January 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday,
22nd January, 2018.

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

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. Mrs. J. Gardiner

Also present:
Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; D. Edwards, Cornwall Council;
D. Dyer, C.Cottell, A. Best, D. Best

Mr. and Mrs. Best, living at 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street attended this meeting to introduce themselves and give background details for their planning application to demolish a substandard part of 1 Woodleigh, recently purchased, and build a two storey extension. Councillors could see no reason to object to the application but made the point that access to the rear of the properties for building materials is from Sparry Lane and care must be taken not to obstruct traffic movements during the periods of demolition and construction. Mr. and Mrs. Best acknowledged this factor.

Police Report – The Clerk reported that he had attempted to access the police crime map for Carharrack on a number of occasions but had not been successful. He had become aware that there is a new PCSO covering Carharrack. He is Adrian Hart and arrangements will be made for him to attend the March and September meetings of this Council.

Neighbourhood Watch Report – Mr. Cottell reported that he has been voted in again as Secretary of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch with Ann Evatt as Chairman. He is no longer Speedwatch Co-ordinator, having resigned for personal reasons, but commented that more volunteers are needed to carry out Speedwatch duties in order to ensure that positive results are achieved. He will act as the initial response to anyone wishing to volunteer. It was thought appropriate that this matter could be covered by reference to it in the next parish magazine. He had been made aware of telephone nuisance calls being received by parishioners and of a night time incident of a sheet of metal being noisily kicked around local streets. On a separate matter, he indicated that he has a substantial amount of horse manure that can be made available to plot holders at the Allotments. Cllr. Aldridge took note.

David Edwards, Cornwall Council Transport, spoke on Cornwall Council’s role in providing bus transport where operators find that it is non-commercial to offer a service. All bus provision for Carharrack is receiving support from C.C. on this basis since there is only a low demand. Where there are social, health or educational reasons for bus transport being provided, C.C. will consider doing so but, although desirable, there cannot be a service available at all times and to all destinations in such a rural county as Cornwall. He made the comment that, in his opinion, operator’s charges for short journeys are too high and this is probably putting off people from using buses for these journeys. With regard to Service 46, which is not now serving Carharrack as often as it used to, this will be reviewed if a strong case can be made to do so. Mr. Edwards was thanked for his attendance.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:
The Boundary Review is continuing but it appears that Cornwall Council is still a long way from deciding what they consider the new boundaries should be and, when they do, the Boundary Commission will still have the final say;
He attended a site visit at the Wheal Jewell Travellers’ Site in early January with Kate Kennally, Chief Executive Officer with Cornwall Council, where she saw firsthand the squalor residents live in. Fly tipping on the site can only have been carried out by residents themselves and there are a considerable number of dogs being bred there, most of the aggressive type. A new site licence is about to be introduced and it is hoped that this will produce improvements.
He had obtained details of out-of-hours telephone contact regarding complaints about incidents at the site – this to be
circulated in the folder following this meeting;
Cornwall Council is reviewing changes to be made at the Scorrier Crossroads, which, he said, has the second highest accident rate in the county;
He will not be supporting an increase of an additional1% to the Council Tax bill for 2018/19, now being allowed by government:
The recent prolonged and heavy rainfall had caused flooding at Trevarth and Carn Marth. There had also been wind damage suffered by agricultural buildings, including his own barn;
He advertised a Light Display at Gwennap Pit this coming Saturday evening, 7.00 – 9.00, by the Daylight Group.
At this point, C.C. Kaczmarek and Mr. Edwards left the meeting, 8.10 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 18th December, 2017, 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.


521 Mr and Mrs Manning, Fairfield, Sparry Bottom – Proposed first floor extension and internal alterations including
demolition of existing front extensions, conversion of attached garage and construction of a new detached garage
No objections to this application

522 Mr and Mrs A. Best, 2, Woodleigh, Fore street – Proposed demolition of substandard rear double and single storey
extensions and erection of two storey extension at 1 Woodleigh, Fore Street
No objections to this application

523 Mr. J. Caruana, Teal Lodge, Greenbank Road, Devoran – re-submission of withdrawn application PA17/06232 dated
30th August, 2017, for the proposed construction of a 3 bedroomed dwelling on land to the rear of 1 and 2 Hillside
Councillors remain opposed to this application on the same grounds as applied to the original application.
Should it be the intention to approve the application, Councillors request that it be referred to the Planning
Committee for determination.

524 Circuit Property Team, 11, Tremayne Road,
Demolition of existing outbuilding and construction of a new ancillary building
Councillors considered that there was insufficient detail to make observations on this application – the Clerk to seek
additional information

519 Mr and Mrs Mellor, Gorran Haven
Erection of dwelling and new vehicular access at Sparry Farm, Sparry Lane

520 Mr. S. Dawe, Whitmoor, Consols Road – Erection of conservatory to rear of property
Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.32 p.m.

Nothing to record.
Carn Marth Trust
Cllr.Garbett reported on a meeting of CMT held on 17th January. The main points were that Miracle Theatre are to perform Cherry Orchard on 21st July and the pool at Carn Marth recently had divers checking for a body after a dressing gown with sleeping tablets in a pocket had been found nearby. Nothing was found.
Highway Matters
During the month, Cllr. Martin had advised the Clerk that a new access had been created to the property close to Pound Crossroads and asked that the matter be notified to C.C. Kaczmarek and St. Day P.C., since the dwelling is in that parish.
The former had subsequently been advised by Adrian Drake of Cormac that an Area Steward had visited the site and been informed that it was a temporary situation to facilitate limited plant access. Councillors, however, RESOLVED to seek that the potentially dangerous access is stopped up without delay.
Cllr. Aldridge raised concerns regarding the junction of the road near the St. Day Tourist Park and the B3298 where hedge overgrowth is restricting visibility of oncoming traffic. The Clerk to raise this matter with St. Day P.C.
Litter Picking,
It was confirmed that the next litter picking session will take place on Friday evening, 6th April, from 6.30 p.m., with the minutes of the October, 2107, meeting being corrected to reflect this.
Recreation Ground
Nothing to record.
Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine
Cllr. Garbett confirmed a deadline of Saturday, 3rd February for contributions to the Spring edition of Carharrack News.
The Clerk reported that Linzi Berryman had been encouraged to press on with her quest to have a defibrillator available
in Carharrack. A response had been received thanking this Council for its support and indicating that further investigations are being made.

The planned meeting of the Liaison Group on Tuesday, 9th January had been cancelled and a revised date of Tuesday, 23rd January confirmed by SUEZ. The Chairman and Cllr. Martin are both to attend.
The Clerk had requested a map showing the route trucks will take when servicing the United Downs site from the A30 and this had been provided by Peter Ledingham from Geothermal Engineering Ltd. It showed that traffic will not pass along village roads but will travel via Crofthandy. He had indicated that there has been discussion about a modification to the return route for empty trucks via Consols Road but the feeling was that the handing area would make it easier to marshal traffic movements in and out along the same route satisfactorily.

The Clerk reported that payment had been received from all plot holders for the current year or confirmation received that a plot had been relinquished. It was RESOLVED to write to a disabled plot holder seeking confirmation that he has in place help to
undertake the physical aspects of cultivating a plot and to another seeking confirmation that all possessions have been removed from two plots she had previously cultivated and that anything remaining has been abandoned.
A roll of Mypex had been purchased in order that unoccupied plots can be covered to restrict the growth of weeds.
The Clerk had obtained a quotation from Mark Hicks of Down Roots Maintenance, Mount Hawke, for installing a soak away system in the grass area at the top end of the Allotments where flooding has been taking place following heavy rainfall. The quotation of £810 could be reduced to £630 if excess soil following the back filling of the trenches is left on site. RESOLVED to retain the soil, which could be used by plot holders. The Clerk had postponed the fitting of a combination lock on the main gate until the contractor has completed the drainage work.

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
2. Pound Field and building. Cllr Garbett suggested a tree planting session at the Pound Field and it was decided to have this
on Saturday, 24th February from 10.00 a.m.
3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported on the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group held at St. Day on a very wet 18th January. A speaker from Reed in Partnership, an organisation that helps people to find work, gave a presentation and leaflets handed out were brought to this meeting by Cllr. Martin for distribution to fellow Councillors.
4. Iron Footbridge. All was thought to be well with the bridge.
5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
6. Bus Shelters. In his earlier presentation, David Edwards from Cornwall Council offered to forward details of an agreement whereby a Parish Council can transfer ownership of bus shelters to Cornwall Council who will thereafter maintain the shelters and permit advertising to be displayed.
7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
8. Museum. Nothing to record.
9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.
Cllr. Mrs. Chown left the meeting at this point, 9.30 p.m.

HMRC – updating of older IT systems for VAT claims Clerk to action
C.C. – Localism:Town & Parish Council Update, x 2 For circulation
C.C. – Accountable Care System Inquiry For circulation
War Memorials Trust Bulletin For circulation
Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation
St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for January, 2018 meeting For circulation
Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of November, 2017 meeting For circulation

No cheques were required for signature

Following a recent problem experienced by the Clerk at the Newham, Truro branch of HSBC, it was RESOLVED to amend
the mandate to permit the Clerk to transfer money from the Business Money Manager Account to the Community Account,
a function he has been carrying out verbally at the branch for very many years, by his signature alone and not the two signatures normally required when issuing cheques. The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Cllr. Mrs. Chown, signatories for the account, all signed the letter produced by the Clerk.

Cllr. Martin carried out an Internal Audit for the quarter ending 31st December, 2017, and found all to be correct.

Monday, 19th February

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.