All posts by Jim

New powers to help tackle criminal private landlords

20th June 2018 From 1 October 2018 the definition of a licensable HMO is changing. Current definition A licensable HMO must have: 5 or more people in residence (forming 2 or more households), 3 or more storeys an element of sharing of facilities New definition A licensable HMO must have: 5 or more people in residence […]

safer Falmouth

Coming soon: a Safer Falmouth Your thoughts or ideas on this will be very helpful. At present I know very little about this initiative, but by posting it I am hoping that others can find out, ask questions and hopefully we can shape the future safety of our town: “Safer Falmouth is affiliated to Safer […]

the parking consultation

15/05/19: The idea of parking permits in Smithick Ward is being discussed by Cornwall Councillors. This link will take you to a facebook discussion, to air your concerns. 05/09/2018:  Cormac Update : EDG1465 Falmouth Parking Review Final Letter  After consideration of all responses received, it has been resolved that the following proposals are being abandoned: […]

environmental issues

Falmouth University has taken the decision to ban plastic straws on campus, as of 06/02/2018:    A truly brave and ethical statement, to move to a world where only biodegradable  drinking straws are available. We must all applaud this decision, partly because as Peter Cox (COO) states “the impact of plastic waste, particularly on […]


on Thursday 15th February, after much lobbying by all, the Strategic Planning Committee voted 12-2 in favour of Penvose Student Village. I think that they chose they right decision –  on the basis of taking the heat away from Falmouth Town, I am aware that there’s that phrase “be careful what you wish for”, the […]

Antisocial behaviour

Were you affected by anti-social behaviour in the early hours of Monday 29th January, around the Jacob’s Ladder? Some residents around the Chapel Terrace / Vernon Place were kept awake as a party was in full swing at 02:50 am, with over 20 people outside the party shouting, swearing, smashing bottles etc. It left one […]

Thrown Gauntlet

02/02/2018: The Thrown Gauntlet Festival 2018: Thank you, An Apology, and your help going forward. On the weekend of the 26-28 January, The Thrown Gauntlet Festival 2018 took place in 10 homes, the Bowly Park and The Jacobs Ladder Inn around Smithick, as over 100 performers and artists showcased theatre, music, fine art and much […]

Message from Councillor John Spargo

18/03/2018 My report covering my Council Work since being elected in May 2017,  John Spargo Falmouth Town Council 16th March 2018 My first year as a Councillor has been a steep learning curve with a constant flow of new information to absorb. In addition to sitting on the full Council and the F&GP committees along with […]

4th Residents’ Meeting

Update: 4th September.  I have decided that the 4th of September’s meeting will be postponed and rescheduled  for when we hear more about the date of the Appeal hearing. Thanks for your understanding.

3rd RA Meeting, 22nd June 2017

Thanks to all who attended, here are the minutes from the 3rd RA meeting at the Athenaeum Club, 22nd June 2017: Minutes_SWRA_Meeting_June_2017 (as pdf) in text form: Minutes of Smithick Ward Residents Association (SWRA) Meeting 22nd June 2017 Those Present: Jim Forbes (Chair Designate), Candy Atherton (Councillor), Tam Ward (Publicity) Sarah Jones (Secretary) and local residents […]