June 2017 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday,
19th June, 2017.


Present:  Councillors

C. Martin (Vice Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. V. Chown

Mrs. J. Constable

G. Garbett

Mrs. J. Gardiner


Clerk:      T. Reynolds


Apologies received from:   Cllr. Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

C. Cottell, R. Evatt, D. Dyer, H. Sims, A. May, M. Wills



Mr. Cottell expressed concern regarding the large amount of household waste to be seen strewn on the highway around the village on the day that Biffa are due to collect it as a result of gulls pulling black bags apart.  It was commented that ‘gull proof’ sacks are available at a cost from Cornwall Council or the covering of the black bags put out for collection with tough sheeting of one sort or another can prevent gulls from accessing them.  An alternative is to use a metal dustbin.  It was considered that an article in the next edition of the parish magazine could give guidance on this problem.

Mr. Cottell also commented that parish paths are, by and large, in good order but that some in a neighbouring parish are in need of attention due to excessive bramble growth.  Since the ones identified are in Gwennap Parish, he was given the contact details for Mrs. Fiona Barnard, Clerk to that Council, for notification purposes.

The Clerk reported that he had been unable to download information on crime figures in the parish from the police website – the latest information available being for April.  He had sought the help of PCSO Ferris by e-mail but not received a response.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

·         Following on from the Clerk’s comments regarding contact with the police, he is not at all happy with current contact arrangements with the police and has made this known to them.  He seeks to arrange a session with a senior police officer actually walking around this and other parishes he represents to identify areas of concern rather than doing so in an office setting;

·         He had attended a recent United Mines Liaison Group meeting where it had been confirmed that the bridleways across the site will be open to the public from 1st July.  This would be on a ‘permissive’ basis with the bridleways being closed to public use if machinery is working in the immediate area and the paths should be open at weekends.  (Cllr. Martin, one of this Council’s representatives on the U.M.L.G., expressed disappointment that he had not been notified of the meeting and the Clerk was also unaware of the gathering);

·         He had been appointed as Chairman of West Planning in the new Cornwall Council;

·         He is seeking to overcome problems with the parking of vehicles, some on a long term basis, at points along Pennance Road, by involving Cornwall Council and the police but is disappointed at the lack of power to take effective action by these authorities;

·         The Wheal Jewel Travellers Site continues to present deep concern with the utility block being recently damaged and further burning of mattresses occurring.  He seeks to have a meeting with senior CC staff to tackle the problems being faced and to ensure that the site is managed on a far better basis than currently exists;

·         The Geothermal Project at United Mines is moving forward with highly technical jobs likely to be available at a later stage.

(At this point the Clerk reported that a letter had been received from Mr. Peter Ledingham, Operations Director for Geothermal Engineering Ltd., indicating that he would be attending a meeting of the Mining Villages Regeneration Group on Wednesday, 28th June as guest speaker and would be providing an update for the project.  Since such meetings are open to public attendance, any Councillor interested to learn more is free to do so.)



None declared.



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22nd May, 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.



None not covered by the agenda.






NPA     Proposed Residential Development of 6 Units

Land off Consols Road

Mr. B. Nankivell, Redruth

This application is for a proposed development in neighbouring Gwennap Parish but directly associated

with Carharrack Parish, hence this submission from this Council.

Councillors cannot support the application on the following grounds:

The site is considered to be agricultural land and not appropriate for development;

There are no buildings surrounding the site and this cannot be considered as infill;

Although there is parking provision for vehicles within the plan for residents, there is a strong possibility

that visitors will use the narrow Consols Road for parking and this will create a somewhat dangerous


The proposal offers little or no amenity space for residents due to the intensity of the proposed dwellings.


Notification had been received that an appeal had been made to the Department for Communities and Local

Government involving the refusal by Cornwall Council to grant planning permission to Mr. and Mrs. D. Newman

for the use of land for the stationing of a chalet as an affordable dwelling at Trelowen, Trevethan.  It was noted

that two previous appeals in connection with refusals have resulted in an Inspector deeming them unsuccessful and

it was RESOLVED that this Council remains unable to support the application.



The Clerk confirmed that our existing contractor, Mark Herman, had been engaged to carry out the maintenance of footpaths within the parish for the 2017/18 season.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported attendance at a meeting of  C.M.T. on 9th June.  Performances in the theatre had been most successful

and membership fees are to rise.  There is a problem with a sign on Sunrise Hill being damaged, apparently by children.  Since this sign was provided by this Council, the Clerk was asked to follow-up.

Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point – 8.30 p.m.

Highway Matters
The Clerk reported the sudden and untimely death of Ben Dickinson, Highway Manager at Cormac, who had indicated that it will be several weeks before a successor will be appointed.

The Clerk had contacted Ben after the last meeting regarding the proposed installation of a sign at the turning point at Tresithney Road indicating that it is a no parking area.  His response had been that parking cannot be prohibited without a traffic order and yellow lines and that SSE would not allow their street lighting column to be used to display the sign.  Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that the situation had greatly improved at the turning area and there may no longer be a need to display such a sign.

The Clerk reported ongoing problems with seeking to prevent the parking of a Ford Transit van on the verge at the former Animal Feeds Store.

Litter Picking,

The Clerk confirmed that litter picking equipment would be available for the evening of Friday, 23rd June but it was feared that there may not be a good take up since posters placed on some of our notice boards by Cllr. Garbett have been removed.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point- 8.45 p.m.

Recreation Ground

It was reported that the item of play equipment removed for repair by Cormac had still not been reinstalled and ropes forming part of a climbing frame are now missing.  The Clerk to bring this situation to the attention of CC Kaczmarek.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllr. Garbett reported, with great concern, the situation covering the printing of the magazine.  The last edition had been late in being printed and the current edition is suffering the same fate.  It appears that an internal matter at SITA is taking a long time to resolve with the result that delays are occurring.  The situation to be reviewed after the current edition is received and circulated although it was accepted that some material would be, regrettably, out of date.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park

A quotation for the installation of a bench is in the course of being obtained.

Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club

Cllr. Mrs Chown commented that the trimming of some of the trees has commenced.

Weed Control in the village

The Clerk had contacted the contractor following the last meeting and he had swiftly carried out the spraying of the weeds in Trevince Parc that had been omitted.

Telephone Box

The Clerk confirmed that he had contacted BT to request the cleaning and repainting of the telephone box.  The response had been that arrangements would be made to have the box cleaned but the contractor who repaints boxes has a full schedule for the current painting season – April to October – and so it will be April, 2018, at the earliest that the Carharrack box would receive attention.



Nothing to record


Covered in Cornwall Councillor’s Report above.



The Clerk reported that during the past month he had responded to requests to carry out the following work at the Allotments:  install a new gate fastening system for the entrance; replace a dripping tap which was beyond servicing; dismantle an 8 x 8 metal shed from Plot 64 which was beyond repair and remove to the United Downs unit; remove a substantial amount of honeysuckle that had fallen from a hedge line tree on to the roof of a plot holder’s shed but fortunately had not damaged it; and arrange for the lighting system for the toilet block to be checked since it had been reported as not working.  The contractor involved had established that a part of the system required replacement and he would carry this out without charging labour.

It was agreed that a plot holder could take on an additional plot without invoking the 4 plot maximum holding rule established a few years ago.


1.       Pound Footpath.  Nothing to record.

2.       Pound Field and building.  Cllr. Garbett reported that he continues to be pleased with the progress of the Pound Field and

had taken photographs for inclusion in a future edition of the parish magazine.  He would give further thought to an

information board that might be erected at the entrance to the field.

3.    Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin confirmed that the next meeting of the group would be in he Mills Hall on

Wednesday, 28th June.

4     Iron Footbridge.  Nothing to record.

5.    Park Stenak.  The Clerk indicated that the field would receive its annual strimming and tidying-up shortly. ^.

6.    Bus Shelters.  It was RESOLVED that the broken pane of safety glass in the lower shelter is still holding together firmly

and does not require replacement at this point in time.

7.    Mills Hall.  The Chairman reported that it had been agreed with Mr. I. Holland that the new cabinet to hold the Calor Gas

Best Kept Village trophy would not have a lockable front door.

8.    Museum.  Nothing to record.

9.    Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.


1.  Clerks and Councils Direct – magazine    For circulation

2.  Local Government Boundary Commission – Electoral Review of Cornwall     For circulation

3.  Citizens Advice Cornwall – Questionnaire     Councillors passed completed forms to the Clerk for submission

4.  St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for June, 2017 meeting          For circulation



A letter of thanks had been received from Carharrack Football Club for the donation made by this Council towards ground improvements.  Much work has already been carried out.


RESOLVED to make the usual annual donation of £300 to the Mills Hall Trust.


Cheques were signed for:

£   300.00      Mills Hall Trust         Donation

£ 1210.84      Clerk                          Salary and reimbursements,  Apl./May/Jun, 2017 –  details circulated

£   240.00      H.M.R.C.                   Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.



Monday,  24th July


The meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.