Environment

Kipper me capstans! New Isles of Scilly ferry service has only a few weeks to recruit its crew

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company planning to challenge the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s monopoly on ferry services to Penzance is scrambling to find enough crew before launching its...

Did we mention this is an election year? Government finds money to pay fishermen for not catching fish

By Julia Penhaligon The government has announced a compensation scheme for Cornwall’s Pollack fishermen. It follows a decision, based on scientific evidence, to set the total allowable catch to...

Natural England should be stripped of power to designate Sites of Special Scientific Interest, says St Ives MP Derek Thomas

By Julia Penhaligon The row over new environmental protections for the Penwith Moors is continuing in Parliament, more than nine months after Natural England confirmed its status as a...

South Crofty: change at the top

By Peter Tremayne The man who rescued South Crofty tin mine from administration in 2016 has stepped down as chief executive. A vastly experienced geologist, Peter Williams will remain...

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...

Polling underway to name Cornwall’s fleet of gritting lorries

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Voters have until midnight tomorrow (Thursday) to name Cornwall’s gritting lorries. An invitation to suggest names produced 2,266 entries.  County Hall officials have shortlisted 50, or...

Wheels down: future of Newquay Airport will be decided on 12th June

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s cabinet will rule on the future of Newquay airport on 12th June.  Airport bosses had previously suggested the decision about privatisation would be taken...

Get the popcorn ready: the politics of Pydar are about to become even more interesting

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s plans for a £2 billion capital spending programme looks set to come under attack next week – from the ruling administration’s own side. The...

Fields of gold? Cornwall needs to take stock of its changing landscape to ensure there is room for food production between the solar farms, say councillors

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The value of Cornwall’s agricultural land should be assessed to better inform planning decisions about large solar farms, according to an influential group of Conservative councillors,...

Newquay’s Hotel Bristol: money talks, as town council abandons threat of Judicial Review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The demolition of Newquay’s Narrowcliff Hotel Bristol and its replacement with nearly 200 apartments looks set to go ahead after the town council decided to withdraw...

Taking the temperature: why the day after tomorrow will probably be wetter, warmer and windier

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Global temperatures rose for the tenth consecutive month during March, according to scientists. The effect was particularly noticeable when measured at North Atlantic sea surface temperature...

When the wind blows

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal communities are waking up to a battered and soggy Cornwall after high tides and strong winds brought flooding to many areas. The sea wall at...

Cornwall’s potholes are “absolutely disgraceful” says vice chairman of the council

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s Conservative vice-chairman says he’s “fed up” with the state of the roads in the town he represents. Councillor Jordan Rowse says he has “never...

EXCLUSIVE: Truro’s Old County Hall: is it doomed to become Pydar 2?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to transfer the land behind the Old County Hall, Truro, to its own wholly-owned property development company, Treveth, for a nominal sum. Last...

Proposed beach home dubbed “alien intrusion” by parish council

By Lee Trewhela A plan to build a modern six-bedroom house overlooking a Cornish beach has been dubbed an “alien intrusion” by the local parish council. An application to...

Silent witness: why archaeologists now believe human bones found near Padstow are those of a sailor shipwrecked in the 18th century

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Male, aged 25-40, buried in a shroud at the top of a cliff at Trevone, near Padstow.  Well developed shoulders.  At some point had repeatedly used...

War of words over Isles of Scilly ferry wars

By Julia Penhaligon The Council of the Isles of Scilly has taken the highly unusual step of publishing a list of “corrections” to various statements made during a recent...

Did we mention this is an election year? Lostwithiel to get “temporary” footbridge over its railway line for the first time since 1960s

By Rashleigh MacFarlane After years of lobbying by local councillors, Network Rail has finally confirmed that passengers and residents at Lostwithiel will soon be able to cross the track...

Newquay jet prang was caused by leaving the handbrake on

By Peter Tremayne A private jet crash-landed at Newquay airport last year because the pilot had left the handbrake on, according to an Air Accident Investigation Branch report. Other...

Concerns over extension plans for gypsy and traveller site

By Lee Trewhela A plan to extend a 20-year-old gypsy and traveller site has been opposed by the local parish council and the area’s Cornwall councillor, who claim it...

Warning: the value of County Hall’s investments on behalf of the taxpayer can go down

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s financial gamble on football is gaining a sharper focus as the sport approaches the sharp end of the season. Truro City’s “home” fixture tonight...

Meanwhile somewhere in a galaxy far, far away: Cornwall’s spaceport has a new launch partner – but can’t say who it is

This is why Newquay Airport does not like having to publish the minutes of its consultative forum.  Spaceport’s head of engagement, Ross Hulbert, has said he cannot discuss a...

Bodmin nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin cocktail bar has upset some of its neighbours by seeking to stay open until 1am. The MK Lounge Bar, in Omaha Road, is currently...

Truro City: taxpayer-backed footballers face 9 games in 17 days, none of them in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers must play nine matches in 17 days if they are to complete the current season.  Failure to complete the fixture list could result...

Planners vote 9-2 to approve use of open countryside piggery as a family home

By Lee Trewhela A plan to convert and extend a redundant piggery into a home for a local family has been approved by a Cornwall Council committee despite its...

Water Research Centre clears the way for “carbon-sink” chemical tests in St Ives Bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to pump chemicals into St Ives Bay as a means of tackling climate change have been assessed as “low risk” by the Water Research Centre,...

Porthleven lobster sales heads for planning showdown

By Lee Trewhela The applicant behind a plan to site a 20ft shipping container, selling seafood, on the quay at Porthleven harbour has defended the proposal after concerns were...

Pydar: Cornwall Council’s cabinet agreed to the new “special purpose vehicle” to regenerate Truro more than a year after officials set it up

By Peter Tremayne Any Cornwall Council cabinet members who thought they were in charge of County Hall’s Pydar project might do well to study Companies House registration documents relating...

The battle of Bodmin now looks even more interesting, as Cornwall’s planners are told a proposed 540-home estate is at risk of being underwater

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans by Wainhomes to build a housing estate at Halgavor Moor have run into strong objections from the Environment Agency. The moor, rich in wildlife to...

Trewes Kernow: Cornish Sands holiday firm will make us all filthy rich

By April Prime The new Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Economic Forum is working on its first project – the creation of a package holiday company to tempt...

Something for the weekend: the complete and utter history of the deep hole in the middle of Truro, and why a growing number of councillors now say it is time to stop digging

By Graham Smith A bank holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity for otherwise idle hands to dream up new conspiracies. A significant number – more than 12 - Conservative...

Mid Cornwall Metro: did we mention this is an election year?

The boys are back in town: Transport Secretary Mark Harper joins St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double on the £60 million Mid Cornwall Metro campaign trail, looking for...

Pydar: the extra £10 million still has a hurdle to clear

By Graham Smith Last week’s controversial decision by County Hall’s Conservative cabinet to spend an extra £10 million on the redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area will have to clear...

We told you this would happen: the warmer Atlantic ocean means a wetter Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The drought of 2022 seems a lifetime ago.  Did Cornwall really have a hosepipe ban which lasted more than a year? The prolonged hot spell, which...

EXCLUSIVE: Is football coming home? Don’t ask us, says County Hall, we haven’t got a clue

By Peter Tremayne The chances of Truro’s footballers starting the next season at Cornwall Council’s £11 million new mini-stadium at Langarth remain a mystery, as the 31st March deadline...

EXCLUSIVE: The madness of Pydar, according to the former council chief who promised to regenerate Truro

Graham Smith The former Cornwall Council cabinet member who launched Truro’s Pydar project in 2017 now says the scheme is “madness” and should be stopped. Veteran councillor Bob Egerton...

Registration of common land at Porthtowan is good news for ramblers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Open Spaces Society has welcomed Cornwall Council’s decision to grant two applications to register common land on the north coast. The land, which is owned...

Small is beautiful: helping lichens, liverworts and pygmy rush thrive on the Lizard

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Natural England, the National Trust and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have launched a new project to help conserve the rare landscape of the Lizard. The 5,700-acre...

Bude’s storm tower reopens after years of fundraising to move it inland

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bude’s 188-year-old storm tower is due to reopen this afternoon (Tuesday) after being moved inland to protect against coastal erosion. The Grade II-listed Compass Point tower,...

County Hall’s proposed cull of elected strategic planners fails

By Julia Penhaligon An attempt by County Hall officials to streamline their planning procedures, by cutting the number of elected councillors on the strategic planning committee from 11 to...

After the flood: Cornwall tries to dry out

Yesterday’s (Monday’s) heavy rain brought flooding to several parts of Cornwall.  The hamlet of Polmorla, near Wadebridge (above) was impassable.  A car got stuck in floodwater at Padstow.  Mawnan...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

South West Water dampens expectations on environmental standards

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has told shareholders it does not expect to reach “Four Star” status for environmental performance for at least another year. The company blames...

We need a new food policy, say farmers, preparing a tractor “go slow” through Westminster this evening

By Julia Penhaligon At least 50 tractors will be driven slowly through London today (Monday) as farmers from across the country protest against the government’s food policy. Seven years...

St Just fundraising to save former “miners’ cathedral”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The community in St Just is rallying to save one of the most important public buildings in west Cornwall. The St Just Wesleyan Methodist Church, known...

Plan to turn former Barclays Bank, St Austell, into apartments

By Lee Trewhela Bourn Homes Ltd has submitted a proposed change of use to turn the former Barclays bank in Church Street, St Austell, into 11 apartments. No external...

A30 Carland-Chiverton faces more disruption this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists are being urged to avoid the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross this weekend because of major roadworks. A new road layout will come...

Another fine mess: Taunton mud bath means Truro’s footballers will spend the rest of the season in Gloucester for their “home” fixtures

By Peter Tremayne Truro’s footballers will have to play all of their remaining “home” fixtures for this season in Gloucester.  Fans face a 400-mile round trip to watch their...

Severe blow to promise of offshore windfarm jobs in Cornwall

By Graham Smith The oft-repeated County Hall promise that offshore windfarms will produce more than 9,000 jobs in Cornwall has taken a severe blow after the government announced it...

Planners say “no” to holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf club

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have again thrown out proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into a holiday camp. Eden Project founder Tim Smit and his son Alex had applied...

Packed County Hall meeting to determine the future of Lostwithiel’s golf course

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A packed public gallery at County Hall is this morning (Thursday) watching as planners consider proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into what residents fear will...

Pydar: let’s use the Mid Cornwall Metro to pull ourselves out of the hole, says Truro councillor

By Bert Biscoe I've been pondering the Pydar situation.  I was very supportive of bringing the whole site under a single ownership - something which was not achieved by...

Is this the launch of Cornwall’s Tory farewell closing-down sale?

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon With fewer than 14 months before they next face the voters, Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative administration has been asked if it is “playing...

Camborne’s Dolcoath council offices are to become a private residential care home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The site of the council offices at Dolcoath Avenue in Camborne is in line to become a private 66-bed care home for the elderly following a...

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...

Cornwall’s Tories set their face against a tourist tax, deciding instead to tax local residents to help tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s taxpayers will have to fund a “more active leadership role” for the tourist industry, following a County Hall decision today (Wednesday.) In a move which...

Pool’s £35 million Heartlands site, having flopped as a tourist resort, returns to County Hall control

By Lee Trewhela Following concerns by people still living at Cornish heritage site Heartlands that maintenance of the site had stopped since the National Lottery pulled its funding and parts...

Additional spending on Truro’s Pydar project will impact council services, admits County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon Truro’s troubled Pydar "regeneration" has secured an emergency cash-injection of £10 million to keep the project alive. But the raid on Cornwall Council’s capital budget could...

Go now, councillor urges Linda Taylor

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor was today (Wednesday) asked to resign over the sale of Camborne’s Dolcoath offices. Camborne Labour councillor Steve Barnes said the closure...

We can’t have a building site in the middle of Truro for the next ten years, says councillor

By Lee Trewhela A councillor has said “we can’t have a building site in the middle of Truro for the next ten years” as Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets today...

Isles of Scilly ferry wars: tickets now on sale for new service

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale for a new ferry service to the Isles of Scilly. The Atlantic Wolff will sail from Penzance at 12.30 on Wednesday...

The five phases of Pydar: how County Hall plans to spread the pain over a never-ending future

By Graham Smith The proposed “new blueprint” for Truro’s Pydar area envisages only one of five potential phases ever being completed. County Hall has been promising since 2017 “a...

Pydar: when the fun stops, stop

By Graham Smith The proposed £220 million redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area will never result in a commercial return on its investment, according to consultants commissioned to “peer review”...

EXCLUSIVE: Planning and property development – how it works in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s strategic director for the economy, Phil Mason, has been asked to explain a confidential letter he wrote to a property developer extending his support...

Duchy Plant Hire files for administration

By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s best known construction firms, Duchy Plant Hire, has filed for administration. The company, which employs about 40 staff, is based at Nanpean, near...

Pydar: the £10 million hole in the ground needs another £10 million just to keep the Truro redevelopment project alive

By Graham Smith Plans to redevelop the Pydar area  of Truro need a further £10 million simply to keep the project alive, Cornwall councillors have been told.  There appears...

We’ll give you a tenner for it: the Newquay airport bid that Cornwall Council doesn’t want to talk about

By Peter Tremayne A businessman has offered to buy Newquay airport for £10.  Captain Peter Elliott, a former helicopter pilot, is leading a consortium which wants Cornwall Council to...

Not so shiny happy people worried about solar farms

By Lee Trewhela More than 100 concerned residents, farmers and business owners have aired fears they will end up like zoo animals in a “glass and concrete prison” if...

Can Truro’s Pydar project finally find first gear?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-delayed proposals for how to fund Truro’s Pydar area regeneration should be unveiled next week. Cornwall Council officials have been promising since last September to...

Flog It! Camborne’s Dolcoath offices are to be sold to “Party C”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some councillors are about to find out who is going to buy their Dolcoath offices in Camborne. Officials say they have a “preferred bidder” but claim...

Nothing fishy: MPs debate pollack quotas set to zero

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has led an adjournment debate about the government’s intention to ban pollack fishing. The decision to lower the “total...

Back to the future: Cornwall’s Tories duck the opportunity to seek a tourism tax, opting instead to take money from local taxpayers to fund a 1970s-style Tourist Board

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council should take “an active leadership role” in the Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP), according to an official County Hall report coming to next week’s...

Failure to launch: has the departure of Newquay airport been delayed?

By Peter Tremayne Speculation is growing that the future of Newquay airport may not be decided for several months, after a two-year search for a private investor has failed...

Did we mention this is an election year: Truro’s Boscawen Park grows a magic money tree

By Julia Penhaligon A £5.2 million facelift for Truro’s Boscawen Park has come a step closer following receipt of the first tranche of cash. Today’s release of £464,251 is...

This morning’s high tides were higher than usual

High tides here today making 8.5 metres above chart datum!#springtides pic.twitter.com/xsnrgb0fFI — Padstow Harbour (@padstowharbour) March 12, 2024 High tide at Padstow this morning was 8.5 metres higher than...

Warming up: the debate over Cornwall’s approach to solar farms is becoming more polarised

By Lee Trewhela One of Cornwall’s leading businesses has filed a formal complaint about the conduct of “certain councillors” at parish meetings concerning plans for a 2,000-panel solar farm....

A blank cheque: no-one knows how much the Mid Cornwall Metro is going to cost, but now we do know who is paying for it

By Peter Tremayne The development of any Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) train service between Newquay and Falmouth will have to be on an “emerging costs” basis, Network Rail has...

All change at Corserv, as chairman quits and chief executive retires

By Graham Smith Peter Andrew is stepping down from the chairmanship of Corserv at the end of the month. He will be replaced by Julia Gregory, whose biography describes...

Slight fall in Cornwall’s demand for “temporary or emergency” accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of families in “temporary or emergency” accommodation in Cornwall has fallen slightly. The figure on 16th February was 809, compared with 822 the previous...

Lostwithiel’s “holiday camp” golf course planning battle heads towards the 19th hole

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial proposals to build holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planners. The proposal comes before an extraordinary meeting...

Planning officer approves proposal for dramatic change to Newquay’s coastline – without a vote

 By Lee Trewhela One of the most controversial planning applications in Cornwall in recent times – a proposal to demolish a historic hotel in Newquay and replace it with...

Councillors reject plans for Healey’s Cyder solar farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A controversial solar farm in Cornwall has been refused planning permission on the casting vote of the committee chairman. Officials had recommended approval of a six-acre...

Carry on banging! Stock car racing at United Downs looks safe for at least the next ten years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Stock car racing at United Downs, a popular community sport since 1969, appears set to continue until at least 2034 after Cornwall Council completed a mind-boggling...

That’s the way the money goes: would you like to ride in my £165,000 virtual Mid Cornwall Metro balloon?

By Julia Penhaligon A marketing video attempting to stir enthusiasm for Cornwall’s Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has cost nearly £165,000. The video, which was part of a “virtual...

Signs of the times

Much head-scratching in Boscastle and Tintagel, adjacent villages on the north Cornwall coast, which seem to have each other’s shiny new car park signs.  The blunder has fuelled residents’...

Going to the match: another 400-mile round-trip for Truro City fans who want to cheer their “home” team

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of Truro’s footballers will again have to travel to Gloucester on Saturday if they want to cheer their “home” side. The fixture against Chelmsford will...

Tories declare war on holiday lets

By Julia Penhaligon Furnished holiday lets are to face a shake-up in their tax rules, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced a few minutes ago. Mr Hunt was announcing his final...

Newquay Airport: it’s all cloak and daggers as County Hall races to the end of its privatisation runway

By Peter Tremayne A curious item has appeared on the agenda for next week’s meeting of a Cornwall Council scrutiny committee, proposing to expel the press and public so...

Hot air: taxpayers to fork out £3.2 million so that Celtic Sea Power can keep talking about offshore windfarms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s still-not-built offshore windfarms are going to cost local taxpayers £3.2 million over the next four years without any evidence that they will ever generate a...

How much has it cost to dig a big hole in the centre of Truro? Pydar project is going nowhere, but here comes yet another “delivery vehicle”

By Graham Smith The original timetable for Truro’s Pydar redevelopment appears to be in ruins, with the project not even included in the 2024-2028 business plan for Cornwall Council’s...

Second homes: St Ives battles to defend its “locals first” policy

By Lee Trewhela A councillor has accused a “greedy developer” of using a legal loophole to sell aparthotel flats as second homes and holiday lets. Planners voted 9-0 to...

No Masked Ball at Killiow Estate

By Lee Trewhela Organisers of the Masked Ball events have withdrawn a licensing application to hold the Spring Ball at a new venue near Truro following complaints by residents....

Cornwall’s new climate commission: one month to save the world

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anyone wishing to become one of the first “Climate Commissioners” for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has until 8th April to submit an application. There...

Clampdown on gig rowing in the dark at Fowey

By Harold Callahan Fowey harbour master has suspended gig rowing outside the hours of sunrise to sunset. Cornwall Reports understands the move is in response to a recent accident....

Heamoor housing scheme approved despite local objections

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners this morning (Monday) voted 8-1, with one abstention, to approve 320 houses on the site of a former daffodil farm at Heamoor, Penzance. The application...

Tumbleweed Truro: another local shop forced to quit the city

By Julia Penhaligon Tremletts newsagents, of River Street, Truro, has told customers it is now operating its daily paper round from home because of the cost-of-living crisis. Craig and...

Shiny happy people: planners to vote on solar farm application

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall planning officials are backing another controversial solar farm in Cornwall. Planning bosses are recommending approval of a six-acre site at the Healey’s Cyder farm,...

Diocese housing plan risks more landslides, warns Looe Town Council

By Lee Trewhela Looe Town Council is so concerned about plans for 43 new houses that it has highlighted concerns raised at a Cornwall coroner’s inquest following the death...

Lanivet chemical spill worries locals

By Harold Callahan Villagers at Lanivet, near Bodmin, are keen to find out more about an accident yesterday (Wednesday) which appears to have spilled a chemical into the environment....

Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp is “beyond its useful life” says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp near St Day is in line for a £2 million facelift . An official County Hall reports says the...