An introduction to community networks
Cornwall Council recognises that we can’t solve all the issues that communities face on our own. We work with our elected members, local councils and other key partners to coordinate our activities.
We do this through our Localism Service and our 19 community networks. These are based around groupings of parishes and electoral divisions. The 19 community network areas are: Bodmin; Bude; Caradon; Camborne, Pool and Redruth; Camelford; China Clay area; Cornwall Gateway; Falmouth and Penryn; Hayle and St Ives; Helston and South Kerrier; Launceston; Liskeard and Looe; Newquay and St Columb; West Penwith, St Agnes and Perranporth; St Austell; St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel; Truro and Roseland; Wadebridge and Padstow (please see list of area network links in the menu).
The community networks are managed by the Community Network Managers.
You can use the online mapping system to view a map of the community network areas.
What are community networks?
Community networks are the focal point for bringing communities together and driving improvements. Cornwall Council established and supports 19 community networks across Cornwall based on the main towns and the rural areas which relate to them. These are the main way the council connects with local communities.
The purpose of the community network is to:
- involve local communities in improving local services;
- identify, agree and then deliver local priorities;
- enable local councillors to have more influence over the delivery of services to the communities they represent; and
- enable communities to make choices about the way in which services are delivered in their areas.
The community network managers bring together panels led by unitary council members. The panels include representatives from town and parish councils, and are able to invite local and voluntary organisations, and other service providers like the police and health authorities to join them. The panels identify and agree common, realistic aims and targets that will meet combined strategic and local aspirations.
Community networks are fundamental in our aim to give communities a stronger voice and in helping them to deal with complex issues. Cornwall Council recognises that because every area is different we need support from local communities to deliver services effectively.
What sort of things are networks involved with?
Some of the issues that community networks are dealing with include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety and transport and highway issues. Alongside this town and parish councils are also able to take on a variety of levels of responsibility for some local services, such as street cleaning, grass cutting, weed control or the maintenance of public conveniences.
If you wish to contact your network manager or find out more about your network area please follow the appropriate link from the left hand menu.
There are a number of one stop shops across Cornwall where you can get information, advice and guidance from specially trained staff on Council services.
In addition to this our out and about service will give advice and information on all Council services at venues across Cornwall.