Newquay & St Columb local news

Cornwall’s Covid numbers treble in six days, yet for only £41 a London virus refugee can fly to Newquay

By Peter Tremayne The spread of Covid-19 across Cornwall is continuing to accelerate, with the latest rate per 100,000 population now nearly three times what it was only six...

Flights from London to Cornwall are continuing despite government’s “stay at home” instruction to people in Tier 4

By Peter Tremayne Flights from London to Cornwall appear to be continuing today (Sunday) despite the government’s announcement yesterday that people should not travel out of a Tier 4...

Branson scraps Saturday’s rocket launch, blaming Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has halted the countdown to his next satellite rocket launch, which had been due to fly on Saturday (19th December), because too many of...

Branson aims to launch his satellite rocket next weekend, despite yesterday’s aborted space-plane mission

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit is due to make another attempt to escape the Earth’s gravity next Saturday (19th December) despite yesterday’s failure of its sister company, Virgin Galactic,...

Newquay Airport set to resume flights from Covid-19 hotspots next week

By Peter Tremayne Flights from Newquay Airport are due to resume next week, for the first time since the country went into national Covid-19 lockdown on 5th November. A...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Branson now says he’s ready to launch his rocket two weeks early, on 19th December

By Peter Tremayne Virgin boss Richard Branson has announced a new date for his attempt to launch a satellite – two weeks earlier than his previously published date. The...

Steve Double MP is among the first to try new American vaccine for Covid-19

By Anne North St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has become one of the first people in Cornwall to take part in government trials of a potential anti-Covid-19...

EXCLUSIVE: Tories in a muddle over candidates for next year’s council elections

By Graham Smith Conservatives in the St Austell and Newquay constituency have been ordered to re-run the selection procedures which threatened the future of two sitting councillors. Party chiefs...

Consultants hired to keep Cornish freeport idea alive

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s business leaders have hired consultants to report on the prospects of a freeport – a de-regulated onshore tax haven which some Conservative politicians think could...

Newquay Airport will continue to provide links to Covid-19 hotspots when lockdown is lifted, says council leader

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport will continue to welcome passengers arriving from Covid-19 hotspots, Cornwall Council leader Julian German said yesterday (Wednesday.) Mr German told reporters that although the...

Cornwall’s £19 million Saints Trail gets the go-ahead, subject to government ruling on environmental impact

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new multi-user trail linking Perranporth and Newquay have been approved. Phase one of the Saints Trail is part of a series of...

Homeless man jailed for setting fire to Newquay policeman

By Peter Tremayne A homeless man who doused two police officers in petrol before setting one of them on fire in Newquay has been jailed for 10 years and...

Newquay Airport to close until mid-December because of Covid-19 lockdown

By Graham Smith Newquay Airport is to close on Monday (9th November) due to the latest Covid-19 “Lockdown 2.” Flights between Newquay and Manchester, Leeds and Teesside appear to...

Concern over the future of Newquay Airport

By Richard Whitehouse and Peter Tremayne The leader of Cornwall Council says he will continue to press for government funding to help Cornwall Airport Newquay amid fears it could...

Why I’ll be voting for a Covid-19 lockdown U-Turn, by St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon One of Cornwall’s MPs has explained why he will be performing a policy U-turn tomorrow (Wednesday) and voting in favour of another Covid-19 national lockdown, only...

Black ties and plenty of wine as Newquay spaceport bosses look forward to winning “deal of the year” award

By Peter Tremayne The proposed Cornwall spaceport has been shortlisted as “deal” of the year in the South West Property Awards, organised by the business-to-business publication Insider Media. Inclusion...

Covid-19: West Yorkshire set to join Manchester as high-risk area with direct flights to Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport looks set to increase its role as a magnet for people travelling to Cornwall from Covid-19 hotspots in England when Leeds-Bradford moves to the...

Planners to consider major new recreational path between Perranporth and Newquay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a new cycling and recreational path between Newquay and Perranporth look set to get the go-ahead next week, despite some concerns about the impact...

Virgin Orbit seeks another $150 million, as clock ticks down to midnight on 31st December

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson is trying to raise another $150 million for his Virgin Orbit project, upon which depend Cornwall Council’s hopes of a spaceport at Newquay. The...