Author: Anne North

Another stroke of bad luck for Cornwall’s strategic planners, as next scheduled meeting date clashes with general election

By Anne North The next scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has been postponed – because of the general election. The committee, which since May has managed...

Isles of Scilly goes boldly in to the brave new health and social care future

By Anne North The Isles of Scilly looks like it could become a guinea-pig for an experimental integration of health and social care. The scheme aims to co-locate primary...

Cornwall’s children’s services rated “outstanding”

By Anne North Ofsted has rated Cornwall’s children’s services as “outstanding” – putting County Hall in the top 10% of local councils in the country.  Cornwall is the only...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council considers how to keep on top of information about “contaminated land,” including a former chemical weapons factory

By Anne North Five “special sites” within the former top secret chemical weapons factory at Portreath are still on a register of contaminated land, according to a report to...

“No decision yet” on future of Edward Hain hospital, insist health chiefs

By Anne North There is still a glimmer of hope that the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, might be saved for the sort of community care role which has...

Labour re-selects Gareth Derrick to contest South East Cornwall constituency at general election

By Anne North The Labour Party has re-selected Gareth Derrick, a former Royal Navy Commodore, to be its Parliamentary candidate in South East Cornwall. Mr Derrick, a Plymouth City...

Labour selects Bodmin’s Joy Bassett as its Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall

By Anne North Labour took a step towards completing its compliment of Parliamentary candidates in Cornwall last night (Tuesday) when the party selected Bodmin’s Joy Bassett as its choice...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs backed Boris Johnson on Brexit

By Anne North All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal yesterday (Saturday.)  The government was defeated by 322 votes to 306, a majority of 16....

Adam Paynter again tops the league table as County Hall’s most expensive councillor

By Anne North Adam Paynter was again the most expensive member of Cornwall Council last year, according to the annual league table of councillors’ expenses, just published by County...

Cornwall’s MPs expected to vote for Brexit Deal on Saturday

By Anne North At least two of Cornwall’s MPs have given an initial welcome to Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal.  St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double was first...

South East Cornwall, North Cornwall and St Ives Labour Parties finally told they can select their Parliamentary candidates

By Anne North The Labour Party appears finally to be selecting Parliamentary candidates for three constituencies in Cornwall. North Cornwall, South East Cornwall and St Ives Labour Parties all...

Cornwall’s Strategic Planners again told they need not bother with a meeting

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee meeting scheduled for this month has again been cancelled.  The committee has met only once, for its designed purpose, since May....

Don’t try to throw milkshakes at Nigel Farage, urges Cornwall For Europe

By Anne North The Battle of Brexit comes to Cornwall today (Monday) when Nigel Farage stages a rally at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre while anti-Brexit campaigners hold a...

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...

Cornwall’s health and social care system gets its man: the first Independent Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership is named

By Anne North The new boss of Cornwall’s “integrated” health and social service is to be John Govett, a former senior executive with Surrey County Council and currently vice...

Care Quality Commission fines Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust for breaching “duty of candour” rules

By Anne North The Care Quality Commission has fined the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust £16,250 for failing to say “sorry” to patients and failing to be open with them....

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company loses £4.3 million in a year

By Anne North Shareholders in the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company have suffered a jaw-dropping £4.3 million loss in the past year, according to the company’s annual accounts. The...

County Hall upsets Bodmin Town Council by putting profits first in so-called “affordable” housing project

By Anne North and Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s policy on “affordable” homes is set to take a further battering later this month when the authority tries to increase the...

EXCLUSIVE: Is food waste about to be dropped from Cornwall’s new household collection contract? County Hall’s surprise new survey makes no mention of it

By Anne North Mystery surrounds the surprise launch of a new online survey about Cornwall’s domestic waste collection service, as County Hall struggles to design a new contract before...

How to spend Cornwall’s £450 million health windfall: six points of view

By Anne North Cornwall’s MPs have responded in very different ways to news that none of their local health bosses knew anything about the government’s pre-election promise of £450...