Bodmin local news

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

County Hall plans to spend £3.8 million for “trick cyclists” at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse and Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has revealed plans to build a £3.8 million centre for off-road cycling near Newquay. The council is leading on plans for...

Bodmin Jail reopening on 1st October

By Graham Smith The Bodmin Jail is to reopen to visitors on 1st October, following an £8.5 million redevelopment. The former prison was built in 1779 and closed in...

Major chemical spillage at Sharp’s Brewery, Rock

By Graham Smith Up to 1,000 litres of potentially lethal hydrochloric acid has spilled from Sharp’s Brewery at Rock, near Wadebridge. There are no casualties but fire crews, police ...

Suspended sentence for “hit and run” driver after fatal St Teath accident

By Peter Tremayne Wayne Shilling, 39, of St Teath, has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence after admitting that he failed to stop and report an accident in...

Covid-19 confirmed at Lanivet primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A member of staff at a Cornish primary school has tested positive for Covid-19. Parents of 159 pupils at Lanivet school, near Bodmin, received a letter...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

North Cornwall police investigate allegations of anti-social behaviour

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating two allegations of anti social behaviour which local residents associate with holidaymakers in North Cornwall.  The incidents have fuelled underlying tensions stemming from...

Will all of Cornwall’s leisure centres re-open next month? County Hall promises a statement soon

By Anne North Cornwall’s leisure centres face an uncertain future as talks continue over whether all 12 facilities will re-open next month. GLL, the private management company which won...

Lanivet’s Pandafest hopes to be back next year

By Richard Whitehouse A small three-day music festival has applied for a licence with plans to return in 2021. However a local resident has said that if the application...

What we missed: while Covid-19 kept us at home, it’s been business as usual at County Hall

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s 10 cabinet members have just been given sight of the huge backlog of important decisions they must try to catch up with when they...

Outsourcing company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres asks taxpayers to top-up staff’s wages

By Anne North The company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres is asking local taxpayers to top up its staff wages, as central government pays only 80% of normal salary...

Chocks away, as light aircraft flights resume at Cardinham

By Peter Tremayne Light aircraft will from today (Monday) be seen flying over Bodmin Moor, following new advice from the Department for Transport. Cardinham airfield is re-opening after nearly...

Covid-19 test site at Bodmin to close and move to Bude; Truro test site moves to Pool

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 testing site at Bodmin is due to close today (Thursday) and move to Bude next week.  The location in Bude is yet to be...

Bodmin waste centre to become 24-hours-a-day recycling operation

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s main recycling centre is set to be redeveloped so that it can take more recyclables and food waste and also operate 24 hours a day....

Barnecutts the bakers is back on Thursday

By Peter Tremayne Barnecutts bakers, one of the most significant food businesses in North Cornwall, is re-opening its Bodmin shop on Thursday. Barnecutts closed all of its shops, for...

Question: When is a holiday home not a holiday home? Answer: When the council fails to take action for so long that nobody cares

By Richard Whitehouse A family used a photograph of their housewarming party to prove that they have been living in a holiday home without planning permission for more than...

On yer bike: Tour of Britain cycle race is still on

By Richard Whitehouse Elite cycling race the Tour of Britain is set to come to Cornwall in September with the Grand Depart first stage going through the Duchy. The...

Back to school for Cornish students who went skiing in the coronavirus region of Italy

By Peter Tremayne Students and staff who have recently returned to Cornwall after a skiing trip to Northern Italy have been told they do not have to stay at...

Look closely at the humble Cornish hedgerow and you will find a publicly-funded piece of installation art

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start on the construction of a large “Cornish hedge” on Bodmin Moor, part of a major piece of artwork to celebrate the...