Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – October 2014



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

On Thursday 16 October 2014 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chair), M Facey, G Shephard, S Hrydziuszka, J Whatty, A Williams.

In Attendance      PC Dunn, PCSO Hemming, PJ Howson (Clerk), 7 members of the public.




  1. Apologies received: Cllrs. Chesterfield, Florence, Daniel, Morgan.


2a.        Declarations of interest.    Cllr. Williams disclosed a non-pecuniary interest in Item 8b.

2b.        Gift Declarations.             None.


  1. Police Report. PCSO Hemming presented his report for the period 17 September to 14 October detailing 4 crimes as follows: 2 x criminal damage to vehicle (unrelated), 1 x common assault and battery, 1 x theft by finding (wallet left       on pub table). PCSO Hemming asked everyone to be more security minded and not to leave valuables unattended          even for a short period of time. He then introduced PC Dunn who has replaced PC Dorman as our local beat officer.            PC Dunn said that his beat also includes ‘clay country’, but that he has many local connections with Mevagissey and       looks forward to his new role.


  1. Dog Control Enforcement Report. A written report was received for the period 15 September to 1 October. Four cautions had been issued but no Fixed Penalty Notices. The Enforcement Officer reported that, despite the threats,       verbal abuse and intimidation that had been directed towards him and his family, he is willing to continue in the role             next year. The large sign on the slipway has been stored safely for the winter to prevent storm damage, and will be reinstated next Easter. Meanwhile a paper copy will be displayed on the nearby noticeboard.


  1. Points from the Public.

Geoff Way spoke in relation to Item 8l, referring to two grassed areas opposite the proposed development site, both of which were until recently maintained by Cormac. Cormac are now maintaining only one of the areas, and their   operative recently told Mr Way that the other area is no longer on their cutting schedule. This area is now             completely overgrown, and local residents fear that Cornwall Council (CC) has sold it to a third party and they are   concerned as to its possible future use.

Peter Dudley, who lives below the overgrown area, echoed these concerns.

(The Clerk was actioned to try to establish the status of this area of land).

Peter Hedger spoke more directly about the proposed development site (Item 8l), asking for a Council presence at     the forthcoming formal site meeting. County Cllr. Malcolm Brown has offered to represent local residents at the    meeting and will also be meeting them on-site in advance. Mr Hedger thanked the Council for their support to date.


  1. Minutes.  Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Facey, that the Minutes of 18 September be Accepted.                                                                                                                                     Carried.
  2. Actions from previous meeting:
  • 09/25: Walkabout with Jon Drew (CC Planning Enforcement) on 2nd October to look at neglected properties agreed five properties for enforcement action. There is a 4-stage procedure for enforcement: 1) written letter detailing what needs to be done; 2) written final warning; 3) legal notice served; 4) prosecution. Three further properties were identified for the next tranche.
  • 09/14: Clerk’s letter to the National Trust re. the parking restrictions at Hemmick Beach resulted in an invitation to join a meeting between the NT and Gorran PC on 17 October. Cllrs. Roberts, Whatty, Shephard and Facey plan to attend.
  • 09/18: The Highways Manager has said that any scheme to widen Polkirt Hill where it runs beside Hitler’s Walk would be prohibitively expensive and a cost benefit analysis would rule it out.  Even though there is a weight limit on the road the new widened section would need to be tied back into the existing hill and structurally sound for all vehicles.  She thinks it would cost tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of pounds.       But she will inspect the road to determine if there is sufficient flat before the drop to the harbour and then provide an update.
  • Cormac have ordered a new side gate for the cemetery.
  • Footpaths no.7 (Rope Walk) and no. 8 (Cross Park Terrace) were cut on 29 September.
  • Cllr. Roberts reported back from the recent meeting of the Mevagissey Flood Action Group, where South West Water answered questions on topics including the persistent flooding by the reservoir at Tregiskey (a section of pipe which needs replacing is below high voltage overhead wires and they are awaiting the necessary permissions to proceed) and the sewer problems in Chapel Street (a full survey is in hand to establish the required work). Cllr. Facey plans to attend the next meeting to ask for non-return valves to be installed in the square to prevent water coming up through the drains.
  • Cllr. Roberts reported that the Harbour Office has been receiving many complaints about the state of the public toilets on the quay. Cllr. Williams said that CC has recently changed the cleaning contractor.       Clerk actioned to write to CC asking them to improve the cleaning standards.
  • Cllr. Roberts reported back on the recent visit by Members to view Phase 2 of the Vicarage Hill affordable housing scheme. He said that the build standard was on a par with Phase 1 and that new residents moving in from 22 October would be pleased.


  1. Planning.


8a.        PA14/09447 : Retrospective listed building consent for knocking through of two rooms into one in modern extension.

Buckingham House, 17 Tregoney Hill, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that Council has no objections.                   Carried.


8b.        PA14/07820 : Listed Building consent to remove the existing Black-jacked coated slates and re-instate with New    Slate. The Candy Shop, East Wharf, Mevagissey.

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that Council has no objections.                 Carried.


For information only:


8c.        PA14/07806 : Rooms in roof addition to existing first floor flat, with utility rooms and escape staircase on site of    existing store. Harbour House, The Cliff, Mevagissey.                                                REFUSED


8d.        PA14/06628 : Proposed new dwelling on land adjacent to Ava House, Mevagissey.        REFUSED


8e.        PA14/06593 : Retrospective Listed Building Consent for works to a listed building. 2A Chapel Street, Mevagissey.


8f.         PA14/07852 : Two storey side extension and enlargement of conservatory. Stonebury, Cliff Street, Mevagissey.


8g.        PA14/06372 : Proposed extension, dormers and re-furbishment. Centernhay Cottage 1 Tregoney Court, Mevagissey.


8h.        PA14/06878 : Demolition of the existing derelict structure previously a four bedroom house and the front wall facing            Polkirt Hill. For the construction of a new five bedroom dwelling house with roof accommodation and a basement       garage. 59 Polkirt Hill Mevagissey.                                                                                    REFUSED


8i.        PA14/06816 : Listed building consent to install internal WC and build timber stud partition to separate from         bedroom. 8 Bank Street Mevagissey.                                                                     APPROVED


8j.        PA14/08552 : Demolish existing external porch and build hall extension with resited WC : 2 Higher Lavorrick,      Mevagissey.                                                                                                       APPROVED


8k.        PA14/01555 : Remove existing flat roofed single storey garage/store building and erect new two storey pitched roof apartment block (4no. units) for year-round short term holiday let apartments. Addition of one parking bay, etc…

Spa Hotel Polkirt Mevagissey St. Austell PL26 6UY.                                                           APPEAL ALLOWED


8l.        PA14/04298 : Proposed two semi-detached dwellings on land between 33 and 36 Pentillie Way, Mevagissey.

NOTE: A Formal Site Meeting of the C.C. Central Planning Committee takes place on Wednesday 22 October at 12           noon. Members of the Parish Council and of the Public may attend and speak. The Application will then be formally    considered at the next meeting of the Central Planning Committee on 27 October.

Either Cllr. Facey or Cllr. Shephard will attend on 27 October.


  1. Finances


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 646.29    
  HMRC £ 210.54    
  Planning meeting expenses £ 19.45    
  Cost of FOI request £ 6.70    
  Little Nippers grant £ 500.00    
  TOTAL £ 1,382.98    
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 16,780.15    
  Expenditure last month £ 856.83    
  Precept (Part 2) £ 10,506.00   Received
  CTC Grant (Part 2) £ 920.03   Received
  FOI request fee £ 6.70   Received
  Bank interest £ 2.71   Received
  Balance (money in bank) £ 28,258.76    
  Unpresented cheques (101126, 29) £ 900.00    
  Available to spend £ 27,358.76    
  Bank Statements (01/10/2014):        
  Current Account     £ 989.87
  Deposit Account     £ 27,268.89
  TOTAL     £ 28,258.76


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


  1. Devolution – update. Clerk reported that he had submitted a footpath cutting plan to Cormac and was awaiting their response.


  1. Adoption of Standing Orders amended for the new Openness regulations. Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that Council adopts the latest NALC Model as amended.             Carried.

Clerk to forward copies to all Members.


  1. Authorisation to accept Cormac quote of £1778.00 (excl. VAT) for renovation of seating at Hitler’s Walk.

Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the quote be accepted.

Clerk to progress.


  1. Neighbourhood Plan: progress and allocation of further funds. Cllr. Shephard outlined the principles behind the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and summarised progress to date. He stressed that maximum involvement of the public was essential, including wider representation on the Steering Group. Smiths Gore Consultants had been engaged to identify possible development sites throughout the Parish, and their report had been received. Adoption of the NP would be subject to a local referendum, and if adopted would become a statutory document which CC Planners would have to refer to when considering planning applications.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka that Smiths Gore’s invoice be paid.       Carried.


  1. Provision of gate for the War Memorial. Cllr. Hrydziuszka suggested, to general agreement, that Council should fund a gate to dissuade people from thoughtlessly wandering in and damaging plants, picnicking and generally showing a lack of respect. Cllr. Roberts will seek a quote from a local contractor. Clerk to consult with English Heritage and the British Legion.


  1. The meeting closed at 8.10pm.   Date of next meeting : 20 November 2014.







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


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