Objectors call for Helston Railway to move to industrial estate
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 chairman of the Helston Railway, Richard Barnes and Cornwall Council’s planning officer, Ellis Crompton-Brown.
Campaigner, Adrian Curtis, whose garden backs onto the railway tracks, said residents are fearful the new facilities would lead to more traffic and disrupt their privacy and view of the countryside.
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Speaking 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 is not in a residential area.”
Mr Barnes said it had been a “very constructive” meeting and that there were a few things it would be taking on board.
He said the station could run out of Water-ma-Trout, adding: “We are talking about now and the next five years, but it is something that 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 organised the meeting saying it was 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 is still a long way to go before the planners make their recommendations on the plans.”