October 2018 minutes

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

It was noted. with deep sadness, that Cllr. Mrs. Val Chown’s husband, Billy, had recently died and it was agreed that a condolence card be sent by the Clerk to Cllr. Mrs. Chown on behalf of this Council.

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek

D. Dyer, R. Evatt


Mr. Dyer commented that he had not received a copy of the Autumn edition of Carharrack News, as had others in Croft Row. It was confirmed that the delivery service by Parish Councillors had failed on this occasion and that the matter would be rectified for future deliveries. Mr. Dyer was given a spare copy available at the meeting.

Mr. Evatt reported that he had brought to the attention of Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek, by sending photographs, further damage to the wooden bollard near the junction of Squire Lane and Footpath 13 – apparently caused by a falling branch from a nearby tree – and the fallen finger post sign at the Sparry Lane end of this same footpath and was pleased that the bollard has been quickly reinstated. The post remains to receive reinstatement.

Cllr. Mrs. Constable reported that a tree/shrub with a considerable amount of ivy growing on it has fallen over and is now blocking a front access path to one section of Croft Row.

Police Report. The Clerk reported that just one crime had been reported to the police during August, this being Anti Social Behaviour at Tremayne Road, and this comparing to 8 crimes committed at neighbouring St. Day. The Clerk commented that 7 crimes logged for having occurred at Tremayne Road had appeared in reports covering the past year, under the headings Violence & Sexual, Criminal Damage & Arson, Vehicle Crime and Drugs as well as Anti Social Behaviour and queried whether what appears to be a quiet cul-de-sac of twelve bungalows should be experiencing such activities. It was suggested that the police may be recording crimes as having happened in Tremayne Road when nearby Croft Row might be more appropriate. The Clerk to raise this matter with the police. The Clerk also gave a summary of matters covered at the meeting of the Police Liaison Group held on 24th September at Tolvaddon. The next meeting of the group is scheduled to take place at the Mills Hall on Monday morning, 3rd December.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:


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 17th September 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.


Public Clinic – The Clerk reported that he had attended the Redruth Charity Trust presentation evening on behalf of Linzi Berryman and received a cheque for £200 towards the cost of installing a defibrillator at Carharrack. Nearly £8,000 had been presented to some 38 organizations, including the Mills Hall Trust and Carharrack & St. Day Youth Band, on the evening. The cheque had been paid into the Parish Council’s bank account.


540 Mr. D. Paul, Methodist Church, Chapel Terrace – Conversion to form dwelling
Councillors raise no objections to the proposed conversion but support the observations
made by D.B. and G.S. Wadham-Smith, owners and occupiers of The Manse, Chapel
Terrace, the neighbouring dwelling, and would wish them to be taken into full
consideration when reaching a decision on this application.
541 Mr. D. Paul, Methodist Church, Chapel Terrace – Listed Building Consent
Councillors raise no objections to the lifting of the Listed Building restrictions on this
building, preferring it to be brought back into habitable condition.
535 Miss. R. Evans, Bissoe – Conversion and extension of agricultural barn to dwelling plus
garden workshop

(One condition was that the workshop must not be used for residential accommodation, as

requested by this Council)

538 Mr & Mrs A. Best, 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street – Proposed erection of a detached dwelling with
variation of Condition 2 in respect of decision PA18/03043

539 Mrs S. Blackman, 4 Albion Row, Fore Street – Replacement oil tank



537 Mr & Mrs. Sigrist – Detached 1 1/2 storey dwelling with associated parking and amenity space

on land South of Poplar Grove, Sparry Bottom

Cornwall Council had been unable to reach a decision on this development within the statutory

time and had sought agreement from the applicants to extend the prescribed period. This they

had done.

NPA Mr. & Mrs. Searle, Amended plans, elevations and location for previously approved

replacement dwelling with garage (PA14/11425) at Samsfield, Sparry Bottom.

Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek reported that Gwennap Parish Council are considering this

application and there may be objections involving a Certificate of Lawfulness granted in

respect of the dwelling it is now sought to replace in a different position to that approved.

Cllr. Mrs. Constable left the meeting at this point, 8.20 p.m.



It was noted that a substantial Cornish wall, using large granite stones, has been installed by CORMAC as a replacement for the timber post and rail fencing that had come to the end of its useful life on the path running at a high level beside North Hill.

Cllr. Miss Aldridge commented that, in early October, she and the Chairman had reported to the Clerk that four trees had been felled on the hedgerow near Rosewood Farm on Footpath 9 and wondered if this is permitted without consultation. The matter had been referred on to Gavin Henderson, Senior Countryside Officer with CORMAC, who had responded that there are circumstances when a landowner would be required to consult or obtain permission to fell trees but that he did not feel that these would apply here. Cllr. Miss Aldridge was not happy with the situation but “agreed to disagree”. In late September, a report had been submitted to Mr. Henderson that a large, old, farm trailer containing a considerable amount of scrap materials had been parked just off the bridleway near Rosewood Farm giving an unattractive sight. He had visited the farm, spoken to the owner regarding his responsibility for public safety and received an assurance that the trailer would be moved. After a little while, this had been carried out.

The Clerk reported that an invoice from our footpaths maintenance contractor, Mark Herman, usually received in time for the October meeting and covering second cuts carried out in the parish, had not arrived. It was RESOLVED to sign a cheque for the expected £300 amount so that Mr. Herman could be paid without delay on receiving his invoice.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that he had attended the AGM of CMT on 19th October. The amphitheatre had lost money but this had been made up from other income and there are many shows planned for the future. With regard to the fire that had taken place at the amphitheatre, as recorded in the September minutes of this Council, Cllr. Garbett reported that the fire brigade had been quite adamant that it was a case of arson and so the suggestion that the fire had been set off by flying embers from a barbeque is incorrect. With only a small band of people making up CMT and much work to do, it is being explored that Lanner Parish Council take over responsibility for Carn Marth, especially as CMT Chairman, Chris Bosworth, is a Lanner Parish Councillor.

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

Highway Matters

Adrian Drake, Highways Manager with CORMAC, had responded to a further e-mail from the Clerk regarding water rising through the tarmac at Sparry Lane by saying that a survey had been carried out by a subcontractor but this had to be abandoned because blockages had been encountered. The delayed report received had contained conflicting information. He is therefore arranging for an investigative dig to be carried out – something this Council had requested a long time ago – to establish where the problem is being created. The date for the digging has yet to be confirmed.

Litter Picking,

It was reported that the session held on Friday evening, 28th September, had been successful with a total of thirteen persons, Parish Councillors, parishioners and the Clerk covering the majority of Carharrack streets/roads/footpaths, and arranging refreshments afterwards. Councillors RESOLVED to record thanks to the half dozen parishioners who had swelled the usual low turnout.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman indicated that I.C.E. has yet to arrange the repainting of the entrance gates.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

It was considered a good idea for Cllr. Garbett to carry out a review of the delivery routes carried out by Parish Councillors in the light of missed addresses. The Chairman wished it to be recorded that each Parish Councillor has a duty to carry out, or suitably arrange, the delivery of the parish magazine without delay when receiving them so that parishioners gain full benefit from the contents and events being advertised are not out-of-date when delivered.

The Clerk had negotiated a more streamlined procedure for the printing of the magazines with both SUEZ and Mixam UK, the one stumbling block being that the latter insisted on the bank clearance of this Council’s cheque before authorising printing.

To overcome this situation, the Clerk offered to pay for the printing by card from his personal account, receiving repayment from this Council via a previously signed cheque in his favour. Councillors expressed thanks for this gesture.

An invoice had been received from Willco Web Design for the continued website hosting and maintenance totalling £400. This reflected an increase of £50 on previous charges but no explanation had been given for the increase. It was RESOLVED to pay the invoice with the Chairman, who took no part in the voting, undertaking to establish from Willco Web Design the reason(s) for the increase.

Electoral review

There is no further news on this matter.


Cllr. Martin reported that he was aware that Natalie Chard had written an article for publication in the Winter edition of Carharrack News but it still needs to be approved at the appropriate level. She had intended to include reference to the transfer date to Cornwall Council following the restoration of the site but this has yet to be decided upon.


Notification had been received that Jane Charman, Community Relations Manager with UDDGP, had visited all the companies on the United Downs Industrial Estate to inform them of temporary parking restrictions that would take place between 10th and 24th October on either side of the road leading to the main gate of their site in order that large vehicles delivering the drilling rig could have clear access. There had been much support for the project and the notification appreciated.

The Chairman reported that noise monitoring equipment in respect of the drilling project had been installed at her property by . a firm called inacoustic.

It is hoped to hold the first meeting of the United Downs Geothermal Community Fund on Thursday, 15th November with Cllr. Mrs. Gardiner representing this Council.


It had not been possible to book the Mills Hall for the Annual Plot Holders Meeting on 27th October, as originally decided, and so it had been postponed until the following Saturday, 3rd November. Notices had been placed at various points at the Allotments. Neither the Chairman or Cllr. Miss Aldridge who normally attend these meetings are free to attend as is Vice Chairman Martin but Cllr. Garbett undertook to do so on behalf of this Council.

The Clerk reported that a repair had been carried out to the water leak at the entrance gate and a quotation is being prepared for updating the untidy area where mains water enters the site.

The wheelchair bound plot holder who had given up Plot 87 had been visited by the Clerk and had agreed to have removed the metal sided panels he had used to form raised beds.

  1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

  2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that sections of the field had been strimmed by Richard Ward to remove

bramble and the field now has a pleasant appearance.

  1. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin reported on the latest meeting of the M.V.R. Group which doubled up as their A.G.M. Because there had been a lot of matters covered, the Clerk had downloaded a copy of the draft minutes for both meetings, these to be included in the Circulation folder at the close of the meeting.

  2. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk reported that he had had a look at the bridge and established that the Countryside Team had installed chipboard panels on top of the timber sleepers forming the deck of the bridge and placed chicken wire on the boarding to ensure that it does not become slippery underfoot. It was not clear if this was intended to be a short term repair or long term and the Clerk undertook to establish this from the Countryside Team.

  3. Park Stenak. The Clerk reported that he had carried out the annual strimming of the triangular area of land, removing at the same time some four plastic garden chairs, all in a broken state, that were tangled in the brambles at one end of the site.

  4. Bus Shelters. Cllr. Miss Aldridge reported that she had carried out a cleaning of both shelters and was thanked for her efforts by fellow Councillors. There is much weed growth in the guttering of the lower shelter – the Clerk to action.

7. Mills Hall. It was decided to write to Ian Holland of the Mills Hall Trust asking for attention to the footpath obstruction

at Croft Row reported tonight in Public Clinic, at the same time reporting that the light near the side entrance door used for

Parish Council meetings is no longer working.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Cllr. Martin reported that he had delivered 10 copies of the leaflet to Redruth Library and a further 10 to

Redruth Town Council Chambers which is acting as the local Tourist Information Centre pending the completion and

opening of the Cornwall Records Centre situated at the Redruth Brewery site.


C.C. – Draft Housing Supplementary Planning Document For circulation

C.C. – Have your say on Cornwall Council’s Draft Budget For circulation

Trago Mills Pensioners’ Week, 26th -30th November, 2018 For circulation

Royal Mail – Scam Mail For circulation

MTAB Motorsports – suitable training land request For circulation

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

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

Mrs. S. Beveridge, Carharrack – Request that this Council considers placing special poppies on lampposts in the village to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One. The Clerk had obtained an example of the

large poppies from a Royal British Legion officer living at Praze for Councillors to view. It was RESOLVED to purchase 20 of the poppies, priced at £3.00 each, these to be put up at a suitable date.


Cheques were signed for:

£ 300.00 M.P. Herman Footpaths maintenance – second instalment

£ 400.00 Willco Web Design Website maintenance

£ t.b.c. Clerk Refund for printing of the Winter edition of the parish magazine

£ 60.00 Royal British Legion Special poppies

Cllr. Martin carried out the Quarterly Audit of Accounts for the period ending 30th September, 2018, and found all to be in order.


Monday, 19th November

The meeting closed at 10.00 p.m.