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South Crofty: change at the top

By Peter Tremayne The man who rescued South Crofty tin mine from administration in 2016 has stepped down as chief executive. A vastly experienced geologist, Peter Williams will remain...

Pool’s £35 million Heartlands site, having flopped as a tourist resort, returns to County Hall control

By Lee Trewhela Following concerns by people still living at Cornish heritage site Heartlands that maintenance of the site had stopped since the National Lottery pulled its funding and parts...

Carry on banging! Stock car racing at United Downs looks safe for at least the next ten years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Stock car racing at United Downs, a popular community sport since 1969, appears set to continue until at least 2034 after Cornwall Council completed a mind-boggling...

On top of the world

Molly Caudery, 23, of Redruth, is the 2024 World indoor pole vault champion.  Born in Truro, she won a gold medal at Glasgow yesterday (Saturday.)

Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp is “beyond its useful life” says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp near St Day is in line for a £2 million facelift . An official County Hall reports says the...

Going underground: second rescue from old mine shaft in three weeks

By Harold Callahan A man has been rescued after getting trapped in a mineshaft at Twelveheads, near St Day. The West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (WCSAR) was called...

Let us spray: Newquay airport’s “hazardous aerosols” set for move to Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Some of the dangerous chemicals currently stored in a Newquay airport hangar, in defiance of planning rules, could soon be on their way to Redruth. Cornwall...

Camborne-Redruth MP George Eustice votes against government on whether councils can boycott Israel

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne-Redruth MP George Eustice was one of eight Tory rebels to vote against the government last night on a bill designed to stop local councils withdrawing...

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...

Train don’t stop at Camborne: demise of £35 million Heartlands project after only 12 years turns spotlight on Cornwall Council’s priorities

By Julia Penhaligon Friday’s announcement that the Heartlands’ visitor attraction at Pool, between Camborne and Redruth, is to close has been met with an outpouring of anger and dismay....

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,...

Restaurant fined for “filthy and rancid” conditions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The owner of the Amity Tandoori, Redruth, has been fined £14,000 after a series of food inspections found the premises to be “filthy and rancid.” Sultan...

Rail upgrade closes the mainline through Cornwall until 12th November

By Peter Tremayne Network Rail is today (Tuesday) starting work on signalling improvement which will close the mainline through Cornwall for nearly two weeks. Buses will replace trains on...

How it works: the link between government and agri-business

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has set up a consultancy business to sell his agricultural expertise. Mr Eustice, who is leaving Parliament at the next...

A new dawn for Crofty? This time it could really happen, as work starts to pump the tin mine dry

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The decades-old talk about resuming tin mining in Cornwall has taken a hugely significant step forward. For the first time in more than 20 years, heavily...

The war on motorists? County Hall surrenders again

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has abandoned a proposal to narrow Blowinghouse Hill, Redruth, after a three-week “consultation” has resulted in a victory for motorists over pedestrians. The road...

The curious case of the Cornwall Council cabinet reshuffle and the press release which failed to mention the changing job descriptions

By Julia Penhaligon A County Hall press release issued on 24th August, announcing a Cornwall Council cabinet reshuffle, failed to mention that shareholder responsibility for the Corserv group of...

Wilko administration threatens four stores in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The High Street DIY retailer Wilko has collapsed into administration, putting 12,000 jobs at risk nationally. The shop, which has a presence in Redruth, Falmouth, Truro...

In sickness and InHealth – more of Cornwall’s health budget will contribute to private profits

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have privatised another large part of patient care. A new community diagnostic centre, in Redruth, is to be provided by the Buckinghamshire-based InHealth...

185 homes approved despite fear of flooding

By Lee Trewhela A proposal for 185 homes to be built in Redruth have been unanimously approved despite a planning committee hearing concerns that it could cause flooding in...

Opportunity knocks: huge boost for Cornwall’s lithium prospects, as car giant announces battery factory plans for Bridgwater

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s chances of maybe one day having a wealth-creating lithium industry have received a huge boost with the news that a potential customer might be based...

Three men charged with attempted murder following incident at Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Three men are due to appear before Truro magistrates today (Tuesday) charged with attempted murder, following an incident in Redruth last week. Police have charged Gavin...

Three arrests after Redruth shooting and axe attack

By Peter Tremayne Three men have now been arrested in connection with a shooting and an axe attack in Redruth last week.  Police say they are not looking for...

Shotgun and axe attack brings armed police to Redruth

By Peter Tremayne A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot in the back in Redruth.  Another man has head injuries after being assaulted with an...

South Crofty tin mine reaches significant milestone in plan to resume production

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South Crofty tin mine, near Redruth, has taken another step towards resuming production for the first time since 1998. Cornish Metals has successfully installed the first...

Chiverton’s amazing vanishing magic roundabout has shifted A30 traffic delays a few miles further west

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The A30 to the west of Truro, at Chiverton, has reopened after a weekend of major redesign which has replaced the notorious 33-year-old roundabout with a...

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...

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...

Harder and faster: Another high-profile council HQ set for closure and sale

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s offices at Dolcoath, Camborne, are to be closed and sold.   The site is likely to be demolished and then redeveloped for housing. Two years...

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...

A30 Chiverton-Scorrier closed this weekend for roadworks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Part of the A30 between Chiverton and Scorrier in west Cornwall is closed this weekend.  Motorists have been warned to expect delays. Roadworks will see the...

Planners approve huge waste handling plant at Hallenbeagle

By Richard Whitehouse A massive new facility to deal with Cornwall’s waste and recycling has been approved with councillors urging the operators to place solar panels on the roof...

Call for Kate Kennally to resign as Cornwall Council chief executive over mayoral debacle

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has called on County Hall’s chief executive to resign, following today’s dramatic U-Turn over whether Cornwall should have a mayor. Redruth’s Labour councillor...

Business park set to become home for storing and sorting much of Cornwall’s waste

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A business park near Redruth is set to become the focal point for storing and sorting much of Cornwall’s waste. The Cornwall business park at Hallenbeagle,...

Cornwall’s 999 fire control centre is saved

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fire control centre at Tolvaddon, Redruth, has been saved. As expected, Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet voted unanimously this morning (Wednesday) to accept the recommendation of...

Boy, 12, killed in Redruth traffic accident

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating a fatal road traffic accident in Redruth yesterday (Monday.) Officers were called to reports of a collision involving a white Iveco van and...

Cornwall’s 999 fire control centre saved as councillors defy officials and demand budget must be changed

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors have thwarted an attempt by senior officials to close the 999 critical control centre at Tolvaddon, near Camborne. The call-handling centre is at the...

A new dawn for Crofty? This time it looks like they really mean it

By Peter Tremayne South Crofty could be only four months from starting a crucial operation which might one day lead to a resumption of tin mining – creating up...

Trengweath hospital, Redruth, to be converted to care homes

By Richard Whitehouse A decision is set to be made next week on plans to demolish a former hospital and replace it with a new residential care home.  A...

Redruth fails to warm to County Hall’s campaign for a mayor

By Richard Whitehouse On a dark, cold January evening a public meeting to discuss Cornwall’s new devolution deal and whether we should have an elected mayor was always going...

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...

Foodbank prepares to deliver 3,000 Christmas meals to those in need

By Anne North Volunteers at the Camborne, Redruth and Pool foodbank are preparing to deliver this year’s Christmas meals and gifts. Yesterday (Monday) saw the first day of food...

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...

EXCLUSIVE: Camborne, Redruth & Hayle Labour Party rumpus as big-wigs block local councillor’s bid to become Parliamentary candidate

By Graham Smith The Labour Party is bracing itself for a volley of complaints from its Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency after blocking a high-profile Cornwall councillor from seeking...

Labour’s race for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle back on, after “diversity” pause

By Graham Smith The Labour Party has resumed its quest for a Parliamentary candidate in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency. Party bosses last week paused the process, claiming...

Economic crisis claims another Cornish pub

By Peter Tremayne Another popular Cornish pub looks likely to close because of the government’s failure to control inflation, now 10.1%.  Cornwall Reports has previously noted the impact of...

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....

Labour hopes to have Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle within weeks

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party is edging closer towards selecting a Parliamentary candidate for the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency, as it attempts to overhaul the 8,700 majority...

Council chiefs face uphill struggle if they pursue the idea of outsourcing Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre

By Peter Tremayne The future of Cornwall’s 999 emergency fire control centre at Tolvaddon, Camborne, looks set to consume a vast amount of County Hall administrative time and resources...

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...

999 emergency fire service call centre could be moved hundreds of miles outside of Cornwall, says official report

By Peter Tremayne Local 999 emergency call handling for fire and rescue crews could move to one of three large regions far from Cornwall, if councillors accept a report...

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...

Cornwall’s health workers to be offered pre-fab housing

By Anne North Health workers in west Cornwall are to be offered short-term modular housing as part of a drive to help ease the NHS recruitment crisis. Six pop-up...

People’s Assembly for Cornwall set for Redruth launch on Saturday

By Graham Smith A public meeting has been called for 4pm Saturday (25th June) in Redruth to launch the People’s Assembly for Cornwall – a forum for Left-wing and...

Cornish police officer “would have been sacked” if she had not resigned, says disciplinary panel

By Peter Tremayne A former Camborne police constable has been found guilty of breaching professional standards.  WPC Sarah Trewern resigned from the Devon and Cornwall force before a misconduct...

Scotland and Wales offer free public transport for Ukrainian refugees, but those who come to Cornwall get no help from County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to provide free bus passes for refugees. The governments of Scotland and Wales do offer free public transport for refugees...

EXCLUSIVE: The reality of what Brexit means for young Redruth mum and her two small children, as DWP demands £7,000 repayment

By Graham Smith Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has stepped in to help a young Polish woman and her two small children who have suddenly been told to...

Covid-19: Saltash and Redruth infections increasing, despite drop in testing

By Anne North Some parts of Cornwall are once again recording very high rates of Covid infection, despite the government’s declaration of its latest “Freedom Day” and the effective...

Failing to clear up dog mess costs man £1,354

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Robert Knight, of Illogan, has been ordered to pay £1,354 in fines and costs after allowing his dog to foul and not clearing up after it....

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...

Nine years later, we discover that it was “not in the public interest” to tell the public that Bude’s spy station had polluted a local stream

By Peter Tremayne The top secret GCHQ spy station at Morwenstow, near Bude, “committed an offence” by polluting a local stream – but was never prosecuted – according to...

The end is nigh for Cornwall’s banger racing fans

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The end of an era is approaching for Cornwall’s stock car racing fans.  A lease agreement made by Cornwall Council officials, without the approval of any...

Covid-19: Health chiefs close Stithians vaccination centre, just as new infections in west Cornwall start rising again

By Anne North A Covid vaccination centre in Cornwall is closing today (Monday) – just as Cornwall’s infection rate is starting to accelerate. The vaccination centre at Stithians Showground...

Covid-19: Cornwall is once again more dangerous than England

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate has again overtaken that of England, completing five consecutive days of increased new cases. Cornwall’s average rate per 100,000 population is now...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “Enhanced Response Area” status will end next week, just as infection rates start rising again

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate has risen for the fourth consecutive day, with the latest NHS data reporting 271.4 cases per 100,000 population.  The data was published...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate starts to rise again

By Anne North There are signs that Cornwall’s Covid numbers are rising again, after a few weeks of steady decline.  Infection rate data for the past three days shows...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Cornwall keeps a voice in the cabinet as Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice survives reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s only cabinet-level MP kept his job in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) reshuffle.  Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice remains Environment Secretary, despite months of speculation that he...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council’s recent deals in the property market include a pub

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has bought a pub.  Documents available for public inspection at the Land Registry show that County Hall advanced a £200,000 mortgage on the Grenville...

Time is running out for Cornwall’s last banger racing track, as councillor calls for a community takeover

By Graham Smith The only banger racing track in Cornwall could be forced to close in only months unless County Hall agrees a new lease. The United Downs stock...

Plan to turn United Downs banger racing track into a rum distillery needs an Environmental Impact Assessment, rules government

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of the United Downs banger racing track have found an ally in their campaign against plans to turn the site into a rum distillery. The...

Crowdfunding campaign to help repair Redruth United, after travellers’ nine-day occupation of football pitch

By Peter Tremayne An online fundraising campaign has raised more than £7,600 in just a few days, after travellers caused huge damage to Redruth United football club. Police are...

The first batch of Cornwall Council’s “bunkabins” destined for Carn Brea

By Julia Penhaligon Ten single-bedroomed “shipping container” homes are to be placed on the site of former industrial workshops at Carn Brea. The “bunkabins” are destined for Cowlins Mill,...

Row over plan for “affordable” homes highlights the issues which frame Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans to build 40 “affordable” homes have come up against objections from a number of local residents. The issue highlights many aspects of...

Labour Party sends its tanks in to Truro & Falmouth, cancelling an Annual General Meeting and preventing the election of local officials

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has suspended its local organisation in Truro and Falmouth, cancelling a scheduled annual general meeting and preventing the election of local officials. The...

Covid-19: West Cornwall paying the price for hosting G7 Summit, as one cluster grows 1,200% in seven days

By Anne North Cornwall has seen another eye-watering increase in the rate of Covid infection, with one cluster accelerating by 1,200% in the seven days to 9th June. Today’s...

Gimme Shelter (continued): Cornwall Council buys another house for rough sleepers

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has bought another property, as officials pursue County Hall’s quest to get homeless people off the streets.  The one-bedroom terraced house is close to...

Krowji fire: crowdfunding campaign to help artists raises nearly £10,000 in only a few hours

By Peter Tremayne A crowdfunding campaign to help artists whose work was destroyed in the fire at Krowji yesterday (Sunday) has raised nearly £10,000 in only a few hours....

Krowji arts centre, Redruth, “well alight” as 11 fire engines called to tackle major blaze

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews are tackling a major blaze which has severely damaged the Krowji building at Redruth, centre of Cornwall’s creative arts sector. The building, in Blowinghouse...

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...

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...

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...

Hands off the United Downs banger racing track, Sport England tells Cornwall Council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners hoping to save the United Downs banger racing track have been boosted by backing from Sport England. Sport England is a government Quango close to...

A new future for Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Mill?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another Cornish tourist attraction is for sale.  Cornwall Gold, near Redruth, is on the market for £2.5 million. The 18-acre site includes the Grade 2 listed...

Crash, bang, wallop – two worlds collide as world’s first eco-powered rum distillery seeks to replace banger racing

By Julia Penhaligon One of the Cornwall Council election issues most likely to test the maxim that “all politics is local” concerns the future of the United Downs banger...

Planning boss application to convert stables into three-bedroom house puts County Hall’s approach to local development policies under the spotlight

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It is not unusual for planning applications which seek to convert agricultural buildings for residential use to attract controversy, particularly if they are outside of normal...

“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...

Two of Cornwall’s Tory MPs “raise concerns” about the impact of Brexit deal on fishing communities

By Richard Whitehouse Two pro-Brexit Cornish MPs have challenged fellow Cornish MP and Secretary of State George Eustice over the impact of the European Union trade deal on the...

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...

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...

Another Covid lockdown is “possible” in January, warns Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice has warned that a third Covid-19 national lockdown is possible in January. Mr Eustice, the Environment Secretary, told Sky News...

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...

Redruth firm fined £200,000 for corporate manslaughter

By Peter Tremayne H&A Recycling Ltd, of Redruth, has been fined £200,000 after a worker was crushed to death in an industrial waste compactor. Dale McClelland, 23, became trapped...

Cornish Lithium raises £5.2 million in three days of crowdfunding

By Peter Tremayne Cornish Lithium has raised a staggering £5.2 million in a three-day crowdfunding campaign. The cash will help accelerate the company’s prospecting programme as it searches for...

Slight improvement in Cornwall’s Covid-19 cluster map, as Truro and Falmouth now clear

By Anne North The Cornwall “cluster map” of Covid-19 infections looks slightly more healthy today (Friday) following the disappearance of both Truro and Falmouth after only 24 hours. Both...