West Penwith local news

Vandals deface 5,000-year-old burial chamber in west Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Archaeologists have been dismayed by vandalism to the Mulfra Quoit, a Neolithic dolmen between New Mill and Porthmeor in west Penwith.  Someone has painted “alien” figures...

Truro stadium: all eyes on the 11th March budget

By Peter Tremayne The future of a possible Truro sports stadium and hotel might become clearer in March, after Chancellor Sajid Javid set a date for his first budget....

Born to run: the West Cornwall doctors offering an alternative route to good health

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A GPs’ surgery in Penzance is today (Saturday) becoming the first in Cornwall to offer a “park run” as one of its therapies. The Alverton Practice...

New car parking plans for Minack Theatre

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s iconic Minack Theatre has submitted plans to create a permanent car park extension after finding that some of its spaces were being used by beach...

Plan to improve Coverack sea defences

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has put forward plans for new sea defences in Coverack after a sea wall was damaged by a major flood. CORMAC, a company wholly...

Penzance’s Cliff Hotel, once a dangerous drugs den, could soon be converted to flats

By Peter Tremayne Plans to restore the Penzance Cliff Hotel should be determined early in the New Year.  The building has been in a poor state of repair for...

Cornwall’s Extinction Rebellion climate activists get ready for a busy 2020

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Climate change campaigners in Cornwall are preparing for another large-scale protest early next year. Extinction Rebellion (XR) supporters are organising special “training events” in Falmouth to...

A30 Hayle by-pass flooded

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Heavy rain has contributed to flash flooding in the Hayle area, putting parts of the town centre under water. The main road through west Cornwall, the...

Conservatives hold St Ives, also with hugely increased majority

ST IVES Conservative Derek Thomas is re-elected as the MP for St Ives, with a signficantly increased majority.  Counting had been been delayed because poor weather on the Isles...

Stadium needs more land, a hotel, and taxpayer support – says Cornish Pirates’ owner

By Peter Tremayne The proposed Truro Stadium could be overlooked by a hotel, to help make the project financially viable, according to the owner of Cornish Pirates rugby club...

Cornwall’s Anti-Brexit campaign pins its election hopes on tactical voting

By Anne North Cornwall’s anti-Brexit campaigners are being urged to vote tactically on Thursday, with organisers of the Cornwall For Europe organisation believing that three local constituencies are in...

Organisers reveal the Tour of Britain cycle race route, from Penzance to Bodmin

By Julia Penhaligon Details have been announced of the Cornwall stage of next year’s Tour of Britain cycle race.  It will start in Penzance and finish in Bodmin. The...

Crowdfunding campaign to help Warrens bakers who are to lose their jobs in the week before Christmas

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A crowdfunding campaign to help staff at Warrens bakery, St Just, who are about to be made redundant, has so far raised several hundred pounds. Workers...

Two weeks to go: YouGov points to a Blue Christmas in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s YouGov opinion poll – which claims to forecast the general election result in every constituency – suggests the Conservatives are on course to hold every...

Warrens to close its St Just bakery, a source of Cornish pasties since 1860

By Anne North The Warrens pasty factory at St Just is to close.  The company has announced a further restructuring of its business which will see a dramatic reduction...

Isles of Scilly facing £296,000 council overspend as water costs rise

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly have been warned they will face a difficult year when considering their budget for 2020. The warning came at a...

Rush to spend Euromillions as Cornwall Council identifies three major projects

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is set to contribute more than £14 million towards regeneration, business support and skills projects worth more than £53m. The council’s cabinet yesterday (Wednesday)...

Farage set to give Cornwall a miss, as Brexit Party comes under further pressure to quit general election

By Graham Smith Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has cancelled a campaign visit to Penzance, after withdrawing all six of his Parliamentary candidates from any contest in Cornwall. The...

Isles of Scilly goes boldly in to the brave new health and social care future

By Anne North The Isles of Scilly looks like it could become a guinea-pig for an experimental integration of health and social care. The scheme aims to co-locate primary...

Update on plans for the 700-year-old Cornish play which will cost taxpayers more than £125,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Dramatists who bid to stage a 700-year-old Cornish play should find out today (Monday) if they have been shortlisted for the further development of their ideas....