Author: Julia Penhaligon

Covid-19 means Cornwall’s deaths can now be registered by telephone

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Register Offices have now closed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, with Cornwall Council implementing the recent emergency legislation to register deaths by telephone, None...

County Hall urged to give residents an immediate break in council tax payments, during Covid-19 crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives on Cornwall Council are calling on the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration to delay the start of council tax collection, to help bring financial relief to...

Cornwall Council calls for volunteers to help it through the Covid-19 crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is calling for volunteers to help in the care sector during the Covid-19 crisis. The council’s Adult Social Care says it is facing an...

Sheep prices plummet, as Covid-19 changes the economic structure of Cornwall’s agriculture

By Julia Penhaligon The Covid-19 crisis has contributed to a collapse in lamb prices, with severe implications for the approach Cornwall’s farmers take towards their 500,000 sheep. The main...

Cornwall now has 56 Covid-19 cases, as numbers double in only five days

By Julia Penhaligon The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Cornwall has now (Saturday) reached 56, up eight on the previous day and roughly double the total only five...

There’s no football in the park, no football on the telly and now Cornwall’s chance of World Cup glory has also fallen victim to the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s chance of international footballing glory has gone the same way as many other sporting events - and been postponed, indefinitely, because of the world’s Covid-19...

New route from Newquay Airport to London is “imminent,” says council

By Julia Penhaligon A new taxpayer-funded route from Newquay Airport to London is imminent, according to Cornwall Council leader Julian German. However, Mr German told a thinly-attended cabinet meeting...

Anger over the government’s £3,000 Covid-19 coronavirus “budget bonus” for second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon The government is coming under fire for offering second home owners an extra £3,000 bonus as part of its anti-coronavirus emergency budget.  Critics say the additional...

Cornwall Council ponders the prospect of inquorate meetings because of Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to make alternative arrangements for those of its members who are over the age of 70 and who could be...

Does Covid-19 sound the death knell for Cornwall’s ambition to run its own health service?

By Julia Penhaligon Anxiety over the Covid-19 virus has exposed the weakness of plans to break up the National Health Service and replace it with locally-run Integrated Care Systems,...

Hallelujah! Satisfaction all round as the new-look satisfaction survey continues to satisfy

By Julia Penhaligon It is one of the most eagerly awaited dates in the County Hall calendar.  On Friday, councillors will be treated to a two-hour presentation on the...

Cornwall’s first Coronavirus case confirmed

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus.  The patient recently returned from Northern Italy. Health and council chiefs insist the risk to the general public...

Liberal Democrats go back to the future for their Police & Crime Commissioner candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats have returned to their 2012 candidate for this May’s Police and Crime Commissioner election in Devon and Cornwall. Brian Blake (right), who tried...

Coronavirus is coming to Cornwall – it might be here already – and there is nothing we can do about it

By Julia Penhaligon It is likely to be only a few days before Cornwall records its first case of the potentially deadly Coronavirus – if it hasn’t already. The...

Would you like to manufacture and supply the Virgin Orbit spacecraft at Newquay? Find out how at the Eden Project next week!

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has admitted to some “frustrations” as his Virgin Orbit project remains firmly rooted to the ground in California – posing questions about the future...

Day One of post-Brexit European Union trade talks, with Cornwall’s fishing and farming sectors told they are not important

By Julia Penhaligon A Treasury advisor has told ministers that Britain does not need its own fishing and farming industries. Leaked emails from Dr Tim Leunig, a member of...

Coughs and sneezes don’t just spread diseases – they underline the 5,000-mile connection between Cornwall’s dairy farmers and China

By Julia Penhaligon Some call it the “butterfly effect.”  A small change in initial conditions can have much larger consequences in a later state.  It is why students of...

Overnight services at the Bude & Stratton Community Treatment Centre to resume on Sunday – but facility still faces an uncertain future

By Julia Penhaligon Bude and Stratton’s Community Treatment Centre, which closed overnight last month because of hospital staff shortages in Truro, is to re-open on Sunday. Health chiefs have...

Coronavirus and Cornwall – get ready to see ambulance crews in full protective clothing

By Julia Penhaligon The Department of Health has said it cannot comment on why an ambulance crew seen in Truro this morning (Tuesday) appeared to be wearing protective clothing...

Tory MPs rally to defend BBC local radio as Downing Street hawks consider replacing the licence fee with a subscription service

By Julia Penhaligon Broadcasting services such as BBC Radio Cornwall and Spotlight television might become “subscription-only” if Downing Street succeeds with its plan to scrap the BBC licence fee....