Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

There is a tide in the affairs of Scillonians which is going to cost £8.1 million to keep at bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Council of the Isles of Scilly is preparing to dump tons of rock off Porthloo beach in a bid to protect St Mary’s island from...

Cornwall lost another 3.8% of its water last week, as reservoirs continue to empty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s reservoirs are now shrinking rapidly, according to the latest data published by South West Water. Colliford has fallen by 3.3% in a week and is...

Eight months after it was closed, work finally starts to repair Helland Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly eight months after Helland Bridge was closed by a lorry crash, contractors have finally started work on repairs. Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have had...

Truro’s viaduct car park finally bites the dust, but councillors still don’t know where the £170 million Pydar investment is coming from

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro’s viaduct car park, once thought to be so important to Cornwall’s Conservatives that they objected to plans for a £170 million redevelopment of the city’s...

Jamaica Inn sold to national hotel group for £8 million

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor, has been sold for approximately £8 million to a national hotel chain. The pub, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel...

Environment Agency says 45 of Cornwall’s rivers are now officially classed as “low levels”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Many of Cornwall’s rivers are now running at such low levels that wildlife is struggling in the parched environment. The Environment Agency now lists 45 of...

Beryl e-bikes coming to Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has awarded a £584,375 five-year contract to a London firm to run an electric bike share scheme. The deal, with the bike hire company...

£140,000 to stabilise Loggans Mill

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start to make safe the historic Loggans Mill building in Hayle, which caused alarm to Cornwall Council bosses in June when it...

Aida H Dee waves goodbye to Cornwall, promising to come back again with more stories for children

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The drag queen Aida H Dee has finished her tour of Cornwall’s libraries, reading stories to small children. A handful of protestors at Falmouth on Monday...

Repairs to Helland Bridge, closed since December, now due to start next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have been told repairs to their bridge over the River Camel are now due to start next week.  The bridge has...

BBC Radio Cornwall audience figures continue strong recovery

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall continues to enjoy a significant recovery in audience figures, according to the latest data published by the industry’s Radio Joint Audience Research (Rajar)...

Live on TV: BBC commentator and Olympic medalist Andy Jameson praises Wadebridge community for saving local swimming pool

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC sports commentator and former Olympic athlete Andy Jameson has praised the community at Wadebridge for rescuing their local sports and leisure centre. Mr Jameson used...

South West Water “constantly reviewing” position as Cornwall’s reservoirs continue to shrink

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The prospect of a hose-pipe ban is looming ever-closer as today’s (Wednesday’s) publication of Cornwall’s reservoir levels shows the South West is heading for a record-breaking...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: company gives details of last week’s shark attack

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which offers swimmers a chance to get close to sharks has issued a statement about an incident last week which resulted in a woman...

Bodmin’s women footballers evicted from Priory Park ground because the men now want to run two teams

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if any inspiration from the dramatic success of the England women’s football team on Sunday is going to take a while to reach...

Government data reveals shocking link between poverty in Cornwall and pursuit of higher education

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The chances of Cornwall’s poorest children progressing to higher education when they leave school are among the worst in the country, and getting worse, according to...

Cadgwith’s fishing community secures permanent protection of vital buildings

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The small community of Cadgwith, on The Lizard, has declared “victory” in its campaign to secure fishing buildings in the village and protecting them against redevelopment...

Cornwall’s rivers shrink as dry weather set to continue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 40 of Cornwall’s rivers are this morning (Wednesday) at officially “low” levels, with some flowing half a metre below their normal level. The lack of...

Farmers fear for harvest as Cornwall’s reservoirs continue to shrink

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Water companies and the Environment Agency will meet again tomorrow (Wednesday) to consider how and when they should respond to the prolonged dry weather, which in...

To see the world in a grain of sand: Cornwall’s beaches about to get £1 million a year to better understand their sea defence role

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s sandy beaches are finally about to benefit from a multi-million pound government project to protect and enhance dunes as part of vital sea defences for...