Liskeard & Looe

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

Remember, remember, 5th November – it might be the last time you see a firework, as Looe cancels New Year’s Eve display

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Looe has cancelled its 2022 New Year’s Eve fireworks display, blaming a combination of Brexit, Covid and an international shortage of fireworks. Fireworks suppliers have been...

Cawsand pensioner goes on trial in Belfast, accused of attempted murder 47 years ago

By Peter Tremayne An 80-year-old man from Cawsand in South East Cornwall has gone on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of attempted murder. The high-profile prosecution, which has...

Why Looe is still at least five years away from a flood defence scheme, despite being underwater more often than anywhere else

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A crucial meeting next month could determine if plans for a £75 million flood defence scheme in Looe will start within the next few years. The...

St Pinnock’s 14th century church could become a school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Grade 1 listed 14th century medieval church in a picturesque South East Cornwall village could become an outdoor school, if planners back a restoration project....

Cornwall Council wins climate award – but political opportunism is never far away

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has won a national award for its response to climate change.  County Hall won the Municipal Journal’s Local Government Achievement Award for “Leadership in...

National Trust creates new “intertidal wildlife habitat” at Cotehele in bid to prevent regular flooding

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust has cut a 15-metre breach in the banks of the River Tamar at Cotehele, a Tudor-era manor house in Calstock, South East Cornwall,...

Covid-19: Looe & Polperro is now Cornwall’s most infectious hotspot

By Anne North Looe and Polperro has taken over from Newquay as Cornwall’s most infectious Covid hotspot.  The south coast resort is currently recording 900.9 cases per 100,000 population. ...

Covid-19: Tourist hotspots remain badly affected but overall number of new cases holds steady

Cornwall’s Covid cluster map for today (Tuesday) continues to show the disease spreading from tourist hotspots like Newquay and Falmouth.  St Ives, Padstow and Looe are also now badly...

Covid-19: South West “R” number falls to 0.8-1.2, but Newquay remains a concern

By Anne North The official Covid “R” number for the South West has fallen to 0.8-1.2, leaving room for doubt about whether the virus is increasing or decreasing. Daily...

Covid-19 forces rescheduling of St Dominic’s gymkhana

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s more traditional village festivals has fallen victim to Covid.  No sooner came news that the huge Padstow Christmas Festival was cancelled for 2021,...

Government announces cash for flood defence schemes in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Looe are hoping to learn today (Thursday) more details of government plans to invest in significant new flood defence schemes for Cornwall. A government...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

Local council offices face the axe as more staff encouraged to work from home

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council could be set to spend £30million on new offices and refurbishing existing buildings in a bid to save money. The ambition of County Hall’s...

Concern over plan to move villages out of Parliamentary constituencies

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to shift entire villages into different Parliamentary constituencies have come under fire from local councillors who are encouraging residents to make their views known. The...

Boris Johnson promises to “sort it out” when asked about floods in Looe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson has promised to do “everything we can” to prevent more flooding in Looe. South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray raised the issue during Prime...

Call for more walk-in Covid vaccination centres in North and South East Cornwall is “a fair challenge”

By Anne North County Hall is to explore ways of increasing Covid vaccination opportunities in North and South East Cornwall, after hearing concerns that Stithians and Wadebridge are the...

High Noon: tomorrow is the deadline for bids to buy St Pinnock’s 14th century church

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anyone hoping to buy a Grade 1 listed 14th century medieval church in a picturesque South East Cornwall village has until 12 noon tomorrow to make...

EXCLUSIVE: Edwina Hannaford elected to lead Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats at County Hall

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have elected Looe councillor Edwina Hannaford to be their new leader.  Lostwithiel’s Colin Martin is her deputy. Ms Hannaford has been a member...

Inquest will be held into the death of Liskeard murderer found dead in Strangeways prison

By Peter Tremayne An inquest is to be held into the death of Carl Smythe, 46, from Liskeard, who was found dead in Strangeways prison last week.  Mr Smythe...