June 2014 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 16th June, 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, R.Dyer

Public Clinic

No issues raised.

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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 19th May 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





477 Mr. R. Andrews, Bellever, Carnmarth Cove – Erection of four bedroom dwelling
Councillors were happy to support the planning application (PA11/00882) made by Mrs. C. Brewer, the previous owner of Bellever, Carnmarth Cove, for the erection of a two bedroom dwelling on this site but cannot do so for the application for a four bedroom dwelling as made by the current owner. It is considered that the development would be conspicuously different to the prevailing character of the surrounding built environment, be an overdevelopment of the site and have an overbearing impact on neighbouring properties.

478 Mrs. C. Kemp, 1 Albion Row – Erection of a conservatory
No objections  



475 Mr. R, Evans, 1 Albion Row – Erection of single bedroom dwelling on land to the rear of existing property



476 Mr. S. Richards, 2 Murdoch Close, Redruth – Variation of condition to change the roof pitch from 30 degrees to 25 degrees in order to provide a sheltered overhang on each side in respect of Decision Notice PA12/00278 – Proposed erection of dwelling on land at Woodbine Hill.




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

No decision yet advised by C.C.

Environmental issues


Christopher Cottell, Footpaths Officer, had indicated that Footpath 29 in neighbouring Gwennap Parish has finally had work done to it by C.C. to avoid further flooding, a very good job having been done.
Mark Herman, this Council’s contractor, has agreed to cut the parish paths at the same rate as last year, £800.00.
The Clerk was asked to establish the latest position regarding Footpath 5, which remains unavailable to public use.

Carn Marth Trust

Nothing to record.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Mrs. Chown remains unhappy about inappropriate parking at the junction of Sparry Lane and Fore Street. It was thought a good idea that when any Councillor next notices an obstruction and is able to photograph the situation, this would be most helpful in bringing the matter again to the attention of PCSO Ferris.
It was reported that weeds are growing strongly in some village streets – the Clerk to check with neighbouring parishes to establish the situation there and see if a common approach can be arranged.
Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported a tree overhanging the pavement at Higher Albion Row. Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner said that she was aware of the owner of the tree and would have a word with him to have the matter resolved.
The Clerk reported contact from a couple new to the village who had complained that while they are responsible for clearing up any mess made by their dog when walking it, they had noticed horse riders are not doing so with droppings left by their mounts. The Clerk had obtained statements from CC Kaczmarek and Gavin Henderson, Countryside Officer with C.C., confirming that there is no legal requirement for horse riders to clear up droppings on public rights of way- the difference between dog and horse faeces being that dog faeces are hazardous to health whereas horse droppings are relatively benign. This information had been sent to the parishioner by letter and a subsequent telephone call received by the Clerk thanking him for the attention given to the matter.

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. Garbett reported on the litter pick held on Saturday morning, 31st May, at which 6 bags of litter had been collected. He felt that a larger number of volunteers would have turned out if his notices had been a little better.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman reported that SITA had indicated that they can only print 500 copies of our quarterly magazine without charge each time one is due and she had been trying to establish what cost there would be in having the necessary 650 printed but was having difficulty in obtaining this figure. The Summer edition is with SITA for printing. RESOLVED to review the situation at the July meeting.

Carharrack Web Site

Nothing to record.

The Shute

The Clerk reported that he had mounted the engraved brass plaque at The Shute and the triangle of land had again been strimmed. E-mails of appreciation had been received from two residents of Martha Villas regarding this Council’s maintenance of The Shute.

Notice Boards

The Clerk reported that there appeared to have been a softening of the surface of the notice boards since it had been quite easy to pin up notices recently. The matter, however, would be kept under review.

Phone Box

Cllr. Martin reported that he had noticed that the handset was missing from the phone box and he had sent a message to the Clerk reporting this. Following action by the Clerk, the handset had quickly been replaced by B.T.

United mines landfill site

There was confusion over whether or not a strong smell that has been experienced in the village is coming from the United Mines Landfill Site – the Chairman to press Michael Dobson of SITA for a statement.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.


The Clerk reported on the progress being made in challenging South West Water on the invoice for £355.92 received for water supply between January and April of this year which had resulted in him meeting an engineer from SWW at the Allotments on 13th June. No exact cause for the apparent high usage could be found and the engineer indicated that he would be recommending that the invoice be significantly reduced on this occasion.
Plot holders are responding to the notices placed by the Clerk inside the gateway regarding the payment of plot fees.
The Clerk had replaced part of the framework of one of the mowers and this was now back in working order, removing the need to purchase a replacement at this point in time. The Council’s two wheelbarrows had also received attention, both requiring the tightening of nuts to return their rigidity.
The Clerk reported that one plot holder had given up his plot because of the need to care for his wife who requires full time attention. He was happy to pass on his well maintained plot to a newcomer but the Clerk suggested that he and some nearby plot holders could maintain the plot and harvest the crops being grown for the benefit of the plot holder until the end of the current season.. This was agreed.
It was RESOLVED that the Clerk attempts to contact all plot holders who are not maintaining their plots to a satisfactory standard and to this end, it was agreed that a meeting of the Chairman, Clerk and any Councillor interested would be held at the Allotments at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 18th June.

Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett kindly agreed to have a further look at the field to try to establish a plan for its best use as a village facility.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Nothing to record.
  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk to monitor the progress of work scheduled to be carried out by Cormac Solutions so that any inactivity can be challenged.
  5. Park Stenak. To have its annual strimming shortly.
  6. Bus Shelters. Further RESOLVED not to replace the damaged pane of glass in the Mills Hall shelter at this point in time. The Clerk was thanked for removing large weeds growing in the guttering of this shelter.
  7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1. Belectric Intelligent Solar Systems – Consultation events regarding the proposed Solar Farm at Penstruthal Farm, Lanner on
19th June at Carn Brea Leisure Centre and at Lanner Village Hall on 20th June. For circulation

2. Oil-club.co.uk – Reduced cost of heating oil purchases. For circulation

3. Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine. For circulation

4. NHS Peninsula News – magazine. For circulation

5. St. Day P.C. Draft minutes for May & June meetings. For circulation

6. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of meeting on 15th May. For circulation

7. Western Power Distribution – Dealing with power cuts. For circulation


The Clerk reported the V.A.T. claim for refund had been settled by HMRC.
RESOLVED to make the annual donation to the Mills Hall Trust

Cheques were signed for:
£1294.33 Clerk Salary and reimbursements for Apl/May/Jun., 2014 Details circulated
£254.65 HMRC Clerk’s PAYE
£300.00 Mills Hall Trust Donation

Next Meeting

Monday, 21st July

The meeting closed at 9.35 p.m.