Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Jeremy Corbyn to visit Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is to visit Cornwall.  Party bosses are organising a huge public rally for 27th July. Several members of Labour’s front-bench team...

BBC Radio Cornwall sheds another 5,000 listeners in a year

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall’s audience figures continue to slide, dropping to 115,000 for the first quarter of the year, according to industry figures published today (Thursday.) The...

No rocking at Rock this year, as festival organisers admit defeat

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial rock concert due to be held at Rock will not go ahead after all. The Porthilly Spirit festival was refused a licence last week. ...

Gavin Williamson wows Cornwall’s Tories, saying Brexit talks with Labour are doomed

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial former Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was guest speaker at a joint event staged by North Cornwall and St Austell & Newquay Conservatives on Friday. Mr...

Residents called to “extraordinary” parish meeting to consider Charlestown harbour licence bid

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell Bay parish council is calling an extraordinary meeting this evening (Friday) to discuss plans to hold events in Charlestown Harbour. Charlestown...

Latest poll of Westminster voting intentions suggests radical changes to political colour map of Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Four of Cornwall’s MPs would lose their seats if a general election were held now, according to a new opinion poll of voting intentions for Westminster....

Cornwall’s GPs encouraged to refer youngsters with mental health issues to Newquay surf charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doctors in Cornwall are being encouraged to send youngsters with anxiety and self-esteem issues for surf-therapy, as a way of supporting conventional mental health treatments. The...

Lib Dems get their Euro show on the road, amid the curious case of the missing manifestos

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Liberal Democrats have published their manifesto for the European Parliament elections.  The South West regional launch took place this morning, and follows The Green Party...

Climate Emergency: Cornwall Council admits it has no idea how its spaceport could be carbon neutral

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall officials have confirmed they do not know how the proposed Newquay spaceport can avoid contributing hundreds of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, should...

House of Lords challenges government to realise the potential of rural economies

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy has called on the government to develop a Rural Strategy, to address rural challenges and realise...

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company to dispose of troubled Mali Rose cargo vessel after only three years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Isles of Scilly Steamship company is to get rid of its £2.5 million Mali Rose freight vessel, following a shake-up in the company’s top management...

Refit starts on Torpoint ferry as consultation gets underway on Tamar Bridge tolls

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tamar II, one of the three Torpoint ferries, has been taken out of service for its five yearly refit at the dry dock facilities at A&P...

County Hall’s housing headache, having built homes at a cost greater than they can be sold

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors have voted to progress their controversial plans to create a new arm’s-length company to build 1,000 houses, despite the misgivings of some councillors over...

Saltash library opening ceremony today

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in Saltash are invited to celebrate the official launch of their library today (Saturday.) The service is being transferred to Saltash Town Council as part...

Beef farmers needled by badger vaccination trials

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Beef farmers have expressed concern about the growing popularity of badger vaccination schemes, fearing they could undermine government support for culling. The National Beef Association (NBA)...

The real reason why Jeremy Corbyn could not talk to Theresa May about Brexit on Saturday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Dozens of Labour Party activists from Cornwall travelled to Plymouth on Saturday to help leader Jeremy Corbyn campaign in the local city council elections. Mr Corbyn...

Newlyn Fish Festival cancelled again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Newlyn Fish Festival has been scrapped again.  There will be no festival this year, just as there was none last year.  The decision has been...

St Austell link road plans make no mention of impact on climate change

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is poised to grant itself planning permission for a four-mile link road to St Austell – despite concerns over wildlife and increased carbon emissions....

New parking scheme for Cornwall’s carers comes into force today

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new car parking scheme comes into force today (Monday) for people who receive care in their home and the carers who deliver that care. The...

Pro-Brexit “go slow” lorry drivers warned about their “inconsiderate” behaviour

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Police have threatened to prosecute motorists who staged a pro-Brexit “go slow” on the A30 in Cornwall. Protestors blocked both lanes of the A30 near Bodmin...