West Penwith local news

Edward Hain hospital: replacement beds will be in Penzance, they will be private sector, and they should be ready in four weeks

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have provided some information about the new community beds they hope to use in place of the closed Edward Hain hospital, St Ives....

Penzance, Falmouth and Truro to get more cash for cycling and walking

By Peter Tremayne The government is giving Cornwall another £607,000 to help develop sustainable transport during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The money will be spent in Penzance, Falmouth and Truro....

Penzance flag stunt leads to police protection and panic button, as councillors squabble over what to do next

By Julia Penhaligon Police are investigating racially-aggravated harassment of the Penzance mayor following the removal of unauthorised flags displayed on the town’s Promenade. Both the police, and Penzance Town...

Drowning, not waving: the unauthorised flag display in Penzance plunges town into fresh Brexit controversy

By Julia Penhaligon A “whodunit” mystery is unfolding in Penzance over the hoisting of 18 Union Jack flags along the town’s seafront promenade, to “celebrate” Britain’s final separation from...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Government gives Penzance High Street £10.4 million to help with Covid-19 economic recovery

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Penzance is one of 72 towns in England whose High Streets have been chosen to benefit from a government fund designed to help Covid-19 economic recovery....

Government awards Covid-19 “culture cash” to help Cornwall’s cinemas

By Rashleigh MacFarlane    Eleven cinemas in Cornwall are sharing in a government “culture recovery fund” to help them survive the economic consequences of Covid-19. The cash has been...

“Lights of Mousehole” song to brighten Christmas for Cornwall’s homeless

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new Christmas song is launching today (Friday) to raise money for St Petroc’s – a charity which helps homeless people in Cornwall. Written and performed...

Campaign launched for a “new Edward Hain hospital” – but health chiefs prefer their existing plan at Penzance

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North A new campaign has been launched to build a new hospital to replace the Edward Hain hospital. Health chiefs confirmed the closure of...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

New initiative to reduce school exclusions in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of pupils being excluded from school. There is concern at County Hall over the sharp...

Bodmin, St Austell, Truro and Penzance all watching for news about Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Burton retailers

By Peter Tremayne There are increasing signs that a decision about the long-term future of high -profile clothes’ stores in Cornwall will be taken by accountants Deloitte tomorrow (Monday.)...

Hospital beds must stay in South West Cornwall, say councillors

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have said that beds lost due to the closure of a St Ives hospital should be provided elsewhere in the local area. Edward Hain...

Cornwall councillor attacks “scandalous” use of Covid-19 business grants to subsidise second home owners

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has called on the government to make sure that Covid-19 business support grants are not abused by second home owners. Cornelius Olivier, Labour...

Covid-19: Cornwall records 77 new cases in a single day, as Lockdown 2 gets underway

By Anne North The St Ives constituency in the West of Cornwall, whose MP Derek Thomas voted against a second national Covid-19 lockdown yesterday (Wednesday) has seen some of...

Cornwall councillor Sue James to step down at next May’s elections

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall councillor Sue James, a former cabinet member, is to step down at the next election. The Liberal Democrat has represented St Just-in-Penwith since 2013.  Boundary...

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...