the poorer without you.

I have also enjoyed talking to groups of young people, you are our future and I find your youthful optimism so inspiring.

Of all the events I have taken part in, this years Remembrance parade has been the highlight. To see the numbers of people of all ages turning out to take part, makes me feel that if we can continue to remember and honour our past it bodes well for the future.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

— Bodmin Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons



  


Tuesday 13 December 2011
Bodmin braves weather for Christmas Lights

Despite the miserable weather, Bodmin’s Christmas celebrations kicked off in high spirits with many people braving the elements to view the switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights on Friday 2 December.

Bodmin Town Band led a lively carol-singing procession of school children from the Library to the Mount Folly, where they were greeted by the Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons.

Following the speeches, the lights were switched on by Mr Nick Prideaux, a familiar face to the town as Bodmin’s Town Crier. A reception was then hosted in the Shire Hall with refreshments available to all, providing some much needed shelter from the elements!

Father Christmas accompanied by his helpful elves was on hand in his magical grotto in the BCA Rooms and gave presents to more than 80 local children. Entertainment on Mount Folly was provided by Pirate FM and local band Blue Eyed Candy. 

Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Chamber of Commerce and Industry wish to extend their thanks to all local traders and businesses who supported the event.

Special thanks are also due to Julian Murch, Andy Rowe and their team for their tireless efforts in repairing and putting up the Christmas lights once again this year and to Bodmin Market on the Folly and the Bodmin Riding & Heritage Committee for their support and use of gazebos.

Sponsors who supported the Christmas Lights event this year included:

Accommodation Bureau, Barnecutts, Bennet & Jones, Bodmin Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, Bunts, C Nicholls Solicitors, Folly Tearooms, Harleigh Vets, Keith Chapman, Lidl, Livingstones Jewellers, Martin & Budge, Moods, Morrisons, Nash & Co, Sainsburys, Specsavers, Sproulls, Steve Andrews Tyres, The Book Shop, Honey Street, The Old Tea Chest, The Property Shop, Tulip, Turquoise Kebab Shop, Viraj, VK1 Hairdressers, Webbers Estate Agents.



  


Thursday 5 December 2011
Notice of vacancy in office of Town Councillor

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 BODMIN TOWN COUNCIL ST MARY’S WARD NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF TOWN COUNCILLOR

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Frederick Mervyn Hancock has ceased to be a member of Bodmin Town Council and that a casual vacancy exists in the St Mary’s 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 the Council Offices, Luxstowe House, Liskeard PL14 3DZ (phone 01579 341234) 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 5pm on 23rd December 2011, the Town Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

DATED this 5th day of December 2011

Paul O’Callaghan Clerk to Bodmin Town Council
Shire House
Mount Folly Square
BODMIN
Cornwall
PL31 2DQ

Councillor Hancock had been a Member of the Council since June 1999 and was a conscientious Member of a number of the Council’s Committees. He served as Deputy Mayor in the civic year 2005/06. He will be particularly remembered for his work as Chairman of the Trustees of the St Lawrence’s Community Church, which has been of much benefit to both the Church and local community and has helped to ensure that the Church goes from strength to strength. The Mayor has written thanking him for all his hard work as a Councillor over the years and wishing him all the very best for the future


  


Monday 28 November 2011
Christmas and New Year Refuse Collections

Refuse Collections
Christmas Refuse Collections 2011
Christmas and New Year
Cornwall Council refuse collection arrangements for Christmas and the New Year 2011 - 2012 can now be viewed here in PDF format.

Information can also be found on Recycling, garden waste, clinical waste and bulky items over the Christmas and new year period in this document.


Adobe PDF  Cornwall Council Refuse Collections Christmas 2011         (pdf)



  


Monday 21 November 2011
Volunteers ensure Town Lights go up for Christmas

Tall Order!
Putting up the Christmas Lights
Putting up the Christmas Lights
Bodmin's Christmas Lights have been put up throughout the town centre in readiness for Christmas.

A team led by Andy Rowe, Julian Murch and Paul Hotham worked quickly during the early hours of the morning of Sunday 20th November to fix the lights to their various locations.

The volunteers had already put in many hours of unpaid service to help maintain as well as erect the lights.

Stephen Facer, Bodmin Town Council's Deputy Chief Executive, who was also assisting on Sunday morning said;

"The lights have been put up again this year by the dedicated volunteers to ensure that the town is bright over the Christmas period".

"The volunteers would like to thank all those business that have made donations this year to the continuing refurbishment of the town's Christmas lights and those that permit use of their power to brighten up the town during the festive period".
 
  


Friday 11 November 2011
Visitor Centre Team do the double!

It was smiles all round on Wednesday 9th November as the town council’s information centre attended the annual Cornwall Tourism Awards at St Mellion International Resort.

Hosted by Sue Perkins of the Great British bake off fame and attended by tourism professionals from across the whole industry, it was an evening full of surprises, and not least for Bodmin’s Shire Hall team.

The staff from the VIC, Monique Jeffrey-Jones, Clare Trudgeon, Debbie Noyce, Dawn Roberts and Wendy Wright, were shortlisted in the Tourist Information centre category alongside the Looe and Bude Offices.

Daphne Skinnard from Radio Cornwall, the evening’s compere, announced that Bodmin were to be presented with the Gold award with Looe and Bude awarded a joint bronze. Of the Bodmin team the judges said “All round excellence, with very significant efforts made to provide first-rate service.

The in-house produced themed guides are an excellent example”. However, that was not to be the end of the success as the VIC team were awarded the accolade of the night “the Winner of winners” The judges said that this was awarded for the team’s consistency and commitment to excellence across the ten years that the awards have been running in which time they have collected 6 gold and 3 silver awards.

Chair of the Promotions Committee, Councillor Linda Spear was over the moon with the VIC’s news and said ““Congratulations to all involved in what is real excellence and consistency”.

The VIC’s Tourism Officer, Wendy Wright said “The team is so pleased with the awards and to be announced as the winner of winners was beyond our wildest dreams. I am so proud of each and every one of the staff”

The VIC’s success follows the Parks Team’s own recent success in the Cornwall in Bloom Awards both of which really help to put Bodmin firmly on the map.

The VIC is now in with a strong chance of being shortlisted in the South West Tourism Awards that take place in February so fingers crossed!




Tuesday 08 November 2011
Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Town

Details of the route the Olympic Torch Relay will take through Cornwall on Saturday, 19 May 2012, the First Day of its historic journey through the UK, have been released by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to announce that Bodmin has been selected as one of the towns on the Olympic Torch Relay Route.

The Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons, said;

‘The announcement that the 2012 Olympic torch will be coming to Bodmin has revived memories from my boyhood, when as an 11 year old school boy my class was taken on a day trip to Wembley Stadium to watch some of the athletics. These were the first games since 1936 and the outbreak of the Second World War so only 59 countries took part one of them being Afghanistan. At the time my hero was Arthur Wint a Jamaican studying to be a doctor in London who I used to watch training on our local running track. He competed in the Olympics 400 and 800 yards winning gold in the former and silver in the latter. He inspired me to take up athletics when I went on to Glendale Grammar School that autumn, where in my final year(1953) I won the athletics "Victor Ludorum" and the 400 yards final at our annual county athletics meeting".

It is hoped that the Olympic Torch Relay visiting Bodmin will similarly inspire the young people of the town to take up sport and be the medallists of the future. Now that this announcement has been made, the Town council will be working with LOCOG, Cornwall Council and other groups and organisations in the town on the arrangements for the event in Bodmin.

The Town Clerk, Paul O’Callaghan, commented that this is an outstanding opportunity to showcase the town to the world’s media, particularly as the torch will be coming through Bodmin on Day 1 of the Relay and Bodmin Town Council will be working hard to maximise this opportunity and show Bodmin at its best.

More information on the event in Bodmin will be posted in due course and further information on the Olympic Torch Relay in Cornwall is available on Cornwall Council's website




Wednesday 02 November 2011
Support Your Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - West Cornwall Hospital, St Michael's Hospital and Royal Cornwall Hospital - need your support to become an NHS Foundation Trust.

We have launched the formal listening exercise on our NHS Foundation Trust Plans. This consultation will run from 1 September to 27 November 2011 and will cover how we will be run once we are an NHS Foundation Trust, our membership proposals and our strategic vision for the future.

You can view the details of our plans in our RCHT Foundation Trust Consultation Document and respond via our online consultation response form here on our website. We also have Easy-Read versions of the Consultation Document and Response Form.

You can also attend one of our Consultation Events meeting at our Bodmin public meeting on Thursday 10 November at 12 noon at:

Shire House Suite
Mount Folly
Bodmin
PL31 2DQ





Monday 30 October 2011
Daffodil Planting Event - 'a fantastic example of partnership'

Joining Forces
Community Daffodil Planting
Council and Church volunteers
Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Community Church joined forces on Saturday 29 October 2011 and carried out a very successful daffodil planting event on Beacon Road. The group planted somewhere in the region of 100kg of daffodils along the roadside on Beacon Road opposite Celtic Produce.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ken Stubbs commented “This is a fantastic example of partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display”.

Richard Powell, Pastor of Bodmin Community Church, was extremely pleased that the first joint venture between the Council and the Church had been such a success. “It was really good for the church to have the opportunity not just to talk about the good news but to be good news by doing something practical out in the community”, he said. “We hope to have many more opportunities as a church to be a blessing to Bodmin in the future”.

Special thanks are also due to Bodmin Market and Celtic Produce who provided hot drinks and homemade cakes which were greatly appreciated by the volunteers who had worked on the planting.






Wednesday 26 October 2011
Luncheon for Lady Mary Holborow, former Lord Lieutenant

Framed Certificate presented to
Framed Certificate presented to Lady Mary Holborow
Lady Mary Holborow
On Tuesday 27 September 2011, Bodmin Town Council hosted a special luncheon to mark the recent retirement of Lady Mary Holborow after 17 years as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

During the luncheon the Mayor, Councillor Ralph Solomons, presented Lady Mary with a bouquet of flowers and a framed certificate in recognition of the exemplary service she has rendered to the County of Cornwall during her tenure as Lord Lieutenant.

Photo by: Clemens Photography.






Wednesday 19 October 2011
Daffodil Planting Event – Saturday 29 October 2011

Joining Forces
Community Daffodil Planting
Community Daffodil Planting
Bodmin Town Council and Bodmin Community Church will be joining forces on Saturday 29 October 2011 to carry out a daffodil planting event on Beacon Road.

The group will be on site from 9.00 a.m. through until lunchtime on the triangle of land opposite Celtic Produce (between Robartes Road and Beacon Road).

This is a fantastic example of partnership working between the Council and a local community group with the added benefit of brightening up a highly visible area of the town with an impressive daffodil display.

The group would be very pleased to welcome any members of the public who wish to help out and if you are able to attend it would be helpful if you could bring your own trowels, shovels etc and please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

  


Friday 14 October 2011
Bodmin celebrates success at Cornwall in Bloom Awards

Cornwall in Bloom 2011
Bodmin in Bloom 2001
Group Winners
Bodmin Town Council’s Parks Team celebrated recognition for the improvements to the town’s flowerbed displays on the evening of Wednesday 12 October 2011 when they attended the Cornwall in Bloom Presentation Awards at the Eden Project.

Bodmin were awarded the ‘Group Winner Award’ in the category ‘Parks and Gardens’ which recognises that a high standard has been achieved for the town’s opens spaces and play areas. This achievement saw a cheque for £250.00 being presented by Richard Budge, Truro City Council Parks Manager, as this award was sponsored by Truro City Council.

The Council’s Horticultural Worker, Orlando Schuoler was also nominated and recognised and was presented with a certificate for ‘Nomination for Local Hero.’

This award and recognition demonstrates year-on-year improvements in all aspects of park management, from litter, grass cutting and colourful, structural well maintained flowerbeds and displays providing a focal point of interest. Plant variety has also been a key feature of the displays in Bodmin this year, with many exciting additions to the flowerbeds.

Councillor K W Stubbs, Chairman of the Council’s Properties Committee said, ‘this is a fantastic achievement for Bodmin and recognises the hard and dedicated work of the staff involved. The parks team are a real credit to the town and this award and achievement gives us confidence to enter South West in Bloom in 2012.’ Bodmin Town Council has been working hard over the last few years to brighten up the towns flowerbeds for the benefit and enjoyment of local residents and visitors to the town and these awards recognise the visual impact achieved with the planting schemes. We have had many nice comments from the public regarding the parks and floral displays and this achievement recognises the improvements we are making.’

Pictured (left to right) – Selina Jay, Projects Assistant (Bodmin Town Council), Ron May, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Mark Hawken, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Andy Stone, Foreman, Parks Department (Bodmin Town Council), Orlando Schuoler, Horticultural Worker (Bodmin Town Council) and Richard Budge, Parks Manager (Truro City Council)

  


Thursday 29 September 2011
Narisa Hall - work in progress

Under construction...
Narisa Hall
The rebuilding of Narisa Hall
Work to rebuild Narisa Hall in Priory Park is now underway with construction company Gloweth Ltd busy on site.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Narisa Hall will have greater accessibility for the benefit of the community and is hoped to be finished in the Spring of 2012.

The new building will replace the previous structure which was sadly destroyed by fire in December 2009 due to an arson attack.

  


Tuesday 27 September 2011
Last chance to see Light... Fantastic! Exhibition

Part of Still Life With Sunlight
Part of Still Life With Sunlight
at the Light Fantastic! exhibition
Light… Fantastic! - an exhibition, of paintings by Wadebridge artist Liz Cleves, and of photographs by her husband Ivor Cleves, is currently on show at the Shire Hall, Bodmin and will come to an end on September 28.

Visitors say they find the pictures in this exhibition exuberant and involving.

Both artists are fascinated by the way that light works to give unusual aspects to familiar subjects.

Liz’s fascination is very much with the different palettes demanded, on the one hand by her works that depict Cornwall, and on the other by her depictions of Oman. Her paintings run the gamut from realistic watercolour depictions of landscape around Cornwall to near-abstract works of Cornwall, and of Oman, as well as still-life in abstract guises.

Ivor is taken up with how light coming from behind a subject can give immensely strong and vivid images with high contrast. Also, in how heightened contrast in itself can make the ordinary into the extraordinary, when familiar objects project into and take over everyday space. He also presents some very detailed panoramas of Cornwall.


  


Monday 05 September 2011
Cornwall residents urged to register now to vote in 2012

Cornwall Council is encouraging local people to register now to make sure they can vote in 2012. Police Commissioner Elections are expected to take place in 2012 and local by-elections could also occur at short notice, so it is important to register now.

The Council is required to produce a new and accurate list of voters each year which then stays in force for the following twelve months. Electoral registration forms were posted before the August bank holiday weekend to over 250,000 households in Cornwall to enable the new electoral register to be compiled for use in 2012.

“The new electoral register will be published on 1 December and only people who are on the register will be able to vote“ explained Denise Holwill, Cornwall’s Electoral Services Manager. “It is vital that people complete and return the form as soon as possible so their names can be included on the register and tax payers’ money can be spent most efficiently.”

The forms contain the details of all the people who are currently registered to vote at that address. If none of the details on the form have changed, the householder can either sign the form and return it in the pre paid envelope provided or register electronically by:

· Phone
· Registering online via a website
· Sending a text message

Further details, including the security code that householders need to quote, are given on the form. Registering electronically is not only the quickest and easiest method, but also helps the Council to save taxpayers money. If any details on the form have changed, people should cross through the names of anyone who no longer lives at the address, amend any mistakes or add the names of anyone new who is eligible to vote. They then need to sign the form and return it – either in the pre paid envelope or by dropping it into any Council office or one stop shop.

Denise and her team hope that as many people as possible will complete and return their forms as soon as they receive them. If the Council receives a response by 22 September, this will prevent a reminder form being sent out. Any households who do not reply by then will be sent a reminder form at the beginning of October – which will cost the Council additional money. In addition a team of over 100 canvassers will then visit any households who have still not registered between 21 October and 14 November to help people fill in their forms.

“People are required by law to provide the information which is asked for in the forms“ said Denise. “While most people respond quickly, we always have a number of households who do not return their forms. “Based on last year’s response we anticipate having to send out around 80,000 reminders in October and subsequently visit around 30,000 of those homes which have not previously responded to our forms. If people look out for the forms and respond promptly then they can help to make savings which can go towards other essential services”.

Anyone who does not received their form can telephone Cornwall Council Electoral Services to request a replacement on 0300 123 1115.



 
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