Author: Julia Penhaligon

Health chiefs offer talks about the future of Stratton’s Minor Injury Unit

By Julia Penhaligon Health chiefs plan to meet community leaders in Bude tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the future of the Stratton Minor Injury Unit, which has been closed overnight...

At the stroke of an accountant’s pen, and with no debate, Cornwall’s Wave Hub gets an extra five years

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Wave Hub has been given a five-year reprieve, despite generating no electricity and having no revenue prospects for the foreseeable future. With a deadline for...

Cornwall’s farmers face “considerable turbulence” from a no-deal Brexit, says the man who helped lead the campaign for Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s agriculture sector risks disruption by a “no deal” Brexit, according to Environment Secretary Michael Gove – a prominent pro-Brexit campaigner. Speaking to a farming conference...

RCHT is no longer “inadequate” but still “requires improvement,” according to the Care Quality Commission

By Julia Penhaligon The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has managed to climb out of the worst-level Care Quality Commission rating and is today (Friday) assessed only as “needing improvement.” ...

Sarah Newton faced both ways on 0.50 calibre sniper rifles

The Truro & Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has been asked to explain her U-Turn over banning powerful sniper rifles. As the Home Office minister responsible for 0.50 calibre weapons,...

Just days before Parliament votes on Brexit deal, Cornwall Council will finally decide its policy

27th November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat councillors will complete their journey from “neutral” to “remain” in the long-running Brexit debate next week when...

Devon & Cornwall’s Local Resilience Forum prepares for a raised public profile, as prospects of a “No Deal” Brexit loom

26th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Emergency planners are due to meet next week to consider their response to a “no deal” Brexit, which is expected to bring chaos...

Adam Paynter heads to Brussels for a meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator

22nd November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The leader of Cornwall Council is set to meet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator to highlight crucial issues for Cornwall....

Cornwall’s ambulance service joins an “alliance” with the entire south of England

22nd November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s ambulance service, which was once managed within the county, is now to be joined in the embrace of a massive new organisation...

Cornwall to pioneer new definition of “affordable” housing based on local incomes

20th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Officials at Cornwall Council are working on a plan to introduce a new definition of “affordable housing” to replace the widely discredited “80%...

Cornwall Council does not have “Leader of the Year”

7th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter missed out on the chance to be crowned “Leader of the Year” at a local government knees-up in...

Julian German’s United States “leadership” odyssey is good value, insists Cornwall Council

5th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s chief executive has defended the decision to send a councillor to the United States for “leadership” training. Roseland councillor Julian German...

Means testing for family services? We haven’t got a clue what it might mean, admits County Hall

28th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has admitted it has no idea how much money might be saved by introducing means-testing for various aspects of its children’s...

Falmouth University says new recruitment company poses no threat to existing staff

23rd October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth University has moved to reassure existing staff that its establishment of a new recruitment company poses no threat to their pay or...

Time running out for consultation over the allocation of land for new building

16th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Cornwall have only a few days left to submit their comments to Cornwall Council on where new housing and commercial development...

Cornwall Council cabinet member takes the flak for blunder over “proposed” car parking charges

15th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall Council cabinet member has been blamed for an official report which suggested a huge increase in car parking...

Labour plans to double council tax on second homes

23rd September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in Cornwall have reacted with glee to news that a Labour government would double council tax on second homes. Tax...

The 30-year campaign for a skatepark in Wadebridge finally goes out to tender

18th September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon After a campaign lasting nearly 30 years, youngsters in Wadebridge might soon have a bike-and-skate park constructed on land behind the Lidl supermarket,...

Bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee?

30th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Rumours are circulating at County Hall of a bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee, on the grounds that it has insufficient...

Polling day in Bude by-election

23rd August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Voters go to the polls in Bude today (Thursday) in a Cornwall Council by-election. Four candidates are contesting the vacancy caused by the...