Liskeard & Looe

Labour selects oceans campaigner as Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has selected ocean conservation activist Anna Gelderd to be its Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall. She lives on the Rame Peninsula and...

When the wind blows

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal communities are waking up to a battered and soggy Cornwall after high tides and strong winds brought flooding to many areas. The sea wall at...

Everyone a winner, as Lib Dems hold on in Looe

By Julia Penhaligon The Liberal Democrats won the West Looe Cornwall Council by-election last night (Thursday), holding on to the seat represented for many years by the late Edwina...

Cornwall Council by-election: polling underway in West Looe

 By Julia Penhaligon Voters go to the polls in West Looe today for a Cornwall Council by-election.  Polling stations opened at 7am and close at 10pm .  Voters will...

Final day of campaigning in Looe by-election

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall Council by-election in West Looe, caused by the death of councillor Edwina Hannaford in February, will be determined tomorrow (Thursday.) Liberal Democrat Jim Candy...

Local politics: it’s party time in Plymouth

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s political junkies, denied a full round of County Hall elections until next year, are heading for Plymouth to campaign in city council elections on 2nd...

Political parties love-bomb Looe in their quest for by-election votes

By Julia Penhaligon With fewer than two weeks to go before polling day, Cornwall’s main political parties have been pounding the streets and knocking on doors for an intriguing...

Sick councillor granted leave of absence after failing to attend meetings for six months

By Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall councillor has been granted a leave of absence on the grounds of ill-health. Sharon Daw, a Conservative who represents the Lynher division, has not...

Despite their dire national poll ratings, could the Conservatives actually win in West Looe?

By Julia Penhaligon Despite last week’s budget having a negative effect on their national opinion poll ratings, Cornwall’s Conservatives are oddly optimistic about their chances in the forthcoming Looe...

Four way contest in Looe by election

By Julia Penhaligon Four political parties are contesting the Cornwall Council vacancy at Looe, caused by the death of councillor Edwina Hannaford. Polling for the Looe West, Pelynt, Lansallos...

Diocese housing plan risks more landslides, warns Looe Town Council

By Lee Trewhela Looe Town Council is so concerned about plans for 43 new houses that it has highlighted concerns raised at a Cornwall coroner’s inquest following the death...

Jethro’s statue is on its way to Trago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A life-size statue of Jethro is due to finally go on display in May.  It will occupy pride of place in the main car park at...

Edwina Hannaford’s funeral will be on Thursday 22nd February

By Graham Smith The funeral of Looe councillor Edwina Hannaford will be at 11am on Thursday 22nd February. The St Martin-by-Looe church is expected to be packed. Before the...

Weather damages council’s timber-framed housing project

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A major component of seven brand new timber-framed homes built by Cornwall Council near Liskeard has had to be replaced because of weather damage even before...

Dramatic rescue after man gets stuck deep underground at former copper mine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man has been rescued after getting trapped deep underground in an abandoned mine on Bodmin Moor at Minions, Linkinhorne, east Cornwall. A group entered the...

Tributes to Edwina Hannaford

Councillor Pauline Giles, chair, Cornwall Council:  “Edwina was devoted to public service, and followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming Mayor of Looe, a town she loved and fought...

Edwina Hannaford dies

By Graham Smith Edwina Hannaford, active in Cornish local government for decades, has died.  She was 63. A member of Cornwall Council since its creation in 2009, councillor Hannaford...

What do you think of it so far? Rubbish shake-up is “brain-dead stupidity,” resident tells council chief

By Lee Trewhela A resident of south east Cornwall, whose area is the latest to receive Cornwall Council’s new waste collection bins, has taken her complaints to the very...

Playing on broken strings? Looe’s £110 million flood defence proposals are now on their way to the government, but without protection for Banjo Pier

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A flood defence scheme for Looe is about to be submitted to the government for funding - but without a last-minute revision which some local residents...

When you arrive at a notorious A38 accident blackspot, slow down and remember Liz Truss

By Peter Tremayne Work to improve a notoriously dangerous junction on the A38 near Saltash is to be delayed because of how the 2022 economic crash impacted on the...

Police constable claimed she was sick so she could attend a wedding

By Harold Callahan A former police constable who last year won praise for her role at an emergency incident in East Cornwall has been found guilty of “gross misconduct”...

Liskeard-Looe trains hit by flooding

Trains between Liskeard and Looe have been disrupted this weekend by heavy rain.  The line at St Keyne was completely underwater.  The heavy rain has also delayed roadworks to...

“You’re killing our town,” councillor tells officials, as “one-size fits all” car parking charges come under review

By Lee Trewhela The emotive issue of Cornwall Council’s car parking tariff increases certainly isn’t going to go away any time soon judging from an impassioned plea by an...

More losers than winners as government sprinkles £450,000 on only six leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Only six of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been awarded a share of nearly £450,000 from the government’s £20.3 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. All of them...

Time and tide wait for no-one

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Many people in Cornwall got wet feet last night (Saturday) as high tides on both north and south coasts brought flooding.  The same could happen again...

EXCLUSIVE: Centuries-old Cornish tin mine poised to help unlock the secrets of the universe

By Peter Tremayne The quest for nuclear fusion – a way of harnessing the energy that makes stars – is to be boosted by a former tin mine in...

Callington shop breached fire safety rules

By Peter Tremayne A Chinese takeaway shop with associated staff accommodation has been ordered to pay £37,000 in fines and court costs following fire safety breaches. In January 2023,...

Council sells Looe coastguard flats for £1

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has agreed to sell historic Grade II listed flats, worth £640,000, for just £1 to ensure “affordable” homes stay in the centre of a...

Dog days coming to Looe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 7-2 to support a “change of use” for a one-acre agricultural field on the edge of Looe to a dog-walking area. The venture...

Dogs 1 – 0 Sheep? An everyday tale of rural folk in 21st century Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The mysteries of Cornwall’s planning system are likely to lose even more focus next week when councillors sit down to debate a fierce controversy which has...

Motorcyclist killed in collision with tractor and trailer near Liskeard

By Peter Tremayne A motorcyclist in his 40s, from Looe, has died in an accident involving a tractor and trailer on the B3252 at Horningtops, near Liskeard. The accident...

Looking for excitement? Not easily offended? It’s all kicking off in St Cleer

By Julia Penhaligon The wheels of local government in the normally-tranquil parish of St Cleer appear to be in need of lubrication. What seems to have started as a...

Planners say “no” to East Cornwall Hunt’s bid for new kennels, raising questions about the future of the hounds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have refused permission for the East Cornwall Hunt to keep up to 48 hounds in kennels on Bodmin Moor. The decision raises the possibility...

Motorists beware: new speed cameras now operate in Gunnislake

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two new speed cameras have been installed on a busy stretch of the A390 near Gunnislake. Positioned at either end of St Ann’s Chapel, the cameras...

Brave New World: planners approve “carbuncle” to occupy Liskeard cattle market

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Liskeard’s 800-year-old cattle market is a step closer to a controversial transformation after Cornwall Council planners approved an application for a huge new office block this...

“You don’t care” – councillors challenge County Hall over car parking charges

By Lee Trewhela Councillors spoke of their anger and concern at Cornwall Council’s mooted car park charging increases yesterday (Tuesday.)  His voice cracking with emotion, Looe councillor Armand Toms...

In the dog house: planners still unable to make up their minds about new kennels for East Cornwall hunt

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce row over a new home for the East Cornwall Hunt fox hounds looks as if it will remain unresolved nearly six months after it...

Fire closes B3253 road at St Martins, near Looe

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is warning residents in the St Martins area, near Looe, to keep doors and windows closed because of smoke from a large fire at...

Multi-million pound spending schemes will continue to escape scrutiny, as councillors agree an “action plan” which will not change anything

By Graham Smith Auditors have agreed an “action plan” which Cornwall’s Conservatives hope will put an end to free-spending on major capital projects which go disastrously wrong. County Hall’s...

Liskeard man jailed for 34 years for sex attacks against children

By Peter Tremayne A 47-year-old shop worker from East Cornwall has today [Monday 27 March] been sentenced at Truro Crown Court after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences...

Wet feet in Looe this morning as town floods again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fire and rescue crews are assisting in Looe where overnight spring tides have again brought flooding to parts of the town.  Quay Road has been closed. ...

Planning row over East Cornwall foxhound kennels rumbles on

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The planning battle over a new home for the East Cornwall Hunt fox hounds has missed its “determination deadline” at County Hall, as local residents continue...

East Cornwall Hunt in a fight over plan to relocate kennels

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce planning battle on Bodmin Moor has already generated nearly 100 public comments. The East Cornwall Hunt is seeking planning permission to keep 48 hounds...

Planning battle over new kennels for East Cornwall fox hounds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The East Cornwall Hunt is seeking planning permission to keep 48 hounds in kennels near St Cleer.  The application has divided local opinion, with some fearing...

Planners say no to conversion of holiday lodges to open market homes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 9-0 to refuse permission for the conversion of seven three-bedroom holiday units at Tudor Lodges, Morval, near Looe, into open market homes. The...

How to spend £735,000 and deliver absolutely nothing at all: another County Hall cycle scheme looks like it’s going nowhere

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for another tourists’ cycle trail in Cornwall have already cost taxpayers nearly three quarters of a million pounds despite no construction at all. The Looe...

National Lottery gives Bude £2 million to tackle climate change – but nearly half of it is to be spent on tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Lottery has awarded the Bude Climate Partnership £2 million to help mitigate the effects of global warming, particularly rising sea levels.  The award is...

Crossing the line: towns and parishes resume battles for local governance

By Julia Penhaligon The long-running saga of whether some villages and communities on the outskirts of towns should have their own parish councils is once again on the horizon,...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray named on “frequent flier” list

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has made it onto the top ten list of “frequent flyers” – MPs who enjoy large numbers of overseas trips...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

REVEALED: Cornwall’s 16 “Investment Zones” where businesses won’t have to pay tax or worry about planning permission – but will the government scrap the idea next week?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has finally published details of its interest in Investment Zones, one of the tax-cutting ideas of the 45-day Liz Truss government which helped crash...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray calls on Liz Truss to quit

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has submitted a letter of "no confidence" in Liz Truss to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of...

Designated Survivor: if Boris Johnson once again ends up leading the Conservative Party – but next time from Cornwall – you read it first here…

By Julia Penhaligon It is never too early to start a rumour, preferably based on a few facts.  And it is a fact that many Conservatives wish they had...

Tearing up the green stuff? Cornwall’s Tories don’t know where to start

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear to be fighting among themselves over where to start relaxing planning controls and tearing up environmental protections, ahead of tomorrow’s deadline (Friday) for...

Soaring fuel bills force more firms to quit Cornwall’s town centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s failure to control inflation, particularly energy costs, is hitting Cornwall’s town centre business communities. Tindle newspapers, publishers of The Cornish Times and the Cornish...

Memo to Conservatives: calm down, there will be no by-election in South East Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The chances of a by-election in South East Cornwall have receded following claims that local MP Sheryll Murray will not, after all, be elevated to the...

Truro stadium, Camelford by-pass and Looe Valley cycle trail – Cornwall Council’s axe swings at the low-hanging fruit

By Julia Penhaligon It looks as if the final nail in the coffin of a Truro stadium is about to be hammered into place, as Cornwall Council is poised...

Cornwall Council approves 12-month leave of absence for Edwina Hannaford

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors have voted unanimously grant Looe councillor Edwina Hannaford a 12-month leave of absence while she seeks treatment for a serious illness. Councillor Hannaford, leader...

Looe music festival cancelled with only three weeks’ notice

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Looe music festival, known as "Looe Live!" and due to start in only three weeks, has been cancelled.  It is the second time in four...

Three Minor Injury Units will now close two hours early

By Anne North Three of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units have cut their opening hours. The MIUs at Liskeard, Newquay and St Austell will now close two hours earlier than...

Man dies in accident involving two motorbikes

By Peter Tremayne A man has died following a collision involving two motorbikes on the B3252 at Horningtops between Looe and Liskeard. Emergency services were notified at around 10pm...

Planners vote 5-4 to reject Menheniot dog kennels

By Richard Whitehouse Proposals to build kennels at a home in south east Cornwall have been rejected due to concerns over noise and that it could turn into a...

County Hall concedes inquiry into Saints Trail cycle path fiasco

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to undertake an internal “lessons learned” exercise to find out how it lost control of the Saints Trail cycle project, part of which...

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray wants “Margaret Thatcher Day”

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has called for the creation of a “Margaret Thatcher Day” to encourage women to seek high office in public life....

Looe to get a new lifeboat after fundraising appeal tops £100,000

By Peter Tremayne Looe is getting a new lifeboat, thanks to a fundraising campaign in memory of a local man killed in a road traffic accident. Ollie Naismith, 19,...

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,...

A friend in need: South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray’s contribution to Prime Minister’s Questions

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray came to the aid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Wednesday) by asking if he would “continue to deliver” on “getting Brexit done,...

Dobwalls nursery closed after damning Ofsted report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Dobwalls Nursery and Fun Club has closed after a damning Ofsted report called it unsafe. The nursery, housed within Dobwalls primary school, has more than...

The not-so-lonely lives of the long-distance swimmers: Cornwall’s rescued seals thrive after rehabilitation and release, says major new scientific study

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A two-decade study of grey seals around Cornwall’s coast has found that the pursuit of “rescue, rehabilitation and release” has a significant and positive impact on...

Controversial plans for waste site set for decision

By Richard Whitehouse A decision will be made next week on controversial plans for new waste treatment facilities which will be used to process food waste and street sweepings....

Covid-19: Plan B and the demand for vaccination passports puts question marks over Cornwall’s New Year festivals

By Anne North Cornwall’s Conservatives are bracing themselves for a turbulent few days ahead of next Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons on the government’s “Plan B” for...

A photo that asks more questions than it answers: is Boris Johnson on his way out of 10 Downing Street?

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall’s Sheryll Murray was among a large group of Conservative MPs to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (Thursday) - fuelling speculation about the...

Dog breeders prosecuted and ordered to pay £7,854 in fines and costs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A pair of illegal dog breeders have been fined, ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs and banned from keeping dogs, following a prosecution brought...

Covid-19: new cases in South East Cornwall again on the rise

Cornwall’s Covid cluster map continues to lighten, except in two parts of South East Cornwall where new cases are again on the increase.  In St Germans and St Mellion...

Two of Cornwall’s MPs back plan to neuter Parliament’s “sleaze” watchdog

By Julia Penhaligon Two of Cornwall’s MPs have put their names to a controversial proposal which would have the effect of shelving an official, independent report on “sleaze” which...

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...

24 hours after the death of Liskeard murderer Carl Smythe, another inmate dies at Strangeways prison

By Peter Tremayne A second inmate has died at Manchester prison, just 24 hours after Liskeard murderer Carl Smythe was found dead in the jail. Mr Smthe, 46, died...

Inquiry launched as Liskeard murderer found dead in Strangeways prison

By Peter Tremayne The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is investigating what caused the death of 46-year-old Carl Smythe, of Liskeard, in Manchester prison yesterday (Tuesday.) Mr Smythe was serving...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Trial of Cawsand army veteran, accused of attempted murder in Northern Ireland 47 years ago, now due to start in October

By Peter Tremayne The trial of a 79-year-old former soldier from Cawsand, accused of killing an unarmed man in Northern Ireland nearly 47 years ago, is now due to...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...