Environment

Hopes appear to be fading for South Crofty to resume tin mining by 2021

By Peter Tremayne Another deadline is looming for the owners of South Crofty tin mine, whose ambition to resume mining by 2021 appears to be under threat due to...

Property Tribunal upholds £12,700 fine for “rogue” landlord in Truro

By Julia Penhaligon A Property Tribunal has confirmed a £12,700 penalty for a Truro landlord for failing to rectify a number of problems, including rooms which were too small...

Cornwall’s new “forest” will start to be planted this month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The first trees to become part of the proposed Forest for Cornwall will be planted later this month. The aim is to eventually cover more than...

Cornwall’s “strategic” planners told they can take the rest of the year off

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s “strategic” planning committee has scrapped its remaining meetings for the year. It means that apart from considering three planning applications on 25th July, the...

Could yesterday’s County Hall chaos lead to a security crack-down?

By Graham Smith The chaotic scenes which ended yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) spaceport debate at County Hall could lead to a security crackdown, after some councillors complained of intimidation. The packed...

Work starts to make safe Redruth football pitches, undermined by industrial heritage

By Peter Tremayne Work has started to make safe Cornwall’s largest public playing field, parts of which have been closed because of collapsing and subsiding mine shafts. The Clijah...

When the wind blows – Cornwall signs MOU with Ireland and Wales to exploit offshore wind potential

By Anne North Cornwall has joined with the governments of Ireland and Wales to progress plans for floating wind farms off the North Cornwall coast. The Celtic Sea Alliance...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council confirms it spent more on building houses than it was able to get by selling them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has admitted that the cost of its centre-piece house-building programme has exceeded the value of building the properties at Bodmin and Tolvaddon. The ultimate...

Labour promises to tighten the law on fox hunting

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party has said it will close loopholes in the 2004 Hunting Act if it wins the general election, outlawing foxhunting and hare coursing. The...

Countdown to confusion: Cornwall Council is going ahead with its spaceport vote, despite the general election, despite having no Environmental Impact Assessment, and with Richard Branson’s rocket still firmly on the ground

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is going ahead with a crucial vote next week to plough £12 million of local taxpayers’ money into a Newquay spaceport, despite having carried...

Walking back to happiness, as new bridges restore access to Cornwall coastal path

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in...

Isles of Scilly facing £296,000 council overspend as water costs rise

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly have been warned they will face a difficult year when considering their budget for 2020. The warning came at a...

The sun also rises, as County Hall’s corridors of power await their next big beast

By Graham Smith If you like the idea of earning £120,000-£140,000 a year, and spending £150 million while leading around 1,500 colleagues, then today (Friday) is the last day...

Houston, we have a problem: Cornwall’s spaceport team just can’t keep their feet on the ground

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s spaceport backers are returning to America later this month for another conference, less than a month after attending a similar event in Washington. The Cornwall...

Truro New Town: council offers sweeteners to help ease the pain

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall councillor has asked cabinet members to ensure that project funding is “set in stone” for communities that will have a new town built on...

It’s all a bit rubbish, as two years of contract negotiation go to waste

By Richard Whitehouse Tensions within the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration at County Hall have spilled into the open as the former Lib Dem cabinet member responsible for waste criticised...

North Cornwall sheep farmer admits cruelty charges

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A prize-winning farmer has been fined and ordered to pay costs totally £6,184 for causing cruelty to his sheep. Samuel Rogers, 24, of Advent, near Camelford,...

Dismay as council prepares to scrap recycling banks

By Richard Whitehouse People have reacted with dismay to the announcement that Cornwall Council is set to remove recycling banks. The large storage banks for recyclables, commonly found in...

More than 9,000 have had their say about dogs on beaches – and there are still two weeks to go

By Richard Whitehouse There are just two weeks left to take part in a survey about restrictions of dogs on beaches in Cornwall. More than 9,000 people have taken...

Cornwall’s dustbin AND recycling collections will both be fortnightly, as row looms over bungled waste contract

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s dustbins AND recycling waste collections will both become fortnightly next year, in a major retreat on the original promise to make recycling collections weekly. Cornwall...