Politics

As the penny finally drops, County Hall decides to lower its European flag – and tomorrow is another day

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall Council flag is to replace the European Union flag at County Hall. The three flagpoles outside the council headquarters usually fly...

Could you be our next Police and Crime Commissioner? There are only 97 campaigning days to go

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE By Graham Smith As one door closes, so another one opens.  Who would like to...

Goodbye to all that: Cornwall keeps a toe-hold in Brussels, but with no Euro MPs and no say in any decisions

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon While the UK will formally Brexit tonight (Friday) Cornwall will retain a presence in Brussels. South West Green Party Euro MP Molly Scott-Cato...

A dog’s life: County Hall under fire, already, for relaxing its rules about beaches

By Julia Penhaligon The ink is hardly dry on the Cornwall Council decision to relax its rules about dogs on beaches – and already a counter-petition has started calling...

Cornwall Council urged to set up its own town centre regeneration fund

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors have called for a new pot of money to be created to fund projects which could help struggling town centres. Members of Cornwall Council’s economic...

County Hall “can’t be arsed” about economic development post-Brexit, claims councillor

By Richard Whitehouse A councillor has said that plans by Cornwall Council to slash the amount of money put aside for economic development shows a “can’t be arsed” attitude....

Choppy waters ahead for Cornwall’s fishermen, as 48 years of Common Fisheries Policy come to an end

By Anne North Cornwall’s fishermen will put to sea on Saturday officially outside a framework of rules and regulations which have been in place since 22nd January 1972. Britain’s...

When the fun stops, stop – Cornwall Council’s casino economy cost taxpayers £45 million

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has been forced to pay a £45million penalty due to “serious failings” around the use of controversial loans. The council’s auditors have issued a...

The Lowering: what will happen to Cornwall’s European Union flag after Friday?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Downing Street’s orgy of red, white and blue which will accompany “Brexit Day” has led to speculation about what celebrations, or mourning, might be witnessed in...

Council leader lays down the law on anti-Semitism

By Anne North Cornwall Council has adopted a definition of anti-Semitism, posing the threat of sanction against councillors who seek to speak out about political problems in the Middle...

“Kremlin-style secrecy” over planning enforcement in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse A councillor has called for greater transparency and openness over the use of planning enforcement. Mark Formosa, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Treviglas, put forward a motion...

How many Cornish schoolchildren have been labelled “potential terrorists” by County Hall’s participation in the Prevent programme?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is checking its policies and procedures to make sure that schoolchildren who take part in climate change protests are not labelled as potential terrorists....

With only ten years to go to achieve its own target, Cornwall Council pats itself on the back over climate change

By Graham Smith Today marks the first anniversary of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a climate emergency – leaving only ten years to go before the county is supposed to...

Cornwall’s badgers: proposal to vaccinate, rather than cull, kicked into the long grass for at least six months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s badgers will have to wait at least six months before County Hall considers a call to vaccinate them against bovine TB, rather than shoot them....

As the general election dust settles, and Brexit looms, Labour and Liberal Democrats consider their next leaders

By Graham Smith The Labour Party says it has seen another surge in membership, following last month’s crushing general election defeat. Party sources say that every one of Cornwall’s...

Council officers in no rush to do anything about badger culling

By Anne North Cornwall councillors could again be frustrated in their attempts to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting today (Tuesday.) Council officers...

St Austell & Newquay MP calls for cheaper beer

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called for cheaper beer to be served up in the March budget. Mr Double has pledged his support...

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,...