Author: Peter Tremayne

Imagine: crossing the Tamar Bridge without stopping at toll booths

By Peter Tremayne It is not going to happen any time soon, but it might one day be possible to cross the River Tamar without stopping at toll booths...

New Isles of Scilly ferry is still in Portsmouth

By Peter Tremayne The first sailing of a new ferry link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly has been delayed again. The Atlantic Wolff, which had been due...

Change of lane in approach to Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry tolls

By Peter Tremayne South East Cornwall MP Anna Gelderd has called on the government to consider a new approach to the cost of crossing the River Tamar, emphasising the...

Newquay Airport: you can’t scrutinise our privatisation plans because they are still secret, says council lawyer

By Peter Tremayne County Hall’s top lawyer has set out his reasons for rejecting a bid to scrutinise Cornwall Council’s attempt to privatise Newquay Airport and turn it into...

Public inquiry to examine the cost of crossing River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The government is to hold a public inquiry into plans to increase the cost of crossing the River Tamar. Proposals from Cornwall Council, and Plymouth City...

Hands off our airport, Cornwall’s business leaders tell County Hall’s Tories

By Peter Tremayne The new boss of Cornwall’s chamber of commerce has written a blistering letter of complaint to Cornwall Council, protesting at the way County Hall is trying...

Don’t look now: Barcelona protestors squirt water pistols and shout “tourists go home”

By Peter Tremayne Spain's growing confidence that tourism does more harm than good has moved up a gear with local residents in Barcelona using water pistols and shouting "tourists...

New transport boss to rule on how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne One of questions soon to be answered by last week’s general election is that of how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar. The...

Newquay’s Hotel California – due for demolition – destroyed in mystery blaze

By Peter Tremayne At least ten fire engines attended Newquay’s Hotel California yesterday (Sunday) as flames ripped through the derelict building. Cornwall Council issued a formal decision notice permitting...

Happy birthday: the curious case of the “hazardous substances” planning application which continues to pose questions over the future of Newquay Airport (or should that be “garden village?”)

By Peter Tremayne Like an infected wound which stubbornly refuses to heal, and which has become so grotesque that those of a sensitive disposition cannot bring themselves to even...

Newquay Airport privatisation hits severe turbulence, as Cornwall’s business leaders express concern that the days of flying aeroplanes might be numbered

By Peter Tremayne Opposition councillors at County Hall are continuing to push for a review of attempts to sell Newquay Airport to an American property developer. Cornwall’s Conservatives are...

Newquay Airport privatisation: we must have scrutiny now, say councillors

By Peter Tremayne Pressure is growing for the privatisation of Newquay Airport to be “called in” for scrutiny by Cornwall councillors. County Hall’s ruling Conservative cabinet voted unanimously to...

A30 Chiverton: Are we nearly there yet? Yes and No

By Peter Tremayne First the good news.  The two-years-late £330 million roadworks to upgrade the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton, to the west of Truro, are due –...

Hold very tight: Truro’s park-and-ride contract, and the future of a large multi-storey car park, are about to get even more interesting

By Peter Tremayne Bus companies now have less than week to express their interest in a £4,500,000 contract to serve Truro’s park and ride sites. The deadline for submitting...

Meanwhile somewhere in a galaxy far, far away: Newquay spaceport bosses say they are “in the process of signing a new contract with a company that has a proven record of horizontal launches”

By Peter Tremayne Of course, it’s all absolutely top secret.  But Newquay spaceport bosses are again talking up the prospects of a launch partner who, if real, might justify...

Newquay Airport privatisation: County Hall tries again to plug the leaks

By Peter Tremayne The disclosure of secret plans to sell Newquay Airport to a property developer with little interest in aviation has triggered yet another “leak” inquiry at Cornwall...

Chasing dreams, continued page 94…

By Peter Tremayne The proposed first launch of a new space craft which might, possibly, one day land at Newquay has been further delayed. Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser had...

Will she or won’t she sail tomorrow? New ferry due to link Cornwall with the Isles of Scilly is still in Portsmouth

By Peter Tremayne Interest is growing over whether a new ferry service linking Cornwall with the Isles of Scilly will set sail for the first time tomorrow (Monday.) The...

Whoops! County Hall wants to spend £10.6 billion building things, but can’t do the paperwork

By Peter Tremayne Two “special purpose vehicle” companies set up to progress Cornwall Council’s £230 million Pydar regeneration project, and the huge Truro New Town housing estate at Langarth,...

Newquay Airport privatisation is “business as usual” and need not be paused because of the general election, says council’s top lawyer

By Peter Tremayne The privatisation of Newquay Airport is to continue, causing uncertainty over the future of aviation as speculation increases that within 10 years the 650-acre site could...

Keeping the aeroplanes flying: can Cornwall learn a lesson from Surrey?

By Peter Tremayne Turning airports into housing estates is rarely straightforward – particularly if local residents are capable of organising well-funded and legally robust campaigns to oppose the developers....

Win some, lose some: SWW boss picks up additional £298,000 in share options after surrendering £237,000 pay bonus

By Peter Tremayne South West Water chief executive Susan Davy has forgone a pay bonus of £237,000 following the serious cryptosporidium poisoning of drinking supplies in Devon. It is...

Who will benefit from the privatisation of Newquay Airport, asks councillor

By Lee Trewhela Questions have been asked about an American company which is likely to take over the running of Cornwall’s Newquay airport if a partnership deal is agreed...

Is the Mid Cornwall Metro on time and within budget? How dare you ask such a “commercially confidential” question!

By Peter Tremayne Details about one of the most politically contentious projects underway in Cornwall are to be kept secret because of “commercial confidentiality.” The £60 million Mid Cornwall...

Truro City: now it’s all about bums on seats

By Peter Tremayne Season tickets have gone on sale for Truro City football club’s 2024/25 season, due to kick off in only seven weeks. Club bosses – and Cornwall...

Newquay Airport privatisation: why the lawyers, and historians, are watching

By Peter Tremayne The idea of selling hundreds of acres of publicly-owned land to property developers has got County Hall officials worried about a 70-year-old political scandal which could...

No, we’re still not there yet: A30 Chiverton target completion date delayed by Royal Cornwall Show

By Peter Tremayne The triumph of Cornwall’s agricultural lobby over National Highways, cancelling planned A30 road closures during the period of the Royal Cornwall Show, has delayed by at...

On a wing and a prayer: Cornwall Council pressing ahead with Newquay Airport privatisation, which could mean the end of aviation by 2035

By Peter Tremayne A controlling stake in Newquay Airport is to be sold to a private investor, if recommendations from Cornwall Council officials are endorsed by the ruling Conservative...

Football: we were Tinners before you, St Just tells Truro

By Peter Tremayne They were mining tin in the St Just area of west Penwith more than 2,000 years ago.  OK, their football team in those days was a...

White Tigers out, Tinners in: Truro City’s footballers revive their original nickname

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers will no longer be known as “the White Tigers” when the next football season kicks off in August. Instead the club is reverting...

Truro’s Moorfield car park: “unlikely” that remedial works are possible or financially viable, says council

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s multi-storey Moorfield car park might have reached the end of the road – with Cornwall Council now speculating about whether to bother with repairs or...

Are we nearly there yet? National Highways hopes to finish the A30 Chiverton Cross roadworks by 17th June

By Peter Tremayne It is two years late, God knows how much over-budget, and inevitably there will be snags.  But the A30 roadworks which have made life miserable for...

Asylum-seekers? Rwanda? No-one’s asked us, say Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has said it has had no request from the government to facilitate flights to Rwanda for the forced deportation of asylum-seekers. Newquay is one...

Motorcyclist killed in accident at Ladock

By Peter Tremayne A 57-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in collision with a car on the B3275 at Ladock. The accident happened yesterday (Monday) morning. The road was closed...

Motorists warned of two weeks of major roadworks on approach to Truro

By Peter Tremayne One of the main routes into Truro is closed overnight this week and next. The A390 between Chiverton and Langarth is being prepared for the major...

Ley lines: Cornwall Council’s “temporary” traffic rules at spaceport are to be made permanent

By Peter Tremayne The “temporary” double yellow lines painted around Newquay airport in November 2022, in a panic-stricken attempt to facilitate Richard Branson’s rocket launch the following January, are...

New Isles of Scilly ferry service now due to launch on 17th June

By Peter Tremayne The proposed new ferry service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly appears to have again been delayed.  The first advertised crossing is now due to...

Runaway train? Mid Cornwall Metro approaching the points of no return

By Peter Tremayne Two Cornwall Council cabinet members are due to make a decision on Wednesday (22nd May) about whether or not to go ahead with the Mid Cornwall...

Football: it seems that “multi-year contracts” at Truro City don’t last as long as they used to

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers have lost their manager.  Paul Wotton is to become the new boss at Torquay United. In November 2023 Mr Wotton signed what was...

This job might need the big spanner: making sure we can cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne You have about a week to go if you would like to tender for keeping the Torpoint ferries afloat and making sure the Tamar Bridge doesn’t...

Hold very tight, please: the search for someone to run Truro’s buses could be about to get bumpy

By Peter Tremayne Can you drive a bus?  Would you like £4.5 million to ferry passengers around Truro?  Can you let us know your availability before the end of...

Chasing dreams: Newquay spaceport watches nervously as new cargo plane prepares to blast off

By Peter Tremayne A date has been set for the first launch of a new space shuttle which might – one day – land at Newquay. Sierra Nevada’s Dream...

Fingers crossed: County Hall waits to find out the latest estimated cost of the Mid Cornwall Metro

By Peter Tremayne The Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has entered a critical phase of detailed design work, which should allow for a more detailed assessment of the costs....

Blue sky thinking? How to make lots of money out of Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne It’s not in the sales brochure, but one of the potential future uses for Newquay Airport could see it propelled to centre-stage in a national political...

Truro City’s footballers are now just waiting for the green, green grass of home

By Peter Tremayne The grass pitch is still a work in progress, but at least there is progress on the rest of the site.  It looks as if Truro...

EXCLUSIVE: Crowdcube inquiry into how Cornish Pirates raised cash by promising to play in Truro

By Peter Tremayne There seem to be dark clouds gathering over the future of the Cornish Pirates rugby union club, based in Penzance. The Crowdcube online fundraising organisation has...

Parliament set to debate the politics of crossing the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The politics of crossing the River Tamar will have a national platform next week when the costs of using the bridge and ferries are debated in...

Newquay Airport privatisation is clear for take-off

By Peter Tremayne The future of Newquay Airport will be made at a Cornwall Council cabinet meeting on 12th June. Any chance that the decision would be taken by...

That’s the way the money goes: taxpayers even paid the bus fares for Truro’s footballers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers have contributed £23,600 towards the cost of bus fares for Truro City’s footballers as they have played “home” matches outside of Cornwall in recent...

Are Cornwall’s Tories heading for defeat over airport privatisation?

By Peter Tremayne Today’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s economic scrutiny committee could upset the ruling administration’s plans to privatise Newquay Airport. The Conservative’s theoretical 6-5 majority  is vulnerable because...

Newquay Airport set to cost local taxpayers at least £7.5 million next year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers will need to find at least £7.5 million to subsidise Newquay Airport next year, councillors heard this morning. The current £4 million annual subsidy...

Newquay Airport: will it still be there in 2034?

By Peter Tremayne Scrutiny councillors have an opportunity today (Tuesday) to learn more about hitherto-secret plans to privatise Newquay Airport. Cornwall Council has spent nearly three years, and hundreds...

That’s the way the money goes: if it’s Thursday, it must be Bremmen

By Peter Tremayne Newquay spaceport’s world tour has arrived in Germany, just in time for a paper-dart throwing competition. Cornwall’s taxpayers have helped sponsor Europe’s first “Spaceplane Summit” in...

End of the runway? Newquay Airport might have only ten more years

By Peter Tremayne Aviation at Newquay Airport could be forced to operate without a subsidy in only ten years, according to an official update of Cornwall Council’s plans to...

After six years on the road, football really is coming home

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers yesterday (Saturday) completed their bizarre 2023/24 season with a 2-1 away defeat to Dartford. But Truro City FC has avoided relegation from the National...

Nine more pubs in Cornwall are at risk of calling time for the last time

By Peter Tremayne The GMB union has warned that several more Cornish pubs are at risk of closure. Nine pubs in Cornwall are owned by the Stonegate group, which...

EXCLUSIVE: the curious case of the Corserv restructuring which is creating lots of extra work for someone

By Peter Tremayne The personnel department at Corserv has been plunged into an unprecedented paper-chase as it tries to transfer hundreds of Cornwall Council workers from one department to...

It’s coming home. Probably. One day.

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers have ensured their survival in the National League south by beating Dover Athletic 1-0 last night (Tuesday.) The win means that Truro City still...

South Crofty: change at the top

By Peter Tremayne The man who rescued South Crofty tin mine from administration in 2016 has stepped down as chief executive. A vastly experienced geologist, Peter Williams will remain...

Wheels down: future of Newquay Airport will be decided on 12th June

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s cabinet will rule on the future of Newquay airport on 12th June.  Airport bosses had previously suggested the decision about privatisation would be taken...

Newquay jet prang was caused by leaving the handbrake on

By Peter Tremayne A private jet crash-landed at Newquay airport last year because the pilot had left the handbrake on, according to an Air Accident Investigation Branch report. Other...

Air passengers flying Newquay-Gatwick must continue to separate liquids from baggage

By Peter Tremayne Passengers flying between Newquay and Gatwick will continue having to separate liquids from their baggage as both airports have failed to install modern security scanners before...

Warning: the value of County Hall’s investments on behalf of the taxpayer can go down

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s financial gamble on football is gaining a sharper focus as the sport approaches the sharp end of the season. Truro City’s “home” fixture tonight...

Newquay Airport privatisation: “viable bids are now progressing through due diligence”

By Peter Tremayne The future of Newquay Airport looks set to be determined at a full meeting of Cornwall Council on 21st May.  This is also the annual meeting...

Truro City: taxpayer-backed footballers face 9 games in 17 days, none of them in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers must play nine matches in 17 days if they are to complete the current season.  Failure to complete the fixture list could result...

Sits Vac: Plymouth Argyle’s footballers seek new head coach

By Peter Tremayne Plymouth Argyle have sacked head coach Ian Foster after just three months in charge.  The football team attracts many fans from South East Cornwall. Mr Foster,...

Pydar: Cornwall Council’s cabinet agreed to the new “special purpose vehicle” to regenerate Truro more than a year after officials set it up

By Peter Tremayne Any Cornwall Council cabinet members who thought they were in charge of County Hall’s Pydar project might do well to study Companies House registration documents relating...

Cornwall’s spaceport: the never-ending world tour continues

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers have found a novel use for their cash – paying for a super-soaraway “space summit” in Germany. Cornwall’s spaceport is one of the sponsors...

EXCLUSIVE: Is football coming home? Don’t ask us, says County Hall, we haven’t got a clue

By Peter Tremayne The chances of Truro’s footballers starting the next season at Cornwall Council’s £11 million new mini-stadium at Langarth remain a mystery, as the 31st March deadline...

New face at Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne Simon Ashby, a professor of financial services and risk management, has joined the board of Newquay airport. Dr Ashby has been a member of the Corserv...

Another fine mess: Taunton mud bath means Truro’s footballers will spend the rest of the season in Gloucester for their “home” fixtures

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers will have to play all of their remaining “home” fixtures for this season in Gloucester.  Fans face a 400-mile round trip to watch their...

Jumpers for goalposts: fixture crisis means Truro City must now play 12 games in less than five weeks to finish the season

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s fixture crisis took another turn for the worse last night when a “home” game, played in Gloucester because Taunton was again waterlogged, had to...

Duchy Plant Hire files for administration

By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s best known construction firms, Duchy Plant Hire, has filed for administration. The company, which employs about 40 staff, is based at Nanpean, near...

We’ll give you a tenner for it: the Newquay airport bid that Cornwall Council doesn’t want to talk about

By Peter Tremayne A businessman has offered to buy Newquay airport for £10.  Captain Peter Elliott, a former helicopter pilot, is leading a consortium which wants Cornwall Council to...

Failure to launch: has the departure of Newquay airport been delayed?

By Peter Tremayne Speculation is growing that the future of Newquay airport may not be decided for several months, after a two-year search for a private investor has failed...

This evening’s Truro City “home” match – in Taunton – is again postponed because of waterlogged pitch

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football fans have been told to cancel any plans they might have had to travel to Taunton this evening (Tuesday) - the "home" match...

A blank cheque: no-one knows how much the Mid Cornwall Metro is going to cost, but now we do know who is paying for it

By Peter Tremayne The development of any Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) train service between Newquay and Falmouth will have to be on an “emerging costs” basis, Network Rail has...

Going to the match: another 400-mile round-trip for Truro City fans who want to cheer their “home” team

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of Truro’s footballers will again have to travel to Gloucester on Saturday if they want to cheer their “home” side. The fixture against Chelmsford will...

EXCLUSIVE: “confidential” meeting to discuss future of Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne The 11 members of Cornwall Council’s economy scrutiny committee have been called to a confidential meeting at Newquay Airport tomorrow (Friday.)   The meeting could have profound...

Newquay Airport: it’s all cloak and daggers as County Hall races to the end of its privatisation runway

By Peter Tremayne A curious item has appeared on the agenda for next week’s meeting of a Cornwall Council scrutiny committee, proposing to expel the press and public so...

Another MOU but still no sign of take-off, as Newquay’s “Sex Bomb” counts down to next year’s flight to the Moon

By Peter Tremayne The company which has taken over the building once used by Cornwall’s aviation museum has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a high-tech firm in Manchester....

Football is very far from coming home, as Truro City head even further north in their search for somewhere to play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s next home fixture, due to have been played at Taunton, has been moved to Gloucestershire.   Spectators from Truro, keen to support their “local” team,...

Grumpy about Tamar tolls? Think twice before signing that petition

By Peter Tremayne Motorists contemplating support for any petitions about the cost of crossing the River Tamar are advised to exercise caution: such petitions are seldom what they seem....

EXCLUSIVE: Operation Corduroy – what it means to the privatisation of Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has tried to explain why it called its proposed privatisation of Newquay airport “Operation Corduroy” – a codename not immediately obvious to prospective investors...

Project Corduroy: we will soon find out if airport privatisation plan is as pants as it sounds

By Peter Tremayne An extraordinary meeting of Cornwall Council’s economy scrutiny committee has been scheduled for Tuesday 19th March, amid much speculation that it has been called to hear...

Truro City footballers facing fixture crisis as rain stops play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football club, anxiously waiting for Cornwall Council to build a new "home" ground at Langarth in time for the start of next season, could...

Cornwall’s role in historic Moon landing

By Peter Tremayne Communications for the first private-sector spacecraft to land on the Moon have been handled by the Goonhilly station in Cornwall. Houston-based Intuitive Machines (IM) landed its...

I haven’t got a magic wand, says the man trying to find anyone who might want to invest in Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne It is now looking increasingly likely that Newquay airport will not, after all, be privatised.  Councillors think the airport will probably remain in public ownership enjoying...

Let us spray: Newquay airport’s “hazardous aerosols” set for move to Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Some of the dangerous chemicals currently stored in a Newquay airport hangar, in defiance of planning rules, could soon be on their way to Redruth. Cornwall...

Navy larks: nuclear sub whose missile flopped had just completed seven-year £500 million refit at Devonport

By Peter Tremayne A nuclear submarine whose test missile launch flopped had recently sailed from Devonport after a seven-year refit costing half a billion pounds. The embarrassing missile failure...

Just a minute: stop me if you’ve heard this one before

By Peter Tremayne Members of a County Hall scrutiny committee are scratching their heads over the just-published draft minutes of their previous meeting – which once again fail to...

Public cash for private football clubs? It’s all going awfully well

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” behind Cornwall Council’s £11 million mini-stadium at Truro is facing a new uncertainty – what might happen if Truro City’s footballers fail to...

EXCLUSIVE: the magic bus stop – a sign of the times at Newquay airport, as the curious case of the hazardous chemicals on the edge of the runway leaves leading councillors with red faces

By Peter Tremayne A bus stop at Newquay’s aerohub business park has been moved more than 600 feet to a safe distance from a hangar used to store highly...

That’s the way the money goes: Cornwall Council pays £20,000 to write begging letters to the European Space Agency

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has awarded £20,000 to Space Professionals, a Truro firm of “independent consultants with genuine deep expertise across the space sector” to pitch for grants...

That’s the way the money goes: County Hall dreams of high-tech drones

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has just awarded itself £632,000 of the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund so as to stimulate the data, space and aerospace industrial sectors. The decision,...

Calls grow to reopen Plymouth airport

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for Plymouth airport to be reopened. Although the last flight at Plymouth airport was in 2011, planning policies...

It’s all balls: but only one shape looks likely to get a look-in at Truro’s publicly-funded mini stadium

By Peter Tremayne One of the most intriguing planning applications to come before councillors in recent times will finally be debated tomorrow (Thursday) to determine which sports might be...

Football: fixture problems mount for homeless Truro City

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers appear to be heading for severe fixture congestion as the current season enters its final few months. “Home” matches are a particular problem. ...

Have you ever been stuck in Truro’s Garras Wharf car park after catching an evening show? You are not alone

By Peter Tremayne Officials are looking for ways to fix problems at Truro’s Garras Wharf car park, which routinely sees long delays as motorists try to leave after spending...

Soccer, rugby or cancer? Planners ponder a decision which could have major implications for anyone playing sport in Truro

By Peter Tremayne Questions over which sports will be played at the proposed £11 million Truro “mini-stadium” look set to cause much head-scratching next week as councillors try to...