China Clay area local news

Labour selects Noah Law to contest St Austell and Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has selected its Parliamentary candidate for the St Austell and Newquay constituency. Noah Law, an economic development specialist from Lostwithiel, was selected in...

On yer bike: Cornwall to pilot “active travel” scheme in bid to boost health

By Anne North Cornwall is one of 13 areas in England chosen to promote “active” travel as an alternative to motoring. County Hall wants to encourage cycling and walking...

St Austell link road update

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly seven years after its outline business case, the £85 million 3.9-mile St Austell link road is inching towards completion sometime in 2025. The single-carriageway project...

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...

Plans for 1,500-panel solar farm at Victoria, next to A30

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have been asked to approve 1,500 solar panels on land next to the Cornwall Services petrol station and retail park at Victoria, next to the...

Motorcylist dies in collision with lorry

By Peter Tremayne A 39-year-old man has died following an accident near St Austell. It happened yesterday (Tuesday) morning on the B3274 between Roche and Stenalees.  It involved a...

Rock of ages

My Generation:  Roger Daltry (79) and Pete Townshend (78) the only two surviving members of The Who, performed at the Eden sessions last night.  The packed audience loved it.

Opportunity knocks: huge boost for Cornwall’s lithium prospects, as car giant announces battery factory plans for Bridgwater

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s chances of maybe one day having a wealth-creating lithium industry have received a huge boost with the news that a potential customer might be based...

The gardens of Eden now heated by Britain’s deepest hole

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The UK’s deepest geothermal well came online today (Monday) at Cornwall’s Eden Project, providing heat for the biomes and a new plant nursery. A 3.8 kilometre...

“Affordable” homes plan rejected for clay village

By Lee Trewhela Plans for affordable homes in the closest village to the Eden Project have been refused after Cornwall councillors heard objections from local residents. Villagers, parish councillors...

Another fine mess: part-built Truro flats to be demolished before anyone moves in

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon The economic crisis in the construction sector has claimed another victim in Cornwall. A partially-built development of up to 40 flats will be...

Law catches up with illegal waste dumpers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man who ran a waste business at his former home in Sticker is awaiting sentencing after a prosecution by the Environment Agency. Michael Joseph Richards,...

Man charged with murder following woman’s death last week

By Peter Tremayne Police have charged a man in connection with a death of a woman in St Cornwall last week. Officers and paramedics attended an address at Penwithick,...

Planners vote 7-3 to approve housing scheme at St Stephen

By Richard Whitehouse Planning permission has been granted for nine affordable homes to be built on land at St Stephen despite concerns about dangerous traffic in the area. Cornwall...

Collapse of Britishvolt battery factory poses new challenge for Cornwall’s lithium companies

By Peter Tremayne The potential market for any useable lithium produced in Cornwall looks distinctly more challenging today (Wednesday) after the collapse of the Britishvolt battery factory before it...

Book your next ski trip on the slopes of Par

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a dry ski slope next to a holiday park near St Austell have been approved. The “Altitude Snow Park” at Par has been the...

Councillors vote to keep homes in Treverbyn parish, signalling “hands off” to St Austell

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall councillor has claimed that it is unfair that people living on opposite sides of some streets in St Austell pay different rates of council...

Keep promise to link benefits with inflation, St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double tells government

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called on the government to keep its promise about linking benefits with inflation, currently raging at 10%. New...

The curious case of the £57 million rail link from Newquay to Falmouth that will have to go via Par

By Graham Smith The government has said it hopes to announce the outcome of Levelling Up bids this autumn, which means Cornwall Council should not have wait long before...

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...

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...

Slight improvement in Cornwall’s Covid-19 cluster map, as Truro and Falmouth now clear

By Anne North The Cornwall “cluster map” of Covid-19 infections looks slightly more healthy today (Friday) following the disappearance of both Truro and Falmouth after only 24 hours. Both...

Tregothnan Estates seeks permission for 150 homes near Roche

By Richard Whitehouse A decision is set to be made next week on plans to build up to 150 homes at the edge of a village. Tregothnan Estates, the...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

Eden Project sheds 150 workers, as Covid-19 impacts on visitor numbers

By Graham Smith More than 150 jobs are to be lost at the Eden Project.  The figure is about 40% of the entire workforce. Staff were told today (Wednesday.) ...

Permission refused for travellers’ site in china clay country

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new travellers’ site in clay country have been rejected and councillors have called for a review of policies around where they should...

Planners to consider Gypsy camp in China Clay area next week

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new Romani Gypsy site have been recommended for approval despite claims that the area is “saturated with sites”. A planning application for...

Revealed: Why the white elephant glows in dark

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended a decision to leave lights on all night at an industrial building which was praised for its energy efficiency. The Enterprising Space...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

St Dennis incinerator roof again damaged by strong winds

The roof of Cornwall's controversial £141 million waste-to-energy incinerator at St Dennis has again suffered storm damage.  Part of the roof was destroyed by strong winds yesterday (Sunday) with...

Cornish Lithium optimistic about the prospects for 2020, as more drilling is about to get underway

By Graham Smith The quest for a new energy source to power electric vehicles is likely to make huge strides in 2020, as Cornish Lithium continues to explore reserves...

EXCLUSIVE: High-tech business park is still more than half empty, 18 months after it opened, but County Hall remains optimistic about its future

By Peter Tremayne A £9 million high-tech industrial estate near St Austell is still more than half empty, 18 months after it opened.  Rent received during the first full...

Mebyon Kernow confirms it will contest only one Cornish constituency at general election

By Graham Smith Mebyon Kernow has confirmed that it will field only one candidate in the 12th December general election. Party leader Dick Cole, a Cornwall councillor and a...

St Austell link road will be made in Wales

By Peter Tremayne The £85 million St Austell link road is to be constructed by a roadbuilding company from south Wales. The 3.9 mile road linking St Austell to...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Par River pollution investigation continues

By Graham Smith Environment Agency officers are continuing their investigations into a pollution incident on the River Par, downstream of Luxulyan, Cornwall.  Officials have turned their attention to the...

Pollution incident kills fish at the Par River, near Luxulyan

By Anne North The Environment Agency is investigating a pollution incident at the Par River, Luxulyan, which has killed a large number of fish. Investigators describe the incident as...

The Great Money Trick is coming to Probus

By Graham Smith Probus village hall is hosting a production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists on Sunday (9th June.) Actor Neil Gore presents his “Edwardian Magic Show” complete with...

Residents called to “extraordinary” parish meeting to consider Charlestown harbour licence bid

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell Bay parish council is calling an extraordinary meeting this evening (Friday) to discuss plans to hold events in Charlestown Harbour. Charlestown...

Armed police hunt knifeman after disorder in St Blazey

By Peter Tremayne Armed police descended on St Blazey on Saturday afternoon (20th April), responding to reports that a knifeman was damaging a car and assaulting another man. Police...

Planners vote unanimously to approve £84 million St Austell link road

By Richard Whitehouse Planning permission has been granted for a new £78 million road which will provide an improved link between St Austell and the A30. A full planning...

St Austell link road plans make no mention of impact on climate change

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is poised to grant itself planning permission for a four-mile link road to St Austell – despite concerns over wildlife and increased carbon emissions....

Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall live in poverty, says Director of Public Health

By Graham Smith Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are living in poverty, according to the latest annual report by the Director of Public Health....

County Hall presses ahead with new road linking St Austell to A30

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s cabinet has agreed to put the final pieces in place for work to start on a new multi-million-pound road linking St Austell with the...

Cornwall’s Tories get ready for a snap general election as one way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon A further sign that another snap general election could be called within weeks came on Friday night when one of Cornwall’s Conservative Associations re-adopted its sitting...

China Clay area voices dissent over the new map of Cornwall’s health service

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse People living in the China Clay areas in Cornwall have called on health bosses to rethink medical centre plans as they said they...

EXCLUSIVE – How Israel tries to influence Cornwall’s MPs

7th August 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party activists might be forgiven for feeling frustrated at their party leadership’s continuing squabble over what is and what is not anti-Semitic...

Par Sands in line for new beach huts

30th July 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Plans have been submitted to place 22 beach huts along the beach at Par Sands. Cornwall Council has submitted a planning application to...

£9 million “Advanced Manufacturing” site seeks its first tenants

25th July 2018 By Peter Tremayne A £9 million project designed to house “advanced” manufacturing has opened its doors for business. Built on a former china clay works site,...

St Austell & Newquay MP to open Windrush debate

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s MPs is to open a Parliamentary debate about the “Windrush” scandal, following the government’s admission that it destroyed the migration...

Cornwall’s secondary school pupils face cut-per-head lottery under new funding formula, as class sizes start to increase

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The cash spent on Cornwall’s secondary school pupils is hundreds of pounds less than needed, according to an analysis of official Department for...

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing...

Council pays for refurbishment of eight leisure centres

20th February 2018By Graham SmithCornwall’s leisure centres have had a £346,715 facelift since the contract was transferred to the London-based company GLL, according to a Freedom of Information answer.GLL,...

Battle lines drawn for Cornwall Council elections in 2021, as Independents face party political squeeze

14th February 2018By Anne NorthBattle lines have been drawn for the next set of Cornwall Council elections in 2021.New ward boundaries, identifying 87 council divisions, were approved by a...

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018By Julia PenhaligonThe long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet another meeting,...

GPs to the rescue? Will your local doctor take the place of your nearest Minor Injury Unit?

1st February 2018By Graham SmithMore than two dozen GP surgeries in Cornwall, which provide an “enhanced” service to treat minor injuries, are to be reviewed as part of the...

Cornwall’s libraries: the devolution revolution has been postponed

23rd January 2018By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe transformation of Cornwall’s library service is going to take twice as long as previously thought, according to council officials.In 2015 the council embarked on...

Could Falmouth keep its Minor Injury Unit? New report sheds insights into how health and council bosses are planning the “Kennally Care” future of Cornwall’s community hospitals

18th January 2018By Graham SmithFurther details have emerged of what Cornwall’s local hospitals could look like once the National Health Service converts to a council-led Accountable Care System.The developing...

Locals rally to help couple whose home was badly damaged by fire at Par

8th January 2018By Peter TremayneThe community in Par has set up a campaign to help a local family whose home was badly damaged by fire on Saturday night.Fire crews...

Named – the ten Minor Injury Units in Cornwall due to close under Accountable Care

3rd January 2018By Graham SmithCornwall’s network of minor injury units are under imminent threat of closure, according to an analysis of NHS plans.  Ten sites, from Bude to Helston,...

Good news for pet owners as fire crews get new life-saving kit

7th December 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneDonations from Helston-based The Dog House Grooming Company and the RSPCA mean that all of Cornwall’s on-call stations will now have special life-saving equipment for...

National Westminster closes several branches throughout Cornwall

4th December 2017By Graham SmithNational Westminster banks are closing across Cornwall – most are to close next year, but the branch in Wadebridge will close at the end of...

Bjork to perform at Eden sessions in June

25th November 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe Icelandic singer Bjork is to perform at the Eden sessions next year.Björk Guðmundsdóttir, 52, is a global star with many international awards on her...

Budget boost for new road to link St Austell and A30

22nd November 2017By Graham SmithA new road between St Austell could be open within five years, according to Cornwall Council.The much-talked about project has come a step closer today...