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Falmouth University says new recruitment company poses no threat to existing staff

23rd October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth University has moved to reassure existing staff that its establishment of a new recruitment company poses no threat to their pay or...

Silence is golden – Cornwall Council paid ex-staff £260,000 to keep quiet

23rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council spent more than £260,000 on “gagging clauses” for employees leaving the authority. It has also been revealed that the council has...

EXCLUSIVE: Exit Cormac Contracting Ltd, as County Hall supports £150,000 tax-dodge

22nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, has approved the handover of Cormac Contracting Ltd (CCL) to the council’s Corserv group of companies. CCL...

Cornwall’s vanishing police stations

22nd October 2018 By Anne North Police stations in Cornwall are rapidly disappearing, as the Police & Crime Commissioner sells them to private developers.  At least nine police stations...

Tories re-select Alison Hernandez to contest 2020 Police & Crime Commissioner election

21st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Alison Hernandez has been reselected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of...

“We’ll be fine,” says Children’s Services chief, after losing her A-Team

19th October 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for Children’s Services has moved to reassure the county’s social workers, in the wake of yesterday’s news...

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most...

Falmouth University bosses set up their own private company to handle human resources

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith The bosses of Falmouth University have set up their own private company to hire and fire staff. Vice Chancellor Anne Carlisle and chair...

Flybe shares drop to just 19 pence after another profits warning

18th October 2018 By Anne North Flybe shares have dropped to only 19 pence after the airline issued a profits warning, with annual losses worsening to £22 million.  Earlier...

Large fire destroys Wadebridge factory

18th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Firefighters have spent the night tackling a large fire on the Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge. At least one factory, thought to manufacture coffins,...

Political change is still possible, says County Hall – but is unlikely before 2021 council elections

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has insisted that its removal of “political change” from its register of risks is no reflection on its commitment to democracy....

St Austell & Newquay MP calls for seasonal workers’ scheme for tourism sector, after Brexit

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double today (Wednesday) asked the Prime Minister to consider a seasonal workers' scheme for the tourist and...

Now is not the time to scrap Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, say County Hall officials

16th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of planning applications determined by elected councillors in Cornwall is at an all-time low, according to an official report.  Yet officials...

Cornwall “should keep its office in Brussels until 2022,” regardless of Brexit talks

16th October 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council should keep its Brussels office until at least 2022, the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Leadership Board heard on Friday. Members...

Time running out for consultation over the allocation of land for new building

16th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Residents in Cornwall have only a few days left to submit their comments to Cornwall Council on where new housing and commercial development...

Buddy, can you spare £25 million? The Bloodhound supersonic car runs out of cash, less than a year after Newquay trial run

15th October 2018 By Anne North The company behind the Bloodhound supersonic car – which aims to hit speeds of 1,000mph – has gone into administration. Bloodhound Programme Ltd,...

Council promises “full consultation” over any changes to car parking fees

15th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is fighting a rear guard action against its own members who are still bruised by last week’s car parking headlines –...

Only 86 people watched Truro City’s “home” match on Saturday, as the saga of Cornwall’s leading football team is set to take a new twist

15th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The long-running soap opera that is Truro City football club is set to catch the eye again this week with the likely confirmation...

Cornwall Council cabinet member takes the flak for blunder over “proposed” car parking charges

15th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall Council cabinet member has been blamed for an official report which suggested a huge increase in car parking...

Lib Dems win two town council by-elections, as postal voters demonstrate their worth

14th October 2018 By Anne North The Liberal Democrats won the Penzance Town Council by-election on Thursday night in a contest which confirmed the growing importance of party organisation...