Environment

Cornwall’s Conservatives drop their election promise to restore recycling bins

By Richard Whitehouse The Conservative administration at Cornwall Council has decided to break one of its election promises in order to stick to its budget cuts. In the run-up...

Bluefin tuna tagged to let scientists know where they are

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bluefin tuna have been tagged with state-of-the-art acoustic tracking tags for the first time in UK waters.  The fish are still classed as endangered, but are...

Cornwall’s St Piran’s crab is threatened by climate change, say scientists

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scientists have found that many coastal creatures found in Cornwall’s rock pools are threatened by climate change. The University of Exeter says the St Piran’s hermit...

“Nightmare” Saints Trail cycle path set to face further scrutiny

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials are coming under pressure to provide more information about the Saints Trail cycle path to the west of Truro, which has had to...

EXCLUSIVE: Energy company’s bid to force disclosure of Cornwall’s hot rocks secrets

By Graham Smith Energy prospectors are trying to force Cornwall Council to share secret drilling data from the “hot rocks” geothermal explorations currently underway at United Downs. Geothermal Engineering...

Planners approve 36 “affordable” homes at Goonhavern despite objections

By Richard Whitehouse A new development of 36 "affordable" homes has been granted planning permission despite a parish council claiming that there are insufficient services to support them. Coastline...

Climate protestors challenge Cornwall Council over “three years of hot air”

Dozens of climate change protestors staged a colourful demonstration at County Hall, Truro, this morning (Tuesday) to greet councillors as they arrived for a full meeting.  The demonstration, led...

We have not flip-flopped on major housing projects, say Cornwall’s Tories

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservative councillors had never been “whipped” to oppose major capital projects such as Truro’s Pydar redevelopment scheme, or the Langarth “New Town,” County Hall heard...

Carry on trail hunting: Cornwall Council to take no action on 10,000+ petition calling for a ban

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to continue allowing fox hounds to take part in “trail hunts” across more than 23,000 acres of publicly-owned land. A meeting of the...

Covid disrupts collection of Cornwall’s discarded Christmas trees

By Richard Whitehouse Christmas trees have been spotted abandoned on streets in Cornwall after a planned service to collect them was hit by staff being off sick with Covid....

County Hall prepares to mark the third anniversary of its climate emergency – with another demonstration protesting the lack of progress

By Julia Penhaligon Climate change protestors plan to return to County Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) for a colourful demonstration to mark the third anniversary of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a...

Council leader should rule on whether or not to ban trail hunting, say County Hall officials

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials have said that Cornwall Council leader, councillor Linda Taylor, should decide whether or not to ban trail hunting on council-owned land. Although trail...

“We’re sorry we didn’t tell you why we subsidised cheap flights or how we considered the climate impacts” council officials apologise to members

By Julia Penhaligon Two senior Cornwall Council officials have apologised, formally, to councillors for failing to keep them properly informed during the process which led to the award of...

New “business plan” promised for Cornwall’s car parks

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear on the verge of leaping into the politically-dangerous waters of car parking charges, promising a major review with the intention of lowering costs...

Cornwall Council asked to debate 10,000+ petition calling for a ban on trail hunting

By Julia Penhaligon The prospect of trail hunting being banned on land owned by Cornwall Council could come a step closer next week when a 10,267-name petition is presented...

Swingometers at the ready: St Just prepares to vote on a neighbourhood development plan which has divided opinion over second homes

By Julia Penhaligon Promoters of the St Just neighbourhood development plan are fighting a last ditch campaign to win approval in a local referendum on Thursday (13th January.) The...

The changing face of Cornwall’s countryside: landowners will be offered millions of pounds for “re-wilding” and helping the revival of threatened species

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Landowners in Cornwall are being encouraged to apply for participation in a new government scheme to “re-wild” Britain – backed with millions of pounds which had...

Covid at the chalkface: the challenge facing Cornwall’s schools

By Richard Whitehouse One of Cornwall’s biggest secondary schools has explained how it is prepared for the new term and ensuring children can continue to learn through the covid...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall’s satellite gets the go-ahead, with UK Space Agency “confident of launch at the earliest opportunity”

By Peter Tremayne The government has approved the business case for Cornwall’s first-ever satellite.  The Kernow Sat-1 was given the green light on 3rd December, but so far there...

Application to change use of farm land to campsite

Planners have been asked to consider a change of use from agricultural land to a campsite at Tredinnick Farm, Luxulyan, near Bodmin.  The application seeks permission for 20-30 pitches,...