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Eden Project back in profit

The Eden Project in St Austell has recorded a £2m trading surplus. Credit: PA

The Eden Project is back in profit after losing more than £1m last year.

It recorded a £2m trading surplus after a dedicated drive to cuts costs.

68 staff have been made redundant during the last year - and a further 50 weren't replaced.

Sinking cargo ship towed to St Austell bay

A large cargo vessel that started to sink off the Lizard has now been towed into St Austell bay.

The six crew members were rescued from the Sea Breeze yesterday. Divers will now fit a metal plate to the hull to stop it gaining water.

A meeting is due to take place later to come up with a salvage plan. The ship is stable and no pollution has been reported so far.


Two neighbours taken to hospital following house fire

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke after a fire in an unoccupied house near St Austell. It happened early this morning in the village of Nanpean. The fire broke out in the hallway of the house, and a smoke alarm alerted neighbours.

Fire crews from St Dennis and St Austell put out the blaze. Two neighbours were taken to hospital. A spokesman for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said the incident highlighted the importance of having working smoke alarms.

Plan to keep controversial sea defences refused

Councillors voted 11 to 2 in favour of refusing the application to keep the piling for another 3 years. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Councillors have refused an application by developers to keep controversial sea defences at Carlyon Bay near St Austell.

CEG - the company behind a £250 million scheme - wanted to retain the temporary 80 metre long sheet piling for another 3 years.

But councillors voted 11 to 2 in favour of refusing the application, despite the planning officer's recommendation to approve it.

Local campaign group Carlyon Bay Watch says it is 'delighted' with the decision and is calling on Cornwall Council to enforce the planning law to make CEG remove the structures which it says are 'blighting what should be St Austell's best asset'.


Calls to take down Carlyon Bay sea defences

Objectors have called for the removal of sea defences at a Cornish beauty spot.

The 80 metres of defences at Carlyon Bay in south east Cornwall are protecting an information centre.

It's linked to a proposed £250 million development which it's hoped will be started in 2016.

But more than 700 people have signed a petition calling for the defences to be removed.

Residents fear development would harm businesses

Residents in St Austell will get the chance to have their say on a proposed £110 million redevelopment this evening.

Residents will get their say this evening Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A public meeting organised by Cornwall Council will look at the plans for the 100 acre site at Coyte Farm, which would feature homes and a shopping complex.

Some residents are worried that the development would destroy town centre businesses.

Public meeting to discuss £110 million development

A public meeting will take place tonight to discuss the plans for a new £110 million development near St Austell.

The proposed 100-acre site would have a housing and shopping complex.

Some residents are worried that the development would destroy town centre businesses.

They will be able to put forward their views at Cornwall Council's meeting this evening.

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