Campaigns call for Helston Railway to move to industrial site
RESIDENTS objecting to Helston Railway's development plans have called for the station to be relocated to the town's industrial estate.
Many Sithney parish residents spoke out against the scheme, for a new station platform and access road at Prospidnick, during a public meeting chaired by Cornwall councillor John Keeling.
More than 100 people arrived at Nancegollan Village Hall to put their views on the scheme to the chairman of the Helston Railway, Richard Barnes, and Cornwall Council planning officer Ellis Crompton-Brown.
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Campaigner Adrian Curtis, whose garden backs on to the track, said residents feared the new facilities would lead to more traffic and disrupt their privacy and views of the countryside.
After the meeting he said: "Nobody was bothered when it was tucked away on the Trevarno estate. They could go down to Truthall Halt which is more isolated, or even relocate to the Water-Ma-Trout industrial estate.
"It would draw people to the town and isn't in a residential area."
Mr Barnes said it had been a very constructive meeting and that there were a few things the railway would be taking on board.
He said a station at Water-ma-Trout could be practical, adding: "We're talking about now and the next five years, but it is something we could look at in the future."
In response to local concerns the scheme has already been scaled down, with the removal of an amenity field and picnic area.
Mr Barnes said: "The picnic area was right next to neighbours.
"People misunderstood the amenity field which was for people to relax and play in, not for rock concerts."
Mr Keeling, who organised the meeting, said it had been an opportunity for "jaws, not wars".
He added: "I think there is an issue of neighbourliness. I will be looking very closely at the development, whether it is the use of screens or controlling the times of the railway's activities.
"The access road seems to be causing most problems. However, there's still a long way to go before the planners make their recommendations on the plans."