Planning inspector says “no” to “60% affordable” housing scheme near Rock

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A government inspector has upheld Cornwall Council’s refusal of planning permission for a housing project near Rock at which more than half of the new houses...

Five candidates line up for Wadebridge by-election

By Anne North Five candidates are to contest the vacant seat for a Cornwall councillor in Wadebridge. The Liberal Democrats are defending the Wadebridge West seat against what looks...

Rock festival gets licence, despite protests from locals, after 7-hour meeting

By Richard Whitehouse A new music, food and wellbeing festival will be held - officially - for the first time next year after being granted a licence. Porthilly Spirit...

Rock music festival gives councillors a headache as they sift through more than 130 written representations, ahead of Thursday’s decision

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage is set for a major licensing battle on Thursday when councillors decide whether or not to permit a rock festival at Rock, near Wadebridge....

Polling in Cornwall Council by-election at Wadebridge will be on 7th November

By Anne North Polling in the Wadebridge West by-election, to elect a new member of Cornwall Council, will be on Thursday 7th November. Nomination papers must be submitted by...

Plans for a rock festival at Rock again divide opinion

By Richard Whitehouse Organisers of a controversial festival near Rock, which was forced to pull the plug just two weeks before it was due to open its doors, could...

Angry villagers prepare to resist takeover by Wadebridge

By Anne North Battle lines have been drawn for a furious row between Wadebridge Town Council and its neighbouring parishes, over who-does-what and how much residents should pay for...

Cornwall councillor quits, triggering by-election at Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Karen McHugh has resigned, triggering a by-election. Ms McHugh, a Liberal Democrat, represented the Wadebridge West division.  The reasons for her resignation are not...

“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...

St Merryn Multi-Use Games Area will have to be torn down, after planners refuse permission

By Richard Whitehouse A holiday park is likely to have to dig up a multi-use games pitch and relocate it after planning permission was refused. The Multi-Use Games Area...

Chiverton Cross “flyover” for bikes at the heart of new cycle routes West of Truro

By Graham Smith Residents of the St Agnes-Truro-Newquay area are being urged to have their say about new cycle routes.  The most eye-catching proposal is a new bridge over...

Cormac finds a record £6.5 million profit in potholes

By Graham Smith Cormac has made a record profit of nearly £6.5 million.  The Wadebridge-based company, part of the Cornwall Council-owned Corserv group, has changed its focus over the...

Farm hopes to be back to normal within two months after last week’s major fire

By Graham Smith The St Mabyn farm badly damaged by fire last week hopes to be back to normal within two months. James Mutton’s Burlerrow Farm, which produces its...

Huge fire destroys barn at St Mabyn

By Graham Smith Fire crews have spent all night dealing with a huge barn fire at St Mabyn, near Wadebridge. No-one was hurt but the barn has been completely...

Armed police commandeer boat in response to woman’s threat to jump from Wadebridge by-pass

By Peter Tremayne Armed police commandeered a boat in Wadebridge yesterday (Thursday) to provide “back up” in case a woman at risk of jumping from the by-pass ended up...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s “surf tax” raising even less in revenue now than when it was introduced

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s controversial “surf tax” is raising even less revenue now than when it was introduced to several beaches in 2016, according to a Freedom of Information...

Man’s body found at bottom of cliffs near Padstow

By Peter Tremayne The coastguard helicopter has found the body of a man at the bottom of cliffs between Trevone and Crugmeer, near Padstow. A 65-year-old man had been...

No criminal charges after Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss death

By Peter Tremayne A coroner is to investigate the death of a woman who died at the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss festival on 1st May. Laura Smallwood, 34, from Padstow,...

RNLI launches new lifejacket hire at Rock in bid to cut sea angling deaths

By Peter Tremayne The RNLI has launched a new sea safety campaign offering to hire out lifejackets to anglers for only £5 per day. The initiative stems from the...

Taiwan diplomats tour North Cornwall

By Anne North The Taiwanese Representative – an important diplomatic figure for trade and economic relations – visited North Cornwall yesterday (Friday) for a two-day tour of Newquay, Padstow...

Planning inspector rules out development to the north and west of Wadebridge

By Graham Smith A planning inspector has ruled out the development of farmland to the north and west of Wadebridge. Developers had wanted to build 225 houses, a new...

Firefighters warn again of parked car problems in Wadebridge

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have again warned of the problems caused by parked cars at Glen Road, Wadebridge. Residents and visitors frequently park on both sides of the...

Cornwall’s swimming clubs fear GLL price rises could force them to close

By Richard Whitehouse Swimming clubs say they could be forced to close after revealing they are facing an almost 80% increase in pool hire costs. A number of swimming...

Council approves alcohol licence for Baby Bay charity surf event, New Polzeath

By Richard Whitehouse An application from a beach-based taco van to serve alcohol during a surfing event has been approved. Taco Boys, which operates from a converted horse box...

URGENT CORRECTION – alcohol licence for Baby Bay surf event, New Polzeath, approved

By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports has been advised that a story filed earlier by the BBC Local Democracy service, saying the licence had been refused, was incorrect.  The licence...

Cornwall Folk Festival warns performers to watch out for email scam

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Folk Festival has warned potential performers to beware of an international scam designed to trick them into parting with money. Bands and soloists from...

Doom Bar wins drinks brand of the year award

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doom Bar has won the Grocer Gold Award for drinks brand of the year.  The beer, brewed by Molson Coors at the Sharp’s brewery at Rock,...

Police object to alcohol licence at Baby Bay, New Polzeath

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Police have again objected to a licensing application which seeks to sell alcohol at Baby Bay, Polzeath, during a charity surf event next month. Will Price,...

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....

Rain deterred visitors to last week’s Royal Cornwall Show

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall show reports that 110,704 people visited this year’s event – the numbers were slightly down on expectation, with wind and rain greeting show-goers...

Success at last for five year campaign to save St Just library

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has started to re-roof the roof and entrance porch of St Just Library, which has been safeguarded following a successful five-year campaign by local people....

Camel and Helford estuaries join the list of Marine Conservation Zones

By Anne North Two estuaries in Cornwall have today (Friday) joined Defra’s list of Marine Conservation Zones.  The Camel Estuary, near Wadebridge, and the Helford Estuary, between Mawnan Smith...

Hustyns to become “instant village” as planners vote 8-6 to lift “holiday-only” restriction

By Graham Smith Planners have voted 8-6 to lift a “holiday-only” restriction on a timeshare complex at Hustyns, Burlawn, near Wadebridge. Voting against their officers’ recommendation, members of Cornwall...

Decision day for Hustyns holiday lodges, as planners meet to consider lifting the restriction which prevents an “instant village” near Wadebridge

By Anne North Cornwall’s planners meet this morning (Monday) to consider lifting a “holiday-use only” restriction at a long-established resort near Wadebridge. The Hustyns complex was built during the...

European Parliament election votes will be counted at Wadebridge

By Peter Tremayne The counting of Cornwall’s votes in the European Parliament elections will be at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. Although Britain votes on Thursday 23rd May, voting...

North Cornwall beach van refused licence to sell alcohol

By Richard Whitehouse A converted horsebox serving tacos will not be allowed to sell alcohol after being refused a licence due to concerns about public safety. Taco Boys run...

No rocking at Rock this year, as festival organisers admit defeat

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial rock concert due to be held at Rock will not go ahead after all. The Porthilly Spirit festival was refused a licence last week. ...

Planners asked to lift “holiday-only” restriction on Hustyns lodges, near Wadebridge

By Graham Smith One of Cornwall’s longest-established holiday resorts could soon be turned in to an “instant village” in an Area of Great Landscape Value near Wadebridge. Hustyns announced...

Plans for Rock festival in doubt as council refuses licence

By Richard Whitehouse A new music, food and wellbeing festival has been refused a licence despite having sold hundreds of tickets. Porthilly Spirit festival was due to take place...

Port Isaac Rowing Club returns home after Isles of Scilly World Pilot Gig Championships

Port Isaac Rowing Club has returned to the Cornish mainland after another World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly. The May Day weekend saw the Ladies Supervets...

Organisers of Porthilly Spirit event say Rock festival will benefit local area

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors are due to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to consider granting permission for a new music, food and wellbeing festival which has raised concerns about transport,...

Padstow woman dies after ‘Obby ‘Oss incident

By Peter Tremayne A woman who was injured during Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss celebrations on Wednesday (1st May) in Padstow has died. Laura Smallwood, 34, from Padstow, died yesterday (Saturday)...

Rock rocked by music festival described as “a very good idea in the wrong place”

By Richard Whitehouse Fears have been raised that a new music, food and wellbeing festival could bring traffic chaos and drugs to a quiet area in north Cornwall. Porthilly...

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...

Padstow library set to close

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Padstow Library is in doubt, as the “devolution” process which seeks to transfer responsibility from Cornwall Council to town and parish councils is...

Bodmin councillor Leigh Frost declares he wants to be North Cornwall’s next MP

By Anne North Bodmin Liberal Democrat councillor Leigh Frost has declared his ambition to stand for Parliament at the next general election. Mr Frost, a town and Cornwall councillor,...

Land north of the Wadebridge by-pass to be declared “off limits” to developers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-running saga of the Wadebridge Neighbourhood Plan has taken a new twist with a declaration by local councillors that all land north of the town’s...

Planners say no to major expansion of Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Planners have refused permission for a major expansion of Wadebridge to the north and west of the town. An outline application for 225 houses, a primary...

Planners vote 13-2 to approve housing estate on the site of Wadebridge Town football club

By Graham Smith Planners have finally given the go ahead for a housing estate on the site of Wadebridge Town football club. The 13-2 vote means the club will...

Plans to turn Wadebridge Football Club into a housing estate finally due to be decided next week

By Graham Smith The long-debated attempt to turn the Wadebridge football club into a housing estate is finally due to come before a planning committee next week. The proposed...

Port Isaac Rowing Club’s annual Gig Push raises £600

By Anne North The Port Isaac Rowing Club has raised £600 for the Invictus Trust, a Cornwall-based charity which helps provide support for children and young adults with mental...

Large fire destroys Wadebridge factory

18th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Firefighters have spent the night tackling a large fire on the Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge. At least one factory, thought to manufacture coffins,...

The 30-year campaign for a skatepark in Wadebridge finally goes out to tender

18th September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon After a campaign lasting nearly 30 years, youngsters in Wadebridge might soon have a bike-and-skate park constructed on land behind the Lidl supermarket,...

Contractors got a parking ticket while cleaning town council toilets

7th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The dangers of leaving a vehicle unattended on the streets of Wadebridge have again been underlined by a Cornwall Council parking enforcement officer,...

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...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann quits ministerial role over Brexit

16th July 2018 By Graham Smith North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has resigned as a junior minister, in protest at Theresa May’s policy on Brexit. Mr Mann, who had...

Decision on 225 new homes north of Wadebridge “by September”

2nd July 2018 By Anne North New plans have now been submitted formally for 225 houses to the north west of Wadebridge, between the A39 Ball roundabout and the...

Nearly 120,000 attended Royal Cornwall Show

11th June 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The organisers of the Royal Cornwall Show are already planning next year's event after 119,201 people flooded through the gates last week. The...

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...

Cornwall Farmers to survive at Wadebridge, Helston and Otterham following sale to Welsh company

4th May 2018 By Graham Smith A Welsh agricultural supplies group, Wynnstay, has bought the Cornwall Farmers groups of stores.  The new owners plan to keep only Wadebridge, Otterham...

Tesco set to get petrol pumps for Wadebridge supermarket

27th April 2018 By Graham Smith Tesco is to succeed in its bid to sell petrol at its Wadebridge supermarket, after a deal was reached to address traffic concerns...

Wadebridge town council votes against football club housing scheme

26th April 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to build a housing estate on the Wadebridge football club ground have suffered a setback after town councillors voted 9-2 not to...

Fire crews rescue bullock from the muddy banks of the River Camel

25th April 2018 Pictures from Wadebridge F&RS Fire crews from Wadebridge, Bodmin and St Austell have rescued a bullock which was stuck in the mud in the River Camel....

Planners recommend approval of Tesco’s petrol plans at Wadebridge

23rd April 2018 By Graham Smith Planners are recommending approval of Tesco’s bid to sell petrol at its Wadebridge supermarket, despite fears of a price war with a nearby...

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...

“Free lifejackets-for-fishermen” debate returns to County Hall

12th April 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A proposal to purchase lifejackets for Cornish fishermen comes back before a full meeting of Cornwall Council on Tuesday. The council is being...

Dogs on Cornish beaches – new rules introduced with effect from today

1st April 2018 By Anne North Holidaymakers arriving in Cornwall this weekend have been getting used to the new regime of dog bans on beaches. Last year, Cornwall Council...

Royal Cornwall Show names the local charities to be supported at this year’s event

28th March 2018 By Anne North This year’s Royal Cornwall Show has selected the Cornish mental health charity Pentreath and The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal as the official...

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...

Cornwall’s Lib Dem leader urged to condemn “online bullying” of Green Party councillor

8th March 2018 By Graham Smith The leader of Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats has been asked to condemn the “online bullying” of a Green Party town councillor. Wadebridge town councillor...

Wadebridge hears how to reduce, re-use and recycle to cut plastic waste

27th February 2018 By Graham Smith Nearly 100 people attended a public meeting in Wadebridge last night (Monday) to hear about a new initiative designed to reduce plastic waste....

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...

Defra hails the latest cull “a success” as the North Cornwall badger body count piles up

26th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 600 badgers were killed in North Cornwall during the most recent cull licence period, according to figures released by Defra. The two...

Wadebridge will get a vote on town’s future as town councillors ratify local plan

14th December 2017 By Graham Smith People in Wadebridge will get the chance to vote on the future development of their town, in a referendum to be held late...

A crucial week for Wadebridge

11th December 2017 By Anne North It is a key week for the future development of Wadebridge, with the town council due to consider the local Neighbourhood Plan on...

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...

Tesco makes a fresh bid to sell petrol at Wadebridge

27th November 2017 By Graham Smith The Tesco supermarket at Wadebridge could start selling petrol and diesel next year, if a planning application currently before Cornwall Council is successful....

Wadebridge motorists face long delays for three weeks

22nd November 2017 By Graham Smith Repairs to a gas main are causing misery for motorists in Wadebridge, with multiple three-way traffic controls and long queues as drivers wait...

Hospital Order for St Merryn man who suffocated his wife

22nd Novembeer 2017 By Peter Tremayne An 89-year-old St Merryn man was yesterday (Tuesday) convicted of the murder of his 88-year-old wife, Avis Addison. Douglas Addison, of Trehemborne Road,...

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...

Adrian Jones takes over as Wadebridge Mayor

9th November 2017 By Graham Smith Wadebridge has a new Mayor – town councillor Adrian Jones.  Mr Jones had been the deputy mayor and was elected unopposed at a...

Padstow harbour gate to get a make-over – and no-one gets in or out while the work is in progress

8th November 2017 By Anne North Padstow mariners are bracing themselves for major disruption next year when once-in-a-generation repairs are carried out to the harbour gates. The tidal gate...

Padstow’s Old Station House is back in business, as town council returns

7th November 2017 By Graham Smith Padstow Town Council has returned to the Station House, an iconic landmark once threatened with demolition. The building had been the council’s home...

The man whose dangerous driving killed Kate Bailey jailed for two years

5th November 2017 By Anne North The man whose dangerous driving killed St Minver woman Kate Bailey (right) has been jailed for two years. Mrs Bailey, 45, was hit...

St Minver death driver “was unaware of collision”

3rd November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon The man accused of causing the death of Kate Bailey in St Minver last year, in a collision in which his Land Rover...

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...

Man goes on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving at St Minver last year

1st November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon A 52-year-old second home owner has gone on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of causing the death of a St Minver woman...

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...

Halfway House pub, on A39 near Wadebridge, badly damaged by fire

27th October 2017 The Halfway House pub, a well-known landmark on the A39 near Wadebridge, looks set to be closed for some time after the building was badly damaged...

Fire sweeps through Halfway House pub, on A39 near Wadebridge

27th October 2017 Eleven people were escorted to safety after fire swept through the Halfway House pub, on the A39 near Wadebridge, in the early hours of this morning. ...

Mayor of Wadebridge, councillor Tony Rush, resigns

23rd October 2017 By Graham Smith The mayor of Wadebridge, councillor Tony Rush, has resigned. His resignation, which is effective immediately, is also as a member of the town...

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...