Business

EXCLUSIVE: So long, and thanks for all the fish – France and Cornwall will not pursue the idea of a direct trade deal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to abandon the idea of direct trade links with France. The suggestion came out of talks between the Mayor of Brittany and the...

Government statement should help Cornwall Council tell the difference between a second home and a holiday let

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The government’s claim to be “cracking down” on second homes in Cornwall is at the centre of a political row over the way...

Branson’s rocket reaches the skies: next stop Newquay

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson last night (Thursday) successfully launched his rocket into orbit in the skies over California.  It is his third successful launch and paves the way...

Council leader should rule on whether or not to ban trail hunting, say County Hall officials

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials have said that Cornwall Council leader, councillor Linda Taylor, should decide whether or not to ban trail hunting on council-owned land. Although trail...

Cornwall Council takes the axe to its budget: planning services “on a knife edge”

By Richard Whitehouse Senior officers at Cornwall Council have expressed their concerns about the authority’s latest budget plans. The council is currently scrutinising the budget for the next financial...

Branson says his rocket is “Go For Launch” tonight

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson says he will launch his rocket this evening, with the California take off then clearing the way for his next launch – from Cornwall...

Branson delays again – his rocket launch now rescheduled to tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne Nerves are jangling at Newquay’s spaceport over Richard Branson’s next attempt to launch a satellite. The tycoon had been due to take off from California today...

“We’re sorry we didn’t tell you why we subsidised cheap flights or how we considered the climate impacts” council officials apologise to members

By Julia Penhaligon Two senior Cornwall Council officials have apologised, formally, to councillors for failing to keep them properly informed during the process which led to the award of...

New “business plan” promised for Cornwall’s car parks

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear on the verge of leaping into the politically-dangerous waters of car parking charges, promising a major review with the intention of lowering costs...

Call for study to identify the cost-benefit impact of a tourism tax on Cornwall

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council should commission a study to find out the economic benefits of a tourism tax, councillors heard today (Tuesday.) Green Party councillor Tamsyn Whiddon called...

Council can shed 410 jobs “without too many compulsory redundancies”

By Graham Smith The latest round of job cuts at Cornwall Council should be achieved without "too many" compulsory redundancies, a senior manager told councillors today (Tuesday.) Around 410...

Flights to Cornwall should be carbon-neutral by 2040, say councillors – but officials urge caution

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to debate the impact of Newquay Airport on climate change.  It will be the first time councillors have been able to challenge the...

Swingometers at the ready: St Just prepares to vote on a neighbourhood development plan which has divided opinion over second homes

By Julia Penhaligon Promoters of the St Just neighbourhood development plan are fighting a last ditch campaign to win approval in a local referendum on Thursday (13th January.) The...

The changing face of Cornwall’s countryside: landowners will be offered millions of pounds for “re-wilding” and helping the revival of threatened species

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Landowners in Cornwall are being encouraged to apply for participation in a new government scheme to “re-wild” Britain – backed with millions of pounds which had...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall’s satellite gets the go-ahead, with UK Space Agency “confident of launch at the earliest opportunity”

By Peter Tremayne The government has approved the business case for Cornwall’s first-ever satellite.  The Kernow Sat-1 was given the green light on 3rd December, but so far there...

Councils get £700 million to “exercise their discretion” over Covid grants to small businesses – so how much will Cornwall give to second home owners?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is today (Friday) expecting to receive millions of pounds from the government to hand out to small businesses which have suffered because of Covid-19...

It’s up to local councils to decide how they spend their Covid business grants, says tourism minister, as Cornwall ponders just how much to give to second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon The government has again insisted the local councils have discretion over how they award Covid grants to small businesses, particularly in the tourism sector. The reminder...

No country for the old and the sick: why the government has an uphill struggle to convince England that its Covid policies are better than those of Scotland or Wales

By Anne North The political debate over Britain’s Covid policies seems certain to focus on hospital activity in the coming weeks as the “daily new cases” evolve into “daily...

EXCLUSIVE: Your leisure centre meeting is cancelled and you can’t talk about it, County Hall officials tell elected local councillors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council officials have intervened to prevent people in the Wadebridge area from meeting to discuss the future of their local leisure centre. An extraordinary meeting...

Cornwall Council to keep daytime meetings for councillors, despite concern about impact on candidates with full-time jobs

By Richard Whitehouse A councillor has claimed that holding all of Cornwall Council’s meetings during the daytime has led to the authority being less diverse than it should be....