March 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday,
19th March, 2018.

Present: Councillors
Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)
Miss V. Aldridge
G. Garbett
C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllrs. Mrs. V. Chown, Mrs. J. Constable, Mrs. J. Gardiner; PCSO A. Hart

Also present: Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; R. Evatt

Mr. Evatt, on behalf of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch, reported that the owner of a car parked on the highway near his home at Higher Railway Terrace had had the vehicle damaged by passing traffic on at least ten occasions over the past 2/3 years; the next meeting of the Illegal use of Footpaths – Joint Parish Meeting will take place at 7.00 p.m. at Chacewater Village Hall on 28th March and the sign at the B3298 end of Footpath 13 prohibiting the riding of motorcycles on the path has been vandalised by the use of a black spray to cover the lettering.
The Clerk reported 4 crimes notified to the police during January. One had been under the heading Criminal Damage and Arson at Park Stenak – investigations complete with no suspect identified; one under the heading Violence & Sexual Offences at Shute Hill – under investigation; and two acts of Anti Social Behaviour at Fore Street. As agreed at the last meeting, PCSO Hart had been invited to attend this meeting but had replied that he was not on duty this evening. RESOLVED to invite him to the April meeting.
Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch had had their Annual General Meeting and elections resulted in Anne Evatt becoming Chairman, Hetty Tye being Vice Chairman, Chris Cottell as Secretary and Jean Haines as Treasurer.
Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:
A Carharrack resident, Daniel Malabar of Foxes Row, had been prosecuted by Cornwall Council’s Licensing Compliance Team for trading in scrap metal without the required licence. He had pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court and been fined a total of £3,693;
The recent snow and ice experienced locally had brought about situations of cars being abandoned at inappropriate places with driveways to properties being unfortunately blocked. He had received a number of complaints when such cars had not been moved away after several days. Particular attention had been given to the road surface near Trefula Nursing Home at St. Day to ensure that staff could attend to continue the care of residents;
He is appalled at the expenditure of some £46,000 for six Cornwall Council officers who had attended a conference in France, particularly when requests for funding he had submitted for more pressing local matters had been declined;
He was aware that a second planning application for a proposed development on land at Hillside Road had been withdrawn, as had the original application;
The St. Piran’s Cornish Themed Charity Quiz he had organised at the Cornish Arms, Frogpool on 7th March had been a success with £100 being raised.

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

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th 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.

Telephone mast at Vogue – The Clerk had established from St. Day PC that the mast is due to come into operation at the end of March but will only improve the reception for a limited number of mobile phone providers.

525 Mr. & Mrs. S. Finch, Tresco, Carnmarth – First floor extension and two storey side extension to include
first floor balcony. Revised application.
Councillors support the repositioning of the stairs serving the guest suite following an objection from
a neighbour to the original position.

527 Mr. A. MacKellar, Stroud – Construction of a two storey, three bedroom, dwelling and detached double
garage on land adjacent to Myloria, Carnmarth Cove
Councillors opposed a previous application for the construction of a dwelling on this site, as did
Cornwall Council, and were disappointed when The Planning Inspectorate allowed an appeal by the
then applicant. One of the reasons for opposing the previous application was the narrowness of the
access lane to the site, which doubles as a Public Footpath, and not suitable for the additional traffic
that an additional dwelling at the end of it will introduce and this observation remains. From the
proposed dwelling point of view, Councillors would much prefer to see stonework incorporated in
the design rather than all the cladding shown in the sketches of the building. The current
application in no way reinforces local distinctiveness or enhances the rural scene.

528 Mr. J. Hinshelwood – Outline planning with all matters reserved for up to two residential dwellings on a
brown field site on land North West of Sunrising Farm, Higher Trevethan,
Councillors find little to support in this application for the Upper Quarry at Sunrise Hill. The
indicative illustrations reflect buildings more suitable as holiday homes rather than residential
accommodation and although there are trees surrounding the quarry, there is no grass and
considerable work will be needed to create the greenfield image portrayed.

523 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 Road.

524 Circuit Property Team, 3 Lemon Villas, Truro – erection of a new ancillary building at 11 Tremayne Road

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.
The damaged bollard on Footpath 13 near the junction with Squire Lane had been reported to Gavin Henderson. His response had been that he was aware of the situation but not planning to do anything until he has to do other work in the area since the damaged bollard is still serving its intended purpose. His fear is that anything more elaborate installed will end up being damaged but a simple boulder placed there would make it difficult to get past for maintenance work on the footpath.
Cllr. Martin reported that potholes at the Sparry Lane end of Footpath 13 are again significant and the drainage grid at the South West Water compound is completely silted up. RESOLVED to inform Gavin Henderson.
Carn Marth Trust
Cllr. Garbett reported that the next meeting of CMT will be in April.
Highway Matters
As recorded in the last minutes, it had been St. Day PC’s intention to request that a bush near the junction of Church Hill and the B3298 be cut back to afford greater visibility of approaching traffic from the Carharrack direction. At a later meeting with Adrian Drake, Highways Manager, however, he had indicated that no trimming was needed. Cllr. Miss Aldridge indicated that she would consider attending the next meeting of St. Day PC to press for an improvement at this junction.
The Clerk reported that he had cut back a significant amount of gorse at Pound Cross to improve visibility up Tresaddern Hill for motorists using this junction.
Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that the 30 m.p.h. flashing sign at Pound Cross is not functioning. The Clerk to action. She also reported witnessing a green tractor being driven at too high a speed through the village recently but had been unable to notice the registration plate or any other identifying item on the tractor.
It was commented that water is again appearing through the surface of the tarmac in Sparry Lane, a situation that has been reported on a number of occasions to CORMAC.
With a number of highways requiring attention, it was RESOLVED to invite Adrian Drake to the April meeting.
C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.25 p.m.
Litter Picking,
The Clerk confirmed that litter picking gear had been reserved by Cornwall Council for use by this Council on Friday, 6th April, this to be collected from the Pydar Street, Truro offices by the Clerk on that day.
Recreation Ground
For Parish Council records, Richard Carter, Secretary of ICE, had written to indicate that the group had plans to a) install green gym equipment, b) remove and replace steel play equipment and c) plant out, enhance and create open/covered areas for activities . Applications for grant funding are to be made. In this connection, the Clerk reported that he today received notification of funding available from Cornwall Glass towards community projects and had copied it to Richard. He had responded with thanks and will seek to attend one of the information sessions being arranged.
Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine
The Spring edition of the magazine had been received and distributed by Councillors. Cllr. Garbett indicated that there is a Carharrack Social News page on Facebook that is becoming popular. He regards it as complimentary to our magazine and not competition to it. The Clerk reported that it appeared that SUEZ has refunded this Council for the printing of the Spring edition, this to be confirmed on receipt of the next bank statement.
Weed Control in the village
The work carried out by Voguebeloth Landscape Services last year was regarded as well worth while and it was RESOLVED to invite him to carry on this year, commencing at the appropriate time.

Notification had been received from SUEZ that the permissive routes over the United Mines site will be closed for public use on one or two nights per month during the Spring and Summer when the culling of rabbits by shooting will take place.
The second meeting of the Geothermal Community Liaison Group is to take place in the Parish Rooms at the Richard Jory Playing Field, Frogpool on Wednesday, 18th April. The Clerk to attend.

Following the last meeting, the Clerk had sent an e-mail to the previous occupant of Plot 50 requesting the removal of car tyres from the plot and she had responded favourably within days. A newcomer had viewed vacant plots and had chosen Plot 50. An existing plot holder had requested to take on vacant Plot 18 and so only Plot 55, the one where bamboo canes had to be
removed by a digger, remains to be occupied.
The Clerk had chased up Cornwall Council regarding a response from them to a letter sent to them by a plot holder who considered that this Council had inappropriately removed wooden steps linking his garden with plots in the Allotments. He had been told that a reply was in the process of being prepared. A copy will be passed to this Council.
The Clerk had also chased up the contractor who had been awarded the job of installing drainage channels at the top end of the Allotments site but had yet to do so. There had been minimal response to a number of e-mails sent to him. It was agreed that the ongoing wet weather makes ground works difficult but the growing season is fast approaching and the work needs to be done before plot holders become annoyed at not being able to park their cars in the limited area available.

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that he, his wife Ntsebo, Cllr. Martin and the Clerk had planted some 50
young trees in the field on Sunday morning, 11th March and it was hoped that the snowy weather had not harmed them.
Cllr. Garbett to plant further trees when conditions are favourable and was given permission for the planting of a small
number of trees at The Shute after careful consideration of suitable planting positions.
3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin gave a report on a number of topics covered at the most recent meeting of the MVRG on 8th March at Lanner, the previously arranged meeting for 1st March having to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
4. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
6. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that she had carried out the cleaning of the bus shelters and was thanked for her efforts. She mentioned that the top shelter has a substance on a pane of glass that she was unable to remove.
7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
8. Museum. Nothing to record.
9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

Cornwall Glass Grants Programme For circulation
Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation
St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for March meeting For circulation
Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of February meeting For circulation

Cheques were signed for:
£1282.87 Clerk Salary & reimbursements – Jan/Feb/Mar, 2018 – details circulated
£ 255.00 HMRC Clerk’s PAYE

Monday, 23rd April

At the close of the meeting at 9.30 p.m., the Clerk was congratulated on completing 20 years service to this Council and a
presentation of bottles of wine was made.