Author: Anne North

Covid-19: 12 new cases confirmed in Cornwall since lockdown lifted last weekend

By Anne North There have been 12 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Cornwall since movement restrictions were lifted last weekend, according to official NHS figures released this afternoon....

Truro stadium cash “still needs government approval” – County Hall

By Anne North The future of any Truro stadium still rests with the government, Cornwall councillors heard this morning (Tuesday.) Councillor Tim Dwelly, the cabinet portfolio holder responsible for...

Boozing is fine, but voting is far too dangerous: the curious case of Cornwall’s suspended democracy

By Anne North Local councils across Cornwall will have to wait until May next year to fill any casual vacancies caused by the death or resignation of sitting members....

That Truro New Town land deal: what exactly have taxpayers got for their money?

By Anne North A veteran councillor is hoping to find out crucial details about Cornwall Council’s controversial £36 million land deal, intended to build Truro New Town to the...

Covid-19: How the government has suddenly increased Cornwall’s Coronavirus infection by 48% at the press of a button

By Anne North The government has confirmed that the rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall is far higher than previously recorded.  A simple change to the way test results...

Pete Masters adds the Truro Voice weekly newspaper to his media stable

By Anne North A new weekly newspaper launched this week – The Truro Voice, which has a cover price of £1.  The newspaper is owned by former Truro City...

Royal Cornwall Hospital emergency teams prepare for Saturday’s tourist invasion – “it’s going to be like New Year’s Eve”

By Anne North The emergency team at Cornwall's main hospital is gearing itself up for Saturday’s expected tourist invasion, with doctors, nurses and porters preparing to deal with the...

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...