West Penwith local news

Newquay, Falmouth, Truro, St Ives and Penzance are Cornwall’s parking ticket hot spots

By Richard Whitehouse Parking tickets, the bane of a motorist’s life.  Whether you have decided to quickly park somewhere you shouldn’t to run an errand or quickly nip into...

Last-ditch bid to save the Edward Hain memorial hospital at St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health bosses will be asked to think again this morning (Tuesday) about the “temporary” closure, more than four years ago, of the Edward Hain hospital,...

Isles of Scilly tourism sector loses the World Gig Championships for 2021

By Julia Penhaligon The impact of Covid-19 on money-spinning outdoor events has been highlighted by the cancellation of next year’s Isles of Scilly gig championships. The annual races are...

Do you know who is going to be swabbing you for signs of Covid-19? The private sector gears up to knock on doors in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North An employment agency has recruited people to work as doorstep Covid-19 testers in Cornwall. Reed posted the advert on LinkedIn and on its...

Another new Covid-19 outbreak, as Cornwall records 37 new cases in 24 hours and Penzance joins the cluster map

By Anne North Penzance has joined the list of towns now flagged on Cornwall’s Covid-19 cluster map, produced by Public Health England. A total of 37 new cases have...

Truro stadium costs rocket to at least £22 million, as Pirates owner asks government to pay for it

By Graham Smith The costs of building a Truro stadium have rocketed from £14 million to at least £22 million, and possibly £26 million, according to the man behind...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

Planners approve “creative hub” for Penzance

By Richard Whitehouse A new £5.8million centre to support businesses in the creative industries described as a “statement of confidence in Penzance’s future” has been granted planning permission. The...

Revealed – the £71 million Covid-19 cost of subsidies paid to Cornwall’s holiday home owners

By Richard Whitehouse New figures reveal that holiday home owners received £71 million of Coronavirus business grants paid out in Cornwall. The government provided cash to be paid to...

The Isles of Scilly, with not a single Covid-19 case so far, anxiously awaits the tourist rush

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly are calling for guidance over what would happen if tourists develop coronavirus symptoms while visiting. The islands have, to date,...

Black Lives Matter across Cornwall, as anti-racism protestors show solidarity with worldwide campaign

By Anne North Hundreds of anti-racism campaigners turned out in Cornwall today (Sunday) to join in the worldwide condemnation of the killing by American police of a black man,...

“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...