May 2014 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 19th May, 2014.

Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
Miss V Aldridge
Mrs. V. Chown
G. Garbett
C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr Miss J Constable and Mrs J Gardiner, Redruth Neighbourhood Police Team

Also present: Cornwall Councillor  M.A. Kaczmarek, R.Dyer, C.Cottell

Public Clinic

Stop waiting, join the game now with android casino echtgeld bonus ohne einzahlung continuous luck and many victories await you! Mr. Cottell, on behalf of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch, asked if there was any reason why that organisation could not receive a copy of the monthly police report usually produced by Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris for this Council. None could be thought of and the Clerk undertook to speak to PCSO Ferris.
Mr. Cottell also mentioned that Footpath 29 in neighbouring Gwennap Parish is still in a mess despite indications that improvements to the drainage would be made. Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek assured him that matters were in hand.

Police Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted a report for the period 14th April to 19th May reflecting 12 calls for police assistance and 3 crimes. This compared to 10 calls and 8 crimes for the same period last year. The crimes were two thefts and a Non Crime Domestic. PCSO Ferris had apologised that staffing problems prevented him from personally attending this meeting and indicated that a letter concerning police staffing generally would be distributed shortly.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

CC Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point 7.30 p.m.



RESOLVED that Cllr. Mrs. Brenda Williams be elected


RESOLVED that Cllr. Carl Martin be elected


RESOLVED that Christopher Cottell be elected


In the absence of a nomination, the Clerk undertook to follow up matters relating to trees


RESOLVED that Cllr. Carl Martin be elected

Further RESOLVED that Cllr. Miss Valerie Aldridge liaises with plot holders on issues concerning the Allotments; Cllr. Geoff Garbett represents this Council at meetings of Carn Marth Trust; Cllr. Carl Martin represents this Council at meetings of the Mining Villages Regeneration Group and Community Network Panel and he and Cllr. Mrs. Brenda Williams attend meetings called by the United Mines Liaison Group and Geothermal Project Liaison Group.

Cllr. Geoff Garbett also undertook to pay special attention to the possible development of the Pound Field, a new post proposed by Cllr. Martin.

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 14th April 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





472 Mr. S. Cooper, Myloria, Carnmarth Cove – Erection of garage and hobby room and change of land to domestic curtilage
Councillors would normally raise no objections to the erection of a garage and hobby room but since the development is proposed on land not currently within the curtilage of Myloria, concern is expressed that this could be setting an undesirable precedent for other applicants who seek to develop on neighbouring Greenfield sites.

475 Mr. R. Evans, 1 Albion Row – Construction of a single bedroom dwelling on land to the rear of existing property
Councillors are unable to support this application on the grounds that the proposed dwelling is totally out of character with other dwellings in the vicinity; there appears to be minimal amenity space associated with the dwelling and that vehicular access to the site in reverse gear could be problematic and, perhaps, dangerous, if another vehicle is already on the shared courtyard. It is regretted that Appendixes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Design Statement did not accompany the consultation so that a fuller assessment of the application could be made.

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.
Councillors raise no objections to this variation




474 Mr. J. Hopper, Carharrack Stars, Fore Street – Erection of three bedroom dwelling

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.
The Clerk had further established that this matter is still under consideration by Enforcement Section.

Environmental issues


The Clerk reported that Christopher Cottell had kindly removed the Hawthorn branch that had been impeding Footpath 3.

Carn Marth Trust

Nothing to record.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Martin reported on the meeting he and the Clerk had attended on Friday 2nd May with Viv Bidgood of Cormac Solutions to debate drainage problems at Sparry Lane. It had been noted that in advance of the meeting, Cormac staff had marked with spray painted arrows many areas that are to be resurfaced and it was hoped that in preparing for this, any underground defects in the drainage system would come to light. The damaged bollard was identified and a further request that three metal posts holding 30 mph signs and a cul-de-sac sign at the junction of Fore Street and Squire Lane which, having become damaged and rusty, had reached the end of their useful lives, should be replaced. Subsequent to the meeting, the bollard had been securely reinstalled. It was RESOLVED to write to Cllr Kaczmarek seeking any maps or plans showing the drainage arrangements for Sparry Lane since all water appears to end up on the bridleway commencing at the bottom of Sparry lane but then has nowhere to go and so forms large puddles and muddy conditions.

The Clerk had written to Mr. Roy Ladd regarding the large stones that have fallen from the retaining wall for the Martha Villas garaging/car parking area and lie close to the highway, as reported by Cllr. Garbett at the last meeting. A response had been received that Mr. Ladd is no longer the owner of the site but he had identified the current owner. The Clerk to follow-up.

Litter Picking

After a great deal of being passed from one officer to another, the Clerk had finally been able to arrange with Cormac Solutions for litter picking sticks, tabards and sacks to be available for use on Saturday morning, 31st May. Cllr. Garbett to arrange for posters to be placed on our notice boards inviting parishioners to join in.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman confirmed that the fallen masonry and partial wall collapse is to be attended to shortly by Cornwall Council and that I.C.E. will be painting the new gate. Cllr. Mrs. Chown reiterated her desire that toilet facilities are available at the Recreation Ground, especially in view of the popularity of the playing field, but acknowledged that such provision is a most difficult task.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman indicated that she will try to get something into the next edition of Carharrack News confirming the reinstatement of Sunday and weeknight services on First’s bus route 47 from 1st June, emphasising the “use it or lose it” condition

Carharrack Web Site

Nothing to record.

The Shute

The Clerk reported that he had obtained quotations of £100, £60 and £50 for the provision of an engraved brass plaque recording the gift of The Shute to the Parish Council by the Kinsman family and had gone ahead with the lowest quote from Cornwall Trophies of Pool. He displayed the finished plaque to Councillors, which met with their approval. Mr. Neil Watton who lives at 1 Martha Villas had kindly agreed to provide electricity so that holes could be drilled in the granite blocks surrounding the water outlet to mount the plaque and the Clerk would undertake this task shortly.

Notice Boards

Complaints had been received that it is difficult to push drawing pins into the surface of the new notice boards constructed by the Clerk and, he, himself, had experienced a problem. The plywood used had been of the same type as used five years ago but perhaps the hardness of the surface has been improved. The Chairman suggested a building materials firm at Barncoose who may have a suitable material to apply to the boards. The Clerk apologised and will follow-up.

United mines landfill site

Cllr. Miss Aldridge expressed the opinion that a strong smell she has experienced recently, and reported at the last Parish Council meeting, is coming from the United Mines Landfill Site. The Chairman indicated that she would contact Michael Dobson of SITA and get a statement from him on the matter.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.


The Clerk reported on the steps taken with South West Water in challenging the invoice for £355.92 received for water supply between January and April which had involved taking meter readings with the supply both turned on and turned off at various intervals. The latest position is that an engineer will make an appointment to meet the Clerk at the allotments to try to resolve the problem.
The Clerk reported answer phone contact from a parishioner living on the new Poldory housing development regarding rats coming from the Allotments into his property due, he thought to the untidiness of some plots. He had contacted Cornwall Council and a pest control officer would be visiting him. When the Clerk returned the call, the complainant was happy with the situation, having been provided with bait by C.C. and witnessing several plot holders clearing away waste.
The Clerk also reported that he had received a complaint that the older of the two mowing machines provided by this Council was no longer usable, the framework having rusted away and snapped. The Clerk had repaired the wheels on this machine last year and would see if the framework could be repaired. Failing this, he was authorised to seek the best price for providing a replacement mower. Cllr. Miss Aldridge commented that the wheelbarrows provided some years ago by this Council required attention and the Clerk undertook to do this.
A number of plot holders have yet to pay their fees for the current season and a notice will be placed near the gateway to encourage payment.

Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. It was hoped that the background of Cllr. Garbett would be beneficial in developing this field into a useable village facility.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported on a meeting he had attended at Portreath which had seen representatives of Chacewater Parish Council joining the group
  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk reported that a structural report had been carried out on the bridge and it had found it to be in fair condition but would benefit from minor works, one being repairs to the handrails. As a consequence, Footpath 18 which crosses this bridge, has been closed to public use and a works package put together by Cormac Solutions to undertake the work, hopefully within the coming months.
  5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters. Further RESOLVED not to replace the damaged pane of glass in the Mills Hall shelter at this point in time.
  7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1. Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg’s Quarterly Report For circulation


The Clerk reported that the Annual Accounts for the year ending 31st March, 2014, had been internally audited and all found to be in order. The accounts were approved and both the ledger and documents for submission to Grant Thornton, Governmentewsham Auditors, were signed by the Chairman.

RESOLVED to renew this Council’s annual insurance with Came & Company at a premium of £483.93.

A cheque was signed for:
£483.93 Broker Network Ltd. Insurance renewal premium

Next Meeting

Monday, 16th June

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.