Liskeard & Looe

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...

Tamar crossing tolls mean Cornish residents have to pay £2 to get to hospital

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have called on the government to provide financial support for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry - and stop people having to pay to...

After yesterday’s £6 million bail-out, the battle for Cornwall’s leisure centres is only just getting started

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People who use Cornwall’s leisure centres are waiting anxiously for details of a “strategic review” which will see all sites operate up to and beyond next...

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...

Liskeard cattle market wins unanimous approval to become a “creative business hub”

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to regenerate a former cattle market site and build a new space for creative businesses have been granted approval. Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee...

“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,...

Liskeard’s Victorian-era library building about to enter a new era, with refurbishment due to start in January

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Book lovers in Liskeard will have to wait quite a while before they are able to return to the town’s Passmore Edwards library, despite the imminent...

Man taken to hospital after fire rips through building in Liskeard

By Peter Tremayne A man has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after fire ripped through a four-storey residential building in Cannon Hill, in the centre of...

More than 50 firefighters battle blaze at Liskeard

By Peter Tremayne More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at Cannon Hill, Liskeard, after being called to a four-storey house earlier this morning.  Police and ambulance crews...

Covid-19: Train companies say they need another 18 months of subsidy

By Peter Tremayne A government decision is expected shortly which will determine the future of Cornwall’s existing railway branch lines, which provide services to Looe, Newquay, St Ives and...

21 year sentence for “senseless” Liskeard murder

By Peter Tremayne Carl Smythe (right) 46, of Liskeard, has been jailed for at least 21 years following yesterday’s conviction for murdering Damien Bendelow. Truro Crown Court heard Smythe...

Man found guilty of Liskeard murder to be sentenced today

By Peter Tremayne Carly Smythe, 46, of Liskeard, is due to be sentenced today (Wednesday) after being convicted of murdering Damien Bendelow following an argument in a pub. Smythe...

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...

Covid-19 death at Liskeard care home as 11 residents test positive

By Anne North One person has died after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Pengover House care home, Liskeard. Yesterday (Saturday) the home, which is run by Cornwall Care,...

Women jailed for dog attack which killed 9-year-old boy at Cornish holiday park

By Peter Tremayne Two women have been jailed in relation to the fatal dog attack of a nine-year-old boy at a Cornwall holiday park last year. Frankie MacRitchie, 9,...

“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...

Menheniot temporary classroom approved

By Richard Whitehouse A primary school has been granted planning permission for a temporary classroom which it says is needed because a bid for funding for a permanent building...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray says NHS staff have the protective equipment they need

By Richard Whitehouse One of Cornwall’s MPs has found herself at the centre of a row over protective equipment for health and care workers, after claiming they had sufficient...