Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Launceston pudding factory confirms closure with the loss of 650 jobs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Launceston’s Kensey Foods has confirmed that its pudding factory will close in July, with the loss of 650 jobs. The company, owned by the Leicester-based Samworth...

Cornwall’s school children stage another “strike” in protest against global warming

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Around 300 young people gathered at County Hall, Truro, on Friday to call for more action on climate change. It was one of several demonstrations around...

Padstow library set to close

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Padstow Library is in doubt, as the “devolution” process which seeks to transfer responsibility from Cornwall Council to town and parish councils is...

Planners vote 9-3 to back “homes for locals” over Nancledra AONB

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 9-3 to approve a controversial proposal for nine homes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between St Ives and Penzance.   The...

How much for a room with a view? Nancledra planning battle which pitches “affordable” against “Outstanding Natural Beauty” approaches the final whistle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners meet today (Monday) to consider a controversial proposal for nine homes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between St Ives and Penzance. The...

New report reveals 34% increase in fatal and serious road traffic accidents in Cornwall over four years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There has been a dramatic increase in the number of serious road traffic accidents in Cornwall over the past four years. Figures prepared by Cornwall Council...

Global warming? It’s just not as interesting as Brexit, as Cornwall’s MPs give yesterday’s rare climate change debate a miss

By Rashleigh MacFarlane None of Cornwall’s six MPs contributed to the first House of Commons debate on climate change for two years yesterday (Thursday) during two and a half...

DfE names new governance of five Cornish academy schools abandoned by their former sponsor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Department for Education has named the new sponsors for five Cornish academy schools which had been left “homeless” after the Truro-based Adventure Learning Academy Trust...

Unite seeks talks with new owners of Davidstow cheese factory

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Unite is seeking an urgent meeting with Saputo, the Canadian diary giant, following Friday’s announcement that the company has tabled a takeover bid for Dairy Crest. ...

Police release South West Euro MP after anti-nukes arrest in Belgium

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has been released from custody, after breaking into a nuclear military base in Belgium. Molly Scott Cato was one...

Cornwall Wildlife Trust pioneering badger vaccination as an alternative to culling

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has partnered with a group of farmers to vaccinate badgers against TB. The move is designed to help reduce TB in cattle,...

Cruel December: Radio Cornwall back in the doldrums as audience figures surrender to gravity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall lost 15,000 listeners during the final three months of last year, according to figures published today (Thursday.) The station’s reach for the December...

European Union puts £1.8 million into new helicopter link to Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane With only 50 days to go before Britain leaves the European Union, Brussels has confirmed funding worth £1.8 million for the proposed Penzance Heliport. The European...

Cornwall’s Kennally Care proposals for NHS takeover head for Supreme Court showdown

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Health campaigners have asked the Supreme Court to review the proposed new National Health Service contracts which, if allowed to proceed, will create a “Kennally Care”...

St Ives Town Council bans fox hunt from annual Feast Day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Ives Town Council has bowed to public pressure and banned a local fox hunt from the annual Feast Day, due to be held on Monday...

Cornwall’s “micro” libraries under threat as County Hall embarks on another review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s network of “micro” libraries is to be reviewed, with a warning that “there may be some difficult decisions in areas where a vocal few are...

Creditors give South Crofty more time to find the cash it needs – but deadlines are looming

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company behind plans to re-open South Crofty tin mine has won more time to meet the demands of its creditors. Strongbow Exploration, which secured a...

Five Cornish schools abandoned by their Multi Academy Trust hope to have their new “sponsor” soon

The five Cornish schools which had been part of the Truro-based Adventure Learning Academy Trust should get a new “sponsor” early next year, the Department for Education has told...

Newquay watches and waits: will Branson actually reach space today – or is space just getting closer?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Richard Branson might be able to claim, later today (Thursday), that he has delivered on his promise to put a Virgin craft into space – although...

North Cornwall Minor Injury Unit to close overnight, starting tomorrow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Minor Injury Unit in North Cornwall is to close, overnight, with effect from tomorrow (Friday.) The decision has alarmed health campaigners who have spent most...