Business

Planning chief Phil Mason confirmed as County Hall’s new Strategic Director for Economic Growth

20th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council's chief planning officer, Phil Mason, was yesterday (Wednesday) confirmed as the authority's new Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development, replacing...

Cath Robinson confirmed in the top job at Corserv

16th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cath Robinson has been confirmed as the permanent group managing director of Corserv, the group of companies wholly-owned by Cornwall Council, following a...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

14th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is awarding business rates’ relief worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to private schools.  All eight private schools in Cornwall are...

EXCLUSIVE: 135 complaints per year. There’s something in the air at Davidstow, as Dairy Crest prepares for controversial expansion

13th September 2018 By Anne North Residents in and around Davidstow are preparing for a public presentation later this month of a proposed £75 million expansion to the local...

EXCLUSIVE: Government has still not agreed to match-fund Truro Stadium, even though work started last month

6th September 2018 By Graham Smith The government has still not signed off on the Stadium for Cornwall business plan, and has not yet contributed £3 million towards the...

John Betty moved from Strategic Director post at County Hall, as planning chief Phil Mason takes over

5th September 2018 By Graham Smith The senior official who masterminded Cornwall Council’s £78,000 trip to the south of France earlier this year is being moved from his job....

Grayling to rule on the future of Cornwall’s air link to London

4th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne A decision is imminent over whether the Newquay air link to London will fly to Gatwick or Stansted after the current Public Service...

EXCLUSIVE: How colour-coded maps will help justify the closure of Cornwall’s community hospitals

3rd September 2018 By Graham Smith A key factor in determining the future of Cornwall’s community health infrastructure has been designed by a small group of officials known as...

South West Water, which last year took £563 million off its customers, offers £20 million back in shares

3rd September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has suggested a “part-renationalisation” in which £20 million of the business would be returned to customer-ownership.  The company last year...

Council’s central area planners face a busy day

3rd September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Developers wanting to build new homes and an extension will all find out whether they will be granted planning permission today (Monday.) Cornwall...

Cornwall is second in the national league table of complaints about garden boundaries

2nd September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall is often described as a peaceful and tranquil place but new figures suggest that war has broken out over garden fences and...

Newquay Spaceport waits and watches as Virgin Orbit attempts critical test flight of launcher rocket

29th August 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project, hoping to launch at least three satellites from Newquay within three years, is about to reach a critical...

Cornwall’s Devolution Deal – it’s all going frightfully well, isn’t it? Happiness is up by 2% (but don’t talk about the spaceport)

28th August 2018 By Graham Smith The success of Cornwall’s “Devolution Deal” is difficult to measure, according to the Cornwall Council officials charged with implementing it. While the 2015...

Cornish language TV service raises its ambition

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane An online fundraising campaign to set up a Cornish language internet-based television service has been so successful that the organisers have raised their...

Cornwall gets its first cannabis club

27th August 2018 By Anne North Cornwall’s first cannabis club has held its inaugural Annual General Meeting.  Campaigners who want a change in the law, to decriminalise the use...

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to host Brexit conference

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s future outside of the European Union is to be the subject of a special Chamber of Commerce conference next month. The conference,...

Not in the public interest to apply a public interest test, says Cornwall Council, when asked about the cost of “interim” staff

22nd August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has refused to disclose details of "temporary" senior officials who earn vast daily rates of pay, even refusing to apply a...

Missing In Action: Cornwall Council’s planning committee

19th August 2018 By Anne North A scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has again been cancelled – for the 12th time in 13 months.  The committee...

EXCLUSIVE: Here it comes – the Cornwall plan for a “no-deal” Brexit

19th August 2018 By Graham Smith Emergency plans to cope with food, petrol and medicine shortages, caused by a “no deal” Brexit, will be unveiled next week – finally...