Bodmin local news

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Bodmin, St Austell, Truro and Penzance all watching for news about Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Burton retailers

By Peter Tremayne There are increasing signs that a decision about the long-term future of high -profile clothes’ stores in Cornwall will be taken by accountants Deloitte tomorrow (Monday.)...

Covid-19: more than 100 test positive at Bodmin meat factory

By Anne North More than 100 workers at the Kepak meat processing factory in Bodmin have tested positive for Covid-19. They are now self-isolating following action by public health...

Covid-19: outbreak confirmed at Bodmin food plant, as Budehaven secondary school forced to close

By Julia Penhaligon Covid-19 has closed another large secondary school in Cornwall.  At the same time, public health officials have issued a warning about a Covid-19 outbreak at a...

Covid-19 heritage grants: Lost Gardens of Heligan scoop more than £600,000 as steam railways and churches also benefit

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Lost Gardens of Heligan appear to be Cornwall's biggest winner in the Covid-19 heritage grants announced by the government.  The gardens are getting £606,400 to...

Poor air quality kills more than 200 people in Cornwall each year, says council

By Richard Whitehouse New figures have revealed that an estimated 221 people die in Cornwall every year due to exposure to poor air quality. The data was published as...

After yesterday’s £6 million bail-out, the battle for Cornwall’s leisure centres is only just getting started

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People who use Cornwall’s leisure centres are waiting anxiously for details of a “strategic review” which will see all sites operate up to and beyond next...

Is the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area heading for a Covid-19 lockdown?

By Julia Penhaligon A new law comes into effect today (Monday) giving the police power to fine someone £1,000 for ignoring Covid-19 self-isolation rules. People living in the Camborne-Pool-Redruth...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has 10 clusters, and 20 new cases in 24 hours

By Anne North There are now 10 Covid-19 clusters in Cornwall, with a developing concentration of cases in the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area. Government data published this afternoon (Wednesday) shows that...

“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...