A wide range of ideas – from making the town plastic free to offering free parking, from improving recycling facilities to curbing speeding – were raised at a public meeting hosted by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas to discuss the future of Helston.
Around 30 residents attended the meeting at the Central Methodist Church last week when Mr Thomas, together with a panel of Deputy Mayor Cllr John Martin, Helston Police Inspector Ian Thompson, Rob Andrew from Cornwall Council, youth representative Chamonix Newsom, Wendy Radford-Gaby, from the business community, and residents’ representative Mike Hales, fielded questions about issues in the town.
“It was very encouraging that so many people feel strongly enough about the future of Helston to come along on a Friday evening and put forward their ideas on the town’s future direction,” said Mr Thomas, who also met members of the business community and the charity and church sector in Helston over the weekend.
“From these meetings, I am hoping to identify a small number of key priorities after which I intend to work hard with others in the community to ensure they come to fruition.
“The meetings that took place over the weekend were very valuable but I expect to reach even more people over the coming weeks by sending out a survey to local residents; I hope that as many people as possible respond and we can come up with a clear course of action that will benefit Helston and the people who live and work there.”