Caradon area local news

Labour selects oceans campaigner as Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has selected ocean conservation activist Anna Gelderd to be its Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall. She lives on the Rame Peninsula and...

Gunnislake bridge closed – Devon cut off

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A bridge linking Cornwall with Devon has closed for emergency repairs.  The Gunnislake Newbridge, built in 1520, will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) while engineers from Devon...

Ferries to the rescue as traffic accident closes A38

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Extra ferry crossings have been called into action today (Thursday) after a serious road traffic accident closed the A38, causing long delays to rush-hour traffic between...

Questions continue over “inadequate” primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is continuing to face questions over a village primary school labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted last year. The 60-pupil St Germans primary school, near Saltash,...

Grumpy about Tamar tolls? Think twice before signing that petition

By Peter Tremayne Motorists contemplating support for any petitions about the cost of crossing the River Tamar are advised to exercise caution: such petitions are seldom what they seem....

Worried that it costs too much to cross the Tamar? Just sign a Tory petition, that should fix it

By Julia Penhaligon Two Tory MPs have launched a petition calling for a freeze on Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry tolls. South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray and Plymouth...

Navy larks: nuclear sub whose missile flopped had just completed seven-year £500 million refit at Devonport

By Peter Tremayne A nuclear submarine whose test missile launch flopped had recently sailed from Devonport after a seven-year refit costing half a billion pounds. The embarrassing missile failure...

Tourism 1, Science 0: Never mind climate change, just carry on camping

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 8-2 to allow camping on the beach at Kingsand, despite an official warning from the Environment Agency and contrary to the advice of...

Calls grow to reopen Plymouth airport

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for Plymouth airport to be reopened. Although the last flight at Plymouth airport was in 2011, planning policies...

Tents on the beach still at serious risk of flooding and could not be safe, says Environment Agency

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners face a major test of how seriously they take climate change next week when they have to consider its impact on their favourite business...

South East Cornwall Tory activist appointed to House of Lords

By Julia Penhaligon The former chairman of the South East Cornwall Conservatives is among those appointed to the House of Lords by Rishi Sunak. Gunnislake-based businessman Peter Booth has...

When you arrive at a notorious A38 accident blackspot, slow down and remember Liz Truss

By Peter Tremayne Work to improve a notoriously dangerous junction on the A38 near Saltash is to be delayed because of how the 2022 economic crash impacted on the...

Police constable claimed she was sick so she could attend a wedding

By Harold Callahan A former police constable who last year won praise for her role at an emergency incident in East Cornwall has been found guilty of “gross misconduct”...

Liskeard-Looe trains hit by flooding

Trains between Liskeard and Looe have been disrupted this weekend by heavy rain.  The line at St Keyne was completely underwater.  The heavy rain has also delayed roadworks to...

£3 to cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar looks set to rise to £3 after a joint meeting of Cornwall and Plymouth councillors this afternoon (Friday.) Cash...

What lies beneath: rockers roll back costs and help avoid bridge delays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It seems probable that only a very small percentage of the thousands of motorists who cross the Tamar Bridge every day ever give more than a...

£3.20 to cross the River Tamar? Bridge and ferry tolls set to rise, despite 57% saying no

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar looks set to rise to £3.20 despite a 57% “vote” against any increase. Officials are recommending that they should...

“You’re killing our town,” councillor tells officials, as “one-size fits all” car parking charges come under review

By Lee Trewhela The emotive issue of Cornwall Council’s car parking tariff increases certainly isn’t going to go away any time soon judging from an impassioned plea by an...

The government should pay for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries, say Lib Dems and Mebyon Kernow

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, and Mebyon Kernow, have called for tolls at the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries to be scrapped. Both political parties are calling on...

“Systemic safety issues” caused death at Derriford hospital when woman was blown over by helicopter downdraft

By Peter Tremayne Air accident investigators have suggested safety improvements after a woman died at Derriford hospital when she was blown over by the downdraft from a helicopter. Jean...

When is a referendum not a referendum? If you want to have your say about River Tamar tolls, you’re too late

By Peter Tremayne A public consultation exercise to test the mood about how the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries should be paid for ended yesterday (Sunday) with the results...

Pony dies in South East Cornwall traffic accident

By Harold Callahan Two men have been seriously injured, and a pony has died, in a road traffic accident near Dobwalls. It happened on Wednesday evening (18th October) when...

EXCLUSIVE: Centuries-old Cornish tin mine poised to help unlock the secrets of the universe

By Peter Tremayne The quest for nuclear fusion – a way of harnessing the energy that makes stars – is to be boosted by a former tin mine in...

A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles? Why East and West Cornwall might hold contradictory opinions about crossing the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne A three-week “public consultation” about how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar is underway, with council chiefs in Cornwall and Plymouth watching nervously...

Callington shop breached fire safety rules

By Peter Tremayne A Chinese takeaway shop with associated staff accommodation has been ordered to pay £37,000 in fines and court costs following fire safety breaches. In January 2023,...

Who should pay for crossing the River Tamar? It’s even more complicated than you thought

By Peter Tremayne The row over tolls to use the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries has been illuminated by a written answer to a question asked at a Cornwall...

Fallen tree closed A38

The A38 between Bodmin and Dobwalls was closed in both directions yesterday afternoon (Sunday) when a large tree fell across the road.  National Highways diverted traffic while contractors cleared...

A38 is dangerous and must be upgraded, says councillor

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s cabinet is to consider an ambitious plan to upgrade the A38 in South East Cornwall. The idea has been put forward by several backbench...

Russell Brand show planned for Plymouth on Friday is now postponed

By Peter Tremayne The promoters of comedian Russell Brand’s scheduled performance in Plymouth on Friday have postponed the event, following allegations of serious sex crimes. A statement on the...

Plymouth Pavilions ponders Friday’s Russell Brand show as politicians have their say about sex claims

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Pressure is growing on the Plymouth Pavilions venue to cancel Friday’s scheduled performance by comedian Russell Brand, following allegations against him in the Sunday Times and...

The core of Cotehele’s appeal

Gardeners and volunteers at the National Trust’s Cotehele, near Calstock in South East Cornwall yesterday (Saturday) put the finishing touches to a giant apple mosaic as part of annual...

Going underground? Saltash tunnel to get “once-in-a-generation” facelift, as motorists are warned to expect months of delays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists who use the Saltash tunnel to access the Tamar Bridge face months of delays. Speed restrictions and diversions are to start on 18th September to...

When September comes: could Cornwall’s Tories sink the Torpoint ferries?

By Graham Smith Yesterday’s (Saturday’s) well-attended protest against Tamar Bridge tolls has helped draw battle lines for a conflict of ideas which will be heard in both Cornwall and...

Motorcyclist killed in collision with tractor and trailer near Liskeard

By Peter Tremayne A motorcyclist in his 40s, from Looe, has died in an accident involving a tractor and trailer on the B3252 at Horningtops, near Liskeard. The accident...

Looking for excitement? Not easily offended? It’s all kicking off in St Cleer

By Julia Penhaligon The wheels of local government in the normally-tranquil parish of St Cleer appear to be in need of lubrication. What seems to have started as a...

Parish council rumpus leads to calls for “three strikes and you’re out”

By Julia Penhaligon St Cleer, on Bodmin Moor, is normally a place of tranquil beauty.  With its overwhelmingly rural character, authorities describe St Cleer as “a civil parish.” But...

Planners say “no” to East Cornwall Hunt’s bid for new kennels, raising questions about the future of the hounds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have refused permission for the East Cornwall Hunt to keep up to 48 hounds in kennels on Bodmin Moor. The decision raises the possibility...

Motorists beware: new speed cameras now operate in Gunnislake

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two new speed cameras have been installed on a busy stretch of the A390 near Gunnislake. Positioned at either end of St Ann’s Chapel, the cameras...

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...

Brave New World: planners approve “carbuncle” to occupy Liskeard cattle market

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Liskeard’s 800-year-old cattle market is a step closer to a controversial transformation after Cornwall Council planners approved an application for a huge new office block this...

Phone mast adds blindspot to blackspot on A38 at Landrake

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has promised to raise the issue of a controversial mobile phone mast which has been built at the side of...

Who pays the ferryman? Tamar Bridge action group bends the ear of Cornwall Council’s cabinet members

By Lee Trewhela and Peter Tremayne There is a growing groundswell of opinion in Cornwall against paying the toll to cross the Tamar Bridge, which is having a “massive...

In the dog house: planners still unable to make up their minds about new kennels for East Cornwall hunt

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce row over a new home for the East Cornwall Hunt fox hounds looks as if it will remain unresolved nearly six months after it...

“We have to balance the books” says government, leaving A38 road safety campaigners furious that there will no improvements before 2030

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is postponing scheduled improvements to the A38 in East Cornwall, despite admitting that it has an unacceptable accident record and has claimed many lives...

Fire closes B3253 road at St Martins, near Looe

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is warning residents in the St Martins area, near Looe, to keep doors and windows closed because of smoke from a large fire at...

Pilgrims progress as big-time football beckons for Plymouth

By Peter Tremayne Plymouth Argyle has won promotion to the Championship – what used to be known as the “second division” – for the first time in 13 years....

Six lives in 10 days: the grim toll on Cornwall’s roads

By Peter Tremayne Four separate road traffic accidents in Cornwall have claimed a total of six lives in 10 days. A woman in her 20s, from Penzance, died after...

Jeremy Corbyn backing campaign for union recognition at Ginsters

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn MP was among more than 60 people at a public meeting in Callington last night (Saturday) demanding recognition, collective bargaining and representation rights...

Three dead in East Cornwall car crash

By Peter Tremayne Three people have died in a car crash near Liskeard. It happened late on Tuesday night on the A390 between St Ive and Merrymeet.  A car...

Jeremy Corbyn heading for Callington in bid to win trade union recognition at Ginsters

By Graham Smith Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to speak at a rally in Cornwall on Saturday supporting the campaign for trade union recognition at the...

Police sergeant accused of rape

By Peter Tremayne A former Devon & Cornwall Police officer is due to appear before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (19th April), charged with rape.  The charges relate to...

Wet feet in Looe this morning as town floods again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fire and rescue crews are assisting in Looe where overnight spring tides have again brought flooding to parts of the town.  Quay Road has been closed. ...

Planning row over East Cornwall foxhound kennels rumbles on

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The planning battle over a new home for the East Cornwall Hunt fox hounds has missed its “determination deadline” at County Hall, as local residents continue...

Inquest opened into death of sailor, 24, found at HMS Raleigh

By Peter Tremayne A Royal Navy sailor has been found dead at a training base in Cornwall. An inquest heard 24-year-old Leading Hand Benjamin Thomas was discovered at the...

East Cornwall Hunt in a fight over plan to relocate kennels

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce planning battle on Bodmin Moor has already generated nearly 100 public comments. The East Cornwall Hunt is seeking planning permission to keep 48 hounds...

Who will be prince across the water? Conservatives lose crucial Plymouth council by-election

By Julia Penhaligon Political control of Plymouth City Council is on a knife edge this morning (Friday) after the Conservatives lost a crucial by-election last night. Labour is now...

Man dies in North Cornwall car crash

By Peter Tremayne Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a two-vehicle accident on the A388 at Westcott Cross, St Dominic, Callington on Tuesday evening. The...

The cash price for crossing the Tamar Bridge goes up 60 pence from midnight on Sunday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The cash price of crossing the Tamar Bridge is set to increase 60 pence from midnight on Sunday (1st January) bringing the price to £2.60.  The...

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...

Tory leadership latest: how South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray set pulses racing – by mistake

By Graham Smith The perils of relying on social media for news have been underlined by an eye-popping headline on one of Cornwall’s mainstream news organisations. “Cornish MP says...

Pollution alert at South East Cornwall beach

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastguards are warning of a fuel spill at Tregonhawke beach, Whitsand Bay, in South East Cornwall. Surfers have found themselves covered in a sticky substance on...

Designated Survivor: if Boris Johnson once again ends up leading the Conservative Party – but next time from Cornwall – you read it first here…

By Julia Penhaligon It is never too early to start a rumour, preferably based on a few facts.  And it is a fact that many Conservatives wish they had...

Tearing up the green stuff? Cornwall’s Tories don’t know where to start

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear to be fighting among themselves over where to start relaxing planning controls and tearing up environmental protections, ahead of tomorrow’s deadline (Friday) for...

Soaring fuel bills force more firms to quit Cornwall’s town centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s failure to control inflation, particularly energy costs, is hitting Cornwall’s town centre business communities. Tindle newspapers, publishers of The Cornish Times and the Cornish...

Memo to Conservatives: calm down, there will be no by-election in South East Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The chances of a by-election in South East Cornwall have receded following claims that local MP Sheryll Murray will not, after all, be elevated to the...

Planners vote 5-4 to reject Menheniot dog kennels

By Richard Whitehouse Proposals to build kennels at a home in south east Cornwall have been rejected due to concerns over noise and that it could turn into a...

Suspended prison sentence, and costs of more than £6,500, for farmer who neglected sheep

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A sheep farmer from Callington has been given a 4-month suspended prison sentence and has been banned from keeping sheep for 10 years after failing to...

Saints Trail – it wasn’t the first two-wheeled “omnishambles” and it won’t be the last: Any inquiry needs to ask the right questions if the same mistakes are not to be repeated

By Graham Smith Any inquiry into the multi-million pound Saints Trail fiasco, which on Friday saw the scrapping of a key part of a 19 mile off-road cycle path,...

Six months after rejecting a Tamar Crossings toll increase, Cornwall Council’s cabinet is now set to back a 30% rise

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar into Plymouth is set to rise to £2.60 for a single trip, an increase of 30%, with Cornwall Council’s...

A friend in need: South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray’s contribution to Prime Minister’s Questions

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray came to the aid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Wednesday) by asking if he would “continue to deliver” on “getting Brexit done,...

Controversial plans for waste site set for decision

By Richard Whitehouse A decision will be made next week on controversial plans for new waste treatment facilities which will be used to process food waste and street sweepings....

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after Upton Cross car fire

By Peter Tremayne A 45-year-old man from the Liskeard area has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a car fire at an Upton Cross business yard. Other vehicles...

Farming couple win award for pioneering methane-to-fuel from slurry lake

By Graham Smith A farming couple from Cornwall have won “silver” at the British Farming Awards for their pioneering approach to converting a toxic greenhouse gas into an alternative...

Covid-19: only 24 hours after clearing the critical list, the darkness returns to two areas in Cornwall

St Neot and St Cleer, and Saltash, are currently recording more than 800 new daily Covid cases per 100,000 population – putting them in the government’s category of “most...

Covid-19 forces rescheduling of St Dominic’s gymkhana

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s more traditional village festivals has fallen victim to Covid.  No sooner came news that the huge Padstow Christmas Festival was cancelled for 2021,...

Woman killed in A38 accident near Landrake

By Peter Tremayne A woman has died after a mutli-vehicle crash on the A38 at Landrake in South East Cornwall yesterday (Monday) afternoon.  The road was closed in both...

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...

For sale: Grade 1 listed church, in small rural parish, only £65,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The latest twist in the 700-year-old history of a small Cornish church appears to be unfolding, with another attempt to sell the Grade 1 listed building...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Tamar Bridge resurfacing due to start next month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Resurfacing work on the Tamar Bridge is due to start next month, bringing inevitable delays as some lanes are closed to traffic. Resurfacing is necessary every...

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...

Height of Tamar Bridge walkway barriers to remain unchanged

By Peter Tremayne The question over whether or not to raise the height of barriers along the sides of the Tamar Bridge appears to have been resolved.  Nearly two...

Plymouth to pioneer UK’s new wave of Freeports

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Business leaders in the south west are watching the progress of plans to develop a “Freeport” at Plymouth. The city is one of eight places in...

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...

Barn fire at Rame closes roads as flames and smoke visible for miles

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have dealt with a large barn fire at Rame, near Torpoint, following the explosion of gas cylinders and the combustion of a large quantity...

Murder trial to probe death of 22-year-old Callum Hill

By Peter Tremayne The death of a young man who was found seriously injured at Kit Hill, Callington, last year is to become the subject of a murder trial....

Planners refuse permission for St Mellion retirement village

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 12-0 to reject proposals for a 165-unit retirement village at the St Mellion Estate, between Callington and Saltash. Cornwall Council’s planning officers...

The battle for Rame Head: High Court judge reserves judgement in planning case with national implications

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of plans for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Cornish coast should be known by early April....

The High Court tries to understand why Cornwall Council granted planning permission for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will have to wait to learn the outcome of a Judicial Review of the way it granted a single-vote majority approval of a highly...

How Cornwall Council voted 7-6 to approve large detached house in Rame Head AONB

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s controversial decision to approve a farmer’s planning application for a large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was made...

Cornwall’s planners are in court to defend their single-vote approval of a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is in the High Court this morning (Wednesday) to defend its one-vote-majority decision to grant planning permission for a large detached house in an...

Officials say planning permission for St Mellion retirement village should be refused

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage has been set for a planning battle over proposals to build a 165-unit retirement village at the St Mellion Estate, between Callington and Saltash....

“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...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Two of Cornwall’s Tory MPs “raise concerns” about the impact of Brexit deal on fishing communities

By Richard Whitehouse Two pro-Brexit Cornish MPs have challenged fellow Cornish MP and Secretary of State George Eustice over the impact of the European Union trade deal on the...

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...

Covid-19: mutant virus now accelerating spread of the disease across Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 is now sweeping across Cornwall, with communities in Callington and Pensilva, and Gunnislake and Calstock, currently the worst affected.  The virus has increased its grip...

“Affordable” housing plan rejected

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The difficulty of providing “affordable” housing for local people has been thrown into sharp relief by the rejection of development plans on the...

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...

Callington Community College reopens, but older pupils told they must stay at home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Callington Community College has reopened to most year groups after Covid-19 reduced staffing levels earlier this week. Years 7-11 were allowed to return yesterday (Thursday) but...