September 2013 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday 23rd September, 2013.

Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
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; C. Cottell, L.Moulson, E. Rabjohns.

COUNCIL VACANCY

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PUBLIC CLINIC

Eric Rabjohns felt that the existing parish notice boards had reached the end of their lives and needed replacement. In response, it was commented that this Council had made a request to Gilbert & Goode, the builders of Phase 2 of the Poldory View/Meadows housing estate, that the replacement of the four boards was an action this Council would greatly appreciate as a gift to the parish they had offered as well as a replacement gate for the Allotments but, although the latter had been provided, unfortunately the builders had said that it had not been possible to provide the boards. The matter would be debated at a later stage of the meeting, however. Mr. Rabjohns also felt that a plaque would be appropriate to give information on the rail track installed on Footpath 14, created some time ago as part of the Mineral Tramways Project. Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek invited Mr. Rabjohns to let him have details of what wording he would like on the plaque so that he could support the request from his Member’s Fund. Mr. Rabjohns expressed his thanks for this gesture.

Christopher Cottell reported that parish footpaths are in good order but that the finger post sign on Footpath 13 at the end of Squire Lane is now out of the ground. The Clerk undertook to follow-up.

Mr. Moulson said that a dog or dogs are getting into the Recreation Ground but that he does not want to repair the fencing himself, preferring a contractor to do the work. The Chairman commented that requested repairs to equipment in the playing field have yet to be attended to by Cornwall Council. CC Kaczmarek suggested that the Chairman lets him have details of the fencing and repairs needed so that he could follow-up the matter with the appropriate Cornwall Council Officer.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ferris had submitted a report for the period 22nd July to 23rd September reflecting 23 calls for police assistance compared to 25 for the same period last year and 16 crimes, this comparing with 21 last year. The crimes had been criminal damage to vehicles (11), non crime domestic, non crime vulnerable adult, theft, criminal damage to property and an assault. He indicated that culprits for the damage to vehicles, the bulk of crimes committed not only in Carharrack but in other local areas, had been apprehended. He had also informed the Clerk that the ‘Phantom Cider Drinker’ who had, in the past, been depositing a large amount of empty cans behind the public seat across the road from Carharrack Animal Feeds had been identified and advised to take his empties to an appropriate waste bin.

 

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

• He had been involved in the provision of signing banning dogs from the Recreation Ground;

• There was grim news on the Budget front where significant savings have to be made by Cornwall Council – £9.3m in 2014 and £79.4m between the years 2015 and 2019;

• He is fearful that money will not be available for local highway improvements unless a Member’s Allowance is reinstated, a facility he has been pressing for;

• At Truro Magistrates Court recently, Mr. Mallaber pleaded guilty to two offences and fined £200 for each. He was ordered to pay Cornwall Council costs of £1,246 plus a victim surcharge of £20. In mitigation, he said that he had started to clear the sites at Foxes Row and the field at Trevarth Road and would not be storing things anymore. He has 21 days to comply with the clearance order;

• Mr. Newman of Trelowen, Trevethan is listed to appear before Truro Magistrates Court on 18th November after pleading not guilty to complying with Enforcement Notices issued against him;

• He was aware that the allocation of shared ownership housing at Poldory View/Meadows was causing great disappointment for some people – for each successful applicant there had been three unsuccessful;

• He had been disappointed that the editor of the parish magazine had not contacted him for his quarterly report for the recently circulated Autumn edition but the Clerk had provided him with a copy date for the Winter issue. He would have appreciated publicity for his charity walk which is to take place on Saturday, 5th October leaving the Countryman Inn at Piece, near Carnkie, at 10.00 a.m. and covering part of Carn Brea and the Great Flat Lode.

 

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 meetings held on 22nd July and 9th September (to consider planning applications only) were true and accurate records 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 the meeting between residents of Croft Row and Miles Foreman, Planning Officer, had taken place regarding their objections to a development approved at Tremayne Road for which they had not been consulted. Mr. Foreman had insisted that letters had been sent out to them

and also stated that the development was regarded by the Planning Service as being too far away to be regarded as ‘overlooking’.

 

LOCAL HOUSING NEEDS

The Chairman and Clerk had attended the handover of the completed housing on the Poldory View/Meadows site Wednesday, 7th August and been accompanied by Anthony Bassett of Ocean Services on a tour of several buildings to witness the quality of the finished product which had been high. Cllr. Martin expressed concerns over the state of sections of Sparry Lane following the heavy transport using this road during the construction of the housing. CC Kaczmarek requested e-mail contact on this matter so that he could set up a meeting with Viv Bidgood of Cormac to examine the road surface.

 

PLANNING

Applications:

Nil

 

Decisions:

462 Mrs. M. Watt, Carn Marth Cove House, Hillside Road – Erection of porch

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 when turning out recently to continue this Council’s voluntary maintenance of the paths linking Trevarth Road and Pennance Road via the Iron Bridge (to be known as Footpath 18) and from Pennance Road to The Shute (to be known as Footpath 19), he had been shown a letter by local resident, Cathy Page, that had been sent by Cormac to all occupiers of land adjacent to the latter path requesting them to arrange the cutting back of hedge growth overhanging the path. Following this clearance, Cormac are to cut back surface growth. The Clerk had written to Cormac asking if occupiers of land adjacent to Footpath 18 had received similar letters and what action was to be taken regarding the safety of the bridge and the steps serving it on both sides. The response was that it was deemed that Footpath 18 only requires surface clearance, that a request had been put to Cornwall Council to fund an inspection and report by a structural engineer on the future safety of the bridge but that the steps have been inspected and “no issues noted”. The Clerk expressed his concern about the last point, considering that the uneven nature of the steps on the Trevarth Road side of the bridge could present a danger to certain path users. RESOLVED to report these concerns back to Cormac.

A request had been received by Cllr. Martin for an additional dog waste bin, to be sited on Footpath 13. The Clerk to follow-up.

The Clerk reported that he had asked Cormac to cut back grass growth that had been creeping over the tarmac surface of the path running beside the B3298 from Alma Place towards Ting Tang and within a day this had been attended to. Cormac had indicated that they were not responsible for trimming back the field hedge running on the other side of the path but would do so on this occasion since the appropriate machinery had been available in the area. The Clerk had subsequently written to Mr. Roy Ladd of Carnside, owner of the field, and had received a letter in reply thanking Cornwall Council for trimming the overgrowth and confirming that he would take care of this when next the hedge requires attention.

The Chairman reported that she had been told that the road naming sign at Manor Road is hanging off its posts – the Clerk to follow-up.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner reported that there had been no CMT meetings for some time but their AGM will be on 30th October and she hoped to attend. She was aware that membership of CMT is dropping and there are concerns over what can be done to redress this. Three successful shows had been put on in the ‘theatre’ this season and a Ceiligh/Barn Dance evening is to be held in the Mills Hall on Saturday, 2nd November with a 7.30 p.m. start.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Martin reported that the deep ditch in Sparry Lane had been cleared of vegetation by Cormac but that there is an issue of the hedge on the highway side of the Allotments needing to be trimmed back. The Clerk to action.

It was noted that the advertising board at Abbey House at Higher Albion Row has now been removed following Enforcement Team action.

The Clerk reported that the letter received at the planning only meeting held on 9th September had come from Ian Holland, Secretary to the Mills Hall Trust seeking support for the provision of a pavement and pedestrian refuge outside the Mills Hall where it was considered that people arriving at/leaving the hall were putting themselves at risk due to the lack of visibility. This request had been referred to CC Kaczmarek who, in turn, had put it before Viv Bidgood of Cormac. A response had been received from him saying that given the current budget restraints it is beyond the scope of his maintenance budget to look at any such improvements. This information had been passed back to Ian Holland who, in thanking the Clerk for the prompt attention to his request, indicated that he was going to apply to the Landfill Trust for funding for the project.

Litter Picking

When undertaking strimming duties in the parish during August and September, the Clerk had become aware of far more litter than had been experienced when the Village Litter Pick had taken place on 13th July. This was thought to be associated with school holidays and more visitors.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that she had been seeking repairs to broken/dangerous equipment but this has yet to be undertaken. CC Kaczmarek indicated that there is only £20,000 available to cover the maintenance of playing fields throughout the county but if the Chairman was to let him have details of the repairs needed, including the fencing needed to keep dogs out of the Recreation Ground, he would take the matter further with Cormac.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Autumn edition had been delivered throughout the parish, the Clerk substituting for Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner who had been ill at the time. There had been comments received regarding spelling mistakes and some formatting but, in general magazines are well received. Cllr. Val. Chown agreed to provide a Councillor profile for the winter edition. Two advertisers had not settled their invoices and had been sent a reminder by the Clerk.

Carharrack Web Site

Nothing to record.

The Shute

The transfer of ownership is still being worked on by the Clerk. Cllr. Garbett commented that he had witnessed water being

drawn from The Shute by a commercial operator as well as by locals seeking to lower their water supply bills.

Notice Boards

It was agreed that the 4 parish notice boards, constructed, painted and installed by the Clerk back in 2009 at a cost of £16.75 each, had reached the end of their useful life and required replacement. A non-locking type was preferred, which, as now, permits easy access for those village organisations wishing display a notice. With catalogue prices for notice boards being so high, it was RESOLVED to accept the Clerk’s offer to produce 4 new boards within a £200 budget, the task to be undertaken during the early Winter months..

 

UNITED MINES LANDFILL SITE

Copy correspondence had been received involving Gwennap Parish Council, SITA, CC Kaczmarek and Des Teale of Cornwall Council regarding the scheduled closure of the United Downs Household Waste Centre in October, 2014. Gwennap PC would like the centre to remain open beyond that date and CC Kaczmarek shared that view. It was RESOLVED to write to Mr. Teale in strong support of the request so that this valuable local facility remains available for as long as possible before, for financial reasons, it will inevitably have to close.

 

GEOTHERMAL PROJECT

An e-mail communication had been received from Geothermal Engineering Ltd explaining the lack of activity on their project at the United Downs Industrial Park. They are still trying to secure the necessary funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to begin site works. In the meantime steps are being taken to prevent their existing planning permission from expiring. They had also sought confirmation that this Council wished to remain on the Liaison Group and Cllr. Martin, our representative, would be giving that undertaking.

 

ALLOTMENTS

C.C. Kaczmarek confirmed that he will continue to press for Cornwall Council to undertake tree maintenance at the Allotments to allow more sunlight to reach a number of plots currently shaded by sycamore trees on the hedge line.

The Clerk reported that Gerald Triggs of St. Day had won the Allotments Competition this season with the plots of David Tedd, Russell Pooley and Richard Carter being commended as being impressive on the day of judging. RESOLVED to award £15 to Mr. Triggs and £5 off next season’s plot fees for the other three. The winner’s shield had been suitably engraved.

Plot holders attending the Annual Meeting of plot holders held last April, had requested that the next meeting takes place in the Autumn of the current year rather than the following Spring and so it was RESOLVED to hold such a meeting on Saturday, 12th October at 10.00 a.m. in the Mills Hall. The Chairman to produce posters for display at the Allotments and on parish notice boards.

Some disappointment was expressed that in providing an attractive wooden gate and posts to replace the previous heavy metal gate as a gesture of goodwill towards the village by Gilbert & Goode, builders of Phase 2 of the Poldory View/Meadows Affordable housing project, they had not completed the job by building quoins around the posts – much as they had not properly finished the toilet block built at the end of Phase 1. The Clerk undertook to investigate a solution and confirmed that the two granite posts replaced by the new wooden ones have been retained for a possible future project.

It was RESOLVED that the wooden bench outside the Allotments entrance was in need of replacement, possibly using Agri.cycle Ltd who had provided the one purchased last year for the grass verge at the Trevarth Road junction. The Clerk to seek a quotation.

The Clerk reported the replacement of the locks on the Council’s two storage sheds.

 

VILLAGE REGENERATION

1. Pound Footpath. The Clerk detailed the situation that had arisen following a complaint received from a parishioner regarding horse droppings preventing the proper use of this path. The ownership of the land is under question and when this has been established the way forward may become clear.

2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Mrs. Constable reported that Peter Mycock is progressing with background information for this field. It was thought appropriate that he be asked to compose a report that could appear in the next edition of the parish magazine.

3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported that the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group had been held at Pulla Cross but there were no items of particular importance to bring to Councillor’s attention.

4. Iron Footbridge. As recorded under Footpaths above, it is hoped that Cornwall Council will be having a structural engineer’s report obtained for this bridge which is now part of a public footpath.

5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

6. Bus Shelters. It was reported that there are weeds growing again in the Mills Hall shelter’s guttering. The Clerk to remove.

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record but see Environmental Issues – Highway Matters above.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1. Clerks & Councils Direct, magazine For circulation

2. South West Water – Water Future Proposals and Choices 2015-2020 For circulation

3. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of July and August meetings For circulation

4. St. Day P.C. – Draft Minutes of September meeting For circulation

 

FINANCE

A letter had been received from Richard Chown, Chairman of Carharrack Association Football Club requesting financial support for an ambitious project they have to establish an artificial surface pitch with floodlighting as Phase 1 and new changing facilities as Phase 2, these to be sited on land next to their existing pitch. They are seeking £250,000 in grant funding from Sport England, Olympic Legacy and SITA Cornwall Trust and requested help of £1,000 towards the £13,750 they have to raise in order to attract grant funding. RESOLVED to send a letter of intent offering such a sum subject to the overall scheme being approved.

 

Cheque signed for:

£1,262.90 Clerk Salary and reimbursements – details circulated

£ 254.65 HMRC Clerk’s P.A.Y.E

 

NEXT MEETING

Monday, 21st October

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.