About Community Networks

What are community networks?

You can read about how the Council and it's partners will deliver its vision for localism in the Localism vision and strategy 2020 document.

Our 19 community networks are the main way we connect with communities and help address important local issues.

Community networks:

  • Identify, agree and drive forward local priorities for their community network area
  • Have their say on local service delivery and on strategies that affect their communities
  • Work together to promote the wellbeing of their local areas and bring communities together
  • Build relationships between the people and organisations working in their communities

This work is led by the community network panels.  There’s one for each community network area.  The panels include the Cornwall councillors and representatives from town and parish councils within the community network area.  The panels are open to the public. They can also invite local organisations and service providers, like the police and health services, to join them at their meetings.

Each community network is supported by a community link officer.  Their role includes working with Cornwall councillors, town and parish councils and other organisations in the community network area.

Community Network Review

The Council is reviewing the community networks. This is part of our work to improve how we work with our partners and communities.

We are proposing to create new and improved partnerships from May 2023. These will replace and build on the work of the community networks. The proposed name of the new partnerships is "community area partnerships."

We are seeking views on the proposals through the community networks by 18 November 2022. If you have any views or questions, please send them to localism@cornwall.gov.uk by this date. You can also contact your Community Link Officer.

The proposals look at the role, geography and structure of the new partnerships. You can learn more about the proposals here:

What do community networks get involved with?

Some of the issues that community networks deal with include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, and transport and highway issues.

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