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Hands up those who want an inquiry into the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres! Six Tory councillors, under pressure from officials on one side and voters on the other, hold the key

By Graham Smith Any one of six Conservative councillors could hold the key to the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres when they take part in a scrutiny committee meeting...

£2.60 to cross the Tamar Bridge, as public consultation gets underway on 30% toll increase

By Peter Tremayne Tolls to cross the Tamar Bridge seem certain to increase by 30% next year.  The joint authority which runs Tamar Crossings is to start a statutory...

“Don’t talk about enforcing the leisure contract, we haven’t had time to tell you about the nine alternative management companies, you can’t have an Inquiry Panel and we want a new gym for Truro” – County Hall officials set themselves up for a rough ride next week

By Graham Smith The 11 Cornwall councillors due to scrutinise the proposed closure of four leisure centres have so far not been given any information about the nine potential...

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t talk about hit lists, but the politics of closing four leisure centres could prove tricky for Conservatives with small majorities

By Graham Smith The failure of a 5,500+ petition to result in a meaningful vote at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) has turned the attention of Cornwall’s leisure centre protestors...

Covid-19: Falmouth and Saltash back on the critical list

The shapes and sizes of purple clusters on Cornwall’s Covid map continue to shift, but the underlying trend in new cases continues to increase.  The average number of daily...

Nine “expressions of interest” submitted to take over the running of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres

By Graham Smith Nine “expressions of interest” have been submitted as potential bids to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall councillor Richard Pears,...

Council officers seek to rely on constitutional precedent to avoid “people power” making leisure centres’ decision

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A petition calling for Cornwall Council to let all councillors decide the fate of threatened leisure centres in Cornwall looks set to fail...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: County Hall braces for what looks like being a very long day in the council chamber

By Julia Penhaligon The stage is set for a day of political theatre at County Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) as Cornwall Council’s ruling Conservative administration comes face-to-face, for the first...

A photo that asks more questions than it answers: is Boris Johnson on his way out of 10 Downing Street?

By Julia Penhaligon South East Cornwall’s Sheryll Murray was among a large group of Conservative MPs to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (Thursday) - fuelling speculation about the...

Falmouth prepares to show support for its local leisure centre

By Richard Whitehouse A community event in Falmouth this weekend will aim to show support for the town’s leisure centre and the campaign to keep it open. Ships &...