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Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

EXCLUSIVE: who is building Cornwall’s Kernow Sat? The plot thickens…

By Peter Tremayne Mystery still surrounds the progress of Cornwall’s much-hyped “Kernow Sat” satellite, due to blast off from Newquay in only eight months. The satellite appears to have...

Follow the money: County Hall wonders how its £1.9 billion pension fund might help save the planet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are being urged to put their staff pension fund on a course to become “zero-carbon” by 2045. The £1.9 billion fund is managed externally...

“It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – the customer is always right” – Leisure centre row escalates as County Hall prepares for big protest tomorrow

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners and the boss of Cornwall Council’s private management company have clashed on social media over the real reasons why four swimming pools are...

Covid-19: imminent arrival of half-term tourists prompts County Hall social media blitz

By Anne North Cornwall Council has launched a school half-term social media blitz warning people about the continuing dangers of Covid-19. Cornwall’s infection rate is rising so fast that...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Carbis Bay Hotel asks government planning inspector to allow unauthorised “G7 Summit” development

By Richard Whitehouse The Carbis Bay Hotel has lodged an appeal against an enforcement notice which was served after they carried out building works without planning permission. After being...

Newquay Airport lost £3.4 million last year, as revenues plunged 69% because of Covid

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport made an operating loss of £3.4 million last year, as revenues plunged 69.2% because of Covid restrictions.  Cornwall Council, which owns the airport, has...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

EXCLUSIVE: another Tory “transparency” U-Turn, as County Hall’s Informal Investment Panel bites the dust

By Julia Penhaligon The “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” Informal Investment Panel, welcomed by Cornwall Council’s Conservatives when they were in Opposition, has been scrapped after all. The panel was an informal...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

The double-plus-ungood jargon that County Hall is using for its leisure centres “consultation” is failing to reach the parts that other public meetings are already turbo-charging

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Concerns have been raised that a Cornwall Council questionnaire on the future of five leisure facilities which face closure is “biased.” The council...

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...

Hall for Cornwall prepares to reopen – after three-year £20 million redevelopment – but with no drum roll

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Hall for Cornwall is preparing to open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday) for the first time in more than three years. The redevelopment,...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Time is running out if Newquay-London flights are to resume before the end of the month

By Peter Tremayne The chances of passenger flights between Newquay and London resuming by the end of the month appear to be diminishing, as there is still no news...

That’s the way the money goes (part 2): how the chief executives and business managers who now run Cornwall’s schools found themselves in the super-tax pay bracket

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane About a dozen education “managers” in Cornwall are now earning salaries of more than £100,000 a year, following the conversion of local authority...

That’s the way the money goes: how accountants and management consultants now pocket nearly £13 million a year which is supposed to be spent on education in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Schools in Cornwall are paying up to 10% of their income to Multi Academy Trusts which provide “back office” services, from Human Resources...