Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Hundreds in Truro to say farewell to Gaza hero “Hendo”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds of people are attending the funeral of Falmouth aid worker Jim Henderson, who was killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza in April. About...

We’re for sale, come and make us an offer, Cornwall Council tells punters in Leeds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s “sales brochure” now being handed to unsuspecting passers-by at a huge property developers’ conference in Leeds reveals more details about several “investment” opportunities. Punters wandering...

Huge increase in the number of children in Cornwall referred to gender-identification clinics

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Data collected and analysed by parents’ groups in the South West suggests that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly refer significantly more children to gender-identification clinics...

Rival camps sharpen their knives over Cornwall Council’s trans-gender advice for schoolchildren

 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The row over what teachers should say to schoolchildren who question their own gender has intensified with the publication of new government advice. In future, children...

Zero listeners by 2032? BBC Radio Cornwall’s remarkable vanishing audience

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall has lost another 19,000 listeners in a year, according to industry data published today (Thursday.) The latest Rajar figures give the publicly-funded local...

Let’s talk, says council leader – and people in Bodmin are certainly ready to say what they think

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor might face some hostile questions tomorrow (Thursday) when she visits Bodmin as part of her latest tour. A campaign group with...

Councillors to debate Cornwall’s approach to transgender issues in schools

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are to go ahead with an inquiry into the way gender-identity is “taught” in local schools, despite new guidance expected imminently from the Department...

Cornwall’s teachers to be told County Hall’s “Trans Inclusion Toolkit” is based on a contested belief

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s teachers are preparing to find themselves in the middle of a new “culture war” over transgender ideology, as the government confirms that its official existing...

Christmas is cancelled in Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Padstow’s Christmas Festival has been cancelled.  Organisers say that after 17 years, the event has become “unviable” and they cannot carry on. Local traders who have...

Going underground? Heat and power pipes for Truro New Town “on hold”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor is under pressure to make an “individual decision” about a multi-million pound energy project intended to power the proposed Truro New...

Hold on to your hat: the Atlantic ocean hurricane season starts in three weeks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A record-breaking 421 consecutive days of sea surface temperature rise in the North Atlantic have ended, according to scientists. Data collected by the US National Oceanic...

Focus on food security, farmers to tell Sunak

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to host a meeting at Downing Street tomorrow (Tuesday) for farmers to discuss food production and security. The Farm to...

Heartlands: could you “balance the commercial opportunities while maintaining Cornwall’s heritage?” asks council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is advertising for someone to take over its £35 million 21-acre Heartlands site at Pool, Redruth. Once part of the South Crofty tin mine,...

New Isles of Scilly ferry is on the way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The prospect of a serious threat to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company's 100-year monopoly on ferry services to Cornwall has come a step closer. The...

What lies beneath? The dangers of Cornwall’s centuries-old mine workings

By Rashleigh MacFarlane MPs have started investigating the potential health impacts of old mine workings.  Their findings will be of interest to many people in Cornwall. The inquiry is...

Are we nearly there yet? A30 roadworks at Chiverton Cross still have about a month to go (maybe)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £330 million upgrade to the A30 to the west of Truro, designed to speed the flow of tourists into West Cornwall, still has weeks of...

Planners say “no” to the National Trust, rejecting proposals for a 250-space car park at Trelissick Gardens

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have rejected proposals for a huge new car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens Country House at Feock, near Truro. Councillors voted 9-1 for...

Bluetongue disease threat to sheep as new virus set to sweep northern Europe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s sheep farmers are bracing themselves for a new strain of the bluetongue virus which looks spread across the UK. The government says there is a...

South West Water pushing ahead with plans for desalination plant at Par, despite full reservoirs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has made its first approach to Cornwall Council for planning permission to build a desalination plant at Par. SWW has submitted an outline...

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us: Scillonian ferry scares gig rowers in “near miss” incident

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An investigation is underway to find out what led to a “near miss” incident involving the Scillonian ferry and competitors in the World Gig Racing Championships...

Serious accident closes A30 in North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists have been urged to avoid the A30 in North Cornwall this morning (Friday) because of a serious accident on Bodmin Moor. The road is closed...

A flop on the ocean waves: Newquay’s surf “not good enough” for national champs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane This weekend’s national surfing championship, due to take place at Newquay’s Watergate Bay, has been postponed because of the conditions. Surfing England said the English National...

The flogging will continue until morale improves: County Hall returns with another bid to slash nearly £1 million from school buses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council officials, still smarting from a political outmanoeuvring in December, have prepared a new package of £898,000 cuts to the school transport budget within the...

Cornwall Council’s planners again thwart Cornwall Council’s developers, at least for a month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A hugely controversial plan to build 36 homes, with a number of shops, in the Coinagehall Street area of Penzance has been deferred on the casting...

Tear it down, planners tell Carbis Bay Hotel owner (and their own officials) as bid to retain some of the illegal G7 development are thrown out

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have this morning (Monday) voted 11-0, with no abstentions, to refuse permission for the Carbis Bay Hotel to retain works started without permission in...

Councillors accuse planning officials of “not trying” at solar farm appeal

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another storm is brewing within Cornwall Council over what councillors and members of the public describe as a “lacklustre” defence of a planning decision which went...

Planners recommend approval of Trelissick Gardens car park in classic “sustainable” tourism row

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning officials are recommending approval of a new 250-space car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens estate at Feock, near Truro. The recommendation is contrary...

Motorists get that sinking feeling as A39 closes between St Columb and Indian Queens

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main A39 eastbound from Halloon to Highgate - St Columb Road to Indian Queens – has been closed due to a depression in the carriageway. ...

A new look for County Hall as solar panels cover the car park

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start on the installation of 543 solar panels that will cover the County Hall visitors’ car park, Truro. The panels will dramatically...

Isles of Scilly ferry wars: battle delayed by at least month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The new ferry due to start a rival Penzance-Isles of Scilly service next month has been delayed because of the war in the Middle East. The...

Cury primary school set to reopen for children with special needs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall is set to get its first specialist primary school for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) problems. It is to be at the...

Farewell, Pirate FM – hello Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s most-listened-to local radio station, Pirate FM, has changed its name to become two new brands - Hits Radio Cornwall and Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall. The...

A bridge not quite far enough

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians, over the A30 at Chiverton Cross, has opened – but it could still be months before the “active travel”...

They’re only making plans for Rigel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage is set for what could be a pivotal moment in the development of solar farms in Cornwall tomorrow (Tuesday) as councillors prepare to debate...

More rocks collapse at Whipsiderry cliffs, Newquay, posing questions over proposed property development

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There has been another cliff fall at Whipsiderry, Newquay, where property developers want to build second homes. More rocks crumbled and fell to the beach on...

You don’t want to walk to school? The flogging will continue until morale improves

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has hired consultants from Cheshire to help it cut its school transport budget. Edge Public Solutions has been commissioned to identify “actions the council...

Kipper me capstans! New Isles of Scilly ferry service has only a few weeks to recruit its crew

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company planning to challenge the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s monopoly on ferry services to Penzance is scrambling to find enough crew before launching its...

Gunnislake bridge closed – Devon cut off

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A bridge linking Cornwall with Devon has closed for emergency repairs.  The Gunnislake Newbridge, built in 1520, will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) while engineers from Devon...

Polling underway to name Cornwall’s fleet of gritting lorries

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Voters have until midnight tomorrow (Thursday) to name Cornwall’s gritting lorries. An invitation to suggest names produced 2,266 entries.  County Hall officials have shortlisted 50, or...

Fields of gold? Cornwall needs to take stock of its changing landscape to ensure there is room for food production between the solar farms, say councillors

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The value of Cornwall’s agricultural land should be assessed to better inform planning decisions about large solar farms, according to an influential group of Conservative councillors,...

Newquay’s Hotel Bristol: money talks, as town council abandons threat of Judicial Review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The demolition of Newquay’s Narrowcliff Hotel Bristol and its replacement with nearly 200 apartments looks set to go ahead after the town council decided to withdraw...

Taking the temperature: why the day after tomorrow will probably be wetter, warmer and windier

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Global temperatures rose for the tenth consecutive month during March, according to scientists. The effect was particularly noticeable when measured at North Atlantic sea surface temperature...

When the wind blows

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal communities are waking up to a battered and soggy Cornwall after high tides and strong winds brought flooding to many areas. The sea wall at...

Another pub closes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Prince of Wales pub in Falmouth closed for the last time yesterday (Saturday.) The landlords, who have run the pub for 17 years, said they...

Silent witness: why archaeologists now believe human bones found near Padstow are those of a sailor shipwrecked in the 18th century

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Male, aged 25-40, buried in a shroud at the top of a cliff at Trevone, near Padstow.  Well developed shoulders.  At some point had repeatedly used...

Starting today – a new way to read Cornwall Reports

By Rashleigh MacFarlane From 11am this morning (Friday) Cornwall Reports is introducing a new “day pass” for only 40 pence. Readers will gain 24 hours’ access to all parts...

Did we mention this is an election year? Lostwithiel to get “temporary” footbridge over its railway line for the first time since 1960s

By Rashleigh MacFarlane After years of lobbying by local councillors, Network Rail has finally confirmed that passengers and residents at Lostwithiel will soon be able to cross the track...

Bodmin nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin cocktail bar has upset some of its neighbours by seeking to stay open until 1am. The MK Lounge Bar, in Omaha Road, is currently...

Water Research Centre clears the way for “carbon-sink” chemical tests in St Ives Bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to pump chemicals into St Ives Bay as a means of tackling climate change have been assessed as “low risk” by the Water Research Centre,...

The battle of Bodmin now looks even more interesting, as Cornwall’s planners are told a proposed 540-home estate is at risk of being underwater

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans by Wainhomes to build a housing estate at Halgavor Moor have run into strong objections from the Environment Agency. The moor, rich in wildlife to...

We told you this would happen: the warmer Atlantic ocean means a wetter Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The drought of 2022 seems a lifetime ago.  Did Cornwall really have a hosepipe ban which lasted more than a year? The prolonged hot spell, which...

Cornish language speakers urged to attend County Hall weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornish language enthusiasts are being encouraged to attend County Hall, Truro, next month for their annual festival.  It runs from 12th-14th April. The Pennseythen Gernewek 24...

Registration of common land at Porthtowan is good news for ramblers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Open Spaces Society has welcomed Cornwall Council’s decision to grant two applications to register common land on the north coast. The land, which is owned...

Small is beautiful: helping lichens, liverworts and pygmy rush thrive on the Lizard

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Natural England, the National Trust and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have launched a new project to help conserve the rare landscape of the Lizard. The 5,700-acre...

Bude’s storm tower reopens after years of fundraising to move it inland

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bude’s 188-year-old storm tower is due to reopen this afternoon (Tuesday) after being moved inland to protect against coastal erosion. The Grade II-listed Compass Point tower,...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

South West Water dampens expectations on environmental standards

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has told shareholders it does not expect to reach “Four Star” status for environmental performance for at least another year. The company blames...

Could an October election help the Tories hold on in Truro and Falmouth?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Younger voters in the marginal Truro and Falmouth constituency could be left without a voice in this year’s general election if Rishi Sunak decides to hold...

St Just fundraising to save former “miners’ cathedral”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The community in St Just is rallying to save one of the most important public buildings in west Cornwall. The St Just Wesleyan Methodist Church, known...

A30 Carland-Chiverton faces more disruption this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists are being urged to avoid the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross this weekend because of major roadworks. A new road layout will come...

Planners say “no” to holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf club

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have again thrown out proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into a holiday camp. Eden Project founder Tim Smit and his son Alex had applied...

Packed County Hall meeting to determine the future of Lostwithiel’s golf course

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A packed public gallery at County Hall is this morning (Thursday) watching as planners consider proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into what residents fear will...

Camborne’s Dolcoath council offices are to become a private residential care home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The site of the council offices at Dolcoath Avenue in Camborne is in line to become a private 66-bed care home for the elderly following a...

Cornwall’s Tories set their face against a tourist tax, deciding instead to tax local residents to help tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s taxpayers will have to fund a “more active leadership role” for the tourist industry, following a County Hall decision today (Wednesday.) In a move which...

Isles of Scilly ferry wars: tickets now on sale for new service

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale for a new ferry service to the Isles of Scilly. The Atlantic Wolff will sail from Penzance at 12.30 on Wednesday...

Can Truro’s Pydar project finally find first gear?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-delayed proposals for how to fund Truro’s Pydar area regeneration should be unveiled next week. Cornwall Council officials have been promising since last September to...

Flog It! Camborne’s Dolcoath offices are to be sold to “Party C”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some councillors are about to find out who is going to buy their Dolcoath offices in Camborne. Officials say they have a “preferred bidder” but claim...

This morning’s high tides were higher than usual

High tides here today making 8.5 metres above chart datum!#springtides pic.twitter.com/xsnrgb0fFI — Padstow Harbour (@padstowharbour) March 12, 2024 High tide at Padstow this morning was 8.5 metres higher than...

Warming up: the debate over Cornwall’s approach to solar farms is becoming more polarised

By Lee Trewhela One of Cornwall’s leading businesses has filed a formal complaint about the conduct of “certain councillors” at parish meetings concerning plans for a 2,000-panel solar farm....

Slight fall in Cornwall’s demand for “temporary or emergency” accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of families in “temporary or emergency” accommodation in Cornwall has fallen slightly. The figure on 16th February was 809, compared with 822 the previous...

Lostwithiel’s “holiday camp” golf course planning battle heads towards the 19th hole

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial proposals to build holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planners. The proposal comes before an extraordinary meeting...

Councillors reject plans for Healey’s Cyder solar farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial solar farm in Cornwall has been refused planning permission on the casting vote of the committee chairman. Officials had recommended approval of a six-acre...

Carry on banging! Stock car racing at United Downs looks safe for at least the next ten years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Stock car racing at United Downs, a popular community sport since 1969, appears set to continue until at least 2034 after Cornwall Council completed a mind-boggling...

Ferries to the rescue as traffic accident closes A38

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Extra ferry crossings have been called into action today (Thursday) after a serious road traffic accident closed the A38, causing long delays to rush-hour traffic between...

Hot air: taxpayers to fork out £3.2 million so that Celtic Sea Power can keep talking about offshore windfarms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s still-not-built offshore windfarms are going to cost local taxpayers £3.2 million over the next four years without any evidence that they will ever generate a...

Cornwall’s new climate commission: one month to save the world

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anyone wishing to become one of the first “Climate Commissioners” for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has until 8th April to submit an application. There...

Questions continue over “inadequate” primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is continuing to face questions over a village primary school labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted last year. The 60-pupil St Germans primary school, near Saltash,...

Heamoor housing scheme approved despite local objections

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners this morning (Monday) voted 8-1, with one abstention, to approve 320 houses on the site of a former daffodil farm at Heamoor, Penzance. The application...

Is it that time of the year already? St Piran’s Day triumphs at County Hall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A scheduled meeting of a Cornwall Council scrutiny committee has been postponed because of St Piran’s Day tomorrow (Tuesday.) At least two members of the customers’...

Shiny happy people: planners to vote on solar farm application

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall planning officials are backing another controversial solar farm in Cornwall. Planning bosses are recommending approval of a six-acre site at the Healey’s Cyder farm,...

Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp is “beyond its useful life” says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp near St Day is in line for a £2 million facelift . An official County Hall reports says the...

Helston’s 8-year eyesore to become community hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The derelict former Budgens supermarket in Helston is to be transformed into a community “hub” at a cost of £2.6 million. The building has been closed...

How angry is it possible to be about seaweed? Quite angry, actually

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 200 people packed into the Percival Institute, St Minver, last night (Tuesday) for a public meeting called to discuss plans for a huge seaweed...

End of an era as Pirate FM changes its name – to, er, Radio Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s most-listened-to local radio station, Pirate FM, is changing its name to become two new brands - Hits Radio Cornwall and Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall. The...

Jethro’s statue is on its way to Trago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A life-size statue of Jethro is due to finally go on display in May.  It will occupy pride of place in the main car park at...

Slow train coming: 13 days of disruption on Cornwall’s railways

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Signalling work starting today (Tuesday) to Cornwall’s rail network will bring disruption to services for nearly two weeks. Network Rail is carrying out a multi-million pound...

County Hall set to defy local opinion and approve large housing estate at Heamoor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning officials are recommending approval of controversial proposals for 320 homes at Heamoor, Penzance. The vast majority of nearly 100 public comments submitted to Cornwall Council...

Another 325 houses for Wadebridge?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have been asked what they think about a proposal to build 325 houses on land behind the Aldi store in Wadebridge, next to the Dunveth...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: this week sees two chances to find out what they are really all about

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall’s seaweed wars move up a gear this week with two public meetings. The first is tomorrow (Tuesday) at the St Percival Institute, St Minver,...

Government warns of “imminent” flood risk at River Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Homeowners close to the River Hayle are watching anxiously as levels rise to the point where flooding becomes almost inevitable. The government has warned that “properties...

Mevagissey gets cash to help manage flooding, as nature intended

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is to fund a £280,000 scheme to help manage flooding in Mevagissey. The town is often at risk from high tides and it is...

A30 Chiverton: Are we nearly there yet? No. Stop asking.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The roadworks on the A30 at Chiverton Cross, to the west of Truro, will now continue until at least June, National Highways has said. The project...

EXCLUSIVE: that’s the way the money goes -Truro New Town needs an extra £90 million and construction hasn’t even started yet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Construction costs associated with the Truro New Town project have rocketed by nearly £90 million. Cornwall Council is today (Tuesday) expected to endorse an increase in...

Tourism 1, Science 0: Never mind climate change, just carry on camping

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 8-2 to allow camping on the beach at Kingsand, despite an official warning from the Environment Agency and contrary to the advice of...

Get ready with the popcorn, as Cornwall Council is asked to endorse the Plant Based Treaty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Less than a year after a frankly embarrassing County Hall debate about agriculture, Cornwall councillors will tomorrow (Tuesday) hear a public question designed to add some...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: the first shot was fired at the bottom of page 36

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Battle lines are being drawn over plans for seaweed farms off the North Cornwall coast. The Marine Management Organisation has received applications for large farms at...

Welcome to the oasis – and read all about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has more local news titles than any other part of Britain, according to a new study.  But most of those titles are concentrated in the...

Have you heard about the seaweed farm planned for Port Quin? Neither had most locals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Marine Management Organisation is considering proposals for a seaweed farm at Port Quin, on the North Cornwall coast. A similar proposal at Gerrans Bay was...

Planners grant approval for Truro community sports hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted unanimously to approve the proposed Truro community sports hub. This morning’s (Thursday’s) decision clears a major hurdle for a project which has...

Boardmasters: application for huge expansion of Newquay festival worries locals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A marathon session of Cornwall’s licensing committee is debating plans for a huge increase in the size of the Newquay Boardmasters’ festival. The meeting has been...