Find out more about upcoming elections in your Parish

The voting and election process is organised and managed by Cornwall Council.

Date of the next General Election:

The Prime Minister has confirmed the next General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024 – make sure you’re ready to cast your vote!

Find out more here: How to vote in the 2024 General Election

Date of the next town council election:

The next election for Councillors to sit on Penzance Council will take place in May 2025.

Casual vacancies:

A casual vacancy on the council will usually arise if a Councillor has resigned or passed away. Vacancies can also come up if a Councillor fails to attend any meetings for six consecutive months, unless the reason for the failure was approved by the Council before the expiry of that six month period.

If a casual vacancy comes up we will advertise this on our website. Members of the public can also find vacancies listed for town and parish councils across Cornwall by visiting Cornwall Council’s Town and Parish Council Vacancies webpage.

Our History

Following Local Government re-organisation in 1974, the demise of Penzance Borough Council and the West Penwith Rural District Council, the Charter, civic regalia and traditions of the town were maintained by the Penzance Charter Trustees until the formation of Penzance Council in 1980.

Penzance Council today has 20 Councillors who, between them, serve 4 wards in the Parish area of Penzance, which includes Newlyn, Mousehole, Paul, Heamoor, and Gulval. 

Following the Electoral Review in 2019, the ward boundaries of the Parish changed, resulting in 4 new wards:

  • Penzance Promenade (6 seats)
  • Penzance East (6 seats)
  • Newlyn & Mousehole (5 seats)
  • Heamoor & Gulval (3 seats)

Current Councillors will serve until the first week of May 2025 (a 4 year term of office).

Map showing the Parish boundary of Penzance and the individual wards. Click to enlarge
Penzance Parish boundary and Wards

Ward Boundaries

To see the new Penzance Council ward boundaries in more detail visit:


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