Helston & South Kerrier

When the wind blows

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal communities are waking up to a battered and soggy Cornwall after high tides and strong winds brought flooding to many areas. The sea wall at...

Vandalised speed cameras: police say suspects remain “under investigation”

By Harold Callahan Police have still not made a decision about whether to bring criminal charges against any of the three men arrested in connection with the vandalism of...

Porthleven lobster sales heads for planning showdown

By Lee Trewhela The applicant behind a plan to site a 20ft shipping container, selling seafood, on the quay at Porthleven harbour has defended the proposal after concerns were...

Small is beautiful: helping lichens, liverworts and pygmy rush thrive on the Lizard

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Natural England, the National Trust and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have launched a new project to help conserve the rare landscape of the Lizard. The 5,700-acre...

Helston’s 8-year eyesore to become community hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The derelict former Budgens supermarket in Helston is to be transformed into a community “hub” at a cost of £2.6 million. The building has been closed...

Hello Cornwall, can you patch me through to Houston please? – the moment the first private-sector Moon robot called Earth

This was the moment last night when our mission operators were able to confirm that we were receiving #IntuitiveMachines' Odysseus lander! With you all the way Houston! Thanks for...

The long view: St Keverne’s former sub-postmistress finally in line for compensation over Horizon IT scandal

By Julia Penhaligon The former sub-postmistress of St Keverne Post Office, Susan Knight, met St Ives Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew George this morning (Thursday) – more than ten years...

Who chopped down Cornwall’s speed cameras? Police arrest two men

By Harold Callahan Police investigating criminal damage to speed cameras in Cornwall have made two arrests. Two men in their 30s, one from the Falmouth area and one from...

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston released on bail

By Harold Callahan A 19-year old man and a 19-year old woman who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston on Christmas Eve have been released on...

Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston

By Harold Callahan Two people are in police custody following a serious assault in Helston on Christmas Even. Police were notified just before 3am on Sunday 24th December to...

Boxing Day: a good day for Fantastic Mr Fox to stay at home

By Julia Penhaligon At least four fox hunts – and hunt saboteurs – will be out across Cornwall for their traditional Boxing Day confrontations. According to the Countryside Alliance,...

County Hall pushes ahead with plan to axe school transport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 80 children from four schools will be required to walk up to three miles on narrow country lanes if Cornwall Council approves a recommendation coming...

Small earthquake in Cornwall, no reports of any damage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded last night in the Helston area.  Any earthquake of 2.5 or less is usually detectable only by specialist equipment. Some...

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...

Another planning rumpus at Porthleven harbour

By Lee Trewhela Plans by the man who owns a Cornish harbour to build a restaurant overlooking the water have been slammed by locals as a “vanity project” which...

In at the deep end: Marazion traffic warned that mineshaft is not just another pot-hole

By Lee Trewhela A mineshaft hole has appeared in a Cornish road, eight years after another hole opened up on the same road. The hole was discovered on Gwallon...

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...

Trust bids to buy Tregonning HIll

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Heritage Trust has bid for Tregonning Hill, a 70-acre Bronze Age site near Helston which is on the market for £150,000. The trust is...

Plans for large hotel expansion, on the cliffs, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Lee Trewhela One of the oldest coastal hotels in Cornwall has submitted plans to expand which will give its clifftop location a dramatic new look. Hotel Polurrian in...

All very Pythonesque: how the Ministry of the Absurd thought about hiding in Cornwall if anyone ever pressed the button

By Peter Tremayne The Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose was once earmarked to host government survivors of a nuclear holocaust. The navy base, known as HMS Seahawk, was...

Helston market to move from Guildhall to Methodist church

By Lee Trewhela A historic community market which organisers said would be forced to close after 65 years of trading following a row with a town council has been...

End of an era? Helston’s country market just two weeks from closure

By Lee Trewhela Traders and customers have spoken of their dismay and heartache after it was announced that a 65-year-old market in Cornwall will close, blaming a town council...

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...

Cornwall Council plans to sell “outdated” care homes – promising to build new ones

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is set to sell two care homes so that new modern care homes can be built in their place.  The council had taken over...

RNAS Culdrose to become base for high-speed drones

By Peter Tremayne The Royal Navy has bought seven high-speed drones to be based at Culdrose, near Helston. The 400 mph Banshee aircraft are primarily for training remote pilots...

What can you do? Why Helston’s roadworks will take longer than they should

Residents of Helston have been bemused by the sight of Cormac workers having to work around parked cars while resurfacing roads.  Some motorists appear to have ignored warning signs....

Planners vote 8-2 to approve “hot rocks” power station near Wendron

By Richard Whitehouse Controversial plans to build a new geothermal power plant have been approved by eight votes to two, despite concerns that it would be “industrialising the countryside.”...

Another hot rocks controversy, as planners prepare to rule on West Cornwall power station

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial plans for a geothermal “hot rocks” power station near Helston are due to come before councillors for a decision next week. An application to build...

Police arrest two following “serious incidents” in Truro and Helston

By Peter Tremayne Police have arrested two men for their alleged role in serious crimes in West Cornwall. A man from Truro, 32, was arrested on suspicion of false...

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:...

Government rejects Helston’s bid for “Levelling Up” cash

By Julia Penhaligon The government has rejected two relatively small funding bids intended to “Level Up” Helston and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly. The Helston bid was...

Lib Dems select John Martin for Cornwall Council by-election at Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth

By Graham Smith Liberal Democrats have selected Helston town councillor John Martin to be their candidate for the forthcoming Cornwall Council by-election at Long Rock, Marazion and St Erth....

Diver finds jewellery worth £10,000 in Helford River

By Peter Tremayne Police are seeking to reunite valuable jewellery, including rings and pendants, with its rightful owner. A member of the public found the jewellery when diving in...

Two men killed in Culdrose car crash

By Peter Tremayne Two men have been killed in a car crash on the A3083 near Culdrose, Helston. The accident happened shortly after 9pm last night (Wednesday.)  Two vehicles...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

Pub-lic ownership works, say fans of The Prince of Wales

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A community on The Lizard is celebrating the “nationalisation” of its local pub. The Prince of Wales at Newtown St Martin closed in 2020, mainly as...

Major distraction to King’s Coronation avoided

Statement from the Helston Flora Day Association:  It is with careful consideration with all relevant safety partners and to avoid clashing with the coronation of King Charles, we announce...

Helston Flora Dance 2023: Who will blink first?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The organisers of Helston’s annual Flora Day dancing are to meet next week to consider an unfortunate clash of diary dates. Despite Helston residents having already...

Cornwall will have a crucial role to play in sending a rocket to the Moon next week

By Peter Tremayne NASA’s giant Artemis rocket is due to take off on Monday (29th August) – with communications links provided by the Goonhilly Earth Station, on The Lizard....

Oil spill alert on Helford estuary

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency has warned of a “severe oil spill” affecting National Trust land on the Helford estuary. An unknown quantity of diesel seems to have...

Royal Navy jet crash on The Lizard was caused by poor maintenance, says MOD report

By Peter Tremayne The crash of a Royal Navy Hawk jet aircraft in Cornwall last year was due to poor maintenance, causing engine failure, a Ministry of Defence investigation...

Cadgwith’s fishing community secures permanent protection of vital buildings

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The small community of Cadgwith, on The Lizard, has declared “victory” in its campaign to secure fishing buildings in the village and protecting them against redevelopment...

Computer says no: It’s all going frightfully well, as Cornwall’s bid for Levelling Up cash has still not been seen by the “zombie” government

By Graham Smith “Technical issues” have delayed Cornwall’s application for “Levelling Up” funds from the government. Cornwall Council first announced its Levelling Up Fund (LUF) bid on 5th May,...

Cornwall’s rivers shrink as dry weather set to continue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 40 of Cornwall’s rivers are this morning (Wednesday) at officially “low” levels, with some flowing half a metre below their normal level. The lack of...

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...

Turn Left at Truro: Kernow Transformed heads for Gweek, hoping to breath new life into radical politics in Cornwall

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s radical political activists are looking forward to a weekend of music, comedy and debate later this year. For many on the political Left it will...

Cornish tin prospectors raise nearly £1 million, and prepare for test drilling near Helston

By Rashleigh MacFarlane For the first time in decades, tin will soon be extracted from deep underground in Cornwall. A programme of test drilling is about to get underway...

Plan to close Falmouth’s leisure centre puts pressure on Cornwall’s Conservatives

By Graham Smith The political consequences of County Hall’s recommendation to close Falmouth’s leisure centre, despite a local offer to take it over, are spreading swiftly through Cornwall. Cornwall...

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...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate now 10% higher than England

Cornwall’s average daily new Covid number has risen again and is now 486.7 cases per 100,000 population, just over 10% higher than the national average.  The equivalent number for...

Primary school “inadequate,” says Ofsted

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Landewednack primary school, on the Lizard, has been rated “inadequate” by Ofsted after inspectors found that teachers did not expect enough of pupils. Despite the caring...

Covid-19: now Padstow goes dark and joins the sick list

By Anne North Padstow has become the latest part of Cornwall to record dangerously high levels of Covid infectivity.  The latest data shows Padstow has 804.1 new daily cases...

Covid-19: winter is coming

A deadly new wave of Covid infection appears poised to sweep through Cornwall at lightning speed, as another dangerous “super-cluster” appeared within 24 hours. The Poundstock and Kilkhampton area...

Covid-19: infection rate on The Lizard now worse than Holland

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid cluster map again has a dangerously dark purple patch: The Lizard is now recording 946.7 cases per 100,000 population.  This is very close to...

Thumbs-up for “affordable” housing scheme at Constantine

By Richard Whitehouse A housing development which will provide 25 affordable homes for local people in Constantine has been granted planning permission. Coastline Housing had applied to build the...

Barclays bank says goodbye to Helston amid continuing shift to online

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Barclays bank has today (Friday) announced that it is to close its branch in Helston. The branch will close its doors for the last time on...

Inside the room: GLL boss reveals why County Hall’s broken promises are now threatening leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The man responsible for managing Cornwall’s leisure centres has said he was “surprised” when Cornwall Council’s cabinet rejected a funding plan which would...

Inquest into 2004 sinking of French trawler off The Lizard to resume tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne A Royal Navy submarine commander is due to give evidence next week at the inquest into the deaths of five French fishermen who drowned off The...

Porthleven football club meets following withdrawal from league

By Peter Tremayne Porthleven football club is holding an extraordinary general meeting this evening (Monday) following its sudden withdrawal from the South West Peninsula League. The club’s decision 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....

Covid-19: South West “R” number falls to 0.8-1.2, but Newquay remains a concern

By Anne North The official Covid “R” number for the South West has fallen to 0.8-1.2, leaving room for doubt about whether the virus is increasing or decreasing. Daily...

The smell of fresh coffee is not everyone’s cup of tea in Porthleven

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornish coffee company has rejected claims of planning breaches from people living near the firm’s new roastery. Neighbours of Origin Coffee’s new base in Tolponds,...

Gymnastics centre to be demolished and replaced with housing

By Richard Whitehouse The Mullion Gymnastics centre is to be demolished and replaced with two houses after the local school said it would be unable to take over the...

New questions over the future of village pub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a local community to take over its village pub have been undermined by the owners’ decision to withdraw it from sale. The Prince of...

Kynance Cove “is full” says National Trust

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s best-known beauty spots was “full” by lunchtime yesterday (Monday) according to the National Trust, which owns and manages the site. Kynance Cove, on...

Covid-19: a fourth cluster in Cornwall, as new cases jump from 2.8 to 8.9 in less than a week

A fourth cluster has appeared this afternoon (Friday) on Cornwall’s Covid map - at Newquay. The rolling average number of new cases has also increased to 8.9 per 100,000 population. ...

Falling pupil numbers force Coverack primary school to consider teaching infants only

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coverack primary school, on The Lizard, is consulting parents about teaching only infants aged 4-7 because of a steep drop in pupil numbers. The school’s most...

Hospital’s failure to spot sepsis contributed to the death of fit and healthy 20-year-old woman

By Anne North A coroner has told health authorities to investigate their mishandling of what should have been a routine operation which led to the death of a healthy...

Girl dies in West Cornwall campsite accident

By Peter Tremayne A girl has been killed in collision with a vehicle at a campsite in the Helston area. It happened around 12.50pm yesterday (Wednesday.)  The air ambulance...

Flying the Flora Day flags in Helston – even though there will be no dancing in the street on Saturday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Helston Flora Day Association has been decorating the town with bunting – even though there will be no dancing in the streets on Saturday. The...

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...

Email-gate: Cornwall’s Independent group leader urges backing for Adam Paynter, ahead of next week’s confidence vote in council leader

By Julia Penhaligon The “email-gate” scandal which has plunged Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats into crisis has taken a new twist today (Thursday) after the leader of County Hall’s Independent group...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Navy jet crashes on The Lizard as crew parachute to safety

By Peter Tremayne The Ministry of Defence is investigating after a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron, Culdrose, crashed during a training exercise near Lizard Point...

Is there more to County Hall’s shell fishing debate than meets the eye? Get set for the final full council meeting before the elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to be urged to offer direct support to the local shell fishing industry, which has seen exports collapse as a result of Brexit....

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...

Community action in Cadgwith is helping the fishermen maintain a way of life

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust has raised £150,000 to buy outright one of the village’s historic buildings, in the hope of keeping it for community use...

And planet shall speak unto planet: nearly 60 years after the first Telstar transmission, Goonhilly listens in to Mars

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 60 years after capturing the world’s first trans-Atlantic live broadcast, the Goonhilly Earth Station, on The Lizard, now hopes to listen in to live transmissions...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

“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...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

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...

Porthleven Food Festival delays 2021 event due to Covid-19 uncertainty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Porthleven Food Festival has delayed next year’s event because of continuing uncertainties due to Covid-19. Organisers have moved the dates of the 2021 festival from...

Porthleven harbour development approved

By Richard Whitehouse Plans for the development of Porthleven Harbour have been given approval after owners amended the proposals to address concerns. Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee agreed...

Councillors set to vote on controversial Porthleven harbour redevelopment

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage is set for another planning row over Porthleven harbour, when redevelopment plans come before Cornwall councillors next week. Porthleven Town Council is again opposed...

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...

New initiative to reduce school exclusions in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of pupils being excluded from school. There is concern at County Hall over the sharp...

Man and woman die after being swept into the sea at Mullion Cove

By Peter Tremayne Two people have died after being swept into the sea at Mullion Cove, near Helston.   A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s...

Rent increase threatens future of pre-school at Praze-an-Beeble

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Little Beebles pre-school at Praze-an-Beeble, between Camborne and Helston, has launched an online fundraising campaign in a desperate attempt to avoid closure.  Supporters have set...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has 10 clusters, and 20 new cases in 24 hours

By Anne North There are now 10 Covid-19 clusters in Cornwall, with a developing concentration of cases in the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area. Government data published this afternoon (Wednesday) shows that...

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

Villagers register their local pub as a “community asset” in a bid to keep it open

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in the tiny hamlet of Newton-in-St Martin, on The Lizard, are trying to rescue their local pub – which is up for sale and at...

You can still fly from Newquay to Alicante, but you’ll now have to quarantine for 14 days on your return

By Peter Tremayne RyanAir is continuing to offer flights between Newquay and Alicante despite the government’s emergency imposition of a 14-day Covid-19 quarantine rule. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab introduced...

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...

Saturday – pubs re-open ……… Wednesday – Helston pub at risk of losing its licence

By Richard Whitehouse The landlord of a pub which is set to have its licence review after a number of complaints says he is the victim of a vendetta....

Helston police officer accused of having sex with vulnerable women quits before misconduct hearing

By Peter Tremayne A former Helston police constable, Richard Hosken-Jones, has resigned from the Devon and Cornwall force ahead of a misconduct hearing due to have been heard in...

Cornish Seal Sanctuary says continuing Covid-19 lockdown threatens its future

Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornish Seal Sanctuary says it is facing an uncertain future because of the continuing Covid-19 lockdown, which has forced it to close its doors since March....

“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...

Outsourcing company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres asks taxpayers to top-up staff’s wages

By Anne North The company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres is asking local taxpayers to top up its staff wages, as central government pays only 80% of normal salary...