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Countdown to confusion: Cornwall Council is going ahead with its spaceport vote, despite the general election, despite having no Environmental Impact Assessment, and with Richard Branson’s rocket still firmly on the ground

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is going ahead with a crucial vote next week to plough £12 million of local taxpayers’ money into a Newquay spaceport, despite having carried...

Walking back to happiness, as new bridges restore access to Cornwall coastal path

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in...

Should Cornwall Council draw a veil over the Newquay spaceport idea until after the general election?

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors are waiting to see if the general election has de-railed their officials’ enthusiasm for a £12 million vote next week to build a Newquay...

Cornwall’s NHS: Will the general election signal the end of the road for Kennally Care?

By Graham Smith The general election has put one of the most controversial proposed changes to Cornwall’s health service on hold. The prospect of what was originally known as...

Isles of Scilly facing £296,000 council overspend as water costs rise

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly have been warned they will face a difficult year when considering their budget for 2020. The warning came at a...

Revised plans for St Ives hotel to be decided tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse Revised plans for an apartment hotel which looks to increase the number of apartments are set to be decided tomorrow (Monday.) The hotel planned for the...

The sun also rises, as County Hall’s corridors of power await their next big beast

By Graham Smith If you like the idea of earning £120,000-£140,000 a year, and spending £150 million while leading around 1,500 colleagues, then today (Friday) is the last day...

Government approves 33% increase in the cost of crossing the Tamar into Plymouth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has approved a 33% increase in tolls for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry – the first increase for nine years. In the letter...

Houston, we have a problem: Cornwall’s spaceport team just can’t keep their feet on the ground

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s spaceport backers are returning to America later this month for another conference, less than a month after attending a similar event in Washington. The Cornwall...

Rush to spend Euromillions as Cornwall Council identifies three major projects

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is set to contribute more than £14 million towards regeneration, business support and skills projects worth more than £53m. The council’s cabinet yesterday (Wednesday)...

Truro New Town: council offers sweeteners to help ease the pain

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall councillor has asked cabinet members to ensure that project funding is “set in stone” for communities that will have a new town built on...

It’s all a bit rubbish, as two years of contract negotiation go to waste

By Richard Whitehouse Tensions within the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration at County Hall have spilled into the open as the former Lib Dem cabinet member responsible for waste criticised...

North Cornwall sheep farmer admits cruelty charges

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A prize-winning farmer has been fined and ordered to pay costs totally £6,184 for causing cruelty to his sheep. Samuel Rogers, 24, of Advent, near Camelford,...

New boss for troubled Falmouth School

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new chief executive is due to take command at Falmouth School next week, following a damning Ofsted report which accused former managers of “off-rolling” some...

Another stroke of bad luck for Cornwall’s strategic planners, as next scheduled meeting date clashes with general election

By Anne North The next scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has been postponed – because of the general election. The committee, which since May has managed...

Dismay as council prepares to scrap recycling banks

By Richard Whitehouse People have reacted with dismay to the announcement that Cornwall Council is set to remove recycling banks. The large storage banks for recyclables, commonly found in...

The Truth is coming! Cornwall Council draws up plans to boost its reputation, by publishing its own newspaper

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans are underway at County Hall for Cornwall Council to produce its own newspaper, which would be distributed free to every household. The...

More question marks over Newquay spaceport, as Branson’s rocket hits more snags, and will not fly this year

By Graham Smith Another year goes by.  Richard Branson’s first attempt to get a rocket into orbit has been delayed again, until 31st December at the earliest. Within days...

More than 9,000 have had their say about dogs on beaches – and there are still two weeks to go

By Richard Whitehouse There are just two weeks left to take part in a survey about restrictions of dogs on beaches in Cornwall. More than 9,000 people have taken...

Branson gets his hands on the taxpayers’ cash, despite getting nothing into orbit (yet)

By Peter Tremayne The government last night handed over millions of pounds to tax-exile Richard Branson to help subsidise his planned use of a spaceport at Newquay. Science minister...