Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – March 2016


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

On Thursday 17 March 2016 at 7pm.

Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Arthur, T Barron, A Chesterfield, J Daniel, M Facey, N Florence, S Hrydziuszka, J Morgan, K Robinson, G Shephard, J Whatty.

In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), Mr John Brewster, P Howson (Clerk), 10 members of the public.




1a.        Apologies received: Cllrs. D Speed, J Barron, PCSO A Hemming.


2a.        Declarations of interest.

  • T Barron and J Morgan declared an interest in Item19 (School Hill development).
  • K Robinson declared an interest in Item 10e (PA16/01656).


2b.        Gift Declarations.             None.


  1. Police report received for the period 16 February to 15 March detailing 1 crime of theft (of a mobile phone from a public house). PCSO Hemming also reminds people to remove valuables from vehicles, particularly when parked in remote locations.


  1. Mr John Brewster presented details and costs of the preferred option for proposed additions to the War Memorial, whereby the left hand side would be faced to match the other sides, and hammered lead lettering would then be added, at a total cost of c.£1,200.

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council would underwrite the work pending details of additional contributions.                                                                                                                Carried.

Cllr. Mustoe (CC) undertook to contribute £300 from his ‘community chest’, and also to arrange for the parking restriction to be lifted for the compressor lorry.


  1. Points from the Public.

Mr Peter Mack spoke to object to the proposal at Item 10d (PA16/00902), citing the proximity to the pavement edge and the impact on street parking.

Mr Andy Gould of A&K Architectural Services, acting for the applicant of PA16/01656 (Item 10e), spoke in support of the proposal, explaining that the curtilage of the property extended to MHW and the route to the beach was established many years ago, only recently falling into disuse, and the owner wished to restore it. Cllr. Daniel confirmed that the steps had been there for more than 70 years.


  1. With regard to the minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on 9 March 2016, Cllr. Mustoe asked that they be amended to record that his letter to the Council expressing his concern at the possible cost of a legal challenge to the School Hill appeal decision had been read out at the meeting.  Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the minutes be so amended. Carried.   The amended minutes will be ratified at the next meeting.


7 .        Actions from previous meeting(s).

  • 2016/01/14: the bid for £2,000 of devolution funding towards the costs of taking on the Valley Road PC was accepted at the last meeting of the Community Network Panel, although final confirmation from CC is awaited.
  • 2016/02/17: the Harbour Trustees have decided that regular meetings with the Parish Council were not necessary, but they were happy to discuss any issues as they arose.
  • The LMP budget for cutting footpaths has been increased by 10%, and the contractor engaged last year will continue.
  • A number of potholes on Cliff Road have been reported to the Highways Manager, who is arranging an inspection.
  • The improvements to the Valley Road and Pentillie playgrounds, funded by the Net Lofts S106 money, will complete by the end of May. They were to have been ready for Easter, but the Public Space Officer was awaiting the approval of an additional £10K to be added to the available funds.
  • The Chairman said that Cllr. Daniel had completed the repair and refurbishment of one of the three seats along Chapel Point Lane, without charge, and the Council expressed their thanks. Cllr. Daniel said that there were two other seats which had been installed by Restormel Council, and were presumably now owned by CC. Cllr. Mustoe will investigate, and the Clerk will obtain quotes for their refurbishment.


  1. Ward Member’s report.
  • £2,000 of CC devolution funding had been secured for each of the parishes in the ward.
  • There is a backlog on patching potholes because of the poor weather.
  • Discussions on responsibility for the Portmellon rescue equipment is ongoing.
  • A number of people have approached Cllr. Mustoe expressing concern over the proposal at Item 10d (PA16/00902).
  • The requested highway inspection of Vicarage Hill, which Cllr. Whatty had asked to attend, was yet to be arranged.
  • Cllr. Daniel informed Cllr. Mustoe that a Cormac employee had knocked down a telegraph pole on Bodrugan Hill to which a streetlight was attached.       The pole had been replaced but not the light. Cllr. Mustoe to pursue.


  1. Correspondence received.
  • Letter from the ward member expressing concern at the possible cost of mounting a legal challenge to the School Hill development appeal decision (this had been read out at the extraordinary meeting on 9th March).
  • Letter from the proprietors of Pebble House objecting to the spending of public money on seeking to challenge the School Hill development appeal decision.
  • Letters from Mr J McLellan, Mr J Mills, Mr and Mrs Spurgeon, and Mrs B Eales, all of Penmeva View, objecting to the planning application for a new dwelling in that street (PA16/00902).


  1. Planning and Licensing


10a.      PA16/00769 : New livestock housing with concrete apron. Land North West Of Lower Trewinney Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6TD (deferred from previous meeting).

Proposed by Cllr. Barron, Seconded by Cllr.Facey, that the Council supports this application and the two accompanying applications..

Amendment moved by Cllr. Florence, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that the support should be deferred pending the receipt of further information from the County Land Agent.            Carried.

Substantive motion carried.


10b.      PA16/00770 : Four bay agricultural building for livestock housing. Land North West Of Lower Trewinney Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6TD (deferred from previous meeting).                        See Item 10a above.


10c.      PA16/00771 : New agricultural building. Land North West Of Lower Trewinney Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6TD (deferred from previous meeting).                                                              See Item 10a above.


10d.      PA16/00902 : Outline planning permission with some matters reserved: Erection of dwelling and formation of parking space.   Land North Of 2 Penmeva View Mevagissey Cornwall.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Chesterfield that the Council Objects to the proposal because it is over-intensification of the site and would impact residents’ amenity and off-street parking.                                Carried.


10e.      PA16/01656 : Retention of patio’s retaining wall and galvanised platform and steps. Longpoint Chapel Point Lane Portmellon Mevagissey PL26 6PP.                       Cllr. Robinson withdrew for this item, having declared an interest.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Florence, that the Council, whilst not condoning the work that has been carried out without planning permission, makes no objection.                                                           Carried.


10f.       PA16/01977 : Provision of french windows from existing dormer onto existing flat roof and glazed balustrade to flat roof. Cliff Top Polkirt Hill Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UX.

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that the Council supports the application.             Carried.


10g.      PA16/00353 : Listed building consent for the replacement of UPVC windows and doors installed in 2009 and 2012 with new timber framed double glazed windows plus retrospective consent for formation of balcony and addition of balustrades. 4 Myrtle Court Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UT.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the Council supports the application.                        Carried.


10h.      LI16_001172 : New alcohol licence application. Kiplings Tea Room, 18 Fore Street, Mevagissey PL26 6UQ

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka that the Council supports the application.                       Carried.


10i.       The following planning applications have been APPROVED (included for information only):

PA15/08038 : Variation to the obscure glazing to the top floor of the dwelling. The Boatyard Portmellon.

PA15/09483 : Installation of new fire escape exit door to shopfront. 3 Fore Street.

PA16/00429 : Loft conversion with two pitched dormers to the front and a flat dormer to the rear. 19 Polkirt Hill.


  1. Finances


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 647.17
HMRC (Income Tax & NIC) £ 207.87
CC (operate Valley Road PC April-Sept 2015 : part 2) £ 3,217.10
Miscellaneous costs (printing; statutary declaration) £ 12.00
Final legal expenses for PC conveyance £ 635.00
Legal opinion on planning appeal decision £ 1,320.00
To instruct Counsel regarding planning appeal decision £ 6,456.00
TOTAL £ 12,495.14
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 32,599.28
Expenditure last month £ 867.29
Balance (money in bank) £ 31,731.99
Available to spend £ 31,731.99
Bank Statements (01/03/2016):
Current Account £ 128.87
Deposit Account £ 31,603.12
TOTAL £ 31,731.99






It was noted that there had been an additional payment for legal fees, this being included in the figures shown here.

Proposed by Cllr. Arthur, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid.                       Carried.


  1. Cllr. Shephard summarised the status of the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). Some structural changes are required following comments from CC, although the content was largely unchanged; and there are a number of minor issues on which we differ from CC. The Steering Group meets next week to work through these.

Cllr. Shephard gave a presentation of the NDP at last week’s meeting of the St Austell & Mevagissey Community Network Panel, and the Chairman said this had been well received.


  1. The Council noted without comment the consultation on the proposal to integrate Health and Social Care services in Cornwall.


  1. To consider improvements to public rescue equipment at Portmellon (deferred from previous meeting). CC maintain that they are not responsible for this equipment, although it is labelled ‘RBC’ (Restormel Borough Council) and the ex-RBC beach officer has confirmed that he used to inspect it regularly. Cllr. Mustoe is pursuing this. Meanwhile, Cllr. Facey will arrange for a risk assessment of the cove by either the Coastguard or the RNLI, and obtain a current list of prices for equipment. Landowners of the preferred sites have indicated support.


  1. After considering CC’s assessment of open space provision in the parish, Cllr. Shephard had indicated a number of discrepancies which need to be aligned with the NDP. The Chairman said that the inclusion of cliff faces as open space had distorted the total area. The Clerk to respond accordingly.


  1. Quotations had been received for interior and exterior re-painting, new signage, and works to eliminate puddling at the entrance to the female toilets, the latter being required urgently.   Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the quotation from M J Brown Construction to eliminate the puddling be accepted.             Carried.


  1. Cllr.Whatty, who maintains the parish website, intends to make it more welcoming by including a new link detailing how to contact the Council.


  1. Cllr. Morgan had proposed a memorial to the late Esther Chesterfield, in the form of a plaque. Cllr. Amanda Chesterfield will consult with the family and report back at the next meeting.


  1. To review Counsel’s advice regarding the School Hill development appeal decision and decide if a challenge to the appeal is warranted.

Cllrs. Barron and Morgan withdrew, having declared an interest.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka that the press and public be excluded for this item due to its confidential nature.        Carried.             The public area was cleared.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that the Council should accept Counsel’s report and its conclusions and proceed no further with a legal challenge.                                                                        Carried.

The Chairman asked for a vote of thanks to Cllr. Shephard to be recorded for all his work on this case.


  1. The meeting ended at 8.55pm. Date of next meeting : 21 April 2016.








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