Fowey & Lostwithiel

Labour selects oceans campaigner as Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has selected ocean conservation activist Anna Gelderd to be its Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall. She lives on the Rame Peninsula and...

Did we mention this is an election year? Lostwithiel to get “temporary” footbridge over its railway line for the first time since 1960s

By Rashleigh MacFarlane After years of lobbying by local councillors, Network Rail has finally confirmed that passengers and residents at Lostwithiel will soon be able to cross the track...

Lostwithiel “hub” aims to point the way for elderly residential care

By Lee Trewhela A new care hub which would be an “exemplar” of how to deliver care to the elderly for the future could replace an established 42-bedroom home...

Planners say “no” to holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf club

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have again thrown out proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into a holiday camp. Eden Project founder Tim Smit and his son Alex had applied...

Packed County Hall meeting to determine the future of Lostwithiel’s golf course

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A packed public gallery at County Hall is this morning (Thursday) watching as planners consider proposals to turn Lostwithiel golf course into what residents fear will...

Sick councillor granted leave of absence after failing to attend meetings for six months

By Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall councillor has been granted a leave of absence on the grounds of ill-health. Sharon Daw, a Conservative who represents the Lynher division, has not...

Lostwithiel’s “holiday camp” golf course planning battle heads towards the 19th hole

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial proposals to build holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planners. The proposal comes before an extraordinary meeting...

Clampdown on gig rowing in the dark at Fowey

By Harold Callahan Fowey harbour master has suspended gig rowing outside the hours of sunrise to sunset. Cornwall Reports understands the move is in response to a recent accident....

On the road again: the Cornwall Council cabinet members whose devotion to duty means they have to travel hundreds of miles to attend meetings

By Julia Penhaligon Two of County Hall’s ruling cabinet members are currently only part-time residents of Cornwall. Fowey councillor Andy Virr, the portfolio holder for health and social care,...

Girls allowed: it’s a new dawn for Fowey, as church finally scraps its “Men Only” rule and hires the Reverend Carol Edleston as its first female vicar

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Diocese of Truro has announced the appointment of the Reverend Carol Edleston as the new vicar of St Fimbarrus church, hoping to finally draw a...

Come and ask us about our desalination plans, say South West Water

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water plans to hold the second of its public engagement meetings this evening (Tuesday) to promote its proposals for a desalination plant at Par....

The mouse that roared: plans to build holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course have upset County Hall’s wildlife officers

By Lee Trewhela A controversial planning application by Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit and his son to build holiday lodges on a golf course in Lostwithiel has been...

South West Water delays plans for desalination plant in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It now seems certain that South West Water will have to delay plans for desalination plants in Cornwall to prevent future shortages. Earlier this year, in...

Fowey bus stop rumpus over safety concerns

By Lee Trewhela More than 500 people have signed a petition to save a bus stop which has been a vital part of life in a coastal town for...

School bus “dangerously overcrowded” claim parents

By Lee Trewhela Parents in a Cornish town have aired their concerns about an overloaded school bus which is taking their children to a secondary school several miles away....

South West Water says desalination will provide additional 30 million litres per day by 2025

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water is pushing ahead with plans to build a desalination plant in Cornwall, despite one of the wettest summers on record which led to...

U-Turn in Fowey as church leaders ditch their “men only” rule about vicars

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Church leaders at Fowey have reversed their ban on women priests and will now advertise for a new vicar, with or without a Y-chromosome. The newly-elected...

Cool it, urge planners, as Lostwithiel’s cyber-war spirals out of control

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A planning battle over the future of Lostwithiel’s golf course has become so intense that Cornwall Council has removed more than 500 public comments from its...

The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible: Tory councillor defends “men only vicars” for Fowey

By Lee Trewhela The former chairman of the Cornish church which became embroiled in a “sexism” row after choosing to employ a male vicar rather than a woman has...

Senior councillor quits Fowey church as row over “men only” vicar rule intensifies

By Lee Trewhela A member of Cornwall Council’s cabinet has resigned as chairman of a Cornish church as a ‘sexism’ row continues following its decision to advertise for a...

We need cash to help stop “high-end holiday camp” on Lostwithiel golf course, say objectors

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents trying to stop what they call “a high-end holiday camp” at Lostwithiel have launched a fundraising campaign to bolster the legal support they think they’ll...

Holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course – 12 months later, here we go again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new planning application is now live which seeks to develop Lostwithiel golf club with holiday lodges and car parking.  A similar application was rejected by...

REVEALED: Par and Polkerris are first in line for South West Water desalination plants as Cornwall faces summer drought crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water bosses are close to submitting plans for desalination plants at Par and Polkerris, on Cornwall’s south coast. Company executives are unlikely to make...

A390 through Grampound reopens after car demolishes building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main A390 road from St Austell to Truro has reopened after a Christmas Eve car crash partially demolished a building in the centre of Grampound....

A390 remains closed at Grampound after Christmas Eve car crash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main A390 road between St Austell and Truro remains closed today (26th December) after a car crashed into a building on Saturday. Engineers fear the...

No through road: diversions around Grampound after traffic accident puts building in danger of collapse

By Peter Tremayne The main A390 road through Grampound remains closed today (25th December) after a car crashed into a building. Engineers are trying to assess the risk that...

Boy arrested after Lostwithiel sex attack

By Peter Tremayne A teenage boy has been arrested following the sexual assault of a woman at Lostwithiel. It happened in the Bodmin Hill area of town at about...

New bid to build holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There are signs that a revised planning application for the redevelopment of Lostwithiel golf course is about to be submitted to Cornwall Council. In April planners...

The curious case of the five-year delay between closing three of Cornwall’s hospitals and then doing anything useful

By Anne North Health chiefs have still made no decision about the futures of community hospitals at Saltash and Fowey, which have both been closed for more than five...

Police name motorcyclist killed near Lostwithiel on Wednesday

By Peter Tremayne Police have named the motorcyclist killed in an accident on the A390 near Lostwithiel last week.  Benjamin Lavender, 39, from the St Austell area, died at...

Motorcyclist dies in accident near Lostwithiel

By Peter Tremayne A 39-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a car on the A390 at Lostwithiel.  The accident happened yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) near the junction...

Lostwithiel councillor told to apologise over “have paint, will travel” parking bay rumpus

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has been told to apologise for misleading people on social media, after painting white parking bays on the highway outside his home. Lostwithiel...

Planners reject Tim Smit’s “gardening campus” proposals for Lostwithiel golf course

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have refused planning permission for Sir Tim Smit’s latest venture saying that it would cause harm to the landscape and historic assets. A planning...

County Hall’s planners back Tim Smit’s “cookery campus” for Lostwithiel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners are recommending approval of controversial proposals by the Eden Project’s Tim Smit to turn Lostwithiel’s golf course into a residential centre for studying plants....

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray wants “Margaret Thatcher Day”

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has called for the creation of a “Margaret Thatcher Day” to encourage women to seek high office in public life....

Another outdoor swimming pool?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A small rock-and-cement pool at Fowey could become the next restoration project for fans of outdoor swimming.  The Whitehouse Pool was built in the 1920s by...

A friend in need: South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray’s contribution to Prime Minister’s Questions

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray came to the aid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Wednesday) by asking if he would “continue to deliver” on “getting Brexit done,...

“Have paint – can travel” – Cornwall councillor says he cannot complain if others now attempt DIY parking bays

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has raised eyebrows in Lostwithiel after painting “unofficial” parking bays opposite his home. Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin has told his social media...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate continues to fall as Boris Johnson prepares to scrap “Plan B” restrictions

By Anne North Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection is continuing to fall, as the Prime Minister prepares to announce the scrapping of the government’s “Plan B” restrictions. Although the...

Covid-19: Tywardreath & Fowey join the critical list as Cornwall’s infection rate soars

Cornwall's average Covid infection rate is now 555.5 new cases per 100,000 population.  Tywardreath & Fowey became the latest cluster to turn dark purple, with a rate of 881.6. ...

Covid-19: Lostwithiel and Penwithick area joins the critical list

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area has become the latest to join Cornwall’s “dark purple” clusters where Covid infection rates are higher than 800 per 100,000 population....

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...

Plans for new Co-op store at Fowey

By Richard Whitehouse A new Co-Op store could be coming to Fowey.  The new shop, on the edge of Fowey on the B3415, would also have parking spaces and...

Cornwall Council sells former art gallery at Golant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has sold the former art gallery at Golant, near Fowey.  The waterfront building had a guide price of £85,000 although details of the eventual...

Government announces cash for flood defence schemes in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Looe are hoping to learn today (Thursday) more details of government plans to invest in significant new flood defence schemes for Cornwall. A government...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

EXCLUSIVE: Edwina Hannaford elected to lead Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats at County Hall

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have elected Looe councillor Edwina Hannaford to be their new leader.  Lostwithiel’s Colin Martin is her deputy. Ms Hannaford has been a member...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

TV shows contributing to Cornwall’s soaring property prices, say estate agents

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A rash of network television programmes extolling Cornwall’s natural beauty and lifestyles have led to an explosion in house-buying inquiries, according to Rightmove. The town of...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Objectors’ fury at plan to turn Lostwithiel golf course into “cookery campus”

By Richard Whitehouse Plans by the co-founder of the Eden Project to build a new attraction in Lostwithiel have attracted objections from locals. Sir Tim Smit, with his son...

Cornwall’s shell fishing industry now looks back with fond nostalgia to the days when membership of the European Union made life so much easier

By Richard Youle and Julia Penhaligon The European Union trade deal is less than two weeks old but is already causing serious problems for Cornwall’s fishermen. The shell fishing...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Flooding recedes after Friday’s downpour

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency has stood down its flood warning for the River Fowey, after several people in Lostwithiel had to be evacuated on Friday night.  The...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Under the hammer: Cornwall’s community hospitals edge closer to sale of the century

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are preparing to hammer the final nails into the coffin of the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, as they now discuss openly the...

EXCLUSIVE: Tories in a muddle over candidates for next year’s council elections

By Graham Smith Conservatives in the St Austell and Newquay constituency have been ordered to re-run the selection procedures which threatened the future of two sitting councillors. Party chiefs...

Covid-19 continues to spread across Cornwall, but slower than elsewhere

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area is the worst affected for Covid-19 according to the government’s latest cluster map.  It has 13 cases. The past 48 hours...

Fowey hospital now unlikely to become a state-of-the-art residential home as council chiefs say the area is “not a priority”

By Julia Penhaligon The promise of a new 21st century nursing home at Fowey has hit a snag – council chiefs now say it would be in the wrong...

Two new Covid-19 clusters in Cornwall

By Anne North There are two new “clusters” of Covid-19 in Cornwall, according to today’s (Tuesday’s) government data. The St Agnes and Mount Hawke area has three confirmed cases,...

St Mawes might not be as bracing as Skegness, but it is now Britain’s top seaside resort for the discerning tourist

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The village of St Mawes, on Cornwall’s Roseland peninsula, might have a resident population of fewer than 1,000 - but has come top in a poll...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

Fowey set to join the parish-level revolt against new-build second homes

By Richard Whitehouse Fowey looks set to become the latest town to introduce a ban on new homes being built as second homes. The town is set to vote...

Government thought the yellow-welly brigade was more important than local fishermen when it consulted on Mevagissey’s new mussel farm

By Graham Smith The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) consulted the Royal Fowey Yacht club, but not local fishermen, about the location of a new mussel farm at Mevagissey, according...

Investigation into the cause of fire which swept through the building where Rudolph Hess was once interned

By Peter Tremayne Investigations are continuing today (Sunday) into the cause of a fire which swept through a £2 million Victorian house at Milltown, Lostwithiel, yesterday. The building, known...

End of the road for Edward Hain hospital’s “community care” project, as the estate agents get closer to selling the building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An “inspirational” project to provide care for elderly and vulnerable people, at the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, has been axed – bringing fresh uncertainty about...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Cornwall care home labelled “inadequate”after CQC snap inspection

By Julia Penhaligon The Trecarrel Care Home, Tywardreath, has been labelled “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission.  In November the CQC said the home “required improvement.”    The decline means...

Par and St Blazey residents invited to learn more about flood alleviation project

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in Par and St Blazey can find out more about a multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme at an information event next week. As part of...

Tywardreath village shop, rescued by “social entrepreneurs,” has debts of £714,000

By Anne North The village shop at Tywardreath, controversially rescued by “social entrepreneurs” Trudy Thompson and Josh  Taylor, has debts of £714,000, according to the Official Receiver appointed to...

Planners approve demolition of Golant hotel

By Richard Whitehouse A riverside hotel is set to be demolished and replaced with houses after planning permission for the development was approved. The Cormorant Hotel in Golant will...

Planners to consider demolition of upmarket hotel and its replacement with 9 houses

By Anne North Controversial plans to demolish an upmarket hotel in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and replace it with nine houses, are due to come before Cornwall...

Saltash hospital travel distances “published in error” say health chiefs

By Graham Smith Health chiefs have blamed an “administrative error” for publishing incorrect information about the distances patients in South East Cornwall will have to travel as a result...

Councillors poised to vote on booze and music plans for Charlestown harbour

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to host concerts and sell alcohol on an historic harbour used in the hit TV show Poldark are set to be decided next week. The...

More than 5,000 patients worried about the future of Mevagissey doctors’ surgery

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are trying to reassure people in Mevagissey that they have a plan to ensure continued primary care services, amid concern that the local...

Residents called to “extraordinary” parish meeting to consider Charlestown harbour licence bid

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell Bay parish council is calling an extraordinary meeting this evening (Friday) to discuss plans to hold events in Charlestown Harbour. Charlestown...

End of the road for Tywardreath village shop owner, as courts finally run out of patience and put company into receivership

By Graham Smith An application to set aside a winding-up order against the company which owns Tywardreath’s village shop has been rejected, meaning that Hunter Grange Investments Ltd is...

Nearly 20,000 sign online petition calling for “justice” after dog thrown from cliffs near Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition demanding “justice” for a dog that was thrown from cliffs near Falmouth last week.  The spaniel was not...

New ownership of Tywardreath village shop “is in the final stages,” says the woman who raised £470,000 in personal loans from local people

By Graham Smith The owner of the Tywardreath village shop has again said she hopes a new owner will take over the business soon.  Trudy Thomson made similar claims...

Company behind Tywardreath village shop goes into liquidation, as local people scramble to get their money back

By Graham Smith The company which owns Tywardreath’s village shop has been forced into liquidation after a brief hearing at a court in Surrey. Hunter Grange Investments Ltd, run...

Tywardreath village shop – winding up proceedings come to court next week

By Graham Smith The owners of the Tywardreath village shop have been summoned to defend a winding up petition next week (Friday 26th April.) Two of the local people...

Labour countdown to St Austell & Newquay selection

By Anne North Labour Party hopefuls who fancy challenging St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double at the next general election have only a few more days to throw...

Tywardreath village shop and the missing £470,000 – police confirm they are now investigating

By Graham Smith Police have launched a formal investigation into how local people in Tywardreath were asked to raise £470,000 to save their village shop – only to see...

Tywardreath village shop – angry locals demand their money back

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Angry residents of Tywardreath, near Par, have organised a public meeting to consider how they can get their money back after investing £470,000 to rescue their...

End of the road for Tywardreath village shop, as locals ask for their money back

By Graham Smith The village stores at Tywardreath, near Par, have closed – less than two years after the business was “rescued” by two people who raised £470,000 from...

Tywardreath village shop back in the hands of estate agents

8th November 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornish village shop that was “rescued” by a Surrey-based company is again on the market, for the second time in six months....

EXCLUSIVE: How Whitehall has been secretly pulling the strings that have closed Cornwall’s hospitals

16th September 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units and sell some community hospitals have been developed by a little-known company, owned by the Department...

We still plan to consult the public over Cornwall’s hospital closures, insists NHS Kernow

10th August 2018 By Graham Smith NHS Kernow has again insisted that it has made no final decision about the futures of three community hospitals in Cornwall. St Ives,...

Future of Fowey, Saltash and St Ives hospitals to be determined by October

8th August 2018 By Graham Smith The future of community hospitals at St Ives, Fowey and Saltash is likely to be determined within the next few months, health chiefs...

Par Sands in line for new beach huts

30th July 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Plans have been submitted to place 22 beach huts along the beach at Par Sands. Cornwall Council has submitted a planning application to...

Lib Dems select Colin Martin in South East Cornwall

28th July 2018 by Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats have selected Cornwall councillor Colin Martin to be their Parliamentary candidate in South East Cornwall at the next general election....

Speak Cornish Week draws to a close at Heartlands today

1st July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The “Gool Kernewek” event is due to start later this morning (Sunday) at Heartlands, Redruth, the mark the end of the 2018 Speak...

A fifth of mammal species now facing extinction, says Natural England

13th June 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Almost one in five of British mammal species face a high risk of extinction, according to the first comprehensive review of their populations...

Four deaths in four weeks lead to renewed calls for road safety on A38

5th June 2018 By Anne North A new road safety campaign has been launched after four fatalities in four weeks on the A38 in East Cornwall. The SAFE38 group...

Tywardreath village shop rumpus: local funders told to “wait and see” for next developments

27th May 2018 By Graham Smith The immediate future of the Tywardreath village shop – and repayment of more than 150 personal “pledges” which financed its purchase – remains...

Tywardreath villagers hope to hear news of their local shop

26th May 2018 By Graham Smith The “toxic feud” which has divided a Cornish village could be brought to an end today (Saturday) at a meeting called to explain...

Peace in our time? Village shop company hopes weekend announcement will end “toxic feud”

21st May 2018 By Graham Smith The owners of the Tywardreath shop say they hope a meeting on Saturday will result in “positive news” which will end a feud...

We have nothing to hide, insist village shop owners

18th May 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The company which bought a village shop in Cornwall with money raised by local residents has offered to secure their “pledges” with a...