Newquay & St Columb local news

To infinity, and beyond – Vote Tory for more tourism, as Newquay spaceport gets even more political

By Julia Penhaligon Three of Cornwall’s senior Conservative politicians have written to Richard Branson to distance themselves from the leader of Cornwall Council, who recently dismissed the idea of...

No space tourism from Newquay, Cornwall Council tells Branson

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has poured cold water on Richard Branson's suggestion that he might one day take tourists into orbit from the Newquay spaceport. Mr Branson is...

Now Branson wants to use Newquay for launching tourists into space

By Richard Whitehouse Richard Branson has hinted that space tourism flights could take off from Spaceport Cornwall. The Virgin boss is already part of the Spaceport Cornwall project through...

Tuesday night’s fire destroyed 25% of rare wildlife site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said that about a quarter of its nature reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb was destroyed by Tuesday night’s arson attack, which...

EasyJet confirms new routes to Newquay Airport – if Covid rules permit

By Peter Tremayne EasyJet has confirmed that it will operate at least two new domestic routes from Cornwall Airport Newquay this summer, from just £22.99.  Cornwall Reports forecast the...

Huge gorse fire lights up the sky over Cornwall

Flames could be seen for miles.  Thousands of people took to social media to swap theories, ranging from alien invasion to atomic bomb blast.  A similar fire broke out...

Journalist Mike Trevail, who for decades covered sport, Newquay and Truro Crown Court, dies aged 86

By Graham Smith The journalist Mike Trevail has died, aged 86, at his family home in Truro.  He covered news and sport in Cornwall for more than 60 years....

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Councillors try to get a grip on the “out of control” Saints Way cycle trail

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s flagship “Saints Way” cycle trail was savaged by County Hall’s audit committee yesterday (Friday) as officials were forced to admit that...

Covid-19: 200 people from Cornwall took part in the development of the latest vaccine

By Anne North The latest Covid-19 vaccine was developed partly in Cornwall. Although the giant pharmaceutical company, Novovax, is based in the United States, and the vaccine will be...

Thinking of a cheap holiday in Portugal? You might have to stay in a Newquay quarantine hotel on your return

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall is in line to see compulsory quarantine hotels unless there is a significant improvement in the decline of Covid-19 infection. The prospect of new quarantine...

Planners refuse permission to convert St Columb Minor Methodist chapel to housing

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have refused to grant planning permission for a former Methodist church to be converted into housing. John Lenton had applied for planning permission to...

Cornwall’s flagship “Saints Trails” project is way over budget and more than a year behind schedule, says audit report

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s flagship “Saints Trails” cycle project is behind schedule and heading for a massive overspend, according to an official and highly critical report due to...

Sits Vac: Cornwall spaceport seeks its first apprentice, as new boss looks forward to Newquay’s first rocket launch next year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s proposed spaceport is advertising for an apprentice business administrator.  The job has a salary of £16,822 and applications close on 1st February. The job is...

Branson in orbit – Cornwall Council breathes a huge sigh of relief as tycoon’s triumph keeps Newquay spaceport alive

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s £10 million gamble on a Newquay spaceport suddenly looks like a much more manageable risk, after Richard Branson successfully deployed satellites to orbit last...

Branson’s rocket reaches orbit for the first time – making aeronautical engineering history, and dramatically boosting hopes for a Newquay spaceport

By Graham Smith Richard Branson appears to have successfully launched his rocket into space - the first time anyone in the world has ever used a horizontal launch technique...

Two of Cornwall’s Tory MPs “raise concerns” about the impact of Brexit deal on fishing communities

By Richard Whitehouse Two pro-Brexit Cornish MPs have challenged fellow Cornish MP and Secretary of State George Eustice over the impact of the European Union trade deal on the...

Clear skies in California mean Branson will try to fire his rocket at 6pm this afternoon

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council and Newquay spaceport officials will be following their Twitter accounts closely this afternoon (Sunday) for news of Richard Branson’s second attempt to reach orbit....

It this the final countdown? Branson aims to fire his rocket at 3pm tomorrow, as Newquay Spaceport announces new trio to take charge

By Peter Tremayne Spaceport Cornwall, due to host Britain’s first horizontal-launch satellite system at Newquay Airport, has appointed Melissa Thorpe as interim project director. Her appointment brings to three...