Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 2nd August 2016
in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Cllrs Case, Edwards, German, Greenslade, Hatwood, Iddison, Meek, Morse, Taffinder ( Chairman);
S Skull (Clerk), CC Julian German
8 members of the public attended.
The Chairman read out a statement in respect of the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 reminding those in attendance and participating in the meeting that they were liable to be filmed, recorded, photographed or otherwise recorded.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Hetherington and Neal, Mrs Kathy Manlove.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Cllr Meek declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in planning application ref PA16/06058 which was scheduled for consideration in item 9 on the agenda.
ADDRESS BY MRS KATHY MANLOVE
Mrs Manlove, the manager of Trewince Holiday Lodges had sent her apologies and was unable to attend due to work commitments. Councillors agreed to invite Mrs Manlove to address a subsequent meeting instead. Action clerk
Mr Malcolm Tozer enquired as to the current situation following the letter sent to the management of the Harbour club by the Parish Council at his request regarding the use of the new balcony (minute ref 071607). The chairman of the club, Mr Peter Woodbridge, was present and said it was believed that an area equivalent to the size of the previously existing balcony was still permitted to be used after 11.00 pm and he would be seeking clarification of the issue from the planning authorities. In the meantime, notices had been put up, and the area referred to was roped off at 11.00 pm.
After a discussion it was agreed that the matter should be put on the agenda for September’s meeting for review. Action clerk
Mrs Amanda Meek gave a summary of the reasons for, and expected effect of, the building works proposed at 31, Gwarak Gwel An Mor. (planning application ref PA16/06058).
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Council accepted the draft minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 5th July 2016 as being a true record. The Chairman signed the minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported:
– The officer in charge of enforcement case ref EN16/00641 re Knightor Vineyard had been in touch to say she was still in the process of investigation, and an update would follow in due course.
– No acknowledgement or response had been received to date to the second email he had sent to Mr Phil Mason, head of Planning at Cornwall Council (CC), as requested at the July meeting.
– He had found a temporary contractor for the July and August South West Coast Path cuts.
-The overgrown verges at New Road had now been cut back in the interests of safety.
- Invitation from St Gerrans Church to attend a service on Sunday 7th August to mark the opening of the flower festival and Royal Exhibition. Cllr Taffinder volunteered to attend as PC representative.
- Response from the management of the Plume of Feathers
The clerk reported that an expected response to the previous correspondence about various environmental concerns had still not arrived to date. Cllr German proposed (seconded by Cllr Iddison) that the clerk now be asked to contact St Austell Brewery directly on the matter. Approved unanimously. Action clerk
There was no further correspondence which would not be addressed in other items on the agenda.
The PC had received 4 new applications. These outlined below and the PC’s comments were subsequently lodged under “Consultee Comments” in the Online Planning Register.
|PA16/06058||Single storey extension/conversion of garage to study/bedroom at 31, Gwarak Gwel An Mor||Unanimous support|
|PA16/05896||Demolition of existing dormer bungalow and construction of a contemporary family dwelling at Ansells, Rosevine||Unanimous object. Insignificant alteration to previously refused application. No necessity to replace existing building. Form and materials out of keeping. Increase in overall height.|
|PA16/06386||Roof alterations and small extension at Droskyn, Rosevine||Unanimous support|
|PA16/05798||Replacement of existing porch with new porch/kitchen at 37 Churchtown Road||Deferred pending visit by Planning Committee|
Cllr Meek left the room during the consideration of PA16/06058
– Notification of appeal against refusal re PA16/03467 – Ansells, Rosevine.
Cllr German proposed (seconded by Cllr Meek) that the PC should re-emphasise its objection to the application. Carried unanimously. Action clerk to inform Planning Authority
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|None this month||N/a||N/a|
No new issues to report
The clerk reported he had been notified that the PC’s bid to Cornwall Council’s Devolution Fund for a contribution to the replacement and refurbishment of the facilities at Gerrans children’s playground had been successful but that this would not be finally confirmed until signed off by the portfolio holder, Mr Jeremy Rowe.
Other localism issues
No other issues were raised.
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
PARISH CAR PARKING
The clerk reported that Cormac had now proceeded to the public consultation stage with the proposed pavement build-out in Victoria Terrace, intended to remedy the issue of dangerous parking, and the plans had been displayed locally. CC Julian German said he had asked for CEO enforcement to be provided on safety grounds at peak times.
The clerk also reported that, in reply to the request for enforcement to be reinstated for the 6 week period beginning 1st August, (Minute ref 071611), he had been informed that officers had now been reassigned, and no cover would be available. Also, Mr Simon Clark, of CC’s Parking Services, had indicated that it would not be possible to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue of devolving enforcement until after the summer holiday period. Cllr German said he had in fact seen wardens active in the village in the recent weeks, and the clerk was asked to ascertain whether there was a core service of enforcement provided, with the PC’s requested patrols being additional hours. Action clerk
Cllr German proposed (seconded by Cllr Taffinder) that quotes should be sought for the repair and rebuild of the section of Cornish Hedge in New Road leading from the exit down to the pedestrian gate at the Southern end. Agreed unanimously. Action clerk
Members expressed concern about the recent incidences of abandoned vehicles and long term parking in New Road car park. The clerk said vehicles had been reported and two had since been removed. The problem was that if the owner (having been traced by the authorities) states that he or she is aware of the car’s position and is intending to take steps to remove it personally, Cornwall Council cannot take it away if it is not on the highway. Cllr German said that it was indeed possible to get a removal order, as had been done at the Memorial Hall car park. He and the clerk agreed to liaise on the matter.
CHURCH CLOSE OPEN SPACE AREA
The clerk produced a design submission and quote for play and leisure equipment from Sovereign Play Equipment Ltd. Cllr Hatwood suggested a further meeting, involving Councillors and interested members of the public, should be arranged to discuss the proposal before any decision was taken. This was agreed unanimously. Action clerk / Cllr Hatwood
The clerk reported that he had enquired of CC’s Highways and Environment team whether they had responsibility for the maintenance of the retaining wall below Nos. 1 and 2 Springfield. As yet there had been no reply. Cllr Hatwood proposed (seconded by Cllr Taffinder) that quotes should be sought anyway in the meantime for the repair of the wall. Agreed unanimously. Action clerk
The clerk reported that all payments submitted for approval were materially within budget, or within forecast and agreed contingency levels where actual figures were unknown at the time of setting the budget.
ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
It was resolved that the outstanding invoices totalling £4,906.25 (including VAT of £46.10) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th July was £47,643.14
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda
– List of potential Community Assets to be reviewed
– New waste bin by Tatams Cafe
- Minor items for report
-The clerk said he had been contacted about the possibility of reconnecting the public water tap at The Quay. He said he would investigate the practicalities and potential costs.
– Cllr German reminded Cllr Iddison that the grass in Treloan Lane car park needed cutting.
– Cllr Iddison said he had received complaints about a potentially dangerous gate which opened on to the road rather than inwards at a property at Rosevine. The clerk said he would investigate and inform the Highways Dept.
The meeting closed at 8.57 pm