West Penwith local news

Police stations to reopen at Penzance and Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne People will once again be able to use police stations at Penzance and Falmouth. The inquiry desks at both towns closed in 2014 but should now...

Mayoral referendum petition is struggling to make an impact

By Julia Penhaligon A petition intended to force a referendum on whether or not Cornwall should have a directly-elected Mayor is failing to reach even half of its necessary...

Cornwall councillor risks Code of Conduct inquiry after spreading false rumour that “Porn MP is from Cornwall”

By Graham Smith A local councillor could be facing disciplinary action after falsely claiming that the Conservative MP who watched pornography in the chamber of the House of Commons...

MPs debate “Mimi’s Law” as Western Hunt master loses appeal against dangerous dogs conviction

By Julia Penhaligon None of Cornwall’s MPs took part in a House of Commons debate last night inspired by campaigners seeking new laws to ban hunting with dogs in...

The last bank on the Isles of Scilly has closed

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The last bank on the Isles of Scilly has closed. Lloyds customers on St Mary’s have been told their nearest branch is now 44.5 miles away...

Downing Street Party-gate: St Ives MP Derek Thomas is still waiting for Sue Gray report

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has said he is still waiting for the report of senior civil servant Sue Gray before finally taking a position about...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an “opportunity” to divert attention from Downing Street parties, says top Cornwall Tory

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives have been told the war in Ukraine presents an “opportunity” to divert headlines away from Boris Johnson’s “party-gate” problems. Cornwall Reports has been passed...

Covid-19: Where is our Local Outbreak Engagement Board? asks West Cornwall Healthwatch

By Anne North Health campaigners in Cornwall are calling on County Hall to do more to warn people of the dangers of Covid, one month after the government scrapped...

Six Ukrainian women to seek homes on Tresco this week, as Cornwall leads in the race to help refugees

By Anne North Cornwall has offered more homes for Ukrainian refugees than anywhere else in Britain, according to government sources quoted by The Times. Nearly 2,000 applications to the...

Covid-19: Cornwall sees huge rise in hospital admissions, as virus kills 10 patients in a week

By Anne North Cornwall’s hospitals are now in danger of being overwhelmed by Covid patients, with a dramatic increase in virus-related admissions over the past seven days. The rise...

That’s all folks – rugby boss Dicky Evans announces his “sunset plan” for retirement, leaving Cornish Pirates to seek new investors

By Richard Whitehouse The man who has supported the Cornish Pirates and led the drive for a stadium for Cornwall has announced a “sunset plan” to end his funding...

The curious case of the Cornwall councillor who has time to run a Right-wing think tank and lobbying organisation, but who fails to attend local parish meetings

By Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall councillor has been given two weeks to apologise to five parish councils for failing to attend their meetings. Conservative Tara Sherfield-Wong, who represents Long...

West Cornwall Amnesty International supporters urge their MP to stand up for Ukraine’s refugees

By Graham Smith A group of Amnesty International supporters from West Cornwall has urged their MP to do more in support of refugees fleeing Ukraine. They have written to...

Don’t talk about the war: why Ukraine tensions matter to Cornwall’s farmers

By Graham Smith Plans to encourage greater co-operation between farmers in Cornwall and Russia look set to end as the government considers how to ramp up trade sanctions, as...

West Cornwall police constable sacked for gross misconduct

By Peter Tremayne A West Cornwall policeman has been sacked for gross misconduct.  Police constable Carl Farrar was found to have breached three separate standards of professional behaviour and...

West Cornwall Lib Dems gear up for the next general election, again selecting Andrew George as their Parliamentary candidate in St Ives

By Graham Smith West Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have again selected councillor Andrew George as their Parliamentary candidate for the St Ives constituency. It will be the ninth time that...

Storm Eunice is expected to bring a tidal surge, and flooding, to North Cornwall coast on Friday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Environment Agency is urging people living in flood risk communities along Cornwall’s north coast to prepare for flooding from a forecast tidal surge caused by...

Rats vs Birds on the Round Island

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Conservationists are trying to poison rats on an uninhabited island off the main Isles of Scilly in a bid to protect seabirds. The Royal Society for...

Council’s plan to sell offices means Penzance Citizens’ Advice urgently needs new premises

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Citizens Advice Cornwall is searching for a new office in Penzance following Cornwall Council’s decision to sell its current premises in Alverton Street. The charity needs...

Cornwall’s Opposition parties frustrated by delays in selecting general election candidates

By Julia Penhaligon The selection of Parliamentary candidates to challenge any of Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs is being delayed by national party priorities. Labour Party bureaucrats are determined to...