“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...

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,...

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...

Cornwall’s housing crisis: a report from St Minver, where 71% of homes are empty for most of the year

By Richard Whitehouse Standing in the holiday park in St Minver on a crisp, sunny November morning there is a distinct lack of life as it sits dormant in...

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 &...

Covid-19: now Padstow goes dark and joins the sick list

By Anne North Padstow has become the latest part of Cornwall to record dangerously high levels of Covid infectivity.  The latest data shows Padstow has 804.1 new daily cases...

A brief window in time: 36 hours next week to question Cornwall Council about leisure centre closures

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse The agenda is due to be published on Tuesday (23rd November) for the next full meeting of Cornwall Council – which appears set...

Leisure centres petition passes 5,000 names, forcing a full council debate

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will be forced to debate the proposed closure of four leisure centres.  A petition has easily garnered the required 5,000 signatures - it currently...

Your leisure centre is not a community asset, Cornwall Council tells Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge are furious that Cornwall Council has declared their local swimming pool, gym and sports hall is not a “community asset.” Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: County Hall now has options, as GLL destroys its own monopoly

By Graham Smith The deadline closed this morning (Wednesday) for expressions of interest to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall Reports understands that...

Leisure centre closures: petition to force full council debate nears half-way stage

By Graham Smith A petition designed to force a full council debate about the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres has attracted more than 2,300 names in only four days....

Petition launched to force a full council vote on the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s ruling Conservative group of councillors are facing more embarrassment because of a new petition calling for the proposed closure of four leisure...

EXCLUSIVE: “I would resign rather than accept the closure of my leisure centre” – Tories starting to lose their grip on County Hall as Launceston rebellion threatens their council majority

By Graham Smith The Conservatives’ threat to close four of Cornwall’s leisure centres, and the hydrotherapy pool at St Austell, is in turn posing a threat to their majority...

Leisure centres’ closures is “the death of democracy in Cornwall” – says former council leader

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The way in which Cornwall Council is dodging scrutiny of plans to close four leisure centres has been criticised by a former council...

Not a good look: Cornwall Council struggles to answer public questions as battle intensifies over the future of leisure centres

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has told leisure centre campaigners to “wait and see” after fielding 17 questions from members of the public at this morning’s...

Leisure centre campaigners force closure proposals onto the agenda of today’s council cabinet meeting

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s ruling 10-member cabinet today (Wednesday) faces a picket-line of hostile questions about its proposals to close four leisure centres. The closure plans were originally...

Town Council rejects County Hall’s leisure centre consultation as “deeply flawed” in blistering attack on “closure decisions already made”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Wadebridge Town Council has refused to respond to Cornwall Council’s “public” consultation over County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres. The town...

“Hands off our leisure centre,” Saltash protestors tell council

Scores of people turned out to support the campaign to save Saltash leisure centre yesterday - one of four under threat of closure.  Cornwall Council is also considering the...

The curious case of Cornwall Council’s decision to give GLL an extra £6.73 million, three months after the company asked to close four leisure centres

An extract from page 45 of a 46-page Appendix, this document was approved by Cornwall Council's cabinet on 22nd September - the same day that County Hall confirmed the...

Covid-19: Padstow joins the critical list

Covid-19 has now killed at least 660 people in Cornwall since the pandemic started, according to the latest data.  Two more Covid-related hospital deaths were announced yesterday (Thursday.)  Meanwhile...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls below 500 cases per 100,000 population

Cornwall’s Covid infection rate continues to fall: now 496.2 cases per 100,000 population, compared with 524.4 in Devon and an average for England of 484.1.  Worst affected is the...

“If you tolerate this, then your leisure centre will be next” campaigners tell councillors

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Leisure centre campaigners are planning to protest in Saltash on Saturday (30th October) to draw attention to Cornwall Council’s closure plans. County Hall...

County Hall agrees to hold extraordinary one-day scrutiny committee meeting to consider leisure centre closures

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might be decided at a one-day extraordinary meeting of a scrutiny committee, probably to be held next month. The Customer...

EXCLUSIVE: If you don’t want to know the result of Cornwall Council’s “public consultation” over leisure centres, look away now

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) issue a tough message to leisure centre campaigners that it is rejecting the opinions it has heard during its “public consultation”...

Can Sophie pull it off? The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might start to become a little more transparent by the end of next week

By Julia Penhaligon Important steps are about to be taken to determine the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres, with the prospect of a few clues emerging from County Hall...

EXCLUSIVE: This is what happens if you ask a silly question – how what was supposed to be a wide-ranging review of Cornwall’s sports and leisure facilities triggered the current crisis

By Julia Penhaligon The terms of reference for a consultants’ report about Cornwall’s sport and leisure facilities were substantially changed between February and July, Cornwall Reports can reveal. The...

Inside the room: GLL boss reveals why County Hall’s broken promises are now threatening leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The man responsible for managing Cornwall’s leisure centres has said he was “surprised” when Cornwall Council’s cabinet rejected a funding plan which would...

North Cornwall development embargo: planners think they have found a way to make progress

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have produced a calculator to help developers make progress with applications which have stalled because of an embargo on new building in the River...

Rescue services save four from car roof as Storm Aurore floods St Kew ford

By Peter Tremayne Rescue services were called to the St Kew ford last night to help recover four people trapped by floodwater on the roof of their car. The...

Cornwall’s leisure centre management company is “a bad and exploitative employer,” says union, as workers vote 94% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has condemned the company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres as “a bad and exploitative employer.” Unite general secretary Sharon...

Council saves leisure centres (in Devon)

By Julia Penhaligon Another neighbouring local council has taken steps to ensure that its leisure centres remain open and meet the needs of local communities. Torridge District Council, which...

Now you see it, now you don’t: new puzzle over how the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is to be decided

By Graham Smith Confusion surrounds the date of a key Cornwall Council meeting which could determine the future of four leisure centres under threat of closure. A Customers and...

Technical problems force councillors to abandon scrutiny meeting before getting the chance to talk about leisure centres

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council scrutiny committee which leisure centre campaigners had been hoping would set up an inquiry has been abandoned due to technical difficulties. Members of...

Leisure centre protestors tell council: “we want an inquiry now, not an inquest later”

By Graham Smith About 40 protestors, campaigning to save Cornwall's leisure centres, lobbied councillors as they arrived for this morning's (Tuesday's) meeting of a key scrutiny committee. Many of...

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

Death of 17-year-old Gillian Davey underlines why the dangers of Padstow’s Doom Bar need to be better appreciated, say marine accident investigators

By Peter Tremayne Marine accident investigators have made a number of recommendations after investigating the capsize of a motor cruiser in the Camel Estuary, off Padstow, last year.  A...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Covid-19: Wadebridge is the new infection capital of Cornwall

The latest infection figures show that Wadebridge is now recording 1,016.1 cases per 100,000 population, higher than anywhere else in Cornwall.  Overall, purple clusters on the Covid map are...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

No answers from Cornwall Council at its first leisure centre meeting, as Tories warm to a formal inquiry

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council staged the first of its “public consultation” meetings last night (Wednesday) to gauge reaction to the proposed closure of four leisure centres. About 30...

Covid-19: Something is happening and we don’t know what it is, as Cornwall’s infection rate races ahead of the neighbours

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is continuing to race ahead of other areas.  The latest “new cases per 100,000 population” figure is 430.6 – compared with Devon’s...

Solid gold backing for campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Graham Smith Olympic gold swimmer Calum Jarvis is backing the campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres - and his brother Henry is standing for election to Wadebridge town...

Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats launch campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres.” An online petition seeks to secure at least 5,000 signatures, which would force the...

Cornwall councillors on the “watchdog” committee have only three meetings to save the leisure centres

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres depends on a committee of 11 councillors being prepared to question and challenge County Hall’s ruling cabinet. The approach...

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Police condemn “biker trap” wire on woodland trail

By Peter Tremayne Police are trying to find out who was responsible for setting a life-threatening trap for mountain bikers in woods near Wadebridge. Someone tied a piece of...

Leisure centres should become community assets, says North Cornwall MP Scott Mann

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, whose constituency includes two of the four leisure centre which Cornwall Council is considering for closure, has added his voice to...

“Hands off our leisure centres” – local communities dismayed by Cornwall Council’s closure plans for Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon News that County Hall has identified four leisure centres for closure has been met with dismay across Cornwall.  Local communities are now trying to convene meetings...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council leisure centre hit list aims to close Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Four of Cornwall’s 13 GLL-run leisure centres will close unless County Hall agrees to pay an additional £750,000 per year subsidy. Cornwall Reports has been told...

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the star chamber, with no ******* money, as Cornwall Council considers closing leisure centres

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives are bracing themselves for a series of grim headlines in the coming weeks as they start to see the implications of a County Hall...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls by more than 9% in only a few days

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid case numbers have fallen sharply in recent days, in a boost to Boris Johnson as he briefs the cabinet this morning (Tuesday) about his...

Is your local leisure centre a “community asset” yet? County Hall gets ready to ask some hard questions

By Julia Penhaligon Communities across Cornwall are bracing themselves for a “public engagement and consultation” exercise intended to decide which local leisure centres will survive and which face closure....

Padstow fire crew winches car to safety after cliff-top handbrake failure

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews had to recover a car yesterday (Sunday) when a handbrake failure at the top of a cliff left it in a precarious position above...

Worst Witch author Jill Murphy, from St Mabyn, dies of cancer aged 72

By Graham Smith The author and artist Jill Murphy has died of cancer.  She was 72 and lived for nearly 30 years at St Mabyn, north Cornwall.  She is...

Covid-19: Christmas is cancelled in Padstow

By Anne North The Padstow Christmas Festival for 2021 has been cancelled, despite the government’s “final and irreversible” lifting of all Covid restrictions. The event is one of the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s summer of festival fun, or a series of super-spreader events?

By Anne North Cornwall’s festival season has got underway this weekend, despite continuing fears that the various celebrations of music and food could herald a series of Covid-19 super-spreader...

Cornwall Council’s “estates transformation” puts question mark over Corserv HQ at Wadebridge

By Graham Smith The Wadebridge headquarters of Cornwall Council’s Corserv group of companies could be among those considered for disposal, following a County Hall cabinet meeting this week. The...

Up, up and away into the skies over Wadebridge

A hot air balloon festival is due to take place at the Royal Cornwall showground, Wadebridge, in September.  The event is scheduled for the weekend of 18th and 19th...

Clean-up continues after lorry carrying bitumen and diesel crashes over Camel Estuary cliff near Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is continuing the clean-up after hundreds of gallons of bitumen and diesel spilled into the River Camel yesterday (Friday) when a lorry crashed...

North Cornwall planning embargo could remain in place for months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Property developers and their agents have been invited to hear an update about the planning embargo which is affecting a large part of North Cornwall. The...

Atlantic Ocean claims another car left on a Cornish beach

Police and coastguards have confirmed that no-one was inside this car, washed out to sea at Polzeath after its driver apparently failed to appreciate that tides come in and...

15th century Helland Bridge, a Grade 1 scheduled monument, faces long closure after car crash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall has been closed, and badly damaged, after it was hit by a car. Helland Bridge,...

Planners vote unanimously to refuse permission for large housing scheme to north west of Wadebridge

Cornwall’s planners have again voted unanimously to refuse permission for a large housing estate to the north west of Wadebridge. The application had been for outline permission for a...

EXCLUSIVE: Corserv shakes off councillors as non-executive directors

By Graham Smith The link between Cornwall Council and its wholly-owned, arms-length group of companies appears to have suddenly become much weaker, after a decision by chief executive Kate...

Planners asked to think again about 245-house project to the north west of Wadebridge

By Graham Smith The long-running saga of whether planning permission should be granted for a large housing scheme to the north and west of Wadebridge is set to resume...

Porthcurno parking chaos fuels calls for Cornwall Council to take action

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It happens every year but yesterday’s (Sunday’s) car parking chaos near Land’s End has provoked new calls for Cornwall Council to take action. Hundreds of tourists...

Padstow’s walrus “hit by boat” on his way to France

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Arctic walrus spotted off Padstow two weeks week ago has been injured in collision with a boat. The accident happened off the coast of western...

I am the Walrus: Arctic mammal spotted off Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wildlife experts around the South West have been excited by photographs of a walrus seen swimming close to the Cornish coast off Padstow. At first thought...

No rocking at Rock, as music festival is cancelled and farm at the centre of “Butlins” planning application collapses into administration

By Graham Smith A controversial North Cornwall music festival planned for the end of May has been cancelled because the organisers cannot get insurance against Covid-19. The festival had...

Birdwatchers report the return of osprey – the large “fish-eagle” – to Cornwall’s rivers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Birdwatchers in Cornwall have been excited to see an osprey, a large bird of prey which migrates between the UK and Africa. They are more often...

David Cameron used collapsed firm’s private jet to visit Daymer Bay – and then asked government chums for a bail-out

By Julia Penhaligon Former Prime Minister David Cameron has been unable to tell MPs to how many times he used a private jet owned by Greensill Capital to fly...

The curious case of the 8-hour delay in counting Cornwall’s Police & Crime Commissioner votes

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has refused to explain the eight-hour delay in counting Police & Crime Commissioner votes, which led staff, politicians and media facing...

Wadebridge Post Office finally has a new home

Former postman, now North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, declares the Wadebridge Post Office formally open.  The Post Office is now housed in the town's Spar shop, having once had...

Anti-lockdown Reform UK candidate comes bottom of the poll in both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire

By Julia Penhaligon The Reform UK candidate who entered last week’s local elections in two different councils, separated by 245 miles, came bottom of the poll in both. Bettina...

Don’t vote for the Liberal Democrat candidate in Padstow, says Padstow’s retiring Liberal Democrat councillor

By Julia Penhaligon As more than 370 Cornwall Council candidates embark on their last-minute scramble for votes, one retiring Liberal Democrat councillor has raised eyebrows by urging people to...

County Hall confirms embargo on new building in part of North Cornwall: full details

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has today (Tuesday) confirmed – and given more details of – the embargo on new development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall....

Reform UK candidate: Why I’m standing for election in both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire (but not talking about the rules)

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The anti-lockdown Reform UK candidate who is trying to get elected to both Cornwall and Buckinghamshire councils on 6th May has hinted at...

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Land owners and property developers in North Cornwall are bracing themselves for a possible embargo on new building, pending investigation of serious pollution in the River...

Might Cornwall see an Election Petition, to help define what is meant by “local” and defend the principle of one person, one vote?

By Graham Smith Anyone who wants to challenge the validity of a local council nomination for candidates who are seeking election in circumstances where they might not be eligible...

A fishy business – celebrity chef Rick Stein changes the advertising of his smoked salmon after complaint from wildlife campaigners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Celebrity chef Rick Stein has been forced to change the way he sells salmon from his Padstow-based online shop, after being contacted by Cornwall Council’s trading...

The parish council where only one candidate put himself forward for election

By Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of town and parish councillors across Cornwall have been elected without a contest, as not enough candidates came forward. In St Merryn, the future of...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Royal Cornwall Show cancelled due to continuing Covid fears

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall Show has been cancelled for a second year.  The event had already been postponed from its traditional June slot to September, but now...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Wadebridge Town Council to debate its response to “racism” slur over 250-year-old French engraving

By Graham Smith A number of council election candidates in the Wadebridge area have been drawn into a bizarre row over a 250-year-old engraving by a former draftsman to...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

Tuesday night’s fire destroyed 25% of rare wildlife site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said that about a quarter of its nature reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb was destroyed by Tuesday night’s arson attack, which...

Huge gorse fire lights up the sky over Cornwall

Flames could be seen for miles.  Thousands of people took to social media to swap theories, ranging from alien invasion to atomic bomb blast.  A similar fire broke out...

TV shows contributing to Cornwall’s soaring property prices, say estate agents

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A rash of network television programmes extolling Cornwall’s natural beauty and lifestyles have led to an explosion in house-buying inquiries, according to Rightmove. The town of...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

Wadebridge Town Council unveils plan to build “affordable” houses – in the parish next door

By Graham Smith Wadebridge Town Council has announced that it is starting to prepare a planning application which could see it work with a property developer to build “affordable”...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Covid-19: Royal Cornwall showground opens for mass vaccinations on Monday – 67,595 jabbed so far

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall showground, Wadebridge, is to open for Covid-19 vaccinations on Monday (1st February.) The news comes as health chiefs announced that 67,595 people in...