Falmouth & Penryn local news

£1,400 fines for partygoers who ignored Covid lockdown

Falmouth police have issued fixed penalty notices totalling £1,400 to seven people who travelled to Cornwall and rented a house for a party, in defiance of the Covid-19 lockdown. ...

Penzance, Falmouth and Truro to get more cash for cycling and walking

By Peter Tremayne The government is giving Cornwall another £607,000 to help develop sustainable transport during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The money will be spent in Penzance, Falmouth and Truro....

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Three more GP surgeries now offering Covid-19 vaccination

By Anne North Three more GP surgeries in Cornwall are starting to vaccinate people against Covid-19.  Doctors and nurses at Falmouth and Penryn, Camborne and Redruth, and Newquay have...

Communities In Action: The Kernow Library of Things closes in on fundraising target

KLOTH Crowdfunder Video from Edwin Love on Vimeo. The Kernow Library of Things is closing in on a crowdfunding target to continue making available tools and equipment which people...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Falmouth to host Tall Ships race in 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tall Ships festival has announced it plans to return to Falmouth next year, after original hosts Dunkirk pulled out. Up to 40 large sailing ships...

Plate protestors ask Truro & Falmouth MP to think again about free school meals during holiday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Protestors have laid a “plate protest” outside the office of Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory, demanding that the government takes action to alleviate food poverty...

Under new management: Falmouth takes back control of its Princess Pavilion

By Peter Tremayne The Princess Pavilion music venue appears to be heading for new management after the local community stepped in to take back control from Cornwall Council’s outsourced...

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...