Left hand, right hand – bridge repair people now look to September before locals can cross the River Camel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scaffolders have today (Monday) arrived at the footbridge between Egloshayle and Wadebridge for what would appear to be 10 weeks of repairs which will force local...

Helland Bridge repairs delayed again, because Cormac failed to apply for planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fed-up residents of a North Cornwall hamlet, hugely inconvenienced for six months by Cormac’s failure to repair a small bridge over the River Camel, have been...

“Doc Martin” surgery in North Cornwall, closed for two years because of Covid, might never reopen

By Anne North A small, rural doctors’ surgery in North Cornwall – closed for two years because of Covid – might never reopen because of staff shortages. The St...

For Sale: Either a 114-acre farm, or “an upmarket Butlins,” depending on the planners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty appear to have stalled, pending the sale of the site by its administrators. The...

Mixed reception for Boris Johnson at Royal Cornwall Show

Missing from this photo is the St Ives MP Derek Thomas, who last week declared he had no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.  Mr Thomas was one...

Royal Cornwall Show resumes, bringing heavy traffic to Wadebridge

The Royal Cornwall Show resumes today (Thursday) after two years’ absence due to Covid.  About 100,000 people are expected to attend over the next three days, bringing heavy traffic...

Transfer of Wadebridge leisure centre to local community management still not complete

By Graham Smith It could be a few more months before the community in Wadebridge can take charge of its local leisure centre, councillors heard yesterday (Tuesday.) County Hall...

Environment Agency probes river pollution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is investigating the cause of pollution which has killed fish and other aquatic life in two North Cornwall rivers. There have been incidents...

All bridge repairs are equal, but in Cornwall, some are more equal than others

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Repairs to a bridge between Wadebridge and Polzeath are due to be completed tomorrow (Friday) following strong lobbying from the tourism sector. The Grade 2 listed...

Cormac fails again to start repairs to the bridge which took only four days to build

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It took a television production crew only four days to build, but it now appears to have taken more than six months before Cormac can even...

Three bridges over Cornwall’s River Camel all closed at the same time

By Graham Smith Another bridge over the River Camel is to close next week, bringing to three the number of crossings waiting for Cormac to carry out repairs. The...

How long does it take to repair a bridge in Cornwall? Another accident closes a road, forcing local residents to go the long way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A second road in North Cornwall has been closed because of a single-vehicle collision with a bridge.  Local residents fear they now face months of disruption....

Falmouth turns out to talk about a leisure centre – but can local politicians now apply pressure to Cornwall Council’s annual meeting? Meanwhile Wadebridge contemplates a re-brand

By Graham Smith More than 150 people packed in to Falmouth’s Princess Pavillions last night (Tuesday) to discuss how they might save the town’s leisure centre at Ships and...

Closure of Helland Bridge has been good news for breeding birds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic road bridge in North Cornwall, badly damaged by a lorry in December, is now likely to remain closed until July following the discovery of...

The curious case of the giant concrete “shed” which now dominates the skyline in an Area of Great Landscape Value

By Graham Smith There are calls for an inquiry into how Cornwall’s planners approved a huge agricultural building currently under construction in the Camel Valley Area of Great Landscape...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Royal Cornwall Show cancels poultry section because of bird flu fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The poultry and egg section of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show has been cancelled because of bird flu. The show is the biggest celebration of all...

Wadebridge leisure centre looking to resume its place at the heart of the local community

By Graham Smith People in the Wadebridge area are looking forward to returning to their leisure centre, following its successful takeover by a local community group. The Friends of...

Wadebridge leisure centre saved, as County Hall declares local community organisation its “preferred bidder” to take over management

By Graham Smith People in and around Wadebridge are celebrating this evening (Thursday) after Cornwall Council announced it was awarding a contract to a local community group to take...

Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival will never be the same, as inquest concludes that local woman’s death was an accident

By Peter Tremayne Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival, a centuries-old tradition of dancing in the streets and heavy drinking, is to change the way it liases with authorities after an...

Ukraine crisis: aid from Wadebridge reaches refugees in Prague

By Graham Smith Two former Mayors of Wadebridge have arrived in Prague with a van full of humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.  The Czech Republic has so far taken...

Wadebridge recycles its former Mayors by sending them to Eastern Europe with aid for Ukrainian refugees

By Graham Smith Two former mayors of Wadebridge have set off in a mini-van to deliver aid for Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic. Elliot Osborne and Steve Knightley...

Helland bridge, closed by lorry crash in December, likely to remain closed until at least the end of April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic, narrow bridge in North Cornwall which has been closed since December could remain shut for months to come. Helland Bridge has long been used...

Wadebridge Town Council bust-up as former Mayor quits

By Graham Smith The former Mayor of Wadebridge, Phil Mitchell, has resigned from the town council with a blistering attack on some of the councillors who remain. Mr Mitchell...

Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet votes to close Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has voted to close the Ships and Castles leisure centre at Falmouth. The Pendennis headland site will now be declared “surplus” and...

Plan to close Falmouth’s leisure centre puts pressure on Cornwall’s Conservatives

By Graham Smith The political consequences of County Hall’s recommendation to close Falmouth’s leisure centre, despite a local offer to take it over, are spreading swiftly through Cornwall. Cornwall...

Falmouth leisure centre should close, but Wadebridge survives, according to council officers

By Graham Smith County Hall officials are recommending the closure of Falmouth’s leisure centre, despite a local community offer to take over the management. Although a final decision rests...

High Noon: County Hall sets Tuesday deadline for questions about Falmouth and Wadebridge leisure centres, but still hasn’t published any recommendations

By Graham Smith Residents interested in the future of leisure centres at Falmouth and Wadebridge have until 12 noon on Tuesday (1st March) to submit questions to Cornwall Council’s...

Falmouth and Wadebridge leisure centres will learn their fate next week

By Graham Smith The fights to save Falmouth’s Ships and Castles, and the Wadebridge leisure centre, have entered their final stages. Both facilities are due to close at the...

Power cuts and fallen trees, as Storm Eunice reaches its peak

The main road into Wadebridge was blocked this morning (Friday) as Storm Eunice uprooted a large tree at Egloshayle.  About 7,500 homes, mainly in west Cornwall, are without electricity. ...

Storm Eunice is expected to bring a tidal surge, and flooding, to North Cornwall coast on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is urging people living in flood risk communities along Cornwall’s north coast to prepare for flooding from a forecast tidal surge caused by...

Countdown to closure? The fight to save two Cornish leisure centres enters its final weeks

By Graham Smith The fight to save two of Cornwall’s leisure centres has entered its final stages, with facilities at Falmouth and Wadebridge due to close in only six...

A bridge too far: Cormac now says it can’t repair Egloshayle link until April at the earliest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to repair the footbridge which links Wadebridge with Egloshayle have been postponed until at least April.  Work had been due to start on Monday (7th...

Who should pay to repair Port Isaac’s harbour?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Port Isaac harbour wall is falling into the sea, raising the risk of tidal flooding but also posing questions about the nature of coastal life in...

Saints Trail – it wasn’t the first two-wheeled “omnishambles” and it won’t be the last: Any inquiry needs to ask the right questions if the same mistakes are not to be repeated

By Graham Smith Any inquiry into the multi-million pound Saints Trail fiasco, which on Friday saw the scrapping of a key part of a 19 mile off-road cycle path,...

The future of leisure centres: price or value?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “beauty contest” to decide who will run leisure centres in Falmouth and Wadebridge is approaching its final stages, with councillors today (Tuesday) due to consider...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

EXCLUSIVE: Your leisure centre meeting is cancelled and you can’t talk about it, County Hall officials tell elected local councillors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council officials have intervened to prevent people in the Wadebridge area from meeting to discuss the future of their local leisure centre. An extraordinary meeting...

It’s business as usual, as Cornwall Council resumes the strategy most likely to result in leisure centre closures, leaving potential new local management out in the cold

By Graham Smith Anyone hoping to rescue leisure centres at Falmouth or Wadebridge has only a few days to submit a formal bid to Cornwall Council. The development of...

Two of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres will definitely stay open, while two others have a lifeline if alternative management proposals can be realised

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has agreed to a package of proposals which should definitely save two under-threat leisure centres and may save two others. County Hall...

Leisure centres show-down: whose finger on the trigger?

By Graham Smith A trial of strength between Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservatives and County Hall officials will be displayed publicly tomorrow (Wednesday) when the council’s cabinet has to choose...

Who runs Cornwall Council? Why Wednesday’s cabinet meeting is about much more than four leisure centres

By Graham Smith Wednesday’s Cornwall Council cabinet meeting (15th December) will be a defining moment in the recent history of the authority, determining not only the future of four...

Cornwall’s outdoor education service rescued by deferring closure decision – but leisure centres still face the axe in only three months

By Julia Penhaligon The threat to close Cornwall’s outdoor education centres has been lifted.  Cornwall Council’s £55 million budget cuts included giving notice of redundancy to staff and earmarking...

Providing leisure centres should be a statutory function of local councils, House of Lords tells Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council should be forced to maintain and run its leisure centres and not allow them to close simply because a private operator cannot make a...

Cornwall’s leisure centres under renewed threat as County Hall officials sideline councillors and push ahead with closure plans

By Graham Smith The stage is set for a potentially explosive Cornwall Council cabinet meeting next week, as County Hall officials push ahead with plans to close four leisure...

Reprieved: Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres now odds-on to survive

By Graham Smith It now looks unlikely that any of Cornwall’s leisure centres will close at the end of March next year, even if the private management company GLL...

Leisure centres: how Cornwall Council wants to judge the potential “alternative providers”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “alternative” bidders seeking to take over the management of four under-threat leisure centres have been told more details of how their proposals might be taken...

Scrutiny councillors face public questions before studying proposals to close four leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors face eight public questions tomorrow (Tuesday) before they start scrutinising proposals to close four leisure centres and the St Austell hydrotherapy pool. The questions...

Hands up those who want an inquiry into the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres! Six Tory councillors, under pressure from officials on one side and voters on the other, hold the key

By Graham Smith Any one of six Conservative councillors could hold the key to the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres when they take part in a scrutiny committee meeting...

“Don’t talk about enforcing the leisure contract, we haven’t had time to tell you about the nine alternative management companies, you can’t have an Inquiry Panel and we want a new gym for Truro” – County Hall officials set themselves up for a rough ride next week

By Graham Smith The 11 Cornwall councillors due to scrutinise the proposed closure of four leisure centres have so far not been given any information about the nine potential...

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t talk about hit lists, but the politics of closing four leisure centres could prove tricky for Conservatives with small majorities

By Graham Smith The failure of a 5,500+ petition to result in a meaningful vote at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) has turned the attention of Cornwall’s leisure centre protestors...

Nine “expressions of interest” submitted to take over the running of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres

By Graham Smith Nine “expressions of interest” have been submitted as potential bids to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall councillor Richard Pears,...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: County Hall braces for what looks like being a very long day in the council chamber

By Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for a day of political theatre at County Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) as Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative administration comes face-to-face, for the first...

Cornwall’s housing crisis: a report from St Minver, where 71% of homes are empty for most of the year

By Richard Whitehouse Standing in the holiday park in St Minver on a crisp, sunny November morning there is a distinct lack of life as it sits dormant in...

Falmouth prepares to show support for its local leisure centre

By Richard Whitehouse A community event in Falmouth this weekend will aim to show support for the town’s leisure centre and the campaign to keep it open. Ships &...

Covid-19: now Padstow goes dark and joins the sick list

By Anne North Padstow has become the latest part of Cornwall to record dangerously high levels of Covid infectivity.  The latest data shows Padstow has 804.1 new daily cases...

A brief window in time: 36 hours next week to question Cornwall Council about leisure centre closures

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse The agenda is due to be published on Tuesday (23rd November) for the next full meeting of Cornwall Council – which appears set...

Leisure centres petition passes 5,000 names, forcing a full council debate

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will be forced to debate the proposed closure of four leisure centres.  A petition has easily garnered the required 5,000 signatures - it currently...

Your leisure centre is not a community asset, Cornwall Council tells Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge are furious that Cornwall Council has declared their local swimming pool, gym and sports hall is not a “community asset.” Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: County Hall now has options, as GLL destroys its own monopoly

By Graham Smith The deadline closed this morning (Wednesday) for expressions of interest to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall Reports understands that...

Leisure centre closures: petition to force full council debate nears half-way stage

By Graham Smith A petition designed to force a full council debate about the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres has attracted more than 2,300 names in only four days....

Petition launched to force a full council vote on the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s ruling Conservative group of councillors are facing more embarrassment because of a new petition calling for the proposed closure of four leisure...

EXCLUSIVE: “I would resign rather than accept the closure of my leisure centre” – Tories starting to lose their grip on County Hall as Launceston rebellion threatens their council majority

By Graham Smith The Conservatives’ threat to close four of Cornwall’s leisure centres, and the hydrotherapy pool at St Austell, is in turn posing a threat to their majority...

Leisure centres’ closures is “the death of democracy in Cornwall” – says former council leader

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The way in which Cornwall Council is dodging scrutiny of plans to close four leisure centres has been criticised by a former council...

Not a good look: Cornwall Council struggles to answer public questions as battle intensifies over the future of leisure centres

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has told leisure centre campaigners to “wait and see” after fielding 17 questions from members of the public at this morning’s...

Leisure centre campaigners force closure proposals onto the agenda of today’s council cabinet meeting

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s ruling 10-member cabinet today (Wednesday) faces a picket-line of hostile questions about its proposals to close four leisure centres. The closure plans were originally...

Town Council rejects County Hall’s leisure centre consultation as “deeply flawed” in blistering attack on “closure decisions already made”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Wadebridge Town Council has refused to respond to Cornwall Council’s “public” consultation over County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres. The town...

“Hands off our leisure centre,” Saltash protestors tell council

Scores of people turned out to support the campaign to save Saltash leisure centre yesterday - one of four under threat of closure.  Cornwall Council is also considering the...

The curious case of Cornwall Council’s decision to give GLL an extra £6.73 million, three months after the company asked to close four leisure centres

An extract from page 45 of a 46-page Appendix, this document was approved by Cornwall Council's cabinet on 22nd September - the same day that County Hall confirmed the...

Covid-19: Padstow joins the critical list

Covid-19 has now killed at least 660 people in Cornwall since the pandemic started, according to the latest data.  Two more Covid-related hospital deaths were announced yesterday (Thursday.)  Meanwhile...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls below 500 cases per 100,000 population

Cornwall’s Covid infection rate continues to fall: now 496.2 cases per 100,000 population, compared with 524.4 in Devon and an average for England of 484.1.  Worst affected is the...

“If you tolerate this, then your leisure centre will be next” campaigners tell councillors

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Leisure centre campaigners are planning to protest in Saltash on Saturday (30th October) to draw attention to Cornwall Council’s closure plans. County Hall...

County Hall agrees to hold extraordinary one-day scrutiny committee meeting to consider leisure centre closures

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might be decided at a one-day extraordinary meeting of a scrutiny committee, probably to be held next month. The Customer...

EXCLUSIVE: If you don’t want to know the result of Cornwall Council’s “public consultation” over leisure centres, look away now

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) issue a tough message to leisure centre campaigners that it is rejecting the opinions it has heard during its “public consultation”...

Can Sophie pull it off? The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might start to become a little more transparent by the end of next week

By Julia Penhaligon Important steps are about to be taken to determine the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres, with the prospect of a few clues emerging from County Hall...

EXCLUSIVE: This is what happens if you ask a silly question – how what was supposed to be a wide-ranging review of Cornwall’s sports and leisure facilities triggered the current crisis

By Julia Penhaligon The terms of reference for a consultants’ report about Cornwall’s sport and leisure facilities were substantially changed between February and July, Cornwall Reports can reveal. The...

Inside the room: GLL boss reveals why County Hall’s broken promises are now threatening leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The man responsible for managing Cornwall’s leisure centres has said he was “surprised” when Cornwall Council’s cabinet rejected a funding plan which would...

North Cornwall development embargo: planners think they have found a way to make progress

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have produced a calculator to help developers make progress with applications which have stalled because of an embargo on new building in the River...

Rescue services save four from car roof as Storm Aurore floods St Kew ford

By Peter Tremayne Rescue services were called to the St Kew ford last night to help recover four people trapped by floodwater on the roof of their car. The...

Cornwall’s leisure centre management company is “a bad and exploitative employer,” says union, as workers vote 94% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has condemned the company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres as “a bad and exploitative employer.” Unite general secretary Sharon...

Council saves leisure centres (in Devon)

By Julia Penhaligon Another neighbouring local council has taken steps to ensure that its leisure centres remain open and meet the needs of local communities. Torridge District Council, which...

Now you see it, now you don’t: new puzzle over how the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is to be decided

By Graham Smith Confusion surrounds the date of a key Cornwall Council meeting which could determine the future of four leisure centres under threat of closure. A Customers and...

Technical problems force councillors to abandon scrutiny meeting before getting the chance to talk about leisure centres

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council scrutiny committee which leisure centre campaigners had been hoping would set up an inquiry has been abandoned due to technical difficulties. Members of...

Leisure centre protestors tell council: “we want an inquiry now, not an inquest later”

By Graham Smith About 40 protestors, campaigning to save Cornwall's leisure centres, lobbied councillors as they arrived for this morning's (Tuesday's) meeting of a key scrutiny committee. Many of...

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Death of 17-year-old Gillian Davey underlines why the dangers of Padstow’s Doom Bar need to be better appreciated, say marine accident investigators

By Peter Tremayne Marine accident investigators have made a number of recommendations after investigating the capsize of a motor cruiser in the Camel Estuary, off Padstow, last year.  A...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Covid-19: Wadebridge is the new infection capital of Cornwall

The latest infection figures show that Wadebridge is now recording 1,016.1 cases per 100,000 population, higher than anywhere else in Cornwall.  Overall, purple clusters on the Covid map are...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

No answers from Cornwall Council at its first leisure centre meeting, as Tories warm to a formal inquiry

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council staged the first of its “public consultation” meetings last night (Wednesday) to gauge reaction to the proposed closure of four leisure centres. About 30...

Covid-19: Something is happening and we don’t know what it is, as Cornwall’s infection rate races ahead of the neighbours

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is continuing to race ahead of other areas.  The latest “new cases per 100,000 population” figure is 430.6 – compared with Devon’s...

Solid gold backing for campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Graham Smith Olympic gold swimmer Calum Jarvis is backing the campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres - and his brother Henry is standing for election to Wadebridge town...

Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats launch campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres.” An online petition seeks to secure at least 5,000 signatures, which would force the...

Cornwall councillors on the “watchdog” committee have only three meetings to save the leisure centres

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres depends on a committee of 11 councillors being prepared to question and challenge County Hall’s ruling cabinet. The approach...

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...