Author: Anne North

Truro New Town just got even bigger, as council buys more farmland at Langarth

By Anne North Cornwall Council has bought two more parcels of land to the west of Truro as part of its plan to build a new town at Langarth,...

Fire damage to Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, not as bad as originally feared

By Anne North Fire damage to the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, is not as bad as first feared – with hopes once again rising that the building can...

Shelterbox closes Truro visitor centre due to impact of Covid-19

By Anne North The Shelterbox visitor centre in Truro will not reopen, due to concerns over Covid-19 and the financial impact of the virus.  The charity has had a...

As Boris Johnson starts his two-week holiday, most of Cornwall’s swimming pools look set to remain closed for months

By Anne North It could be months before Cornwall councillors make a decision about their public swimming pools, following the decision to allow the private management company GLL to...

40% of Cornwall’s Covid-19 contacts are missing, warn public health chiefs

By Anne North The government’s “world beating” test and trace system is failing to identify about 40% of people in Cornwall who have had contact with Covid-19, according to...

Ammonium nitrate licences in Truro and Falmouth come under the microscope, as experts ask how internationally-accepted rules and regulations went so badly wrong in Beirut

By Anne North Local councils in Cornwall have granted at least three licences for the storage of large quantities of ammonium nitrate, the chemical now identified as responsible for...

Hall for Cornwall gets £1.5 million, but there is nothing for the Truro stadium, as government reveals its “shovel-ready” Covid-19 economic recovery spending

By Anne North Cornwall’s plans to mine lithium, for use in electric car batteries, and the Hall for Cornwall, are among the main “winners” in the government’s “shovel ready,...

Covid-19: Will Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board have to choose between pubs and schools?

By Anne North Government scientists have told ministers they fear Covid-19 could be spreading rapidly, as the latest, official, regional “R” number for the south west is put at...

Are we nearly there yet? Only a week to go before Cornwall Council finally gets a permanent Chief Operating Officer

By Anne North Cornwall Council edges towards the appointment of a new, permanent Section 151 chief operating officer today when members of the Chief Officers Employment Committee meet to...

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer in Falmouth today

By Anne North Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is due to visit Falmouth today (Wednesday) in a bid to raise the plight of seaside towns whose economies have been...

Covid-19: latest “R” number for the South West suggests slight decrease in rate of infection

By Anne North The spread of Covid-19 in the south west region appears to be declining slightly, according to the latest government figures. The “R” number for the south...

Councillor censured for “sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalism” remark

By Anne North The Cornwall councillor who referred to “a sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalism” during a local radio interview will be censured, and told to undertake further training,...

“Sinister underbelly” rumpus finally gets a hearing – but it will be in secret

By Anne North A year-old war of words reaches a crunch moment this morning (Tuesday) when Cornwall Council’s “standards committee” decides what to do about a councillor who refuses...

Cornwall’s public health officials to get “named patient data” to help fight Covid-19, as South West “R” number remains high

By Anne North The “R” number for Covid-19 in the south west continues to stay relatively high, according to the government’s latest figures – again between 0.7 and 1.1,...

Cornwall’s jobless 56% higher than this time last year

By Anne North The number of people unemployed and claiming benefit in Cornwall has rocketed since the Covid-19 lockdown, according to Office for National Statistics figures published this morning...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s economy at risk – but it could be worse, says IFS

By Anne North Cornwall's reliance on tourism and the self-employed economic sectors make it relatively exposed to the financial consequences of Covid-19, according to data compiled by the Institute...

MP slams “pathetic” Cornwall Council for handling of discretionary Covid-19 grants

By Anne North A row has broken out between Cornwall Council and the government over Covid-19 funding for local businesses.  The council says it needs more cash, but one...

Covid-19: 12 new cases confirmed in Cornwall since lockdown lifted last weekend

By Anne North There have been 12 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Cornwall since movement restrictions were lifted last weekend, according to official NHS figures released this afternoon....

Truro stadium cash “still needs government approval” – County Hall

By Anne North The future of any Truro stadium still rests with the government, Cornwall councillors heard this morning (Tuesday.) Councillor Tim Dwelly, the cabinet portfolio holder responsible for...

Boozing is fine, but voting is far too dangerous: the curious case of Cornwall’s suspended democracy

By Anne North Local councils across Cornwall will have to wait until May next year to fill any casual vacancies caused by the death or resignation of sitting members....