Rolling news

Housing trumps parking, as planners vote 5-4 to back homes for student nurses in Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 5-4 to approve a 89-bed housing scheme for student nurses in Truro, despite concerns over car parking. The planning application was deferred...

Penvose – a new village near Penryn, and home to 1,800 students – this is what it will look like

By Richard Whitehouse Detailed plans have been submitted for a student village in Penryn, providing beds for more than 1,800 students. The Penvose Student Village already has outline planning...

Cormac-gate: it was a cock-up, not a cover-up, concludes the lawyer hired by County Hall to find out what happened

By Graham Smith The long-awaited report of the “Cormac-gate” scandal has finally been published.  As forecast, it criticises Cormac for failing to properly investigate a serious industrial accident in...

You can’t talk about the closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, officials tell councillors

By Anne North Cornwall councillors are angry that they have been denied an emergency meeting of their health scrutiny committee to question the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injuries...

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

Cornwall’s waste contractor fined £1.5 million for illegally exporting rubbish overseas

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s waste contractor, Biffa, has been fined £1.5 million for illegally exporting rubbish to India and Indonesia.  A judge called the company’s flouting of the rules...

Cornwall’s hospitals under “unprecedented pressure” as patients face long waits for treatment

By Anne North Cornwall’s hospitals are under unprecedented pressures with scores of patients waiting for treatment. The Accident and Emergency unit at the Royal Cornwall hospital is warning patients...

Cornwall’s businesses struggling to fill vacancies

By Richard Whitehouse Businesses in Cornwall are facing more problems filling job vacancies with everything from Brexit to anxiety about returning to work being highlighted as a possible cause....

Falmouth set to vote on its local neighbourhood development plan

By Julia Penhaligon People in Falmouth are being urged to vote in a referendum about the future of their town. Polling will be on Thursday 19th August to decide...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s summer of festival fun, or a series of super-spreader events?

By Anne North Cornwall’s festival season has got underway this weekend, despite continuing fears that the various celebrations of music and food could herald a series of Covid-19 super-spreader...

Who can translate “Boris Johnson stultus est?” Cornwall’s schools ponder the government’s new push to impose Latin onto the curriculum (or should that be curricula?)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners for the Cornish language are to intensify their efforts to secure more government funding after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced £40 million to boost Latin...

Covid-19: two more hospital patients die in Cornwall

By Anne North Two more patients have died from Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing to five the number of deaths in the past two weeks. Government...

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

Cornwall’s waste contractor to be sentenced for illegally exporting “recycling” rubbish to India and Indonesia

By Graham Smith The company which enjoys Cornwall’s £20 million waste collection and disposal contract, Biffa, is expected to be sentenced today (Friday) following a second conviction in two...

Sea level is rising twice as fast as previously thought, say scientists

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal areas have been warned of a dramatic increase in the rate of sea-level rise, caused by global warming.  But average temperatures in Cornwall are not...

Covid-19: Government figures reporting a further fall in daily new cases in Cornwall are contradicted by independent scientific study

By Anne North The number of new daily Covid cases in Cornwall continues to fall, according to the latest government figures, and is now 319.5 per 100,000 population.  The...

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

Tenants tell Citizens Advice of Cornwall’s poor social housing and repairs that are long overdue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Social housing tenants in Cornwall are waiting months for repairs they feel are damaging their health and causing stress and anxiety, according to a report by...

Government announces cash for flood defence schemes in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Looe are hoping to learn today (Thursday) more details of government plans to invest in significant new flood defence schemes for Cornwall. A government...

18″Bunkabins” arrive at County Hall, Truro, providing emergency shelter for the homeless

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has begun on a new emergency housing scheme at New County Hall in Truro. In June, Cornwall Council announced plans to end the use of hotels and other short-term accommodation...