Truro & Roseland local news

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer in Falmouth today

By Anne North Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is due to visit Falmouth today (Wednesday) in a bid to raise the plight of seaside towns whose economies have been...

St Mawes might not be as bracing as Skegness, but it is now Britain’s top seaside resort for the discerning tourist

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The village of St Mawes, on Cornwall’s Roseland peninsula, might have a resident population of fewer than 1,000 - but has come top in a poll...

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...

Truro stadium cash “still needs government approval” – County Hall

By Anne North The future of any Truro stadium still rests with the government, Cornwall councillors heard this morning (Tuesday.) Councillor Tim Dwelly, the cabinet portfolio holder responsible for...

That Truro New Town land deal: what exactly have taxpayers got for their money?

By Anne North A veteran councillor is hoping to find out crucial details about Cornwall Council’s controversial £36 million land deal, intended to build Truro New Town to the...

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...

EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson gives Cornwall only £14.3 million for “shovel ready” economic recovery

By Graham Smith Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are to receive only £14.3 million of Boris Johnson’s £900 million “shovel-ready, build-build-build” project to help the economy recover from...

Covid-19 “opportunity” to re-boot Truro Stadium plan

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The Covid-19 crisis has presented Cornwall with an opportunity to “re-boot” plans for a Truro Stadium, councillors heard yesterday (Wednesday.) Government plans for...

1,000 take part in Truro anti-racism protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds of people packed onto Truro's Lemon Quay yesterday (Monday) to protest against racism, and insist that Black Lives Matter.  Organisers think about 1,000 took part....

Cornwall’s taxpayers to contribute £87,600 to retail boss Sir Philip Green as he dodges business rates

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council appears poised to write off more than £87,600 in unpaid business rates owed by Arcadia Group Ltd, led by the controversial former billionaire businessman...

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...

Black Lives Matter across Cornwall, as anti-racism protestors show solidarity with worldwide campaign

By Anne North Hundreds of anti-racism campaigners turned out in Cornwall today (Sunday) to join in the worldwide condemnation of the killing by American police of a black man,...

Another “new normal”: Truro Farmers’ Market returns as Covid-19 lockdown rules are relaxed

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro’s farmers’ market has returned, for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown started in March.  It is thought to be the first open-air market in...

Truro’s “Black Lives Matter” protest postponed over safety fears

By Peter Tremayne A Cornish protest against the killing of a black man in America, by a white police officer, has been postponed after the organisers realised that thousands...

Black Lives Matter protest planned for Truro on Sunday

By Peter Tremayne Anti-racism campaigners are being encouraged to take part in a “Black Lives Matter” protest in Truro on Sunday, amid fears that the event might breach Covid-19...

“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...

Instant “pop-up” housing estates to appear in Truro and Penzance within the next few days to provide emergency Covid-19 accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is using the Covid-19 emergency to revive its plans to make homeless people live in converted shipping containers. The first of these “pop up”...

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...

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...

No rush to resume the St Mewan by-election

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally has no plans to hold a by-election to fill the vacant St Mewan division any time soon, she told reporters...