Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Follow the money: County Hall wonders how its £1.9 billion pension fund might help save the planet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are being urged to put their staff pension fund on a course to become “zero-carbon” by 2045. The £1.9 billion fund is managed externally...

Tickets on sale now for Okehampton-Exeter daily train service, resuming next month after a 49 year wait

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale today (Tuesday) for the first time in 49 years for regular daily train passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter.  Tickets are...

Hall for Cornwall prepares to reopen – after three-year £20 million redevelopment – but with no drum roll

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Hall for Cornwall is preparing to open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday) for the first time in more than three years. The redevelopment,...

That’s the way the money goes (part 2): how the chief executives and business managers who now run Cornwall’s schools found themselves in the super-tax pay bracket

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane About a dozen education “managers” in Cornwall are now earning salaries of more than £100,000 a year, following the conversion of local authority...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

That’s the way the money goes: how accountants and management consultants now pocket nearly £13 million a year which is supposed to be spent on education in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Schools in Cornwall are paying up to 10% of their income to Multi Academy Trusts which provide “back office” services, from Human Resources...

Cornwall on the shortlist for 2025 City of Culture

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has been shortlisted for the 2025 City of Culture competition.  Cornwall is now one of eight places in the UK through to the second round,...

Cornwall Reports shortlisted for national journalism award

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Reports has been shortlisted for a national journalism award. Launched in 2016, Cornwall Reports is one of six nominated to be the Independent Community Website...

Lee Trewhela quits Cornwall Live

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s best-known journalists is leaving his job at Cornwall Live.  Lee Trewhela, the website’s chief reporter, announced his departure on Twitter. In 2019 Mr...

Twenty is plenty, say councillors, looking to make lower speed limit the new normal in residential areas

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors have backed a proposal which could see many more towns and villages embrace a 20 mph speed limit in residential areas. A pilot scheme...

The end is nigh for Cornwall’s banger racing fans

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The end of an era is approaching for Cornwall’s stock car racing fans.  A lease agreement made by Cornwall Council officials, without the approval of any...

Remember, remember, 5th November – it might be the last time you see a firework, as Looe cancels New Year’s Eve display

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Looe has cancelled its 2022 New Year’s Eve fireworks display, blaming a combination of Brexit, Covid and an international shortage of fireworks. Fireworks suppliers have been...

Brexit food shortages mean we now need to dig for victory, says National Farmers Union

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 54,000 people have signed a letter to Defra Secretary and Camborne - Redruth MP George Eustice backing the National Farmers' Union calls for a...

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be: Cornwall’s latest local radio station aims to launch next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new local radio station is set to launch in Cornwall next week. Rewind Radio, specialising in music from the past 20-30 years, aims to go...

20 mph speed limit could become “the new normal” in Cornwall’s towns and villages

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Many more towns and villages in Cornwall could see 20 mph speed limits in residential areas, if councillors back a new County Hall plan. So far...

Watch your wallet: Cornwall’s City of Culture bid approaches its first hurdle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are being prepared for the possibility of a multi-million pound raid on their finances to support the 2025 City of Culture bid, if an...

Planners finally approve Truro’s £170 million Pydar redevelopment

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s controversial £170 million redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area has finally secured planning permission. The application, for 320 residential homes plus beds for 400 students,...

Why Looe is still at least five years away from a flood defence scheme, despite being underwater more often than anywhere else

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A crucial meeting next month could determine if plans for a £75 million flood defence scheme in Looe will start within the next few years. The...

Mad cow disease confirmed on Somerset farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scientists from the Animal and Plant Health Agency are trying to find out what caused a single case of Mad Cow Disease on a farm in...

Looming gas crisis could give Cornwall’s Local Energy Market a chance to shine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The energy crisis about to engulf Britain’s homes and businesses – with some industrialists already warning of a three-day-week – could provide an opportunity for Cornwall’s...