Author: Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall Council does not have “Leader of the Year”

7th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter missed out on the chance to be crowned “Leader of the Year” at a local government knees-up in...

Julian German’s United States “leadership” odyssey is good value, insists Cornwall Council

5th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s chief executive has defended the decision to send a councillor to the United States for “leadership” training. Roseland councillor Julian German...

Means testing for family services? We haven’t got a clue what it might mean, admits County Hall

28th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has admitted it has no idea how much money might be saved by introducing means-testing for various aspects of its children’s...

Falmouth University says new recruitment company poses no threat to existing staff

23rd October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth University has moved to reassure existing staff that its establishment of a new recruitment company poses no threat to their pay or...

Time running out for consultation over the allocation of land for new building

16th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Cornwall have only a few days left to submit their comments to Cornwall Council on where new housing and commercial development...

Cornwall Council cabinet member takes the flak for blunder over “proposed” car parking charges

15th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall Council cabinet member has been blamed for an official report which suggested a huge increase in car parking...

Labour plans to double council tax on second homes

23rd September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in Cornwall have reacted with glee to news that a Labour government would double council tax on second homes. Tax...

The 30-year campaign for a skatepark in Wadebridge finally goes out to tender

18th September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon After a campaign lasting nearly 30 years, youngsters in Wadebridge might soon have a bike-and-skate park constructed on land behind the Lidl supermarket,...

Bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee?

30th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Rumours are circulating at County Hall of a bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee, on the grounds that it has insufficient...

Polling day in Bude by-election

23rd August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Voters go to the polls in Bude today (Thursday) in a Cornwall Council by-election. Four candidates are contesting the vacancy caused by the...

Cornwall cyclists return after Pedalling for Palestine

13th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Three cyclists have returned to Cornwall after “Pedalling for Palestine” – a 120 mile bike ride from Coventry to London. Roger and Jane...

Contractors got a parking ticket while cleaning town council toilets

7th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The dangers of leaving a vehicle unattended on the streets of Wadebridge have again been underlined by a Cornwall Council parking enforcement officer,...

Cormac gets the gig to start work on the Stadium for Cornwall – next week

3rd August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s wholly-owned arm’s-length company, Cormac, has been appointed to start work on the Truro stadium. Groundwork in readiness for the construction project...

Let’s hear it for the Isles of Scilly Manx Shearwater Revival (not a 1970s band, but still worth an award)

31st July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has won an award for its work to protect the Manx Shearwater seabird. West Cornwall MP Derek...

Isles of Scilly faces drinking water crisis as wells and boreholes run dry

30th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Residents and holidaymakers on the Isles of Scilly have been told water supplies have reached an “unsustainable level” and that “significant steps” are...

Lib Dems select Colin Martin in South East Cornwall

28th July 2018 by Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats have selected Cornwall councillor Colin Martin to be their Parliamentary candidate in South East Cornwall at the next general election....

Casino loans hangover won’t threaten spending plans, says council

24th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s exposure to nearly £400 million of complex long-term debt will make no difference to its spending plans, cabinet member Julian German...

Sheryll Murray backs Scott Mann over PPS resignation

17th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has backed her North Cornwall neighbour, Scott Mann, who resigned from the government yesterday (Monday) over Brexit....

Three-way fight for Newquay Treviglas council by-election

15th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The three main political parties in Cornwall will contest the Cornwall Council by-election in Newquay, caused by the death of Paul Summers in...

Cornish pasty baker closes with loss of 109 jobs – and the finger of suspicion points to Brexit

10th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornish pasty-makers Crantock Bakery has gone into administration with the loss of 109 jobs. Staff were told yesterday (Monday.)  Bosses said the higher...