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Cornwall rejects the invitation to have a “grown up conversation” about devolution – aiming instead to make mischief for the new government

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s “White Paper” on devolution is a declaration of war on the new Labour government. Its proposals are a direct challenge to deputy Prime Minister...

Sits Vac: someone to “develop and deliver Spaceport’s pipeline, including launch activities”

By Peter Tremayne A raft of new jobs are on offer at Newquay Airport – including one of “Head of Future Air and Space.” Other jobs include a commercial...

County Hall’s “home rule” proposals aim to turn Cornwall into self-governing mini-State

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council aims to raise an additional £2 billion a year in taxes and introduce its own visa scheme for migrant workers, according to County Hall’s...

Devolution: why the rush? Government insists councils have 10 weeks to scrutinise their bids

By Julia Penhaligon The government has told councils they have until the end of September to submit their devolution proposals. This is diametrically opposite to a claim made by...

Connor Donnithorne returns to Cornwall Council’s cabinet

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Connon Donnithorne has returned to County Hall’s ruling cabinet in a straight swap with councillor Richard Pears-Williams. Councillor Donnithone, the Conservative councillor for Redruth...

The curious case of Cornwall’s devolution “White Paper” – which remains invisible, with only a few hours for you to ask questions

By Julia Penhaligon If the intention is to demonstrate to government that Cornwall Council is a grown-up local authority with functioning democratic structures, then County Hall's devolution “White Paper”...

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

“Don’t ask us,” say planners, “we have no idea if the aerosols are in Newquay, Redruth, both or neither”

By Peter Tremayne County Hall has said it cannot comment on suggestions that at least some of the “hazardous chemicals” stored in a hangar at Newquay Airport might have...

Corserv needs emergency bale out to stay in business

By Peter Tremayne Corserv Solutions, one of the publicly-owned companies set up by Cornwall Council in 2011, needs an emergency cash injection to allow it to stay in business....

Meltdown: Cornwall’s Conservatives never fail to entertain, adding spice to yesterday “coin-toss” democracy by sacking a councillor who is not even a member of their group

By Julia Penhaligon The surreal scenes witnessed during yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) election of a chair and vice-chair of a County Hall scrutiny committee took a new twist last night when...

Cornwall’s devolution White Paper is still invisible

By Julia Penhaligon The masterplan revealing how Cornwall is going to “unleash its potential” has still not been published by County Hall, despite a deadline for public questions about...

Great British Railways: not arriving in Cornwall for four years, but at least the legislation will start its journey within weeks

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall may have to wait at least four years before seeing a return to a publicly-owned railway system. The King’s speech yesterday (Wednesday) promised to renationalise...

Ferry wars due to start on Monday, as new boat arrives to challenge 100-year-monopoly link with Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Atlantic Wolff fast ferry has arrived in Newlyn. After several delays, the six-year-old Tuvalu-flagged vessel docked at around 5pm after travelling for eight hours from...

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

Devolution: everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

By Julia Penhaligon There are two important facts to bear in mind during the coming debate about devolution. The first is that Cornwall Council wants a lot more money...

Dear Prime Minister, please can we play your Devolution game, too? Love, Cornwall

Dear Prime Minister, Representation of Cornwall on the Council of Nations and Regions As the five Group Leaders representing all 87 members of Cornwall Council, we are writing to...

Cornwall’s devolution “White Paper” cannot be scrutinised because there isn’t time, say County Hall officials

By Julia Penhaligon Details of Cornwall’s pitch for more devolution appear to have been delayed as Cornwall Council waits for whatever might be in this morning’s King’s Speech. Whatever...

On the toss of a coin, the way business is done at Cornwall Council now looks very different

By Graham Smith Panic is breaking out among Cornwall Council’s senior officials over the prospect of having to organise additional meetings to scrutinise a raft of policies which in...

Tim Dwelly wins chair of vital airport scrutiny committee on toss of a coin

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have lost control of County Hall’s economic scrutiny committee, which is supposed to investigate proposals to privatise Newquay Airport and turn it into a...

Time to come clean on airport privatisation, says MP

By Peter Tremayne St Austell and Newquay Labour MP Noah Law has signalled a clear break with his Conservative predecessor by calling for full and immediate transparency on the...

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

When September ends: Cornwall’s business community will have only a few weeks to consider the future of Newquay Airport before private owner takes control on 31st December

By Peter Tremayne A final decision about the sale of Newquay Airport and its development as a housing estate will be taken by Cornwall Council’s cabinet this autumn. Cabinet...

Cornwall’s display of brass buttons, medals and military hardware leads to another dinner invitation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The £600,000 of public money spent on a military parade in Falmouth last year has resulted in Cornwall Council being shortlisted for a national award. Cornwall's...

“We are not planning to dispose of the airport,” says the councillor who is planning to dispose of the airport

By Peter Tremayne The level of distrust and suspicion surrounding the future of Newquay Airport was laid bare this morning (Tuesday) when County Hall lawyers confirmed that they had...

Who wants a “grown up conversation” about devolution? asks Angela Rayner

By Julia Penhaligon Deputy prime minister Angela Rayner has issued another invitation to council bosses to consider devolution. Although Cornwall Council has had a limited devolution deal since 2015...

Reading details of Newquay Airport’s conversion to a housing estate is allowed, as long it is not aloud

By Peter Tremayne County Hall officials have threatened councillors with disciplinary action if they repeat details of the plan to sell Newquay Airport and turn it into a housing...

Respect Cornwall’s “unique territorial needs” in devolution debate, urge Lib Dems

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s two Liberal Democrat MPs have added their names to calls for Cornish devolution to be included in tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) King’s Speech. About 35 Bills are...

EXCLUSIVE: Newquay Airport – it will all be over by Christmas

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport is to be sold before 31st December. The deadline is revealed in the latest Corserv business plan and suggests that Cornwall Council has already...

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

The end of the affair? Labour’s post-election honeymoon heading for choppy waters next week as new MPs forced to decide between obeying orders or fighting child poverty

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s four new Labour Members of Parliament could be put in an embarrassing position next week over their leaders’ plans to keep the Tory cap which...

Stand and deliver: Cornwall’s car parks about to be run by “automatic £100 fine” private company

By Peter Tremayne About 30 of Cornwall’s car parks are on their way to being handed over to a private management company. Cornwall Council hopes to do a deal...

Falling apart at the seams: Cornwall’s Tories turn on each other

By Julia Penhaligon The temperature inside Cornwall Council’s Conservative group has reached boiling point – with Launceston Tory councillor John Conway declaring that he expects to be expelled next...

EXCLUSIVE: The shape of things to come – Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats in pole position to resume leadership at County Hall next May

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats are set to once again become the largest political group at County Hall, according to an analysis of which parties finished in second...

EXCLUSIVE: The Max Headroom Mystery – £35 million should cover it, as councillors are asked to approve more capital spending without asking why

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors will tomorrow (Tuesday) be asked to approve a further “uplift” to County Hall’s capital programme of £35.216 million. The word “uplift” is much nicer...

The curious case of the vanishing council committees

By Julia Penhaligon Another Cornwall Council committee meeting has been scrapped – this one at less than 24 hours’ notice – because of the continuing turmoil within the ruling...

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

That’s the way the money goes: Mid Cornwall Metro chugs into its next phase, with budgetary control still “commercially confidential”

By Peter Tremayne The £60 million Mid Cornwall Metro railway project is approaching another of its “critical budget gateway” dates – with no sign of whether or not councillors...

Could you work for Cornwall’s new Labour MPs?

By Julia Penhaligon Labour’s new MPs are looking to recruit staff in Cornwall. The party’s general election success, electing four Members of Parliament from Cornwall for the first time,...

We need to build more “garden villages” across Cornwall, says the man behind Truro New Town

By Peter Tremayne The property development company set up by Cornwall Council to mastermind construction of a 3,800-home estate to the west of Truro says it aims to “invite...

We need more cash to deal with summer ASB, says Devon and Cornwall crime boss

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has called for more government funds to help tackle the annual wave of anti-social behaviour associated with mass summer...

The Great Airport Robbery

By Peter Tremayne County Hall officials are denying councillors the opportunity to debate the proposed sale of Newquay Airport to a housing developer. A large group of councillors want...

Those who control the present control the past and those who control the past control the future

By Winston Smith The capacity of Cornwall Council to plunge itself into constitutional turmoil has reached new depths, with an official record of councillors who attended a scrutiny committee...

Imagine: crossing the Tamar Bridge without stopping at toll booths

By Peter Tremayne It is not going to happen any time soon, but it might one day be possible to cross the River Tamar without stopping at toll booths...

New Isles of Scilly ferry is still in Portsmouth

By Peter Tremayne The first sailing of a new ferry link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly has been delayed again. The Atlantic Wolff, which had been due...

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

Coming home: Truro City’s footballers will play their first match at £11 million “mini stadium” on Saturday 10th August

Truro City will begin their National League South campaign at home to Dorking Wanderers.  The match will end a period of 1,383 days - nearly four years - since...

Councils pull the plug on outsourced education and training service

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Plymouth-based CSW group, which provides education and training services to Cornwall Council, is to close. The not-for-profit company is owned by the council jointly with...

Devolution: Cornwall’s politicians in search of a convenient flag

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s Independent group, which has 15 of the authority’s 87 members, has published a “wish list” of devolution ambitions. Next week the ruling Conservative group...

Truro goes west: 274 homes get the final go-ahead at Dudman farm

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted unanimously to approve controversial proposals for 274 houses at Dudman farm, near the Highertown area of Truro. A Wainhomes development, first advanced ten...

Truro New Town: stop me if you’ve heard this one before

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There are signs that the revised business plan for the Truro New Town housing estate could be delayed. The document, intended to inform progress on the...

Is Labour going to get tough with South West Water – or will it just be “old wine in a new bottle?”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Average annual bills for South West Water customers should be £497 next year, following this morning’s (Thursday’s) draft decision by the regulator Ofwat. Ofwat said its...

Change of lane in approach to Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry tolls

By Peter Tremayne South East Cornwall MP Anna Gelderd has called on the government to consider a new approach to the cost of crossing the River Tamar, emphasising the...

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

Whodunnit? Devon and Cornwall police still don’t really “get” crime, says King’s Inspectorate

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are still pretty hopeless when it comes to investigating crime, according to His Majesty’s Inspectorate. The force is still rated “inadequate” for...

Dear Prime Minister, please can we have lots of money, with no strings attached, and our own voice in government? Cornwall Council’s letter to the new Labour government

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Cornwall Council and the chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum have written to the new Prime Minister calling for...

Newquay Airport: you can’t scrutinise our privatisation plans because they are still secret, says council lawyer

By Peter Tremayne County Hall’s top lawyer has set out his reasons for rejecting a bid to scrutinise Cornwall Council’s attempt to privatise Newquay Airport and turn it into...

Public inquiry to examine the cost of crossing River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne The government is to hold a public inquiry into plans to increase the cost of crossing the River Tamar. Proposals from Cornwall Council, and Plymouth City...

The government might have changed colour, but the brown stuff flowing onto Cornwall’s beaches still smells awful

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s new intake of Labour MPs look set to face an early test as South West Water continues to pump raw sewage into rivers and onto...

Welcome to Disneyland: MPs take their Parliamentary oaths in Cornish

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Andrew George, and North Cornwall MP Ben Maguire, took their oaths of allegiance to the King in Cornish yesterday (Tuesday.)  Both MPs had...

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

Will culture secretary help keep the news truly local?

By Graham Smith Independent publishers are watching to see if the new culture secretary, Lisa Nandy, pushes ahead with her previously stated ideas about taxing social media companies to...

Devolution: don’t forget Cornwall, urges Mebyon Kernow

By Julia Penhaligon Mebyon Kernow has voiced concern that government plans to create a Council for Regions and Nations could ignore Cornwall. The plan was launched officially at Downing...

“We couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery” – County Hall admits it broke the rules over the way councillor got top committee job

By Julia Penhaligon A date has been set for a key scrutiny committee meeting whose sudden and unexplained postponement last week has the potential to cause more internal Tory...

Culture wars: news from the front

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials who wear rainbow lanyards to indicate their support for Diversity, Inclusion and Equality policies are no longer at risk of disciplinary action. In...

When worlds collide: “we must end the begging bowl culture of local government,” said Labour’s election manifesto – as Cornwall sends another begging letter

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Cornwall Council, councillor Linda Taylor, has written to Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer to ask for more money. A joint letter from councillor...

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

Hands off our airport, Cornwall’s business leaders tell County Hall’s Tories

By Peter Tremayne The new boss of Cornwall’s chamber of commerce has written a blistering letter of complaint to Cornwall Council, protesting at the way County Hall is trying...

Fade to grey? Is the open countryside near you what the property developers can now declare as suitable for a housing estate?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners are pondering this morning’s (Monday’s) government announcement that it will build 1.5 million homes, mainly on what it calls brownfield sites and in the...

Don’t look now: Barcelona protestors squirt water pistols and shout “tourists go home”

By Peter Tremayne Spain's growing confidence that tourism does more harm than good has moved up a gear with local residents in Barcelona using water pistols and shouting "tourists...

When the wind blows: local communities can no longer veto onshore windfarms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has given the green light for more onshore windfarms. This morning’s (Monday’s) announcement, one of the first since Thursday’s general election, will make it...

Plan to build 43 homes on the slopes of Looe clears its first hurdle, despite tragedy of fatal landslide

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted to approve an outline application for 43 homes on a steeply sloping site at Looe, where a landslide 11 years ago destroyed...

The new man in charge of fishing, farming and agriculture aims to reduce red tape caused by Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon The new Environment Secretary, with responsibility for food, farming and fishing, is Labour MP Steve Reed. Mr Reed is the MP for Croydon North and a...

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

Picture of the week

Days of hope: Cornwall's fab four Labour MPs on their way to Westminster.  Jayne Kirkham (Truro and Falmouth), Noah Law (St Austell and Newquay), Perran Moon (Camborne and Redruth)...

Cornwall Council elections 2025: how to beat the Conservatives without really trying

By Julia Penhaligon With fewer than 300 days before Cornwall goes back to the polling stations – to elect the 87 members of the council chamber at County Hall...

Living by numbers: the ups and downs of Cornish politics, and what the rise of Reform UK might mean for next May’s local council elections

By Julia Penhaligon A constituency-by-constituency analysis of last week’s general election percentage vote share shows that the St Austell and Newquay area is, objectively, the most Right-wing in Cornwall...

New transport boss to rule on how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne One of questions soon to be answered by last week’s general election is that of how much it should cost to cross the River Tamar. The...

When worlds collide: County Hall leader hopes to meet Cornwall’s new MPs next week, despite political differences

By Lee Trewhela The leader of the Conservative administration at Cornwall Council has said her cabinet will be “putting up a fight” to ensure their survival at next May’s...

“Vote Reform, Get Labour,” said Cornwall’s Conservatives. And they were right, as thousands of Tories stayed at home

By Graham Smith Labour has won a stunning victory in Cornwall. No slicing or dicing of the arithmetic, or hypothetical reallocation of votes from far-Right to centre-Right parties, can...

General Election 2024: Cornwall’s Tories say their goodbyes

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall’s losing Conservative MPs have commented on their defeats, with one crying on TV as she said she was “swimming against the tide.” All five of...

General Election 2024: Cornwall’s Tories have been completely wiped out – all the official results

By Julia Penhaligon Camborne and Redruth – LABOUR GAIN Perran Moon (Labour) 19,360 Connor Donnithorne (Conservative) 11,554 Roger Tarrant (Reform) 8,952 Robert Hawkins (Socialist Labout) 342 Thalia Marrington (Liberal...

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

Meanwhile down in the bunker: Cornwall Council bosses ponder last night’s election drama and prepare to portray themselves as “the resistance” to Starmer

By Julia Penhaligon The election of a Labour government for the first time since 2005 has unleashed waves of speculation within County Hall about the implications for Cornwall. It...

General Election 2024: the end of one-party rule in Cornwall

By Graham Smith After the excitement of the 10pm exit poll, the seconds turned to minutes, the minutes turned to hours.  Before we knew it, it was Friday already....

General Election 2024: 4am, no results declared, but it looks like the opinion polls were right and Cornwall is on the verge of a complete Tory wipe-out

By Julia Penhaligon With counting still underway in Bodmin, Truro and Camborne, there are no results to declare but there are very clear indications based on the smiles and...

The finest democracy money can buy: local news publisher takes election advertising cash from wherever it can find it

The publishers of most of Cornwall’s local newspapers and the Cornwall Live website have sold their “front page” to the Labour Party for today’s (Thursday’s) general election.  In previous...

Can you count? Are you good with money? Fancy a salary of £163,884?

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has hired a “head hunter” agency to find a new chief finance officer, following news that Tracie Langley is to retire in December. Ms...

Newquay barn blaze: arson suspected

By Harold Callahan Police think a fire which destroyed a barn near Newquay yesterday (Wednesday) was started deliberately. Flames swept through a 20m x 30m building off Trencreek Road,...

General Election 2024: polling stations open until 10pm

Polling stations across Cornwall opened at 7am.  Despite opinion polls predicting a Tory wipe-out, Cornwall Reports expects the outcome in four Cornish constituencies to be extremely close.  First results...

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

Langarth community sports hub gets ready for kick-off

Harry Lewis (Treveth) and councillor Olly Monk (Cornwall Council portfolio holder) enjoy a kick about on the pitch which is now only a month away from hosting Truro City's...

Shock discovery: people who make lots of money by getting council taxpayers to subsidise tourism don’t want a tourist tax

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Attempts to introduce a form of tourist tax in Dorset have run into problems after objections from some hoteliers. The local Accommodation Business Improvement District conducted...

Cornwall’s NHS continues to boost private health profits

By Anne North The privatisation of Cornwall’s health service has been further underlined by official figures showing that NHS bosses are currently trying to transfer hundreds of patients to...

General Election 2024: concern in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as demand for postal votes increases by 11,000 in six weeks

By Lee Trewhela Some people in Cornwall, who have chosen to vote by post, still haven’t received their postal ballot.  There are fears some postal votes won’t be counted...

General Election 2024: EXCLUSIVE breakdown and analysis of Survation’s constituency-level MRP poll

By Graham Smith The devil is always in the detail.  Turnout.  Postal ballots.  Town vs country. Until yesterday, there was very little evidence – apart from the opinion polls. ...

General Election 2024: the final opinion poll points to complete Tory wipe-out in Cornwall tomorrow

By Julia Penhaligon The final MRP opinion poll of the general election suggests Labour is on course to win with a huge majority. Survation is forecasting  a final result...

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

General Election 2024: bookies shorten the odds again – putting Labour as red hot favourites to win in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Punters seem to be investing heavily in Labour winning its two main target seats in Cornwall. Bookmakers Bet 365 have shortened the odds on Falmouth councillor...

General Election 2024: it’s hand-to-hand combat as the campaign staggers towards Thursday’s polling stations

By Julia Penhaligon The final days of the general election campaign in Cornwall appear to be marked by a significant increase in the intensity of the poster wars. Supporters...

Planners say they are happy to sacrifice Truro’s green meadows if it means they can save the sand dunes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners are recommending approval of controversial proposals for 274 houses at Dudman farm, near the Highertown area of Truro. A Wainhomes development, first advanced ten years...