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  1. 'Pub is the Hub' for Duke of Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

    Prince Charles will be visiting Cornwall on Friday to promote his "Pub is the Hub" initiative.

    Since 2001, the charity has been encouraging licencees to use their premises to support community activities.

    book case
    Image caption: The Star Inn at Vogue has its own library

    The Star Inn at Vogue, near St Day, was an early adopter of the scheme and now houses a hairdresser and a community library.

    Landlord Mark Graham will be meeting the Prince later today to talk about the impact it has had on his business and the community.

    Quote Message: It helps our business. We attract more families, more older people, the whole community... it's a very well-rounded business now. In the future, we're looking at installing battery charging for cars, and we've also got a campsite coming. Most pubs have to diversify a little bit, and we've decided to diversify a lot." from Mark Graham The Star Inn, Vogue
    Mark GrahamThe Star Inn, Vogue
  2. 'Guernsey could top European recycling rates'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Recycling pile

    It is claimed Guernsey could record one of the highest household recycling rates in Europe this year.

    Guernsey Waste is forecasting rates could be as high as 65%, compared to the UK, which recorded a 55% rate in 2017.

    States Trading Supervisory Board President Peter Ferbrache says the figures show the importance of recycling had been "dripping into the public's consciousness".

    "The proof of the pudding has been in the eating - it's been successful so far."

  3. Councillor charged with assault not standing in elections

    BBC Radio Devon

    Brian Greenslade

    A senior Devon councillor charged with sexual assault will not be standing in next month's district elections.

    Brian Greenslade, who currently sits on both North Devon District Council and Devon County Council, is not named as a candidate for the poll on 2 May.

    The former leader of Devon County Council has been charged with sexual assaults on three women.

    Mr Greenslade, 70, is due to appear before magistrates on 8 April.

    He denies the charges.

  4. Flats and hotel part of £70m regeneration plans

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A new 122-room Premier Inn hotel will be built opposite the former Odeon Cinema in St Helier, if plans due to be submitted within the next few weeks are approved.

    More than 140 one and two-bedroom flats will also be created by Jersey property development company Le Masurier, as part of a £70m regeneration project.

    The former Odeon Cinema on the corner of Bath Street, St Helier
    Image caption: The former Odeon Cinema on the corner of Bath Street, St Helier

    But existing businesses in Bath Street and Rue du Funchal will be forced to close, as an entire block - owned and let by Le Masurier - will be demolished to make way for the new development.

    Managing Director Brian McCarthy admits not all their tenants have taken the news well.

    Quote Message: I think that's inevitable, if you're asking someone to vacate a premises that they may have been in for many years, but all we can do really is adhere to the lease agreement that they've entered into, and give them fair and reasonable notice that we need them to vacate... I think what we're creating here is going to be a vibrant new quarter of St Helier. We're going to create a new community. I think businesses here will see that as a thriving opportunity." from Brian McCarthy Managing Director, Le Masurier
    Brian McCarthyManaging Director, Le Masurier
  5. Channel Islands weather: Showers and feeling warmer

    BBC Weather

    There will be a few showers at first, but some pulses of more persistent rain are likely to move up from the south from mid-morning onwards. It will feel a touch warmer than recent days.

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).


    Jersey weather forecast


    Guernsey weather forecast
  6. South West mining investment 'highest in 40 years'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Experts in mining say more money is being spent in the hope of restarting mines across the South West of England than at any point in the last 40 years.

    Interest has been boosted by the value of tin, which has increased by nearly 60% in the last three years.

    Canadian mining firm Strongbow is nearly ready to empty flood waters from South Crofty, which has been closed since 1998, but still needs to raise about £100m more on the stock market before it can get as far as mining tin commercially.

    South Crofty

    Fundraising is behind schedule, partly because uncertainty surrounding Brexit has made investors cautious.

    But chief executive Richard Williams is confident they will continue to make significant progress.

    Quote Message: We've got sufficient cash in the treasury to last at least another 15 months to 18 months and we fully expect to be way past where we are today at that point. We expect to have completed construction on the water treatment plant and in the midst of the de-watering process." from Richard Williams President and CEO, Strongbow Exploration
    Richard WilliamsPresident and CEO, Strongbow Exploration

    Cornwall Council is ready to invest £1m of public money to help the mine restart, as long as other investors come forward in sufficient numbers, too.

    Council leader Adam Paynter said: "It's about making sure that they get the whole package together to be able to start the mining before any of Cornwall Council's money goes in."

    tungsten sample

    In east Cornwall, Anglo-Australian company Cornwall Resources has been test drilling for tin and tungsten (pictured above) at Redmoor mine in Kelly Bray, and they say results show that they're sitting on the largest undeveloped tin-tungsten deposit in the world.

    While in Roach, Australin firm Metampere aims to extract lithium from the hard rocks associated with china clay.

    Quote Message: When South Crofty closed, I thought we wouldn't see any other activity in this area, possibly in my lifetime. What we've seen over the last 10 years is a significant increase, and in the last three years, we're starting to see companies explore across South West England, but Cornwall in particular." from Dr Robin Shail Camborne School of Mines
    Dr Robin ShailCamborne School of Mines
  7. 'No Flybe commitment beyond summer'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Flybe plane

    Jersey authorities do not expect any immediate changes to Flybe flights operating to the island, but they have no information beyond the summer season, Ports of Jersey said.

    Flybe is cutting some of its services to UK cities - such as Cardiff and Exeter - after disruption caused by a shortage of pilots and a reorganisation of the company.

    Flybe has recently been in financial difficulties, and was bought out by a consortium led by Virgin.

  8. South West weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    Friday morning will be cloudy with pulses of rain spreading up from the south. In the afternoon, skies are likely to remain mostly cloudy with further outbreaks of rain.

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Plymouth weather forecast
  9. Multimillion-pound flood defence scheme opens

    BBC Spotlight


    A multimillion-pound flood defence scheme officially opens in south Devon on Friday.

    The new coastal defences at Starcross include four new flood gates, slipway improvements and nearly 600 metres of raised and refurbished flood walls.

    A church bell from 1766 will also be used to warn people in the village and the surrounding area of serious flooding.

  10. New 25mph zones come into effect on Sunday

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    New 25mph speed limits will come into effect in Guernsey on Sunday.

    A total of 81 new 25mph zones will broadly cover all roads within "parish centres" in the Island Development Plan.

    There will be a reduced speed limit on roads surrounding Blanchelande College.

    25mph road sign

    Speed markings will be painted on the road surfaces at the start of the new speed limit areas.

    States of Guernsey Traffic and Highway Services says the aim of the reduced speed limits is to "help improve road safety, particularly for people that travel by foot and cycle".

  11. Weather: Heavy rain overnight and into Friday

    BBC Weather

    Thursday night will be largely cloudy with further spells of more persistent and heavy rain, which will become increasingly patchy by Friday morning.

    Winds will be strong from the southeast around the south coast, but lighter and more variable elsewhere. Minimum temperature:4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    weather chart

    Friday will be cloudy with spells of heavy rain moving up from the south during the day.

    Fresh southeasterly winds will be stronger to the east.

    Maximum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

  12. Weather: Rain overnight and into Friday

    BBC Weather

    On Thursday night, there will be clear spells at first but it will become cloudy with rain spreading up from the south at about midnight.

    Rain will become increasingly patchy in the early hours of the morning with clear spells and showers towards dawn.

    Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

    weather chart

    Friday, there will be a few showers at first but more persistent rain will move up from the south from mid-morning.

    It will feel a little warmer than recent days.

    Maximum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

  13. Car covered in Post-it notes and cling film in parking row

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Car covered in Post-it notes

    A car has been covered in Post-it notes and cling film in a parking row on a residential street in Truro.

    The Post-it note action is thought to have been prompted by commuters parking on the street near the city centre.

    Car covered in Post-it notes
  14. Pay boost for more than 800 council workers

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    More than 800 workers will receive a pay boost after Cornwall Council was awarded Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

    The move will see workers across the county receive an extra £10m in their pay packets over the next four years.

    The difference is currently £9 per hour compared to the UK’s minimum wage of £8.21, and the employees affected will see an average salary rise of 7.7%.

    group of people holding a certificate
    Image caption: Cornwall Council cabinet members with the LWF accreditation

    The council started paying its directly employed staff the Foundation Living Wage rate in 2015.

    Now, the scheme is being expanded to include the council’s group of companies and contractors the authority directly employs.

    Quote Message: It is fantastic to become an accredited Foundation Living Wage authority. It clearly shows our commitment to helping support our lowest paid members of staff. We now hope other businesses across Cornwall will follow this example when they are able to. It is good for businesses as well as employers, and will help end Cornwall’s reputation as a low-wage economy." from Councillor Julian German Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council
    Councillor Julian GermanDeputy Leader of Cornwall Council
  15. Jersey man jailed for seven years after guilty plea

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent assault, one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

    Nathan Thomas John Jordan, aged 34, committed the offences between 2010 and 2012.

    He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years as well as receiving a 10-year restraining order.

    The two women involved were both in their 20s at the time and both women were known to Jordan.

    However, he betrayed their trust and subjected them to many forms of abuse over the space of several years, the Royal Court heard.

    Acting Inspector Cathy Davison, head of the Public Protection Unit said the women were exposed to Jordan’s "controlling and coercive behaviour" and have shown "immense strength and courage" in reporting the abuse.

    Nathan Thomas John Jordan
  16. Mental health respite service will stay open

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A mental health respite service in Cornwall will stay open after NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council agreed to continue finding it "for up to three years".

    It follows a public outcry over plans to withdraw funding and close Sanctuary House in Menheniot.

    The five-bed facility, also known as Oakleigh House, offers respite support for people with mental health challenges, and has helped more than 200 people over the last 17 years.

    NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council have said they will extend the contract to "further understand what impact the service has on people's health and wellbeing".

    Quote Message: As responsible commissioners we listened to what people had to say about the decision to no longer fund this service, and have now agreed to extend the contract for up to three years. This will allow us to really explore the impact the service has on people's health and wellbeing... As part of our longer term plans to increase investment in mental health services we will be keen to find out how respite services such as those currently provided by Sanctuary House help prevent mental health crisis." from Dr Iain Chorlton Chairman, NHS Kernow
    Dr Iain ChorltonChairman, NHS Kernow
  17. Travel: Broken-down vehicles in Bampton and Newton Abbot

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Bampton, on the A396 near the B3227 and in Newton Abbot, on the A382 Highweek Street - at the junction with Halcyon Road - there are broken-down vehicles.

    Both areas should be approached with care.

  18. New £78m road will improve link between St Austell and A30

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service


    Planning permission has been granted for a new £78m road which will provide an improved link between St Austell and the A30.

    A full planning application for the new route, which will run between Stenalees and the A30 at Roche, went before Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee on Thursday morning.

    Councillors were told the new road would provide major benefits to businesses and residents in St Austell and the surrounding area - as well as helping Roche, Bugle and Stenalees which are all currently used as a route from Cornwall's main road to St Austell.

    Planning officer Matt Stephenson told the committee there had been "widespread support" for the plans from the business community and local residents.

    Some councillors raised concerns about objections which had been lodged by minerals firm Imerys but were reassured that discussions were ongoing with the company and were told that Imerys was supporting the new road.

    The planning application was approved as set out with conditions unanimously.