Newquay & St Columb local news

Branson has still not signed a contract to launch any satellites from Newquay, as clock counts down to first launch in 9 months

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has still not signed any contract to operate from the Newquay spaceport, councillors heard yesterday (Thursday.) Spaceport bosses told the Newquay Airport consultative forum...

Winter flights from Newquay to London should “resume as soon as possible,” says airport boss

By Peter Tremayne Flights from Newquay to London look set to end next week – but could resume four weeks later, councillors heard yesterday (Thursday.) Newquay Airport manager Pete...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Announcement on Newquay-London flights subsidy “within days”

By Peter Tremayne A new “Public Service Obligation” taxpayer subsidy to fly commercial passenger aircraft between Newquay and London could be announced within days, the St Austell and Newquay...

Only 9 months to go before Branson launches his rocket from Newquay, promises spaceport boss

By Peter Tremayne A countdown, of sorts, is underway at Newquay “spaceport” in anticipation of the first satellite launch.  For the first time, a “launch window” has been set...

UK Space Agency rules out a move to Cornwall, as Boris Johnson’s Kernow Sat project is yet to progress from the think tank

By Graham Smith The UK Space Agency has confirmed that it has no plans to relocate to Cornwall.  The idea was floated by St Austell and Newquay MP Steve...

Talks “are continuing” over taxpayer subsidy for Newquay-London flights

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council officials are in a race against time to save the air link between Newquay airport and London. Unless a deal is done within the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “enhanced” status will see door-to-door campaign urging vaccination

By Anne North Cornwall is set to be blitzed with Covid information next week, including a door-to-door campaign urging everyone over the age of 16 to get vaccinated. Cornwall...

Our new cycle hub vision is bigger and better than the original, and that is why it is now twice as expensive, says Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has explained why its proposed “cycle hub” at Newquay has doubled in price in only 12 months.  County Hall says the latest vision is...

Covid-19: EXCLUSIVE – Newquay’s Boardmasters festival did not cause a new variant, say scientists

By Anne North The Newquay Boardmasters festival did not cause a new variant of Covid-19, according to scientists. Health chiefs think the festival caused more than 5,000 new cases,...

EXCLUSIVE: Time is running out for any taxpayer-bailout to keep aircraft flying between Newquay and London

By Peter Tremayne Time is running out for the government and Cornwall Council to agree any subsidy for flights between Newquay airport and London. There is an eerie quiet...

Cornwall’s proposed Cycle Hub doubles in price in only 12 months, as County Hall starts its search for £7 million

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has revealed that a “cycle hub” to be built on council-owned land near Newquay has nearly doubled in price in only 12 months. In...

EXCLUSIVE: Defence helicopter firm set to quit Newquay

By Peter Tremayne A Newquay-based helicopter company which trains crews for civilian firms, emergency services, military and defence contractors is quitting Cornwall, with the loss of several jobs locally....

EXCLUSIVE: The Covid-19 postcode lottery which says that if you don’t wear a mask on the Isles of Scilly you won’t be allowed to fly, but when you land at Newquay it’s a matter of individual choice

By Anne North A major change in the government’s Covid vaccination policy, offering jabs to children aged 12-15, is expected this week, councillors on the Isles of Scilly heard...

Some of Cornwall’s 11-year-olds will get their first Covid test this week, as government scientists warn that returning schools will trigger another “exponential” increase in Covid infection

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some of Cornwall’s schools return this week in an atmosphere of acute confusion over Covid rules. Neither the government nor Cornwall Council has issued any clear...

Watching the detectives: scientists poised to unwrap the DNA of Newquay’s sewage to find out if a new “Cornish” variant is behind the exponential increase in local Covid infection

By Graham Smith The government’s five week “enhanced” response to Cornwall’s extremely high Covid  infection is to be reviewed in the week beginning 27th September, three weeks after schools...

Covid-19: Newquay is now seven times more dangerous than England, as County Hall prepares “stay safe” publicity blitz

By Anne North Several parts of Cornwall are now recording Covid rates in excess of 1,000 per 100,000 population – all of them popular tourist hotspots.  There are currently...

The new Covid map of England: Cancellation of Bristol Pride festival poses more questions for Cornwall, as different local councils descend into “two tiers” of public health protection

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay is preparing to host the 2021 Cornwall Pride festival tomorrow (Friday) despite the cancellation of a similar event in Bristol. The Newquay festival is going...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate has trebled since “Freedom Day” only one month ago

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate saw another huge increase yesterday (Wednesday) and now stands at 771.3 per 100,000 population, the highest in mainland Britain.  The average for...

Despite Covid concerns, Newquay gets ready for Cornwall Pride event this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The 2021 Cornwall Pride event is due to take place in Newquay this weekend, drawing thousands to celebrate diversity and in particular the LGBT community. With...