Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Government admits it is “disappointing” that would-be A-level pupils in St Austell cannot complete their studies locally

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has admitted it is going to be “disappointing” St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double about the provision of A-level courses at Cornwall College....

New byelaw demands that salmon caught in River Camel must be released

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anglers who catch salmon on the River Camel will now have to release the fish under a new byelaw. The new rule will upset some field...

Planning inspector says “no” to “60% affordable” housing scheme near Rock

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A government inspector has upheld Cornwall Council’s refusal of planning permission for a housing project near Rock at which more than half of the new houses...

Tour of Britain cycle race to start from Penzance on 6th September next year

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tour of Britain cycle race will start from Penzance on 6th September 2020. It will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the...

Cornwall appears to be planning a stay-at-home Brexit “celebration” without any street parties on 31st October

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Brexiteers have missed the boat for any “official” street parties to mark Britain’s exit from the European Union on the scheduled date...

Cornish badger study confirms the science – culling actually spreads TB in cattle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A study of badger culling in Cornwall has confirmed that shooting the animals worsens the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Scientists studied badger behaviour on 20 dairy...

Rock music festival gives councillors a headache as they sift through more than 130 written representations, ahead of Thursday’s decision

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage is set for a major licensing battle on Thursday when councillors decide whether or not to permit a rock festival at Rock, near Wadebridge....

Cornwall’s Citizens’ Advice helps write off £5.4 million debt

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Citizens Advice Cornwall has helped write-off £5.4 million worth of unmanageable debts for people in the county according to new statistics released by the charity today....

Cornwall for Europe flies the flag – with Brexit only 28 days away (possibly)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Protestors from the Cornwall For Europe campaign group waved EU and Cornish flags from a bridge over the A30 at Summercourt yesterday afternoon. The group plans...

City Council takes over Truro library

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro City Council has taken over the local library.  Responsibility for the facility transferred from County Hall yesterday (Tuesday.) The ownership of the Passmore Edwards library,...

How a hairline fracture in a turbine rotor blade led to the 10-month shutdown of St Dennis waste-to-energy plant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The controversial power generator which is part of the St Dennis waste incinerator complex was out of action for ten months before the turbine could be...

Failure to provide business waste documents costs Falmouth hotelier more than £2,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Failure to provide business waste documents has cost a Falmouth hotelier more than £2,000. Paul O'Sullivan, 46, of the Falmouth Town House Hotel on Grove Place,...

Government gives cash to rival UK spaceports, as it becomes clear that Branson’s first commercial satellite launch is not now due until after Cornwall Council votes on £12million contribution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has announced more cash for a Newquay spaceport – but has awarded even larger sums to rival operations in Scotland and Wales. The news...

Private schools in Cornwall to face “redistribution” of assets under a Labour government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Private schools in Cornwall are studying the detail of radical proposals approved by the Labour Party conference which would not only strip them of their charitable...

Truro to host climate change protest this morning

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro could see one of Cornwall’s largest climate change demonstrations so far this morning (Friday) when protestors march through the streets and rally on Lemon Quay....

Green Party confirms Parliamentary candidates for all six Cornish constituencies

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Green Party today (Thursday) confirmed its slate of Parliamentary candidates for all six constituencies in Cornwall. The announcement is significant because two years ago, the...

Cornwall’s household waste collection facing two months of uncertainty in quest for an “affordable” new contract

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Speculation is sweeping County Hall about the problems facing Cornwall Council’s plans for domestic waste collection, after the ruling cabinet went into secret session to discuss...

Cornwall bids to host 2021 UK Pride

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall is bidding to host the national UK Pride event in 2021.  Lancaster, Oxford and Weston-super-Mare are the other bidders. Voting will take place at the...

Truro half marathon draws crowds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A total of 530 runners took part in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) Truro Half Marathon, sponsored by Duchy Plant Hire.  Hundreds of spectators lined the route to cheer...

Farms minister George Eustice expands badger cull to most of Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Farms’ minister and Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice has extended the badger cull to most of Cornwall.  It had previously been limited to North Cornwall. ...