The Cornwall We Want

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Only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall so that Cornwall’s recovery leads to a ‘better normal’ than before the crisis.

What does that look like for you? What are your hopes and fears for the future of Cornwall? Can we emerge stronger together out of this crisis to build a more sustainable, healthy, safe, vibrant and inclusive future for one and all? Can we make the necessary changes to achieve the Cornwall we want for future generations?

We want to hear from organisations, businesses and residents of all ages and walks of life!


Only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall so that Cornwall’s recovery leads to a ‘better normal’ than before the crisis.

What does that look like for you? What are your hopes and fears for the future of Cornwall? Can we emerge stronger together out of this crisis to build a more sustainable, healthy, safe, vibrant and inclusive future for one and all? Can we make the necessary changes to achieve the Cornwall we want for future generations?

We want to hear from organisations, businesses and residents of all ages and walks of life!


  • Park Homes resident online event

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    12 Oct 2020
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    Cornwall Park Home Online Event 2020

    Tuesday 20 October, 2pm to 4pm

    If you live in a residential park home in Cornwall, you are welcome to join us for our online event where we will be joined by a representative from LEASE Park Home Advice Service & colleagues from various Cornwall Council departments.

    Please join us online on Tuesday 20 October at 2pm by selecting this link

    The event will be introduced by Cllr. Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change and Cllr. Andrew Mitchell, Portfolio Holder for Housing and will feature:

    • A talk by Richard Hand from LEASE on Qualifying Resident Associations (QRAs), including why they are important and how to set one up;
    • An overview of work by Cornwall Council since the last resident event in November 2019, including an update on:
      • Residents’ Newsletters
      • New contact details for park home matters
      • Residents’ contact list
      • Website updates
    • A question and answer session with answers given by a panel of experts.

    Further joining instructions:

    To join the event please select the link above which will then open your internet browser prompting you to either ‘Download the Windows app’ or ‘Watch on the web instead’. If you select the latter, you can then choose to ‘Sign in’ or Join anonymously’ which will then take you to the start of the online event.

    Can’t attend? You can watch a recording afterwards by selecting the same link above. If you have any questions or are struggling to access the event then please contact ParkHomeResidents@cornwall.gov.uk

    In the meantime:

    You can check out the information we have on park home living in Cornwall at www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkhomes and if you’ve not done so already, sign up to ensure you’re on our contact list to receive regular newsletters and other related information. You can also find out useful information by visiting www.parkhomes.lease-advice.org

  • Get involved in 'The Cornwall we want - the new normal' event!

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    13 Aug 2020
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    As we are emerging from lockdown, we would like to know what the 'new normal' looks like for you. Share your experiences at our next online event – ‘The Cornwall we want - the new normal’, taking place online on Tuesday, 25 August at 7pm.

    We've heard from many of Cornwall residents who are keen to continue working from home and many want to walk and cycle more.

    We've also heard from people who have started to volunteer during the Covid-19 pandemic and are keen to continue supporting those who need some help.

    How have the past few months made you think again about what matters to you, your family, your business or your community? What will you change about how you live and/or work?

    Join us at 7pm on our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can view the event on this site. We will also post a video of the event on this site asap after the event.


  • Join a live debate about The Environment We Want

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    31 Jul 2020
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    High on the list of things people want for Cornwall’s future is a cleaner and greener environment with reduced traffic and a green economy. People are also calling for Climate Change to remain the number one consideration in decision-making about the future.

    So what can we do to make that happen? What is already happening in Cornwall that we can build on and learn from?

    This online event will be hosted by Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Portfolioholder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change.

    Join the live debate at 7pm on Thursday 6th August on our Cornwall Council Facebook page.

    You will also be able to view the event live on this site. Following the event, we will post a video of the debate and continue the discussion on this site.

    In the meantime, why not take a bee-line for the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive?

  • Make a bee-line for the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive

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    20 Jul 2020
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    Protecting the environment and tackling climate change is one of the top priorities for participants in 'The Cornwall We Want'. We've now launched The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive right here on 'Let's Talk Cornwall' to support residents and community groups striving to live low carbon lives.


    The Carbon Neutral Cornwall (CNC) Hive provides a space for people to share ideas and chat about how we can all help Climate Change. The CNC Hive aims to encourage ‘hive mind’ thinking with an Ideas Bank and an interactive map for listing low carbon initiatives and schemes. The site has information about funding to help get low carbon and environmental projects underway. And a blog post with articles from guest writers to help inspire people to find out more about climate change and how they can reduce greenhouse gases.

    Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change says: “ I believe people in Cornwall care enough to be able to make the changes needed for Cornwall to become carbon neutral. If we all make some changes to how we live - like we have through the Coronavirus pandemic – we can make a difference. If we all think about how we can adapt like driving less and walking and cycling instead, buying things that last rather than disposable, and repairing things instead of throwing them away, we can make a difference.

    “The Council is making changes. We are replacing our own vehicles over time with electric and low carbon vehicles. We have already fitted most of our own premises with renewable energy. Covid-19 has meant we have significantly reduced our business and commuter mileage, and printing. And we are accelerating our plans to reduce our carbon footprint. Many other organisations are working to reduce their emissions as well. But we understand that not everyone knows where to start or how to reduce their carbon footprint and that people need support and encouragement. There are people in Cornwall who have information and skills that they can share to help other people. I hope the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive will become a place where everyone can get together to learn from and inspire each other.”


  • Join Council leaders in an online debate

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    11 Jul 2020
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    As part of the Cornwall We Want listening campaign Cornwall Council has hosted a live-streamed event to hear more ideas and opinions. The online event took place on Thursday, July 16, at 7pm and featured, among others, Cornwall Council leader Julian German, and deputy leader Adam Paynter.

    A video of the event is available to view.

    Councillor German said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to Cornwall and affected virtually every aspect of how we live our lives, the health and wellbeing of our families and friends, our jobs, businesses and wider economy.

    “As we are starting on the road to recovery, we are determined that Cornwall should bounce forward - not just back - as we work together to build The Cornwall We Want.”

    “That’s why we want to hear your ideas about how we can work together to address the biggest challenges facing us. We want to understand your hopes and aspirations, because everyone has a role to play in creating the Cornwall we want for future generations.”

    Watch this space for upcoming events!

  • Results of Cornwall residents COVID-19 impact survey published

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    22 Jun 2020
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    Cornwall Council is sharing the findings of a new survey of residents as it launches its biggest ever listening project, The Cornwall We Want, in the hope that as many residents as possible will join in to help shape our collective future.


    The survey shows how our communities pulled together during lockdown – and are calling for change.

    Five hundred residents of all ages and walks of life took part in the survey, which is due for release soon. They were asked about the impact of the pandemic on their lives and livelihoods, and about their hopes and fears for the future of Cornwall.

    They show that only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Over half of residents said that they had helped others, and 21 percent said they would like to continue to do so in the future.

    A further 73 percent agreed that local communities had pulled together during the crisis, underlining the strength and depth of community response in Cornwall.

    Looking to the future, when asked what one thing residents would like to see changed once the pandemic is over, the top four choices were a cleaner environment, closer communities, reduced traffic and more use of walking and cycling and a greater appreciation of family.

    The residents survey is just the start of the conversation, as the Council works to understand how the pandemic has affected our communities and to ask for your views on the future so that we can together build a more sustainable, healthy, safe, vibrant and inclusive future for one and all.

    If you weren't contacted as part of this survey but are keen to take part, you can complete the survey here.