November 2016 minutes

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

21st November, 2016.



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, and Mrs. J. Gardiner


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;      R. Evatt, C.Cottell


Mr. Cottell, wearing his Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch hat, reported that a further Speed Watch training session is to take place on Thursday next with final training  on the following Saturday.  Following this, it is hoped that actual work on reporting vehicles exceeding the speed limit in Carharrack can take place.  He commented that further volunteers would be welcomed to become involved since it takes a team of four persons to be involved in each speed checking session.

The Clerk had established that, during September, there had been just two recorded crimes, both under the heading Criminal Damage and Arson.  One had been at Tremayne Road (investigation complete – no suspect identified) and the other at Treyew Place (under investigation).

In his monthly report, Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek indicated that:

Due to attend another meeting at St. Day debating the Day Lewis Pharmacy proposal to provide services there, Cllr. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 7.45 p.m.



Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and Carharrack P.C.’s website



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24th October, 2016, are a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman.  Additional copies were made available for Carharrack Stars, Carharrack Club and the Mills Hall.



Public Clinic – Footpath 5.  The Clerk had obtained a statement from Cornwall Council regarding the situation involving Footpath 5.  The original response had been brief and the Clerk had requested a fuller reply.  This had arrived and was extremely complex but appeared to indicate that CC has no current plan regarding this path.  Agreed to circulate the documentation in the folder at the close of this meeting.

Public Clinic – Waste disposal.  Cornwall Council’s Waste & Environmental Contracts Officer  had indicated that both problems involving waste collection brought to his attention would be monitored by the contractor and the appropriate action be taken to correct the situations.















     509   Proposed rear extension and detached garage
              Pine View, Trevarth Road
              Mr. & Mrs. W. Allen
              No objections to this application
     510  Conversion of existing former piggery to a single dwelling
             Land at Five Shoots, Little Carharrack
             Mrs. R. Collins, Frome, Somerset
             No objections to this application

NPA  Certificate of Lawfulness for existing use of a building as a dwelling

Sue’s Field, Sparry Lane

Mrs. S. Chynoweth

                          Councillors could not support this application any more than they could two previous applications

                          involving a Certificate of Lawfulness for the stationing of a caravan on the same site and which were                      

                          refused by Cornwall Council.



504    Mrs. M.Parry, Hillside, Trevethan

Conversion  and extension to barn

                         CONDITIONAL APPROVAL


506    Mr. I. Holland, Sparry Farm, Sparry Bottom

Outline application for construction of dwelling



507    Mr. S. Newman, Mayfair Cottage, Squire Lane

Erection of domestic wooden shed and formation of a new pedestrian access

It appeared that an extension of time had been agreed between the applicant and Cornwall Council regarding the

determination of this application.  The Clerk to follow-up.


The Clerk was instructed to notify Cornwall Council of two developments, one in progress at Tresithney Road

and one completed at Sparry Bottom, for which a planning application has not come before this Council for




The Clerk had contacted Gavin Henderson of Cormac Solutions regarding the missing timber bollards on Footpath 13 raised at the last meeting and established that new ones were about to be installed.  He had also passed on to the appropriate officer this Council’s concerns regarding the muddy surface of a section of Footpath 7.  Cllr. Garbett was able to report that he had seen that the path had received attention and is now in good condition.

This Council’s claim for payment under the Local Maintenance Partnership for 2016 had been submitted to Cornwall Council.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that the A.G.M. of the group had taken place on 3rd November, the main item being the history of Carn Marth Trust given by Chairman Chris Bosworth.  All officers had been re-elected.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Martin reported that it was not clear how much, if any, work had been carried out by Cormac Solutions following the meeting involving himself, the Clerk and Ben Dickinson at Sparry Lane on 24th October.  Sand bags had been provided, as requested, but if the drainage pipe had been cleared it is blocked again since he had recently had to use the bags to divert water away from residential properties.  The Clerk reported that he had alerted Mr. Dickinson to the situation.

A further e-mail had been received from Mr. T. Harry of St. Day regarding the ‘20 is Plenty’ campaign for both St. Day and Carharrack inviting confirmation of this Council’s support.  It was considered that there is quite a bit of confusion over the situation and that this might be ironed out at a follow-up meeting to take place at St. Day Church on Tuesday, 29th November.

The alleged obstruction of the pavement at Chapel Terrace by a notice board had turned out to be a non-event.  Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner had found the notice to be on a flimsy piece of cardboard and obstructing nobody, providing a photograph for the amusement of Councillors.

Litter Picking

Only Cllrs. Miss Aldridge and Garbett, together with Mrs. Garbett, had been available to carry out a litter pick on Sunday morning 6th November with Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner serving up refreshments on the day as well as undertaking a litter pick on a subsequent day.  No parishioners had responded to the notices placed on the four notice boards by Cllr. Garbett inviting participation in the litter picking session.  Cornwall Council had provided the litter picking equipment, collected and returned by the Clerk who had also disposed of the three sacks of waste collected.  Cllr. Miss Aldridge was thanked for baking a tasty walnut cake for the refreshment session after the litter pick.




Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that the item of play equipment removed for repair by Cornwall Council for a second time for repair has yet to be returned.  It was her intention to prompt the return of this item.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine/Website

Cllr. Garbett reported that the Winter edition has gone off to the printer and he was pleased with the contents.

An invoice had been received from Willco Web Design for the hosting/maintenance of the Parish Council website for another year and it was RESOLVED to settle this account.  Cllr. Mrs. Williams took no part in reaching this resolution.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall car park

The Clerk reported that he had written to Karen Andrews correcting a misunderstanding by her of the proposal being put to Cornwall Council by this Council.  In a response, she had indicated that she had put the situation to a number of different departments and was awaiting a response.  The Clerk to follow-up for the next meeting.



Nothing to record.



The Chairman reported a number of points raised by plot holders who had attended the Annual Meeting on Saturday morning, 29th October. Once again it had been suggested that a hard surface for the parking of vehicles inside the site be provided but this failed to gain the support of Councillors.  The provision of a skip for the removal of waste materials from the site had been suggested but in view of the abuse of this provision made by this Council in June, 2015, whereby a second skip had to be hired when the fist was seriously overloaded, it was decided not to make further provision at this time.  New, stronger wheelbarrows had been requested and two had been obtained by Clerk.

The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that they had removed the banana tree which had stood at the entrance to Plot 87 and would be undertaking the dismantling of the timber structures forming raised beds at this plot since it appeared that the disabled plot holder will not be able to continue cultivations.

An invoice for £94.68 had been received from South West Water for water provision for the period 2nd August to 24th October and it was RESOLVED to settle this account.

  1. Pound Footpath.  Nothing to record.
    1. Pound Field and building.  Nothing to record..
    2. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin reported that the next meeting of the M.V.R. Group is to take place at Stithians on Thursday, 24th November.
    3. Footbridge.  It was noted that vegetation removal from site surrounding the bridge has been completed but work on the actual bridge structure has yet to commence despite the indication that this would happen at the beginning of November.
    4. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
    5. Bus Shelters. Nothing to record

7.    Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8.    Museum.  Nothing to record.

9.    Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.



1.  NHS England – Information on the proposed building at St. Day to be used by Day Lewis Pharmacy       For circulation

2.  Lanner PC – Consultation on their Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016 – 2033         For circulation

3.  Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine      F or circulation

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

5.  Gwennap P.C. – Minutes for October meeting          For circulation

6.  CC – Information on Footpath 5  (see Matters Arising above)       For circulation



The Clerk reported that, as requested by Councillors, he had followed-up the request from Carharrack & St. Day Silver Band for help towards the purchase of much needed equipment by establishing that they would be very grateful to have a new drum kit provided for their youth band.  A suitable kit had been identified, ordered and received by the Clerk who subsequently delivered it to the band on a rehearsal evening at the Mills Hall.  They were delighted to receive the kit and would be pleased to have an official presentation at a future date with an article then appearing in the Spring edition of Carharrack News.

The Clerk reported that Cornwall Council had indicated that the Precept for the 2017/18 financial year had to be submitted by 31st December.  Working papers to be provided for discussion at the next meeting.

A further notification from Cornwall Council stated that if there is a contested election at Carharrack at the Town and Parish Council Elections on 4th May, 2017, the estimated charge to this Council will be £2,398.85.  For an uncontested election, there will be an estimated £304.97 charge.  These figures will need to be taken into account when setting the Precept.


Cheques were signed for:

£ 254.80      D.J.M. Music Ltd         Drum kit for Carharrack & St. Day Youth Band

£   94.68      S.W. Water                   Allotments supply 2nd August to 24th October

£ 350.00      Willco Web Design      Web site hosting/maintenance


Monday, 19th December


The meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.