December 2013 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 16th December, 2013.

Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman) Miss V. Aldridge Mrs. V. Chown G. Garbett Mrs. J. Gardiner C. Martin Clerk: T. Reynolds Apologies received from: Cllr Mrs J Constable, Redruth Neighbourhood Police Team Also present: Cornwall Councillor  M.A. Kaczmarek;    L. Moulson, C. Cottell, R. Dyer, H. Gibson.

Public Clinic

Stop waiting, join the game now with online casino echtgeld bonus ohne einzahlung sofort continuous luck and many victories await you! Hazel Gibson, Researcher from Plymouth University, outlined a series of surveys she intends to undertake involving the parish of Carharrack in Cornwall and two others in Devon, Hemerdon and Chulmleigh.  Being an Earth Science researcher, she aims to explore what people know, understand or assume about the ground beneath us.  She is to set up interviews with volunteers to achieve this and a gift voucher will be given to those who do so.  She sought the help of the Parish Council in publicising her research, noting, with regret, that she had just missed the circulation of the quarterly parish magazine.  She was given the copy date for the Spring edition and assured of assistance from this Council wherever possible. Mr. Moulson reported the successful turning on of the village’s Christmas lights, erected by I.C.E., and the enjoyable Christmas Fair at which some 60 children came to see him, sorry, Father Christmas.  The same few helpers assist at I.C.E. events and he welcomed any support that can be given in future setting up or dismantling to ease the burden on these people. Mr. Cottell said that he was impressed with work carried out by Cormac on Footpath 13 (B3298 at Ting Tang to bottom of Sparry Lane)  but that although the bollard has been replaced, the fingerpost sign still leans against a hedge.  Footpath 29 in neighbouring Gwennap Parish has also received improvements to tackle the flooding that has taken place on a section of this path.  In his capacity as Secretary of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch, he reported that fewer meetings are taking place because the village is enjoying a quieter time.  The next meeting is scheduled for February, 2014. Mr. Dyer reported incidents at the junction  of United Road and Fore Street where vehicles exit United Road at an alarming speed, creating a dangerous situation.  Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek, while regretting this situation, indicated that he has no funding available to carry out local highway alterations. Police Constable Stuart Church, deputising for PCSO Paul Ferris who is on annual leave, had sent a report reflecting 8 calls for police assistance for the period 11th November to 16th December – there had been 16 for the same period last year-  and 6 crimes compared to 7 last year.  The crimes had been Criminal Damage (3), Non Crime Domestic (2) and Common Assault (1).  The report indicated that Devon and Cornwall Police are currently running their Christmas Drink Drive Campaign encouraging people who are going out celebrating to ensure that they have a safe way to get home.   Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:


The Chairman thanked Cllr. Kaczmarek for his help throughout the past year and Councillors joined her in wishing him a Happy Christmas.  He departed at this point, 8.00 p.m.


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 18th November 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

Cornwall Councillor’s Report – RESOLVED to resubmit this Council’s previous objections to the application by European Metal Recycling Limited for Change of Use to Scrap Metal Storage and Processing at Plot 23, United Downs Industrial Park in neighbouring Gwennap Parish at the appropriate time.





469   Mr. and Mrs. Gould, The Pines, Ting Tang – Proposed detached garage and loft store
Councillors reflected that this is the third application to be considered from Mr. and Mrs. Gould at consecutive meetings and that if all three had been presented in one application, objections might well have been raised on the grounds of overdevelopment.  As it is, the applicants have received two approvals and are likely to add a third. It is considered that the proposed garaging building is very large and being sited close to the B3298 will create an unfavourably strong initial impact from the highway.  This may soften, however, with the passage of time.         It is further considered that a condition must be included in any approval given demanding that the building is only used as domestic garaging, workshop and boiler room and not permitted to become a separate unit of accommodation.
470  Mr. S. Tweedie, 19 Albion Row, Fore Street – First floor extension
No objections




466 Mrs. M. Bennetts, Grove Vista, Pennance Road – Outline permission for dwelling No objections from this Council As recorded above under Cornwall Councillor’s Report, an initial indication of refusal has been notified by the Planning Officer. C.C. Kaczmarek supports the application and has asked that it goes before the Planning Committee if refusal is still recommended. He will attend the meeting to make observations. 444 Dr. G. Wood, Chenhale Farm, – Construction of Indoor Riding School The Clerk had received a telephoned enquiry from a parishioner asking why a considerable amount of hardcore is being delivered to Chenhale Farm when the riding school project appears to have been completed. Being unable to answer this question, the Clerk had requested that the matter be registered with Cornwall Council for follow-up by the Enforcement Team. 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. After having had two previous applications refused by Cornwall Council, notification has been received that enforcement action will be held in abeyance to allow for a further certificate application for the caravan to be submitted. The applicant has stated that further evidence of continual residential use of the caravan in access of 10 years can be provided. She has until 17th January, 2014, to submit the third application.

Environmental issues


Footpath 19.  The Clerk had written to Cormac commenting on the poor standard of workmanship on this path which has just been added to the Definitive Map and reporting a house nameplate affixed to the new Public Footpath signpost.  A response had been received that a Countryside Ranger had inspected the path and thought it was satisfactory; in addition, action would be taken to have the name plate removed.  The Clerk wrote again to regret the standard of Cormac work and it was noticed that subsequently, further cutting had been carried out.  RESOLVED that the Clerk informs Cormac that the house name plate still remains fixed to the Public Footpath finger post.

Footpath 9.The Clerk had received copy correspondence between Mr. Tony Lewis, whose bungalow is accessed off this path, and Gavin Henderson of Cormac regarding the provision of highway scalpings to resurface hollow areas in the roadway, a situation that has applied in the past with Mr. Lewis doing the spreading .  Cormac not only supplied the scalpings but applied them to an excellent standard, much to the delight of Mr. Lewis.

Carn Marth Trust

Nothing to record

Highway Matters

As recorded under Cornwall Councillor’s Report above, C.C. Kaczmarek is doing all he can to have the surface of Sparry Lane improved.

C.C. has advised that they have ceased general weed treatment on highways but will continue to treat injurious weeds – ragwort, Japanese knotweed, etc. and weeds where they consider highway safety to be compromised.  Parish Councils are offered the opportunity to deliver weed treatment themselves albeit at their own expense.   

Litter Picking

An annual account had been received from David Hall and it was RESOLVED to settle his invoice.

Recreation Ground

The requested sign banning dogs from the Recreation Ground had been installed by Cornwall Council.  Cllr. Garbett reported that he had inspected the mushrooms reported at the last meeting as growing near the ‘big spider’ feature and found that there was no action required.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman reported that the Winter edition has been distributed throughout the parish by Councillors.  She had purchased a hamper of Christmas fayre and presented it to Roger Benney as thanks for his editorship.  He had been most grateful for the gift.  RESOLVED to refund the Chairman the £30.00 involved.

Carharrack Web Site

Nothing to record

The Shute

Cllr. Martin proposed that the Clerk informs the Land Registry of the change in ownership of the triangle of land at The Shute, even though it had not been registered with them at the time of transfer of ownership to the previous owner, Mr. Kinsman of Bristol.  RESOLVED to do so.

United mines landfill site

Cllr. Martin gave a report on the United Mines Liaison Group meeting he and the Chairman had attended on Tuesday, 3rd December, providing a summary for inclusion in the Circulation Folder.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.


With regard to the fees being paid by plot holders adjacent to Plot 33 being taken over by Steve Payne, the Clerk had established that £25 was being paid for similar plots and so it RESOLVED that this charge should apply to him.  Cllr. Miss Aldridge passed over a cheque for this sum on his behalf.


The Clerk reported that he will be undertaking the rebuilding of the quoins either side of the new entrance gate when more favourable weather conditions apply.


Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building.  Nothing to record.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Nothing to record.
  4. Iron Footbridge.  The Clerk to follow-up on whether a structural report on the bridge has been obtained by C.C.
  5. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters.  Both in good order.
  7. Mills Hall.  Nothing to record.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1. Office of Police & Crime Commissioner – Annual Report For circulation
2. C.C. – Recycling and Rubbish Collections for the Christmas/New Year period For circulation
3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of November meeting  For circulation


A letter had been received from Sunny Days Nursery requesting the provision of a Dream Coracle, manufactured by Community Playthings of Robertsbridge, East Sussex, as an alternative to the cot previously provided  by this Council which had turned out to be of poor quality and had safety issues.  A sleep mat had also been requested.  RESOLVED to provide both at £240 for the coracle and £37 for the mat, both prices plus V.A.T.


Correspondence had been received and circulated regarding the financial assistance being sought by St. Day & Carharrack Community School towards the community project they wish to participate in with Cascade Theatre Company.  A figure of £230 had been requested and it was RESOLVED to make this sum available.

The Clerk had provided a working paper to assist with the setting of a Precept for 2014/15.  A proposal by Cllr. Martin that the current figure of £8,500 is set but from this figure the £1,365 received under the Council Tax Support Grant arrangements should be deducted, leaving £7,135.  This proposal did not receive support and it was RESOLVED to keep the Precept at £8,500.


A cheque was signed for:

£1,176.00       Mr. D. Hall             Litter picking and bus shelter cleaning, 2013
£ 1,066.49      Clerk                    Salary and reimbursements – Oct/Nov/Dec   (details circulated)
£    229.65      H.M.R.C.              Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.
£     30.00       Mrs. B. Williams   Refund for magazine editor’s gift
£   230.00       St. Day & Carharrack School     Donation
£   332.40       Community Playthings               Dream Coracle and Rest Mat

Next meeting

Monday, 20th January

The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m after which mince pies, kindly provided by Cllr. Mrs. Chown, were enjoyed.