Falmouth & Penryn local news

EXCLUSIVE: So long, and thanks for all the fish – France and Cornwall will not pursue the idea of a direct trade deal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to abandon the idea of direct trade links with France. The suggestion came out of talks between the Mayor of Brittany and the...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

EXCLUSIVE: Your leisure centre meeting is cancelled and you can’t talk about it, County Hall officials tell elected local councillors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council officials have intervened to prevent people in the Wadebridge area from meeting to discuss the future of their local leisure centre. An extraordinary meeting...

First group of child refugees due to arrive in Cornwall next month

By Graham Smith County Hall officials have spent Christmas trying to find homes for 23 unaccompanied child refugees, due to arrive in Cornwall before the end of January.  A...

Another opinion poll forecasts Tory losses in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Labour would win two seats in Cornwall and both seats in Plymouth if a general election were to be held now, according to an opinion poll...

It’s business as usual, as Cornwall Council resumes the strategy most likely to result in leisure centre closures, leaving potential new local management out in the cold

By Graham Smith Anyone hoping to rescue leisure centres at Falmouth or Wadebridge has only a few days to submit a formal bid to Cornwall Council. The development of...

Two of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres will definitely stay open, while two others have a lifeline if alternative management proposals can be realised

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has agreed to a package of proposals which should definitely save two under-threat leisure centres and may save two others. County Hall...

Leisure centres show-down: whose finger on the trigger?

By Graham Smith A trial of strength between Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservatives and County Hall officials will be displayed publicly tomorrow (Wednesday) when the council’s cabinet has to choose...

Who runs Cornwall Council? Why Wednesday’s cabinet meeting is about much more than four leisure centres

By Graham Smith Wednesday’s Cornwall Council cabinet meeting (15th December) will be a defining moment in the recent history of the authority, determining not only the future of four...

Providing leisure centres should be a statutory function of local councils, House of Lords tells Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council should be forced to maintain and run its leisure centres and not allow them to close simply because a private operator cannot make a...

Cornwall’s leisure centres under renewed threat as County Hall officials sideline councillors and push ahead with closure plans

By Graham Smith The stage is set for a potentially explosive Cornwall Council cabinet meeting next week, as County Hall officials push ahead with plans to close four leisure...

Reprieved: Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres now odds-on to survive

By Graham Smith It now looks unlikely that any of Cornwall’s leisure centres will close at the end of March next year, even if the private management company GLL...

Leisure centres: how Cornwall Council wants to judge the potential “alternative providers”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “alternative” bidders seeking to take over the management of four under-threat leisure centres have been told more details of how their proposals might be taken...

Scrutiny councillors face public questions before studying proposals to close four leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors face eight public questions tomorrow (Tuesday) before they start scrutinising proposals to close four leisure centres and the St Austell hydrotherapy pool. The questions...

Hands up those who want an inquiry into the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres! Six Tory councillors, under pressure from officials on one side and voters on the other, hold the key

By Graham Smith Any one of six Conservative councillors could hold the key to the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres when they take part in a scrutiny committee meeting...

“Don’t talk about enforcing the leisure contract, we haven’t had time to tell you about the nine alternative management companies, you can’t have an Inquiry Panel and we want a new gym for Truro” – County Hall officials set themselves up for a rough ride next week

By Graham Smith The 11 Cornwall councillors due to scrutinise the proposed closure of four leisure centres have so far not been given any information about the nine potential...

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t talk about hit lists, but the politics of closing four leisure centres could prove tricky for Conservatives with small majorities

By Graham Smith The failure of a 5,500+ petition to result in a meaningful vote at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) has turned the attention of Cornwall’s leisure centre protestors...

Covid-19: Falmouth and Saltash back on the critical list

The shapes and sizes of purple clusters on Cornwall’s Covid map continue to shift, but the underlying trend in new cases continues to increase.  The average number of daily...

Nine “expressions of interest” submitted to take over the running of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres

By Graham Smith Nine “expressions of interest” have been submitted as potential bids to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall councillor Richard Pears,...

Council officers seek to rely on constitutional precedent to avoid “people power” making leisure centres’ decision

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A petition calling for Cornwall Council to let all councillors decide the fate of threatened leisure centres in Cornwall looks set to fail...