December 2018 minutes

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

17th December, 2018.


Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

G. Garbett

C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. Mrs. V. Chown, Mrs. J. Constable and Mrs. J. Gardiner

It was noted with sorrow that Cllr. Mrs. Val Chown had recently fallen at home, broken a number of bones in her leg and is currently recovering in hospital following an operation. Councillors wished her a full recovery.

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

D. Dyer


There were no matters raised.

Police Report – The Clerk indicated that two crimes had been registered with the police during October, both of these being Anti Social Behaviour, one at Tremayne Road (yet again?) and one at Sparry Lane.

The Clerk had attended the latest meeting of the Police Liaison Group, held this time at the Mills Hall on 3rd December, the main matters discussed being the reduction in police funding, the drop from 15 P.C.S.O.’s two years ago to just 8 at the moment, with two of these moving on to other police posts without replacement, and the time consuming use of the police when dealing with people with mental disorders. Inspector Mark Eccles indicated that he would be taking early retirement at the end of January, 2019, and was thanked for his past service by those present.

Neighbourhood Watch Report – In the absence of Chris Cottell, the Clerk summarised the minutes of the latest meeting on 15th November and indicated that the next meeting would be on 20th December.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

The Clerk asked Cllr. Kaczmarek if he had received an e-mail from him, plus subsequent follow-up e-mail, concerning a car parked for an extensive time at Polkerris Road. Cllr. Kaczmarek responded that he had no knowledge of such contact and requested a retry. It was commented that another car has stood in Sparry Lane near the junction with Fore Street for a considerable time and now has flat tyres. Cllr. Kaczmarek asked for details of this vehicle, too.


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


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th November, 2019, 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 Club.




543 Mrs. L. Zeat-Kane, No address given – Outline permission with all matters reserved for four dwellings on land
North of 6 Manor Road
Councillors considered that the narrowness of Hillside Road, leading to the proposed site, would create a
major access problem, particularly as each of the four dwellings would have two parking spaces and a
further four visitors parking spaces. The narrowness would also pose a significant problem for lorries
delivering building materials to the site and inconvenience to local residents. It was considered that the
proposal to dispose of surface water from such a large site via a soakaway is quite inadequate.

NPA Mrs. S. Chynoweth, Sues Field, Sparry Lane – Certificate of Lawfulness for existing use of a caravan as a self

contained residential unit

Councillors share the views of neighbouring Gwennap Parish Council that credible evidence that the

caravan has been used consistently for residential purposes for the necessary ten years has not been

provided. It is queried why the County Council did not require the caravan to be removed from the site

when on two previous occasions, in June, 2011 and July, 2012, a Certificate of Lawfulness was

refused. Councillors also despise the continued use of this method of obtaining retrospective

planning consent by the applicant and, if approved, are concerned about what future planning applications

will be forthcoming for the site.

542 Mr. and Mrs. Lahera, Carn Villa, Higher Trevethan – Conversion of existing redundant stable block to create
holiday let for dog owners.





A sum of £743.08, the same as the current grant, has been offered by Cornwall Council towards the maintenance of footpaths in the parish for 2019/20.

Following advice from Cllr. Martin, the Clerk had notified Gavin Henderson, Senior Countryside Officer, that the fingerpost sign at the junction of Footpath 13 and Sparry Bottom had again been nudged over, presumably by a vehicle using the junction as a turning point, and it only having been reinstalled recently after being pushed over. The response had been that the matter would be attended to.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett had attended a recent meeting of CMT at which the main item had been the opposition expressed by themselves and Lanner Parish Council to the proposal that Carn Marth becomes an Open Space.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Garbett reported that he had contacted Cormac to report the hole he had noticed had been dug near the highway at Shute Hill, as mentioned at the November meeting of this Council, but was not aware of any action taken although cones had been positioned by someone close to the hole for public safety. C.C. Kaczmarek requested a photograph of the hole so that he could make appropriate enquiries. Cllr. Garbett agreed to provide this.

Litter Picking,

It was decided to arrange a date for the next litter pick at the next meeting.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.20 p.m.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that the gates have yet to be painted by I.C.E. A proposal is being followed-up that the Recreation Ground is locked at dusk every day and the Clerk had received a copy of an indication from Stuart Wallace, Public Space Officer with Cornwall Council, that such action is not usually encouraged, listing many reasons for so doing. One is that such locking of a Open Space is best enacted with the support of the local Parish Council. The Chairman indicated that the matter would be referred to the Parish Council when further consideration had been given to the proposal. Meanwhile, the comments from Stuart Wallace to be made available to Councillors in the Circulation Folder.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllr. Garbett had carried out considerable work to produce a record of distribution rounds for each Councillor and an electronic version is available should they be needed for any reason.

Electoral Review

It was noted with deep regret that the Local Government Boundary Commission had published their recommendations for the divisions to be covered by the revised number of 87 Cornwall Councillors, a drop of 36 from the current 123 Councillors, from 2021 since this Council’s submission that Carharrack, Gwennap and St. Day should remain as one division with the hamlet of Treskerby being included in order to reach the required minimum number of electorate had not been given favourable consideration. Instead, Carharrack and St. Day Parish Councils will join Redruth Central in one division and Gwennap will join Lanner and Stithians in another. C.C. Kaczmarek had earlier expressed his disappointment at the conclusion of the review.

Information letter from the L.G.B.C. included in the Circulation Folder.


Please see Mills Hall under Village Regeneration below.


Nothing to record


Cllr. Martin and the Clerk had attended the latest meeting of the Geothermal Engineering Community Liaison Group on the evening of 5th December at Pulla Cross. The progress of the drilling of the first hole was described in detail and confirmation received from all present that the rig installation had gone off with very little problem and continuing drilling operations are not causing a noise nuisance to local residents. Further Drop-in Sessions at the site for the public have been arranged for Saturday, 19th January (11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) and Monday, 18th February (2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.), 2019. Papers from this meeting included in the Circulation Folder


The Clerk reported that the treatment to the grass area inside the gateway to relieve compaction and revision to the mains water

installation had both been delayed by the contractors involved being urgently engaged elsewhere. Both tasks to be undertaken as soon as possible, weather permitting.

  1. Pound Footpath. Cllr. Martin produced copies of correspondence between this Council and Legal Services at Cornwall Council dating back to April, 1998, which is inconclusive concerning the ownership of the footpath. The Clerk undertook to establish the facts.

  2. Pound Field and building. Nothing to record.

  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin gave a report on a meeting of the M.V.R. Group held on Thursday last, 13th December at Pulla Cross and not Stithians as originally planned. The next meeting, on a date to be arranged, will be at Stithians. Cllr. Martin was thanked by Councillors for representing this Council at the meetings.

  4. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.

  5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  6. Bus Shelters. The vandalised pane of glass at the lower shelter had been replaced by Cornwall Glass, their quotation of £151 being subsequently reduced to £111 due to the Clerk having removed all the shattered glass from the frame as a safety measure for the public. RESOLVED to pay the invoice received.

7. Mills Hall. With sufficient funding having been obtained, via the efforts of parishioner Linzi Berryman, for the provision

of a defibrillator for Carharrack, the next stage is to obtain agreement for the AED to be placed appropriately in the village.

The Clerk had written to Ian Holland, Secretary of the Mills Hall Trust, asking if it could be attached to the front wall of the

hall and had received a positive response. Mr. Holland had requested that, when the electrical work is carried out to install

the AED, an additional cable is passed through the walling so that an outdoor electrical socket can be installed for use by

I.C.E. Christmas lighting. The Trust would cover the additional cost involved. It is now appropriate to consult the

Ambulance Service regarding the actual positioning of the AED and the Clerk would arrange this, involving Ian Holland

and Linzi Berryman. The Council’s insurers had confirmed that the current policy covers both the damage to or theft of the


8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Cllr. Martin to provide a further supply of leaflets to Redruth Library since the ones he had left there are

being taken.


1. SCOPE – request to locate a textile recycling bank in Carharrack To be referred to the Mills Hall Trust

2. C.C. – Christmas Waste & Recycling Collections For circulation

3. Derek Williams, Saint Eloy, Brittany – possible twinning arrangement with Carharrack? Item for next magazine.

4. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of November meeting For circulation

(St. Day P.C. – No draft minutes available for their December meeting, their Clerk being away from home)

5. Stuart Wallace – Info. on locking of Open Spaces For circulation

6. Local Government Boundary Commission – Electoral Review recommendations For circulation

7. Geothermal Project – information documents For circulation


Precept – The Clerk had prepared and circulated working papers in respect of the Precept to be requested for the 2019/2020 financial year. RESOLVED to submit a figure of £8,500, the same sum as has been requested annually since the 2011/12 financial year.

Cheques were signed for:

£ 111.00 Cornwall Glass Repair to lower bus shelter

£1,275.46 Clerk Salary/reimbursements Oct./Nov./Dec. – details circulated

£ 255.00 H.M.R.C. Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.


Monday, 21st January, 2019

The meeting closed at 9.35 p.m.

Future meeting dates; 18th February, 18th March, 22nd April, 20th May, 17th June, 22nd July, 23rd September, 21st October,

18th November and 16th December, 2019.