About the Town Council

Town Clerk: Hester Hunt

Penzance Council operates at the most local level of local government with 20 councillors elected for a term of four years. These councillors work for the town and the surrounding areas in a voluntary capacity and are supported by a team of paid officers headed by the Town Clerk. As well as Penzance, the council also represents Newlyn and the villages of Mousehole, Heamoor and Gulval.

The Council conducts its main business through four committees, three of which meet on a six weekly cycle. The Planning Committee meets approximately every three weeks to fulfil the council's role as a statutory consultee on all planning applications.

The council is responsible for the control and management of the Penlee House Art Gallery and Museum together with Penlee Park and the car park surrounding it, which includes the Open Air Theatre.

Through a Small Grant Scheme, the Council distributes small amounts of money to help community groups and the voluntary sector, supporting initiatives and providing funding for such things as fairs and events, our local Farmers' Market and talented members of Sporting Associations. The council also administers a Major Grant Scheme which provides sums of over £500 as match-funding for larger schemes.

The Council provides over 170 allotments spread over nine sites throughout the towns and villages in the area.

Penzance Council gives support in the form of grant aid and advice to the St Piran's Day festivities, Golowan Festival, Montol Festival, Newlyn Fish Festival and Mousehole Sea, Salts and Sail. At Christmas, the Council puts up Christmas lights throughout the town and provides a tree and lights beside Humphry Davy Statue.

The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Civic Deputies represent the Council at civic and community events including visits to our twin towns of Concarneau in Brittany and Cuxhaven in Germany. Penzance is also twinned with Bendigo in Victoria, Australia and Nevada City in California. The Council financially and administratively supports these twinning associations which have come about due to our shared ancestry and mining and fishing connections.

The above is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of all that Penzance Council does but to provide an indication of what we do for our town and surrounding area.