Author: Julia Penhaligon

Afghanistan’s refugees – probably not coming to Cornwall anytime soon

By Julia Penhaligon It could be several months before the government knows how many Afghan refugees are to be settled permanently in Cornwall. Cornwall Council says it is still...

Towns and parishes told to expect fresh attempt to change their boundaries

By Julia Penhaligon Some of the more intractable problems in Cornwall’s local government might be solved within 12 months, if the latest timetable for shaking up town and parish...

Cornwall Council’s “Informal” Investment Panel lives to fight another day

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have postponed a decision about the future of their Informal Investment Panel. Today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of the Constitution and Governance committee had been recommended...

Is your local leisure centre a “community asset” yet? County Hall gets ready to ask some hard questions

By Julia Penhaligon Communities across Cornwall are bracing themselves for a “public engagement and consultation” exercise intended to decide which local leisure centres will survive and which face closure....

Thousands of homes in Cornwall were “flipped” and denied to locals so they could be used as holiday lets

By Julia Penhaligon Thousands of homes in Cornwall have been denied to local people because their owners “flipped” their official residential use to take advantage of the Covid-driven boom...

Government expected to make it easier for councils to limit growth of second homes

By Julia Penhaligon There are growing signs that the government is about to introduce new planning rules to make it more difficult for new-build properties to be used as...

Cornwall’s Tories set to axe County Hall’s cross-party investment panel

By Julia Penhaligon The pre-election promise of Cornwall’s Conservatives to make County Hall more transparent has taken another blow, as news emerges of Tory plans to abolish a cross-party...

Covid-19: Cornwall can expect at least 150 – 200 deaths per year, despite vaccination, according to latest figures

By Julia Penhaligon Five patients have died of Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital in the past seven days, according to NHS data.  A total of 12 Covid patients...

The new Covid map of England: Cancellation of Bristol Pride festival poses more questions for Cornwall, as different local councils descend into “two tiers” of public health protection

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay is preparing to host the 2021 Cornwall Pride festival tomorrow (Friday) despite the cancellation of a similar event in Bristol. The Newquay festival is going...

County Hall “expresses interest” in further devolution, seeking powers to tackle the housing crisis, regulate tourism and set up freeports – and rule out a Mayor of Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall has bid for further devolution powers, seeking one of the government’s proposed “county deals,” according to a report in The Local Government Chronicle. The prospect...

Cornwall councillor Julian German defeated in leadership contest at LGA Independent group

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Julian German has been defeated in his bid to become leader of the Independent group at the Local Government Association.  He lost to Marianne...

Crowd takes to the streets to protest Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Julia Penhaligon More than 100 people took part in a housing protest in the centre of Truro yesterday (Saturday).  Activists from a range of political views turned out...

Housing protest in Truro today

Activists from across the political divide are expected to attend a demonstration in Truro this lunchtime (Saturday), protesting the failure of Cornwall's housing system.  Deep-rooted inequalities between supply and...

Plans to increase Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry tolls put on hold

By Julia Penhaligon Councillors from Cornwall and Plymouth have backed away from raising toll charges on the Tamar Bridge by 30%.  Instead, they are to hire consultants to study...

Cornwall’s MPs strike different tones in debate about Afghanistan disaster

By Julia Penhaligon Only one of Cornwall’s six MPs spoke in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) emergency debate about Afghanistan.  Newquay and St Austell’s Steve Double was concerned that a “resettlement scheme”...

Falmouth votes on local neighbourhood development plan

By Julia Penhaligon Polling is due to get underway tomorrow (Thursday) to decide whether to accept or reject the 102-page Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan.  The document has been several years in...

Campaigning starts for the election of the next Green Party leaders

By Julia Penhaligon Campaigning gets underway today (Tuesday) for the leadership of the Green Party in England and Wales.  There are three joint-candidates and anyone who joins the party...

Who’s really in charge? Cornwall councillors get a rare chance to consider the performance of their chief executive

By Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for one of Cornwall Council’s most obscure committees to consider what the elected politicians think of their chief executive, Kate Kennally. County...

How Cornish is your pasty? New foods join the UK list of “Geographical Indication” protection

By Julia Penhaligon The addition of Welsh lamb from the Gower peninsula to the list of foods which can claim an exclusive geographical origin need not cause concern to...

Army on standby to make sure that Cornwall’s supermarkets do not run out of food

By Julia Penhaligon Food and distribution industry chiefs are calling on the government to relax rules about overseas workers, as they forecast more empty supermarket shelves in the weeks...