Konsel Pluw Erens
Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Ralph German (RG), Will Gill (WG), Kate Greet (KG), Helen Hastings (HH), James Hetherington (JH), Rick Iddison (RI), Nev Meek (NM), Val Neal (VN), Mary Watson (MW); Steve Skull (Clerk), CC Julian German (JG)
4 members of the public attended.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Charlotte Taffinder, Richard Cochrane.
In the absence of Cllr Taffinder the deputy Chairman, JH, took the chair.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
JG reported that the dislodged ancient “White Stone” at the junction of New Road and Gerrans Hill was scheduled to be reinstated by the Highways Agency, and that concessionary bus fares would henceforth apply without the current 9.30 am threshold.
Mr Paddy Case complained that the Gerrans allotments were untidy and that Councillors were out of touch with events because they did not walk around the Parish enough. He also said it was not easy to find information as to who was actually on the Council. Members agreed to consider all Mr Case’s points.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS
The Council unanimously accepted the draft minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 5th March 2019 as being a true record except for 2 members who had been absent from the meeting. JH signed the minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
- CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED
- Councillor James Hetherington
Letter of resignation from the Council with effect from Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
A unanimous vote of thanks to JH for his years of service and hard work on behalf of the Council was passed. (Proposed NM, seconded VN). Action clerk to inform Cornwall Council
- St Gerrans PCC
Request for the PC’s annual contribution towards the upkeep of the churchyard to be increased from £1,500 to £1,800. After a discussion this was unanimously agreed. (Proposed RG, seconded RI).
- Cornwall Council
Consultation re current review of polling districts and polling places. Response requested by 15th April. The clerk was asked to respond that the PC was satisfied with the current arrangements. (Proposed RG, seconded WG). Unanimous. Action clerk
The PC considered 6 new applications. These are outlined below and detailed comments are noted on the Cornwall Council planning website.
|The Anchorage, 23 The Lugger, Portscatho.
Partial demolition and rebuilding of a collapsed stone boundary wall within the curtilage of a listed building.
|PA19/02176||The Crogan, 44 Churchtown Road, Gerrans.
Two storey rear extension, dormer extension and balcony.
|PA19/01880||I Wellington Terrace, Portscatho.
Rear extension and alterations.
Proposed gates not in keeping with the frontage of any neighbouring properties in The Square within the Conservation Area, contrary to RNDP policy CV3.
|PA19/01856||41, Churchtown Road, Gerrans.
Extension of rear roof dormer and general alterations to rear kitchen structure.
|PA19/02128||Bohortha Boathouse, St Anthony,
Certificate of lawful existing use of The Boathouse as a dwelling house and holiday let.
The assertions made as to the history of the use and purpose of this structure are incorrect.
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA19/00807 re Treneglos, Percuil||Support||Approved|
|PA18/11591 re Merrose Farm||Support||Approved|
(c) ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
– Nothing to report
(d) GENERAL DISCUSSION of the PC’s approach to assessment of planning applications.
Members exchanged views on the role of the PC in assessing applications, the status of the Neighbourhood Plan, communications with the planners and its own procedures. It was agreed to formally review the assessment policy at the May meeting with a view to redrafting it, to explore the opportunities for more dialogue with the planners and to consult with the other parishes on the Roseland as to their position.
(e) PLANNING COMMITTEE
– KG volunteered to join the committee for the last month of the Council year as a replacement for JH. Unanimously agreed (Proposed HH, seconded WG).
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
WG had attended the recent AGM of Percuil River Moorings Ltd and NM the most recent meeting of the Memorial Hall Committee. Nothing significant to report.
JH had attended the latest meeting of the Truro and Roseland Network Community Panel where it was reported that the police presence at Tregony was to be maintained. Most other issues discussed had no specific relevance to the Roseland.
RG reported he could source some suitable Cornish granite seating for Gerrans Green. A budget of £600 for supply and installation was agreed unanimously (proposed NM, seconded HH).
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION GROUP
Though absent from the meeting, Cllr Richard Cochrane had sent an update on the activities of the REACT group. Its first meeting had been held on 26th March, at which a number of initiatives and possible activities and actions were explored. The feeling of the meeting was positive and the next meeting, proposed for 16th April, would move on to clarifying and prioritising those activities.
HH said REACT would be interested in helping to tidy the allotments if required, and would publish an article in Roseland magazine encouraging people to take an active role in furthering environmental issues.
MN said he had attended the recent “Zero” conference, where many problems were highlighted but few solutions, apart from the objective of incorporating climate change considerations into Local Plans.
Members discussed the condition of the surfacing of the upper part of Well Lane and the issue of pot holes there. JG said Cornwall Council had inspected the area in the Autumn and he had had further correspondence in December and reported the issue once again that week. The clerk was asked to report it to Cornwall Council on behalf of the PC. Action clerk
The clerk reported no design ideas for a parish logo had yet been received, but the April Roseland Magazine had only just been published.
ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
The clerk reported that all payments submitted for approval were materially within budget, or within forecast and agreed contingency levels where actual figures were unknown at the time of setting the budget.
It was resolved that the outstanding invoices totalling £6,666.62 (including VAT of £127.95) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th March was £39,194.15.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda (not heretofore minuted)
– Annual review of standing orders and financial regulations
- Minor items for report
– RG commented that the repaired bench in the Memorial Hall car park was looking good but asked about the plaque that was on the original one. The clerk said it was being cleaned and would be reinstated.
– JH concluded the meeting with a farewell to all members and wished them all well for the future.
The meeting closed at 9.46 pm