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How to spend Helston's £250,000 cash - the decision is yours
7:20am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Cornwall
Anyone with ideas of how to spend £250,000 worth of town centre improvement money can now share their thoughts with the rest of Helston.
Martin Searle, the new town centre regeneration officer, is launching a public consultation at the end of this month to find out what people would like to see happen in the town.
The money – part of a larger grant given by Tesco and Sainsbury’s when they built new stores in Helston – comes with set criteria that states it must be spent on physical improvement projects in public areas of the town centre.
Writing in a letter to businesses in the town, which will be sent out later this week, Mr Searle said: “The councillors are determined to use these funds (currently £250,000 approximately) in a way that achieves maximum benefit for Helston, and to ensure that any projects developed reflect the local distinctiveness of Helston and enjoy the widest possible support.
“The public launch of the consultation will be held in the Wesley Hall at Helston Methodist Church from 7pm on Wednesday, October 30.
The evening is likely to include a presentation from Mr Searle before those attending are divided into groups to talk about priorities, issues and opportunities for the town. They will then come together at the end to share the ideas and views of each group.
The launch will also give people the chance to show an interest in joining a consultation group, which will support the project by giving local knowledge, influencing briefs for improvement schemes, helping to pass on ideas and to and from the wider community and assisting with the staging of later consultation events.
Mr Searle told the Packet: “It’s more than just about town centre improvements. We’re talking about how the town can adapt to rapidly changing times.
“As part of the consultation what I’ll be hoping to do is get people looking at the bigger picture as well and thinking about perhaps a vision for Helston in the future.”
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