January 2014 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 20th January, 2014.

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;

Public Clinic

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Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted a report indicating 13 calls for police assistance for the period 17th December, 2013 to 20th January, 2014 and 10 crimes.  Figures for the same period last year were 13 calls and 6 crimes.  This year’s crimes were Assault 4; Criminal Damage to Dwelling 3; Non crime Mental Health 1; Non crime Vulnerable Adult 1; Non crime Domestic 1. His report concluded that one of the criminal damages and all four assaults were domestic related and not public order offences.

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 16th December 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

Public Clinic – Geology Survey by Hazel Gibson.  The Clerk reported that he had received a poster from Hazel and reproduced more to go on the four parish notice boards and one outside the home of Les Moulson.  He had subsequently heard from Hazel that she had been delighted with the response from parishioners to partake in her survey and requesting information on booking a room in the Mills Hall to carry out interviews.  It was thought that these had taken place on Thursday, 16th January.





471 Mr. B. Burrows, 3 Grove View, Trevarth Road – First floor bedroom extension and formation of new vehicle access and hard standing

No objections.

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

No objections provided that the development is within the curtilage of Myloria and not outside where it might be considered as being on a Greenfield site and thus could not be supported.
473 Mr. W. Allen, Mulsanne, Trevarth Road – Erection of new house and garage/workshop for applicant plus two new

affordable houses with associated car parking and new access road

The provision of two new affordable dwellings in Carharrack is welcomed; It is agreed with the applicant’s agent that the two principle trees on the site, both oak, are to be retained; There are concerns over the proposed access to the new houses. Bridleway 204/12/1 is maintained by this Parish Council under the Local Maintenance Partnership with Cornwall Council but although the hedge growth requires little attention the surface of this Right of Way is in very poor condition, currently being inches deep in mud at the Pennance Road end. It has been known that the ROW has been blocked on occasions by a vehicle being left unattended. It is noted that the bridleway on the east side, 204/15/1, also maintained under the LMP, is not affected by the proposals. Might access direct from Trevarth Road be more appropriate?;

A minor point is that the proposed enclosure of the affordable houses by black chain link fencing appears inadequate;

It is not understood how this application has reached this stage when an indication has been received that it is proposed to refuse an application for outline planning consent for a dwelling on a site in close proximity


Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point – 8.00 p.m.


467 Mr. & Mrs. Gould, The Pines, Ting Tang – Erection of garden shed, hot tub and pergola

468 Mr. N. Baker, Bosky, Consols Road – Removal of conservatory and erection of single storey extension

469 Mr. & Mrs. Gould, The Pines, Ting Tang – Erection of garage and log store


439   Mr. McPherson, Three Chimneys, Higher Trevethan – Amended roof design

466   Mrs. M. Bennetts, Grove Vista, Pennance Road – Outline permission for dwelling
Awaiting confirmation of this case going before the Planning Committee

444  Dr. G. Wood, Chenhale Farm – Construction of Indoor Riding School

An Enforcement Officer had followed-up the matter of a substantial amount of hardcore being delivered to a field adjoining the completed riding school.  It had been established that this would be spread over the field, which is subject to flooding, top soil added and then grass seed.  The relevant certificate from the Environment Agency had been acquired.  The case had therefore been closed by the Enforcement Officer and the Clerk had informed the parishioner who had raised the matter.

Ms.. 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 not been able to establish if a third application had been made by the closing date, his telephone message left for the Case Officer concerned  not being responded to.

Environmental issues


The Clerk confirmed that a claim for payment had been submitted to Cornwall Council in respect of the Local Maintenance Partnership for the 2013 season.
Cllr. Martin reported hedge growth at Trevince Parc considerably overhanging the pavement – the Clerk to follow-up.
The Clerk had approached the owners of property in Tresithney Road with a similar path overgrowing situation and the problem had been removed without delay.
The house name plate fixed to a the Public Footpath finger post at the top end of Footpath 19 had been removed.
It was considered that a pile of road scalpings on Footpath 9 were intended for spreading at a future date to improve the surface.

Carn Marth Trust

When in the area, the Clerk had inspected the saplings planted in November, 2012, and although there was no sign yet of bud development for the forthcoming season, the bulk of them looked in good order.

Highway Matters

As recorded under Cornwall Councillor’s Report above, C.C. Kaczmarek had attended to the problem of heavy cuttings from a Buddleia tree being left on the grass verge at North Hill.

Cllr. Martin was of the opinion that the drainage grid outside 3 Tresithney Road – actually part of Sparry Lane – is not functioning properly, possibly due to underground piping having collapsed.  The resultant water gathering on the surface of the road is turning to ice when temperatures drop to the necessary level and causes a danger to motorists and pedestrians at the junction of Sparry Lane and Tresithney Road.  RESOLVED to inform Cormac, at the same time informing them that, however well meaning, someone had painted a sign saying ‘no dog mess’ on the pavement near the junction and asking for action to be taken to have this paint removed.

Litter Picking

Nothing to record.

Recreation Ground

It appears that the newly erected sign banning dogs from the Recreation Ground is working.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The copy date for the Spring edition is 10th February with Cllr. Mrs. Chown providing Parish Councillor profile.

Cllr.  Garbett proposed setting up a Facebook page in which people from Carharrack can offer or request car lifts in the local area.  He would publicise it and explain how it might operate in the next edition of Carharrack News.  RESOLVED to accept Cllr. Garbett’s offer.

Carharrack Web Site

RESOLVED to ask the site manager to add a counter to the site to reflect the number of visits made – the Chairman to arrange.

The Shute

The Clerk confirmed that he had notified the Land Registry of the change in ownership of the triangle of land at The Shute, enclosing copies of all relevant documents.

United mines landfill site

Nothing to record.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.


It was reported that there is a problem with timber splitting with the new gate – the Clerk to follow-up.  It was also reported that the gate is regularly being left open and that at least one vehicle has been driven through the gateway despite the land being saturated and leaving deep rutting, a disappointing situation.

Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building.  It was noted that the road between Pound Cross and Vogue had not flooded despite the prolonged periods of heavy rainfall recently experienced and so the work done to improve the flow of water inside the Pound Field appears to be working well.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Nothing to record.
  4. Iron Footbridge.  The Clerk had written to Cormac asking if Cornwall Council had agreed to fund a structural engineer’s report on the condition of the bridge.  A reply had been received that this had yet to be confirmed but the matter would be followed-up with C.C.
  5. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters.  Both in good order.
  7. Mills Hall.  It was reported that the postal delivery box installed by this Council to receive responses to the Village Plan project was no longer in good order but it was not clear if this was due to vandalism or wear and tear.  Royal Mail is refusing to put Mills Hall correspondence in the box.  The Clerk to follow-up.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1. Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine             For circulation

2. C.C. – Library closures circular       For circulation

3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of December meeting  For circulation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4. St. Day P.C.- Draft minutes of January meeting           For circulation


Letters of thanks had been received from Sunny Days Nursery for the sponsorship of a Dream Coracle and sleep mat and from

the Acting Chair of Governors at St. Day & Carharrack Community School for the donation towards the community project they wish to participate in with Cascade Theatre Company.


Cheques:   No cheques were required at this meeting.

Cornwall Councillor’s Report

RESOLVED to write to George Eustace, M.P., in support of Cornwall Council’s Fairer Funding Motion.
RESOLVED to make representations regarding the proposed stopping of the mobile library service.

Next meeting

This had been scheduled for Monday 17th February but it was thought that Carharrack Players will be using all the rooms at the Mills Hall on that date in connection with their annual pantomime.  The Clerk to make alternative arrangements.

The meeting closed at 9.00 p.m.