MEVAGISSEY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held at the Mevagissey Activity Centre
On Thursday 19th November 2015 at 7pm.
Present Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Whatty, G Shephard, D Speed, S Hrydziuszka, M Facey, T Barron, J Daniel, N Florence, J Morgan, J Arthur.
In Attendance Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), P Howson (Clerk), 5 members of the public.
UNRATIFIED UNLESS SIGNED
1a. Apologies received: Cllrs. A Williams, J Barron. It was also reported that Alexis Williams had today resigned from the Council due to pressure of work, but that she was very happy to continue to take an active role with Cllr. Facey on the public toilet issue, and to help with liaison with the business community.
2a. Declarations of interest. None. 2b. Gift Declarations. None.
3. Police Report. Report received for period 16 September to 14 November detailing a total of 5 reported crimes: 3 x criminal damage to property, 1 x criminal damage to motor vehicle, 1 x theft. The damage to property incidents are unrelated. The theft of flood defence panels took place in Chapel Street, but the panels were returned following a Police press release. PC Kevin Morcom has been appointed as the new Neighbourhood Police Officer, and PCSO Hemming will introduce him to the Parish Council as soon as possible.
4. Points from the Public.
Mr Julian Murch of DPC Architectural Services promoted the proposed extension to Pentillie House (Agenda item 9c) and produced new plans to show that the proposed 1st and 2nd floor windows on the east face would be obscure glass and non-opening. It was noted that these were not the plans on which the Council had been consulted.
Ms Rose Hardisty of The Headlands spoke against the Pentillie House proposal on behalf of herself, her husband and her father, and asked that the Council ensure the application is ‘called in’ to committee should the planning officer recommend approval.
Ms Gina Pinnick spoke regarding the forthcoming post office closure (Agenda item 14), stressing the importance of maintaining a full-time post office in the village.
5. Minutes of last meeting. Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Barron that the Minutes of the meeting held on 15th October 2015 be Accepted. Carried.
6. Actions from previous meeting:
- Speed had asked for the steps up from River Terrace to Tregoney Hill to be tidied up. CC have confirmed that they are not responsible for the steps. They do not own them and they have not adopted them. Cllr Roberts said that Restormel Council had maintained them, and CC should have inherited the responsibility. Cllr. Mustoe will pursue this.
- CC’s Principal Public Space Officer has been asked to agree to a ‘No skateboarding or ball games’ sign to be placed at the four entrances to Hitlers Walk, and also whether CC might pay for them. A reply is awaited.
- The sewage flooding on the road by the reservoir at Tregiskey was reported to SW Water. They reported back that there was no flooding when they visited, but this was a known problem and may recur until the required remedial work is done in 2016. Cllr. Whatty pointed out that the problem only occurs at high spring tides.
- The bad smell at the bottom of Polkirt Hill was also reported to SW Water. They reported back that this was caused by a Highways gully venting through the sewers and they have reported it to CC. Cllr. Roberts said that the gully should have been replaced years ago. Cllr. Mustoe will pursue this.
7. Ward Member’s report.
- Mustoe has pursued with CC Planning Dept. the issues raised by Cllr. Shephard and awaits a reply.
- The Planning Enforcement Officer’s report on alleged breaches at Compass Point (Treloen) is expected around 6
- Planning Enforcement against breaches at 59 Polkirt Hill has secured a voluntary cessation of work, and a Temporary Stop Notice will be issued should it resume before a Construction Traffic Management Plan has been agreed.
- White lining at Portmellon not yet done because it’s a different contract to the village centre.
- Mustoe asked whether the Council would support Pentewan Valley PC in any complaint to SW Water regarding the malodorous Menagwins sewage plant, and the Council indicated that they would.
- Roberts said that there was no agreed overall schedule for regular maintenance of CC assets around the village, and they increasingly seemed to respond only to specific complaints. Cllr. Mustoe will convene a meeting with Highways to progress this.
- Mustoe noted that it is now one year since he became the Ward Member and that he has found it an absolute pleasure to work with the Council during that time.
8. Correspondence received.
- From Cruse Bereavement Care thanking MPC for their donation.
- From Children’s Hospice South West thanking MPC for their donation in memory of Esther Chesterfield.
- From Mevagissey FC thanking MPC for their grant towards the purchase of a defibrillator.
- From Savills Estate Agents, in response to MPC’s approach to the Diocese of Truro regarding Glebe land.
- From CC Planning Dept. notifying an Appeal against Refusal for PA15/06183 (Harbour House).
9. Planning and Enforcement.
9a. PA15/09646 : Erection of a two storey extension with the inclusion of a patio/terrace and French doors at first floor level. Trenance, Valley Road, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6SA.
Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the Council has no objection to the proposal. Carried.
9b. PA15/10175 : Proposed en-suite extension. 41 Tregoney Hill Mevagissey St. Austell Cornwall PL26 6RE.
Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Council supports the proposal. Carried.
9c. PA15/09912 : Two storey extension to rear of property to extend kitchen and bathroom to existing ground floor flat, create a double garage, utility room and workshop, two no. 1 bedroom self-contained flats to first floor and two no. 1 bedroom self-contained flats to attic area. Provision of additional six No. off road parking bays. (Revision to PA15/03515). Pentillie House School Hill Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6TQ. Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Council objects to the proposal on the same grounds as for PA15/03515 (q.v.) because the changes are immaterial. Amendment moved by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr.Morgan that should the plans be amended to include obscured, non-opening windows on the east face, the Council would consider such changes to be immaterial and would maintain its objection. Amendment Carried. Substantive Motion Carried.
9d. The following Planning Appeal against Refusal has been lodged: PA15/06183 : Rooms-in-roof addition to existing first floor flat and additional storey above lean-to store to create a dining kitchen for first floor flat. Harbour House Gurnard’s Quay Mevagissey. Noted.
9e. The following planning decisions have been published (included for information only):
PA15/06704 : Retrospective application for Listed building consent for works carried out in January 2009: Replacement of leaking door (access door to top garden) and January 2012: Replacement of 5 windows and French doors. 4 Myrtle Court, Polkirt Hill. REFUSED
PA15/08154 : Loft conversion to construct a one bedroom annex flat in the roof space of the main dwelling and create two further gables at the road side of the property and ridge the roofs back to the existing ridge. 23 Lavorrick Orchards. APPROVED
PA15/07167 : Listed Building Consent for various internal and external works. 5 Fore Street. APPROVED
PA15/08801 : Extension to form a garage and utility plus roof conversion to form bedroom and living room.
Linden Lea, Tregoney Hill. APPROVED
PA15/07594 : Replacement of existing window on East elevation with doors and a Juliet balcony.
The Penthouse (Flat 5), Harbour Tavern, Jetty Street. APPROVED
9f. Other planning issues.
- As previously noted, works at 59 Polkirt Hill have breached the planning condition requiring a Construction Traffic Management Plan to be submitted and approved prior to works commencing. Following intervention by Planning Enforcement, work has voluntarily ceased. Should it restart before approval is given, a Temporary Stop Notice will be issued which will be valid for 28 days.
- It was noted that the scaffolding at the bottom of Tregoney Hill had been made unsafe from vehicle impact, but had quickly been made safe again.
NOTE: additional cheques, for £217.20 to cover NDP printing costs and £405.00 for meeting room hire, have been issued.
Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid. Carried.
11. To agree the Budget and set the Precept for Financial Year 2016/17. Agreement on the draft Budget is subject to establishing a figure for public toilet provision, but up to date costs, cleaning specifications, etc, have not been forthcoming from CC. It was also noted that the apparent trend for CC to drop services required the Precept to be raised significantly in mitigation, and this should be done before capping is introduced. Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr.Facey that a Motion be placed on the next agenda to increase the Precept by 50%. Carried.
Budget agreement deferred to next meeting.
12. To receive an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan. Cllr Shephard summarised the latest changes to the draft Plan following the most recent public consultation event, which was attended by 210 people.
Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that formal approval be given for the draft NDP to be submitted to Cornwall Council. Carried.
13. To receive an update on funding for public toilets. Noted that costs from CC for next year are still awaited.
Noted that the Community Network Panel is writing to CC to highlight concerns over the withdrawal of funding for public toilets. Clerk to follow this with a letter from the Council.
14. To consider developments regarding post office services. Noted that the PO has arranged for a Postmaster to provide an ‘outreach’ service, typically for four four-hour weekly sessions, subject to suitable premises being made available; and that a meeting between the PO and the Jubilee Hall Management Committee has been arranged to this end.
15. To fill casual Councillor vacancy by co-option. Mrs Amanda Chesterfield was co-opted to the Council.
16. To consider the response to the Diocese’s agent regarding the availability of glebe land for affordable housing.
Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that press and public be excluded for reasons of commercial sensitivity. Carried.
Clerk to reply to the Diocese’s agent that the Council will be in touch in due course.
17. The meeting ended at 9.35pm. Date of next meeting : 17th December 2015.
Signed …………………………………………………………………………….. Dated ………………………………