Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Cornwall’s new “forest” will start to be planted this month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The first trees to become part of the proposed Forest for Cornwall will be planted later this month. The aim is to eventually cover more than...

Crowdfunding campaign to help Warrens bakers who are to lose their jobs in the week before Christmas

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A crowdfunding campaign to help staff at Warrens bakery, St Just, who are about to be made redundant, has so far raised several hundred pounds. Workers...

Vote before midnight to get Cornish names for newly-discovered heavenly bodies

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Voting ends at midnight tonight (Monday) in a competition to name a newly-discovered planet – which could become the first to be given a Cornish title....

Two weeks to go: YouGov points to a Blue Christmas in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s YouGov opinion poll – which claims to forecast the general election result in every constituency – suggests the Conservatives are on course to hold every...

Boris Johnson visits Goonhilly Earth Station

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson visited Goonhilly Earth Station, on The Lizard, today (Wednesday) – extolling the virtues of Cornwall’s “space” industry.  Cornwall Council yesterday voted £12 million to...

Doctors criticise Cornwall Council over privatisation of sexual health services

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Simmering tensions between clinical health experts and Cornwall Council have boiled over with five senior doctors refusing to work for a charity appointed by County Hall....

How to get from three Newquay spaceport jobs to 2,000 spaceport jobs (plus another 8,000, really) without actually launching a rocket

A year is a long time in space politics.  Above, the official forecast number of jobs in 2018, while beneath, the official report going to councillors on Tuesday.

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council confirms it spent more on building houses than it was able to get by selling them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has admitted that the cost of its centre-piece house-building programme has exceeded the value of building the properties at Bodmin and Tolvaddon. The ultimate...

Labour promises to tighten the law on fox hunting

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party has said it will close loopholes in the 2004 Hunting Act if it wins the general election, outlawing foxhunting and hare coursing. The...

Walking back to happiness, as new bridges restore access to Cornwall coastal path

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in...

Government approves 33% increase in the cost of crossing the Tamar into Plymouth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has approved a 33% increase in tolls for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry – the first increase for nine years. In the letter...

North Cornwall sheep farmer admits cruelty charges

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A prize-winning farmer has been fined and ordered to pay costs totally £6,184 for causing cruelty to his sheep. Samuel Rogers, 24, of Advent, near Camelford,...

New boss for troubled Falmouth School

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new chief executive is due to take command at Falmouth School next week, following a damning Ofsted report which accused former managers of “off-rolling” some...

Update on plans for the 700-year-old Cornish play which will cost taxpayers more than £125,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Dramatists who bid to stage a 700-year-old Cornish play should find out today (Monday) if they have been shortlisted for the further development of their ideas....

St Just finally wins its five-year campaign to save town’s library

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A five-year campaign to save St Just library has finally been won.  The local town council has completed its takeover of the service from Cornwall Council,...

Truro City Council told to stop its “aggressive” takeover of rural neighbour

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Parish councillors to the west of Truro appear to have won the opening skirmish in their who-does-what battle with Truro City Council. The governance review, which...

Pupils in Cornwall’s special schools face shake-up, as County Hall tries to slash £1.5 million from Alternative Education budget

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s main provider of special schools - serving pupils who for medical or behavioural reasons cannot attend their local mainstream school – has been told its...

End of the road for Edward Hain hospital’s “community care” project, as the estate agents get closer to selling the building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An “inspirational” project to provide care for elderly and vulnerable people, at the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, has been axed – bringing fresh uncertainty about...

Branson delays again – there will be no rocket launch before Cornwall councillors’ briefing on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if a special “spaceport” briefing for Cornwall councillors, scheduled for next Friday (1st November), will have to be held in the absence of...

Cornish seabirds mistaking elastic bands for worms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Mullion Island, a bird sanctuary off the Lizard peninsula, has been littered with thousands of elastic bands – which experts think have been regurgitated by gulls...