Falmouth locals remain unsettled this week as university expansion plans continue to cause tension for residents.
The unrest comes as Falmouth University pursues plans to increase the number of enrolled students currently studying at the university from 4400 to 8000 by 2020.
“This is getting ridiculous,” says Lin Fairweather, a local resident active on the ‘Save our Falmouth’ Facebook page. “I’m fed up with Falmouth and Penryn being overtaken by students.”
Tension has continued to increase over the last year as lack of housing and infrastructure has made the university expansion plans unpopular with members of the public. Many are also unhappy with the numerous planning permission applications, which outline plans for new student accommodation across Penryn and Falmouth.
Glenis Willis, another contributor to ‘Save our Falmouth’ said: “People are beginning to realise that Falmouth will lose its unique character if these developments are allowed. Hopefully people power can put a stop to it.”
Falmouth has been a vibrant hub for creative arts since 1902 when the original school of art first opened. Back then it had fewer than 100 students in full time attendance, which has rapidly increased over the years with the establishment obtaining university status in 2012.