Author: Anne North

Tourism bosses promise £521 million extra revenue and 8,000 new jobs: what could possibly go wrong?

By Anne North Business and council leaders in Cornwall are expecting tourism to create an additional 8,000 new jobs by 2030, according to a strategy document under consideration today...

Timetable extended for Cornwall’s concessionary bus passes

By Anne North Older people, and those of any age with a disability, who qualify for a concessionary bus pass will be able to travel for free at any time on...

Oakleigh House: councillors prepare for showdown with NHS bosses

By Anne North Battle lines are being drawn to contest the proposed closure of Oakleigh House, a unique mental health respite centre based at Menheniot, near Liskeard. Cornwall Council’s...

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...

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,...

Branson delays again – Newquay spaceport can only watch, and wait

By Anne North It is becoming routine: every fortnight, Richard Branson delays the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. Virgin Orbit has now been talking about its...

Delayed Brexit would see Conservative and Labour MEP gains in south west, says poll

By Anne North The two main political parties, Labour and Conservatives, would be the most likely beneficiaries in the event that any delay to Brexit leads to participation in...

Torpoint takes charge of its own library

By Anne North Torpoint Library has joined the growing list of those taken over by a local town council, following agreement with Cornwall Council.  The building will now close...

A cabinet member revolted, and a senior Lib Dem was missing – the inside story of a Cornwall Council budget defeat which delivered an extra £1 million for Cornwall’s children

By Anne North Labour’s one-vote victory over Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats yesterday (Tuesday) – securing an extra £1 million for children’s services – was achieved thanks to the abstention of...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated again as Labour wins an extra £1 million for children’s mental health services

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrats suffered another blow to their “progressive” credentials today (Tuesday) when a Labour proposal to add £1 million to children’s services won cross-party...

Campaign gets underway to save unique mental health centre, as Cornwall’s NHS and council bosses scrap £140,000 contract which does not fit with their new Five Year Plan

By Anne North Cornwall’s health and council bosses are coming under fire for scrapping a £140,000-a-year mental health contract which users and providers say saves lives. Oakleigh House, Menheniot,...

April date for public inquiry into 112,000-chicken poultry farm

By Richard Harrison People battling against plans to build a mega egg farm with 112,000 chickens have launched a fundraising campaign to help their fight. Planning permission to for...

Labour countdown to St Austell & Newquay selection

By Anne North Labour Party hopefuls who fancy challenging St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double at the next general election have only a few more days to throw...

Cornwall in line for Council of the Year award, as Taxpayers’ Alliance foams at “extravagance”

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall Council has spent more than £9,000 on awards ceremonies in recent years – below the national average for local authorities. Cornwall is...

Branson delays again – now hopes for first test flight on 15th March

By Anne North The prospect of a Newquay spaceport took a further step backwards today (Wednesday) when Richard Branson again delayed the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit...

Cornwall on course to stay a low-tax council, while sitting on reserves and continuing to cut services

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall Council should increase council tax at the highest rate allowed or it will undermine its campaign for fairer funding, according to some...

MP expresses concern at BBC’s promotion of Cornish benefits advocate

By Anne North St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has criticised the BBC for promoting a benefits advocate who charges clients for advice. Last night's BBC Insight Out...

Falmouth Packet owners reject Wall Street takeover bid – for now

By Anne North The company which owns the Falmouth Packet newspaper has rejected a $1.36 billion hostile takeover bid. Gannett’s board of directors said it had rejected an attempt...

Council failing to pursue overpaid benefits to adult social care clients

By Anne North Cornwall Council has overpaid nearly £0.5 million in benefits to adult social care clients because County Hall did not follow-up changes to their circumstances. The council’s...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated on “watered down” climate change motion as Labour and Conservatives demand “more radical” action

By Anne North A Liberal Democrat attempt to commit Cornwall Council to do more about Climate Change caused the party embarrassment today when councillors decided it was “not radical...