Environment

A very unusual Easter: Covid-19 means no lifeguards on Cornwall’s beaches

By Anne North The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has withdrawn its lifeguarding service on Cornwall’s beaches because of the Covid-19 crisis. Lifeguard cover for many of Cornwall’s beaches would...

Covid-19 lock down leads farmers to call for a pause to bovine TB testing

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Farmers have called on the government to lift restrictions that would normally be applied if they fail to complete bovine TB tests on time. Defra has...

Covid-19: All change on Cornwall’s buses after virus causes a sharp drop in passengers

By Richard Whitehouse Buses in Cornwall have adopted new emergency Covid-19 routes after seeing the number of people using public transport dropping heavily. As a result Cornwall Council and...

Why we went ahead with the Truro New Town land deal, despite Covid-19 – by council cabinet portfolio holder

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 crisis nearly caused the collapse the Truro New Town project, according to the Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for the scheme. Councillor Bob Egerton...

Some Cornish hotels to become temporary care homes, as health chiefs prepare for surge in Covid-19 cases and search for extra hospital beds

By Peter Tremayne Some Cornish hotels are to become temporary homes for people discharged early from hospital, as health chiefs prepare for a surge in Covid-19 cases in the...

Truro New Town: historic land deal finally crosses the line

By Anne North Cornwall Council has finally completed its £36 million land deal to build Truro New town, on 100 acres of prime farmland at Langarth to the west...

Sheep prices plummet, as Covid-19 changes the economic structure of Cornwall’s agriculture

By Julia Penhaligon The Covid-19 crisis has contributed to a collapse in lamb prices, with severe implications for the approach Cornwall’s farmers take towards their 500,000 sheep. The main...

Keep off the beaches or we will arrest you, say police

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are ramping up their use of a social media account to advise about what the force considers to be “acceptable” reasons for...

Covid-19 halts work on the Hall for Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 has halted renovation work on the Hall for Cornwall, posing a question mark over whether it will re-open this year. A post on the Hall’s...

Newquay Airport now closed until further notice, and calls on the government for a bail-out

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has now closed, indefinitely, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. All scheduled flights to and from the airport are now suspended.  In recent weeks...

No surfing, says Surf England – as police continue their patrols to keep people indoors

By Anne North People should not go surfing during the current Covid-19 pandemic, according to the sport’s governing body. Surf England has postponed events due to have been held...

Cornwall’s household waste and recycling centres close, but kerbside collection continuing as normal

By Graham Smith All of Cornwall’s 14 household waste and recycling centres have now closed because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Cornwall Council’s kerbside collection service, however, is continuing...

Cornwall’s fishing and farming sectors find that the future has arrived, and it’s not what was expected

By Julia Penhaligon It seems like only yesterday that the only thing on the news was Brexit.  But now the Covid-19 crisis is forcing a re-evaluation of food supply...

I’ll fire my rocket on 30th April, says Branson

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s reputation for unshakeable optimism has received a boost after he announced that he now plans the first launch of his rocket on 30th April....

From zero to hero: how the government changed its tune on migrant farm workers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s farm labourers – many of them EU migrant workers – have within only one month gone from being “unskilled workers” to “key workers” whose children...

California shutdown poses new questions for Newquay spaceport

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s planned spaceport appears to be falling victim to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  The complete lockdown of social and economic life in California has resulted in...

Cornwall should expect Covid-19 deaths to peak at the end of May, as council prepares for burials and cremations, scraps by-elections and gets ready for electronic voting

By Graham Smith  Deaths expected to peak towards the end of May Council is preparing additional burial and cremation capacity Cornwall Council by-election at St Mewan called off 80%...

Covid-19 could derail Cornwall Council’s house-building plans, says cabinet member

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has put a question mark over Cornwall Council’s ambition to build 1,000 new homes before May of next year. The council’s cabinet...

Loganair delays the introduction of its Newquay service because of Covid-19

By Anne North Loganair, the Scottish airline which had planned to operate flights from Newquay to Glasgow and Edinburgh, has delayed the introduction of all Cornwall-based services until 28th...

Truro New Town – the masterplan is finally published

By Richard Whitehouse “A distinctive community on the edge of the city of Truro where people will live, work and thrive” -  this is the vision that Cornwall Council...