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.
News from Porthtowan
Call for candidates
Become a decision-maker on behalf of your local community! We need candidates to come forward to fill the Councillor vacancies in Mount Hawke and Porthtowan. Deadline for candidate papers to be submitted is 22nd March IN PERSON to County Hall. The form can be obtained...
Your opportunity to become a Councillor!
Following the request by electors in both Mount Hawke and Porthtowan wards, we have been informed by Cornwall Council that the two Councillor vacancies will be filled by the election process. You have until 4pm on Friday 11th February to submit a completed nomination...
Uncontested Results for Porthtowan, Mount Hawke and Blackwater & Wheal Rose Wards
Welcome to our new members! Attached are the details of those who will be joining us.... Notice of uncontested election - St Agnes PC - Porthtowan Ward - 21 October 2021 Notice of uncontested election - St Agnes PC - Mount Hawke Ward - 21 October 2021 Notice of...
Important Lifeguard Cover Update From the RNLI
We have been informed of the following by the RNLI: From 27th September, lifeguard cover stopped at Trevaunance Cove beach. Chapel Porth beach now has weekend cover, plus full cover for every day during October half term, until 1st November. Porthtowan beach will...
Community Litter Picks! Saturday 17th October 2020
Please see individual links to posters about your area for more information... Litter pick poster 17.10.20 Porthtowan Litter Pick poster 17.10.20 Blackwater Litter pick poster 17.10.20 Mithian Litter Pick poster 17.10.20 Mount Hawke Litter pick poster 17.10.20 St....
Toilets reopening on limited basis
On 25th May 2020 the Parish Council deemed the opening of toilets prior to the lifeguard patrolling of Porthtowan and Trevaunance Cove beaches to be inadvisable as it did not wish to encourage lengthy visits or condone people entering the water when it is not safe to...
Statement on beaches, safety and public toilets
At the time of writing - 26th May 2020 - we are coming to terms with the terrible news of two deaths in Cornwall’s waters and one rescue at Porthtowan that has resulted in a critically injured person. The Parish Council are in discussion with local volunteers at the...
Parish Council Services Suspended From 23rd March 2020
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Council services will be suspended from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. Keep watching our website and social media for regular updates...
Statement on the Parish Council’s plan regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
At a Human Resources Committee meeting on Friday 13th March, the Parish Council’s plan for its activities in the event of disruption caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was discussed and adopted. It is can be read here. In short, if it is felt necessary by the Clerk and...
Community Litter Pick – Saturday 4th April 2020 – EVENTS IN EACH VILLAGE NOW CANCELLED
Unfortunately the community litter picks in each area of the Parish have now been cancelled. Please refer to the Council's website for updates...
Cornwall Community Governance Review Public Consultation – Have Your Say!
The Parish Council plays a vital role in providing local services and involving people in their local community. Cornwall Council is consulting on the draft recommendations for changes to community governance. See poster link for more details about your area... CGR...
Parish Council Christmas Closure Notice
Please note that the Parish Council Office will be closed from 23rd December 2019 - 1st January 2020 inclusive. On behalf of all of us at the Parish Council, we would like to wish the community a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 🎄 💟 See you all in...
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