March 2017 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 20th March, 2017.


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, Mrs. J. Gardiner

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


Mr. Dyer commented that grass/weeds are growing over the pavement between the vehicular access to Croft Row and Tremayne Road to the extent that pram pushers have to use the highway to pass this obstruction, thus creating a possibly dangerous situation.

Mr. Evatt reported a motorcyclist recently riding out of Footpath 13 at Sparry Bottom with two dogs, a Labrador and an Alsatian, running beside him. There was no registration plate on the bike.

Mr. Cottell reported that members of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch are now ‘signed off’ to carry out speed checks on vehicles passing through the village and have a camera, complete with tripod, available to them for use. Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek indicated that speed checks outside of the village have to be carried out with police presence for safety reasons and that he is seeking to have checks carried out simultaneously at Carharrack and St. Day to catch offenders who speed up excessively after passing a check point.

Police Report – The Clerk reported that just two crimes had been recorded by the police during January, these being one under the heading Criminal Damage & Arson at Park Stenak where investigations are complete with no suspect identified and one act of Anti Social Behaviour at Squire Lane.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

for Mount Edgecumbe.

The Chairman indicated to CC Kaczmarek that she had been notified of the burning of mattresses at the Wheal Jewell site yesterday. He responded that there has been a 50% reduction in the occupancy of the site but that he would follow-up the bonfire issue. He also agreed to follow-up a situation brought to his attention by Cllr. Miss Aldridge involving the parking of a vehicle in the turning area at the end of Tresithney Road by a new resident who claims that there is no notice to prevent such parking.


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


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 27th February 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.



514 Mr. W. Hopper, Carharrack Stars, Fore Street – Change of from public house to dwelling

Councillors regret the possible loss of a village amenity and would wish all conditions

applicable under the Cornwall Local Plan to be satisfied before approval is given.


511 Mr. & Mrs. G. Bailey, 22 Menakarne – Two storey extension



The Clerk reported that Cornwall Council intend to take no further action regarding two

developments brought to its attention, one at Tresithney Road and one at Sparry Bottom, which have

taken place without a planning application having been submitted. Councillors agreed that this sends

out the wrong message to the public.



The Clerk reported receipt of an offer of £733.99 from Cornwall Council under the Local Maintenance Partnership for 2017/18, reflecting an increase of 10% on last year’s grant. RESOLVED to accept this offer.

The Clerk to contact our contractor to arrange further cutting of the parish’s footpaths and bridleways.

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that a tree beside the wide grass pathway linking Trevince Parc with United Road has a large branch that has broken off the trunk and is dangling on the path but not obstructing usage. The Clerk to saw up and remove this branch.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr.Garbett reported that tree planting had taken place at Carn Marth at which Lanner Scouts had been involved.


Cllr. Garbett and the Clerk reported on the situation concerning the lay-by at The Shute where the installation of kerbs and posts by this Council to restrict parking had been vandalised. It had been decided that it was better to retain three parking bays rather than create two bays, since the latter would allow large vehicles to be parked.

The Clerk had installed wooden posts, cut down to the level of the granite kerbs, to tidy up the site and Cllr. Garbett reported that he had witnessed three vehicles being parked in the lay-by at the same time, proving that the arrangement is workable.

The Clerk to advise Cormac Solutions of the grass/weeds overgrowth on the pavement between Croft Row and Tremayne Road as reported in Public Clinic.

Litter Picking

The Clerk confirmed that a letter had been sent to David Hall, contractor, terminating the litter picking and bus shelter cleaning arrangement held with him and inviting an invoice covering the last three months of service.

but one had not yet been received.

A village litter pick has been arranged for Sunday morning, 26th March, the Clerk to collect the appropriate gear from the One Stop Shop at Pydar Street, Truro, and make them available at the Mills Hall. He would also provide refreshments for those taking part.

Recreation Ground

CC Kaczmarek requested that the Chairman e-mails him regarding the item of play equipment that has still to be reinstated at the Recreation Ground so that he can follow-up.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Chairman reported that there has been a problem with the printing of the Spring edition of the magazine and she has been experiencing difficulty in making contact with the appropriate person at SUEZ. She will try again tomorrow.

Grass Verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park

The Clerk had contacted Agri-Cycle regarding their quotation and received a response that inflation and haulage costs have forced prices up and they had offered the best price available for the bench. Land Ownership at Cornwall Council had confirmed that they are happy to support the placement of a bench on the verge subject to Ben Dickinson of Cormac raising no objections from a highways point of view and that this Council commits itself to long term maintenance of the bench. RESOLVED to confirm this and order one.

Lleylandii trees at Carharraack Club

The Clerk confirmed that a letter had been sent to Carharrack Club requesting that they attend to the height of the Lleylandii trees along the front of their site at Chapel Terrace. A response had been received reflecting that the club will reduce their height “in due course” as they appreciate the importance of maintaining a good relationship with the community. In welcoming this reaction, Councillors were concerned that no time scale is mentioned for the trimming of the trees and a further letter should be sent to clarify the matter.

Weed Control in the village

Cllr. Miss Aldridge had drawn up a list of roads and streets considered to require treatment to control the growth of weeds and the Clerk was requested to obtain a quotation for this work.


An invitation had been received from Tim Warne, Principal Development Officer with Cornwall Council, for one Councillor to attend a meeting called for Friday, 31st March at Pydar House, Truro regarding the planning application for the site submitted by SUEZ. The Clerk had responded by requesting that the invitation be extended to allow two Councillors to attend since both Councillors Mrs Williams and Martin have been attending United Mines Liaison Group meetings for many years, a second place also being offered to Gwennap PC. The disappointing response, received via CC Kaczmarek, indicated that the room booked could not accommodate two more attendees. Cllr. Mrs. Williams indicated that she would be in Truro on that day and would be able to represent this Council.


Nothing to record.


The matter of access to car parking within the Allotments site was raised again but it was accepted that the current grass covered area to be used is not a suitable surface following heavy rainfall. The Clerk was requested to obtain quotations for some form of new surface to be installed.

It was agreed that the raised bed plot created for a wheelchair bound person is not in an attractive state and a decision on its future is needed. A first step would be to obtain the intentions of the plot holder and the Clerk was charged with obtaining a statement from him.


1. Pound Footpath Nothing to record

2. Pound Field and building Thanks were expressed to Cllrs. Garbett and Martin who had turned out on

Sunday morning, 19th March, to rake together a mass of brambles previously cut down by Richard Ward,

contractor. The resultant pile of brambles will be burnt by the Clerk as has happened before.

3 . Mining Villages regeneration Nothing to record.

4. Iron Footbridge Nothing to record.

5. Park Stenak Nothing to record.

6. Bus Shelters. RESOLVED that the broken pane of glass in the Mills Hall shelter is holding together safely

and does not require replacement at this point in time.

7. Mills Hall. Cllr. Martin had obtained a quotation from Mr. I. Holland for the removal of the old cabinet

holding the Calor Gas Best Kept Village trophy positioned on the front wall of the village stores and

construction and installation of a replacement, lockable, cabinet. The price of £100 was accepted, the Clerk

to notify the store’s owner so that he is aware of the work to take place.

8. Museum. The Calor Gas certificate for the same competition mentioned above to be placed in one of the

display cabinets, the Clerk to arrange.

9. Village Leaflets Nothing to record.


Cornwall Land Community Trust – Housing needs in Carharrack For circulation

CC – Recycling For circulation

CC – Libraries & One Stop Shops – Update For circulation

MVRG – Notes on Planning Partnership Meeting on 17th March For circulation

Gwennap PC – Minutes of February meeting For circulation

St. Day PC – A technical problem had prevented the Clerk from downloading the latest minutes


Cheques signed for:

£1,136.52 Clerk Salary/reimbursements Jan/Feb/Mar, 2017 (details circulated)

£ 240.00 H.M.R.C. Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.


Monday, 24th April noting that this will be the last in the current 4 year cycle.

The meeting closed at 9.05 p.m.