October 2013 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 21st October, 2013.

Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
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, Miss V Aldridge, R.Dyer

Council Vacancy (1)

The Chairman introduced and welcomed Valerie Aldridge to the meeting. Miss Aldridge was to sit through the meeting and decide at the end if she was interested in becoming a Parish Councillor.

Public Clinic

Mr. Dyer, recognising that Crofthandy is in the neighbouring parish of Gwennap but hoping that a member of the Redruth Neighbourhood Police Team might be present, referred to no less than 10 vehicles parked in a line near a road junction in this hamlet, causing motorists to drive on the wrong side of the road when approaching the junction. It was pointed out that police support for Gwennap comes from Falmouth but the Clerk would pass on concerns to Alan Blamey, Clerk at Gwennap P.C.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted a report for the period 24th September to 21st October indicating 13 calls for police assistance compared to 21 for the same period last year and just 1 crime, this comparing to 8 last year. The single crime had been Common Assault. On hearing that one of the logged calls to the police had involved a burnt out vehicle, Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek related his personal involvement in a situation resulting in a burnt out car at Carn Marth but since this is in Lanner Parish, it was queried whether this was the vehicle being referred to or if there was another incident in Carharrack Parish – the Clerk to establish.

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 23rd September 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 – CC Kaczmarek reported that he had yet to hear from Eric Rabjohns regarding the plaque he would like installed near the railway track on Footpath 14 – the Clerk to prompt Mr. Rabjohns.

Local Housing Needs

CC Kaczmarek confirmed that all properties built as Phase 2 of the Poldory View/Meadows development have been taken up, subject to mortgages being confirmed.

Planning

Applications:

Nil

Decisions:

461 Mr. & Mrs. J. Northey, Greenacres, Trevarth Road – Erection of single storey side extension – APPROVED
463 Mr. & Mrs. R. Andrew, Charnwood, Carnmarth – Retention and completion of single garage to store a motor home – CONDITIONAL APPROVAL
464 Mr. R. Barber, Trelawney, Ting Tang – Erection of double garage with loft – CONDITIONAL APPROVAL
465 Mr. & Mrs. Gould, The Pines, Ting Tang – Conversion of existing garage to lounge – APPROVED

Other:

448 Mr. D. Newman, Trelowen, Trevethan -¬ Erection of dwelling
Covered in Cornwall Councillor’s Report above

Environmental issues

Footpaths

The Clerk reported that he had restated with Cormac Solutions Ltd this Council’s concerns over the safety of the stone steps serving the iron footbridge now part of new Footpath 18.
It was noted that excessive bramble growth is now making it impossible to use new Footpath 19 but that Footpath signs have been erected by Cornwall Council at both ends – a confusing situation The Clerk to check on the reactions of occupiers of land adjoining the path who had been instructed by Cornwall Council to cut back overhanging hedge growth.
Gavin Henderson of Cormac Solutions Ltd had indicated that the way marking post at the junction of Squire Lane and Footpath 13, currently out of the ground and leaning against a hedge, would be reinstated shortly and that the bollard at the same place would be renewed. He had also passed on this Council’s request for a dog waste bin to be positioned at the B3298 end of Footpath 13 but with budget restraints, was not over hopeful of success.
An invoice had been received from Mr. M. Herman for the balance of his agreed rate for this season’s maintenance of the footpaths in the parish. It was RESOLVED to settle the account, the Clerk to now apply for C.C.’s grant under the Local Maintenance Partnership.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner reported that she intends to attend the AGM of CMT on 30th October.

Highway Matters

Cormac Solutions Ltd had confirmed that the requested trimming of the hedge on the highway side of the Allotments is on the schedule for attention. As a result of the meeting being arranged by CC Kaczmarek – see Cornwall Councillor’s report above – however, the actual amount of trimming back may be increased.
Attention by Cormac Solutions Ltd had been requested for the Manor Road street sign currently hanging at an angle from its rotting wooden backing plate and confirmation received that action is in the course of being taken to correct this situation.

Litter Picking

All was thought to be satisfactory.

Recreation Ground

It was noted that the requested sign banning dogs from the playing field had yet to materialise but CC Kaczmarek reassured Councillors that ”It will come”.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Clerk reported that reminder letters had resulted in one of the two outstanding invoices having been settled but nothing heard from the other involving West Kernow Electrical Installations. RESOLVED to discontinue advertisements.

Carharrack Web Site

An invoice had been received from Willco Web Design for the management of the web site for the next 12 months. RESOLVED to settle the account.

The Shute

The Clerk reported that progress is being made with the transfer of ownership, the current owner having agreed the Deed of Gift document he had drawn up. On receipt of the signed and witnessed document, the appropriate Land Registry application form(s) to change the register would be despatched with the appropriate fee.

Notice Boards

The replacement notice boards to be a Winter project for the Clerk.

United mines landfill site

The Clerk confirmed that a letter had been sent to Cornwall Council supporting Gwennap Parish Council’s request that the Household Waste Recovery Centre remains available for as long as possible for parishioners. See Cornwall Councillor’s report above for further developments. Confirmation had been received that the next meeting of the Liaison Group will be on Tuesday, 3rd December at 5.30 p.m.

Geothermal project

Nothing to record.

Allotments

Cllr. Mrs. Chown reported on a meeting held with plot holders on Saturday morning, 12th October, at the Mills Hall. Only a dozen or so holders attended but a useful exchange of thoughts had taken place. Some plot holders will need to be contacted regarding the growing of trees on their plot since this is not allowed under the terms of their Letting Agreements. The purchase of a couple of pairs of shears had been suggested at the meeting to help with the trimming of the boundaries of plots and it was RESOLVED to provide these. Fees for the forthcoming year were paid by most holders present.
The Clerk was thanked for ordering, receiving and installing a replacement bench for the small area of land beside the entrance gate. The company involved, Agri.cycle Ltd of Lincoln, had quoted £100 as the delivery charge but following a request to reconsider this amount they had reviewed their distribution service and now send out benches vertically on a palate rather than horizontally, thus creating more space on the delivery lorry and reducing the delivery charge to £60. They had thanked this Council for bringing about this review. The cost of the bench had also dropped from the £199.00 quoted to £165.83.
The Chairman reported that Mr. Richard Carter had again mentioned to her the availability of a donated gazebo for the Allotments site and had responded by confirming that this Council would reimburse the materials cost for a suitable base for it to stand on.

CC Kaczmarek left the meeting at 8.15 p.m.

Village regeneration

  1. Pound Footpath. The Clerk reported that ownership of the land involved with this path has yet to be established although Cormac Solutions Ltd had indicated that they would seek confirmation from the Land Registry. The Clerk had sought the outcome but received no response.
  2. Pound Field and building. Peter Mycock to compose a report that could appear in the next edition of the parish magazine.
  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported that the next meeting will be on 14th November.
  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk to follow-up the matter of a proposed structural report on the bridge by Cornwall Council.
  5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
  6. Bus Shelters. The Clerk was thanked for removing a considerable amount of grass growing in the Mills Hall shelter’s guttering.
  7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  8. Museum. Nothing to record.
  9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

Correspondence

  1. 1. Cornwall Council – Your Budget, consultation. For circulation
  2. Conservation Volunteers – Free trees available. For circulation
  3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of September meeting. For circulation

Finance

A letter of thanks had been received from Richard Chown, Chairman of Carharrack Association Football Club, for this Council’s pledge of £1,000 towards their ambitious scheme to enhance facilities at their Ting Tang ground should major grant funding applied for be successful.

Cheques signed for:
£350.00 – Wilco Web Design. Web site management 2013/14
£300.00 – M. Herman. Footpath maintenance – final payment

Cllr. Martin had carried out an Internal Audit for the quarter ending 30th September and confirmed that all was in order.

Council vacancy (2)

Valerie Aldridge indicated that she would like to become a Councillor and it was RESOLVED to invite her to do so from the November meeting.

Next meeting

Monday, 18th November

The meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.