Newquay & St Columb local news

NASA gives Branson another two months to show he can put satellites into orbit

By Graham Smith NASA has given Richard Branson another two months to get his satellite rocket LauncherOne into orbit. The Virgin tycoon, who is encouraging Cornwall Council to build...

EXCLUSIVE: Newquay Airport preparing for the harsh reality of a No Deal Brexit

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport and the airlines which operate from Cornwall are bracing themselves for the impact of a No Deal Brexit, after the government’s bombshell announcement that...

Another day, another Branson delay – there will be no test flight before Cornwall Council’s next cabinet meeting, leaving spaceport in limbo

By Graham Smith Space is difficult – as Richard Branson is finding out the hard way.  Having pulled the plug on Monday’s scheduled test launch of his Virgin Orbit...

I think we’re on the same side, Brexit Party candidate tells St Austell & Newquay’s Conservative MP

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A curious show of affection has broken out between St Austell & Newquay’s Conservative MP and his Brexit Party rival. Mr Double is one of Cornwall’s...

Branson cancels again – is this the end for a Newquay spaceport?

By Graham Smith Richard Branson has slammed the brakes on the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit LauncherOne satellite system, which had been due to take off from...

Cornwall can only wait and watch as Branson’s huge space gamble tries to reach orbit for the first time

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of proposals for a £20 million spaceport at Newquay rest on an experiment over the skies of California next week. Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit...

Brexit Party picks candidate to challenge St Austell & Newquay’s Steve Double

By Anne North The Brexit Party has announced a second candidate to fight a Cornish seat in a general election. Robin Koerner is to contest the St Austell and...

Chiverton Cross “flyover” for bikes at the heart of new cycle routes West of Truro

By Graham Smith Residents of the St Agnes-Truro-Newquay area are being urged to have their say about new cycle routes.  The most eye-catching proposal is a new bridge over...

Branson takes satellite company to court after it ditched Virgin Orbit in favour of European launch system

By Graham Smith A satellite company which had been relying on Virgin Orbit to put its hardware into space has cancelled its contract with Richard Branson and deployed with...

Spaceport Cornwall waits and watches, as Branson’s final countdown gets underway in California

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The countdown is now underway for the first powered flight of Richard Branson’s LauncherOne satellite system, which the tycoon hopes to operate from Newquay within two...

Whipsiderry beach closed because of fears over cliff stability

By Peter Tremayne There are new fears about the stability of cliffs at Whipsiderry Beach, Newquay.  Coastguards are warning of rock falls and possible landslips. The warning follows concerns...

Boardmasters cancellation – it has happened before

mell3tt Last night’s decision to cancel the Boardmasters music festival at Newquay, leaving around 50,000 would-be revellers with nothing to do for the next three days, was not the...

Boardmasters cancelled due to weather fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Newquay Boardmasters music festival has been cancelled, just hours before today’s scheduled opening of the three-day event. Organisers blamed the forecast wet and windy weather. ...

Climate scientists keen to get their hands on County Hall’s spaceport study

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s scientific community is bracing itself for a robust exchange of views as it awaits an Exeter University report on the “carbon footprint” of the proposed...

GWR to provide 9,000 extra passenger seats for next week’s Boardmasters festival

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Great Western Railway is planning to provide more than 9,000 extra train seats to help get passengers to next week’s Boardmasters Festival at Newquay.  The company...

Lottery cash to help new management approach for Cornwall’s important sand dunes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two of Cornwall’s most important sand dunes are to benefit from a £4 million National Lottery grant. The dunes at Penhale, and at the Towans, both...

Built by taxpayers, another piece of Newquay Aerohub goes for sale

By Anne North Cornwall Council appears poised to sell another plot of development land at the Newquay Aerohub, the “enterprise zone” business park next to the airport. A confidential...

Cornwall Council declares war on climate change – but there are still questions about Truro New Town, stadium and spaceport

By Richard Whitehouse Decisions made in future by Cornwall Council will be assessed to see whether they comply with the council’s aims to tackle climate change.  It is not...

Steve Double is first with the warm words, as Boris Johnson considers his ministerial material

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double seems to have beaten his five Cornish MP colleagues to be the first with a statement on Boris Johnson....

More questions than answers, as spaceport chiefs navigate a course towards November’s £12 million vote

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors will be asked to vote £12 million for Richard Branson’s proposed satellite launch system at their meeting in November, County Hall heard today (Tuesday.)...