April 2017 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 24th April, 2017.


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: None appropriate

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek


There was no Public Clinic at this meeting. All matters to receive debate could have been raised at the Annual Open Parish Meeting held immediately before this meeting but there had been none.

The Clerk reported two crimes logged by the police during February, one being Anti Social Behaviour at Fore Street and the other a Vehicle Crime on the B3298 near Foxes Row which had been investigated by the police with no suspect identified.

Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner, having attended a Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch meeting, confirmed that speed watch activities will shortly commence at approved places in the parish.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

Concluding his report, CC Kaczmarek enquired when the copy date is for the next edition of Carharrack News and was informed that it is 10th May.


Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E.


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the held on 20th March 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 and Carharrack Club.




513 Ms. B. Clark, The Cottage, Little Carharrack – Construction of a single infill dwelling





The Clerk had attended a Mineral Tramways meeting held at the King Edward Mine site at Troon on Thursday, 20th April, this gathering being chaired by CC Kaczmarek. As recorded in his report above, the only matter concerning Carharrack requiring attention was the finger post sign at Sunrise Hill.

Cornwall Council had confirmed that the PROW team have no concerns regarding the changes that have been made by a local resident to the entrance to Footpath 4 at Carn Marth Cove.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported on the meeting of CMT he had attended on Friday, 21st April. The Trust is in good shape, financially, and tree planting is progressing. A Fishing Bailiff is now in post to control fishing activities at the pond at Carn Marth. Funding is to be sought for further planting but the Trust requires guidance before an application can be made. Cllr. Martin indicated that funding may be available from the Mining Villages Regeneration Group to assist in drawing up proposals and gave the contact details for Charlotte Chadwick, Secretary to M.V.R.G.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported a situation at Tresithney Road where the turning area at the far end of the road is being used by builders working on a bungalow of a new resident, this lady indicating that there are no highway signs to prevent such parking when approached about the matter. As a result, vehicles are using Cllr. Miss Aldridge’s driveway to turn around and she considers this unacceptable. CC Kaczmarek took note of the situation and indicated that he would arrange a meeting with Ben Dickinson of Cormac Solutions following the Election of Cornwall Councillors on Thursday, 4th May, should he be successful in retaining his seat.

Since the last meeting, the long term parking of a camper van on United Road had been brought to the attention of the police since it was considered that it was obstructing the view for drivers using that road. PCSO Ferris had visited the road on several occasions, however, and was of the opinion that the vehicle was not parked illegally and not causing a danger to motorists.

Litter Picking,

RESOLVED to hold a further litter picking session, between 7.00 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, 23rd June, the Clerk to arrange for the appropriate equipment to be available from Cornwall Council.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman indicated that Cornwall Council has still not reinstalled the item of play equipment removed for repair a long time ago, CC Kaczmarek had followed-up the matter when it was last reported to him and was unhappy that the matter had not been resolved. He requested a further e-mail from the Chairman so that he could press for action.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine/Website

The Spring edition of the magazine had finally been received from the printer and distributed by Councillors but some had too many copies while others had too few. A transfer was arranged between Councillors to correct the situation.

Willco Web Design had provided a website report for April, 2016 to March, 2017, indicating visitor figures for that period. A copy to be included in the Circulation Folder at the close of this meeting.

Grass Verge adjacent to Mills Hall car park

The Clerk detailed the ongoing saga of communications with Cornwall Council and Cormac Solutions regarding the placement of a bench on this verge to prevent vehicle parking. Both had approved the placement with easily achieved conditions and a site meeting had been suggested by Ben Dickinson to finalize matters. It was agreed that the Clerk represents this council at such a meeting.

Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club

The Clerk reported that a letter had been sent to Carharrack Club seeking information on when the trees might receive attention but no response had yet been received.

Weed Control in the village.

The Clerk reported that a quotation had been obtained from Voguebeloweth Landscape Services for weed control on the roads/streets in the village identified by Cllr. Miss Aldridge. RESOLVED to accept the tender of £109.20 to cover one application in April and a further in August/September, depending on weather conditions, together with a figure of £78.00 for the clearing of old weeds and tidying up before the first spray.

Telephone Box

It was commented that the telephone box at Higher Albion Row is in poor condition and thought not to be used by anyone to make a call. The Clerk to refer to previous minutes covering this item and report at the next meeting.


The Chairman, who with CC Kaczmarek had also attended the meeting on 31st March to debate the site, concluded that it was, unfortunately, a waste of time. Papers handed out at the meeting were included in the Circulation Folder for Councillors to digest before the next PC meeting. CC Kaczmarek indicated that he will continue to press for the Household Waste Recycling Centre at United Mines to remain open for as long as possible, perhaps permanently, to avoid the inevitable fly tipping that will take place locally if it is closed, he having reported over 400 incidents of fly tipping over the past 4 years.


Nothing to record.

CC Kaczmarek and Cllr. Mrs. J. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.30 p.m.


The Clerk reported that e-mails had been sent to a number of plot holders identified by the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge where little or no attention had been given to their plots, the responses received being sent to both Councillors. Cllr. Miss Aldridge commented that a lot of tidying up had been carried out at Plot 87, being worked by a wheelchair bound person, and it is now in a acceptable state. The Clerk also reported that he had replaced rotten tap mounting posts, serviced mowers and strimmers and provided fuel for these machines. One mower, however, had been beyond repair due to the lack of replacement parts being available and permission given for a replacement mower to be purchased – this he had done. The solar light in the toilet block, reported as not working, had been referred to the installer to assess the problem and report back. The removal of a plot holder’s trailer from the grass area at the entrance to the site had been requested and a response received that this would be actioned. An enquiry had been received by the Clerk regarding taking on any spare plot and after showing the applicant the plots available, the person had chosen one just given up by a previous plot holder. With regard to Plot 55, it was RESOLVED to accept the tender of plot holder Alec Dale’s quotation of £20 per spray in an attempt to bring this plot back into a state where it can be cultivated again. This might take up to five spraying sessions. Also RESOLVED to write to the parents of the previous person using Plot 55 seeking a financial contribution towards this work which should not have been necessary had the plot been used in accordance with the Agreement for Letting.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that various wild flowers are at a promising state of

growth in the field. It was thought that people might be encouraged to have a walk around in the field

if it was clear that they are free to do so and Cllr. Garbett indicated that he would advertise this in the

next edition of Carharrack News. The Clerk apologised that attention had not been given to burning

the large pile of brambles at the field but this would be done shortly.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin gave a full report on the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group held at Pulla Cross on 30th March.

  2. Iron Footbridge. An article on the repaired footbridge, prepared by Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner, had appeared in the current edition of Carharrack News. She was thanked for this contribution.

  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  1. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Miss Aldridge was thanked for her recent cleaning of the two bus shelters on behalf of this Council. The damaged pane of glass in the lower shelter is holding together firmly and does not require replacement at this point in time.

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record..

8 Museum. nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


CC – Planning Newsletter For circulation

Papers from United Downs meeting on 31st March For circulation

Website Report for April, 2016 to March, 2017 For circulation

St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for March & April meetings For circulation


It was RESOLVED that the Parish Council would assume responsibility for arranging the next Bonfire evening in the village, Cllr. Mrs. Williams, Chairman, taking the lead.

The Annual Governance Statement by this Council in connection with the Annual Return to be submitted to Grant Thornton, External Auditors, was considered and approved by Councillors.

A cheque was signed for:

£223.20 Clerk Refund for purchase of new mower for Allotments

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that ICE are in the process of having an oak bench built to be placed in the Recreation Ground as a permanent reminder of Paul Williams, a member of the ICE group since its inception and deeply involved in the raising of funds to pay for the tremendous improvements made to the playing field and who passed away last Christmas. It was RESOLVED that if the group have insufficient funds to pay for the bench, this Council will consider making a donation. Cllr. Brenda Williams, Chairman of this Council and widow of Paul, was not present in the room while this matter was debated and thus took no part in the resolution reached.


Monday, 22nd May

The meeting closed at 9.10 p.m.