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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – April 2017


Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held at the Mevagissey Activity Centre

On Thursday 20 April 2017 at 7pm.

Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Barron, T Barron, J Daniel, M Facey, J Morgan, H Nathan, K Robinson, G Shephard, D Speed, J Whatty.

In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), PCSO Yasmin Dingle, P Howson (Clerk), 7 members of the public.




  1. The Chairman welcomed Councillors to the last meeting of this Council before the local elections, and welcomed PCSO Yasmin Dingle, whose first visit this was. Cllr. Mustoe apologised that he would be leaving the meeting early.


  1. There were no declarations of interest or gifts.


  1. PCSO Dingle introduced herself to the Council. She has been based at St Austell since January, previously at Liskeard. She presented her report for the period 15 March to 18 April detailing 5 crimes: 1 x theft (following a ‘mate crime’ incident with insufficient evidence to arrest), 1 x criminal damage (minor damage following a neighbourhood dispute), 3 x use of threatening language (all unrelated, one following a road rage incident, one being a threat to damage property, and one following an argument about pets).   PCSO Dingle explained that a ‘mate crime’ occurred when somebody befriended a vulnerable individual for the purpose of exploiting them. She also warned against the current spate of unregistered cold callers selling goods and services, and distributed ‘No cold callers’ stickers. Finally she outlined a new initiative for St Austell, whereby the concerns of rural areas would be addressed by ‘Have Your Say’ panels, to be held every other month at St. Austell Fire Station, starting in May.


  1. The Chairman reported from the recent Police Liaison Meeting that the strength of Devon & Cornwall Police was being brought back up to 2012 levels, although there was some concern that where the new posts were filled by existing PCSOs, the PCSO posts may not be backfilled.


  1. Public participation.

Mr Peter Hedger and Mr and Mrs Sheldon voiced their objections to the proposed development at Pentillie (agenda item 10a), and urged the Council to oppose it.


  1. The statement in the Clerk’s report for March regarding the Annual Parish Meeting was deleted from the previous minutes. It was then Proposed by Cllr. Speed, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2017 be accepted.                                                                                     Carried.


  1. The Clerk reported that:
  • He had met the Highways Manager to indicate where new yellow line parking restrictions were required, and she had confirmed that they were on the list for consideration should budget become available (the Chairman asked for this item to be added to the agenda for a later meeting);
  • David Palk was unable to continue his dog ban enforcement role at Portmellon this year, so there is a vacancy;
  • There were 16 nominations for the forthcoming Parish Council elections, so the election will be contested on 4 May;
  • Regarding the remaining ‘untidy sites’, the agent for Tall Trees is still awaiting specialist reports prior to submitting an application to discharge pre-commencement conditions, and details are awaited of the method for the removal of the cement mortar and the specification of the lime mortar mix at 11 Polkirt Hill.


  1. The Ward Member reported that:
    • He had ensured that Cliff Street’s yellow lines had been reinstated in line with residents’ expectations;
    • The Community Action Group has conducted beach cleans at Portmellon and Colona and repainted the benches, a litter pick along the old road up to Tregiskey and on to Peruppa, and cleared land and painted the bench on Cliff Street;
  • Ocean Housing have assessed the re-painting required in Wesley Court and Meadow Street;
  • There is a public meeting at 7pm on 9 May at St Andrew’s Church to discuss future funding for the West Wharf toilets;
  • This being the last meeting of the current Council, he expressed his appreciation of the Council’s achievements since he was elected.


  1. To receive Correspondence.
  • From Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Cornwall) requesting financial support (agenda item 19);
  • From Natural England advising that the team working on the proposed ‘England Coast Path’ will be looking at the stretch between St Mawes and Cremyll over the coming months to see whether improvements to the existing SWCP can be made, and working with local authorities and landowners as necessary.
  • From Malcolm Harris, Ward Member for St Mewan, promoting his online petition for more devolved planning powers (agenda item 18).
  • From Messrs. Geoff Way and Peter Hedger enclosing a copy of their letter of Objection to the Pentillie planning application (agenda item 10a), and asking the Parish Council to support their objection.
  • From ‘Little Nippers’ requesting financial support (agenda item 20);
  • From Mevagissey Feast Week Committee, thanking the Council for their recent grant.


  1. To consider Planning and Licensing Applications.


10a.      PA17/02255 : Proposed Dormer Bungalow on land between 33 and 37 Pentillie Way. Open Space Pentillie          Mevagissey Cornwall.     Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council strongly objects to          this application because it             would result in the loss of local amenity open space which has been at the heart of this        estate since it was built 60            years ago. This was recognised on the most recent occasion when development was        proposed here, and was refused accordingly (PA14/04298). It was also recognised by the planning inspector who    dismissed the subsequent appeal. It was also recognised in the previous application which was also refused             (C2/02/01832). This piece of land is also designated as protected open space in the Mevagissey Neighbourhood      Development Plan, which has just been formally approved by the Parish Council prior to submission to Cornwall          Council. It should also be noted that within 24 hours of the dismissal of the appeal in June 2015, the applicant sent a             team of workmen to fell the trees on the site             and enclose it with high industrial fencing, so the claim in the Design and Access Statement that the site “is overgrown with weeds and scrub, to the detriment of the character of the   surrounding area”, merely adds insult to injury.                                                        Carried unanimously.


Cllr.Mustoe left the meeting at this point.


10b.      PA17/02643 : Loft conversion, rear extension and front conservatory with balcony over. 7 Battery Terrace Mevagissey PL26 6QS.   Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Council has no objection to the proposal.                                                                                                            Carried unanimously.


10c.      PA17/02679 : Proposed partial demolition and construction of new extensions to form lounge, master bedroom,      conservatory and entrance lobby. Waterside Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UX

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Council has no objection to the proposal, subject to a condition being attached to ensure that the first floor window on the south-west elevation remains fixed and obscure            glazed.                                                                                                               Carried (5 for, 3 against).


10d.      PA17/00941 : Partial rebuild of workshop with alterations including new roof, new double doors to front, stairs to   first floor and dormer window to rear. The Yard Land Lying To South East Of 28 Church Street Mevagissey St    Austell Cornwall PL26 6SP. Proposed by Cllr.Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that the Council supports the   proposal.                                                                                                            Carried unanimously.


10e.      PA17/03388 : Listed building consent for partial rebuild of workshop with alterations including new roof, new        double doors to front, stairs to first floor and dormer window to rear. The Yard Land Lying To South East Of 28 Church Street Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6SP. Proposed by Cllr.Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that         the Council supports the proposal.                                                                               Carried unanimously.


10f.       PA17/00957/PREAPP : Pre application advice for amendments to construction of 3 dwellings as approved under     PA13/02115 and the addition of 1 extra dwelling. Land Adjacent 38 Kiln Close Mevagissey Cornwall. Noted.


10g.      The following planning application decisions have been received (included for information only):


PA17/01097 : Proposed Alterations and Extension to Dwelling. Invermore, School Hill.                        APPROVED

PA17/01684 : Proposed extension and replacement double garage. Glenbrook, 9 Cliff Street.       APPROVED

PA17/01545 : Re-roof existing shed and additional parking. Penfose, Tregoney Hill.                  APPROVED

PA16/12193 : To erect 2 no dwellings and associated works. Ava House.                                APPROVED

PA17/00570 : Lawful development cert. for The Galley/Landahoy. The Cottage, Tregoney Ct.    GRANTED

PA17/00735 : Replacement dwelling, garage and landscaping. Longpoint, Chapel Point Lane.     APPROVED

PA16/12076 : Refurbishment, conversion and extension. 24 Fore Street.                                  APPROVED

PA17/01323 : Conversion of chalet bungalow to 2 storey house. Curlews, Penwarne Lane.          REFUSED


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 648.33
HMRC (Income Tax & NIC) £ 206.16
Valley Rd. PC electricity supply 02/12/16-31/03/17 £ 72.94
Cornwall Association of Local Councils membership £ 601.26
Computing and office supplies, postage £ 158.39
iSightCornwall (grant) £ 100.00
St Peter’s PCC (grant for Tower & Spire printing costs) £ 350.00
Mevagissey Jubilee Hall Association (grant) £ 1,750.00
Mevagissey Activity Centre (grant) £ 1,750.00
Electrical installation at Valley Road PC £ 109.42
Valley Rd PC initial outlay and April cleaning £ 839.89
Valley Rd PC water charge 01/03/17 – 03/04/17 £ 122.98
TOTAL £ 6,709.37
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 44,274.49
Expenditure last month £ 2,413.25
From Cornwall Council (PC water costs compensation) £ 3,453.98 received
Bank interest £ 3.36 received
Balance (money in bank) £ 45,318.58
Available to spend £ 45,318.58
Bank Statements (01/04/2017):
Current Account £ 630.22
Deposit Account £ 44,688.36
TOTAL £ 45,318.58


Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid.       Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Speed, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the Annual Governance Statement be approved. Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Mevagissey Neighbourhood Development Plan be formally approved prior to its submission to Cornwall Council. Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that Cllr. Shephard’s draft response to the government white paper detailing proposals for planning reform be submitted on behalf of the Council. Carried.


  1. Following discussion on the procedure for authorising essential emergency works to the Valley Road public toilets, Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the financial limit of the power delegated to the Clerk to authorise urgent repairs to assets (minute 2016/07/16 refers) be increased to £250, subject to consultation with the Chair or, in their absence, the Vice-Chair. Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Nathan, Seconded by Cllr. Speed that the quotation from GCF to carry out proposed improvements to the Valley Road gents’ toilets be approved subject to the work being carried out to BS standard by the end of May.


  1. The Chairman summarised the latest discussions with Lloyds Bank following the branch closure and introduction of the mobile service. The constraints on depositing and withdrawing large cash sums continue to cause concern, and it was hoped to arrange a meeting between their negotiator and representatives of the local business community.


  1. It was agreed that no Council response ahould be made to Cornwall Cllr. Malcolm Harris’s petition for devolved planning powers.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that a grant of £200 be made to the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Cornwall).


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that a grant be made to ‘Little Nippers’ to cover half the cost of tarmacking the paths to the classrooms, plus the cost of the VAT which can be reclaimed. Carried.


  1. The Chair outlined details of a letter just received from the Police & Crime Commissioner regarding funding for CCTV systems. The Clerk will pursue this.


  1. The Chair thanked all Councillors for their good service and wished them good luck in the forthcoming local elections, and wished the same to the Ward Member nominees.


  1. The meeting ended at 9pm. Date of next meeting: 18 May 2017. This will be the first meeting of the new Council following the local elections, and will follow the Annual Parish Meeting of Electors, which will start at 6.30pm, and the Annual General Meeting.












Signed ……………………………………………………………………………..         Dated ………………………………

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