China Clay area local news

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...

EXCLUSIVE: The “Par maid” who is set to become the next chair of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith The next chair of Cornwall Council is to be St Blazey’s Pauline Giles.  St Austell councillor Jordan Rowse is to be vice chair. The pair have...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

Local chemists join Covid-19 vaccination drive in Truro and Roche

By Anne North Two local chemists in Cornwall are now offering Covid-19 vaccinations. Reeds Pharmacy, Truro, and Roche Pharmacy, can now administer Covid jabs once a patient has booked...

Wall collapse and landslides follow heavy rain

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Emergency services were called to Looe (top right) last night after a wall collapsed into the back of a building. No-one was hurt but building inspectors...

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...

Eden Project to stay closed until at least 6th January

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project is to remain closed until at least 6th January, following landslides caused by flooding on 19th and 20th December.  The charity says the...

Eden Project to remain closed until after Christmas, following last weekend’s flooding and landslides

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project will remain closed over the Christmas period, because of continuing concern about flooding and landslides which closed the attraction last weekend. A spokesperson...

Eden Project remains closed for assessment of damage caused by landslides

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project, near St Blazey, will remain closed today (Monday) following the “significant flooding” which triggered landslides on Friday and Saturday. Ticketholders will be refunded. ...

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...

Covid restrictions have led to 16% increase in household waste burned at St Dennis incinerator

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency has agreed to allow Cornwall’s incinerator a 16% increase in the amount of rubbish it burns this year, because Covid-19 has led to...

St Dennis incinerator roof won’t be fixed until the summer of 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It could be next summer before the St Dennis incinerator roof is repaired, according to a new report.  Experts have been asked to consider a fundamental...

Council houses will be among the first built at West Carclaze Garden Village

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is set to buy 130 houses in the West Carclaze garden village, due to be built near St Austell. The properties will be among...

Covid-19 continues to spread across Cornwall, but slower than elsewhere

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area is the worst affected for Covid-19 according to the government’s latest cluster map.  It has 13 cases. The past 48 hours...

Cornish Lithium raises £5.2 million in three days of crowdfunding

By Peter Tremayne Cornish Lithium has raised a staggering £5.2 million in a three-day crowdfunding campaign. The cash will help accelerate the company’s prospecting programme as it searches for...