West Penwith local news

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...

Planners approve “creative hub” for Penzance

By Richard Whitehouse A new £5.8million centre to support businesses in the creative industries described as a “statement of confidence in Penzance’s future” has been granted planning permission. The...

Revealed – the £71 million Covid-19 cost of subsidies paid to Cornwall’s holiday home owners

By Richard Whitehouse New figures reveal that holiday home owners received £71 million of Coronavirus business grants paid out in Cornwall. The government provided cash to be paid to...

The Isles of Scilly, with not a single Covid-19 case so far, anxiously awaits the tourist rush

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly are calling for guidance over what would happen if tourists develop coronavirus symptoms while visiting. The islands have, to date,...

Black Lives Matter across Cornwall, as anti-racism protestors show solidarity with worldwide campaign

By Anne North Hundreds of anti-racism campaigners turned out in Cornwall today (Sunday) to join in the worldwide condemnation of the killing by American police of a black man,...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

Instant “pop-up” housing estates to appear in Truro and Penzance within the next few days to provide emergency Covid-19 accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is using the Covid-19 emergency to revive its plans to make homeless people live in converted shipping containers. The first of these “pop up”...

Covid-19 test centre opens in Bude today, another in Penzance tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne A new mobile Covid-19 Coronavirus test centre opens at Bude today (Sunday.)  Another is due to open at Penzance tomorrow.  Both sites are temporary and will...

Tour of Britain cycle race postponed for 12 months because of Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne The Tour of Britain cycle race, which had been due to start in Penzance later this year, has been postponed for 12 months.  The event will...

No cabinet reshuffle, so Tim Dwelly is County Hall’s new portfolio chief for Culture, Economy and Planning

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has now confirmed the news that Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly is its new cabinet member for culture, economic development and planning.  Mr Dwelly replaces...

We can do more than just clap, says Cornwall councillor, urging practical support for health and care workers

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council should offer health and care workers a year’s free car parking, as a gesture to show how much they appreciated, according to Gulval and...

Shipping containers to be used as “temporary” housing in Cornwall during Covid-19 crisis

By Julia Penhaligon People in Cornwall are to be housed in shipping containers if they need emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 crisis.  The first will be seen on council-owned...

Government provides £1.5 million to maintain transport to the Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is to provide £1.5 million emergency funding to maintain transport to the Isles of Scilly.  Further funding will be reviewed monthly. The cash is...

On yer bike: Tour of Britain cycle race is still on

By Richard Whitehouse Elite cycling race the Tour of Britain is set to come to Cornwall in September with the Grand Depart first stage going through the Duchy. The...

Coronavirus closes Jubilee Pool, Penzance

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The open-air Jubilee swimming pool at Penzance has been forced to close because of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency.  The café will also close immediately. The historic...

Camborne’s Trevithick Day, and the World Pilot Gig Championships, cancelled because of Covid-19 – as Visit Cornwall urges tourism industry to “Keep Calm and Carry On”

By Anne North Camborne’s Trevithick Day, due to have been held next month, has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.  The World Pilot Gig racing championships, due...

St Just is now looking to host a two-week production of Cornish culture, including The Ordinalia, in September 2021

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Just Ordinalia Company has postponed its production of a 14th century dramatic telling of the New Testament until late next year. The company is...

Dead whale is towed out to sea

By Peter Tremayne Members of the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team have helped tow the dead 60-foot fin whale from Parbean Cove, Nare Point, The Lizard, and out to sea....

Stranded whale was malnourished, say experts

By Peter Tremayne The 60-foot fin whale which died at Parbean Cove, The Lizard, on Friday had an empty stomach, according to scientists who carried out the post mortem...

60-foot fin whale dies after stranding at The Lizard

Photos: Clean Ocean Sailing A police statement said: "At 3.50pm on Friday February 14th, a fin whale of approximately 60ft in length became stranded on rocks at Nare Point...