St Blazey

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...

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....

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...

Police release man held on “suspicion of murder” at Royal Cornwall hospital

By Peter Tremayne A Par man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at the Royal Cornwall hospital has been released until January pending further...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Cornwall Council urges help for Ukraine

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council chairman, councillor Pauline Giles, has taken the lead on County Hall’s response to the Ukraine crisis by appealing for donations to help refugees. She...

Cornwall Council paid QC £52,420 for report which said it was not to blame for Cormac-gate scandal

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council paid £52,420 to QC Dominic Adamson, whose report on the “Cormac-gate” scandal cleared the authority and Corserv of any deliberate wrong-doing in relation to...

“Cormac-gate” accident continues to cast a shadow over County Hall

By Graham Smith The Cormac-gate scandal, which left a former employee with life-changing and career-ending serious injuries, continues to haunt Cornwall Council despite the findings of an employment lawyer...

Cormac-gate: it was a cock-up, not a cover-up, concludes the lawyer hired by County Hall to find out what happened

By Graham Smith The long-awaited report of the “Cormac-gate” scandal has finally been published.  As forecast, it criticises Cormac for failing to properly investigate a serious industrial accident in...

Cormac-gate: inquiry report is imminent

By Graham Smith Publication of the “Cormac-gate” report is thought to be imminent.  Cornwall Reports understands that senior County Hall officials received their copies from Dominic Adamson QC a...

Review of woman’s violent death at Par calls for more attention to be paid to mental illness

By Richard Whitehouse A review into the death of a pensioner killed by her partner during a psychotic episode has recommended that more needs to be done to address...

EXCLUSIVE: Cormac-gate inquiry looks set to claim “cock-up, not cover-up” over the four-year-old serious industrial accident which has never been properly investigated

By Graham Smith The lawyer investigating the “Cormac-gate” scandal has indicated that he believes Cornwall Council and Corserv might be guilty of “cock-up” rather than a deliberate cover-up of...

Electric bus stranded without power because Cornwall does not have enough working charging points

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An electric coach, known as the “Carbon Battle Bus,” has been stranded without power because Cornwall does not have enough suitable charging points. The bus needs...

Cormac-gate: the official inquiry report expected within a few weeks

By Graham Smith The final report of an independent investigation into a serious Cormac accident is due to be delivered to Cornwall Council within the next few weeks. The...

EXCLUSIVE: The “Par maid” who is set to become the next chair of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith The next chair of Cornwall Council is to be St Blazey’s Pauline Giles.  St Austell councillor Jordan Rowse is to be vice chair. The pair have...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Eden Project to remain closed until after Christmas, following last weekend’s flooding and landslides

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project will remain closed over the Christmas period, because of continuing concern about flooding and landslides which closed the attraction last weekend. A spokesperson...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

EXCLUSIVE: Tories in a muddle over candidates for next year’s council elections

By Graham Smith Conservatives in the St Austell and Newquay constituency have been ordered to re-run the selection procedures which threatened the future of two sitting councillors. Party chiefs...

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...

“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...

Why the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund is lending £850,000 to a company which recently switched production from Cornwall to Kent

By Graham Smith The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund has loaned £850,000 to a company which only a few months ago transferred its manufacturing base from Par...

How a hairline fracture in a turbine rotor blade led to the 10-month shutdown of St Dennis waste-to-energy plant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The controversial power generator which is part of the St Dennis waste incinerator complex was out of action for ten months before the turbine could be...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Par and St Blazey residents invited to learn more about flood alleviation project

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in Par and St Blazey can find out more about a multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme at an information event next week. As part of...

Tywardreath village shop – winding up proceedings come to court next week

By Graham Smith The owners of the Tywardreath village shop have been summoned to defend a winding up petition next week (Friday 26th April.) Two of the local people...

County Hall presses ahead with new road linking St Austell to A30

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s cabinet has agreed to put the final pieces in place for work to start on a new multi-million-pound road linking St Austell with the...

EXCLUSIVE – How Israel tries to influence Cornwall’s MPs

7th August 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party activists might be forgiven for feeling frustrated at their party leadership’s continuing squabble over what is and what is not anti-Semitic...

St Austell & Newquay MP to open Windrush debate

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne One of Cornwall’s MPs is to open a Parliamentary debate about the “Windrush” scandal, following the government’s admission that it destroyed the migration...

Cornwall’s secondary school pupils face cut-per-head lottery under new funding formula, as class sizes start to increase

19th April 2018 By Peter Tremayne The cash spent on Cornwall’s secondary school pupils is hundreds of pounds less than needed, according to an analysis of official Department for...

The secret jigsaw: how the NHS is Shaping Our Future into a Cornwall of winners and losers, depending on the “Property Asset Scorecard”

23rd March 2018 By Graham Smith The redesign of Cornwall’s health service is set to transfer treatment of existing minor injury units to 25 “enhanced” GP surgeries – posing...

Council pays for refurbishment of eight leisure centres

20th February 2018By Graham SmithCornwall’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 Information answer.GLL,...

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

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

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018By Julia PenhaligonThe long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet another meeting,...

GPs to the rescue? Will your local doctor take the place of your nearest Minor Injury Unit?

1st February 2018By Graham SmithMore than two dozen GP surgeries in Cornwall, which provide an “enhanced” service to treat minor injuries, are to be reviewed as part of the...

Cornwall’s libraries: the devolution revolution has been postponed

23rd January 2018By Rashleigh MacFarlaneThe transformation of Cornwall’s library service is going to take twice as long as previously thought, according to council officials.In 2015 the council embarked on...

Could Falmouth keep its Minor Injury Unit? New report sheds insights into how health and council bosses are planning the “Kennally Care” future of Cornwall’s community hospitals

18th January 2018By Graham SmithFurther details have emerged of what Cornwall’s local hospitals could look like once the National Health Service converts to a council-led Accountable Care System.The developing...

Named – the ten Minor Injury Units in Cornwall due to close under Accountable Care

3rd January 2018By Graham SmithCornwall’s network of minor injury units are under imminent threat of closure, according to an analysis of NHS plans.  Ten sites, from Bude to Helston,...

Good news for pet owners as fire crews get new life-saving kit

7th December 2017By Rashleigh MacFarlaneDonations from Helston-based The Dog House Grooming Company and the RSPCA mean that all of Cornwall’s on-call stations will now have special life-saving equipment for...

National Westminster closes several branches throughout Cornwall

4th December 2017By Graham SmithNational Westminster banks are closing across Cornwall – most are to close next year, but the branch in Wadebridge will close at the end of...

Budget boost for new road to link St Austell and A30

22nd November 2017By Graham SmithA new road between St Austell could be open within five years, according to Cornwall Council.The much-talked about project has come a step closer today...

Cornwall remembers

13th November 2017Thousands of people across Cornwall have observed Remembrance Day memorial services.  Towns and villages staged events to respect local friends and relatives who have been killed and...

Cornwall’s foodbanks braced for arrival of Universal Credit

30th October 2017By Julia PenhaligonThousands of people in Cornwall are bracing themselves for the introduction of Universal Credit, the controversial new benefit which replaces many aspects of the traditional...

Cornwall’s libraries: the “devolution revolution” is taking longer than expected

20th October 2017By Anne NorthCornwall’s “pioneering” reform of the county’s libraries is to be extended for a further year, as council officials struggle to find local partners willing to...

And this is where the lifeboats are – but there are only 87 seats for 123 councillors, as the scramble for places gets underway

29th September 2017By Graham SmithThe maps reproduced in this article illustrate the first draft of how officials suggest re-drawing Cornwall Council boundaries.  The 2021 local council elections will be...