Newquay & St Columb local news

Taiwan diplomats tour North Cornwall

By Anne North The Taiwanese Representative – an important diplomatic figure for trade and economic relations – visited North Cornwall yesterday (Friday) for a two-day tour of Newquay, Padstow...

EXCLUSIVE – Four companies quit Cornwall’s Aerohub last year rather than pay business rates

By Graham Smith More than a third of businesses based at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone have quit the site because they were asked to pay rates. Four out...

Labour Party selects Felicity Owen as Parliamentary candidate in St Austell & Newquay

By Peter Tremayne The Labour Party has selected Felicity Owen as its Parliamentary candidate for the St Austell & Newquay constituency. Ms Owen, a former director of Public Health...

Masked man arrested in Newquay for threatening people with knife

By Peter Tremayne Police in Newquay have arrested a man wearing a "Friday 13th"-style mask and brandishing a meat cleaver, who chased people in the seaside resort. It happened...

Newquay trampoline park to open on 19th July

By Richard Whitehouse Newquay Trampoline Park, next to the town’s Waterworld, is set to open its doors on 19th July. The attraction is being built by GLL, the company...

Fly direct from Newquay to Copenhagen

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay airport has announced a new route to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The summer-only service will launch later this month (21st June) and will continue until...

Full Environmental Impact Assessment before we build spaceport, pledges council leader

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has promised a full Environmental Impact Assessment before going ahead with the construction of a spaceport at Newquay. In a move...

Branson delays again – the first LauncherOne test will not now be before 31st August

By Graham Smith Richard Branson has again delayed the first test-launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. The project has been postponed dozens of times over the past two...

Climate campaigner criticises Cornwall Council over spaceport ambitions

By Richard Whitehouse Environmental campaigners have hit out at Cornwall Council for supporting Spaceport Cornwall saying it contradicts its work on climate change. The council announced that it was...

Richard Branson’s mission into space will be shared around the world

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit today (Thursday) announced it has signed a deal to launch satellites into space from an airbase in Japan. It is the sixth...

Waiting for Branson: Cornwall’s taxpayers will be forced to gamble on spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall councillors seem certain to approve the spending of £12 million on the construction of the Newquay spaceport, despite last year’s promise from chief executive Kate...

Taxpayers to spend more than £20 million to build Newquay spaceport, contrary to last year’s promise of a “commercial” project

By Graham Smith Taxpayers are to spend more than £20 million developing the Newquay spaceport. Cornwall Council aims to contribute £12 million, with £7.85 million from the UK Space...

Planning Inspector rules against Cornwall Council and lifts holiday-only restrictions on 38 homes at Summercourt

By Graham Smith A planning inspector has granted permission for 38 new homes on land at a golf and country club which was destroyed by fire 18 months ago. ...

New long-stay car park opens at Newquay airport

By Julia Penhaligon A new long-stay car park has opened at Newquay airport, offering up to 50% discount if pre-booked. The 94-space car park is for passengers looking to...

While the UK space minister visits Newquay, an American billionaire puts 60 satellites into orbit

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Space minister Chris Skidmore was in Cornwall this morning (Friday) to hear about plans for Spaceport Cornwall which he said was “an incredibly...

Cornwall to host international space conference – but the promise of thousands of jobs is still some way from being realised

By Graham Smith Cornwall is to host an international conference about the future of the space industry.  The event will be at the Goonhilly Earth Station in September. The...

Newquay spaceport invited to bid for part of new £2 million UK-wide fund for further development

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s proposed spaceport at Newquay is being invited to bid for a share of a £2 million government fund to help develop horizontal spaceflight. The fund...

Newquay-London passenger numbers increase after switch from Gatwick to Heathrow

By Julia Penhaligon The switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airports appears to have contributed to a 4% growth in passenger numbers flying from Newquay to London. Newquay airport says...

Cornwall’s GPs encouraged to refer youngsters with mental health issues to Newquay surf charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doctors in Cornwall are being encouraged to send youngsters with anxiety and self-esteem issues for surf-therapy, as a way of supporting conventional mental health treatments. The...

Newquay bar accuses police of “misinformation” after licensing extension refused

By Richard Whitehouse A Newquay bar which was denied permission to extend its opening hours has accused the police of spreading “misinformation” over drugs being sold in the venue....