With the award of the £100,000 Town Vitality Fund Helston has ambitious plans to:

  • Refurbish the Market Place and Drill Hall Yard creating an outdoors space for events, markets and community activities
  • Promote the use empty high street properties for homes, community and workshop space
  • Improve transport connectivity, especially for cycling, walking and public transport in and around the town
  • Refurbish the main streets, restoring the paths and kennels and making the town centre less traffic dominant

All of these projects are part of the Helston Place Shaping Plan and will be developed with input from public consultations. This section of our website allows you to access information and comment upon proposals as they are developed.

Click on the sections below to explore further – the central box gives you the opportunity to access the Project’s Consultation Website, see project information and comment on the proposals. Or scroll down for more information.

On-line Collaboration System

St Michaels Tower Helston


The Projects Website is managed by GoCollaborate, a Falmouth University based business managing on-line consultation processes for a number of Cornish towns.

GoCollaborate will independently compile all on-line comments and feedback for Helston’s Place Shaping projects and upload results to the Project Website.

For further information about GoCollaborate, click on the link below.

Access the Project Website

Helston Guildhall Clock


Click on the link below to go to the Projects Website.

After a couple of registration questions (you need do this only once) the site will give you access to the latest information for the Helston Place Shaping Projects and allow you to comment, answer questions and give your views on the proposals.

This is your chance to explore project details and have your say and help form project plans

You will be able to see all previous comments but do have the opportunity to make private comments if you wish.

Note that there will also be public meetings and workshops you can attend to discuss each of these projects – look out for dates on Helston Facebook pages and in local newspapers.

Place Shaping Plan Information

Coronation Park, Helston Summer


By scrolling further down this page you can find out more about Helston’s Place Shaping Plan, how it has been developed, the key projects and are how they are managed.

Below you’ll find links to information on each project and to recent publicity about the Helston’s Place Shaping Plan. Also documents which set out Helston’s Place Shaping Strategy, Terms of Reference and minutes of the Board’s meetings.

For more information contact the Board via the Discover Helston feedback form:- https://discoverhelston.co.uk/feedback/

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What is ‘Place Shaping’ and ‘Town Vitality Funding’?

Coinagehall Street Helston


‘Place Shaping’ is promoted by Cornwall Council as the process by which funds will be allocated and projects prioritised for the recovery and re-development of town centres in Cornwall. It’s a nationally recognised term with similar groups and activities underway in many towns across the country. Potential Government and Council funding will be targeted and managed via ‘Place Shaping Boards’ in each town, charged with defining and overseeing the implementation of a ‘Place Shaping Plan’.

Town Vitality Funding is money from Cornwall Council to take forward specific development work and advance proposals that will improve the economic, social and environmental revitalisation of town centres.

Stephen Rushworth, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy: ‘We want to help communities across Cornwall to develop their ambitions for their high streets and improve the future for their residents. The Town Vitality Fund is about supporting our towns to take the next steps – for example research, planning or consultation activities – necessary to make these plans a reality and put them in the best position for future investment opportunities’.

In November 2020 Helston CIC, working with Helston Town Council, was successful in bidding for Town Vitality Funding support for Helston. Advertisements were issued for residents, community group members and business representatives to become part of a Place Shaping Board, a new team tasked with managing the Place Shaping Plan and the application of the £100,000 fund. A number of people came forward and the Board now meets regularly, overseeing implementation of the plans.

All voting members are volunteers and live locally to Helston.

  • David Turnbull – Chair   (South Kerrier Alliance CIC, Helston CIC)
  • Jenny Morris – Vice-Chair   (Helston CIC)
  • Anthony Gilbert   (Business Representative)
  • Malcolm Oliver   (Business Representative)
  • Katharine Lewis   (Helston Climate Action Group)
  • Jude Carroll   (Helston CIC)
  • Teresa Gleadowe   (CAST)
  • John Warwick   (Resident Representative)
  • Dave Potter   (Resident Representative)
  • John Martin   (Helston Town Council Representative)
  • Mike Thomas   (Cornwall Councillor, Helston North)
  • Guy Foreman   (Cornwall Councillor, Helston South & Meneage)
  • Martin Searle   (Helston Town Council Projects Officer – non-voting)
  • Maxine Hardy   (Cornwall Council Community Link Officer – non-voting)
  • Jessie Hamshar   (Director of Strategy & Engagement, Cornwall Council – non-voting)

More information, including minutes of meetings and supporting documents can be accessed via the buttons below.

Anyone interested in helping or becoming a member of a project team can contact the group via the Discover Helston feedback form https://discoverhelston.co.uk/feedback/


Wheelbarrow Lane Helston


Click on the links to access the minutes of Place Shaping Board Meetings, Terms of Reference and other supporting documents.

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