June 2018 minutes

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

18th June, 2018.


Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. J. Constable

G. Garbett

C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllrs. Mrs. V. Chown and Mrs. J. Gardiner

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

C. Cottell, D. Dyer, A. Best


Mr. Cottell congratulated Cllr. Geoff Garbett for editing the splendid Summer issue of Carharrack News. He indicated that Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch had met on 17th May but there had been no major issues raised. He asked which authority should be notified regarding apparently abandoned vehicles. C.C. Kaczmarek responded that the police should informed but that he would appreciate notification, too, for information/action. Mr. Cottell concluded by saying that he had received a telephone call last evening reporting that a number of cars were being driven at high speed around the Mills Hall car park but that no registration numbers had been taken to assist in the culprits being identified.

Mr. Best indicated that his company, inacoustic, will be working for Geothermal Engineering Ltd in carrying out noise assessments in relation to the project being set up at the United Mines site. He was looking for a household in the Tresithney Road area where monitoring equipment could be set up, with a power supply, and the Chairman, a resident of Tresithney Road, volunteered to house the equipment. Mr. Best expressed his thanks for the offer.

Police Report – The Clerk reported two crimes logged by the police during April:

Violence & Sexual Offences One at Wheal Damsel Road Unable to prosecute suspect

Vehicle Crime One at Sparry Lane Investigations complete, no suspect identified

The Clerk had attended the latest meeting of the Police Liaison Group held at Tolvaddon, Camborne on 4th June and gave a summary of matters raised.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

associated with the project.


Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E.


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21st May 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.



533 Mr. J. Caruana, 1 & 2 Hillside – Erection of 3 bedroomed dwelling
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.

534 Mr. & Mrs. D. Hoadley, Glenwood, Fore Street – Demolition of existing rear extensions and construction of single

storey kitchen extension

Councillors raise no objections to this application.

529 Mr. & Mrs. Mellor, Gorran Haven – Resubmisson of approved application PA17/10530 – New dwelling to be rotated on
site and garage reduced in size
530 Mr. & Mrs. A. Best, 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street – Proposed erection of detached dwelling on land rear of 1 & 2
Woodleigh, Fore Street


C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.25 p.m.



The Clerk to contact Adrian Drake, CORMAC, to establish when a new boundary is to be installed beside the footpath at North Hill and what form it will take.

Cllr. Aldridge reported Japanese Knotweed on a section of Footpath 9 – the Clerk to notify C.C.

Carn Marth Trust

Councillor Garbett gave a short report on the latest meeting of C.M.T. held on 6th June.

Highway Matters

Following the meeting involving Cllrs. Mrs. Williams and Martin and the Clerk with Adrian Drake, as recorded above ly Cornwall Councillor’s report, it had been confirmed that funding and resources had been approved for improvements to be carried out at Sparry Lane involving water rising through the tarmac and flooding following heavy rainfall, the work to be carried out within an estimated 6-8 weeks.

Information had been received that Church Street, Railway Terrace and North Hill will be closed to traffic for periods between Monday, 2nd and Friday, 6th July so that resurfacing can take place. School traffic should not be effected. Fore Street is also to have some resurfacing but road closures will not run concurrently so that local movements can take place.

Litter Picking

The next session to take place on Friday evening, 22nd June. Posters have been placed by Cllr. Garbett on the four notice boards inviting parishioner participation and equipment is again to be provided by Cornwall Council via the Clerk.

Recreation Ground

A note had been received from Richard Carter of I.C.E. reflecting that a bid for £10,000 had been submitted to Awards for All but the total project cost is in the region of £120,000. Bids are being prepared for submission to other sources of funding.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllrs. thanked Cllr. Garbett for preparing an excellent Summer edition of Carharrack News. Cllr. Aldridge’s offer to provide a News from the Allotments item for future editions, including photographs, was well received by Councillors. A matter involving the delivery of magazines by Councillors is to be followed-up. The Clerk reported that invoices for advertising in the magazine were sent out on 17th May and payments are trickling in.

Weed Control in the village

There was confusion over what work the contractor is engaged to carry out when clearing roads/streets of weeds. The Clerk to clarify at the next meeting.

Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.35 p.m.


Further rabbit culls have been carried out but Cllr. Martin reported that these had not been particularly successful for amusing reasons.


A copy of the minutes taken at the latest Liaison Group meeting had been received, together with an update from Peter Ledingham, Operations Director with Geothermal Engineering Ltd of Falmouth, these documents to be placed in the Circulation Folder at the close of this meeting.


Following a meeting at the Allotments involving the Chairman, Cllr. Aldridge and the Clerk on 6th June, letters/e-mails had been sent to a number of plot holders seeking improvements to their plots and the vast majority had responded favourably. One plot holder is on a ‘one month to comply’ notification or have the plot taken away. Cllr. Aldridge reported that a new plot holder

had verbally indicated that he cannot find the time to cultivate his plot and wishes to surrender it – the Clerk to seek written confirmation from him.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Aldridge indicated that she has acquired some poppy seeds and thought that small patches

would look attractive in the field. Cllr. Garbett was in general agreement but reflected that the field is becoming a nature

reserve with increasing wildlife and should not become too much like a garden. It was agreed that Cllr. Aldridge could

carry out limited planting.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. The next M.V.R.G. meeting to take place at Frogpool with a revised starting time of 2.30 p.m. rather than the original 2.00 p.m.

  2. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.

  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  4. Bus Shelters. Cllr.Martin had advised the Clerk that a second pane of glass has been vandalised at the top shelter but this time the damage had been far worse than the first breakage which is still holding together firmly. A quotation of £239.50 had been obtained from Redruth Glass to replace both panes and it was reluctantly RESOLVED to go ahead.

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


Local Government Boundary Commission – Cornwall Council Electoral Review Consultation For circulation

Geothermal Engineering Ltd – Update on United Mines Project For circulation

Minutes of Geothermal Project Liaison Group latest meeting For circulation

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


A letter had been received from Richard Carter, Secretary of I.C.E., requesting a Parish Council grant of £2,500 for the purchase, shipping and secure positioning of a full size shipping container at the Mills Hall to house resources and equipment.

Considerable discussion took place with Councillors seeking more information than contained in the letter. RESOLVED that the Clerk responds with a request for such detail.

Cllr. Garbett had to leave the meeting at this point, 9.45p.m.

Further to the situation recorded at the April meeting, the Clerk reported that he had built a replacement trailer rather than purchase a readymade one and the cost of materials used – steel, suspensions, wheels, tyres, timber, electrical fittings – had come to £315.00 It was RESOLVED to make a payment to the Clerk for this sum.

Cheques were signed for:

£ 514.39 Came & Co. Renewal of annual insurance

£1,343.23 Clerk Salary/reimbursements Apl/May/Jun details circulated

£ 262.50 H.M.R.C. Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.

£ 315.00 Clerk Materials for replacement trailer


Monday, 23rd July

The meeting closed at 9.55 p.m.