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The green, green grass of home

It looks like it really might be coming home.  Having spent months looking like a battlefield, the new £11 million publicly-owned Langarth community sports hub now has a freshly-sown...

In the bag? Is Team Cornwall coming home with £10.6 billion?

By Graham Smith The announcement of the general election did not go unnoticed in Leeds, where thousands of potential property sector investors are window-shopping for money-making ideas.  A few...

And they’re off! Reform UK pledges to fight every constituency in Cornwall – but most local Conservatives still have reasons to be cheerful

By Julia Penhaligon So far, none of the major bookmakers is offering constituency-level odds on MPs likely to get elected at the 4th July general election. This morning (Thursday)...

Flaming June: countdown to 4th July general election polling day

By Julia Penhaligon Dissolution of Parliament (the official start of “purdah”):  Thursday 30th May Publication of notice of election:  Friday 31st May Delivery of nomination papers: before 4pm Friday...

Reform UK makes it six out of six in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The first day of the general election campaign has brought a significant boost to the chances of Cornwall electing a Labour MP for the first time...

Asylum-seekers? Rwanda? No-one’s asked us, say Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has said it has had no request from the government to facilitate flights to Rwanda for the forced deportation of asylum-seekers. Newquay is one...

“Concern over additional load” has forced Truro multi-storey car park closure, says council

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has said “concerns about adding additional load to the multi-storey sections of the car park” is the reason why the busy Moorfield car park...

Sunak’s election gamble leaves a policy vacuum in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Yesterday’s announcement that a general election will be held on 4th July has called into question the future of several key public policy decisions in Cornwall....

General Election on 4th July

By Graham Smith Multiple sources at Westminster saying a general election will be held on Thursday 4th July, allowing for a six-week campaign.

Hundreds in Truro to say farewell to Gaza hero “Hendo”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds of people are attending the funeral of Falmouth aid worker Jim Henderson, who was killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza in April. About...

Truro’s biggest council-run multi-storey car park closes upper levels due to “structural concerns”

By Lee Trewhela Truro’s biggest council car park was closed last night following “concerns” discovered during an inspection. The multi-storey levels (decks four to nine) of Moorfield car park...

We’re for sale, come and make us an offer, Cornwall Council tells punters in Leeds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s “sales brochure” now being handed to unsuspecting passers-by at a huge property developers’ conference in Leeds reveals more details about several “investment” opportunities. Punters wandering...

Devolution: We’re courageous and brave, so come and spend your money in Cornwall, Kennally tells Leeds property developers

By Graham Smith It now more than a year since Cornwall Council’s Conservative cabinet voted unanimously to reject chief executive Kate Kennally’s long and expensive campaign to change local...

Election leaflet wars: it’s that time of year already

By Julia Penhaligon No-one in North Cornwall is 100% sure if they have heard the first cuckoo of the year, but already they are talking about the first “leaflet...

Looking for a pantomime? Cornwall’s new Economic Forum appoints Hall for Cornwall chairman as its new boss

By Julia Penhaligon The first chairman of the new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum is to be Lord John Hutton, a former cabinet minister under Tony Blair...

Cornwall’s latest devolution “White Paper” to be launched in Leeds

By Graham Smith County Hall's long-awaited thoughts on devolution are due to be unveiled in Leeds tomorrow (Thursday) attended by an extraordinarily large delegation of Cornwall Council officials, including...

Did we mention that this is an election year? Musical chairs at Cornwall Council to allow Parliamentary candidate more time on the campaign trail

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Connor Donnithorne has stepped down from his County Hall cabinet portfolio role to concentrate on his campaign as a Parliamentary candidate. Councillor Donnithorne is...

Pale ale-gate: Cornwall Council leader pulls out of three-day trip to Leeds

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has pulled out of a three-day excursion to Leeds for a property developers’ conference. Although still named on the website of...

The future of Penzance: County Hall’s two tribes prepare to resume battle

By Lee Trewhela A plan to redevelop the Coinagehall Street area of Penzance has been nothing but contentious, with protest and opposition at the proposal to demolish PZ Gallery...

Motorcyclist killed in accident at Ladock

By Peter Tremayne A 57-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in collision with a car on the B3275 at Ladock. The accident happened yesterday (Monday) morning. The road was closed...

Motorists warned of two weeks of major roadworks on approach to Truro

By Peter Tremayne One of the main routes into Truro is closed overnight this week and next. The A390 between Chiverton and Langarth is being prepared for the major...

“Why would anybody risk becoming leader in the year before an election?” Only 345 days to go

By Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for County Hall’s annual pantomime about who should be the leader of Cornwall Council. The smart money says Conservative councillor Linda Taylor...

Ley lines: Cornwall Council’s “temporary” traffic rules at spaceport are to be made permanent

By Peter Tremayne The “temporary” double yellow lines painted around Newquay airport in November 2022, in a panic-stricken attempt to facilitate Richard Branson’s rocket launch the following January, are...

New Isles of Scilly ferry service now due to launch on 17th June

By Peter Tremayne The proposed new ferry service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly appears to have again been delayed.  The first advertised crossing is now due to...

Pale ale-gate: will the official cost be anywhere near the true figure?

By Graham Smith Tomorrow's (Tuesday's) full meeting of Cornwall Council has only one question from the public: how much is it costing taxpayers to send 12 people to the...

Huge increase in the number of children in Cornwall referred to gender-identification clinics

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Data collected and analysed by parents’ groups in the South West suggests that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly refer significantly more children to gender-identification clinics...

Runaway train? Mid Cornwall Metro approaching the points of no return

By Peter Tremayne Two Cornwall Council cabinet members are due to make a decision on Wednesday (22nd May) about whether or not to go ahead with the Mid Cornwall...

Tough at the top, as pay rises lag behind inflation

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally is in line for a £4,752 annual pay rise, if the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers...

Cornwall Council’s “confident” ambition is to become a player on the global stage, says chief executive Kate Kennally

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has answered a Freedom of Information question about County Hall’s importance on the global stage. The question stemmed from comments made by chief executive...

Politics: always room for more fruitcake in St Austell and Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Any threat that Reform UK might pose to Conservative MPs in Cornwall at the next election should be seen in the context of what is happening...

Next week’s “pale ale-gate” looks like it will cost Cornwall’s taxpayers even more than “champagne-gate” in 2018 – and that’s before you try to calculate the reputational damage

By Graham Smith Yorkshire’s prostitutes are looking forward to a bumper pay packet next week as around 12,000 wealthy executives from the property sector, mostly men, descend on Leeds...

Cornwall is starting to look like one of the few places where local taxpayers alone are forced to finance tourism, as Dorset announces a £2/night levy on hotel guests

By Julia Penhaligon Dorset is to introduce a tourist tax. Strictly speaking it will be a levy on visitors staying in hotels, but the move is nevertheless significant and...

Rival camps sharpen their knives over Cornwall Council’s trans-gender advice for schoolchildren

 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The row over what teachers should say to schoolchildren who question their own gender has intensified with the publication of new government advice. In future, children...

Team Cornwall is sending 12 to Leeds, including the current council leader (but will she still be leader by Tuesday afternoon?)

By Graham Smith Cornwall is sending no fewer than 12 people to a property developers’ conference and exhibition in Leeds next week. Cornwall Reports has obtained the full list...

Zero listeners by 2032? BBC Radio Cornwall’s remarkable vanishing audience

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall has lost another 19,000 listeners in a year, according to industry data published today (Thursday.) The latest Rajar figures give the publicly-funded local...

Four days later: the curious case of the Drakewalls explosion

By Harold Callahan The mystery over an explosion at Drakewalls, near Gunnislake, on Sunday has deepened after police said they had arrested a man in connection with the incident...

Pale ale-gate: Team Cornwall sends Captain Kate to Leeds to help woo Bob the Builder

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive Kate Kennally is on the team to attend the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum next week. The three-day event, in...

Let’s talk, says council leader – and people in Bodmin are certainly ready to say what they think

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor might face some hostile questions tomorrow (Thursday) when she visits Bodmin as part of her latest tour. A campaign group with...

Pale ale-gate: Team Cornwall is off to a “perfect storm” in Leeds

By Graham Smith “Team Cornwall” is off to the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum next week – a three-day “extravaganza” in Leeds for property developers. The UKREiiF...

Councillors to debate Cornwall’s approach to transgender issues in schools

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors are to go ahead with an inquiry into the way gender-identity is “taught” in local schools, despite new guidance expected imminently from the Department...

Football: it seems that “multi-year contracts” at Truro City don’t last as long as they used to

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers have lost their manager.  Paul Wotton is to become the new boss at Torquay United. In November 2023 Mr Wotton signed what was...

St Ives Labour candidate “developed a deep affection for Cornwall through frequent visits”

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has completed its slate of Parliamentary candidates for Cornwall by selecting Dr Filson Ali to contest the St Ives constituency. She is a...

Everything you wanted to know about what’s on your plate, as government publishes new Food Security Index

By Julia Penhaligon The government has today (Tuesday) published its first “UK Food Security Index” to help maintain oversight of how food is produced and distributed. The Index is...

Cornwall’s teachers to be told County Hall’s “Trans Inclusion Toolkit” is based on a contested belief

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s teachers are preparing to find themselves in the middle of a new “culture war” over transgender ideology, as the government confirms that its official existing...

Don’t look now: trying to focus on Cornwall’s tax and spend priorities

By Julia Penhaligon The new “budget development” scrutiny committee to be created by Cornwall Council will have a Conservative majority, if next week’s full council meeting endorses a recommendation...

Bring out the bling: Cornwall’s town mayors raid the dressing-up box

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s reputation as a defender of pomp and ceremony in local government is taking centre stage this month as several towns go through the annual romp...

Two wheels good: cyclists get the lion’s share of Truro’s “river city” windfall

By Julia Penhaligon Truro’s powerful cycling lobby has won an important victory to prioritise a hugely expensive lifting bridge to connect Boscawen Park with Newham, on either side of...

Christmas is cancelled in Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Padstow’s Christmas Festival has been cancelled.  Organisers say that after 17 years, the event has become “unviable” and they cannot carry on. Local traders who have...

This job might need the big spanner: making sure we can cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne You have about a week to go if you would like to tender for keeping the Torpoint ferries afloat and making sure the Tamar Bridge doesn’t...

Hold very tight, please: the search for someone to run Truro’s buses could be about to get bumpy

By Peter Tremayne Can you drive a bus?  Would you like £4.5 million to ferry passengers around Truro?  Can you let us know your availability before the end of...

Going underground? Heat and power pipes for Truro New Town “on hold”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor is under pressure to make an “individual decision” about a multi-million pound energy project intended to power the proposed Truro New...

Chasing dreams: Newquay spaceport watches nervously as new cargo plane prepares to blast off

By Peter Tremayne A date has been set for the first launch of a new space shuttle which might – one day – land at Newquay. Sierra Nevada’s Dream...

Hold on to your hat: the Atlantic ocean hurricane season starts in three weeks

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A record-breaking 421 consecutive days of sea surface temperature rise in the North Atlantic have ended, according to scientists. Data collected by the US National Oceanic...

Focus on food security, farmers to tell Sunak

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to host a meeting at Downing Street tomorrow (Tuesday) for farmers to discuss food production and security. The Farm to...

Tributes to former South East Cornwall MP Colin Breed

By Graham Smith Tributes have been paid to the former South East Cornwall MP Colin Breed, who died recently aged 76. The former Lib Dem MP represented the area...

Dolcoath Avenue offices to close next week

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall Council offices at Dolcoath Avenue,Camborne, will close next week. The council’s Conservative administration took the decision to sell in July last year as part...

Heartlands: could you “balance the commercial opportunities while maintaining Cornwall’s heritage?” asks council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is advertising for someone to take over its £35 million 21-acre Heartlands site at Pool, Redruth. Once part of the South Crofty tin mine,...

Former South East Cornwall MP Colin Breed dies

By Graham Smith The former Liberal Democrat MP for South East Cornwall, Colin Breed, has died.  He was 76. A former bank manager, he was the MP from 1997...

New Isles of Scilly ferry is on the way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The prospect of a serious threat to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company's 100-year monopoly on ferry services to Cornwall has come a step closer. The...

“Shoppers’ car park” in Truro now charging £31.50 for motorists who stay longer than three hours

By Lee Trewhela Shop owners in Truro have accused Cornwall Council of trying to bankrupt the city following tariff changes in a car park which now means anyone parking...

Gone south: Northern Lights dazzle Cornwall as fierce geo-magnetic storm threatens global communications meltdown

Very pretty, but actually pretty violent.  A very rare category G5 solar storm, caused by six streams of plasma from the Sun colliding with the Earth's atmosphere, is causing...

Fingers crossed: County Hall waits to find out the latest estimated cost of the Mid Cornwall Metro

By Peter Tremayne The Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has entered a critical phase of detailed design work, which should allow for a more detailed assessment of the costs....

Some council chiefs “reduced to tears” by league table which has County Hall in the bottom 20%

By Julia Penhaligon The fall-out from last week’s “performance data” release which suggested that Cornwall Council is one of the worst in England continues to reverberate around County Hall....

Trust us, says County Hall, pushing ahead with disposal of 2,000 public assets

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s deputy leader has denied the decentralisation of 2,000 land assets owned by the local authority is a “fire sale.” The council has agreed to...

Mind how you go: Tunes In The Dunes to feature the police (the constables, not the band)

By Harold Callahan Police are warning would-be revellers at Perranporth’s “Tunes In The Dunes” festival to make sure they don’t try to drive while under the influence of drink...

Out on a limb: as Cornwall’s attempts to write its own devolution “White Paper” remain shrouded in mystery, the Institute for Government says that being small is not necessarily beautiful

By Julia Penhaligon A report out today (Thursday) suggests that Cornwall could miss out on the next round of “devolution” after the next general election. A 37-page analysis by...

That’s the way the money goes: max headroom to the rescue

By Julia Penhaligon A rare sign of intelligent life was allowed to flicker briefly at Cornwall Council’s cabinet meeting this morning (Wednesday) before it was inevitably snuffed out as...

What lies beneath? The dangers of Cornwall’s centuries-old mine workings

By Rashleigh MacFarlane MPs have started investigating the potential health impacts of old mine workings.  Their findings will be of interest to many people in Cornwall. The inquiry is...

The devil is in the detail: while the ambition is “brilliant” the reality is red warning lights flashing all over the place

By Julia Penhaligon There is always more to do – and less to do it with.  Cornwall’s children’s services are heading for a crisis with rising demand – but...

Are we nearly there yet? A30 roadworks at Chiverton Cross still have about a month to go (maybe)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £330 million upgrade to the A30 to the west of Truro, designed to speed the flow of tourists into West Cornwall, still has weeks of...

A bridge too far: after three years of blether, Truro can only watch as inflation erodes the value of government’s pre-election “transformation” cash

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon The full raft of plans proposed to revitalise Truro with £23.6 million of government pre-election funding could now be in jeopardy. The cash was...

Tory love-in brings no cheer for those who need to cross the River Tamar

By Julia Penhaligon A near-empty House of Commons chamber last night (Tuesday) heard the government rule out any immediate cash injection to help ease the cost of crossing the...

Planners say “no” to the National Trust, rejecting proposals for a 250-space car park at Trelissick Gardens

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have rejected proposals for a huge new car park at the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens Country House at Feock, near Truro. Councillors voted 9-1 for...

Cornwall Council’s Annual Report: squeezing 9 “brilliants” into only 19 pages

By Julia Penhaligon For a local authority whose budgetary policy resembles a wildly bouncing roulette ball, Cornwall Council’s annual report is remarkably upbeat.  It is, quite literally, fantastic. The...

Bluetongue disease threat to sheep as new virus set to sweep northern Europe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s sheep farmers are bracing themselves for a new strain of the bluetongue virus which looks spread across the UK. The government says there is a...

South West Water pushing ahead with plans for desalination plant at Par, despite full reservoirs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has made its first approach to Cornwall Council for planning permission to build a desalination plant at Par. SWW has submitted an outline...

Sick councillor has Cornwall’s political parties on by-election watch

By Julia Penhaligon Around 4,700 people in South East Cornwall will have to get by without their local councillor for a few more months after her colleagues agreed to...

That’s the way the money goes: who remembers February’s budget?

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall appears to be moving to a “permanent revolution” model of budgetary planning with further major changes to the financial assumptions voted on by the...

Blue sky thinking? How to make lots of money out of Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne It’s not in the sales brochure, but one of the potential future uses for Newquay Airport could see it propelled to centre-stage in a national political...

Spoiler alert: not everyone cared deeply about last week’s Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Julia Penhaligon Nearly one voter in every hundred in Cornwall spoiled their ballot paper in Thursday’s Police and Crime Commissioner election. Official figures show that 801 out of...

Truro City’s footballers are now just waiting for the green, green grass of home

By Peter Tremayne The grass pitch is still a work in progress, but at least there is progress on the rest of the site.  It looks as if Truro...

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us: Scillonian ferry scares gig rowers in “near miss” incident

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An investigation is underway to find out what led to a “near miss” incident involving the Scillonian ferry and competitors in the World Gig Racing Championships...

EXCLUSIVE: Crowdcube inquiry into how Cornish Pirates raised cash by promising to play in Truro

By Peter Tremayne There seem to be dark clouds gathering over the future of the Cornish Pirates rugby union club, based in Penzance. The Crowdcube online fundraising organisation has...

Olly said what? Cornwall’s Tories drop the marmalade as housing boss appears to announce dramatic new “homes for locals” policy

By Julia Penhaligon A little-noticed national newspaper article has set tongues wagging at County Hall because of two quotes attributed to a Cornwall Council cabinet member. The i newspaper...

Countdown to change? While Sunak dithers over general election date, Cornwall Council’s Tories are now on the last lap

By Graham Smith The popular mood among the political punditarati this morning (Sunday) is that the Conservatives are finished.  I say my fellow scribes are wrong.  The Tories are...

Tories hold Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner post thanks to split vote

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Reports understands that the Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner election result, to be announced shortly, will confirm that Alison Hernandez has won with...

Lies, damned lies and statistics – Cornwall languishes in 257th place in national “league table” of council performance

By Julia Penhaligon As last night’s local council election results creep in, County Hall officials in Truro are muttering darkly about how unfair everything this – and Cornwall Council...

Parliament set to debate the politics of crossing the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The politics of crossing the River Tamar will have a national platform next week when the costs of using the bridge and ferries are debated in...

Serious accident closes A30 in North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists have been urged to avoid the A30 in North Cornwall this morning (Friday) because of a serious accident on Bodmin Moor. The road is closed...

TORY WIPEOUT: Reform UK helps Labour strengthen its grip on Plymouth, sending shockwaves through Cornwall’s Conservatives

By Julia Penhaligon Only one Conservative councillor, out of 14, survived night’s Plymouth City Council elections.  Labour gained 11, the Independents gained one and the Green Party gained one,...

Sex attack at Truro Cathedral

By Harold Callahan Police have appealed for information about a serious sex attack in the grounds of Truro Cathedral. The attack happened more than a month ago - late...

“I have acted in the best interests of the people in my division,” says councillor who blew the whistle on senior County Hall officials

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor who has received a censure for failing to apologise and undergo “training” after speaking out about the way the local authority dealt with...

A flop on the ocean waves: Newquay’s surf “not good enough” for national champs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane This weekend’s national surfing championship, due to take place at Newquay’s Watergate Bay, has been postponed because of the conditions. Surfing England said the English National...

The votes are in!

By Julia Penhaligon While political junkies wait to see how many voters brave today’s weather to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall has revealed how 2,700 voters...

Police & Crime Commissioner election will offer clues as to who is likely to run Cornwall Council next year

By Julia Penhaligon Polling stations are open from 7am-10pm tomorrow (Thursday) to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. Conservative Alison Hernandez is defending the role...

The flogging will continue until morale improves: County Hall returns with another bid to slash nearly £1 million from school buses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council officials, still smarting from a political outmanoeuvring in December, have prepared a new package of £898,000 cuts to the school transport budget within the...

Vandals force closure of Cremyll Quay toilets

By Harold Callahan Managers at the Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, South East Cornwall, have closed the Cremyll Quay toilets from 5pm daily due to vandalism. The park,...

Newquay Airport privatisation is clear for take-off

By Peter Tremayne The future of Newquay Airport will be made at a Cornwall Council cabinet meeting on 12th June. Any chance that the decision would be taken by...

That’s the way the money goes: taxpayers even paid the bus fares for Truro’s footballers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s taxpayers have contributed £23,600 towards the cost of bus fares for Truro City’s footballers as they have played “home” matches outside of Cornwall in recent...

Are Cornwall’s Tories heading for defeat over airport privatisation?

By Peter Tremayne Today’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s economic scrutiny committee could upset the ruling administration’s plans to privatise Newquay Airport. The Conservative’s theoretical 6-5 majority  is vulnerable because...