Environment

Covid restrictions have led to 16% increase in household waste burned at St Dennis incinerator

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency has agreed to allow Cornwall’s incinerator a 16% increase in the amount of rubbish it burns this year, because Covid-19 has led to...

The devil is in the detail: Cornwall’s farmers close in on life without European subsidies

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s farmers are studying the detail of the new “seven-year transition period” which is due to start within weeks – ending the Basic Payment Scheme which...

Objections to St Ives holiday complex proposal

By Richard Whitehouse New plans to build a hotel and holiday villas on a site in St Ives have been met with opposition by local residents. An outline planning...

EXCLUSIVE: How Truro New Town developer made £1.35 million profit just by watching the grass grow

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council paid £1.45 million for a small piece of land outside Truro which three years earlier changed hands for only £100,000.  The land increased in...

It happens: dog mess on beaches is an issue that just won’t go away

By Julia Penhaligon Complaints about dog mess on beaches have nearly doubled in two years, according to a new Cornwall Council report. The report is part of a review...

St Dennis incinerator roof won’t be fixed until the summer of 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It could be next summer before the St Dennis incinerator roof is repaired, according to a new report.  Experts have been asked to consider a fundamental...

Approval of planning permission in Rame Head AONB to be challenged at Judicial Review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will be forced to defend in court its approval of planning permission for a large house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The...

Wanted: ideas for how to spend the Wave Hub’s £300,000 fishing fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The failure of Cornwall’s Wave Hub project has presented County Hall with a new problem – what to do with £300,000 earmarked for compensating local fishing...

Cornwall’s £19 million Saints Trail gets the go-ahead, subject to government ruling on environmental impact

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new multi-user trail linking Perranporth and Newquay have been approved. Phase one of the Saints Trail is part of a series of...

Truro New Town: The Masterplan

By Richard Whitehouse New details have emerged about plans for one of the largest developments which is set to take place in Cornwall. A 130-page masterplan has been published...

County Hall continues to threaten compulsory purchase of land at Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to push ahead with compulsory purchase powers to take over land at Hayle which it says is needed for homes and road improvements....

Brexit meets Covid-19: Cornwall’s fishermen prepare for a perfect storm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fish prices in Cornwall are expected to collapse tomorrow (Thursday) as the tourism and hospitality sectors shut down because of Covid-19.  MPs are due to vote...

Cornwall’s waste tips will stay open during Lockdown 2

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres will stay open during the next Covid-19 lockdown, which is due to start on Thursday. The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible,...

Pheasant to be classed as “nuisance” species as government forces shooting estates to seek licences

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners have won a surprise early victory over shooting parties which at this time of the year take to the Cornish countryside to kill pheasants.  There...

Legal challenge to pheasant shooting could change the face of the Cornish countryside

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The campaign group Wild Justice is preparing for a legal challenge which could halt the release of thousands of pheasants into the Cornish countryside. Although this...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall’s compulsory purchase threat alarms Hayle landowners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s ambition to impose its planning blueprint on the future of Hayle appears to have hit a major bump in the road, with several landowners...

Council houses will be among the first built at West Carclaze Garden Village

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is set to buy 130 houses in the West Carclaze garden village, due to be built near St Austell. The properties will be among...

Planners to consider major new recreational path between Perranporth and Newquay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a new cycling and recreational path between Newquay and Perranporth look set to get the go-ahead next week, despite some concerns about the impact...

Council crackdown on business waste

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is launching a crackdown on businesses which use residential rubbish collection services to get rid of their waste. There have long been concerns about...

From the Mayor’s parlour: why I used my casting vote to reject an immediate development boundary for Truro

By councillor Bert Biscoe Last night at Truro City Council I had to do what a chairman has to do. It is never easy, the tug-of-war between heart and...