July 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 23rd July, 2018.


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 & C. Martin; Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek

Also present: G. Penhaligon, C. Cottell, J. Pooley, R. Carter, P. Stott, L. Moulson, B. Moulson,

B. Evatt, A. Evatt, J. Carter, D. Dyer.


Mr. Moulson, on behalf of Improving Carharrack’s Environment (I.C.E.) expressed disappointment with a Parish Council letter received, being undervalued by the Parish Council, not receiving pro-active support and failure to attend meetings, in relation to a request from I.C.E. for a grant to purchase a 20 ft. storage container. He indicated that I.C.E. may disband if Parish Council support is not received.

Mr. Carter questioned the availability of Parish Council accounts and access to them by anyone who had a physical disability. The Clerk responded that the requirements of the various government Acts are being complied with but that, under special circumstances, variations could be arranged – i.e. the accounts could be viewed at the Mills Hall or at the person’s home, on request.

Mrs. Pooley expressed concern over the Parish Council’s ageing notice boards and asked if a list of donations made by the Parish Council could appear in the parish magazine.

Mr. Stott asked if notification regarding Lanner Surgery opening hours could appear in the parish magazine. Cllr. Garbett invited contact from Mr. Stott with details.

Mr. Cottell wished to thank the Clerk for his swift action in turning out to clear away a large amount of brambles/ferns overlying the pavement linking Tremayne Road and Pound Cross following notification of the danger being caused by the overgrowth. He also commented on the problem being caused by parishioners putting out their waste rather too early for collection and the subsequent mess caused by seagulls ripping the bags open.

Mr. Evatt reported that the timber bollard near the junction of Squire Lane and Footpath 13, having not long ago been reset in the ground, is again in a wobbly state.

Mrs. Moulson complained about weeds in the village and an overgrown verge near Tremayne Road.

Mr. Geoff Pengaligon introduced himself as being a representative for George Eustice, MP for Camborne & Redruth, and welcomed an approach from anyone who has a problem that cannot be resolved locally and for which Mr. Eustace may be able to help.

Police Report – The Clerk reported 2 crimes notified to the police during May:

Violence & Sexual Offences Pennance Road Unable to prosecute suspect

A.S.B. Tremayne Road

There was no Cornwall Councillor report but the Clerk gave a brief summary of matters involving abandoned cars, a large fire at Wheal Jewell and caravans being dumped at the United Downs Raceway that Cllr. Kaczmarek had notified him about.


Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and Cllr. Mrs. Chown on matters involving Carharrack Football Club.


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 18th June are a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman. A copy was made available for Carharrack Club.




535 Miss R. Evans, Bissoe – Proposed conversion and extension of existing disused granite
agricultural barn into single dwelling house and erection of garden workshop
Barn situated to the North East of Denver House, Higher Trevethan
Councillors raise no objections to the barn conversion but wish that a planning
approval condition be placed on the workshop that it must not be used as living
accommodation in the future.
536 Mr. Carley/Ms Robertson, Little Burrow, Ting Tang – Double storey side extension
with rear single storey extension replacement and replacement front porch

No objections to this application.

NPA Mr. D. Grey, no address given – Construction of a single dwelling at Glas Argel,
Chenhale, Carharrack
No objections to this application

(Site essentially in Carharrack but technically in Gwennap Parish)

533 Mr. Caruana, Teal Lodge, Greenbank Road, Devoran – re-submission of a
Withdrawn application for a 3 bedroomed dwelling on land to rear of 1 & 2 Hillside
WITHDRAWN for the third time

534 Mr. & Mrs. Hoadley, Glenwood, Fore Street – Demolition of existing rear extension

and construction of single storey kitchen extension


526 Mr. M. Tarner, 1 Manor House, Wheal Damsel Road – Erection of extension






The Clerk reported that nothing further had been heard regarding Cornwall Council’s choice of repairing the post and rail fencing beside the footpath at North Hill or replacing it with a Cornish hedge.

Mr. Cottell, Parish Paths Co-ordinator, had indicated that parish paths are in very good shape and so it was RESOLVED to settle the invoice from Mark Herman for his first round of cuttings.

It was reported that growth from the garden of 24 Tresithney Road is overhanging the path leading out to Footpath 9. Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner volunteered to make a house call to request trimming back.

The Clerk reported that after cutting back bramble and fern overgrowth on the footpath linking Tremayne Road with Pound Cross, as mentioned by Mr. Cottell in Public Clinic, the situation had been reported to Adrian Drake, Highway Manager, who had confirmed that he had organised a full strimming to take place within a few days.

The damaged bollard on Footpath 13 to be notified to Gavin Henderson, yet again.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that there had been no recent meeting but that successful shows had been performed in the theatre.

Highway Matters

It was noted that no work had yet been carried out at Sparry Lane by CORMAC to try to establish the source of water rising through the tarmac surface.

Shute Hill is to be closed to traffic for the week Monday, 30th July to Friday, 3rd August for South West Water work.

Litter Picking,

Cllrs. Mrs. Williams, Miss Aldridge and Martin, plus the Clerk and one parishioner, Sandy, had carried out a litter picking session on 22nd June but there had been noticeably less waste to collect. A further session to take place on Friday evening, 7th September, with the Clerk arranging the provision of litter picking gear.

Recreation Ground

Nothing to record.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllr. Garbett reminded Councillors that the deadline for contributions for the Autumn issue of Carharrack News is Friday, 3rd August and he could do with some interesting material.

Weed Control in the village

RESOLVED that the Clerk contacts Voguebeloth Landscape Services to establish the situation regarding the clearance of weeds after being sprayed.


Notification had been received from SUEZ that an application had been submitted to Cornwall Council for a Non-Material Amendment to the surface water management measures at the United Mines landfill site. Both the Chairman and Cllr. Martin, at his holiday home in France, had viewed the overview report and could not see any problems. Further rabbit culls had taken place over past weeks.


Nothing to record.


The Clerk reported that a number of plots had been given up by holders, some immediately and some at the end of the season. A problem remains regarding how to bring Plot 87 back into use since it has a considerable amount of timber and other materials forming raised beds.

South West Water had given a stupidly low estimated meter reading on their latest bill when taking into account the prolonged period of hot weather being experienced. The Clerk had taken an actual reading and a revised bill had been obtained. It was RESOLVED to settle this account.

The Clerk had repaired a leak in the water supply near the entrance gate but the pipe is only a few inches down in the ground and likely to suffer again with vehicles travelling over it. A review of the water supply system to take place at the end of the season.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that field has been cut by the contractor but surface

cuttings need to removed. The Clerk to provide him with contact details for the CORMAC trailer of

tools previously loaned.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. Nothing to record.

  2. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.

  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  4. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that she had carried out the cleaning of the bus shelters and was thanked for her efforts.

7. Mills Hall. A letter had been received from the Secretary of The Mills Trust, seeking an increase in

the annual donation made by this Council. RESOLVED to increase the donation to £400 per year.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

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

Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of June meeting For circulation


Following the last meeting, the Clerk had written to I.C.E. requesting additional information regarding their proposal to install a shipping container at the Mills Hall car park to house items of equipment held by the group. In view of the details subsequently received, it was RESOLVED that the Parish Council purchases the container and donates it for I.C.E. use and maintenance. Cllr. Mrs Williams took no part in the voting. Councillors felt it unfortunate that members of the I.C.E. group in attendance at this meeting had needed to speak in the manner in which they had.

A request for funding had been received from Carharrack Football Club to help in essential work needed on their pitch which had suffered badly during the long period of severe wet weather last season with very many games having to be postponed. Additional drainage is required in an attempt to avoid further postponements this coming season. RESOLVED to donate £500. Cllr. Mrs. Chown took no part in the voting.

Cheques were signed for:

£ 500.00 M.P. Herman Footpaths cutting – first payment

£ 283.97 S.W. Water Allotments supply

£ 400.00 Mills Hall Trust Annual donation

£ 500.00 Carharrack A.F.C. Donation


Monday, 17th September

The meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.