Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Covid restrictions have led to 16% increase in household waste burned at St Dennis incinerator

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency has agreed to allow Cornwall’s incinerator a 16% increase in the amount of rubbish it burns this year, because Covid-19 has led to...

New initiative to reduce school exclusions in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of pupils being excluded from school. There is concern at County Hall over the sharp...

County Hall announces £15-a-week vouchers to provide free school meals over Christmas holiday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has published details of how it will ensure government funding reaches families in need of support in time for the Christmas holidays next month....

Callington Community College reopens, but older pupils told they must stay at home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Callington Community College has reopened to most year groups after Covid-19 reduced staffing levels earlier this week. Years 7-11 were allowed to return yesterday (Thursday) but...

Cornwall to embrace food voucher scheme for school holidays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 13,000 children in Cornwall who rely on free school meals are to be offered £15-per-week vouchers to help them through the Christmas holiday. The...

St Dennis incinerator roof won’t be fixed until the summer of 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It could be next summer before the St Dennis incinerator roof is repaired, according to a new report.  Experts have been asked to consider a fundamental...

Falmouth to host Tall Ships race in 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tall Ships festival has announced it plans to return to Falmouth next year, after original hosts Dunkirk pulled out. Up to 40 large sailing ships...

Penryn harbour slipway could be abandoned after repair plan makes zero progress over more than three years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The slipway at Penryn could soon be abandoned after a plan to refurbish it has made no progress at all over more than three years. Cornwall...

Approval of planning permission in Rame Head AONB to be challenged at Judicial Review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will be forced to defend in court its approval of planning permission for a large house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The...

Wanted: ideas for how to spend the Wave Hub’s £300,000 fishing fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The failure of Cornwall’s Wave Hub project has presented County Hall with a new problem – what to do with £300,000 earmarked for compensating local fishing...

Callington Community College forced to close as Covid-19 blows in from the east

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Covid-19 has forced the closure of Callington Community College, a large secondary school with more than 900 pupils, because there are not enough staff to operate...

Government’s U-Turn on free school meals will save Cornwall Council £400,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s U-turn on continuing free school meals during holidays will save Cornwall Council £400,000 this Christmas, according to council leader Julian German. Mr German told...

Another “leak” whodunnit at Cornwall Council, as confidential details of proposed Hayle land deals escape from County Hall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another leak inquiry is underway at Cornwall Council, as officials try to find out who released confidential information about land values at Hayle. The information was...

County Hall continues to threaten compulsory purchase of land at Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to push ahead with compulsory purchase powers to take over land at Hayle which it says is needed for homes and road improvements....

£12 million for primary school at Truro New Town

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to spend nearly £12 million to build a new primary school for Truro New Town, to the west of the city at Langarth....

Brexit meets Covid-19: Cornwall’s fishermen prepare for a perfect storm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fish prices in Cornwall are expected to collapse tomorrow (Thursday) as the tourism and hospitality sectors shut down because of Covid-19.  MPs are due to vote...

Pheasant to be classed as “nuisance” species as government forces shooting estates to seek licences

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners have won a surprise early victory over shooting parties which at this time of the year take to the Cornish countryside to kill pheasants.  There...

Legal challenge to pheasant shooting could change the face of the Cornish countryside

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The campaign group Wild Justice is preparing for a legal challenge which could halt the release of thousands of pheasants into the Cornish countryside. Although this...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall’s compulsory purchase threat alarms Hayle landowners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s ambition to impose its planning blueprint on the future of Hayle appears to have hit a major bump in the road, with several landowners...

Planners to consider major new recreational path between Perranporth and Newquay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a new cycling and recreational path between Newquay and Perranporth look set to get the go-ahead next week, despite some concerns about the impact...