Wadebridge and Padstow

Left hand, right hand – bridge repair people now look to September before locals can cross the River Camel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scaffolders have today (Monday) arrived at the footbridge between Egloshayle and Wadebridge for what would appear to be 10 weeks of repairs which will force local...

Helland Bridge repairs delayed again, because Cormac failed to apply for planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fed-up residents of a North Cornwall hamlet, hugely inconvenienced for six months by Cormac’s failure to repair a small bridge over the River Camel, have been...

“Doc Martin” surgery in North Cornwall, closed for two years because of Covid, might never reopen

By Anne North A small, rural doctors’ surgery in North Cornwall – closed for two years because of Covid – might never reopen because of staff shortages. The St...

For Sale: Either a 114-acre farm, or “an upmarket Butlins,” depending on the planners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty appear to have stalled, pending the sale of the site by its administrators. The...

Mixed reception for Boris Johnson at Royal Cornwall Show

Missing from this photo is the St Ives MP Derek Thomas, who last week declared he had no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.  Mr Thomas was one...

Royal Cornwall Show resumes, bringing heavy traffic to Wadebridge

The Royal Cornwall Show resumes today (Thursday) after two years’ absence due to Covid.  About 100,000 people are expected to attend over the next three days, bringing heavy traffic...

Transfer of Wadebridge leisure centre to local community management still not complete

By Graham Smith It could be a few more months before the community in Wadebridge can take charge of its local leisure centre, councillors heard yesterday (Tuesday.) County Hall...

Environment Agency probes river pollution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is investigating the cause of pollution which has killed fish and other aquatic life in two North Cornwall rivers. There have been incidents...

All bridge repairs are equal, but in Cornwall, some are more equal than others

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Repairs to a bridge between Wadebridge and Polzeath are due to be completed tomorrow (Friday) following strong lobbying from the tourism sector. The Grade 2 listed...

Cormac fails again to start repairs to the bridge which took only four days to build

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It took a television production crew only four days to build, but it now appears to have taken more than six months before Cormac can even...

Three bridges over Cornwall’s River Camel all closed at the same time

By Graham Smith Another bridge over the River Camel is to close next week, bringing to three the number of crossings waiting for Cormac to carry out repairs. The...

How long does it take to repair a bridge in Cornwall? Another accident closes a road, forcing local residents to go the long way

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A second road in North Cornwall has been closed because of a single-vehicle collision with a bridge.  Local residents fear they now face months of disruption....

Falmouth turns out to talk about a leisure centre – but can local politicians now apply pressure to Cornwall Council’s annual meeting? Meanwhile Wadebridge contemplates a re-brand

By Graham Smith More than 150 people packed in to Falmouth’s Princess Pavillions last night (Tuesday) to discuss how they might save the town’s leisure centre at Ships and...

Closure of Helland Bridge has been good news for breeding birds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic road bridge in North Cornwall, badly damaged by a lorry in December, is now likely to remain closed until July following the discovery of...

The curious case of the giant concrete “shed” which now dominates the skyline in an Area of Great Landscape Value

By Graham Smith There are calls for an inquiry into how Cornwall’s planners approved a huge agricultural building currently under construction in the Camel Valley Area of Great Landscape...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Royal Cornwall Show cancels poultry section because of bird flu fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The poultry and egg section of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show has been cancelled because of bird flu. The show is the biggest celebration of all...

Wadebridge leisure centre looking to resume its place at the heart of the local community

By Graham Smith People in the Wadebridge area are looking forward to returning to their leisure centre, following its successful takeover by a local community group. The Friends of...

Wadebridge leisure centre saved, as County Hall declares local community organisation its “preferred bidder” to take over management

By Graham Smith People in and around Wadebridge are celebrating this evening (Thursday) after Cornwall Council announced it was awarding a contract to a local community group to take...

Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival will never be the same, as inquest concludes that local woman’s death was an accident

By Peter Tremayne Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival, a centuries-old tradition of dancing in the streets and heavy drinking, is to change the way it liases with authorities after an...