Environment

EU cash helps protect Mounts Bay against storm damage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 350-metre length of coastline at Mount Bay has been re-opened to the public after a major project to protect it against erosion. A stretch at...

Animal rights protestors demonstrate in Truro

By Julia Penhaligon About 150 animal rights’ activists have marched through Truro to promote non-meat diets.  The event was the first of its kind in Cornwall, and a curtain-raiser...

EXCLUSIVE: How the roads lobby hijacked air quality and turned it into a by-pass for Camelford

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s support for a Camelford by-pass is based on a highly partisan interpretation of local public opinion, according to documents obtained by Cornwall Reports. A...

Chiverton Cross “flyover” for bikes at the heart of new cycle routes West of Truro

By Graham Smith Residents of the St Agnes-Truro-Newquay area are being urged to have their say about new cycle routes.  The most eye-catching proposal is a new bridge over...

Whipsiderry beach closed because of fears over cliff stability

By Peter Tremayne There are new fears about the stability of cliffs at Whipsiderry Beach, Newquay.  Coastguards are warning of rock falls and possible landslips. The warning follows concerns...

Small earthquake near Helston

By Peter Tremayne The British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed a small earthquake, measuring 2.2 on the magnitude scale, happened about three miles (5km) south-west of Falmouth. Residents in...

Heavy rain expected on Friday, as South West reservoirs continue to empty

By Peter Tremayne The forecast heavy rain for Friday, which contributed to last night’s decision to cancel the Boardmasters music festival at Newquay, could bring much-needed relief to the...

“Substantial environmental harm” leads planning inspector to refuse permission for huge egg farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A government planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of permission of a mega egg farm which would be home to 112,000 chickens. Local...

Par River pollution investigation so far inconclusive

By Julia Penhaligon An Environment Agency investigation into the deaths of fish in the Par River has so far been inconclusive. Tests and analysis of water samples have so...

New £1.75 million transit site for gypsies and travellers poised to open

By Anne North Cornwall’s first transit stopping site for gypsies and travellers will be completed and open later this month.  Cornwall Council is planning to unveil the new £1.75...

Climate scientists keen to get their hands on County Hall’s spaceport study

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s scientific community is bracing itself for a robust exchange of views as it awaits an Exeter University report on the “carbon footprint” of the proposed...

Turning honey into money in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wanted: someone to take charge of his Lordship’s bees. What could be nicer than pottering about in the gardens of a large country house in Cornwall,...

Get ready for “fishing war” with Europe, warns ministerial Brexit briefing

By Graham Smith Scallop wars between French and Cornish fishermen are likely to become permanent if there is a “no deal” Brexit, according to a confidential briefing note for...

New fishing deal comes into effect today to prevent French-Cornish “scallop war”

By Julia Penhaligon New fishing rules come into effect today (Thursday) designed to prevent a repeat of last year’s “scallops wars” between French and Cornish boats.  Some vessels came...

MAIB identifies insurance issues at the heart of last year’s grounding of Russian cargo ship at Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne Swift action by the Falmouth harbourmaster prevented a potentially serious incident with the Russian bulk carrier Kuzma Minin, which ran aground in December, according to a...

Lottery cash to help new management approach for Cornwall’s important sand dunes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two of Cornwall’s most important sand dunes are to benefit from a £4 million National Lottery grant. The dunes at Penhale, and at the Towans, both...

Hayle’s long wait for harbour redevelopment could soon be over

By Peter Tremayne A 35-year wrangle over how Hayle harbour might be redeveloped has taken a major step forward, after Cornwall Council planners finally approved proposals for the North...

The curious case of Hayle’s drinking water, where the taps still work even when the mains supply is switched off

By Graham Smith People in Hayle are being urged to report “ghost” drinking water supplies, following concern that some properties might not be connected exclusively to South West Water’s...

Bring waste collection back in-house, urges councillor, as County Hall looks to sign a new 8-year deal

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s new waste collection contract should be managed “in-house” and an arms-length company such as Corserv should be given another chance to bid for it, councillors...

Cornwall Council declares war on climate change – but there are still questions about Truro New Town, stadium and spaceport

By Richard Whitehouse Decisions made in future by Cornwall Council will be assessed to see whether they comply with the council’s aims to tackle climate change.  It is not...