Launceston local news

Environment Agency probes river pollution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is investigating the cause of pollution which has killed fish and other aquatic life in two North Cornwall rivers. There have been incidents...

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

Another construction firm in administration, posing questions over unfinished buildings in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Another large construction company has gone into administration, leaving question marks over a number of public sector projects in Cornwall. Caledonian Modular had been working on...

Now you see them, now you don’t don’t: the curious case of Launceston’s vanishing roadworks

By Peter Tremayne Launceston looks set for weeks of traffic chaos after Cornwall Council warned of roadworks – and then withdrew its warning – before likely reintroducing the warning...

Email-gate: the final chapter

By Julia Penhaligon Councillor Adam Paynter, who at one stage seemed set for a glittering career as a Liberal Democrat politician in North Cornwall, appears to have finally broken...

New walking path would encircle Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A lottery-funded project is recommending a new walking path to link Bude in North Cornwall to Rame in South East Cornwall. The 90-mile route, through the...

Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet votes to close Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet has voted to close the Ships and Castles leisure centre at Falmouth. The Pendennis headland site will now be declared “surplus” and...

Saints Trail – it wasn’t the first two-wheeled “omnishambles” and it won’t be the last: Any inquiry needs to ask the right questions if the same mistakes are not to be repeated

By Graham Smith Any inquiry into the multi-million pound Saints Trail fiasco, which on Friday saw the scrapping of a key part of a 19 mile off-road cycle path,...

Woman raped in Launceston

By Peter Tremayne Launceston police are investigating after a woman was raped in Madford Lane at the weekend. The attack was reported to have taken place between 00:25am and...

The future of leisure centres: price or value?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “beauty contest” to decide who will run leisure centres in Falmouth and Wadebridge is approaching its final stages, with councillors today (Tuesday) due to consider...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cornwall’s outdoor education service rescued by deferring closure decision – but leisure centres still face the axe in only three months

By Julia Penhaligon The threat to close Cornwall’s outdoor education centres has been lifted.  Cornwall Council’s £55 million budget cuts included giving notice of redundancy to staff and earmarking...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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