Launceston local news

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...

Adam Paynter elected leader of Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, despite party’s disciplinary wrangle

By Graham Smith Launceston councillor Adam Paynter has been elected unopposed as leader of the Liberal Democrat group at County Hall, despite an internal party wrangle about disciplinary proceedings...

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...

All change, again, at Launceston’s White Hart hotel

By Peter Tremayne Launceston’s historic White Hart hotel has new owners, for the second time in two years. Built in the early 17th century, it is Launceston’s only hotel. ...

Launceston’s new primary school set to open next year

By Richard Whitehouse A new primary school is set to open in Launceston in September 2021 and wants to hear from local people.  A six-week public consultation starts on...

Police officer to appear in court accused of misconduct, following incident at Launceston

By Peter Tremayne A police constable is due to appear before magistrates on Wednesday (28th October) accused of misconduct in public office. The allegation concerns an incident at Launceston...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s rate of infection doubles in three days; 70 new cases since Friday; five clusters

By Anne North Thirty-seven new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Cornwall in the past 24 hours, more than double the number of positive test results in a single...

Covid-19: St Germans and Mellion come off the “cluster” list but another 17 new cases in Cornwall in 24 hours

By Anne North The St Germans and Mellion area has come off the Public Health “watch list” of Covid-19 clusters, after the number of cases there fell below three....

New Covid-19 cluster in Launceston

By Anne North Cornwall has acquired another “cluster” of Covid-19 cases, this time in Launceston. A cluster is defined as two or more cases outside of a family setting,...

“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,...

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...

Budget cash for Camelford by-pass

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s budget has included funding for a Camelford by-pass. The government has accepted the business case for a single-carriageway to the west of town. The £42.5...

Coughs and sneezes don’t just spread diseases – they underline the 5,000-mile connection between Cornwall’s dairy farmers and China

By Julia Penhaligon Some call it the “butterfly effect.”  A small change in initial conditions can have much larger consequences in a later state.  It is why students of...

Look closely at the humble Cornish hedgerow and you will find a publicly-funded piece of installation art

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start on the construction of a large “Cornish hedge” on Bodmin Moor, part of a major piece of artwork to celebrate the...

New council homes at Launceston, Padstow and Probus for social rent and shared ownership

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s cabinet has agreed to acquire 177 homes which will be made available for local people. The cabinet agreed yesterday (Wednesday)  to take on the...

Christmas Eve fire destroys barn near Launceston

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews from across North Cornwall were called to deal with a large barn fire near Launceston on Christmas Eve.    Emergency services advised residents in and...

Residents near A30 at Temple say the job is still not finished

By Richard Whitehouse People living and working next to Cornwall’s main road have accused Cornwall Council of failing to deliver on promises made when the road was improved. More...

Cornwall’s Anti-Brexit campaign pins its election hopes on tactical voting

By Anne North Cornwall’s anti-Brexit campaigners are being urged to vote tactically on Thursday, with organisers of the Cornwall For Europe organisation believing that three local constituencies are in...

Walking back to happiness, as new bridges restore access to Cornwall coastal path

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in...