Author: Anne North

Covid-19: new cases still increasing in Cornwall

By Daniel Clark and Anne North Six new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Cornwall in the past week, according to government figures.  The continued lack of widespread...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall steps in to rescue Corserv from insolvency

By Anne North Cornwall Council has stepped in with an emergency bail-out loan to rescue its own company Corserv, which was on the brink of financial collapse. The council’s...

Public Health Cornwall asked to rule on “local lockdowns” to help prevent new Covid-19 flare-ups

By Anne North Public Health Cornwall is to be given dramatic new powers to help decide if local communities should face new lockdown measures, in the event of any...

Central government: “Don’t travel on buses unless you have to.” Cornwall Council: “Let’s make bus travel free from next Sunday.”

By Anne North Bus operators in Cornwall are reeling from the news that they have until 5pm today (Tuesday) to respond to a County Hall instruction to introduce a...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “blueprint” for testing in care homes is due next week

By Anne North Public Health Cornwall is running out of time to meet its deadline for disclosing details of how residents and staff in care homes are to be...

Cornwall’s small businesses told they will get details of Covid-19 financial support tomorrow

By Anne North Cornwall Council will unveil tomorrow (Friday) details of its next wave of small business grants, aimed at bed-and-breakfasts, market traders and some charities, which might have...

Lifeguards to return to Cornwall’s beaches before the end of May, promises council leader

By Anne North Lifeguards should return to some of Cornwall’s beaches before the end of May, according to Cornwall Council leader Julian German. Mr German has told councillors that...

Outsourcing company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres asks taxpayers to top-up staff’s wages

By Anne North The company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres is asking local taxpayers to top up its staff wages, as central government pays only 80% of normal salary...

Visit Cornwall hopes for Covid-19 “Kite-mark” scheme soon, as hoteliers ponder when they can emerge from lockdown

By Anne North Cornwall’s tourism bosses are continuing to press for a national “Kite-mark” scheme to certify holiday accommodation as “safe” during the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Visit Cornwall chief...

Are we nearly there yet? Council leader says “a few” miles are fine but “too far” is not as he shares a “lack of clarity” award with Boris Johnson

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has said that “a few miles” is the most anyone should drive before exercise.  It was the most precise he was...

Cornwall’s MPs vote to block measure which would protect local farmers against cheap US imports

By Anne North Five of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs last night voted against a proposal which would ensure a “level playing field” for local food producers  – and in...

Back to the Future: Eight new jobs which are intended to transform Cornwall Council

By Anne North Cornwall Council is about to hire an entire new team of contract managers, at a cost of more than £300,000, as part of its “Future Operating...

County Hall offers interest-free loans to prop up Cornwall’s Business Improvement Districts

By Anne North Cornwall Council is to offer interest-free loans to towns which need support to recover from the Covid-19 crisis. Cornwall’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) will be offered loans of...

“You’ve just had a pay rise, so stop complaining” council leader tells care workers

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has dismissed criticism of the authority’s wholly-owned company Corserv over its refusal to hold pay talks with trade unions representing care...

£10,000 cash handout for dairy farmers to offset impact of Covid-19

By Anne North Cornwall’s dairy farmers are to each get a £10,000 handout to help offset the impact of Covid-19. The Coronavirus lockdown has led to a sharp reduction...

Covid-19: Cornwall gets mixed messages about any “tourist season” this year, as government prepares to make major announcement about what happens next

By Anne North Cornwall is waiting anxiously for details of how the government plans to “ease” its lockdown with conflicting messages from different sectors. The confusion was compounded by...

Cornwall Council leader challenged to confirm there will be no further delay to elections

By Anne North Cornwall council leader Julian German has been challenged to confirm that he will not join calls for next year’s County Hall elections to be postponed. Conservative...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s hospital deaths now 77, reported care home deaths also starting to increase

By Anne North A total of 77 people have now died of Covid-19 in Cornwall’s hospitals, with an unknown number also dying in care homes, in their own homes...

Democracy can resume in mid-May, says Cornwall Council leader

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has promised to restore democracy to County Hall “by mid-May” - nearly six weeks later than the rest of the country....

No new Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall’s hospitals in the past 24 hours

By Anne North There have been no further Covid-19 deaths reported in Cornwall’s hospitals in the past 24 hours.  The number remains at 70. Nationally, a further 329 people,...