Planning application for 75 affordable homes at Bulwark Rd

Coastline housing has now submitted its planning application for 75 homes, with off-street parking for land next to Bulwark Road  and Nansloe in Helston. All the homes will be affordable housing.

Out of the 75 affordable housing, the types of housing will be:

  • 14 x one-bed units – which 12 will be for affordable rent and two for shared ownership;
  • 30 x two-bed units (29 houses and one bungalow) -16 of the houses will be affordable rent and 13 shared ownership. The bungalow will be affordable rent;
  • 25 x three-bed houses – 12 will be affordable rent and 13 shared ownership;
  • 6 x four-bed – 4 x affordable rent and 2 x shared ownership.

Using the Council’s information from Homechoice, there are 563 households are know to be in need which is split between 261 with a one-bed need, 185 with a two-bed needs, 90 with a three-bed need and one with a six-bed need.

The site layout is:


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Putting aside the need for affordable homes in Helston, key to this application is the highway access to and from the proposed site, especially as the the entrance is close to Nansloe School. The applicants have submitted a detailed travel plan in reference to the site. This can be accessed HERE. As the local member, the access is the most critical part of this application.

As the planning application is now live, it is important people give their views. It is important the views come from both for and against the plan. You can make representation either by filling your comments online, by letter or email to the planning dept. at Cornwall Council. You can also email me with your comments and/or questions to

The planning application number for this plan is PA16/07813. You will need to use this when submitting your comments.

For the detailed planning application details, please click HERE. Make yourself a drink and sit down and read the documentation as there is quite a bit to digest.

This application will go through the democratic process with Helston Town Council discussing this first, where the public also have chance to give comment. It will also be discussed at Cornwall Council and their planning committee before any decision is made. Cornwall Council has to give a decision on this application by the end of November. Unless there are valid reasons for an extension.



Amazing turnout for the Porthleven Torchlight Procession (2016)

The weather ‘gods’ were extremely kind to the organisers of Porthleven Torchlight Procession by providing perfect conditions. If you did not know, this event is organised by the Porthleven Community Group.

With the weather being so good, we hoped for a good turnout. However, the sheer numbers of people, both residents and visitors, who did turnout was truly amazing. A count of sold torches, which is approaching the 400 mark, the group estimates at least 1200 people attending (we use 3 to 1 ratio of people to sold torches – from experience of selling the torches). Even use our ratio, the following picture really sums up how many people took part. For me helping run this event, I have never seen this many people take part.


The procession coming past the Bickford-Smith Institute.

The event really could not happen without the volunteers of the Porthleven Community Group, residents who help as marshal’s, the Town Warden and Cober Valley Rotary. Thanks should also go to Porthleven Town Band and the Mayor of Porthleven, Cllr Barbara Powell who led the procession around Porthleven.

The Mayor of Porthleven at the ready with her torch

The Mayor of Porthleven at the ready with her torch


Institute Hill


Porthleven Town Council responds to Trevor Osborne over the Bickford-Smith Institute

Porthleven Town Council has in a robust and fit and proper way responded to an open letter from Trevor Osborne, owner of the Harbour and Dock Company in Porthleven. The two letters are over the formation of a ‘Friends of the Bickford-Smith Institute’ organisation, and the name for collecting any funds for the preservation and use future of the building.


The original letter from Mr. Osborne

The response from the Mayor on behalf of Porthleven Town Council

The response from the Mayor on behalf of Porthleven Town Council

Posted on the official Friends of the Bickford-Smith Institute Facebook page, the working group which is made up of town councillors and residents has issued a briefing documentation to bring people up to speed on what has happen so far. The group have always been clear that the process of looking in to its future use will not be done quickly, as it is very important that the people of Porthleven are consulted, and are happy with its future use. The future use has also have to financially sound, especially over any grant funding that will hopefully be awarded.

imageimageimageThe working group has spent a lot of time gathering information and are still working on various ideas. No idea has been ruled in, or out. The pictures below will give some idea of a possible future use of the building.

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So there you have it, the story so far. The progress of the working group will also be discussed at the September meeting of the town council which will take place on the 8th at 7pm.

Porthleven Skate Park has planning permission with the build is set to start in Sept

Porthleven’s new skate park is going to happen. As this afternoon, the final hurdles over issues like drainage and flooding has been resolved and therefore,  I can confirmed that Cornwall Council will approve the plans for the new Skate Park in Porthleven.

Even more exciting the is the build work is scheduled to start on either September the 12th or 19th. It will take approximately 10 weeks to finish.

Massive thanks and credit goes to all who have been involved in the project to raise £125k; the hard-working skate park committee (Mark, Zoe, Naomi and Dai), the various individual and business funders, two of which are the Town Council (£20k) and Sports England (£75k). It has been a real community effort to realise the dream of a new skate park in Porthleven. Well done indeed, it has been a real pleasure to work on this project.

Thanks should go to Chris Strike of DA Design who acted as the planning agent for free, Cornwall Council planners, and the team over at Maverick who at every stage where quick to respond to any questions from either the EA or Cornwall Council.

And wow, what a skate park it will be!

The design of the new skate park

The design of the new skate park

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Porthleven ‘Village’ Show was a massive success.

The Porthleven ‘Village’ Show after a 20 odd year sabbatical was held at the Public Hall on Sunday. There was an amazing 359 entries from 78 people over many categories. A truly brilliant turnout.

The credit for this success must go to the small committee who got together and organised the event. Our thanks to should go to:

  • Jill Blunn (Chairperson)
  • Sue Davis (Sec//Treasurer)
  • Lee Eggle (Show Sec)
  • Marie Magor, Peter Collins and Diane Churchman (members)
  • It was good the community supported this event, with near 200 people turning up and seeing everything on display.

Of course others helped too; thanks should go to the WI and Public Hall Committee who waived their normal hire charge. The various category judges and all who helped set up the event. Lastly, the competitors themselves. I was very happy to give £300 from my community fund too, and was very privileged to be asked as Deputy Mayor to give our the prizes.

Below are just some of the entries.

It would not have been an event without members of Porthleven WI on hand with cups of tea and cake.

Maureen from the WI on hand with the tea



Just some of the prizes up for grabs

And finally, I was very please with the award of a second place for my four-strand plaited loaf.



Met Office issues Yellow Weather Warning for high winds for the weekend (Aug 19/20/21)

Yes, I know it is meant to be summer, but the Met Office forecasts strong winds and heavy rain due to affect Cornwall over the coming days, Cornwall Council is warning residents and visitors to be prepared and take precautions where necessary after the recent dry spell.

The latest information from the MET Office and the Environment Agency is for rain on Friday, winds gusting up to 55 to affect Cornwall on Saturday with further strong winds and heavy rain expected on Sunday. This could lead to some fallen trees.

As it is the holiday period, many people are camping and therefore damage to temporary structures such as tents, marquees and caravans are at a particular risk 

As a result the Met office has issued a Yellow Weather warning for high winds and the public are advised to look out for any changes to Environment Agency Flood Warnings over the coming weekend.

Officers from Cornwall Council’s  Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services and CORMAC teams will be monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems.

Agencies are asking people living in areas which are prone to flooding to make sure they take the necessary precautions. They are also advising people to take care when driving, particularly those driving high sided vehicles or towing caravans as the roads will inevitably be busy.

The advice is to put away any garden furniture and ensure that tents, bouncy castles, gazebos or marquees are secure. People organising community events over the weekend are advised to undertake their own risk assessment.

Members of the public are also being asked to take care when walking along the coast path or along piers and promenades, and by cliff edges during the strong winds, with surfers and small boat owners advised to check advice from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on whether to go into the water.

Be safe out there people…


The Furry Youth Café, Helston set to reopen in September

The good news is Furry Youth Café which is located above Warren’s Bakery in Helston is set to reopen on the 6th of September. This venue will at first open on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 7pm to 9pm each week.

Anyone between the ages of 11-18 can attend, no matter if you live in Helston, Porthleven, the Lizard area, or the wider villages. The catchment area is really for those who attend either Helston College, or Mullion School.

The café is free to attend, and there will be a series of structured activities taking place, plus plenty of time to just relax.

As one of the directors of the Furry Youth Café, I am really pleased we are able to reopen after what seemed like ages of being closed. We are also excited to be working with PCDT to deliver the youth service in side the café. Penwith Community Development Trust is a  Cornish charity with the aim of reducing poverty, social isolation and support healthy living.

However, before the reopening, there will be a fun day at Helston AFC on Wednesday 24th August between 1pm and 4pm. This fun day enables those attending to meet the team, and see what the Youth Café have to offer. This fun day is not just for young people, but parents and carers are very much welcomed too. That way those parents and carers will see what is on offer at the café.

The launch poster

The launch poster

For anyone reading from Porthleven, and wondering what is happening in Porthleven, I am putting a proposal to Porthleven TC in Sept.

Furthermore, I know for some transport is an issue for those in Porthleven and I am again working on something that could enable young people from Porthleven get to and from the café for free.