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A Councillor… Who Me?

Posted on: 25th February 2021 |

Could You be a Parish or Town Councillor and Take a Lead in Providing Services in Your Community?

A PDF version of this information is available to download: A Councillor… Who Me 2021 (PDF, 175KB)

What Can My Local Council Do?

The powers of a parish or town council are wide and various. The Council exists as the most localised form of government and is there to serve and represent the parish or town and their residents and electors.

  • Playing fields.
  • Special projects.

These are just some of the areas where your parish council can act to improve the town and villages, its amenities and support to local people.

Parish Councils play a major role in local consultation.

  • County consultation on waste, tourism, education and transport.
  • Consultation on planning in your parish, local plans for your area, provision of services within your district and parish.
  • Government consultation on legislation which might affect the future of your village, county, region or country.
  • Forming local policy – neighbourhood plans and emergency plans.

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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Posted on: 23rd February 2021 |

You may have seen or heard that the time has come to complete the census for 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. 

This year’s census, taking place on 21 March 2021, is unusual as it is being completed while we come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic but very much like the census in 1921, (the first after World War 1 and the Spanish Flu epidemic) it will capture a snapshot of society during this unprecedented time. It will provide us with new information that we will be able to use for years to come. This information will inform decisions on public services, including hospitals, schools, universities and job centres, to meet the needs of our changing society.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a postcard with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets, alleviating some of the hurdles of the pandemic.

Postcards will be arriving in the coming weeks, but we understand not everyone will be able to (or will want to), do their census online and paper questionnaires will be available for those who need them or prefer to use them.

We will also have a range of support services from online help, including help by email, social media, text message and on a web chat facility on our website. People can also complete their census over the phone, with the help of our trained staff, or by using the traditional paper form.

After Census Day (21 March 2021) we’ll deploy field staff to help those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper and direct them to the support services they need. The head of the census, Pete Benton, said: “They’ll be tested twice a week for coronavirus. And of course, they won’t go out if they have a positive test. “They will never need to enter people’s houses; it’s really no different from somebody delivering a parcel or a takeaway meal. Staff will be safe and socially distanced and following both national and local COVID-19 guidance.”

For any help, please go to or call 0800 141 2021 from 1st March.

Don’t forget those who like to look up their family history. The Office of National Statistics will soon be releasing the personal information of those in the 1921 Census.

John Floyd Census Engagement Manager

South West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

How to report dog fouling

Posted on: 22nd February 2021 |

How to report dog fouling 

If you witness a fouling incident, you can report it via the Cornwall Council website or by calling 0300 1234 212. 

You’ll need to give the time and date of incident, a brief description of the person, the dog and what happened. In order for Cornwall Council to investigate the matter you’ll also need to provide either the name and/or address of the individual or, if relevant, their vehicle registration number. 

St Just Town Council Zoom Meeting

Posted on: 22nd February 2021 |

Topic: St Just Town Council


Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM London


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Meeting ID: 842 5995 0398

Advice on Hedge and tree maintenance from Cornwall Council

Posted on: 11th February 2021 |

You’ll be aware that unmanaged hedges have big implications for our local communities. They can cause safety issues by limiting access for road users, including vital emergency services, gritting, and refuse vehicles.

As well as identifying locations through regular inspections and reports, we often enlist help from town and parish councils to identify locations where vegetation is obstructing the highway. We also ask for local co-operation from landowners or occupiers to deal with any overhanging vegetation, hedges, and trees. Where we need to give advice on the course of action, we sometimes find a landowner isn’t registered, so your local knowledge and insight is invaluable to us. We would like to ask for your support by reminding landowners to make sure any trees or hedges are trimmed back prior to 1st March. Working in partnership with landowners, and particularly the farming community, is vital in ensuring a safe and accessible highway network while safeguarding important habitats.
Where a landowner or occupier’s co-operation is not gained, Cornwall Council will issue a formal notice for the work to be carried out. If the notice is ignored and action is not taken, the council will request that we carry out any work and seek to recover the cost. However, we would much rather we didn’t have to resort to such measures.
The attached fact sheet helps to explain the role we play, and signposts to all the information you need to know about maintaining hedges and trees alongside Cornwall’s roads. Over the past year we have seen an increase in the number of enquiries relating to Ash dieback. Previously known as Chalara, this is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called hymenoscyphus fraxineus, and was first confirmed in Britain in 2012.
In response, we are adapting our operational activity and working closely with our colleagues in Cornwall Council. We have been increasing our monitoring and survey work, and this will continue through the year so that we can better understand the scale of the issues and the progress of the disease.
Inspections are carried out by our professionally trained arboriculture officers in line with national guidance and industry best practice. We have also trained many of our staff, known as ‘competent officers’, to increase knowledge and skills around the identification of tree defects. This is further complemented by our reactive service, which responds to any concerns raised through the reporting system.

By acting now, we can help to build resilience in our local landscapes. We can help to identify and manage any possible risks connected to our roads, and the environmental assets we maintain.
For more information, advice, and support about Ash dieback we would encourage you to visit Cornwall Council’s website. Details can be found here.

Committee Zoom Links 12 and 15 February 2021

Posted on: 11th February 2021 |

Topic: Town Council Internal Audit Meeting 

Time: Feb 12, 2021 10:30 AM London


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Meeting ID: 883 3059 8046


Topic: Town Council Premises and Amenities Committee

Time: Feb 15, 2021 05:00 PM London


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Meeting ID: 850 8507 5287


St Just Town Council meeting

Posted on: 8th February 2021 |

Topic: St Just Town Council meeting

Time: Feb 8, 2021 07:00 PM London

Please note earlier start time of 7pm


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Meeting ID: 842 5995 0398