Bodmin local news

Left hand, right hand – bridge repair people now look to September before locals can cross the River Camel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scaffolders have today (Monday) arrived at the footbridge between Egloshayle and Wadebridge for what would appear to be 10 weeks of repairs which will force local...

Helland Bridge repairs delayed again, because Cormac failed to apply for planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fed-up residents of a North Cornwall hamlet, hugely inconvenienced for six months by Cormac’s failure to repair a small bridge over the River Camel, have been...

Rave On: Davidstow’s “Not The Jubilee” party continues to irritate some locals

By Peter Tremayne Hundreds of people are still at an impromptu music festival on Davidstow moor, near Camelford, despite a three-day police presence at the site. Officers have made...

The wrong kind of Jubilee party has North Cornwall residents up in arms

By Peter Tremayne With dozens of roads in Cornwall due to be closed for the Queen’s Jubilee street parties this weekend, police are warning people to avoid Davidstow, near...

Cornwall’s psychiatric patients risk being sent 142 miles to Bristol because of local bed shortage

By Anne North Psychiatric patients needing intensive care in Cornwall risk being sent to Bristol for treatment for at least the next five months, due to a shortage of...

All bridge repairs are equal, but in Cornwall, some are more equal than others

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Repairs to a bridge between Wadebridge and Polzeath are due to be completed tomorrow (Friday) following strong lobbying from the tourism sector. The Grade 2 listed...

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

Three bridges over Cornwall’s River Camel all closed at the same time

By Graham Smith Another bridge over the River Camel is to close next week, bringing to three the number of crossings waiting for Cormac to carry out repairs. The...

Does Bodmin need an open river, instead of an underground stream, to deal with its serious flood risk?

By Graham Smith Flood defence works to Bodmin might involve the creation of an open river, replacing an underground stream which is at risk of collapse. The Environment Agency...

Closure of Helland Bridge has been good news for breeding birds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic road bridge in North Cornwall, badly damaged by a lorry in December, is now likely to remain closed until July following the discovery of...

The curious case of the giant concrete “shed” which now dominates the skyline in an Area of Great Landscape Value

By Graham Smith There are calls for an inquiry into how Cornwall’s planners approved a huge agricultural building currently under construction in the Camel Valley Area of Great Landscape...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Bodmin in line for major NHS investment over next 10 years

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have been told they need to start thinking about the future development of the old St Lawrence’s hospital site, Bodmin, which looks set...

Don’t let it rain on Bodmin: who’s to blame for the collapsing town leat and flood risk?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if urgent flood defence works in Bodmin will have to wait for lengthy and expensive litigation involving the town’s recently refurbished Jail hotel....

Helland bridge, closed by lorry crash in December, likely to remain closed until at least the end of April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic, narrow bridge in North Cornwall which has been closed since December could remain shut for months to come. Helland Bridge has long been used...

Bodmin car park at risk of “imminent” collapse with potential for catastrophic flooding

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin car park is in such a dangerous state that it is in danger of imminent collapse – leading to disastrous flooding in the town,...

Good news for lawyers: Bodmin Town Council, in a hole, plans to keep digging

By Graham Smith Bodmin town councillors meet this evening (Thursday) “to consider and agree taking legal action following vexatious Freedom Of Information requests.” Town councillors have been embarrassed by...

Jamaica Inn bans fox hunts, ending 100-year tradition

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Jamaica Inn has said it will no longer host fox hunts, after rowdy scenes at the weekend involving guests from the famous Beaufort Hunt, one of...

Light aircraft crash lands near Bodmin

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews were called to Bodmin airfield, Cardinham, yesterday afternoon (Saturday) after a light aircraft was blown off course on its approach and crash-landed in a...

“Have paint – can travel” – Cornwall councillor says he cannot complain if others now attempt DIY parking bays

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has raised eyebrows in Lostwithiel after painting “unofficial” parking bays opposite his home. Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin has told his social media...