July 2017 minutes

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

24th July, 2017.


Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. V. Chown

G. Garbett

Mrs. J. Gardiner

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllrs. Mrs. J. Constable and C. Martin

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

D. Dyer, R. Evatt, C.Cottell, S. Sharples


Mr. Evatt reported that three signs indicating that motorcycles are not to be ridden on footpaths in the parish have been defaced by paint being sprayed on them. C.C. Kaczmarek requested an e-mail from Mr. Evatt giving details so that he could take the matter forward.

Mr. Cottell confirmed that a Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch Coffee Morning would be taking place at the Mills Hall on Saturday, 5th August, from 10.00 a.m. and welcomed the attendance of Parish Councillors and C.C. Kaczmarek. There will be some stalls and refreshments and a presentation by P.C.M.O. Ellie Grey on Speedwatch. He also reported ragwort in the Pound Field – the Clerk to dig up, remove and burn as in previous years.

A long debate then followed concerning complaints about trees in Squire Lane that may or may not require the removal of branches and there was confusion over which trees are involved. The Chairman, having no knowledge of the situation, indicated that she would visit Squire Lane and acquaint herself with the alleged problem and those involved.

Mr. Dyer enquired about a small parcel of land to the rear of properties at Park Stenak. He was informed that this Council used to operate it as a play area for local children many years ago but when usage dwindled an annual strimming of the grass and brambles now growing there is carried out by the Clerk to keep it in reasonable condition until a possible use for it is established.

The Clerk reported that no information is available on the police website regarding crimes in the parish beyond those already recorded for April, 2017 – this unsatisfactory situation to be raised at the next local Police Liaison Group meeting.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

At this point, C.C. Kaczmarek had to leave the meeting, 8.00 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 19th June 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.




515 A. Hosking & E. Haynes, land rear of Poplar Barn, Sparry Bottom – Redesign of Approved Application
PA16/04915 for the erection of a detached dwelling
Councillors remain opposed to this development on the grounds submitted at the application stage for approved
scheme PA16/04915 – overdevelopment of the site and additional stress on a poor access lane. Anticipating that
approval will be given, however, they will “Agree to disagree” with the recommendation and not seek for the
application to be taken before the Planning Committee.
516 Mr. J. Caruana, land rear of 2, Hillside Road – Construction of semi-detached dwellings
Councillors regard this application as overdevelopment of the site and have strong concerns over access since the
site is positioned off a narrow stretch of highway which already experiences problems when traffic travelling in
opposite directions meet on the hill. Additional traffic associated with the proposed development will only add to
the problem. Additionally, it is not considered that the dwellings will enhance the character of the site within a
World Heritage Mining Area as claimed by the architect.

NPA Ms. B. Clark, Agricultural building, Little Carharrack – Conversion of redundant rural building with extension over

footprint of existing pole barn to form single dwellinghouse

Councillors raise no objections to this application which is just over the border in St. Day parish but with a
Carharrack address. They query the need for three bedrooms, however, and would prefer to see stonework
appearing in the walling viewed from the highway.




The Council’s contractor, Mark Herman, had completed the first round of cutting on parish paths and it was RESOLVED to settle his account for £500.

The Clerk agreed with C.C. Kaczmarek that little progress had been made with the illegal use of footpaths and bridleways at the Chacewater meeting which had included representatives from Carharrack, Chacewater, Gwennap and Kea Parish Councils.

Carn Marth Trust

Councillor Garbett reported that the scheduled Carn Marth Day had been cancelled because of the unavailability of C.M.T. members. The Clerk reported that a further metal sign indicating that there is no Right of Way of vehicles on the bridleway linking Sunrise Hill with Carn Marth had been provided at their request.

Highway Matters

The Clerk reported that local residents had contacted him regarding work carried out to a water supply crossing the bottom of the deep ditch beside Sparry Lane after which a large amount of grass clumps had been left in the ditch and likely to create a repeat of previous highway/property flooding. After an inspection, he had requested Cormac to carry out their annual strimming of the banks forming the ditch, ensuring that all cuttings are removed to land well away from the ditch. The request had been acknowledged.

Litter Picking,

It was reported that the litter picking session held on 23rd June had been very well supported by village organisations and although there had not been a vast amount of litter to be collected, it had been a worthwhile village event. RESOLVED to hold a further session on Friday, 15th September from 7.00. p.m., Councillor Garbett to place posters on the notice boards and the Clerk to arrange the borrowing of equipment from Cornwall Council.

Recreation Ground

The Clerk confirmed receipt of a copy e-mail indicating that the Kompan springer play equipment, installed in 2008, would be replaced by Cornwall Council since it was beyond repair but that the bespoke nest feature, installed in 2010, had been estimated by Cormac to cost £6,000 to replace perished larch trunk uprights and C.C. do not regard this as value for money. This item will not, therefore, be repaired at C.C.’s expense.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Summer edition of the magazine had been printed and subsequently distributed by Councillors, albeit later than it should have been due to an internal situation at SUEZ. To overcome the problem of payment to the printers, it was RESOLVED that this Council would make the initial payment so that the magazines are released for distribution and then the appropriate refund claimed from SUEZ.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall

RESOLVED that the installation of a bench on this land to prevent damage by the tyres of contractor’s large vehicles working on properties at Croft Row be put on hold since there had not been a problem for some considerable time and suitable parking is available at the nearby Mills Hall car park.

Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club

It was understood that trimming of the trees continues to take place.

Weed Control in the village

It was noted that the sprayed weeds have largely died off and their removal by the contractor is anticipated.

Telephone Box

Although BT had informed the Clerk that the cleaning of the box had been added to their contractor’s schedule but the repainting could not take place until April, 2018, at the earliest, it was noted that the box has been repainted but no cleaning has yet taken place. Since the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge would be cleaning the nearby bus shelter shortly, they offered to attend to basic cleaning and were duly thanked.

Dog Bins

Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner had reported to the Clerk that a dog bin at Chapel Terrace was in need of replacement due to it having rusty holes in the casing. The Clerk had contacted the appropriate officer at Cormac and within a day the bin had been replaced. It was considered that a new dog bin to be sited at the junction of Squire Lane and Footpath 13 would not be responded to favourably by C.C. due to financial restraints.


Nothing to record.


Peter Ledingham, Operations Director with Geothermal Engineering Ltd of Falmouth, had organised a public meeting for Tuesday, 25th July from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at the Mills Hall when all matters causing concern will be addressed.


An approach had been made by a local resident to be permitted to breed butterflies within a specially erected netting complex

and it was considered that Plot 6, which cannot be used for cultivation due to it being infected with an injurious weed known as mares tail, might be a suitable site. The Clerk to arrange the removal of old carpeting covering the plot and to install a replacement post for a tap stationed near Plot 74. It was thought that plastic mesh panels might be the solution to the problem of saturated surfacing at the car parking section of the site – measurements to be taken and costings obtained.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett and the Clerk to liaise over a tree situated in the roadside hedge at Tresaddern

Hill and which it had been claimed causes a blind spot for pedestrians at Pound Cross.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. The minutes of the meeting held on 28th June were included in the circulation folder at the close of this meeting.

  2. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.

  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  4. Bus Shelters. RESOLVED that the broken pane of safety glass is holding together firmly at the lower shelter and does not require replacement at this time..

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


C.C. – Planning newsletter For circulation

C.C. – Cornwall Electoral Review For circulation

C.C. – Rest Centre Training For circulation

Nextdoor for Carharrack Parish Council – private social network For circulation

Clerk & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

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


The Clerk reported new government legislation whereby every employer with at least one employee must enrol those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it. This includes Parish Councils who might have only one employee, the Clerk. Advice received from the department concerned, The Pensions Regulator, is that a Council must offer the Clerk such a pension but where the Clerk is already in receipt of a workplace pension, this can be declined. RESOLVED to

follow this course of action since this situation applies at Carharrack, the Clerk to submit the appropriate Declaration of Compliance documentation to The Pensions Regulator.

In the absence of Cllr. Martin, the Chairman carried out an Internal Audit for the quarter ending 30th June, 2017, and found all to be correctly recorded.

A cheque was signed for:

£ 500.00 M. Herman Footpath maintenance – first instalment


Monday, 18th September

The meeting closed at 9.30 p.m.