January 2020 minutes

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

20th January, 2020.


Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Holland (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. J. Constable

G. Garbett

C. Martin

A. McCartney

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. Mrs. V. Chown

Also present: Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; C. Cottell, R. Evatt

It was noted, with much sorrow, that Cllr. Mrs. Val Chown is currently in hospital having suffered a stroke. Little information was available but Councillors wished her well with her recovery.


Mr. Cottell, as Parish Paths Co-ordinator, reported that a wooden bollard sited on Footpath 14 is lying against the hedge rather than in its intended position.

Mr. Evatt thanked C.C. Kaczmarek for his involvement in a letter being sent by Cornwall Council to the parishioner reported at the last Parish Council meeting for using other people’s bins to dispose of his waste materials, to hopefully bring this practise to an end.

Police Report – The Clerk reported 3 crimes notified to the police during November, 2019:

Burglary Higher Park Stenak Under investigation

Other theft Sparry Lane Under investigation

A.S.B. Tremayne Road

The next meeting of the Police Liaison Group is on Monday next, 27th January, at Redruth Town Council Offices and he will be


Neighbourhood Watch Report – Mr. Cottell indicated that the next meeting of Carharrack N.H.W. will be on Thursday, 20th February at the Mills Hall.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:




It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the held on 16th December, 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 and the Mills Hall.


All matters on the agenda.




551 Mr. D. Paul, Methodist Church Chapel Street – Listed Building Consent for remedial works

557 Mr. & Mrs. A. Pearce, Constantine – Construction of one dwelling, garage and alterations to existing lane

at Little Carharrack


559 Mrs. S. Pooley, Devoran – Outline Permission for bungalow at Tarn Hows, Sparry Bottom


561 Mr. J. Johnston, 13 Trevince Parc – Proposed extensions to rear and alterations to flat roof over garage



525 Mr. & Mrs. S. Finch, Tresco, Carnmarth – Non material amendment to existing approval PA18/00936 dated
16th April, 2018; External wall finish from vertical slate hanging to horizontal western red cedar cladding.

Councillors would prefer the originally approved slate finish to the extensions but would wish the proposed

replacement timber cladding to be in a grey colour to more closely resemble the slate being substituted

rather than the proposed red cedar colour which tends to fade over a short period of weathering. Timber

cladding should, of course, be used and not plastic.

(This application had required a response from this Council well ahead of the date of the January meeting
and had been discussed at an informal meeting of Councillors on 8th January.)
Poldory Wood Yard, St. Day

C.C. Kaczmarek reported that the offending caravans have been removed.

Proposed building on land at the rear of Alma Terrace

An e-mail had been received from a chartered town planner, Mr. David Lobban of Linkinhorne, acting for Mr. R.

Ladd, seeking this Council’s observations on Mr. Ladd’s proposal to build dwellings on land he owns at the rear

of Alma Terrace. C.C. Kaczmarek advised that at this stage, Parish Councillors should not be seen as being

either supportive or opposing such a development and a public consultation with public feedback should give

an indication on what housing is needed and what is considered as over development.

Neighbouring Parish Application PA19/02350

An e-mail had been received from St. Day Parish Council seeking this Council’s support for the postponement of

a decision by Cornwall Council on this application, involving Chenhale Farm, until a proposed meeting involving

the three parishes of Carharrack, Gwennap and St. Day, together with the agencies involved, has taken place.

RESOLVED to write to Cornwall Council appropriately.



The Clerk to follow-up the matter of the damaged wooden bollard on Footpath 14, as reported by Mr. Cottell in Public Clinic.

Cllr. Miss Aldridge expressed concern that the entrance to Footpath 9, off Sparry Lane, has become too narrow for anyone in a wheelchair to be pushed in comfort. The Clerk to raise this matter with Gavin Henderson, Countryside Officer.

The Clerk had consulted the Countryside Team regarding the sufficient or otherwise cutting back of bramble growth on the grass passageway linking Trevince Park and United Road but the response had been that they “are only able to deal with serious safety issues at the moment.”

It had been noted that the fallen tree influencing use of Footpath 19 is no longer causing an obstruction.

Our footpaths contractor, Mark Herman, aged 64, has confirmed that he will cut our paths for one more season before he retires.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that there had been no recent meeting of CMT.

Highway Matters

A temporary road closure is planned for Sunrise Hill on 11th February for BT works.

Cllr. McCartney raised the matter of a white Citroen Relay van causing a problem when parked on the highway at Sparry Lane.

C.C. Kaczmarek requested the registration details so that he could follow-up. Cllr. McCartney agreed to do so.

Litter Picking,

The Clerk provided costings for the purchase of litter picking equipment. Since the litter pickers come in packs of 4, it was RESOLVED to purchase 4 packs, plus 16 ‘high vis’ waistcoats but only 8 hoops.

Recreation Ground

Nothing to record.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllr. Garbett indicated that the closing date for items for the Spring edition is Friday, 7th February.


It had come to notice that this Council’s minutes of meetings held are not appearing on the website – the latest being for September, 2019. The Clerk confirmed that the approved minutes are being passed to Mrs. Brenda Williams on the morning after a Parish Council meeting. Cllr. Miss Aldridge, a neighbour of Mrs. Williams, volunteered to establish what is going wrong.


It was RESOLVED to establish who would be interested in attending training on the use of a defibrillator with a view to arranging such training in March or April.

Notice Boards

The Clerk reported that all four boards had now been given a ‘drawing pin friendly’ surface and the board outside the Allotments at Sparry Lane had been returned to its former position parallel to the road rather than at an angle to it. He was thanked for his efforts.

Climate Emergency

Cllr. Garbett gave a summary of issues covered at the first meeting of the CPIR Community Network Panel’s Climate Action Working Party that had met on 8th January. He also reported that the former St. Day Climate Action Group had now become the St. Day & Carharrack Climate Action Group with the next meeting planned to take place at the Mills Hall on 3rd February.

It was thought that greater knowledge of actions that parishioners can take could be achieved by an article appearing in the forthcoming Spring edition of the parish magazine. Cllr. Garbett agreed to put together such an article, Chris Cottell offering to assist.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.30 p.m.

Tree Problems

Albion Row – the current situation is not known;

Sparry Lane – it appears that a significant amount of overgrowth has been removed.

Incident Report Cards

Cllr. Mrs. Constable, not present at the December meeting of this Council, agreed to her name being added o the list of Councillors authorised to submit Incident Report cards.

Weed Control in the village

Cllr. Garbett reported discussions with Mike Gilligan of Enviro Weed Control regarding non-chemical weed control in Carharrack and how much spraying could be carried out for a set figure. Cllr. Garbett to have further talks before any decision is taken by this Council.


The next meeting of the Geothermal Community Liaison Group is to take place at United Downs on Wednesday, 22nd January, this Council to be represented by Cllr. Martin and the Clerk.


An appeal had been received from the holder of Plot 50 following receipt of a letter from the Clerk advising her that it had been resolved at the December meeting of this Council to terminate her Agreement for Letting due to the lack of attention she had given to the plot during the season just ended. Following debate on the grounds given for the appeal, it was RESOLVED to rescind the resolution and allow the plot holder to retain the plot for another season, subject to regular checks being made to ensure that positive action is being taken to bring the plot back into a satisfactory appearance.

The Clerk to obtain a price for the hire of a skip to be used by plot holders, under Parish Council observation, for the disposal of unwanted materials. Saturday, 21st March is proposed for this facility to be made available.

The parking of cars at the top of the site when ground conditions are clearly unfavourable was frowned upon by Councillors, they considering that it should not be necessary for a notice banning such parking to be in place. Cllr. Miss Aldridge agreed to compose an article for the next parish magazine making it clear to plot holders just how fortunate they are to have the facilities provided by this Council – toilet, mowers, strimmer, wheelbarrows, water supply – for comparatively low plot fees.

An estimated usage invoice had been received from South West Water for the period 22nd October, 2019, to 9th January, 2020, indicating 89 cubic metres of water used at a charge of £178.18. An actual meter taken by the Clerk reflected that just 9 c.m. had been used and thus a much reduced charge is appropriate. This information had been submitted to S.W. Water and a revised invoice awaited.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett is pleased with the current state of the field.

  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin indicated that he would be attending the next meeting of the M.V.R. Group at Stithians on Thursday, 23rd January,

  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk had established that the information board at the site had been collected by the Countryside Team after it had fallen/been knocked from its supporting frame at the end of 2019. After cleaning, it will be reinstated.

  5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  6. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that, weather permitting, she will attend to the cleaning of the shelters in the near future.

7. Mills Hall. An e-mail had been received from Allied Westminster Insurance Services promoting a photograph competition

they are arranging concerning the importance of Village Halls to communities. This had been passed on to Ian Holland of

the Mills Hall Trust.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for January, 2020 meeting For circulation

Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of December, 2019 meeting For circulation

Allied Westminster Insurance Services – Village Hall photographic competition For circulation


Cllr. Martin had carried out an Internal Audit for the quarter ending 31st December, 2019, and all had been found to be in order.

Cheques were signed for:

£ t.b.a. South West Water Allotments supply

£ t.b.a. Clerk Refund for Spring edition of parish magazine printing


Monday, 24th February

The meeting closed at 9.10 p.m.