Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 S.14: Temporary Prohibition of Traffic

Location:        Skitta Close, Callington

Timing:           26th February 2021 to 1st March 2021 (24 hours)

Reason for Emergency Closure: Repairs to collapsed sewer

Contact:          Kier – Tel: 0344 346 2020

The above closure has been approved and is now in progress.   Please click the following link to view a map and associated documents:

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Applicants and contractors are reminded that they are responsible for the provision, erection, maintenance and removal of all necessary signing.  Applicants are also reminded that they have undertaken to notify all interested parties known to be directly affected by the closure/restriction including, if appropriate, all frontagers on the length of the road such as local residents and businesses as well as other trader who may have to make deliveries and/or collections in the area.

Kind regards,

Streetworks

Transport and Infrastructure Service

Cornwall Council

Tel: 0300 1234 222

Roadside Hedge and Tree Management

Cornwall Council has a legal duty to prevent, as far as is reasonably possible, the obstruction of the highway. This includes ensuring that landowners and occupiers properly manage the growth of their trees and hedges on the roadside.

Cornwall’s roads are bounded by hedges and trees which are often hundreds of years old.  They are important features in our landscape and provide a number of environmental benefits ranging from reduced flood risk and soil loss, to improved air quality and habitat for wildlife.  The stone and turf structure of Cornish hedges fosters an especially rich bio-diversity.

Maintenance responsibilities

Very few trees and hedgerows on or near the highway are the responsibility of Cornwall Council. The vast majority of land alongside Cornwall’s roads is privately owned and hedges and boundary trees are the responsibility of the landowner.  Cornwall Council is only responsible for the management and maintenance of these important features growing on its own land or those growing within the limits of the maintained highway.

We recommend that regular maintenance of hedgerows is carried out to prevent side growth and low-lying branches extending into the highway.  It is important that owners check trees for any signs of disease and that trees within falling distance of the highway are safe, particularly after strong winds and storm conditions. This includes trees rooted in Cornish hedges that form the boundary to the highway.  The months of March through to the end of August is the main breeding season for birds and as far as hedge cutting is considered is a closed season. Unless there are unavoidable health and safety concerns hedge cutting during this time should be avoided.  All cuttings should be removed to avoid endangering road users and enable footways and highway drainage features to continue to carry out their important functions. We usually recommend trimming back hedges in January and February. This is because:

• It reduces the chance of disturbing breeding birds which have legal protection
• Most plants won’t have started flowering or seeding
• It allows berries and nuts to be available for wildlife for as long as possible during the winter
• It is likely that there will be less traffic on the roads, reducing congestion and delays

Working with landowners

We want to work with landowners and encourage them to play their part in helping to ensure all road users and pedestrians can travel and walk safely.  Landowners have a duty to cut their own hedges and trees where they are causing an obstruction or safety concern. However, if the owner is not willing to take action, the council has the power to issue formal notices to landowners and cut back any obstructive hedges or trees on their behalf. In these circumstances, the council will normally recover the costs from the landowner.  If trees or hedges are not properly managed, they can interfere with road safety, particularly at junctions or bends where they can compromise essential visibility. Even light growth can cause problems for pedestrians and cyclists.  We would advise people to maintain their trees and hedges responsibly and to inspect them regularly during the growing season.

How we manage trees and hedges along the highway

We manage trees and hedges on council-owned land to maintain the safe use of the highway and support the many and wide-ranging benefits they provide.  Our routine highway inspections include the general identification of tree defects within or adjacent to the highway which may be a hazard to road users.  Tree specialists (arboricultural officers) also undertake regular specialist inspection of trees within urban areas and along our busier rural roads.

When inspecting trees we assess the condition, any potential risks and hazards, the width and height clearance required for the road. We will check for signs of ill health, instability, decay fungi within  the roots or on the tree and any structural defects including broken hanging branches.  Where dangerous trees or obstructions are identified we will take action. We either deal with issues on our highway land or notify private landowners of our concerns following our inspections.  If the highway is obstructed by fallen trees or other debris, we will work to clear the obstruction as  quickly as possible. If necessary, the road may be temporarily closed in the interests of public safety.In order to protect the health, safety and amenity of trees we will normally only carry out works for reasons of good tree husbandry, or to resolve significant hazards.

Unfortunately, we do not deal with nuisance related issues, such as branches overhanging private property.  We may cut hedges from time to time in advance of road treatment work, or in front of drainage features and road signs. However, in doing this work, it does not relieve owners and occupiers of their responsibilities.

Tree works on the highway
When carrying out cutting or trimming activities on the roadside, health and safety considerations must be a priority.  Before any work is carried out landowners need to ensure they have all the required permissions and consents and will need to check for Tree Preservation Orders or Conservation Areas.  A licence to work within the highway might be required if any work affects road users, and where tree works involve the removal of more than 5 m3 of timber a felling licence may also be needed.  Advice regarding tree safety, management, or development should always be given by a suitably experienced and qualified tree specialist.

Top tips:
Make sure you visit the Cornwall Council website for all the latest advice. Everything you need to know about managing trees and tree risks can be found on the Managing your Trees webpage.
It may sound obvious, but work should be carried out in good visibility and machinery which spits hedge debris onto the highway should be avoided.  If planting trees on land near to the highway think about where the tree is placed to minimise the risks to road users and also the obligation to carry out regular checks and maintenance.  Ensure that hedge maintenance contractors have adequate insurance as operators.

Report an issue
If you wish to report an issue with overgrown hedges or overgrown or fallen trees causing a concern in the highway, please use this link to the report it page.

Please notify Cornwall Council (0300 1234 222) if you need to undertake emergency tree works from within the highway or if highway users are affected.

www.cornwall.gov.uk

 

Do you need help with transport to get to your COVID vaccination appointment?

If you are unable to get to your COVID vaccination appointment , or need transport to hospital appointments etc, Volunteer Cornwall have volunteers who can help you.

https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/…/volunteer…

Citizens Advice Cornwall

The latest copy of the Citizens Advice Cornwall newsletter is now out.  There are some very useful articles about Fuel Poverty, the EU Settlement Scheme and help for landlords who may need advice if the pandemic has caused rent to dry up.  There are also a number of ways to contact the CAB if you need help and advice.

 

Citizens Advice – Winter 2020

Urban Terrace, Callington

Proposed Affordable Housing Development

The proposed development includes a 100% affordable housing scheme, delivered by Cornwall Council. The proposal includes spacious and accessible units comprising of 11 x dwellings and 4 x apartments, a mix of one, two and three bedroom properties. The central access road will be maintained due to its link to the College. Each property has two allocated parking spaces with the apartments having one each. There are four further visitor spaces.

As a local resident you may wish or have a family member who would like to register for a plot on this site. For shared ownership properties you will need to register with Help to Buy South – www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk

 

 

Remembrance Day

Callington Poppy Wave

As many Remembrance Services and Parades in Cornwall have had to be cancelled, a volunteer group in our Town set to work during lockdown to make sure that those that lost their lives were not forgotten.  Over 9,000 poppies were knitted, crocheted and crafted to decorate the town.  Knitted and crocheted poppies were made into a spectacular poppy wave cascading from the wall of St Mary’s Church into the grounds to finish just behind the War Memorial where the names of Callington war heroes are commemorated.

At the base of this stunning work of art lies a poignant metal plague depicting two soldiers with wooden crosses placed in the grass.

The whole town is adorned with wreaths, poppies, wooden crosses and ribbons hanging from trees. Many thanks to everyone involved with this amazing project.

Although there will be no Remembrance Ceremony or Service in Callington, over 30 poppy wreaths have been obtained by local groups/organisations and individuals to lay at the War Memorial from Sunday 8th November through to Armistice Day on Wednesday 11th.

Lest we forget.

**Many thanks to Mel Peters for this stunning photo

 

Father Christmas by Zoom

Although Father Christmas is unable to visit his Grotto at the Christmas Fair this year, all is not lost.

If your child/children would like to chat to Father Christmas this year, Callington Lions and Callington Town Council have arranged for him to visit the children of Callington and Kelly Bray by Zoom, and present them with a special gift via their parents

PARENTS – For more information and how to arrange a Zoom visit from Father Christmas, please click on the poster below.

Father Christmas by Zoom

 

Callington Town Market is back! Sunday 1st November

After a break due to COVID-19, the November market will be held in the Town Hall complex from 10.00am until 2.00pm, and will comply with Government guidelines on social distancing.

There will be lots of super traders of food, clothing, craft, health, beauty, gifts, jewellery, honey and much more.   Come along and support the great traders and maybe pick up some early Christmas presents.

There are hand sanitising stations around the Town Hall complex and we ask that everyone visiting the market wears a face covering, unless exempt.

To book a stall at the market, please email market@callington-tc.gov.uk or call 01579 384039 and leave a message.

We look forward to seeing you again!

There will be no refreshments at this market.

VIRTUAL Honey Fair 2020

Honey Fair Week!

7th to 14th October

Callington Lions’ Honey Fair will this year be a virtual affair

With lots to see on our Facebook page: Callington.Lions

So have a look at the many items shown on the page, including:

Videos from Honey Fair’s founder John Trevithick,

Our own Town Crier, Tony Stentiford and our President Karen Toft.

There will be a video of the bees in Lion John Woods’ beehive.

In addition, you can find on the Facebook page, previously recorded music from our local schools.

Have a good look around the town and join in the hunt for the over 30 beehive posters in our local shops and elsewhere.

And don’t forget there will be a children’s painting competition with the theme ‘Bee Happy’

Rather than just one day Callington Lions are running the ‘Virtual Fair’ from Wednesday 7th to Wednesday 14th October.

With competition results being published after the 14th

Callington Lions Club is a charity registered with the Charities Commission of England and Wales, Registration No. 1181024, Registered Office: Netley House, Harrowbarrow, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8BG.

TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED

Whilst we had hoped to open the Town Council office from the beginning of October, in line with recent Government guidelines, office staff that can work from home will do so.

We can still be contacted by phone on 01579 384039, leave a message and someone will call you back, or you can email

enquiries@callington-tc.gov.uk

Once legislation permits officers to return to work we will look to

re-open the office and will keep you updated.

Thank you for your co-operation