Cornwall Labour Party enjoying the limelight in Liverpool

24th September 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party members from Cornwall have staged their own impromptu rally at their national conference in Liverpool. More than 40 activists from Cornwall...

Concern over the future of Day Centre

24th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Concerns have been raised that a day centre for disabled people in Bodmin could be about to cut the number of days it...

A range of prices for cremations

24th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that the cost of a basic cremation in Cornwall are among the highest in the UK and vary across the...

Make sure your council tax hike doesn’t hurt “genuine” holiday homes, Andrew George tells Labour

24th September 2018 By Anne North The St Ives Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Andrew George has challenged the Labour Party to work with him if it wants its proposed...

Labour plans to double council tax on second homes

23rd September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in Cornwall have reacted with glee to news that a Labour government would double council tax on second homes. Tax...

Planning chief Phil Mason confirmed as County Hall’s new Strategic Director for Economic Growth

20th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council's chief planning officer, Phil Mason, was yesterday (Wednesday) confirmed as the authority's new Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development, replacing...

The 30-year campaign for a skatepark in Wadebridge finally goes out to tender

18th September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon After a campaign lasting nearly 30 years, youngsters in Wadebridge might soon have a bike-and-skate park constructed on land behind the Lidl supermarket,...

138 watched Truro City on Saturday – including wives and girlfriends

17th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne The woes of Truro City football club hit a new low this weekend when only 138 people bothered to watch their home tie...

“Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job” – the idea of a Cornwall Labour Party grabs the limelight as activists head for Liverpool

17th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Next week’s Labour Party conference is due to see what is thought to be the first-ever attempt to create a formal Cornwall Labour...

Cath Robinson confirmed in the top job at Corserv

16th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cath Robinson has been confirmed as the permanent group managing director of Corserv, the group of companies wholly-owned by Cornwall Council, following a...

EXCLUSIVE: How Whitehall has been secretly pulling the strings that have closed Cornwall’s hospitals

16th September 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units and sell some community hospitals have been developed by a little-known company, owned by the Department...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

14th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is awarding business rates’ relief worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to private schools.  All eight private schools in Cornwall are...

Got an allotment? Get ready to once more Dig For Victory, as the new Agriculture Bill looks set to devastate Cornwall

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE 14th September 2018 By Graham Smith It’s going to take a while to fully digest...

Labour calls for inquiry into Cornwall-based Multi-Academy Trust

13th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party is calling for an “urgent and independent inquiry” into how multi-academy trusts are regulated, following Monday’s BBC Panorama investigation into...

Cornwall Council votes 60-25 to reject merger with Dorset police

13th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has voted 60 – 25 to oppose a merger between Devon and Cornwall police and those of Dorset. A debate at...

EXCLUSIVE: 135 complaints per year. There’s something in the air at Davidstow, as Dairy Crest prepares for controversial expansion

13th September 2018 By Anne North Residents in and around Davidstow are preparing for a public presentation later this month of a proposed £75 million expansion to the local...

Cawsand’s Dennis Hutchings allowed Supreme Court challenge over 44-year-old Northern Ireland fatal shooting

13th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne A 77-year-old Cawsand man, former soldier Dennis Hutchings, has been given leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against a decision to face...

Slow Train Coming: why the Devonwall boundary changes are not entirely welcome news for the Tories

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE 12th September 2018 By Graham Smith The long-running Devonwall saga took an important turn this...

Cornwall Council by-elections result in two additional committee seats for Tories

11th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Conservatives have gained an additional two committee seats on Cornwall Council, following their recent by-election victory in Newquay. New councillor Mark Formosa...

Lostwithiel getting ready for annual festival

Lostwithiel to see 18% council tax increase

10th February 2017
By Oscar Morse
LOSTWITHIEL Town Council has imposed an 18 per cent precept hike on residents.

From April, the council will receive £150,000 from local householders, compared with £129,000 for the current financial year.

Councillors say the extra cash is needed to pay for essential services, including managing a public toilet block and potentially, running a post office and library.

The town’s post office closed at the end of December and councillors believe the library is likely to be on a Cornwall Council hit list as it tries to save cash by shutting small branch libraries.

Mayor Ian Gillett said his council was looking into taking over both services, and that would mean residents having to pick up the tab.


“We ran a questionnaire late last year asking people how much they would be prepared to pay if the town council took over the library service in Taprell House.

“The feedback showed they wanted it retained, and were prepared to see their precept rise to pay for it. Cornwall Council says it will cost £30,000 per year to run, but we feel we can do it for possibly £20,000.

“If County Hall offers us the library, we need to have the running costs in place, so we’ve set aside money in the budget to that end.

Mr Gillett said operating a post office would be more complicated for his council, but the budget included money for pay for the equipment required.

8th February 2017

Community Centre to re-open

By Oscar Morse

LOSTWITHIEL Community Centre will re-open next month after structural damage forced its closure last year.

The second-Sunday antiques fair will be making a return in March, and independently-run craft fairs on every first Sunday begin in April.

Problems with obtaining public liability insurance caused by a dangerous wall forced its closure last July and seven full and part-time staff were made redundant, with no income to pay their wages.

Repairs to the wall have now been undertaken, and the Lostwithiel Community Association (LCA) which runs the centre, is advertising for a manager to take on day-today responsibility for the building.

Chair Angeline Edney said trustees had been encouraged by the support in the town for the centre, and hoped volunteers would come forward to help run it.

“There is an undercurrent of support for this community resource, and it suggests that there are people who would sign up as members of the association,


who would like to see the centre flourish again and who would be prepared to volunteer their time and energy.

“One problem is that people who aren’t involved often don’t fully understand that it’s not just a matter of rolling up the shutter, switching on the lights, and displaying the ‘Open’ sign. Bureaucracy and common sense direct that we have to undertake some background work before that sign can be displayed, health and safety compliances, for example. Inspections and certificates are costly, and the money to pay for them is hard to come by while bookings have been interrupted. There is a need for tidying, cleaning, re-organising and sorting, and we need to make sure systems are devised so that the building can be operated with few staff.’’

Ms Edney added that the long term ambition of the trustees was to obtain substantial grant aid to build a brand new community centre for the town.

8th February 2017

Lostwithiel "risking parking restrictions"

By Oscar Morse

PARKING restrictions could be introduced in Lostwithiel after claims that residents were abusing the town’s free parking concessions.

The town council was told this week that spaces at car parks at the Cattle Market and Quay Street were always full, partly caused by local people leaving their vehicles there for months on end, some seemingly abandoned.

Lostwithiel prides itself on offering free parking in the town aimed at attracting more visitors to shop.

But councillors say now there is scant room for visitors to park, and action is needed.

Councillor Robert Peareth told colleagues: “Cars are left there for weeks and months, and we need to come up with a plan to do something about it. I suggest we look at introducing a parking order so that no car are allowed to park for more than 12 hours.’’

Councillor Vic May, the council’s portfolio holder for car parks, felt introducing pay and display ticket machines was the only answer to the problem, but that has so far been resisted by the council.


On-street parking is at a premium in Lostwithiel, forcing some residents with no alternative but to leave their vehicles in the two designated car parks.

Mr May said: “The Cattle Market car park is full at 9am before the shops are even open. Everyone is taking advantage of the free parking, and I say pay and display is needed.’’

The council decided to investigate introducing a parking order through negotiations with Cornwall Council, which owns the Cattle Market land and leases it to the local council.