Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Community action in Cadgwith is helping the fishermen maintain a way of life

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust has raised £150,000 to buy outright one of the village’s historic buildings, in the hope of keeping it for community use...

The High Court tries to understand why Cornwall Council granted planning permission for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will have to wait to learn the outcome of a Judicial Review of the way it granted a single-vote majority approval of a highly...

How Cornwall Council voted 7-6 to approve large detached house in Rame Head AONB

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s controversial decision to approve a farmer’s planning application for a large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was made...

Cornwall’s planners are in court to defend their single-vote approval of a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is in the High Court this morning (Wednesday) to defend its one-vote-majority decision to grant planning permission for a large detached house in an...

County Hall abandons plans for cycle path through Falmouth beauty spot

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has abandoned plans for a cycle path through woodland at Budock Water, near Falmouth, after objections from walkers. The Friends of Tregnoniggie Woodland, a...

Truro closes public toilets after cleaner assaulted

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Public toilets in Truro have been closed after an assault on one of the cleaners. Truro City Council says all of its town centre toilets will...

Daffodils left to rot as Brexit keeps away the migrant workers needed to pick them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Daffodils are rotting in the ground because Brexit has stopped migrant workers from coming to pick them on Cornwall’s farms. The news echoes Brexit problems faced...

Officials say planning permission for St Mellion retirement village should be refused

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage has been set for a planning battle over proposals to build a 165-unit retirement village at the St Mellion Estate, between Callington and Saltash....

A new future for Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Mill?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another Cornish tourist attraction is for sale.  Cornwall Gold, near Redruth, is on the market for £2.5 million. The 18-acre site includes the Grade 2 listed...

The cat, the badger and the TB vaccination: it’s all a bit of a mystery

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scientists and farmers are trying to find out if a pet cat in Ireland which developed TB caught it from vaccinated badgers. Cornwall has been pioneering...

Fur flies over bid to open a rabbit farm at Mylor Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a rabbit farm near Falmouth have triggered a wave of social media protest. The farm would be on land near Tregunwith Wood, Mylor Bridge,...

“Mind Your Head” says farm safety group, launching this year’s mental health campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Farm Safety Foundation has today (Monday) launched a week-long campaign about mental health in agriculture. The Foundation – also known as the Yellow Wellies –...

Cornwall’s natural environment under greater pressure than ever, says new report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The pressures on Cornwall’s wildlife as a result of climate change, agriculture and development have been exposed in a new report showing a dramatic decline in...

Catch fish – and then let them go, to boost tourism, urge MPs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Ives MP Derek Thomas and Plymouth’s Luke Pollard are calling on the government to back a scheme which would convert some aspects of commercial fishing...

Under the hammer: St Austell town centre for sale by auction, at half the price offered in 2019

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The slow, painful death of Cornwall’s town centre retail sector has been thrown sharply into focus by the bargain-basement fire-sale of St Austell town centre, by...

Bodmin plugs in to electric bikes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Bodmin will soon be able to hire electric bikes.  Cornwall Council has given Co Cars £62,500 to launch its Co Bikes scheme with 18...

Tuesday night’s fire destroyed 25% of rare wildlife site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said that about a quarter of its nature reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb was destroyed by Tuesday night’s arson attack, which...

Major expansion plans at Launceston College

By Richard Whitehouse A secondary school has revealed new plans for an extension which will increase capacity and add new facilities. Launceston College has launched consultation on the plans...

Blow for Cornwall Council as planners vote 9 – 6 to reject £170 million redevelopment of Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have rejected controversial proposals to redevelop the Pydar area of Truro. Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee voted 9 - 6 to send the scheme...

TV shows contributing to Cornwall’s soaring property prices, say estate agents

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A rash of network television programmes extolling Cornwall’s natural beauty and lifestyles have led to an explosion in house-buying inquiries, according to Rightmove. The town of...