An area of Falmouth described as the town's "jewel in the crown" could be reopened shortly after people power looks to have won the day.

Sean Stratton, a member of the Friends of Princess Pavilion Group, visited the town council on Monday to hand over a petition signed by more than 1,400 residents in support of the re-opening of Gyllyngdune Gardens, attached to the pavilion.

The facility was closed earlier this year by Cornwall Council and GLL, and remains empty. Sean plans to deliver a copy of the petition to Cornwall Council also.

Town mayor Steve Eva said: "I had an informative meeting with Sean and we both want the same thing, and wish to see the gardens and facilities opened up as soon as possible.

"The town council fully recognises that the Princess Pavilions are Falmouth’s jewel in the crown."

And in good news for residents and visitors to Falmouth alike, town clerk Mark Williams confirmed that the town council gardeners were currently onsite at the gardens carrying out grounds maintenance works.

He added: "The town council has requested if, whilst the future of the theatre and restaurant is being resolved, the gardens could be re-opened to the public and managed by the town council.

"The town council could be in a position to manage that public use now, subject to permission and confirmation of some matters from Cornwall Council, which I hope will be granted shortly."

The council is also working with the Friends of Princess Pavilion Group to look at the potential of a community takeover of the pavilion as well.

Falmouth Town Council said in a statement: "The venue is an important local community asset to Falmouth and it is hoped that the town council can secure its long term future, which if agreed the council would then work on a business plan with the Friends of Princess Pavilion group."