Hayle and St Ives

Hayle property developer declared bankrupt

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The property developer who tried to turn Hayle’s North Quay into a luxury housing complex has been declared bankrupt. Simon Wright, 57, has been ordered to...

Tories offer Camborne another £20 million election bribe

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives have promised Camborne another £20 million if they win the general election on 4th July. The Tory pledge includes Camborne as one of 30...

It’s that man again: Rishi Sunak hunting votes in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Only three months after his last visit, Rishi Sunak arrived back in Cornwall this morning (Wednesday) hoping to save the marginal St Ives constituency (majority: 4,200.)...

Reform UK makes it six out of six in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The first day of the general election campaign has brought a significant boost to the chances of Cornwall electing a Labour MP for the first time...

St Ives Labour candidate “developed a deep affection for Cornwall through frequent visits”

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has completed its slate of Parliamentary candidates for Cornwall by selecting Dr Filson Ali to contest the St Ives constituency. She is a...

Tear it down, planners tell Carbis Bay Hotel owner (and their own officials) as bid to retain some of the illegal G7 development are thrown out

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have this morning (Monday) voted 11-0, with no abstentions, to refuse permission for the Carbis Bay Hotel to retain works started without permission in...

Don’t dump chemicals in St Ives Bay, say protestors

Scores of St Ives residents staged a protest yesterday (Sunday) against plans to test "carbon capture" chemicals in the North Atlantic.  The government is poised to approve an experiment...

Planning in Cornwall: how it works

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s planning officers look set to defy public opinion – and a large number of elected local councillors – by recommending approval of an application to...

Stop the clocks: it’s end of an era in Camborne

By Julia Penhaligon There is deep gloom and foreboding in Camborne’s Commercial Street.  A sense that things will never be the same. They used to say that if the...

Water Research Centre clears the way for “carbon-sink” chemical tests in St Ives Bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to pump chemicals into St Ives Bay as a means of tackling climate change have been assessed as “low risk” by the Water Research Centre,...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

Hot air: taxpayers to fork out £3.2 million so that Celtic Sea Power can keep talking about offshore windfarms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s still-not-built offshore windfarms are going to cost local taxpayers £3.2 million over the next four years without any evidence that they will ever generate a...

Second homes: St Ives battles to defend its “locals first” policy

By Lee Trewhela A councillor has accused a “greedy developer” of using a legal loophole to sell aparthotel flats as second homes and holiday lets. Planners voted 9-0 to...

Government warns of “imminent” flood risk at River Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Homeowners close to the River Hayle are watching anxiously as levels rise to the point where flooding becomes almost inevitable. The government has warned that “properties...

And then there were none: St Ives town council loses its last Conservative

By Lee Trewhela There are now no Conservatives left on St Ives Town Council in Cornwall after deputy mayor Kenny Messenger resigned as a Tory councillor at a meeting...

Definitely not Groundhog Day in St Ives

Some town councillors just love the chance to dress up.  The St Ives Feast Day passed without incident yesterday (Monday) and despite “health and safety” fears  the silver ball...

Thumbs down for Leedstown housing plan

By Lee Trewhela The leader of Cornwall Council has been accused of acting “illegally” in connection with a plan for housing she opposes near where she lives. Councillor Linda...

Major Hayle housing project faces uncertain future

By Peter Tremayne Another major house builder in Cornwall has gone bust. Moorfields Corporate Recovery is now trying to find a way of restructuring Corinthian Homes and other firms...

Climate change means Cornwall is getting smaller – and at least one coastal car park will have to move

By Lee Trewhela Details have been received by Cornwall Council to move one of Cornwall’s busiest beach car parks due to coastal erosion. The National Trust says if the...

Camborne-Redruth: the constituency where at least two Parliamentary candidates have problems with total recall

By Lee Trewhela The prospective Labour candidate for the hotly contested Camborne-Redruth-Hayle seat has denied he has knocked on doors dishonestly claiming to be a “local councillor” while canvassing...

Silver balls and chocolate coins: an everyday story of life on St Ives Town Council

By Lee Trewhela An attempt to make one of the oldest traditions in Cornwall ‘safer’ by replacing pennies thrown to children with chocolate coins and a silver ball with...

St Ives ponders how to wage war on motorists without declaring war on motorists

By Lee Trewhela Plans to minimise the number of cars entering St Ives town centre, including measures to restrict access in peak hours, were among plans exhibited in the...

Sunak’s Greek tragedy is a gift to St Ives Liberal Democrats

By Julia Penhaligon The Prime Minister’s difficulties with his Greek counterpart over a 2,000-year-old stone artwork risks undermining one of his own MPs in Cornwall. The Parthenon Sculptures, also...

St Ives prepares for planning battle over Premier Inn proposals

By Lee Trewhela A group of “concerned citizens” from St Ives have started a fundraiser to get professional advice in their bid to fight plans for a Premier Inn...

Starting next week: tap-in, tap-out digital train tickets finally find their way to Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 40 years after Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council revolutionised the way public transport passengers could pay for buses and trains, Cornwall is about to see...

More losers than winners as government sprinkles £450,000 on only six leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Only six of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been awarded a share of nearly £450,000 from the government’s £20.3 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. All of them...

Is your business all at sea? The Marine & Maritime Launchpad might help

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Maritime companies in Cornwall are being urged to compete for a share of £7.5 million to help their businesses grow. Cornwall is included in a south...

Are we nearly there yet? Quest to use holiday camp for Cornwall’s homeless families crawls towards the finish line

By Julia Penhaligon Up to 20 homeless families are about to move in to a holiday camp bought nearly two years ago by Cornwall Council. In January 2022 County...

St Ives faces test of “homes for locals” policy as planners recommend relaxing rules on new apartments

By Lee Trewhela Residents of Carbis Bay in Cornwall say they feel “duped and deceived” after newly built apartments, which were approved as being the main residence for people...

Conservative-run Cornwall Council is “deluded, out of touch with reality and living in cloud cuckoo land” – says the last Tory town councillor in St Ives

By Lee Trewhela Just days after the Mayor of St Ives resigned from the Conservative Party, claiming membership was a “hindrance” and “becoming an issue,” his deputy says he...

Mayor of St Ives quits Conservative Party

By Lee Trewhela The Mayor of St Ives resigned from the Conservative Party.  Johnnie Wells, who had been a Tory councillor since 2020, quit at a town council meeting...

Emergency ambulance gets parking ticket in St Ives

By Lee Trewhela A traffic warden who slapped a parking ticket on an ambulance attending an emergency in Cornwall this week has been dubbed a “plonker.”  Other residents have...

Planners approve controversial 60-home development at Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial plans to build 60 homes at Hayle, despite objections from the local community and town council, have been approved by six votes to three, with...

Hands up if you would like to be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall or St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has started the process for selecting Parliamentary candidates for the next general election in North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies. Both constituencies are...

A 60-minute romp through the cultural history of Zennor

Some say The Archers is just an every day story of country folk.  But some have never been to Zennor.  If you think rural Cornwall is in any way...

18 months later, Cornwall Council’s holiday park is still empty

By Lee Trewhela A holiday park which was bought by Cornwall Council as emergency accommodation for homeless families affected by the housing crisis is still empty 20 months later....

People-power in St Ives succeeds in saving the Edward Hain hospital, seven years after Cornwall’s health chiefs closed it

By Anne North The Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, is to become a wellness centre offering a range of health and social care services after a local campaign to...

Here it comes: softly, softly, the Tories are starting their general election campaign

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall might be seeing more of two of its MPs over the next 12 months, following a new strategy drawn up by Conservative Central Office to...

Something in the air: the Carbis Bay Pong again baffles South West Water

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Carbis Bay pong has returned, prompting Cornwall Council leader and local councillor Linda Taylor to question South West Water. The stench of raw sewage has...

Back to the future? St Ives regains control of some assets for the first time in nearly 50 years

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon St Ives looks set to take control of a swathe of public buildings and spaces – including its lucrative Sloop car park –...

Tories select Connor Donnithorne as Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Connor Donnithorne has been chosen as the Conservative candidate to fight the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency at the next general election. He was...

State-owned solar farm planned for west Cornwall (but not the British state)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another huge solar farm is planned for Cornwall.  The Speedwell solar farm is intended to cover 195 acres of Gwinear, near Hayle.  The panels would be...

Gamekeeper-turned-poacher: a former member of Cornwall’s inshore fisheries authority awaits sentencing for illegal catch

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s inshore fisheries officials are preparing to reveal full details of an illegal “electro-fishing” operation involving a member of their own authority. The Cornwall Inshore Fisheries...

Conservatives in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle prepare to choose their champion

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency are closing in on the selection of their prospective Parliamentary candidate to fight the next general election. George...

Councillors seek to reap what they sow, as they queue up to say nice things about farmers

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has passed a ‘landmark’ motion to support farmers by committing to proactively sourcing produce – particularly meat and dairy but also plant-based products...

St Ives to explore “voluntary” tourist tax

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives Town Council looks as if it might become the first minor local authority in Cornwall to consider a tourist tax. The town’s mayor, Johnnie...

Liberal Democrats take 71% of the vote to win St Ives Town Council by-election

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats won a St Ives Town Council by-election last night (Thursday) with 71% of the vote, beating an independent by 547 - 223. Lib...

St Ives Town Council by-election

By Julia Penhaligon Voters in St Ives go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect a town councillor in the Lelant ward. There are only two candidates for the...

Hayle harbour wall collapses into the sea

Part of the south quay wall collapsed at Hayle harbour yesterday (Monday) forcing its closure to vehicles and pedestrians.  The cause of the collapse is not yet known.  Engineers...

Don’t dump “carbon capture” chemicals in St Ives Bay, urge protestors

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Dozens of protestors took to the beach at St Ives yesterday to demonstrate against plans for a huge experiment which involves dumping chemicals in the sea....

Proud to be a Tory? St Ives MP on TV personality’s “naughty list”

By Julia Penhaligon Only one of Cornwall’s MPs fails to mention the Conservative Party in his Twitter profile. Derek Thomas, Conservative MP for St Ives, makes no mention of...

The government, and Elon Musk, plan to pump chemicals into St Ives Bay in a bid to combat global warming

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has chosen Cornwall for a major climate change experiment to see if the Atlantic ocean can be turned into a massive “sponge” to soak...

How Cornwall plans to blow a million pounds a year, without turning a single turbine

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers look set to spend £1 million a year on an offshore wind farm company which has never produced any electricity – and which is...

Lobster fisherman ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £22,456 for breach of conservation rules

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Newquay fisherman has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling thousands of pounds for catching lobsters in breach of conservation rules. Michael Ian Jepson,...

Car abandoned on railway at Carbis Bay

By Peter Tremayne Network Rail hopes services will get back to normal today (Monday) after a car was abandoned on the line at Carbis Bay, near St Ives. Branch...

Four-way contest for Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth

By Julia Penhaligon There are four candidates for the Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth Cornwall Council by-election, with polling on 16th February. When nominations closed yesterday, there were:...

George Eustice quits – will not contest next general election

By Julia Penhaligon Conservative MP George Eustice has announced he will not contest the next general election.  The news will trigger a scramble among Cornwall’s Conservatives to succeed him...

Cornwall Council by-election: Green Party enters the fray

By Julia Penhaligon The Green Party has announced that it will contest the Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth by-election for Cornwall Council, bringing the number of declared candidates...

O Captain! Our Captain – Cornwall bids farewell to John Pollard

By Graham Smith Hundreds of friends and colleagues joined the family of John Pollard at Truro Cathedral yesterday (Tuesday) to remember the former leader of Cornwall Council, who died...

Hayle’s Loggans Mill, surrounded by scaffolding for years, finally gets the go ahead for housing conversion

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 9-0 to approve the conversion of Hayle’s derelict Loggans Mill into housing.  The centuries-old stone building was once a mill but has been...

Are we nearly there yet? Hayle’s derelict Loggans Mill, surrounded by scaffolding since 2006, might be on a cusp of socially-useful future

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A hugely significant planning decision is to be taken next week which should lead to the transformation of Hayle’s derelict Loggans Mill. The centuries-old Grade 2-listed...

Plan to use Hayle’s historic Loggans Mill for housing set for decision next month

By Richard Whitehouse Long-term plans to reuse an historic mill for affordable housing are set for a decision in the New Year. Grade II-listed Loggans Mill in Hayle has...

EXCLUSIVE: the County Hall Tory who wants to be friends with America and Saudi Arabia appears to be on her way out

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s political parties are gearing up for a likely by-election in expectation that the resignation of a councillor will be confirmed shortly. Conservative Tara Sherfield-Wong, 26,...

Former County Hall leader John Pollard has died

By Graham Smith The former leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, has died. Brought up in Hayle, where his parents owned a sweet shop in Copperhouse, Mr Pollard had...

Labour expels its vice chairwoman in Camborne and Redruth

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has expelled its vice chairwoman in the Camborne and Redruth constituency. Fiona McGowan had also been a delegate to the recent Labour conference...

Labour selects Perran Moon as its Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has selected Perran Moon to be its Parliamentary candidate to challenge Camborne, Redruth and Hayle’s Conservative MP George Eustice. Local party activists made...

Labour Party two weeks from selecting Parliamentary candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

By Graham Smith Labour Party members in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency are to meet on Saturday 19th November to choose their Parliamentary candidate to fight the next...

Council leader angry about the Carbis Bay pong, following South West Water’s latest dumping of raw sewage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has added her thoughts to the controversy over South West Water’s discharge of raw sewage into the sea, often following heavy...

Businessman Peter de Savary, a prominent figure in Cornwall in the 1980s and 90s, dies of heart attack

By Graham Smith The businessman Peter de Savary has died from a heart attack at the age of 78.  He was a prominent figure in Cornwall in the 1980s...

Speculation grows about Labour Party intentions in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle constituency

By Graham Smith The decision of the Labour Party’s “High Command” to pause its selection of a Parliamentary candidate in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency has encouraged speculation...

EXCLUSIVE: Labour quest for Parliamentary candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle delayed as party “shoots itself in the foot”

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has paused its selection of a Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency following an intervention by regional officials in Bristol....

Cornwall Council planners approve controversial housing scheme to be built by their own development company

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has approved a controversial planning application at Connor Downs, near Hayle, where the applicant was its own property development company. Treveth wants to build...

Cornwall councillor remains silent on her new Saudi Arabia lobbying company

By Graham Smith The Conservative Party conference is due to end this afternoon (Wednesday) leaving about 60 representatives struggling to get back to Cornwall by road because of the...

Bid to build 60 more houses at Hayle

Developers are seeking outline planning permission for 60 houses on the outskirts of Hayle.  An application has been submitted for land west of Wheal Alfred Road.  The application says...

Cornwall councillor Kate Ewert sets sights on becoming Labour MP for Camborne & Redruth

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor Kate Ewert has confirmed that she is seeking nomination as Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Hayle and Redruth constituency. The seat is...

George Eustice adds to the criticism of government’s economic approach, comparing Liz Truss to Ted Heath

By Julia Penhaligon The Camborne and Redruth MP, George Eustice, has blamed Prime Minister Liz Truss for rocketing interest rates in the wake of her “mini budget” – which...

Hayle Town Council wins permission to go ahead with a Judicial Review of 85-home planning consent

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hayle Town Council has scored a notable victory over Cornwall Council by winning permission to proceed with a Judicial Review of County Hall’s approval of a...

The Cornwall connection: local councillors behind Conservative Friends of America

By Julia Penhaligon Some of Cornwall’s Conservatives are on their way to Birmingham for their party’s annual conference with one over-riding objective – to make Britain a safer place...

Labour activist sets sights on becoming Parliamentary candidate in Camborne & Redruth

By Graham Smith Campaigning to become Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Camborne and Redruth has got underway in anticipation of a formal selection contest after next week’s party conference. Perran...

St Ives festival goes ahead with two weeks of music and arts, despite 10 days of national mourning for The Queen

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if this week’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s cabinet will go ahead as scheduled, despite the fears of some councillors that County Hall would...

People power saves Edward Hain building for health and well-being at St Ives

By Anne North The former Edward Hain hospital, St Ives – closed by the NHS six years ago – has been saved by the local community and will become...

Looe music festival cancelled with only three weeks’ notice

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Looe music festival, known as "Looe Live!" and due to start in only three weeks, has been cancelled.  It is the second time in four...

£140,000 to stabilise Loggans Mill

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start to make safe the historic Loggans Mill building in Hayle, which caused alarm to Cornwall Council bosses in June when it...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s surf tax is now deep blue, but still costs more to administer than it raises

By Peter Tremayne Eight years after it was introduced, Cornwall’s controversial “surf tax” almost certainly costs more to administrate than it raises, according to a Freedom of Information answer...

“Penny for PM,” says St Ives MP Derek Thomas, while Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice backs Grant Shapps

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has declared that he is supporting trade minister Penny Mordaunt to become the next leader of the Conservative Party – and...

Government offers top-price for Cornwall’s offshore wind energy – but the profits will go to Sweden

By Peter Tremayne The government has confirmed that it is to pay a highly lucrative price for wind energy generated off the Cornwall coast. The money will go to...

Boris Johnson used government jet “as personal taxi” to fly family from Cornwall to London

By Julia Penhaligon Boris Johnson has been accused of using a government jet as a “personal taxi” to fly him from Cornwall to London last month. The Sunday Mirror...

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...

Boris Johnson must go, says St Ives MP Derek Thomas, so that we can have a “real Conservative” as Prime Minister

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives Conservative MP Derek Thomas has further distanced himself from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a blistering attack during a television interview. Mr Thomas told...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas, having declared no confidence in Boris Johnson, demands government action on Cornwall’s housing crisis as the price of future support

By Graham Smith St Ives MP Derek Thomas suddenly catapulted himself into the position of Cornwall’s most influential politician yesterday (Monday) after confirming that he has no confidence in...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas calls on Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister

By Graham Smith St Ives MP Derek Thomas has told Boris Johnson to resign. Mr Thomas has confirmed that he submitted a letter of confidence on 21st April. In...

What future for Hayle’s Loggans Mill? Council declares exclusion zone around unsafe building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has sealed off an historic mill and bakery in Hayle amid concerns that the building might collapse.  But local people are already protesting that...

Gwithian beach school plans rejected

By Richard Whitehouse A charity behind plans for an innovative beach school in Cornwall say they are sad and disappointed that planning permission for their new base has been...

Carbis Bay Hotel starts to knock down its “G7 meeting rooms,” built without planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work appears to have started to demolish the “G7 meeting rooms” built without planning permission at the Carbis Bay hotel last year. The chalet-style huts were...

Downing Street Party-gate: St Ives MP Derek Thomas is still waiting for Sue Gray report

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has said he is still waiting for the report of senior civil servant Sue Gray before finally taking a position about...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an “opportunity” to divert attention from Downing Street parties, says top Cornwall Tory

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have been told the war in Ukraine presents an “opportunity” to divert headlines away from Boris Johnson’s “party-gate” problems. Cornwall Reports has been passed...

West Cornwall Amnesty International supporters urge their MP to stand up for Ukraine’s refugees

By Graham Smith A group of Amnesty International supporters from West Cornwall has urged their MP to do more in support of refugees fleeing Ukraine. They have written to...

Hayle’s £12.9 million “hamburger” roundabout leaves a bitter taste, as government writes off the cost and planners go back to the drawing board

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has written off £12.9 million given to Cornwall Council for a new roundabout at Hayle which will not now be built. County Hall says...

Hayle’s new Loggans roundabout will remain “paused” as questions grow about town’s “masterplan”

By Peter Tremayne Plans to radically change the lay-out of the Loggans roundabout on the A30 at Hayle are “unlikely to be re-instated for some time,” according to the...

“Economic viability” – two words which council chiefs apply to leisure centres, but not to offshore wind energy or cheap flights

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s failed Wave Hub project, which consumed more than £40 million of public funds before switching to offshore wind, is now seeking another £425,000 for “research”...