Helston Railway plans halted in their tracks

The revived railway attracts families as well as holidaymakers.

The revived railway attracts families as well as holidaymakers.

First published in News

Railway enthusiasts have yet to decide whether they will appeal a planning decision that halted their plans in their tracks on Monday.

Helston Railway had hoped to get the signal to extend the existing railway at Prospidnick with further platforms and a car park at Trevarno Farm, previously known as Gansey Farm.

Members also wanted to build a temporary platform and change the use of two barns into a storage and maintenance area, together with a base for skincare company Organic Trevarno.

It is the second application for the group, with the first withdrawn and scaled down last year before being resubmitted.

At a meeting on Monday, however, Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee voted to refuse permission on the controversial application.

Chairman of the group Richard Barnes said on Monday: “We are obviously disappointed. That’s the way things happen and we’ll move on.”

He said a decision over whether to appeal against the ruling would not be made until after the group had received more details on the refusal, including the exact wording used.

Mr Barnes confirmed that the attraction, which attracts railway enthusiasts and families from across the area, as well as holidaymakers, would continue for the moment.

At total of 119 comments have been left on the Cornwall Council website – a mix of objections and support for the project.

Among the concerns were the impact extra traffic could have on the narrow lanes surrounding the site, with the noise also an issue.

One person wrote: “A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.”

Surface water was a problem that was described as “severe” on the road running from Prospidnick to Chynhale, compounded by the run-off water from surrounding fields. It was felt that adding a 50 metre wide access for the proposed new road would “add significantly” to this.

Those backing it, however, argued that the area relied on tourism and in order to continue the railway needed to expand and improve.

They include local people, including a teacher whose students had been inspired by a visit, as well as holidaymakers who had been to the railway while in the area.

The group already has permission in place to reinstate the platform and shelter at the site of the original Truthall Halt on the old Helston branch-line.

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1:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

telstar1962 says...

“A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.”

So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ?

I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?
“A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.” So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ? I suppose those trains were the silent ones ? telstar1962
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Mark Porthleven says...

telstar1962 wrote:
“A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.”

So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ?

I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?
The steam trains didn't have a massive great carpark with hundreds of cars coming and going to it, and commercial workshops, plenty of commercial workshops at Water Ma Trout.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: “A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.” So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ? I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?[/p][/quote]The steam trains didn't have a massive great carpark with hundreds of cars coming and going to it, and commercial workshops, plenty of commercial workshops at Water Ma Trout. Mark Porthleven
  • Score: -10

4:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Gill Z Martin says...

telstar1962 wrote:
“A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.”

So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ?

I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?
Very good point, they were noisy and dirty, my dad used to travel from Gwinear Road to Helston and then cycle to Porthleven.
Helston railway has been a great success and so much work, expense and effort has been put into restoring as best they can, a part of the history of Helston, locals and visitors alike support it. I am surprised this has not received the backing of Cornwall Council, Helston currently needs all the help it can get, and railways are renowned in attracting tourists.
Unlike Eden and Heartlands etc, it has not been a drain on council finances.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: “A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.” So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ? I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?[/p][/quote]Very good point, they were noisy and dirty, my dad used to travel from Gwinear Road to Helston and then cycle to Porthleven. Helston railway has been a great success and so much work, expense and effort has been put into restoring as best they can, a part of the history of Helston, locals and visitors alike support it. I am surprised this has not received the backing of Cornwall Council, Helston currently needs all the help it can get, and railways are renowned in attracting tourists. Unlike Eden and Heartlands etc, it has not been a drain on council finances. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Sun 6 Jul 14

telstar1962 says...

Mark Porthleven wrote:
telstar1962 wrote:
“A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.”

So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ?

I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?
The steam trains didn't have a massive great carpark with hundreds of cars coming and going to it, and commercial workshops, plenty of commercial workshops at Water Ma Trout.
and 100 years ago Porthleven wasn't overrun with motor vehicles clogging up the roads, and full of noisy pubs and restaurants and car parks, disturbing the peace of the residents. But that's been allowed ?
[quote][p][bold]Mark Porthleven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: “A peaceful rural location is totally inappropriate for activities of this sort.” So, what was the area like when they had steam trains running through it from 1850's to 1960's from Helston to Gwinear Road ? I suppose those trains were the silent ones ?[/p][/quote]The steam trains didn't have a massive great carpark with hundreds of cars coming and going to it, and commercial workshops, plenty of commercial workshops at Water Ma Trout.[/p][/quote]and 100 years ago Porthleven wasn't overrun with motor vehicles clogging up the roads, and full of noisy pubs and restaurants and car parks, disturbing the peace of the residents. But that's been allowed ? telstar1962
  • Score: 1

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