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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – April 2019


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

On Thursday 18 April at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Blackmore, J Daniel, M Facey, N Florence, J Gann, J Morgan, H Nathan,

G Shephard, P Simpson, J Whatty.


In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (Ward Member), Laura Ludman of the Mevagissey Community Dance Company,

P Howson (Clerk), 6 members of the public.




  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs. Robinson and Barron. Cllr. Mustoe said he would have to leave by 8pm.


  1. Cllr. Blackmore declared an interest in agenda item 18 (Three Bays Wildlife);

Cllr. Shephard declared an interest in agenda item 8c (Fairwinds.


  1. Laura Ludman gave an outline of the activities of the Mevagissey Community Dance Company to support their application for support (agenda item 15).


  1. Public participation.  Peter Middleton of Trevanna, Trevarth spoke on agenda item 8b and asked the Council to support his planning application. Jeremy Roberts of Three Bays Wildlife spoke on agenda item 18 and asked the            Council to help support their activities.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Simpson, Seconded by Cllr.Blackmore that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 be accepted.                                                                                                                                    Carried.


  1. To receive the Clerk’s report.
  • The police website shows 10 crimes reported in February as follows: 3 x criminal damage and arson (1 in Lavorrick Orchards [under investigation] and 2 in the Valley Road recreation area [unable to prosecute suspect]); 4 x anti-social behaviour (in Leatfield, Chapel Street and 2 in the Valley Road car park); 1 public order (under investigation in West Wharf); 1 x violence and sexual offences (under investigation in Leatfield); 1 x vehicle crime (in River Street car park [no suspect identified]);
  • Email received from Lucy Wright of Little Nippers thanking the Council for last month’s donation;
  • All correspondence initiated at the last meeting had been sent and replies circulated;
  • GDPR Regs have been amended so that Parish Councils, amongst others, no longer have to pay the annual data protection fee (£40 last year);
  • Details of CC’s consultation on the Housing Supplementary Planning Document which explains how CLP policies will be implemented with regard to housing and the provision of affordable housing were circulated;
  • Details of Cormac Highways’ forthcoming ‘Highways Engagement’ sessions were circulated;
  • Our LMP contractor has removed a fallen tree and repaired a broken ladder stile on the public footpath from Portmellon to Galowras, at no cost to the Council.       I asked Cormac to inspect the stile because there are further signs of rot, and they have declared them fit for use and confirmed their liability for any future breakages;
  • Letter received from Chairman of the MAC outlining their works programme and requesting support.


  1. The Ward Member presented his report including that:
  • He ran the 3rd Mevagissey Harbour Clean last week with a large turnout including a ‘paddle for plastic’ on paddleboards and a ‘dive for debris’, thus covering land, underwater and on the water concurrently, which he didn’t think had been done before. He thanked Biffa, Clean Cornwall the harbour staff and local businesses, as well as the volunteers;
  • Earlier in the week he also ran the 4th Portmellon Spring Clean, with the benches in Portmellon Cove painted and Colona and Portmellon beaches both cleaned, along with the surrounding area, and he thanked all who had helped;
  • He had arranged for an additional litter bin in the Wesley Court / Meadow Street area;
  • At County Hall he has just started his Better Beach Management motion which calls on Cornwall Council to urgently update its Beach Management Strategy and will come back for a final vote later this year.

(The full report can be found on the Council’s website).


  1. To consider Planning Applications.


8a.        PA19/01977 : Proposed cross-subsidy residential development comprising 7 dwellings (4 affordable), access and landscaping. The proposals include associated driveways, car parking and private gardens. Land East Of Mevagissey CP School Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6TD

Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council Objects to the application.             Carried.


(Cllr. Mustoe left the meeting at this point).


8b.        PA19/01989 : Proposed Garden Studio, Conservatory and Raised Decking and ancillary works. Trevanna Trevarth Mevagissey PL26 6RX    Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council supports the application, conditional on the proposed studio not being used for residential accommodation.                       Carried.


8c.        PA19/02024 : Loft conversion and enlargement. Fairwinds School Hill Mevagissey PL26 6TJ    Cllr. Shephard withdrew for this item, having declared an interest.            Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Council has no objection to the proposal.                                                                                          Carried.


8d.        PA19/02994 : Proposed demolition of existing garage to allow remodelling and extensions. 18 Lower Well Park Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UZ

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Gann that the Council supports the application.                    Carried.


8e.        PA19/03100 : Application for a non-material amendment (1) following grant of planning permission PA15/03181. Amendments sought – Addition of a chimney stack to the north elevation, enlargement of French door to north elevation to include sidelights, alteration to bay extensions and cills to east elevation. 59 Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UR

Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Council supports the application.                Carried.


8f.         The following planning application decisions have been received (included for information only):


PA19/00875 : Listed Building Consent to remove existing external render and apply a Bag Rub finish.

25 Tregoney Hill Mevagissey PL26 6RE                                                                             APPROVED

PA19/01872 : Alterations and rear extension with new roof for use as first floor bedrooms.

Lamorak Tregoney Hill                                                                                                    APPROVED


8g.        To review recent planning enforcement decisions.


EN19/00186 Steep House, Portmellon. CC Planning Enforcement had replied. 1) Encroachment on to The Paddock            is permitted for the duration of the construction work. If the land is not then reinstated to its previous condition, then this should be reported to Planning             Enforcement. 2) Foundations larger than permitted: 420mm difference from     plans – no further action. Cllr. Daniel produced documents as evidence that the LPA has an incorrect view of the     boundary line for The Paddock, and it was agreed that the Council would send these to CC and ask for comment.          Cllr. Simpson claimed a further breach of planning at the site and will forward evidence to the Clerk.


EN18/02071 Bay View, School Hill. Cllr. Gann reported that CC are unable to comment further because they have             lost the relevant plans. This will be pursued further with the Area Planning Team.


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 666.73
HMRC (PAYE & NIC) £ 182.38
Operate Valley Road PC April 2019 £ 978.54
Operate West Wharf PC April 2019 £ 1,039.58
Valley Road PC business rates 2019/20 £ 773.33
CALC membership 2019/20 £ 696.99
Postage £ 7.32
Mevagissey Activity Centre (grant) £ 1,750.00
Jubilee Hall (grant) £ 1,750.00
St Peter’s PCC (grant towards printing Tower & Spire) £ 350.00
Valley Road PC electricity 01/01/19 – 31/03/19 £ 61.25
TOTAL £ 8,256.12
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 60,229.25
Expenditure last month £ 3,065.10
plus MAC room hire Sep 18 – Feb 19 £ 178.00
         Little Nippers (grant towards climbing tower) £ 350.00
           Mevagissey FC (pitch maintenance 2019/20) £ 650.00
Bank interest £ £25.63 Received
Balance (money in bank) £ 56,011.78
Available to spend £ 56,011.78
Bank Statements (01/04/2019)
Current Account £ 3,295.16
Deposit Account £ 52,716.62
TOTAL £ 56,011.78

Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Blackmore that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid.  Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Annual Governance Statement be approved.



  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the renewal quote for the Council’s insurance policy be accepted.                                                                                                                         Carried.


  1. Cllr Gann provided an update on the proposed Community Land Trust. He had contacted the architect of the Spa Hotel affordable housing proposal, and had reminded the Principal Development officer of the Area Planning Team that the Council is keen to engage with developers. The outcome of the Vicarage Hill application is still awaited.


  1. Cllr. Facey reported that both public conveniences had received a ‘freshening up’ inside and would shortly be repainted outside, with new hanging baskets at Valley Road. New handbasins to replace the Wallgate units would follow. The Clerk reported the cost for 2018 of operating both sites was £43,120, mitigated by income from coin boxes and contributions totalling £12,400.


  1. Cllr. Morgan reported that work on identifying locations and means of funding for the proposed 24/7 defibrillators was ongoing. The Harbour Trustees want to provide one on the harbour and would be happy to collaborate with the Council on this. Proposed by Cllr.Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Nathan that the Council should declare an intention to contribute half the cost towards this. Carried. A motion to commit the money will appear on the next agenda. Meanwhile, efforts will continue to identify suitable locations outside the harbour area.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that a grant of £100 be made to the Mevagissey Community Dance Company.                                                                                                             Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council endorses Cllr. Roberts’s application for continued membership of the Cornwall Planning Partnership.                                                 Carried.


  1. To consider opportunities for funding as detailed in the Rural Funding Digest (Cllr. Shephard).             Deferred.


  1. Cllr. Blackmore withdrew for this item, having declared an interest. Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Gann that a grant of £250 be made to Three Bays Wildlife for the forthcoming Portmellon BioBlitz.     Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that Les Hereward be co-opted to fill the casual vacancy on the Council.                                                                                                                         Carried.
  2. The meeting ended at 9.10pm. Date of next meeting: 16 May 2019.  This will follow the Annual Parish Meeting of Electors, which will start at 6.30pm, and the Annual General Meeting of the Council.











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

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