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No croissants for County Hall as bid to host Anglo-French summit flops

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall has failed to persuade the Foreign Office that it is the right place to host a summit of English and French local government leaders. Cornwall...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Lanivet chemical spill worries locals

By Harold Callahan Villagers at Lanivet, near Bodmin, are keen to find out more about an accident yesterday (Wednesday) which appears to have spilled a chemical into the environment....

Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp is “beyond its useful life” says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Wheal Jewel gypsy and traveller camp near St Day is in line for a £2 million facelift . An official County Hall reports says the...

Football is very far from coming home, as Truro City head even further north in their search for somewhere to play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s next home fixture, due to have been played at Taunton, has been moved to Gloucestershire.   Spectators from Truro, keen to support their “local” team,...

Grumpy about Tamar tolls? Think twice before signing that petition

By Peter Tremayne Motorists contemplating support for any petitions about the cost of crossing the River Tamar are advised to exercise caution: such petitions are seldom what they seem....

Devolution: the promise of “progress by the end of the month” did not specify which month, as plan to “unleash the potential of Cornwall” with a White Paper fades to grey

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council appears to be struggling to keep up with its own hyperbole about developing a cross-party consensus on devolution. County Hall chiefs are still trying...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

A funny old game: how many people will be watching football in Truro’s new mini stadium six months from now?

By Peter Tremayne County Hall’s “business plan” for Truro City’s new home ground at Langarth has taken another dent as the team last night (Tuesday) slumped to its seventh...

Helston’s 8-year eyesore to become community hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The derelict former Budgens supermarket in Helston is to be transformed into a community “hub” at a cost of £2.6 million. The building has been closed...

Worried that it costs too much to cross the Tamar? Just sign a Tory petition, that should fix it

By Julia Penhaligon Two Tory MPs have launched a petition calling for a freeze on Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry tolls. South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray and Plymouth...

Plug me in: more talk about battery cars

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s strategy on how to encourage electric vehicle (EV) uptake through the creation of a comprehensive network of chargepoints across the Duchy was approved yesterday...

How angry is it possible to be about seaweed? Quite angry, actually

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 200 people packed into the Percival Institute, St Minver, last night (Tuesday) for a public meeting called to discuss plans for a huge seaweed...

End of an era as Pirate FM changes its name – to, er, Radio Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s most-listened-to local radio station, Pirate FM, is changing its name to become two new brands - Hits Radio Cornwall and Greatest Hits Radio Cornwall. The...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Jethro’s statue is on its way to Trago

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A life-size statue of Jethro is due to finally go on display in May.  It will occupy pride of place in the main car park at...

Beer festival celebrates the long, relentless march of craft ales

By Harold Callahan A beer festival at Perranporth plans to offer some pints of ale for only £1.99 during a 12-day event next month.  A pint of beer in...

Slow train coming: 13 days of disruption on Cornwall’s railways

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Signalling work starting today (Tuesday) to Cornwall’s rail network will bring disruption to services for nearly two weeks. Network Rail is carrying out a multi-million pound...

EXCLUSIVE: Operation Corduroy – what it means to the privatisation of Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has tried to explain why it called its proposed privatisation of Newquay airport “Operation Corduroy” – a codename not immediately obvious to prospective investors...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

House of Commons speaker still in difficulty over Palestine, as another of Cornwall’s MPs tells him to go

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has added his name to the growing list of those who want the Speaker of the House of Commons...

County Hall set to defy local opinion and approve large housing estate at Heamoor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planning officials are recommending approval of controversial proposals for 320 homes at Heamoor, Penzance. The vast majority of nearly 100 public comments submitted to Cornwall Council...

Going underground: second rescue from old mine shaft in three weeks

By Harold Callahan A man has been rescued after getting trapped in a mineshaft at Twelveheads, near St Day. The West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (WCSAR) was called...

Another 325 houses for Wadebridge?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have been asked what they think about a proposal to build 325 houses on land behind the Aldi store in Wadebridge, next to the Dunveth...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: this week sees two chances to find out what they are really all about

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall’s seaweed wars move up a gear this week with two public meetings. The first is tomorrow (Tuesday) at the St Percival Institute, St Minver,...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Government warns of “imminent” flood risk at River Hayle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Homeowners close to the River Hayle are watching anxiously as levels rise to the point where flooding becomes almost inevitable. The government has warned that “properties...

Mevagissey gets cash to help manage flooding, as nature intended

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is to fund a £280,000 scheme to help manage flooding in Mevagissey. The town is often at risk from high tides and it is...

A30 Chiverton: Are we nearly there yet? No. Stop asking.

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The roadworks on the A30 at Chiverton Cross, to the west of Truro, will now continue until at least June, National Highways has said. The project...

Truro City footballers facing fixture crisis as rain stops play

By Peter Tremayne Truro City football club, anxiously waiting for Cornwall Council to build a new "home" ground at Langarth in time for the start of next season, could...

Hello Cornwall, can you patch me through to Houston please? – the moment the first private-sector Moon robot called Earth

This was the moment last night when our mission operators were able to confirm that we were receiving #IntuitiveMachines' Odysseus lander! With you all the way Houston! Thanks for...

WW2 bomb found in Plymouth to be detonated at sea (we hope)

By Harold Callahan An unexploded Second World War bomb found in a garden at Keyham, Plymouth will be driven through the city in a military convoy and detonated at...

Cornwall’s role in historic Moon landing

By Peter Tremayne Communications for the first private-sector spacecraft to land on the Moon have been handled by the Goonhilly station in Cornwall. Houston-based Intuitive Machines (IM) landed its...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

I haven’t got a magic wand, says the man trying to find anyone who might want to invest in Newquay airport

By Peter Tremayne It is now looking increasingly likely that Newquay airport will not, after all, be privatised.  Councillors think the airport will probably remain in public ownership enjoying...

Why are there so many empty houses in Cornwall, ask councillors

By Lee Trewhela The number of empty houses in Cornwall – over 2,000 including council-owned properties and second homes – during a housing crisis was a matter of concern...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas calls on House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to quit

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has become one of the early signatories to an Early Day Motion calling on the Speaker of the House of Commons...

“Horrific” conditions in Bodmin council house, as rents rise 7.7%

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor has spoken of the “horrific” child’s bedroom she found in a Bodmin council house. The room was riddled with damp, fungus and mould....

Once more into the brown stuff: heavy rain triggers sewage spills

Around three dozen beaches in Cornwall are currently failing water quality standards

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Let us spray: Newquay airport’s “hazardous aerosols” set for move to Redruth

By Peter Tremayne Some of the dangerous chemicals currently stored in a Newquay airport hangar, in defiance of planning rules, could soon be on their way to Redruth. Cornwall...

Spend more, get less: if Cornwall ran on hot air we’d all be fabulously wealthy

By Julia Penhaligon Many of Cornwall’s council taxpayers will have to find nearly £1,900 a year to keep County Hall in the style to which it has become accustomed,...

Navy larks: nuclear sub whose missile flopped had just completed seven-year £500 million refit at Devonport

By Peter Tremayne A nuclear submarine whose test missile launch flopped had recently sailed from Devonport after a seven-year refit costing half a billion pounds. The embarrassing missile failure...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Ceasefire now: protestors call on Cornwall Council to help stop the slaughter in Gaza

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors and County Hall staff were taken by surprise this morning (Tuesday) when a few dozen protestors dressed in Middle East-style clothes and carrying Palestinian...

Did we mention this is an election year? A good time to ask for Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry subsidies

By Peter Tremayne The politics of crossing the River Tamar got severely bogged down at Cornwall’s full council meeting this morning (Tuesday) as various acts of posturing saw councillors...

Just another day in the life of local government: nothing to see here

“Irregular process and activity?”  Surely not.  Thank goodness the disinfectant of transparency will ensure that the citizenry maintains full confidence in their elected tribunes.  If any members of Bodmin...

Crumbs of comfort? Truro’s proposed community sports hub “poses health and environmental risks”

Dear Editor, At Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee meeting I attended last week, it was agreed to construct a football pitch for Truro City Football Club where the Stadium...

EXCLUSIVE: that’s the way the money goes -Truro New Town needs an extra £90 million and construction hasn’t even started yet

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Construction costs associated with the Truro New Town project have rocketed by nearly £90 million. Cornwall Council is today (Tuesday) expected to endorse an increase in...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tourism 1, Science 0: Never mind climate change, just carry on camping

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 8-2 to allow camping on the beach at Kingsand, despite an official warning from the Environment Agency and contrary to the advice of...

Just a minute: stop me if you’ve heard this one before

By Peter Tremayne Members of a County Hall scrutiny committee are scratching their heads over the just-published draft minutes of their previous meeting – which once again fail to...

Bringing it all back home, again: the horror of Gaza returns to haunt Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith As MPs prepare for Wednesday’s debate about the death toll in Gaza, Cornwall councillors could again be put on the spot tomorrow (Tuesday) as two public...

Get ready with the popcorn, as Cornwall Council is asked to endorse the Plant Based Treaty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Less than a year after a frankly embarrassing County Hall debate about agriculture, Cornwall councillors will tomorrow (Tuesday) hear a public question designed to add some...

Public cash for private football clubs? It’s all going awfully well

By Peter Tremayne The “business plan” behind Cornwall Council’s £11 million mini-stadium at Truro is facing a new uncertainty – what might happen if Truro City’s footballers fail to...

North Cornwall’s seaweed wars: the first shot was fired at the bottom of page 36

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Battle lines are being drawn over plans for seaweed farms off the North Cornwall coast. The Marine Management Organisation has received applications for large farms at...

Holiday lets will in future need planning permission, says Gove

By Julia Penhaligon Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning (Monday) announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. The measure is among those which housing campaigners...

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

EXCLUSIVE: the magic bus stop – a sign of the times at Newquay airport, as the curious case of the hazardous chemicals on the edge of the runway leaves leading councillors with red faces

By Peter Tremayne A bus stop at Newquay’s aerohub business park has been moved more than 600 feet to a safe distance from a hangar used to store highly...

That’s the way the money goes: Cornwall Council pays £20,000 to write begging letters to the European Space Agency

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has awarded £20,000 to Space Professionals, a Truro firm of “independent consultants with genuine deep expertise across the space sector” to pitch for grants...

Welcome to the oasis – and read all about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has more local news titles than any other part of Britain, according to a new study.  But most of those titles are concentrated in the...

And then there were none: St Ives town council loses its last Conservative

By Lee Trewhela There are now no Conservatives left on St Ives Town Council in Cornwall after deputy mayor Kenny Messenger resigned as a Tory councillor at a meeting...

Despite last night’s by-election defeats, most of Cornwall’s Tory MPs still have reasons to be cheerful

By Julia Penhaligon Last night’s two by-election defeats for the Conservatives have renewed speculation about what might happen in Cornwall if the Right-wing Reform UK party fields candidates in...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Have you heard about the seaweed farm planned for Port Quin? Neither had most locals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Marine Management Organisation is considering proposals for a seaweed farm at Port Quin, on the North Cornwall coast. A similar proposal at Gerrans Bay was...

Boardmasters’ bosses hope to avoid the traffic chaos of previous years

By Lee Trewhela One of the major routes to the Newquay Boardmasters festival – which always leads to congestion – will be completely changed this year to allow only...

Planners grant approval for Truro community sports hub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted unanimously to approve the proposed Truro community sports hub. This morning’s (Thursday’s) decision clears a major hurdle for a project which has...

Definitely not a stadium

This photo was taken in November and was shown to planners this morning (Thursday) as they debate the likely uses of Truro's proposed community sports hub.  A grass football...

That’s the way the money goes: County Hall dreams of high-tech drones

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has just awarded itself £632,000 of the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund so as to stimulate the data, space and aerospace industrial sectors. The decision,...

Lib Dem poll blues

By Julia Penhaligon Another opinion poll about voting intentions is bad news for the Liberal Democrats, who traditionally have seen themselves as the primary challengers in Conservative “blue wall”...

Council grants Boardmasters licence for bigger-than-ever 58,000 crowd

By Lee Trewhela The team behind Boardmasters – the largest music festival in Cornwall and one of the biggest in the UK – has said it has always acted...

A week is a long time in politics, but pastygate is finally breaking the internet

By Julia Penhaligon This time last week Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was starting his whistle-stop one-day tour of Cornwall, which history might yet record as the start of the...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Tories on the slide in rural areas? Poll suggests Conservatives now struggling even in the countryside

By Julia Penhaligon An opinion poll for the Country Land and Business Association, attempting to assess voting intentions in rural areas, suggests support for the Conservatives has collapsed. The...

Boardmasters: application for huge expansion of Newquay festival worries locals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A marathon session of Cornwall’s licensing committee is debating plans for a huge increase in the size of the Newquay Boardmasters’ festival. The meeting has been...

Calls grow to reopen Plymouth airport

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for Plymouth airport to be reopened. Although the last flight at Plymouth airport was in 2011, planning policies...

“No fault” evictions continue to drive Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s landlords filed more than 100 repossession claims last year, new figures show. Across England and Wales, landlord repossession claims rose by more than 10% in...

It’s all balls: but only one shape looks likely to get a look-in at Truro’s publicly-funded mini stadium

By Peter Tremayne One of the most intriguing planning applications to come before councillors in recent times will finally be debated tomorrow (Thursday) to determine which sports might be...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Football: fixture problems mount for homeless Truro City

By Peter Tremayne Truro City’s footballers appear to be heading for severe fixture congestion as the current season enters its final few months. “Home” matches are a particular problem. ...

Devon and Cornwall police accused of “systemic misogyny”

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are under a new investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after facing accusations from several women about “systemic misogyny” and...

Tuesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Monday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

On yer bike: Cornwall to pilot “active travel” scheme in bid to boost health

By Anne North Cornwall is one of 13 areas in England chosen to promote “active” travel as an alternative to motoring. County Hall wants to encourage cycling and walking...

Tents on the beach still at serious risk of flooding and could not be safe, says Environment Agency

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners face a major test of how seriously they take climate change next week when they have to consider its impact on their favourite business...

Blah blah blah: but time waits for no-one as the general election gets ever closer

By Julia Penhaligon It looks like being a key week for politics with further clues that a general election is not only on the horizon, but could be held...

South East Cornwall Tory activist appointed to House of Lords

By Julia Penhaligon The former chairman of the South East Cornwall Conservatives is among those appointed to the House of Lords by Rishi Sunak. Gunnislake-based businessman Peter Booth has...

Rishi Sunak in Cornwall: did we mention this is an election year?

By Lee Trewhela It was an incongruous scene – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak batting off the criticism of his controversial transgender jibe while sat in a teeny weeny plastic...

Edwina Hannaford’s funeral will be on Thursday 22nd February

By Graham Smith The funeral of Looe councillor Edwina Hannaford will be at 11am on Thursday 22nd February. The St Martin-by-Looe church is expected to be packed. Before the...

Camelford bypass: the cracks appear already

By Julia Penhaligon A blue-on-blue Conservative party split appears to be widening within days of a Cornwall Council decision to spend £2.6 million on yet another business case for...

Friday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

BBC “extra” channels pose threat to local radio

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC plans to create an “extension” to Radio 2, via a new digital music station, look like further eroding the corporation’s own shrinking local radio audience...

Are we nearly there yet? No

National Highways is warning motorists of more delays this weekend as the A30 around Chiverton Cross closes for more roadworks.  The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2022.

Derriford hospital declares another critical incident

By Anne North Plymouth’s Derriford hospital, which serves a large part of North and East Cornwall, has declared another “critical incident.” University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust said its emergency...

Is football coming home? Er, not quite

By Peter Tremayne Fans of Truro City football club will have to travel to Taunton for home matches until the rest of the current season. In recent years Truro’s...

If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal: Cornwall’s offshore wind ambitions becalmed by lack of ambition

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party’s decision to abandon its £28 billion per year pledge to create a “green economy” is bad news for those who dream of any...

Teacher sent sexual messages to colleagues

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A teacher at a special school in Cornwall sent sexual messages to colleagues, leading to a finding of misconduct by the Teaching Regulation Authority. But the...

Thursday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Camelford’s bypass would cost £59 million per mile – £147 million in total – but in an election year you can promise anything

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Conservatives have endorsed a gamble of £2.6 million to refresh a business case for the Camelford bypass. County Hall officials admit the road would be “poor...

Have you ever been stuck in Truro’s Garras Wharf car park after catching an evening show? You are not alone

By Peter Tremayne Officials are looking for ways to fix problems at Truro’s Garras Wharf car park, which routinely sees long delays as motorists try to leave after spending...