Bude

Labour Party has a Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Labour has selected Robyn Harris as its Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall. Ms Harris, from Wadebridge, works for Cormac.  She hopes to build on the progress...

Bude’s storm tower reopens after years of fundraising to move it inland

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bude’s 188-year-old storm tower is due to reopen this afternoon (Tuesday) after being moved inland to protect against coastal erosion. The Grade II-listed Compass Point tower,...

Is this the launch of Cornwall’s Tory farewell closing-down sale?

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon With fewer than 14 months before they next face the voters, Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative administration has been asked if it is “playing...

Signs of the times

Much head-scratching in Boscastle and Tintagel, adjacent villages on the north Cornwall coast, which seem to have each other’s shiny new car park signs.  The blunder has fuelled residents’...

Puzzle over “bomb” on beach near Bude

By Harold Callahan Explosives experts are on their way to Widemouth, near Bude, after reports of an unexploded bomb on the beach. What could be a World War 2...

Camelford’s bypass would cost £59 million per mile – £147 million in total – but in an election year you can promise anything

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Conservatives have endorsed a gamble of £2.6 million to refresh a business case for the Camelford bypass. County Hall officials admit the road would be “poor...

North Cornwall’s Lib Dems get their man

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have selected solicitor Ben Maguire as their Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming general election. Mr Maguire now seeks to fill the shoes...

Watch out for floods, Environment Agency warns North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Several areas in North Cornwall are at risk of flooding as the River Tamar and its tributaries continue to rise during heavy rain. The Environment Agency...

Back to the future: does the success of Bude micro pub offer hope to Cornwall’s licensed trade?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A North Cornwall “micro pub” – The Barrel at Bude – is seeking planning permission to expand its floorspace. The pub opened in 2020 and in...

It happens – and it costs £1,514 in fines and costs

By Harold Callahan A woman has been ordered to pay £1,514 in fines and costs after being found guilty of allowing her dog to foul and not clearing up...

Sits Vac: Liberal Democrats seek new Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Graham Smith Phil Hutty has resigned as the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall, triggering a fresh selection contest. Cornwall Reports understands that local activists were divided...

Listen carefully: how Cornwall helps keep Britain’s spies up to date with what is happening in Israel and Gaza

By Graham Smith Workers at the collection of high-tech eavesdropping satellite dishes which adorn the North Cornwall coast at Morwenstow are exceptionally busy right now, trying to gather intelligence...

Judge quashes permission for Bude crematorium, labelling Cornwall’s planners as “hopeless”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning permission for a crematorium at Poundstock, near Bude, has been quashed at a Judicial Review. Cornwall Council planners last year voted 7-4 to approve the...

It’s official – none of the £36 billion saved by scrapping HS2 is coming to Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon There are some whose idea of investing in rail links in the north means bringing trains back to Bude.  But the government has ignored that campaign...

National Trust adds another piece to the Tintagel jigsaw

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust has bought more than 50 acres of farmland and cliffs adjoining Tintagel castle. The Trust already owns a considerable amount of land in...

Park home estates at Bude and Saltash collapse into administration

By Peter Tremayne Concern is growing over the future of two housing schemes in Cornwall, following the collapse into administration of their owner, the RoyaleLife group. Affected sites include...

Bodmin man sent to secure mental hospital after threatening staff at office of local MP

By Peter Tremayne A judge has sent Ian Rogerson, 44, of Bodmin, to a secure psychiatric hospital after hearing how he entered the constituency office of North Cornwall MP...

Hands up if you would like to be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall or St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has started the process for selecting Parliamentary candidates for the next general election in North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies. Both constituencies are...

It’s the real thing – cocaine worth £100,000 found on beach near Bude

By Peter Tremayne Bude police are trying to find the owner of a parcel found on Upton beach and handed in to their local station on Monday. The package...

Cornwall has more water now than at the same time last year – but there is no cause for celebration

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s main reservoir has gained marginally more water In the past week, despite the hot dry weather, because of South West Water’s continuing abstraction from rivers...

All along the watchtower: Bude’s 19th century lookout on its way to a safer haven

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Piece by piece, Bude’s storm tower is being taken apart and moved inland away from the collapsing cliffs. Six weeks after work started, the 19th century...

Six lives in 10 days: the grim toll on Cornwall’s roads

By Peter Tremayne Four separate road traffic accidents in Cornwall have claimed a total of six lives in 10 days. A woman in her 20s, from Penzance, died after...

National Lottery gives Bude £2 million to tackle climate change – but nearly half of it is to be spent on tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Lottery has awarded the Bude Climate Partnership £2 million to help mitigate the effects of global warming, particularly rising sea levels.  The award is...

EXCLUSIVE: The government still hasn’t told us that the Camelford bypass is not going to happen, says Cornwall Council, as costs reach £69 million.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The official cost of the Camelford bypass has risen to £69 million, according to a County Hall Freedom of Information answer. It now looks highly unlikely...

John Nunn, from Bude, is world chess champion

By Graham Smith John Nunn, from Bude, has won the world chess championship for players aged over 65. A grandmaster since the age of 23, Dr Nunn had been...

Bude and Falmouth next in line to get local police inquiry desks

By Peter Tremayne Two more towns are due to get their local police station inquiry desks back in the New Year.  Bude and Falmouth are next in line. The...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

King Arthur’s bridge conquers the rest of Britain – now takes on the world

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tintagel Castle footbridge has won another award. Five years after planners gave the bridge the go-ahead, the £5 million project can now claim to be...

Bude crematorium gets the go-ahead as planners vote 7-4 to back project

By Richard Whitehouse Controversial plans for a new crematorium in North Cornwall have been approved, by seven votes to four, despite hundreds of objections from local people. Planning permission...

Davidstow cheese factory still upsetting local residents, despite £1.5 million fine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Davidstow cheese factory on Bodmin Moor is at the centre of a new pollution row, only a few months after being fined a record £1.5...

Debate over Bude crematorium due to conclude next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial plans for a crematorium near Bude are due to be decided next week. An application has been waiting for determination for more than a year....

Back to the drawing board – £6.5 million and three years wasted, as government dismisses Cornwall Council’s Camelford by-pass proposals as “poor value for money”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a Camelford by-pass, developed by Cornwall Council at a cost to local taxpayers of nearly £6.5 million, have been described as “poor value for...

South West Water set to take supplies from lakes and rivers in a bid to keep the taps running

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water is watching closely its reservoir levels in Cornwall in preparation for a dramatic escalation of the company’s drought plan.  Without prolonger heavy rain,...

St Austell link road makes progress, but Camelford by-pass could fall victim to Halloween budget

By Rashleigh MacFarlane and Richard Whitehouse The government’s “corrective” budget, to be set out on Monday 31st October, could finally see the shelving of plans for a Camelford by-pass....

New phosphate calculator aims to change the way planners view pollution of the River Camel, where a development embargo has been in place for 18 months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners are hoping to ease the restrictions on property development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall. In April 2021 Cornwall Council was forced to...

Home Office “wanted to use Camelot Castle for asylum-seekers” claims Tintagel hotel owner

By Julia Penhaligon The owner of Tintagel’s Camelot Castle has claimed the Home Office wanted to use his hotel to house asylum seekers. John Mappin told Nigel Farage’s GB...

The Battle for Trevalga: locals rally to protest the sale of their homes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The tiny North Cornwall hamlet of Trevalga, near Tintagel, is planning another rally next week as residents look to step up their campaign against the sale...

Christmas tree nursery damaged by fire

By Peter Tremayne Fire has severely damaged a Christmas tree nursery near Bodmin.  It broke out at the Cedar Croft Nurseries and Storage at St Tudy at about 5.45pm...

North Cornwall hotel, closed by Covid in 2020, could be converted to two detached houses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Bossiney House hotel, near Tintagel, could be converted into two houses if a planning application is successful. The 16-bedroom hotel, which dates originally from the...

The eyes of the world are on Bude, as town hosts the Surf Kayak Championships

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The World Surf Kayak Championships get underway today (Thursday) in Bude. It is the first time the event has been held in England.  It has previously...

Plans for Bude crematorium will not be determined until mid-November

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial plans for a crematorium near Bude will not now be considered until mid-November. An application has been waiting for determination for more than a year. ...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann gets key role in animal welfare at Defra

By Graham Smith The government has now published details of the role to be played by North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, appointed last week as a junior minister at...

County Hall fails to convince with its reasons for postponing Bude crematorium decision

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners are to postpone a decision about a large crematorium in open countryside near Bude. The controversial application had been due to be determined tomorrow...

Bude crematorium planning battle approaching the finish line

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of the most controversial planning battles seen in North Cornwall for many years is due to reach its conclusion next week. It is now nearly...

Cornwall burning: fire at Glebe Cliff, Tintagel

Fire crews are tackling a large open fire at Glebe Cliff, Tintagel.  The first fire engine was called at 8.45am but a short time ago a water carrier from...

Cornwall’s climate crisis now claims Bude’s canal

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The continuing dry weather appears to be having a serious impact on the Bude canal. Water levels are exceptionally low, leaving the canal little more than...

The Battle for Trevalga reaches Westminster, as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries orders Charity Commission to investigate

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has intervened in the “Battle of Trevalga” – a tiny North Cornwall hamlet, owned by a high-profile private school, which faces destruction...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s surf tax is now deep blue, but still costs more to administer than it raises

By Peter Tremayne Eight years after it was introduced, Cornwall’s controversial “surf tax” almost certainly costs more to administrate than it raises, according to a Freedom of Information answer...

Climate crisis: Cornwall’s hottest day recorded at Bude

Cornwall has recorded a temperature of 34.2C today (Monday) – beating the previous record of 33.9C, set in 1976. The temperature was reported at Bude by the BBC weather...

EXCLUSIVE: Marlborough College puts entire North Cornwall hamlet on the market (again)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Storm clouds are gathering over the tiny North Cornwall hamlet of Trevalga, near Tintagel, which is owned by the Marlborough College private school in Wiltshire. About...

Planners vote 7-3 to approve holiday homes at Widemouth Bay

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build five new holiday homes overlooking a North Cornwall beach have been approved.  DDHM Developments had applied to Cornwall Council for planning permission for...

Council leader’s tour of Cornwall is “good value for money”

By Graham Smith The tour of Cornwall by County Hall leader councillor Linda Taylor is “good value for money,” she insisted this week. Councillor Taylor faced questions from councillors...

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....

North Cornwall farmer gets his climate protest day in court

By Peter Tremayne A North Cornwall farmer is due to appear in court in East London this afternoon (Friday) accused of taking part in a climate change protest. Paul...

Planners approve new nursery at remote North Cornwall farm

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to convert a farm building into a pre-school nursery have been approved despite concerns about it being in an isolated location. Cornwall Council’s east sub-area...

“There was a young lady from Bude, who went to the beach in a mood. After getting undressed, she was feeling less stressed. You can’t beat a dip in the nude”

By Peter Tremayne A mental health charity is inviting people to strip off and run naked into the ocean at Bude. The South West Skinny Dip event, which launched...

Motorbike crash brings death toll on Cornwall’s roads to five in 10 days

By Peter Tremayne Another motorcyclist has died on Cornwall’s roads.  He has become the fifth fatal road traffic accident victim in Cornwall in 10 days. The 34-year-old man was...

David Flower, former TV repair man, photographer and Tintagel local news website pioneer, dies

By Graham Smith One of the best known characters in Tintagel has died.  David Flower, a local photographer and publisher of the Tintagel Web community news site, was in...

Man charged with causing death by careless driving through drink, after two killed near Bude

By Peter Tremayne A man is due to appear before Bodmin magistrates today (Thursday) in connection with a road traffic accident near Bude on Monday which killed a couple...

Hello, hello, hello – have you been trying to talk to your MP?

By Peter Tremayne A fascinating video has emerged on social media revealing how Devon and Cornwall police are responding to the murder of Essex MP David Amess last year....

New walking path would encircle Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A lottery-funded project is recommending a new walking path to link Bude in North Cornwall to Rame in South East Cornwall. The 90-mile route, through the...

Match abandoned as Bude footballer breaks leg

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Cornish football league match was abandoned yesterday (Saturday) because one of the players suffered a suspected broken leg. Bude was leading Torpoint 2-0 when Bude’s...

Storm Eunice is expected to bring a tidal surge, and flooding, to North Cornwall coast on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is urging people living in flood risk communities along Cornwall’s north coast to prepare for flooding from a forecast tidal surge caused by...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

Covid-19: South West hospitals now need new beds for infected patients every 30 minutes

By Anne North Covid patients took more South West hospital beds yesterday (Wednesday) as the region’s total climbed to 852, a rise of 47 – or 6% - in...

First group of child refugees due to arrive in Cornwall next month

By Graham Smith County Hall officials have spent Christmas trying to find homes for 23 unaccompanied child refugees, due to arrive in Cornwall before the end of January.  A...

Covid-19: Cornwall waits and watches, as England’s infection rate soars

By Anne North Cornwall’s average rate of Covid infection has edged up marginally over the weekend, and is now 471.2 new daily cases per 100,000 population.  The only “red...

Covid-19: Falmouth and Saltash back on the critical list

The shapes and sizes of purple clusters on Cornwall’s Covid map continue to shift, but the underlying trend in new cases continues to increase.  The average number of daily...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate now 10% higher than England

Cornwall’s average daily new Covid number has risen again and is now 486.7 cases per 100,000 population, just over 10% higher than the national average.  The equivalent number for...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate increases 22% in seven days

Cornwall’s average Covid infection rate has risen by 22% in a week, and now stands at 473.7 cases per 100,000 population.  The average for England is 434.1  The Poundstock...

Covid-19: Cornwall infection rate continues to rise

By Anne North St Just and Land’s End has become the most recent part of Cornwall to “go dark” on the Covid cluster map, showing 859 cases per 100,000...

Nine years later, we discover that it was “not in the public interest” to tell the public that Bude’s spy station had polluted a local stream

By Peter Tremayne The top secret GCHQ spy station at Morwenstow, near Bude, “committed an offence” by polluting a local stream – but was never prosecuted – according to...

Covid-19: now Padstow goes dark and joins the sick list

By Anne North Padstow has become the latest part of Cornwall to record dangerously high levels of Covid infectivity.  The latest data shows Padstow has 804.1 new daily cases...

North Cornwall celebrates resumption of Okehampton rail link

By Peter Tremayne The restored rail connection between Okehampton and Exeter resumed service at the weekend, providing a regular train service from Cornwall which can avoid the often tortuous...

Covid-19: winter is coming

A deadly new wave of Covid infection appears poised to sweep through Cornwall at lightning speed, as another dangerous “super-cluster” appeared within 24 hours. The Poundstock and Kilkhampton area...

GCHQ Bude glows in the dark to signal support for Remembrance Sunday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Morwenstow spy station, near Bude, contributed towards Remembrance Sunday yesterday by lighting one of its huge satellite dishes to signify a poppy. GCHQ Bude, an...

Sits Vac: North Cornwall Liberal Democrats seek new Parliamentary candidate

By Julia Penhaligon Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall are looking for a new Parliamentary candidate, after their 2019 champion Danny Chambers abandoned hopes of winning the seat at the...

Scientific study shows why failure to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C threatens Cornwall’s marine environment

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Research conducted at Bude has contributed to a report warning that a temperature increase of 1.5C will have a marked impact on algae and animal species...

Covid-19: Cornwall almost back to national average as new infections continue to fall

Cornwall’s overall Covid infection rate is now 475.6 per 100,000 population, compared with England’s average of 467.9.  Only Bude, Saltash and the Rame peninsula remain on the “critical” list...

Covid-19: Padstow joins the critical list

Covid-19 has now killed at least 660 people in Cornwall since the pandemic started, according to the latest data.  Two more Covid-related hospital deaths were announced yesterday (Thursday.)  Meanwhile...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls below 500 cases per 100,000 population

Cornwall’s Covid infection rate continues to fall: now 496.2 cases per 100,000 population, compared with 524.4 in Devon and an average for England of 484.1.  Worst affected is the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s official infection rate falls as Bude becomes the new hotspot

By Anne North Cornwall’s average rate of Covid infection has fallen over the past week, and is now 535.9 cases per 100,000 population, according to official NHS data. However...

On Wednesday evening, five of Cornwall’s MPs voted to allow South West Water to dump raw sewage into the sea. One of them explains why.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s MPs has been trying to explain why he voted to allow South West Water to continue dumping raw sewage into the sea. On...

Tickets on sale now for Okehampton-Exeter daily train service, resuming next month after a 49 year wait

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale today (Tuesday) for the first time in 49 years for regular daily train passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter.  Tickets are...

North Cornwall flood alert as rivers swell

The Environment Agency has warned people living close to tributaries of the upper River Tamar, between Bude and Launceston,  to beware of flooding this morning (Tuesday) after nearly two...

Afghanistan’s refugees – probably not coming to Cornwall anytime soon

By Julia Penhaligon It could be several months before the government knows how many Afghan refugees are to be settled permanently in Cornwall. Cornwall Council says it is still...

Some of Cornwall’s 11-year-olds will get their first Covid test this week, as government scientists warn that returning schools will trigger another “exponential” increase in Covid infection

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some of Cornwall’s schools return this week in an atmosphere of acute confusion over Covid rules. Neither the government nor Cornwall Council has issued any clear...

Anglers urged to watch out for salmon with Red Skin Disease

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency (EA) is urging anglers in Cornwall to report sightings of salmon exhibiting symptoms of Red Skin Disease (RSD). Fish have been seen with...

Fire destroys Bude hotel

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have spent the night battling a blaze at a Bude hotel. The Elements hotel, on Marine Drive, between Bude and Widemouth Bay, has been...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

North Cornwall planning embargo could remain in place for months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Property developers and their agents have been invited to hear an update about the planning embargo which is affecting a large part of North Cornwall. The...

Covid-19: Only three areas of Cornwall unaffected, according to latest cluster map

Cornwall’s average daily rate of Covid infection has fallen slightly over 24 hours, from 183.1 to 178 cases per 100,000 population.  The equivalent average number for England is 239...

Google’s new undersea cable links New York to Bude

By Graham Smith A large ship off Bude is laying an undersea cable linking Cornwall to New York. The Grace Hopper is installing a private fibre optic cable for...

Call for more walk-in Covid vaccination centres in North and South East Cornwall is “a fair challenge”

By Anne North County Hall is to explore ways of increasing Covid vaccination opportunities in North and South East Cornwall, after hearing concerns that Stithians and Wadebridge are the...

Bude councillor Peter La Broy quits Liberal Democrats, just six weeks after election

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have lost another councillor, only six weeks after he was elected. Bude’s Peter La Broy has decided to quit the party.  He is...

Boundary Commission proposals expected to re-ignite “Devonwall” row

By Julia Penhaligon Arguments about a “Devonwall” Parliamentary constituency look set to be revived tonight (Monday) when a new review outlines plans to redraw boundaries. Previous plans to abolish...

The Once and Future Kings of Tintagel settle in to their new roles as parish councillors

By Graham Smith Tintagel parish council took the first steps towards resolving community tensions last night (Thursday) by holding its first meeting since bitterly contested local elections two weeks...

Power to the people! The “Popular Front for the Liberation of Bude” takes control, as town and parish councils get the taste for democracy

By Julia Penhaligon Towns and villages across Cornwall are today (Sunday) finding out that their local councils are under new management – with some facing a significant change. In...

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....

The parish council where only one candidate put himself forward for election

By Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of town and parish councillors across Cornwall have been elected without a contest, as not enough candidates came forward. In St Merryn, the future of...