Politics

Neither a lender nor a borrower be: Cornwall council loaned other councils £177 million, while borrowing £122.5 million

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended its position as being one of the biggest lenders to other local authorities after handing out more than £177 million. Details of...

County Hall whacks it on plastic with a £1 million spend in three months

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended its use of payment cards to pay for goods and services after revealing it spent more than £1 million within three months. ...

Local councils study the idea of a tourism tax, with divided opinions in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall welcomes millions of visitors every year with people coming from all over the world to see the beauty of the Duchy and explore its beaches,...

Cornwall to pioneer firefighter and social worker “blended workforce”

By Anne North Cornwall is to attempt a merging of firefighting and social worker roles.  It opens the way to greater reliance on volunteers. The idea is not new,...

Councillors finally get the chance to debate badger culling on Cornwall Council farms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors will finally get the opportunity to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting next week. The council owns more...

Flybe continues its slow shuffle towards the exit, as hopes fade for the Newquay-Heathrow link

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is refusing to comment on multiple media reports that it is close to collapse, despite its “rescue” last year by a consortium including Richard Branson’s...

Sudden closure of Bude-Stratton community health centre overnight means local residents “are not safe”

By Richard Whitehouse The sudden decision to close a hospital overnight means people are “not safe” according to councillors who have called for the service to be reinstated immediately....

Cornwall’s MPs vote against measures to protect child refugees in first test of “Getting Brexit Done”

By Graham Smith All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to drop measures designed to protect child refugees, in one of the first tests of the Brexit Bill currently passing...

Council denies Newquay airport sell-off

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has denied it is planning to sell Newquay airport.  County Hall issued a brief statement this morning (Wednesday) saying that minutes of a meeting...

You got what you voted for, officials tell councillors, explaining how NHS provision of sexual health services in Cornwall ended up in the private sector

By Anne North Cornwall councillors have been given a robust defence of County Hall’s decision to privatise sexual health services – nearly three years after the original decision was...

EXCLUSIVE: Newquay airport to be privatised – posing new questions over a spaceport

By Graham Smith Newquay airport is set to be privatised.  The Cornwall Council-owned airport is being prepared for “an asset transfer as part of plans to make the airport...

County Hall losing enthusiasm for publishing its own newspaper

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council appears to be moving away from the idea of launching its own newspaper. In November the council agreed to investigate a proposal to distribute,...

Royal Cornwall hospital back on “black alert” as patient pressures mount

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall hospital at Truro has again declared a “black alert” – meaning it is close to having to turn patients away. Hospital bosses have...

You can’t always get what you want – despite hours of public consultations, debates in planning committees and a decade of promises, somehow it just never happened. A brief survey of some of Cornwall’s castles in the sand

By Richard Whitehouse It’s a new year, a new decade and as we look ahead to the future in Cornwall it’s also a chance to look back at what...

Cornwall’s footballers await the draw for the “alternative” World Cup

By Graham Smith The organisers of an “alternative” World Cup football tournament have named the 16 teams which will compete in a small part of the former Yugoslavia later...

Look North, in wonder, as Scotland edges closer to affordable local government by pioneering Britain’s first tourism tax

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith One of the safer forecasts for 2020 is that the debate over...

A carbon-neutral Cornwall by 2030? Ask not what your council can do for you – ask what you can do for your council

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is calling on residents to make New Year’s resolutions to cut their carbon in 2020 and help tackle the climate emergency.  In theory, County...

Government says it will ensure free car parking for some patients, visitors and staff at Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North The government has said it will offer the Royal Cornwall hospital hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to scrap car parking charges for some patients,...

Cornwall’s fishing and farming sectors face a year of watching Brexit Get Done

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s farmers fear they will continue to face an uncertain year as the government gets down to negotiating the detail of Britain’s exit from the European...

Cornwall’s Extinction Rebellion climate activists get ready for a busy 2020

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Climate change campaigners in Cornwall are preparing for another large-scale protest early next year. Extinction Rebellion (XR) supporters are organising special “training events” in Falmouth to...