The future of one of Helston’s most prized assets has been secured with a deal between a local community group and Cornwall Council.
In a ground-breaking agreement, South Kerrier Alliance Community Interest Community (SKA) will take a 99-year lease on Coronation Park with a £300,000 investment fund for the park now secured.
The social enterprise plans to manage the park as a non-profit community project with income from the car park, café and cycle hire covering day-to-day overheads. SKA has a strong record of accomplishment for managing projects which benefit the wider community.
After conceiving, funding and constructing The Old Cattle Market building in Helston, the organisation now operates the premises, which provides business and community space as well as advice and administration support to several local charities and community groups. They also operate the monthly Helston Farmers’ Market and regular Hellys Craft Fairs, plus organise events and activities in the area.
The investment will be spent on improving the boating lake, play park and paths, along with general repairs and a significant contribution towards a new skate park. Additional funds will need to be secured to replace the park’s skate equipment, yet the team is confident that with help from the community a new skate park could be up and running before the end of 2018.
It is clear there is a sharp contrast between how well the group invests in projects which benefit the local community and the work of our town council.
More than £800,000 gifted to the town by local supermarkets was swallowed up on various initiatives that appear to have done little to change the fortunes of residents or local traders. Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallace accurately summed up my own thoughts on Coronation Park and the Old Cattle Market when he said: “Coronation Park is not only important to the people of Helston, but also the wider community who have long enjoyed it. It’s a beautiful space recognised as a real haven for families. The park is the perfect place to relax, walk, row a boat, skateboard or simply eat ice-cream.”
If you would like to find out more about the plans for the park, SKA plan to hold a public meeting on Thursday May 24 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at the Old Cattle Market.