October 2016 minutes

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

24th October, 2016.



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;      P.C.M.O.  E. Grey

(RESOLVED that since Cllr. Mrs. Chown’s illness will see her miss meetings until after Christmas,

a bouquet of flowers be given to her with the best wishes of this Council.  The Clerk to arrange.)


Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek;    D. Dyer, G. Nelson, L. Smith, B. Avert, C. Menear



Mr. Dyer asked what progress is being made with making Footpath 5 available to the public again.  It was felt that the chances of this happening are extremely slim since the Ramblers Association did not back a previous attempt by this Council to have the path reinstated – the Clerk to obtain a statement from Cornwall Council.   He also asked for a response to the matter concerning waste collection he had raised at the September meeting.  It then transpired that an original e-mail, plus a follow-up, sent by the Clerk to C.C. Kaczmarek had not been received.  The latter requested a third attempt so that he could give the situation his attention.  Mr. Dyer commented that a number of street lights were not lit in the village on this evening to which C.C. Kaczmarek responded that Western Power Distribution were aware of the situation and were investigating.  Finally, Mr. Dyer asked where a seat proposed for the triangle of grass adjacent to the Mills Hall on which a bus shelter stands is to be placed.  He was informed that the matter is at an early stage of development and would be debated later in this meeting.

Mr. Nelson asked why this Council, when submitting no objections to his planning application to construct a kitchen and bathroom extension to his terraced cottage at Croft Row, had included a request that a condition of approval should be the neighbouring properties are not impaired by internal or external wall removals since this is not a planning matter, he claimed.  Councillors took the opposite view, however, considering that it was appropriate that any structural changes to the applicant’s cottage must not have an adverse effect on cottages on either side.

Mr. Avent and Miss Smith, from Ponsanooth, spoke on the planning application they had submitted for the erection of a dwelling at Primrose Cottage, Consols Road, for which outline planning permission had already been approved by Cornwall Council.  They were aware that this site is actually in Gwennap Parish, despite being so close to Carharrack village.  Mr. Menear, their agent, also contributed facts on the application.  C.C. Kaczmarek said that he aware of the application, having attended a Gwennap P.C. meeting last Friday, and, in supporting the application, was looking for more local stone to be incorporated in the front elevation of the building. This was duly acknowledged by the applicants.

The Clerk reported that during August there had been three reported crimes in Carharrack, these being a vehicle crime at Higher Park Stenak (investigation complete, no suspect identified);  Anti Social Behaviour at Trevince Parc and the third under the Violence and Sexual Offence heading at United Road (under investigation),

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:

from Cory will not be forthcoming from Biffa.



Cllr. Mrs. Williams declared an interest in matters involving I.C.E. and Cllr. Martin concerning planning application 506.






It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th September 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, Carharrack Club and the Mills Hall.






     504   Barn conversion and associated works
              Land South of Glenhurst, Trevethan
              Mrs. M. Parry
              The Planning Officer had indicated that he is minded to approve this application, opposing the views of
              this Council and C.C. Kaczmarek, not present at the September meeting when it was debated, is also in
              favour of approving it.  RESOLVED to agree to disagree.
     506   Construction of dwelling and associated works
              Sparry Farm, Sparry Bottom
              Mr. I. Holland
              The Planning Officer had indicated that he is minded to approve this application, opposing the views of
              this Council.  C.C. Kaczmarek commented that he would be prepared to support the application.
              RESOLVED to retain opposition but not request that the application goes before the Planning Committee.


507   Construction of a domestic wooden shed and formation of a new pedestrian access

Mayfield Cottage, Squire Lane

             Mr. S. Newman
             RESOLVED that in addition to the proposed site being well outside the development envelope there is
             insufficient information available from the plans to give full consideration to the application.
   508   Application to vary Conditions 1 and 2 (Restoration Completion/Scheme & Timescales)
            United Mines Landfill Site

SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd.

Councillors do not consider that they have the technical knowledge to oppose this application for an

extension of time to complete the restoration of the United Mines Landfill Site but they cannot agree to the

bridleways at the site remaining closed to public use for an extended period.  It is considered that it should be

quite possible for SUEZ to have the bridleways open to public use in the near future, albeit with signage erected

directing the public to confine movements to the designated pathways and to be aware that there might be large

machinery operating nearby.  Should it be necessary to close a bridleway for a short period because machinery is

actually working on or dangerously close to the bridleway, this would be acceptable but not the delayed,

permanent, closure.  This Council is aware of the response submitted by Gwennap Parish Council along similar

lines and supports the observations made.

           NPA     Erection of new dwelling and associated works
            Primrose Cottage, Consols Road
            Mr. B. Avent
            No objections
             503     Mrs. B. Clark, Carharrack Animal Feeds, Church Street
                        Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 4 dwellings
                        CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

(It was noted that the conditions requested by this Council had been incorporated in the approval)


505     Mr. G. Nelson, 6 Croft Row

Proposed kitchen and bathroom extension




Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point 8.45 p.m.                            



An invoice had been received from Mark Herman, contractor, covering the second cutting of certain paths within the parish and in view of the very good condition of the finished work, as commented upon by Chris Cottell, Parish Footpath Officer, it was RESOLVED to settle his account.  It was noted that the timber bollards normally on Footpath 13 (Sparry Bottom to the B3298) at the junction of Squire Lane are no longer there and Cllr. Garbett reported that there is mud/gravel on the surface of Footpath 7 (Little Carharrack to School Hill, St. Day) which requires removal.  The Clerk to notify Gavin Henderson.


C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point 8.50 p.m.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that he had attended a meeting of CMT in September when the continuation of the bracken poisoning by contractor at a cost of £1,000 had been the significant matter discussed.   Their AGM will take place on Thursday, 3rd November.

Highway Matters

A meeting had taken place on the morning of this meeting involving Cllr. Martin, Ben Dickinson of Cormac Solutions and the Clerk to discuss the flooding at Sparry Lane.  Mr. Dickinson was able to see at first hand the problems caused by Cormac Solutions staff flail cutting the deep ditch running alongside Sparry Lane but leaving cuttings in the ditch rather than spreading them along the adjacent hedge row.  The drainage pipe leading under the access road serving a property was fully blocked and water was about to overflow on to the highway and from there to the properties of Sparry Farm and Sparry Farm Cottage.  Mr. Dickenson agreed to provide right away sand bags to divert such a flow of water and to get a team out as soon as possible to attend to the ditch.

Cornwall Council had advised that roads serving the Poldory View/Meadows/Villas housing development off Sparry Lane have become highways maintainable at the public expense from 27th September, 2016.

The Clerk reported that he had written to Mr. R. Ladd of Carnside requesting that he has his hedge running between Alma Terrace and Firtree Farm trimmed back since it was overhanging the footpath.  Mr. Ladd had acknowledged the request and the hedge suitably cut back.

Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported a situation she had been informed of at Chapel Terrace where a notice concerning the need to clear away dog’s mess might be causing an obstruction to pedestrians.  Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner offered to follow-up on the following day.

Mr. T. Harry of St. Day had written to invite Councillors to attend a meeting at St. Day Church Hall on Tuesday evening, 1st November at 7.00 p.m. to debate speeding traffic at both his village and Carharrack.  The Chairman and Cllr. Miss Aldridge volunteered to attend as did the Clerk who had also notified Carharrack Neighbourhood Watch of the meeting since they have been deeply involved in tackling speeding issues.

It was noted that, without a request from this Council – not having received complaints from home owners/occupiers – a new tarmac surface has recently been laid for the full length of the comparatively little used Squire Lane by Cormac Solutions

Litter Picking,

It was RESOLVED to hold a further litter picking session on Sunday morning, 6th November commencing at 10.00 a.m. from the Mills Hall.  The Clerk to book a room at the hall, obtain the litter picking gear from Cornwall Council and provide refreshments and Cllr. Garbett to place posters on the four notice boards inviting parishioners to join in.  The Clerk also to dispose of the collected litter direct to the United Mines Site.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that the item of play equipment taken away for repair by Cornwall Council and subsequently returned has again been taken away but without any contact from C.C.  She intended to make the necessary follow-up.

The goal mouths in the mini football pitch had been returfed and it was RESOLVED to pay the invoice received for £85.00, this sum being half of the overall cost with I.C.E. paying the balance.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

Cllr. Garbett, again congratulated by Councillors for the Autumn edition, reminded them that the copy date for the winter edition is 10th November.  It was RESOLVED that two advertisers, who had not paid their invoices for advertisements that have appeared in previous issues despite having received a follow-up from the Clerk, should have them discontinued.

Grass verge adjacent to the Mills Hall

Karen Andrews of Cormac Solutions had responded to the Clerk’s suggestion that this Council would be prepared to provide a bench seat to be placed on the Cornwall Council owned verge to prevent vehicles from being parked on it by offering to provide quotations for installing the bench either on a concrete plinth or into concrete holes.  It was agreed that this Council’s offer was to share the cost of locating a bench at this site not covering the whole cost and this would be conveyed to Karen Andrews.


Cllr. Martin gave a full report on the latest meeting of the Liaison Group that he had attended which had concentrated on the reasons for SUEZ seeking to extend the period for the restoration of the landfill site to 31st December, 2018.


Nothing to record.



It was confirmed that the Annual Meeting of Plot Holders will take place on Saturday morning next, 29th October, commencing at 10.00 a.m.  The Chairman would take along the revised prices for each plot to that gathering.  The Clerk reported a number of enquiries for plots from both existing plot holders and newcomers which could be followed-up after the meeting.

  1. Pound Footpath.  Nothing to record.
    1. Pound Field and building.  Cllr. Garbett was pleased with developments at the field but considered that another strimming

of brambles was needed to help wild flowers to establish – this probably best being undertaken in February next year.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration.  Cllr. Martin reported on the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group held at Pulla Cross on 22nd September, providing a summary for Council records.
  2. Iron Footbridge.  Initial work has commenced on the repairs to the bridge by clearing the overgrown vegetation on either side.  Work on the bridge itself will start next week.
  3. Park Stenak.  Nothing to record.
  4. Bus Shelters.  In updating their records, a request had been received from County Hall to confirm that this Council continues to maintain the two shelters in the village.  In giving this assurance, the Clerk had also indicated that over the past 16 years this Council had spent £2,634.63 in replacing panes of glass smashed by vandals.  It was considered appropriate that this information should be passed on to parishioners in the next edition of Carharrack News.

7.    Mills Hall.  Nothing to record.

8.    Museum.  Nothing to record.

9.    Village Leaflets.  Nothing to record.



Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine        For circulation

E-mail from former Carharrack resident and CC Kaczmarek’s response        For circulation

Trago Mills – Pensioner’s Discount Week, 21st to 25th November       For circulation

Kernow Matters To You – Campaign re. ‘Devonwall’         For circulation

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

Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of August and September meetings           For circulation



Cheques were signed for:

£ 300.00         M.K. Herman                        Footpath cutting

£   85.00         D. Evatt                                 Returfing goals at the Recreation Ground


An Internal Audit for the quarter ending 30th September, 2016, had been carried out by Cllr. Martin and all found to be in order.


Monday, 21st November


The meeting closed at 10.15 p.m.