November 2018 minutes

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


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 and Mrs. J. Gardiner

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;

B. Edwards, D. Dyer, C. Cottell.


There were no matters raised in Public Clinic.

The Clerk reported three crimes logged by the police during September:

Burglary Shute Hill Investigations complete, no suspect identified

Vehicle crime Pennance Road Under investigation

Other crime Pennance Road Under investigation

He had contacted the police regarding what appeared to be inaccurate recording of a variety of crimes having been committed at Tremayne Road, as raised at last month’s meeting, and PC Mark Pearce, Neighbourhood Beat Manager, had responded that there might well have been an error made when recording crimes in postcode areas TR16 5RE and TR16 5RF and that he was not aware of any issues regarding Tremayne Road.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

Neighbourhood Watch Report. Chris Cottell reported recent rowdy behaviour in the Recreation Ground with some vandalism. There had been serious threatening behaviour to persons and property at United Road with the police becoming involved. He was aware that ‘aggressive callers’ had visited homes in the village recently, ignoring signs stating ‘no cold callers’.


Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and the Parish Council website.


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22nd October are a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman. An additional copy was made available for display at Carharrack Club.



1. It was RESOLVED that no further action is required in connection with the letter received from MTAB Motorsports

2. The Clerk confirmed that 20 of the large poppies had been purchased from the Royal British Legion and he had placed these on both metal lampposts and wooden electricity poles in Fore Street and at Railway Terrace, Church Street and Alma Terrace on the B3298 for the 11 days preceding Remembrance Sunday.

Although appearing materially quite strong, the majority of the plastic poppies had split in the centre from wind pressure and will not be fit for further use.


542 Mr and Mrs Lahera, Carn Villa, Higher Trevethan – Proposed conversion of
redundant stable block to create holiday let for dog owners.
Councillors raise no objections to this application but would wish that a
condition of approval be included that the converted building must not be sold as
a separate unit in the future.
537 Mr and Mrs Sigrist, Carneggy, Sparry Bottom – Detached 1 1/2 storey dwelling with
associated parking and amenity space
NPA Mrs. S. Webb, Room 4A, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro – New building for
office/staff welfare use on the site of a previous archive/staff welfare building at the
United Mines Landfill Site



540 Mr. D. Paul, Methodist Church, Chapel Terrace – Conversion of Methodist Chapel to
form Single Dwelling


541 Mr. D. Paul, Methodist Church, Chapel Terrace – Listed Building Consent; Conversion

of Methodist Chapel to form Single Dwelling




The Clerk confirmed that an invoice had been received after the October meeting from Mark Herman, our footpaths maintenance contractor, for second cuttings and the signed cheque for £300 had been sent to him.

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that when using Footpath 9 recently she had been informed by the owner of Rosewood Farm that he might well be retuning the large, old, farm trailer containing various scrap materials to the bridleway as he had every right to do so. It was RESOLVED that if this does occur, the Clerk be informed so that the Senior Countryside Officer can be advised and further action taken.

Cllr. Martin reported that the finger post sign at the Sparry Lane end of Footpath 13 has been reinstated but in a slightly different position than it had previously been in.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that the next meeting of CMT will be on 10th December.

Highway Matters

Cllr. Garbett reported that he had just become aware that a sizeable hole had been dug at Shute Hill by a local resident and he has fears for public safety. He will have a closer look in daylight on the following day and report his findings to the Clerk.

The Clerk reported that he had contacted Adrian Drake, Highways Manager, regarding investigatory work at Sparry Lane to establish the cause of water rising through the tarmac and been informed that this task is still on the waiting list to be undertaken.

Litter Picking

It was decided to have a further litter picking in the New Year, a date to be decided at a future meeting.

Recreation Ground

Nothing to record.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine/Website

The revised system for the printing of the magazine had worked splendidly, the Winter edition being submitted by editor, Cllr. Garbett, invoiced by the printers Mixam UK and payment made by the Clerk all happening on one day and delivery of the magazines occurring on the anticipated day. The Clerk was thanked for making these arrangements. Considerable discussion took place regarding the streets/roads to be covered by individual Councillors when delivering the magazines.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.25 p.m.

The Chairman reported that the cheque issued last month in favour of Willco Web Design had, for some reason, not reached the bank involved and it was RESOLVED to issue a replacement cheque, having the original stopped. The reason for the higher price for the hosting and management of the website had been an increase in the service charge by the Internet Service Provider.

Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.35 p.m.

Electoral Review

The outcome of the review is awaited.

Telephone Box

The Clerk reported that the missing pane of glass, or similar material, from the telephone box had been reported to BT for attention.


It was noted that an article by Natalie Chard of SITA concerning the restoration of the landfill site and handing over to Cornwall Council did not appear in Winter edition of Carharrack News, just received from the printer, and so it is hoped that this will arrive in time for the Spring, 2019, edition.


It was noted that the giant rig is now assembled and the drilling of the first hole is well under way. The noise element is acceptably low and not causing a problem. Two Drop-in Sessions for the public to view the rig and talk to the project team had been held on Friday 16th and Saturday, 17th November with just under 200 people attending on each day. Further sessions are to be arranged.

Cllr. Mrs Gardiner had not been well enough to attend the first meeting of the Geothermal Community Fund Panel held on Thursday last, 15th November and so her deputy, the Clerk, had done so. Grants of £950 for the provision of a defibrillator at Carharrack and £10,000 towards the cost of replacement play equipment at the Richard Jory Playing Field, Pulla Cross were approved. A further application from Carharrack Methodist Chapel for an entrance ramp and ceiling repairs was deferred for additional information to be provided. There had been other applications for funding made and these will be considered at the next meeting of the panel on Thursday, 28th February, 2019.


The Annual Meeting of Plot Holders had taken place on Saturday morning, 3rd November, Cllr. Garbett apologising that he had got the starting time wrong and joined the Clerk for a 10.30 a.m. start rather than the 10.00 a.m. that it had. The gathering was well attended and plot fees for next season duly paid. There were no major problems raised, but plot holders were united in considering that it is the responsibility of each plot holder to take away all weeds, grass, unwanted crops, etc., from their plots rather than have this Council provide a skip as was suggested by one plot holder. A good suggestion was made that the post code for the Allotments should appear on the Council’s sheds and notice board so that, in an emergency, this can be given to the ambulance or other service for a quick response

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett expressed pleasure in the progress being made by the young trees planted earlier in the year.

  3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported that the next meeting of the MVRG will be on Thursday, 13th December at Stithians.

  4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk had established from Cornwall Council that recent improvements to the surface of the bridge are only temporary and a full timber replacement will be take place at some point in time in the future.

  5. Park Stenak. Nothing to record.

  6. Bus Shelters. It was RESOLVED that the only people suffering from the absence of one of the panes of glass in the lower shelter are those, usually elderly, folk who are waiting for a bus and so a replacement pane should be installed now in view of the winter weather being experienced. The Clerk to action. He also reported that he had recently removed a considerable amount of weeds/grass/other growth from the guttering of the lower shelter.

7. Mills Hall. The Clerk confirmed that an e-mail had been sent to Ian Holland, Secretary of the Mills

Hall Trust, requesting that attention be given to overgrowth from the car park obstructing a footpath to

the front of Croft Row and a response received that this would be carried out. Cllr. Mrs Constable had

indicated earlier in the meeting that, if it had been attended to, the clearance was not of an acceptable

standard. Cllr. Martin undertook to speak to Mr. Holland, who is his neighbour.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Cllr. Martin reported that of the 10 leaflets he had left at Redruth Library, he had

noticed on a subsequent visit that 4 had been taken.


Kernow Carers Service – Next meeting on 27th November at Camborne For circulation

Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

War Memorials Trust – Bulletin For circulation

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

Gwennap P.C.- Minutes of September meeting For circulation


The Clerk reported that Cornwall Council had just distributed documents in connection with the precept for the 2019/20 financial year. Working papers to be produced for consideration at the December meeting of this Council.

Cheques were signed for:

£275.46 S.W. Water Allotments supply

£400.00 Willco Web Design Replacement payment


Monday, 17th December

The meeting closed at 9.52 p.m.