China Clay area local news

West Carclaze primary school to be housed in Eden Project car park as a “temporary” measure

By Richard Whitehouse A temporary school is set to be built at the Eden Project after a new primary school for the West Carclaze Garden Village was put on...

Climate crisis? What climate crisis? Government gives the final go-ahead for £80 million St Austell link road to A30

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work could start later this year on a new road linking St Austell to the A30, after the government announced final approval of Cornwall Council’s business...

Three die in car crash near St Austell

By Peter Tremayne Police hope today (Tuesday) to confirm the identities of three people killed in a car crash at Ruddlemoor, St Austell, in the early hours of Sunday...

Real grass is not sustainable, says Eden Project, as it rolls out the plastic and annoys environment campaigners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project has found itself at the centre of a “Twitter-storm” over its use of plastic grass. The Eden Project was opened 20 years as...

St Austell & Newquay Tories will again back Steve Double at next general election

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives in St Austell and Newquay have re-adopted Steve Double MP to be their Parliamentary candidate at the next general election. While the move is not...

New blueprint for Cornwall’s China Clay villages

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors representing the China Clay area have launched a bid to give the community more of a voice and more help from Cornwall Council. A...

Eden Project plans for new campsite

By Richard Whitehouse The Eden Project is seeking to expand its accommodation for visitors with plans to convert a car park into a new camping and glamping site. A...

Downing Street Party-gate: I’m backing Boris, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon The St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has become the first Parliamentarian from Cornwall to comment on yesterday’s news about Boris Johnson’s Fixed Penalty Notice...

Eden hot rocks project resumes after last week’s earthquakes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Engineers have resumed well testing at the Eden Project after hundreds of people in Cornwall’s china clay area were disturbed by earth tremors and loud bangs. ...

Earthquakes halt Eden Geothermal drilling

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “hot rocks” geothermal drilling at the Eden Project has caused a small earthquake.  The £17 million three-mile-deep drilling operation has been halted pending investigations. A...

Cornish Lithium edging towards its first major customer, as potential car factory bosses visit St Austell

By Peter Tremayne Cornish Lithium is edging towards a deal which could see it supply a new gigafactory in Somerset.  The Gravity development now underway near Bridgwater, first noted...

Soaring energy prices could be good news for Cornwall’s incinerator bosses – but will Cornwall benefit?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The energy crisis which will see many households suffer a dramatic increase in electricity bills might bring a bonus to Cornwall’s waste-to-energy incinerator at St Dennis....

I voted in favour of Covid face masks, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double is asking Parliamentary authorities to correct their official record of Tuesday’s Covid face coverings’ vote, which shows that he...

Plan for Roche gypsy camp recommended for approval

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Council officials are recommending approval of controversial plans for a gypsy camp at Roche.  The site is just over an acre to the north of Tregoss...

Covid-19: Lostwithiel and Penwithick area joins the critical list

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area has become the latest to join Cornwall’s “dark purple” clusters where Covid infection rates are higher than 800 per 100,000 population....

Covid-19: Welcome to Camborne, one of Cornwall’s “red list” clusters, only 20 miles from the area with the lowest infection rate

By Anne North The three areas of Cornwall’s with the worst Covid rates are among the most dangerous in the world and would be on the government’s “red list”...

Work on St Austell’s A30 link road will start this year, insists council

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has said work on the A30 link road to St Austell will start before the end of the year. The on-off-on project, costing £87...

St Austell’s A30 link road still on track, after curious “abandoned” notice appeared on council’s website

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has no plans to abandon its proposed A30 link road to St Austell, Cornwall Reports has learned. A curious decision notice, relating to the...

Ten years after “eco-town” protests, West Carclaze “garden village” starts to take shape

By Richard Whitehouse It is more than a decade since people took to the streets of St Austell to protest against plans for an eco-town on the outskirts of...

Going underground: Eden Project gets ready to drill 3 miles deep to tap the natural energy of Cornwall’s hot rocks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 450-tonne, 55-metre high drilling rig is due to be installed today (Monday) to progress the geothermal “hot rocks” scheme at the Eden Project, near St...