Business

There is no “power vacuum” at County Hall, insists all-powerful executive

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 crisis has thrown into spectacularly sharp relief the relevance – or lack of relevance – of the 123 Cornwall councillors.  All meetings of elected...

Covid-19 halts work on the Hall for Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 has halted renovation work on the Hall for Cornwall, posing a question mark over whether it will re-open this year. A post on the Hall’s...

Covid-19: Cornwall should brace for “a significant number” of extra deaths, says council leader

By Graham Smith Cornwall should expect a “significant” number of extra deaths because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, council leader Julian German warned today (Thursday.) Mr German told reporters...

Covid-19: Why the government’s death statistics for Cornwall will get closer attention than usual

By Graham Smith Official government statistics suggest that there is, so far, no evidence that the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis has contributed to a higher-than-usual death rate in Cornwall. The...

Newquay Airport now closed until further notice, and calls on the government for a bail-out

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has now closed, indefinitely, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. All scheduled flights to and from the airport are now suspended.  In recent weeks...

No surfing, says Surf England – as police continue their patrols to keep people indoors

By Anne North People should not go surfing during the current Covid-19 pandemic, according to the sport’s governing body. Surf England has postponed events due to have been held...

Cornwall’s household waste and recycling centres close, but kerbside collection continuing as normal

By Graham Smith All of Cornwall’s 14 household waste and recycling centres have now closed because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Cornwall Council’s kerbside collection service, however, is continuing...

Confusion for Cornwall’s businesses as local BIDS send out mixed messages

By Richard Whitehouse Businesses in a Cornish town have been told they have to pay rates to a body set up to help them, despite many of them having...

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls suspended to protect staff during Covid-19 crisis

By Peter Tremayne Charges to cross the Tamar Bridge or use the Torpoint Ferry have been suspended for at least three weeks because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Cornwall...

Cornwall’s fishing and farming sectors find that the future has arrived, and it’s not what was expected

By Julia Penhaligon It seems like only yesterday that the only thing on the news was Brexit.  But now the Covid-19 crisis is forcing a re-evaluation of food supply...

I’ll fire my rocket on 30th April, says Branson

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s reputation for unshakeable optimism has received a boost after he announced that he now plans the first launch of his rocket on 30th April....

On yer bike: Tour of Britain cycle race is still on

By Richard Whitehouse Elite cycling race the Tour of Britain is set to come to Cornwall in September with the Grand Depart first stage going through the Duchy. The...

From zero to hero: how the government changed its tune on migrant farm workers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s farm labourers – many of them EU migrant workers – have within only one month gone from being “unskilled workers” to “key workers” whose children...

California shutdown poses new questions for Newquay spaceport

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s planned spaceport appears to be falling victim to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  The complete lockdown of social and economic life in California has resulted in...

“Keep out of Cornwall” message to holidaymakers and second-home owners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s MPs has joined calls for holidaymakers and second-home owners to stay away during the current Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic. St Austell and Newquay MP...

Coronavirus closes Jubilee Pool, Penzance

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The open-air Jubilee swimming pool at Penzance has been forced to close because of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency.  The café will also close immediately. The historic...

Covid-19 could derail Cornwall Council’s house-building plans, says cabinet member

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has put a question mark over Cornwall Council’s ambition to build 1,000 new homes before May of next year. The council’s cabinet...

New route from Newquay Airport to London is “imminent,” says council

By Julia Penhaligon A new taxpayer-funded route from Newquay Airport to London is imminent, according to Cornwall Council leader Julian German. However, Mr German told a thinly-attended cabinet meeting...

Loganair delays the introduction of its Newquay service because of Covid-19

By Anne North Loganair, the Scottish airline which had planned to operate flights from Newquay to Glasgow and Edinburgh, has delayed the introduction of all Cornwall-based services until 28th...

Falmouth University suspends face-to-face teaching because of Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne Falmouth University has suspended face-to-face lectures and studio work because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Some students have been sent home and told they can work...