Environment

EXCLUSIVE: who is building Cornwall’s Kernow Sat? The plot thickens…

By Peter Tremayne Mystery still surrounds the progress of Cornwall’s much-hyped “Kernow Sat” satellite, due to blast off from Newquay in only eight months. The satellite appears to have...

Follow the money: County Hall wonders how its £1.9 billion pension fund might help save the planet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are being urged to put their staff pension fund on a course to become “zero-carbon” by 2045. The £1.9 billion fund is managed externally...

Cornwall Council considers scrapping one-month tax discount for empty homes

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering scrapping its one-month council tax “holiday” for the owners of empty homes. The tax break, which is a discretionary power available to...

Carbis Bay Hotel asks government planning inspector to allow unauthorised “G7 Summit” development

By Richard Whitehouse The Carbis Bay Hotel has lodged an appeal against an enforcement notice which was served after they carried out building works without planning permission. After being...

Bunkabins ready to welcome first tenants to County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon A new “pop-up” housing estate, comprising converted shipping containers, is about to welcome its first tenants. A total of 21 emergency accommodation units, leased from Bunkabin,...

Tickets on sale now for Okehampton-Exeter daily train service, resuming next month after a 49 year wait

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale today (Tuesday) for the first time in 49 years for regular daily train passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter.  Tickets are...

Time is running out if Newquay-London flights are to resume before the end of the month

By Peter Tremayne The chances of passenger flights between Newquay and London resuming by the end of the month appear to be diminishing, as there is still no news...

How would you fix Cornwall’s housing crisis? Your opportunity to tell County Hall what you think, as a council in Wales prepares to double council tax for second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Cornwall are being urged to tell County Hall what level of council tax should be paid by second home owners.  An opinion survey comes...

Cornwall on the shortlist for 2025 City of Culture

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has been shortlisted for the 2025 City of Culture competition.  Cornwall is now one of eight places in the UK through to the second round,...

EXCLUSIVE: Can we have our money back? National Highways protest at Cornwall’s failure to make progress punctures the grand vision of an off-road Saints Trail cycle path

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are severely downgrading their ambitious Saints Trail cycle path between Perranporth and St Agnes, with parts of it now destined to become a...

The end is nigh for Cornwall’s banger racing fans

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The end of an era is approaching for Cornwall’s stock car racing fans.  A lease agreement made by Cornwall Council officials, without the approval of any...

North Cornwall flood alert as rivers swell

The Environment Agency has warned people living close to tributaries of the upper River Tamar, between Bude and Launceston,  to beware of flooding this morning (Tuesday) after nearly two...

In pictures: climate protestors return to County Hall

Some of the scenes from yesterday's full council meeting.  Thanks to Ilya Fisher for these photographs

Cornwall Council “still committed to tackling climate change”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for climate change has again insisted that County Hall is striving to realise carbon-neutrality by 2030. Councillor Martin Alvey faced questions...

Climate change protestors greet councillors at County Hall

Cornwall councillors arriving at County Hall, Truro, for a meeting this morning (Tuesday) were met by more than a dozen climate change protestors, concerned by what they see as...

20 mph speed limit could become “the new normal” in Cornwall’s towns and villages

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Many more towns and villages in Cornwall could see 20 mph speed limits in residential areas, if councillors back a new County Hall plan. So far...

Planners finally approve Truro’s £170 million Pydar redevelopment

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s controversial £170 million redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area has finally secured planning permission. The application, for 320 residential homes plus beds for 400 students,...

Cornwall’s £40 million Wave Hub was sold for only £2.4 million and is about to become a Swedish-owned windfarm, built by Americans

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s Wave Hub, developed by taxpayers at a cost of more than £40 million despite never delivering a single watt of commercial electricity, was sold to...

Cornwall Council buying holiday parks to house the homeless – an enlightened move, or back to the 70s?

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall Council is set to buy two holiday parks which will be used to provide temporary accommodation for people who find themselves homeless....

Why Looe is still at least five years away from a flood defence scheme, despite being underwater more often than anywhere else

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A crucial meeting next month could determine if plans for a £75 million flood defence scheme in Looe will start within the next few years. The...