Newquay & St Columb local news

Flybe shares drop to just 19 pence after another profits warning

18th October 2018 By Anne North Flybe shares have dropped to only 19 pence after the airline issued a profits warning, with annual losses worsening to £22 million.  Earlier...

Buddy, can you spare £25 million? The Bloodhound supersonic car runs out of cash, less than a year after Newquay trial run

15th October 2018 By Anne North The company behind the Bloodhound supersonic car – which aims to hit speeds of 1,000mph – has gone into administration. Bloodhound Programme Ltd,...

Branson delays his satellite rocket, adding another two weeks of doubt to Newquay’s spaceport uncertainty

12th October 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson has postponed the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite delivery rocket.  The air-launched system was due to have been...

At last – a date to start the Branson Countdown, and consider the future of a Newquay Spaceport

2nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Virgin is just two weeks away from the first test launch of its satellite delivery rocket.  No-one will be watching more closely than...

Cornwall Council by-elections result in two additional committee seats for Tories

11th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives have gained an additional two committee seats on Cornwall Council, following their recent by-election victory in Newquay. New councillor Mark Formosa...

Grayling to rule on the future of Cornwall’s air link to London

4th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne A decision is imminent over whether the Newquay air link to London will fly to Gatwick or Stansted after the current Public Service...

Council’s central area planners face a busy day

3rd September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Developers wanting to build new homes and an extension will all find out whether they will be granted planning permission today (Monday.) Cornwall...

Newquay Spaceport waits and watches as Virgin Orbit attempts critical test flight of launcher rocket

29th August 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project, hoping to launch at least three satellites from Newquay within three years, is about to reach a critical...

Newquay gets ready for Cornwall Pride festival

22nd August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Preparations are well underway for a colourful parade through Newquay on Saturday (25th) to mark the annual Cornwall Pride festival. The parade is...

EXCLUSIVE: Spaceport Cornwall – full details of the costs so far

16th August 2018 By Graham Smith The total cost, so far, of developing a Cornwall spaceport is £350,000, according to a Freedom of Information answer.  This figure does not...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council says it did investigate Branson over spaceport deal – but won’t say what it found

14th August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has confirmed that it DID carry out a due diligence inquiry into Richard Branson before signing a Memorandum of Understanding about...

Farnborough cost £13,275, while Cornwall now waits for Branson to get off the ground in California

11th August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s participation in the Farnborough Air Show, to announce the already-known “memorandum of understanding” with Virgin Orbit about a possible Newquay spaceport,...

Tories win Newquay by-election as Lib Dem vote falls 30%

10th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives are today (Friday) celebrating a stunning Cornwall Council by-election victory in the Newquay Treviglas division, taking the seat from the Liberal...

Polling day in Newquay by-election

9th August 2018 By Peter Tremayne Voters in Newquay go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect a Cornwall councillor.  The by-election was caused by the death of Paul...

EXCLUSIVE – How Israel tries to influence Cornwall’s MPs

7th August 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party activists might be forgiven for feeling frustrated at their party leadership’s continuing squabble over what is and what is not anti-Semitic...

Tourism minister visits Newquay airport

30th July 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tourism minister Michael Ellis MP has visited Newquay airport as part of a tour of the south west. He was met by local...

Police investigate St Columb machete attack

30th July 2018 By Peter Tremayne Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed with a machete in St Columb. Officers were called by an ambulance crew...

Branson’s new personal best – Virgin flies higher than ever in the race to put tourists in space

27th July 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project reached twice the speed of sound, and flew higher than ever before, during its third rocket-powered test flight...

Spaceports cost money: the battle for Cornwall’s hearts, minds and wallets gets underway

24th July 2018 By Peter Tremayne The first shots in what looks like being a long-running “spaceport” charm offensive were fired this morning (Tuesday) when Cornwall Council installed a...

California dreaming: will Branson’s bird actually fly? The new age space race and what it means for Cornwall

22nd July 2018 By Graham Smith Space enthusiasts are watching closely the progress of Richard Branson’s first attempt to fly his LauncherOne satellite delivery system.  Some reports in the...