Author: Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall in Covid Tier 3: this is what it means

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has repeated its concern at the rapidly rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. The government announced this afternoon (Wednesday) that tough new restrictions would come into force on New Year’s...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

The £150 million sheltered housing deal which was “too late” for scrutiny has still not been signed, admits council

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has still not signed a controversial 30-year £150 million sheltered housing deal, despite refusing to allow a scrutiny committee to examine the business case...

Camelford bypass set to blight the north and west of the town as details emerge of proposed route

By Julia Penhaligon The construction of a £48.17 million bypass for Camelford is due to take a major step forward next week when Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet is due...

“Affordable” housing plan rejected

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The difficulty of providing “affordable” housing for local people has been thrown into sharp relief by the rejection of development plans on the...

Brexit: The stark reality for Cornwall’s fishing and farming sectors laid bare in new report

By Julia Penhaligon The social and economic impact of Brexit on Cornwall has been described in detail in a new 9-page report coming before local councillors and officials on...

Another Covid lockdown is “possible” in January, warns Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has warned that a third Covid-19 national lockdown is possible in January. Mr Eustice, the Environment Secretary, told Sky News...

Cornwall’s MPs expected to back the government in Tuesday’s Covid-19 vote, as yet another national crisis boils down to internal Tory Party divisions

By Julia Penhaligon Furious Conservative MPs are preparing for a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday in a bid to make more precise the government’s “blunt instrument”...

Covid-19: Why Cornwall’s Tier 1 status means the virus is now all about politics – and that things can only get worse

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon People in Cornwall have been urged to remain vigilant and follow all public health guidelines when the Duchy enters the lowest Tier One...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann welcomes cut to overseas aid budget

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s cut to Britain’s overseas’ aid budget yesterday (Wednesday) has been welcomed by North Cornwall MP Scott Mann. Writing on Facebook, Mr Mann said: “I...

Politicians have their say about Covid-19 in Cornwall: be prepared for a bumpy ride

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A Cornish MP has said that “we can safely assume” that Cornwall will be in Tier One once the current Covid lockdown ends...

Let us make you an offer you can’t refuse: How Cornwall Council flexes its muscle to persuade landowners to co-operate

By Julia Penhaligon Landowners in Hayle are vowing to fight what they regard as “bullying” by Cornwall Council as the authority tries to acquire sites to progress its “masterplan”...

It happens: dog mess on beaches is an issue that just won’t go away

By Julia Penhaligon Complaints about dog mess on beaches have nearly doubled in two years, according to a new Cornwall Council report. The report is part of a review...

Covid-19: outbreak confirmed at Bodmin food plant, as Budehaven secondary school forced to close

By Julia Penhaligon Covid-19 has closed another large secondary school in Cornwall.  At the same time, public health officials have issued a warning about a Covid-19 outbreak at a...

Cornwall Council considering how to provide free school meals during holidays as anti-poverty debate comes to County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon The row over free school meals during holidays is set to intensify next week when Cornwall Council is invited to lock horns with local MPs who...

Cornwall’s Covid-19 “Snitch Team” clocks up nearly 5,000 inquiries

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has set up a dedicated Covid Enforcement Team to deal with Coronavirus-related concerns and complaints seven days a week. Dubbed by some as “The...

Truro offices to become shelter for rough sleepers

By Julia Penhaligon Some of Cornwall’s rough sleepers could soon be on their way to a new home in the heart of Truro’s commercial sector.  Chough House, in River...

Victory for anti-poverty campaigners as government U-Turns on free school meals

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s MPs are again struggling for words after another government U-Turn, this time on free school meals. The government’s concession to the footballer Marcus Rashford, which...

Cornwall’s Conservatives join the call for a halt to County Hall’s cash handouts to second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to stop paying Covid-19 “business support grants” to second home owners. There are thought to be nearly 7,000 second homes...

Covid-19: Cornwall Council defends its economic response to Lockdown 2

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has defended his approach to the economic impact of Covid-19 by saying it is “absolutely outrageous” that central...