Politics

Cawsand’s army veteran Dennis Hutchings, 80, dies while on trial in Belfast for 1974 “legacy” killing in Northern Ireland

By Peter Tremayne An ex-soldier from Cornwall has died while on trial over a fatal shooting during the “dirty war” in Northern Ireland 47 years ago. Dennis Hutchings, 80,...

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Trial of army veteran from Cornwall accused of 1974 killing in Northern Ireland is adjourned because of Covid

By Peter Tremayne The trial of Cornwall army veteran Dennis Hutchings over the 1974 killing of an unarmed civilian in Northern Ireland has been adjourned for three weeks after...

Follow the money: County Hall wonders how its £1.9 billion pension fund might help save the planet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are being urged to put their staff pension fund on a course to become “zero-carbon” by 2045. The £1.9 billion fund is managed externally...

“It doesn’t matter what you’re selling – the customer is always right” – Leisure centre row escalates as County Hall prepares for big protest tomorrow

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners and the boss of Cornwall Council’s private management company have clashed on social media over the real reasons why four swimming pools are...

Covid-19: imminent arrival of half-term tourists prompts County Hall social media blitz

By Anne North Cornwall Council has launched a school half-term social media blitz warning people about the continuing dangers of Covid-19. Cornwall’s infection rate is rising so fast that...

Cornwall Council considers scrapping one-month tax discount for empty homes

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering scrapping its one-month council tax “holiday” for the owners of empty homes. The tax break, which is a discretionary power available to...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Covid-19: Government to give extra help to the “red wall” but ignores Cornwall, despite higher infection rate

By Anne North The government is about to announce a new package of measures to support local councils with high rates of Covid infection. Cornwall is not on the...

EXCLUSIVE: another Tory “transparency” U-Turn, as County Hall’s Informal Investment Panel bites the dust

By Julia Penhaligon The “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” Informal Investment Panel, welcomed by Cornwall Council’s Conservatives when they were in Opposition, has been scrapped after all. The panel was an informal...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

The double-plus-ungood jargon that County Hall is using for its leisure centres “consultation” is failing to reach the parts that other public meetings are already turbo-charging

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Concerns have been raised that a Cornwall Council questionnaire on the future of five leisure facilities which face closure is “biased.” The council...

Bunkabins ready to welcome first tenants to County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon A new “pop-up” housing estate, comprising converted shipping containers, is about to welcome its first tenants. A total of 21 emergency accommodation units, leased from Bunkabin,...

Covid-19: 19 months after it started, this is what “the UK’s worst-ever public health failure” looks like in Cornwall

Today's (Tuesday's) joint report from the House of Commons Science and Technology committee and Health and Social Care committee paints a damning picture of government response to Covid-19: too...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

How would you fix Cornwall’s housing crisis? Your opportunity to tell County Hall what you think, as a council in Wales prepares to double council tax for second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Cornwall are being urged to tell County Hall what level of council tax should be paid by second home owners.  An opinion survey comes...

That’s the way the money goes (part 2): how the chief executives and business managers who now run Cornwall’s schools found themselves in the super-tax pay bracket

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane About a dozen education “managers” in Cornwall are now earning salaries of more than £100,000 a year, following the conversion of local authority...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

That’s the way the money goes: how accountants and management consultants now pocket nearly £13 million a year which is supposed to be spent on education in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Schools in Cornwall are paying up to 10% of their income to Multi Academy Trusts which provide “back office” services, from Human Resources...