Newquay & St Columb local news

Branson delays again – until 29th May – suggesting problems in California

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has announced a long delay to the first powered flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket, only days after the previous postponement. The billionaire’s bid...

Branson’s rocket now not going anywhere until 30th April, at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has again postponed the first powered test flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket, with implications for any spaceport at Newquay. The latest rescheduling follows...

Newquay to Heathrow route takes off

By Graham Smith Flights have resumed between Newquay and London’s Heathrow airport – for the first time in a quarter of a century.  Passengers had been able to fly...

Pause, Repeat: Virgin Orbit again delays first test flight of satellite rocket

By Peter Tremayne The first powered test flight of the rocket propulsion system on which every aspect of a Newquay spaceport depends has again been postponed. Virgin Orbit had...

A Newquay spaceport? We’re waiting for Branson, councillors told

By Peter Tremayne The first powered test flight of Richard Branson’s LauncerOne satellite rocket might not be until May, Cornwall councillors were told this morning (Friday.) Miles Carden, project...

Space minister to visit Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Space minister Chris Skidmore is to visit Cornwall next month, for an update on plans to develop a spaceport at Newquay. Mr Skidmore made the announcement...

Newquay taxi drivers want police protection after threats from passengers

By Richard Whitehouse Taxi drivers in Newquay say they are coming under increasing abuse from customers, with some being threatened with knives. Now the cabbies have called for a...

Summercourt homes approved – on condition that they are for holidaymakers only

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build 38 new homes and a leisure centre at a holiday park have been approved but they can only be used as holiday homes....

Branson delays again – Newquay spaceport can only watch, and wait

By Anne North It is becoming routine: every fortnight, Richard Branson delays the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. Virgin Orbit has now been talking about its...

Labour countdown to St Austell & Newquay selection

By Anne North Labour Party hopefuls who fancy challenging St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double at the next general election have only a few more days to throw...

On yer bike! Cornwall’s cyclists get £17 million to help pedal off the A30, west of Truro

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s cyclists are to benefit from a £17 million upgrade to cycle lanes along the A30, particularly to the west of Truro. Highways England has announced...

Branson delays again – now hopes for first test flight on 15th March

By Anne North The prospect of a Newquay spaceport took a further step backwards today (Wednesday) when Richard Branson again delayed the first test flight of his Virgin Orbit...

A Newquay Spaceport? UK Space Agency says horizontal-launch cash will be offered drekkly

By Peter Tremayne The UK Space Agency has said that it still sees “horizontal launch” satellite systems as relevant, and still plans to invest £2 million to help stimulate...

Will there ever be a Newquay spaceport? Virgin delays its first satellite rocket test, again (and again)

By Graham Smith The prospect of satellites ever being launched into orbit from Newquay took another step backwards today (Wednesday) when Virgin Orbit again delayed its first test launch....

Cornwall’s Tories get ready for a snap general election as one way out of Brexit chaos

By Julia Penhaligon A further sign that another snap general election could be called within weeks came on Friday night when one of Cornwall’s Conservative Associations re-adopted its sitting...

Virgin postpones again – no need to stay up late on Monday

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s first attempt to launch a satellite rocket has again been postponed, taking him perilously close to a deadline with his NASA contract.  The delay...

Newquay watches and waits: will Branson actually reach space today – or is space just getting closer?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Richard Branson might be able to claim, later today (Thursday), that he has delivered on his promise to put a Virgin craft into space – although...

Here is the full list of which parts of Cornwall recycle their waste and which areas don’t. There’s something funny going on in Newquay

25th November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council has now published the full data set of which local wards are best at recycling waste – now also showing which...

Virgin confirms interest in buying Flybe

23rd November 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it is in talks to buy the troubled airline Flybe, which operates from Newquay airport. Flybe put...

Flybe to offer Newquay-Heathrow route from April

22nd November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Flights from Newquay airport to London are to switch from Gatwick to Heathrow airport next year. The change will cut journey time to...