Helston Town Council was formed in 1974 before which time it was Helston Borough Council. The residents of Helston elect twelve councillors every four years to serve on the Town Council. The town is divided into three Wards with both the North Ward and South Ward returning five Members and the West Ward two Members. These councillors serve the community in their own time and with no remuneration. At the Annual Meeting each May the Council elects the Town Mayor for the civic year. The elected Members also represent the Council on a number of outside committees such as the Bulwark Group, the Furry Youth Café Steering Group and the West Cornwall CCTV Group to name a few. Contact details for the Councillors can be found on the Council Members page.
The Council employs a full time Town Clerk who is responsible for the financial management of the council budget and advises the councillors at meetings. He is assisted by a full time Deputy Town Clerk and two part-time administrative officers. In addition the Council employs a full-time Regeneration Officer who is supported by a full time assistant. The Council also employs a Town Warden who assists in maintaining a clean, green and safe environment for our residents and visitors. Two part time caretakers ensure the Guildhall is kept clean. Further information on the staff including contact details together with information on Council finance, policies, publications and services can be found under Council Administration.
Helston Town Council meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7.15pm. In addition to Full Council, there are three committees namely: Amenities, Planning and Policy, Finance & Resources. Details of the Committees’ functions and membership are included on the Committees page, whilst details of meeting dates, together with Agendas and Minutes can be found on the Council Meetings page. All meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated, and the public have the opportunity to speak. The Council also has a number of Working Parties; details of their functions and membership are contained on the Working Parties page.
All meetings take place in the Guildhall which is a Grade II* Listed building built in 1839. The Guildhall also accommodates the Council staff. The Offices are open to the public from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). The Guildhall is also used by a number of community groups for fundraising events, markets and meetings. For information on how you can hire rooms at the Guildhall please see the For Hire page or contact 01326 572036.