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...

Branson delays his satellite rocket, adding another two weeks of doubt to Newquay’s spaceport uncertainty

12th October 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson has postponed the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite delivery rocket.  The air-launched system was due to have been...

That’s the way the money goes – “back office” cushioned as Cornwall Council prepares for another assault on the frontline

11th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s planned budget for next year includes a near doubling of its annual spend on spin and persuasion – from £1.251 million...

China Clay area voices dissent over the new map of Cornwall’s health service

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse People living in the China Clay areas in Cornwall have called on health bosses to rethink medical centre plans as they said they...

Formal complaint over ambulance delay

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse An elderly woman who fell over and injured herself at a residential home had to wait more than six hours for an ambulance....

The final countdown to hospital closures reveals council’s weakness as a guardian of local services

10th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs have outlined the timetable which they are confident will confirm the permanent closure of three community hospitals, with the total...

Cornwall Council official spent £2.5 million without approval

9th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have called for better controls after a senior director was able to sign off spending of £2.5million without getting approval. The...

Exeter prison: little progress over the past 20 years

9th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne At least 11 men have died at Exeter prison in the past 22 months, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform. The...

Cornwall Council learns the price of everything, but questions of value remain open to political judgement

8th October 2018 By Anne North The transfer of schools out of local authority control to become academies cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £90 million last year, according...

Health and Social Care: Cornwall doesn’t need an ‘Integrated Care Provider’

Submission to NHS England’s consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers by Dr Peter Levin, formerly of the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political...

The Kennally Care project to restructure Cornwall’s health service approaches a “gateway” – with lawyers and politicians in close attendance

8th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health and social care chiefs are preparing to pass through the first of their self-defined “gateways” to embrace a radical restructure of...

Merger of police forces collapses amid “political” recriminations

7th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne The proposed merger between Devon & Cornwall Police, and the Dorset Constabulary, is off. The idea collapsed on Friday when the Devon &...

We’ll cover any financial shortfall, say stadium partners, as Truro City football club approaches crisis week

7th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two of the partners promoting the Stadium for Cornwall have claimed the project is still on track, despite the crisis engulfing Truro City...

EXCLUSIVE – how County Hall has been underspending, and simply stashed the cash, while looking for fresh targets to cut

4th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has stashed away millions of pounds in recent years through a policy of under-spending. Some of the cash had originally been...

Cornwall’s children’s services to stay at County Hall, as officials out-fox Tories over outsourcing

4th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Tory councillors were left fuming yesterday (Wednesday) when a key scrutiny committee decided, on the casting vote of its chair, to keep...

Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

3rd October 2018 By Graham Smith The location of Cornwall’s new Urgent Treatment Centres – designed to offer high-tech medical facilities and relieve pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s...

Police merger “would save £70 million” – but Devon & Cornwall PCC rejects business case, as talks reach crisis point

3rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The business case for merging Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police claims that it could save £70 million. Plans to merge the...

Conservative Party expels South West Euro MP Julie Girling

3rd October 2018 By Kate Wilson A south west European Member of Parliament has been expelled from the Conservative Party over her stance on Brexit talks. Julie Girling, who...

Police documents reveal “no need to ask Cornwall” as merger approaches crunch meeting

2nd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Police trying to encourage people to support a merger between Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police carried out far less consultation in...

At last – a date to start the Branson Countdown, and consider the future of a Newquay Spaceport

2nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Virgin is just two weeks away from the first test launch of its satellite delivery rocket.  No-one will be watching more closely than...

Big increase in fatal road traffic accidents in Devon and Cornwall

2nd October 2018 By Ed Oldfield The number of fatal accidents on Devon and Cornwall's roads has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report. Between August...

PCC awards cash for Cornish anti-social behaviour schemes

2nd October 2018 By Ed Oldfield Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has announced the community schemes which will benefit from a fund designed to help...

Flybe keeps its Newquay-Gatwick route, as Cornwall Council strikes subsidy deal with Whitehall

1st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne The government and Cornwall Council have today announced that direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Gatwick have been secured for a...

County Hall will have to wait for a deputy Chief Executive

29th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has shelved plans to appoint a deputy Chief Executive, following a chaotic restructure of the agenda for a meeting next week....

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally to get a deputy

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is preparing to create a new post of “Deputy Chief Executive” as part of a top-team shake-up designed to “provide additional...

County Hall’s political group leaders – some are much more expensive than others

28th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne The leaders of political groups on Cornwall Council have submitted widely differing claims for travel, even though all of them are outside of...

Cornwall Council wants to cut another £98 million by 2023

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration is aiming to slash a further £98 million from its budget by 2022/23.  Although today's announcement makes...

There Is No Alternative, as County Hall tells its politicians they really don’t matter at all

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s bureaucrats appear to have finally declared victory in their long-running war with elected councillors – and are set to remove “political...

Cornwall Council leader charged taxpayers £9,240 for driving his electric car to work

27th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter costs taxpayers nearly £50,000 a year, according to the latest return of members’ allowances and expenses. All 123...

William, Earl of Dartmouth, and a South West Euro MP, quits UKIP over party’s “lurch to the Right”

26th September 2018 By Graham Smith One of the South West’s Euro MPs has resigned from UKIP, claiming the party has become "widely perceived as both homophobic and anti-Islamic."...

The question of who runs Cornwall and Dorset police forces starts to look less like a merger, and more like a hostile takeover

26th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Controversial plans to bring about Britain’s first merger of police forces in the modern era, by creating a Cornwall, Devon...

More than 30,000 children in Cornwall in poverty, as council comes close to bottom of national spending league

26th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The number of children in poverty in Cornwall has risen sharply.  New figures show that the demand on children’s social...

Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

25th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is considering the introduction of means-testing its children’s services, forcing families to explain why they cannot pay for help from the...

“Affordable” housing plan approved at Praze An Beeble

25th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Plans to build 24 new homes, all of which will be affordable, have been given the go ahead despite claims that there is...

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...

Looe Saves The Day announces first acts for community-led festival

10th September 2018 By Anne North Organisers of the Looe Saves the Day festival have announced the first acts which will be playing on the main stage at the...

Cornwall Council set to reject idea of police merger with Dorset

10th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Councillors are set to again raise concerns about plans to merge policing in Cornwall and Devon with Dorset. A motion will go before...

Devonwall constituency back in the news as government contemplates boundary shake-up

10th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillors will again be asked to oppose plans which could see an MP having to represent people in Cornwall...

Nearly £40 million unspent at County Hall, as Delabole parents face bus pass bills

10th September 2018 By Graham Smith The parents of 21 schoolchildren from Delabole are to each be invoiced £280 for bus passes, after they refused to let their children...

Extreme Right-wing activism on the rise in Cornwall, expert tells councillors

9th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The number of people joining extreme right wing groups and sharing their views is on the rise in Cornwall. In Cornwall 25,500 education...

EXCLUSIVE: Government has still not agreed to match-fund Truro Stadium, even though work started last month

6th September 2018 By Graham Smith The government has still not signed off on the Stadium for Cornwall business plan, and has not yet contributed £3 million towards the...

John Betty moved from Strategic Director post at County Hall, as planning chief Phil Mason takes over

5th September 2018 By Graham Smith The senior official who masterminded Cornwall Council’s £78,000 trip to the south of France earlier this year is being moved from his job....

How Cornwall Council could save nearly £12,000 without really trying (and find the money for school bus passes in Delabole)

4th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council officials and the authority’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration are fighting a rearguard action to save their Strategic Planning Committee, which has...

Grayling to rule on the future of Cornwall’s air link to London

4th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne A decision is imminent over whether the Newquay air link to London will fly to Gatwick or Stansted after the current Public Service...

EXCLUSIVE: How colour-coded maps will help justify the closure of Cornwall’s community hospitals

3rd September 2018 By Graham Smith A key factor in determining the future of Cornwall’s community health infrastructure has been designed by a small group of officials known as...

South West Water, which last year took £563 million off its customers, offers £20 million back in shares

3rd September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane South West Water has suggested a “part-renationalisation” in which £20 million of the business would be returned to customer-ownership.  The company last year...

Delabole bus pass row comes to the boil

3rd September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The row over school transport between Delabole and Camelford will intensify over the next 24 hours as some children prepare to walk nearly...

Council’s central area planners face a busy day

3rd September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Developers wanting to build new homes and an extension will all find out whether they will be granted planning permission today (Monday.) Cornwall...

Cornwall is second in the national league table of complaints about garden boundaries

2nd September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall is often described as a peaceful and tranquil place but new figures suggest that war has broken out over garden fences and...

Cornwall’s local government: no place for grown-ups

CLICK THE "As I Please" LINK (ABOVE) TO REGISTER AND READ THIS FREE ARTICLE 31st August 2018 Regular readers of this website will be well aware of the deep...

Bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee?

30th August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Rumours are circulating at County Hall of a bid to scrap Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee, on the grounds that it has insufficient...

“Insane” County Hall tells Delabole children they must pay-up – or walk to school in Camelford on Tuesday

30th August 2018 By Anne North Campaigners are fighting a frantic last-minute battle to persuade Cornwall Council that a narrow country lane between Delabole and Camelford is not suitable...

Newquay Spaceport waits and watches as Virgin Orbit attempts critical test flight of launcher rocket

29th August 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project, hoping to launch at least three satellites from Newquay within three years, is about to reach a critical...

Cornwall’s Devolution Deal – it’s all going frightfully well, isn’t it? Happiness is up by 2% (but don’t talk about the spaceport)

28th August 2018 By Graham Smith The success of Cornwall’s “Devolution Deal” is difficult to measure, according to the Cornwall Council officials charged with implementing it. While the 2015...

Cornish language TV service raises its ambition

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane An online fundraising campaign to set up a Cornish language internet-based television service has been so successful that the organisers have raised their...

Cornwall gets its first cannabis club

27th August 2018 By Anne North Cornwall’s first cannabis club has held its inaugural Annual General Meeting.  Campaigners who want a change in the law, to decriminalise the use...

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to host Brexit conference

27th August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s future outside of the European Union is to be the subject of a special Chamber of Commerce conference next month. The conference,...

Today is your last chance to comment on police merger plan

27th August 2018 By Peter Tremayne Public consultation on the proposed merger of the Devon and Cornwall police, and the Dorset constabulary, closes today (Monday.) The survey of public...

Lib Dems bounce back in Bude

24th August 2018 By Anne North The Liberal Democrats are celebrating a convincing Cornwall Council by-election victory at Bude, after holding the seat with more than 53% of the...

Polling day in Bude by-election

23rd August 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Voters go to the polls in Bude today (Thursday) in a Cornwall Council by-election. Four candidates are contesting the vacancy caused by the...

Not in the public interest to apply a public interest test, says Cornwall Council, when asked about the cost of “interim” staff

22nd August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has refused to disclose details of "temporary" senior officials who earn vast daily rates of pay, even refusing to apply a...

Newquay gets ready for Cornwall Pride festival

22nd August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Preparations are well underway for a colourful parade through Newquay on Saturday (25th) to mark the annual Cornwall Pride festival. The parade is...