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NOTICE OF VACANCIES FOR TOWN COUNCILLORS 

Do you have ideas that will make Helston a better place? Become a town councillor!

Two Casual Vacancies exist on Helston Town Council for a Councillor in the North Ward and the South Ward, which is to be filled by co-option. Persons interested in serving as a Town Councillor until the next local council elections in May 2025 are invited to submit an application in writing by noon on Monday 8th July 2024 to the Town Clerk at the address below. The application should explain the applicant’s reasons for wishing to become a Town Councillor and what attributes the applicant would bring to the Council.

Please contact enquiries@helston-tc.gov.uk for more information and an application. 

Newsletter

Please view the June 2024 edition of our Town Council newsletter here

Community Environmental Grant 

We're excited to announce the launch of its first-ever Community Environmental Grant. This new initiative aims to support non-profit organisations and societies within the Helston boundary, encouraging projects that align with the Town Council’s Environmental Action Plan.

The grant, with a total budget of £10,000, seeks applications that focus on reducing carbon emissions, enhancing biodiversity, building community resilience, raising environmental awareness, or providing other environmental benefits to the community. Unlike the general grant funding, which covers a broader range of activities, this specific grant emphasises sustainability and environmental impact.

Eligible groups can apply for the grant by obtaining application forms through email or by calling the council office (01326 572063 or enquiries@helston-tc.gov.uk). The deadline for submissions is noon on Monday, June 10th, 2023. This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups to contribute to Helston's environmental goals and make a significant impact.

For more information and to apply, please refer to the PDF here of the grant form or contact the office directly for a word document version. 

Don't miss out on this chance to make a difference in our community's environmental future!


Environmental Action Plan 

In December 2023 Full Council unanimously voted to adopt the Environmental Action Plan  Environmental Action Plan

Useful Telephone Numbers

Cornwall Council 0300 1234 100

Refuse and Recycling 0300 1234 141

Highways 0300 1234 222

Police Non-Emergency 101

Reimagining the Guildhall

If you were not able to attend the consultation event held on Monday 27th November you can still view the proposals and complete the feedback form by following this link The Guildhall, Helston - Consultations - CAD Architects, Cornwall you can view the 3D walkthrough video of the proposed designs can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/889063108

Council Emails

Please be aware that Helston Town Councillors and Officers will use their Council email accounts when dealing with Council matters, never their private accounts. If you receive an email claiming to be from one of Helston Town Council’s Councillors or Officers from an address that does not end ‘@helston-tc.gov.uk’ please do not respond to it and let us know.

Planning & Licensing Applications

The monthly list of planning and licensing applications for consideration and comment can be found under Planning & Licensing Committee meetings.

A message from the Mayor

Dear all, hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, although I am sure it is now fast becoming a distant memory.

At the end of last year in my role as Mayor, I had the honour of attending a number of different Christmas celebrations and concerts, and it was wonderful to see the community engaging in far greater numbers since the end of the pandemic. The sight of happy faces was truly uplifting, as was hearing the sound of joyful voices engaged in singing and the variety of different music genres being provided in our town.

My wife and I joined a number of local volunteers and organisations to help the Helston and District Foodbank with the packing and delivery of their Christmas food hampers. The term ‘Food Hamper’ is really quite deceiving as their hampers are far more than the name suggests – each parcel caters for the number of adults and children receiving it and has regard to any special dietary requirement. A typical hamper would include both fresh and tinned meat, fresh vegetables, tinned fish, vegetables, fruit and soups, biscuits, sweets, crisps, a Christmas pudding and custard. In addition, through the support of our local churches, every child received a gift-wrapped present appropriate to their age. The Foodbank delivered 125 hampers to feed over five hundred people during the Christmas period, all of whom, without this provision, would not have been able to afford a Christmas dinner.

In January I returned to meet with workers at the Mustard Seed and had the pleasuring in presenting to them a cheque, totalling over £1,300.00, from the Mayor’s charity – this amazing total has been collected from donations and fundraising activities that have taken place since May 2023

New Year, New Ventures

The Town Council is wholly committed to protecting and enhancing the town centre and as we enter and celebrate the New Year, may I take this opportunity to welcome the ‘new’ businesses that have opened since the latter end of 2023, to name but a few, the Helston Book Store, Kernow Fish Limited, and the Pica Rico Deli – thank you for investing in our town and for those yet to pop in to say hello, please do visit and show your support.

Traffic Speeds

As many of you will be aware, one of the speed monitoring cameras has been positioned on the Redruth Road at the request of local residents. Monitoring of speed was conducted between 28th November and 12th December. The maximum legal speed is 30mph and during the day it was pleasing to note that the average speed recorded was below this (30mph). However, there were some worrying speeds recorded in excess of 50mph. Please, if you are a driver, be mindful of your driving speed and stay within the speed regulations.

Celebrating 27 Years of the Emergency Service Co-Responder Provision

Helston Fire Station recognised and celebrated 27 years of Co-Responder provision (from our local Fire Stations in Helston, Mullion and St Keverne) this January. 11 of the present highly qualified and dedicated firefighters were able to attend the celebrations; together they have over 172 years of service with Cornwall Fire & Rescue and are, invariably, the first on the scene to provide medical care in situations from road traffic collisions through to farm accidents across the Helston and Lizard area – all need to be able to get to their station within four minutes of a call. It was humbling to talk with the team, collectively they make very little of what is such an important service provision to our area and our sincere thanks are extended from us all to this small and highly dedicated team.

We have an exciting year ahead of us…

Join me for Helston’s St Piran’s Day celebrations on Saturday 2nd March, commencing with Helston Bakes in the Guildhall (who will be crowned Helston’s champion Pasty maker, or Hevva Cake baker?), followed by the Lantern Parade in the early evening at the Coronation Park. Our thanks go to the City of Lights for organising the parade on the Town Council’s behalf and for facilitating both school and community workshops to design and create the lanterns.

The planning for this year’s Flora Day celebrations is also underway and I look forward to seeing the town decorated in its glory. To this end, may I extend my thanks to you all for your support of our town as we look forward to spring coming soon.

 Hellys Bys Vyken

                                                     Councillor Miles Kenchington

Helston Town Mayor

 Helston Town COuncil Mayor 2023-24 

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Get in touch If you have any queries regarding the Town Council. You can contact the Town Clerk at:

townclerk@helston-tc.gov.uk
If you wish to report any issues for which the Town Council is responsible including:

 - Benches

- Bus Shelters

- Play Areas & Open Spaces

- Public Realm 

- CCTV

- Public Toilets 

 Please contact us at:

Helston Town Council
The Guildhall
Helston
TR13 8ST

01326 572063

enquiries@helston-tc.gov.uk

If you wish to contact a Councillor direct please visit our Council Members page for details.  

Freedom of Information Requests need to be made to the Town Clerk by post at:
 
Helston Town Council
The Guildhall
Helston
Cornwall
TR13 8ST
 
or by email to:
townclerk@helston-tc.gov.uk

You can also use the Contact Us page of this website to send us a message.

Upcoming Meetings

Full Council - Konsel Dien

20 Jun 24 - 19:00

Agenda

Planning Committee - Kessedhek Towlennans

4 Jul 24 - 18:15

Full Council - Konsel Dien

18 Jul 24 - 19:00

Finance & General Purposes Committee

25 Jul 24 - 19:00

Planning Committee - Kessedhek Towlennans

1 Aug 24 - 18:15

Planning Committee - Kessedhek Towlennans

5 Sep 24 - 18:15

Staffing Committee

9 Sep 24 - 19:00

Full Council - Konsel Dien

19 Sep 24 - 19:00