West Penwith local news

Momentum founder Jon Lansman quits race to join Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon The man widely credited with propelling Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015 has pulled out of the Cornwall Council elections. In...

Isles of Scilly to have a contested election on St Mary’s – but Bryher cannot find a single candidate

By Julia Penhaligon The Isles of Scilly will have a contested election to decide the make up of its next council, after 13 people were nominated for the 12...

The parish council where only one candidate put himself forward for election

By Julia Penhaligon Hundreds of town and parish councillors across Cornwall have been elected without a contest, as not enough candidates came forward. In St Merryn, the future of...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

One month later: still no news of any criminal proceedings after fox hounds kill pet cat

By Peter Tremayne Police are coming under increasing pressure to take action over the killing of a pet cat by foxhounds in a residential area of West Cornwall last...

Fire damages another nature reserve

By Peter Tremayne Wildlife experts are assessing the damage caused to the 25-acre Bartinney Nature Reserve, near St Just, West Cornwall, by a huge fire which swept across the...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Navy jet crashes on The Lizard as crew parachute to safety

By Peter Tremayne The Ministry of Defence is investigating after a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron, Culdrose, crashed during a training exercise near Lizard Point...

Will the new Cornwall Council ban fox hunts from its land? Nearly 7,500 voters are asking the question

By Julia Penhaligon A surprise issue is creeping on to the agenda of the forthcoming Cornwall Council elections – fox hunting. A petition calling on the council to ban...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

All of a flutter in Penzance – what will be flying from the flagpoles this summer?

By Richard Whitehouse New banners are being prepared to be flown from flagpoles in Penzance which were controversially used without permission to fly Union Flags to mark Brexit. Penzance...

Former MP Andrew George to seek election to Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon Former St Ives MP Andrew George is to seek election to Cornwall Council. Mr George lost his seat in Parliament to the Conservatives in 2015 after...

Madron-based Western Hunt apologises after out-of-control hounds kill pet cat on housing estate

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating an incident in West Cornwall in which hounds from the Western Hunt, based at Madron, near Penzance, attacked and killed a pet cat...

Community action in Cadgwith is helping the fishermen maintain a way of life

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust has raised £150,000 to buy outright one of the village’s historic buildings, in the hope of keeping it for community use...

Fly tipping and off-road driving are damaging World Heritage Site in West Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne A UNESCO World Heritage site in West Cornwall is being damaged by fly-tipping and off-road driving. The Ding Dong / Greenburrow mine site, at Madron, near...

Murder inquiry underway after man’s body recovered from Drift reservoir

By Peter Tremayne Police are questioning a 50-year-old man on suspicion of murder after recovering the body of a man from the Drift Reservoir, near Penzance. Edward Hinds, 37,...

And planet shall speak unto planet: nearly 60 years after the first Telstar transmission, Goonhilly listens in to Mars

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 60 years after capturing the world’s first trans-Atlantic live broadcast, the Goonhilly Earth Station, on The Lizard, now hopes to listen in to live transmissions...

Former Labour NEC member Jon Lansman seeks election to Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon One of the most influential figures in the Labour Party in recent years is to be a candidate for election to Cornwall Council. Jon Lansman, founder...

Catch fish – and then let them go, to boost tourism, urge MPs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Ives MP Derek Thomas and Plymouth’s Luke Pollard are calling on the government to back a scheme which would convert some aspects of commercial fishing...

Two police constables sacked for lying about Penzance arrest more than two years ago

By Peter Tremayne Two Devon and Cornwall Police officers have been dismissed after a panel found that they made statements containing false information concerning the arrest of a man...