Plans to build a 'Spaceport' in Cornwall have taken a step forward with a proposed £12m funding from Cornwall Council being approved by the the council's cabinet.
The proposal, which passed by a 6-4 margin, will now be subject to approval by the full council in November.
The cash is a key part of getting the Virgin Orbit satellite launch system off the ground at Newquay Airport.
It is the biggest part of a package including £7.85m from the UK Space Agency and £2.5m from Virgin Orbit.
The plan is to create create a horizontal launch site, Spaceport Cornwall, at Newquay to launch satellites into orbit.
The £12m means the Virgin Orbit jet, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl, is closer to operating out of Newquay in 2021.
Claire Barcham, commercial space director at the UK Space Agency, told the cabinet meeting in a letter that Spaceport Cornwall would "help Cornwall to take a leading role in the UK's emerging spaceflight sector".
She said it was an "extremely exciting time for the South West, which is home to a variety of unique space sector facilities, expertise and assets, including Cornwall Airport Newquay, which have the potential to play a significant role in shaping our future economy".
'Hundreds of nursing shifts go unfilled' in south west
Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight
More than 1,100 nursing and health care assistant shifts went unfilled in just one week across three of the region's hospitals, according to figures gathered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
The figures suggest almost double that number had been filled with agency and bank staff.
Trusts say they are working to recruit more staff and deploy existing staff to ensure patient safety isn't compromised.
The RCN has launched a petition and says it is a problem that affects everyone:
Susan Masters, from the RCN, said: "We need the citizens of this country to understand that nursing affects all of them, that we need to have the numbers in place, the right numbers of staff in the right place with the right skills to care for them and their families."
The Police and
Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall will head to
London this month to argue that the force should receive an additional £15m to
compensate it for the cost of policing a "summer surge" of visitors.
Hernandez says the force is put under additional strain because the
two counties host more domestic visitors than any other.
Grant Application is being finalised by staff at the PCC’s office.
detailed facts and figures that explain the additional pressures placed on
officers and staff between April and September.
The tourism sector is vitally important to the South West, and contributes at least £300m a year to the Treasury through VAT. This application is about trying to get some of that money back so we can help to keep visitors and our resident population safe. We have invested heavily in additional resources like a rural and wildlife crime team, collaborations with other blue light services and additional roads policing teams to help to cope with a rise in requests for help because of the summer surge."
Devon and Cornwall weather: Spells of sunshine expected
Patches of low cloud and any light drizzle will clear towards the south coast and it'll become brighter with spells of sunshine developing more widely through Friday morning.
Light or moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel a little cooler.
Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).
Cornwall and Devon weather: Some rain before turning drier
Officers were called to Moor Street in Camborne at about 10:00.
The woman is currently in Derriford Hospital.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.
Cornwall road blocked after pedestrian hit by lorry
BBC News Online
A pedestrian has "serious leg injuries" after being hit by a lorry in Camborne, police have said.
Moor Street is currently blocked in both directions between Centenary Street and Union Street.
Officers are on the scene.
Council rejects plans for remote voting
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Calls to allow councillors to take part and vote in meetings from home have been rejected by just one vote.
Liberal Democrat councillor Jesse Foot had led an impassioned bid to get Cornwall Council used as a pilot area for remote voting access for councillors.
Ironically by the time a vote was taken on his motion a third of councillors had left the chamber at County Hall. It was defeated by a single vote with 40 councillors in favour and 41 against.
Mr Foot said the public sector was far behind in terms of making use of IT and said he was tabling his motion 12 years after a government minister indicated that they would consider allowing councillors to vote remotely.
Having opened his speech with the sound of a dial-up connection from about 20 years ago Mr Foot said the council needed to make sure it wasn’t still “buffering” by 2021.
However, independent councillor Tim Dwelly, who said he had lobbied for better use of technology, said he was not in favour of remote voting.
He said many people in Cornwall already considered that the council was “remote” and that allowing councillors to vote and participate from home would not help.
Cornwall Council has admitted that it is responsible for the delay in getting work underway on the Stadium for Cornwall.
In July Cabinet member Bob Egerton claimed the deal to transfer the land needed for the stadium, which would unlock funding from the government, could be done by the end of that month.
However, despite his claim that it could take “days if not hours”, nothing happened.
At a meeting of full council yesterday Conservative councillor David Harris asked Mr Egerton for an explanation.
The cabinet member for economy and planning said the reason for the delay was because the council needed more land for the planned Northern Access Road, which will serve the Langarth Garden Village development that is planned for the area around the stadium site.
Mr Egerton said: "I promised it in good faith. I believed at that time that we were about to get it signed off but subsequently we did find there was a bit of a problem."
He told the council more land is needed for the new road and said that once it had been done the land for the stadium could be secured.
While Mr Egerton apologised for the delay he was reluctant to say when the deal might be complete.
He said: "“I am hesitant to give you another timescale having been wrong before. All I can say is that we are actively working on it. It is in the interests of us as a council as well as the stadium partners to get this through and done as soon as possible."
Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell described the "positive" report as a "reflection of the hard work" of custody staff.
ACC Colwell said "further investments" had been made into a "state-of-the-art policing hub and custody centre" in Exeter.
Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to be leading the world with some of the safety equipment that we have installed in our custody. Treating those in custody with dignity, care and respect is not only ethical and the right thing to do, but is more likely to influence positive outcomes for victims and witnesses."
Clouds frame sunset over Redruth
Thanks to Tom, from Redruth, in Cornwall, for this great image.