November 2013 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 18th November, 2013.

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: Redruth Neighbourhood Police Team
Also present: Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek, K.Baker, R.Dyer

Council Vacancy

Stop waiting, join the game now with casino echtgeld bonus ohne einzahlung 2020 continuous luck and many victories await you! The Chairman welcomed Valerie Aldridge to her first meeting as a Parish Councillor.  Acceptance of Office and Register of Interests documents were duly completed and signed.

Public Clinic

Mrs. Baker expressed deep concerns regarding the changes to the bus services provided by FirstKernow since recent changes came into force.  Being dependent on bus services, she gave examples of journeys/ visits she is no longer able to make.  Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek reported that he is making representations to FirstKernow on behalf of many disgruntled people in the three parishes he covers and is encouraging Parish Councils to do likewise.

Mr. Allen circulated plans he is about to submit to the Planning Department.  There were no clear reasons to object to the application but he was informed that full consideration would be given in due course when the final plans are referred to this Council by Cornwall Council for observations.

Mr. Dyer reported a sizeable pothole now in the highway between Tremayne Road and Croft Row.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted a report for the period 22nd October to 18th November indicating 7 calls for police assistance (11 for the same period last year) and just 1 crime (there had been 7 last year).  The single crime had been an assault.
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 21st October 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

Public Clinic – Mr. Dyer’s concerns regarding inappropriate vehicle parking at Crofthandy had been passed on to Gwennap PC and would receive attention at their next meeting.

Police Report – PCSO Ferris had confirmed that the burnt out vehicle appearing in last month’s report of logged calls by the police had been incorrectly included in Carharrack’s report since the vehicle had been  at Carn Marth in neighbouring Lanner Parish.




466     Mrs. M. Bennetts, Grove Vista, Trevarth Road. Outline permission for dwelling. In principle, Councillors raise no objections to the formation of a dwelling on this site, the only concern  expressed being that the matter of suitable access to the site be carefully considered.

C.C. Kaczmarek, having attended a long Planning Committee previously on this day, left the meeting at this point, 8.10 p.m.

467     Mr. & Mrs. Gould, The Pines, Ting Tang. Proposed Garden Shed including Solar Thermal Generation Tank, Hot Tub and Pergola. Councillors raise no objections to this application but comment that the size of the shed, which at over 24 feet, appears to be excessively long compared to the width

468     Mr. N. Baker, Bosky, Consols Road. Removal of conservatory extension and erection of single storey replacement extension. No objections    




Mr. & Mrs. C. McPherson, Three Chimneys, Higher Trevethan. Amended roof design including rooflights (for application previously approved on 4th May, 2012). No objections

Environmental issues


The Clerk had checked on the progress by Cormac in getting occupiers of land adjacent to newly established Footpath 19 to trim back overgrowth from their hedges onto the path.  A response had been received that Cormac would be cutting the actual footpath today, Councillor Garbett had kindly agreed to check on the finished work and reported that it had been completed but not to a very high standard.  He had noted that a signboard for a local dwelling had been affixed to the new Public Footpath signpost.  It was agreed that this is inappropriate and the Clerk should notify Cormac.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner gave a summary of the AGM of CMT she and Cllr. Garbett had attended on 30th October.  Following the meeting, their secretary had circulated by e-mail to members details of activities for the past year, including the planting of saplings by this Council, assisted by pupils of St. Day & Carharrack Community School and active members of CMT, last November to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  An ex-Chairman, not now living locally, responded by criticizing the planting of trees other than ones indigenous to Cornwall – only the Oak being a true native – but not calling for them to be removed.  In further communication with Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner, the secretary had commented that there is nothing that can be done now and Councillors RESOLVED that they wished no further action to be taken at this time.     

Highway Matters

CC Kaczmarek, Cllr. Martin and the Clerk had met with Viv Bidgood of Cormac Solutions on 4th November at Sparry Lane to view matters causing concern to this Council.  Mr. Bidgood had taken photographs of damaged kerbs, damaged tarmac surfacing  and  water rising through the tarmac near Poldory Villas but gave little hope that remedial action would be taken due to pressures elsewhere for limited funding..  Cllr. Martin was disappointed that Mr. Bidgood had given little importance to the condition of the Sparry Lane road surface beyond the Poldory View entrance which is in poor condition.  It was noted, however, that the requested cutting back of the roadside hedge of the Allotments field had been carried out well by Cormac.

Litter Picking

All was thought to be satisfactory.  The Clerk to prompt an invoice from Mr. Hall for work carried out.

Recreation Ground

It was reported that dogs are still to be seen inside the playing field on occasions but acknowledged that CC Kaczmarek is doing all he can to expedite the positioning of the requested signage banning them.  Cllr. Mrs. Constable reported that mushrooms have recently been seen near the ‘big spider’ feature.  Cllr. Garbett volunteered to inspect the growths and liaise with the Chairman regarding their removal.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman reported that the Winter edition will be ready for distribution within about 10 days and Cllr Garbett was thanked for computing Councillor’s delivery routes.  It was RESOLVED to send, in due course, a suitable Christmas card to SITA, thanking them for printing the magazine and to purchase a hamper of Christmas fayre to present to Roger Benney for his valued activities as editor throughout the past year – the Chairman to arrange within a budget of £30 – £40.

Carharrack Web Site

Cllr. Martin asked if Mark Williams, the website manager, could provide details of the number of visits made to the website and the Chairman confirmed that this was in hand.

The Shute

The Clerk reported that a suitably signed and witnessed Deed of Gift document had been received from the donor, Mr.Kinsman of Bristol, but when speaking to the Land Registry regarding the correct forms to use, the Clerk had established that the parcel of land involved had not been registered at the time of transfer of ownership to Mr. Kinsman and that if solicitors are not involved in the transfer of registration, identification of the parties involved is necessary, meaning that the Clerk would need to travel to the Plymouth Land Registry Office and Mr. Kinsman to his nearest office at Gloucester.  It was RESOLVED to take no further action at this time.

United mines landfill site

The next meeting of the Liaison Group was confirmed as being on Tuesday, 3rd December at 5.30 p.m.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.


Plot holder Steve Payne had requested a transfer from Plot 79 to vacant Plot 33 but on being informed that the fee for the latter plot would be £25, had, via Cllr. Miss Aldridge, queried why he was paying £15 for his current plot which is about the same size.  The Clerk reported that he had quoted the fee paid by the previous holder of Plot 33 when Cathy Page had been involved in making and collecting fees and agreed to liaise with the Chairman regarding this charge after inspecting the plots involved and others with regard to size and location.   


An invoice for £151.09 had been received from South West Water for supply between 23rd July and 2nd October and it was RESOLVED to settle this account.


Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath.  The Clerk reported that initially, Cornwall Council had denied ownership of the land involved with this path since their records could not confirm this but with the Clerk believing that ownership was with CC, he had pressed for Land Registry involvement.  It was subsequently confirmed that CC are the owners, following a Compulsory Purchase Order, and they are to amend their records accordingly.  They are prepared to adjust the barriers at either end to exclude horses from the footpath but St. Day Parish Council are insisting that because the path is in their parish and they had the barriers installed wide enough to allow a double buggy to be wheeled through – and thus ridden or loose horses –  they must be involved with any proposed changes.  RESOLVED to refer all future complaints regarding this path to St. Day PC.
  2. Pound Field and building.  Cllr. Mrs. Constable read out a really impressive report compiled by Peter  Mycock covering the wildlife he had encountered in the Pound Field.  This had arrived just too late to go into the Winter edition of  Carharrack News and so will now appear in the Spring edition.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin reported on the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group where the main topic had been the cuts in local bus services.
  4. Iron Footbridge.  A copy of the proposed structural report on the bridge had been requested by the Clerk.
  5. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters.  Both in good order.
  7. Mills Hall.  Nothing to record.
  8. Museum.  Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1. Clerks & Councils Direct, magazine. For circulation

2. CC – Free Dog Micro Chipping. For circulation

3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of October meeting. For circulation

4. St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes of November meeting. For circulation


A cheque for £311.94 had been received with no covering letter.  The Clerk recognised the amount as being that paid for a folding cot and mattress supplied to Sunny Days Nursery, at their request, last April.  On contacting S.D.N., he had been told that the cot had not proved to be satisfactory with a child being able to remove slatting and crawl out.  The cot had been returned and a refund sought.  The Clerk had invited S.D.N. to contact this Council again in the future if they are able to track down a more suitable cot and consideration would be given to sponsoring it.

A request for funding had been received from the Acting Chair of Governors at St. Day & Carharrack Community School , Keith Goldsworthy, who had taken over the role following Richard Carter standing down.  The school is planning to be involved in another community project with Cascade Theatre Company and details had been provided by Hilary Guthrie who will be taking the lead on behalf of the school.  A copy of her notes was distributed to each Councillor. With no indication of the sum being requested, it was decided to accept the offer of  Cllr. Mrs. Constable to seek further information.


A cheque was signed for:

£ 151.09       South West Water         Allotments supply

Next meeting

Monday, 16th December

The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.