Author: Peter Tremayne

Is Branson selling out Newquay? Daily flights to Heathrow look set to end next year, with passengers forced to fly to Southend instead

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson appears poised to snatch Newquay airport’s Heathrow landing and take-off slots and use them for more lucrative international routes – leaving Cornish passengers who...

Councillor’s advice surgery, and County Hall webcasts, fall prey to general election purdah

By Peter Tremayne The general election has put paid to a number of the “democratic” aspects of public life in Cornwall.  Officials appear to be taking full advantage of...

Branson gets his hands on the taxpayers’ cash, despite getting nothing into orbit (yet)

By Peter Tremayne The government last night handed over millions of pounds to tax-exile Richard Branson to help subsidise his planned use of a spaceport at Newquay. Science minister...

Cornwall Council promises to “lead the way” with climate-friendly houses on its Truro New Town project

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council hopes to “lead the way” with climate-friendly property development, a special briefing for councillors has been told. Planning officials told councillors that the full...

Sanctuary Housing walks away from Truro New Town project

By Peter Tremayne Sanctuary Housing has confirmed that it is walking away from Cornwall Council’s proposed housing development at Langarth, to the west of Truro. The project, dubbed Truro...

Government offers English fishing sector £15 million to help soften the ending of European Union funds

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fishing fleet is being urged to apply for a slice of a new £15 million fund designed to help soften the impact of Brexit. The...

Cornwall’s roads to be “electric vehicle-only” by 2050, according to new study

By Peter Tremayne All vehicles on Cornwall’s and Devon’s roads should be electric by 2050, according to a report being prepared by the Peninsula Transport Board. The board is...

We’ll tell high-flying staff to justify their carbon footprint, promises Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has responded to yesterday’s (Monday’s) disclosure of a huge increase in the number of flights taken by County Hall staff by promising that in...

Sharp rise in Devon & Cornwall “hate” crimes

By Peter Tremayne Home Office statistics reveal that Devon and Cornwall Police recorded 1,693 hate crimes in 2018-19, - up 15% from the previous year. Nearly two-thirds of reports...

St Austell link road will be made in Wales

By Peter Tremayne The £85 million St Austell link road is to be constructed by a roadbuilding company from south Wales. The 3.9 mile road linking St Austell to...

Wanted: gentlemen footballers of a generous girth

By Peter Tremayne Men in the Hayle area who might not consider themselves to be among nature’s athletes are being encouraged to take up football.  There is one condition...

Carn Brea Leisure Centre packed for Brexit Party rally

By Peter Tremayne Several hundred people attended a Brexit Party rally at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth, last night, attended by Nigel Farage and South West Euro MP Ann...

The complex issue of suicide prevention, and raising walkway barriers on the Tamar Bridge, will have to be decided by Cornwall Council’s cabinet

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s 10-member cabinet will have to decide whether or not to raise parapets on the Tamar Bridge, following calls that to do so move might...

Nigel Farage on his way to Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is coming to Cornwall next week for a rally in Camborne. He is due to speak at the Carn Brea leisure...

Paperwork mix-up cancels Jeremy Corbyn visit to Falmouth University

By Peter Tremayne Young Labour Party activists in Falmouth were disappointed when university students had to cancel a planned visit by Jeremy Corbyn last night (Thursday) because of a...

Four new UK routes from Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne It will soon be possible to fly direct from Newquay airport to Newcastle, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Norwich. Loganair has announced four new routes to start in...

Cornwall Council appoints its new boss for Children, Schools and Families

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has appointed a new director of Children’s Services, responsible for schools and families. Meredith Teasdale (right) had previously been Director of Education with Wolverhampton...

Branson’s rocket finally arrives on the runway, but needs more tests before trying to reach the stars

By Peter Tremayne There are signs that Richard Branson is preparing for his first serious attempt to put a rocket into orbit, ahead of a make-or-break decision by Cornwall...

Why build a spaceport which no-one will use? ask councillors, as Richard Branson again delays his first test flight

Northrop's Pegasus system is nearly 30 years ahead of the Virgin Orbit horizontal-launch system - but Northrop does not need a spaceport at Newquay

Bovine TB increases in Cornish cattle, despite the badger cull

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall continues to be one of the counties worst affected by bovine tuberculosis, according to new data published by the government. There were 350 new cases...