West Penwith local news

St Just finally wins its five-year campaign to save town’s library

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A five-year campaign to save St Just library has finally been won.  The local town council has completed its takeover of the service from Cornwall Council,...

Cornish seabirds mistaking elastic bands for worms

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Mullion Island, a bird sanctuary off the Lizard peninsula, has been littered with thousands of elastic bands – which experts think have been regurgitated by gulls...

Huge increase in the number of flights taken by County Hall staff threatens to undermine climate battle

By Graham Smith The number of domestic flights taken by Cornwall Council officers has trebled in the past two years, according to a Freedom of Information answer.  The number...

Live music and booze at Penzance restaurant until 2am

By Richard Whitehouse A Mexican restaurant has been granted permission to host live music and serve alcohol until 2am. La Sirena in Bread Street, Penzance, had applied to alter...

Tour of Britain cycle race to start from Penzance on 6th September next year

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tour of Britain cycle race will start from Penzance on 6th September 2020. It will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the...

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company loses £4.3 million in a year

By Anne North Shareholders in the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company have suffered a jaw-dropping £4.3 million loss in the past year, according to the company’s annual accounts. The...

Citizen’s Panel due to meet for the first time to consider Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Plans to set up a “Citizen’s Panel” to study Cornwall’s housing crisis have taken a major step forward.  The panellists have now been found and are...

Penzance debates Brexit

About 200 people attended a debate about Brexit, held at Penwith College, Penzance, on Friday.  Organised by Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew George, the panel also included representatives of the...

Battery-powered passenger aircraft to fly to the Isles of Scilly?

By Richard Whitehouse The Isles of Scilly is in the running to be among the first destinations to see electric passenger aeroplanes. That is the belief of the chairman...

First housing survey in 15 years finds huge catalogue of faults

By Richard Whitehouse Councillors on the Isles of Scilly have agreed to spend more than £400,000 on housing improvements after finding almost half its stock does not meet the...

St Just church bells sound the alarm for climate emergency

By Richard Whitehouse As the chorus of support for the campaign to recognise that the planet is facing a climate emergency continues to grow, a new initiative has been...

Andrew George savages the Liberal Democrats’ new Brexit policy, saying it is “a gift to the hard Right”

By Anne North Divisions within Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, over the party’s new hard-line policy to scrap Brexit without another referendum, have widened with St Ives Parliamentary candidate Andrew George...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Penzance tribute to Peter Le Mare, tireless campaigner for peace

By Peter Tremayne A special festival is planned for Penzance later this month in tribute to one of Cornwall’s most influential peace campaigners, who died in July. Peter Le...

Cornwall Council admits that Truro stadium progress is at the mercy of related road and New Town project

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans for a Truro stadium to host the Cornish Pirates rugby team have run into the quicksand of lawyers haggling over legal agreements. ...

Millions of pounds in “Town Deal” cash goes to the constituencies where the Tories need votes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has chosen three marginal constituencies in Cornwall to spend millions of pounds in a pre-election boost called “Town Deals.” Two of the towns are...

Public consultation closes on Penwith “Dark Skies” proposal

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The deadline closed yesterday (Saturday) for responses to the proposed Penwith “Dark Skies” reserve. The public consultation will now be evaluated before Cornwall Council brings forward...

Ferry services to Isles of Scilly should resume this afternoon, after four days out of action

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Ferry passengers hoping to reach and return from the Isles of Scilly are keeping their fingers crossed that the engine problems which dogged the vessel last...

St Erth’s multi-million pound “Multi-Modal Hub” still not quite joined up with buses

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The multi-million pound park-and-ride car park at St Erth, off the A30 near Hayle, is still not functioning as was intended when it opened in early...

EU cash helps protect Mounts Bay against storm damage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 350-metre length of coastline at Mount Bay has been re-opened to the public after a major project to protect it against erosion. A stretch at...