September 2018 minutes

MINUTES of a meeting of CARHARRACK PARISH COUNCIL held at the Mills Hall, Carharrack, on Monday, 17th September, 2018.


Present: Councillors

Mrs. B. Williams (Chairman)

Mrs. V. Chown

G. Garbett

Mrs. J. Gardiner

C. Martin

Clerk: T. Reynolds

Apologies received from: Cllrs. Mrs. J. Constable and Miss V. Aldridge

Also present:

Cornwall Councillor M.A. Kaczmarek; R. Dyer, L. Berryman


Linzi Berryman gave an update on her efforts to have a defibrillator available in the village, monies already donated having been paid into this Council’s bank account by arrangement with the Clerk, and other grant applications are in the pipeline. One grant to be awarded is from the Redruth Charity Trust and is to be presented on Wednesday, 10th October at Redruth but she is not free to attend. The Clerk volunteered to replace her.

Police Report – The Clerk reported that there had been just two crimes reported to the police during July, both being under the heading of Anti Social Behaviour and occurring in Fore Street. Councillors were disappointed that no further information is available in A.S.B. cases and the Clerk indicated that he would raise this matter at the Police Liaison Group meeting to take place on Monday, 24th September at Tolvaddon, Camborne, but hopes of an improvement are slim.

Neighbourhood Watch Report – The group are to meet again on Thursday next, 20th September. The Clerk read out incidents that had been recorded in their July minutes.

Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek reported:


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


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd July, 2018, are a true and accurate record of proceedings and they were duly signed by the Chairman. An additional copy was made available for Carharrack Club.





539 Mrs. S. Blackman, 4 Albion Row, Fore Street – Replacement oil tank
No objections

NPA Mrs. S. Webb, Cornwall Council, Pydar Street, Truro – Erection of new building for staff at

the United Mines Landfill Site

No objections


532 Mr & Mrs Gay, Busveal – Outline permission for a permanent dwelling associated with an

equestrian business


536 Mr. Carley/Ms. Robertson, Little Burrow, Ting Tang – Double storey side extension with

rear single storey extension and replacement front porch


NPA Mr. D. Grey, no address given – Construction of a dwelling at Glas Argel, Chenhale



531 Andrew Bros. – Reserved matters following outline approval for construction of dwelling at

Grove Vista, Trevarth Road


538 Mr & Mrs A. Best, 2 Woodleigh, Fore Street – Variation to condition 2 in respect of decision

PA18/03043 for the erection of a dwelling on land to the rear of 1 and 2 Woodleigh

Councillors objected to the use of timber cladding rather than stone cladding for the front and

portions of side elevations, with painted smooth rendering on the ground floor and a low level

block rendered wall with close boarded timber fence on top rather than stone walling adjacent

to the highway. Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek had also objected to the application.



A Mineral Tramways finger post sign at the Sparry Bottom end of Footpath 13 had been nudged over, apparently by a turning vehicle. Gavin Henderson of CORMAC had been advised and will arrange for the post to be reinstated.

The Clerk had written to Adrian Drake, Highways Manager, asking if a decision has yet been made concerning the replacement of fencing beside the footway at North Hill but no response had been received.

Carn Marth Trust

Cllr. Garbett reported that there had been no recent meeting of the Trust but he was aware that the amphitheatre had been used for a wedding and that damage had been caused by a fire at the amphitheatre attributed to embers from a BBQ.

Highway Matters

The Clerk had written to Adrian Drake, Highway Manager, asking for any information obtained regarding water rising through the tarmac at Sparry Lane but no response received.

The Clerk reported a contact from a parishioner regarding granite chippings that have been laid in the river bed at Fiveshoots, reducing the depth of the water and making it less attractive. The situation had been referred to CC Kaczmarek who, in turn, asked for the comments of Adrian Drake. Mr. Drake’s reaction had been that as long as the river is still flowing and there has been no contamination, it is in order for a landowner to lower the depth of the river. He had, however, passed on details to the Countryside Team for their assessment.

Litter Picking

Due to the absence of Cllr. Garbett from Cornwall on 7th September, it had become necessary to postpone the litter picking session planned for that day. A revised date of Friday, 28th September had been chosen and the Clerk confirmed that Cornwall Council will provide the necessary equipment.

Recreation Ground

The Chairman reported that it is being planned that the entrance gates be repainted.

C.C. Kaczmarek left the meeting at this point, 8.32 p.m.

Carharrack News Quarterly Magazine

There had been a number of problems associated with the printing of the Autumn edition of the parish magazine, including obtaining the printer’s invoice for payment, the signatures required on the cheque needed to pay the invoice, cheque clearance at the printer’s bank and online proofreading. It was suggested that the Clerk contacts the printers, Mixam of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, to try to streamline the procedure and avoid the delay in the quarterly magazine being distributed.

Weed control in the village.

It was commented that, by and large, the contractor is dealing with weed control in the village.

Electoral Review of Cornwall

The Clerk confirmed that a submission had been sent to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England supporting the creation of a new division comprising of the existing parishes of Carharrack, Gwennap and St. Day, with the hamlet of Treskerby being included in order to exceed the required minimum number of voters in a division, as proposed by Cornwall Councillor Kaczmarek. The submission had been acknowledged and added to the LGBCE website. The Clerk was aware that St. Day PC had made a similar submission but he had not been sent a copy of one from Gwennap PC.


Cllr. Martin reported that arrangements for the final meeting of the United Mines Liaison Group had yet to finalised. He also detailed a failed situation whereby he had invited Natalie Chard, Community Liaison Manager for SUEZ to prepare an article for inclusion in the Autumn edition of Carharrack News covering the closure of the U.M.L.S. but this had not come through due to the article needing to be approved at some level at SUEZ. It is hoped that something will arrive in time for inclusion in the Winter edition.


On 29th August, Peter Ledingham, Project Manager, advised that unexpected maintenance and repair work had been found to be necessary on the drilling rig and it would not, therefore, be arriving until the first week in October, with drilling starting during the third week. On 14th September, he reluctantly indicated that bad weather had delayed maintenance work on the rig and so the first loads are now expected on 11th October.

Separately, Cornwall Community Foundation had advised that a United Downs Geothermal Community Fund is now up and running and is being administered by that body. A Grant Selection Panel must be formed consisting of one person from CCF, two members from the project team and a representative from Carharrack, Gwennap, Lanner and St. Day Parish Councils. Each nominated panel member must have a deputy who can attend meetings should the main member not be available. It was RESOLVED that Parish Councillor Mrs. Jenny Gardiner becomes the main member with the Clerk deputising, if required.


It was RESOLVED to hold the Annual Meeting of Plot Holders on Saturday morning, 27th October, commencing at 10.30 a.m. at the Mills Hall. Posters to be placed at the Allotments in due course. It was considered that the Allotments, generally speaking, give a pleasant appearance to visitors.


1. Pound Footpath. Nothing to record.

2. Pound Field and building. Cllr. Garbett reported that Richard Ward would be invited to carry out some

bramble strimming at the field in order to keep on top of re-growth. Of the 70 trees planted earlier in the

year, the vast majority are making good growth.

3. Mining Villages Regeneration. Cllr. Martin would be attending the next meeting of the M.V.R.G. at

Chacewater Village Hall on Thursday, 20th September. An invoice had been received covering the

annual donation to the MVRG Grant Fund. RESOLVED to make the payment.

4. Iron Footbridge. The Clerk had attended to a reported problem of a nail dangerously sticking up from the

timber decking on the bridge but this had turned out to be a knot in the timber cleverly disguising itself as

a nail. When there, it was noted that a short section of one of the three timbers forming the decking had

rotted away. A request had been submitted to the Countryside Team and a response eventually received

that a repair would be carried out.

5. Park Stenak. The annual strimming to be carried out shortly by the Clerk.

6. Bus Shelters. The shelter at the Mills Hall had been vandalised with a pane of glass at one end smashed

into a sight that indicated a danger to anyone using the shelter for its intended purpose. The Clerk had

offered to remove the shattered glass and the Chairman had agreed that this should be done. RESOLVED

not to replace the pane at this point in time, the same to apply to a pane of glass in the top shelter near the

Carharrack Stars public house that has a minor crack in one pane.

7. Mills Hall. Nothing to record.

8. Museum. Nothing to record.

9. Village Leaflets. Nothing to record.


1. Clerks & Councils Direct – magazine For circulation

2. Protect Rural Cornwall – magazine For circulation

3. Kernow Carers Service – information sheet For circulation

4. Geothermal Community Fund – information sheet For circulation

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

6. Gwennap P.C. – Minutes of July meeting For circulation


The storage container ordered for use by I.C.E. and located at the Mills Hall had been delivered and successfully installed. I.C.E., via Ian Holland, had thanked the Parish Council for its help.

A letter of thanks had been received from Carharrack Football Club for their latest donation.

Cllr. Martin carried out an Internal Audit for the quarter ending 30th June and found all to be in order.

Cheques were signed for:

£ 2,560.00 Mr Box Ltd Storage container (27th July)

£ 445.26 Mixam UK Printing parish magazine (30th August)

£ 100.00 Mining Villages Regeneration Group Annual donation

£ 1,246.03 Clerk Salary and reimbursements – details circulated

£ 262.50 H.M.R.C. Clerk’s P.A.Y.E.


Monday, 22nd October, 2018.

The meeting closed at 9.35 p.m.