February 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 19th February, 2018

Present: Councillors
C. Martin (Vice Chairman)
Miss V. Aldridge
G. Garbett
Mrs. J. Gardiner

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman), Mrs. V. Chown, Mrs. J. Constable

Also present:
Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; D. Dyer, A. Best

Mr. Dyer asked if the telephone mast at Vogue is functioning yet and if it would benefit residents of Carharrack. Nobody present had knowledge of the situation but the Clerk said he would follow-up the matter with St. Day P.C.
Mr. Best attended to personally thank Councillors for supporting his planning application for 1 Woodleigh, approval for which had been granted by Cornwall Council in a short space of time. He went on to seek the views of Councillors on a planning application he is considering submitting for the erection of a dwelling on unused garden areas at 1 and 2 Woodleigh, producing plans he has had drawn up for one possible proposal. Councillors were in generally in favour but made the point that the proposed site is in Sparry Lane which already has a vehicle parking problem and another dwelling will only add to this problem. Mr. Best said that he was also considering a development with off-road parking but acknowledged that the access created would mean the loss of an on-road parking space for somebody.
Police Report – The Clerk had established that there had been just 2 reported crimes in Carharrack in December, the first under the heading Criminal Damage & Arson at Alma Terrace – investigations complete and no suspect identified – and the other Anti Social Behaviour at Fore Street. It was confirmed that PCSO Adrian Hart will be invited to attend the March meeting of this Council.
There was no Neighbourhood Watch Report but Cllr. Garbett apologised that when preparing the Spring edition of the parish magazine for printing he had overlooked the suggestion made at the last meeting that reference be made to the need for more volunteers to carry out Speedwatch duties.
Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:
He will be voting for an increase of 4.97% in Council Tax for Cornwall Council the next financial year rather than a proposed 5.97% increase;
He is pleased that funding for C.A.B. is to be retained;
He is not so pleased with Cornwall Council’s submission to the Boundary Commission for the new electoral divisions to come into force from 2021. Locally, this links Carharrack with St. Day and Mount Ambrose rather than the current St. Day and Gwennap;
He has received complaints regarding dog waste being picked up in a bag but then thrown into the ditch at Sparry Lane rather than disposed of in any of the bins provided in the village. However, he cannot see a way of overcoming this action by inconsiderate people;
He will be running a St. Piran’s Cornish Themed Charity Quiz at the Cornish Arms, Frogpool at 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 7th March;
An International Mining Competition will be held at King Edward Mine, Troon on 30th and 31st March with the Man Engine appearing at Heartlands on the evening of 31st March.

None made.

C.C. Kaczmarek indicated that he did not refer to dogs at the Wheal Jewell Travellers Site as being of the aggressive type when submitting his Cornwall Councillor’s Report. The Clerk was confident that this expression had been used by somebody at the meeting but perhaps not C.C. Kaczmarek. Apart from this, it was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22nd 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 not covered by the agenda.
525 Mr. & Mrs. S. Finch, Tresco, Carnmarth – First floor extension and two storey side extension to
include first floor balcony
No objection to this application

526 Mr. M. Tarner, 1 Manor House, Wheal Damsel Road – Single storey extension
While not objecting to the further development of the former garage at 1 Manor House,
Councillors are concerned that the main building may well be within the Cornish World Heritage
Mining Site and a flat roofed extension, at odds with the main dwelling’s roof and that of the
former garage, will not be acceptable.
521 Mr. & Mrs. Manning, Fairfield, Sparry Bottom
Proposed first floor extension and internal alterations including demolition of existing front
extensions, conversion of garage and construction of a new detached garage

522 Mr. & Mrs. A. Best, 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street
Proposed demolition of substandard rear double and single storey extensions and erection of a two storey
extension at 1 Woodleigh
524 Circuit Property Team – Demolition of existing outbuilding and construction of a new
ancillary building at 11 Tremayne Road
The Clerk reported that he had notified the development officer of the need for additional
information on this application and a response is awaited. If this is received well before the
next P.C. meeting, a circular will be sent to Councillors to determine a resolution.

The Clerk reported a problem on the footpath above road level at North Hill where two wooden fencing panels, erected by the owner/occupier of the field adjacent to the path as a repair to rotting timber post and rail fencing, were no longer upright and leaning across the path. He was aware that a local resident had walked into the panels in darkness and had sustained a minor injury. Adrian Drake, Highways Manager, had been informed but to make the situation at the time a safe one, the Clerk had used rope already attached to the panels to tie them back into a nearly upright position. Mr. Drake subsequently advised the Clerk that the footpath/footway is an anomaly in that it was put in as a highway improvement and accommodation works limited to the erection of post and rail fencing. He is seeking a decision from Cornwall Council as to whether to replace the rotting post and rail fencing, thus retaining maintenance liability, or install a Cornish hedge and pass maintenance liability to the owner of the field. Meanwhile, the fencing panels have been removed and metal mesh panels installed.
Cllr. Martin reported that the path linking Treyew Place and Brokenshires Corner is being obstructed by the overgrowth of shrubbery from an adjacent dwelling, a situation that has cropped up in the past. The Clerk to contact the householder and request trimming action.
Cllr. Garbett reported that the timber bollard placed on Footpath 13, near the junction of Squire Lane to prevent vehicular use of the wide path, is again in a less than upright state and requires to be installed in a much firmer manner. The Clerk to notify Gavin Henderson, Senior Countryside Officer with CORMAC that a previous attempt to install the bollard securely has been unsuccessful.
Carn Marth Trust
Nothing to record.
Highway Matters
The Clerk confirmed that, following the last meeting, an e-mail had been sent to C.C. Kaczmarek objecting to the new access created to the property at Pound Cross and calling for it to be stopped-up. It was noted that the access is no longer being used but the hedge has not been reinstated and Councillors considered that it should be. Cllr. Kaczmarek took note.
The Clerk also confirmed that an e-mail had been sent to St. Day P.C. requesting that bushes at the junction of Church Hill and the B3298 be cut back to provide better visibility of approaching traffic from the Carharrack direction for drivers. It was noted from draft minutes of St. Day P.C.’s February meeting that a decision had been reached to ask for the bushes to be cut back.
Litter Picking,
An e-mail had been received from Jacobstow P.C. inviting this Council to join in a Clean Cornwall litter pick in March. The Clerk had responded that this Council carries out regular litter picking sessions, three last year, with another scheduled for April of this year. A subsequent response congratulated this Council on its actions in combating the litter problem in Cornwall.

Recreation Ground
Nothing to record.
C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.30 p.m.
Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine
The Clerk had received a ‘procurement’ e-mail communication from SUEZ from which he had assumed that they had made a payment direct to this Council’s bank account in respect of a refund for printing costs for the Winter edition. This will become clear when the next bank statement arrives. An invoice had just been received from the printer for
producing the Spring edition and it was RESOLVED to settle this account.
Weed Control in the village
An invoice had been received from Voguebeloth Landscape Services for weed control carried out last year and it was RESOLVED to settle this account.
Verge Trimming in the village
Voguebeloth Landscape Services had also submitted an invoice for verge trimming throughout 2017 and it was agreed that a first class job had been carried out. RESOLVED to settle this account.

Cllr. Martin confirmed that he had attended the latest Liaison Group meeting on 23rd January – the minutes of that gathering failing to include his name on the ‘Present’ list – and gave a full report on the many items covered. The next meeting is scheduled for 22nd May but as the site offices will no longer be in place, a venue has yet to be decided upon.
Minutes of the first meeting of the Geothermal Engineering Community Liaison Group on 6th December, 2017, had been received and filed. It has now become known that the starting date for site preparation had been delayed by a month – January to February – and the rig is now due to be moved on to the site in May and continue drilling until November.

Cllr. Aldridge commented that the lady giving up Plot 50 has left behind quite a number of old car tyres used to contain different plants. Since it would cost this Council over £3 each to dispose of the tyres and the tenancy agreement document signed by all plot holders requires them to remove all fittings and fixtures upon terminating the agreement, it was RESOLVED that she be asked to arrange for them to be removed.
The Clerk reported receipt of a copy of a letter sent to Cornwall Council by the plot holder living adjacent to the Allotments concerning what he regarded as the wrongful removal of wooden steps by Carharrack P.C. linking his garden with plots on the Allotments and calling for their reinstatement. The Clerk had spoken to the appropriate officer at County Hall and requested a copy of the reply sent to the plot holder. This had been agreed.
An invoice had been received from South West Water for £66.02 for water consumption at the Allotments. It was an estimated consumption and higher than it should be for Winter months usage but when the Clerk had attempted to read the meter, the underground box containing the meter was filled to the brim with water and sludge following the period of heavy rainfall being experienced. RESOLVED to pay the invoice and be in credit.
The Clerk reported that the contractor engaged to carry out drainage work at the strip of grass at the entrance to the Allotments had had his schedule of ground works elsewhere disrupted by the ongoing wet weather but was looking to carry out the work in the near future.
The Clerk had been advised of a tap not operating properly and will either repair it or replace it.

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett commented that weather and ground conditions are not suitable for the
tree planting session arranged for Saturday morning next, 24th February and it was agreed that this be postponed
until Sunday morning, 11th March.
3. Mining Village Regeneration. The next meeting of the group is to take place on Thursday, 1st March at Lanner Community Hall with Cllr. Martin in attendance.
4. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
6. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Aldridge indicated that she will shortly be carrying out a cleaning of the shelters and was thanked for her appreciated efforts.
7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
8. Museum. Nothing to record.
9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

C.C. – Register of Interests The Clerk had circulated revised documents to be completed by Councillors and will submit them to County Hall
Cornwall Rural Housing Association – Annual Report For circulation
C.C. – Revised Budget Proposals For circulation
St. Day P.C. – Draft Minutes of February, 2018 meeting For circulation
Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of December, 2017 meeting For circulation

Cheques were signed for:
£ 66.02 South West Water Allotments supply
£653.04 Voguebeloth Landscape Services Weed control and verge trimming, 2017
£445.26 Mixam UK Printing of parish magazine

Monday, 19th March.

The meeting closed at 9.10 p.m.