Author: Julia Penhaligon

Hundreds heading from Cornwall to London for anti-Brexit protest

By Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of anti-Brexit protestors from Cornwall are expected to head to London on Saturday for one of the largest demonstrations the capital has ever seen. The...

Labour councillor in Penryn defects to Green Party

By Julia Penhaligon A Labour town councillor elected only nine months ago has defected to the Green Party. Tamsyn Widdon was elected in January as the Labour candidate in...

Climate protestors target the Liskeard office of South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has hit back at climate change protestors who stuck posters all over the windows of her Liskeard office. Mrs Murray...

Two Cornwall councillors in line for national awards

By Julia Penhaligon Two Cornwall councillors, Conservative James Mustoe and Liberal Democrat Rob Rotchell, have been shortlisted for a national award. They are both in line for “achievement awards”...

Plans for 4,000-home Truro New Town hit the road

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse Some detail about the proposed Truro New Town might emerge next week, as Cornwall Council embarks on a series of “listening” events designed...

Cornwall Council asks itself if it can knock down Redruth’s historic library

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has asked if it can knock down the historic Passmore Edwards library in Redruth.  As County Hall is also the planning authority, this means...

Citizen’s Panel due to meet for the first time to consider Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Plans to set up a “Citizen’s Panel” to study Cornwall’s housing crisis have taken a major step forward.  The panellists have now been found and are...

Branson promises a “nominal launch soon” as he tries to reach for the skies – but the clock is ticking

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has promised a “nominal launch in the very near future” of his LauncherOne rocket, as he bids to reach space for the first time....

Cornwall to pilot cheaper bus fares, after government reveals more cash during Tory conference week

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall is to pilot a new scheme for reduced bus fares. The government announced extra cash - £23.5 million over four years - during the Conservative...

Lots of deals, but no satellite launches: Cornwall Council ponders the meaning of “commercial” as time runs out for Virgin Orbit

By Julia Penhaligon It looks as if Cornwall councillors will after all be asked to invest £12 million in the proposed Newquay spaceport before Richard Branson has demonstrated his...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray posts photos of brick left outside her office

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray appears to have been the victim of attempted intimidation, following the febrile atmosphere which has accompanied the government's defeat in...

Council marks “Empty Homes Week” with reminder of loans available to bring properties back into use

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is reminding people that it can offer loans of £60,000-£210,000 to help bring empty properties back into use. Estimates of the value of empty...

No plans to build 4,000 homes in Truro New Town, says council, insisting current planning approvals total only 2,700

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council says there are no plans to increase the number of homes to be built on the Langarth development outside Truro. The...

For sale: 4.3 acres of development land next to Truro railway station

By Julia Penhaligon More than 50 homes could be built on land close to Truro railway station, subject to a suitable planning application. A 4.3-acre brownfield site, owned by...

Cornwall’s “Strategic” planners can have another day off tomorrow

By Julia Penhaligon As expected, tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee has been cancelled due to insufficient business. Since May, and the council’s annual meeting,...

Liberal Democrats’ new plan to cancel Brexit – without a referendum – worries some activists in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats’ new Brexit policy – dropping the promise of a second referendum in favour of a straightforward commitment to scrap Brexit completely – has...

Cornwall Council admits that Truro stadium progress is at the mercy of related road and New Town project

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans for a Truro stadium to host the Cornish Pirates rugby team have run into the quicksand of lawyers haggling over legal agreements. ...

Westminster’s political paralysis means the idea of a Newquay Airport “free port” crashes before take off

By Julia Penhaligon A suggestion to turn Newquay airport into an onshore tax haven, after Brexit, has been shelved because of the continuing political uncertainty. Cornwall Council had been...

County Hall to debate a new definition of affordable housing

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s much-derided definition of “affordable” housing appears to be losing support from within the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration, with a proposal next week to embrace...

South West Euro MPs sign “Brussels Declaration” – working across traditional political loyalties to protest Parliamentary shutdown

By Julia Penhaligon Half of Cornwall’s Euro MPs have signed up to a “Brussels Declaration” agreeing to work across political parties to frustrate the government’s proposed shutdown of Parliament,...