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45 firefighters deal with Carbis Bay chalet fire

45 firefighters have been extinguishing a chalet fire at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, overnight. They were called just after 2am to the building at Hawks Point, and found that the wooden, single-storey chalet was already well alight.

It has been severely damaged, although neighbouring properties have been protected. One person was treated by ambulance paramedics at the scene.

Mylor Harbour boat sinks after severe fire

The blaze at its height. The boat later sank. Credit: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

15 firefighters were called to deal with a boat fire at Mylor Harbour, Mylor Churchtown in Cornwall yesterday evening. They had received 13 emergency calls from the public. The 20-foot pleasure boat was well alight when they arrived and it eventually sank. No one was onboard.

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Cornwall Council: 'Use or lose' rural buses

Cornwall Council says it will support rural bus routes as long as they are well used. It has just finished reviewing bus company contracts and says it will keep as many as it can.

But the Council added that because of rising costs it will keep the bus network under review and scrap under-used services. It currently spends over four and a half million pounds a year on buses.

Costs have risen significantly but we are determined to retain a rural bus network across Cornwall. We know that bus services provide a lifeline for many communities and we want, as I’m sure our bus passengers do, to bring stability to the bus network. [But] The Council cannot continue to fund services that are not used and the message to all has to be ‘use it or lose it’.

– Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste

'Cornwall forgotten by Government' after storms

A hotelier has told ITV News that Cornwall's been forgotten by the Government in the race to get the county up and running following the winter storms.

Zoe Holmes who runs the Bay Hotel at Coverack says this should be one of their busiest times of the year but trade is down by two thirds.

The main road into the village has been closed since the middle of February and might not re-open until the end of May.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

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New Vice Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall

Ellen Winser MBE will take over the role Credit: Cornwall Council

Cornwall has a new Vice Lord Lieutenant. Ellen Winser MBE will take over the historic role after Michael Galsworthy stepped down yesterday. The former stock broker will help to organise royal visits to the county, and present honours and awards on behalf of The Queen.

Row over development plans for Carbis Bay beach

by Steve Hardy

Campaigners fighting a plan for luxury apartments on a Cornish beach say it would turn it into a building site. The controversial scheme at Carbis Bay in West Cornwall is part of a multi-million pound project by the owner of the hotel which overlooks the beach.

He says it will create new facilities and jobs for the area, but opponents say they want the picturesque beach left alone.

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