Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – August 2016


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

On Thursday 18 August 2016 at 7pm.

Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Barron, T Barron, J Daniel, M Facey, S Hrydziuszka, G Shephard, J Whatty.

In Attendance      PCSO A Hemming, P Howson (Clerk), 2 members of the public.




  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs. A Chesterfield, N Florence, J Morgan, K Robinson, D Speed, J Mustoe (CC).

The Chairman received a letter of resignation w.e.f. 31 August from Cllr. Hrydziuszka, who is leaving the area for family reasons, and wished her well on behalf of the Council.


  1. Cllr. Whatty declared an interest in Item 9c (planning application PA16/02469).

Cllrs. J Barron and T Barron declared an interest in Item 9b (planning application PA16/06975).


  1. PCSO Hemming presented his report for the period 20 July to 16 August detailing a total of 7 crimes: 2 x criminal damage to property, 2 x criminal damage to vehicle, 1 x common assault, 1 x extract electricity without authority, 1 x send communication conveying a threatening message. This includes the locks on the West Wharf toilets being cut with bolt cutters. Anybody with information about this should call 101, with complete confidentiality. PCSO                   Hemming, who is retiring from police service, expressed regret that this will be his last police report and gave his       sincere thanks to the Parish Council and residents for all the help and support given to him over the past eight and a           half years. The Chairman, on behalf of the Council, wished him well and asked for it to be recorded that he had done           a sterling job, he was well respected within the village and his efforts had been much appreciated.


  1. Public participation.  There were no comments from the public,


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016 be accepted.                                                                                                                        Carried.

The Chairman noted that his statement at that meeting that the antique AA sign in Fore Street had been moved to the          museum for safekeeping had not been entirely correct. It had in fact been donated to the museum.


  1. The clerk reported that:
  • 100% Small Business Rate Relief had been granted for the Valley Road toilets;
  • the letter to the Highways Manager regarding the Cliff Street landslides had met with the response that the banks either side of the road are part of the highway, for which Cornwall Council (CC) is responsible, and that they have been stabilised for the time being and are no longer high on their prioritised list of works, although regular inspections will be maintained; also, they are not responsible for shoring up properties above the banks. The Ward Member is pursuing this with them;
  • a notice detailing village post office facilities and including a directional map would be displayed on the boards;
  • installation of the remaining play equipment being provided from the Net Lofts S106 money is due to start in September;
  • a report had been received from the Dog Control Order (Portmellon) Enforcement Officer for the period 1 July to 13 August stating that he has cautioned 10 people with no fixed penalties issued. One local man had been aggressive, and the officer thanked Cllr. Facey for his assistance. Many positive comments had been received, including from people who had originally been against the order but who now appreciated the results.


  1. The Ward member had apologised for his absence and sent a report including the following:
  • work to prevent future leakage of sewage on the road west of Tregiskey will start in September, and meanwhile a level monitor is being installed as a precaution;
  • a road closure at the foot of Polkirt Hill has been booked for the period 21 November to 2 December to replace the malodorous gully. The work is expected to take two days;
  • volunteer weed clearance projects are ongoing.
  • liaison with Devon and Cornwall Police regarding future policing in the village is ongoing;


  1. There was no correspondence received for consideration.


  1. Planning and Licensing Applications.


9a.        PA16/03326 : Proposed demolition of existing single storey dwelling and erection of two storey replacement          dwelling and associated works. The Chart Room Coastguard Station Mall Access To Coastguard Station Mevagissey     PL26 6QP (AMENDED PLANS)

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. J Barron that the Council now supports the application.         Carried.


9b.        PA16/06975 : Application for a non-material amendment for change of House-type Design and internal configuration             for open market plots, Minor Elevation composition changes, maintaining original approved palette of materials,          Amendment to driveway of unit 4 and Minor adjustment to red line application boundary reducing site area by 0.08        acre to (PA15/03079) Proposed Residential Development for 12 New Dwellings (7 Affordable and 5 Open Market).             Land North Of Moonfleet School Hill Mevagissey Cornwall.

Cllrs. J Barron and T Barron left the meeting for the duration of this item.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Council makes no objection.                   Carried.


9c.        PA16/02469 : Various works to trees. Mevagissey House Vicarage Hill Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6SZ (AMENDED PLANS).   Cllr. Whatty left the meeting for the duration of this item.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council supports the application subject to the two   exceptions detailed by the Tree Officer.                                                                                            Carried.


9d.        The following are included for information only:


    • PA16/05003 & PA16/05004 : Fountain Inn : APPROVED
    • PA16/03588 : 39 Lavorrick Orchards : WITHDRAWN
    • PA16/04589 : The Flat At Fraziers Way : APPROVED
    • PA16/04992 : Unit 8 Compass Point Polkirt Hill : WITHDRAWN
    • PA16/02299/PREAPP : Pre-application advice for Listed Building – returning the house to a habitable state. Repair/replace leaking chimney(s); repair damage to internal walls and ceilings; improve damp conditions in basement rooms. 25 Tregoney Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6RE : AWAITING DECISION


  1. To approve the monthly finances.
Bills to Pay Salaries £ 647.38
HMRC (Income Tax & NIC) £ 207.67
Internal audit £ 50.00
Valley Rd. PC water charge July 2016 £ 1,376.77
Valley Rd. PC cleaning June 2016 £ 912.62
Footpaths – first cut (replacement) £ 149.00
Valley Rd. PC cleaning July 2016 £ 912.62
TOTAL £ 4,256.06
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 41,979.81
Expenditure last month £ 4,094.75
Returned cheque £ 149.00 received
Bank charge (admin. error – refunded in August) £ 15.00
Unpresented cheques £ 2,422.78
Balance (money in bank) £ 40,441.84
Available to spend £ 38,019.06
Bank Statements (01/08/2016):
Current Account £ 3,082.13
Deposit Account £ 37,359.71
TOTAL £ 40,441.84


(The addition of the charge for Valley Road PC cleaning for July, not on the agenda, was noted).

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


  1. Cllr. Shephard reported that elements from the newly published Cornwall AONB Management Plan 2016 had been identified for incorporation into the Neighbourhood Development Plan.


  1. There was no update from the Affordable Homes Working Party.


  1. It was noted that Cormac have agreed to deduct 3 days’ charges (c. £90) from the next monthly invoice for the Valley Road public toilets to compensate for the lack of cleaning during the period 5-7 August. Cllr. Facey, together with volunteer Sally Hodgson, had cleaned the toilets over that weekend.  Following further problems during the period 10-13 August, Cllr. Facey and the Clerk had met onsite with Cormac’s Regional and Area Cleaning Managers and agreed a number of steps to improve service. The opening of the West Wharf toilets seems to have caused some confusion, with Cormac assuming the Parish Council were involved with their operation.

Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that a token of appreciation be presented to the volunteer who had helped Cllr. Facey clean the Valley Road toilets.                                                                        Carried.

  1. There was inconclusive discussion regarding the criteria for membership of the affordable homes working party, and the Clerk was instructed to seek further advice from the Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC).


  1. In considering a response to the consultation on the Electoral Review of Cornwall Council, it was agreed that although Mevagissey’s current Cornwall Councillor is very effective (as was his predecessor), if the existing salary budget was divided between fewer Councillors across Cornwall as a whole it would attract a wider range of higher quality, professional applicants for whom the role is currently financially infeasible.


  1. In considering a further response to the Mevagissey Open Spaces Study it was agreed that the continued inclusion of beaches as public open space tended to distort the overall picture because so much of that space was accessible for short periods only; and that to include ‘Hitlers Walk’, an area providing public seating, whilst excluding the Battery, another area providing public seating, purely on the grounds of some arbitrary size criteria, is not only illogical but suggests there may be some hidden agenda whereby CC may seek in the future to dispose of pieces of public land to escape the maintenance commitment, as they had already done with the public amenity land at the heart of the Pentillie estate. Apart from these considerations, the Council was content to await the final consultation.


Cllr. Whatty had to leave the meeting at this point.


  1. There was no update on proposed improvements to public rescue equipment at Portmellon.


  1. Given that PCSO Hemming is handing back the keys to the police room at St Andrew’s Church, the future requirement for the room is unclear and a decision on funding was deferred.


  1. Cllr. T Barron outlined the possibilities available following the announcement by the DCLG of a further round of bidding for Coastal Community Teams, and agreed to gauge support amongst representatives of the local business community. It was noted that applications for non-capital projects had to be received by 30 September and grant money had to be spent by the end of the financial year.


  1. Cllr. Hrydziuszka noted that bicycles were increasingly being padlocked to the memorial railings and damaging the paintwork. The Clerk will arrange appropriate signage.


  1. The meeting ended at 8.50pm. Date of next meeting: 15 September 2016.


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

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