Author: Peter Tremayne

Newquay Spaceport: We still don’t know what went wrong, says Branson, but no-one was hurt and the rocket crash did not cause “significant” environmental damage

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has said it is still not clear what caused his rocket to crash on Monday evening, posing new questions about plans for a Newquay...

Newquay Spaceport still needs a customer: gravity wins again as Branson’s rocket crashes into the ocean, and Virgin Orbit goes back to the drawing board

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council plans to spend £12 million building a Newquay Spaceport for Richard Branson have suffered a major blow, after the tycoon’s first serious attempt at...

Two die in coastal incidents as thousands flock to Cornwall’s beaches

By Peter Tremayne Two people have died in separate drowning incidents on the North Cornwall coast today (Monday.) Police say there have been several other incidents around Cornwall, as...

Newquay Airport to seek another £1 million-a-year subsidy to recover from Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport is to ask Cornwall Council for an increased annual subsidy when it reopens for business in July.  The extra cash is likely to be...

Newquay Spaceport: I’ll try again to launch my rocket at 6pm this evening, says Branson

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson says he is ready to try again this evening (6pm) to fire his LauncherOne rocket for the first time – as Cornwall Council can...

Newquay Spaceport: Branson fails to launch his Virgin Orbit rocket but might try again tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has failed to launch his rocket and cancelled plans to take off as planned today (Sunday.)  Blaming a faulty sensor, the Virgin Orbit crew...

Car parking charges for most people in Cornwall are back from Monday 1st June

By Peter Tremayne Charges are to be re-introduced at Cornwall Council car parks on Monday 1st June, for everyone except health and care workers, and critical care volunteers. The...

Branson: it’s the final countdown (and this time he might really mean it) as tycoon plans rocket launch this weekend

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson says he hopes his LauncherOne rocket will reach orbit this weekend.  His Cosmic Girl Boeing 747 is due to take off from the Californian...

Nearly a third of Cornwall councillors hold their own meeting, in defiance of County Hall’s democracy shutdown

By Peter Tremayne The scheduled meeting of the full Cornwall Council did not happen yesterday (Tuesday) but more than a third of the council met anyway. The Conservative group,...

You can fly Newquay to Heathrow from 2nd July for £82

By Peter Tremayne Flights between Cornwall and London are due to resume on 2nd July, with British Airways offering a direct connection between Newquay and Heathrow airports.  A one-way...

Chocks away, as light aircraft flights resume at Cardinham

By Peter Tremayne Light aircraft will from today (Monday) be seen flying over Bodmin Moor, following new advice from the Department for Transport. Cardinham airfield is re-opening after nearly...

Covid-19 test centre opens in Bude today, another in Penzance tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne A new mobile Covid-19 Coronavirus test centre opens at Bude today (Sunday.)  Another is due to open at Penzance tomorrow.  Both sites are temporary and will...

Remember the Covid-19 lockdown? Cornwall Council has had 1,700 complaints, but served only three formal closure notices on holiday accommodation for alleged breaches of the rules

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has said that by yesterday (Friday) its officers had responded to nearly 1,700 complaints since the government introduced its emergency Coronavirus business closure regulations...

Devon and Cornwall Police issue 799 fines for Covid-19 non-essential travel breaches

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall Police have issued 799 fixed penalty notices to motorists for “non-essential” travel, according to provisional data published by the National Police Chiefs Council....

Tour of Britain cycle race postponed for 12 months because of Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne The Tour of Britain cycle race, which had been due to start in Penzance later this year, has been postponed for 12 months.  The event will...

Construction work resumes at Hayle harbour

By Peter Tremayne Construction has resumed at the £250 million Hayle harbour development, following its suspension because of the Covid-19 crisis. Developers Corinthian Homes have announced a “phased return”...

RyanAir aims to resume flights from Newquay on 4th July

By Peter Tremayne RyanAir has said it plans to resume flights from Newquay Airport on 4th July. The airline is advertising limited flights to Faro, Portugal, and Alicante, Spain....

Barnecutts the bakers is back on Thursday

By Peter Tremayne Barnecutts bakers, one of the most significant food businesses in North Cornwall, is re-opening its Bodmin shop on Thursday. Barnecutts closed all of its shops, for...

14-day Covid-19 quarantine plan “would put paid to” international flights to Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne The chairman of Newquay Airport has warned that the government’s proposal to introduce a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country will spell the end of...

Two charged with murder following the death of Falmouth’s Aaron Pill

By Peter Tremayne Police have charged two men with the murder of 25-year-old Aaron Pill, from Falmouth.  Mr Pill's body was found on Tuesday 5th May. Kane Coggin, aged...