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Most of our passengers are tourists, admits the airline which gets taxpayers’ cash to pay for cheap holidays in Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Most of the heavily-subsidised flights between Gatwick and Newquay are for tourism, rather than business, according to a survey carried out by the airline which has...

Water companies should put customers before shareholders, says St Austell and Newquay MP – and now drought supremo – Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, who is currently the government minister responsible for the drought, has warned he will fine South West Water if...

Another fine mess: Cornwall’s main leisure contractor falsely announces the “closure” of Wadebridge sports centre

By Graham Smith People in Wadebridge are fuming about a message sent by Cornwall Council’s main leisure contractor, GLL, falsely claiming that the local sports centre is about to...

Cornwall’s burning: how many fires will close roads and switch off power lines today?

By Peter Tremayne The huge number of fires across Cornwall is now starting to pose a serious threat to motorists, after the main A30 road had to be closed...

It’s official: drought declared in Cornwall as government puts local MP in charge

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall is now, officially, in a drought.  The government made the announcement a few minutes ago. Cornwall’s rivers are a particular concern, with wildlife at risk. ...

Cornwall’s burning: fire crews stretched as flames sweep through countryside

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s firefighters faced another extremely busy day yesterday (Thursday) attending nearly a dozen separate open air incidents, some of them at the same time. Nearly 20...

Pennies from heaven? Why today’s overdue declaration of a drought should renew the focus on our profit-driven water companies

By Graham Smith The South West is expected to move into official “drought” status today (Friday) after a meeting between the Environment Agency, government ministers, farmers’ leaders and water...

There is a tide in the affairs of Scillonians which is going to cost £8.1 million to keep at bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Council of the Isles of Scilly is preparing to dump tons of rock off Porthloo beach in a bid to protect St Mary’s island from...

Who’s next? County Hall starts its quest for a new lawyer

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, has asked senior councillors to delegate to her the authority to appoint a new Monitoring Officer, effectively County Hall’s top...

That’s the way the money goes: with a stroke of the pen, the Penzance “creative cluster” increases in cost from £6 million to £10 million

By Graham Smith The Penzance “Creative Cluster” project which was supposed to have cost less than £6 million when it was first announced appears now to be costing £10...

Another busy day for Cornwall’s firefighters

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall's firefighters are continuing to come under extreme pressure with another 10 call-outs yesterday (Wednesday,) mostly to wild fires in the open countryside. Some fires have...

EXCLUSIVE: How Cornwall Council paid airline passengers – mostly second home owners – £35 each to so that Newquay Airport could fly half-empty planes to London

By Peter Tremayne A Freedom of Information answer has revealed the poor value of Cornwall Council’s subsidised flights to London for the first three months of the contract, with...

Plan for Newlyn, Mousehole and Paul to have their own parish council

By Richard Whitehouse A bid has been launched to form a new parish council to “better represent” people living in three villages in West Cornwall. A group has formed...

Please make sure you don’t hurt yourself outside of our random new opening times, say hospital bosses, as Cornwall’s shortage of nurses starts to bite

By Anne North The shortage of nurses in Cornwall has reduced opening times at the Penzance urgent treatment centre to a lottery, with health chiefs unable to say from...

Cornwall lost another 3.8% of its water last week, as reservoirs continue to empty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s reservoirs are now shrinking rapidly, according to the latest data published by South West Water. Colliford has fallen by 3.3% in a week and is...

Cornwall burning: Fire Brigades Union says its members are in the front line of climate emergency

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s firefighters have had to deal with more than a dozen open-air incidents in recent days, as the Fire Brigades Union repeats its warning that far...

Eight months after it was closed, work finally starts to repair Helland Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly eight months after Helland Bridge was closed by a lorry crash, contractors have finally started work on repairs. Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have had...

Community bid to take over Roseland outdoor education centre and save it from developers

By Richard Whitehouse A community bid to buy and reopen an outdoor education centre is inching closer to its target of raising £200,000.  The Roseland Centre wants to buy...

Truro’s viaduct car park finally bites the dust, but councillors still don’t know where the £170 million Pydar investment is coming from

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro’s viaduct car park, once thought to be so important to Cornwall’s Conservatives that they objected to plans for a £170 million redevelopment of the city’s...

Jamaica Inn sold to national hotel group for £8 million

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor, has been sold for approximately £8 million to a national hotel chain. The pub, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel...