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Plans to repair popular Helston route short by £3,000

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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PLANS to resurface a lane leading into the centre of Helston from the town's main car park have hit a snag.

Nobody knows who owns the land and although some money has been pledged by adjacent landowners, it is less than a tenth of the £3,500 needed.

The alley runs alongside the Peacocks shop in Coinagehall Street and is a popular thoroughfare to the main car park.

It has, however, become worn away and is in need of repair.

Helston Town Council's regeneration officer, Martin Searle, has been trying to find out who owns the land.

Reporting to the town council, he said: "The freehold owner of this section of the lane has not been identified.

"Although the council is not legally responsible for the lane, it would be of considerable benefit to the local community and to visitors for this well-used pedestrian route to be put in order."

He said he had identified six landowners who had a right of way over the lane and had asked them to provide money for the work.

The amount of money pledged by the landowners was £300 so far, he said, but the resurfacing was expected to cost in the region of £3,500.

He asked the council to consider in principle if it would agree to meet the shortfall from council coffers.

He said: "In the circumstances, the council may wish to consider taking the lead in addressing this issue by commissioning the resurfacing works and making a financial contribution if necessary to meet the shortfall."

The town council agreed, and asked Mr Searle to continue his efforts to get the resurfacing completed.

Councillors said they also felt the alleyway needed some lights at night-time.

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