Author: Anne North

Holiday campsites tell “Leicester lepers” to keep out, as local lockdowns get off to a chaotic start

By Anne North As chaos and confusion continue to surround the practical application of the government’s first “local lockdown” in Leicester, holiday firms in Cornwall have started to announce...

What’s the best way to spend £1.2 billion? Councillors seek to debate the “pasty pound” and put the brakes on outsourcing expansion

By Anne North Battle lines have been drawn for a major political battle at County Hall next week over how Cornwall Council spends its £1.2 billion budget. A cross-party...

EXCLUSIVE: More people are moving to Cornwall than anywhere else in England or Wales, as the cities empty

By Anne North The population of Cornwall grew by more than 5,500 people last year, according to detailed new figures from the Office for National Statistics. An ONS data...

Some of Cornwall’s care homes “face financial ruin because of Covid-19”

By Anne North Several care homes in Cornwall are facing immense financial challenges because of Covid-19 and might have to close, according to Adult Social Care cabinet member councillor...

Covid-19: The latest South West “R” number is between 0.4 and 1.6

By Anne North The Covid-19 “R” number for the South West could be as high as 1.6, according to latest estimates from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical...

Covid-19 death at Liskeard care home as 11 residents test positive

By Anne North One person has died after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Pengover House care home, Liskeard. Yesterday (Saturday) the home, which is run by Cornwall Care,...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: could there be winners and losers? Announcement expected next week

By Anne North Some of Cornwall’s leisure centres aim to re-open for some swimming from 4th July, subject to government confirmation which is expected next week. GLL, the charity...

Will all of Cornwall’s leisure centres re-open next month? County Hall promises a statement soon

By Anne North Cornwall’s leisure centres face an uncertain future as talks continue over whether all 12 facilities will re-open next month. GLL, the private management company which won...

Day 2: Economy chief Tim Dwelly again tells the nation not to visit Cornwall (until later in the year)

By Anne North Cornwall councillor Tim Dwelly, the cabinet portfolio holder responsible for economic development, has again taken to a national media platform to tell tourists not to visit...

Covid-19: Visit Cornwall got £150,000 from local taxpayers “to help with cash-flow” in April

By Anne North Local taxpayers have bailed out the tourism organisation Visit Cornwall, with a £150,000 grant to help with cash-flow. Cornwall Council’s strategic director for economic development, Phil...

Work continues on Newquay Spaceport, despite Branson’s rocket crash

By Anne North Newquay Airport is going ahead with detailed design work to upgrade its facilities for Richard Branson’s space programme, despite the tycoon’s high-profile rocket crash last month....

Plenty of advice – and some signs of nerves – as Cornwall prepares to ease the Covid-19 lockdown from Monday

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall’s MPs have joined together to urge people to “think local, shop local” as businesses start to reopen after lockdown.  Non-essential shops will...

Parts of Truro city centre to be pedestrianised from Monday, as shops try to lure customers into the “new reality” of living with Covid-19

By Anne North Cars and lorries are to be banned from parts of Truro city centre from Monday (15th June) as local shopkeepers try to encourage social distancing when...

Covid-19: Five new cases confirmed in Cornwall in 24 hours

By Anne North The number of new Covid-19 cases in Cornwall increased by a further five yesterday (Tuesday), bringing the total number of new cases in recent days to...

Devon and Cornwall police warn of bogus “Track and Trace” Covid-19 emails

By Anne North Devon and Cornwall police are warning people to beware of scam emails claiming to come from the new Covid-19 NHS Test and Trace Service. Officers say...

Covid-19: government fund for Cornwall’s small businesses massively over-subscribed

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall’s council and business leaders have called on the government for more help to offset the impact of Covid-19 on jobs. The Cornwall...

Black Lives Matter across Cornwall, as anti-racism protestors show solidarity with worldwide campaign

By Anne North Hundreds of anti-racism campaigners turned out in Cornwall today (Sunday) to join in the worldwide condemnation of the killing by American police of a black man,...

Covid-19: who will pay for the decision to stop collecting tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry?

By Anne North The decision to stop collecting tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry because of Covid-19 has contributed to a raid on reserves of nearly £2...

NUJ threatens legal action against publishers of Cornwall’s local newspapers after company imposes 10% pay cut

By Anne North Journalists working for most of Cornwall’s newspapers, and the Cornwall Live website, are threatening legal action after their bosses docked their pay by 10%. At the...

Panto season arrives early at the Palace of Westminster, as five of Cornwall’s MPs support the end of “virtual” voting

By Anne North Five of Cornwall’s six MPs voted in favour of yesterday’s “procedure” measure which will force them to vote in person, rather than virtually. St Ives MP...