W/C 16th May 2011.
Council staff face relocation to Camborne amid shake-up
CORNWALL Council staff could find themselves leaving Penzance's St Clare offices in September - but the authority says it has not yet decided how many will be relocating.
In a report to full council this week cabinet member for customer first and culture, Joan Symons, revealed that staff from several offices are set to be shifted.
The changes are for staff in the council's revenues, benefits and contact centre with plans to move staff from Penzance, Scorrier and Truro to Camborne and staff from Wadebridge to St Austell. She says the relocation of staff will help provide efficiencies and savings for the department.
Mrs Symons said: "These moves are scheduled for September and will be preceded by full consultation with all staff concerned; some staff will still be retained in the original locations to ensure no impact on customers visiting those offices and it is also envisaged that home-working will also be made available to staff to ensure that any impact is minimised."
Cornwall Council is currently in the process of a multi-million pound project to refurbish its offices in Dolcoath Avenue in Camborne and County Hall in Truro. It is also looking at providing a new office in Bodmin.
"We will be retaining some staff in key one stop shops to provide face to face customer service and we will also be offering homeworking as an alternative option for some staff," said a spokeswoman.
"Formal consultation has not begun yet as we are still looking at how many staff will be moving."
Mario Fonk, Cornwall Councillor for the Heamoor and Gulval ward said he hoped the council would "not renege on its promises".
"These were that services to the public would not be in any way affected, full consultation with the staff, supporting staff to work from home whenever possible and being sympathetic to those staff who for one reason or another may find it very difficult to travel to Camborne or Truro," he said.
"It is vital that Cornwall Council honours its promises; the people of Penzance deserve the same first class service as those in Camborne and Truro - they do after all pay the same amount of council tax."
And Jo Mace-Butler, the Unison convenor for West Cornwall, said she could not see the logic in moving staff from Penzance.
"We have got to the stage where Council staff are waving at each other as they pass up and down the A30," she said.
"If you live in St Just, for example, it is a huge distance to have to travel to Truro - the roads are getting snarled up, especia
Mr Beare praised him for his work in the community sector stretching back almost 40 years.
A Camborne boy, Mr James moved back to the town more than 20 years ago.
Before taking over at All Saints, he ran the New Connection Centre, providing emergency help and accommodation for the homeless.
"It has been a demanding challenge but well worth all the hard work. Camborne should be proud of All Saints, which is seen as a flagship project for Cornwall," said Mr James. He has also been involved in securing funding of more than £1 million for community projects in Camborne.
Town plaques were presented to individuals who have made a valuable contribution to the town.
Ivor Corkell was presented with a plaque for his work preserving and promoting Camborne's history.
Barry Bawden was honoured for his outstanding work as coach of Camborne Rugby Club's under-12 and under-13 teams.
Members of the team, who won last season's under-12s county championship, were presented with certificates of achievement.
A plaque was also presented to Charles Bickford, who has recently resigned after serving two terms as a town councillor.
lly in summer, and the price of fuel has rocketed. It just doesn't seem to make sense to move people - there doesn't seem to be a logical explanation for the changes.
"Cornwall Council is losing the huge positive that existed when Penwith Council existed in having local staff who understood the area and the needs of the public."
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