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Councillors prepare for hand-to-hand combat as detailed maps of new boundary proposals prepare to go online

5th October 2017By Graham SmithThe battle over where lines should be drawn to define Cornwall Council ward boundaries will be fought street-by-street, as new interactive maps are due to...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council to take over health commissioning, following damning CQC report

5th October 2017By Graham SmithToday’s damning report on the quality of NHS management in Cornwall seems likely to see the transfer of significant commissioning powers from local health chiefs...

Rugby club proposal heralds return of Wadebridge “New Town” scheme

4th October 2017By Peter TremayneRevised plans to build 600 homes on land between Egloshayle and Sladesbridge are close to being submitted to Cornwall Council, following news of a possible...

Royal Cornwall Hospital faces up to prospect of Special Measures, after CQC concerns over patient safety

4th October 2017By Graham SmithSpeculation is growing that the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro is about to be placed in “special measures” following another poor report by the watchdog,...

Today is the 20th anniversary of Dick Cole’s election as leader of Mebyon Kernow

4th October 2017By Graham SmithCornwall councillor Dick Cole today marks 20 years as leader of his political party, Mebyon Kernow (the next 20 will be easier.)The MK party conference...

Wadebridge housing project still on track, insists developer

2nd October 2017By Graham SmithThe property developer hoping to build 300 houses, a school, a pub and employment facilities on land to the north west of Wadebridge has insisted...

Letter from America: New Mexico’s warning to Cornwall, as council and business leaders step out into the spaceport desert

1st October 2017By Graham SmithA six-strong delegation of Cornwall councillors and business leaders are due to arrive in the New Mexico desert tomorrow (Monday) to visit the Spaceport America,...

And this is where the lifeboats are – but there are only 87 seats for 123 councillors, as the scramble for places gets underway

29th September 2017By Graham SmithThe maps reproduced in this article illustrate the first draft of how officials suggest re-drawing Cornwall Council boundaries.  The 2021 local council elections will be...

Cornwall Reports joins Independent Community News Network

28th September 2017By Graham SmithCornwall Reports has become the latest local news website to join the Independent Community News Network (ICNN.)The organisation seeks to represent and promote local news...

Brexit minister visits Cornwall

28th September 2017By Graham SmithThe government minister for Exiting the European Union, Steve Baker, has been visiting Cornwall.Mr Baker was welcomed to Newquay airport and Aerohub by local MP...

Women’s Equality Party launches in Cornwall

28th September 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe Women’s Equality Party has launched a branch in Cornwall.The party was founded nationally in 2015 by the TV and radio presenter Sandi  Toksvig and...

Councillors’ dismay at Boundary Commission ruling

26th September 2017By Graham SmithCornwall councillors have reacted with predictable dismay to news that the Local Government Boundary Commission is to abolish 36 of them at the next elections...

Boundary Commission confirms only 87 are needed to run Cornwall – now councillors start their scramble for survival

26th September 2017By Graham SmithNearly a third of Cornwall councillors are to be swept away, as the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England today (Tuesday) rules that only...

Councillors face the final countdown as Boundary Commissioners prepare to cut Cornwall down to size

25th September 2017By Graham SmithCornwall councillors face a nail-biting few hours before learning the final decision of the Local Government Boundary Commission about how many of them are to...

North Cornwall man takes DWP to court over loss of benefit which has made him a prisoner in his own home

25th September 2017By Graham SmithA North Cornwall man is challenging the Department of Work & Pensions over the loss of benefits which have made him a virtual prisoner in...

Major Wadebridge housing scheme hits a bump in the road, as officials say “back to the drawing board”

25th September 2017By Graham SmithPlans to build 300 houses, a school, pub and other facilities on land to the north west of Wadebridge have suffered a serious setback, with...

Man dies in the sea at Land’s End

24th September 2017Coastguards and a lifeboat crew have recovered the body of a man in his 40s from the sea off Land’s End.Police say the man’s death is not...

No formal tactical voting deals in Cornwall at next election, as Green Party prepares to select candidates

24th September 2017By Peter TremayneThe prospects of any “anti-Tory” tactical voting arrangements in Cornwall at the next general election have receded, following a decision by the Green Party to...

Cornwall to be offered as guinea pig for “ambitious and radical” health shake-up involving a Commissioner and an “Accountable Care System”

20th September 2017By Graham SmithSome of the radical ideas for restructuring health and social care in Cornwall, first revealed by Cornwall Reports, are about to be made public –...

Council officials ask for authority to spend up to £2 million without prior cabinet approval

18th September 2017By Graham SmithCornwall Council officials are trying to persuade elected members to grant them significantly greater powers to do land deals - without prior cabinet scrutiny.Senior officials...