Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 6th December 2016
in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Cllrs Edwards, German, Hetherington, Iddison, Meek, Morse, Taffinder ( Chairman); S Skull (Clerk).
4 members of the public attended.
The Chairman’s 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, was taken as read.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Case, Greenslade, Hatwood and Neal ; CC Julian German
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Cllr Iddison declared a non registerable interest in Planning Application ref PA16/09946, to be considered in item 8 on the agenda.
Mr Steve Hooper, speaking as Treasurer of Gerrans Cricket Club (GCC) said the approach from Shared Access Ltd to site a mobile phone mast at the cricket field (to be discussed in item 13 0n the agenda) had been considered at GCC’s recent AGM, and GCC were against the scheme, having considered that the location was inappropriate, and the mast would be detrimental to the character of the pavilion.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Council accepted the draft minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 1st November 2016 as being a true record subject to the correction of one error of fact. The Chairman signed the corrected minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported:
- He had submitted the consultation response re the proposed new “Devonwall” parliamentary constituency as drafted by Cllr Meek.
Cllr Meek said he also attended the public hearing and gave a presentation on behalf of the PC. Councillors were unanimous in thanking Cllr Meek.
- The tree overhanging the toilet block roof at Percuil remained a problem.
Cllr Iddison said this was scheduled as part of general works to be undertaken by the owner and was in hand.
- He had enquired of the police whether they were aware of any reports of drugs being offered for sale to children in the Parish. The Police had received no such reports.
Cllr Taffinder said she had made similar enquiries of the school governors, and, again, no such matters had been brought to their attention.
- EMAIL from Helston Town Council
– 2019 Tour of Britain cycle race
Invitation to consider supporting the hosting of a stage of the race in Cornwall. Cllr Edwards proposed (seconded by Cllr German) that Gerrans PC should support the idea. Unanimously agreed. Action clerk to reply
- PA16/05503 – HERON’S LEA, ROSEVINE
– Notification of Planning Committee hearing on 19th December
Cllr Hetherington said he would attend the hearing to speak in objection on behalf of the PC, or draft a submission for another member to deliver if this proved impractical.
- EMAIL from Mr Malcolm Tozer
– Mr Malcolm Tozer asked that the minutes record that he had attended the November meeting of the Harbour Club committee to give his views on the operation of the Club balcony.
- EMAIL from Mr and Mrs Cobb
– Mr and Mrs Cobb, of Pensue, Rosevine had written to apologise for unavoidable delays to date in repairing the damage to the lane opposite their property, and to give their reassurance that the work will indeed be carried out as soon as possible.
- LETTER from Mr Charles Emmett
Mr Emmett expressed his appreciation to the PC, and in particular the Planning Committee for their positive and supportive approach in considering two recent applications he had submitted, both of which had now been approved by Planning Officer. He also confirmed that certain design changes to the front elevation of one of the properties, in response to some reservations expressed by the PC, had been submitted and also approved. Mr Emmett enclosed drawings of the changed elevation. Members were appreciative of the letter and of the alterations made.
There was no further correspondence which would not be addressed in other items on the agenda.
The PC had received 2 new applications prior to the publication of the meeting’s agenda. These are outlined below and the PC’s comments were subsequently lodged under “Consultee Comments” in the Online Planning Register.
|PA16/09946||Outline permission: single residential property at Little Vraine, Portscatho.||Unanimous object. Contrary to RNDP policies HO4 and GP3|
|PA16/10845||Structural alteration and associated works – proposed bistro at Harbour Club.||Unanimous support but attention needed to impact of extractor upon neighbours.|
Cllr Iddison took no part in the discussion of PA16/09946, and did not vote on it.
Members also reviewed a preapplication enquiry, PA16/03278 PREAPP re proposed siting of 3 camping pods on currently unused land at Trewince Farm. It was decided to make no comment but await the eventual application.
(b) LOCAL COUNCIL PRE-APPLICATION PROTOCOL
Having reviewed the relevant documentation and background information, members agreed unanimously not to register to adopt the Local Council Pre-application Protocol.
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA16/09980 – re 11, Wellington Terrace||Support||Approved|
|PA16/08285 – re 12, Wellington Terrace||Support||Approved|
Nothing to report
The clerk said he now had all the necessary details for the application to list Gerrans School.
Other localism issues
Cllr German said the Martin Baker Harris Charitable Trust traditionally awarded a Christmas donation and asked if Councillors had any suggestions for an appropriate recipient. Cllr Meek suggested the Trust could approach the Roseland Surgeries Patients Group for their input. Other Councillors agreed.
Cllr Hetherington, reporting on the November meeting of the Community Network Panel, said an item discussed was a new five year health and social care plan for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly being developed by Cornwall Council in conjunction with the NHS and other partners. There was a proposal for parish councils to be addressed and consulted on the plan, and Cllr Hetherington suggested this might be achieved most effectively via a cluster meeting of the five Roseland Parishes.
Cllr German seconded this proposal and it was unanimously agreed that the clerk and Cllr Hetherington should liaise on this to see if a meeting might be arranged for February.
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
The clerk read the minutes of a meeting of the Finance Committee held on 29th November at which the Precept Budget for 2017-2018 was discussed, The recommendation of the Committee was that the PC should approve the Precept at £21,132, an increase of £422 on the current year, which represented the movement on the RPI measure of inflation in the year. The budget and supporting documentation had previously been circulated, and after discussion, Cllr Hetherington proposed (seconded by Cllr Meek) that the Precept be approved. On a vote, 6 Councillors were in favour, and Cllr German abstained. Precept approved.
PARISH CAR PARKING
The clerk reported he had contacted Cornwall Council (CC)’s parking management team, following up on the meeting held on Tuesday 11th October. He said the officer involved had been unaware of the offer of a “core” CEO service that had been made, and was now looking at ways of incorporating such a service into a proposal for coverage in 2017.
He also reported that work on the pavement build-out at the Plume of Feathers pub to prevent dangerous parking was now scheduled for late January.
CHURCH CLOSE OPEN SPACE AREA
The clerk said that he had sent the agreed response to the Landlord but had yet to receive a reply.
Members then discussed a motion submitted by Cllr Hatwood that the PC should move to purchase and store the intended recreation equipment for the site in advance of settlement of the Landlord consent issues. It was generally agreed that, as an official body, this was not a course that was open to the PC, and Cllr German proposed (seconded by Cllr Meek) that, with regret, the motion should not be approved. This was agreed unanimously.
MOBILE PHONE MAST -To consider an initial response to an approach from Shared Access Ltd to site a mast at Gerrans cricket field.
After discussion it was agreed that the PC should enter into a dialogue with Shared Access Ltd and consider the appointment of a sub-committree, possibly to include non-Councillors, Cllr Morse also proposed (seconded by Cllr German) that the matter could be an item for the agenda of the next cluster meeting, as per minute ref 121609 above. 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 £16,624.94 (including VAT of £1,947.42) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th November was £61,630.65.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda
– No further items
- Minor items for report
– Cllr German said there was another abandoned car at Treloan Lane car park. The clerk said he would investigate. Action clerk
– Cllr German also wished all the members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and Cllr Meek offered the same sentiment in the Cornish language.
The meeting closed at 9.20 pm