Author: Julia Penhaligon

Space minister to visit Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Space minister Chris Skidmore is to visit Cornwall next month, for an update on plans to develop a spaceport at Newquay. Mr Skidmore made the announcement...

Extended opening hours for Truro’s park and ride should improve access to Royal Cornwall hospital

By Richard Whitehouse Truro’s park and ride is set to extend its hours to help visitors and staff at Cornwall’s main hospital and people visiting the city at night....

Jeremy Corbyn leads new bid to derail Cornwall’s Kennally Care NHS takeover

By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will today (Monday) try to slow the “Kennally Care” takeover of Cornwall’s NHS, with an obscure Parliamentary tactic designed to halt...

Cornwall’s health chiefs spent £87 million on Duchy hospital in five years

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s NHS chiefs have spent more than £87 million on the privately-owned and run Ramsay Healthcare over the past five years, according to a Freedom of...

Abandoned police merger cost £380,000 – including £190,000 for consultants

By Julia Penhaligon Police have confirmed that they spent nearly £380,000 trying to merge the Devon and Cornwall constabulary with that of Dorset. The botched merger was finally abandoned...

From residential sanctuary to chocolate workshops – what do Cornwall’s NHS bosses really think about mental health?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s NHS chiefs are due to meet on Tuesday (5th March) to consider how best to head-off a damaging row with County Hall over the future...

Cornwall’s Disintegrating Care Partnership – the wheels start to fall off Kennally Care, as even the Liberal Democrats start to talk about Section 30 referrals

By Julia Penhaligon The impact of the advancing “Kennally Care” project to take over Cornwall’s NHS will come under renewed scrutiny next month as a result of the loss...

Cornwall Council rejects “alternative” budget which would have raised £11 million to defend local services

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have voted 105-9, with one abstention, to reject a budget amendment which would have raised more than £11 million to protect services, by opting...

Political knives are sharpening ahead of Tuesday’s Cornwall Council budget debate

By Richard Whitehouse & Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for a party political bun-fight at County Hall on Tuesday when councillors debate a series of proposed amendments to...

On yer bike! Cornwall’s cyclists get £17 million to help pedal off the A30, west of Truro

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s cyclists are to benefit from a £17 million upgrade to cycle lanes along the A30, particularly to the west of Truro. Highways England has announced...

Health chiefs prepare for tough questions about the future of Stratton hospital

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs can expect some tough questioning at an extraordinary meeting of the Bude Community Network Panel tomorrow (Thursday.) Residents are furious about the overnight...

Taxpayers to the rescue, as decades of big ideas for the future of Hayle harbour gasp for revival

By Julia Penhaligon Hayle is in line for hundreds of new properties on and close to its historic North Quay if Cornwall Council goes ahead with plans to spend...

Labour and Green Parties seeking to offer alternative visions of Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon There are signs of an upsurge in activism among Cornwall’s more radical Left-of-centre political parties, with both the Green Party and the Labour Party holding county-wide...

Cornwall Council and its “climate change emergency” – what happens now?

By Julia Penhaligon Council Hall officials are today (Wednesday) studying the implications of yesterday’s vote to make Cornwall Council carbon-neutral by 2030, as part of its declaration of a...

Cornwall’s Tories get ready for a snap general election as one way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon A further sign that another snap general election could be called within weeks came on Friday night when one of Cornwall’s Conservative Associations re-adopted its sitting...

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,...