December 2016 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday,

19th December, 2016.



Present:  Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. J. Constable

G Garbett

Mrs. J. Gardiner

C Martin


Clerk:     T. Reynolds


Apologies received from:   Cllr. Mrs. V. Chown


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;      R. Evatt, D. Dyer


Mr. Evatt reported that the sign prohibiting motorcycles from being ridden along Footpath 9, from the Sparry Lane end, has again been damaged, presumably by being kicked by a passing motor cyclist.  He also asked if this Council has been consulted regarding the felling of a tree at a point on this footpath near Rosewood.  The Clerk confirmed no knowledge of the situation.

The Clerk had established that, during October, there had been three recorded crimes, all under the heading Anti Social Behaviour, and occurring at Park Stenak, Tremayne Road and Polkerris Road.  He also reported on the latest Police Liaison Group meeting held on Monday, 5th December at Redruth Town Council offices.  The main points raised were that crimes are currently down by 9.5% in the Camborne Division, placing it best performing division in the county, but matters can often change overnight.  Red Zones have been established in Camborne and Redruth to monitor and target known crime spots where the greatest noticeable improvements can be achieved.  Eighteen Community Speed Watch sites have been established across the division with a Bodmin based officer issuing warning letters to offenders as well as checking that insurance, vehicle tax and M.O.T. are currently valid.  A great deal of time was spent on debating issues associated with urban life rather than rural affairs.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:



Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and Cllr. Garbett on 20 is Plenty.



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd November, 2016, are a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman.  Additional copies were made available for Carharrack Stars and Carharrack Club.







     507   Mr. S. Newman, Mayfair Cottage, Squire Lane
              Erection of domestic wooden shed and formation of a new pedestrian access
              Following the receipt of much additional information and this being circulated to Councillors between
              the November and this meeting by the Clerk, no objections were raised against the application.


NPA    Mr. B. Avent, Chestnut Cottage, Ponsanooth

Proposed new dwelling and Associated Works at Primrose Cottage, Consols Road



507      Mr. S. Newman, Mayfair Cottage, Squire Lane

Erection off domestic wooden shed and formation of a new pedestrian access







The Clerk reported that Cormac Solutions had e-mailed him, together with some 60 other town and parish councils, to say that a payment under the Local Maintenance Partnership for 2015 had not been submitted and one should be made without delay to avoid it being forfeited.  The Clerk was able to confirm that a claim had been submitted and the appropriate sum credited to this Council’s bank account.  Cormac had expressed thanks for enabling their records to be corrected.

Carn Marth Trust

Nothing to record.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Martin reported on the ongoing problem of flooding at Sparry Lane and the apparent lack of action by Cormac Solutions to deal with the threat of flooding that occurs following heavy rainfall.  An indication had been received that the pipe under the access to a field from Sparry Lane requires pressure jetting to clear it of obstruction but this does not appear to have taken place.    Sand bags provided by Cormac Solutions to direct flood water away from residential properties at Sparry Lane had backfired since the flow of water had subsequently removed the surface of Footpath 13, caused potholes and deep rutting as well as blocking the drain situated outside the South West Water compound.  Ben Dickinson and Gavin Henderson had been informed of this situation by the Clerk.  C.C. Kaczmarek requested copies of correspondence with Ben Dickinson so that he could follow-up

20 is Plenty was debated at length, recognising the varying points of view in a situation where everyone has the intention of creating a safer environment for pedestrians in the speed-mad society we appear to live in.  Cllr. Garbett, who had accepted an invitation to be Treasurer of the St. Day based project, agreed to ask the group to establish the cost of placing signs at both ends of Carharrack requesting drivers to observe a maximum speed of 20 m.p.h. so that this Council could consider making a financial contribution, this appeal based approach to motorists appearing to have a better chance of being established than a full blown 20 m.p.h. limit or 20 m.p.h. zone which will have vast financial implications.

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

Litter Picking

RESOLVED to hold a further litter picking session on Sunday morning, 26th March, 2017.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that the item of play equipment removed for repair by Cornwall Council has still yet to be returned and she would be contacting the appropriate officer concerning this.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

It was considered appropriate to bring forward the closing date for items for possible inclusion in the Winter edition, 2017, so that the magazine is in circulation well ahead of attractions taking place in early December.  Thanks should also be expressed in the forthcoming Spring edition to all those who are protecting their waste disposal sacks by covering them to prevent birds from pecking their way into sacks and littering the nearby area.  This might also encourage other parishioners to follow suit.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park

The Clerk reported that he had been pressing Cornwall Council for a response to the proposal to share the cost of installing a bench on this verge but despite an indication that an endeavour would be made to present a reply by the date of this meeting, nothing had been received.



An e-mail had been received from SUEZ detailing a restructuring of their Regional Communications Team.  Mike Dobson has now left the business and Emma Jordan has been appointed as Corporate Affairs Manager for the South from February, 2017.

Janine Sargent, Education Officer for Cornwall, will be the day-to-day contact until the beginning of February.  A new post of Community Liaison Manager for Cornwall is to be recruited.



Nothing to record.



The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that, as far as they were aware, all is well at the Allotments.




  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. It was RESOLVED to hold a further bramble clearing session at the Pound Field on Sunday

morning, 19th March, 2017.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. Martin had attended the latest meeting of the Mining Villages Regeneration Group held at the Stithians Centre on 24th November and gave a detailed report on matters covered.
  2. Repairs to the bridge have been completed but Cormac Consultancy expressed concerns that the area surrounding the bridge and the inscribed tablet mounted on a large stone would become overgrown again.  The Clerk had responded by indicating that this Council maintains these areas by regular strimming and this only ceased when the bridge was closed to public use by Cornwall Council in May, 2014.  The very long delay in putting together a repair package meant that weed and bramble growth was considerable over the period of closure but strimming will be recommenced in the Spring of 2017.  The Clerk had asked if the bridge is to have the replacement rails painted to match the existing ones but a response from Cormac indicated that the conservation officer involved in the repairs had decided that original and replaced rails were to be of differing colours so that the public are able to determine what is old and what is new.  It was decided that this might be a suitable subject to be covered in the next edition of Carharrack News and Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner agreed to prepare an article.
  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
  4. Bus Shelters. Nothing to record
  5. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  6. Museum. Nothing to record.
  7. Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


  1. N.H.S. – Non-emergency patient transport For circulation
  2. C.C. – Dogs on Beaches For circulation
  3. C.C. – Housing development proposed for Drump Road, Redruth For circulation
  4. C.C. – Winter Wellbeing magazine     For circulation
  5. NHS – Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Health & Social Care Plan For circulation
  6. St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for December meeting For circulation



Based on a working paper prepared and circulated by the Clerk, it was RESOLVED to submit a Precept of £8,500 to Cornwall Council for the 2017/2018 financial year, this figure repeating those set for each financial year since 2011/12.  Cllr. Martin indicated that a review of the Clerk’s salary was overdue and undertook to carry out a survey of salaries paid to clerks in neighbouring parishes to assist such a review.


Cheques were signed for:

£1,176.00      D. Hall                  Litter picking/bus shelter cleaning 2016

£1, 273.54     Clerk                     Salary and reimbursements, Oct. – Dec. 2016       details circulated

£    250.00     H.M.R.C.              Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.



Monday, 23rd January, 2017.


The meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.