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Why a bird colony could prevent a multi-million pound development

A row about a colony of protected birds could ruin plans for a £10 million hotel on Drake's Island.

The area is home to a colony of Egrets - a white coloured bird similar to a heron.

Credit: Michael Gore/PA

A report to Plymouth City Council's planning committee has found the egrets would be disturbed if the hotel is built.

A sign gives an artist's impression of the development.

Councillors are expected to make a decision this afternoon.


Term-time holiday fines causing losses for business

Fines for parents who take their children on holiday during term-time appear to be affecting businesses. Credit: ITV West Country

West Country MPs will discuss the impact of changes to term-time holiday rules in Westminster today - after securing a special Parliamentary debate on the issue.

A report found that the introduction of fines for parents who take their children out of school during term-time has caused businesses to lose up to 30% of their income since 2013.

100,000 people from the region signed a petition against the law.

Help for fishermen to adjust to discard ban

The plans include access to funding for new equipment, increased catches and more flexibility over quotas. Credit: David Davies/Press Association Images

Camborne MP and Fisheries Minister George Eustice will be unveiling plans today to help fishermen prepare for the discard ban.

In January, it will be against the law for them to throw back species like haddock, sole and plaice. The plans include access to funding for new equipment, increased catches and more flexibility over quotas.


A third of Cornwall visits triggered by TV dramas

Programmes like Doc Martin have brought a third more visitors to Cornwall Credit: ITV News

More than a third of all visits to Cornwall have been triggered by television dramas like Doc Martin or Poldark.

The research by Visit Cornwall said the series had a significant influence on decisions to visit the county.

94% of those who took part in the survey said they wanted to visit the landscape and scenery showcased in the productions.

Price of milk paid to farmers not expected to rise yet

The price farmers are paid for milk is not expected to rise until the end of this year or early next, according to a government minister.

Cornwall's George Eustice was giving evidence to MPs after a summer of protests by dairy farmers over the price they get for their produce.

A petition calling for the introduction of a minimum price farmers get for their milk triggered this afternoon's one-off parliamentary session.

Farming minister to be quizzed by MPs over dairy prices

George Eustice Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski / PA

The farming minister will be quizzed on the dairy industry by MPs later this afternoon.

George Eustice is being brought before the Agricultural Select Committee where he'll be cross-examined on milk prices. The session will also hear evidence from the National Farmers Union and has been called after more than 50,000 signed a petition asking the Government to introduce a minimum price.

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