Cornwall Council caves in and looks to start reopening office following pressure from Cornwall’s MPs

Cornwall Council has confirmed it will be allowing its staff to return to work in offices such as the One Stop Shop in St Austell.

This follows a joint letter from the six Cornish MPs asking Cornwall Council to allow staff to return to work in its offices earlier this week.

In response the CEO of Cornwall Council has now confirmed that the council offices at Penwinnick Road in St Austell, Luxstowe House, Liskeard, St John’s Hall, Penzance and Pydar Street, Truro, will be reopened to be COVID secure in the coming weeks, which will provide additional desk space [for council staff] through the recovery period.

The reply also confirmed In addition that the council’s Library and Information Service working with support from Property Services have created an Emergency Triage Service for the public that will be delivered from the Dolcoath, Luxstowe, Penwinnick Road, St John’s Hall and Pydar Street offices.

Commenting, Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, said:

“I am pleased that Cornwall Council has listened to the letter from myself and Cornwall MP colleagues and taken sensible steps to start allowing its staff back to work in its offices in towns like St Austell.”

“As we said in our letter it is not ideal for everyone to work from home, and many only did because of the enforced closure of the offices. Now that the Government is encouraging people to return to work it is only right that Cornwall Council sets a good example for other employers and follows suit.”

“It is also good to see Cornwall Council continue to evaluate and reopen its services to members of the public as the COVID-19 response work continues.”

“I will continue to raise concerns raised with me by members of the public about issues like this with Cornwall Council to ensure they are promptly actioned.”