Author: Peter Tremayne

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...

Written off: Cornwall Council to abandon quest for unpaid business rates

By Peter Tremayne Business failures in Cornwall continue to take their toll on the public purse. Cornwall Council is about to write off debts totalling £131,340 after two firms...

Is Newquay spaceport really poised to announce a new launch partner?

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s spaceport has said it hopes to announce a new “launch partner” next month. The ambition was revealed to a meeting of the Newquay Airport Consultative...

Major Hayle housing project faces uncertain future

By Peter Tremayne Another major house builder in Cornwall has gone bust. Moorfields Corporate Recovery is now trying to find a way of restructuring Corinthian Homes and other firms...

Mid Cornwall Metro is here! County Hall’s train set now has a website

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s £60 million gamble on a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth now has a website: midcornwallmetro.com. The launch of the site is the...

If it’s Tuesday it must be Florida: spaceport flies the flag for Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne County Hall’s “laser-focussed” drive for efficiencies appears to have missed the chance to save a few thousand pounds after sending a representative of the Newquay spaceport...

What a stitch up: how Project Corduroy has already cost Cornwall’s taxpayers nearly £1 million in pursuit of a Newquay airport investment partner

By Peter Tremayne Estate agents and lawyers have already pocketed £800,000 in their so far unsuccessful attempt to privatise Newquay airport. Details of the County Hall spending have never...

Smoke on the water: talk of reviving an airport on the other side of the River Tamar is not helping Newquay’s quest for a sweetheart

By Peter Tremayne The search for a private investor to share the risks of running Newquay airport has been further complicated by political developments outside of Cornwall. Plymouth City...

Isles of Scilly ferry wars: contracts signed to build new vessels

By Peter Tremayne The prospect of rival companies competing for passengers travelling between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly has come a step closer. The Isles of Scilly Steamship...

Truro aid worker was unlawfully killed while helping civilians in Ukraine, says coroner

By Peter Tremayne Truro humanitarian aid volunteer Christopher Parry was unlawfully killed in Ukraine, a coroner has ruled. Mr Parry, 28, died in January 2023 from gunshot wounds to the head...

We’ll say more about safety at Newquay airport when we have more to say, says councillor

By Peter Tremayne A three-page note attempting to answer safety concerns at Newquay airport and spaceport is still “a work in progress” and that is why it remains confidential,...

Waiting for a bus at Truro’s park and ride? It might soon be all change

By Peter Tremayne The crucial bus links between Truro city centre and its flagship “park and ride” car parks at Langarth and Tregurra cannot be guaranteed beyond October, Cornwall...

Don’t mention the war: Israel v Palestine comes to Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Truro might be 3,300 miles from Jersulamen, but the war in the Middle East looks set to burst into the normally tranquil Cornwall Council chamber this...

“Confidential” Newquay Airport briefing note leaves safety questions unanswered

By Peter Tremayne A three-page “briefing note” attempting to answer questions about safety at Newquay airport has finally been distributed to some Cornwall councillors. The document, which falls far...

Tick tock, tick tock: the Newquay Airport safety document promised “before close of play” yesterday is still not public

By Peter Tremayne Members of Cornwall Council’s economy scrutiny committee are this morning (Wednesday) “furious” that answers to questions about safety at Newquay Airport have still not been disclosed....

Airport safety answers today? County Hall “briefing note” promised before close of play

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council bosses hope to avoid yet another constitutional wrangle by finally answering questions about safety at Newquay airport and spaceport – questions first raised by...

Just a minute: Newquay spaceport safety “could be improved”

By Peter Tremayne One year to the day after Richard Branson’s rocket crashed into the ocean without reaching orbit, all eyes will be on the chairman of a Cornwall...

When you arrive at a notorious A38 accident blackspot, slow down and remember Liz Truss

By Peter Tremayne Work to improve a notoriously dangerous junction on the A38 near Saltash is to be delayed because of how the 2022 economic crash impacted on the...

Change in rules about cheap flights could be good news for Our Friends In The North

By Peter Tremayne Flights to and from Newquay Airport could face a shake-up in the coming year after the government announced it will change the rules about subsidised flights....

Shapps says he is “dismayed” by Isles of Scilly Steamship company, encouraging the prospect of “ferry wars” in May

By Peter Tremayne Defence secretary Grant Shapps has signalled his strong support for councillors on the Isles of Scilly over which company should run a ferry service to Penzance....

Flybe: after the Cornish cream teas, creditors are still scrambling for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Creditors hoping to recover any money from the airline Flybe, which collapsed into administration for a second time 12 months ago, may have to wait another...

Fire crews rescue two from car stuck in flood near Truro

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have rescued two people from floodwater near Truro. Their car got stuck at Little Killiow shortly after 1am this morning (Wednesday.) One fire engine...

EXCLUSIVE: The “Plan B” to keep Newquay Airport in public ownership

By Peter Tremayne Plans to privatise Newquay airport are running out of time, increasing the likelihood that the business and its surrounding land will remain in the ownership of...

Arise, Sir Richard: Cornish Pirates rugby boss gets New Year honour

By Peter Tremayne The owner of the Penzance-based Cornish Pirates rugby club has been knighted in the New Year honours. Dicky Evans – now to be known as Sir...

The curious case of the invisible report on safety at Newquay’s airport and spaceport: as expected, County Hall starts 2024 under a cloud

By Peter Tremayne The agenda for a Cornwall Council scrutiny committee next month does not include a long-overdue report on safety issues at Newquay Airport and spaceport. The report...

How Cornwall will beat Elon Musk to the moon

By Peter Tremayne Space Engine Systems, based at Newquay and backed by Cornwall Council, is still inviting prospective passengers to sign up for its first flight into orbit in...

Truro City’s win at Torquay puts a smile on faces at Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne Hopes that the publicly-funded £11 million mini-stadium under construction at Langarth might actually be commercially viable received a remarkable boost yesterday (Tuesday) when nearly 4,000 people...

The curious case of the airport and spaceport safety concerns whose “imminent” answers are already casting a shadow over 2024

By Peter Tremayne As 2023 draws to a close, several Cornwall councillors are starting to despair of ever getting straight answers to questions about safety at Newquay airport and...

Football: how many will attend today’s “local derby” between Truro City and Torquay?

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers travel to Torquay today (Boxing Day) for a fixture which could indicate if they might one day be capable of attracting crowds to a...

Harland and Wolff drops bid to buy the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company – increasing the prospect of two rival ferries

By Peter Tremayne The Belfast-based shipbuilder Harland and Wolff has decided not to make a formal bid to buy the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. But Harland and Wolff...

Newquay Spaceport: among the lessons learned, not a word about “let’s try that again”

By Peter Tremayne The UK Space Agency has published a report of the “lessons learned” from last year’s adventure in Cornwall, which led to Richard Branson’s failure to put...

Rocket launchers can now take the high road: Scotland aims to put satellites into orbit at least once a fortnight

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall has lost its title as home to the UK’s only licenced spaceport. The Civil Aviation Authority has now licenced a vertical-launch facility on the Shetland...

Paddington station will be closed on Christmas Eve

By Peter Tremayne Travel between Cornwall and London over the festive period could be disrupted after National Rail announced that Paddington station will be closed on Christmas Eve. Engineering...

The mouse that roared – village football team where one fifth of the local population turn out to watch home games submits plans for new ground

By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s smallest league football teams has announced plans for a new ground. Mousehole, which last year won promotion to the Southern League Divison One...

£3 to cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar looks set to rise to £3 after a joint meeting of Cornwall and Plymouth councillors this afternoon (Friday.) Cash...

Four years later: accident investigators conclude inquiry into Newlyn trawler death

By Peter Tremayne The death of a 20-year-old apprentice on board a Newlyn trawler in 2019 should lead to further changes in the way the fishing industry conducts itself,...

Space tourism from Newquay? The idea now looks even dafter than it did two years ago

By Peter Tremayne Less than a month after laying off workers and cancelling scheduled “space tourism” flights, Richard Branson has declared that he will spend no more money on...

Heavy rain closes rail lines to and from Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Train services to and from Cornwall could continue to be disrupted today (Tuesday) by flooding. Passengers on several trains found their journeys disrupted yesterday, particularly through...

Mid Cornwall Metro still on track – for now

By Peter Tremayne The business case for the Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has been approved by the Department for Transport and is now being scrutinised by the Treasury,...

Lots of empty spaces for football fans forecast at council’s new sports hub

By Peter Tremayne First the good news:  Truro City beat St Albans in a game of football yesterday (Saturday.)  Now the bad news: Only 166 people bothered to watch. ...

£3.20 to cross the River Tamar? Bridge and ferry tolls set to rise, despite 57% saying no

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar looks set to rise to £3.20 despite a 57% “vote” against any increase. Officials are recommending that they should...

Truro City football club splits from Cornish Pirates rugby club – and gets cosy with rugby league team instead

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football club, which plans to start next season at the yet-to-be-constructed Langarth sports stadium, has announced that it is now owned by the same...

Who knew what and when did they know it? The curious case of what the Health and Safety Executive told the Civil Aviation Authority about hazardous chemicals stored next to Branson’s rocket and why no-one told the minister

By Peter Tremayne As County Hall officials stumble towards long-overdue answers to their own auditors about safety at Newquay Airport and spaceport, some are slowly coming to realise that...

A tale of two ferries: why is Woolwich free, while Torpoint is £2.60?

By Peter Tremayne A full meeting of Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) be asked why it costs £2.60 to cross the River Tamar using the Torpoint ferries while a...

The final frontier is harder than it looks: Scotland’s spaceport ambitions suffer their first serious wobble, but this is unlikely to help Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Britain’s space race, which for years has been between Cornwall and Scotland, could be back on after what looks like a major setback for the Shetland...

If you can meet with triumph and disaster: work continues to build a 3,000-capacity new home for Truro City despite the absence of spectators

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” for a publicly-funded £11 million “sports hub” in Truro – to be built by Cornwall Council primarily as a new home ground for...

Going down? Truro’s footballers risk playing in a near-empty “stadium” next season unless results improve

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” for an £11 million sports hub at Langarth, to the west of Truro, is being buffeted by poor results on the football pitch....

I’m Newquay, fly me: can you spare £75 million to help a struggling airport?

By Peter Tremayne The search for a sweetheart partner for Newquay Airport looks set to continue for at least another six months, after Cornwall councillors endorsed their officials’ “strategic...

The government should pay for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries, say Lib Dems and Mebyon Kernow

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, and Mebyon Kernow, have called for tolls at the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries to be scrapped. Both political parties are calling on...

We’ll have answers to your Newquay Airport safety questions drekkly, says council

By Peter Tremayne The long-delayed response to safety concerns about Newquay Airport and spaceport is due to be published “imminently,” the chairman of a Cornwall Council scrutiny promised this...

Cornwall’s spaceport blasts off to Belfast

By Peter Tremayne Nobody seems to know why, but Newquay's spaceport is renting an exhibition stand in Belfast tomorrow (Tuesday.) Perhaps someone would like to buy a pair of...

New kid on the block: Newquay Airport Ltd registers at Companies House

By Peter Tremayne A new company – Newquay Airport Ltd - has been registered at Companies House. The man behind it is Captain Peter Elliott, whose bid to buy...

Truro sports hub planning application finally available for public comment

By Peter Tremayne Plans for a new “community” sports hub, to be built with taxpayers’ money but used mainly by the privately-owned Truro City football club, have finally been...

Definitely not ready for take off: the “urgent” sale of Newquay Airport is not going anywhere anytime soon

By Peter Tremayne Plans to privatise Newquay Airport are in danger of becoming bogged down over details and are unlikely to make much progress for at least a year,...

Branson’s other rocket company lays off workers and announces it will stop flights next year, in further blow to Newquay spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Any lingering hope that Cornwall Council’s favourite “space entrepreneur” might return to rescue Newquay’s redundant spaceport appear to have been dashed by Richard Branson’s announcement that...

It’s coming home! But how many will watch Truro’s struggling footballers, after Cornwall Council agrees to pay for their new pitch?

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers look set to benefit from a new £4.452 million pitch following a Cornwall Council cabinet decision this morning (Wednesday) – just as they went...

“Systemic safety issues” caused death at Derriford hospital when woman was blown over by helicopter downdraft

By Peter Tremayne Air accident investigators have suggested safety improvements after a woman died at Derriford hospital when she was blown over by the downdraft from a helicopter. Jean...

Rail upgrade closes the mainline through Cornwall until 12th November

By Peter Tremayne Network Rail is today (Tuesday) starting work on signalling improvement which will close the mainline through Cornwall for nearly two weeks. Buses will replace trains on...

When is a referendum not a referendum? If you want to have your say about River Tamar tolls, you’re too late

By Peter Tremayne A public consultation exercise to test the mood about how the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries should be paid for ended yesterday (Sunday) with the results...

Hold very tight please! New bus routes might take you by surprise

By Peter Tremayne Scores of bus routes across Cornwall are changing again, with County Hall expressing the hope that “most” changes will improve reliability. Most of the routes are...

Going nowhere: Cornwall’s KernowSat project still has more questions than answers

By Peter Tremayne Two and a half years after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson closed the St Ives G7 summit with the promise of launching Cornwall’s own satellite into...

Would-be airport owner is “unreasonably persistent” says council

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council officials have succeeded in labelling a man who wants to buy Newquay Airport as “unreasonably persistent” and banned him from contacting them directly for...

What future for the double yellow lines around Cornwall’s spaceport, given that there are no rockets to launch?

By Peter Tremayne The double yellow lines which were hastily painted onto the road around Newquay Airport last year, to create a “blast exclusion zone” for Richard Branson’s rocket,...

End of an era: Tim Jeans quits Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne One of the most familiar faces at Newquay Airport has resigned as a director. Tim Jeans, who has been on the board since 2014 and was...

“It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary” – the curious case of the “unreasonable” whistleblower and his secret trial

By Peter Tremayne The stage is set for an “extraordinary” meeting at County Hall on Wednesday when councillors sit in judgement on someone who Cornwall Council officials complain is...

Who needs planning permission? Work continues on Truro’s proposed “community sports hub”

By Peter Tremayne Footballers in Truro can now see what the proposed community sports hub looks like, as Cormac continues to excavate and level the site.  There is still...

We really are doing stuff, honest, say Cornwall’s spaceport team

By Peter Tremayne The man in charge of “public engagement” for Cornwall’s spaceport has insisted that the £20 million base has a future, despite its complete lack of rockets....

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: how Cornwall’s Tories got from the right side of history on Cormac-gate to now appearing careless about safety

By Peter Tremayne The reluctance of Cornwall’s ruling Conservative group at County Hall to produce a report on safety concerns at Newquay airport and spaceport is in stark contrast...

Truro’s footballers fear it really could be “jumpers for goalposts” next year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council and its wholly-owned house-building company, Treveth, are scrambling to provide a pitch for Truro City’s footballers in time for the start of next season....

We don’t have any rockets, but can we interest you in a pair of socks? Cornwall’s spaceport finally has something to sell

By Peter Tremayne “You’ve been asking,” says Cornwall’s spaceport, before providing the answer: “We are excited to introduce our new online merchandise store with our exclusive range of clothing...

No inquiry (yet) into safety at Cornwall’s airport and spaceport – three months after auditors called for report

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has refused to submit to a judge-led inquiry into safety concerns at Newquay airport and spaceport. Redruth’s Labour councillor Steve Barnes tried to raise...

Newquay’s Royal British Legion club heads for showdown meeting

By Peter Tremayne The future of the Royal British Legion club at Newquay looks set to be decided at a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) after the Financial Conduct Authority rejected...

Branson’s under-insured rocket launch “could have bankrupted Cornwall Council”

By Peter Tremayne There was no specific insurance in place to cover the huge crowd of people who gathered at Newquay Airport in January to watch Richard Branson’s jumbo...

Spaceport poses “ongoing funding risk” to council’s budget plans

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors have been warned of a risk to their budget plans because of the Newquay spaceport. Officials are concerned that some of the money received...

EXCLUSIVE: Centuries-old Cornish tin mine poised to help unlock the secrets of the universe

By Peter Tremayne The quest for nuclear fusion – a way of harnessing the energy that makes stars – is to be boosted by a former tin mine in...

Cornish Pirates excluded from Truro’s new sports ground

By Peter Tremayne Plans for a “community sports hub” where Truro’s footballers might play next season are due to come before Cornwall Council’s cabinet next month. For the first...

A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles? Why East and West Cornwall might hold contradictory opinions about crossing the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne A three-week “public consultation” about how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar is underway, with council chiefs in Cornwall and Plymouth watching nervously...

Speed cameras cut down at notorious accident blackspot

By Peter Tremayne Vandals have cut down speed cameras installed recently on one of Cornwall’s most dangerous roads. The average speed cameras, on the A39 at Perranarworthal, between Truro...

Newquay’s Royal British Legion club members called to winding up meeting

By Peter Tremayne Members of the Royal British Legion club at Newquay have been called to a special general meeting on Wednesday 18th October to consider winding up the...

County Hall waited until Branson’s attempt to launch a rocket was finished before calling for “hazardous substances” planning application at Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne The Health and Safety Executive told Cornwall Council it needed a “hazardous substances” consent for its Newquay Airport business park in October last year – eight...

Another day, another space exhibition

By Peter Tremayne The boss of a Cornwall space company has gone to Baku, Azerbaijan, to seek funding for his idea to fly passengers from Newquay to the Moon....

Callington shop breached fire safety rules

By Peter Tremayne A Chinese takeaway shop with associated staff accommodation has been ordered to pay £37,000 in fines and court costs following fire safety breaches. In January 2023,...