Wadebridge and Padstow

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Death of 17-year-old Gillian Davey underlines why the dangers of Padstow’s Doom Bar need to be better appreciated, say marine accident investigators

By Peter Tremayne Marine accident investigators have made a number of recommendations after investigating the capsize of a motor cruiser in the Camel Estuary, off Padstow, last year.  A...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Covid-19: Wadebridge is the new infection capital of Cornwall

The latest infection figures show that Wadebridge is now recording 1,016.1 cases per 100,000 population, higher than anywhere else in Cornwall.  Overall, purple clusters on the Covid map are...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

No answers from Cornwall Council at its first leisure centre meeting, as Tories warm to a formal inquiry

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council staged the first of its “public consultation” meetings last night (Wednesday) to gauge reaction to the proposed closure of four leisure centres. About 30...

Covid-19: Something is happening and we don’t know what it is, as Cornwall’s infection rate races ahead of the neighbours

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is continuing to race ahead of other areas.  The latest “new cases per 100,000 population” figure is 430.6 – compared with Devon’s...

Solid gold backing for campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Graham Smith Olympic gold swimmer Calum Jarvis is backing the campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres - and his brother Henry is standing for election to Wadebridge town...

Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats launch campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres.” An online petition seeks to secure at least 5,000 signatures, which would force the...

Cornwall councillors on the “watchdog” committee have only three meetings to save the leisure centres

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres depends on a committee of 11 councillors being prepared to question and challenge County Hall’s ruling cabinet. The approach...

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Police condemn “biker trap” wire on woodland trail

By Peter Tremayne Police are trying to find out who was responsible for setting a life-threatening trap for mountain bikers in woods near Wadebridge. Someone tied a piece of...

Leisure centres should become community assets, says North Cornwall MP Scott Mann

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, whose constituency includes two of the four leisure centre which Cornwall Council is considering for closure, has added his voice to...

“Hands off our leisure centres” – local communities dismayed by Cornwall Council’s closure plans for Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon News that County Hall has identified four leisure centres for closure has been met with dismay across Cornwall.  Local communities are now trying to convene meetings...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council leisure centre hit list aims to close Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Four of Cornwall’s 13 GLL-run leisure centres will close unless County Hall agrees to pay an additional £750,000 per year subsidy. Cornwall Reports has been told...