Author: Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall heading for a deep blue rinse next May, if pollsters are right

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives are on course for a crushing victory in next May’s local council elections – if a highly detailed analysis of opinion polls is accurate....

Cornwall councillor Sue James to step down at next May’s elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Sue James, a former cabinet member, is to step down at the next election. The Liberal Democrat has represented St Just-in-Penwith since 2013.  Boundary...

Why I’ll be voting for a Covid-19 lockdown U-Turn, by St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon One of Cornwall’s MPs has explained why he will be performing a policy U-turn tomorrow (Wednesday) and voting in favour of another Covid-19 national lockdown, only...

Cornwall’s waste tips will stay open during Lockdown 2

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres will stay open during the next Covid-19 lockdown, which is due to start on Thursday. The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible,...

Two weeks is a very long time in politics: government’s latest U-Turn puts Cornwall’s MPs on the spot

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s six MPs are coming under pressure from their local party activists to consider voting against Boris Johnson’s month-long Covid-19 lockdown. It is thought there will...

Cornwall’s 30-year plan might last only months

By Julia Penhaligon A controversial blueprint for the future of Cornwall will come before County Hall’s ruling cabinet next week, posing more questions over how policy should be made...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against extending free school meals to holidays during Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs yesterday (Wednesday) voted against providing free school meals to children at risk of going hungry. Sheryll Murray, Scott Mann, Steve Double,...

Don’t bet on County Hall elections actually happening, warns councillor

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Despite 222,000 deaths from Covid-19, the United States is due to elect a new President in only 12 days.  This has not stopped...

Councillors agree to change the rules, putting limits on what a single officer can define as “reasonable”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A constitutional wrangle over whether a single council official should have the responsibility to define “reasonable” might be heading for resolution, after councillors...

Councillors vote 9-4 against “The Cornwall We Want” saying it is the Cornwall we vote for that matters

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors have rejected a series of reports based on one of the largest “listening” exercises ever undertaken by County Hall because they feared that County...

North Cornwall holiday park goes into liquidation, blaming Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon More than 30 jobs are at risk at a North Cornwall holiday park, which is going into liquidation – blaming the impact of Covid-19 Penstowe Holiday...

We don’t want a “circuit-break” – Cornwall’s MPs tell Labour leader

By Julia Penhaligon Four of Cornwall’s MPs have written to the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to protest against the idea of a national Covid-19 lockdown. Scott Mann,...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems suffer 9-6 defeat on pro-tourism economic report

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats suffered a 9-6 defeat yesterday (Tuesday) when they tried to endorse a pro-tourism report at a meeting called to consider the county’s economic...

The Cornwall We Want: County Hall’s own report confirms an uncomfortable truth about tourism

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s residents have told County Hall to take action against the tourism sector, with a demand to reduce its influence by 2050. The call stems from...

Covid-19: Cornwall likely to miss out on “cash for crackdowns”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall could be held back from taking more control over local test-and-tracing for Covid-19 – because not enough people are ill. The government is tomorrow (Monday)...

Cornwall stayed on “mute” as the Municipal Journal sprinkled its awards elsewhere

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council was among the also-rans at this year’s Municipal Journal awards, despite having been shortlisted in three categories. There had been hopes of winning first...

Visit Cornwall? What our Covid-19 numbers would mean if England had regional travel rules

By Julia Penhaligon The rate of Covid-19 infection for Cornwall has now crept above the threshold for travel restrictions – if Cornwall was a separate country. People from England...

Edward Hain hospital at St Ives will not re-open, rule health chiefs

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health bosses have endorsed a report which effectively signs the death knell for the Edward Hain hospital at St Ives.  The building has served the...

Last-ditch bid to save the Edward Hain memorial hospital at St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health bosses will be asked to think again this morning (Tuesday) about the “temporary” closure, more than four years ago, of the Edward Hain hospital,...

Fowey hospital now unlikely to become a state-of-the-art residential home as council chiefs say the area is “not a priority”

By Julia Penhaligon The promise of a new 21st century nursing home at Fowey has hit a snag – council chiefs now say it would be in the wrong...