Newquay & St Columb local news

Organisers reveal the Tour of Britain cycle race route, from Penzance to Bodmin

By Julia Penhaligon Details have been announced of the Cornwall stage of next year’s Tour of Britain cycle race.  It will start in Penzance and finish in Bodmin. The...

Newquay Airport boss quits

By Peter Tremayne The man who has masterminded the growth of Newquay Airport over the past 10 years has resigned to take up a new position at Birmingham Airport....

Cornwall Council votes 66-34 to spend £12 million on Newquay spaceport, as protestors watch in dismay

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors today (Tuesday) voted 66-34, with one abstention, to commit £12 million towards building and operating a spaceport at Newquay. Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion climate...

Countdown to the spaceport vote, with Branson still on the ground while CDC flies high (and often)

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is poised to vote £12 million to build and run a Newquay spaceport tomorrow (Tuesday) despite the failure of its sole operating partner to...

How to get from three Newquay spaceport jobs to 2,000 spaceport jobs (plus another 8,000, really) without actually launching a rocket

A year is a long time in space politics.  Above, the official forecast number of jobs in 2018, while beneath, the official report going to councillors on Tuesday.

Is Branson selling out Newquay? Daily flights to Heathrow look set to end next year, with passengers forced to fly to Southend instead

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson appears poised to snatch Newquay airport’s Heathrow landing and take-off slots and use them for more lucrative international routes – leaving Cornish passengers who...

We have other options if Branson’s bird doesn’t fly, say County Hall spaceport enthusiasts

By Anne North Cornwall Council is hoping to develop an alternative “Plan B” and a “Plan C” for its Newquay spaceport project in the event that Richard Branson is...

Should Cornwall Council draw a veil over the Newquay spaceport idea until after the general election?

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors are waiting to see if the general election has de-railed their officials’ enthusiasm for a £12 million vote next week to build a Newquay...

More question marks over Newquay spaceport, as Branson’s rocket hits more snags, and will not fly this year

By Graham Smith Another year goes by.  Richard Branson’s first attempt to get a rocket into orbit has been delayed again, until 31st December at the earliest. Within days...

Branson gets his hands on the taxpayers’ cash, despite getting nothing into orbit (yet)

By Peter Tremayne The government last night handed over millions of pounds to tax-exile Richard Branson to help subsidise his planned use of a spaceport at Newquay. Science minister...

The taxpayers’ cash is coming to us, Virgin tells Cornwall Council, as Branson delays yet again

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has further delayed the first test flight of his LauncherOne rocket, even as a senior executive from Virgin Orbit was telling Cornwall councillors that...

Branson launches yet another space company, despite on-the-ground set-backs

By Graham Smith Richard Branson might not have been able to launch any satellites, so far, but that has not stopped him launching a new company intended to visit...

Mebyon Kernow confirms it will contest only one Cornish constituency at general election

By Graham Smith Mebyon Kernow has confirmed that it will field only one candidate in the 12th December general election. Party leader Dick Cole, a Cornwall councillor and a...

Richard Branson finally manages to launch something – an online petition, calling on Cornwall Council to scrap its spaceport and spend the money on essential projects and services instead

By Julia Penhaligon Plans to build Spaceport Cornwall, at a cost to taxpayers of £20 million, have run into a space-age problem – the online petition. Launched only a...

EXCLUSIVE SPACEPORT UPDATE: Cornwall’s nature lovers cool their ardour, as Branson now says he wants to go to Mars

By Graham Smith The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership (LNP) has significantly backtracked on its alleged support for a Newquay spaceport.  The LNP is an umbrella...

Branson delays again – there will be no rocket launch before Cornwall councillors’ briefing on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if a special “spaceport” briefing for Cornwall councillors, scheduled for next Friday (1st November), will have to be held in the absence of...

Huge increase in the number of flights taken by County Hall staff threatens to undermine climate battle

By Graham Smith The number of domestic flights taken by Cornwall Council officers has trebled in the past two years, according to a Freedom of Information answer.  The number...

End of the Stratolaunch dream eases pressure on Virgin Orbit – still hoping for its first powered flight on 1st November

By Graham Smith One of the world’s most talked-about horizontal-launch spaceflight companies has been taken over by a mystery buyer, months after ceasing operations and laying off most of...

That’s the way to do it! US “Pegasus” system amazes the world with horizontal-launch of NASA satellite, as time runs out for Richard Branson and Newquay

By Graham Smith An American defence company last night successfully put a NASA satellite into orbit, having taken off – horizontally - from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The success of...

Newquay spaceport fans look to tonight’s skies over Florida

By Graham Smith Some of the technical challenges facing any horizontal-launch satellite system will come under scrutiny within the next 24 hours – with important lessons for anyone hoping...