Konsel Pluw Erens
Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Charlotte Taffinder (Chairman) (CT), Richard Cochrane (RC), John Crombie (JC), Ralph German (RG), Will Gill (WG), Kate Greet (KG), Nev Meek (NM), Mary Watson (MW); Steve Skull (Clerk), CC Julian German.
Two members of the public attended.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Helen Hastings, Joanna Holah, Val Neal.
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE ABSENCES
Proposed CT, seconded KG. Agreed unanimously.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Mr Garrick Royle, Managing Director of the King Harry Ferry Company (KHF), addressed the meeting on the subject of a proposed Harbour Revision Order (HRO) which Cornwall Council (CC) is in the process of submitting to the Maritime Management Organisation (MMO), as it was doing in respect of all municipal ports. The likely effect of this order would be that the ferry would be subject to charges for crossing the river. He said that KHF uses none of the harbour services or facilities and any charge would amount to a tax on the ferry, which is a particularly important service at present considering the “green” element of the service which cuts down road miles travelled by vehicles in Cornwall. The MMO are to hold a public consultation on the matter but no details of this were currently available.
JG said that CC’s position was that while the HRO would provide the mechanism to charge it is not inevitable that charges would be levied. CT thanked Mr Royle for his contribution and said the matter was due for discussion in item 9 on the agenda.
JG also reminded the meeting there will be a cluster meeting presentation on February 26th on planning enforcement by Alan Mason, Cornwall Council (CC)’s Planning Enforcement team leader. NM asked about the possibility of having a cluster meeting to address problems of parking enforcement which had come to light at the recent meeting of the Police Liaison Group he had attended on behalf of the Council.
Mr Steve Hooper asked whether anything could be done to provide lighting on the footpath between Churchtown Road and California Gardens. Members recalled that this subject had previously been discussed and the clerk was asked to make it an agenda item in February. Action clerk
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Council unanimously accepted the draft minutes of the PC meeting held on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 as being a true record. CT signed the minutes. CT also signed the minutes of the meeting of the Finance Committee also held on 3rd December prior to the full Council meeting, they having been accepted as a true record by the other Committee members who attended.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported:
– the installation of a power supply to Gerrans Green had in fact been completed before Christmas, which had enabled there to be lights on the tree, which had been much appreciated in the Parish. Henceforth the supply will be available for use as a facility for those organising community events on the Green.
– he had submitted the PC’s further comments to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the appeal concerning PA19/01418 (Land West of Chapel House) and the representation had been acknowledged.
– There was no correspondence to report which was not covered by items on the agenda.
The PC considered 2 new applications. These are outlined below and detailed comments are noted on the Cornwall Council planning website.
|PA19/10267||2 storey flank extension and porch
Pink Cottage, St Anthony.
|PA19/09976||Certificate of lawfulness for existing use as a campsite. Treloan farm||Unanimous support|
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA19/07068 re Loe Meadow, Churchtown Road||Object||Approved (amended)|
|PA19/08553 re Trezine House, Rosevine||Support||Approved|
(c) ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
– Nothing to report
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
– None this month
(a) Proposed HRO for the port of Falmouth
Members discussed this issue (addressed also in the open period earlier) and decided that as no details were currently available, and as there was to be a 42-day consultation period, the matter should be put on February’s agenda, when more might be known. Action clerk
(b) The “White Stone”
Members unanimously agreed to accept Mr Paddy Case’ offer to repaint the stone at the junction of New Road and Gerrans Hill. Action clerk
(c) BT telephone box at Rosevine
A final decision on a response to BT’s consultation was also deferred until February’s meeting, the deadline for comment falling after the date of that meeting. The clerk was asked to put the matter on the agenda. Action clerk
(c) Gerrans Green
The wording of a formal agreement between the PC and the Memorial hall Committee regarding the use of the electrical supply on the green, and details of the booking procedure were agreed. (Proposed KG, seconded CT). Voting was seven in favour and one against.
RC said there had been no meeting of REACT in the previous month. Two quotes for the installation of charging points for electric vehicles had now been received.
The clerk produced a formal quote from Good Energy Plc for the supply of electricity for the Parish street lights based upon up to date Estimated Annual Consumption certificates from Western Power. He said the quote, which had been previously circulated, represented a reduction in cost of approximately 36% and the supply would be of genuine “green” energy. After a discussion RG proposed (seconded RC) acceptance of a two-year fixed contract with Good Energy. This was agreed unanimously and Councillor Holah was thanked in her absence for the considerable efforts she had put into this project. Action clerk to implement.
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 £4867.92 (including VAT of £291.15) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th December was £65,389.80.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda (not heretofore minuted)
– Main budget 2020-2021 confirmation
- Minor items for report
– KG reported that the top end of Nelyas Footpath had again been obliterated by tractor tracks, and the sign at the very base of the path (on the Lugger) had still not been replaced. NM said he was in the process of sourcing a suitable sign, and would consult with the farmer involved.
The meeting closed at 8.42 pm