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Council sends a car park message to hospital bosses – and gets a shirty reply

21st February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to put pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust to find a way of offering free car parking for its...

How the political parties tried to spin Cornwall’s budget

21st February 2018 By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrat-led Cornwall Council, and its Conservative Party opposition, were quick to issue formal press releases announcing their views on yesterday's seven-hour...

Council tax bills will rise 5% as Cornwall braces for £75 million cuts

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s council tax bills will be going up by nearly 5% this year, after a marathon debate about the council’s budget.  It means...

Council votes down plan to save £1 million for Cornwall’s children

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s councillors have voted against plans to save £1 million for children’s services, which are earmarked for deep cuts in today’s (Tuesday’s) budget...

Council pays for refurbishment of eight leisure centres

20th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s leisure centres have had a £346,715 facelift since the contract was transferred to the London-based company GLL, according to a Freedom of...

Cornwall councillor Paula Dolphin quits Liberal Democrats

20th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Bude councillor Paula Dolphin has resigned from the Liberal Democrats and will now sit as an Independent. Ms Dolphin, a former mayor of...

Indies and Tories fail to trouble the scorer in Newquay and Penryn

19th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Two town council by-elections have given further weight to the idea that political party organisation is becoming ever more important in Cornwall’s local...

Cui bono? Questions remain over Cornwall Council’s housing ambitions

19th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Controversial council plans to borrow more than £80 million to set up a new private housing company are due to be debated tomorrow...

Second homes and holiday lets provide another target for debate

19th February 2018 By Anne North The war of words over second homes and holiday lets in Cornwall is due to get louder tomorrow (Tuesday) as councillors debate two...

Fever Pitch: persuaders turn up the volume as the Stadium for Cornwall debate gets close to the line

16th February 2018 By Anne North The campaign to persuade Cornwall councillors that they must contribute £6 million of taxpayers’ money towards a privately-owned sports stadium is reaching fever...

Councillors upset County Hall officials with decision to approve student village at Penryn

15th February 2018 By Anne North Controversial plans for a 2,000-student purpose-built village at Penryn have been approved by Cornwall councillors, against the recommendation of officials.   Today’s decision could...

Planners vote unanimously to reject Cornwall’s first 112,000-bird poultry farm

15th February 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have thrown out proposals for what would have been Cornwall’s first industrial-scale poultry farm. More than 20,000 people signed an online petition...

Helicopter wars loom as rival companies square up to offer flights to Isles of Scilly

15th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne A full-scale war between rival helicopter services from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly appears to be underway, with flights set to operate...

You wait six years for an Isles of Scilly helicopter service, and then two come along at once

15th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of...

Officials again recommend thumbs-down for Penryn student village

15th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Plans to house 2,000 Falmouth University students in a new, purpose-built village near Penryn come back for further consideration today (Thursday) with officials...

County Hall to flex its muscles over RCHT car parking charges

14th February 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Relations between Cornwall Council and its soon-to-be-health-partner the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust will be put to the test next week when some councillors...

Battle lines drawn for Cornwall Council elections in 2021, as Independents face party political squeeze

14th February 2018 By Anne North Battle lines have been drawn for the next set of Cornwall Council elections in 2021. New ward boundaries, identifying 87 council divisions, were...

Kennally Care facing a new Judicial Review within 7 days unless Cornwall Council puts plans on hold

14th February 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow have been given seven days to halt their plans to set up “Kennally Care” or face legal action....

Kernow Kast meets Cornwall Reports

12th February 2018   Lewis Pauling’s Kernow Kast is a new venture offering free podcasts about various aspects of life in Cornwall.  Last week he offered Graham Smith the...

Kennally Care: what’s it worth to run both the council and the health service?

12the February 2018 By Graham Smith Health and council bosses have said no final decisions have yet been made about what salary should be paid to Kate Kennally for...