West Penwith local news

“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...

Cabinet reshuffle exposes the flimsiness of the Truro stadium election campaign promise

By Graham Smith Here today, gone tomorrow: the December visit of the then Chancellor Sajid Javid to the Penzance rugby club ground was heralded at the time as making...

Why the latest bust-up at the Rugby Football Union could herald the end of the Truro stadium dream

By Graham Smith The question of whether top-flight elite athletes should be able to earn as much as they can during their professional playing careers has cast a huge...

Labour Parties in North Cornwall and St Ives nominate Emily Thornberry as their leader

By Graham Smith Labour Party members in the North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies have nominated Emily Thornberry to be their leader. Last night’s (Tuesday) decisions means that across...

How to spend £25 million on a Penzance facelift

By Richard Whitehouse More details have emerged of how Penzance could use £25 million to improve its town centre. Penzance was one of four towns in Cornwall which were...

Skybus to quit Newquay Airport hangar and base all engineering operations at Land’s End

By Richard Whitehouse Isles of Scilly flight operator Skybus has announced that it will leave its hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay in May. The move will mean that all...