Helston traders set for cash windfall

More than £95,000 has been given to traders in Helston to make 2013 the year of change in the town.

The town centre manager’s office will get two apprentices to help back up the projects that will be led by the Helston Business Improvement Partnership and Town Team.

These will include improving the appearance of shop fronts, introducing a parking initiative and placing a defibrillator in the town centre in case of emergency, with the money to be spent over the next 12 months.

Town centre manager Jonathan Birkett said: “I’m so proud of them [partnership members]. The effort and work that has gone in to this is phenomenal – I’ve never seen it before at this level.

“It’s taken nine months to get to this place. The work starts now. It’s about getting things done. The idea is the businesses are taking responsibility.”

The money is a share of the section 106 funding given to the town by the Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarkets, as a condition of them building new stores in Helston.

At a meeting shortly before Christmas the town council agreed to transfer a large chunk of the money set aside for town management projects, into the control of the business partnership set up by traders.

Mr Birkett said this was the first time in Helston’s history at the town council had supported handing money to a not-for-profit company and described it as “a massive evolution.”

In an email to all members following the decision, he said: “This is a massive achievement for HBIP (Helston Business Improvement Partnership), our Town Team and our business community.

“We must also credit the town council with having the faith in our organisation and the work we have all put in to get to this point.

“This symbolises how far we have come this year and is a great example of the public sector and private sector working in tandem for the good of our town and community. I have every confidence that we will make this opportunity count.”

Speaking to the Packet, chairman of the “marketing and aesthetics” group Rob Webb described taking control of the money as “incredibly exciting” for Helston and the business improvement partnership.

He added: “Now the hard work really starts in 2013, to start delivering the projects.”

HBIP chairman Andy Perry thanked the project groups and Town Team for their “amazing job” and “level of professionalism,” as well as the town council for having the “same vision.”

He said: “I think the things that go forward will leave this town in good standing for the future.”

See how the money will be spent in this week's Helston Packet

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12:22pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I think it is a good idea to give the HBIP some control of a percentage of the money.
I see in the Packet they are to have two apprentices.

Not quite sure about them producing a leaflet telling people where to park, would visitors probably not have to park first before picking up a leaflet. I thought any decent driver would read the road signs. Hypothetically if I decide to go to Bodmin today I will not be picking up a leaflet to show me where to park before I get there, I would see the road signs by the Shire Hall for the car parks. £1,500 to be put aside for some kind of parking initiative does not seem a lot of money.

The article says the three main roundabouts in Helston will be come destinations in their own rights, ok them I'm off today to visit a roundabout !!!
I think it is a good idea to give the HBIP some control of a percentage of the money. I see in the Packet they are to have two apprentices. Not quite sure about them producing a leaflet telling people where to park, would visitors probably not have to park first before picking up a leaflet. I thought any decent driver would read the road signs. Hypothetically if I decide to go to Bodmin today I will not be picking up a leaflet to show me where to park before I get there, I would see the road signs by the Shire Hall for the car parks. £1,500 to be put aside for some kind of parking initiative does not seem a lot of money. The article says the three main roundabouts in Helston will be come destinations in their own rights, ok them I'm off today to visit a roundabout !!! Gill Zella Martin 09

12:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Should read 'then' not 'them' in my first post.

Tradesmen will be asked to give a discount to businesses wanting work done, good idea I suppose, but In my experience most tradesmen have enough work to be choosy enough not to work for someone wanting a discount.
The article in the Packet as to how the money will be spent certainly makes interesting reading.
Should read 'then' not 'them' in my first post. Tradesmen will be asked to give a discount to businesses wanting work done, good idea I suppose, but In my experience most tradesmen have enough work to be choosy enough not to work for someone wanting a discount. The article in the Packet as to how the money will be spent certainly makes interesting reading. Gill Zella Martin 09

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