Cornwall Gateway

Covid-19: Cornwall now less infectious than Devon for first time in weeks

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate continues to fall and is now lower than Devon’s for the first time in several weeks. But at 508.2 cases per 100,000...

County Hall agrees to hold extraordinary one-day scrutiny committee meeting to consider leisure centre closures

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might be decided at a one-day extraordinary meeting of a scrutiny committee, probably to be held next month. The Customer...

EXCLUSIVE: If you don’t want to know the result of Cornwall Council’s “public consultation” over leisure centres, look away now

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) issue a tough message to leisure centre campaigners that it is rejecting the opinions it has heard during its “public consultation”...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s official infection rate falls as Bude becomes the new hotspot

By Anne North Cornwall’s average rate of Covid infection has fallen over the past week, and is now 535.9 cases per 100,000 population, according to official NHS data. However...

Can Sophie pull it off? The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might start to become a little more transparent by the end of next week

By Julia Penhaligon Important steps are about to be taken to determine the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres, with the prospect of a few clues emerging from County Hall...

EXCLUSIVE: This is what happens if you ask a silly question – how what was supposed to be a wide-ranging review of Cornwall’s sports and leisure facilities triggered the current crisis

By Julia Penhaligon The terms of reference for a consultants’ report about Cornwall’s sport and leisure facilities were substantially changed between February and July, Cornwall Reports can reveal. The...

Inside the room: GLL boss reveals why County Hall’s broken promises are now threatening leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The man responsible for managing Cornwall’s leisure centres has said he was “surprised” when Cornwall Council’s cabinet rejected a funding plan which would...

Why I don’t use my local GLL swimming pool, by the councillor who gave the management contract to GLL

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The councillor who led the outsourcing of Cornwall’s leisure centres in 2017 has said their management is now so poor that he no...

Cornwall’s leisure centre management company is “a bad and exploitative employer,” says union, as workers vote 94% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has condemned the company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres as “a bad and exploitative employer.” Unite general secretary Sharon...

Council saves leisure centres (in Devon)

By Julia Penhaligon Another neighbouring local council has taken steps to ensure that its leisure centres remain open and meet the needs of local communities. Torridge District Council, which...

Now you see it, now you don’t: new puzzle over how the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is to be decided

By Graham Smith Confusion surrounds the date of a key Cornwall Council meeting which could determine the future of four leisure centres under threat of closure. A Customers and...

Technical problems force councillors to abandon scrutiny meeting before getting the chance to talk about leisure centres

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council scrutiny committee which leisure centre campaigners had been hoping would set up an inquiry has been abandoned due to technical difficulties. Members of...

Leisure centre protestors tell council: “we want an inquiry now, not an inquest later”

By Graham Smith About 40 protestors, campaigning to save Cornwall's leisure centres, lobbied councillors as they arrived for this morning's (Tuesday's) meeting of a key scrutiny committee. Many of...

Cawsand’s army veteran Dennis Hutchings, 80, dies while on trial in Belfast for 1974 “legacy” killing in Northern Ireland

By Peter Tremayne An ex-soldier from Cornwall has died while on trial over a fatal shooting during the “dirty war” in Northern Ireland 47 years ago. Dennis Hutchings, 80,...

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Trial of army veteran from Cornwall accused of 1974 killing in Northern Ireland is adjourned because of Covid

By Peter Tremayne The trial of Cornwall army veteran Dennis Hutchings over the 1974 killing of an unarmed civilian in Northern Ireland has been adjourned for three weeks after...

All four lanes across the Tamar Bridge are open for the first time in five months

The once-in-a-generation resurfacing of the Tamar Bridge was completed yesterday (Sunday.)  The £6 million project had been delayed by Brexit-related visa problems for the European specialist firm needed to...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...