Environment

County Hall’s housing headache, having built homes at a cost greater than they can be sold

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors have voted to progress their controversial plans to create a new arm’s-length company to build 1,000 houses, despite the misgivings of some councillors over...

Public inquiry starts to consider 112,000-chicken poultry farm

By Richard Whitehouse A planning inquiry gets underway today (Tuesday) to consider proposals for a mega egg farm which would be home to 112,000 birds. Local residents have been...

Cornwall’s Wave Hub gets another £1.5 million – despite no electricity, nor even a business plan

By Anne North Cornwall Council has given the Wave Hub another £1.5 million to keep the project alive while councillors and officials consider its future. A decade ago the...

Council plans to crack down on illegal puppy farms

By Richard Whitehouse Licensing officers say they are monitoring an “explosion” in the number of people breeding dogs without a licence and advertising them for sale on social media....

Truro’s tickets to ride set for first price increase since 2015

By Peter Tremayne The price of multi-day bus tickets for Truro’s Park and Ride service are set to rise sharply from 1st May. Most day ticket prices are not...

Who should pay for cleaning Cornwall’s beaches? It is now eight years since County Hall even asked the question

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is being urged to update its beach management strategy, which is now eight years old and four years out of date. The 2011-15 Beach...

Beef farmers needled by badger vaccination trials

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Beef farmers have expressed concern about the growing popularity of badger vaccination schemes, fearing they could undermine government support for culling. The National Beef Association (NBA)...

Top Tory in the frame, as Serious Fraud Office joins hunt for the missing millions, somehow sunk without trace in Cornwall

By Graham Smith Administrators appointed to investigate the London and Capital Finance company have expressed concern about the true value of the Waterside Resort hotel and holiday lodge complex...

Planners vote unanimously to approve £84 million St Austell link road

By Richard Whitehouse Planning permission has been granted for a new £78 million road which will provide an improved link between St Austell and the A30. A full planning...

Lords call for better rail links to Cornwall, noting that little has been done since 1846

By Richard Whitehouse A major new report from the House of Lords has called for the Government to give more support to coastal communities including better rail links into...

Devon & Cornwall police chiefs ask for extra cash to help deal with post-Brexit tourism explosion

By Daniel Clark Police chiefs are asking for millions of pounds extra cash to deal with ‘the busiest summer ever’ with the anticipated rise in visitors to Devon and...

Underground, Overground, cycling free – how best to get across a dual A30 carriageway at Chiverton Cross?

By Julia Penhaligon Cyclists keen to make the most of a £19 million investment to the west of Truro are pressing Highways England to include a bridge over the...

Branson’s rocket now not going anywhere until 30th April, at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has again postponed the first powered test flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket, with implications for any spaceport at Newquay. The latest rescheduling follows...

Devonport has become a radioactive graveyard for retired submarines, says National Audit Office

Nine retired nuclear submarines stored at Devonport contain highly radioactive waste, and the Ministry of Defence lacks a credible plan to deal with it, according to a damning report...

Cornwall Council’s intervention in the housing market: more questions than answers

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s controversial adventure as a large-scale property developer is due to come under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday after pilot schemes have revealed flaws in the...

Work starts on Penzance heliport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has officially begun on the new Penzance Heliport.  The first turf has been cut on the site at Jelbert Way. The new heliport is next...

Coastal Communities Fund gives £1.7 million to Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Coastal Communities Fund has awarded the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust nearly £1.7 million for a state-of-the-art watersports centre. The cash will help to transform...

Devon and Cornwall police spent more than £800,000 last year to patrol badger cull zones

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Devon and Cornwall police spent more than any other force last year to ensure the safe operation of the government’s badger culling. The costs are met...

Councils secure cash to boost cycling and walking between Cornwall and Plymouth

By Anne North The government has backed a plan to increase the numbers of people who can walk or cycle from South East Cornwall to Plymouth. The “Transforming Cities...

Timetable extended for Cornwall’s concessionary bus passes

By Anne North Older people, and those of any age with a disability, who qualify for a concessionary bus pass will be able to travel for free at any time on...