June 2015 Minutes

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

22nd June, 2015.

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Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams, (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. V. Chown

G. Garbett

C. Martin

 

Clerk: T. Reynolds

 

Apologies received from:

Cllrs. Mrs. J. Constable & Mrs. J. Gardiner

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

M. Lahera, C. Cottell, Jen. Hudson, John Hudson, G. Davis

 

 

PUBLIC CLINIC

Mr. and Mrs. Hudson spoke about the application submitted to Cornwall Council for planning consent for improvements at their home at Sunrise Cottage, Higher Trevethan, confirming that the garden studio will not be used for accommodation. Mr Lahera and Mr. Davis spoke in general support for the proposals but expressed concerns regarding the access to the property being over a public bridleway and possible future use of the buildings.

Mr. Davis also reported irresponsible motorists doing wheel-spins at Sunrise Hill. The police had been informed. Mr. and Mrs. Hudson had also experienced this anti social behaviour.

Mr. Cottell, on behalf of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch, expressed concern about inconsiderate parking at the junction of Church Row/ Higher Railway Terrace/ Higher Albion Row causing severe problems for First bus drivers attempting to turn at this junction.

Mr. Cottell also expressed concern regarding the spread of oil seed rape across the countryside, other than in the fields it is being grown. Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek reassured Mr. Cottell that the rape growth can be spayed and killed.

The Clerk had established from the police web site that there had not been a single crime reported for Carharrack during April, this being the latest figures available. This compared to 9 crimes in St. Day parish and 10 in Lanner parish.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

• There had been considerable representations made at the recently held Local Oral Hearing regarding an application by Day Lewis Pharmacy to open a pharmacy at St. Day;

• Speed checks carried out in the village had established that the vast majority of motorists had been travelling within the speed limit. The checks had covered an 8 day period, both day and night time;

• He had been contacted by a lady expressing concern about changes being made by Carharrack Football Club at their

Howard Beauchamp ground at Ting Tang. He had passed the matter on to the appropriate people;

• Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive is going back to Scotland but with no ‘golden handshake’. He has proposed that the original relocation package should be repaid;

• When in the Recreation Ground recently, he had noticed 15 – 20 Traveller youngsters playing and that, to their credit, they had all placed their rubbish in the bin provided;

• Viv Bidgood is no longer our local Highways & Environment Manager at Cormac Solutions Ltd having moved to another post. He has been replaced by Ben Dickinson. He intends to have a tour of this parish with Mr. Dickinson shortly to point out areas of greatest concern;

• St Day Feast went off very well last Monday;

• He will be giving a talk on mining at St. Day & Carharrack Community School on Friday next.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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

 

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 18th May 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 1. A reminder had been sent but no further communication from Mrs. Moore;

Correspondence 2. The Local Oral Hearing had taken place on Thursday 11th June at Crofthandy Village Hall regarding the application by Day Lewis Pharmacy to open a pharmacy at St. Day. No decision had yet been notified;

Correspondence 5. It was RESOLVED not to proceed with the purchase of the redundant telephone box at Higher Albion Row.

 

 

 

 

 

PLANNING

Applications:

488 Mrs. J. Hudson, Sunrise Cottage, Higher Trevethan – Extension to existing cottage and construction of a

new garden studio

Councillors raise no basic objections to this application but have concerns regarding the access to

the site being via a well used bridleway. If the development is solely for the living enjoyment of

the applicants there is no change to the existing situation but if the improved property is subsequently

transformed into some form of business use, this would be unacceptable. It is also considered that a

condition be imposed that the garden studio must only be used for purposes ancillary to the main

building and not used as separate living accommodation.

 

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

formation of an access

Our records show that this application was first considered by this Council in December, 2003, and could

not be supported on the grounds of overdevelopment of a small site; inadequate amenity space and

overlooking and overbearing effects on neighbours. Current Councillors retain those opinions. It is now

also considered that a single integral garage serving a four bedroom dwelling is inadequate and with the

passage of time since the original application was submitted, the parking of cars on the highway at

Railway Terrace has become a problem and creating an access off the B3298 will only add to the

problem. For these reasons, this Council cannot support the application.

 

Decisions:

486 Mr. C. Gladwell, Glenhurst, Trevethan – Erection of summerhouse

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

 

487 Mr. & Mrs. R. Gumbrill, 3 Tresithney Road – Rear extension to replace conservatory

APPROVED

Others:

 

Nil

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Footpaths

Cllr. Martin reported that the grid outside the South West Water compound on Footpath 13 is still completely blocked and the nearby pothole repaired by the Clerk back in March is opening up again with so much vehicular traffic. The Clerk to contact Gavin Henderson of Cormac Solutions again regarding these matters.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that there will be no litter picking next week at Carn Marth. The Clerk reported on a quotation obtained for a sign indicating that there is no public right of way for vehicles to access Carn Marth. Such a sign could be made up by Milestone Signs of Threemilestone at £45 for a reflective one or £25 for a non reflective one. RESOLVED to initially purchase one non reflective sign, to be installed by the Clerk.

Highway Matters

It was reported that trees/shrubbery on the front hedges of properties at Higher Albion Row are overhanging the pavement by a considerable amount. RESOLVED that the Clerk contacts the appropriate householders to carry out trimming..

Litter Picking

The litter pick carried out on the evening of Friday, 19th June had attracted just one parishioner, Marianne Watts, but Councillors Mrs. Chown, Miss Aldridge, Martin and Garbett, accompanied by Mrs. Garbett and the Clerk had covered the bulk of streets, roads and footpaths. Litter collected had not amounted to a great deal but being left in the Mills Hall car park over the weekend for collection by SITA on Monday morning, had been ripped apart by a dog or dogs on Sunday morning. On receiving a telephone call from Russell Pooley reporting this, the Clerk had re-gathered the litter and taken it direct to the United Mines Household Waste Centre.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that I.C.E. will be carrying out a “Park Spruce-Up” on Wednesday morning, 1st July, when appropriate painting, weeding and clearing up will take place.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Summer edition of the parish magazine had been printed and delivered to parishioners. An article to be prepared for the Autumn edition covering the minutes of the first meeting of Carharrack Parish Council when it was formed back in May, 1985. Cllr. Mrs. Chown to prepare a “pen picture” of herself for this issue.

 

UNITED MINES LANDFILL SITE

Nothing to record.

 

GEOTHERMAL PROJECT

Nothing to record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLOTMENTS

Disgust was expressed by the Chairman, Councillors and the Clerk regarding the abuse, by an unknown number of plot holders, of the skip provided by this Council for the disposal of waste materials. The skip had been loaded up to almost twice the size that the skip hire company would allow and a further large pile of old materials, including green waste, had been amassed near the entrance gate. After lengthy debate, it was RESOLVED that there was no other solution than to arrange for a second skip to be delivered and surplus waste transferred to this one. The Clerk to arrange.

The Clerk had attempted to repair the mower from the lower shelter but it had proved to be beyond economic repair. He had arranged with Andrew Tucker Garden Machinery of Treluswell to fit a second hand engine to the mower and this had been carried out for £69.00. The mower is now in good working order again. One of the problems with the old mower was that users had not been checking on the oil level and it had run dry. The Clerk to introduce a regular checking of oil levels in both mowers owned by this Council.

The plot holder with a mass of bamboo canes on it had responded to the letter from the Clerk to remove them by doing so.

The Clerk had also written to the holder of Plot 22, an eye sore to everyone entering the Allotments due to lack of ongoing attention, to consider giving up the plot. He had agreed to do so and a newcomer requesting a plot had jumped at the chance of taking it over. A lot of work had been carried out already by the new lady and the plot is assuming a very much better appearance.

The Clerk had followed-up the matter of rats under the Council’s lower shed but Cornwall Council had indicated that it was not their responsibility to deal with rat control. Neither was this Council’s responsibility, they said, but that of individual plot holders affected by the rats. The previous ‘rat service’ by Cornwall Council had been discontinued but a revised one is being worked on. There would, however, be a charge for this service. Cllr. Miss Aldridge to monitor whether a problem persists or if the general clear out near the shed had discouraged the rats.

 

VILLAGE REGENERATION

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

2. Pound Field and building. Nothing to record.

3. Mining Villages Regeneration. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9th July.

4. Iron Footbridge. A further notice of closure for Footpath 18, including the footbridge, had been received from Cornwall Council, this time extending it to 9th December, 2015. It was considered that in notifying Cornwall Council on a number of occasions that the fencing erected by them to prevent public use of the footbridge was inadequate was appropriate action under the circumstances.

5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

6. Bus Shelters. Nothing to record.

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8 Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Trail Leaflets. Nothing to record.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1. Police & Crime Commissioner – June Report For circulation

2. St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for June For circulation

3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of their May meeting For circulation

 

FINANCE

A letter of thanks had been received from Carharrack Football Club for this Council’s donation towards the cost of ground improvements.

A Wayleave payment of £12.90, including arrears, had been received from Western Power Distribution.

Grant Tornton UK LLP, contracted to the Audit Commission, had completed their audit of the Annual Return for Carharrack Parish Council and had found all to be in order with no matters requiring attention.

 

Cheques were signed for:

£ 188.00 BuMar Skip Hire Hire of skip for the Allotments

£ 120.00 Grant Thornton Annual Audit of Accounts

£1352.37 Clerk Salary and reimbursements for Apl/May/Jun, 2015 Details circulated

£ 250.00 H.M.R.C. Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.

£ 188.00 BuMar Skip Hire Hire of second skip for the Allotments

 

 

NEXT MEETING

Monday, 20th July

 

The meeting closed at 9.35 p.m.