July 2015 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday,

20th July, 2015.

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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:   N/A

 

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;  S. Parish, R. Evatt,  D. Dyer, C. Gajardo, S. Gajardo

 

PUBLIC CLINIC

Sue Parish detailed a vehicle parking situation being experienced at Higher Park Stenak whereby two residents from Higher Railway Terrace have created back entrances to their properties by removing a section of hedge and installing gateways in order to park vehicles in what is a turning area at Higher Park Stenak   Confrontations have taken place between Higher Park Stenak residents and the Higher Railway Terrace residents concerning what is considered to be inappropriate, inconsiderate and,. perhaps, illegal parking.  Catherine and Steve Gajardo, also from Higher Park Stenak expanded on the problem .  The Clerk indicated that he had  received a telephone call and subsequent e-mail from Paul Collins of Higher Park Stenak giving similar details to those being expressed at this meeting and had referred him to Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek. In turn, CC Kaczmarek had copied the e-mail to the senior planning officer, senior enforcement officer and highways officer for their comments.  The latter had indicated that it would cost £4,400 in legal costs and materials to have road markings laid and such expenditure under the current economic climate was highly unlikely to happen.  Further responses are awaited.

The Clerk had established from the police website that there were just two crimes in May, 2015, both being Anti Social Behaviour, one at Church Street and one at Treyew Place.  The Police Liaison Group had met again on 6th July, hosted by this Council at the Mills Hall.  Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch had been well represented for the first part of the meeting and had raised matters of concern with Inspector Eccles.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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

 

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

It was noted that in recording Mr. Cottell’s concern in Public Clinic regarding oil seed rape growing everywhere, it should read that the rape growth can be sprayed and killed, not spayed and killed.  With this amendment, it was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22nd June are 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

Correspondence 2 from Matters Arising.  As had been mentioned by C.C. Kaczmarek in his report, the Day Lewis application to open a pharmacy at St. Day has been conditionally approved by NHS England, despite substantial opposition.  It remains to be seen how this matter will unfold.

 

PLANNING

     Applications:
491        Mr. S. & Mrs. M. Cooper, Myloria, Carnmarth Cove – Erection of dwelling and double garage

Opposed on the grounds of over development of the site, the creation of a separate, additional dwelling of considerable size off the narrow access is inappropriate; the access track is also a public footpath; while not wishing to stifle innovation, the proposed dwelling in no way reinforces local distinctiveness being more appropriate for an urban setting than a rural one.

 

Decisions:

                        Nil

Others:

489               Mr. & Mrs. S. Rapson, Rock House, Railway Terrace – Erection of a dwelling  and domestic garage and

formation of an access, following expiration of previous planning consent PA06/01896/RM, granted 5th January,

2007

The Senior Development Officer dealing with this re-application does not agree with this Council’s submission

and intends to recommend approval.  RESOLVED to Agree to disagree.

A circular had been received from Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member – Environment, Heritage and Planning, indicating

that  from 1st September, 2015, paper copies of planning applications will no longer be sent to Town and Parish Councils

for observations as a cost saving measure.  It is expected that Councils will access Cornwall Council’s public access

system and transfer the application documents to a laptop for display via mobile devices or a projector at the Council’s

meeting.  RESOLVED to oppose such a move.

 

C.C. Kaczmarek and Cllr. Mrs. J. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.30 p.m.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

Footpaths

Chris Cottell had advised the Clerk of a fallen tree on Footpath 14 – the Clerk to attend to this as soon as possible.  When asked for an update on the blocked drain and large pothole on Footpath 13, Gavin Henderson of Cormac Solutions had indicated that work is planned for that location but could not give a specific date for  activity.

An invoice had been received from Mark Herman for the first cut carried out on parish footpaths under the Local Maintenance Partnership.  RESOLVED to settle this invoice.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported on a recent CMT meeting he had attended.  Shows at their open air theatre had been successful and it is hoped to replace portable toilets with a permanent toilet block.  There is an ongoing problem of vehicles being driven up to Carn Marth.  The Clerk reported that he had obtained a suitable sign indicating that there is no right of way for vehicles and was able to display it to Councillors who were suitably impressed.  The sign will be installed shortly by the Clerk.

Highway Matters

It was RESOLVED to ask Cormac Solutions to attend to the pavement running from Alma Terrace towards Ting Tang where grass from the roadside verge is creeping over the surface, reducing the tarmac surface to about half of its full width and to have the Allotments hedge along Sparry Lane cut back sufficiently to expose the pavement being hidden by overgrowth.

Litter Picking

Nothing to record.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that the “Park Spruce-Up” had been carried out by I.C.E. on 1st July.   It had been found that two of the trees forming the tunnel had been damaged.  It was thought that the culprit had been identified and the matter passed on to PCSO Ferris for follow-up.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Clerk proposed a change in charging for advertisements for new advertisers whereby they would pay in advance for adverts rather than in arrears as at present to avoid non-payment of invoices.  Existing advertisers with a good track record of paying invoices would not need to change.  RESOLVED to make this change.  The Clerk had prepared background details for the article on the 30 year existence of Carharrack Parish Council, including the names of some 47 people who have served as Parish Councillors for long and short periods over those 30 years.  The Chairman undertook to compose the article which will appear in the Autumn edition.

Phone box

The Clerk had been informed by a parishioner on her way to purchase a newspaper early on Wednesday, 8th July that all the panes of glass in the telephone box had been smashed overnight.  This had been reported to BT, who, to their credit, had sent out an engineer who had both cleared the broken glass and replaced the majority of panes, albeit with plastic glass, later in the day.

Post Box at Church Row

Royal Mail had been able to locate a replacement door for the post box that had been vandalised, along with many others in neighbouring parishes in June, and this has now been fitted.  The door is a paler shade of red than the surround and tape used to stop the box being used has removed paint from the surround when being peeled off.  The box will therefore need repainting to make the overall appearance satisfactory.

 

UNITED MINES LANDFILL SITE

The next meeting of the United Mines Liaison Group is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 8th September.

GEOTHERMAL PROJECT

Nothing further to record.

 

ALLOTMENTS

Following the last meeting, a second skip had been ordered and delivered and the Chairman, Cllr. Aldridge and the Clerk, together with a couple of plot holders, had transferred the considerable overload from the first skip to the second, topping it up with the rubbish piled near the gateway.  Both skips had then been removed by the contractor.

It was commented that the ancient numbering system for plots leaves a lot to be desired and needs revision.  Although the Clerk had provided new numbered markers for each plot a few years ago, many are no longer in place, having been ‘lost’ by plot holders.  It was agreed that the Chairman and Cllr. Aldridge would set about the manufacture of new numbering markers and that, with the Clerk, would meet at the Allotments on Thursday afternoon, 23rd July to consider this and other problems.

It was agreed that the Clerk would arrange the Annual Allotments Competition judging.

The Clerk reported receipt of an invitation from The National Allotment Society to attend a South West Allotment Officers’ Forum to take place at Plymouth City Council offices on Thursday, 13th August.  This forum would discuss many of the challenges faced by allotment providers.  We are not members of this society but the Clerk had established that there would be no fee for attendance.  RESOLVED that he should attend, with reimbursement of travelling expenses.

 

VILLAGE REGENERATION
  1. Pound Footpath.  Nothing to record.
    1. Pound Field and building.  Nothing to record.
    2. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin had not been able to attend the latest meeting on 9th July but the Clerk had been able to.  The main item discussed was the introduction of the paperless planning application consultation system by Cornwall Council and many problems had been identified to form a response.
    3. Iron Footbridge.  It was noted that metal fencing, normally seen as security fencing on a building site, had been placed by Cornwall Council to prevent access to the bridge by the public until repairs have been completed.  CC Kaczmarek had  indicated earlier in the meeting that he has concerns over the fixing of this fencing and would be passing this on to Cormac Solutions.
    4. Park Stenak.  To have its annual strimming by the Clerk shortly.
    5. Bus Shelters. Nothing to record.

7.    Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8     Museum.  Nothing to record.

9.    Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1.  Police & Crime Commissioner – Fair Funding for Devon & Cornwall Police     Petition signed by each Councillor and Clerk

2.  NHS England – Decision on proposed pharmacy at St. Day.        Extensive documentation for circulation

3.  C.C. – Review of Management Plan for Cornwall AONB          For circulation

4.  C.C. –  Case for Cornwall           For circulation

5.  CALC – Case for Cornwall         For circulation

6.  Clerks & Councils Direct, magazine       For circulation

7.  St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for July meeting          For circulation

8   Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of June meeting         For circulation

 

FINANCE

A cheque was signed for:

£500.00           M. P. Herman                    First cutting of parish footpaths

NEXT MEETING

Monday, 21st September

 

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.