St Austell & Mevagissey

Did we mention this is an election year? Government finds money to pay fishermen for not catching fish

By Julia Penhaligon The government has announced a compensation scheme for Cornwall’s Pollack fishermen. It follows a decision, based on scientific evidence, to set the total allowable catch to...

Cornwall’s potholes are “absolutely disgraceful” says vice chairman of the council

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s Conservative vice-chairman says he’s “fed up” with the state of the roads in the town he represents. Councillor Jordan Rowse says he has “never...

Concerns over extension plans for gypsy and traveller site

By Lee Trewhela A plan to extend a 20-year-old gypsy and traveller site has been opposed by the local parish council and the area’s Cornwall councillor, who claim it...

Plan to turn former Barclays Bank, St Austell, into apartments

By Lee Trewhela Bourn Homes Ltd has submitted a proposed change of use to turn the former Barclays bank in Church Street, St Austell, into 11 apartments. No external...

Nothing fishy: MPs debate pollack quotas set to zero

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has led an adjournment debate about the government’s intention to ban pollack fishing. The decision to lower the “total...

Labour selects Noah Law to contest St Austell and Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has selected its Parliamentary candidate for the St Austell and Newquay constituency. Noah Law, an economic development specialist from Lostwithiel, was selected in...

That’s the way the money goes: would you like to ride in my £165,000 virtual Mid Cornwall Metro balloon?

By Julia Penhaligon A marketing video attempting to stir enthusiasm for Cornwall’s Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has cost nearly £165,000. The video, which was part of a “virtual...

Welcome to St Austell – you’re nicked

Police later confirmed that two men were arrested in connection with the suspected theft of a car in Bugle.  Police used Tasers to help with the arrests. Community policing...

House of Commons speaker still in difficulty over Palestine, as another of Cornwall’s MPs tells him to go

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has added his name to the growing list of those who want the Speaker of the House of Commons...

Mevagissey gets cash to help manage flooding, as nature intended

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is to fund a £280,000 scheme to help manage flooding in Mevagissey. The town is often at risk from high tides and it is...

On yer bike: Cornwall to pilot “active travel” scheme in bid to boost health

By Anne North Cornwall is one of 13 areas in England chosen to promote “active” travel as an alternative to motoring. County Hall wants to encourage cycling and walking...

Blah blah blah: but time waits for no-one as the general election gets ever closer

By Julia Penhaligon It looks like being a key week for politics with further clues that a general election is not only on the horizon, but could be held...

Mid Cornwall Metro is here! County Hall’s train set now has a website

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s £60 million gamble on a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth now has a website: midcornwallmetro.com. The launch of the site is the...

On the road again: the Cornwall Council cabinet members whose devotion to duty means they have to travel hundreds of miles to attend meetings

By Julia Penhaligon Two of County Hall’s ruling cabinet members are currently only part-time residents of Cornwall. Fowey councillor Andy Virr, the portfolio holder for health and social care,...

Council wants to turn historic building badly damaged by fire into flats

By Lee Trewhela Concerns have been raised about possible plans to turn a historic old school in Cornwall into flats. The development would raise cash for Cornwall Council but...

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a Conservative campaign co-ordinator

By Julia Penhaligon Voters in the St Austell and Newquay constituency have been puzzled by a Conservative Party leaflet urging them to vote for Conservative MP Cherilyn Mackrory at...

#MeToo: I have now signed the letter asking the government to help finance Cornwall Council, says MP Steve Double

By Steve Double Your report on the letter from the County Council’s Network has been brought to my attention and I do feel I need to write to you...

St Austell nightclub can stay open until 3am

By Harold Callahan Cornwall councillors have granted a request from The Club, High Cross Street, St Austell, to extend its opening hours until 3am on some nights of the...

St Austell nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Harold Callahan A St Austell nightclub is seeking to remain open for 30-60 minutes later, with a licencing application which could test Cornwall Council’s new policy of switching...

St Austell link road update

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly seven years after its outline business case, the £85 million 3.9-mile St Austell link road is inching towards completion sometime in 2025. The single-carriageway project...

Come and ask us about our desalination plans, say South West Water

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water plans to hold the second of its public engagement meetings this evening (Tuesday) to promote its proposals for a desalination plant at Par....

Speculation that former Labour MP might seek election in St Austell and Newquay

By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in the St Austell and Newquay constituency are pondering who might become their Parliamentary candidate, after a national political pundit tipped former MP...

Slow Train Coming: get ready to be told how much you want the MCM, as Cornwall Council tries to spin its way to £60 million rail project

By Julia Penhaligon Residents and local councillors in St Austell and Newquay are about to be subjected to a ferocious marketing campaign in support of the “MCM” – County...

Mid Cornwall Metro still on track – for now

By Peter Tremayne The business case for the Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has been approved by the Department for Transport and is now being scrutinised by the Treasury,...

Fly tipper is a w*nker, says councillor

By Lee Trewhela James Mustoe, the Conservative councillor for Mevagissey and St Austell Bay, pulled no punches when he dubbed a dangerous fly-tipper an “utter w*nker” on his Facebook page...

Liberal Democrats triumph in St Austell

By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in Cornwall have been dismayed by what could be a significant reversal at the polls. A straight fight between Labour and the Liberal...

Polling day in St Austell

By Julia Penhaligon Polling is underway in a town council by-election in Cornwall. Labour’s Maggi Hawken and the Liberal Democrats’ Mark Gray are the only candidates in the contest...

St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double quits government to do “what is right for my constituents”

By Graham Smith St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has resigned as a government whip.   Mr Double said he reached his decision to quit “several weeks ago”...

More losers than winners as government sprinkles £450,000 on only six leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Only six of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been awarded a share of nearly £450,000 from the government’s £20.3 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. All of them...

Labour and Liberal Democrats slug it out in St Austell

By Julia Penhaligon An intriguing by-election is taking place in St Austell. Labour’s Maggi Hawken and the Liberal Democrats’ Mark Gray are the only candidates in the contest for...

Investigation into blaze at St Austell offices

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which damaged the first floor of the former council offices in Penwinnick Road, St Austell, yesterday (Wednesday.)  The...

South West Water delays plans for desalination plant in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It now seems certain that South West Water will have to delay plans for desalination plants in Cornwall to prevent future shortages. Earlier this year, in...

Government’s failure to make a clear decision about HS2 raises questions about County Hall’s ability to make a decision about Mid Cornwall Metro

By Julia Penhaligon The slow and painful death of the government’s High Speed 2 rail link between Manchester and Birmingham, likely to be finally confirmed by Prime Minister Rishi...

EXCLUSIVE: the Mid Cornwall Metro decision which had been due to arrive on Wednesday has now been delayed until December

By Julia Penhaligon Plans to allow individual members of Cornwall Council to vote on ambitious £58 million plans for a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth look in...

St Austell council offices to become 140 homes, in secret County Hall deal which excludes private property developers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The former Cornwall Council offices at St Austell have been transferred to County Hall’s own property developers, Treveth, for an undisclosed sum. The building and surrounding...

Wilko administration threatens four stores in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The High Street DIY retailer Wilko has collapsed into administration, putting 12,000 jobs at risk nationally. The shop, which has a presence in Redruth, Falmouth, Truro...

Thinking the unthinkable: might Cornwall actually say “no thanks” to government’s £57 million railway cash?

By Graham Smith There are signs that Cornwall might reject a government offer of £57 million for a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth. There is growing concern...

Cornwall College campus at St Austell could be knocked down and rebuilt

By Lee Trewhela Major plans to knock down and completely redevelop the Cornwall College buildings at St Austell have been lodged with Cornwall Council. The project entails the demolition...

Police given extra 36 hours to hold man in connection with hospital death

By Peter Tremayne Detectives have been given extra time to detain a man in connection with the death of a woman at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, on Wednesday...

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies at Royal Cornwall hospital

By Peter Tremayne Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, on Wednesday.. Police were called at around 4.45pm...

Opportunity knocks: huge boost for Cornwall’s lithium prospects, as car giant announces battery factory plans for Bridgwater

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s chances of maybe one day having a wealth-creating lithium industry have received a huge boost with the news that a potential customer might be based...

Sex pest teacher banned from working with young people

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A supply teacher at Poltair school, St Austell, has been banned for life from working with young people after admitting “sexting” children under 16. The exchange...

Planners reject housing scheme at Gorran Churchtown

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have refused permission for 18 homes at Gorran Churchtown, near St Austell.  Twelve of the homes would have been designated as “affordable” with the rest...

Motorcyclist killed in St Austell accident

By Peter Tremayne A motorcyclist has been killed in an accident at Carclaze Road, St Austell. The 44-year-old man died when his Yamaha machine left the road in the...

Suspended prison sentence for illegal waste dumper

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A waste contractor who ran an illegal business with his son at their home in Sticker has been given a suspended prison sentence. Michael Joseph Richards,...

Priti Patel joins the board of St Austell company hoping to shape White House policy

By Graham Smith Interest in a lobbying company set up by two Cornwall councillors has been heightened by news that former Home Secretary Priti Patel has joined its board...

Cornwall Council reveals its “triviality threshold” – explaining why for those who want to get their hands on taxpayers’ money, it pays to cheat big

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s auditors have a “triviality” threshold of £1 million, below which they rarely inquire, councillors heard on Friday. This “triviality” threshold applies to property acquisitions...

900 acres of seagrass in St Austell Bay

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has identified one of the largest known beds of seagrass, in St Austell Bay. Seagrass is one of the most effective natural “stores”...

Law catches up with illegal waste dumpers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man who ran a waste business at his former home in Sticker is awaiting sentencing after a prosecution by the Environment Agency. Michael Joseph Richards,...

Man charged with murder following woman’s death last week

By Peter Tremayne Police have charged a man in connection with a death of a woman in St Cornwall last week. Officers and paramedics attended an address at Penwithick,...

Murder probe in St Austell

By Peter Tremayne Police have launched a murder investigation following the suspicious death of a woman at an address in St Austell. Officers and paramedics attended the scene at...

First look at Cornwall Council “hub” in St Austell

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has revealed its plans for a new base in St Austell which will be located in White River Place in the town centre.  The...

Surprise surprise – another fail for County Hall’s “no surprises” policy as car parking machines vanish into thin air

By Peter Tremayne Ticket machines have started to disappear from Cornwall Council car parks as County Hall moves towards a cashless payment system. There has been no warning or...

REVEALED: Par and Polkerris are first in line for South West Water desalination plants as Cornwall faces summer drought crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water bosses are close to submitting plans for desalination plants at Par and Polkerris, on Cornwall’s south coast. Company executives are unlikely to make...

Penrice birthing centre “needs improvement” says CQC

By Anne North The Penrice birthing unit, a maternity facility at St Austell, is in need of improvement, according to the Care Quality Commission. Although the service scored “good”...

Sign of the times: how do you spell Mevagissey?

By Richard Whitehouse It’s one of those stories which these days crop up far too often, a testament to the lost craft of proof-reading.  In Cornwall, you can never...

The £750,000 of “devolution” money which Cornwall Council said would be spent on former pub in St Austell will not actually be spent on former pub in St Austell, but will be spent on Cornwall Council instead

By Julia Penhaligon The £750,000 of “devolution money” which Cornwall Council plans to spend on providing 13 flats in St Austell will be used to write a business case,...

EXCLUSIVE: Council’s £1 million valuation of former St Austell pub “did not include a survey”

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council paid £1.016 million for the former General Wolfe pub in St Austell without a survey, County Hall has confirmed.  A subsequent valuation said the...

In St Austell’s field of dreams: how to spend £58 million

By Richard Whitehouse A new plan has been revealed to boost St Austell town centre with projects costing more than £58 million.  The plan includes ideas such as a...

Planners vote 7-3 to approve housing scheme at St Stephen

By Richard Whitehouse Planning permission has been granted for nine affordable homes to be built on land at St Stephen despite concerns about dangerous traffic in the area. Cornwall...

New boatbuilding workshop planned for Charlestown

By Richard Whitehouse Revised plans have been submitted for proposals to demolish, rebuild and extend a boatbuilding workshop in Charlestown.  Planning permission was granted for the demolition and rebuilding...

Council “was approached” to pay £1 million for former pub which today is worth only £250,000

By Graham Smith A Cornwall Council valuation of the former General Wolfe pub in St Austell, dated 2nd July 2019, said the property was worth £1.016 million.  Three years...

Curiouser and curiouser: £750,000 of devolution cash to be used on finishing conversion of the run-down pub which cost taxpayers £1 million

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is planning to use £750,000 of “devolution money” to finish its conversion of a former pub in St Austell and turn the building to...

Fears of bird flu as swan and goose found dead at Par duck pond

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Defra scientists are trying to establish if a swan and a goose found dead at The St Andrew’s Wetlands Reserve, Par, were killed by bird flu....

Why did County Hall spend £1 million on a shabby former pub which was worth only £250,000? Er, we still don’t know, admits council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has admitted it is struggling to answer Freedom of Information questions about why it paid £1 million for a shabby former pub in St...

County Hall gets £50 million “free money” for railways – will anyone watch how it is spent?

By Graham Smith County Hall officials are celebrating this morning (Thursday) after the government approved their bid for a Mid Cornwall Metro rail link as part of its Levelling...

Levelling Up: Cornwall gets £50 million to upgrade Newquay-Falmouth rail link

By Graham Smith The government has agreed to contribute £50 million for a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth. The award, part of the Levelling Up fund, is...

Collapse of Britishvolt battery factory poses new challenge for Cornwall’s lithium companies

By Peter Tremayne The potential market for any useable lithium produced in Cornwall looks distinctly more challenging today (Wednesday) after the collapse of the Britishvolt battery factory before it...

We don’t want a mayor, St Austell tells council chiefs

By Julia Penhaligon Nearly 100 people attended the first of Cornwall Council’s public meetings designed to promote officials’ campaign to replace the political authority of 87 councillors with a...

Pointing at potholes really works, as damaged road is scheduled for repair

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cormac has promised it will completely resurface the stretch of road that runs from the junction of Cromwell Road to the Duporth crossroads at Porthpean, near...

Cornwall councillor praised for “expert level” pothole pointing

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillor James Mustoe has achieved national recognition for his “expert level” pointing at a pothole. Councillor Mustoe, a Conservative who represents Mevagissey and St Austell...

House! St Austell’s bingo hall for sale

By Richard Whitehouse One of Cornwall’s last remaining bingo halls has gone up for sale and could be turned into housing.  The Capitol Bingo hall in St Austell has...

A390 through Grampound reopens after car demolishes building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main A390 road from St Austell to Truro has reopened after a Christmas Eve car crash partially demolished a building in the centre of Grampound....

A390 remains closed at Grampound after Christmas Eve car crash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The main A390 road between St Austell and Truro remains closed today (26th December) after a car crashed into a building on Saturday. Engineers fear the...

No through road: diversions around Grampound after traffic accident puts building in danger of collapse

By Peter Tremayne The main A390 road through Grampound remains closed today (25th December) after a car crashed into a building. Engineers are trying to assess the risk that...

EXCLUSIVE: How Cornwall Council paid £1 million for “shabby” former pub worth only £250,000

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has paid £1 million for a run-down former pub which County Hall admits was worth only £250,000.  Auditors have written off £750,000, leaving councillors...

Inquest hears how three men died in car crash near St Austell

By Peter Tremayne An inquest has recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision after hearing how three men died in a car crash near St Austell. Driver...

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

Book your next ski trip on the slopes of Par

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a dry ski slope next to a holiday park near St Austell have been approved. The “Altitude Snow Park” at Par has been the...

Space: the final marketing opportunity, as Cornwall waits for something to happen

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor was among those who pitched to a crowd of potential “space entrepreneurs” at the Eden Project yesterday evening (Tuesday) after a...

REVEALED: Cornwall’s 16 “Investment Zones” where businesses won’t have to pay tax or worry about planning permission – but will the government scrap the idea next week?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has finally published details of its interest in Investment Zones, one of the tax-cutting ideas of the 45-day Liz Truss government which helped crash...

Councillors vote to keep homes in Treverbyn parish, signalling “hands off” to St Austell

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall councillor has claimed that it is unfair that people living on opposite sides of some streets in St Austell pay different rates of council...

Three members of the public turn up to “meet the leader” in St Austell

By Graham Smith It was always going to be a difficult gig.  The competition was very tough.  BBC1 had The One Show.  BBC2 had the rugby.  Channel 5 had...

Go now, Steve Double tells Liz Truss, saying that “almost anyone” would do a better job as Prime Minister

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has said Liz Truss should resign as Prime Minister. He told BBC Radio Cornwall this morning (Thursday) that she...

St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double: The government is embarrassing and I’d be at risk of losing my seat if a general election were held now

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has admitted he is embarrassed by the current turmoil in the Conservative Party and fears he could lose his...

St Austell link road makes progress, but Camelford by-pass could fall victim to Halloween budget

By Rashleigh MacFarlane and Richard Whitehouse The government’s “corrective” budget, to be set out on Monday 31st October, could finally see the shelving of plans for a Camelford by-pass....

George Eustice adds to the criticism of government’s economic approach, comparing Liz Truss to Ted Heath

By Julia Penhaligon The Camborne and Redruth MP, George Eustice, has blamed Prime Minister Liz Truss for rocketing interest rates in the wake of her “mini budget” – which...

Last week’s budget was a mistake and Liz Truss must move quickly to fix it, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has become the first of Cornwall’s high-profile Conservatives to publicly criticise new Prime Minister Liz Truss over last week’s...

Wanted: ideas for bringing new life to St Austell town centre

By Richard Whitehouse People in St Austell are being asked to give their thoughts on some ideas to improve the town centre in a bid to encourage more visitors....

We don’t need planning permission to knock down St Austell offices and use the site for housing, says Cornwall Council

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is set to demolish its offices in St Austell to make way for a mixed use development which will provide up to 180 new...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Confidential – County Hall refuses to explain why it is asking the government for a £57 million train set

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is refusing to explain why it is asking the government for £57 million to build a Mid Cornwall Metro rail link between Newquay and...

Everyone’s a critic: how St Austell’s ceramic totem pole has suddenly become Cornwall’s most interesting piece of art

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An artwork in St Austell has suddenly been made much more interesting after seven local religious leaders accused it of idolatry – the worship of false...

St Austell football “fan” ejected for racial abuse

By Peter Tremayne One of St Austell football club’s supporters had to be ejected from the ground on Saturday for making racist remarks about one of the visiting team’s...

Beryl e-bikes coming to Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has awarded a £584,375 five-year contract to a London firm to run an electric bike share scheme. The deal, with the bike hire company...

The curious case of the £57 million rail link from Newquay to Falmouth that will have to go via Par

By Graham Smith The government has said it hopes to announce the outcome of Levelling Up bids this autumn, which means Cornwall Council should not have wait long before...

Computer says no: It’s all going frightfully well, as Cornwall’s bid for Levelling Up cash has still not been seen by the “zombie” government

By Graham Smith “Technical issues” have delayed Cornwall’s application for “Levelling Up” funds from the government. Cornwall Council first announced its Levelling Up Fund (LUF) bid on 5th May,...

Cornwall’s rivers shrink as dry weather set to continue

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 40 of Cornwall’s rivers are this morning (Wednesday) at officially “low” levels, with some flowing half a metre below their normal level. The lack of...

Three Minor Injury Units will now close two hours early

By Anne North Three of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units have cut their opening hours. The MIUs at Liskeard, Newquay and St Austell will now close two hours earlier than...

“When I said I would not accept a ministerial job in Boris Johnson’s government, I meant it,” says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double. “But then I changed my mind.”

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has compared himself to wartime leader Winston Churchill, explaining his U-turn acceptance of a ministerial job in Boris Johnson’s...

Cornwall Council staff in St Austell will move to town’s rundown White River Place complex

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to abandon its offices on the outskirts of St Austell and move into much smaller premises in the town’s White River Place complex....