Politics

Cornwall should expect Covid-19 deaths to peak at the end of May, as council prepares for burials and cremations, scraps by-elections and gets ready for electronic voting

By Graham Smith  Deaths expected to peak towards the end of May Council is preparing additional burial and cremation capacity Cornwall Council by-election at St Mewan called off 80%...

Trial of 79-year-old Cawsand army veteran adjourned until Monday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The trial of 79-year-old Dennis Hutchings, from Cawsand, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Northern Ireland 46 years ago, has been...

Covid-19 could derail Cornwall Council’s house-building plans, says cabinet member

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has put a question mark over Cornwall Council’s ambition to build 1,000 new homes before May of next year. The council’s cabinet...

Government shelves “getting Brexit done” as Covid-19 means new fishing and farming trade deals are no longer the priority

By Peter Tremayne Brexit trade talks designed to bring some certainty to Cornwall’s agriculture and fishing sectors will not go ahead today as planned, due to the Covid-19 crisis....

Ten people in Cornwall now confirmed with Covid-19 coronavirus

By Graham Smith Ten people in Cornwall have now been confirmed as having the Covid-19 coronavirus.  The number has doubled in a week. Cornwall Council is going ahead with...

Anger over the government’s £3,000 Covid-19 coronavirus “budget bonus” for second home owners

By Julia Penhaligon The government is coming under fire for offering second home owners an extra £3,000 bonus as part of its anti-coronavirus emergency budget.  Critics say the additional...

Covid-19: Cornwall to get its own daily coronavirus briefing, as Whitehall retreats, accepting that its highly-centralised “message control” isn’t working

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Julian German is today (Tuesday) planning to start a daily Covid-19 briefing to update councillors and members of the public about what County...

Cornwall Council ponders the prospect of inquorate meetings because of Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to make alternative arrangements for those of its members who are over the age of 70 and who could be...

EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Pendleton to leave NHS Kernow, as Cornwall Council strengthens its grip on local healthcare

By Graham Smith As the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis gathers pace, Cornwall’s National Health Service is about to undergo a major managerial restructure – with a senior Cornwall Council boss...

Covid-19 puts paid to £50,000 Euro conference which council had planned to host at Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has had to cancel an international conference that it was set to host and had spent £50,000 on organising, due to coronavirus. The council...

Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £200,000 last year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council wrote off more than £200,000 in business rates at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone last year, according to new figures. A County Hall report...

Cornwall Council and Corserv – not as connected as you might expect for a wholly-owned company

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Councillors have questioned why the council’s own companies have opted out of using a new IT system which has overspent by more than £3 million. Cornwall...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s calm before the economic storm, as ministers ponder when to ban large outdoor gatherings such as music festivals

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s tourism industry is trying to prepare for the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, as new measures expected to be announced in the next few days...

Cornwall Council leader “disappointed” by budget

Cornwall Council leader Julian German has given his reaction to today’s #BudgetSpeech2020 announcements. pic.twitter.com/90RuaSVi4X— Cornwall Council (@CornwallCouncil) March 11, 2020

St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double to be offered Covid-19 test, following scare over health minister

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double is to be offered testing for Covid-19, following news that health minister Nadine Dorries has been confirmed as carrying...

Cornwall Council seeks “emergency powers” to take over failing care homes

By Anne North Cornwall Council is preparing to seize new “emergency” powers to take over failing care homes. Officials are asking for authority to “intervene in the market” to...

Newquay Airport to be transferred from Cornwall Council to Corserv, dodging scrutiny and control

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport, currently owned by Cornwall Council, is to be transferred to the authority’s arm’s length “commercial” company Corserv. The disclosure, which follows weeks of speculation...

Trial delayed for Cawsand army veteran accused of attempted murder, 46 years ago in Northern Ireland

By Anne North The trial of a Cawsand army veteran accused of attempting to murder a man during the Northern Ireland conflict 46 years ago has been delayed because...

The incredible shrinking council: County Hall prepares for asset sales worth £12 million a year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is about to embark on a new project to halve its office space, encouraging staff to “hot desk,” work from home or in the...

Hallelujah! Satisfaction all round as the new-look satisfaction survey continues to satisfy

By Julia Penhaligon It is one of the most eagerly awaited dates in the County Hall calendar.  On Friday, councillors will be treated to a two-hour presentation on the...