Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Sea level is rising twice as fast as previously thought, say scientists

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal areas have been warned of a dramatic increase in the rate of sea-level rise, caused by global warming.  But average temperatures in Cornwall are not...

Tenants tell Citizens Advice of Cornwall’s poor social housing and repairs that are long overdue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Social housing tenants in Cornwall are waiting months for repairs they feel are damaging their health and causing stress and anxiety, according to a report by...

Government announces cash for flood defence schemes in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Looe are hoping to learn today (Thursday) more details of government plans to invest in significant new flood defence schemes for Cornwall. A government...

18″Bunkabins” arrive at County Hall, Truro, providing emergency shelter for the homeless

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has begun on a new emergency housing scheme at New County Hall in Truro. In June, Cornwall Council announced plans to end the use of hotels and other short-term accommodation...

Cars v Homes: Cornwall’s planners prepare to think again on bid to house student nurses in Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The ambition of Cornwall Council to realise policies on transport, climate change, and suitable homes for key workers and students is set to collide once more...

MP secures meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss Cornwall’s “Oven Ready Brexit” daffodil crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson is to meet Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory to discuss the crisis facing Cornwall’s daffodil growers, whose crops were left to rot in...

Environment Agency to investigate the “Bodmin Pong”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Environment Agency and South West Water officials are preparing to investigate the “Bodmin Pong” – a foul smell which seems to originate over the north eastern...

Covid forces closure of Newquay Tretherras school, meaning early start to the summer holidays for 1,600 pupils

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Newquay Tretherras school has closed early for the summer holidays because so many pupils and staff have tested positive for Covid.  Most schools in Cornwall are...

Truro starts its 12-month experiment with “healthy streets”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro’s “healthy streets” experiment is now underway, with new city centre restrictions on motorists. The 12-month trial started yesterday and is intended to “increase opportunities” for...

Hall For Cornwall prepares to install the seats which will make it South West’s largest theatre

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than three years after it closed, Truro’s Hall for Cornwall is preparing to install 1,354 seats so as to reopen for October’s world premiere of...

A30 roadworks between Carland Cross and Chiverton reveal archaeological treasures

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The construction of a new A30 road between Carland Cross and Chiverton has uncovered important archaeological finds, dating from the stone age to Cold War military...

We’re still aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030, promises Cornwall’s climate change chief

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for climate change has pledged that County Hall remains committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. A vote of the...

Villages near Truro asked to take part in experimental “quiet lanes” project to stop motorists using them as a rat run shortcuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A nine-mile section of mainly unclassified roads to the west of Truro is to become an experimental “Quiet Lanes” area next month, with many motorists banned....

Cornwall and the 2025 City of Culture: the bidders are coming under starter’s order

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The decision to enter Cornwall in the competition to become the 2025 City of Culture appears to have been taken by a handful of officials without...

New questions over the future of village pub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a local community to take over its village pub have been undermined by the owners’ decision to withdraw it from sale. The Prince of...

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is 2021 charity for Cornwall Council chairman

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council chairman Pauline Giles has nominated the Cornwall Wildlife Trust to be her chosen charity for 2021. Councillor Giles made the announcement at this morning's...

Kynance Cove “is full” says National Trust

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s best-known beauty spots was “full” by lunchtime yesterday (Monday) according to the National Trust, which owns and manages the site. Kynance Cove, on...

Penzance Dry Dock is saved from threat of closure

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Penzance Dry Dock, which had been due to close at the end of May, has been saved after it was bought by a local engineering firm....

Rame Head AONB planning application finally rejected by 5 votes to 4

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial proposals for a large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been refused permission by Cornwall Council. The east area planning...

Clean-up continues after lorry carrying bitumen and diesel crashes over Camel Estuary cliff near Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is continuing the clean-up after hundreds of gallons of bitumen and diesel spilled into the River Camel yesterday (Friday) when a lorry crashed...