West Penwith local news

87, 88, 89…….that’s not right! Last-minute hitch as councillors crawl towards the boundaries finish line

8th February 2018 By Julia Penhaligon The long march to a smaller Cornwall Council is nearing the end of its journey – but a last-minute hitch has necessitated yet...

Mousehole marchers call for a clampdown on second homes and holiday lets

5th February 2018 By Peter Tremayne Housing campaigners are planning a protest march from Mousehole to Penzance on Saturday (10th February), calling for local councils to be allowed to...

West Cornwall HealthWatch warns councillors they risk “destroying the trust and support of residents” if they endorse Kennally Care

2nd February 2018 By Graham Smith One of Cornwall’s longest-established and most highly regarded community campaign groups, West Cornwall HealthWatch, has launched a strong attack on Cornwall Council proposals...

GPs to the rescue? Will your local doctor take the place of your nearest Minor Injury Unit?

1st February 2018 By Graham Smith More than two dozen GP surgeries in Cornwall, which provide an “enhanced” service to treat minor injuries, are to be reviewed as part...

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company takes £20,000 off council taxpayers but fails to stop new helicopter

29th January 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s legal manoeuvre to prevent a new helicopter service to Tresco has cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers at least...

Cornwall’s libraries: the devolution revolution has been postponed

23rd January 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The transformation of Cornwall’s library service is going to take twice as long as previously thought, according to council officials. In 2015 the...

Could Falmouth keep its Minor Injury Unit? New report sheds insights into how health and council bosses are planning the “Kennally Care” future of Cornwall’s community hospitals

18th January 2018 By Graham Smith Further details have emerged of what Cornwall’s local hospitals could look like once the National Health Service converts to a council-led Accountable Care...

Named – the ten Minor Injury Units in Cornwall due to close under Accountable Care

3rd January 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s network of minor injury units are under imminent threat of closure, according to an analysis of NHS plans.  Ten sites, from Bude...

Good news for pet owners as fire crews get new life-saving kit

7th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Donations from Helston-based The Dog House Grooming Company and the RSPCA mean that all of Cornwall’s on-call stations will now have special life-saving...

National Westminster closes several branches throughout Cornwall

4th December 2017 By Graham Smith National Westminster banks are closing across Cornwall – most are to close next year, but the branch in Wadebridge will close at the...

Fresh ideas for Edward Hain building at St Ives, as councillors call for a new, purpose-built hospital in West Cornwall

30th November 2017 By Graham Smith The chance of the Edward Hain hospital in St Ives ever re-opening as a facility to provide community beds has been dealt a...

New group set up to study St Ives health facilities – including Edward Hain hospital

23rd November 2017 By Anne North A new working group has been set up to consider the future of health services in St Ives – including the town’s Edward...

Cornwall remembers

13th November 2017 Thousands of people across Cornwall have observed Remembrance Day memorial services.  Towns and villages staged events to respect local friends and relatives who have been killed...

“Safety First” at St Just tin mines provokes allegations of “vandalism”

6th November 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust has defended itself against critics who have complained that safety works carried out at Levant and Botallack tin mines in...

Cornwall’s foodbanks braced for arrival of Universal Credit

30th October 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Thousands of people in Cornwall are bracing themselves for the introduction of Universal Credit, the controversial new benefit which replaces many aspects of...

And nation shall speak peace unto nation

29th October 2017 The first-ever appearance of a Mebyon Kernow representative on the BBC Radio 4 programme “Any Questions” got off to an unpromising start on Friday when presenter...

Loveday Jenkin scores a first for Mebyon Kernow

25th October 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall councillor and Mebyon Kernow deputy leader, Loveday Jenkin, will be one of the four guests on this Friday’s Any Questions on BBC...

Cornwall’s libraries: the “devolution revolution” is taking longer than expected

20th October 2017 By Anne North Cornwall’s “pioneering” reform of the county’s libraries is to be extended for a further year, as council officials struggle to find local partners...

And this is where the lifeboats are – but there are only 87 seats for 123 councillors, as the scramble for places gets underway

29th September 2017 By Graham Smith The maps reproduced in this article illustrate the first draft of how officials suggest re-drawing Cornwall Council boundaries.  The 2021 local council elections...

Man dies in the sea at Land’s End

24th September 2017 Coastguards and a lifeboat crew have recovered the body of a man in his 40s from the sea off Land’s End. Police say the man’s death...