Town Vitality work is progressing on Helston’s Market Place and Drill Hall Yard

One of the Town Vitality Fund project teams is working on plans for the refurbishment of Helston’s Market Place. This ‘Cultural Quarter’ behind the Guildhall and including the Drill Hall Yard adjacent to the Museum, are at the heart of the original settlement of Helston, surrounded by history. It is an attractive and enclosed space between several of the most culturally strong buildings in the town but in a state of disrepair with poor walking surfaces and most parts allocated to car parking and access.

The refurbished space will be able to host a broad range of activities, markets, events and performances as well as being a sheltered outdoor place for everyone to simply meet and enjoy. If possible, plans will include a pedestrian link from the Drill Hall Yard alongside the Museum, with new steps to CAST and Wendron Street car park, which will reopen one of Helston’s historic ‘opes’.

A heritage architect and surveyor have been appointed to develop detailed plans for discussion with local businesses and residents. The plans will be available publicly for comment in the New Year. This phase of the project will provide costings and designs which the team can then submit for capital funding.

Whilst developing the designs, the team is keen to gather public input to help define proposals.

If you would like to make a comment or add an idea, this can be done via the Project Collaboration Website. Alternatively send a message via the Discover Helston Feedback Form on this website. The team are also happy to present the proposals for discussion with any interested groups or organisations – please send a message using the feedback form to make arrangements.

Following this stage of the work, the team are aiming to finalise plans by June 2022 following which they will bid for capital funding to implement the proposals.



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