Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Journalist Lee Trewhela quits Cornwall Council after only two months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The journalist Lee Trewhela is returning to Cornwall Live, only two months after joining Cornwall Council as a press officer.  Mr Trewhela said he preferred being...

Bluefin tuna tagged to let scientists know where they are

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bluefin tuna have been tagged with state-of-the-art acoustic tracking tags for the first time in UK waters.  The fish are still classed as endangered, but are...

Cornwall’s St Piran’s crab is threatened by climate change, say scientists

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scientists have found that many coastal creatures found in Cornwall’s rock pools are threatened by climate change. The University of Exeter says the St Piran’s hermit...

Let’s flog it! Cornwall Council reveals list of assets it wants to sell, including libraries, centres for children, adults and families, and a long list of Corserv depots

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Much of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is to be “released” – with the hope that receipts will exceed £22 million. The buildings are to be...

The first of 76 unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The first of Cornwall’s allocation of unaccompanied child refugees has already arrived, County Hall has confirmed. There are no details of where the children are being...

Dobwalls nursery closed after damning Ofsted report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Dobwalls Nursery and Fun Club has closed after a damning Ofsted report called it unsafe. The nursery, housed within Dobwalls primary school, has more than...

The changing face of Cornwall’s countryside: landowners will be offered millions of pounds for “re-wilding” and helping the revival of threatened species

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Landowners in Cornwall are being encouraged to apply for participation in a new government scheme to “re-wild” Britain – backed with millions of pounds which had...

The not-so-lonely lives of the long-distance swimmers: Cornwall’s rescued seals thrive after rehabilitation and release, says major new scientific study

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A two-decade study of grey seals around Cornwall’s coast has found that the pursuit of “rescue, rehabilitation and release” has a significant and positive impact on...

The town where one property in seven is empty: could the St Just neighbourhood plan be rejected because of its failure to deal with second homes?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in St Just in the far west of Cornwall are preparing to vote on their local neighbourhood plan – amid concern that it does nothing...

Truro’s “quiet lanes” project needs sticks as well as carrots, survey finds, as some narrow rural roads see increases in traffic

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An experimental “quiet lanes” traffic reduction scheme to the west of Truro is not working, according to official data collected by Cornwall Council.  Although some of...

Where is the “imminent” seasonal workers scheme that might have saved Cornwall’s daffodil crop?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s paralysis over Covid, and potential leadership challenges to Boris Johnson, appear to have doomed Cornwall’s daffodil industry - desperate for workers needed to harvest...

Branson says his rocket is not coming to Cornwall until 2023 – and he is working for spooks, rather than the promised environmental concerns

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There is further uncertainty over whether Richard Branson will launch a satellite from Cornwall in June, after his Virgin Orbit company Tweeted news that it is...

Poultry keepers warned of danger from Britain’s worst-ever bird flu outbreak

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss has today (Tuesday) urged UK poultry keepers not to be complacent and to undertake the urgent biosecurity measures needed...

Truro New Town finally gets the go-ahead

  By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have this morning (Thursday) voted unanimously to support proposals for a 3,800-home Truro New Town. The Langarth Garden Village is to be built...

Covid kills Jethro – stand-up comedian dies aged 73

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The comedian Jethro has died after contracting Covid-19.  The 73-year-old, whose real name was Geoff Rowe, died yesterday (Tuesday.) A brief statement on his Facebook page...

Truro New Town finally makes it to the planning committee for crucial meeting next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Proposals for a 3,800-home “New Town” to the west of Truro look set to finally come before Cornwall’s planners next week. Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee...

Cornwall’s outdoor education service attracts interest from potential new management

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s outdoor education centres are likely to be rescued by new management, independent of County Hall, according to the cabinet portfolio holder responsible. The centres, which...

A simple idea with big potential: cleaning up the oceans one marina at a time

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth harbour has become one of the first to install a floating “seabin” to collect plastics and other debris. The device, pioneered in Australia a few...

Cornwall’s outdoor learning service faces the axe as County Hall continues to look for cuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s outdoor learning courses are the latest “non-statutory” service to be targeted as part of the current budget cuts.  County Hall is inviting people to suggest...

Placards primed and ready for Tuesday: councillors will be asked to consider their priorities as cheap flights collide with leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall is bracing for protestors who plan to lobby councillors as they arrive for a meeting on Tuesday (30th November, from 8.30am.) A leisure centres’...