Environment

With only ten years to go to achieve its own target, Cornwall Council pats itself on the back over climate change

By Graham Smith Today marks the first anniversary of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a climate emergency – leaving only ten years to go before the county is supposed to...

Cornwall’s badgers: proposal to vaccinate, rather than cull, kicked into the long grass for at least six months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s badgers will have to wait at least six months before County Hall considers a call to vaccinate them against bovine TB, rather than shoot them....

Council officers in no rush to do anything about badger culling

By Anne North Cornwall councillors could again be frustrated in their attempts to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting today (Tuesday.) Council officers...

Dogs on beaches: the debate goes on

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have rejected plans to relax the rules about when dogs can be taken on beaches.  A committee voted 9-4 against an official recommendation which...

Local councils study the idea of a tourism tax, with divided opinions in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall welcomes millions of visitors every year with people coming from all over the world to see the beauty of the Duchy and explore its beaches,...

Cornish Lithium optimistic about the prospects for 2020, as more drilling is about to get underway

By Graham Smith The quest for a new energy source to power electric vehicles is likely to make huge strides in 2020, as Cornish Lithium continues to explore reserves...

Planners to meet next week to rule on Truro stadium proposals

By Anne North Planners are due to meet next week (Thursday 23rd January) to rule on plans for a Truro stadium. Although outline permission was granted originally in 2011,...

Councillors finally get the chance to debate badger culling on Cornwall Council farms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors will finally get the opportunity to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting next week. The council owns more...

Plans submitted for 138 new homes near Falmouth

By Julia Penhaligon Planners have set themselves a deadline of 10th March to determine an application for 138 houses at Hillhead Road, Kergilliack, Budock.  The site consists of 8.6...

Battle lines drawn as County Hall prepares a “charm offensive” to improve household waste recycling in some of the “backward” parts of Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse The latest recycling league tables for Cornwall show the vast differences between how much rubbish is being recycled across the county. County Hall is now much...

And Cornwall’s new household waste contractor is…..same as the old one

By Anne North Cornwall Council has finally confirmed that it is keeping its £20 million household waste contract with Biffa. The decision was revealed by Cornwall Reports last week,...

Vandals deface 5,000-year-old burial chamber in west Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Archaeologists have been dismayed by vandalism to the Mulfra Quoit, a Neolithic dolmen between New Mill and Porthmeor in west Penwith.  Someone has painted “alien” figures...

Centuries-old stone cross, demolished by a traffic accident a year ago, is back in place outside Truro Cathedral

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s ancient Celtic crosses is back in its rightful place in Truro city centre following a joint restoration project by Cornwall Archaeological Unit and...

Hold tight – Cornwall’s new bus contract details revealed

By Julia Penhaligon Many of Cornwall’s buses are to become subject to a new eight-year contract with Go Cornwall Bus, part of the national Go-Ahead company which also runs...

Dogs on beaches – County Hall considers a one-size-fits-all response to massive public consultation

By Richard Whitehouse Restrictions on when dogs are allowed on beaches in Cornwall could be relaxed under new proposals. Cornwall Council currently has 48 Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)...

Camborne homes proposal comes back before planners next week

By Richard Whitehouse A planning application to build 23 homes in Camborne will return for a decision by councillors next week - despite them asking for it to be...

Bleak outlook for South Crofty, with no start-date in sight for pumping dry the flooded tin mine

By Anne North There will be no tin mining at South Crofty before 2022 at the earliest.  The mine’s owners have confirmed that they have still not been able...

You can’t always get what you want – despite hours of public consultations, debates in planning committees and a decade of promises, somehow it just never happened. A brief survey of some of Cornwall’s castles in the sand

By Richard Whitehouse It’s a new year, a new decade and as we look ahead to the future in Cornwall it’s also a chance to look back at what...

Biffa set to keep its contract to empty Cornwall’s dustbins

By Anne North There are signs that Biffa has retained its £200 million contract to empty Cornwall’s dustbins. Although Cornwall Council has yet to make any formal announcement, ahead...

Planners approve Helston flood defence scheme

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have approved a major scheme to prevent flooding in Helston, despite objections from neighbours. The Environment Agency plans to build a new flood defence...