Falmouth & Penryn local news

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

No answers from Cornwall Council at its first leisure centre meeting, as Tories warm to a formal inquiry

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council staged the first of its “public consultation” meetings last night (Wednesday) to gauge reaction to the proposed closure of four leisure centres. About 30...

Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats launch campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres.” An online petition seeks to secure at least 5,000 signatures, which would force the...

Cornwall councillors on the “watchdog” committee have only three meetings to save the leisure centres

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s under-threat leisure centres depends on a committee of 11 councillors being prepared to question and challenge County Hall’s ruling cabinet. The approach...

New boss for Falmouth University

Falmouth University has appointed professor Emma Hunt as its new vice chancellor and chief executive.  She replaces Anne Carlisle, who announced in March that she would retire this month....

Falmouth votes overwhelmingly in favour of its local neighbourhood development plan

Residents of Falmouth have voted overwhelmingly to adopt their local neighbourhood development plan, with 93.6% in favour.  It is one of the largest majorities in a series of recent...

Falmouth votes on local neighbourhood development plan

By Julia Penhaligon Polling is due to get underway tomorrow (Thursday) to decide whether to accept or reject the 102-page Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan.  The document has been several years in...

Covid-19: Tourist hotspots remain badly affected but overall number of new cases holds steady

Cornwall’s Covid cluster map for today (Tuesday) continues to show the disease spreading from tourist hotspots like Newquay and Falmouth.  St Ives, Padstow and Looe are also now badly...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new case numbers continue to rise

Cornwall’s Covid numbers continue to rise: Newquay is again the worst affected, with 1,053.6 cases per 100,000 population.  This number does not yet reflect the impact of the Boardmasters...

Covid-19: Penryn displaces Newquay as Cornwall’s worst affected area, as new cases increase 53% in two weeks

Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is accelerating, having increased 53% in two weeks, and is now 375.3 cases per 100,000 population.  Devon’s figure is 357.6.  The average for England is...

Covid-19: Cornwall now more infected than Devon, as virus spreads to areas neighbouring Newquay

Cornwall’s Covid case numbers have risen again and are now higher than Devon.  The latest statistics are 357.2 new daily cases per 100,000 population.  Devon is on 352 and...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new cases increase by 38% in 11 days

Covid cases in Cornwall are again rocketing, with the average number of daily new cases increasing from 327.2 per 100,000 to 341.6 in the past 24 hours.  The rise...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s daily new case numbers rise 32% in only 10 days

By Anne North The number of new daily Covid cases in Cornwall has again increased, and is now 327.2 per 100,000 population.  This represents a 32% increase in only...

Falmouth gets ready to vote in referendum about the town’s future

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents of Falmouth are preparing to vote in a referendum next week on the future of their town.  Anyone not able to get to a polling...

Falmouth University aims to hire a new boss early next month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The next boss of Falmouth University is to be appointed early next month, after a six-month recruitment exercise. Anne Carlise announced in March that she would...

Planners refuse permission to demolish Falmouth restaurant

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to demolish a Falmouth restaurant and build a new venue with an apartment above have been rejected by councillors. Hooked on the Rocks had applied...