Cornwall news

Chiverton bridge

Bridge in place: Completion of the St Agnes-to-Truro Saints Trail route has taken a step forward with the installation of a traffic-free bridge over the A30 at Chiverton. The 48-metre structure will enable walkers, cyclists, and horse riders to cross the busy dual carriageway, and is expected to open towards the end of January. 

Housing cash: Major improvements are planned for some of Cornwall’s oldest social housing stock, with £79m set to be invested in homes over the next five years. Over the next 12 months, residents living in around 2,000 council homes will see improvements to the energy efficiency or the general condition of their homes as part of the programme, which includes replacing roofs, kitchens, and bathrooms. The programme will then extend to further council homes managed by Cornwall Housing.

Samaritans anniversary: Cornwall Samaritans raised more than £15,000 at its 50th anniversary ball and charity auction, held at the Eden Project. Guests included: Samaritans chair Keith Leslie; patrons Rick and Sara Stein; the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Hugh Nelson; deputy mayor of Truro, Sam Rabey; Tim Owen, of 3 Dads Walking; and David ‘Fitz’ Fizgerald, who acted as MC and auctioneer.

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Bycatch development: New technology developed with Cornish fishermen could radically transform how bycatch of marine wildlife is documented on board fishing vessels. Read more

Pothole cash: Cornwall is set to benefit from £3.7 million this year and £3.7 million next year to tackle potholes and carry out road resurfacing. There will be similar funding indicated for each year up to 2033.

Have your say on EVs: Cornwall Council is calling on residents, businesses, town and parish councils, and anyone who has an interest in the charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles, to give their views on a new draft strategy. The feedback will help finalise an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy and shape future bids for government funding for more public chargepoints. Find out more, read the draft strategy and complete the short survey here.

Youth council: Young people are being invited to join Cornwall Youth Council. Anyone aged between 11 and 18 can register as a candidate in elections that are due to take place between 29th January and 1st March next year. The council is part of Cornwall Council and exists to make sure the voices of children and young people are heard and taken seriously. There are 12 elected seats available, and members are elected by other young people. There are also additional roles if young people do not want to be part of an election process. Schools need to sign up to hold elections. Find out more here.