Newquay & St Columb local news

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...

EXCLUSIVE: “I’m in” says Branson, as Virgin puts cash on the table for Newquay Spaceport

21st November 2018 By Graham Smith The attempt to win more central and local government support for the development of a spaceport at Newquay is about to take a...

Branson’s rocket finally leaves the ground – but spaceflight is still some way off, and the clock is ticking

20th November 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite system has finally left the ground, to the relief of council and business officials in Cornwall who hope...

Branson concedes defeat in the race to test launch his satellite rocket this year

31st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project has been delayed again, with its first test flight not now expected until 1st January 2019.  Cornwall Council...

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...