I was delighted to welcome a number of personnel from 824 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose to Parliament. We had a fascinating discussion about their work and service to the country. Significant sums are being spent on upgrading and improving aspects of the base at RNAS Culdrose. It’s not before time. I was also glad of the opportunity to ask them what they looked for in Helston as their local town. People will be aware of my efforts to support those working to regenerate the town and it’s right that our Navy friends are involved.
The new school building at Helston Community College is firmly underway and I joined pupils, senior staff (past and present), governors and the contractors to ‘break the ground’. This £17m building project will provide most of the classrooms and teaching spaces for the school in a three-storey teaching block including a dining hall, sports hall, activity studio, science laboratories and a new sports pitch. Many will know the journey that has been taken by teaching staff and pupils in particular and there is a tangible sense of optimism and enthusiasm. This is a welcome investment for Helston and the surrounding area.
Lizard rarely comes up in conversation in London but the village did when I met with the CEO of Post Office Ltd Paula Vennells, and her team to discuss the post office. Despite considerable effort by the Parish Council, local community and myself, there is currently no permanent replacement of the post office service in the village when Len and Linda retire. They have graciously continued in order to keep the post office open but this can not carry on indefinitely. I am arguing that some additional financial support must be available over winter months to make the service attractive to a new Sub-Post Master and Paula agreed to find a way forward. The Government has no post office closure programme so services must be provided by Post Office Ltd in some form. The Government has awarded a further £370m to ensure post office services are maintained and extended.