Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – May 2016



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

On Thursday 19 May 2016 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Arthur, T Barron, M Facey, S Hrydziuszka, J Morgan, K Robinson, D Speed, J Whatty.


In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), P Howson (Clerk), 4 members of the public, 1 member of the press.




  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs. Shephard, Chesterfield, Florence, J Barron and Daniel.


  1. There were no declarations of interest or gifts.


  1. A Police Report was received for the period 18 April – 15 May detailing 10 crimes: 1 theft, 1 common assault, 3 assaults occasioning ABH, 2 non-domestic burglaries, 1 attempted burglary, 2 people in charge of dogs dangerously out of control. Three of the assaults arose from the same incident, attended by police. PCSO Hemming stated in his report that reported crime in Devon and Cornwall has fallen by 15% over the past year.


  1. Public participation. Mrs Diana Littlejohns spoke to object to the proposed replacement of the Chart Room (Agenda Item 9a). She outlined the historical significance of the Coastguard Cottages and argued that these should not be altered. This view was endorsed by Ms Aza Adlam. Mr James McDonald, the applicant for this item, spoke to support his application, pointing out that the Chart Room was not contemporary with the Cottages, having been added only 30 years ago. He has engaged an architect to ensure that the design is appropriate for this sensitive site, and is happy to consider any changes suggested by the residents and Council. His view was endorsed by Ms Hayley Tyler.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Speed, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan, that the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2016 be Accepted.                                                                                                             Carried.


  1. Actions from previous meeting(s).
  • A letter sent to Steve Double MP asking him to support the neighbourhood right of appeal, which was due to be debated in Parliament, had brought the response that this amendment was not needed.
  • The Council’s insurance policy with Zurich Insurance has been renewed, with cover added for the Valley Road PC.
  • A memorial plaque for the late Esther Chesterfield has been delivered and will be installed shortly.
  • Following receipt of an unexpectedly high bill from SWW for the first month of Valley Rd PC operation, CC have admitted to providing incorrect annual figures in their cost estimate, and have agreed to pay the difference this year.


  1. Ward Member’s report.
  • The mason starts work on the war memorial on 7 June. Parking arrangements have been agreed.
  • The CC Enforcement Officer will shortly be visiting the ‘untidy sites’ in company with Cllr. Mustoe and representatives of the Parish Council.
  • SW Water will confirm by the end of this month their timescales for resolving the flooding problem by the electricity sub-station on the Gorran road.
  • Reports of broken glass at the Valley Road Recreation Ground are being followed up, along with the disappearance of waste bins from the grounds.
  • Progress on the provision of play equipment from S106 monies is being chased.
  • After CC accepted total responsibility for the Cliff Road landslide last month, they are now disclaiming all responsibility.
  • After scraping out the gullies at the foot of Polkirt Hill failed to remove the malodour, alternative solutions are being considered.
  • CC operates a volunteer programme and has suggested that this could be used for the refurbishment of seating and rescue equipment at Portmellon Cove.
  • Cormac has secured the door to the West Wharf Toilets to prevent unauthorised access and use.
  • The footpath connecting Cliff Street and Pentillie Way has become overgrown and has been reported.
  • It has been confirmed that the streetlamp at the foot of Bodrugan Hill is now operating.
  • The dangerous manhole cover in Chapel Square has been replaced.


Cllr. Barron asked that the verges at the Tregiskey Crossroads be cut to ensure road safety.



  1. To receive Correspondence.
  • Letter from St Peter’s PCC thanking the Council for the grant towards parish magazine publication costs.
  • Letter from CC confirming that the Community Emergency Plan Grant application for £500 in support of the Mevagissey Flood Plan has been approved.
  • Email from Ms Aza Adlam objecting to PA16/03326 (Agenda item 9a).
  • Letter from M J Hopkinson, MAC Chairman, thanking the Council for the grant towards development projects, eg a new decorative and soundproofing curtain screening system for the main hall.
  • Email from Cllr. Doug Scrafton, Ward Member for Par & St Blazey Gate, thanking the Council for its support of efforts to ensure the survival of Par running track.


  1. Planning and Licensing.


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 Mevagissey PL26 6QP.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, that the Council is supportive of the proposal in principle, but would wish to see closer harmonization of the design detail with that of the Coastguard Cottages, and therefore a final decision is deferred pending the outcome of further negotiations between the applicant and the LPA.            Carried.


9b.        PA16/03681 : Variation of condition 2 (annexe shall be used solely as additional living accommodation and/or incidental storage to Bosprennis) to enable the Gallery to be used as holiday accommodation. (Application no. PA13/10990 dated 03/02/14 relates). The Gallery Bosprennis Bodrugan Hill Portmellon Mevagissey PL26 6PS.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty, that the Council has no objection to the proposal.     Carried.


9c.        PA16/03670 : Retrospective application for the removal of render finish and replacement with slate hanging to upper floors. The Flat 5 Market Square Mevagissey PL26 6UD.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson, that the Council supports the proposal.                 Carried.


9d.        PA16/01401/PREAPP : Pre-application advice for proposed erection of a dwelling and detached garage. Land North Of 22 Portmellon Park Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6XD.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, that little appears to have changed since January this year, when the Parish Council objected to an almost identical application for this plot (PA15/11464) on the grounds that cramming yet another building of this size into the plot would constitute overdevelopment, and the cumulative impact would be unneighbourly.                                                                                                    Carried.


9e.        The following planning application decisions have been received (included for information only):


PA16/00769-00770-00771: Livestock housing. Land North West Of Lower Trewinney.              APPROVED

PA16/02622 : Alterations to fenestration.   Sandpiper, Polkirt Hill.                                          APPROVED

PA16/02290 : Erection of a two storey extension. Pentillie House, School Hill.                                    REFUSED

PA16/03673 : To discharge conditions re. decision notice for PA15/03181. 59 Polkirt Hill.        DISCHARGED



  1. Finances.
Bills to Pay Salaries £ 647.38
HMRC (Income Tax & NIC) £ 207.67
Annual insurance £ 714.14
Memorial plaque £ 48.60
Valley Road PC water charge 01/04/16-03/05/16 £ 720.87
Repainting of Valley Road PC £ 632.00
TOTAL £ 2,970.66
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 19,240.70
Expenditure last month £ 5,850.67
Refund of surplus paid for legal advice £ 1,008.00 received
Precept & CTC Grant (Part 1) £ 28,009.27 received
Balance (money in bank) £ 46,437.90
Unpresented cheques £ 4,030.60
Available to spend £ 42,407.30
Bank Statements (01/05/2016):
Current Account £ 4,821.66
Deposit Account £ 41,616.24
TOTAL £ 46,437.90


It was noted that the invoice for repainting the Valley Road PC (shown above) had been received since publication of the agenda.

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


  1. There were no further updates regarding the Neighbourhood Development Plan.


  1. Advice from the Mevagissey Coastguard regarding public rescue equipment at Portmellon Cove is still awaited. Meanwhile, Cllr. Mustoe continues to press CC to acknowledge their responsibility for the equipment.


  1. It was noted that the internal audit of the annual accounts had been completed. Proposed by Cllr. Arthur, Seconded by Cllr. Facey, that the annual accounts be accepted and the Accounting Statements be approved. Carried.


  1. In reviewing the status of the Mevagissey Flood Plan, it was noted that the Environment Agency warning system has changed, and that there would be changes to the named personnel, including four new volunteers. Proposed by Cllr. Speed, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur, that the Plan be approved on the understanding that it be revised shortly. Carried.


  1. In reviewing the Construction Traffic Management Plan submitted under PA16/03673 for 59 Polkirt Hill, a number of issues were noted, in particular the failure to address the impact of the road at Portmellon Cove becoming impassable due to sea conditions whilst Polkirt Hill was closed to vehicular traffic. Cllr Mustoe will pursue Streetworks to ensure that the Parish Council is consulted before any permissions are granted.


  1. The memorial plaque to the late Esther Chesterfield will be affixed to a seat at Trewinney Cemetery and unveiled at a short ceremony, time and date to be advised.


  1. The meeting ended at 8.45pm.   Date of next meeting: 16 June 2016.











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

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