Wadebridge and Padstow

David Cameron used collapsed firm’s private jet to visit Daymer Bay – and then asked government chums for a bail-out

By Julia Penhaligon Former Prime Minister David Cameron has been unable to tell MPs to how many times he used a private jet owned by Greensill Capital to fly...

The curious case of the 8-hour delay in counting Cornwall’s Police & Crime Commissioner votes

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has refused to explain the eight-hour delay in counting Police & Crime Commissioner votes, which led staff, politicians and media facing...

Wadebridge Post Office finally has a new home

Former postman, now North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, declares the Wadebridge Post Office formally open.  The Post Office is now housed in the town's Spar shop, having once had...

Anti-lockdown Reform UK candidate comes bottom of the poll in both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire

By Julia Penhaligon The Reform UK candidate who entered last week’s local elections in two different councils, separated by 245 miles, came bottom of the poll in both. Bettina...

Don’t vote for the Liberal Democrat candidate in Padstow, says Padstow’s retiring Liberal Democrat councillor

By Julia Penhaligon As more than 370 Cornwall Council candidates embark on their last-minute scramble for votes, one retiring Liberal Democrat councillor has raised eyebrows by urging people to...

County Hall confirms embargo on new building in part of North Cornwall: full details

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has today (Tuesday) confirmed – and given more details of – the embargo on new development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall....

Reform UK candidate: Why I’m standing for election in both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire (but not talking about the rules)

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The anti-lockdown Reform UK candidate who is trying to get elected to both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire councils on 6th May has hinted at...

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Land owners and property developers in North Cornwall are bracing themselves for a possible embargo on new building, pending investigation of serious pollution in the River...

Might Cornwall see an Election Petition, to help define what is meant by “local” and defend the principle of one person, one vote?

By Graham Smith Anyone who wants to challenge the validity of a local council nomination for candidates who are seeking election in circumstances where they might not be eligible...

A fishy business – celebrity chef Rick Stein changes the advertising of his smoked salmon after complaint from wildlife campaigners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Celebrity chef Rick Stein has been forced to change the way he sells salmon from his Padstow-based online shop, after being contacted by Cornwall Council’s trading...

The parish council where only one candidate put himself forward for election

By Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of town and parish councillors across Cornwall have been elected without a contest, as not enough candidates came forward. In St Merryn, the future of...

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...

Royal Cornwall Show cancelled due to continuing Covid fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall Show has been cancelled for a second year.  The event had already been postponed from its traditional June slot to September, but now...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Wadebridge Town Council to debate its response to “racism” slur over 250-year-old French engraving

By Graham Smith A number of council election candidates in the Wadebridge area have been drawn into a bizarre row over a 250-year-old engraving by a former draftsman to...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

Tuesday night’s fire destroyed 25% of rare wildlife site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said that about a quarter of its nature reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb was destroyed by Tuesday night’s arson attack, which...

Huge gorse fire lights up the sky over Cornwall

Flames could be seen for miles.  Thousands of people took to social media to swap theories, ranging from alien invasion to atomic bomb blast.  A similar fire broke out...

TV shows contributing to Cornwall’s soaring property prices, say estate agents

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A rash of network television programmes extolling Cornwall’s natural beauty and lifestyles have led to an explosion in house-buying inquiries, according to Rightmove. The town of...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...