Author: Julia Penhaligon

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

Work on St Austell’s A30 link road will start this year, insists council

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has said work on the A30 link road to St Austell will start before the end of the year. The on-off-on project, costing £87...

St Austell’s A30 link road still on track, after curious “abandoned” notice appeared on council’s website

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has no plans to abandon its proposed A30 link road to St Austell, Cornwall Reports has learned. A curious decision notice, relating to the...

Cornwall Council cabinet: none of the interesting stuff is actually on the agenda, unless it is the mysterious “Item 4”

By Julia Penhaligon Item 4 on the agenda for tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Cornwall Council cabinet meeting could attract more interest than usual, as a string of important decisions fall due....

Leisure centres: Cornwall goes out on a limb with closure plans, while other councils embrace “insourcing”

By Julia Penhaligon Lawyers across Britain are studying the detail of local council leisure contracts to determine the best ways of keeping centres open. Many councils are opting to...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Twenty years later, and after a long “Metric Martyrs” march to Strasbourg and back, people in Camelford might soon be able to buy a pound of apples once more

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s review of post-Brexit weights and measures, offering retailers the prospect of once more selling goods in pounds and ounces, will revive memories a decades-old...

“Vital to reduce spending,” say Tories, as Cornwall Council warned to expect deep cuts next year

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall is heading for a £20.4 million overspend in the current financial year, councillors will be told next week. A Cornwall Council cabinet report on...

Cornwall keeps a voice in the cabinet as Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice survives reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s only cabinet-level MP kept his job in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) reshuffle.  Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice remains Environment Secretary, despite months of speculation that he...

Leisure centres should become community assets, says North Cornwall MP Scott Mann

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, whose constituency includes two of the four leisure centre which Cornwall Council is considering for closure, has added his voice to...

“Hands off our leisure centres” – local communities dismayed by Cornwall Council’s closure plans for Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon News that County Hall has identified four leisure centres for closure has been met with dismay across Cornwall.  Local communities are now trying to convene meetings...

While Cornwall dips a toe into some of the controversial issues surrounding the housing crisis, the Welsh government is already into its formal public consultation

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s attempt to get a grip on its housing crisis will be asked to study a similar initiative in Wales, which is already allowing local...

Decision “within two weeks” about whether Cornwall’s has been shortlisted for City of Culture bid

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s arts community is looking forward to a government announcement within the next two weeks about whether it will be involved in the 2025 UK City...

I’m going to double council tax on second homes to fix Cornwall’s housing crisis, says council leader Linda Taylor

By Julia Penhaligon Details have started to emerge of how Cornwall might approach its housing crisis, identified as the “number one priority” by the political masters at County Hall...

Cornwall’s Tories triumph in town council by-elections, despite national “cross-over” opinion poll

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives are celebrating two town council by-election victories, with results which will bring the Tories some comfort on the day that a national opinion poll...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs abandon their election promise and vote to increase tax for health and social care

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted in favour last night (Wednesday) of the government’s proposals to increase tax to fund health and social care. The measure,...

Fundraising campaign asking tourists to “love where you are” raises only £21,000

By Julia Penhaligon Only 255 people have so far donated to a Cornwall Council appeal designed to head-off political pressure for a tourist tax. The “Love Where You Are”...

Afghanistan’s refugees – probably not coming to Cornwall anytime soon

By Julia Penhaligon It could be several months before the government knows how many Afghan refugees are to be settled permanently in Cornwall. Cornwall Council says it is still...

Towns and parishes told to expect fresh attempt to change their boundaries

By Julia Penhaligon Some of the more intractable problems in Cornwall’s local government might be solved within 12 months, if the latest timetable for shaking up town and parish...

Cornwall Council’s “Informal” Investment Panel lives to fight another day

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have postponed a decision about the future of their Informal Investment Panel. Today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of the Constitution and Governance committee had been recommended...