Politics

Seize Brexit as an opportunity to change the countryside forever, urges Royal Society

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new report calls for a radical shift to sustainable agriculture, making huge cuts in direct payments to farmers. The Royal Society for the encouragement of...

Woman from Cornwall among those to face trial for climate change protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 64-year-old woman from St Keverne is among those who will be facing a trial for alleged public order offences following the Extinction Rebellion climate change...

Jews who disagree with me are anti-Semitic cranks, says Cornwall councillor

By Anne North A Cornwall councillor who runs an“anti-Semitism” Facebook campaign has described Jewish people who disagree with him as “cranks.” Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly, who resigned from the...

It’s all going really well, County Hall chief to tell members

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s chief executive Kate Kennally is to deliver a “Stewardship of the Council” address to all 123 members of the authority at a special briefing...

County Hall backsliding on transparency is worrying, says councillor

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has been criticised for not publishing details of spending on payment cards and payments above £500 with one councillor saying it was “worrying”. Under...

Three of Cornwall’s MPs voted against liberalisation of abortion and same-sex marriage laws in Northern Ireland

By Anne North Three of Cornwall’s MPs voted against the liberalisation of abortion and same-sex marriage laws in Northern Ireland. The voting record shows that St Austell & Newquay’s...

It’s important to follow the rules, Cornwall Council leader tells protestors

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has given advice to protestors about how they can get their voices heard in the council chamber, telling...

“Kennally Care” about to take another step forward, as the quest gets underway for an Independent Chair

By Graham Smith The search is underway for someone to lead the Shaping Our Future board – the coming together of Cornwall’s health and council sectors to integrate care....

High-tech heads in the Cloud needed to rescue County Hall’s latest computer project

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is looking for a £400-per-day computer specialist to rescue its “Oracle Cloud” project, which is behind schedule and over-budget. The system will allow County...

Royal Cornwall hospital crisis continues

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Outpatients at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, are being warned their appointments might be cancelled today (Wednesday) as a result of the “major incident” status caused...

Lib Dems hold off challenge for chair of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee by 9 votes to 6

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has elected its new chairman and vice-chairman at a special meeting. The meeting of the committee was held this morning at...

Cornwall councillors vote 62-38 to line their own pockets, rewarding political loyalists

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors have voted themselves a huge increase in their “payroll vote,” rewarding political loyalists who support the Liberal Democrat-Independent administration. An independent remuneration panel recommended...

Cornwall Council meeting suspended because of disruption in the public gallery

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s monthly meeting has had to be adjourned this morning (Tuesday) because of disruption in the public gallery. Councillors were just starting to debate a...

Trelawney and drums greet councillors as protesters condemn “over-development”and call for “need not greed”

By Richard Whitehouse With singing of Trelawny and beating of drums a large group of protesters gathered at Cornwall Council this morning (Tuesday) to call on the authority to...

Cornwall’s 2030 carbon-neutral target “extremely challenging” – official report

By Anne North The ambition to make Cornwall “carbon neutral” by 2030, in order to help tackle climate change, will be “extremely challenging,” according a new official report. The...

Campaigners to protest against “destruction of Cornwall” as County Hall poised to elect new chair of Strategic Planning Committee

By Julia Penhaligon Campaigners are expected to gather at County Hall, Truro, this morning (Tuesday) to protest at what they describe as the “over-development” of Cornwall. The demonstration has...

Jeremy Corbyn visits Falmouth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Falmouth at the weekend, talking to Parliamentary candidates Paul Farmer and Jennifer Forbes about the chances of a snap general...

Cornwall Council bid to raise menopause awareness

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council will be urged to raise awareness of the menopause during a debate next week. Only 30 of Cornwall Council’s 123 members are women, and...

Cornwall’s Strategic Planning Committee needs to meet only six times per year, say officials

By Graham Smith County Hall officials have crunched the numbers and delivered their verdict – whoever chairs Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee should be worth £892.47 per meeting -...

£1,000+ per meeting bonus for the lucky winner, after councillors get their way and hold an extraordinary meeting of County Hall’s Strategic Planning Committee, for the sole purpose of electing a chair

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has caved in to councillors who demanded a special meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, for the sole purpose of electing a chairman or...