Falmouth & Penryn local news

A tale of two (or three) charters: Property developers don’t trust local plans, Cornwall Council doesn’t trust the government, and why local communities don’t trust County Hall

By Peter Tremayne Questions over the value of local Neighbourhood Development Plans have been thrown sharply into focus by a County Hall attempt to negotiate the purchase of land...

Newquay, Falmouth, Truro, St Ives and Penzance are Cornwall’s parking ticket hot spots

By Richard Whitehouse Parking tickets, the bane of a motorist’s life.  Whether you have decided to quickly park somewhere you shouldn’t to run an errand or quickly nip into...

After yesterday’s £6 million bail-out, the battle for Cornwall’s leisure centres is only just getting started

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People who use Cornwall’s leisure centres are waiting anxiously for details of a “strategic review” which will see all sites operate up to and beyond next...

Falmouth falls 33 places in The Guardian’s “good university” guide

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth has dropped 33 places in today’s Guardian newspaper league table of universities. The university was last year placed 52nd, but in today’s 2021 guide falls...

Falmouth drops 22 places in the Sunday Times Good University guide

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth University has dropped 22 places in the latest Sunday Times Good University Guide. Falmouth had been ranked 72nd but has now fallen to 94th. Exeter...

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

We haven’t given up on mining courses at Penryn, insists Exeter University

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The University of Exeter has insisted that it intends to provide “a strong future for mining” despite halting new undergraduate admissions at its Penryn campus. The...

Cornwall’s world class mining engineering course, once run by the Camborne School of Mines, fears it is now “game over”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s world-class mining engineering degree course is to be “paused” with no new students admitted next year. The move, by the University of Exeter, has sparked...

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, but Welsh fortune could be at Cornwall’s expense

By Peter Tremayne Wales appears to have stolen a march on Cornwall in the race to develop and exploit offshore wind energy, after the Crown Estate awarded seabed rights...

Covid-19: Train companies say they need another 18 months of subsidy

By Peter Tremayne A government decision is expected shortly which will determine the future of Cornwall’s existing railway branch lines, which provide services to Looe, Newquay, St Ives and...

More than 100 turn out in Falmouth to help refugees

More than 100 people turned out in Falmouth this morning (Sunday) to protest against the government’s treatment of refugees who are trying to cross the English Channel.  The hour-long...

Falmouth protest to welcome refugees

By Peter Tremayne The Falmouth and Penryn refugee support group plans to stage a demonstration this morning (Sunday) protesting at the government’s treatment of people trying to cross the...

Ammonium nitrate licences in Truro and Falmouth come under the microscope, as experts ask how internationally-accepted rules and regulations went so badly wrong in Beirut

By Anne North Local councils in Cornwall have granted at least three licences for the storage of large quantities of ammonium nitrate, the chemical now identified as responsible for...

Ammonium nitrate is no longer stored at Falmouth docks, says A&P Appledore

By Peter Tremayne The company which runs Falmouth docks has said it no longer has any ammonium nitrate on site – a statement which will relieve many residents, following...

From Beirut to Falmouth people ask “how much do we know about things that might explode?”

By Peter Tremayne Safety experts in Cornwall are reassessing the rules and regulations governing the potential storage of ammonium nitrate in Falmouth.  The huge blast – and devastation –...

Labour leader’s visit to Cornwall leaves his own members “deeply offended,” according to party’s general election candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The whistle-stop visit of Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer to Cornwall yesterday seems to have upset quite a few people – in the Labour Party....

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer in Falmouth today

By Anne North Labour Party leader Keir Starmer is due to visit Falmouth today (Wednesday) in a bid to raise the plight of seaside towns whose economies have been...

St Mawes might not be as bracing as Skegness, but it is now Britain’s top seaside resort for the discerning tourist

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The village of St Mawes, on Cornwall’s Roseland peninsula, might have a resident population of fewer than 1,000 - but has come top in a poll...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

Falmouth University stands still at 77th in the latest national league table

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth University has held its place in the latest Good University Guide league tables. The university is today ranked 77th, the same as last year, in...