Camelford local news

Motorists warned to avoid Camelford town centre because of unsafe building

An unsafe building has forced the closure of the main A39 road through Camelford.  Diversions are in place.  Cornwall Council recently agreed to spend £2.6 million on yet another...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: here come the lawyers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners against a seaweed farm off the North Cornwall coast have raised more than £16,000 to help finance a legal challenge. The “Save Port Isaac Bay”...

General Election 2024: the bookies again shorten their odds on a Lib Dem victory in North Cornwall – where the Greens could beat Labour

By Julia Penhaligon Bookmakers appear increasing willing to think that the Liberal Democrats could defeat the Conservatives in North Cornwall. In the space of only a few days they...

Labour Party has a Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Labour has selected Robyn Harris as its Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall. Ms Harris, from Wadebridge, works for Cormac.  She hopes to build on the progress...

What else can you do when your football team has just lost a 7 goal thriller in the final minute of extra time?

It is rarely the case that Port Isaac is short of celebrities.  Liverpool football club manager Jurgen Klopp thought the best way of shedding the bitter taste of Sunday's...

Is this the launch of Cornwall’s Tory farewell closing-down sale?

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon With fewer than 14 months before they next face the voters, Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative administration has been asked if it is “playing...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: this week sees two chances to find out what they are really all about

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall’s seaweed wars move up a gear this week with two public meetings. The first is tomorrow (Tuesday) at the St Percival Institute, St Minver,...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: the first shot was fired at the bottom of page 36

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Battle lines are being drawn over plans for seaweed farms off the North Cornwall coast. The Marine Management Organisation has received applications for large farms at...

Camelford bypass: the cracks appear already

By Julia Penhaligon A blue-on-blue Conservative party split appears to be widening within days of a Cornwall Council decision to spend £2.6 million on yet another business case for...

North Cornwall’s Lib Dems get their man

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have selected solicitor Ben Maguire as their Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming general election. Mr Maguire now seeks to fill the shoes...

Camelford’s golden mile: the traditional election-year bypass promise would now cost a staggering £147 million

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

Cornwall’s first “constructed wetlands” – aiming to prevent sewage polluting the River Camel – come a step closer

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Open air sewage bogs are to be created deliberately in two areas of North Cornwall to make it easier for property developers to realise profits. Land...

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: County Hall’s cunning plan to revive the Camelford bypass

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Details are expected soon about what a cut-price Camelford bypass might look like, as the issue prepares to make its traditional guest appearance on the political...

When the wind blows

The B3266 at Washaway, between Bodmin and Camelford, yesterday (Tuesday.)

Hundreds without electricity in North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 700 homes are without electricity in the St Kew Highway area of North Cornwall, near Wadebridge, close to the A39. Western Power was alerted to...

Watch out for floods, Environment Agency warns North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Several areas in North Cornwall are at risk of flooding as the River Tamar and its tributaries continue to rise during heavy rain. The Environment Agency...

Camelford’s “metric martyrs” now just a footnote in history, as government declares there is no way back for pounds and ounces

By Julia Penhaligon The long march backwards to revive Imperial weights’ measurements such as pounds and ounces has finally ground to a halt. A campaign born in Camelford 23...

Police say North Cornwall rave is “unacceptable”

By Harold Callahan Police claim to be “dealing with an illegal rave in the Camelford area.”  They appear to have closed the main A39 road to prevent access onto...

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,...

Swamped: Cornwall’s developers told they can carry on house-building provided they help create new sewage bogs close to protected wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners look set to push ahead with a novel trading scheme in the New Year which would allow property developers to continue building houses close...

County Hall pushes ahead with plan to axe school transport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 80 children from four schools will be required to walk up to three miles on narrow country lanes if Cornwall Council approves a recommendation coming...

Sits Vac: Liberal Democrats seek new Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Graham Smith Phil Hutty has resigned as the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall, triggering a fresh selection contest. Cornwall Reports understands that local activists were divided...

The Battle for Trevalga: big money won, leaving locals to wonder what happens next

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A tiny hamlet of Trevalga, between Tintagel and Boscastle, has been sold to one of the world’s largest property companies. The William Pears Group is understood...

Camelford by-pass not dead, insists North Cornwall MP

By Graham Smith Plans for a Camelford by-pass are not dead, the North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has insisted, after last week’s scrapping of the HS2 rail link and...

A30 on Bodmin Moor to close tonight while police investigate fatal accident

By Peter Tremayne The A30 over Bodmin Moor will close tonight (Sunday) so that police can resume their investigation into a fatal accident.  The closure will require long diversions....

National Trust adds another piece to the Tintagel jigsaw

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust has bought more than 50 acres of farmland and cliffs adjoining Tintagel castle. The Trust already owns a considerable amount of land in...

Tales of the Riverbank: Tories set to dump more sewage into Cornwall’s rivers in bid to protect house builder profits

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Communities secretary Michael Gove is set this morning (Tuesday) to rip up environmental rules and allow house builders to dump more sewage into rivers. Wildlife groups...

Bodmin man sent to secure mental hospital after threatening staff at office of local MP

By Peter Tremayne A judge has sent Ian Rogerson, 44, of Bodmin, to a secure psychiatric hospital after hearing how he entered the constituency office of North Cornwall MP...

Hands up if you would like to be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall or St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has started the process for selecting Parliamentary candidates for the next general election in North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies. Both constituencies are...

Hot rocks power station for Camelford?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A geothermal “hot rocks” power plant could be on the cards for Camelford . Geothermal Engineering Ltd has asked Cornwall Council for an environmental impact assessment...

Much of Cornwall at “very high risk” of wildfires, says Met Office

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Large areas of north Cornwall are at “very high risk” of wildfires because of the hot, dry, weather, according to the Met Office. Last year saw...

St Breward’s village shop set to close, while the Isles of Scilly observes the end of an era

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s most remote communities - St Breward on Bodmin Moor is to lose its “lifeline” local shop and Post Office. The St Breward Stores...

Multi-million pound spending schemes will continue to escape scrutiny, as councillors agree an “action plan” which will not change anything

By Graham Smith Auditors have agreed an “action plan” which Cornwall’s Conservatives hope will put an end to free-spending on major capital projects which go disastrously wrong. County Hall’s...

EXCLUSIVE – Camelford bypass “could be shorter” and make greater use of existing B-road

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has again insisted that it has not abandoned its plans for a Camelford bypass - despite the government’s rejection of the £73.4 million road...

Helland Bridge badly damaged by another lorry, only six months after it reopened

By Graham Smith Only six months after it reopened, Helland Bridge, near Bodmin, has again been badly damaged by a lorry. The 15th century listed building, which spans the...

Camelford by-pass: County Hall sends its thoughts about a cheaper road to Whitehall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has submitted a last-ditch bid to the government to keep alive its hopes for a Camelford by-pass. The council’s cabinet portfolio holder for transport,...

Strictly for the birds: starlings do their thing on Bodmin Moor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall photographer Peter Glaser has recorded what happened when thousands of starlings descended on him on Bodmin Moor.  A huge murmuration of the birds enveloped...

Hot Fuzz: police add to their arsenal of crime-busting kit with new four-wheel-drive buggy

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police will soon be able to chase villains all over Bodmin Moor, thanks to a new “all-terrain” vehicle. Not much larger than a...

Boxing Day hunts continue to provoke controversy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hunt saboteurs are planning to film the traditional Boxing Day meet of the North Cornwall hunt in Camelford this morning (Monday.) Trail hunting is legal but...

Back To Brown: County Hall tells North Cornwall property developers they can resume dumping sewage in the rivers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have agreed to relax the rules about phosphate pollution of the River Camel and its tributaries, signalling a green light to developers to resume...

EXCLUSIVE: The government still hasn’t told us that the Camelford bypass is not going to happen, says Cornwall Council, as costs reach £69 million.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The official cost of the Camelford bypass has risen to £69 million, according to a County Hall Freedom of Information answer. It now looks highly unlikely...

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...

King Arthur’s bridge conquers the rest of Britain – now takes on the world

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tintagel Castle footbridge has won another award. Five years after planners gave the bridge the go-ahead, the £5 million project can now claim to be...

Bude crematorium gets the go-ahead as planners vote 7-4 to back project

By Richard Whitehouse Controversial plans for a new crematorium in North Cornwall have been approved, by seven votes to four, despite hundreds of objections from local people. Planning permission...

Davidstow cheese factory still upsetting local residents, despite £1.5 million fine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Davidstow cheese factory on Bodmin Moor is at the centre of a new pollution row, only a few months after being fined a record £1.5...

Who killed the Camelford by-pass? County Hall blame game over how costs nearly doubled in three years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative cabinet is coming under pressure to make a final decision about whether to throw more money at plans for a Camelford by-pass,...

Back to the drawing board – £6.5 million and three years wasted, as government dismisses Cornwall Council’s Camelford by-pass proposals as “poor value for money”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a Camelford by-pass, developed by Cornwall Council at a cost to local taxpayers of nearly £6.5 million, have been described as “poor value for...

St Austell link road makes progress, but Camelford by-pass could fall victim to Halloween budget

By Rashleigh MacFarlane and Richard Whitehouse The government’s “corrective” budget, to be set out on Monday 31st October, could finally see the shelving of plans for a Camelford by-pass....

New phosphate calculator aims to change the way planners view pollution of the River Camel, where a development embargo has been in place for 18 months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners are hoping to ease the restrictions on property development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall. In April 2021 Cornwall Council was forced to...

Home Office “wanted to use Camelot Castle for asylum-seekers” claims Tintagel hotel owner

By Julia Penhaligon The owner of Tintagel’s Camelot Castle has claimed the Home Office wanted to use his hotel to house asylum seekers. John Mappin told Nigel Farage’s GB...

The Battle for Trevalga: locals rally to protest the sale of their homes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The tiny North Cornwall hamlet of Trevalga, near Tintagel, is planning another rally next week as residents look to step up their campaign against the sale...

Christmas tree nursery damaged by fire

By Peter Tremayne Fire has severely damaged a Christmas tree nursery near Bodmin.  It broke out at the Cedar Croft Nurseries and Storage at St Tudy at about 5.45pm...

North Cornwall hotel, closed by Covid in 2020, could be converted to two detached houses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Bossiney House hotel, near Tintagel, could be converted into two houses if a planning application is successful. The 16-bedroom hotel, which dates originally from the...

Truro stadium, Camelford by-pass and Looe Valley cycle trail – Cornwall Council’s axe swings at the low-hanging fruit

By Julia Penhaligon It looks as if the final nail in the coffin of a Truro stadium is about to be hammered into place, as Cornwall Council is poised...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann gets key role in animal welfare at Defra

By Graham Smith The government has now published details of the role to be played by North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, appointed last week as a junior minister at...

Tintagel castle in danger of falling into the sea, says English Heritage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane English Heritage has launched a fundraising appeal to help protect Tintagel castle from coastal erosion.  It is one of six sites in in the organisation’s care...

Bude crematorium planning battle approaching the finish line

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of the most controversial planning battles seen in North Cornwall for many years is due to reach its conclusion next week. It is now nearly...

Cornwall burning: fire at Glebe Cliff, Tintagel

Fire crews are tackling a large open fire at Glebe Cliff, Tintagel.  The first fire engine was called at 8.45am but a short time ago a water carrier from...

The Battle for Trevalga reaches Westminster, as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries orders Charity Commission to investigate

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has intervened in the “Battle of Trevalga” – a tiny North Cornwall hamlet, owned by a high-profile private school, which faces destruction...

How to ensure a clear water revival? River Camel and its tributaries remain plagued by pollution problems

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 100 people attended a public meeting at The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge, last night to discuss the continuing water pollution problems affecting the River Camel and...

The Queen is not amused: Davidstow cheese factory could lose its Royal seal of approval over Bodmin Moor pollution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Davidstow cheese factory is at risk of losing its Royal patronage unless it stops polluting Bodmin Moor with black sludge. The Queen is said to...

EXCLUSIVE: Marlborough College puts entire North Cornwall hamlet on the market (again)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Storm clouds are gathering over the tiny North Cornwall hamlet of Trevalga, near Tintagel, which is owned by the Marlborough College private school in Wiltshire. About...

EXCLUSIVE: The 30 year secret which describes how health officials considered trying to silence one of their fiercest critics over the Camelford water poisoning disaster

By Graham Smith Senior officials at the Department of Health were so concerned about their perceived response to the Camelford water poisoning disaster of 1988 that they considered taking...

Davidstow cheese factory fined £1.5 million for pollution offences

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Davidstow cheese factory, owned by Dairy Crest Ltd, has been fined £1.5 million for polluting the countryside to the harm of local residents. Dairy Crest...

“Doc Martin” surgery in North Cornwall, closed for two years because of Covid, might never reopen

By Anne North A small, rural doctors’ surgery in North Cornwall – closed for two years because of Covid – might never reopen because of staff shortages. The St...

Rave On: Davidstow’s “Not The Jubilee” party continues to irritate some locals

By Peter Tremayne Hundreds of people are still at an impromptu music festival on Davidstow moor, near Camelford, despite a three-day police presence at the site. Officers have made...

The wrong kind of Jubilee party has North Cornwall residents up in arms

By Peter Tremayne With dozens of roads in Cornwall due to be closed for the Queen’s Jubilee street parties this weekend, police are warning people to avoid Davidstow, near...

North Cornwall farmer gets his climate protest day in court

By Peter Tremayne A North Cornwall farmer is due to appear in court in East London this afternoon (Friday) accused of taking part in a climate change protest. Paul...

David Flower, former TV repair man, photographer and Tintagel local news website pioneer, dies

By Graham Smith One of the best known characters in Tintagel has died.  David Flower, a local photographer and publisher of the Tintagel Web community news site, was in...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Camelford by-pass: the £48.17 million project awaits a government decision as timetable slips

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The possibility of a £48.17 million by-pass to the north of Camelford is now waiting for the government to decide, finally, whether or not it will...

Planners again reject proposals for eight bungalows on golf course near Camelford

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial proposals for housing on land at the Bowood golf club, near Camelford, have been rejected by Cornwall planners. Officials had recommended refusal of the plans,...

Who should pay to repair Port Isaac’s harbour?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Port Isaac harbour wall is falling into the sea, raising the risk of tidal flooding but also posing questions about the nature of coastal life in...

Government promises to review “hit and run” laws after being forced to debate fatal accident in North Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne The government has promised to review the law on hit-and-run driving after Parliament debated a fatal road traffic accident in North Cornwall. Ryan Saltern, 31, was...

Sits Vac: North Cornwall Liberal Democrats seek new Parliamentary candidate

By Julia Penhaligon Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall are looking for a new Parliamentary candidate, after their 2019 champion Danny Chambers abandoned hopes of winning the seat at the...

Rescue services save four from car roof as Storm Aurore floods St Kew ford

By Peter Tremayne Rescue services were called to the St Kew ford last night to help recover four people trapped by floodwater on the roof of their car. The...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Twenty years later, and after a long “Metric Martyrs” march to Strasbourg and back, people in Camelford might soon be able to buy a pound of apples once more

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s review of post-Brexit weights and measures, offering retailers the prospect of once more selling goods in pounds and ounces, will revive memories a decades-old...

North Cornwall planning embargo could remain in place for months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Property developers and their agents have been invited to hear an update about the planning embargo which is affecting a large part of North Cornwall. The...

Call for more walk-in Covid vaccination centres in North and South East Cornwall is “a fair challenge”

By Anne North County Hall is to explore ways of increasing Covid vaccination opportunities in North and South East Cornwall, after hearing concerns that Stithians and Wadebridge are the...

15th century Helland Bridge, a Grade 1 scheduled monument, faces long closure after car crash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall has been closed, and badly damaged, after it was hit by a car. Helland Bridge,...

Covid-19: Cornwall records its first new cluster for more than a week

By Anne North A new cluster of Covid-19 cases has appeared in Cornwall, the first for more than a week. The Camelford and Tresmeer area recorded four new cases...

The Once and Future Kings of Tintagel settle in to their new roles as parish councillors

By Graham Smith Tintagel parish council took the first steps towards resolving community tensions last night (Thursday) by holding its first meeting since bitterly contested local elections two weeks...

County Hall confirms embargo on new building in part of North Cornwall: full details

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has today (Tuesday) confirmed – and given more details of – the embargo on new development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall....

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Land owners and property developers in North Cornwall are bracing themselves for a possible embargo on new building, pending investigation of serious pollution in the River...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

“Hitler Youth” group takes a hike on Bodmin Moor to protest against Covid lockdown

By Peter Tremayne A far-Right political group has taken a group of youths on a hike across Bodmin Moor to stage an anti Covid lockdown protest. The youths unfurled...

Budget boost for Okehampton rail link could benefit North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) budget support for improved rail services between Exeter and Okehampton. Regular services were withdrawn in 1972 but...

Canadian cheese giant gets £3.2 million of Cornwall’s “shovel-ready” Covid recovery cash

By Peter Tremayne The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is giving the Canadian multi-national dairy empire Saputo a £3.2 million grant to boost cheddar production at...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Tintagel parish council ordered to release information, after Commissioner rules that questions were not “vexatious”

By Julia Penhaligon Tintagel parish council has been ordered to release details of its accounts after the Information Commission ruled that it could not rely on its claim that...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Camelford bypass set to blight the north and west of the town as details emerge of proposed route

By Julia Penhaligon The construction of a £48.17 million bypass for Camelford is due to take a major step forward next week when Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet is due...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Democracy comes to Delabole, as one of Cornwall’s largest holes-in-the-ground gets its own parish council

By Richard Whitehouse Driving into Delabole there is an instant indicator of its most famous export – a fine piece of slate with Delabole engraved into it. A few...

Suspended jail sentence for Camelford man who punched paramedic

By Peter Tremayne A Camelford man who assaulted a paramedic has been given a suspended prison sentence, a rehabilitation order and ordered to pay compensation. Kevin Spillane, 27, was...

“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,...

Some of Cornwall’s indoor swimming pools might never reopen, warns new report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane At least a fifth of Cornwall’s publicly-owned indoor swimming pools could close permanently without a dramatic change in policy, according to a new report. Cornwall Council...