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Tuesday 19 September 2017
Priory Car Park charges to be reintroduced from 2 October


A reminder that the free parking that has been in place since September 2016 in support of the 'Building a Better Bodmin Scheme' ends on 30 September 2017.

Priory Car Park charges will be reintroduced with effect from 2 October - a reminder of the charges can be found here.

To avoid a penalty notice being issued to your vehicle, please ensure that you display a valid ticket from Monday 2 October 2017.



Tuesday 12 September 2017
Councillors to join Bodmin Clean Up for litter pick


The Mayor and some of the other Councillors will be joining the Clean Up Bodmin volunteers for a litter pick tomorrow (Wednesday 13 September) starting at Fair Park at 6.30 pm, weather permitting.

If you have the time to get involved, chat to Councillors and help out the team please join us!



Monday 4 September 2017
Public Notice - Lease of open space land


Local Government Act 1972, Section 127(1)

Notice of intention to offer a 24 year term on open space land at Hillside Park (PL31 2RF).

Notice is hereby given under section 127(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Bodmin Town Council intends to make a disposal of open space land at Hillside Park, Bodmin by way of a 24 year lease. Bodmin Town Council will retain the freehold interest (ownership) of this land. This land is referred to in this notice as ‘the open space land.’

It is intended to grant a lease to Webb Ellis Estates Limited in order that the open space land can be used as a public pay and display car park (151 permanent spaces and 139 overflow spaces) to underpin the significant economic investment at Bodmin Jail and as part of the regeneration of the area for the benefit of the town. Public access will still be available to the open space land at times when the overflow parking is not in use.

The Open Space Land has an area of approximately 1.731 hectares (4.278 acres) and is shown for identification purposes on a plan available online on Bodmin Town Council’s website www.bodmin.gov.uk Land Registry Title Numbers for the open space land is CL277615 & CL295149 and OS map reference SX0667SW.

The area of land intended to be disposed of by way of 24 year lease is denoted on the plan that accompanies this notice. The level of car parking is in accordance with planning permission granted by Cornwall Council for the refurbishment and redevelopment of Bodmin Jail - planning application ref PA17/00086 refers. Plans and documents are available from Cornwall Council www.cornwall.gov.uk

This is a formal notice given insofar as the above parcel of land consists or forms part of an open space within the meaning of the above section, being land used for the purpose of public recreation.

This Notice will also be published on Bodmin Town Council’s Website www.bodmin.gov.uk and Facebook page along with the proposed block plan. Copies of the plan can also be obtained from the Council Offices.

Any person who wishes to comment or object to the proposed disposal of the above mentioned parcel of land should notify the Town Clerk, Bodmin Town Council, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ in writing or via e-mail to policy@bodmin.gov.uk and to be received by no later than 9.00 a.m. on Monday 18 September 2017. The grounds for any objection should be stated.

  Proposed Block Plan With Parking (PDF)





Monday 21 August 2017
Bodmin Town Musuem - Date of AGM


Notice is hereby given that the next AGM of Bodmin Town Museum will be held on Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 2.30pm in the Bodmin Information Centre conference room, Shire Hall, Mount Folly, Bodmin.


Friday 11 August 2017
Appointment of Town and Parish Council Representatives and Lay Members to Cornwall Council's Standards Committee



Do you believe in the importance of high standards of conduct in local councils? If so, you may be interested in joining Cornwall Council’s Standards Committee to help maintain and promote such standards.


The Standards Committee are looking to appoint to fill recent vacancies and require two Town and Parish Council Representatives and one Lay Member to sit on the Standards Committee. To be eligible to be a Town and Parish Council Representative you must be a member of a Town or Parish Council in Cornwall and not a member or officer of Cornwall Council. To be appointed as a Lay Member you cannot have been, in the last five years, a member or officer of Cornwall Council, or a member of a Town and Parish Council in Cornwall.

For both roles previous experience of an ethical standards regime, whilst not essential, is an advantage.

These are voluntary roles, but a small allowance may be payable and there will be travelling and subsistence expenses.

If you think you meet these criteria further information and an application form can be requests from Simon JR Mansell MBE, Assurance Service, Cornwall Council, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY (email)

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on 12 September 2017




Friday 11 August 2017
Bodmin Town Council become ninth town to work in partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to monitor CCTV from Critical Control Centre


CCTV Partnership

Bodmin Town Council are pleased to announce that CCTV is now being monitored by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service at their brand new Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon. CFRCS Service have been monitoring CCTV for 8 town and parishes since July 2016 and is pleased that Bodmin will become the ninth town to be monitored from the fantastic facility at Tolvaddon.

The state of the art cameras are active 24 hours a day seven days a week, providing high quality digital images which can be used to support police prosecutions. A link is also being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires.

The Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services, this means they can also summon immediate help for acts of crime or for anyone they see who have been taken ill or injured in an emergency.

CCTV is essential as both a deterrent and evidence source to support our work and our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities, providing just one example of how we are working together to make Cornwall safer.

Funded entirely by the Town Councils, the aim of this innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is to enable key services to deliver against such priorities as a reduction in crime and ensuring further contributions to community safety, in terms of preventative proactive work, are provided. It also establishes greater links within the communities we serve and with other partners and emergency services. The Critical Control Centre also supports functions across the wider Council, including out of hours highway calls.

Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Sara Kinsman said: ”Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to deliver an enhanced CCTV system utilising new technology, covering a wider area of the town which will help the Police address a range of community safety issues including anti-social behaviour.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, “I am delighted to work in partnership with Bodmin Town Council with CCTV providing an excellent tool to support our shared community safety ambitions. This is another example of our close working with partners to address anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues through “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”. I am confident this partnership and CCTV facility will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bodmin.”

Visit the Cornwall Council website for further information.

Above picture - left to right: Stephen Facer (Town Clerk); Sara Kinsman (Mayor); Paul Walker (Chief Fire Officer); Jacquie Gammon (Deputy Mayor).




Wednesday 2 August 2017
Electoral Boundary Review - Consultation Response by Bodmin Town Council


Bodmin Town Council welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Local Government Boundary Review for Cornwall Council and in particular the number of Councillors within Cornwall Council.

This matter was considered by Full Council when it met on 20 July 2017.

You can read the Town Council's consultation response below.

  Electoral Boundary Review - Consultation Response by Bodmin Town Council (PDF)





Friday 21 July 2017
Cornwall Council Consultations for Planning Policy and Guidance Documents



Cornwall Council is consulting on the three policy and two supplementary planning documents below.


There is still time to respond.

End of Consultation 24th July 2017 5pm

  • Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document SPD
  • European Terrestrial Sites Mitigation Supplementary Planning Document SPD


End of Consultation 7th August 2017 5pm

  • Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) Submission Consultation (June 2017) (Regulation 19/20 Consultation)
  • Cornwall Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document (DPD) Submission Consultation (June 2017) (Regulation 19/20 Consultation)
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule


All the documents can be accessed and downloaded from the Councils website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultations along with the online surveys / representation forms.

Documents are also available at the Councils One Stop Shops, libraries and New County Hall reception.

If you have any other queries regarding the consultations please contact a member of the Local Plans Team by phoning 0300 1234 151 or by emailing localplan@cornwall.gov.uk.





Thursday 20 July 2017
Bodmin Town Council Strategic Review - Your Thoughts



Bodmin Town Council is about to embark on a strategic review to formulate its aims and objectives for the next 4 year term to 2021.

The Council would like to hear your thoughts on the key priorities for the town and what things you would like to see the Council working on during this term.

Whilst this does not form the basis of any formal consultation, it can give the Council an indication of local priorities it should be considering as part of the review process.

You can comment on this post on Facebook, email or write to BTC at Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin PL31 2DQ with your suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your input.





Friday 14 July 2017
Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document



The Cornwall Council Allocations Development Plan Document consultation started on 12 June and continues for 8 weeks, ending on 7 August.


The Allocations DPD will form part of Cornwall’s suite of planning documents; it sets locations to deliver strategic housing and economic growth within our larger towns; identifies strategic infrastructure that needs to be delivered to support the growth; and sets this within a wider strategy for the towns.


  Cornwall Council Allocations Development Plan Document (PDF)


For more background information, please use the following link

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/allocationsplan

To respond to this consultation please use the link below:

https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=409011X93077476X81217





Tuesday 6 June 2017
Hillside Park - Bodmin Town Council's current position on proposals



Hillside Park - Bodmin Town Council's current position on proposals put forward by Webb Ellis (Bodmin Jail) for use of council land as a car park.


The following letter title / subject matter reflects the terminology used by Merricks Solicitors in their two letters to the Town Council.

Like most local residents the Town Council refers to this land as 'Hillside Park.'


   Hillside Park - Bodmin Town Council's current position on proposals (PDF)





Thursday 1 June 2017
Notice of Date of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights



Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No.234) and The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

1. Date of Announcement – 1 June 2017 2.

Section 26 and 27 of the Local Audit Accountability Act 2014 provide for:

Inspection: Any persons interested may inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them. For the year ending 31 March 2017 these documents will be available during the period specified under paragraph 4 below on reasonable notice on application to the Responsible Finance Officer.

Questions and objections to the external auditor: Local Government 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 be given to the external auditor and a copy sent to the authority. Objections must concern a matter of which the external auditor could make a public interest report or apply for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful.

The auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 5 below for this purpose.

3. Person to which you can apply to inspect the accounts;

Anne Banks, Responsible Finance Officer Address: Bodmin Town Council, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ Email : accountsteam@bodmin.gov.uk Telephone: 01208 76616

4. Any rights of inspection, objection, and questioning of the auditor may only be exercised within a single period of 30 working days (Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, Regulation 15 (1))

commencing on 27 June 2017
and ending on 7 August 2017

5. Your appointed auditor is: Barrie Morris, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Hartwell House, 55-61 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6FT Telephone: 0117 305 7600


   Notice of Date of Commencement of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights (PDF)





Friday 19 May 2017
Bodmin Mayor Choosing Ceremony 2017



During yesterday’s Annual Meeting held at St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin Town Council elected Councillor Sara Kinsman as Mayor for the ensuing year 2017/18.

Councillor Kinsman follows in her family’s footsteps as her Great Grandfather Horace G Kinsman was Mayor of Bodmin in 1952 and 1953 and her Grandfather Hedley Richard George Kinsman was Mayor of Bodmin in 1966 and 1977.

Councillor Jacquie Gammon was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Below: pictured from left to right are: Brian Connor (Macebearer), Katie Booth (ATC Mayor’s Cadet), Councillor Jacquie Gammon (Deputy Mayor), Councillor Sara Kinsman (Mayor), Ken Pearce (Macebearer), Terry Williams (Town Crier) and Stephen Facer (Town Clerk).

Mayor Choosing Ceremony 2017





Monday 08 May 2017
Notice of Vacancy - St Leonards Ward



Please see below for details of a Councillor vacancy on Bodmin Town Council, St Leonard's Ward.

There are 5 seats in this ward but only 4 candidates stood for election, so there is one vacancy which is eligible for filling by co-option (this is when all applications are considered and a 'candidate' chosen by the other Councillors).

If you would like any more information on what is involved in being a Town Councillor before applying please email tara.stiles@bodmin.gov.uk for an information pack and an eligibility form.

Applications are invited from residents, or others appropriately qualified, in Bodmin for the voluntary position of Councillor to Bodmin Town Council.

Please apply in writing by no later than 4.30 p.m. on Friday 19 May 2017 setting out in detail your reasons, knowledge and ability for seeking to fill the vacancy.

Applications will be received and the co-options made at the Adjourned Full Council Meeting on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Please address your application to:

The Town Clerk Bodmin Town Council Shire House Mount Folly Square BODMIN PL31 2DQ E – stephen.facer@bodmin.gov.uk




Saturday 06 May 2017
Election results for Town Council - Bodmin St Petroc




Results of Election for Bodmin Town Council - St Petroc's Ward held on 4 May 2017 are as follows:


Parish and Town Councils for election 4 May 2017

Surname Other Names Description (if any) No. of votes Elected?
Brown Phil Independent 576 ELECTED
Gibbs John Ronald Mebyon Kernow 312 ELECTED
Kinsman Sara Helen Independent 479 ELECTED
Phillips Karen Julie Independent Registered Nurse 470 ELECTED
Skea Pete   477 ELECTED
Thorne Marc Leslie Labour Party 210  



You can also view these results on the Cornwall Council website.


 


Tuesday 02 May 2017
Notice of Election for Unitary Councillor - Bodmin St Petroc



Notice of Election for a Unitary Councillor (Bodmin St Petroc).

Notice is hereby given that:


1. An election is to be held of ONE Councillor for the said Electoral Division.

2. Nomination papers can only be submitted in person between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm on any day after the date of this notice, but not later than 4 pm on Thursday 11 May 2017 to the following locations on the specified dates:- 4, 8, 10 and 11 May to the Deputy Returning Officer, Room 11, Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Council Offices, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR.  9 May to the Deputy Returning Officer, Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin, PL31 2FR - Main Reception – between the hours of 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and Meeting Room 6 - between the hours of 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

3. Nomination papers may be obtained from the Deputy Returning Officer at Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Council Offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR, during normal office hours, who, upon request, will prepare for signature a nomination paper.

4. If the election is contested, the poll will be held on Thursday, 8 June 2017.

5. Applications to register to vote at this election close Midnight on Monday 22 May 2017. www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

6. Electors and their proxies should note that:

Applications to vote by post or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017 if they are to be effective for this election.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017, except in cases where unforeseen illness, incapacity, occupation, service or employment occurs after that time, in which case applications may be received by no later 5.00pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Room 11, Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR by the relevant deadline if they are to be effective for this election.


  Notice of Election - Unitary Councillor Bodmin St Petroc (PDF)

 



Friday 17 March 2017
Notices of Election for the Unitary, City, Town and Parish Elections




Notices of Election for the Unitary, City, Town and Parish Elections to be held on 4 May 2017 are provided below as follows:


  Notice of Election - Cornwall Council (PDF)

  Notice of Election - Town Parish East (PDF)

  Notice of Election - Town Parish West (PDF)

  Nomination Papers Poster (PDF)

  Election Timetable (PDF)

 


Tuesday 07 Match 2017
Bodmin’s St Piran Day 2017


St Pirans Day

The traditional St Piran's Day celebrations were marked in Bodmin yesterday, led by an extremely hardy band of Cornish schoolchildren.

With atrocious weather conditions persisting in the build up to the children's parade, this element of the event was almost cancelled at the last minute, but thankfully the rain gave way (almost completely) just in time and the local schoolchildren were able to show off their banners, St Piran's flags and superb chants of 'Oggy, Oggy, Oggy' as planned.

Mount Folly was filled with the children, along with Cornishmen and women from around the country, to listen to the Loveny Male Voice Choir and join in with a rousing rendition of 'Trelawny'.

The children then danced to the haunting strains of a Cornish Piper, before processing to St Petroc's Church to perform more songs and poems.


Link here to watch video on Bodmin Town Council Facebook page
 


Friday 03 Match 2017
Bodmin’s St Piran Celebrations


Mount Folly - St Pirans Day celebrations


Bodmin’s St Piran celebrations will take place on Monday 6 March 2017 featuring the traditional parade which will assemble in the area of the former Town Library in Lower Bore Street from approximately 10.45 a.m. for an 11.00 a.m. parade with the Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Lance Kennedy to the accompaniment of a Cornish Piper to Mount Folly where Trelawney will sung after the loudest “Oggy Oggy Oggy” chants in Cornwall and some short speeches.

Once again some 400 children from all of Bodmin’s schools and the surrounding parishes including Blisland, Cardinham, Lanivet, Lanlivery, Nanstallon and St Wenn join together for the most important part of the day’s celebrations. In addition to taking part in the parade, chanting, dancing and singing, they will be performing in St Petroc’s Church after the march.

Bodmin Lion Kevin Marshall who chairs the committee which has been organising the St Piran Event said: “Bodmin will be the only place to be. What makes Bodmin so special is that our day is about the children who are a fundamental and important part of this town and the Great County’s future. Their enthusiasm is infectious bringing Cornwall’s traditions alive in a unique way not seen anywhere else. The Bodmin Joint St Piran Committee is delighted to see the event grow year-on-year and include children from neighbouring parishes, united under the umbrella of being Cornish and celebrating our Cornish Patron Saint.

As in previous years Bodmin is expecting to welcome Cornishmen and women from London, Bournemouth and around the country to take part. All members of public are welcome to join in on the day.

Timetable:

10.45 a.m. - Assemble at Lower Bore Street (outside the former Library);

11.00 a.m. - March down Lower Bore Street and Fore Street to Mount Folly stopping at the Flamank Stone, accompanied by Cornish Piper and Grand Bard Mervyn Davey. Mount Folly Speakers introduced by Terry Williams (Bodmin Town Crier) - Lance Kennedy (Mayor of Bodmin), and Chair of Cornwall Council, Councillor Ann Kerridge. Children’s Dance arranged by Alison Davey;

11.30 a.m. – Children process via Priory Park to St Petroc’s Church where they will perform Cornish plays and songs;

12.45 p.m. – Lunch provided for the children at St Petroc’s Church.



Friday 28 February 2017
Relocation of Citizens Advice Bodmin Office



Citizens Advice Bodmin office is relocating from the Shire Hall to the nearby Shire House from Monday 6 March.

The move from Shire Hall is necessary because of important repair works that have been identified by the building’s owners, Bodmin Town Council.

The move to Shire House is a temporary measure until permanent offices can be found in the town. Citizens Advice Cornwall chief executive, Neil Colquhoun, said: "We are fully committed to maintaining a full advice service for people in Bodmin and surrounding areas and we’re very grateful to the town council for their support in finding us temporary accommodation in Shire House.  We will be looking for new offices in the area over the next few months.”

David Kinnair, Bodmin Town Council committee officer, said: "It is with regret that we have had to take the decision to temporarily relocate the Citizens Advice offices from the Shire Hall but our primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of the CA volunteers, employees and clients that visit the offices. We will continue to work with the Citizens Advice Cornwall during this time and thank them for their proactive assistance in this matter."

The move to Shire House means advice sessions can only be made by appointment because of restricted space in the building.

To access the Citizens Advice Service or make an appointment, members of the public can text the word ADVICE to 78866 and an adviser will call back within 24 hours or the next working day. Alternatively, the service can be contacted on 03444-111444 Mondays to Fridays between 10am and 4pm.

Drop-in services continue to be available at CA Cornwall’s offices in Liskeard (21 Dean Street PL14 4AB) on Mondays from 10am to 12.15pm and in St Austell (39 Penwinnick Road PL25 5DR) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12.15pm.

Further information about Citizens Advice Cornwall services can be found at https://www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk/




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