Author: Anne North

Second homes and holiday lets provide another target for debate

19th February 2018 By Anne North The war of words over second homes and holiday lets in Cornwall is due to get louder tomorrow (Tuesday) as councillors debate two...

Fever Pitch: persuaders turn up the volume as the Stadium for Cornwall debate gets close to the line

16th February 2018 By Anne North The campaign to persuade Cornwall councillors that they must contribute £6 million of taxpayers’ money towards a privately-owned sports stadium is reaching fever...

Councillors upset County Hall officials with decision to approve student village at Penryn

15th February 2018 By Anne North Controversial plans for a 2,000-student purpose-built village at Penryn have been approved by Cornwall councillors, against the recommendation of officials.   Today’s decision could...

Battle lines drawn for Cornwall Council elections in 2021, as Independents face party political squeeze

14th February 2018 By Anne North Battle lines have been drawn for the next set of Cornwall Council elections in 2021. New ward boundaries, identifying 87 council divisions, were...

Planners fear impact of hotel regeneration on Newquay war memorial

12th February 2018 By Anne North Planning officials are recommending refusal of plans to regenerate a Newquay hotel and convert it into apartments. The Carnmarth hotel, on Headland Road,...

Council takes the money and runs, slashing services to protect bills

7th February 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Lib Dem-Independent cabinet set out its political priorities today (Wednesday) when it decided to reduce council tax bills by 1% rather...

County Hall to recognise an official Opposition?

31st January 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council could today (Wednesday) take the first formal steps towards recognising an official “Opposition” to the authority’s political leadership. The Conservative Party...

Falmouth’s Tories and Lib Dems learn that in cyber space, nothing is forgotten

29th January 2018 By Anne North Campaigning in the Cornwall Council by election at Falmouth is entering its final stages, ahead of polling day on Thursday. All three of...

Citizens Advice gets the money, as council’s cabinet climbs down on budget cut

24th January 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration has bowed to what would have been inevitable defeat and scrapped plans to slash Citizens Advice funding...

Tax-dodging second home owners costing Cornwall £10 million a year

22nd January 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council is being urged to help close a tax loophole which allows the owners of holiday lets to dodge nearly £10 million...

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP suggests tax cuts for tourism

17th January 2018 By Anne North The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is preparing to lobby the government in favour of tax cuts for the tourism...

The idea of Cornwall hosting the Tour of Britain cycle race gets back in the saddle

16th January 2018 By Anne North Plans for Cornwall to host a stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race look set to progress next week as the council...

Cornwall Council buildings not properly assessed for fire risks, according to post-Grenfell Tower safety audit

14th January 2018 By Anne North More than 150 properties in Cornwall have not had a proper fire risk assessment, according to an internal audit for Cornwall Council. The...

36 councillors facing tears before bed-time

11th January 2018 By Anne North The difficulties of squeezing the thoughts of 123 Cornwall councillors into how only 87 of them will find “lifeboat” divisions will again be...

Four candidates for Falmouth by-election

6th January 2018 By Anne North There will be four candidates for the forthcoming Cornwall Council by-election at Falmouth, following the death of Labour’s Candy Atherton in October.  Polling...

Cornwall’s dairy farmers invited to New Year NFU conference

29th December 2017 By Anne North Cornwall’s dairy farmers are being urged to attend a special New Year conference to hear about the latest developments in their industry. Cornwall...

Becky Simpson joins the board as Corserv tries to steady the ship

21st December 2017 By Anne North Corserv has finally got round to telling its workers that the boss has gone.  Following yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) Cornwall Reports article reporting that Tony...

Still no-one in charge at Corserv, more than a month after the boss said goodbye

20th December 2017 By Anne North Cornwall Council’s £240 million a year “arm’s length” company Corserv still has no-one in charge, more than a month after the departure of...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems challenged over cut to Citizens’ Advice, as council launches “take-it-or-leave-it” online survey

13th December 2017 By Anne North Councillors have called for a proposed cut of 53% to the Citizens’ Advice budget to be scrapped and the full £356,000 grant re-instated....

Citizens Advice launches petition in bid to stave off council’s 53% cut

12th December 2017 By Anne North An online petition has been launched to stop Cornwall Council cutting its grant to Citizens Advice by more than half. The charity says...