Porthtowan lies on the north Atlantic coast about 1.2 miles west of St Agnes.  Its name comes from the Cornish words ‘porth’ and ‘tewynn’ to mean Cove of Sand Dunes.  Porthtowan has a Blue Flag beach consisting of wide soft white sands and dunes.

Porthtowan owes much of its present day character to its popularity as a local seaside resort in Victorian and Edwardian times when the local populous from Redruth and the surrounding areas went there, particularly on Bank Holidays. Overlooking Porthtowan are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall’s most prolific 18th Century copper mines, which provided Ralph Allen Daniell of Trelisick with a fortune estimated at the time as a “guinea a minute” night and day.

Parish Councillors

Pauline Barrow (Vice Chair of Council; Chair of Planning Committee)

Nick Barry

News from Porthtowan

General Election – Thursday 12th December 2019!

General Election – Thursday 12th December 2019!

The UK Parliamentary Election will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019. Polling stations will be open from 7:00am to 10:00pm on this day. Truro and Falmouth constituency in St Agnes and Mithian. Camborne and Redruth constituency in Porthtowan, Mount Hawke and...

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NEW DATES for Temporary Public Toilet Closures – Porthtowan!

Notice of Election for New Councillor – Porthtowan Ward!

Nomination Packs are available from Cornwall Council's Electoral Services Office in St Austell. Please encourage any suitable candidates... Click the link below for more details ⬇ Notice of election St Agnes Parish Council - Porthtowan Ward - 29 November 2018

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NEW DATES for Temporary Public Toilet Closures – Porthtowan!

VACANCY! Become a Councillor – speak for your community.

Following the resignation of Cllr Nick Barry, St Agnes Parish Council now have a vacancy for a Councillor representing the Porthtowan ward.  Ideally this vacancy will be filled by a by-election - however the community must come forward to request this.  Ten signatures...

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St Agnes NDP Referendum – Result of Poll!

New Porthtowan Councillor Elected!

At the Full Council meeting on Monday 6th November, Parish Councillors elected a new Councillor for Porthtowan to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Linda Davies. The successful candidate was Nick Barry. The Council welcomes Nick and is sure he will be a...

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Parish Councillor Vacancy

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Do you want to help make decisions for the benefit of your community? Can you represent the range of opinions of local people? If you are over 18 and live or work in the Parish of St Agnes, which includes Porthtowan, Mount Hawke, Blackwater and Mithian, you could be...

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