Author: Julia Penhaligon

Close holiday home council tax loophole, Steve Double tells government

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

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

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

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

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

Can the next LEP supremo have two bosses?

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

Sandra Rothwell quits both Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council

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

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

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

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 2018By Julia PenhaligonCornwall 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 is the Wadebridge-based...

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

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

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

9th January 2018By Julia PenhaligonCornwall’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 this year.Last...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2017By Julia PenhaligonCornwall Council has slashed £400,000 from its health promotion budget, in a move which has shocked one of the organisation’s key NHS partners and cast...

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

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

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

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

Cornwall Housing tenants warned to expect changes, in “one size fits all” drive for consistency

22nd November 2017By Julia PenhaligonMore than 10,500 Cornwall Housing tenants are bracing themselves for significant changes to their rents and service charges – which could be exacerbated by the...

Landowner accuses “land-grab” council of behaving like a communist regime over student village plans

20th November 2017By Julia PenhaligonA Penryn landowner has accused Cornwall Council of behaving like a communist regime by seeking to use compulsory purchase powers to seize his property for...

Radical changes on the way for Cornwall’s children’s services

16th November 2017By Julia PenhaligonCornwall’s children’s services are to be outsourced to an arms-length “Teckal” company, following a decision by Cornwall Council’s cabinet yesterday (Wednesday.)The cabinet also agreed to...