Author: Julia Penhaligon

Closure of West Cornwall Hospital’s canteen: is it a sign of things to come?

17th March 2017By Julia PenhaligonThere are fears that Penzance's West Cornwall hospital is being downgraded, following closure of the canteen which for years has served patients, staff and visitors....

Six years later, and still nothing doing as Asda finally declines invitation to come to Truro

14th March 2017By Julia PenhaligonAsda appears to have changed its mind about building a superstore in Truro.The supermarket giant had been at the heart of plans to build a...

St Ives “chemical drum” contained mixture of oil and water

13th March 2017By Julia PenhaligonThe two “chemical drums” which washed ashore at St Ives in January contained a mixture of oil and water, Cornwall Council has confirmed.Firefighters wearing gas-tight...

Entries open for horse section at Royal Cornwall Show

9th March 2017By Julia PenhaligonMore than 1,000 horses, ponies and donkeys will head to Wadebridge in early June to compete at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.Entries are now open...

Bodmin Treatment Centre to re-open by October, say NHS bosses

3rd March 2017By Julia PenhaligonCornwall’s health chiefs say they aim to re-open the Bodmin Treatment Centre by October, after it closes at the end of this month when the...

Under new management: the Jubilee Pool, Penzance, enters a new era

1st March 2017By Julia PenhaligonA Penzance community group is to take charge of the town’s Jubilee Pool, one of the few remaining salt-water lidos in Europe.The 1930s cubist-inspired pool...

Bodmin Treatment Centre to close, as NHS Kernow gets tough with private contractors

28th February 2017 By Julia PenhaligonThe future of the privately-run Bodmin Treatment Centre is in doubt today as its Australian-based operators have been unable to negotiate a new contract...

Work starts on 169-space car park on the outskirts of Penzance

24th February 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReportsWork has begun on a 169-space car park on the outskirts of Penzance.The park-and-ride scheme is on the site next to Sainsbury’s...

Meeting tomorrow to plan Bodmin Heritage Day Children’s Dance

24th February 2017 By Julia PenhaligonPreparations for Bodmin’s Heritage Day get underway in earnest tomorrow (Saturday) with a meeting to plan the Children’s Dance.  Parents and youngsters are encouraged...

Prime Minister says Edward Hain hospital must stay closed – at least until STP concludes

23rd February By Julia PenhaligonThe campaign to re-open the Edward Hain hospital in St Ives reached the floor of the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday) when St Ives MP...

Cornwall in a minority of councils unwilling to add 3% tax to stem adult care crisis

20th February 2016 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReports Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat/Independent coalition appears to be in a minority of local authorities unwilling to raise council tax to...

Councillors try to drill down into the detail of STP’s health cuts agenda

7th February 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReports Cornwall Council is to stage two “witness days” for people concerned about the proposed £264 million cuts to health spending, which...

Controversial Perranporth skatepark plan set for approval

6th February 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReportsPlanners are being urged to approve the construction of a state-of-the-art skatepark at the Bolenna Playing Field, Perranporth.The planning application, which comes...

Padstow’s “Darkie Day” parade street collections need a licence, says council

1st February 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReportsStreet collectors who take part in Padstow’s “Darkie Day” are to be advised they need a licence – but council officials must...

Cornwall’s town and parish councils might escape “toilet tax”

Cornwall’s MPs have welcomed proposals which could exempt public toilets from business rates.The idea, outlined in the Local Government Finance Bill, affects dozens of public toilets which Cornwall Council...

St Austell care home exposed by Panorama to be demolished and site used for housing

21st January 2017 By Julia PenhaligonThe care home at the centre of a Panorama documentary exposing “grim, shoddy and unsafe” practices is to be knocked down and replaced by...

Unions warn that more than 700 teachers in Cornwall set to lose their jobs by 2020

Cornwall is set to lose more than 700 teachers as a result of education cuts which will take an average of £410 from each pupil, according to school-by-school analysis...

Academy trust bids to provide a “free” school at West Carclaze

An Academy Trust which already runs six schools in Cornwall and one in Devon is bidding to set up a free school in the proposed “garden village” at West...

Commuter trains at Bodmin would need a subsidy, confirms heritage railway

10th January 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReports Any commuter rail service linking Bodmin General station to the mainline at Bodmin Parkway would have to be subsidised by Cornwall...

Planners reject bid for hotel and 20 houses next to Lanhydrock House estate

4th January 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Follow @CornwallReportsPlanners have thrown out proposals to build 20 houses and a country hotel next to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House estate, near...