Chapel Street, Penzance is our beautiful and admired historic town centre and an award-winning destination for international travellers. At the centre sits 18 Chapel Street, TR18 4AW formerly known as The Ganges Restaurant.

18 Chapel St has been empty for 11 years and the present owners have allowed it to fall badly into disrepair and dilapidation.

Cornwall Council staff and the local Cornwall Councillor have been trying to find a way of preserving and renovating the building. The Council has intervened twice to carry out emergency repairs and is currently engaged in finding a solution that will restore and make useful this important part of the heritage of Penzance.

Cornwall Council have asked to survey opinion about this beautiful but neglected Grade II listed Georgian building.

Something must be done !

We got hundreds of responses to our survey up to 23 July 2017.

On 24 July we handed the survey results to Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy.

Click here to see the survey results (pdf).
Click here to see our letter to Cornwall Council (pdf)

Councillor Bob Egerton told us that it was not possible to have 18 Chapel Street dealt with at the next Cabinet meeting of Cornwall Council on 6 September.

Are you satisfied with that ? If not what can you do ?

Write to Cllr Bob Egerton, Portfolio Holder for Planning.

Write to Phil Mason, Head of Planning

Write to Cornelius Olivier (County Councillor for Penzance Central)

Write to your own Town or County Councillor.

If you want to have your say about 18 Chapel Street , fill in the Comments box at the end of the survey and Save the Ganges Org will make sure Cornwall Council hears your voice.


Survey Update

Since the survey launched on Mazey Day we have had hundreds of responses, but we want more. Click here to read a sample of comments. Do you agree with the people´s ideas?

Penzance is really short of obtainable office space. A co-working space would be incredibly important. Add in a cafe and community centre and it could be really powerful.
This building is an eyesore and possibly a danger to the public – and has been in the past.
The Georgian architecture of Chapel St is one of the town’s greatest assets. It would be tragic not to save the Ganges, it is one of the finest buildings in the street.
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