Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Flying the Flora Day flags in Helston – even though there will be no dancing in the street on Saturday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Helston Flora Day Association has been decorating the town with bunting – even though there will be no dancing in the streets on Saturday. The...

Surfers Against Sewage set a date, time and place for G7 Summit protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Surfers Against Sewage is organising a G7 protest about what it says is an “ocean emergency.” The organisation is urging supporters to “paddle out” on surfboards...

Cornwall’s reservoirs reflect the impact of dry April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane After one of the driest Aprils on record, reservoir levels in Cornwall are significantly lower than usual – raising the prospect of water shortages later in...

Falmouth School reports “effective action” after nearly losing funding two years ago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly two years after Falmouth School was warned its funding was at risk, the latest Ofsted report speaks of local leaders taking “effective action to provide...

MP demands urgent action over broken sewage pipe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called on South West Water to take “urgent action” over a burst sewer pipe at The Gannel estuary,...

Record rise in sheep worrying, as farmers blame Covid for increased dog ownership

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sheep farmers have reporting a record-breaking increase in cases of livestock worrying by dogs. A major survey by the National Sheep Association has seen a 460%...

Plan to demolish “brutal” former primary school and replace it with a new community centre put on hold, as Historic England considers listing request

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to demolish the old Treyew primary school in Truro might have to wait for a “listed building” assessment by Historic England. The school, which closed...

Planning inspector says “no” to out-of-town retail park at Camborne

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A government inspector has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a retail park at Camborne. Quora had wanted to build out-of-town shops...

Climate change: National Trust adopts a pragmatic retreat at Cotehele

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust is retreating from a field at Cotehele Quay, on the banks of the River Tamar, because of flooding made more frequent by climate...

County Hall confirms embargo on new building in part of North Cornwall: full details

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has today (Tuesday) confirmed – and given more details of – the embargo on new development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall....

Truro City Council scraps plan for “informal” meeting to consider £170 million Pydar proposals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro City Council has abandoned plans to hold an informal meeting to consider the £170 million redevelopment of the Pydar area. Councillors last night (Monday) voted...

Cornwall’s latest cycle path will need Compulsory Purchase Orders before it can be finished – more than a year late, and £6 million over budget

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Parts of the Saints Trail cycle path between Newquay and Perranporth will need compulsory purchase orders to secure the necessary land, Cornwall councillors have been told....

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Land owners and property developers in North Cornwall are bracing themselves for a possible embargo on new building, pending investigation of serious pollution in the River...

Pydar 2: deadline today for residents to respond to County Hall’s latest pre-application lobbying for £170 million vision of Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has hired lobbyists to lobby itself over determining its own planning application for the £170 million redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area. The lobbyists have...

Job-seeking claimants should be put to work in the fields, says government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Farmers are to be encouraged to hire people claiming benefits to help meet labour shortages caused by the post-Brexit absence of migrant workers. The Department of...

Government abandons its “Pick for Britain” scheme as local workers shun long, hard hours outdoors

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has scrapped its “Pick for Britain” scheme as many of Cornwall’s farmers struggle to recruit seasonal workers for harvesting crops. The scheme was launched...

Carbis Bay Hotel continues to draw criticism for unauthorised development, as thousands watch protest video

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A YouTube video about the Carbis Bay Hotel’s unauthorised development has been seen by several thousand people in only a few days, suggesting the issue still...

A fishy business – celebrity chef Rick Stein changes the advertising of his smoked salmon after complaint from wildlife campaigners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Celebrity chef Rick Stein has been forced to change the way he sells salmon from his Padstow-based online shop, after being contacted by Cornwall Council’s trading...

Planning row in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is now heading for the ballot box in South East Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial planning decision in South East Cornwall appears to have sparked an outbreak of democracy at a small parish council.  While many town and parish...

Feeding hungry children set to become part of the “new normal” for Cornwall Council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of children in Cornwall who need a free school meal increased by nearly 3,000 because of the economic impact of Covid-19, according to a...