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Sunshine in Cornwall for Easter Bank Holiday but weather worsens on Sunday

This is Cornwall - 2 hours 51 min ago
Cornwall is set to bask in sunshine over Easter - but only for the first two days. The Met Office said the good weather currently being enjoyed in Cornwall would last through Good Friday and Saturday. Sunday is expected to bring some showers and lower temperatures later on with mixed weather on Bank Holiday Monday. Dan Williams from the Met Office said: "It's looking like a very nice start to the Bank Holiday weekend with fine and dry settled weather for Friday and Saturday. "Then on Sunday you are likely to see some rain later on in the day. The rain is pushing in from the east so how much rain or when is really difficult to say. "On Monday there should be some decent dry spells but there could be rain." Temperatures are expected to push up to 15C (59F) on Friday and Saturday before falling to approximately 10C (50F) on Sunday and bouncing back to 12C (54F) on Monday.

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Porthtowan to host vegetarian world music festival

This is Cornwall - 3 hours 23 min ago
CORNWALL will be hosting its first fully vegetarian world music and culture festival this summer. To celebrate its tenth anniversary the Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan will be putting on its inaugural Latin American, Caribbean and African influenced music festival, Tropical Pressure. The event, which will be held between July 18 and 20, will feature local and international performers alongside dance workshops, world cinema screenings and craft and meditation sessions. Already confirmed are artists Dub Colossus, Macka B & Rasites Donso, Muntu Valdo, United Vibration and Nubiyan Twist. Eco Park owner, Tim Stirrup, said: "The festival is a natural progression for us after ten years of promoting world and roots music in the barn, and is a great way to celebrate our birthday. "We've booked some of the most exciting and original bands performing in the UK today, and can't wait to welcome them to our stage overlooking the sea." The festival will be family friendly and there will be dedicated children's activities throughout the weekend. Stalls will sell a variety of food inspired by recipes from across the globe and every single dish served will be vegetation. Kath Williams from Mount Pleasant Eco Park said: "Vegetarian food fits in with our ethos. We offer vegetarian food at our gigs which always goes down really well. "We want to show people that they can make really delicious veggie dishes from locally sourced ingredients." Adult tickets, which include camping, range from £45 to £60, with children under 15 half price and under 5s free. Every ticket includes free transport to and from Redruth train station and people living in the TR4 postcode are eligible for discounted tickets.

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Man arrested for brandishing Samurai sword in Helston

This is Cornwall - 3 hours 52 min ago
A 45-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for brandishing a Samurai sword at a neighbour in Helston. Michael Llewellyn Glanville of Kingsley Way was arrested on Sunday evening after he threatened his 50 year-old neighbour, Mr Sellers, with Samurai sword. Glanville was taken in to custody at Camborne police station and appeared at Truro Magistrates court on yesterday charged having an offensive weapon in a public place. He entered no plea and will appear in Truro Crown Court on May 9. Glanville was given a number of conditions to his bail including an electronic tagged curfew between 7pm and 7am every day, instructions to spend each night at an address in St Clements Close, Truro and a requirement report to Truro police station between 12pm and 2pm every day. He is also banned from entering Helston and ordered not to contact Mr Sellers. A police spokesman said: "No one was hurt during the incident and no weapons were used."

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Half metre long rat caught in a shed in Penryn

This is Cornwall - 5 hours 53 min ago
This half-metre long rat was found by astonished home owners after it was caught nibbling on dog food in their shed in Penryn. Kirstie Rollason's father-in-law put down traps to capture the cheeky critter who kept burrowing into sacks of food he kept outside for black labrador Sasha. Expecting to find a little mouse, he was astonished when he caught this huge rodent measuring a terrifying 50cm from nose to tail at his bungalow in Penryn. Kirstie, 41, a teaching assistant, said: "They knew they had rats, but had no idea it was this size. "My father-in-law couldn't believe it - he just thought 'bloody hell'. He had never seen anything like it. "They live right by the Penryn River so I think that might have been where it came from. "The dog was very afraid of it - she was cowering away when she say it. "You can tell how big it is because that is my father-in-law holding it and he is 6'1". "Thankfully it was a one off - we haven't seen anymore."

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Maritime museum director steps down as 'captain of the ship'

This is Cornwall - 7 hours 37 min ago
THE director of Falmouth's most well-known museum is to step down after 11 years as 'captain of the ship'. Jonathan Griffin will be leaving his post at National Maritime Museum Cornwall in September. With the museum's new corporate plan and fundraising programme in place, Mr Griffin said the time was right for a younger person to steer the organisation over the coming years. He said: "I am immensely grateful to everyone who has helped to make the National Maritime Museum Cornwall a success: staff, volunteers, partners, visitors and the local community. "From those early dreams, I believe that together we have built something that will be a long-term success for Falmouth, for Cornwall and for maritime history generally. It has been a privilege to captain the ship. "I could not have wished for a more enjoyable job combining three things I love: the heritage, boats and Cornwall." Although formerly retiring from the museum, he will continue to be involved in the heritage.

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'Not enough affordable homes in proposed development' says Penryn Town Council

This is Cornwall - 9 hours 39 min ago
PENRYN town council has raised concerns over the amount of affordable housing proposed by a developer who wants to build 100 homes in the town. Pre application advice is being sought by Bovis Homes and Walker Developments for the proposed development of 103 homes at Kernick, behind Asda. The Coach House development would also feature a two-storey health centre and include 1,500 square metres of commercial space over three floors, plus parking. But the developers have only included 21 homes in the pre application enquiry which was sent to Cornwall Council at the end of March. In an email to Cornwall Council, town clerk Michelle dDavey said: "I understand that town and parish councils are not formally consulted at pre application stage. "However, the chairman of the planning committee has requested that I raise a concern regarding the level of affordable housing proposed for this application." "On a site with 103 dwellings, a proposal for only 21 affordable dwellings falls far short of the target of 40 per cent which has been set in the draft Local Plan for this area. "The town council has already given a clear indication of support for the principle of development on this site having identified it in its Town Plan as being one suitable for development and it would be extremely disappointing if the Town Council could not support the application because it failed to deliver an acceptable level of affordable dwellings given the dire need in the area for social and low-cost housing."

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94% of parents secure their first choice of school for their children for September 2014 term

This is Cornwall - 9 hours 45 min ago
NINETY four per cent of parents have secured their first choice of school for their children for the new term in September, Cornwall Council has claimed. Parents of reception age children across the county today received details of which school their child is due to attend in September, with the majority of children being allocated a place in their first preference school. The Council received 5,225 applications for new reception school places for pupils in Cornwall to start school in September 2014. Of those 4,910 - 94 per cent - have been offered a place at their first preference school, with 315 pupils being allocated a place at either their second (169 pupils), or third (40 pupils) preference school. This means that 97.9 per cent of children have been allocated one of their three preferences. However, 106 pupils (2.1 per cent) have not been allocated a place at either their first, second or third preference school, but at the nearest school to their home address with room. All reception age pupils who applied for a school place in Cornwall have been allocated a place. This is a similar picture to 2013 when 93.1 per cent of children were allocated a place in their first preference school, with 97.5 per cent being allocated one of their three preferences. 317 children did not get a place in their first preference school. Based on the figures to date, there are 47 over subscribed primary schools for new reception September 2014 admissions in Cornwall. This is a similar number to the figure for the past two years, with 45 over subscribed schools in 2013, and 49 over subscribed schools in 2012. There has, however, been an increase in the number of schools which are full for new reception admissions in September 2014. 71 out of Cornwall's 236 primary schools are full, compared with 60 schools in 2013. The council's admissions team have received 247 late applications for new reception places so far this year, with further late admissions expected in the next few weeks. The deadline for the second round of applications is 2 May. This compares with 447 late applications by the second round May deadline in 2013, and a total figure of 804 late applications by 31 August. There were 494 late applications by the second round May deadline in 2012, with a total of 767 late applications by 31 August.

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Merlin MS Centre co-founder Eileen Murphy leaves behind a "legacy of achievements"

This is Cornwall - 10 hours 18 min ago
A PENSIONER who left behind a "legacy of achievements" after co-founding Cornwall's only centre for multiple sclerosis has died suddenly from a stroke. Eileen Murphy died on Saturday less than a month after celebrating her golden wedding anniversary with her husband, Dr Derek Murphy, who both lived in Penryn. Mrs Murphy set up the Merlin MS Centre, in St Austell, in 2002 with her husband. Tributes have been paid to the 84-year-old, who died on her birthday in hospital. A spokeswoman for the centre said staff and supporters were "shocked." On its Facebook page, the charity said: "It is with great sadness that we have to inform all our supporters that one of our founder members Mrs Eileen Murphy passed away suddenly at the weekend. "We feel blessed to have known Eileen, an inspirational lady who will be greatly missed. "Eileen leaves behind a legacy of achievements, for those who use and support the Merlin MS Centre her greatest legacy is our charity. "Our sympathy goes to Dr Derek Murphy and their family from all the team at Merlin." According to one of the centre's trustees, Steve Lawrence, also lives in Penryn, Mrs Murphy had been looking after her husband after he suffered a stroke a month ago. "He had a stroke four weeks ago and has only recently returned home from hospital," he said. "When I heard the news to be honest it was the last thing I expected." He added: "It was a shock to the family but they are coping remarkably well." Mr Lawrence has known the Murphys for 15 years since they arrived in Cornwall. "You cannot mention one without the other," he said. "Everyone talked about them as 'The Murphys.' "I remember one day at a Penryn Fair and it rained constantly. We still stood there under the awning collecting for the charity. That was the sort of person she was. She was always very helpful. There wouldn't be the Merlin centre without Derek and Eileen." A spokeswoman for the Merlin MS Centre said: "It has been a shock for staff and for the supporters, many of whom have been fundraising for the charity for well over 12 years and who were part of the organisation." Eileen was a trustee for the centre until a year ago when she stepped down. The Merlin Project was co-founded in 2001 by Mrs Murphy and Dr Murphy, a former head of the neurosciences section of the administrative headquarters of the British Medical Research Council in London. They established The Merlin Project as a charity in June 2002 and the centre opened its doors in St Austell in April 2009 after seven years of fundraising. The name was changed to the Merlin MS Centre in 2012.

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New community radio station due to take to the airwaves for Mevagissey, the Roseland and surrounding villages

This is Cornwall - 12 hours 25 min ago

A NEW radio station is set to launch next month and bring music to the ears of 15 local parishes.

The Hub, Cornwall's newest hyper-local radio station, received the offer of a full-time FM community radio licence from Ofcom in 2012 and will begin broadcasting on May 15 on 106.1 and 106.4FM.

Parishes that will receive the new station include, Cuby, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Ladock, Mevagissey, Philleigh, Probus, Ruanlanihorne, St Ewe, St Goran, St Just-In-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

Pete Appleyard, managing and technical director of the station, said: "It's been a very hard two years with lots of setbacks, but we're now almost set to launch the station in May.

"We've had help from local businesses and individuals for which we're really grateful, but now it's time for the rest of the community to get involved."

The Hub is a non-profit, community project run by volunteers, which expects to be airing to up to 35,000 people.

Mr Appleyard continued: "We're looking for volunteers of any age and ability to get involved with the station in a number of ways, from the on-air side presenting a radio show, to production, fundraising and to the office and administration tasks.

"Up to half of our income can be raised by selling on-air advertising and we're looking for any businesses, who'd like to promote their products or services to up to 35,000 people, to get in touch."

The Hub will broadcast from newly built studios at the Tregony Industrial Estate, while also being granted three transmission sites at Tregony, St Mawes and Mevagissey.

Anyone interested in getting involved with The Hub can visit the website at or call 01872 24 84 94.

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Cornwall equestrian round-up April 16

This is Cornwall - 12 hours 26 min ago

THE 2014 Royal Cornwall Show is less than two months away and over 1,200 entries are expected in the equine section.

The show is in its 221st year with competition as hot as ever when the show comes to life once again on June 5, 6 and 7 at the showground near Wadebridge.

This year's show sees some changes to the horse section programme. Firstly, HM The Queens Cup, for best light horse in the show, moves from the second day and will be held on the first day of the show.

The Morgan horse class, which takes place on the third day, will this year incorporate world breeds which include Friesian, Saddlebred and Paso Finos.

Due to an increased level of entries, the Skewbald and Piebald class for 2 and 3 year olds is split, so there will be a dedicated class for both ages. Similarly, the stallion, mare and gelding Miniature Horse class has been split and now a class for stallions aged four years and over and a separate class for mares and geldings in the same age category.

One of the main ring headline acts will be the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, making its debut at the show.

Expect heart stopping competitive action as teams of athletic riders, paired with fast, agile ponies, will battle it out for top honour across the three days.

The main ring will play host to eight competitive show jumping classes along with, on the eve of the Saturday, the finale of the all action Inter Hunt Relay, sponsored by Roger Young Land Rover.

The Four Burrow Hunt will be aiming to retain the crown after securing first and second places at 2013 show. Postal entries for the horse section close on Thursday April 17. Online entries are still open at where the prize schedule can also be downloaded and viewed. Online entries close on Tuesday April 22.

Show jumping entries close for those requiring stabling on Thursday May 1, those not needing stables have until Wednesday May 14 to enter.

To find out more about the show, go to

Goonbell Riding Centre, based in St Agnes, held their indoor show jumping finals in mid March.

The overall mini show jumping champion for the Mrs C Angove cup was jointly won by Viv Sellwood riding her own Brooklyn, and Annabelle Cutting riding the centre's Cobbie. Annabelle and Cobbie also won the M G Angove cup for the midi section.

The winner of the Roxanne Memorial Cup for the maxi points competition was won by Julia Dalley rider her own beloved William, who came out of retirement after a year off due to other commitments from Julia last year.

The Towan Cup for the most improved competitors throughout the season went to Antonia Hatton and Tamsin Wood, who, despite being very novice, competed several different horses and ponies throughout the season with success.

Francis Daniels said: "Julia and I would like to thank Caroline and Val and all the helpers at Goonbell and competitors for their continued support throughout what has been a very damp season. The competitors have improved with every outing and it is always excellent to see them all grow in confidence."

Troon Horse Show, on Saturday May 10, has been relocated from its usual showground to Stithians showground.

The Lanhydrock Horse Trials will be held, by kind permission of the National Trust, on Sunday May 18 starting with Dressage at 8.30am followed by Show Jumping at 9.30am and then Cross Country at 11am.

This event is unaffiliated but will be run under British Eventing Rules and the course is updated by BE Technical Advisor Simon Bere.

The events secretary is Mrs B Gibson on 10726- 871122 and and entries should be sent to

Spectators are very welcome and there will be refreshments available or Bring a Picnic in the Park.

Diary Dates

Saturday April 19: Threewaters RC open dressage show @ Chyverton Park.

Sunday April 20: NPA of Cornwall Teach In @ Chiverton RC. Limited places for both in hand and ridden classes for both children and adults. Please contact Jane Sampson on 01209 862734 to book.

Saturday April 26: BSPS Area 13a Open Spring Show with full range of RIHS qualifiers. See for schedule.

Saturday April 26: Tack Auction, Leedstown Village Hall. 6pm viewing, 7pm auction. To book, please contact Jacky on 07890 422440.

Sunday April 27: Newquay Riding Club Charity Show @ Killiserth Farm, Trispen.

Wednesday April 30: Newquay RC evening show jumping @ Killiserth Farm, Trispen.

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Truro City suffer disappointing away defeat after conceding 'soft' goal

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:31
Biggleswade Town 2 Truro City 1 City were unable to make it three Calor League premier division wins in a row after making the long trip to Biggleswade's Langford Road on Tuesday evening. But they really should have taken something from the match against The Waders, who themselves have now won three matches on the bounce. The game began badly for City when they went 1-0 down after nine minutes, with home skipper Craig Daniell converting a left wing cross. But a superb strike by the impressive Cody Cooke less than two minutes later got City back on level terms and he was then unlucky with a header which hit the post midway through the hald. However, calamity struck at the other end almost immediately when Lee Allinson scored direct from a corner to give the home side what proved to be the winning goal. In the second half, City pressed hard for an equaliser, creating several good chances but were unable to take any of them, leaving them empty handed from the 600-mile return trip. Assistant manager Wayne Carlisle said: "It was disappointing not to take anything from the game. "We had the opportunities and the work ethic was good, but we gave them a soft goal which in the end proved decisive." The result leaves City still 17th in the table ahead of their final away game of the season at Weymouth on Easter Monday. City: Fisher; Parcell, Pugh, Ash, Daw; Afful, Green, White, Slateford; Cooke, Watson. Subs (all used): Eddy, Copp, Tully. Goals: Daniell (9) 1-0, Cooke (10) 1-1, Allinson (24) 1-2. City man of the match: Arran Pugh.

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Firefighters tackle gorse fire in St Agnes

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:46
Firefighters from Perranporth have extinguished a gorse fire in St Agnes. The crew arrived at Trevaunance Cove at 4pm this afternoon and monitored the blaze until it burned itself out. At its height, the fire measured 100 metres by 200 metres and fire fighters used beaters when neccessary.

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Is this Truro pensioner the oldest female surfer in the UK?

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:42
A pensioner from Truro was the first competitive female surfer in Britain and is still catching waves aged 68 - six decades after taking to the sea. Pensioner Gwyn Haslock first headed into the swell in 1950s as a seven-year-old girl, using a solid wooden 'bellyboard' and a woolly jumper for a wetsuit. In the 1960s Gwyn was the first British woman to use a proper fibre-glass board to surf standing up - and the only female to enter the country's earliest surfing competitions. She went on to win a string of titles in the sixties and seventies as the ladies finally got their own contests. She has carried on surfing ever since and has even more time to hit the waves in Cornwall after retiring four years ago from her job as a council clerk. She said: "I'll continue with my surfing until I am physically no longer able to do so. I just love going in the sea and the feeling of the sea water. "I just feel absolutely free, completely inhibited and at one with nature. There's no better feeling." Miss Haslock fell in love with the surfing craze after watching her older brother Bob try it out in Newquay, where the family had a beach hut. She bought her first fibre glass board in 1965 and was one of the first women photographed riding a wave standing up. In 1966 she entered the GB National Surfboard Championships but failed to progress past the early heats because she was competing entirely against men. But it was a different story by 1969 when Gwyn took first place in the same contest after it introduced a women's section. She said: "I started out wearing a thick woolly jumper before progressing on to a heavy diving suit which zipped up at the front. "We didn't have wetsuits at the time. You just had to use what was available. "I was taught the basic skills and began stand-up surfing on a 10ft board - I loved it. "There were no other ladies in the first competition I entered. I don't know what the men made of me but I wasn't too bothered - I was just there to surf. "I just thought of my self as a surfer, whether you were male or female, it didn't matter. "After that competition the surfing organisation said they'd have a ladies section in the future. "Surfing has come on so much since then. It's become a sport for all ages and all abilities and disabilities." Silver-haired Gwyn goes surfing at least three times a week and says her passion for the water helps keep her fit and active. She now wears a wetsuit, gloves, booties, ear plugs and a helmet as she rides waves on a modern 8ft board. Gwyn said: "My perfect conditions are two foot offshore but I'm not too picky - I just love being in the sea. "Catching a wave is just such a thrill - you feel the force of nature. It's an escape which enables you to have no worries. "As you get older you become less agile but I still catch waves and that's the main thing. "Although it's rare to see female as old as me out in the surf but people are always very friendly. We're all in the water to do the same thing, after all. "I've been surfing for almost my entire life and I will never stop - I would miss it far too much."

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Good Beach Guide shows record number of Cornish beaches meeting regulations

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:14
Research carried out by a marine conservation society has revealed that more Cornish beaches than ever are meeting EU standards. According to the Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide 2014 a record number of beaches have met minimum standards for bathing water quality. Among those given the green light in the new guide are beaches at Perranporth, Porthtowan, Praa Sands and Poldhu Cove. Overall figures are up from last year with over 85% of beaches in the south west recommended, as opposed to 56% last year. Only Instow in Devon failed to meet the regulations set out of 195 beaches tested in the south west. MCS coastal pollution officer, Rachel Wyatt, says she hopes the latest figures will be a boost to UK tourism after several previously wet summers which led to a drop in bathing water quality from pollution running into the sea from rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers. "It is great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be. "The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather. "Most people don't realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality, but this has really been highlighted in the last few years. "2008, 2009 and 2012 were, according to the Met Office, amongst the wettest summers on record since 1910, and fewer UK bathing waters met minimum and higher water quality standards because of increased pollution running off rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers." To see if your favourite beach has met the required standards visit

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Funding earmarked to create a single roundabout at Treluswell

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:28
MORE than £1 million has been earmarked to ease traffic congestion on the outskirts of Falmouth and Penryn by creating a single roundabout at Treluswell. The £1.169m Falmouth Gateway Project will be mostly funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to speed up growth in housing and employment in the area. The LEP's bid for the roundabout project is part of an application for £70m from central Government to develop the county's economy. The Strategic Economic Plan document said: "Investment to relieve this key pinchpoint will remove costs associated with current congestion immediately, accelerate housing and employment growth and improve viability for affordable housing delivery." The project, to merge the two mini roundabouts on the A39 which connect Truro and Camborne to Falmouth and Penryn, will speed up growth leading up to 2030 and would be "attractive for business investment and innovation," according to the document. The bid document said: "Relieving congestion provides an instant boost to the economy and with improved journey times comes increases in productivity." It added that wider benefits would include improved accessibility, reduced accidents and improvements in air quality, plus a reduction in C02 emissions and vehicle operating costs as a result of reduced queuing. Cornwall Council will contribute £300,000 to the scheme, which is planned for 2016-2017, with the bulk of the funds, £869,000, coming from the LEP Growth Fund. The new roundabout scheme follows more than £3m investment on the Union Corner transport development near Falmouth School, pedestrian improvements at Kernick roundabout (near Asda) and phase one of a project to develop walking and cycling network across the towns. It joins the 63 per cent increase in passenger number between 2009 and 2012 since the 'passing loop' on the Maritime Branch line, plus station upgrades. The scheme will enhance the continued development of Penryn Campus (Combined Universities of Cornwall), which employs 4,000 staff and has a student and staff population of 6,590. The roundabout project will help the Port of Falmouth Masterplan and Framework Travel Plan, which would boost jobs from 750 to more than 4,000. Dredging a deep water approach channel lies at the heart of the regeneration proposals and will secure the long-term future of the Docks, said the proposal. The LEP proposal follows Falmouth Town Council's target to provide 2,600 houses by 2030, half of which would be affordable homes.

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90-home plans for Probus thrown out

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:12
Plans for 90 homes in a village near Truro have been thrown out by councillors. Wainhomes wanted to build 90 homes on the edge of Probus but strong local opposition saw the plans defeated. Cornwall Council members of the central area planning committee voted unanimously to turn down the application yesterday afternoon at County Hall. Wainhomes said it was disappointed with the result and would appeal against the decision. Dennis Keam, a local resident who opposed the plans, said: "I'm very pleased we have saved some valuable farmland. "We have had up to 80 houses in the last three years and our village can't take any more." Mr Keam said there was a "determined" fight from Probus residents with more than 150 letters of objection and approximately 20 people attending the planning meeting. Rob Nolan, a Truro councillor who sits on the planning committee, said: "People were very concerned. The school is full and the surgery and roads are full." Wainhomes wanted to build 90 homes with 50 per cent affordable housing on land on the east side of Tregony Road. Peter Crawford, land manager at Wainhomes, said: "We are obviously disappointed with the outcome an dwill almost certainly be submitting an appeal. "We are particularly disappointed we were refused on highways grounds as there were no highways objections from officers." Mr Crawford said there were numerous benefits within the scheme for the village of Probus. "There was 50 per cent affordable housing and land for the school to expand," he said. Wainhomes had promised improvements to the transport network in the area which they said would have mitigated the impact of the development. The unanimous decision by Cornwall Council members to refuse planning consent went against the advice of planning officers who had recommended approval. Cornwall Council planning officer Tim Marsh wrote in his report: "Overall the impacts of the development in terms of increased pressure on local infrastructure, drainage, schooling and the local highway network are considered to be satisfactorily addressed by the proposals."

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Fire at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth Docks

This is Cornwall - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:53
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire at a shipbuilders in Falmouth docks yesterday. Two fire engines from Falmouth were called to the blaze just before 11am after a waste compactor caught fire at Pendennis Shipyard. Crews used breathing apparatus, two hose reels and one jet to extinguish the accidental fire. Mike Carr, managing director at Pendennis, said: "We can confirm that the Fire Brigade were called to a waste compactor fire on site this morning, the situation was quickly brought under control with no danger to life or damage to yard equipment. We would like to thank the Fire Service for their speedy response in helping us deal with the situation."

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Postponed football fixture saga finally settled

This is Cornwall - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:00
The saga of when to play Saturday's postponed Carlsberg Division One West game between title-chasing Mousehole and Vospers Oak Villa took yet another, and hopefully final twist, on Monday evening. The match was called off after the appointed referee, Ben Judd, from St Ives, failed to arrive at the ground. Carlsberg SWPL secretary Phil Hiscox had then fixed it for Easter Monday, but this idea was vetoed by the Cornwall FA who do not allow games in the county on the same day as the Cornwall Senior and Junior Cup finals. An unhappy Hiscox then arranged for the two teams to meet on consecutive days, with the postponed game on Saturday April 26 and return the fixture between the two clubs the next day in Plymouth, But subsequently, Mousehole said they were not prepared to play on a Sunday, and under the rules Hiscox could force them to do so. He added: "In any event Vospers ground was being used by Plymouth Argyle Ladies that day and Mousehole already had a coach booked for the trip to Vospers on Saturday April 26, the original date for the game at Vospers. "The game at Vospers reverts to the original date - Saturday April 26, 3pm at Weston Mill "This gets us all back to the game - Mousehole v Vospers Oak Villa which was postponed last Saturday when no referee was in attendance. "We face the same problems we started with on Saturday night, only worse now as Bank Holidays and also Sundays are now out of bounds. "In fixing the new date I have taken into account Vospers travel, the general title race, end of season cut off etc etc and the best we can come up with is Monday May 12 (the last day league fixtures are being played), Mousehole v Vospers Oak Villa, but being staged not at Trungle Parc but at Penlee Park, home of Penzance AFC with a 7.45pm floodlit kick off. "Mousehole have agreed to cover the expenses of hiring Penlee Park and in addition Vospers are awarded £150 compensation from league funds, provided they fulfil the fixture, due to the fact that they were innocent as to last weekend's game being postponed. "Hopefully this will be the last time I have to change the arrangements." And so say all of us.  

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Man arrested after weapons threat in Helston

This is Cornwall - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:51
A 45 year-old man has been arrested after police were told that man had been threatened with a weapon in Helston. Police were called to a house in Kingsley Way at around 5pm yesterday afternoon. Officers entered the house and arrested the 45 year-old on suspicion of affray. He was taken into police custody where he remains. No one was hurt during the incident and no weapons were used.

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Cornish GPs to open seven days a week

This is Cornwall - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:16
GP clinics in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will open for 12 hours, seven days a week, thanks to funding from the government. NHS surgeries in the county have been given a share of £3.575 million to spend on improving access to GP care as part of the £50m Prime Minister's Challenge Fund. Patients will be able to book appointments between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and will also be able to Skype doctors and nurses when geography makes getting to a surgery impossible. These developments will be backed by pharmacies, which will play an increasing role as a first port of call for patients. NHS Kernow Governing Body member Dr Iain Chorlton, who is also a family GP in Gunnislake, said: "Once again Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are at the forefront of making important changes to health services. "The Prime Minister's Challenge Fund will allow us to quickly develop our vision to provide primary care services that match the needs of our communities, and to support groups of GPs and community services to work together to provide appropriate care when it is needed. "When someone needs care it is irrelevant whether it is 'in' or 'out-of-hours', what matters is that the right care is available to them when they need it. "While we are still working on the detail of our plans for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, it will fit in with our living well ethos to provide wrap-around, tailored care and services that support people's needs." Five pilot schemes, including one in Devon, have been approved across the south of England. Bridget Sampson, director of commissioning for NHS England, said: "It's taken a lot of hard work, but securing the bid is a real boost for patients and practices across the area. "There's been lots of innovative thinking about how we can make GP care easier to access, how we can join up different staff to give a seamless service for people, and how we can harness technology to make it all happen. "What we needed was the money to translate that thinking into practice. Now we've got it, and more than 1.7 million people should ultimately feel the difference." NHS England will now oversee the pilots that will be part of a 12-month national development and evaluation programme.

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