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20.09.05
Town Centre To Benefit From The Helston Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Helston Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is off to a new start thanks to a £180,000 boost in additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund (Objective One).

A total fund of around £850,000 is available to assist with the traditional repair and renovation of historic town centre properties. The scheme aims to help maintain and enhance the town's long term viability and vitality through the conversion of underused and derelict properties, opeway improvements and public realm works.

The THI is administered by Kerrier District Council, which along with the Objective One programme, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall County Council and Helston Town Council, jointly invests in the grant scheme.

Cllrs Graeme Hicks and Mark Kaczmarek, Kerrier's portfolio holders for Environment and Regeneration, commented: "We are delighted that this scheme has secured additional funding to assist with the regeneration of the town through to 2009. Helston has many historic streets and buildings which could benefit from tangible repairs and improvements under the scheme. Officers welcome the owners of priority targeted buildings to come forward for help and advice with grant applications."

Andrew Richards, Conservation Officer for Kerrier added: "Property owners in Helston have been very patient over the last few months whilst a reassessment of the scheme was carried out. It's wonderful news that not only has Objective One funding been secured but also that the scheme end date has been extended to 2009."

Catherine Hill, whose property in Penrose Road has undergone improvements under the scheme commented: "When the Funding Initiative was first promoted, over two years ago, I was delighted to find that my property met the criteria and after much liaison with the Conservation and Planning Officers at Kerrier District Council, the Helston Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer and local craftsmen, the character of my cottage has been reinstated. The funding initiative has encompassed: the replacement of wooden sash windows and external doors supplied by Richard Winfrey Joinery, use of used local slate to the small roof and vertical wall at the back of my cottage and replacement of guttering with traditional iron fittings by Andrew Hadwin Roofing Contractors and stunning stained glass panels in the front door commissioned through Porthleven Stained Glass Studio. I am particularly grateful to these businessmen for their patience and compliance with the requirements of the grant funding conditions. The results speak for themselves, I am really pleased."

Since the new funding was finalised this July, grant-aided work has already commenced on two properties in Five Wells Lane. At the rear of 16 Church Street, the conversion of former garages and store rooms to a two bedroom dwelling is underway. The Lane Studio is also benefiting from a comprehensive roof and chimney renewal.

For further information please contact Amanda Basnett of Kerrier District Council on 01209 614530 or email: marketing@kerrier.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Finance Cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Traditional repairs under the first phase of the scheme have already been completed on the roof and windows of 46 Church Street and 11 Penrose Road.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk