St Austell & Mevagissey

The continuing saga of Carlyon Bay: new plans unveiled for beach development

By Richard Whitehouse With new plans unveiled this week for the long-awaited beach development at Carlyon Bay the ongoing saga took another step to becoming reality. The area has...

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

Cormac-gate: Cornwall Council leader’s “investigation” failed to produce a report

By Graham Smith An “investigation” by Cornwall Council leader Julian German, into a serious accident which ended a Cormac worker’s career, has failed to produce any report. In April,...

Anger grows at government proposals for a “developers’ charter” in new planning White Paper

By Richard Whitehouse There are signs of a grassroots’ revolt against government plans to introduce large changes to the planning system. Councillors Malcolm Brown and Jackie Bull who both...

Mevagissey doctors’ surgery to get new management – again

By Julia Penhaligon The GP surgery at Mevagissey is to under a further change of management, three months after a damning Care Quality Commission report condemned its service as...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

Eden Project sheds 150 workers, as Covid-19 impacts on visitor numbers

By Graham Smith More than 150 jobs are to be lost at the Eden Project.  The figure is about 40% of the entire workforce. Staff were told today (Wednesday.) ...

Housing plan for Carclaze primary school will go ahead, despite fire, says council chief

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council says it is going ahead with plans to provide housing on the site of the former Carclaze primary school at St Austell, which burned...

MP turns the heat on County Hall as fire destroys St Austell’s historic former primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A row has broken out over the circumstances behind this morning’s (Wednesday) fire at the former Carclaze School, St Austell. Fire crews from across Cornwall were...

Pete Masters adds the Truro Voice weekly newspaper to his media stable

By Anne North A new weekly newspaper launched this week – The Truro Voice, which has a cover price of £1.  The newspaper is owned by former Truro City...

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre gets on-site booze licence

By Richard Whitehouse Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre has been given the go ahead to serve alcoholic drinks to customers despite concerns from neighbours. The museum in the historic...

Eyewitness: what the “new Covid-19 normal” looks like in St Austell

By Richard Whitehouse Walking into St Austell town centre on a sunny morning it was clear that something had changed. The first signs were noticeable as I strolled through...

Revealed: Why the white elephant glows in dark

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended a decision to leave lights on all night at an industrial building which was praised for its energy efficiency. The Enterprising Space...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

Media “hounding” of Dominic Cummings is “unacceptable in a civilised democracy” says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has broken his silence about the Dominic Cummings affair, saying he has “passed on” his constituents’ concerns to the...

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...

Poltair School headteacher steps down after 12 years

By Richard Whitehouse The head teacher of a secondary school has resigned saying he wants to “pursue other career opportunities”. Stephen Tong was head teacher at Poltair School in...

Yes! Yes! Yes! Minister – St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double was only trying to be helpful

By Peter Tremayne We’ve all done it.  Pressed “send” and, too late, realised that it’s all gone horribly wrong. St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has accidentally emailed...

Cornwall’s police get tough with visitors – and are cheered by locals on social media

By Peter Tremayne Police in Cornwall say they chased and arrested the occupants of two cars for defying the Covid-19 emergency regulations. It is not known if the occupants...

Plans for drive-through retail outlets and petrol station in St Austell’s Holmbush Road withdrawn

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build a new petrol station and drive-through outlets on one of the busiest roads in St Austell have been withdrawn. A planning application had...