Gerrans Parish Council
MINUTES of the Meeting of Gerrans Parish Council
held on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 in the Memorial Hall Annexe
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Annexe
Cllrs Richard Cochrane (RC), Ralph German (RG), Will Gill (WG), Helen Hastings (HH), James Hetherington (JH), Rick Iddison (RI), Nev Meek (NM), Charlotte Taffinder (CT- Chairman); CC Julian German (JG), S Skull (Clerk).
1 member of the public attended.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Edwards, Neal, Watson.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
JG reported that the requested speed monitoring exercise on New Road and Churchtown Road had been approved and would commence soon.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Council unanimously accepted the draft minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 4th September 2018 as being a true record. CT signed the approved minutes.
REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
The clerk reported that :
– In response to a complaint submitted as a result of reported spillages from the green waste recycling lorry (September minute ref 091803) the contractor, Biffa, had written to say that physical modifications had now been made to all lorries such that spillages of fluid will not occur in future. Biffa further said they had monitored recent collections to verify the issue had been successfully resolved.
– The issues about the fence at Treloan Lane car park and ground disturbances on the neighbouring farmer’s land had been resolved to the farmer’s satisfaction but there remained a problem with weeds growing on the field side of the bank on the east side. He proposed to ask the PC’s contractor to strim the bank down before the winter. NM suggested this might be a suitable site for the Roseland Wild Flower project. The clerk said he would contact the project’s organiser. Action clerk
– All the recycling bins in Treloan Lane car park have now been moved further away from the hedge to allow access to both sides of the bins.
- Sarah Newton MP
Response to the PC’s email of 23rd August (August minute 081806 refers) expressing dissatisfaction with her decision to cancel a scheduled cluster meeting at 48 hours’ notice because she felt that a potential future meeting involving a Minister would be more useful.
Councillors considered the response still failed to address the point that they wished to discuss with their own elected MP why the government was failing to uphold its own stated policies on Neighbourhood Plans, and agree a joint strategy for holding Ministers to account. The clerk was asked to draft for approval a further response to that effect. Action clerk
- Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC)
Notification of an appeal from Crantock Parish Council for help with funding a judicial review of a Cornwall Council planning decision which is alleged to be inconsistent with Crantock’s approved Neighbourhood Plan.
The email also contained Crantock PC’s summary of the case involved. After a discussion the clerk was asked to write to CALC to enquire whether a mechanism could be set up whereby cases such as this could be addressed on a joint basis rather than the burden falling on individual Parishes case by case. Action clerk
Members considered a Local Council Protocol Letter from the Planning Officer dealing with PA18/07395, the proposed extensions and internal alterations at Higher Tregassa Barn, to which the PC objected at September’s meeting). Members agreed (7 in favour, 1 against) to agree to disagree with the Officer’s intention to approve the application, despite the Officer’s comments in the letter. Action clerk to inform the Officer
|Application||GPC comment||CC Decision|
|PA18/07355 – Re Tyendra, 20 Churchtown Road||support||approved|
(c) ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
– Nothing to report
COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
– None this month.
JG reported that the PC’s preferred option for applying the devolved budget for Cornwall Council’s Community Network Highways Scheme (July minute 071809 refers) had not been adopted because of technical and legal issues.
The clerk reported he had received and published online and on the Parish notice boards the Notification of the Conclusion of Audit of the Annual Return for y/e 31st March 2018 from the PC’s external auditors.
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 £18,483.97 (including VAT of £2,196.31) be paid. A schedule of all the payments is available from the clerk.
The reconciled bank balance as at 25th September was £71,499.45.
OTHER PARISH MATTERS
- Any urgent business
- Matters to be included on the next agenda (not heretofore minuted)
– Proposal to reinstate some seating on Gerrans Green and to establish a Petanque ground.
- Minor items for report
RG reported overgrown shrubbery on Churchtown Road between the Cricket field and the Old Chapel.
NM reported a failure to maintain footpaths and a village green at OS reference 185820/32648 near St Anthony. HH suggested requesting a meeting with the National Trust to discuss the matter. It was agreed to put this on November’s agenda. Action clerk
CT said she would arrange a meeting of the Playground Committee to discuss future improvements following the PC’s acquisition of the freehold.
The meeting closed at 8.24 pm