Small fee plan to rescue cars stuck in Helston kennels

Falmouth Packet: Small fee plan to rescue cars stuck in Helston kennels Small fee plan to rescue cars stuck in Helston kennels

It’s a familiar problem to Helstonians and those who regularly drive through Helston town centre – when the kennels bite back against unsuspecting first-time visitors to the town.

What should be a simple parallel park turns into a nightmare on Coinagehall Street when first one and then sometimes a second wheel gets stuck in the gutter – as locals watch on in sympathy/amusement [delete as appropriate, depending on your personality].

More often than not it is town warden, Craig Bowcutt, pictured, who comes to the rescue, helping the red-faced drivers out of their predicament.

His services will no longer come for free, however. His good work has come to the attention of Helston Town Council’s amenities committee, whose members discussed the number of vehicles being driven into the kennels.

While pointing out that rescuing stranded cars was not in his remit, councillor Martine Knight appreciated that Mr Bowcutt did help these drivers – but suggested a small rescue fee might not be inappropriate.

This “modest charge” could then be paid into the Mayor’s Fund, which is shared between charities in the town at the end of the civic year.

It was agreed that a flyer be produced suggesting to drivers of vehicles pulled out of the kennel that that they might like to make a donation to the Mayor’s Fund.

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3:31pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I agree it would be nice if people offered a donation for the help, I would have done anyway had it been me. However, a donation it would have to be, not a obligatory charge stated before the rescue, otherwise the rescuer would I believe, need to be covered by insurance incase of damage incurred by the actual rescue itself.
I agree it would be nice if people offered a donation for the help, I would have done anyway had it been me. However, a donation it would have to be, not a obligatory charge stated before the rescue, otherwise the rescuer would I believe, need to be covered by insurance incase of damage incurred by the actual rescue itself. Gillian Zella Martin 09

4:05pm Tue 22 Oct 13

meerkats says...

If it is not in his job description to do this as pointed out by Cllr Knight , how would he be covered insurance and wages wise if he had an injury ? Wpuld he be able to claim against the Council. I have seen cars stuck in the kennels a few times but there are always people around that help the driver.
If it is not in his job description to do this as pointed out by Cllr Knight , how would he be covered insurance and wages wise if he had an injury ? Wpuld he be able to claim against the Council. I have seen cars stuck in the kennels a few times but there are always people around that help the driver. meerkats

5:37pm Tue 22 Oct 13

ronedgcumbe says...

What is actually wrong with doing someone a favour. This is an awfull idea and clearly not thought though.
What is actually wrong with doing someone a favour. This is an awfull idea and clearly not thought though. ronedgcumbe

6:07pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
What is actually wrong with doing someone a favour. This is an awfull idea and clearly not thought though.
We actually agree Ron, I see nothing wrong with doing someone a favour, one should not expect anything in return, in my view, one should not give to receive, personally I would always give something anyway for help given but I don't think making it official and asking is right, how much are the flyers costing to produce ? Could they not have just donated that money to the Mayors fund?
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: What is actually wrong with doing someone a favour. This is an awfull idea and clearly not thought though.[/p][/quote]We actually agree Ron, I see nothing wrong with doing someone a favour, one should not expect anything in return, in my view, one should not give to receive, personally I would always give something anyway for help given but I don't think making it official and asking is right, how much are the flyers costing to produce ? Could they not have just donated that money to the Mayors fund? Gillian Zella Martin 09

7:46pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally I think the Town Warden does a brilliant job and to put him in a position that makes him ask for donations from people he voluntarily helps I believe is wrong. Would a councillor be happy asking a member of the public for a donation to the Mayors fund after helping them.
Incidentally I think the Town Warden does a brilliant job and to put him in a position that makes him ask for donations from people he voluntarily helps I believe is wrong. Would a councillor be happy asking a member of the public for a donation to the Mayors fund after helping them. Gillian Zella Martin 09

9:04am Wed 23 Oct 13

krazyitchkatie says...

The 'hotspot' for these accidents is right underneath my window so I often help people - can I get some donations too please?

It's a ridiculous suggestion. Good on Craig for helping when he can, but he is by no means the only one so if he's not happy to do it for free, then he shouldn't do it.

What would help however is public info on what to do/who to contact when this happens, as even i don't know what help is available - apparently there is a ramp somewhere?
The 'hotspot' for these accidents is right underneath my window so I often help people - can I get some donations too please? It's a ridiculous suggestion. Good on Craig for helping when he can, but he is by no means the only one so if he's not happy to do it for free, then he shouldn't do it. What would help however is public info on what to do/who to contact when this happens, as even i don't know what help is available - apparently there is a ramp somewhere? krazyitchkatie

11:27am Wed 23 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If they altered the position of the parking bays and angled them so as to fit in additional ones, not only would it provide extra free parking but would reduce the chances of people that are not very good at parallel parking from driving into the kennels. I was recently asked to park a complete strangers car for them as they could not manage to reverse into a small space and were worried about ending up in the kennels. I was happy to oblige but did however wonder how they would get out of the space on return to their vehicle.
If they want to boost the Mayors fund, I could think of better ways of doing so than charging people for help with car retrievals from the kennels.
If they altered the position of the parking bays and angled them so as to fit in additional ones, not only would it provide extra free parking but would reduce the chances of people that are not very good at parallel parking from driving into the kennels. I was recently asked to park a complete strangers car for them as they could not manage to reverse into a small space and were worried about ending up in the kennels. I was happy to oblige but did however wonder how they would get out of the space on return to their vehicle. If they want to boost the Mayors fund, I could think of better ways of doing so than charging people for help with car retrievals from the kennels. Gillian Zella Martin 09

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