Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Creditors give South Crofty more time to find the cash it needs – but deadlines are looming

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company behind plans to re-open South Crofty tin mine has won more time to meet the demands of its creditors. Strongbow Exploration, which secured a...

Five Cornish schools abandoned by their Multi Academy Trust hope to have their new “sponsor” soon

The five Cornish schools which had been part of the Truro-based Adventure Learning Academy Trust should get a new “sponsor” early next year, the Department for Education has told...

Newquay watches and waits: will Branson actually reach space today – or is space just getting closer?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Richard Branson might be able to claim, later today (Thursday), that he has delivered on his promise to put a Virgin craft into space – although...

North Cornwall Minor Injury Unit to close overnight, starting tomorrow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Minor Injury Unit in North Cornwall is to close, overnight, with effect from tomorrow (Friday.) The decision has alarmed health campaigners who have spent most...

Local Government Boundary Commission publishes its final version of Cornwall’s 2021 council electoral divisions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s publication follows three phases of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each council division across Cornwall. The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Cornwall should...

School transport policy which forces 11-year-olds to risk their lives must be reviewed, says Delabole councillor

28th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Council policy which says it is reasonable for 16 children in Delabole to walk nearly three miles to school along a...

Cornwall Council urged to make both second homes and holiday lets require a “change of use” planning consent

28th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Local communities in Cornwall should be able to insist on a “change of use” planning application to help control the growth of second...

Ambulance crews study the detail of new “alliance” covering the south of England

23rd November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main trade union representing Cornwall’s ambulance crews has expressed concern about possible “back office” job losses as a result of the new...

Flybe to offer Newquay-Heathrow route from April

22nd November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Flights from Newquay airport to London are to switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airport next year. The change will cut journey time to...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s Wave Hub has only months to find a new sweetheart

20th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Wave Hub appears to have only a few months to find a new revenue stream, with a deadline looming of March next...

Allied Healthcare seeks to offload its contracts in Cornwall, affecting scores of vulnerable people

19th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s health and council chiefs have moved to reassure vulnerable people that they will continue to be looked after following the announcement by...

We have no plans to means-test for household waste collections, says council, despite research linking household recycling to income

16th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has denied it has any plans to means-test for domestic door-to-door refuse collection.  As a waste authority, the council has a...

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...