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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – February 2015


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

On Thursday 19 February 2015 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chair), M Facey, J Daniel, J Whatty, S Hrydziuszka, N Florence, J Morgan, A Williams,                     J Arthur, G Shephard.

In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), PC Ken Dunn, PCSO Brian Harris, Hon. Steve Gilbert MP, PJ Howson (Clerk),

15 members of the public.



  1. Apologies received: Cllrs. E Chesterfield, J Barron, C Robins.


2a.        Declarations of interest.    Cllr. Florence – Agenda Item 9i.

2b.        Gift Declarations.             None.


  1. Police Report. PC Dunn presented the report for the period 20 January to 16 February detailing three crimes: criminal damage to a property in Lamorak Close and to a vehicle at the harbour, and an assault in Portmellon Park.

Cllr. Daniel asked PCDunn for help over confusing signage for lorries at Portmellon. PC Dunn will investigate and             Cllr. Mustoe will pursue with CC Highways.


  1. Points from the Public.

Ms Heather Dellerue spoke against the latest plans for the disused squash court on Tregoney Hill (Agenda Item 9i).

Ms Alison Ford and Ms Margaret Nicholls spoke on Agenda Item 16, in favour of the proposed signage.

Ms Barbara Dunn, the Hon. Steve Gilbert MP, Ms Helen Blamey and Mr Samuel Menzies spoke on the same Item to          oppose it.


  1. Minutes.  Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur, that the Minutes of 22 January be Accepted.                                                                                                                                                 Carried.
  2. Actions from previous meeting:


Untidy sites: the three properties in Polkirt Hill have agreed to undertake works, and Planning Enforcement is         awaiting their work schedules. The owner of Tall Trees is awaiting the outcome of his PA. The 5th site is flats and       letters to the freeholder are being returned, so letters have instead been sent to the 7 leaseholders. Jon Drew (CC)    has deferred the second tranche of sites to April because of resourcing issues, but has added Martin’s Bakery to the        current tranche.

2014/11/18: The Countryside Team have referred the dangerous section of coast path below Chapel Point Lane to the           National Trust, who own it, with a recommendation for a small diversion of the path away from the cliff edge.


A reply from South West Water regarding the sewage leak in Vicarage Hill confirmed that it had been caused by a   rock lodged in the sewer, which had now been cleared, and that the pipe was of sufficient capacity.


  1. Ward Member’s report. Cllr. Mustoe reported that part of the bank on School Hill had now been trimmed and he             would press for the rest of it to be done; he had escalated his request to get School Hill added to the gritting schedule; the railing on the Portmellon slipway was now repaired; the grassed area in Pentillie was back on the       cutting schedule.


  1. Correspondence received.
  • From Diana Littlejohn of School Hill, regarding hedge cutting and various environmental health issues (referred to Cllr. Mustoe to progress).
  • Regarding signage at Hitler’s Walk: The Hon. Stephen Gilbert MP, Samuel Menzies of Mevagissey, Rosslyn Baird of Edinburgh, David Baron of Foxhole, Barbara Elsmore of Sherborne, Margo Standley of Stithians, Celia Rose of Abbotskerswell, Jack Barnett of St Mary’s Dorset, The Revd. Preb. Nicholas and Mrs Ruth Taylor of Ilminster, Bernard Wills of Plympton, Paula Petersen of Leck, Germany, Mr & Mrs Nicholls of Portmellon, Mr Rumilly of Plymouth, Eve Salthouse of Penzance, Dr Rita Stephen of the Cornwall Faith Forum, Andrew Yates of the same Forum, Mrs J Trudgeon of Wadebridge, Mr Harvey Kurzfield of Kehillat Kernow, Annie Butler of Mevagissey and five others who did not give their addresses.


  1. Planning.


9a.        PA14/11009 : Replace existing steel balustrade to top room with stainless steel and glass balustrade and to clad top             half of building with marley cedral eternit weatherboard cladding. Tremarne Hotel Polkirt Mevagissey St Austell             Cornwall PL26 6UY.

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council Supports the Application.                 Carried.


9b.        PA14/12097 : Listed Building Consent for internal cosmetic works, decoration to shopfront, fascia sign/projecting   banners and wall branding. Quay West West Wharf Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UJ

Proposed by Cllr. Hrydziuszka, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the Council Supports the Application.      Carried.


9c.        PA15/00725 : Proposed three bedroom dormer bungalow in garden plot to the rear of Cliff Top.

Cliff Top Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UX

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council Supports the Application subject to the       planning officer’s satisfaction regarding any privacy issues.                                                                        Carried.


9d.        PA14/11088 : Refurbishment and extension. 29 The Cliff Mevagissey St. Austell PL26 6QT (REVISED PLANS)

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the Council maintains its Objection to this proposal. The             dwelling should have smaller paned windows to match neighbouring properties along The Cliff, and the existing line     of the front wall should remain unchanged to avoid encroaching on the coast path.                                   Carried.


9e.        PA15/00381/PREAPP : Pre application advice for revised access design for PA14/06878 – Demolition of the existing           derelict structure previously a four bedroom house and the front wall facing Polkirt Hill. For the construction of a             new five bedroom dwelling house with roof accommodation and a basement garage.

59 Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UR.

Clerk to respond: This pre-application is concerned only with access to the proposed basement garage, and ignores

completely the previous objections of the Parish Council. We understand that the existing building is no longer     viable, although this is entirely the result of continuous neglect by the owner. The design of the existing building is    superior to what is proposed and therefore, if a rebuild is necessary, it should replicate the existing design to the same             level of detail, rather than the proposed cod Victoriana in imitation of the property four doors away. We have asked             our Ward Member to arrange a site visit with the Planning Officer to discuss our concerns fully.


9f.         PA15/00385/PREAPP : Pre application advice for erection of bungalow with garage under in garden.

13 Higher Well Park Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6XA

Clerk to respond: The Parish Council would like to have seen more detail of what is being proposed here, there being

insufficient grounds so far for comment.


9g.        PA14/00692 : Demolition of the existing house and the erection of two dwellings (revised plans).

Land at Steep House, Portmellon.                                                              (APPEAL AGAINST REFUSAL)

Clerk to make submission to the Planning Inspector.


9h.        PA14/00679 : The proposed conversion of and extension to the Old Portmellon Cottage to form a dwelling (revised             plans). Land North West of Steep House, Portmellon.                                (APPEAL AGAINST REFUSAL)

Clerk to make submission to the Planning Inspector.


9i.        PA14/08061 (withdrawn) : New three bedroom dwelling to replace existing disused squash court with onsite parking           space for three vehicles in adjacent car port. Tregoney Hill.   (REVISED PLANS FOR CONSIDERATION)

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur, that the Applicant’s offer of a site meeting be accepted, and the             Clerk to arrange.                                                                                                                          Carried.


The following have all been APPROVED (for information only):


9j.        PA14/11342 : Installation of water treatment plant to replace existing septic tank. The Retreat, Vicarage Hill.

9k.        PA14/11566 : Demolition of existing chalet bungalow and erection of one and a half storey new dwelling to site.    Orchard Cottage, School Hill.

9l.        PA14/11518 : Amended design to a two storey detached dwelling house with room in the roof on land to the West of          22 Portmellon Park.

9m.       PA14/12083 : Display of various signs (Fat Face). West Wharf Mevagissey.

9n.        PA14/11337 : Listed Building Consent to replace existing wooden garage door with electric door. 26 Polkirt Hill Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UR


  1. Finances


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 646.30
HMRC £ 210.54
Office equipment £ 39.00
Football field grass cutting (annual charge) £ 574.31
Printing costs – Neighbourhood Plan £ 330.80
Renovate seating at Hitler’s Walk £ 2,133.60
Repair and repaint notice boards £ 60.50
TOTAL £ 3,995.05
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 21,485.18
Expenditure last month £ 856.83
Community Development Grant £ 6,745.00 Received
Balance (money in bank) £ 27,373.35
Available to spend £ 27,373.35
  Bank Statements (01/02/2015):        
  Current Account   £ 156.40
  Deposit Account   £ 27,216.95
  TOTAL   £ 27,373.35


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


  1. Devolution – update.   Mr David Readman of Gorran has been contracted to cut the footpaths twice annually for the funding amount agreed by Cormac under LMP (Local Maintenance Partnership).


  1. Neighbourhood Plan – update.   Cllr. Shephard reported that following completion of the public consultation, the results would be available for public inspection in the Jubilee Hall on 28 March between 10.30am and 12 noon.


  1. Recognition of St. Peter’s Church’s contribution to affordable housing. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that a letter of thanks be sent to the Diocese, copied to the Secretary of the PCC, and the possibility of an on-site plaque be investigated.                                                                                     Carried.


  1. Draft Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Document Consultation. No comments.


  1. Funding for public conveniences.  The invoice received from CC for keeping the Valley Road toilets open during July to September last year has been withdrawn, but the facilities will be closed at the end of March unless the Parish Council funds them. The estimated cost for April to September is £9,400 plus VAT. West Wharf toilets will continue to be funded by CC for the rest of this financial year (full facilities would be open every day from April to September but only unisex toilets between October and March), but it is expected that there will be no funding for any toilets beyond that. Clerk to obtain estimates for a shorter opening period at Valley Road, eg June to September.


  1. Park signage.  Proposed by Cllr. Roberts, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that following information received from Cornwall Council, whereby any signage would require their assent, the matter be deferred indefinitely. Carried.


  1. Variation of the S106 Obligation for the Net Lofts development. It has been explained that the developer went into liquidation. In these circumstances, the s106 agreement contains a clause which sets-out what a Receiver is required to do. In this case, the Receiver must advertise the properties for a period of time with the affordable housing             restrictions in place. The Receiver did this, and advertising has identified buyers for 3 of the 4 affordable dwellings, which will each be sold at 43{c8c3b3d140ed11cb7662417ff7b2dc686ffa9c2daf0848ac14f76e68f36d0c20} of open market value. They will remain affordable dwellings in the future. However,          as no qualifying local person has been identified for the 4th unit, the current s106 already allows the Receiver to sell             this free of affordable housing restrictions, in order to recoup the loan.

The Chairman noted the fact that an affordable home in the village had not been applied for by any local person,       something which should be considered when assessing future need.


  1. The meeting ended at 9.30pm.   Date of next meeting : 19 March 2015











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


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