Bodmin local news

Plan to turn 280-acre woodland near Bodmin into cycle centre

By Graham Smith Forestry England is considering the creation of a cycle centre, and car park, at the 280-acre Newbridge Wood, to the east of Bodmin. The site is...

Cornwall’s swimming clubs fear GLL price rises could force them to close

By Richard Whitehouse Swimming clubs say they could be forced to close after revealing they are facing an almost 80% increase in pool hire costs. A number of swimming...

Cornwall councillor Chris Batters is new chairman of the Police & Crime Panel

By Anne North Cornwall councillor Chris Batters, a former policeman, has been elected to chair the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel. Mr Batters, a Liberal Democrat councillor...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann stands up for Cornish Wrestling

By Graham Smith North Cornwall MP Scott Mann plans to use an adjournment debate in the House of Commons this evening (Wednesday) to win government support for Cornish Wrestling....

Roselyon school to close – not enough pupils, say trustees

By Peter Tremayne Roselyon school, founded in 1952, is to close.  The private school, based at Lanlivery, caters for children aged 3-11.  It charges fees of up to £3,800...

Twenty rural schools in Cornwall to get fibre broadband

By Julia Penhaligon Twenty schools in Cornwall are to benefit from government investment to install fibre broadband.  It is part of a £200 million programme to improve connectivity in...

Cash boost for Cornish rail projects will create a second platform in Bodmin and refurbish Saltash station

By Julia Penhaligon The Bodmin General railway station, used mainly for “heritage” steam fun services, is to get a new platform to improve passenger links.  The £54,000 scheme will...

North Cornwall Liberal Democrats select Danny Chambers as their Parliamentary candidate

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have selected vet Danny Chambers as their Parliamentary candidate. Mr Chambers is from just over the border in Devon and at only...

Cornwall’s communities urged to become new watchdogs to press for better NHS dental treatment

By Anne North The chronic shortage of NHS dentistry in Cornwall will come under County Hall scrutiny next week when councillors consider calling for local communities to be given...

Cornwall Council’s intervention in the housing market: more questions than answers

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s controversial adventure as a large-scale property developer is due to come under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday after pilot schemes have revealed flaws in the...

Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall live in poverty, says Director of Public Health

By Graham Smith Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are living in poverty, according to the latest annual report by the Director of Public Health....

North Cornwall’s Lib Dems to have a choice over who will be their Parliamentary candidate

By Anne North North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are gearing up for a contested election to decide who will be their candidate at the next general election. Launceston vet Danny...

Bodmin councillor Leigh Frost declares he wants to be North Cornwall’s next MP

By Anne North Bodmin Liberal Democrat councillor Leigh Frost has declared his ambition to stand for Parliament at the next general election. Mr Frost, a town and Cornwall councillor,...

Planners vote to approve controversial Bodmin housing scheme

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s planners have voted 11-4 to support the building of 45 homes on land on the outskirts of Bodmin. Bodmin LVA LLP had applied for outline...

Why Bodmin’s council tax bills are higher than Truro or Falmouth

By Richard Whitehouse It has some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country but Bodmin was revealed this week to also have the highest council tax rates...

The retail park money trick which is costing Cornwall’s council taxpayers

By Peter Tremayne A controversial insolvency law has cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds. The DIY chain Homebase has dodged more than £264,000 in Cornwall Council...

Concern over the future of Day Centre

24th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Concerns have been raised that a day centre for disabled people in Bodmin could be about to cut the number of days it...

A range of prices for cremations

24th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that the cost of a basic cremation in Cornwall are among the highest in the UK and vary across the...

EXCLUSIVE: How Whitehall has been secretly pulling the strings that have closed Cornwall’s hospitals

16th September 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units and sell some community hospitals have been developed by a little-known company, owned by the Department...

Police won’t say “no” to a gift – but they will write it down

30th July 2018 By Daniel Clark A wooden bowl with wooden apples, a trip to Luton to see Vauxhall cars being made, a police hat from the Chief of...