April 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 23rd April, 2018.

Present: Councillors
Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
Miss V. Aldridge
Mrs. V. Chown
Mrs. J. Constable
G. Garbett
Mrs. J. Gardiner

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. C. Martin

Also present:
Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;
Police Community Support Officer A. Hart;
C. Cottell, R. Dyer, A. Best, B. Evatt, R. Hooper

Mr. Cottell commented that the latest police crime figures available indicated that, in February, there had been 16 crimes in neighbouring Lanner Parish compared to the more normal 6 or 7 and asked PCSO Hart if there is any trend in crimes this parish should be aware of. PCSO Hart had no information to pass on.
Mr. Cottell also reported considerable waste, presumably thrown out of passing cars, at Higher Trevethan.
Mr. Dyer raised concerns regarding the parking of vehicles on a bend in the highway at Crofthandy which calls for vehicles to be driven on the wrong side of the road when negotiating the bend. Since Crofthandy is in Gwennap Parish, C.C. Kaczmarek requested an e-mail from the Clerk so that he could pass on the concerns to the appropriate PCSO.
Mr. Evatt thanked the Clerk and CC. Kaczmarek for bringing to the attention of Gavin Henderson, Senior Countryside Officer with CORMAC, problems with a timber bollard and vandalised sign prohibiting motor cycles on Footpath 13. Both matters had been attended to. He also commented that the period of quietness experienced for a number of weeks with regard to motorcycles being ridden irresponsibly had come to an end with riders recently witnessed being erratic.
Mr. Hooper complained about a person unknown using a chemical spray to kill growth in his garden and his garden hedge at Croft Row. With the absence of signs indicating that any form of authorised weed spraying had been taking place in the area, he concluded that it was a personal attack on him but regretted that members of the public might suffer as a result of coming into contact with the spray. It was suggested that an item be included in the next parish magazine advising parishioners that this Council has engaged a contractor to carry out weed control spraying on roads in the village – Cllr. Garbett offered to cover this.
Mr. Best offered to answer any queries Councillors might have regarding his second planning application submitted to Cornwall Council, having received approval for his original application.
Police Report – The Clerk reported two crimes logged by the police during February, one being Anti Social Behaviour and the other a vehicle crime, both taking place at Tremayne Road. The latter had been investigated but no suspect identified. Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner asked PCSO Hart why a more up-to-date police
crime report cannot be made available, and thus useful, to parish councils. He could give no immediate response but offered to follow-up at the police station tomorrow.
Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:
He has been shocked at the tree felling that has been taking place at Unity Woods rather than coppicing by the Tregothnan Estate and is aware that Chacewater Parish Council are equally appalled;
He had reported abandoned vehicles at Trevarth and Pennance Roads and these had subsequently been removed. He is concerned, however, that the police are not responding to his complaints:
He will be accompanying PCSO Hart on a walking tour of the villages they cover so that problem areas can be agreed upon;

A caravan had been set alight at Wheal Jewell last weekend. The owner of the caravan had received an official warning regarding the disposal of property in this manner. Monitors are to be set up to gauge the seriousness of radios being played too loudly;
He had attended a recent meeting at Lanner which debated the matter of speeding traffic. The consensus of opinion had been that the police need to take more enforcement action to regulate speeds of travel;
He was pleased that a troublesome kerb had recently been replaced at Tresithney Road;
He is to have a meeting involving Cornwall Council Officers John Mitchell and Stuart Wallace since he is appalled that the latter is not giving full and proper attention to matters concerning the Recreation Ground at Fore Street;
He had joined 68 other Cornwall Councillors in voting for £3m funding to be granted to the Stadium for Cornwall Project. 41 Councillors had voted against and there had been 7 abstentions. He was aware that all parishioners he represents do not agree with his decision;
The 40th International Mining Games held at King Edward Mine at the end of March had been a success with Camborne School of Mines winning the gents competition and the ladies team coming second in their event.
C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point 8.00 p.m.

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

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th 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.


528 Mr. J. Hinshelwood, Outline planning for all matters reserved for up to two residential
dwellings on a brown field site on land North West of Sunrising Farm, Higher Trevethan
The case officer is minded to refuse this application and under the Protocol for Local
Councils seeks this Council’s observations.
Resolved to agree

529 Mr. & Mrs. Mellor, Gorran Haven – Erection of dwelling with detached garage and new
vehicular access. Resubmission of approved application PA17/10530 (P.C. reference 519)
– New dwelling to be rotated on site and garage reduced in size.
No objections

530 Mr & Mrs A. Best, 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street – Proposed erection of a detached dwelling on
land to rear of 1 and 2 Woodleigh
Councillors supported the previously approved application PA17/12194 (P.C.
reference 522) for improvements at 1, Woodleigh but cannot support this
supplementary application on the grounds of overdevelopment of the site, minimal
amenity space for the new dwelling and much reduced amenity space for 1 and 2
Woodleigh and the absence of vehicle parking in an area already suffering from a
lack of parking space.

525 Mr & Mrs Finch, Tresco, Carnmarth – First floor extension and two storey side extension

527 Mr. A. MacKellar, Minchinhampton, Stroud – Construction of a 2 storey 3 bedroom
dwelling and detached double garage
APPROVED after Agree to Disagree submission


Decision still awaited from Cornwall Council regarding the choice of repairing the post and rail fencing on the footpath alongside North Hill or reinstating a Cornish hedge.
Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.30 p.m.
Carn Marth Trust
Cllr. Garbett reported on a recent meeting of CMT at which the work being carried out by the Trust figured highly in Lanner Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan. There has been a dog waste problem and misuse by trial bikers – photographs of the latter being requested in an attempt to track down the culprits. The Fishing Bailiff introduced a year ago has been upsetting some people who have a licence to fish but did not have it in their possession when challenged and aggressively told to stop. Future events at the theatre to be advertised in Carharrack News. The next meeting is on 6th June.
Highway Matters
Cllr. Mrs. Chown commented on the ongoing unsatisfactory situation of water rising through the surface of the highway at Sparry Lane and the need for CORMAC to take positive action to remedy the situation. RESOLVED that the Clerk sets up a meeting of CC Kaczmarek and Adrian Drake at Sparry Lane to try to take the matter forward to a solution.
Litter Picking,
It was reported that the litter picking session arranged for 6th April had gone off well with three parishioners plus the young daughter of one of them assisting Cllrs. Mrs. Williams, Miss Aldridge and Garbett, plus the Clerk, to collect some eight full bags of waste materials. Cllr. Aldridge was thanked for providing a lovely walnut cake for consumption after the session. It was decided to hold a further session on Friday, 6th July at 6.30 p.m., with notification appearing in the next edition of Carharrack News.
Recreation Ground
It was noted that ICE are in the process of meeting providers of children’s play equipment and adult’s gym equipment before a decision is taken on what to install.
Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine/Website
Cllr. Garbett reminded Councillors that the deadline for contributions for the Summer edition is Thursday, 3rd May. The Clerk reported that reimbursement had been received from SUEZ for the printing of the Winter, 2017, edition but payment is still awaited for the Spring, 2018, issue.
Weed Control in the village.
It was decided that the Clerk contacts Voguebeloth Landscape Services to establish if weed control has commenced on village roads and, if not, when this will be.

Notification had been received from Natalie Chard of SUEZ that a second cull of rabbits had been carried out at the site on Thursday, 19th April.
The second meeting of the Liaison Group had taken place on Wednesday, 18th April but Cllr. Martin had been in France and the Clerk had a family commitment at short notice and so this Council was not represented. Minutes of the meeting had been requested.

Following a site visit by the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge to the Allotments on Wednesday, 11th April, accompanied by the Clerk, some ten plot holders, some with more than one plot, had been identified as not giving acceptable attention to their plot(s). E-mails, or, where necessary, a letter, had been sent to all ten and the Clerk read out responses received, some of which indicating that a plot or plots had been given up. RESOLVED to give a termination notice to one plot holder who had not attended to his plot for a considerable time and is in an overgrown state. The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge had also completed the removal of bamboo and other waste materials from Plot 55 and this had been covered with Mypex to prevent weed growth until a new plot holder takes on the plot. The Clerk was requested to have a look at the mower stored in the top shed which is showing signs of nearing the end of its useful life.

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that he had planted a further ten young trees in the field and that he was pleased with general growth.
3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Nothing to record.
4. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
6. Bus Shelters. It was reported that a pane of glass has been smashed at the top shelter but is holding together in a safe manner meaning that an immediate replacement is not required.
7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
8. Museum. Nothing to record.
9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

C.C. – Disabled Parking Bays For circulation
C.C. – Localism Newsletter For circulation
Kier – Road closure at Martha Villas, Shute Hill, 30th July to 3rd August For circulation
St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for the April meeting For circulation
Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of the March meeting For circulation

The Clerk reported that under revised legislation, this Council can exempt itself from a limited assurance review by the new external auditor, PKF Littlejohn of London since gross expenditure/income is less than £25,000 . A return can still be submitted but the charge will double from £100 to £200 on the previous fee payable to Grant Thornton of Bristol. RESOLVED to follow the exemption route.
The Annual Governance Statement by this Council, still required under the exemption arrangements, was considered and approved by Councillors.

No cheques were required for signature.

The Chairman proposed that in view of the fact that the Clerk’s car trailer had reached the end of its working life and had been used extensively on Parish Council duties over many years, this Council should sponsor a replacement. The proposal was seconded and approved by Councillors. The Clerk expressed gratitude for the offer but was reluctant to accept. He would follow-up the cost of replacing the trailer for further discussion at a future meeting.

Monday, 21st May

The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.