Falmouth & Penryn local news

When the wind blows

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coastal communities are waking up to a battered and soggy Cornwall after high tides and strong winds brought flooding to many areas. The sea wall at...

Another pub closes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Prince of Wales pub in Falmouth closed for the last time yesterday (Saturday.) The landlords, who have run the pub for 17 years, said they...

Vigil for Falmouth aid worker killed by Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza

By Julia Penhaligon About 100 people attended a vigil in Falmouth yesterday evening (Wednesday) for aid worker James Henderson, 33, who was one of seven killed by the Israeli...

Vandalised speed cameras: police say suspects remain “under investigation”

By Harold Callahan Police have still not made a decision about whether to bring criminal charges against any of the three men arrested in connection with the vandalism of...

Falmouth aid worker among those killed by Israeli air strike in Gaza

By Harold Callahan One of the aid workers killed by Israel in Gaza was from Falmouth. Former Royal Marine James Henderson, 33, was one of seven volunteers with World...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

Could an October election help the Tories hold on in Truro and Falmouth?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Younger voters in the marginal Truro and Falmouth constituency could be left without a voice in this year’s general election if Rishi Sunak decides to hold...

A blank cheque: no-one knows how much the Mid Cornwall Metro is going to cost, but now we do know who is paying for it

By Peter Tremayne The development of any Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) train service between Newquay and Falmouth will have to be on an “emerging costs” basis, Network Rail has...

That’s the way the money goes: would you like to ride in my £165,000 virtual Mid Cornwall Metro balloon?

By Julia Penhaligon A marketing video attempting to stir enthusiasm for Cornwall’s Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has cost nearly £165,000. The video, which was part of a “virtual...

Mid Cornwall Metro is here! County Hall’s train set now has a website

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s £60 million gamble on a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth now has a website: midcornwallmetro.com. The launch of the site is the...

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a Conservative campaign co-ordinator

By Julia Penhaligon Voters in the St Austell and Newquay constituency have been puzzled by a Conservative Party leaflet urging them to vote for Conservative MP Cherilyn Mackrory at...

Visit Cornwall by appointment only: National Trust car park rumpus hears call for a new approach to tourism

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial National Trust plans for a new 250-space car park at its Trelissick Estate, Feock, appear to have become bogged down in a storm of protest....

Who chopped down Cornwall’s speed cameras? Police arrest two men

By Harold Callahan Police investigating criminal damage to speed cameras in Cornwall have made two arrests. Two men in their 30s, one from the Falmouth area and one from...

Stick or twist? The £60 million Mid Cornwall Metro railway project steams into the general election timetable

By Julia Penhaligon A contract for the first, and most expensive, part of Cornwall’s £60 million Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) railway project is due to be signed this month...

The ayes have it – but only just: Constantine ponders the outcome of its parish poll

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Winston Churchill once said:  “Democracy is the worst form of government.  Apart from all the others.” He might have been forecasting the way villagers at Constantine,...

Manufacturing demand: MCM to get its own website and “brand” identity before searching for passengers

Cornwall Council's £60 million Mid Cornwall Metro project is to get its own website, similar to The Dartmoor Line.  Project priorities, to be reported to the council's cabinet tomorrow...

Slow Train Coming: get ready to be told how much you want the MCM, as Cornwall Council tries to spin its way to £60 million rail project

By Julia Penhaligon Residents and local councillors in St Austell and Newquay are about to be subjected to a ferocious marketing campaign in support of the “MCM” – County...

Mid Cornwall Metro still on track – for now

By Peter Tremayne The business case for the Mid Cornwall Metro railway project has been approved by the Department for Transport and is now being scrutinised by the Treasury,...

On track: Mid Cornwall Metro rail project clears its first hurdle

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors have voted to progress plans for a Mid Cornwall Metro railway project, improving links between Newquay and Falmouth, despite official concerns about the financial...

“We’ve been told not to mention HS2” – the runaway train came down the track and she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew until all the money had gone

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s taxpayers are about to be asked to underwrite a multi-million pound gamble on County Hall’s ability to build a Mid Cornwall Metro rail service improving...

Habitats: 1 – Hot Tubs: 0 Planners reject holiday homes in AONB

By Lee Trewhela The owners of a seaside hotel says they are considering their next steps after plans to radically change the site with the addition of holiday home...

Pavement politics and Palestine: Newquay joins the chorus of protest

By Graham Smith The number of demonstrations in Cornwall against the war in Palestine continues to grow, with another due to be held in Newquay this afternoon (Sunday.) A...

Man who lives in double-decker bus moves to new home at County Hall, Truro

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has moved a self-described Gypsy, who has been living in a double-decker bus on a Falmouth street for four years, onto the site of...

Starting next week: tap-in, tap-out digital train tickets finally find their way to Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly 40 years after Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council revolutionised the way public transport passengers could pay for buses and trains, Cornwall is about to see...

Give peace a chance: Cornwall’s protestors turn to weekend pavement politics as horrors of the war in Palestine continue every day

By Graham Smith The number of protests in Cornwall against the escalating horrors of the war in Palestine is continuing to grow. Launceston, Falmouth and Penzance have all seen...

Rumpus over hotel plans at Maenporth

By Lee Trewhela There is “extreme concern” among local residents and a parish council about plans to demolish parts of a much-loved hotel and build ten holiday ‘residences’ on...

Cornwall to share £1.7 million of government’s £60 million swimming pools fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Cornwall £1.7 million to help swimming pools. Ten pools will benefit from a £1.1 million capital works cash injection.  This is from...

With no public debate, Cornwall is about to hear a story of winners and losers as government awards cash from its swimming pool fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The mystery over the dramatic County Hall U-Turn which looks set to deliver a welcome cash boost to Launceston leisure centre has deepened, with news that...

Speed cameras cut down at notorious accident blackspot

By Peter Tremayne Vandals have cut down speed cameras installed recently on one of Cornwall’s most dangerous roads. The average speed cameras, on the A39 at Perranarworthal, between Truro...

Government’s failure to make a clear decision about HS2 raises questions about County Hall’s ability to make a decision about Mid Cornwall Metro

By Julia Penhaligon The slow and painful death of the government’s High Speed 2 rail link between Manchester and Birmingham, likely to be finally confirmed by Prime Minister Rishi...

Cornwall’s Port Health Authority boarded refugee barge in Falmouth but did not check for legionella

By Anne North Cornwall’s port health officials did not check the water supply system on board the Bibby Stockholm barge during the period the ship was in Falmouth, according...

Quiz time for County Hall’s railway enthusiasts

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s attempt to dodge a public question about its £58 million “Mid Cornwall Metro” railway project has been thwarted by a Cornwall Reports reader. On...

From Ships and Castles to Pendennis Community Centre: Falmouth community group looking forward to Monday’s reopening, despite the absence of a swimming pool

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth’s former Ships and Castles leisure centre is due to reopen on Monday (18th September) - 18 months after it was closed by Cornwall Council. The...

Blue-on-blue car parking rumpus causes red face for MP

By Lee Trewhela A councillor has accused one of Cornwall’s MPs of making a “silly mistake” by taking a swing at a town council over the growing discontent over...

So long, as thanks for all the fish

In ghostly silhouette , one of the Tall Ships leaves Falmouth's festival of food and drink in the race for Portugal and then Spain.  Poor weather forced a "virtual"...

Penryn offices could be converted to student accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Penryn’s best-known suite of offices and workshops could be converted to student accommodation. Waterside House, on Falmouth Road, is the subject of a pre-application...

Tories fall out over Cornwall’s new car parking charges

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council’s controversial increase of charges at over 100 car parks across the Duchy has proved a talking point and bone of contention since the changes...

Tall Ships “parade of sail” cancelled because of poor weather

by Rashleigh MacFarlane The main event at this year’s Tall Ships Festival has been cancelled.  The vessels had been due to take part in their traditional “parade of sail”...

We will do better, say Tall Ships festival organisers, as visitors complain of ticketing “shambles”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The costs associated with any benefits of Cornwall’s tourism sector have been thrown sharply in to focus by the chaotic scenes accompanying Falmouth’s Tall Ships festival....

Falmouth welcomes Tall Ships

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tall Ships races are underway from Falmouth.  The event is major money-spinner for the town's tourism sector. The vessels are in Falmouth until 18th August...

Wilko administration threatens four stores in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon The High Street DIY retailer Wilko has collapsed into administration, putting 12,000 jobs at risk nationally. The shop, which has a presence in Redruth, Falmouth, Truro...

Thinking the unthinkable: might Cornwall actually say “no thanks” to government’s £57 million railway cash?

By Graham Smith There are signs that Cornwall might reject a government offer of £57 million for a new rail link between Newquay and Falmouth. There is growing concern...

Tales from the crypt: Penzance artist’s depiction of the “stinking rich” removed from exhibition

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Cornish artist claims his work has been removed from an exhibition at Falmouth’s Trebah gardens because it was “too depressing.” Andrew Swan, 58, had been...

Bibby Stockholm refugee barge is still empty, having left Cornwall without necessary paperwork

By Peter Tremayne The Bibby Stockholm refugee barge, which spent more than two months in Falmouth for refit and repairs before continuing to Portland, has still not seen her...

Named: the human shields who will take the blame if Mid Cornwall Metro goes over budget or suffers delays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “senior responsible owners” of the £58 million Mid Cornwall Metro railway project have been identified. They are Cornwall Council’s transport manager Vicky Fraser and the...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall Council will get a vote on £58 million “pork barrel” Mid Cornwall Metro railway project

By Julia Penhaligon The ground is being prepared for an unusual full council vote in September about the £58 million so-called “Mid Cornwall Metro” railway project, designed to improve...

Government misses its latest deadline for moving Cornwall’s refugee barge to Dorset

By Peter Tremayne The government has missed its most recent “deadline” for moving Falmouth’s refugee barge to Dorset. On 5th July Immigration minister Robert Jenrick told MPs the 500-berth...

Falmouth’s refugee barge will save less than £10 per person per day

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s policy of housing asylum seekers on the Bibby Stockholm barge, rather than in hotels, will save less than £10 per person per day, according...

Stricken cargo ship towed to safety

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 31,000-tonne cargo ship that grounded on the Wolf Rock lighthouse yesterday (Monday) has now been towed to safety in Falmouth. The Mazarine lost power and...

Asylum barge will leave Cornwall “in early July” insists government

By Julia Penhaligon The government has insisted that the Bibby Stockholm asylum-seekers’ barge, marooned at Falmouth docks since 9th May, will sail for Dorset “in early July” – but...

Plenty of protests, but no asylum-seekers: Dorset wonders what has happened to the Bibby Stockholm barge

By Julia Penhaligon Protestors in Dorset say they are puzzled by the continued absence of the huge asylum-seeker barge which seems to be stuck at Falmouth docks. A demonstration...

The asylum barge and the tugboat: are they by any chance connected?

By Peter Tremayne A tugboat which some think will be used to tow the Bibby Stockholm barge to Dorset has arrived in Falmouth. The Mercia arrived yesterday afternoon (Tuesday)...

Braverman plan to house asylum seekers on barge keeps missing its own deadlines

By Peter Tremayne There is growing speculation that the huge Bibby Stockholm barge, which has been in dry dock at Falmouth since 9th May, is to leave Cornwall within...

Here it comes: softly, softly, the Tories are starting their general election campaign

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall might be seeing more of two of its MPs over the next 12 months, following a new strategy drawn up by Conservative Central Office to...

The sun shone on Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day – but truth was the first casualty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The battle for any objective “truth” about Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day looks set to continue.  While many people clearly enjoyed the flag-waving spectacle of people in...

All Quiet: invitation-only meeting will ensure that veterans’ issues do not distract attention from the flag-waving parades

By Peter Tremayne Away from the pomp and pageantry of Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day this weekend, a small group of people will gather in the Daphne Du Maurier building...

Get ready for battle of Falmouth, as Armed Forces Day looks set to inflict £600,000 worth of noisy chaos

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth is bracing itself for a full-scale military occupation on Saturday (24th June) as Cornwall Council sets about spending more than £600,000 to celebrate Armed Forces...

Planners say “no” to Penryn student village

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 7-2, with one abstention, to refuse a “reserved matters” application for a huge student village near Penryn. The site is at Penvose Farm...

World Cup football comes to Falmouth next month

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s football fans can get behind their team in an “alternative” World Cup fixture at Falmouth next month. The Kernow football team is due to play...

Falmouth docks company vandalised over Bibby Stockholm asylum barge

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating a graffiti attack on A & P Falmouth, the company responsible for re-fitting the huge barge which the government will use to house...

Plans for huge student village return to Penryn

By Lee Trewhela Two parish councils have strongly objected to proposals for a 1,800-bed student village which they say would be one of the largest developments in Cornwall. The...

Countdown to chaos: motorists will have to make do without a crucial part of the A30 this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Motorists hoping to use the A30 into west Cornwall are bracing themselves for long delays and diversions this weekend, starting at 8pm on Friday (16th June.)...

Asylum barge all clear to leave Cornwall, after Dorset drops threat of legal challenge

By Peter Tremayne Any prospect that the huge asylum barge currently in dry dock at Falmouth might not soon be towed to Portland appears to have vanished last night...

Asylum barge: might the Bibby Stockholm be staying in Falmouth longer than expected?

By Peter Tremayne A public meeting in Dorset this evening (Tuesday) might hear of delays to the departure from Cornwall of the huge residential barge currently undergoing refit work...

Asylum barge due to leave Falmouth this week

By Peter Tremayne The giant barge which the government will use to house asylum seekers is due to leave Falmouth this week to anchor off the coast at Portland,...

Council leader approves £6 million for County Hall officials to write a Mid Cornwall Metro business case

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has approved the expenditure of £6 million to write a business case for an upgrade to the rail link between Newquay...

Man who wanted to sail the Atlantic in smallest-ever yacht sinks, abandoning plan to reach Falmouth

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man who hoped to set a new world record for sailing the Atlantic ocean in the smallest-ever vessel has abandoned his plan after sinking in...

Asylum barge will soon be leaving Falmouth and on her way to Dorset

By Peter Tremayne There are signs that the huge barge currently undergoing refit at Falmouth might soon be on her way to Dorset to house up to 500 asylum...

Mid Cornwall Metro is high risk and we don’t know if anybody wants it, but please can we spend £6 million on a business case anyway, say County Hall officials

By Peter Tremayne The “Mid Cornwall Metro” rail project, linking Newquay to Falmouth via Par, is “high risk” Cornwall Council has admitted. Officials are nevertheless asking councillors to approve...

Sewage dumping closes 11 Cornish shellfisheries because of risk to human health

By Anne North Eleven shellfisheries in Cornwall have been closed because the high-levels of sewage pollution have caused a risk of potentially deadly E coli poisoning. The Cornwall Port...

Now pay attention Falmouth, do not try to drive anywhere on Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth is barely a month away from a full-scale military occupation which will bring traffic to a standstill and see all car parks closed. Armed Forces...

Refugees are welcome here, says Falmouth, as protestors demonstrate against “prison ship”

Hundreds of people took part in a demonstration outside Falmouth docks yesterday to protest against the Bibby Stockholm barge, which is being refitted by A&P Falmouth to house up...

South West Water is “full of shit” say protestors

Yesterday's (Saturday's) warm sunshine encouraged hundreds of protestors to take to the water off Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth, to demonstrate against South West Water's dumping of raw sewage through storm...

Rainbow sea slugs now resident at Falmouth

Further evidence of warming waters around Cornwall’s coast has come in the form of a rainbow sea slug, found in a rock pool at Falmouth.  The Babakina Anadoni is...

Threat of terrorism at Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day “could not have been forseen” says councillor, trying to justify eye-watering cost to Cornwall’s taxpayers

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon One of the reasons for forcing Cornwall’s taxpayers to contribute more than £350,000 towards the costs of staging Armed Forces Day is the...

Why is A&P Falmouth handling “morally unacceptable” asylum barge? ask protestors

By Julia Penhaligon Dozens of protestors staged a hastily-organised demonstration at Falmouth docks last night to register their objection to the three-storey barge Bibby Stockholm, which is being refitted...

Cornwall Council agrees to spend £602,000 on Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day of flag-waving and military parading next month will cost more than £600,000 – with more than £350,000 coming from Cornwall’s taxpayers –...

Protests planned as work starts on asylum barge

By Peter Tremayne The entrance to Falmouth docks looks set to attract placard-waving protestors this evening (Wednesday) demonstrating against the Stockholm Bibby, the huge barge hired by the government...

Asylum barge arrives in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Cornish shipping engineers will today (Tuesday) start fitting out the giant floating barge which will be used to house 500 male asylum seekers. The Bibby Stockholm...

Huge barge for 500 asylum seekers is on its way to Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne It looks as if Cornish shipping engineers will be asked to fit out the giant floating barge which will be used to house 500 male asylum...

Cornwall’s £56.8 million train set: doubts grow that it will ever happen

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a “Mid Cornwall Metro” rail link between Newquay and Falmouth are already behind schedule as doubts grow over whether the project will be delivered...

Falmouth Expects: 100,000 extra tourists and tonnes of extra plastic waste, as councillors grow uneasy about £602,000 cost of Armed Forces Day

By Graham Smith Falmouth is bracing itself for the invasion of 100,000 additional tourists next month as the town prepares to host Armed Forces Day.  The event, organised by...

Cornwall Council to spend £602,000 on Armed Forces Day flag-waving, with more than half of it coming from local taxpayers

By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day jamboree next month is going to cost Cornwall’s taxpayers more than £350,000 after a sponsorship campaign led by County Hall flopped badly....

Six lives in 10 days: the grim toll on Cornwall’s roads

By Peter Tremayne Four separate road traffic accidents in Cornwall have claimed a total of six lives in 10 days. A woman in her 20s, from Penzance, died after...

EXCLUSIVE: How taxpayers are funding Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Only a handful of Cornwall councillors, nearly all of them Conservatives, have raided their own local “community chest” funds to help finance Armed Forces Day, due...

Raw sewage: Cornwall’s MPs can vote for cleaner beaches on 21st April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A key policy battleground in the next general election will put Cornwall’s MPs on the spot later this month when they have to consider a Private...

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: a long view of why the Penryn Town Council by-election matters

By Graham Smith With luck, Cornwall councillor Jayne Kirkham is barely a year away from becoming a Member of Parliament.  But the leader of County Hall’s Labour group has...

Green Party beats Labour in Penryn Town Council by-election

By Graham Smith The Green Party has beaten Labour in the by-election for two seats on Penryn Town Council. While the result is unlikely to bring any immediate or...

Polling stations open for the Battle of Penryn

By Julia Penhaligon Election officials are expecting an unusually high turnout in a by-election today (Thursday) for two seats on Penryn Town Council. The normally sleepy backwater of independent...

Swingometers at the ready: Penryn counts down to intriguing town council by-election

By Graham Smith Seven days from now the voters of Penryn will be invited to join one of the more fiercely contested town council by-elections seen in Cornwall in...

Peace Pledge Union criticises Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Peace campaigners have vowed to stage a “Day of Action” to protest against Armed Forces Day, due to be held in Falmouth in June. The Peace...

Green Party vs Labour contest catches the eye in Penryn

By Julia Penhaligon The usually sleepy backwater of Cornish local government that is Penryn Town Council has been gripped by an outbreak of election fever, with no fewer than...

EXCLUSIVE: Local communities across Cornwall raided to help fund Armed Forces Day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People from all over Cornwall look set to lose out because of County Hall’s decision to host Armed Forces Day, a noisy jamboree of parades and...

Penryn Town Council by-election: nominations close on Friday

By Julia Penhaligon A by-election is to be held to fill two vacancies on Penryn town council.  If contested, voters will go to the polls on Thursday 30th March....

Falmouth Rugby Club calls extraordinary general meeting to consider “urgent matters”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Eyebrows have been raised in Falmouth by the calling of an Extraordinary General Meeting to consider the future of the town’s rugby club. The club has...

Every little helps and anything goes – but who is paying for Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day parades?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Questions are growing about the commercial nature of Armed Forces Day, to be hosted in Falmouth in June. Cornwall Council initially promised that the event would...

Only two questions per year: Can you help before today’s High Noon deadline?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is refusing to answer a question about this year’s Armed Forces Day in Falmouth, using a little-known part of its rule-book designed to help...

Cornwall’s Armed Forces Day will not be studied for carbon impacts, says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The carbon impacts of this year’s Armed Forces Day are to remain a mystery, as Cornwall Council is refusing to undertake any assessment ahead of the...

What is a woman? One of the most divisive questions in politics takes to the streets of Falmouth on Saturday

By Anne North Campaigners for transsexual rights plan to take to the streets of Falmouth this weekend to protest against the government’s refusal to recognise Scotland’s new law about...

Seeds of change: restoring Cornwall’s seagrass

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Volunteers have planted thousands of seagrass seeds in the River Fal in a bid to restore submarine meadows. About 92% of the UK’s seagrass was lost...