Newquay & St Columb local news

easyJet now flying from Newquay to Birmingham and Inverness

By Peter Tremayne easyJet is introducing two new routes from Newquay Airport, to Birmingham and Inverness.  One-way fares start at £22.99. The new routes join easyJet routes from Newquay...

Branson’s rocket delayed again

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has again rescheduled its planned launched of a satellite rocket, delaying take-off by a week.  The LauncherOne had been due to take off from...

Competition intensifies in the horizontal launch space-race

By Peter Tremayne The commercial pressure on Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company has increased after a rival company successfully put a satellite into space from a horizontal launch. The...

Newquay Airport flights to Dublin, and Belfast, hit by collapse of Stobart Air

By Peter Tremayne Flights between Newquay and Dublin, and Belfast, have been cancelled with immediate effect following the collapse of Stobart Air, which operated the routes on behalf of...

The plague summit? Covid-19 returns to Carbis Bay and other G7 sites

By Anne North The number of new Covid cases in Cornwall is now rising rapidly, with the latest official data recording 12.4 cases per 100,000 population – nearly five...

Covid-19: a fourth cluster in Cornwall, as new cases jump from 2.8 to 8.9 in less than a week

A fourth cluster has appeared this afternoon (Friday) on Cornwall’s Covid map - at Newquay. The rolling average number of new cases has also increased to 8.9 per 100,000 population. ...

Space race hots up as rival companies attempt horizontal launches

By Peter Tremayne The race to develop a commercially-viable horizontal-launch system for low-orbit satellites is set to intensify this weekend, as the Northrop Grumman space company attempts a “top...

Covid-19: Is the G7 Summit a “super-spreader” event? Cornwall records another cluster as St Ives hotel closes

By Anne North A third cluster has appeared on Cornwall’s Covid map – in Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse and Constantine.  It joins St Columb, and Bodmin, which have also appeared...

Newquay Airport passengers arriving from Portugal now face quarantine – but only if they agree to follow the rules

By Peter Tremayne The government’s latest travel advice on overseas holidays has brought a political headache for the new Conservative administration at Cornwall Council – does it agree with...

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP spends £80,000 on advertising itself to the G7, but sows more confusion over just how many jobs there are at the Newquay spaceport

By Graham Smith The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has confirmed that it has so far spent “around” £80,000 on promoting itself to world leaders at...

The world’s deepest swimming pool sets its sights on Cornwall (only £145 million still needed)

By Graham Smith Plans for a £150 million pioneering underwater research facility in Cornwall have triggered a predictable media frenzy, with only Cornwall Reports pointing out that the idea...

Should Covid restrictions relax on 21st June? St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double urges “full steam ahead!”

By Graham Smith The St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called on people to support tourism businesses, seeing them as “a significant part of the government’s levelling...

Branson delays again, as Virgin Orbit’s third flight is rescheduled to end of June

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has again postponed the next flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket.  It had been due to take off from the US Andersen airforce base...

G7 Summit: Police reveal more roadblocks and checkpoints around Newquay airport and in Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne Police have released more information about the chaos and disruption which can be expected by their security measures for the G7 Summit. The roadblocks, checkpoints and...

Inside Tregover: the council flats which are not available to people on the council’s housing waiting list

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to be more transparent about the way its new property company operates, after admitting it had paid a large bonus...

Government confusion over Covid travel rules brings new dilemma for Newquay airport and Cornwall Council

By Peter Tremayne The government’s confusion over which countries people can – or should – visit has caused a new headache for Newquay airport and its owner, Cornwall Council....

Newquay fast food shops: punching, kicking and spitting at customers will get your licence revoked

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors had to watch CCTV footage of a violent assault after being asked by police to consider revoking a late night licence for a takeaway. Devon...

Branson awards £7.8 million Newquay spaceport contract to Spanish company

By Peter Tremayne A vital part of the Newquay spaceport is to be built by a Spanish-based company. Virgin Orbit has awarded the contract for developing its Transportable Ground...

Counting the cost after fertiliser fire destroys barn near Summercourt

By Peter Tremayne Firefighters have spent the night at Tredinnick Farm, Gummow’s Shop, Summercourt, damping down a fertiliser blaze which forced residents to keep their windows and doors closed...

“Close windows and doors” advice, as firefighters battle fertiliser blaze near Summercourt

By Peter Tremayne Emergency services are warning people in mid-Cornwall to keep their doors and windows closed because of a huge barn fire, involving fertiliser. Fertiliser can release toxic...