Helston Gateway

Helston Gateway

Lead Organisation: South Kerrier Alliance Community Interest Company

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business

Fund: Town, Rural And Coastal High Street Development And Skills Programme

SPF awarded: £2,131,806

Location: Helston

South Kerrier Alliance CIC (SKA) has been successful in raising £2.6m to acquire the building and refurbish the exterior and upper floor. Work will begin immediately with a target completion date of March 2025.

Cornwall Council is providing £2,131,806 from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme, which it manages and is funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and a further £500,000 from the Council’s Town Centre Revitalisation Fund.

The project also ensures that the lower floor will be developed for future community use. SKA, who built and operate The Old Cattle Market building and manage Coronation Park, is leading the project.

Proposals build on initial work done by Helston CIC and the plans developed through the Helston Place Shaping Board in 2022. Negotiations to confirm the services and tenants which will be based in the building are underway and will be confirmed in due course once agreements are in place, but now having secured capital funding, the building has been acquired and work can commence.

The supermarket was built in 1985 and operated initially under the Gateway brand before spells as a Somerfield, Coop and latterly Budgens retail outlet. Closed in 2017 it has proven difficult to find a viable use for the space and its worsening dilapidation has attracted increasing anger amongst Helston’s residents.

SKA is currently working with several other community groups to raise further funding to refurbish the lower floor of the building to provide facilities for young people and families. This work will be the subject of an upcoming public consultation once the refurbishment of the upper floor is underway.

SKA will be responsible for the construction works and ongoing management of the building once complete. A registered Community Interest Company established in 2008, SKA is a Not-For-Profit organisation which will ensure that any surplus from running the building will be invested back into its operation.

 

 

£2.6m secured from Cornwall Council to transform former supermarket for community use

 

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