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Tamar Bridge tolls to rise unless government provides more cash

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council will continue to press the Government to provide money to cover the loss of income on the Tamar Bridge and...

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

Cornwall’s council tax bills set to rise

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Households in Cornwall will see their council tax bills rise by at least £30 a year next April.  The actual increase is likely...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council set to slash funding for Newquay spaceport – is this “the final nail in the coffin?”

By Graham Smith Plans to build a spaceport at Newquay look set to take a massive blow next week when Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet decides to pull more than...

Government criticised for failure to promote Cornish language

By Richard Whitehouse The Council of Europe has criticised the British government for failing to carry out its responsibilities in promoting the Cornish language. A new report has been...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s nightclubs told they can re-open, but without music or dancing

By Richard Whitehouse Nightclubs have been told that they can reopen their doors, but only if they operate as pubs and have no music or dancing. Cornwall Council’s licensing...

Council staff finally told their jobs are on the line, as County Hall bosses sharpen the axe

By Graham Smith Details are starting to emerge of the 200 job losses at Cornwall Council, as the authority tries to present its 2021 budget proposals as a positive...

EXCLUSIVE: What County Hall executives are telling managers about how to handle the bad news about jobs and offices

By Graham Smith Senior Cornwall Council managers are this morning (Wednesday) learning details of which buildings could be declared surplus, as the authority prepares to launch formal redundancy talks...

Cornwall’s alternative education provider gets new 10-year contract

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The families of children who are excluded from school have been told of a new 10-year contract with the Trust which provides their education. The Camborne-based...

Fly Virgin for a smooth ride which will take your satellite to…. er…. um…. we’ll get back to you about that

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company – the only company in the world planning to use Newquay as a spaceport – has updated its “service policy” in...

Once-a-fortnight limit on trips to the tip, as council draws up new rules for household waste recycling centres

By Peter Tremayne People who drive to their local household waste recycling centre will be restricted to only one trip per fortnight, under a new regime to be considered...

Villagers register their local pub as a “community asset” in a bid to keep it open

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in the tiny hamlet of Newton-in-St Martin, on The Lizard, are trying to rescue their local pub – which is up for sale and at...

Planners vote 8-6 to draw the line between town and country in Truro

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build six large new houses on the outskirts of Truro have been refused permission after councillors said that the site was in open countryside....

Planners reject hotel-to-flats proposal at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to demolish a former hotel in Newquay and replace it with a modern block of flats have been refused planning permission. The planning application to...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall wants to axe 200 jobs

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is today (Tuesday) launching an appeal for 200 voluntary redundancies. There are few details at the moment, but the council is inviting people who...

Could Cornwall be merged with Devon, Somerset and Dorset? Government ponders major shake-up of local councils

By Graham Smith Councillors are preparing to defend Cornwall against plans to merge the county with Devon, Somerset and Dorset in what would be the biggest and most radical...

Who ate all the pies? Government reveals who scoffed the most during Eat Out To Help Out

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, which cost taxpayers £180 million to subsidise the hospitality sector, saw North Cornwall top the local “league table”...

Crunch-time approaching for Cornwall’s leisure centres, as nearly 1,800 sign petition demanding that St Ives reopens

By Peter Tremayne Pressure is growing on Cornwall Council to pay extra to reopen some of the leisure centres which its private management company insists must stay closed because...

Cormac-gate: Cornwall Council leader’s “investigation” failed to produce a report

By Graham Smith An “investigation” by Cornwall Council leader Julian German, into a serious accident which ended a Cormac worker’s career, has failed to produce any report. In April,...

Cornwall is the “perfect example” of why planning rules should change, says Robert Jenrick

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Scandal-hit housing secretary Robert Jenrick has visited Cornwall to tell Conservative party supporters and local government figures that his proposed reform of planning...