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Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry operators seek government cash to recover from Covid-19

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors responsible for overseeing the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry have criticised the government for lack of funding to help cover the cost of the suspension...

EXCLUSIVE: How County Hall’s refusal to answer questions about Cormac-gate is fuelling suspicion of a cover-up, and could fundamentally alter its relationship with Corserv

By Graham Smith The Cormac-gate scandal is developing into a full-blown constitutional crisis which could threaten the future of Cornwall Council’s wholly-owned services company, Corserv, or at least fundamentally...

Official: the Covid-19 “R” number for the South West is the highest in Britain

By Julia Penhaligon The government has finally bowed to pressure and published its own, official Covid-19 “R” numbers for the different regions of England.  As Cornwall Reports noted yesterday,...

Public to force Cornwall Council to answer questions about Newquay Spaceport next week

By Peter Tremayne The future of the proposed Newquay Spaceport will be discussed, for the first time in several months, at next week’s Cornwall Council cabinet meeting. The meeting...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council refuses to answer the public’s questions about Cormac’s health and safety failings

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is refusing to allow four members of the public to ask questions about the authority’s wholly-owned company Cormac, following revelations about a serious industrial...

Covid-19: South West “R” number remains at 1 for the second week running

By Graham Smith The latest Covid-19 “R” number for the South West is still at 1, according to independent scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. ...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board will focus on care homes, schools and workplaces

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Local Outbreak Board – the County Hall-run Covid-19 organisation which will decide who can go out and who must stay indoors – will focus on...

Plenty of advice – and some signs of nerves – as Cornwall prepares to ease the Covid-19 lockdown from Monday

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Cornwall’s MPs have joined together to urge people to “think local, shop local” as businesses start to reopen after lockdown.  Non-essential shops will...

Parts of Truro city centre to be pedestrianised from Monday, as shops try to lure customers into the “new reality” of living with Covid-19

By Anne North Cars and lorries are to be banned from parts of Truro city centre from Monday (15th June) as local shopkeepers try to encourage social distancing when...

RNLI lifeguards to patrol six more Cornish beaches from tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse More beaches in Cornwall will have RNLI lifeguards patrolling from this weekend. Cornwall Council has announced that from Saturday another six beaches in Cornwall will have...

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

High Noon – tomorrow is your deadline to ask Cornwall Council a question, for the first time in three months

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon There will be something surreal about next week’s meeting of Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet – its first “virtual” public outing since the government...

Covid-19: no new cases recorded in Cornwall in past 24 hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There were no new cases of Covid-19 at all confirmed in Cornwall yesterday, according to official NHS data – a comfort to those keen to ease...

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

Covid-19 to claim more than 70,000 jobs in Cornwall, say council and business leaders

By Richard Whitehouse A new report on the impact of coronavirus claims that as many as 72,800 jobs could be at risk in Cornwall. The figure represents 27% of...

Revealed: the cost of Covid-19, as County Hall publishes a list of “major decisions” taken under emergency powers

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has made more than 50 “major decisions” since the Covid-19 lockdown started three months ago, without any public scrutiny, official County Hall papers reveal....

Covid-19 disrupts plans to relocate Wadebridge Post Office

By Graham Smith Wadebridge Post Office is to close next week – because Covid-19 social distancing rules prevent the planned move into the town’s Spar shop. The Post Office...

Newquay Airport announces new flights to Leeds Bradford, starting next month

By Peter Tremayne Eastern Airways has today (Wednesday) announced that it will operate a new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Leeds Bradford. The route will commence on 9th...

Falmouth University stands still at 77th in the latest national league table

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth University has held its place in the latest Good University Guide league tables. The university is today ranked 77th, the same as last year, in...

All-Party group of MPs calls for “small abattoirs” strategy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An all-party group of MPs has called for a new strategy to help small abattoirs, as both Covid-19 and Brexit force communities to consider ways of...