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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – August 2018



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

On Thursday 16 August 2018 at 7pm.


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


In Attendance      Mr Robert Wilson, Mr Ben Wood (Savills), P Howson (Clerk), 39 members of the public.




1a.        Apologies were received from Cllrs. N Florence, Jade Barron and J Mustoe (Ward Member).


1b.        The Chairman announced that a flag hoisting ceremony would take place on Merchant Navy Day at 12 noon on 3rd September by the aquarium, to which all were invited.


  1. Cllr. Daniel declared an interest in agenda item 9a (planning application for Curlews).

Cllr. Robinson declared an interest in agenda item 9h (planning application for Seaforth).

Cllr. Facey declared an interest in agenda item 9f (planning application for Portmellon car park).


  1. Mr Robert Wilson, accompanied by Mr Benn Wood of Savills, addressed the Council on his wishes to develop on land north-west of Long Point on Chapel Point Lane. He is keen for this to have the support of the community and would welcome feedback from the Council. The Chairman suggested that he registered a pre-application so that the             Council would have something to consider as a starting point.


  1. Public participation.

Mr Tom White spoke on agenda items 9e and 9f. As the applicant, he quoted Neighbourhood Development Plan    (NDP) policies to support his proposals.

Messrs. Philip Simpson, Debbie Dearing, Horace Martin and Geoff Smith spoke on agenda item 9f, objecting to the             proposals on grounds of loss of parking and the impact on residents of operating a motorhome stop-over. Ms Alex       Williams spoke in support of the proposals.

Messrs Roger Overell, Sarah Vercoe, Sarah Purlan and Dr Peter Hingley spoke on agenda item 9e, objecting to the proposal on grounds of flood risk, over-development, impact on wildlife and access problems.

Mr Robin Kendall spoke in support of both of the above applications, stating that the applicant owned the land with            the stream and could deal with any drainage issues; that the family could provide temporary summer parking nearby,          and that the proposals would boost the local economy and provide jobs for young people.

Ms Jane Barron spoke on agenda item 9h, objecting to the proposal because the fragile road, which she owns, has    suffered damage from previous development there, including a burst water main which was not deep enough; and   that if it was approved there should be an agreed Construction Traffic Management Plan in place.

Ms Mary Crawshaw spoke on the same item, objecting that the proposed development is less than 2 metres from     their property and they would suffer loss of privacy.

Mr Geoff Way spoke, on behalf of Peter Hedger and other residents, on agenda item 9g, asking for the Council’s      continued support and that a written representation to the Planning Inspectorate be made.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 July be accepted.                                                                                                                         Carried.
  2. The Clerk reported that:
  • The police website showed 7 crimes reported in June as follows: 1 x violence and sexual offences (Penmeva View, under investigation), 2 x criminal damage and arson (Church Lane, investigation complete, no suspect identified; and Lower Well Park, under investigation), 2 x anti-social behaviour (Valley Road and Jetty Street), 1 x drugs (Mount Street, under investigation), 1 x public order (Lower Well Park, under investigation);
  • The review of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return has completed to the satisfaction of the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn LLP;
  • The parish noticeboard from the side of the old post office is currently being refurbished;


  1. The Ward Member had sent his apologies and his report was read out, summarised as follows:
  • He had arranged for the double yellow lines by the new wall on School Hill to be reinstated;
  • He had submitted a letter to the Planning Inspectorate arguing against the appeal on green space at Pentillie;
  • He has persuaded Cormac to add the Valley Road footpath to the Tregiskey crossroads to their cutting list;
  • He has been unable to obtain updates from CC on planning enforcement cases;
  • He has worked with CC and the bus company to get additional stops added to the 471 service;
  • He will be repainting the heritage sign by the old chapel;
  • The white lines on the virtual pavements have been programmed for redoing.
  • Following complaints received, he had received confirmation from the Licensing Officer that hair braiders were providing a service and were therefore not covered by street trading legislation.


  1. To receive correspondence.
  • Notification of Appeal against Refusal of PA17/02255 (Pentillie Way);
  • Notice of investigation of alleged breach of planning control at School Hill;
  • Letter from the Cornwall Air Ambulance thanking the Council for their donation;
  • Email from Mr Geoff Way asking for the Council’s continued support in the Appeal against PA17/02255;
  • Emails from the North Coast Cluster Group regarding the provision of affordable housing in rural exception sites.


  1. To consider Planning Applications.


9a.        PA18/05405 : Extension at first floor level to front and rear and a change of roof (amended plans). Curlews             Penwarne Lane Mevagissey PL26 6PF.       Cllr. Daniel, having declared an interest, withdrew for this item.    Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that if the application is approved, the planning officer should             establish that the roofline is a fixed known height and should be no higher than the already approved application.                                                                                                                                                                 Carried.


9b.        PA18/06230 : Proposed conservatory to the side of the dwelling. 3 Portmellon Park Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall          PL26 6XD.        Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the Council has no objection.  Carried.


9c.        PA18/06597 : Installation of a garden annex. The Headlands School Hill Mevagissey PL26 6TH

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council objects to the proposal because it would          contravene NDP Policy HC2 (Areas of Special Character) by not respecting the spatial relationship between          buildings or the setting of the area.                                                                                                 Carried.


9d.        PA18/06753 : Demolition and Proposed replacement dwelling. 29 The Cliff Mevagissey PL26 6QT

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. T Barron that the             Council objects to the proposal because it includes a roof terrace / amenity space which would be unacceptable in that setting. The previously approved application for   this site went through several revisions before satisfying this requirement and any new proposal should recognise             this.                                                                                                                                          Carried.


9e.        PA18/06586 : Outline application with some matters reserved for erection of one detached house and one bungalow fit for a person with disability. Park Cottage Portmellon Mevagissey PL26 6PL

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council objects to the proposal because it is ‘garden            grabbing’ and would result in cramped overdevelopment of the site.                                                          Carried.


9f.         PA18/06592 : Change of use from Car Park to mixed use to provide car parking, onsite food and takeaway outlet, a kayak/paddle board store – hire and retail sales, a public disabled unisex wc with shower and changing facilities, boat   storage during winter months and motor home parking and associated facilities during summer months. Car Park    Adj To The Rising Sun Inn Portmellon Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6PL.  Cllr. Facey, having declared an      interest, withdrew for this item.      Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Nathan that a decision be deferred        pending full clarification of the flood risk, the planning requirements for motorhomes and the implications for traffic management.                                                                                                                              Carried.


9g.        Appeal against Refusal: PA17/02255 : Proposed Dormer Bungalow on land between 33 and 37 Pentillie Way. Open           Space Pentillie Mevagissey Cornwall.    Proposed by Cllr. Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the Council             makes a representation to the Planning Inspectorate endorsing the case made by Mr Geoff Way.                 Carried.


9h.        PA18/06484 : Demolition of existing flat roof garage and construction of four bedroom dwelling. Land East Of       Seaforth Trevarth Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6RY. Cllr. Robinson, having declared an interest, withdrew for this         item.     Proposed by Cllr. T Barron, seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the Council objects to the application because it             would be over-development of the site and would cause a loss of amenity for the residents of Hill Top House.


9i.        The following planning decisions have been received (included for information only):


PA18/05711 : Non-material amendment to reduce roof pitch. Pondokie School Hill. Not acceptable as amendment.

PA18/06448 : Change existing sloping velux windows to a hipped dormer. Linden Lea Tregoney Hill. Approved.

PA18/05280 : Proposed improvements to include replacement porch, two new windows, French doors, glazed roof and door to rear store and passage and Marley Cedral Lap cladding. 5A Church Lane. Approved.


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 666.74
HMRC (PAYE & NIC) £ 184.72
Valley Road PC water 29/06/18 – 30/07/18 £ 303.51
West Wharf PC water 29/06/18 – 30/07/18 £ 849.65
Operate Valley Road PC July 2018 £ 978.54
Operate West Wharf PC July 2018 £ 1,039.58
West Wharf PC wall repair £ 1,820.00
Valley Road PC hygiene services £ 193.44
West Wharf PC hygiene services £ 263.65
Coast path 3rd cut £ 320.42
LMP 1st cut £ 405.88
Supply and installation of 4 x village maps £ 870.00
External audit of 2017/18 accounts £ 360.00
West Wharf PC waste collection £ 69.60
TOTAL £ 8,325.73
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 61,917.48
Expenditure last month £ 6,176.80
   plus St Peter’s memorial bench (grant) £ 929.40
Cleared cheque to ICO (adjustment) £ 40.00
From West Wharf PC coin boxes £ 1,800.00 Received
Insurance settlement for West Wharf PC wall repair £ 1,820.00 Received
Balance (money in bank) £ 58,391.28
Available to spend £ 58,391.28
Bank Statements (01/08/2018)
Current Account £ 3,525.17
Deposit Account £ 54,866.11
TOTAL £ 58,391.28


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


  1. There was no update on affordable housing issues.


  1. Cllr. Facey reported that all the flushes at West Wharf public toilets had been replaced and new door locks fitted on the Valley Road ladies’ cubicles. The disabled facility there was closed awaiting repairs to the Wallgate unit.


  1. Cllr. Blackmore reported that the four new village maps had now been installed.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. T Barron, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the additional cost of the memorial bench at St Peter’s Church be covered from the free resource.                                                                         Carried.


  1. Cllr. Nathan raised the question of what were considered acceptable limits to street advertising for local businesses. Cllr. Facey advised that anybody concerned about an advertisement or sign should send a photograph of it to the Ward Member to take up with CC.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that Cllr. Gann should set up a working group to investigate the use of a Community Land Trust for affordable houses and should invite people to join the group at his discretion; and that he should report back to the full Council. Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council should write to the North Coast Cluster Group, cc Steve Double MP, offering support for their concerns regarding the over-supply of affordable housing on rural exception sites. Carried.


  1. The meeting ended at 9.50pm. Date of next meeting: 20 September 2018.








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