Author: Julia Penhaligon

Constitutional wrangle as Cornwall Council finally elects new chair and vice chair of strategic planning commitee

By Julia Penhaligon It took nine councillors nearly half an hour to decide which of them was going to chair County Hall’s strategic planning committee this morning (Thursday) after...

County Hall Conservatives take control of neighbourhoods scrutiny committee

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay councillor Kevin Towill has been elected as chair of Cornwall Council’s neighbourhoods scrutiny committee. Mr Towill, a Conservative, beat Liberal Democrat Dominic Fairman by 6...

Tory takeover continues as Conservatives snatch leading positions on economic scrutiny committee

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives continued their take-over of Cornwall Council this morning (Tuesday) when Newquay’s Louis Gardner was elected chair and Redruth’s Connor Donnithorne became vice-chair of the...

Too many Tweets make a Twat: Culture Secretary blunders over Minack Theatre cash boast

By Julia Penhaligon Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has deleted a Tweet in which he incorrectly claimed the government had given financial support to Cornwall’s Minack Theatre. The blunder happened...

G7 Summit: Environment protestors make their points, peacefully, while others are left to ponder tactics

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of people took to the sea in Falmouth to call on the G7 summit to take action to protect the ocean. Surfers...

G7 Summit: the gang’s all here

By Julia Penhaligon World leaders are now in St Ives for the G7 Summit.  The event has brought 6,500 police, and a huge collection of military hardware – including...

County Hall Tories take chair and vice chair of children and families scrutiny committee

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s Conservatives continued to collect influential positions on Cornwall Council this morning when James Mustoe was elected to lead the children’s and family scrutiny committee. ...

Early closure of Cornwall’s Brussels office will save only £25,000, admits County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon The closure of Cornwall’s Brussels office will save only £25,000, Cornwall Council has confirmed.  As predicted by Cornwall Reports on Sunday, County Hall has now given...

On yer bike: Boris Johnson reveals Cornwall’s G7 “legacy”

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives have announced their idea of a G7 “legacy” with a package of measures designed to compensate Cornwall for the disruption caused by hosting world...

No Devonwall – Cornish border survives intact after Boundary Commission review of Parliamentary constituencies

By Julia Penhaligon The Boundary Commission for England has today (Tuesday) published its recommendations for new Parliamentary boundaries, suggesting only minor changes in Cornwall and none which would mean...

Boundary Commission proposals expected to re-ignite “Devonwall” row

By Julia Penhaligon Arguments about a “Devonwall” Parliamentary constituency look set to be revived tonight (Monday) when a new review outlines plans to redraw boundaries. Previous plans to abolish...

Cornwall Council poised to quit its Brussels office

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s new leader is about to make her first “executive” decision since winning last month’s election, announcing the ending of County Hall’s use of an...

As Boris Johnson heads for Cornwall to talk about world poverty, St Ives MP Derek Thomas rebels on overseas aid spending

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has joined a growing band of Conservative rebels who could defeat the government on Monday over cuts to the overseas aid...

Not so fast – Cornwall Council told to withdraw “loos with a view” from auction to give locals a chance

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has been forced to withdraw from auction a former toilet block “with stunning sea views” so that the local community can make a bid...

Government disappoints former Cornwall Council leader by ruling out tax rise for second home owners

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The former leader of Cornwall Council says he is disappointed after a government minister said there were no plans to allow councils to...

Inside the G7: world leaders warned of a “cruel and unusual punishment” at the Carbis Bay Hotel

By Julia Penhaligon As the Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives, prepares to host the G7 summit in only two weeks one of the country’s top hotel guides has published...

Labour leader Keir Starmer survives “no confidence” vote in Truro and Falmouth

By Julia Penhaligon Labour leader Keir Starmer has narrowly survived a “no confidence” vote among party members in the Truro and Falmouth constituency. A meeting last night (Thursday) rejected...

Gimme Shelter (continued): Cornwall Council buys another house for rough sleepers

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has bought another property, as officials pursue County Hall’s quest to get homeless people off the streets.  The one-bedroom terraced house is close to...

Life after Brexit: are Cornwall’s farmers about to suffer the same fate as the fishermen?

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice is at the centre of a government row over the extent to which farmers might be sacrificed in pursuit of...

Gimme Shelter: Cornwall Council buys four one-bedroom flats in Penryn to get rough sleepers off the street

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has bought four single-bedroom flats in Penryn to help get homeless people off the streets. Purchase of the property was approved yesterday (Monday) by...