West Penwith local news

Budget latest: Isles of Scilly gets £48.4 million for new ferries

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Ives MP Derek Thomas has welcomed a £48.4 million investment in transport to the Isles of Scilly. The cash, announced as part of today’s budget,...

Western Hunt foxhounds case adjourned until December

By Peter Tremayne Charges against a master of foxhounds, whose dogs killed a pet cat in Cornwall earlier this year, have been adjourned until December. John Lanyon Sampson, 55,...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas rebels and votes against the government over sewage discharges

By Graham Smith One of Cornwall’s Members of Parliament has voted against the government. St Ives MP Derek Thomas was one of 22 Tories to rebel and vote against...

Inquest resumes in search for the truth about why French trawler sank off Cornish coast 17 years ago

By Peter Tremayne The inquest has resumed into the deaths of five fishermen drowned when their vessel sank 15 miles off The Lizard in 2004. Central to the mystery...

Isles of Scilly asks government for £48 million to upgrade transport link to Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse The Isles of Scilly is asking the government for £48 million to upgrade transport to the mainland. If approved, the cash would come from the “Levelling...

Former Cornwall councillor Tamsin Williams dies suddenly, aged 52

By Julia Penhaligon Former Cornwall councillor Tamsin Williams has died, suddenly, at home, at the age of 52. She represented Penzance as a Liberal Democrat from 2009 but in...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “enhanced” status will see door-to-door campaign urging vaccination

By Anne North Cornwall is set to be blitzed with Covid information next week, including a door-to-door campaign urging everyone over the age of 16 to get vaccinated. Cornwall...

Covid-19: the “post-tourist” recovery flattens out, leaving a lasting impact on Cornwall’s health

By Anne North Cornwall’s post-tourist “recovery” from Covid appears to be coming to an end as the drop in the infection rate has now slowed, falling only slightly in...

Cornwall’s Tories triumph in town council by-elections, despite national “cross-over” opinion poll

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives are celebrating two town council by-election victories, with results which will bring the Tories some comfort on the day that a national opinion poll...

Lots of lycra on display as two-wheel fans prepare to salute Tour of Britain cycle race

By Peter Tremayne A four-year campaign to bring the Tour of Britain cycle race to Cornwall will be realised this morning (Sunday) in Penzance. It was in November 2017...

EXCLUSIVE: The Covid-19 postcode lottery which says that if you don’t wear a mask on the Isles of Scilly you won’t be allowed to fly, but when you land at Newquay it’s a matter of individual choice

By Anne North A major change in the government’s Covid vaccination policy, offering jabs to children aged 12-15, is expected this week, councillors on the Isles of Scilly heard...

“Unserviceable” boats in Penzance harbour to be scrapped

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is poised to scrap several privately-owned boats and yachts in Penzance. A total of eight vessels, which County Hall says are “unserviceable” are stored...

Cornwall’s motorists urged to make sure their cars are not parked on Tour of Britain cycle route this weekend

By Peter Tremayne Temporary parking restrictions will be imposed on some Penzance roads this week in advance of the Tour of Britain cycle race, which starts on Sunday (5th...

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust improves surgical services, after a series of “never events”

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has improved its surgical care service, after a series of “never events” last year.  Overall the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro,...

Cornwall’s MPs strike different tones in debate about Afghanistan disaster

By Julia Penhaligon Only one of Cornwall’s six MPs spoke in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) emergency debate about Afghanistan.  Newquay and St Austell’s Steve Double was concerned that a “resettlement scheme”...

Plans unveiled for new outpatient unit at West Cornwall hospital

By Richard Whitehouse Plans for a new £9 million outpatients unit at West Cornwall Hospital have been welcomed by local councillors and residents. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT)...

Isles of Scilly walrus now in the west of Ireland

The Arctic walrus which spent much if this summer in St Mary's harbour, Isles of Scilly, is now in the west of Ireland.  The animal, which is 2,000 miles...

“Will you go home if we give you £1,200?” Cornwall’s health chiefs beg patients to vacate their beds

By Anne North Cornwall’s hospitals are under such severe pressure as a result of tourism and Covid that health chiefs are offering patients up to £1,200 if they will...

Covid-19: South West “R” number falls to 0.8-1.2, but Newquay remains a concern

By Anne North The official Covid “R” number for the South West has fallen to 0.8-1.2, leaving room for doubt about whether the virus is increasing or decreasing. Daily...

Sport after Covid: the rugby players are in Penzance, the footballers are going to Plymouth, and there is still no stadium in Truro

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s leading soccer and rugby teams are preparing to resume post-Covid competition, with Truro’s “White Tigers” footballers playing home matches in Plymouth and the Pirates rugby...