Author: Julia Penhaligon

Goonhilly to become world’s first commercial deep space tracking station

22nd February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The Goonhilly Earth Station is set to become the world's first commercial deep-space communications station, capable of tracking future missions to the Moon...

Cui bono? Questions remain over Cornwall Council’s housing ambitions

19th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Controversial council plans to borrow more than £80 million to set up a new private housing company are due to be debated tomorrow...

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet...

Close holiday home council tax loophole, Steve Double tells government

1st February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has raised in Parliament the issue of holiday home owners using a loophole...

To the victor, the spoils – Cath Robinson takes charge at Corserv

31st January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The senior Cornwall Council official at the centre of the rumpus which left Corserv without a managing director last year has returned to...

Tour of Britain cycle race “could be worth millions” to Cornwall, after council agrees a study

27th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The prospect of hundreds of lycra-clad cyclists whizzing along Cornish roads together as part of the Tour of Britain race has come a...

Can the next LEP supremo have two bosses?

26th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The search is underway for a replacement chief executive at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership – with some voices...

Sandra Rothwell quits both Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council

22nd January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Sandra Rothwell, has resigned.  She had been in the job...

20 months later, BBC Radio Cornwall finally says sorry for “unfair” Cormac phone-in

17th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The BBC has finally resolved a long-running source of tension between its Cornwall local radio station and Cornwall Council, by apologising for an...

See no evil, hear no evil – how the council’s £250 million private company avoids the public gaze (but is happy to talk about potholes)

14th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has finally published the long-awaited business plan for its wholly-owned arm’s-length company Corserv – leaving many more questions than answers. Corserv...

The clock is ticking – is Cornwall’s Wave Hub in danger of disappearing down the Brexit plug-hole?

9th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon With no new European money on the horizon, what happens when the dowry is spent? It is more than 20 years since Tony...

Cornwall’s Wave Hub still seeking first commercial revenues as US generator faces “challenges”

9th January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Wave Hub is still looking for its first large-scale electricity-generating customer after a US company pulled the plug on plans to connect...

Cornwall’s teenagers face 30% hike in cost of bus pass to get to college and sixth form

3rd January 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Nearly 1,500 teenagers are set to be hit by a 30% increase in the cost of education transport, if Cornwall councillors approve the...

Make milk part of supermarket “meal deals” to boost dairy sector, MP urges May

31st December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has urged the Prime Minister to support calls for milk to be offered in supermarket meal deals as...

A new take on flood prevention, as Michael Gove backs beavers to hold back the rain

29th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon The idea that various Cornish flood prevention schemes could be helped by the widespread release of beavers has been boosted by Environment Secretary...

It’s up to you, government tells Cornwall, as councillors freed to increase local taxes

21st December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s council taxes could rise by a further 1% without referendum, as the government looks for ways to finance local services without subsidy...

Soggy St Austell fails to draw a crowd, as budget roadshow limps towards the finish line

18th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s public consultation on proposed budget cuts of £75 million has just over a week to run, before ending on 29th December. ...

Cornwall Council cuts £400,000 from health visitors – and triggers a new rift with ACO partners even before the NHS takeover has started

12th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has slashed £400,000 from its health promotion budget, in a move which has shocked one of the organisation’s key NHS partners...

BBC to pay Western Morning News in bid to rescue coverage of Cornwall Council

8th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon The BBC is to pay the Western Morning News to hire more reporters, in a bid to shore up the newspaper’s ailing coverage...

Budget move on empty homes council tax could raise £700,000 for Cornwall’s local services

24th November 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has said it thinks the budget announcement allowing local authorities to charge double council tax on empty properties could raise £700,000...