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On your marks, get set, go! Cornwall’s tips open tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s tips are set to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19) but people have been warned that they are for essential waste only. Cornwall Council announced that...

Democracy shutdown: how Cornwall got lost on the road to Barnet

By Graham Smith Two key meetings at which Cornwall councillors might have questioned new contract rules for outsourcing did not happen because of the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. One...

Outsourcing company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres asks taxpayers to top-up staff’s wages

By Anne North The company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres is asking local taxpayers to top up its staff wages, as central government pays only 80% of normal salary...

Chocks away, as light aircraft flights resume at Cardinham

By Peter Tremayne Light aircraft will from today (Monday) be seen flying over Bodmin Moor, following new advice from the Department for Transport. Cardinham airfield is re-opening after nearly...

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

Only 20 Cornwall councillors agree to “go paperless” despite County Hall’s promise of action on climate change

By Richard Whitehouse Only 20 of Cornwall Council’s 123 members have opted to go paperless, despite the council declaring a climate emergency. The number of councillors who have decided...

Visit Cornwall hopes for Covid-19 “Kite-mark” scheme soon, as hoteliers ponder when they can emerge from lockdown

By Anne North Cornwall’s tourism bosses are continuing to press for a national “Kite-mark” scheme to certify holiday accommodation as “safe” during the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Visit Cornwall chief...

Old wine in a new bottle? Cornwall Council’s “Future Operating Model” looks very similar to the one which broke Barnet

By Graham Smith Conservative and Labour members of Cornwall Council are trying to understand how County Hall has implemented a radical new “outsourcing” plan which aims to place even...

Covid-19 test centre opens in Bude today, another in Penzance tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne A new mobile Covid-19 Coronavirus test centre opens at Bude today (Sunday.)  Another is due to open at Penzance tomorrow.  Both sites are temporary and will...

Remember the Covid-19 lockdown? Cornwall Council has had 1,700 complaints, but served only three formal closure notices on holiday accommodation for alleged breaches of the rules

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has said that by yesterday (Friday) its officers had responded to nearly 1,700 complaints since the government introduced its emergency Coronavirus business closure regulations...

Hall for Cornwall will not re-open until “spring 2021 at the earliest”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Hall for Cornwall, Truro, will not re-open this year.  The latest target date, of “autumn 2020” has been abandoned and plans for a Christmas show...

Devon and Cornwall Police issue 799 fines for Covid-19 non-essential travel breaches

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall Police have issued 799 fixed penalty notices to motorists for “non-essential” travel, according to provisional data published by the National Police Chiefs Council....

Are we nearly there yet? Council leader says “a few” miles are fine but “too far” is not as he shares a “lack of clarity” award with Boris Johnson

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has said that “a few miles” is the most anyone should drive before exercise.  It was the most precise he was...

Boardmasters cancels as Covid-19 social distancing rule makes festival impossible

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boardmasters has finally thrown in the towel and cancelled this year’s event at Newquay, which had been due in August. The Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis had made...

County Hall keen to avoid setting clear targets for Covid-19 testing in care homes

By Julia Penhaligon It could be months before Cornwall Council has fully embraced its new responsibility for testing residents and staff in care homes for Covid-19. Public Health Cornwall...

No emergency budget before September, no Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny before the end of June – the democracy shutdown at County Hall continues

By Graham Smith It is likely to be September before Cornwall councillors are able to think about an emergency budget, after the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis wrecked County Hall’s business...

Cornwall Council, arriving very late, finally switches on to new technology – but decides not to use it for a few more months

By Richard Whitehouse “Councillor French, are you there?” came the voice of John Pollard, chairman of Cornwall Council’s constitution and governance committee. “We require the vote of the St...

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

Cornwall’s MPs vote to block measure which would protect local farmers against cheap US imports

By Anne North Five of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs last night voted against a proposal which would ensure a “level playing field” for local food producers  – and in...

Tour of Britain cycle race postponed for 12 months because of Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne The Tour of Britain cycle race, which had been due to start in Penzance later this year, has been postponed for 12 months.  The event will...