Author: Julia Penhaligon

Newquay Airport back in business, as British Airways confirms route to Heathrow

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s air links with London will resume on Friday, July 24, with British Airways operating services between Newquay and Heathrow. BA will initially begin operating three...

Year Zero for Cornwall and Covid-19: all the new numbers start from here, as County Hall explains why it will not be publishing them

By Julia Penhaligon This weekend’s tourist invasion marks the start of a completely new chapter in Cornwall’s Covid-19 encounter – with the battle for hearts and minds moving sharply...

Cornwall’s “temporary” Covid-19 mortuary costs £294 per week and will earn Newquay Airport £30,000 in rent

By Julia Penhaligon The Covid-19 “temporary” mortuary at Newquay Airport is costing £294 per week to maintain, according to a Freedom of Information answer.  The facility has never been...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has a local lockdown plan, but still does not know how it will work

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has called for more clarity about what it can do to control any Coronavirus outbreaks. The call follows yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) publication of County Hall’s...

Covid-19: South West “R” number rises to 1.1 – possibly 1.8 – according to independent scientists

By Julia Penhaligon The latest “R” number for Covid-19 in the South West region is over 1, according to independent scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical...

Seven days to make Cornwall safe, as “Super Saturday” tourist invasion looms

By Julia Penhaligon Many of Cornwall’s tourism businesses face a frantic week of last-minute adjustments to make themselves “Covid-compliant” in anticipation of “Super Saturday” in just seven days. Cornwall...

Cornwall’s leisure centre bosses urge government to say when they can re-open

By Julia Penhaligon The managers of Cornwall’s leisure centres have called on the government to set a clear date for when they can reopen, after they were left out...

Wafer-thin majority keeps alive the (slim) chance that 16-year-olds might be able to vote in Cornwall Council elections next May

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors will have another opportunity to debate lowering the voting age to 16, after the Constitution and Governance Committee voted 5-4 in favour of allowing...

Covid-19 “opportunity” to re-boot Truro Stadium plan

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The Covid-19 crisis has presented Cornwall with an opportunity to “re-boot” plans for a Truro Stadium, councillors heard yesterday (Wednesday.) Government plans for...

Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum to risk assess climate change

By Julia Penhaligon The Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, a police-led collection of local councils and health organisations, and which provides liason with central government, aims to add...

Should Cornwall Council pay tourism firms to stay closed this summer? Definitely not, say Tories

By Julia Penhaligon A full-scale political row has erupted over a Cornwall Council cabinet member’s claim that taxpayers’ money should be used to pay tourism businesses to stay closed...

EXCLUSIVE: Big improvements in Covid-19 testing in Cornwall’s care homes

By Julia Penhaligon There has been a marked increase in the amount of Covid-19 testing in Cornwall’s care homes over the past fortnight, according to official data released this...

“We think it would be better to support the tourist business with grants and support rather than have a summer season” – says the man in charge of Cornwall’s economy

By Julia Penhaligon The man theoretically in charge of Cornwall’s economy has told a national newspaper he would rather pay tourism businesses NOT to invite holidaymakers this year, rather...

Cornwall’s taxpayers to contribute £87,600 to retail boss Sir Philip Green as he dodges business rates

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council appears poised to write off more than £87,600 in unpaid business rates owed by Arcadia Group Ltd, led by the controversial former billionaire businessman...

Official: the Covid-19 “R” number for the South West is the highest in Britain

By Julia Penhaligon The government has finally bowed to pressure and published its own, official Covid-19 “R” numbers for the different regions of England.  As Cornwall Reports noted yesterday,...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board will focus on care homes, schools and workplaces

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board – the County Hall-run Covid-19 organisation which will decide who can go out and who must stay indoors – will focus on...

High Noon – tomorrow is your deadline to ask Cornwall Council a question, for the first time in three months

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon There will be something surreal about next week’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet – its first “virtual” public outing since the government...

Cornwall’s local media try to block racist comments following Black Lives Matter coverage

By Julia Penhaligon The company which publishes most of Cornwall’s local newspapers has taken the highly unusual step of banning dozens of readers from commenting on its website and...

Covid-19 EXCLUSIVE – how the government is failing Cornwall’s care homes

By Julia Penhaligon Only 23% of Cornwall’s care homes have managed to access Covid-19 test kits, more than a month after they were promised by the government.  Most of...

Covid-19 and the democracy shutdown: Cornwall Council says no public scrutiny for two more months

By Julia Penhaligon It could be two months before Cornwall Council allows the public to resume scrutiny of its decision-making, as County Hall officials continue to reject government rules...