Author: Julia Penhaligon

Let us make you an offer you can’t refuse: How Cornwall Council flexes its muscle to persuade landowners to co-operate

By Julia Penhaligon Landowners in Hayle are vowing to fight what they regard as “bullying” by Cornwall Council as the authority tries to acquire sites to progress its “masterplan”...

It happens: dog mess on beaches is an issue that just won’t go away

By Julia Penhaligon Complaints about dog mess on beaches have nearly doubled in two years, according to a new Cornwall Council report. The report is part of a review...

Covid-19: outbreak confirmed at Bodmin food plant, as Budehaven secondary school forced to close

By Julia Penhaligon Covid-19 has closed another large secondary school in Cornwall.  At the same time, public health officials have issued a warning about a Covid-19 outbreak at a...

Cornwall Council considering how to provide free school meals during holidays as anti-poverty debate comes to County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon The row over free school meals during holidays is set to intensify next week when Cornwall Council is invited to lock horns with local MPs who...

Cornwall’s Covid-19 “Snitch Team” clocks up nearly 5,000 inquiries

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has set up a dedicated Covid Enforcement Team to deal with Coronavirus-related concerns and complaints seven days a week. Dubbed by some as “The...

Truro offices to become shelter for rough sleepers

By Julia Penhaligon Some of Cornwall’s rough sleepers could soon be on their way to a new home in the heart of Truro’s commercial sector.  Chough House, in River...

Victory for anti-poverty campaigners as government U-Turns on free school meals

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s MPs are again struggling for words after another government U-Turn, this time on free school meals. The government’s concession to the footballer Marcus Rashford, which...

Cornwall’s Conservatives join the call for a halt to County Hall’s cash handouts to second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to stop paying Covid-19 “business support grants” to second home owners. There are thought to be nearly 7,000 second homes...

Covid-19: Cornwall Council defends its economic response to Lockdown 2

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has defended his approach to the economic impact of Covid-19 by saying it is “absolutely outrageous” that central...

Cornwall heading for a deep blue rinse next May, if pollsters are right

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives are on course for a crushing victory in next May’s local council elections – if a highly detailed analysis of opinion polls is accurate....

Cornwall councillor Sue James to step down at next May’s elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Sue James, a former cabinet member, is to step down at the next election. The Liberal Democrat has represented St Just-in-Penwith since 2013.  Boundary...

Why I’ll be voting for a Covid-19 lockdown U-Turn, by St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon One of Cornwall’s MPs has explained why he will be performing a policy U-turn tomorrow (Wednesday) and voting in favour of another Covid-19 national lockdown, only...

Cornwall’s waste tips will stay open during Lockdown 2

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres will stay open during the next Covid-19 lockdown, which is due to start on Thursday. The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible,...

Two weeks is a very long time in politics: government’s latest U-Turn puts Cornwall’s MPs on the spot

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s six MPs are coming under pressure from their local party activists to consider voting against Boris Johnson’s month-long Covid-19 lockdown. It is thought there will...

Cornwall’s 30-year plan might last only months

By Julia Penhaligon A controversial blueprint for the future of Cornwall will come before County Hall’s ruling cabinet next week, posing more questions over how policy should be made...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against extending free school meals to holidays during Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs yesterday (Wednesday) voted against providing free school meals to children at risk of going hungry. Sheryll Murray, Scott Mann, Steve Double,...

Don’t bet on County Hall elections actually happening, warns councillor

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Despite 222,000 deaths from Covid-19, the United States is due to elect a new President in only 12 days.  This has not stopped...

Councillors agree to change the rules, putting limits on what a single officer can define as “reasonable”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A constitutional wrangle over whether a single council official should have the responsibility to define “reasonable” might be heading for resolution, after councillors...

Councillors vote 9-4 against “The Cornwall We Want” saying it is the Cornwall we vote for that matters

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have rejected a series of reports based on one of the largest “listening” exercises ever undertaken by County Hall because they feared that County...

North Cornwall holiday park goes into liquidation, blaming Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon More than 30 jobs are at risk at a North Cornwall holiday park, which is going into liquidation – blaming the impact of Covid-19 Penstowe Holiday...