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  1. Cornwall Council to miss savings target

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council has revealed it is set to fall short on financial savings by more than £11.5m.

    The council had aimed to make savings of £34.73m in 2018/19 but its current forecast shows that it will only achieve £23.21m.

    It means there is currently a gap of £11.52m and with about five months left of the financial year there is no guarantee that it will not increase.

    A council performance report going to the cabinet next week indicates the savings target is now considered to be red as a result of the shortfall.

    Cornwall Council sign
  2. Cornwall riding for Tour of Britain stage

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A report going to Cornwall Council's cabinet on Thursday recommends the council submits a bid to host the first stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race in 2020.

    Three possible different routes have been identified, with the preferred one taking the riders from Penzance to Bodmin.

    This would see the race start in Penzance and roll-out to Marazion before continuing on to St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Gwithian, Camborne, Redruth, Stithians, Falmouth and on to Truro.

    It would then go on to Newquay, St Columb Major, St Austell, Eden Project and finish in Bodmin.

    Cycling race

    The decision on the route will have to be agreed by Cornwall Council and race organisers SweetSpot.

    Next week the cabinet will be asked to approve a budget of £345,000 to underwrite the core costs of hosting the event and to appoint a manager to attract sponsors.

    In the report going to cabinet it estimates an extra £3.4m could be generated for the economy.

    This year's event saw Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas taking part alongside Chris Froome.

  3. MP pays tribute to Cornwall hospice care

    A Cornish MP has been paying tribute to the county's hospice movement for the "excellent care" his mother received.

    Derek Thomas, the Conservative MP for St Ives, was speaking during a special Commons debate on hospices.

    He said the care offered to his mum had actually given her more months of life:

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    Video caption: MP Derek Thomas pays tribute to hospice care in Cornwall
  4. Disruption on the trains expected until 19:00

    A fault with the signalling system near Exeter St Davids is resulting in all lines being blocked between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple / Taunton.

    Train services between the stations may be delayed by up to 40 minutes. Disruption is expected until 19:00.

  5. Road reopens in Slapton after controlled explosion

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A controlled explosion has taken place of a World War Two bomb found on the beach at Slapton.

    The road has now reopened after Royal Navy bomb disposal experts detonated the device, described by police as a 5ft (1.5m) torpedo.

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  6. Man, 19, died in Wilmington accident

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A 19-year-old man who died in an accident on the A35 near Wilmington earlier this month has been named by police.

    Blake Harkin, from Honiton, died at the scene on Thursday 11 October.

    Emergency services attended the scene where a Honda had left the road and come to stop in a ditch. It was reported the Honda was in minor contact with another vehicle after leaving the road.

    The driver of the other car sustained a minor hand injury.

    The road was closed overnight and reopened at 09:15 on the Friday.

  7. Oncology nurse loses fight against cancer

    An oncology nurse from North Devon has lost her fight against cancer.

    Laura Harris, 43, from Barnstaple passed away earlier after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017.

    Her family have thanked everyone who donated towards a drug which prolonged her life.

    Laura Harris
  8. WW2 bomb closes Slapton road

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A suspected World War Two bomb has been found on the beach at Slapton.

    Devon and Cornwall Police was told at 13:45. Coastguards are also in attendance, and a Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are on their way.

    The item is described as a rusty 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) long torpedo and a 330ft (100m) cordon is in place.

    The A379 has been closed at Strete Gate and Sands Road.

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  9. Truro man and woman 'United' in love

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man from Truro has gone down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend in the Manchester United home changing room.

    Andy Jenkin had to get special permission from the powers at Old Trafford, and luckily Abigail said yes.

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  10. Plymouth skyscraper recommended for approval

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for a landmark skyscraper including 170 apartments on Sutton Harbour in Plymouth are being recommended for approval.

    The £60m, 20-storey development known as Sugar Quay would include shops, restaurants and cafes, a gym and co-working space, with parking in the basement.

    The full planning application from Sutton Harbour Holdings will go before Plymouth City Council's planning committee on Thursday, 8 November.

    The developer hopes to start work next year, with the aim of completing part of the building for use as a viewing platform and exhibition space during the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020.

    Building plans

    The full development would be completed by 2022.

    The developers have agreed to pay £250,000 towards upgrading flood defences at the harbour asked for by the Environment Agency, according to a report to the planning committee.

    They are also being asked for almost £500,000 to pay for footway and cycle links at Sutton Harbour, and to go towards improvements at the Hoe.

    The money would be paid under a Section 106 Agreement - a legal agreement designed to compensate the community for the impact of developments.