What can be done to save our unloved town?

In a continuing theme, Helston has once again missed out on being included in a county-wide initiative designed to help the community and improve the standard of living in towns.

The Safer Towns initiative already covers St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance and the scheme is set expand from April to include Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash.

The initiative provides a partnership response to local community safety issues and aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour such as street drinking and drugs. Agencies, town councils and businesses work together to find solutions and make towns safer.

It was reported that £50,000 has been pumped into the scheme to get it off the ground and Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues. I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

Cornwall’s Police Commander Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce added: “The Safer Towns project is an excellent initiative bringing local leaders, Cornwall Council, the police and local businesses together with a common purpose – to make our communities safer.”

On the face of it, the scheme seems a worthwhile venture which begs the question, why isn’t Helston signing up to the programme? The town has its fair share of problems which could be tackled including drinking in the street, anti-social behaviour and drug issues, yet once again we are not invited to the party.

My guess is that organisers of the Safer Towns initiative have heard about our apathetic and indifferent local leaders and decided not to approach them.

The scheme appears to be an excellent opportunity for Helston and the council should be fighting on behalf of its residents for its inclusion. Yet I am left wondering if they are even aware of its existence and whether any action has been taken to get the town involved.

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