West Penwith local news

Why the council wants to keep West Cornwall in the dark

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in West Cornwall are being urged to drop-in to an information session tomorrow (Wednesday) to find out why they might be better off if Cornwall...

Jews who disagree with me are anti-Semitic cranks, says Cornwall councillor

By Anne North A Cornwall councillor who runs an“anti-Semitism” Facebook campaign has described Jewish people who disagree with him as “cranks.” Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly, who resigned from the...

Cash boost for Penzance High Street

By Anne North Penzance is one step closer to securing government cash to improve the High Street.  But Camborne, St Austell and Newquay have lost out. Following a bid...

Man dies after being pulled from sea at Penzance

By Peter Tremayne A man has died after being pulled from the sea off Penzance Promenade.  He was taken to a slipway near the Jubilee Pool, and airlifted to...

Man dies after being pulled from the sea at Prussia Cove

By Peter Tremayne A man died on Friday (28th June) after being pulled from the sea off Prussia Cove, Mounts Bay, near Penzance.  Several people called the coastguard reporting...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council accused of creating “refugee camps” by making homeless people live in shipping containers

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is considering making homeless people live in shipping containers.  Some councillors are furious and have described the idea as “creating refugee camps.” Officials are...

West Cornwall bid to protect dark skies

By Richard Whitehouse A bid is being prepared to have West Cornwall recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve which could lead to greater protection for wildlife as well...

Councillors vote to spend £125,000 on 700-year-old Cornish play, but don’t yet know the language in which it will be staged

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s cabinet has voted unanimously to spend £125,000 to produce a 700-year-old trilogy of religious plays – and will decide later in which language to...

Cornwall Council considering £100,000 spend to perform 700-year-old play

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s cabinet will today be asked to vote £100,000 to stage three open-air plays at St Just next year. The performance of the Ordinalia Nessa...

Derek Thomas to lead calls for an extra VE Day bank holiday next year

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has borrowed a policy from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and is calling for an extra bank holiday next year. The...

Success at last for five year campaign to save St Just library

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has started to re-roof the roof and entrance porch of St Just Library, which has been safeguarded following a successful five-year campaign by local people....

St Ives MP Derek Thomas declares for Andrea Leadsom as next Tory leader

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has declared his support for Andrea Leadsom to be the next Conservative Party leader. The recently-changed rules for the contest mean...

Planners approve Marazion housing scheme, while questions remain about the business plan

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North A development of 40 new homes at Marazion has been granted planning permission.   The development will include 14 “affordable” houses on the site...

Tories get control of West Cornwall planning committee, posing a question mark over Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition

By Julia Penhaligon The Conservatives have captured control of Cornwall Council’s West area planning committee, in a development which could signal cracks in the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration. Newlyn...

Villagers bid to break away from Penzance and set up their own parish councils

By Richard Whitehouse A Cornish village has voted to split away from a town council and set up their own village authority after claiming they are suffering a democratic...

Penzance Town Council finds £95,000 for Jubilee Pool

By Anne North Penzance Town Council has agreed to spend £95,000 on the outdoor Jubilee Pool.  Town councillors were told that without taxpayer support, the pool might not open...

Time for another think about reform of the voting system, says West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas

By Peter Tremayne West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has called for a fundamental reform of the electoral system, suggesting a new organisation to investigate and report on the various...

Bid to heat Penzance Jubilee Pool using underground geothermal energy hits a snag

By Anne North The £1.9 million project to heat the open-air Penzance Jubilee swimming pool by tapping into the natural energy of underground hot rocks has hit a potentially...

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company to dispose of troubled Mali Rose cargo vessel after only three years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Isles of Scilly Steamship company is to get rid of its £2.5 million Mali Rose freight vessel, following a shake-up in the company’s top management...

Police to take no further action over “racist” leaflet distributed outside Conservative Party meeting

By Anne North Police investigating a racist leaflet distributed outside a Conservative Party meeting in Cornwall last year have decided to take no further action. The leaflet was distributed...