Konsel Pluw Erens
Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 6th August 2019 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Charlotte Taffinder (Chairman) (CT), Richard Cochrane, Ralph German (RG), Will Gill (WG), Kate Greet (KG), Helen Hastings (HH), Nev Meek (NM), Val Neal (VN); Steve Skull (Clerk), (JG)
4 members of the public attended.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Mary Watson, CC Julian German.
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE ABSENCES
Proposed WG, seconded RC. Agreed unanimously.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
– KG declared a non registerable interest in the item 7(d) on the agenda re 2, The Quay, Portscatho.
Dr Joanna Holah spoke with reference to the appeal in the case of 2, The Quay, Portscatho to be considered under item 7(d). She supported the PC’s original objection to the application and hoped that it would be reiterated.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Council unanimously accepted the draft minutes of the PC meeting, held on Tuesday 4th June 2019 as being a true record subject to 2 amendments. (Proposed RG, seconded WG). CT signed the corrected minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported he had received an acknowledgement of the letter he had been asked to write to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police in respect of police numbers. A more detailed response could be expected within 28 days.
- Cllr Rick Iddison
Confirmation of resignation from his position as a Parish Councillor with effect from 1st July 2019. Members were saddened by the confirmation and a formal vote of thanks for Rick’s contribution over many years was unanimously passed (Proposed WG, Seconded RG)
The PC considered 1 new application. This is outlined below and detailed comments are noted on the Cornwall Council planning website.
|PA19/04863||Barn conversion into dwelling including 2 single storey extensions at Barn south of Treloan Farmhouse, Gerrans.
6 support, 1 object, 1 abstain.
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA19/03751 re The Boathouse restaurant.||Support||Approved|
|PA19/02128 re Bohortha Boathouse.||No comment on revised application||Approved|
|PA19/03189 re 17 Higher Treluggan||Support||Approved|
(c) ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
– Nothing to report
(d) APPEAL NOTICE APP/D0840/W/19/3228504
(KG left the room during discussion of this item)
The PC had objected to the original application PA18/05368 re Change of use of 2, The Quay, Portscatho, which was refused by Cornwall Council. After a discussion it was agreed make a written submission that the PC stands by its original objection and the clerk was asked to draft a supplementary statement further emphasising the essential reasons for that objection. Action clerk.
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
HH reported, on behalf of the Planning Working Group (PWG), on a presentation made to Parish Councillors from Gerrans and Veryan by KOHA Architects on the proposed development at the Pink Hotel site at Pendower. A discussion ensued in which pros and cons of the project, which is not in Gerrans parish, were raised and it was agreed that as many Councillors as possible should attend the public meeting on site the following day.
KG also reported, on behalf of the PWG, on a cluster meeting of the five Roseland Parishes held on 26th June at which the need for a review of the Roseland Neighbourhood development Plan, and the process that would be involved, were on the agenda. After a lengthy discussion it was generally agreed that it was most important for the parishes to identify the precise issues for change that they prioritised. KG said she would organise an informal meeting of the PWG prior to the next cluster meeting to discuss this in detail. All would be welcome at that meeting.
Members considered an invitation to submit a response to Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State at DEFRA: “Coastal Access – improvements to public access along the Cornish coast between St Mawes and Cremyll”. It was agreed to respond with suggestions made by NM to make alterations to the proposed footpath routes at Place and Amsterdam Point and to change the references to “England” throughout to “Cornwall” (Proposed RG, seconded NM). Action clerk to draft.
KG reported that some local people had suggested to her that the PC might arrange for a mains power supply to be made available on the green at Gerrans. It was agreed that KG would research the practicalities of this and the clerk was asked to put the matter on August’s agenda. Action clerk
RC said he was in touch with Cornwall Council (CC) about the possibility of joining a pilot scheme “Environmental Growth for Rural Parishes” He would report back with more information about the process. He also reported on the latest REACT meeting in which a number of initiatives to promote environmental benefit had been discussed. It was agreed that a list of specific requests for action by the PC would be the most practical way of considering PC involvement in the work of REACT. NM suggested a joint list of suggestions also involving Wild Roseland would be useful.
Members also considered an invitation to a CC event “Alternative to Pesticide Workshop”. The clerk was asked to suggest to the PC’s Environment Management contractor that attendance might be useful. Action clerk
Members considered the condition and marking of footpath ref FP306/32/2. After discussion the clerk was asked to report the matter to Cornwall Council’s footpath Officer. 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 £4,378.89 (including VAT of £104.89) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th June was £51,175.55.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda (not heretofore minuted)
- Minor items for report
NM said the wild flower project at Treloan Lane car park was flourishing but that the school needed equipment for getting water to the site which would cost in the region of £50. RG said that because it was the PC’s policy not to make donations to individual projects he would make a personal donation of the necessary funds. The gesture was appreciated by all.
NM also reported a blocked drain on the footpath from Clifton Terrace down to the Square in Portscatho. The clerk said he would investigate. Action clerk
RG enquired what were the results of the speed monitoring tests at Churchtown Road. The clerk said he had received no reports but would investigate. Action clerk
CT said progress in the proposed playground alterations had proved frustratingly slow but she was hopeful the groundworks would soon be done.
CO-OPTION OF NEW MEMBER
There was only one candidate for the vacant post and Dr Joanna Holah was unanimously elected (Proposed RG, seconded CT). Being present, Cllr Holah signed her form of Acceptance of Office.
The meeting closed at 9.25 pm