Author: Julia Penhaligon

County Hall is gambling on a “fool’s errand” says councillor

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A councillor has claimed that Cornwall Council is “gambling” with investments in large-scale projects. Stephen Barnes, leader of the Labour group at County...

Farewell, Gibraltar – Cornwall’s former neighbour in European Parliament decides which side its bread is buttered

By Julia Penhaligon The island of Gibraltar, which until last year was – with Cornwall - part of the former South West region constituency in the European Parliament, is...

Cornwall Council’s deputy leader expects another Lib Dem-Independent coalition after next election

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are contemplating the words of their deputy council leader who suggested that the party has already abandoned any hope of winning overall control...

The end of the trusts? Royal Cornwall Hospital and Cornwall Partnership Foundation merger comes a step closer, as Cornwall’s district health authority makes a comeback

By Julia Penhaligon The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, established in 1991 to run the county’s main acute hospital, is to be “acquired” by the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust to...

Covid-19 EXCLUSIVE: People would panic if they knew how we are making decisions, says Public Health Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs have refused to disclose the basis for this winter’s Covid-19 planning because they fear it could lead to panic and stockpiling, according to...

Cornwall’s leadership board takes steps to combat racism

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s “leadership board” – an unelected forum of senior councillors and officials – aims to set up a new mechanism for tackling racism and promoting inclusion...

Cornwall’s council tax bills set to rise

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Households in Cornwall will see their council tax bills rise by at least £30 a year next April.  The actual increase is likely...

Another five Covid-19 cases confirmed in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Another five people in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,007. The statistics come as part of...

Cornwall is the “perfect example” of why planning rules should change, says Robert Jenrick

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Scandal-hit housing secretary Robert Jenrick has visited Cornwall to tell Conservative party supporters and local government figures that his proposed reform of planning...

Cornwall Council to bring forward its “purdah” period to avoid political scrutiny in the run-up to next May’s elections

By Julia Penhaligon Several Cornwall Council meetings will be axed during the run-up to next May’s local elections, in a move which will fuel the developing County Hall narrative...

EXCLUSIVE: Covid-19 at Cornwall Housing

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s public health officials are trying to trace the contacts of a Covid-19 patient who works at the Liskeard office of Cornwall Housing. Cornwall Housing is...

County Hall’s “wealth gap” just got wider as bosses pocket the same percentage pay rise as other staff

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s chief executive is in line for a £4,800 pay rise following the conclusion of national talks resulting in a 2.75% increase. The Association of...

Is Tintagel falling out of love with tourism? The future of its once-prized Visitor Centre has divided the village

By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Tintagel are divided over the future of their Visitor Centre, in a row which has seen the local parish council hire solicitors to defend...

Covid-19 care home death brings Cornwall’s total to 209

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall has recorded the county’s first Covid-19 death for four weeks, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. The death occurred in a care...

Mevagissey doctors’ surgery to get new management – again

By Julia Penhaligon The GP surgery at Mevagissey is to under a further change of management, three months after a damning Care Quality Commission report condemned its service as...

Liberal Democrats voting now to elect a new leader

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are voting now to elect their next leader.  Candidates Ed Davey and Layla Moran should know which of them will lead the 11-member...

Covid-19 and test and trace: bringing it all back home

By Julia Penhaligon Covid-19 contacts could soon be getting a knock on the door from Cornwall Council, as the government admits its “world beating” test and trace system is...

More than 100 tune in to County Hall’s environment debate

By Julia Penhaligon At least 125 people took part in a virtual debate about the future of Cornwall’s environment, hosted by County Hall on Thursday evening. The event, the...

Protest over health workers’ pay at Royal Cornwall hospital

By Julia Penhaligon Protestors campaigning for improved pay and conditions in the National Health Service staged a demonstration outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, yesterday (Saturday.) It was one...

“Ignorant” holidaymakers refusing to wear face coverings

By Julia Penhaligon The deputy leader of Cornwall Council has criticised “ignorant” holidaymakers who refuse wear face coverings. Councillor Adam Paynter told LBC radio that local people are “concerned”...