Launceston local news

Cornwall’s libraries: the “devolution revolution” is taking longer than expected

20th October 2017By Anne NorthCornwall’s “pioneering” reform of the county’s libraries is to be extended for a further year, as council officials struggle to find local partners willing to...

Dartmoor ponies find a new home

20th October 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneNine Dartmoor ponies have been rescued from possible slaughter and are now enjoying life at a sanctuary near St Mabyn.Every year uncontrolled breeding results in...

Cornwall Council to the rescue? Launceston hospital land to be withdrawn from next week’s auction

20th October 2017By Graham SmithThe National Health Service is coming under intense pressure to withdraw from auction a 0.4-acre plot of land next to Launceston hospital, due to be...

Think again before selling Launceston hospital land, MP tells health chiefs

19th October 2017By Graham SmithNorth Cornwall MP Scott Mann has intervened in the controversy over plans to sell a small patch of land next to Launceston hospital.The 0.4 acre...

Launceston hospital land sale: approved by Cornwall’s STP, no public consultation

18th October 2017By Anne NorthThe decision to sell NHS land at Launceston hospital was made by NHS Kernow only a few weeks ago, Cornwall Reports has established.  But NHS...

EXCLUSIVE: Launceston hospital land – the restrictive covenant not mentioned by the auctioneers

17th October 2017By Peter TremayneThe low price sought by NHS Property Services for the sale of land next to Launceston hospital might be explained by a restrictive covenant, which...

Devonwall returns, as a theoretical prospect, but the Parliamentary maths remain unchanged – for now

17th October 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe prospect of a “Devonwall” Parliamentary constituency has returned to the political agenda, as the Boundary Commission continues its quest to re-draw boundaries in a...

Launceston hospital land about to go under the hammer

16th October 2017By Anne NorthA patch of land next to Launceston hospital is due to go for sale at auction later this month.NHS Property Services Ltd has listed 0.4...

And this is where the lifeboats are – but there are only 87 seats for 123 councillors, as the scramble for places gets underway

29th September 2017By Graham SmithThe maps reproduced in this article illustrate the first draft of how officials suggest re-drawing Cornwall Council boundaries.  The 2021 local council elections will be...

Planners back North Cornwall quarry expansion, guaranteeing its future for 30 years

31st August 2017By Peter TremayneCornwall’s planners have approved controversial plans for the major expansion of a North Cornwall quarry.An attempt to halt the expansion of Greystone quarry, at Lezant,...

When two tribes go to war: Devon’s planners complain that Cornwall’s planners want to spoil their view

22nd August 2017By Peter TremayneControversial plans for the major expansion of a North Cornwall quarry have been recommended for approval.The application has set Cornwall’s planning officials against their colleagues...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council boundary review poses bigger threat to Lib Dems than to other parties

9th July 2017By Graham SmithThe proposed shake-up of Cornwall Council ward boundaries poses a greater risk to Liberal Democrat councillors than to those of other parties, an analysis of...

“Devonwall” constituency now unlikely, as parties gear up for another election

26th June 2017By Graham SmithCornwall’s political community is already preparing for the next general election, barely three weeks after the last one.Although Prime Minister Theresa May says she has...

Adam Paynter is new leader of Cornwall Council, in another Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition

23rd May 2017By Graham SmithLaunceston Liberal Democrat councillor Adam Paynter became leader of Cornwall Council this morning (Tuesday), defeating Conservative Phil Seeva by 70 votes to 44 with one...

Police name motorcyclist killed in accident near Launceston

21st April 2017 Police have identified the motorcyclist who died in a collision on the B3362 near to Lawhitton, Launceston on Thursday 6 April 2017. He was 49 year...

No Devonwall, no by-elections: the 2017 General Election will be all about Brexit (again)

18th April 2017By Graham SmithThe prospect of an early general election has killed the suggestion of a new “Devonwall” constituency as all six of Cornwall’s current MPs are set...

Community proceeding with plan to bring refugees to Launceston

24th March 2017By Graham SmithA public meeting in Launceston has agreed to push ahead with plans to bring a family of refugees from Syria to the town.More than 40...

Police investigate suspicious death at Launceston

9th March 2017 Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Launceston. A body was found at Town Mills Close around lunchtime. A 27-year-old man is helping...