Bodmin local news

Can you help cast the first stone? Cornish hedge project seeks a drop of the hard stuff

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The team building a giant labyrinth on Bodmin Moor is appealing for donations of stone from different parts of Cornwall. The 56-metre diameter Kerdroya, under construction...

Tour of Britain: £156 to watch people riding their bikes

By Peter Tremayne People in Cornwall are being invited to pay £156, including VAT, to watch a group of sweaty cyclists pedal furiously at the start and finish of...

Don’t look now, but here comes the Property Advisory Group – hoping to organise the sale of the century

By Julia Penhaligon While the new political groups of Cornwall councillors sharpen their elbows and jostle for committee positions, County Hall’s full-time officials are busily pushing ahead with their...

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....

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...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Dismay as Bodmin’s swim club for eight-year-olds cannot start until 8pm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Competitive swimming could disappear in Cornwall unless publicly-owned leisure facilities are run in a way which meets the needs of local communities, according to one of...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

Revealed: County Hall’s timetable for selling off land and offices seeks a decision by July

By Julia Penhaligon Senior Cornwall Council officials are to meet in late April to progress their “estate transformation” ambitions, which could see most staff confined to just three offices...

“Hitler Youth” group takes a hike on Bodmin Moor to protest against Covid lockdown

By Peter Tremayne A far-Right political group has taken a group of youths on a hike across Bodmin Moor to stage an anti Covid lockdown protest. The youths unfurled...

Under the hammer: St Austell town centre for sale by auction, at half the price offered in 2019

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The slow, painful death of Cornwall’s town centre retail sector has been thrown sharply into focus by the bargain-basement fire-sale of St Austell town centre, by...

Bodmin plugs in to electric bikes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Bodmin will soon be able to hire electric bikes.  Cornwall Council has given Co Cars £62,500 to launch its Co Bikes scheme with 18...

Huge gorse fire lights up the sky over Cornwall

Flames could be seen for miles.  Thousands of people took to social media to swap theories, ranging from alien invasion to atomic bomb blast.  A similar fire broke out...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Covid-19: Infection rates still high in Bodmin and Saltash

Only two areas in Cornwall are now reporting Covid-19 clusters greater than the national average. Bodmin East has a seven-day average rate of 521.2 new cases per 100,000 population,...

Objectors’ fury at plan to turn Lostwithiel golf course into “cookery campus”

By Richard Whitehouse Plans by the co-founder of the Eden Project to build a new attraction in Lostwithiel have attracted objections from locals. Sir Tim Smit, with his son...

Plans published for Lostwithiel centre to study plant science

By Richard Whitehouse Detailed plans for the latest venture from Eden Project co-founder Tim Smit have been published. Sir Tim shared a video last year about his plans for...