Rolling news

Branson reschedules his first rocket launch, giving himself an extra two weeks to troubleshoot any snags

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has brought forward his first powered test flight of the Virgin Orbit satellite rocket. LauncherOne had been scheduled for its maiden voyage – without...

European Commission approves Flybe takeover

By Peter Tremayne The European Commission has approved the takeover of Flybe by Connect Airways, paving the way for the company’s aircraft to be re-branded under the Virgin Atlantic...

Seize Brexit as an opportunity to change the countryside forever, urges Royal Society

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new report calls for a radical shift to sustainable agriculture, making huge cuts in direct payments to farmers. The Royal Society for the encouragement of...

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...

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

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...

Why the council wants to keep West Cornwall in the dark

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in West Cornwall are being urged to drop-in to an information session tomorrow (Wednesday) to find out why they might be better off if Cornwall...

Par River pollution investigation continues

By Graham Smith Environment Agency officers are continuing their investigations into a pollution incident on the River Par, downstream of Luxulyan, Cornwall.  Officials have turned their attention to the...

Woman from Cornwall among those to face trial for climate change protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 64-year-old woman from St Keverne is among those who will be facing a trial for alleged public order offences following the Extinction Rebellion climate change...

Will Branson make it into space by Saturday?

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson appears to be in danger of failing to deliver on one of his more colourful promises should he fail to make it into space...

Jews who disagree with me are anti-Semitic cranks, says Cornwall councillor

By Anne North A Cornwall councillor who runs an“anti-Semitism” Facebook campaign has described Jewish people who disagree with him as “cranks.” Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly, who resigned from the...

It’s all going really well, County Hall chief to tell members

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s chief executive Kate Kennally is to deliver a “Stewardship of the Council” address to all 123 members of the authority at a special briefing...

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

Tintagel Castle footbridge will not be open in time for school holidays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £4 million footbridge to Tintagel Castle will not be open in time for the start of the school holidays, English Heritage has confirmed. The 12...

County Hall backsliding on transparency is worrying, says councillor

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has been criticised for not publishing details of spending on payment cards and payments above £500 with one councillor saying it was “worrying”. Under...

Local government Ombudsman rules against Cornwall Council, and in favour of Delabole families, in the long running saga of school bus passes

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has apologised to the parents of children from Delabole whose bus passes were taken away because County Hall officials decreed that they could walk,...

Pollution incident kills fish at the Par River, near Luxulyan

By Anne North The Environment Agency is investigating a pollution incident at the Par River, Luxulyan, which has killed a large number of fish. Investigators describe the incident as...

Cornwall considers the next set of rules for dogs on beaches

By Richard Whitehouse Full details have been revealed of the survey that Cornwall Council will use to get the public’s view on dogs on beaches. The council currently has...

Armed police commandeer boat in response to woman’s threat to jump from Wadebridge by-pass

By Peter Tremayne Armed police commandeered a boat in Wadebridge yesterday (Thursday) to provide “back up” in case a woman at risk of jumping from the by-pass ended up...

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