Newquay & St Columb local news

Branson’s rocket due to fly early tomorrow – with its next launch from Newquay, if everything works

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s spaceport enthusiasts face a sleepless night tonight (Wednesday) as they await news of Richard Branson’s latest rocket launch, expected to be around 5am tomorrow UK...

Newquay Airport Forum members told not to share information

By Peter Tremayne Members of the new Newquay Airport Consultative Forum have been forced to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements to ensure that information does not “leak” from their meetings. The...

Cornwall’s first space flight postponed until September

By Peter Tremayne A new date has been set for the first rocket launch from Cornwall’s spaceport – 8th September. Spaceport bosses and Cornwall Council had previously said the...

Newquay Airport wants £11.5 million from the taxpayer by 2025 but refuses to say why or how it plans to spend the money

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport bosses’ attempts to defend the secrecy surrounding their new “consultative forum” descended into farce last night when they issued a statement saying they were...

The silence of the lambs: with Newquay Airport now in the hands of estate agents, its “consultative forum” looks set to defy government transparency guidelines and hold its meetings in secret

By Peter Tremayne Town and parish councils around Newquay Airport are furious that they have been excluded from a “consultative forum” which is supposed to provide transparency and confidence...

EXCLUSIVE: without involving a single elected councillor, County Hall calls in estate agents to consider the future of Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport is in now the hands of the world’s biggest estate agent. Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), based in Dallas, Texas, has been hired to...

Bee rustlers steal five hives at St Newlyn East

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Thieves have stolen nearly 400,000 bees from a country house at St Newlyn East, Newquay. The theft was discovered at Tresillian House on Sunday.  Five hives...

Council leader’s tour of Cornwall is “good value for money”

By Graham Smith The tour of Cornwall by County Hall leader councillor Linda Taylor is “good value for money,” she insisted this week. Councillor Taylor faced questions from councillors...

EXCLUSIVE: Saints Trail inquiry “will not attribute blame” as councillors face long wait for answers

By Peter Tremayne It will be several months before Cornwall Council is able to explain what went wrong with its chaotic £19 million Saints Trail cycle path project, part...

Under the radar, County Hall is thinking of its next big idea: the incredible shrinking airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport is on course to become smaller, as Cornwall Council continues its “review” of the loss-making venture which costs local taxpayers millions of pounds a...

Another delay: Cornwall’s satellite will not be launched this year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s satellite will not after all be launched into orbit on the first rocket to take off from Newquay, despite the promise made by Boris Johnson...

Steve Double is the first of Cornwall’s MPs to welcome a windfall tax on energy companies – eight days after voting against the idea

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay’s Steve Double has become the first of Cornwall’s MPs to declare his full-throated support for the government’s package of emergency measures to...

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

A new look for the Newquay skyline? Manchester property developer plans 13-storey complex

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Newquay’s coastline has been subjected to the ravages of the tourism industry for more than 100 years, but new plans for a 13-storey seafront development have...

New secondary school for 1,350 students to open at Perranporth – in September 2025

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Truro and Penwith Academy Trust looks set to strengthen its grip on Cornwall’s education system with news that a “free school” is to open at...

No rocket launch from Cornwall to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee

By Peter Tremayne Suggestions that Cornwall’s first mission into space might take place to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee appear to have been squashed with the news from...

EXCLUSIVE: the latest wheeze to make money at Newquay Airport involves simulated zero-gravity rides in “the Fun Zone”

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport could be the launchpad for high-altitude “parabolic” flights which simulate zero-gravity, if negotiations between two companies ever bear fruit. Blue Abyss, which for nearly...

County Hall U-Turn as Cornwall Council decides it does want some Levelling Up cash after all – but how much thought has gone into the shopping list of ideas?

By Graham Smith County Hall has named four projects it is asking the government to support with “Levelling Up” cash.  Some will raise eyebrows, particularly a sports stadium at...

Planners recommend refusal of permission for Perranporth skatepark

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The battle for a skatepark at Perranporth is set to be resumed next week, when Cornwall’s planners again consider an application which has divided local opinion....

St Austell & Newquay Tories will again back Steve Double at next general election

By Julia Penhaligon Conservatives in St Austell and Newquay have re-adopted Steve Double MP to be their Parliamentary candidate at the next general election. While the move is not...