June 2016 minutes

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

20th June, 2016.

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Present:  Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams  (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. V. Chown

Mrs. J. Constable

Mrs. J. Gardiner

C. Martin

Clerk:      T. Reynolds

Apologies received from:   Cllr. G. Garbett

 

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;   D. Dyer, H. Richards, C. Cottell, L. Newman, S. Bott

 

PUBLIC CLINIC

Mr. Dyer commented that a hedge plant, thought to be periwinkle, is becoming invasive at the lane serving the rear of properties at Croft Row and creating a hazard for motorists.  The general feeling was that it is acceptable for cutting back to take place to remove the danger.

Mr. Cottell, wearing his Neighbourhood Watch hat, referred to the deplorable habit of people putting out their waste on an evening rather than early on the next morning for collection by Cory.  On many occasions, gulls peck open the bags and waste is distributed over the nearby area.  It was commented that gull proof bags are available from Cornwall Council One Stop Shops at £3.50, an old sack could be used to cover plastic bags to prevent being pecked open or a good old fashioned dustbin be employed.  Mr. Cottell drew attention to the N.H.W. Face Book page available for reference and gave advance notice of a N.H.W. Coffee Morning to take place at the Mills Hall on Saturday, 13th August from 10.00 a.m.

Mr. Bott, Agent, spoke on the planning application he had submitted to Cornwall Council on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. D. Newman of Croft Row for the use of land for the stationing of a chalet at Trelowen, Trevethan, an item to be debated later on the agenda at this meeting.  Mrs. L. Newman responded to questions put to her by Councillors.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and Cllr. Miss Aldridge on matters involving Carharrack Players.

 

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

It was noted that the meeting of the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge at the Allotments, as recorded under that heading, had taken place on 25th May and not 25th March as appears in the minutes.  With this exception, it was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd 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

None.

 

 

 

PLANNING

     Applications:
  501   Mr. & Mrs. D. Newnan, 8 Croft Row – Use of land for the stationing of a chalet as an affordable dwelling
  at  Trelowen, Trevethan

Councillors find themselves in the same position as they were in back in 2011 and 2012 when they

              considered applications for the establishment of a dwelling at this site and which were subsequently

              refused by both Cornwall Council and the Planning Inspectorate after an appeal.  While having

              some sympathy with the applicants, the situation remains that the field at Trelowen lies outside of the

              development boundary and thus the application is for development in the open countryside.  If approval

              was to be given for this application, the danger would be that it would open the door for similar applications for       

              development on Greenfield sites – an undesirable situation.

              There does not appear to be compelling reasons why the applicants need to live at the field as well as using it  

              to grow crops for family consumption and so this line of approach does not offer a solution.  For the above

              reasons, Councillors cannot support the application.

 

502  Mr. A. Hosking /Miss E. Haynes, c/o Haybarn, Sparry Bottom – New detached dwelling on land adjacent

to Poplar Barn, Sparry Bottom

             Councillors regard the application as being overdevelopment of the site and consider that a further dwelling here

             would extend the already pressure on the narrow, unsurfaced, access lane to an undesirable level.  For these

             reasons,  Councillors cannot support this application.

     Decisions:
                        None

Others:

None

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

Footpaths

The Clerk reported that M.K. Herman would be continuing as contractor responsible for the strimming of parish footpaths and at the same rate as in previous years and that notification had been received that Cornwall Council’s closure of Footpath 18, which includes crossing the iron footbridge at the Pennance Road end, had been extended, yet again, from 1st July, 2016, to 1st January, 2017.   Cllr. Martin reported that the large pothole and blocked drain at the Sparry Lane end of Footpath 13 remain unattended to by Cormac Solutions.  C.C. Kaczmarek requested an e-mail from the Clerk reflecting this Council’s dissatisfaction with both situations.

Carn Marth Trust

Nothing to record.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Mrs. Chown repeated her ongoing concerns regarding inconsiderate parking of vehicles at the junction of Church Street and Chapel Terrace.  She had contacted the Clerk regarding this matter some time ago and he, in turn, had passed the concerns on to P.C.S.O. Ferris.  An improvement had been noticed, apparently due to notices placed on parked vehicles, but bad habits had returned and a dangerous situation reinstated.  RESOLVED to notify P.C.S.O. Ferris again.

Litter Picking,

Cllr. Martin reported that he had seen David Hall in the village recently cleaning the bus shelters and had spoken to him.

Recreation Ground

C.C. Kaczmarek requested an e-mail from the Chairman reflecting that the piece of playground equipment removed by a C.C. Health & Safety officer over a month ago has yet to be returned.  The Chairman reported having obtained a quotation from Handyman Dan of Connor Downs for the reinstatement of the goalmouths of the mini football pitch.  RESOLVED that the cost of £170 for this work be shared with I.C.E. at £85 each.

C.C. Kaczmarek and Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point,  8 30 p.m.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman reported that nobody had come forward to act as editor of the magazine following the notification in the Summer edition of the magazine that the existing editor, Roger Benney was about to retire from the post.  The Clerk reported that he had arranged for the post to be advertised in an edition of the West Briton newspaper due out on Thursday, 23rd June and be repeated in subsequent editions with the hope of attracting someone.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park  

The Clerk had established that Cornwall Council is the owner of this parcel of land and had subsequently requested Ben Dickinson of Cormac Solutions to reinstate the cutting of the grass apparently discontinued when Mr. Dickinson was under the impression that the owner was other than Cornwall Council.  The Clerk also reported an approach from the Mills Hall Trust indicating that they would be happy for tradesmen carrying out work on properties at Croft Row to park their vehicles in their car park rather than on the grass verge to avoid damaging the surface.  For clarification purposes, they would appreciate being notified of the property being worked at and the registration number of such vehicles at the appropriate time.  RESOLVED that the Clerk distributes a letter to the owners/occupiers of properties at Croft Row detailing this agreement.

 

UNITED MINES LANDFILL SITE

Nothing to record

GEOTHERMAL PROJECT

Nothing to record.

 

 

 

ALLOTMENTS

Following the last meeting, the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge had provided the Clerk with a list of some 13 plots that had  received little attention and thus in poor condition and he had sent a letter to each plot holder calling for an immediate improvement.  According to plot holders who are regularly at the site, there had subsequently been much activity on plots but one plot holder had indicated that she wished to give up her plot.  It was agreed that the Chairman and Cllr. Aldridge would have a follow-up look at the plots involved to establish if enough had been done for plot holders to keep them or whether termination procedure should be commenced.  Where plots are vacated and there is no-one on the waiting list to take them on, it was thought appropriate that tough plastic sheeting should be placed over them to inhibit weed growth.  It was also proposed that some form of marking should be introduced to encourage cars parked within the site are lined up sensibly and not causing an obstruction as occasionally happens now.  Cllr. Mrs. Chown thought that Carharrack Football Club might be able to help here by using their pitch marking equipment and offered to follow-up this idea with the club.  RESOLVED to refund Cllr. Miss Aldridge the sum of £26.36, this being made up by £8.36 for toilet block items and £18.00 for fuel for the mowers/strimmer.

 

VILLAGE REGENERATION
  1. Pound Footpath.  Nothing to record.
    1. Pound Field and building.  Cllr. Garbett had placed notices around the village inviting parishioners to involve themselves

in a bramble cutting and gathering session on Sunday morning ,5th June, but only Mr. Dick Dyer had responded, using his

brush cutter to assist Cllrs. Garbett, Martin and Mrs. Gardiner in the task. The Clerk had not been available on the Sunday

morning but had spent an hour cutting down brambles on the previous Saturday afternoon and will burn the piled up

brambles on the next appropriate occasion.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin indicated that the next meeting of the group will be in July.
  2. Iron Footbridge.  As recorded in Environmental Issues – Footpaths above, notification had been received that the bridge closure had been extended by Cornwall Council until 1st January, 2017.  This Council’s dissatisfaction at the long delay in repairing this structure to be expressed to Cornwall Council via C.C. Kaczmarek.
  3. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  4. Bus Shelters.  Both in good order.

7.    Mills Hall.  Nothng to record.

8.    Museum.  Nothing to record.

9.    Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1.  Shelter Cornwall – Request for funding      For circulation

2.  Police & Crime Commissioner – First Report by Alison Hernandez      For circulation

3.  First Kernow – Stakeholder Event on 24th June at Heartlands        For circulation

4.  C.C. – Governance Review Events (Nearest at Heartlands on 11th July, 7- 9 p.m.)       For circulation

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

 

FINANCE

An e-mail  had been received from Richard Carter, Secretary ICE, requesting a £10 book voucher as a raffle prize for the Summer Draw and £50 towards the refurbishment of the plant trucks at both ends of the village and the revamping of borders and shrubs in the Recreation Ground.  RESOLVED to accede to both requests.

 

A Wayleave of £4.64 had been received from Western Power Distribution in respect of  cabling and earthwire at Foxes Row.

 

Cheques were signed for:

£1,296.86      Clerk                                   Salary and reimbursements – details circulated

£   262.50      H.M.R.C. (via P.O. Ltd.)    Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.

£     26.36      Cllr. Aldridge                      Reimbursements for Allotments expenditure

£     50.00      I.C.E.                                   Donation

 

NEXT MEETING

Monday, 18th July

 

The meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.