Camborne

Reform UK makes it six out of six in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The first day of the general election campaign has brought a significant boost to the chances of Cornwall electing a Labour MP for the first time...

Going underground? Heat and power pipes for Truro New Town “on hold”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor is under pressure to make an “individual decision” about a multi-million pound energy project intended to power the proposed Truro New...

Dolcoath Avenue offices to close next week

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall Council offices at Dolcoath Avenue,Camborne, will close next week. The council’s Conservative administration took the decision to sell in July last year as part...

Heartlands: could you “balance the commercial opportunities while maintaining Cornwall’s heritage?” asks council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is advertising for someone to take over its £35 million 21-acre Heartlands site at Pool, Redruth. Once part of the South Crofty tin mine,...

Stop the clocks: it’s end of an era in Camborne

By Julia Penhaligon There is deep gloom and foreboding in Camborne’s Commercial Street.  A sense that things will never be the same. They used to say that if the...

South Crofty: change at the top

By Peter Tremayne The man who rescued South Crofty tin mine from administration in 2016 has stepped down as chief executive. A vastly experienced geologist, Peter Williams will remain...

Camborne’s Dolcoath council offices are to become a private residential care home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The site of the council offices at Dolcoath Avenue in Camborne is in line to become a private 66-bed care home for the elderly following a...

Pool’s £35 million Heartlands site, having flopped as a tourist resort, returns to County Hall control

By Lee Trewhela Following concerns by people still living at Cornish heritage site Heartlands that maintenance of the site had stopped since the National Lottery pulled its funding and parts...

Go now, councillor urges Linda Taylor

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor was today (Wednesday) asked to resign over the sale of Camborne’s Dolcoath offices. Camborne Labour councillor Steve Barnes said the closure...

Flog It! Camborne’s Dolcoath offices are to be sold to “Party C”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some councillors are about to find out who is going to buy their Dolcoath offices in Camborne. Officials say they have a “preferred bidder” but claim...

Carry on banging! Stock car racing at United Downs looks safe for at least the next ten years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Stock car racing at United Downs, a popular community sport since 1969, appears set to continue until at least 2034 after Cornwall Council completed a mind-boggling...

Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp is “beyond its useful life” says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp near St Day is in line for a £2 million facelift . An official County Hall reports says the...

Let us spray: Newquay airport’s “hazardous aerosols” set for move to Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Some of the dangerous chemicals currently stored in a Newquay airport hangar, in defiance of planning rules, could soon be on their way to Redruth. Cornwall...

Are we nearly there yet? No

National Highways is warning motorists of more delays this weekend as the A30 around Chiverton Cross closes for more roadworks.  The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2022.

Camelford’s bypass would cost £59 million per mile – £147 million in total – but in an election year you can promise anything

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Conservatives have endorsed a gamble of £2.6 million to refresh a business case for the Camelford bypass. County Hall officials admit the road would be “poor...

Thumbs down for Leedstown housing plan

By Lee Trewhela The leader of Cornwall Council has been accused of acting “illegally” in connection with a plan for housing she opposes near where she lives. Councillor Linda...

Countdown to sale of Camborne’s Dolcoath offices

By Julia Penhaligon The future of Cornwall Council’s offices at Dolcoath, Camborne, are set to be determined at a cabinet meeting on 20th March. County Hall officials had invited...

Camborne-Redruth MP George Eustice votes against government on whether councils can boycott Israel

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne-Redruth MP George Eustice was one of eight Tory rebels to vote against the government last night on a bill designed to stop local councils withdrawing...

Camborne-Redruth: the constituency where at least two Parliamentary candidates have problems with total recall

By Lee Trewhela The prospective Labour candidate for the hotly contested Camborne-Redruth-Hayle seat has denied he has knocked on doors dishonestly claiming to be a “local councillor” while canvassing...

Train don’t stop at Camborne: demise of £35 million Heartlands project after only 12 years turns spotlight on Cornwall Council’s priorities

By Julia Penhaligon Friday’s announcement that the Heartlands’ visitor attraction at Pool, between Camborne and Redruth, is to close has been met with an outpouring of anger and dismay....

Boxing Day: a good day for Fantastic Mr Fox to stay at home

By Julia Penhaligon At least four fox hunts – and hunt saboteurs – will be out across Cornwall for their traditional Boxing Day confrontations. According to the Countryside Alliance,...

Dolcoath Engine House saved: Camborne Town Council to buy it for £1

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Camborne Town Council is to buy the old Dolcoath Engine House from Cornwall Council for £1, thereby keeping the Grade 2 listed building in public ownership....

Restaurant fined for “filthy and rancid” conditions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The owner of the Amity Tandoori, Redruth, has been fined £14,000 after a series of food inspections found the premises to be “filthy and rancid.” Sultan...

Four weeks of non-stop sewage alerts sparks beach protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sea swimmers have staged a demonstration at Portreath to protest against what they say is 26 consecutive days of sewage alerts. Surfers Against Sewage, and Labour...

Small earthquake in Cornwall, no reports of any damage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded last night in the Helston area.  Any earthquake of 2.5 or less is usually detectable only by specialist equipment. Some...

Rail upgrade closes the mainline through Cornwall until 12th November

By Peter Tremayne Network Rail is today (Tuesday) starting work on signalling improvement which will close the mainline through Cornwall for nearly two weeks. Buses will replace trains on...

How it works: the link between government and agri-business

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has set up a consultancy business to sell his agricultural expertise. Mr Eustice, who is leaving Parliament at the next...

Crumbling concrete found at Camborne College

The Department for Education has added the Penhaligon building, Camborne College, to the list of education establishments found to have crumbling concrete (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) in its...

A new dawn for Crofty? This time it could really happen, as work starts to pump the tin mine dry

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The decades-old talk about resuming tin mining in Cornwall has taken a hugely significant step forward. For the first time in more than 20 years, heavily...

The war on motorists? County Hall surrenders again

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has abandoned a proposal to narrow Blowinghouse Hill, Redruth, after a three-week “consultation” has resulted in a victory for motorists over pedestrians. The road...

Council offices in Camborne now offered for sale on Rightmove

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has put its Camborne offices up for sale. An “in principle” decision was taken by the council’s cabinet in July but some councillors say...

The curious case of the Cornwall Council cabinet reshuffle and the press release which failed to mention the changing job descriptions

By Julia Penhaligon A County Hall press release issued on 24th August, announcing a Cornwall Council cabinet reshuffle, failed to mention that shareholder responsibility for the Corserv group of...

Life-size statue of comedian Jethro seeks a permanent home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There is one of Charlie Chaplin at Leicester Square, London.  Caerphilly has Tommy Cooper.  Morecombe, naturally, has Eric Morecombe.  Aylesbury has a statue of Ronnie Barker....

Planners say “no” to solar farm near Camborne

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 9-2 to refuse permission for a 100-acre solar farm on land south of Camborne. The proposed Penhale Moor solar farm, between Barripper and...

Green energy or food? Planners ponder another solar farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Splits in Conservative Party policy over solar farms could be revealed today (Thursday) when Cornwall’s planners consider proposals for a 100-acre site near Camborne. While some...

Solar farm recommended for approval

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a 100 acre solar farm near Camborne have been recommended for approval. The proposed Penhale Moor solar farm, between Barripper and Carnhell Green in...

Cornwall Council to quit Camborne offices

by Julia Penhaligon The Conservative administration at Cornwall Council continued its “closing down sale” today (Wednesday) when the ruling cabinet approved plans to close and sell its Dolcoath Avenue...

Three men charged with attempted murder following incident at Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Three men are due to appear before Truro magistrates today (Tuesday) charged with attempted murder, following an incident in Redruth last week. Police have charged Gavin...

Why not close County Hall and sell it? asks former Cornwall Council leader

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials appear to be in a race against time to close and sell as many council offices as possible before voters get a chance...

South Crofty tin mine reaches significant milestone in plan to resume production

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South Crofty tin mine, near Redruth, has taken another step towards resuming production for the first time since 1998. Cornish Metals has successfully installed the first...

Chiverton’s magic roundabout will close A30 again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane National Highways is again closing the A30 overnight from Chiverton Cross to Boxheater tomorrow night and Friday night.  The road will be closed each night from...

Where is everybody? Cornwall Council wonders what to do with its empty buildings, now that many staff work from home

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials are squaring up for another tussle with elected councillors over the future of some council buildings, particularly the Dolcoath offices at Camborne. Officials...

Chiverton’s amazing vanishing magic roundabout has shifted A30 traffic delays a few miles further west

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The A30 to the west of Truro, at Chiverton, has reopened after a weekend of major redesign which has replaced the notorious 33-year-old roundabout with a...

Sign of the times: two more Post Offices set to close

Post Offices in Wadebridge and Portreath are closing, forcing residents of the two towns to travel long distances to post parcels and use counter services.  Both had been housed...

Tories select Connor Donnithorne as Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Connor Donnithorne has been chosen as the Conservative candidate to fight the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency at the next general election. He was...

Conservatives in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle prepare to choose their champion

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency are closing in on the selection of their prospective Parliamentary candidate to fight the next general election. George...

Homes for badgers or for local people? Row over whether land is “brownfield” or nature reserve splits parish

By Lee Trewhela Proposals by a parish council to build affordable housing on former Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) barracks in Cornwall are being opposed by a climate action...

Camborne council offices “deliberately run down” and closure plans “a stab in the back” complain councillors

By Julia Penhaligon Proposals to close Cornwall Council offices in Camborne have left a councillor “absolutely livid” and determined to campaign for its survival. Redruth’s Labour councillor Steve Barnes...

Harder and faster: Another high-profile council HQ set for closure and sale

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s offices at Dolcoath, Camborne, are to be closed and sold.   The site is likely to be demolished and then redeveloped for housing. Two years...

Councillors seek to reap what they sow, as they queue up to say nice things about farmers

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has passed a ‘landmark’ motion to support farmers by committing to proactively sourcing produce – particularly meat and dairy but also plant-based products...

Cornwall Council’s housing “pod” tenant complains of “living hell” anti-social behaviour

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon A woman, who lost her business and home due to the effects of the Covid pandemic and cost of living crisis, has spoken...

How would you spend £23.7 million to improve Camborne? Not everyone is happy with “cafe culture” proposals

By Lee Trewhela A public consultation to improve Camborne town centre as part of the £23.7m Town Deal money awarded to revitalise the historic Cornish mining town has been...

Planners approve huge waste handling plant at Hallenbeagle

By Richard Whitehouse A massive new facility to deal with Cornwall’s waste and recycling has been approved with councillors urging the operators to place solar panels on the roof...

Business park set to become home for storing and sorting much of Cornwall’s waste

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A business park near Redruth is set to become the focal point for storing and sorting much of Cornwall’s waste. The Cornwall business park at Hallenbeagle,...

Cornwall’s 999 fire control centre is saved

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fire control centre at Tolvaddon, Redruth, has been saved. As expected, Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet voted unanimously this morning (Wednesday) to accept the recommendation of...

Boy, 12, killed in Redruth traffic accident

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating a fatal road traffic accident in Redruth yesterday (Monday.) Officers were called to reports of a collision involving a white Iveco van and...

Cornwall’s 999 fire control centre saved as councillors defy officials and demand budget must be changed

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors have thwarted an attempt by senior officials to close the 999 critical control centre at Tolvaddon, near Camborne. The call-handling centre is at the...

Hong Kong venture capitalists take away £15 million slice of Cornwall’s hot rocks energy company

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The renewable energy potential of Cornwall’s hot rocks look set to benefit a Hong Kong based investor registered in the British Virgin Islands. Kerogen Capital is...

A new dawn for Crofty? This time it looks like they really mean it

By Peter Tremayne South Crofty could be only four months from starting a crucial operation which might one day lead to a resumption of tin mining – creating up...

EXCLUSIVE: Future of Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control to remain a mystery until after budget vote

By Peter Tremayne A business case describing the future of Cornwall’s 999 fire control unit at Tolvaddon, Camborne, will have to wait until it is properly “formulated” before it...

Plans to transform Camborne’s Park Gerry

By Richard Whitehouse A community park in Camborne could be transformed with plans to install a skate park, pavilion building, multi-use games area and a sensory garden.  An outline...

Redruth fails to warm to County Hall’s campaign for a mayor

By Richard Whitehouse On a dark, cold January evening a public meeting to discuss Cornwall’s new devolution deal and whether we should have an elected mayor was always going...

George Eustice quits – will not contest next general election

By Julia Penhaligon Conservative MP George Eustice has announced he will not contest the next general election.  The news will trigger a scramble among Cornwall’s Conservatives to succeed him...

Cornwall’s 999 fire control unit won’t close – but details of its future are still not clear

By Julia Penhaligon It looks as if Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control has been saved – although the exact nature of its future remains a mystery. Senior officials who...

Foodbank prepares to deliver 3,000 Christmas meals to those in need

By Anne North Volunteers at the Camborne, Redruth and Pool foodbank are preparing to deliver this year’s Christmas meals and gifts. Yesterday (Monday) saw the first day of food...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

Labour expels its vice chairwoman in Camborne and Redruth

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has expelled its vice chairwoman in the Camborne and Redruth constituency. Fiona McGowan had also been a delegate to the recent Labour conference...

Labour selects Perran Moon as its Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has selected Perran Moon to be its Parliamentary candidate to challenge Camborne, Redruth and Hayle’s Conservative MP George Eustice. Local party activists made...

Labour Party two weeks from selecting Parliamentary candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

By Graham Smith Labour Party members in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency are to meet on Saturday 19th November to choose their Parliamentary candidate to fight the next...

EXCLUSIVE: Camborne, Redruth & Hayle Labour Party rumpus as big-wigs block local councillor’s bid to become Parliamentary candidate

By Graham Smith The Labour Party is bracing itself for a volley of complaints from its Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency after blocking a high-profile Cornwall councillor from seeking...

Labour’s race for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle back on, after “diversity” pause

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has resumed its quest for a Parliamentary candidate in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency. Party bosses last week paused the process, claiming...

Speculation grows about Labour Party intentions in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle constituency

By Graham Smith The decision of the Labour Party’s “High Command” to pause its selection of a Parliamentary candidate in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency has encouraged speculation...

Philip Desmonde quits Cornwall Council cabinet

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Philip Desmonde has resigned as the cabinet portfolio holder for transport.  He is to be replaced by 25-year-old Connor Donnithorne, elected to the council...

EXCLUSIVE: Labour quest for Parliamentary candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle delayed as party “shoots itself in the foot”

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has paused its selection of a Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency following an intervention by regional officials in Bristol....

Cornwall Council planners approve controversial housing scheme to be built by their own development company

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has approved a controversial planning application at Connor Downs, near Hayle, where the applicant was its own property development company. Treveth wants to build...

Labour hopes to have Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle within weeks

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party is edging closer towards selecting a Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency, as it attempts to overhaul the 8,700 majority...

Council chiefs face uphill struggle if they pursue the idea of outsourcing Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre

By Peter Tremayne The future of Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre at Tolvaddon, Camborne, looks set to consume a vast amount of County Hall administrative time and resources...

Battle commenced: the fight to save Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre under scrutiny

By Peter Tremayne The future of Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre at Tolvaddon, Camborne, has attracted 19 questions from members of the public at this morning’s (Thursday’s) meeting...

Firefighters to protest at County Hall tomorrow over plans to close local 999 emergency call centre

By Richard Whitehouse and Peter Tremayne The political problems piling up for Cornwall Council are set to get worse tomorrow when firefighters lobby councillors over plans to scrap the...

Cornwall councillor Kate Ewert sets sights on becoming Labour MP for Camborne & Redruth

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Kate Ewert has confirmed that she is seeking nomination as Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Hayle and Redruth constituency. The seat is...

George Eustice adds to the criticism of government’s economic approach, comparing Liz Truss to Ted Heath

By Julia Penhaligon The Camborne and Redruth MP, George Eustice, has blamed Prime Minister Liz Truss for rocketing interest rates in the wake of her “mini budget” – which...

Councillors invited to tour regional fire control rooms as County Hall sets its sights on closing Cornwall’s own facility by October next year

By Graham Smith Members of a Cornwall Council watchdog committee could be invited on a tour of the country to see how 999 emergency fire and rescue calls are...

999 emergency fire service call centre could be moved hundreds of miles outside of Cornwall, says official report

By Peter Tremayne Local 999 emergency call handling for fire and rescue crews could move to one of three large regions far from Cornwall, if councillors accept a report...

Labour activist sets sights on becoming Parliamentary candidate in Camborne & Redruth

By Graham Smith Campaigning to become Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Camborne and Redruth has got underway in anticipation of a formal selection contest after next week’s party conference. Perran...

Tories in trouble as assault on Cornwall’s emergency control centre provokes backlash from the public

By Peter Tremayne Problems are mounting for Cornwall’s Conservatives ahead of Wednesday’s full meeting of Cornwall Council, as nearly 2,500 people have rushed to sign a petition objecting to...

Fire Brigades Union slams County Hall plan to close emergency call centre

By Richard Whitehouse The Fire Brigades Union has said that Cornwall Council should be “utterly ashamed” after plans to scrap the 999 control centre for Cornwall Fire and Rescue...

Quest for fire service control “efficiencies” catches the eye

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors are trying to find out more about a proposal to make “efficiencies” in the fire and rescue service control room.  The word “efficiencies” is...

Cornwall’s health workers to be offered pre-fab housing

By Anne North Health workers in west Cornwall are to be offered short-term modular housing as part of a drive to help ease the NHS recruitment crisis. Six pop-up...

Planners approve “affordable” development at Troon

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 7-2, with one abstention, to approve the development of 30 “affordable” homes at Troon, near Camborne. All of the properties are supposed...

Cornish police officer “would have been sacked” if she had not resigned, says disciplinary panel

By Peter Tremayne A former Camborne police constable has been found guilty of breaching professional standards.  WPC Sarah Trewern resigned from the Devon and Cornwall force before a misconduct...

Cornish tin prospectors raise nearly £1 million, and prepare for test drilling near Helston

By Rashleigh MacFarlane For the first time in decades, tin will soon be extracted from deep underground in Cornwall. A programme of test drilling is about to get underway...

More pre-fabs set to sprout in Camborne

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is seeking planning permission to build flats on the site of a Camborne car park. The pre-fabricated buildings will replace the temporary “bunkabins” at...

If you go down to the woods today you still won’t have to pay to park your car

By Graham Smith Car parking charges will not be introduced at Tehidy Woods, near Camborne, in a major triumph for “people power” which has forced a County Hall U-Turn....

Cornwall councillor responsible for car parking “surprised” by Tehidy Woods charging proposals

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall Council cabinet member has apologised to councillors for not telling them about plans to introduce parking charges at a popular beauty...

If you go down to the woods today, you’d better first sign the petition about car park charges

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 7,000 people have signed a petition resisting Cornwall Council plans to impose car parking charges at Tehidy Woods, near Camborne. An official council consultation about...

How climate activists found a way to make Camborne MP George Eustice contribute to their cause

By Julia Penhaligon Supporters of the climate protest group Insulate Britain have bought the Camborne offices of Environment Secretary George Eustice. It means that rent paid by the Camborne...

Banger racing to resume at United Downs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Stock car racing will make a comeback in Cornwall this year after County Hall signed a new lease with operators Purple Cornwall. The deal is a...

EXCLUSIVE: Energy company’s bid to force disclosure of Cornwall’s hot rocks secrets

By Graham Smith Energy prospectors are trying to force Cornwall Council to share secret drilling data from the “hot rocks” geothermal explorations currently underway at United Downs. Geothermal Engineering...

Cornwall’s Opposition parties frustrated by delays in selecting general election candidates

By Julia Penhaligon The selection of Parliamentary candidates to challenge any of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs is being delayed by national party priorities. Labour Party bureaucrats are determined to...

“Kill The Bill” protest planned for Camborne on Saturday

By Graham Smith Demonstrators are planning to assemble outside the office of Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice on Saturday (15th January) to protest against the Police, Crime, Sentencing...