Newquay & St Columb local news

Newquay spaceport is “not dead in the water” insists council

By Peter Tremayne The Newquay spaceport project is “absolutely not dead in the water,” according to Cornwall Council, as the authority tried to explain why it is pulling £5.6...

Shameless – Prince Charles lays down the rules for those who want to live on his new estate at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse Fancy living in a home on Prince Charles’ Nansledan estate? If you do make sure your washing line can’t be seen from the street, you don’t...

Man remanded in custody accused of GBH, following injuries to police constable

By Peter Tremayne A 30-year old man, Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, has appeared before Truro magistrates accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. It follows an incident at Newquay which...

“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,...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council set to slash funding for Newquay spaceport – is this “the final nail in the coffin?”

By Graham Smith Plans to build a spaceport at Newquay look set to take a massive blow next week when Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet decides to pull more than...

Planners reject hotel-to-flats proposal at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to demolish a former hotel in Newquay and replace it with a modern block of flats have been refused planning permission. The planning application to...

Cornwall is the “perfect example” of why planning rules should change, says Robert Jenrick

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Scandal-hit housing secretary Robert Jenrick has visited Cornwall to tell Conservative party supporters and local government figures that his proposed reform of planning...

Newquay spaceport: Branson heads back to the desert and gets ready to try again

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council might not have long to wait before learning if it needs to find an alternative operator for its proposed Newquay spaceport, as Richard Branson...

County Hall plans to spend £3.8 million for “trick cyclists” at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse and Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has revealed plans to build a £3.8 million centre for off-road cycling near Newquay. The council is leading on plans for...

Plans rejected for new development at North Cornwall beauty spot

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to demolish a beachfront house and replace it with two new homes have been refused permission due to the impact it would have on the...

Branson’s next rocket launch will not be before September – and it’s Space or Bust

By Peter Tremayne The next “test” flight of Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket could also be its last, if the rocket again fails, according to space flight analysts. This...

RyanAir halves the number of flights from Newquay to Spain, due to quarantine restrictions on passengers returning to UK

By Peter Tremayne Uncertainty over Covid-19 quarantine rules have led RyanAir to halve the number of flights between Newquay and Spain from the end of October. The airline is...

Blue on Blue contest looms as councillors decide which divisions to fight at May election

By Graham Smith The stage is set for a Conservative vs Conservative contest in at least one Cornwall Council ward at next May’s local elections, after sitting Tory councillor...

Councillor John Fitter quits Conservatives as shrinking council forces scramble for seats

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor John Fitter has quit the Conservative group following the Tories’ failure to select him as their candidate for next May’s elections. Tory group leader...

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...

Cornwall Pride cancelled after fundraising difficulties and fears of “backlash”

By Peter Tremayne A planned “live” Cornwall Pride event due to have taken place in Newquay at the end of the month has been cancelled due to fundraising difficulties...

Virgin confirms a leaky fuel pipe caused its rocket crash, posing new questions over Newquay spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has said its first attempted rocket launch failed because of a fuel-pipe rupture which will take several months to fix.  It means the timetable...

Branson says he’ll try again “very soon” to get his rocket into orbit

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has made its first public statement for several weeks about when the company might try again to launch its rocket, following the failure of...

You can still fly from Newquay to Alicante, but you’ll now have to quarantine for 14 days on your return

By Peter Tremayne RyanAir is continuing to offer flights between Newquay and Alicante despite the government’s emergency imposition of a 14-day Covid-19 quarantine rule. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab introduced...

Cornwall set to welcome electric rickshaws

By Richard Whitehouse Tuk tuks could be seen on the streets of Newquay next year after a licence was granted for a new company looking to run a service...