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Lay Police Observation

After a recent police report at a Parish Council meeting we heard about a scheme Devon and Cornwall police offer called Lay-observation. The scheme is where a member of the public can apply to shadow police officers to observe all the hard work that they do. (You too can apply by following this link.) 

After hearing about the scheme, I decided to apply and was thrilled to be able to go and spend an afternoon with the Police services within Truro. They were very kind and welcoming and more then happy to answer any and all questions that I asked them. It was a interesting afternoon, however there was a negative part which was where I witnessed how stretched these hard working police officers are. With just 5 officers to cover the huge area around Truro they are forced to work above and beyond what can be expected of anyone.

Just in my afternoon alone two officers had to stay on and work overtime due to not having enough staff to deal with everything happening that afternoon. (I was told…

Menopause Breaking The Stigma

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With all the warranted protesting (Of which I will write a post on in the future after further research.) at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 9th July it was buried that the council debated and voted unanimously to the motionfor the council to work to increase menopause awareness among its staff and across the wider community. (The word ‘menopause’ comes from ‘meno’, meaning your menstrual cycle, and ‘pause’, meaning to stop.) I think this is a great idea and something that reaches further then the inside of New County Hall. As something that will affect half the population it is worth talking about and removing the stigmatisation. The website Rock My Menopause has great resources on this, and have started a campaign to stamp out the taboo and raise awareness of the menopause. You can start right now on social media with only a simple post, using the Hashtag; #Menovist (One who stands up for those going through the menopause : a person who openly encourages and engages in conversat…

Overgrown Hedges (Again)

It's that time of year again when the sun is out and the Flora and Fauna is at its most beautiful and free. Yet just as last year I'm compelled to write the same thing again, as I'm sure I will next year. Last year I wrote a letter to the Cornish Guardian about how lovely it is to have hedges and foliage but it can be dangerous. And once again I have had people getting in touch with me in regards to how dangerous some of the overgrown paths are due to the inability of Cornwall Council to maintain them.
Now hedges and trees are a key part of the Cornish landscape and important in our fight against climate change. So cutting them should only be done when they prove a present danger and once again in our Parish some do. That is why it is paramount to have them trimmed back safely to allow easy passage, so no one gets hurt. Although it may sound simple to trim hedges it can be tedious and difficult. First the owner has to be identified then the correct action taken. If it is a…

My Letter On Hedges From The Cornish Guardian Last August

My letter On Hedges From The Cornish Guardian Last August: 

When first mentioned hedges aren’t the most exciting thing. Unless you’re talking about topiary hedges, and even then I think most people will not pay much interest. Yet hedges are everywhere in Cornwall, they grow berries, house wildlife and give Cornwall its distinct image and countryside feel. They are great additions to our villages, towns and country sides. However for all their glory they can also be dangerous and a pain, as evident in some places in the lovely Parish of St. Enoder. And while it’s not exclusively a problem here, it is here I am Parish Councillor so it is here I will try to sort it. The hedges in numerous places are causing a hazard to residents, in one place a young girl was unlucky enough to have fallen off her bike due to the overgrowth, thankfully now since then the hedges have been cut back. Yet it shouldn’t take someone getting hurt to push Cormac into action to get things like this done, sadly thi…