“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson visits North Cornwall

By Anne North Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson took time out from a family holiday yesterday (Saturday) to visit party activists in Launceston. She told reporters she was confident...

YouGov poll cheers Liberal Democrats in St Ives and North Cornwall

By Anne North A YouGov poll conducted across 20 constituencies where the Liberal Democrats came second in 2017 suggests that St Ives MP Derek Thomas and North Cornwall MP...

I’ve never met a straight woman who didn’t fancy me, says Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer

By Anne North Plymouth Moor View’s Conservative MP has this morning (Sunday) discovered that if you have to explain a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.  Johnny Mercer found himself...

Why you should keep your eyes on the road when you drive on the A30 at Launceston

By Daniel Clark A layby on the A30 near Launceston is a “dogging hotspot” according to a Devon and Cornwall police Freedom of Information answer. There were 17 instances...

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer gets his foot on the first rung of the ministerial ladder

By Graham Smith Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer has been appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. Mr Mercer...

Increase in local motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph

By Peter Tremayne The number of motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph in Devon and Cornwall increased 14% last year. Research by the road safety campaign Brake...

Is the man who fell to Earth in Davidstow Britain’s first Libyan boat refugee?

By Graham Smith The young man who fell from underneath a lorry near Davidstow earlier this month has told immigration officials he is a refugee from Libya. Although his...

“Illegal immigrant” arrested after falling from underneath lorry at Davidstow

By Peter Tremayne Border Force officials are preparing to question a man who fell from underneath a lorry as it drove through Davidstow, north Cornwall, last week.  The incident...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann stands up for Cornish Wrestling

By Graham Smith North Cornwall MP Scott Mann plans to use an adjournment debate in the House of Commons this evening (Wednesday) to win government support for Cornish Wrestling....

Controversy rages over Davidstow cheese factory expansion, with planning decision now overdue

By Julia Penhaligon Controversial plans to expand the Dairy Crest factory at Davidstow are due to be determined by Cornwall Council soon.  The plans were submitted in September and...

Citizens Advice expands service in Launceston in wake of factory closure

By Peter Tremayne Citizens Advice Cornwall is planning an expansion of its service in the Launceston area.  The decision follows the closure of the Kensey food factory in the...

Launceston takes charge of its own library

By Anne North The future of Launceston Library has been safeguarded for the community after a new agreement which will see it transferred to Launceston Town Council today (Wednesday...

Launceston pudding factory confirms closure with the loss of 650 jobs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Launceston’s Kensey Foods has confirmed that its pudding factory will close in July, with the loss of 650 jobs. The company, owned by the Leicester-based Samworth...

North Cornwall’s Lib Dems to have a choice over who will be their Parliamentary candidate

By Anne North North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are gearing up for a contested election to decide who will be their candidate at the next general election. Launceston vet Danny...

Cornwall Council leader charged taxpayers £9,240 for driving his electric car to work

27th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter costs taxpayers nearly £50,000 a year, according to the latest return of members’ allowances and expenses. All 123...

EXCLUSIVE: 135 complaints per year. There’s something in the air at Davidstow, as Dairy Crest prepares for controversial expansion

13th September 2018 By Anne North Residents in and around Davidstow are preparing for a public presentation later this month of a proposed £75 million expansion to the local...

Cornwall cyclists return after Pedalling for Palestine

13th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Three cyclists have returned to Cornwall after “Pedalling for Palestine” – a 120 mile bike ride from Coventry to London. Roger and Jane...

Launceston’s White Hart Hotel is sold ahead of auction

31st July 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of North Cornwall’s best-known businesses has been sold. The White Hart Hotel, in Launceston, has been sold ahead of auction to Michael...

EXCLUSIVE: Launceston hospital land to be used for “supported living” scheme

28th July 2018 By Graham Smith Land at Launceston hospital, which the NHS last year tried to sell at public auction, is to be used for a supported living...

North Cornwall Liberal Democrats look to the future

23rd July 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are about to start the process of selecting a Parliamentary candidate, in anticipation of a general election. Former Lib...

Launceston Liberal Democrat councillor says she won’t seek re-election

28th June 2018 By Graham Smith One of Launceston’s Liberal Democrat councillors has announced she will not seek re-election in 2021, following the Local Government Boundary Commission review which...

Countdown to Devonwall?

4th June 2018 By Graham Smith The possibility that Parliamentary boundary revisions, creating at least one cross-border “Devonwall” constituency, could be revived when officials publish their final proposals in...

Cornwall’s traffic wardens and the taxi rank parking poser

29th May 2019 By Richard Whitehouse Traffic wardens are unable to issue parking tickets to people parking in taxi ranks because they have not been legally adopted by the...

Davidstow creamery gets £75 million cash injection

23rd May 2018 By Peter Tremayne Dairy Crest is to invest £75 million at its Davidstow cheese factory. It is part of an £85 million spend allowing the dairy...

Cornwall’s secondary school pupils face cut-per-head lottery under new funding formula, as class sizes start to increase

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The cash spent on Cornwall’s secondary school pupils is hundreds of pounds less than needed, according to an analysis of official Department for...

Pro-EU campaigners win backing in Falmouth

15th April 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Campaigners who want Britain to remain in the European Union’s Single Market and Customs Union have been leafletting in Falmouth. The Cornwall For...

Council set to embark upon land deal spending spree as part of ambition to build 1,000 houses

27th March 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is about to buy three sites as part of its ambition to build 1,000 houses - even though only a small...

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing...

£400,000 fines for A30 roadworks delay

14th March 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The fine for delays in completing works on the major A30 dualling at Temple are “approaching” £400,000. Work to create dual carriageways on...

Council says sorry for “temporary” classroom failure in North Cornwall which has so far cost more than £500,000

14th March 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council officials are to meet community representatives at Warbstow, between Launceston and Bude, next week to update them on plans for a...

Council pays for refurbishment of eight leisure centres

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s leisure centres have had a £346,715 facelift since the contract was transferred to the London-based company GLL, according to a Freedom of...

Battle lines drawn for Cornwall Council elections in 2021, as Independents face party political squeeze

14th February 2018 By Anne North Battle lines have been drawn for the next set of Cornwall Council elections in 2021. New ward boundaries, identifying 87 council divisions, were...

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet...

GPs to the rescue? Will your local doctor take the place of your nearest Minor Injury Unit?

1st February 2018 By Graham Smith More than two dozen GP surgeries in Cornwall, which provide an “enhanced” service to treat minor injuries, are to be reviewed as part...

Cornwall’s libraries: the devolution revolution has been postponed

23rd January 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The transformation of Cornwall’s library service is going to take twice as long as previously thought, according to council officials. In 2015 the...

Could Falmouth keep its Minor Injury Unit? New report sheds insights into how health and council bosses are planning the “Kennally Care” future of Cornwall’s community hospitals

18th January 2018 By Graham Smith Further details have emerged of what Cornwall’s local hospitals could look like once the National Health Service converts to a council-led Accountable Care...

Named – the ten Minor Injury Units in Cornwall due to close under Accountable Care

3rd January 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s network of minor injury units are under imminent threat of closure, according to an analysis of NHS plans.  Ten sites, from Bude...

Bude refugee support group prepares for second Syrian family’s arrival

27th December 2017 By Anne North The refugee support group in Bude has given more details of the second Syrian family now on its way to the North Cornwall...

Soggy St Austell fails to draw a crowd, as budget roadshow limps towards the finish line

18th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s public consultation on proposed budget cuts of £75 million has just over a week to run, before ending on 29th December. ...

Good news for pet owners as fire crews get new life-saving kit

7th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Donations from Helston-based The Dog House Grooming Company and the RSPCA mean that all of Cornwall’s on-call stations will now have special life-saving...

National Westminster closes several branches throughout Cornwall

4th December 2017 By Graham Smith National Westminster banks are closing across Cornwall – most are to close next year, but the branch in Wadebridge will close at the...

Universal Credit rolls in to Cornwall on Wednesday: Bude, Launceston and Liskeard are first

4th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon The controversial new benefit, Universal Credit, arrives in Cornwall this week.  It is due to start in Liskeard, Bude and Launceston on Wednesday...

Livestock auctions draw to a close in Liskeard

28th November 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The end of an era is approaching for Liskeard Cattle Market.  The Christmas poultry sale, on 19th December, will be the final auction...

Patients return to Launceston hospital after £440,000 repairs and improvements

24th November 2017 By Peter Tremayne Patients have returned to Launceston Hospital as a major building improvement programme nears completion. Beds at the facility were closed in September to...

North Cornwall Lib Dems get ready for the next general election

20th November 2017 By Graham Smith North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have signalled their intention to make a significant effort at the next general election by advertising for a full-time...

Cornwall remembers

13th November 2017 Thousands of people across Cornwall have observed Remembrance Day memorial services.  Towns and villages staged events to respect local friends and relatives who have been killed...

Camelford bypass campaign gets a boost, as Greens lend their support

2nd November 2017 By Anne North Campaigners in Camelford are trying to revive support for a bypass – 13 years after the most recent attempt. The main A39 goes...

Cornwall’s foodbanks braced for arrival of Universal Credit

30th October 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Thousands of people in Cornwall are bracing themselves for the introduction of Universal Credit, the controversial new benefit which replaces many aspects of...

The remarkable inside story of how the NHS tried, and failed, to sell Launceston hospital land

23rd October 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports has now obtained the detailed timeline of who-knew-what-and-when in relation to the botched sale of NHS land next to Launceston hospital....

Launceston hospital land withdrawn from Thursday’s auction

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One more week to have your say about Cornwall’s Telehealth service

23rd October 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane NHS Kernow is about to undertake its final week of public consultation over its decision to axe Cornwall’s Telehealth service.  The cash-strapped health...

Cornwall’s libraries: the “devolution revolution” is taking longer than expected

20th October 2017 By Anne North Cornwall’s “pioneering” reform of the county’s libraries is to be extended for a further year, as council officials struggle to find local partners...

Dartmoor ponies find a new home

20th October 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nine Dartmoor ponies have been rescued from possible slaughter and are now enjoying life at a sanctuary near St Mabyn. Every year uncontrolled...

Cornwall Council to the rescue? Launceston hospital land to be withdrawn from next week’s auction

20th October 2017 By Graham Smith The National Health Service is coming under intense pressure to withdraw from auction a 0.4-acre plot of land next to Launceston hospital, due...

Think again before selling Launceston hospital land, MP tells health chiefs

19th October 2017 By Graham Smith North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has intervened in the controversy over plans to sell a small patch of land next to Launceston hospital....

Launceston hospital land sale: approved by Cornwall’s STP, no public consultation

18th October 2017 By Anne North The decision to sell NHS land at Launceston hospital was made by NHS Kernow only a few weeks ago, Cornwall Reports has established. ...

EXCLUSIVE: Launceston hospital land – the restrictive covenant not mentioned by the auctioneers

17th October 2017 By Peter Tremayne The low price sought by NHS Property Services for the sale of land next to Launceston hospital might be explained by a restrictive...

Devonwall returns, as a theoretical prospect, but the Parliamentary maths remain unchanged – for now

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Launceston hospital land about to go under the hammer

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And this is where the lifeboats are – but there are only 87 seats for 123 councillors, as the scramble for places gets underway

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Planners back North Cornwall quarry expansion, guaranteeing its future for 30 years

31st August 2017 By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s planners have approved controversial plans for the major expansion of a North Cornwall quarry. An attempt to halt the expansion of Greystone...

When two tribes go to war: Devon’s planners complain that Cornwall’s planners want to spoil their view

22nd August 2017 By Peter Tremayne Controversial plans for the major expansion of a North Cornwall quarry have been recommended for approval. The application has set Cornwall’s planning officials...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council boundary review poses bigger threat to Lib Dems than to other parties

9th July 2017 By Graham Smith The proposed shake-up of Cornwall Council ward boundaries poses a greater risk to Liberal Democrat councillors than to those of other parties, an...

“Devonwall” constituency now unlikely, as parties gear up for another election

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Adam Paynter is new leader of Cornwall Council, in another Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition

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Police name motorcyclist killed in accident near Launceston

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No Devonwall, no by-elections: the 2017 General Election will be all about Brexit (again)

18th April 2017 By Graham Smith The prospect of an early general election has killed the suggestion of a new “Devonwall” constituency as all six of Cornwall’s current MPs...

Community proceeding with plan to bring refugees to Launceston

24th March 2017 By Graham Smith A public meeting in Launceston has agreed to push ahead with plans to bring a family of refugees from Syria to the town....

Police investigate suspicious death at Launceston

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Launceston set for growth?

13th February 2017
By Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall Reports is currently examining the Cornwall Council Site Allocations Document, to be considered by the Planning Policy Advisory Committee next week.

The document identifies the following towns/areas as strategically important for growth: Penzance & Newlyn,  Hayle,  Camborne-Pool-Illogan-Redruth,  Helston, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, St Austell, Eco-communities (china clay areas)  Bodmin, Launceston and Saltash.

Here is a map, and the planning officer’s executive summary:

A Cornwall Site Allocations Document is being prepared that sets out strategic sites to deliver Cornwall’s economic and housing growth within some of Cornwall’s largest settlements. The Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD), forms part of a suite of documents that sit under the banner of the Cornwall Local Plan; demonstrating how the growth targets within the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document will be delivered within these settlements.

The development of the area based sections of the Allocations DPD has been progressed in close consultation with the relevant local Cornwall Council members and the Town and Parish Councils.

The document recently went through a period of public consultation, ending on the 16 November 2016.

 

Approximately 1300 representations were received and the main issues that were raised, together with officer responses, are set out in Appendix 2 (see ‘Supporting Information’ at the end of this report for the link to the document).

As a result of this consultation, together with the continued engagement with other bodies, various changes to the area based sections were made. Appendix 1 sets out the proposed publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD, with changes to the area based section highlighted using track changes.

This report is seeking endorsement of this publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD; which would result in undertaking a further period of public consultation. Subject to no significant changes being required as a result of this consultation, the Service Director of Planning & Sustainable Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, would then submit the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD to the Secretary for State, which would then lead to an Examination in Public.


Charities get record boost from Countryman's Fair

From Show Secretary Jenny Smith

The Cornwall & Devon Countryman’s Fair has given a record amount of money to charity. The event was held last August at Werrington Park, Launceston.

At the Presentations Reception held on Friday 20 January at The Arundell Arms, local organisations received their donations from Chairman, Charles Huntington- Whiteley. Among those present were PCs Steve Stoppard and Danielle Hill who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Launceston Police Cadets; and Sonia Clements and Rachael Allen who received a cheque for the Launceston Voluntary First Aid Service.

The main charity chosen for 2016 was the West Country Rivers Trust whose Chief Executive, Dr Laurence Couldrick, outlined the Trust’s work in the Tamar Valley and expressed his delight at the substantial help which the trust had received.

Another major beneficiary of the Fair was Werrington Cricket Club whose members work so hard stewarding on the day. In total, more than £26,000 was given away.

Bouquets were presented to Mrs Sarah Williams of Werrington Park and to Mrs Anne May-Somerville who with Mrs Debbie Hext had provided a superb lunch in the VIP tent for the show’s judges and patrons.

Show Secretary, Jenny Smith, said: ‘We are most grateful to all those who contributed to the success of the Fair. I would especially like to thank our President, Mike Williams for his wisdom and experience, and Alison Hawes, who has just retired from being Regional Director of the Countryside Alliance, whose help for many years has been invaluable. Rob Tetley had a record turn-out of trade stalls this year, assisted by Sally Harvey who advised on our new Farmers Market for local food and drink producers.

Committee chairman Charles Huntington-Whiteley had a busy evening!  All photos by Peter Glaser

 

I must also mention William May Somerville and Dave Chapman who worked hard to prepare the pond for fishing demonstrations, George Hext for marketing the fair and Paul Jenkins for taking on our facebook page which took off.

It was a glorious day which everyone enjoyed enormously. We have been able to give a lot of money to local charities, the past two events have been particularly successful. I am so proud to have been part of this team effort. I had the best tutor in Roger Pook.’