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From Beirut to Falmouth people ask “how much do we know about things that might explode?”

By Peter Tremayne Safety experts in Cornwall are reassessing the rules and regulations governing the potential storage of ammonium nitrate in Falmouth.  The huge blast – and devastation –...

How to spend £14.3 million: the full list of Cornwall’s shovel-ready Covid-19 cash winners

By Graham Smith  The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has finally published details of how it plans to spend the government’s £14.3m Getting Building Fund (GBF)...

Hall for Cornwall gets £1.5 million, but there is nothing for the Truro stadium, as government reveals its “shovel-ready” Covid-19 economic recovery spending

By Anne North Cornwall’s plans to mine lithium, for use in electric car batteries, and the Hall for Cornwall, are among the main “winners” in the government’s “shovel ready,...

Privatisation of Covid-19 tests in Cornwall “poses a risk,” says public health chief

By Richard Whitehouse Public health officials in Cornwall say that the decision to transfer mobile coronavirus testing centres from the military to a private company is seen as “a...

Virgin confirms a leaky fuel pipe caused its rocket crash, posing new questions over Newquay spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has said its first attempted rocket launch failed because of a fuel-pipe rupture which will take several months to fix.  It means the timetable...

We, the people: Sheltered housing row forces councillors to consider constitutional change at County Hall

By Graham Smith The row over Cornwall Council’s proposal to outsource a £150 million 30-year sheltered housing scheme to a controversial national company looks set to trigger a review...

“Ignorant” holidaymakers refusing to wear face coverings

By Julia Penhaligon The deputy leader of Cornwall Council has criticised “ignorant” holidaymakers who refuse wear face coverings. Councillor Adam Paynter told LBC radio that local people are “concerned”...

Cornwall’s campsites “are fully booked”

By Richard Whitehouse Tourists have been warned to book before they travel following reports that campsites in Cornwall are fully booked. Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell said that...

Bosses face two years in jail if they ignore County Hall’s Covid-19 advice

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council now has new powers to force businesses to close if they do not offer adequate protection against Covid-19. New rules introduced by the government...

Cornwall’s sheltered housing scheme: council scrutiny committees “might as well pack up and go home”

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s refusal to reconsider its planned £150 million 30-year contract for the outsourced provision of sheltered housing appears to have been based on the opinion...

Those new Covid-19 rules: people from Manchester can’t meet their neighbours indoors, but they can come on holiday to Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse People from the north of England who are now subject to new local Covid-19 restrictions are still able to come to Cornwall for a holiday, according...

Cornwall facing a “perfect storm” as businesses struggle through Covid-19

By Richard Whitehouse The President of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has raised concerns about the impact Coronavirus is having on businesses in Cornwall and rising job losses. Toby Parkins...

Branson says he’ll try again “very soon” to get his rocket into orbit

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has made its first public statement for several weeks about when the company might try again to launch its rocket, following the failure of...

Covid-19: Will Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board have to choose between pubs and schools?

By Anne North Government scientists have told ministers they fear Covid-19 could be spreading rapidly, as the latest, official, regional “R” number for the south west is put at...

Council refuses to “think again” about controversial sheltered housing deal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has refused to “think again” about its proposed £150 million 30-year sheltered housing contract with the controversial Mears Group. County Hall’s top lawyer, Mel...

“I’m here to listen,” local government minister tells Cornwall Council

By Richard Whitehouse A government minister has said he will consider requests made by Cornwall Council for more funds to help businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis and for...

Local government minister visiting Cornwall today

By Peter Tremayne Local government minister Simon Clarke is visiting Cornwall today (Thursday.) He will tour Penzance, Falmouth, Newquay and Wadebridge, after meeting Cornwall Council leader Julian German. Mr...

“Who’s he? Why is he here?” Sir Keir Starmer’s day trip to Falmouth

By Richard Whitehouse Looking slightly out of place in his suit while walking along Gyllyngvase Beach, the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer got to see how the holiday season...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s proposed 30-year £150 million sheltered housing deal runs in to trouble

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council could be forced to think again about controversial plans to hire a Gloucester company to provide 750 sheltered housing units for the over-55s. A...

Google to lay 3,300 miles of submarine fibre cables from New York to Bude

By Graham Smith The Internet giant Google is to lay another undersea cable linking the United States to North Cornwall. The mutli-million dollar project is intended to boost the...