Environment

Not so fast – Cornwall Council told to withdraw “loos with a view” from auction to give locals a chance

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has been forced to withdraw from auction a former toilet block “with stunning sea views” so that the local community can make a bid...

Cornwall prepares to start talking again about climate change, as deadline looms to submit “Emergency Development Plan” to government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage is being prepared for one of the classic set-piece tests for the new Conservative administration at Cornwall Council – what will it do about...

Can you help cast the first stone? Cornish hedge project seeks a drop of the hard stuff

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The team building a giant labyrinth on Bodmin Moor is appealing for donations of stone from different parts of Cornwall. The 56-metre diameter Kerdroya, under construction...

Porthcurno parking chaos fuels calls for Cornwall Council to take action

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It happens every year but yesterday’s (Sunday’s) car parking chaos near Land’s End has provoked new calls for Cornwall Council to take action. Hundreds of tourists...

Padstow’s walrus “hit by boat” on his way to France

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Arctic walrus spotted off Padstow two weeks week ago has been injured in collision with a boat. The accident happened off the coast of western...

Recycling rates in Cornwall drop to their lowest in a decade

By Richard Whitehouse, Debora Aru and Rashleigh MacFarlane The amount of household waste being recycling in Cornwall dropped to its lowest rate for a decade last year, according to...

Airbnb boss celebrates his company’s spectacular growth in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall now has more Airbnb properties to let than London, according to the boss of the organisation.  In some coastal areas a quarter of all properties...

How many local people will live in the “select development” of new flats in Newquay, just bought by Cornwall Council?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has purchased the new Brook House development, at Tregover, Newquay.  County Hall chief executive Kate Kennally signed the individual decision notice to complete the...

Castles in the air: life in Cornwall’s only high-rise flats

By Richard Whitehouse Looking out of the 10th floor window of Rosemary Cocks’ flat in Park House I turn to the 87-year-old and say it’s lucky she isn’t scared...

Judge quashes Cornwall Council’s approval of large detached house in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A High Court judge has quashed Cornwall Council’s controversial approval of planning permission for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on...

I am the Walrus: Arctic mammal spotted off Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wildlife experts around the South West have been excited by photographs of a walrus seen swimming close to the Cornish coast off Padstow. At first thought...

Highways England tries to mitigate effects on wildlife of new A30 road between Carland Cross and Chiverton

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Highways England has announced details of how its new 8.7-mile A30 dual carriageway between Carland Cross and Chiverton roundabout, to the west of Truro, will help...

Life after Brexit: are Cornwall’s farmers about to suffer the same fate as the fishermen?

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice is at the centre of a government row over the extent to which farmers might be sacrificed in pursuit of...

Cornwall’s Wave Hub is now a Swedish wind hub

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has sold the Hayle Wave Hub to a Swedish floating windfarm company. County Hall is not saying how much it got for the Wave...

No rocking at Rock, as music festival is cancelled and farm at the centre of “Butlins” planning application collapses into administration

By Graham Smith A controversial North Cornwall music festival planned for the end of May has been cancelled because the organisers cannot get insurance against Covid-19. The festival had...

Is Cornwall Council really going to repair “serious safety-critical structural defects” with a Truro multi-storey car park, only to knock it down in a few months?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has been asked to explain how it came to commission a “routine” inspection of Truro’s Viaduct car park last week, which identified structural weaknesses...

G7 Summit: Cornwall’s “legacy” looking less likely to include a lithium battery factory

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall appears to be sliding down any list of possible locations for a lithium battery factory, despite encouraging prospecting results that the metal is abundant. The...

Going underground: Eden Project gets ready to drill 3 miles deep to tap the natural energy of Cornwall’s hot rocks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 450-tonne, 55-metre high drilling rig is due to be installed today (Monday) to progress the geothermal “hot rocks” scheme at the Eden Project, near St...

Councillor Martyn Alvey is to be Cornwall’s new Climate King

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall councillor responsible for climate change policy is to be Feock and Kea’s Martyn Alvey. Conservative Mr Alvey was one of the backers of the...

With their eight-feet wingspan and razor-sharp talons, the white-tailed sea eagles have sheep farmers looking at the sky

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sheep farmers in Cornwall are watching anxiously the results of an experiment in Norfolk which will see giant eagles released into the wild. Natural England has...