Business

How a hairline fracture in a turbine rotor blade led to the 10-month shutdown of St Dennis waste-to-energy plant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The controversial power generator which is part of the St Dennis waste incinerator complex was out of action for ten months before the turbine could be...

Penzance debates Brexit

About 200 people attended a debate about Brexit, held at Penwith College, Penzance, on Friday.  Organised by Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew George, the panel also included representatives of the...

Battery-powered passenger aircraft to fly to the Isles of Scilly?

By Richard Whitehouse The Isles of Scilly is in the running to be among the first destinations to see electric passenger aeroplanes. That is the belief of the chairman...

Government’s Brexit Fund rewards the Isles of Scilly 238 times more than Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has received the same amount of funding from the Government to prepare for Brexit as the Council of the Isles of Scilly. The Government...

Boris Johnson promises to replace Cornwall’s missing millions after Brexit

By Richard Whitehouse Details have been released for how leaders would like to see funding to replace EU cash distributed in Cornwall post Brexit. Funding from the EU which...

Failure to provide business waste documents costs Falmouth hotelier more than £2,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Failure to provide business waste documents has cost a Falmouth hotelier more than £2,000. Paul O'Sullivan, 46, of the Falmouth Town House Hotel on Grove Place,...

Fraud, bribery and corruption at County Hall: it costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds, and two people their jobs

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors have been asked to “note” an official report into fraud, bribery and corruption at County Hall.  The report advises of only a handful of...

Branson’s rocket finally arrives on the runway, but needs more tests before trying to reach the stars

By Peter Tremayne There are signs that Richard Branson is preparing for his first serious attempt to put a rocket into orbit, ahead of a make-or-break decision by Cornwall...

Council marks “Empty Homes Week” with reminder of loans available to bring properties back into use

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is reminding people that it can offer loans of £60,000-£210,000 to help bring empty properties back into use. Estimates of the value of empty...

Planners approve homes on site of former Redruth care centre

By Richard Whitehouse A planning committee has unanimously backed plans to build so-called “affordable” homes on the site of a former care centre. Cornwall Council had applied for permission...

Government gives cash to rival UK spaceports, as it becomes clear that Branson’s first commercial satellite launch is not now due until after Cornwall Council votes on £12million contribution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has announced more cash for a Newquay spaceport – but has awarded even larger sums to rival operations in Scotland and Wales. The news...

MPs now have an opportunity to restore protection for rural areas, as Bills for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment all come back from the dead

By Graham Smith The resumption of Parliament this morning (Wednesday) should restore progress of three Bills of vital importance to rural areas.  Much depends on whether the government make...

Planning permission for homes close to former tin mine refused – in case it ever re-opens

By Richard Whitehouse Proposals to build 99 new homes close to a mine which could be reopened have been refused planning permission. An application had been made for outline...

Boris Johnson lied to the Queen and should resign, says Cornwall For Europe

By Anne North With Cornwall’s MPs pondering their return to Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday), Cornwall for Europe, the local group campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU, has...

EXCLUSIVE: Council shelves suggestion that it could put homeless people in shipping containers, as numbers in bed and breakfast plummet

By Graham Smith There are no “firm” plans to make homeless people in Cornwall live in converted shipping containers, according to Cornwall Council. County Hall has confirmed it has...

County Hall to intervene when Cornwall’s private care homes fail

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has agreed that it will step in to rescue failing care homes amid concerns about the number of beds being lost. In agreeing to...

No plans to build 4,000 homes in Truro New Town, says council, insisting current planning approvals total only 2,700

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council says there are no plans to increase the number of homes to be built on the Langarth development outside Truro. The...

For sale: 4.3 acres of development land next to Truro railway station

By Julia Penhaligon More than 50 homes could be built on land close to Truro railway station, subject to a suitable planning application. A 4.3-acre brownfield site, owned by...

Only one man can now stop Cornwall’s £12 million gamble on a Newquay spaceport – and it’s Richard Branson

By Graham Smith Supporters of plans to build a spaceport at Newquay say they are confident that Cornwall Council will contribute £12 million when the project comes before a...

Cornwall’s household waste collection facing two months of uncertainty in quest for an “affordable” new contract

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Speculation is sweeping County Hall about the problems facing Cornwall Council’s plans for domestic waste collection, after the ruling cabinet went into secret session to discuss...