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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...

Beyond the fringe: Plymouth City Council elections will provide insights into political mood

By Julia Penhaligon Voters in Plymouth will have plenty of choice in the city council elections taking place on 2nd May. All of the 19 contested wards have candidates...

Did we mention this is an election year? Rishi Sunak shares his thoughts about Tamar Bridge tolls

By Julia Penhaligon The question of how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar occupied Rishi Sunak at Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday.) South East Cornwall MP...

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...

WW2 bomb found in Plymouth to be detonated at sea (we hope)

By Harold Callahan An unexploded Second World War bomb found in a garden at Keyham, Plymouth will be driven through the city in a military convoy and detonated at...

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...

Did we mention this is an election year? A good time to ask for Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry subsidies

By Peter Tremayne The politics of crossing the River Tamar got severely bogged down at Cornwall’s full council meeting this morning (Tuesday) as various acts of posturing saw councillors...

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...

Dramatic rescue after man gets stuck deep underground at former copper mine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man has been rescued after getting trapped deep underground in an abandoned mine on Bodmin Moor at Minions, Linkinhorne, east Cornwall. A group entered the...

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...

£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...

You can put today’s Tamar Bridge “debate” on snooze – but there is a very real risk that Cornwall and Plymouth are about to have their first serious falling-out

By Graham Smith Any discussion at today's (Tuesday’s) Cornwall Council meeting about who should pay to maintain the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries is likely to generate more heat...

A tale of two ferries: why is Woolwich free, while Torpoint is £2.60?

By Peter Tremayne A full meeting of Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) be asked why it costs £2.60 to cross the River Tamar using the Torpoint ferries while a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Council sells Looe coastguard flats for £1

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has agreed to sell historic Grade II listed flats, worth £640,000, for just £1 to ensure “affordable” homes stay in the centre of a...

Our Friends In The North: councillors demand a fair share of major road improvements

By Julia Penhaligon Councillors are asking County Hall to spend £60 million designing improvements to the A38 in North and South East Cornwall. In May the government announced it...

Three hurt in Torpoint stabbings

By Peter Tremayne Three people are recovering after a stabbing incident at Torpoint yesterday (Sunday.) Police say a teenage boy and a man in his 70s were taken to...

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...

A bridge too far? Councillors fail to agree how they will pay for crossing the River Tamar

By Julia Penhaligon No fewer than five different options for funding the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferries are to go out to public consultation before Cornwall and Plymouth councils...

The long and winding road that leads to next year’s Tamar Bridge tolls starts here

By Peter Tremayne The annual debate about how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar steps up a gear today (Thursday) when a joint committee of Cornwall...

Just when you thought that crossing the River Tamar couldn’t get more expensive: get ready for a £3.20 cash toll

By Peter Tremayne The cost of crossing the River Tamar could be set for another increase – possibly to £3.20 – with effect from November next year. Councillors from...

Park home estates at Bude and Saltash collapse into administration

By Peter Tremayne Concern is growing over the future of two housing schemes in Cornwall, following the collapse into administration of their owner, the RoyaleLife group. Affected sites include...

Man dies in sea incident at Cawsand

By Peter Tremayne Police have confirmed that a man in his 80s has died after being recovered from the sea off Cawsands. It follows an incident yesterday (Monday) at...

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...

Sign of the times

Anti-toll campaigners have taken delight at a misspelled road sign on the approach to the Torpoint ferries, suggesting that highways contractors had been trying to display the message "free."

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...

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...

Red Plymouth: Tories defeated in 18 out of 19 council wards as Labour resumes overall control

By Julia Penhaligon Labour has snatched control of Plymouth City Council from Conservative leadership, in the headline result from yesterday’s local elections.  All but one Tory candidate was defeated....

“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...

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....

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...

Rape charge police sergeant bailed until 10th May

By Peter Tremayne A former Devon and Cornwall police sergeant has been bailed to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 10th May accused of rape. The three allegations against...

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...

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...

How to spend £735,000 and deliver absolutely nothing at all: another County Hall cycle scheme looks like it’s going nowhere

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for another tourists’ cycle trail in Cornwall have already cost taxpayers nearly three quarters of a million pounds despite no construction at all. The Looe...

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...

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...

County Hall steps in to take over failing care companies

By Richard Whitehouse Two companies which provide care at home for elderly and vulnerable people across Cornwall have failed, leading Cornwall Council to step in and take over. Four...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray named on “frequent flier” list

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has made it onto the top ten list of “frequent flyers” – MPs who enjoy large numbers of overseas trips...

Nurses at Plymouth’s Derriford hospital on strike in pay dispute

By Anne North Nurses at Plymouth’s Derriford hospital are on strike today (Thursday) affecting the care and treatment of many patients from South East Cornwall. Nurses employed by other...

REVEALED: Cornwall’s 16 “Investment Zones” where businesses won’t have to pay tax or worry about planning permission – but will the government scrap the idea next week?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has finally published details of its interest in Investment Zones, one of the tax-cutting ideas of the 45-day Liz Truss government which helped crash...

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...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray calls on Liz Truss to quit

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has submitted a letter of "no confidence" in Liz Truss to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of...

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...

Police name 19-year-old victim of Friday’s fatal car crash at Torpoint

By Peter Tremayne Police have named a man who died following a collision in Torpoint on Friday (7th October.) Kyran Carney, 19, from Torpoint, was pronounced dead at the...

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...

Torpoint car crash: man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

By Peter Tremayne A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, following last week’s car crash at Torpoint which killed a 19-year-old man. The...

Man, 19, killed in Torpoint car crash

By Peter Tremayne A 19-year-old man has died in a car crash at Torpoint.  The accident happened on the A374 on Friday. Four other people were taken to hospital...

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...

Planning inspector rejects appeal, saying a firm “NO” to large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A long-running campaign to build a large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty appears to have finally been defeated.  A government...

A new outbreak of bird flu means poultry culled near Torpoint

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another poultry keeper in Cornwall has had to cull their livestock because of bird flu. Defra has confirmed a new case near Torpoint.  A 3km Protection...

Memorial to former soldier should be in Cornwall, not Northern Ireland, says family of man shot in the back nearly 50 years ago

By Julia Penhaligon A memorial to a former soldier from Cornwall could be moved from Northern Ireland to Cawsand because of protests related to the conflict 48 years ago....

Councillors asked to explain why they gave tourists a £500,000 discount on Tamar Bridge crossings

By Peter Tremayne The decision of local councillors to structure Tamar Bridge tolls in a way which advantages tourists – to the detriment of local residents – will come...

The curious case of the five-year delay between closing three of Cornwall’s hospitals and then doing anything useful

By Anne North Health chiefs have still made no decision about the futures of community hospitals at Saltash and Fowey, which have both been closed for more than five...

Man dies in accident involving two motorbikes

By Peter Tremayne A man has died following a collision involving two motorbikes on the B3252 at Horningtops between Looe and Liskeard. Emergency services were notified at around 10pm...

Councillors give tourists a £500,000 Tamar Bridge discount, at the expense of local residents

By Peter Tremayne Councillors have voted to delay an increase in the cash tolls to cross the Tamar Bridge, effectively handing a £500,000 subsidy to tourists, paid for by...

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry cash tolls could increase sooner than planned

By Richard Whitehouse Planned toll rises on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry could come into force earlier than expected.  A 30 per cent increase in cash tolls is...

Cornwall contemplates a week of rail disruption – and a fuel protest aimed at blockading the Tamar Bridge

By Peter Tremayne The national rail strikes due to start on Tuesday (21st June) are expected to bring all trains in Cornwall to a complete standstill. It seems highly...

County Hall concedes inquiry into Saints Trail cycle path fiasco

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to undertake an internal “lessons learned” exercise to find out how it lost control of the Saints Trail cycle project, part of which...

Cornwall’s political junkies look to Plymouth for their fix of local election excitement

By Julia Penhaligon Party political activists from across Cornwall are heading to Plymouth today (Wednesday) for last-minute campaigning in local council elections.  Voters go to the polls tomorrow. There...

Partner of Cawsand former solider vows to continue legal battle over “legacy” prosecutions

By Peter Tremayne The partner of Cawsand’s Dennis Hutchings has said she is taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming discriminatory treatment of former service...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray wants “Margaret Thatcher Day”

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has called for the creation of a “Margaret Thatcher Day” to encourage women to seek high office in public life....

New walking path would encircle Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A lottery-funded project is recommending a new walking path to link Bude in North Cornwall to Rame in South East Cornwall. The 90-mile route, through the...

Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet votes to close Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has voted to close the Ships and Castles leisure centre at Falmouth. The Pendennis headland site will now be declared “surplus” and...

Covid-19: Saltash and Redruth infections increasing, despite drop in testing

By Anne North Some parts of Cornwall are once again recording very high rates of Covid infection, despite the government’s declaration of its latest “Freedom Day” and the effective...

Planners refuse permission for holiday lodges after hearing flood risk poses threat to life

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have rejected plans to build 20 holiday lodges on a flood plain after experts said that they could put lives at risk. Ian James...

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...

From Downing Street parties to local political parties – it will be three months before we see evidence how today’s “bring your own booze” report will impact on Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall might have to wait more than three months before seeing clues about the political impact of today’s report on the lockdown-busting Downing Street parties. Although...

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,...

The future of leisure centres: price or value?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “beauty contest” to decide who will run leisure centres in Falmouth and Wadebridge is approaching its final stages, with councillors today (Tuesday) due to consider...

Covid-19: Saltash joins the list of “most dangerous” clusters

By Anne North Saltash has become the latest “black list” Covid cluster in Cornwall, as the virus strengthens its grip – although the total number of Covid patients occupying...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

Covid-19: South West hospitals now need new beds for infected patients every 30 minutes

By Anne North Covid patients took more South West hospital beds yesterday (Wednesday) as the region’s total climbed to 852, a rise of 47 – or 6% - in...

It’s business as usual, as Cornwall Council resumes the strategy most likely to result in leisure centre closures, leaving potential new local management out in the cold

By Graham Smith Anyone hoping to rescue leisure centres at Falmouth or Wadebridge has only a few days to submit a formal bid to Cornwall Council. The development of...

Two of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres will definitely stay open, while two others have a lifeline if alternative management proposals can be realised

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has agreed to a package of proposals which should definitely save two under-threat leisure centres and may save two others. County Hall...

Leisure centres show-down: whose finger on the trigger?

By Graham Smith A trial of strength between Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservatives and County Hall officials will be displayed publicly tomorrow (Wednesday) when the council’s cabinet has to choose...

Who runs Cornwall Council? Why Wednesday’s cabinet meeting is about much more than four leisure centres

By Graham Smith Wednesday’s Cornwall Council cabinet meeting (15th December) will be a defining moment in the recent history of the authority, determining not only the future of four...