April 2014 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 14th April, 2014.

Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
Miss V. Aldridge
Mrs. V. Chown
Mrs J Constable
G. Garbett
Mrs. J. Gardiner
C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Redruth Neighbourhood Police Team

Also present: Cornwall Councillor  M.A. Kaczmarek;

Public Clinic

There were no members of the public in attendance to raise matters.

There was no Public Clinic at this meeting. All matters to receive debate had been raised at the Annual Open Parish Meeting held immediately prior to this meeting and would be dealt with later on the agenda.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted brief reports covering the two periods – 18th February to 18th March and 19th March to 14th April. Figures were 14 calls for police assistance and 4 crimes for the former and 7 calls and 4 crimes for the latter. This compared to 17 calls and 8 crimes for the former last year and 8 calls with 4 crimes last year for the latter. Crimes had been Non Crime Domestic 2; Assault 2; Cause of Fear of Violence 1; Communications Act 1; Non Crime Child Protection 1 and Complaint re. Dogs 1 over the whole period. Councillors expressed confusion over some of the terminology used in police reports and would welcome either police attendance at a future meeting to explain the meaning behind categories or written guidance from the police – the Clerk to follow-up.

 

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

Declarations of interest

Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters concerning I.C.E.

Minutes of last meetings

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 17th February were a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman. Additional copies were made available for display at Carharrack Stars, Carharrack Club and the Mills Hall.

Matters arising

Councillor Garbett reported that the problem he had reported at the last meeting regarding unwanted household items being left outside a neighbouring property had been successfully resolved

Discussion/Resolutions on matters raised at the annual open parish meeting

Footpath 29 in neighbouring Gwennap parish – Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek indicated that he had on more than one previous occasion brought the matter of flooding on this path to the attention of Cornwall Council but would do so again.

Fir trees near Tremayne Road – the Clerk to follow-up

Planning

Applications:

 

474 Mr. J. Hopper, Carharrack Stars, Fore Street – Erection of three bedroom dwelling

Councillors continue to have concerns over this application which replaces ones for, originally, 3 dwellings then 2 dwellings and now one large dwelling. The fact that it is proposed for the car park of the existing public house and will fill the whole site means that there would then be a pub with no car park – hardly a viable situation. No pub car park also means that local streets will have additional casual parking with associated problems. Lorry deliveries to the pub are currently via the cark park – an alternative, on-road arrangement will have to be created, again with associated problems; Site access from the narrow Squire lane is not good. A bus stop and shelter, large waste bin and BT fibre optic modular cabinet are all situated immediately outside the car park – how will they be affected by this application? Would a new dwelling in an ex-public house car park be an attractive proposition to a purchaser? With these concerns, Councillors find it difficult to support this application.

Decisions:

472 Mr. S. Cooper, Myloria, Carnmarth Cove – Erection of double garage and hobby room

APPLICATION INVALID

(C.C. checks had revealed that the land on which it was proposed to build the garaging and hobby room is not

registered as garden area for Myloria and so an application for Change of Use is appropriate.)

473 Mr. W. Allen, Mulsanne, Trevarth Road – Erection of three dwellings and garage/workshop, including two

affordable dwellings with associated car parking and new access road

REFUSED

(Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek had attended the Planning Committee meeting that had considered this

application at the request of this Council and had supported it but had not been able to reverse the Senior

Development Officer’s resolution to refuse it)

Others:

Mrs. S. Chynoweth – Certificate of Lawfulness for the existing use of land for the stationing of a caravan for the purpose of independent residential accommodation at Sparry Lane. The Clerk had established that this matter is still under consideration by Enforcement Section.

 

Environmental issues

Footpaths

The Clerk reported that this season’s Local Maintenance Partnership offer was £607.00 from Cornwall Council – a slight increase on last season’s figure of £592.00, reflecting the addition of short Footpaths 18 and 19.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported on the meeting he had attended on 26th March, covering fishing licences being needed for the lake but not enforceable; four wheel drive vehicles to be photographed for evidence of offences; Miracle Theatre to present ‘Tempest’ this season in the theatre, a 4 berth caravan to be purchased to store equipment; a Litter Pick had been held last Sunday and Japanese Knotweed still being a problem.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Martin requested a fresh meeting with Viv Bidgood of Cormac Solutions to debate drainage problems at Sparry Lane since matters have not improved since Mr. Bidgood had, in January, stated in an e-mail to the Clerk that “We’ll get the drainage issues investigated in the first instance.” Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek indicated that he would set up a new meeting following an e-mailed request from the Clerk.

Cllr. Mrs. Chown reported vehicles causing an obstruction at the junction of Fore Street and Sparry Lane. The Clerk undertook to notify PCSO Ferris.

Cllr. Garbett reported that stones from the retaining wall for the car parking area for the housing forming Martha Villas have fallen into or close to the road at Hillside Road . The Clerk undertook to follow-up.

Litter Picking

The Chairman sought a volunteer to arrange a Litter Pick this year, assisted by the Clerk. Cllr. Garbett stepped forward and agreed to liaise with the Clerk in setting this up. A Saturday morning in May was thought appropriate.

Recreation Ground

Cllr. Mrs. Chown expressed a strong desire that toilet facilities should be available at the Recreation Ground to cater for the many children, both from the village and visiting, who enjoy themselves in the playing field. The Chairman explained efforts by I.C.E. to have such provision made available by Cornwall Council but such approaches have been rejected. Councillors were supportive of Cllr. Mrs. Chown’s point of view but with Cornwall Council’s current policy of a deep cutback on expenditure on public toilets in the county, it was considered that there would be no chance of a favourable response to an approach from this Council. A suggestion that the toilets in the Mills Hall might be made available was defeated by the need for children to cross the busy Fore Street in order to do so. Councillors undertook to consider the matter further for a further debate at the May meeting.

Cllr Martin reported fallen masonry and partial wall collapse at points in the playing field. The Chairman indicated that she would follow-up, confirming that she is also continuing to work on swing provision for disabled children.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Spring, 2014, edition had been printed and distributed by Councillors.

Cllr. Garbett reported that he was aware of one person who had offered transport following his article on Car Sharing that had appeared in this issue.

 

Carharrack Web Site

The Chairman circulated a Website Report for the period April, 2013 to March, 2014, provided by WillcoWeb Design, together with recommendations for changes that may be made in the year ahead. Councillors to consider and debate at the next meeting.

The Shute

The Clerk reported that he is seeking quotations for the provision of a brass plaque recording the gift of The Shute to this Council by the Kinsman family.

United mines landfill site

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported a strong smell on occasions at her home at Tresithney Road which she thought might be coming from the landfill site.  Cllr. Martin was of the opinion that this was not the case since the site has been capped, thus preventing such a situation.  It was thought that someone having a bonfire locally might be the cause of the smell.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.

Allotments

Vehicles had been driven through the new gateway when the land was saturated with rainfall and causing a deep rut despite the Clerk having fixed a notice to the gate requesting that this should not happen.  It was agreed that the Clerk investigates the neatest way of repairing the damaged surface.

A bill had been received from South West Water for £355.92 for water supply during the quarter January to April, a period when very little water would have been used, especially when taking into account the extremely wet winter  experienced this winter.  The Clerk had checked meter readings and these appeared to be correct.  It was RESOLVED to write to South West Water seeking their comments on the situation.

Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Miss Aldridge wondered if there could be more colour in the field. The feeling was that if it could be natural, wild, colours, this would be acceptable. Cllr. Mrs. Constable to gain the observations of Pete Mycock who is overseeing the management of this field.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported on a meeting he had attended a little while age. Main issues covered were local bus services and cuts in the library service. Notes from the meeting to go in the Circulation Folder at the end of this meeting.
  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk had again contacted Cornwall Council regarding a structural report but the officer involved had failed to respond in time for this meeting.
  5. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters. RESOLVED not to replace the damaged pane of glass in the Mills Hall shelter at this point in time since it is still firm to touch and not posing a danger to users of the shelter.
  7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.

Correspondence

1. Ocean Services – Official Opening of Poldory View and Poldory Meadows on 14th March Cllr. Martin had attended

2. Came & Co – Spring Parish Insurance Matters For circulation

3. CC – European Parliamentary Elections, notices for display.

4. Peninsula Community Health – Annual Review For circulation

5. Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

6. St. John’s Ambulance – Defibrillator availability, with training For circulation

7. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of February meeting For circulation

8. St. Day PC – Draft minutes of March meeting For circulation

Finance

A cheque was signed for::

£260.00 P. Stevenson Work at Allotments

Next meeting

This had been scheduled for Monday 19th May

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.