Newquay & St Columb local news

“Nightmare” Saints Trail cycle path set to face further scrutiny

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall officials are coming under pressure to provide more information about the Saints Trail cycle path to the west of Truro, which has had to...

Branson’s rocket reaches the skies: next stop Newquay

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson last night (Thursday) successfully launched his rocket into orbit in the skies over California.  It is his third successful launch and paves the way...

Branson says his rocket is “Go For Launch” tonight

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson says he will launch his rocket this evening, with the California take off then clearing the way for his next launch – from Cornwall...

Branson delays again – his rocket launch now rescheduled to tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne Nerves are jangling at Newquay’s spaceport over Richard Branson’s next attempt to launch a satellite. The tycoon had been due to take off from California today...

Flights to Cornwall should be carbon-neutral by 2040, say councillors – but officials urge caution

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to debate the impact of Newquay Airport on climate change.  It will be the first time councillors have been able to challenge the...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall’s satellite gets the go-ahead, with UK Space Agency “confident of launch at the earliest opportunity”

By Peter Tremayne The government has approved the business case for Cornwall’s first-ever satellite.  The Kernow Sat-1 was given the green light on 3rd December, but so far there...

Cornwall in space? Kernow Sat-1 is still on the drawing board, as countdown continues to June launch

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is promising to release more details of the Kernow Sat-1 satellite project next month, as doubts grow that it will be ready to launch...

We’re still expecting Branson’s rocket in Cornwall this summer, say space chiefs

By Peter Tremayne Officials at the UK Space Agency are still expecting Richard Branson to launch a satellite from Cornwall this summer, despite the tycoon’s pre-Christmas social media announcement...

Covid-19: Newquay suffers the worst Christmas hangover as Cornwall now has five “red list” clusters

By Anne North Cornwall now has five “red list” Covid clusters, with Newquay West the worst affected at 1,152.2 new daily cases per 100,000 population – higher than the...

Plans to expand Porthtowan holiday park unanimously rejected

By Richard Whitehouse A holiday park has been prevented from expanding after councillors unanimously refused planning permission for 32 more holiday lodges. Towan Valley Limited, owners of Towan Valley...

Branson says his rocket is not coming to Cornwall until 2023 – and he is working for spooks, rather than the promised environmental concerns

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There is further uncertainty over whether Richard Branson will launch a satellite from Cornwall in June, after his Virgin Orbit company Tweeted news that it is...

Branson delays again – will he really take off from Newquay in only six months?

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has again postponed the launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket, putting more question marks over when – indeed, if – it will take...

Fly Newquay – Dublin from 29th April

By Peter Tremayne Emerald Airlines has announced that it aims to operate flights from Newquay to Dublin starting on 29th April.  A single ticket will cost around £50. Emerald...

Kernow Sat-1 details “soon” promises County Hall, saying some information might breach arms’ control rules

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has promised to publish soon more details of its “Kernow Sat-1” satellite, due to be launched from Newquay next summer. The satellite is due...

Newquay Airport promoting cheap “winter break” flights to Newcastle

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport, which is wholly-owned by Cornwall Council, is trying to persuade people to take cheap flights to Newcastle. The airport has emailed subscribers to its...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate appears to be out of control, rising another 25% in a week

By Anne North There are signs that Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is now out of control and increasing exponentially, after a further rise of 25% in seven days.  The...

Branson delays again – will his rocket really take off from Cornwall next year?

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has postponed his latest proposed launch of a satellite rocket.  His Cosmic Girl aircraft had been due to take off from Guam, in the...

I voted in favour of Covid face masks, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double is asking Parliamentary authorities to correct their official record of Tuesday’s Covid face coverings’ vote, which shows that he...

Cormac in the firing line over Saints Trail omnishambles

By Richard Whitehouse The Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council has admitted that plans to create new cycle trails across Cornwall are a “mess” and he is not certain they...