Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Cllrs Charlotte Taffinder (CT- Chairman), Richard Cochrane (RC), Will Gill (WG), Helen Hastings (HH), James Hetherington (JH), Nev Meek (NM), Val Neal (VN), Mary Watson (MN); Steve Skull (Clerk).
3 members of the public attended.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Ralph German, Rick Iddison; CC Julian German.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS
The Council unanimously accepted the draft minutes of the Parish Council Meetings held on Tuesday 6th November 2018 and Tuesday 27th November as being true records. Members of the Finance Committee unanimously accepted the draft minutes of their meeting held on Tuesday 27th November as being a true record. CT signed all the approved minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported that he had replied to the latest communication from Sarah Newton as requested and sent copies of the recent correspondence to the clerks of all the other Roseland parishes.
The clerk reported there was no correspondence which would not be addressed in other items on the agenda.
The PC had received 3 new applications. These are outlined below and comments are noted in the Planning Register.
|PA18/09888||Home View, 3 Parc An Dillon Road.
Extension, conversion of roof with Juliet balcony and alterations.
|PA18/10692||Higher Tregassa, The Barn, New Road.
Conversion of former workshop to residential ancillary accommodation to existing residential barn.
7 in favour, I abstain.
Temporary siting of one mobile home in the compound to be occupied by casual staff in March-September incl.
Insufficient justification of the term “temporary” and contrary to RNDP policies re listed buildings and AONB.
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA18/09936 – 15, Springfield||Support||Approved|
|PA18/08277 – Tregassa Farm, New Road||Support||Approved|
(c) ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
– Nothing to report
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
– The clerk read out the approved minutes of the meeting of the Finance Committee held on 27th November. The Committee recommended the Precept for 2019-2020 be set at £22,696, an increase of £725 over the current year in line with the RPI measure of inflation. CT proposed acceptance of this recommendation. (Seconded by NM and unanimously agreed). The Committee further recommended no change to the clerk’s pay and conditions for the current year 2018-2019 except that his duties in connection with the Council’s data protection responsibilities be formalised within his contract of employment. CT proposed acceptance of this recommendation. (Seconded by WG and unanimously agreed).
– JH reported on the meeting of the Community Network Panel held on 20th November at which Cornwall Council’s draft budget for 2019-2020 was discussed. He said the expectation was that eventually there would be zero central government funding for local Councils, and a further £70m of cuts could be expected in the next four years.
– WG had attended the AGM of Percuil River Moorings Ltd and said there was nothing of significance to report as regards the PC.
– NM had attended the latest Memorial Hall Committee meeting at which concern had been raised over the dilapidated condition of the bench in the car park. The clerk said a quote had been accepted for its repair some while ago and he would try to accelerate progress.
– NM had also attended the November Police Liaison Group meeting, at which nothing particularly relevant to the Roseland had arisen. He said there would be a new Rural Liaison Officer appointed, to be based in Bodmin and there were preliminary discussions about the possible appointment of special constables to specific parishes.
The clerk reported he had been informed by a Cornwall Council Planning Officer that Gerrans Green was not in fact a Scheduled Monument, so no special permissions would be needed for the installation of seating, although the regulations concerning village greens and the conservation area would still apply. It was decided unanimously that members would do some research and offer suggestions as to the type of seating that might be appropriate. The clerk was asked to put the matter on January’s agenda. Action clerk.
ST ANTHONY FOOTPATHS AND PUBLIC ACCESS LAND
The clerk reported that NM had produced the report as agreed last month and this had been forwarded to JG for onward transmission to the relevant department at Cornwall Council. NM said he had met with the tenant farmer concerned who had been unaware of the Village Green status of part of the land. The discussion had been amicable and it had been agreed that the current crop of winter forage would be grazed off, and the area would be fenced off in the spring and put back to grass. Discussions as to the responsibility for footpath maintenance was still ongoing. It was hoped that Cornwall Council would soon clarify the situation.
The clerk read out an invitation from the clerk to Veryan PC to join in with a potential Roseland-wide scheme for the supply and storage of road salt. After discussion it was agreed not to accept the invitation because there was adequate storage space already available and in use for Gerrans. CT also proposed (seconded MW) that the clerk be authorised to source and order two new road salt bins as soon as possible in case of bad weather early in the New Year. Unanimously agreed. Action clerk.
CRICKET FIELD DOG BIN
Members considered the suggestion put forward at December’s meeting that an extra bin be sited within the perimeter of the field itself. The clerk reported that a member of the public had telephoned to propose that two more bins would be necessary. The treasurer of the Cricket Club said from the floor that one would be sufficient. The clerk said it would mean setting up a new account with Biffa for the emptying of the bin. After discussion WG proposed (seconded RC) that the extra bin be agreed in principle and the clerk be asked to provide an estimate of the cost implications of installation and management. Unanimously agreed. Action clerk.
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 £3,643.07 (including VAT of £73.94) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th November was £58,939.25.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda (not heretofore minuted)
- Minor items for report
– The clerk reported that the new street light column had been installed at New Road but was still awaiting connection work by Western Power Distribution. The scheduled connection date was January 17th.
– CT wished all present a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and NM offered the same sentiment in the Cornish language.
The meeting closed at 8.35 pm