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The green, green grass of home

It looks like it really might be coming home.  Having spent months looking like a battlefield, the new £11 million publicly-owned Langarth community sports hub now has a freshly-sown...

In the bag? Is Team Cornwall coming home with £10.6 billion?

By Graham Smith The announcement of the general election did not go unnoticed in Leeds, where thousands of potential property sector investors are window-shopping for money-making ideas.  A few...

Asylum-seekers? Rwanda? No-one’s asked us, say Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has said it has had no request from the government to facilitate flights to Rwanda for the forced deportation of asylum-seekers. Newquay is one...

“Concern over additional load” has forced Truro multi-storey car park closure, says council

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has said “concerns about adding additional load to the multi-storey sections of the car park” is the reason why the busy Moorfield car park...

Sunak’s election gamble leaves a policy vacuum in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Yesterday’s announcement that a general election will be held on 4th July has called into question the future of several key public policy decisions in Cornwall....

Truro’s biggest council-run multi-storey car park closes upper levels due to “structural concerns”

By Lee Trewhela Truro’s biggest council car park was closed last night following “concerns” discovered during an inspection. The multi-storey levels (decks four to nine) of Moorfield car park...

We’re for sale, come and make us an offer, Cornwall Council tells punters in Leeds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s “sales brochure” now being handed to unsuspecting passers-by at a huge property developers’ conference in Leeds reveals more details about several “investment” opportunities. Punters wandering...

Devolution: We’re courageous and brave, so come and spend your money in Cornwall, Kennally tells Leeds property developers

By Graham Smith It now more than a year since Cornwall Council’s Conservative cabinet voted unanimously to reject chief executive Kate Kennally’s long and expensive campaign to change local...

Looking for a pantomime? Cornwall’s new Economic Forum appoints Hall for Cornwall chairman as its new boss

By Julia Penhaligon The first chairman of the new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum is to be Lord John Hutton, a former cabinet minister under Tony Blair...

Cornwall’s latest devolution “White Paper” to be launched in Leeds

By Graham Smith County Hall's long-awaited thoughts on devolution are due to be unveiled in Leeds tomorrow (Thursday) attended by an extraordinarily large delegation of Cornwall Council officials, including...

Pale ale-gate: Cornwall Council leader pulls out of three-day trip to Leeds

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has pulled out of a three-day excursion to Leeds for a property developers’ conference. Although still named on the website of...

The future of Penzance: County Hall’s two tribes prepare to resume battle

By Lee Trewhela A plan to redevelop the Coinagehall Street area of Penzance has been nothing but contentious, with protest and opposition at the proposal to demolish PZ Gallery...

Motorists warned of two weeks of major roadworks on approach to Truro

By Peter Tremayne One of the main routes into Truro is closed overnight this week and next. The A390 between Chiverton and Langarth is being prepared for the major...

Ley lines: Cornwall Council’s “temporary” traffic rules at spaceport are to be made permanent

By Peter Tremayne The “temporary” double yellow lines painted around Newquay airport in November 2022, in a panic-stricken attempt to facilitate Richard Branson’s rocket launch the following January, are...

New Isles of Scilly ferry service now due to launch on 17th June

By Peter Tremayne The proposed new ferry service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly appears to have again been delayed.  The first advertised crossing is now due to...

Pale ale-gate: will the official cost be anywhere near the true figure?

By Graham Smith Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) full meeting of Cornwall Council has only one question from the public: how much is it costing taxpayers to send 12 people to the...

Huge increase in the number of children in Cornwall referred to gender-identification clinics

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Data collected and analysed by parents’ groups in the South West suggests that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly refer significantly more children to gender-identification clinics...

Runaway train? Mid Cornwall Metro approaching the points of no return

By Peter Tremayne Two Cornwall Council cabinet members are due to make a decision on Wednesday (22nd May) about whether or not to go ahead with the Mid Cornwall...

Cornwall Council’s “confident” ambition is to become a player on the global stage, says chief executive Kate Kennally

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has answered a Freedom of Information question about County Hall’s importance on the global stage. The question stemmed from comments made by chief executive...

Next week’s “pale ale-gate” looks like it will cost Cornwall’s taxpayers even more than “champagne-gate” in 2018 – and that’s before you try to calculate the reputational damage

By Graham Smith Yorkshire’s prostitutes are looking forward to a bumper pay packet next week as around 12,000 wealthy executives from the property sector, mostly men, descend on Leeds...

Cornwall is starting to look like one of the few places where local taxpayers alone are forced to finance tourism, as Dorset announces a £2/night levy on hotel guests

By Julia Penhaligon Dorset is to introduce a tourist tax. Strictly speaking it will be a levy on visitors staying in hotels, but the move is nevertheless significant and...

Team Cornwall is sending 12 to Leeds, including the current council leader (but will she still be leader by Tuesday afternoon?)

By Graham Smith Cornwall is sending no fewer than 12 people to a property developers’ conference and exhibition in Leeds next week. Cornwall Reports has obtained the full list...

Zero listeners by 2032? BBC Radio Cornwall’s remarkable vanishing audience

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall has lost another 19,000 listeners in a year, according to industry data published today (Thursday.) The latest Rajar figures give the publicly-funded local...

Pale ale-gate: Team Cornwall sends Captain Kate to Leeds to help woo Bob the Builder

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive Kate Kennally is on the team to attend the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum next week. The three-day event, in...

Let’s talk, says council leader – and people in Bodmin are certainly ready to say what they think

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor might face some hostile questions tomorrow (Thursday) when she visits Bodmin as part of her latest tour. A campaign group with...

Pale ale-gate: Team Cornwall is off to a “perfect storm” in Leeds

By Graham Smith “Team Cornwall” is off to the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum next week – a three-day “extravaganza” in Leeds for property developers. The UKREiiF...

Football: it seems that “multi-year contracts” at Truro City don’t last as long as they used to

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers have lost their manager.  Paul Wotton is to become the new boss at Torquay United. In November 2023 Mr Wotton signed what was...

Everything you wanted to know about what’s on your plate, as government publishes new Food Security Index

By Julia Penhaligon The government has today (Tuesday) published its first “UK Food Security Index” to help maintain oversight of how food is produced and distributed. The Index is...

Two wheels good: cyclists get the lion’s share of Truro’s “river city” windfall

By Julia Penhaligon Truro’s powerful cycling lobby has won an important victory to prioritise a hugely expensive lifting bridge to connect Boscawen Park with Newham, on either side of...

Christmas is cancelled in Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Padstow’s Christmas Festival has been cancelled.  Organisers say that after 17 years, the event has become “unviable” and they cannot carry on. Local traders who have...

This job might need the big spanner: making sure we can cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne You have about a week to go if you would like to tender for keeping the Torpoint ferries afloat and making sure the Tamar Bridge doesn’t...

Hold very tight, please: the search for someone to run Truro’s buses could be about to get bumpy

By Peter Tremayne Can you drive a bus?  Would you like £4.5 million to ferry passengers around Truro?  Can you let us know your availability before the end of...

Going underground? Heat and power pipes for Truro New Town “on hold”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor is under pressure to make an “individual decision” about a multi-million pound energy project intended to power the proposed Truro New...

Chasing dreams: Newquay spaceport watches nervously as new cargo plane prepares to blast off

By Peter Tremayne A date has been set for the first launch of a new space shuttle which might – one day – land at Newquay. Sierra Nevada’s Dream...

Focus on food security, farmers to tell Sunak

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to host a meeting at Downing Street tomorrow (Tuesday) for farmers to discuss food production and security. The Farm to...

Dolcoath Avenue offices to close next week

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall Council offices at Dolcoath Avenue,Camborne, will close next week. The council’s Conservative administration took the decision to sell in July last year as part...

Heartlands: could you “balance the commercial opportunities while maintaining Cornwall’s heritage?” asks council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is advertising for someone to take over its £35 million 21-acre Heartlands site at Pool, Redruth. Once part of the South Crofty tin mine,...

New Isles of Scilly ferry is on the way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The prospect of a serious threat to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company's 100-year monopoly on ferry services to Cornwall has come a step closer. The...

“Shoppers’ car park” in Truro now charging £31.50 for motorists who stay longer than three hours

By Lee Trewhela Shop owners in Truro have accused Cornwall Council of trying to bankrupt the city following tariff changes in a car park which now means anyone parking...

Fingers crossed: County Hall waits to find out the latest estimated cost of the Mid Cornwall Metro

By Peter Tremayne The Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has entered a critical phase of detailed design work, which should allow for a more detailed assessment of the costs....

Trust us, says County Hall, pushing ahead with disposal of 2,000 public assets

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s deputy leader has denied the decentralisation of 2,000 land assets owned by the local authority is a “fire sale.” The council has agreed to...

Out on a limb: as Cornwall’s attempts to write its own devolution “White Paper” remain shrouded in mystery, the Institute for Government says that being small is not necessarily beautiful

By Julia Penhaligon A report out today (Thursday) suggests that Cornwall could miss out on the next round of “devolution” after the next general election. A 37-page analysis by...

That’s the way the money goes: max headroom to the rescue

By Julia Penhaligon A rare sign of intelligent life was allowed to flicker briefly at Cornwall Council’s cabinet meeting this morning (Wednesday) before it was inevitably snuffed out as...

What lies beneath? The dangers of Cornwall’s centuries-old mine workings

By Rashleigh MacFarlane MPs have started investigating the potential health impacts of old mine workings.  Their findings will be of interest to many people in Cornwall. The inquiry is...

The devil is in the detail: while the ambition is “brilliant” the reality is red warning lights flashing all over the place

By Julia Penhaligon There is always more to do – and less to do it with.  Cornwall’s children’s services are heading for a crisis with rising demand – but...

Are we nearly there yet? A30 roadworks at Chiverton Cross still have about a month to go (maybe)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £330 million upgrade to the A30 to the west of Truro, designed to speed the flow of tourists into West Cornwall, still has weeks of...

A bridge too far: after three years of blether, Truro can only watch as inflation erodes the value of government’s pre-election “transformation” cash

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon The full raft of plans proposed to revitalise Truro with £23.6 million of government pre-election funding could now be in jeopardy. The cash was...

Tory love-in brings no cheer for those who need to cross the River Tamar

By Julia Penhaligon A near-empty House of Commons chamber last night (Tuesday) heard the government rule out any immediate cash injection to help ease the cost of crossing the...

Planners say “no” to the National Trust, rejecting proposals for a 250-space car park at Trelissick Gardens

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have rejected proposals for a huge new car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens Country House at Feock, near Truro. Councillors voted 9-1 for...

Bluetongue disease threat to sheep as new virus set to sweep northern Europe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s sheep farmers are bracing themselves for a new strain of the bluetongue virus which looks spread across the UK. The government says there is a...

South West Water pushing ahead with plans for desalination plant at Par, despite full reservoirs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has made its first approach to Cornwall Council for planning permission to build a desalination plant at Par. SWW has submitted an outline...

That’s the way the money goes: who remembers February’s budget?

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall appears to be moving to a “permanent revolution” model of budgetary planning with further major changes to the financial assumptions voted on by the...

Blue sky thinking? How to make lots of money out of Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne It’s not in the sales brochure, but one of the potential future uses for Newquay Airport could see it propelled to centre-stage in a national political...

Truro City’s footballers are now just waiting for the green, green grass of home

By Peter Tremayne The grass pitch is still a work in progress, but at least there is progress on the rest of the site.  It looks as if Truro...

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us: Scillonian ferry scares gig rowers in “near miss” incident

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An investigation is underway to find out what led to a “near miss” incident involving the Scillonian ferry and competitors in the World Gig Racing Championships...

EXCLUSIVE: Crowdcube inquiry into how Cornish Pirates raised cash by promising to play in Truro

By Peter Tremayne There seem to be dark clouds gathering over the future of the Cornish Pirates rugby union club, based in Penzance. The Crowdcube online fundraising organisation has...

Olly said what? Cornwall’s Tories drop the marmalade as housing boss appears to announce dramatic new “homes for locals” policy

By Julia Penhaligon A little-noticed national newspaper article has set tongues wagging at County Hall because of two quotes attributed to a Cornwall Council cabinet member. The i newspaper...

A flop on the ocean waves: Newquay’s surf “not good enough” for national champs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane This weekend’s national surfing championship, due to take place at Newquay’s Watergate Bay, has been postponed because of the conditions. Surfing England said the English National...

The votes are in!

By Julia Penhaligon While political junkies wait to see how many voters brave today’s weather to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall has revealed how 2,700 voters...

The flogging will continue until morale improves: County Hall returns with another bid to slash nearly £1 million from school buses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council officials, still smarting from a political outmanoeuvring in December, have prepared a new package of £898,000 cuts to the school transport budget within the...

Newquay Airport privatisation is clear for take-off

By Peter Tremayne The future of Newquay Airport will be made at a Cornwall Council cabinet meeting on 12th June. Any chance that the decision would be taken by...

That’s the way the money goes: taxpayers even paid the bus fares for Truro’s footballers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers have contributed £23,600 towards the cost of bus fares for Truro City’s footballers as they have played “home” matches outside of Cornwall in recent...

Are Cornwall’s Tories heading for defeat over airport privatisation?

By Peter Tremayne Today’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s economic scrutiny committee could upset the ruling administration’s plans to privatise Newquay Airport. The Conservative’s theoretical 6-5 majority  is vulnerable because...

Newquay Airport set to cost local taxpayers at least £7.5 million next year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers will need to find at least £7.5 million to subsidise Newquay Airport next year, councillors heard this morning. The current £4 million annual subsidy...

Newquay Airport: will it still be there in 2034?

By Peter Tremayne Scrutiny councillors have an opportunity today (Tuesday) to learn more about hitherto-secret plans to privatise Newquay Airport. Cornwall Council has spent nearly three years, and hundreds...

Whoops! Tory MP demonstrates “mismanagement” of local election campaign in bridge and ferries row

By Julia Penhaligon The politics of crossing the River Tamar have exploded spectacularly for Conservatives in Plymouth, after local Tory MP Johnny Mercer accused bridge and ferry bosses of...

Cornwall Council’s planners again thwart Cornwall Council’s developers, at least for a month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A hugely controversial plan to build 36 homes, with a number of shops, in the Coinagehall Street area of Penzance has been deferred on the casting...

Tear it down, planners tell Carbis Bay Hotel owner (and their own officials) as bid to retain some of the illegal G7 development are thrown out

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have this morning (Monday) voted 11-0, with no abstentions, to refuse permission for the Carbis Bay Hotel to retain works started without permission in...

Fields of gold: Cornwall Council eyes £120 million in solar farm business rates

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council appears to be on track to “earn” nearly £4 million a year in business rates if all of the proposed solar farms currently proposed...

Councillors accuse planning officials of “not trying” at solar farm appeal

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another storm is brewing within Cornwall Council over what councillors and members of the public describe as a “lacklustre” defence of a planning decision which went...

“Save Our Space” say Falmouth residents, as County Hall eyes cash windfall

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council is preparing to auction off community green space in Falmouth to the highest bidder. However, nearby residents are clubbing together to save it from...

The Mid Cornwall Metro: a solution in search of a problem?

By Roger French Mid Cornwall Metro is a £56.8 million project providing a new hourly Coast to Coast link with direct trains running between Newquay, Par, St Austell, Truro, Penryn...

That’s the way the money goes: if it’s Thursday, it must be Bremmen

By Peter Tremayne Newquay spaceport’s world tour has arrived in Germany, just in time for a paper-dart throwing competition. Cornwall’s taxpayers have helped sponsor Europe’s first “Spaceplane Summit” in...

Planners recommend approval of Trelissick Gardens car park in classic “sustainable” tourism row

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning officials are recommending approval of a new 250-space car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens estate at Feock, near Truro. The recommendation is contrary...

A tourist tax in Cornwall could work, says Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell

By Graham Smith A tourist tax for Cornwall is a possibility, according to the boss of Visit Cornwall. Malcolm Bell told Cornwall Reports that the idea would need the...

A new look for Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre?

By Lee Trewhela The community group behind the running of the former Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth has revealed new plans for the attraction, which would be...

Truro’s Pydar regeneration: we have no idea how much it’s going to cost, admits Cornwall Council, saying original concept is now “undeliverable”

By Graham Smith The latest official estimate of Truro’s Pydar regeneration is “more than £200 million” and likely to increase, according to a Cornwall Council Freedom of Information answer....

We want a tourism tax, say councils – but not, yet, in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of local councils are calling for a tax on tourism. The councils are responding to research which found overwhelming support for the idea,...

End of the runway? Newquay Airport might have only ten more years

By Peter Tremayne Aviation at Newquay Airport could be forced to operate without a subsidy in only ten years, according to an official update of Cornwall Council’s plans to...

Can you hear the drums, Fernando? Huge protest fuels demand for a tourism tax – but not, yet, in Cornwall, where a £1 per night levy would raise £24 million a year for local services

By Julia Penhaligon Protestors in the Canary Islands believe their huge demonstration on Saturday has brought them closer to a new tourism tax to help offset the costs and...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall must avoid too much tourism, says the boss of Visit Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Malcolm Bell, the executive chair of Visit Cornwall, has repeated his call for a statutory registration scheme for holiday accommodation providers. Cornwall Reports first covered the...

Home care provider under investigation

By Lee Trewhela A business which provides home care for people with dementia and learning and physical disabilities in Cornwall is under investigation. Cornwall Council is ceasing any further...

Don’t dump chemicals in St Ives Bay, say protestors

Scores of St Ives residents staged a protest yesterday (Sunday) against plans to test "carbon capture" chemicals in the North Atlantic.  The government is poised to approve an experiment...

Planning in Cornwall: how it works

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s planning officers look set to defy public opinion – and a large number of elected local councillors – by recommending approval of an application to...

Thousands of local residents take to the streets to protest against tourism – but not, yet, in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The idea that local government in Cornwall is increasingly out of step with public opinion about tourism has been underlined by a huge protest in the...

After six years on the road, football really is coming home

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers yesterday (Saturday) completed their bizarre 2023/24 season with a 2-1 away defeat to Dartford. But Truro City FC has avoided relegation from the National...

Isles of Scilly ferry wars: battle delayed by at least month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The new ferry due to start a rival Penzance-Isles of Scilly service next month has been delayed because of the war in the Middle East. The...

Nine more pubs in Cornwall are at risk of calling time for the last time

By Peter Tremayne The GMB union has warned that several more Cornish pubs are at risk of closure. Nine pubs in Cornwall are owned by the Stonegate group, which...

Cury primary school set to reopen for children with special needs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall is set to get its first specialist primary school for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) problems. It is to be at the...

Inside Camelot: the new-look Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board

By Julia Penhaligon Whatever you do, don’t call it a talking shop.  The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has a new look. And what it lacks in...

Stop the clocks: it’s end of an era in Camborne

By Julia Penhaligon There is deep gloom and foreboding in Camborne’s Commercial Street.  A sense that things will never be the same. They used to say that if the...

EXCLUSIVE: the curious case of the Corserv restructuring which is creating lots of extra work for someone

By Peter Tremayne The personnel department at Corserv has been plunged into an unprecedented paper-chase as it tries to transfer hundreds of Cornwall Council workers from one department to...

Farewell, Pirate FM – hello Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s most-listened-to local radio station, Pirate FM, has changed its name to become two new brands - Hits Radio Cornwall and Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall. The...

South West Water in court, facing 30 charges of illegal sewage dumping

By Harold Callahan South West Water has appeared before Plymouth magistrates’ court today (Wednesday) to face 30 charges relating to illegal water discharge activities and breaches of environmental permits....

County Hall to study the quality of Cornwall’s agricultural land amid concern over solar farms

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor said he fears there will be “no farmers left” in the county if productive agricultural land is used for solar farms. Brian Clemens’...

It’s coming home. Probably. One day.

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers have ensured their survival in the National League south by beating Dover Athletic 1-0 last night (Tuesday.) The win means that Truro City still...

War of words over Pydar set to rumble all the way to the general election

By Julia Penhaligon The politics of Truro’s £220 million Pydar regeneration project have forced their way into the general election campaign, with the two leading contenders to become the...

What a drag: Cornwall’s MPs vote to ban smoking

By Julia Penhaligon Only one of Cornwall’s MPs voted against a ban of smoking last night (Tuesday.) Camborne and Redruth’s George Eustice, who has only a few months to...

Carry on digging: Truro’s Pydar project gets another £10 million, as County Hall’s budget hole gets ever deeper

By Graham Smith The £220 million redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area has survived after Cornwall councillors voted 51-26, with six abstentions, to inject an extra £10 million to keep...

Stop frittering away precious resources, Cornwall Council’s finance chief tells colleagues

By Julia Penhaligon The chief finance officer of Cornwall Council has set pulses racing at County Hall with a dire warning about the administration of next year’s budget. But...