Prime Minister David Cameron was in Penzance on Monday morning, meeting traders and hearing about the ways they have been working to boost the future of the town.

During his visit he met with Penzance Town Team, which was formed last year as part of a bid to become a Portas Pilot town.

Despite missing out on the cash, the businesses community has continued working to improve the fortunes of the town.

During his meeting with the traders Mr Cameron discussed various schemes that could help the town to boost is economy, including taking over greater control of the town’s parking charges and bidding for extra funding.

However, MP for the area Andrew George said it was “a pity” that Mr Cameron had co-ordinated the visit with his diary, saying he could have joined talks with Penzance Harbour Chief and met businesses who were working with to cut business rates.

“We should all be working together for the good of Penzance,” added Mr George.

Penzance was the first stop on Mr Cameron’s visit to the county, which also included a trip to Redruth. Here he visited Frame Homes UK on the Cardrew Industrial Estate, which is seeing increasing demand for its timber frames for houses.

He was accompanied on this leg of his journey by Camborne, Redruth and Hayle MP George Eustace.