Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Porthcurno parking chaos fuels calls for Cornwall Council to take action

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It happens every year but yesterday’s (Sunday’s) car parking chaos near Land’s End has provoked new calls for Cornwall Council to take action. Hundreds of tourists...

Padstow’s walrus “hit by boat” on his way to France

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Arctic walrus spotted off Padstow two weeks week ago has been injured in collision with a boat. The accident happened off the coast of western...

Recycling rates in Cornwall drop to their lowest in a decade

By Richard Whitehouse, Debora Aru and Rashleigh MacFarlane The amount of household waste being recycling in Cornwall dropped to its lowest rate for a decade last year, according to...

Inside Tregover: the council flats which are not available to people on the council’s housing waiting list

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to be more transparent about the way its new property company operates, after admitting it had paid a large bonus...

Cornwall’s footballers thrash Cascadia (which is 4,600 miles from Land’s End)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s footballers beat Cascadia 8-1 in a friendly international played in London yesterday (Saturday.) The match was played under the auspices of the Confederation of Independent...

Judge quashes Cornwall Council’s approval of large detached house in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A High Court judge has quashed Cornwall Council’s controversial approval of planning permission for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on...

I am the Walrus: Arctic mammal spotted off Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wildlife experts around the South West have been excited by photographs of a walrus seen swimming close to the Cornish coast off Padstow. At first thought...

Highways England tries to mitigate effects on wildlife of new A30 road between Carland Cross and Chiverton

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Highways England has announced details of how its new 8.7-mile A30 dual carriageway between Carland Cross and Chiverton roundabout, to the west of Truro, will help...

High Noon: tomorrow is the deadline for bids to buy St Pinnock’s 14th century church

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anyone hoping to buy a Grade 1 listed 14th century medieval church in a picturesque South East Cornwall village has until 12 noon tomorrow to make...

Cornwall Council takes first steps to remove travellers from Truro park-and-ride

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists hoping to reach Truro tomorrow (Tuesday) face another day without the large Tregurra parking site, next to the Waitrose supermarket on the eastern side of...

Is Cornwall Council really going to repair “serious safety-critical structural defects” with a Truro multi-storey car park, only to knock it down in a few months?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has been asked to explain how it came to commission a “routine” inspection of Truro’s Viaduct car park last week, which identified structural weaknesses...

G7 Summit: Cornwall’s “legacy” looking less likely to include a lithium battery factory

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall appears to be sliding down any list of possible locations for a lithium battery factory, despite encouraging prospecting results that the metal is abundant. The...

Going underground: Eden Project gets ready to drill 3 miles deep to tap the natural energy of Cornwall’s hot rocks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 450-tonne, 55-metre high drilling rig is due to be installed today (Monday) to progress the geothermal “hot rocks” scheme at the Eden Project, near St...

With their eight-feet wingspan and razor-sharp talons, the white-tailed sea eagles have sheep farmers looking at the sky

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sheep farmers in Cornwall are watching anxiously the results of an experiment in Norfolk which will see giant eagles released into the wild. Natural England has...

Birdwatchers report the return of osprey – the large “fish-eagle” – to Cornwall’s rivers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Birdwatchers in Cornwall have been excited to see an osprey, a large bird of prey which migrates between the UK and Africa. They are more often...

Truro’s Viaduct car park – at the heart of controversial £170 million redevelopment project – is closed suddenly on safety grounds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Truro car park which Cornwall Council had planned to demolish last month as part of a £170 million regeneration project has now been closed on...

Another local newspaper for Cornwall as Penzance finds its Voice

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another new local newspaper launches in Cornwall today (Wednesday) as part of the Voice group, owned by businessman and former Truro football club owner Pete Masters....

Royal Mail to use large drone to fly parcels to the Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Mail is to use a large drone to fly post to the Isles of Scilly.  A smaller drone will then fly parcels and other...

County Hall’s controversial approval of planning application in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means it’s all change on parish council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce – and very expensive – planning row in South East Cornwall appears to have led to a takeover of the local parish council. The...

Killer whale sightings confirmed between Newquay and Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two killer whales have been seen off the coast of Cornwall, between Newquay and Padstow. Scientists confirmed the sightings from photographic evidence, identifying the orcas as...