Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – August 2014


Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held at the Mevagissey Activity Centre

On Thursday 21 August 2014 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chair), M Facey, J Daniel, G Shephard, S Hrydziuszka, J Barron, J Whatty, C Robins, J Feeley, A Williams, N Florence.

Apologies          Cllrs. J Morgan, E Chesterfield, J Arthur.

In Attendance      PCSO Hemming, PJ Howson (Clerk), 31 members of the public.




  1. Declarations of interest.    Cllr. Shephard declared an interest in Agenda Item 12 (grant request by St Peter’s Church).
  2. Gift Declarations.             None.


  1. Police Report. PCSO Hemming presented his report for the period 16 June to 18 August detailing 7 crimes           committed: 1 criminal damage to property, 1 theft from vehicle, 1 use of threatening/abusive/insulting words, 1 theft   non-specific, 1 burglary domestic, 1 causing a poisonous substance to be taken by an animal, 1 historic sexual             assault. He explained the recent changes in local policing and reassured the Council that the extension of PC          Dunn’s ‘beat’ to include Mevagissey would result in greater police visibility.


  1. Dog Control Enforcement Report. A written report had been received for the period up to 18 August. 18 cautions had been issued to people allowing their dogs onto the beach, but no fixed penalty notices. The new, larger sign has been installed to replace the defaced one, since when there have been fewer incidents. The beach has been very busy             with locals and visitors, with many positive comments received regarding the absence of dogs.


  1. Points from the Public.

Mr Jon Hearn of Mevagissey FC spoke in support of Agenda Item 20 (grant request by the Club).

Mr. Edward Pickard spoke in support of Agenda Item 8a (proposed replacement dwelling at 29 The Cliff).

Mr Cedric Maddox spoke with reference to Local Green Space designation (which was omitted from the Agenda in   error), and explained the historical significance of The Paddock and Steep House site as a tented village for at least    200 Mevagissey residents fleeing an 1849 cholera epidemic which claimed 111 lives and required a mass evacuation.

Messrs. Keith Watson and Geoff Coombe, together with 2 ladies unnamed, spoke in opposition to Agenda Item 8c (new dwelling on land adjoining Ava House).


  1. Minutes.  Following amendment of the name of the Councillor Seconding July Minute #6, Proposed by Cllr.        Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Facey, that the Minutes of 17 July be Accepted.                                Carried.


  1. Actions from previous meeting:

The Clerk reported on the purpose of Local Green Space designations and the method of implementation, which was            by inclusion within a local development plan or neighbourhood development plan. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey, that the principle of including The Paddock and the area around Steep House as a             designated Local Green Space within the Neighbourhood Plan should be explored.                      Carried.

The Clerk reported that the name ‘Porthillie View’ was being used purely for marketing purposes for the affordable    housing development in Robert’s Close. This was apparently common practice.

C.C. had been asked to repair the broken cemetery gate fixing, and clear rubbish at Cliff Park, Pentillie, and the       village centre.

Regarding the supply of gull-proof waste sacks, this was still awaiting the identification of a local outlet.

  1. Planning.


  1. PA14/02459/PREAPP : Pre-application advice for proposed replacement dwelling. 29 The Cliff, Mevagissey.

The lengthy discussion which ensued can be summarised as follows: The Council was unanimous in its opposition to         the proposed development. If a ninety year old building in a Conservation Area has been allowed to fall into disrepair, that should not mean that it can be replaced with something completely different. The design of the             proposed replacement building makes no reference to the vernacular and is therefore not in keeping with the built      environment of The Cliff. Also, the proposed additional floor would obstruct the existing view across the harbour        from behind the property. If the existing property is beyond repair, any replacement should be similar in size and             design.


  1. PA14/06372 : Proposed extension, dormers and re-furbishment. Centernhay Cottage, 1 Tregoney Ct., Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard, that the Council Opposes this Application. It represents      overdevelopment of a cramped site and would overlook neighbouring properties on Tregoney Hill.


  1. PA14/06628 : Erection of a new dwelling. Land Adjoining Ava House, Ava, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard, that the Council Opposes the Application as being an          overdevelopment of the plot and, at three storeys, out of keeping with surrounding properties; and advises that the       Applicant should consult with local residents and the Parish Council before making further Applications.


  1. PA14/07108 : Porch extension and internal alterations to existing dwelling. 19 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard, that the Council has no objection to this Application.


  1. PA14/06593 : Retrospective Listed Building Consent for works to a listed building. 2A Chapel Street, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Robins, that the Council has no objection to this Application subject to           Approval by the Historic Environment Service.


  1. PA14/05829 & PA14/05830 : Demolition of an existing Porch and Erection of a replacement Porch. Installation of              Roof Window. Erection of Garage. Cheesewarne Farm, Mevagissey. This had been Approved on 18 August.


  1. PA14/06430 : Single storey extension with hipped roof and re-roof part of existing bungalow. Trevean, Penwarne   Lane, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Robins, that the Council Supports this Application.


For information only:


  1. PA14/05167 : Rooms in roof addition to existing first floor flat, utility rooms and escape staircase on site of existing            store. Harbour House Gurnard’s Quay Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6QT.                WITHDRAWN


  1. PA14/04600 : Reinstatement of balcony with addition of steps (to provide access to rear of garden). Resubmission of            PA14/01100. 17 Lavorrick Orchards Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6TL.                     APPROVED


  1. PA14/04659 : Erection of single storey double garage within the side garden.

1 Higher Well Park Mevagissey St. Austell PL26 6XA.                                                         APPROVED


  1. PA14/06187 : Listed building consent for removal of damaged bricks and replacement with local stone to match      existing. Ship Inn 1 Fore Street Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UQ.                               APPROVED


  1. EN14/01208 : Land Off Ship Builders Close Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6DX : Alleged breach of          condition (5) attached to PA13/04859. Tree Protection.   No breach found. No further action.   CASE CLOSED


  1. Finances


Bills to Pay Clerk’s salary £ 646.30    
  Income Tax & NIC £ 210.54    
  Safety tape for projector cable £ 8.98    
  Replacement dog ban signage £ 92.25    
  Website services £ 249.29    
  Refurbishment of War Memorial site £ 260.07    
  Planning training for Councillors £ 50.00    
  TOTAL £ 1,517.43    
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 22,975.34    
  Expenditure last month £ 2,842.76    
  plus Follett Stock LLP in liquidation £ 900.00    
  plus Mevagissey Christmas Lights £ 450.00    
  Balance (money in bank) £ 19,682.58    
  Unpresented cheques (101126, 101129) £ 900.00    
  Available to spend £ 18,782.58    
  Bank Statements (01/08/2014):        
  Current Account     £ 1,142.43
  Deposit Account     £ 18,540.15
  TOTAL     £ 19,682.58


Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard, that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid.                                                                                                                                             Carried.


  1. Devolution – update, including consideration of LMP (Local Maintenance Partnership). Clerk to agree footpath cutting plan with Cormac, obtain a quote from an accredited contractor, agree value of work with both parties and present a report to Council for a decision.


  1. Location of highway drains (deferred from July).   These need to be plotted on a copy of the Parish map. Given that there is no time limit for this, the Clerk will work through it as time permits.


  1. Grant request from St Peter’s Church for £200 towards restoration of Victorian lamp. Cllr. Shephard, having declared an interest, left the room for this item. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel, that the request be granted in full.                                                                                                     Carried.


  1. Persuading householders to clean up their properties. Clerk to ask the C.C. Planning Enforcement Officer to meet Councillors for a “walk about” to inspect the offending properties and discuss options for enforcement. Also, Clerk to write to Ocean Housing to bring to their attention the neglected appearance of Wesley and Meadow Courts, and ask them to clean them up.


  1. Code of Conduct training. Council considered that existing arrangements were adequate.


  1. Proposed renaming of Cliff Park and replacement of signage. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, that Council wishes the original ‘Hitler’s Walk’ sign to be located and reinstalled in place of the ‘Cliff Park’ sign currently displayed.                                                                  Carried (only 1 Against)

Clerk to write to Highways Manager stating Council’s decision.


  1. Renovation of seats in Cliff Park at MPC’s expense (two quotes received). Given the disparity between the quotes received, Clerk to write to C.C. asking for a breakdown of the work quoted for by Cormac and an assurance that it includes the necessary replacement of rotten timbers, and report back to Council.


  1. Street cleaning – report back from C.C. meeting and suggestions for changes to contract. Clerk to post notice giving phone number for reporting overflowing bins. Clerk to request that Zone 2 areas be created as follows: 1) Valley Road from the edge of the existing Zone 1 up to and including the bus stop and recycling area; 2) Wesley Court; 3) the level stretch at the foot of Tregoney Hill. Clerk to place on the next Agenda: ‘Household and Business initiative for street cleaning’.


  1. C.C. Wind Turbine Applications. Proposed by Cllr.Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard, that Council supports Gorran PC in their opposition to these Applications.                                                                              Carried.

Clerk to write to Gorran PC accordingly.


  1. C.C. Leisure Options Consultation.                        Noted.


  1. Grant request from Mevagissey Football Club for £250 towards new line marker. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty, that the request be granted in full.


  1. Representation at Cornwall Council Partner Budget Event, 30 September, County Hall.              Noted.


  1. Sites for Air Ambulance.

Clerk to provide Cllr. Daniel with a copy of the Parish map for him to mark on suitable landing sites.


  1. Chairman’s closing remarks: Council’s attention was drawn to the campaign for better roads in the South West, for which Council expressed support; and it was noted that the Cornwall Community Flood Forum will meet at the Eden Project on 1 October.


  1. The meeting closed at 9.40pm.   Date of next meeting : 18 September 2014.







Signed ……………………………………………………………………………..         Dated ………………………………


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