Author: Anne North

Cornwall to pioneer firefighter and social worker “blended workforce”

By Anne North Cornwall is to attempt a merging of firefighting and social worker roles.  It opens the way to greater reliance on volunteers. The idea is not new,...

Planners to meet next week to rule on Truro stadium proposals

By Anne North Planners are due to meet next week (Thursday 23rd January) to rule on plans for a Truro stadium. Although outline permission was granted originally in 2011,...

Flybe on the brink, as ministers meet to consider industry-wide tax breaks as a possible solution

By Anne North Today (Tuesday) looks like being make-or-break for the troubled airline Flybe, which connects Newquay to London’s Heathrow airport and other major UK cities. Crunch talks involving...

And Cornwall’s new household waste contractor is…..same as the old one

By Anne North Cornwall Council has finally confirmed that it is keeping its £20 million household waste contract with Biffa. The decision was revealed by Cornwall Reports last week,...

Health chiefs sacrifice overnight services in North Cornwall in order to treat patients elsewhere

By Anne North The staffing crisis at the Royal Cornwall hospital in Truro is having a knock-on effect around the county, undermining health chiefs’ calls that patients should seek...

Bleak outlook for South Crofty, with no start-date in sight for pumping dry the flooded tin mine

By Anne North There will be no tin mining at South Crofty before 2022 at the earliest.  The mine’s owners have confirmed that they have still not been able...

Biffa set to keep its contract to empty Cornwall’s dustbins

By Anne North There are signs that Biffa has retained its £200 million contract to empty Cornwall’s dustbins. Although Cornwall Council has yet to make any formal announcement, ahead...

Cornwall’s NHS will have to wait to become an Integrated Care System

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I’m still “not quite ready,” says Branson, as Cornwall Council ponders its spaceport and dreams of California

By Anne North Richard Branson has admitted he is still “not quite ready” to launch his rocket for the first time, as tensions rise at County Hall over the...

Government says it will ensure free car parking for some patients, visitors and staff at Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North The government has said it will offer the Royal Cornwall hospital hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to scrap car parking charges for some patients,...

Planners to rule on large plastic pontoon for river users at West Looe wildlife site

By Anne North Planners face a tricky problem early in the New Year when they have to rule on an application to erect a large plastic pontoon in the...

Sharp drop in the number of people sleeping on the streets in Cornwall, according to latest figures

By Anne North Cornwall has fewer people sleeping rough according to latest figures - down by 55% compared with last year. The figures have been independently verified by Homeless...

Public subsidy for 73 Cornish bus routes

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s One Public Transport System for Cornwall came a step closer yesterday (Wednesday) as the council’s ruling cabinet agreed to secure a new  8 year...

Ready for another one? Cornwall returns to the polls in only five months

By Anne North Voters will be asked to elect the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner on 7th May 2020. Conservative Alison Hernandez was elected in 2016 after...

Two wheels good, four wheels bad: the Saints Trails to link St Agnes, Newquay, Perranporth and Truro

By Anne North Proposals for nearly 19 miles of new cycle and leisure trails should make progress next week when Cornwall councillors consider contributing £2 million towards an ambitious...

Branson’s new deadline: he has to get his rocket off the ground by April, or risk another vote at County Hall

By Anne North Newquay’s spaceport promoters say they still expect Richard Branson to demonstrate a successful satellite launch before Cornwall Council has to part with £12 million in April....

EXCLUSIVE: That’s the way the money goes – how Cornish taxpayers helped finance Donald Trump’s election victory, loaned cash to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and other scandals too numerous to mention

By Anne North There is an old saying in journalism, and politics: “follow the money.”  It is the perfect answer to anyone who thinks accountancy is dull. One of...

How to the road to a prosperous South East Cornwall leads through Cyprus, Turkey, Gibraltar, Washington, Israel and Armenia – thanks in part to Putin’s pal

By Anne North The candidates hoping to become Cornwall’s six Members of Parliament on Thursday are no doubt all motivated by a deep sense of public duty.  The £79,468...

Cornwall councillor asks for leave of absence due to illness

By Anne North A Cornwall councillor is asking for an approved “leave of absence” due to illness. John Crago, a Conservative who represents Torpoint West, is asking next week’s...

Cornwall’s “strategic” planners told they can take the rest of the year off

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s “strategic” planning committee has scrapped its remaining meetings for the year. It means that apart from considering three planning applications on 25th July, the...