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Train don’t stop at Camborne: demise of £35 million Heartlands project after only 12 years turns spotlight on Cornwall Council’s priorities

By Julia Penhaligon Friday’s announcement that the Heartlands’ visitor attraction at Pool, between Camborne and Redruth, is to close has been met with an outpouring of anger and dismay....

Dolcoath Engine House saved: Camborne Town Council to buy it for £1

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Camborne Town Council is to buy the old Dolcoath Engine House from Cornwall Council for £1, thereby keeping the Grade 2 listed building in public ownership....

Opportunity knocks: huge boost for Cornwall’s lithium prospects, as car giant announces battery factory plans for Bridgwater

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s chances of maybe one day having a wealth-creating lithium industry have received a huge boost with the news that a potential customer might be based...

Line of Duty: how a night on social media didn’t go exactly according to plan for the Devon & Cornwall police

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are reflecting on a weekend of social media activity in which the force tried to show the reality of life for officers...

999 emergency fire service call centre could be moved hundreds of miles outside of Cornwall, says official report

By Peter Tremayne Local 999 emergency call handling for fire and rescue crews could move to one of three large regions far from Cornwall, if councillors accept a report...

MPs will be told to look at Cornwall for clues about the future of local journalism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The way that local news is funded is to be investigated by a Parliamentary select committee.  Cornwall Reports, which is still the UK’s only local news...

EXCLUSIVE: Energy company’s bid to force disclosure of Cornwall’s hot rocks secrets

By Graham Smith Energy prospectors are trying to force Cornwall Council to share secret drilling data from the “hot rocks” geothermal explorations currently underway at United Downs. Geothermal Engineering...

Cornwall’s leisure centres under renewed threat as County Hall officials sideline councillors and push ahead with closure plans

By Graham Smith The stage is set for a potentially explosive Cornwall Council cabinet meeting next week, as County Hall officials push ahead with plans to close four leisure...

EXCLUSIVE: This is what happens if you ask a silly question – how what was supposed to be a wide-ranging review of Cornwall’s sports and leisure facilities triggered the current crisis

By Julia Penhaligon The terms of reference for a consultants’ report about Cornwall’s sport and leisure facilities were substantially changed between February and July, Cornwall Reports can reveal. The...

Why I don’t use my local GLL swimming pool, by the councillor who gave the management contract to GLL

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The councillor who led the outsourcing of Cornwall’s leisure centres in 2017 has said their management is now so poor that he no...

The end is nigh for Cornwall’s banger racing fans

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The end of an era is approaching for Cornwall’s stock car racing fans.  A lease agreement made by Cornwall Council officials, without the approval of any...

Covid-19: Health chiefs close Stithians vaccination centre, just as new infections in west Cornwall start rising again

By Anne North A Covid vaccination centre in Cornwall is closing today (Monday) – just as Cornwall’s infection rate is starting to accelerate. The vaccination centre at Stithians Showground...

Covid-19: Cornwall is once again more dangerous than England

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate has again overtaken that of England, completing five consecutive days of increased new cases. Cornwall’s average rate per 100,000 population is now...

The new Covid map of England: Cancellation of Bristol Pride festival poses more questions for Cornwall, as different local councils descend into “two tiers” of public health protection

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay is preparing to host the 2021 Cornwall Pride festival tomorrow (Friday) despite the cancellation of a similar event in Bristol. The Newquay festival is going...

Cornwall’s waste contractor fined £1.5 million for illegally exporting rubbish overseas

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s waste contractor, Biffa, has been fined £1.5 million for illegally exporting rubbish to India and Indonesia.  A judge called the company’s flouting of the rules...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Is there more to County Hall’s shell fishing debate than meets the eye? Get set for the final full council meeting before the elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to be urged to offer direct support to the local shell fishing industry, which has seen exports collapse as a result of Brexit....

To infinity, and beyond – Vote Tory for more tourism, as Newquay spaceport gets even more political

By Julia Penhaligon Three of Cornwall’s senior Conservative politicians have written to Richard Branson to distance themselves from the leader of Cornwall Council, who recently dismissed the idea of...

Crash, bang, wallop – two worlds collide as world’s first eco-powered rum distillery seeks to replace banger racing

By Julia Penhaligon One of the Cornwall Council election issues most likely to test the maxim that “all politics is local” concerns the future of the United Downs banger...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

New initiative to reduce school exclusions in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of pupils being excluded from school. There is concern at County Hall over the sharp...

30% of Cornwall’s Covid-19 contacts are missing

By Anne North Around 30 per cent of people in Cornwall who have been flagged by the Covid-19 Test and Trace system are missing, according to NHS figures. Data...

Cornwall’s hot rocks test drilling suspended while scientists investigate earthquakes

By Peter Tremayne Test drilling at the United Downs “hot rocks” project has been suspended while engineers investigate a number of minor earthquakes. The tremors were within regulatory limits...

Does Cornwall have the most dangerous workplace in Britain? Inside the bacon factory where a third of the staff had Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne The disclosure that nearly a third of all the workers at the Pilgrim’s Pride bacon factory at Pool, Redruth, tested positive for Covid-19 confirms the fears...

Covid-19: swift intervention by Public Health Cornwall helped prevent a more severe outbreak in Camborne-Pool-Redruth

By Anne North Cornwall’s public health officials have issued a rare update on their handling of the Covid-19 cluster centred on the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area, revealing that they discovered the...

Is the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area heading for a Covid-19 lockdown?

By Julia Penhaligon A new law comes into effect today (Monday) giving the police power to fine someone £1,000 for ignoring Covid-19 self-isolation rules. People living in the Camborne-Pool-Redruth...

Covid-19 outbreak at Pilgrim’s Pride food processing factory, Pool

By Anne North Public Health England (PHE) South West and Cornwall Council have this afternoon (Friday) issued a statement saying they are aware of a number of confirmed cases...

Covid-19: South East Cornwall cluster on Rame peninsula

By Anne North Three areas in Cornwall are currently reporting “clusters” of Covid-19, of concern to Public Health officials. The Kingsand, Antony and Maryfield parishes, near Torpoint, on the...

Newquay Spaceport: Branson fails to launch his Virgin Orbit rocket but might try again tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has failed to launch his rocket and cancelled plans to take off as planned today (Sunday.)  Blaming a faulty sensor, the Virgin Orbit crew...

Covid-19 test site at Bodmin to close and move to Bude; Truro test site moves to Pool

By Graham Smith The Covid-19 testing site at Bodmin is due to close today (Thursday) and move to Bude next week.  The location in Bude is yet to be...

“We stay at work for you, please stay at home for us” plea from Cornwall’s Covid-19 front line

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, are urging people to stay at home to avoid spreading the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The hospital is under huge pressure...

EXCLUSIVE: Own a slice of South Crofty for less than 4 pence a share, as owners embrace radical new plan to find out what’s underground

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The owners of South Crofty tin mine are to adopt a radical new approach to resuming operations. Having failed to raise the cash needed to pump...

Public consultation on proposed Camelford by-pass ends 16th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of the most important public consultations for many years is underway as Cornwall Council invites comments on its ambition to build a bypass around Camelford....

Everything you ever wanted to know about Cornwall’s spaceport project, explained in just 60 minutes with tea and biscuits

By Graham Smith Promoters of a Cornish spaceport are pursuing their battle for hearts and minds tomorrow (Wednesday) at a “drop in” session as Kresen Kernow, the new Cornish...

Bleak outlook for South Crofty, with no start-date in sight for pumping dry the flooded tin mine

By Anne North There will be no tin mining at South Crofty before 2022 at the earliest.  The mine’s owners have confirmed that they have still not been able...

Cornwall’s Anti-Brexit campaign pins its election hopes on tactical voting

By Anne North Cornwall’s anti-Brexit campaigners are being urged to vote tactically on Thursday, with organisers of the Cornwall For Europe organisation believing that three local constituencies are in...

Hopes appear to be fading for South Crofty to resume tin mining by 2021

By Peter Tremayne Another deadline is looming for the owners of South Crofty tin mine, whose ambition to resume mining by 2021 appears to be under threat due to...

Corbyn and Johnson on the election campaign trail in Cornwall today

By Peter Tremayne Both the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition are expected to visit Cornwall today, looking for votes on the general election campaign trail. Boris...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council considers how to keep on top of information about “contaminated land,” including a former chemical weapons factory

By Anne North Five “special sites” within the former top secret chemical weapons factory at Portreath are still on a register of contaminated land, according to a report to...

Tulip pork processing factory at Bodmin consults on another 270 job losses, after pocketing nearly £5 million from taxpayers

By Graham Smith The American food processing company which is considering making 270 people redundant in Bodmin took over the factory only a few weeks ago.  Five years ago...

Carn Brea Leisure Centre packed for Brexit Party rally

By Peter Tremayne Several hundred people attended a Brexit Party rally at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth, last night, attended by Nigel Farage and South West Euro MP Ann...

Don’t try to throw milkshakes at Nigel Farage, urges Cornwall For Europe

By Anne North The Battle of Brexit comes to Cornwall today (Monday) when Nigel Farage stages a rally at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre while anti-Brexit campaigners hold a...

Cornwall appears to be planning a stay-at-home Brexit “celebration” without any street parties on 31st October

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Brexiteers have missed the boat for any “official” street parties to mark Britain’s exit from the European Union on the scheduled date...

Planners approve homes on site of former Redruth care centre

By Richard Whitehouse A planning committee has unanimously backed plans to build so-called “affordable” homes on the site of a former care centre. Cornwall Council had applied for permission...

Planning permission for homes close to former tin mine refused – in case it ever re-opens

By Richard Whitehouse Proposals to build 99 new homes close to a mine which could be reopened have been refused planning permission. An application had been made for outline...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Countdown to opening time in the Old Brewery, and a chance to search for magic spells on 14 miles of shelves

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Is Cornwall Council capable of organising anything in a brewery?  We won’t have long to find out. Excitement is mounting at County Hall over the impending...

Shoes polished, best suit at the ready: candidates to chair Cornwall’s new health and social care organisation prepare for Thursday’s interviews

By Graham Smith Plans to set up a pioneering new structure for health and social care in Cornwall have a key date next week when NHS and council bosses...

The curious case of Hayle’s drinking water, where the taps still work even when the mains supply is switched off

By Graham Smith People in Hayle are being urged to report “ghost” drinking water supplies, following concern that some properties might not be connected exclusively to South West Water’s...

Controversial Camborne out-of-town shopping centre set for approval

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build a new out-of-town shopping centre including a new Lidl store in Camborne have been recommended for approval. The recommendation has come despite strong...

Online campaign to raise £1 million for Cornish Lithium

By Anne North Cornish Lithium is trying to raise £1 million to test its claim that it can extract the metal from deep underground – and stimulate a new...

Coming soon: everything you wanted to know about the Newquay spaceport, but were afraid to ask

By Peter Tremayne County Hall is counting down to a special meeting for councillors about the Newquay spaceport. The council chamber will play host to an all-member briefing next...

Labour launches its “Green Industrial Revolution” in Cornwall

By Anne North Nearly 150 Labour Party activists from across Cornwall gathered at Heartlands, Pool, Redruth, yesterday (Saturday) to help front-benchers Rebecca Long-Baily and Barry Gardiner launch a new...

South Crofty mine gets more time to raise cash – meanwhile, the tin remains underground, and underwater

By Graham Smith It looks increasingly like South Crofty will fail to resume tin mining by its target date of 2021, after struggling to raise the necessary cash. The...

Decision on raising Tamar Bridge walkway barriers, to reduce suicides, postponed for more research

By Peter Tremayne It could be several weeks before a decision is reached about raising the height of parapets on the Tamar Bridge in a bid to cut the...

Police arrest Camborne man in connection with “Holocaust denial” broadcasts

By Anne North Police have arrested a Holocaust denier from Camborne because of his anti-semitic broadcasts and social media posts. Graham Hart, 67, was held for several hours before...

Crown Prosecution Service backs drugs charges against 18-year-olds, following girl’s death

By Peter Tremayne The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised drugs charges against two 18-year-old men following the death of a 15-year-old girl in Camborne last year. Joshua Ward, of...

Tories get control of West Cornwall planning committee, posing a question mark over Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives have captured control of Cornwall Council’s West area planning committee, in a development which could signal cracks in the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration. Newlyn...

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Graham Smith's 2001 documentary about the top secret nerve gas factory on Cornwall's north coast

Planners vote 8-5 to reject “re-building” of derelict cottage near Redruth

By Richard Whitehouse A couple’s plans to rebuild a derelict cottage have been thwarted after a planning committee rejected the proposals by 8 votes to 5. Richard Ward and...

Cornwall Council’s intervention in the housing market: more questions than answers

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s controversial adventure as a large-scale property developer is due to come under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday after pilot schemes have revealed flaws in the...

South Crofty tin mine has its day at the County Hall “bank of last resort” – asking for £1 million of taxpayers’ cash

By Anne North The future of South Crofty tin mine could hang on a vote by Cornwall Council’s 10-member cabinet today (Tuesday.) As Cornwall Reports revealed earlier this month,...

Here is the full list of which parts of Cornwall recycle their waste and which areas don’t. There’s something funny going on in Newquay

25th November 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council has now published the full data set of which local wards are best at recycling waste – now also showing which...

EXCLUSIVE: Hot rocks energy company revises its return on investment – backers will get only 2% – not 12%

8th November 2018 By Graham Smith People who have invested in Cornwall’s “hot rocks” geothermal project at United Downs are to get a significantly lower return than they might...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

Redruth football pitches out of action due to collapsing mineshaft

30th July 2018 By Peter Tremayne There are fears that some of the football pitches at Redruth could be swallowed up by collapsing mine shafts. Parts of the Clijah...

14-year-old Camborne girl dies after taking “unknown substance”

8th July 2018 By Peter Tremayne A 14-year-old girl from Camborne has died after taking an “unknown substance” on Friday night. Ambulance crews attended reports that a teenage girl...

Speak Cornish Week draws to a close at Heartlands today

1st July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The “Gool Kernewek” event is due to start later this morning (Sunday) at Heartlands, Redruth, the mark the end of the 2018 Speak...

Cornwall’s secondary school pupils face cut-per-head lottery under new funding formula, as class sizes start to increase

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The cash spent on Cornwall’s secondary school pupils is hundreds of pounds less than needed, according to an analysis of official Department for...

Council set to embark upon land deal spending spree as part of ambition to build 1,000 houses

27th March 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is about to buy three sites as part of its ambition to build 1,000 houses - even though only a small...

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing...

The Salisbury nerve gas attack: how most roads lead back to Cornwall

20th March 2018 By Graham Smith The international inquiry investigating the nerve agent used to attack a former Soviet spy in Salisbury will find that the chemical history of...

Redruth’s Stephen Barnes is new Labour group leader at Cornwall Council

5th March 2018By Anne NorthStephen Barnes, the Cornwall councillor for Redruth North, has been elected as the new Labour group leader at County Hall.Mr Barnes has been a local...

Council pays for refurbishment of eight leisure centres

20th February 2018By Graham SmithCornwall’s leisure centres have had a £346,715 facelift since the contract was transferred to the London-based company GLL, according to a Freedom of Information answer.GLL,...

Battle lines drawn for Cornwall Council elections in 2021, as Independents face party political squeeze

14th February 2018By Anne NorthBattle lines have been drawn for the next set of Cornwall Council elections in 2021.New ward boundaries, identifying 87 council divisions, were approved by a...

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018By Julia PenhaligonThe long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet another meeting,...

GPs to the rescue? Will your local doctor take the place of your nearest Minor Injury Unit?

1st February 2018By Graham SmithMore than two dozen GP surgeries in Cornwall, which provide an “enhanced” service to treat minor injuries, are to be reviewed as part of the...

Camborne gangmaster shut down after multiple abuses of her workers

29th January 2019By Peter TremayneA Cornish gangmaster who systematically exploited her workers through skimming off their pay, sending them to work double shifts with insufficient breaks and charging them...

A timetable for the resumption of tin mining at South Crofty

24th January 2018By Peter TremayneA possible timetable for resuming tin mining at South Crofty has been outlined at a public meeting in Pool.Nearly 90 people attended the meeting to...

Cornwall’s libraries: the devolution revolution has been postponed

23rd January 2018By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe transformation of Cornwall’s library service is going to take twice as long as previously thought, according to council officials.In 2015 the council embarked on...

Residents to hear latest on plans to resume tin mining at South Crofty

22nd January 2018By Peter TremayneResidents in the Camborne, Redruth and Pool area should learn more this evening (Monday) about plans to resume tin mining at South Crofty.Mine owners Strongbow...

Could Falmouth keep its Minor Injury Unit? New report sheds insights into how health and council bosses are planning the “Kennally Care” future of Cornwall’s community hospitals

18th January 2018By Graham SmithFurther details have emerged of what Cornwall’s local hospitals could look like once the National Health Service converts to a council-led Accountable Care System.The developing...

Work starts to repair Portreath harbour wall (again)

5th January 2018By Rashleigh MacFarlaneCormac is hoping to start work today (Friday) to repair Portreath’s harbour wall, after it was destroyed by Storm Eleanor on Tuesday.It will be the...

Man dies in tractor accident

2nd January 2018Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following an accident involving a tractor and a van near Praze-an-Beeble yesterday (Monday.)The accident happened on an unclassified...

Good news for pet owners as fire crews get new life-saving kit

7th December 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneDonations from Helston-based The Dog House Grooming Company and the RSPCA mean that all of Cornwall’s on-call stations will now have special life-saving equipment for...

National Westminster closes several branches throughout Cornwall

4th December 2017By Graham SmithNational Westminster banks are closing across Cornwall – most are to close next year, but the branch in Wadebridge will close at the end of...

Decision Day for Labour Party members to select Camborne, Redruth & Hayle candidate

2nd December 2017By Anne NorthLabour Party members in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency meet today (Saturday) to select their Parliamentary candidate for the next election.According to the Labour...

Labour Party will have a new General Election candidate in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle constituency as Graham Winter withdraws

28th November 2017By Graham SmithGraham Winter, who came within 1,578 votes of beating Conservative George Eustice at the General Election earlier this year, has withdrawn from the contest to...

Man killed in industrial accident at Redruth

17th November 2017Health and Safety Executive officials are investigating the death of a man in an industrial accident in Redruth.  The incident is thought to have involved a baling...

Council housing returns to Cornwall – but only if private sector profits permit

13th November 2017By Julia PenhaligonThe first bricks have been laid in a housing development which signals a dramatic public sector intervention in Cornwall’s housing market.Cornwall Council aims to resume...

Cornwall remembers

13th November 2017Thousands of people across Cornwall have observed Remembrance Day memorial services.  Towns and villages staged events to respect local friends and relatives who have been killed and...

Labour activists prepare to select their candidate for Camborne & Redruth

12th November 2017By Graham SmithLabour Party activists are about to embark upon a hectic few weeks of internal campaigning as they set about selecting their Parliamentary candidate for the...

Candy Atherton, 1955-2017

31st October 2017By Graham SmithCandy Atherton, the former Labour MP for Falmouth & Camborne, has died.  She was 62.A tireless campaigner for the people of Cornwall since her election...

Cornwall’s foodbanks braced for arrival of Universal Credit

30th October 2017By Julia PenhaligonThousands of people in Cornwall are bracing themselves for the introduction of Universal Credit, the controversial new benefit which replaces many aspects of the traditional...