Have your say on £250,000 Helston town centre spending

Falmouth Packet: Have your say on £250,000 Helston town centre spending Have your say on £250,000 Helston town centre spending

It is time for the people of Helston to have their say on how to spend £250,000 in the town centre.

Helston Town Council will be |delivering questionnaires to every household and to all town centre |businesses from this Monday (January 20).

These must be returned to the Guildhall by Thursday, February 13 in order for the views of the wider |community to be taken into account.

The results will be used to set the |priorities when it comes to spending the £250,000 given by Tesco and Sainsbury’s when building new stores in the town.

Mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby said: “I am aware of the fact that local people are proud of their town and the council would be extremely grateful if you could spare a little time to let us have your views, which will help us to |develop a shared vision for the future of the town centre and identify priority improvements of significant benefit to local people and businesses.”

The questionnaires follow a public meeting that was attended by more than 60 people in October last year.

Suggestions at this time included |giving pedestrians priority in Meneage Street, improving the area around the Grylls Monument and Remembrance Garden, providing more on-street |parking in Coinagehall Street – possibly through ‘herringbone’ style spaces – and improving crossing points in that street.

Creating or improving space for events and markets, developing a |heritage and cultural quarter around the museum and improving visitor information and signs were also raised as ideas.

Through the questionnaire residents and business owners will be able to give their views on these ideas or offer their own thoughts.

In addition to the £250,000 currently available, which must be spent before the end of 2018, the council hopes to attract more money through grants and other public and private investment.

The questionnaire also gives a chance for residents of all ages to test their local knowledge by completing the Helston History Puzzle on the back page, designed by Helston Museum. The winning entrant will get an insight into the work of the museum by going behind the scenes with the assistant curator.

The results of the consultation will be presented at a public meeting at the end of February. Following on from that the council will commission |professional consultants to develop conceptual designs for priority schemes.

As part of this consultation the town council has set up a partnership group, the Helston Public Realm Project Board, to direct and oversee the improvements.

This was initially set up with four members, made up of two from the town council, one from Cornwall Council and the chair of the Helston Business Improvement Partnership.

Now it is looking for up to five more people to join – in particular those with experience in urban design or |landscape architecture, disability, young people and community safety.

The board currently meets once every two months in the Guildhall.

For more information contact town centre regeneration officer Martin Searle by 5pm on Monday, February 3 by writing to The Guildhall, Helston, TR13 8ST, emailing regeneration@helstontc.com or calling 01326 558881.

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4:09pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The questionnaires are limited to Helston residents only, so all those living in outlying villages with Helston incorporated into their postal addresses and whose nearest town is Helston are not included, I therefore assume they will not include the residents of outlying villages, even though it is their nearest town when expecting support. I This actually could be part of the problem in Helston, no one has really ever bothered to promote the town centre to outlying village residents, unlike Tesco and Sainsbury's that leaflet and advertise around the outlying villages not just Helston residents. Incidentally I noticed Helston used pictures of Goonhilly and Porthleven harbour in the Portas Pilot bid, It would therefore appear to me, Helston wishes to involve its neighbouring villages if it could possibly be of a financial advantage, but not to promote involvement with decision making or indeed representation.
The questionnaires are limited to Helston residents only, so all those living in outlying villages with Helston incorporated into their postal addresses and whose nearest town is Helston are not included, I therefore assume they will not include the residents of outlying villages, even though it is their nearest town when expecting support. I This actually could be part of the problem in Helston, no one has really ever bothered to promote the town centre to outlying village residents, unlike Tesco and Sainsbury's that leaflet and advertise around the outlying villages not just Helston residents. Incidentally I noticed Helston used pictures of Goonhilly and Porthleven harbour in the Portas Pilot bid, It would therefore appear to me, Helston wishes to involve its neighbouring villages if it could possibly be of a financial advantage, but not to promote involvement with decision making or indeed representation. Gillian Zella Martin 09

7:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

Didnt you say Gill on here that you went to the public consultation? So how did you know about the consultation? What made you go?was it good? Wood you go to another public consultation? Did anyone know who you were and that you didnt live Helston? Was there many people there?
Didnt you say Gill on here that you went to the public consultation? So how did you know about the consultation? What made you go?was it good? Wood you go to another public consultation? Did anyone know who you were and that you didnt live Helston? Was there many people there? Rainbow over Helston

8:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
Didnt you say Gill on here that you went to the public consultation? So how did you know about the consultation? What made you go?was it good? Wood you go to another public consultation? Did anyone know who you were and that you didnt live Helston? Was there many people there?
Yes I did go to the public consultation, I knew about it because I was informed of it, in addition to which It was reported on the Packet website. I went because I said I would, and because I was interested to see what was involved, yes it was good, very informative. One person initially knew who I was and that I did not live in Helston and by the time I left so did several others. Yes it was well attended, I counted over 60 people.

My point about the questionnaires in the above article is irrelevant to being able to attend a public consultation that is open to all, my point is based on the principle that not the entire population of Helston attended the meeting, and questionnaires are being distributed in Helston alone, not the entire population of the surrounding villages attended the meeting (not everyone reads the Packet website) but no questionnaires are being distributed throughout the villages. I just believe that if no effort is made to seek views of those outside of the town then maybe some of those outside, may have no idea what is going on in Helston, and may or may not approve of eventual choices made, (how often do we hear of something that has been done and people saying "no one asked us") they could then feel Helston Town Centre holds no importance or significance to where they reside, in turn they may then choose to favour other towns such as Falmouth, which is comparatively not that far away from some of the outlying villages when deciding to shop in a town centre.

I do not expect anyone to understand my logic, or psychology, I have however, seen the results of a similar situation in the past. Maybe try making people feel Helston is important to them and they have an input into its future then maybe people might choose to support it.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: Didnt you say Gill on here that you went to the public consultation? So how did you know about the consultation? What made you go?was it good? Wood you go to another public consultation? Did anyone know who you were and that you didnt live Helston? Was there many people there?[/p][/quote]Yes I did go to the public consultation, I knew about it because I was informed of it, in addition to which It was reported on the Packet website. I went because I said I would, and because I was interested to see what was involved, yes it was good, very informative. One person initially knew who I was and that I did not live in Helston and by the time I left so did several others. Yes it was well attended, I counted over 60 people. My point about the questionnaires in the above article is irrelevant to being able to attend a public consultation that is open to all, my point is based on the principle that not the entire population of Helston attended the meeting, and questionnaires are being distributed in Helston alone, not the entire population of the surrounding villages attended the meeting (not everyone reads the Packet website) but no questionnaires are being distributed throughout the villages. I just believe that if no effort is made to seek views of those outside of the town then maybe some of those outside, may have no idea what is going on in Helston, and may or may not approve of eventual choices made, (how often do we hear of something that has been done and people saying "no one asked us") they could then feel Helston Town Centre holds no importance or significance to where they reside, in turn they may then choose to favour other towns such as Falmouth, which is comparatively not that far away from some of the outlying villages when deciding to shop in a town centre. I do not expect anyone to understand my logic, or psychology, I have however, seen the results of a similar situation in the past. Maybe try making people feel Helston is important to them and they have an input into its future then maybe people might choose to support it. Gillian Zella Martin 09

3:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Geo Helston says...

Gill has a very valid point here. In Urban system, the outlying villages are just as important as the inhabitants of the town. A town is a central place for all the outlying villages which come together at this central point for the services it provides. I think this dates back to the market town days when the locals would bring their good to market!. Anyway, these outlying villages contribute to the local economy of the town and without them there would not be much of a town. They need to be included.
Gill has a very valid point here. In Urban system, the outlying villages are just as important as the inhabitants of the town. A town is a central place for all the outlying villages which come together at this central point for the services it provides. I think this dates back to the market town days when the locals would bring their good to market!. Anyway, these outlying villages contribute to the local economy of the town and without them there would not be much of a town. They need to be included. Geo Helston

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