West Penwith local news

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...

Newlyn Fish Festival cancelled again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Newlyn Fish Festival has been scrapped again.  There will be no festival this year, just as there was none last year.  The decision has been...

“I’m not backing a public vote,” says St Ives MP Derek Thomas, insisting that House of Commons clerks have made a mistake

By Graham Smith St Ives MP Derek Thomas has found himself in dispute with the House of Commons clerks who produce the Parliamentary Order Paper, claiming that they have...

Work starts on Penzance heliport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work has officially begun on the new Penzance Heliport.  The first turf has been cut on the site at Jelbert Way. The new heliport is next...

Pirates rugby club agrees to stop playing music by Holocaust denier

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornish Pirates rugby team has stopped playing music associated with a well-known Cornish nationalist after he posted anti-Semitic material online. Graham Hart, who was once...

Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall live in poverty, says Director of Public Health

By Graham Smith Nearly 30,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are living in poverty, according to the latest annual report by the Director of Public Health....

Planners vote 9-3 to back “homes for locals” over Nancledra AONB

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 9-3 to approve a controversial proposal for nine homes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between St Ives and Penzance.   The...

Pirates rugby club buys Truro City football club, in bid to shore up stadium business plan

By Peter Tremayne Penzance-based rugby club the Cornish Pirates have bought Truro City football team.  The move brings Truro City firmly back within the orbit of any stadium that...

Concern over St Ives Bay sea bass prompts calls for better fisheries management

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall needs a new fisheries management plan to protect under-sized bass, according to a report to be considered at an extraordinary meeting of the Inshore Fisheries...

European Union puts £1.8 million into new helicopter link to Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane With only 50 days to go before Britain leaves the European Union, Brussels has confirmed funding worth £1.8 million for the proposed Penzance Heliport. The European...

Wave Hub future now depends on a floating offshore windfarm, council confirms

By Peter Tremayne The future of Cornwall’s Wave Hub now depends on the successful development of an offshore, floating windfarm, Cornwall Council has confirmed. The council has finally answered...

New questions about top-flight rugby help explain Whitehall’s caution over Truro stadium plan

By Peter Tremayne Talks between some of England’s leading rugby clubs, keen to set up their own exclusive “super league” competition, have shed new light on the government’s continuing...

Lib Dems win two town council by-elections, as postal voters demonstrate their worth

14th October 2018 By Anne North The Liberal Democrats won the Penzance Town Council by-election on Thursday night in a contest which confirmed the growing importance of party organisation...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

Future of Fowey, Saltash and St Ives hospitals to be determined by October

8th August 2018 By Graham Smith The future of community hospitals at St Ives, Fowey and Saltash is likely to be determined within the next few months, health chiefs...

EXCLUSIVE – How Israel tries to influence Cornwall’s MPs

7th August 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party activists might be forgiven for feeling frustrated at their party leadership’s continuing squabble over what is and what is not anti-Semitic...

Penzance heliport approved – with new service due to start early next year, if Whitehall agrees

2nd August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s planners have given the go-ahead for a new heliport in Penzance - but a final decision now rests with Secretary of State...

Planners meet today to rule (again) on Penzance heliport

2nd August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners meet today (Thursday) to again rule on the resumption of helicopter flights from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly. A similar...

Check-in as usual today, Scillonian III ferry operators tell passengers

1st August 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Passengers hoping to travel today (Wednesday) on the Scillonian III, to or from the Isles of Scilly, are being advised to check-in as...