May 2017 Minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 22nd May, 2017



Present:  Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams  (Chairman)

Miss V. Aldridge

Mrs. V. Chown

  1. Garbett

Mrs. J. Gardiner


Clerk:      T. Reynolds


Apologies received from:   Cllr. Mrs. J. Constable  Cllr. C. Martin


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;    D. Dyer, C. Cottell,  B. Evatt,

  1. Edwards, B. Edwards.



Mr. Dyer commented that the grass has grown to quite a height on the triangle of land on which the bus shelter stands at Croft Row and wondered when Cormac Solutions will commence cutting.  CC Kaczmarek took note.

Mr. Evatt commented that he had photographed a motorcyclist using Footpath 13 and had submitted it to the police but apart from receiving an acknowledgement he had heard nothing further from them.

Mr. Cottell expressed his concern regarding the “keying” of cars – that is using a pointed metal object like a car ignition key to leave deep scratches on the bodywork of cars – in the village.  He had suffered personally on this matter and was aware of other incidents.  He had spoken to PCSO Paul Ferris on this matter and had been assured that the police officer would be alert to the problem on future visits to the village.

The Clerk reported that there had been just one crime reported to the police during April, this being a vehicle crime at Treyew Place for which no suspect had been identified by the police following their investigation.  It was noted that for the same month, some 10 crimes had been reported in neighbouring St. Day, the majority being Anti Social Behaviour.  CC Kaczmarek commented that this might be misleading in that one incident of ASB might be reported by several people and each would be recorded as a crime.

On the Neighbourhood Watch front, Chris Cottell reported that speed checks taken at North Hill recently, with vehicles leaving the village centre,  had established that 28 out of the 156 vehicles checked had been travelling in excess of 33 miles per hour, the highest recorded being at 42 m.p.h.  He indicated that there had been an error in advertising the next meeting of Carharrack NHW, who now have  a new banner, this to take place on Thursday next 25th May and not last Thursday, 18th May and apologised to anyone inconvenienced by the situation.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

CC Kaczmarek had to leave the meeting at this point, 7.55 p.m., for family reasons.








RESOLVED that Cllr. Mrs Brenda Williams be elected



RESOLVED that Cllr. Carl Martin be elected



RESOLVED that Christopher Cottell be elected



In the absence of a nomination, the Clerk agreed to continue following-up matters concerning trees in the parish



RESOLVED that Cllr. Carl Martin be elected


Further RESOLVED that Cllrs. Mrs Brenda Williams and Miss Val. Aldridge liaise with plot holders on issues concerning the Allotments; Cllr. Geoff Garbett represents this Council at meetings of Carn Marth Trust; Cllr. Carl Martin represents this Council at meetings of the Mining Villages Regeneration Group and Community Network Panel and that he and Cllr. Mrs. Brenda Williams attend meetings of the United Mines Liaison Group and Geothermal Project; that Cllr. Geoff Garbett oversees the development at The Pound Field and that he and Cllr. Mrs. Jenny Gardiner share attendances at meetings of Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch on behalf of this Council and the Clerk will continue attendances at the Police Liaison Group and Mineral Tramways Group.



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



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24th April 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.



No matters arising not covered by the agenda.



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





Chris Cottell reported that all the footpaths he has been using in the parish are looking in good order.  The Chairman commented that a footpath finger post at Brokenshires Corner is leaning against the hedge.  The Clerk to attend to this.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that there had been no recent meeting of C.M.T.

Highway Matters

With regard to the parking problem at the turning area at the end of Tresithney Road, the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge had obtained a quotation from Contract Signs Systems from the Treleigh Industrial Estate for the provision of a sign stating TURNING POINT NO PARKING at a cost of £33.00.  RESOLVED to order such a sign after the Clerk had checked with Ben Dickinson, Highways Manager, regarding the acceptability of the sign and the proposal to mount it on a conveniently placed lighting column.

The Clerk reported his actions to have a Ford Transit van stopped from being parked on the grass verge at the front of the former Carharrack Animal Feeds Store and which are ongoing.


Litter Picking,

The Clerk confirmed that the provision of litter picking equipment had been arranged with Cornwall Council for Friday, 23rd June but that, because he would be beginning a week’s holiday on that day, he would not be able to attend to the disposal of the collected waste.  Councillors said they would cover this matter and Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner

offered to make provisions for the usual refreshments.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that there is still no sign of the returned item of play equipment following repair.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

The Clerk reported that invoices for advertisements that have appeared in the last four editions of the magazine are about to be sent out.

Grass Verge adjacent to Mills Hall car park

The Clerk reported that Cornwall Council had done a u-turn and is not now saying that it would share the cost of installing a bench on this piece of land to deter the parking of vehicles there – the whole expenditure involved would have to be paid by this Council.  The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that they had become aware of a Right of Way over the verge and so the precise placement of a bench would have to be carefully considered.  The Chairman also indicated that she knows a person who might give a quotation for the installation and would obtain this for consideration at the next meeting.

Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club

The Clerk reported that a letter had been received from Carharrack Club a day after the last meeting stating that their Chairman had assured this Council that attention to the height of the trees would be carried out within three months.

Weed Control in the village

It was noted that the contractor has commenced the spraying of weeds around the village but that a stretch of kerb at Trevince Parc had clearly not received treatment – the Clerk to contact the contractor regarding this.

Telephone Box  

The Clerk reported that he had contacted BT regarding panes of glass missing from the box and had been assured that this would be attended to as soon as possible.  BT had surprisingly indicated that they no longer regard the box as being “available for adoption” since they are obtaining an income from calls being made from it.  Councillors, however, remain concerned about the general appearance of the box – the Clerk to contact BT again on this point.



Nothing to record.


As mentioned by CC Kaczmarek in his report above, it appears that funding may well now be in place in order that this project will proceed.



At their request, the Clerk had met the Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge at the Allotments on Monday last and a number of matters recorded for attention.  E-mails had subsequently been sent to plot holders who have not been giving attention to their land and the responses received were accepted by Councillors.  The Clerk volunteered to dismantle and remove a metal shed on Plot 64 that had become dilapidated and beyond repair, it being considered that it is inappropriate that the relatively new plot holder should have to attend to this.

It was RESOLVED to settle the invoice received from South West Water for water usage amounting to £43.03 between 13th January and 20th April, 2017.  Also RESOLVED to pay an invoice for £40.00 received from plot holder Alec Dale for weed spraying carried out on behalf of this Council at the Allotments.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
  2. Pound Field and building. Garbett reported that he was pleased with developments at the field but a little

unsure if some of the previously planted seeds are coming through.  It was thought that more “native” trees might be planted and it was thought that Carn Marth Trust may be in a position to help here.  It was also thought that some form of notice board would be useful to inform villagers of the availability of the field for recreational purposes, an article in the parish magazine might also be useful in this connection.

  1. Mining Village Regeneration. The next meeting of the group is to take place on Wednesday, 28th June, here at the Mills Hall, commencing at 2.00 p.m.
  2. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
  3. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
  4. Bus Shelters. Miss Aldridge confirmed that the broken pane of safety glass in the lower shelter is holding firmly together and does not require replacement at this time.  She and the Chairman were thanked for the cleaning of the shelters they are undertaking.
  5. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
  6. Museum. The Clerk reported that Carharrack’s 1994 Calor Gas Best Kept Village winning certificate had been

passed to the Mills Hall for display in one of the cabinets.

  1. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.



C.C. – Planning Newsletter    For circulation

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

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



A letter had been received from Carharrack Association Football Club seeking a donation of £500 towards much needed improvements to the playing surface at their Beauchamp Park ground at Ting Tang since a lot of matches had to be postponed during the season just completed.  RESOLVED to accede to this request, congratulating the club on winning the Cornwall Combination League in only their second season at senior level.


Cheques were signed for:

£  43.03     South West Water       Allotments supply

£446.53     Came & Company      Insurance policy renewal

£ 40.00      A. Dale                        Spraying at Allotments

£500.00     Carharrack A.F.C.       Donation



Monday,  19th June.


The meeting closed at 9.10 p.m.