Politics

Cornwall Council does not have “Leader of the Year”

7th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter missed out on the chance to be crowned “Leader of the Year” at a local government knees-up in...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall has changed its mind about Brexit, according to latest opinion poll

6th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall has changed its mind about Brexit, according to a detailed opinion poll broadcast on Channel 4 last night. Detailed data from the...

Julian German’s United States “leadership” odyssey is good value, insists Cornwall Council

5th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s chief executive has defended the decision to send a councillor to the United States for “leadership” training. Roseland councillor Julian German...

Back to Cannes: Cornwall Council explains why it wants to return to the south of France, despite zero return on investment (so far)

4th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is actively pursuing ways to return to Cannes next year for another champagne-fuelled property conference.  Council leader Adam Paynter blamed cuts...

Branson concedes defeat in the race to test launch his satellite rocket this year

31st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project has been delayed again, with its first test flight not now expected until 1st January 2019.  Cornwall Council...

Don’t Panic! County Hall suddenly realises that Brexit is only 149 days away, and the warning lights are flashing amber

31st October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has finally accepted that a “no deal” Brexit poses a potential risk to local food supplies and transport from 29th March...

Cornwall Council signs a new “secret” contract with the Wave Hub, as the LEP heads to Aberdeen to chase offshore wind investment

29th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been asked to explain why chief executive Kate Kennally has signed a new contract with the Wave Hub, without reference...

Strategic Planning Committee escapes the axe – for now

28th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The main planning committee at Cornwall Council looks set to remain in place despite calls from councillors for it to be axed.  The...

Means testing for family services? We haven’t got a clue what it might mean, admits County Hall

28th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has admitted it has no idea how much money might be saved by introducing means-testing for various aspects of its children’s...

So how are we going to explain this? Councillors challenge officials to justify £1.2 billion debt

28th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have set their communications team a new challenge – to find a way of explaining why the authority is set to...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall says it might return to Cannes next year, as Louise Wood takes over as the new planning boss

28th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has appointed a new chief planning officer.  Louise Wood has taken the position on a “temporary” basis, following another internal “Expression...

Labour wins St Ives Town Council by-election

27th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne The Labour Party has won the St Ives Town Council by-election. Labour’s Kirsty Kilmurry-Arthur polled 265 votes, 44% of the total, in a...

Should Cornwall councillors get a 33% pay rise after 2021?

25th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane There could be a case for increasing Cornwall councillor allowances after the 2021 elections, rather than simply pocketing the cash...

EXCLUSIVE: Julian German prepares to take over the Cornwall Council hot seat with a $5,000 “leadership” training course in the USA

24th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is sending councillor Julian German on a $5,000 training course in America to prepare him for taking over as leader next...

Silence is golden – Cornwall Council paid ex-staff £260,000 to keep quiet

23rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council spent more than £260,000 on “gagging clauses” for employees leaving the authority. It has also been revealed that the council has...

EXCLUSIVE: Exit Cormac Contracting Ltd, as County Hall supports £150,000 tax-dodge

22nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, has approved the handover of Cormac Contracting Ltd (CCL) to the council’s Corserv group of companies. CCL...

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most...

Political change is still possible, says County Hall – but is unlikely before 2021 council elections

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has insisted that its removal of “political change” from its register of risks is no reflection on its commitment to democracy....

St Austell & Newquay MP calls for seasonal workers’ scheme for tourism sector, after Brexit

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double today (Wednesday) asked the Prime Minister to consider a seasonal workers' scheme for the tourist and...

Now is not the time to scrap Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, say County Hall officials

16th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of planning applications determined by elected councillors in Cornwall is at an all-time low, according to an official report.  Yet officials...