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Fight to keep Long Rock rail crossing open

The rail crossing at Long Rock Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners opposing the closure of a rail crossing near Penzance will lobby councillors today.

The crossing at Long Rock was closed last year following an inquest on grandmother Jeanette Nicholls who was hit by a train there.

Villagers claim alternative routes are more dangerous.

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Hospital's future to become clearer

The future of a Cornish community hospital which has been closed for a year will become clearer in the next few weeks. A number of options are being drawn up for Poltair Hospital on the outskirts of Penzance. It's estimated it'll cost £750,000 to bring it up to scratch and re-open it.

Poltair Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

Professionals meet to discuss hospital's future

Poltair Hospital. Credit: ITV News West Country

A consultation has begun about the future of Poltair Hospital in Penzance.

A group of doctors, nurses, councillors and health campaigners met to share their ideas about its future earlier this week.

During the workshop they discussed some of the possible options for the hospital.

Their ideas will be shared with the public in December.

Petition launched to prevent bus route closure

Hundreds of thousands of signatures are needed to force a debate. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

An online petition has been set up to protest against the closure of bus routes in West Cornwall.

Western Greyhound says it won't run any services in the Penzance and Hayle areas from the beginning of November.

100,000 signatures are needed to force a Parliamentary debate.

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Cervical cancer campaigner vows to keep fighting

The mother of a young cervical cancer victim from Penzance has vowed to keep on campaigning after accepting a £45,000 settlement from her daughter's GP.

Sandra Cousins wants all young women under the age of 25 to be tested for cervical cancer.

Her daughter Mercedes was just 20 when she started to suffer the symptoms and visited her GP several times.

Despite numerous visits she wasn't diagnosed for over a year - by which time it was too late to treat her:

£8m investment for St Mary's and Penzance harbours

Plans to improve the harbours that connect Cornwall with the Isles of Scilly have been given the green light from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

The Minister announced work at St Mary’s and Penzance harbours can go ahead, subject to final clearances and securing European funding.

The work involves dredging at Penzance and pier widening and improved freight handling facilities at St Mary’s.

We are putting at least £8 million into this scheme which shows that the Coalition Government is serious about protecting the livelihood of the Isles of Scilly.

Improved terminal buildings will provide better conditions for passengers. Changes to the harbours themselves will ensure new vessels can still access the port protecting this route for use by residents, freight and holiday makers.

– Norman Baker MP, Local Transport Minister
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