Environment

Cornwall’s waste contractor to be sentenced for illegally exporting “recycling” rubbish to India and Indonesia

By Graham Smith The company which enjoys Cornwall’s £20 million waste collection and disposal contract, Biffa, is expected to be sentenced today (Friday) following a second conviction in two...

Sea level is rising twice as fast as previously thought, say scientists

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal areas have been warned of a dramatic increase in the rate of sea-level rise, caused by global warming.  But average temperatures in Cornwall are not...

Tenants tell Citizens Advice of Cornwall’s poor social housing and repairs that are long overdue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Social housing tenants in Cornwall are waiting months for repairs they feel are damaging their health and causing stress and anxiety, according to a report by...

Government announces cash for flood defence schemes in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Looe are hoping to learn today (Thursday) more details of government plans to invest in significant new flood defence schemes for Cornwall. A government...

18″Bunkabins” arrive at County Hall, Truro, providing emergency shelter for the homeless

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has begun on a new emergency housing scheme at New County Hall in Truro. In June, Cornwall Council announced plans to end the use of hotels and other short-term accommodation...

Cars v Homes: Cornwall’s planners prepare to think again on bid to house student nurses in Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The ambition of Cornwall Council to realise policies on transport, climate change, and suitable homes for key workers and students is set to collide once more...

The smell of fresh coffee is not everyone’s cup of tea in Porthleven

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornish coffee company has rejected claims of planning breaches from people living near the firm’s new roastery. Neighbours of Origin Coffee’s new base in Tolponds,...

Truro New Town: County Hall’s Tories maintain the same policy as their predecessors, splashing the cash to buy land for development

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has bought a further area of land on the site of the proposed Langarth Garden Village. The transfer of the 67 acres of land is a vital part...

Who’s to blame? Cornwall’s new rubbish collection and approach to recycling delayed again

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s new rubbish and recycling collection service has been delayed again and will now not start until 2023 – three years later...

The first batch of Cornwall Council’s “bunkabins” destined for Carn Brea

By Julia Penhaligon Ten single-bedroomed “shipping container” homes are to be placed on the site of former industrial workshops at Carn Brea. The “bunkabins” are destined for Cowlins Mill,...

Row over plan for “affordable” homes highlights the issues which frame Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans to build 40 “affordable” homes have come up against objections from a number of local residents. The issue highlights many aspects of...

MP secures meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss Cornwall’s “Oven Ready Brexit” daffodil crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson is to meet Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory to discuss the crisis facing Cornwall’s daffodil growers, whose crops were left to rot in...

Environment Agency to investigate the “Bodmin Pong”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Environment Agency and South West Water officials are preparing to investigate the “Bodmin Pong” – a foul smell which seems to originate over the north eastern...

Plans for a Cornish floating offshore wind farm suffer setback

By Peter Tremayne Plans for a floating offshore windfarm, led by the Cornwall Council-owned Celtic Sea Power, have suffered a setback. Celtic Sea Power is the new name for...

And then there were two: space tourism is now a competitive market, as rival billionaires develop their offerings – but only one of them has Newquay in mind

By Peter Tremayne The economics of space tourism from Newquay may have to be recalibrated after the successful civilian flight this afternoon by Amazon’s Blue Origin rocket. Blue Origin...

Unauthorised building work at the Carbis Bay Hotel – will it ever come before a planning committee?

By Graham Smith The unauthorised development at the Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives, has still not made it to the agenda for a planning committee meeting, five months after...

Two wheels good, four wheels bad: Cornwall Council aims to make it safer to cycle from Truro to Shortlanesend

By Peter Tremayne Construction is due to start in October on extending a separate cycle route at Kenwyn Hill, Truro. Funding for the scheme has come from the government’s...

A30 roadworks between Carland Cross and Chiverton reveal archaeological treasures

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The construction of a new A30 road between Carland Cross and Chiverton has uncovered important archaeological finds, dating from the stone age to Cold War military...

We’re still aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030, promises Cornwall’s climate change chief

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for climate change has pledged that County Hall remains committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. A vote of the...

Villages near Truro asked to take part in experimental “quiet lanes” project to stop motorists using them as a rat run shortcuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A nine-mile section of mainly unclassified roads to the west of Truro is to become an experimental “Quiet Lanes” area next month, with many motorists banned....