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Chiefs and Indians: how many council workers do you need to shed to save £18 million?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is preparing to start formal consultation with trade unions over precisely how many jobs it will axe as part of an £18 million slashing...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council set to axe hundreds of jobs

By Graham Smith Cornwall council staff are facing another round of job losses as the Conservative-controlled authority struggles to balance its budget. An email from council leader, councillor Linda...

Technical problems force councillors to abandon scrutiny meeting before getting the chance to talk about leisure centres

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council scrutiny committee which leisure centre campaigners had been hoping would set up an inquiry has been abandoned due to technical difficulties. Members of...

Leisure centre protestors tell council: “we want an inquiry now, not an inquest later”

By Graham Smith About 40 protestors, campaigning to save Cornwall's leisure centres, lobbied councillors as they arrived for this morning's (Tuesday's) meeting of a key scrutiny committee. Many of...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

“It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – the customer is always right” – Leisure centre row escalates as County Hall prepares for big protest tomorrow

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners and the boss of Cornwall Council’s private management company have clashed on social media over the real reasons why four swimming pools are...

All four lanes across the Tamar Bridge are open for the first time in five months

The once-in-a-generation resurfacing of the Tamar Bridge was completed yesterday (Sunday.)  The £6 million project had been delayed by Brexit-related visa problems for the European specialist firm needed to...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Cornwall’s vulnerable families struggling to cope, says County Hall

By Richard Whitehouse Families in Cornwall who were “just about managing” before the Covid-19 pandemic are now unable to cope with the financial and emotional pressures they are under....

Carbis Bay Hotel asks government planning inspector to allow unauthorised “G7 Summit” development

By Richard Whitehouse The Carbis Bay Hotel has lodged an appeal against an enforcement notice which was served after they carried out building works without planning permission. After being...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Covid-19: One hospital death last week brings Cornwall’s total to 644

The data as presented by Cornwall Council last week - the number of cases has increased since then.  Cornwall’s latest Covid infection rate is 466.7 cases per 100,000 population,...

Covid-19: the gap widens, as Cornwall now 43% more infectious than Devon

Cornwall now has 452.6 Covid cases per 100,000 population, compared with 315.8 in Devon.  England's average is 332.6.  Cornwall is now 43% more infectious than Devon.  Health chiefs cannot...