February 2017 Minutes

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

27th February, 2017.



Present:  Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams  (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

G. Garbett



Clerk:      T. Reynolds


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


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;    R. Evatt



Mr. Evatt commented that large trucks are using United Road rather than Consols Road when carrying scrap metal from the United Downs area.  C.C. Kaczmarek confirmed that there is no regulation requiring such trucks to use any particular route.

The Clerk reported just a single crime having been recorded by the police during last December, this being Anti Social Behaviour at Treyew Place.  It was noted that a similar disturbance at Treyew Place had been recorded in November.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:



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



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the held on 23rd January 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.



No matters arising.



            513    Ms. B. Clark, The Cottage, Little Carharrack – Construction of single infill dwelling house
                      Councillors raise no objections to this application but would prefer as much local stone as possible to
                      be included in the construction.
                        512     Mrs. M. Bennetts, Grove Vista, Trevarth Road – Outline permission for formation of infill residential
                                   dwelling plot
                                   CONDITIONAL APPROVAL


                                   The Clerk had attempted to obtain a statement from CC regarding the two cases of developments taking
                                   place within the parish without planning consent and reported last November but had not received a
                                   response to the answer phone message he had left for attention.



The Clerk confirmed that the fencing panels beside the footpath at North Hill had received appropriate attention by the owner of the field and are now stable.

It was noted that the North Coast Cluster Group are pressing CC to review the amount of money they pay to Town and Parish Councils to carry out maintenance of public footpaths under the Local Maintenance Partnership, arguing that the National Minimum Wage has increased year on year since 2007 but no increase in the LMP payments has occurred.




Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that he had attended a meeting of CMT on 10th February at which the issue of cards for fishing at the pond was discussed along with CMT carrying out their own spraying to reduce costs and tree planting to take place on 6th March.  Chris Bosworth, Chairman, had reflected on the future of CMT with the possibility of parish councils taking over maintenance duties.

Highway Matters

The Clerk and Cllr. Garbett reported on a situation at The Shute whereby the installation of granite kerbs and wooden bollards in the lay-by by the appointed contractor during the day on Wednesday, 22nd February had seen the posts, standing in drying concrete, removed from the ground overnight and tossed on the nearby grass by an unknown person.  The police had been informed, regarded the incident as a crime and PCSO Ferris had made door to door enquiries in the immediate area.  Although the person leaving a note at the scene indicating that the parking bays created were too small, this person had denied responsibility for removing the posts and kicking the granite kerbs out of a vertical state.   RESOLVED to follow up the possibility of reducing the bays from three to two so as to create a better parking arrangement.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.25 p.m.

Litter Picking,

Following lengthy debate, it was RESOLVED to discontinue the engagement of Mr. David Hall of Redruth for litter picking and bus shelter cleaning at Carharrack.  It was thought that litter picking sessions arranged by this Council should keep the litter situation under control and Cllrs. Mrs. Williams and Miss Aldridge volunteered to clean the bus shelters on a regular basis, depending on need.  The Clerk to thank Mr. Hall for his services since 2008 and invite an invoice covering the past three months.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that she would be following-up the delay in CC reinstating the missing item of play equipment at the

Recreation Ground.  Cllr. Miss Aldridge commented that she had been made aware of trees lining the playing field being in need of attention and it was agreed to bring this to the attention of CC at the next suitable opportunity.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Spring edition of the magazine is currently with the printer and is expected shortly for distribution.  The Chairman reported that the omission of properties at Chapel Terrace from receiving a delivery of the magazine had been checked and a fault discovered.  This had been corrected and so residents of this road will again receive magazines.

Grass Verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park

The Clerk reported that further pressure from him had resulted in CC confirming that a bench could be installed on the verge by Cormac subject to this Council accepting responsibility for the maintenance of the bench.  The Clerk had obtained a quotation from Agri-Cycle of Lincoln for the delivery of a similar bench to ones previously supplied by this company but the price had increased from £225 to £335 since October, 2013.  Agreed that the Clerk attempts to obtain a better figure.

Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club

The Clerk reported on a situation involving a resident of Menakarne seeking to have tall Lleylandii trees growing at the roadside frontage of Carharrack Club in Chapel Terrace reduced in height in order to allow more sunlight into his property, the club having previously said that the matter would be attended to but no satisfactory situation being arrived at. The Clerk had contacted County Hall and established that there is a service offered by them to adjudicate on such matters but legislation does not guarantee access to uninterrupted light and, additionally, CC require a fee of £320 to deal with the complaint.  This information had been relayed to the resident who had subsequently decided not to proceed.  RESOLVED to write to Carharrack Club requesting them to do their best to reduce the height of the trees.

Weed Control in the village        

The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge undertook to prepare a list of streets and roads in the village that require spraying to control weed growth so that the Clerk can obtain quotations for this work.



Nothing to record


Nothing to record.



The Clerk apologised that due to hospitalisation he had not attended to the provision of a sign restricting access to the Allotments for dogs other than those belonging to plot holders.  Cllr. Miss Aldridge volunteered to contact a sign maker she is aware of who could produce such a notice.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. Garbett reported that he had sought to bring forward the strimming of brambles scheduled

for 19th March due to Spring flowers emerging but the Clerk was not in a position to assist on this occasion.  He had,

however, suggested an operator known to him, Mr. Richard Ward  and Cllr. Garbett had met and agreed with Mr. Ward the

area he would like strimmed.  This task had subsequently been carried out to a high standard.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. Martin reported that the next meeting of the group will be on 30th March at Frogpool.
  2. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.




  1. Bus Shelters. The Chairman reported that, yet again, a pane of glass has been vandalised at the Mills Hall bus shelter but the glass is holding together in a safe manner and does not require immediate replacement.
  2. Mills Hall. With regard to the damaged wooden cabinet displaying the Calor Gas Best Kept Village trophy won by

Carharrack in 1994, Cllr. Martin indicated that he is aware of a craftsman who might well construct a replacement

cabinet and undertook to obtain a quotation for doing so.

  1. Museum. Nothing to record.
  2. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.



C.C. – Planning newsletter      For circulation

C.C. – Additional road safety and drainage schemes information       For circulation

M.V.R. G. – Notes on Enforcement Planning Partnership Special Meeting       For circulation

Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine      For circulation

St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for February meeting      For circulation

Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of November & January meeting (no December meeting)       For circulation



A cheque was signed for:

£280.00       I.C.E.               Donation towards Christmas lighting.



Monday, 20th March


The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.