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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,...

Cornwall hopes that new flights from Newquay-Amsterdam will keep open its window to the world, as Branson snatches Heathrow slots and confirms Flybe will be re-branded as Virgin

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is to introduce new flights between Newquay and Amsterdam, and increase services to Manchester and Edinburgh, as part-compensation for the loss of its connection to...

Flybe’s Newquay route reverts to Gatwick airport, as Branson snatches Heathrow for bigger things

By Graham Smith It’s official – nearly – that Flybe is to abandon its Heathrow airport landing slots.  Passengers from Newquay will instead be offered flights to Gatwick. The...

Health chiefs booked 10 hotel rooms to help manage Cornwall’s hospital bed crisis

By Richard Whitehouse Hospital bosses provisionally booked hotel rooms to cope with pressures placed on Royal Cornwall Hospital over the new year. Details of the “extraordinary action” were revealed...

Inspectors say Cornwall’s fire and rescue service “needs improvement”

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fire and rescue service still “requires improvement,” according to the latest report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The label is actually an improvement on last...

Newquay dogs home to close for “reconfiguration” of business model

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Francis dogs home, Porth, Newquay, is to close its kennel doors to new admissions with immediate effect – and is looking for new homes...

Cornwall College to close Saltash campus in bid to avoid financial collapse

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall College is to sell its 35-year-old Saltash campus to help stave off a financial crisis. A statement on the college website says the Saltash campus...

National Pot Hole Day helps “celebrate” repairs to Cornwall’s roads

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 25,000 potholes had to be repaired in Cornwall’s roads last year, County Hall has confirmed.  This is approximately six times as many as were...

Cornwall to pioneer firefighter and social worker “blended workforce”

By Anne North Cornwall is to attempt a merging of firefighting and social worker roles.  It opens the way to greater reliance on volunteers. The idea is not new,...

Branson takes taxpayers for a ride – you can still fly from Newquay to Heathrow, but only if you go via Manchester and Edinburgh

By Graham Smith The government has buckled to demands by Richard Branson for a £100 million tax-break to keep the troubled regional airline Flybe operational. The deal still leaves...

Cornwall “will not try to run its own airline,” promises council leader

By Richard Whitehouse The leader of Cornwall Council has ruled out the possibility of the authority operating flights to London saying it would be a “stretch too far.” Julian...

Cornish Lithium optimistic about the prospects for 2020, as more drilling is about to get underway

By Graham Smith The quest for a new energy source to power electric vehicles is likely to make huge strides in 2020, as Cornish Lithium continues to explore reserves...

Planners to meet next week to rule on Truro stadium proposals

By Anne North Planners are due to meet next week (Thursday 23rd January) to rule on plans for a Truro stadium. Although outline permission was granted originally in 2011,...

Councillors finally get the chance to debate badger culling on Cornwall Council farms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors will finally get the opportunity to debate the alleged link between badgers and bovine TB at a meeting next week. The council owns more...

No quick fix for Bude, as angry residents confront NHS bosses over loss of overnight minor injury facility

By Julia Penhaligon Residents of Bude will have to wait until next month before they find out more about the future of their local overnight health facilities, following the...

Flybe on the brink, as ministers meet to consider industry-wide tax breaks as a possible solution

By Anne North Today (Tuesday) looks like being make-or-break for the troubled airline Flybe, which connects Newquay to London’s Heathrow airport and other major UK cities. Crunch talks involving...

Royal Cornwall hospital chiefs admit that “early discharge” may result in harm to patients

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The reality of the Royal Cornwall hospital “black alert” has been laid bare in an internal memo written by a senior clinician. The memo, leaked to...

EXCLUSIVE – Former Truro City boss buys Newquay Voice and St Austell Voice newspapers

By Graham Smith Pete Masters, former owner of Truro City Football Club, has bought two more Cornish newspapers – the Newquay Voice and the St Austell Voice. Mr Masters...

WW2 Lancaster bomber to be restored at Newquay

By Peter Tremayne A World War 2 Lancaster bomber is being rebuilt at Newquay airport.  Replica Aircraft Fabrications, based at Newquay’s AeroHub, is searching for spare parts to help...

Man’s body found on a beach at Widmouth Bay, Bude

By Peter Tremayne Police searching for 23-year-old Ricky Gamage, who was reported missing from the Bude area on 28th December, have found the body of a man on a...