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Week St Mary wind farm plans turned down

Plans to build a wind farm at Week St Mary have been turned down. Credit: ITV News West Country

A plan to build a wind farm at Week St Mary in North Cornwall - comprising eleven 125 metre wind turbines - has been turned down.

The decision to reject the Big Field Wind Farm planning application was taken by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee at a meeting in Truro today.

Whilst I don’t have a say over planning decisions, I have been raising local people’s concerns with Cornwall Council planners and urged them to listen to the people living near the site rather than comments from those living hundreds of miles away.

Local Cornwall Councillors, who are properly elected to make planning decisions, have listened to all the evidence and have decided to reject this application.

This sends a clear message to the developer Good Energy that, after careful consideration and based on the legal planning considerations, a judgement was made by those elected to represent local people that the plans were not appropriate.

– Dan Rogerson MP, Lib Dem, North Cornwall


Torquay United's mascot clashes with fans

Gilbert the Gull was heard swearing at fans at the match on Saturday Credit: tephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

A football club’s seagull mascot has been ruffling feathers this week after clashing with football fans—from his own side.

The popular Torquay united mascot Gilbert the Gull was spotted arguing with his own supporters at the home match against Grimsby on Saturday.

Afterwards fans took to the Devon team’s website to complain that Gilbert was using threatening gestures and swearing badly.

Torquay United chief executive Andrew Candy investigated the incident, and reprimanded the employee who was wearing the seagull costume.

Gilbert has been allowed to resume his duties but has been banned from Popside home stand to avoid further clashes with supporters.

A "most unusual" crime: entire garden shed stolen in Devon

Police are appealing for information about the theft Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police in Newton Abbot are investigating a rather unusual crime; the theft of an entire garden shed.

To add to the bizarre nature of the incident, the thieves emptied the shed completely and left all its contents behind, making off with only the structure, which measures 6ft by 8ft.

The theft occurred at an empty property in Oliver Place, Heathfield, sometime between 17th and 22nd October.

Police are appealing for witnesses as they think that someone must have seen the large shed being carried away.


369 jobs to go at Cornwall Council

The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Andrew Kerr wrote to tell staff of the job losses today. Credit: ITV West Country

EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country can reveal that nearly four hundred jobs are to go at Cornwall Council.

369 posts will be lost, 280 of them compulsory.

The council wants to make the savings by the end of next March.

Staff and unions have been told the news this morning in a letter from the council's chief executive Andrew Kerr.

Mr Kerr says in a letter to staff that the cuts will save £31 million.

Bravery award for team who saved five from shipwreck

A team of Royal Navy aviators from RNAS Culdrose is today receiving an award for its role in a heroic rescue off the Cornish coast.

The four aircrew from 771 Naval Air Squadron, will be presented with the ‘The Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award’ for the ‘Le Sillon’ rescue, the second time in three years that the Search and Rescue Squadron has received it.

The four aircrew from 771 Naval Air Squadron will be presented with the ‘The Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award’ for the ‘Le Sillon’ rescue Credit: Royal Navy

During the storms that hit the Cornish coast in February 2014, the Culdrose aviators launched a heroic night-time rescue operation to airlift five French fishermen from almost certain death as their vessel, ‘Le Sillon’, was wrecked off Trevose Head near Padstow.

Le Sillon was shipwrecked near Padstow Credit: Royal Navy
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