Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Cornwall’s children’s services to stay in-house, as row over means-testing rumbles on

8th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new integrated children’s services directorate providing one “front door” for families to access education, health and social care services, has been supported...

CQC concern over Allied Healthcare impacts scores of Cornwall clients

6th Novevmber 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A private care agency which provides services to scores of elderly people in West Cornwall is facing an uncertain future, according to the...

Cornwall College braces itself for the next phase of its “Fresh Start”

5th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane While central government considers giving Truro and Penwith College £3 million to help it build a new rugby stadium at Threemilestone, ministers are...

Don’t Panic! County Hall suddenly realises that Brexit is only 149 days away, and the warning lights are flashing amber

31st October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has finally accepted that a “no deal” Brexit poses a potential risk to local food supplies and transport from 29th March...

Hundreds of Cornwall’s NHS patients forced to go private, as hip and knee operations are outsourced to Care UK

27th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundredss of National Health Service patients in Cornwall will next month find they are being forced to use a private care provider with...

Should Cornwall councillors get a 33% pay rise after 2021?

25th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane There could be a case for increasing Cornwall councillor allowances after the 2021 elections, rather than simply pocketing the cash...

Political change is still possible, says County Hall – but is unlikely before 2021 council elections

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has insisted that its removal of “political change” from its register of risks is no reflection on its commitment to democracy....

Now is not the time to scrap Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, say County Hall officials

16th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of planning applications determined by elected councillors in Cornwall is at an all-time low, according to an official report.  Yet officials...

Only 86 people watched Truro City’s “home” match on Saturday, as the saga of Cornwall’s leading football team is set to take a new twist

15th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-running soap opera that is Truro City football club is set to catch the eye again this week with the likely confirmation...

We’ll cover any financial shortfall, say stadium partners, as Truro City football club approaches crisis week

7th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two of the partners promoting the Stadium for Cornwall have claimed the project is still on track, despite the crisis engulfing Truro City...

Labour calls for inquiry into Cornwall-based Multi-Academy Trust

13th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party is calling for an “urgent and independent inquiry” into how multi-academy trusts are regulated, following Monday’s BBC Panorama investigation into...

Cornwall Council by-elections result in two additional committee seats for Tories

11th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives have gained an additional two committee seats on Cornwall Council, following their recent by-election victory in Newquay. New councillor Mark Formosa...

South West Water, which last year took £563 million off its customers, offers £20 million back in shares

3rd September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has suggested a “part-renationalisation” in which £20 million of the business would be returned to customer-ownership.  The company last year...

Delabole bus pass row comes to the boil

3rd September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The row over school transport between Delabole and Camelford will intensify over the next 24 hours as some children prepare to walk nearly...

Cornish language TV service raises its ambition

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane An online fundraising campaign to set up a Cornish language internet-based television service has been so successful that the organisers have raised their...

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to host Brexit conference

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s future outside of the European Union is to be the subject of a special Chamber of Commerce conference next month. The conference,...

Newquay gets ready for Cornwall Pride festival

22nd August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Preparations are well underway for a colourful parade through Newquay on Saturday (25th) to mark the annual Cornwall Pride festival. The parade is...

Tories win Newquay by-election as Lib Dem vote falls 30%

10th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives are today (Friday) celebrating a stunning Cornwall Council by-election victory in the Newquay Treviglas division, taking the seat from the Liberal...

Planners meet today to rule (again) on Penzance heliport

2nd August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners meet today (Thursday) to again rule on the resumption of helicopter flights from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly. A similar...

Tate St Ives shortlisted for Stirling Prize

1st August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tate St Ives art gallery has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize, arguably the most prestigious architectural...