November 2017 minutes

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

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

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllr. Mrs. V. Chown

Also present:
Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; Dr. H. Gibson;
L. Berryman, C. Cottell, D. Dyer, M. Turner, D. Turner
Dr. Hazel Gibson, Post Doctoral Research Fellow from Plymouth University, gave a presentation on the research she had carried out locally in early 2014 concerning ‘what people think about geology’. She gave this Council a CD containing the thesis she had written so that Councillors could read the full conclusions of the survey at their leisure but summarised it by saying that experts in the field of geology tend to speak in technical terminology, especially involving subterranean matters and could be speaking about anywhere, but non-experts restrict their observations to matters that are visible in the local vicinity above ground. She confirmed that she and a colleague from Plymouth University are involved in the Geothermal Project at the United Mines site, not working for Geothermal Engineering Ltd. but alongside them, with the intention of creating better communication between experts and non-geologists. Hazel was warmly thanked for her attendance at this meeting.
Mr and Mrs Turner attended to object to this Council resolving to remove the wooden steps linking their bungalow in Sparry Lane with the Allotments where they have a plot. Much discussion took place, each side countering arguments with the other, and the situation becoming too personal for reasoned debate.
Mr. Dyer expressed concerns regarding the manner in which some inconsiderate drivers use the junction outside of the Mills Hall, linking United Road and Fore Street, travelling far too fast for proper consideration of other road users and pedestrians. C.C. Kaczmarek indicated that he is well aware of the problems concerning this junction and said that consideration could be given to replacing the ‘give way’ road markings with a ‘stop’ sign but had doubts that this, alone, would improve the actions of drivers who appear to be regardless of the accident situations they are creating. Mr. Dyer also expressed hope that the aerial mast erected in nearby St. Day Football Club grounds will improve mobile phone reception in this parish.
Mr. Cottell thanked all those who had signed a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed on the B3298, somewhere near Pound Cross. He also reported that the sign banning motorcyclists from using Footpath 13, linking the B3298 at Ting Tang with Sparry Lane, had again been vandalised.
Linzi Berryman, following-up previous e-mail correspondence with the Clerk, expressed her wish that Carharrack has at least one defibrillator available for emergency situations, one possibly being sited at the Mills Hall. She had done some research and was willing to do further work to attract funding for her quest. C.C. Kaczmarek had indicated to her that he would be prepared to allocate money from his Community Chest Fund towards the project.

The Clerk had established that, during September, three crimes had been reported to the police:
Violence & Sexual Offences One at Manor Road Under investigation
A.S.B. One at Tremayne Road and one at Sparry Lane
The Clerk also reported that he had sent an e-mail to Inspector Eccles at Camborne Police Station following the last meeting of this Council requesting information on the expected attendance of a police officer at our March and September meetings, something that is not happening. No response had been received to this communication, nor to a follow-up sent at the end of last week.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:
He has allocated all the funding available from his Community Chest Fund for the current financial year and so the defibrillator project cannot be supported until April of next year when fresh funding will be available but already he has had approaches from three organisations for funding;
He had hoped that an officer from Cornwall Council could have been invited to this meeting to debate with Councillors the withdrawal of First Kernow Service 46 from including Carharrack due to lack of passengers but accepted that with Hazel Gibson giving a presentation and Linzi Berryman taking up Public Clinic time to detail her defibrillator project, there would not be enough available time. It was agreed make an invitation for the December meeting instead;
There will be a Full Cornwall Council meeting tomorrow, 21st November, with a number of contentious matters on the agenda, including a vote of no confidence in the current Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall Police. Also to be debated is a proposed increase in Council Tax by 4.9%, this being 3% for Adult Social Care and 1.99% for a general increase, but he will not be supporting this proposal. He indicated that there will be a £75 million reduction in Government funding for Cornwall Council for the next financial year.

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

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd October, 2017, 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.


519 Mr & Mrs. Mellor, Gorran Haven – Erection of dwelling and new vehicular access at Sparry Farm, Sparry Lane
(Outline planning consent having been granted to Mr. I Holland under PA16/08445 on 31st October, 2016)
No objections to this application but the new access will have to be completed ahead of construction work
on the dwelling since Sparry Lane is quite narrow near the site and building materials will need to be off-
loaded on-site and not on the highway since an obstruction to essential home care traffic will be
created for a neighbouring property.
513 Mr. S. Sharples, Cherry Tree Cottage, Little Carharrack
Non-material amendments to existing planning consent for a single infill dwelling at The Cottage, Little

NPA Mrs. B. Clark, The Cottage, little Carharrack
Non-material amendments to existing approval for conversion of redundant building to single dwelling

RESOLVED to inform Gavin Henderson, Countryside Officer, of the vandalism to the sign banning motorcyclists from using Footpath 13, as reported in Public Clinic. Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner reported that the bollard on Footpath 13 near the junction with Squire Lane is again rocking, a return to a previous situation. Mr. Henderson to be advised.
Carn Marth Trust
Cllr. Garbett reported that minutes of the A.G.M. of C.M.T. had yet to reach him.
Highway Matters
Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner expressed concerns regarding heavy lorries using Consols Road. C.C. Kaczmarek indicated that he is aware of the situation and considers that drivers of large vehicles are using Consols Road as a safer option than travelling via the Crofthandy crossroads where there is very limited vision both left and right for heavy vehicles pulling away at a slow speed.
C.C. Kaczmarek also took note that a kerb stone at the end of Tresithney Road has become misplaced and requires resetting.
Cllr. Garbett drew attention to the road surface at Hillside Road where he lives is in poor condition and probably responsible for the leg injury he sustained in a recent fall. C.C. Kaczmarek requested an e-mail from Cllr. Garbett so that he could, in turn, request attention to the situation by CORMAC.
C.C. Kaczmarek and Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.35 p.m.
Litter Picking,
Nothing to record.
Recreation Ground
The Chairman reported that all is well at the Recreation Ground.
Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine
The Winter edition of the parish magazine had been printed and distributed in good time for any Christmas events to receive publicity. The Clerk reported that there had been problems at SUEZ regarding the reimbursement of payments made by this Council for printing the magazines but a form he had completed and returned at the request of SUEZ should mean that refunds for both the Autumn and Winter editions should now have made direct into this Council’s bank account.
Lleylandii trees at Carharrack Club
There was no further information available on this matter.
The Clerk had put together all the paperwork provided online by Linzi Berryman, together with additional information he had obtained from various sources, and it was RESOLVED to circulate this to Councillors so that the matter can be debated in full at the December meeting.

The Liaison Group to meet on 9th January, 2018.
The first meeting of the re-formed Community Liaison Group had been rearranged from Wednesday, 22nd November to Wednesday, 6th December due to a clash of dates with another meeting. The Chairman indicated that she was not free on the new date but Cllr. Martin confirmed that he could attend.

The Clerk reported that some eleven plot holders who had either not attended the Annual Meeting of Plot Holders or made alternative contact with the Clerk, had received a standard letter, dated 9th November, requesting payment of plot fees for the 2017/18 season or confirmation that they wished to surrender their plots. A further three were contacted by e-mail when individual circumstances applied. Five had responded. One plot had been given up and immediately requested by an existing plot holder who wished to cultivate additional land. It was RESOLVED that if a response from the others is not received by 9th December, another letter be sent with a deadline for attention to the matter or termination action commenced.
When it had been established that plots have been given up and there is nobody on the waiting list to take them on, it was RESOLVED that Mypex ground cover fabric be laid over them to prevent them becoming overgrown with weeds. Cllrs. Miss Aldridge and Mrs. Gardiner undertook to obtain the Mypex and lay it appropriately.
With regard to the Turner situation, it was concluded that the Council was perfectly entitled to remove the wooden steps from the Allotments side of the hedge on a number of grounds, bearing in mind that the Turner’s live immediately next to the main entrance gate. The Clerk undertook to liaise with Cornwall Council, the matter to be further debated at the December meeting.
A suggestion at the Annual Plot Holders Meeting had been that a combination lock be introduced on the main gate in an attempt to prevent dogs from being placed in the Allotments field by inconsiderate owners to run about, damage crops and leave mess. It was considered that this would be a step in the right direction but a problem could be letting all plot holders know that the code will be the same as that for the two sheds. RESOLVED that the lock be introduced from January, 2018, and that, in the meantime, the Clerk would attempt e-mail advice to plot holders and word be put about at the Allotments confirming this.
The Clerk reported that he had obtained heavy duty felt to recover the two storage sheds but had been quoted a figure of £170 by a tradesman to take off the old, damaged, felt and fit the new. Considering this to be much too costly, he had undertaken the work himself. He had also removed considerable overgrowth on a tree adjoining Plot 1 at the request of the plot holder.

1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.
2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that he had received a quantity of native tree plants from an organisation called OVO Energy for planting at the Pound Field but due to his leg injury he was not in a position to be involved in getting them into the ground. The Clerk had subsequently heeled the plants in at his home where they could remain until a planting session is arranged early next year.
3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin indicated that he is due to attend the next meeting of the M.V.R. Group on Thursday next, 23rd November.
4. Iron Footbridge. Nothing to record.
5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.
6. Bus Shelters. The Clerk reported that bus shelter replacements by Cornwall Council had commenced, contractors making their way from West to East across the county and having reached Chacewater last week where two new shelters were installed. Cornwall Council had advised the Clerk that main road routes were being dealt with first with more minor country routes, Carharrack included, to be attended to in due course.
7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.
8. Museum. Nothing to record.
9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.

1. CC – Winter Wellbeing Booklet For circulation
2. CC – Energy Advice For circulation
3. War Memorial Trust – magazine For circulation
4. Trago Mills Pensioners Week, 27th Nov. – 1st Dec. For circulation
5. Kernow Carers Service – Meeting on 8th December at Tolvaddon, Camborne For circulation
6. St. Day P.C. – Draft minutes for November, 2017 meeting For circulation
7. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of September meeting For circulation
8. Defibrillator information For circulation

Cheques were signed for:
£ 61.49 South West Water Allotments supply
£ 226.46 Cornwall Council Election recharges for 4th May Elections

Monday, 18th December

The meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.