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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – July 2014


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

On Thursday 17th July 2014 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs.  M Roberts (Chair), M Facey,  J Daniel,  J Morgan, G Shephard, S Hrydziuszka,                          ,                       E Chesterfield, J Whatty, J Arthur, C Robins, J Feeley, A Williams.

Apologies          Cllrs.  N Florence, M Bunney (CC).

In Attendance      Claire Bunting (Head, Mevagissey CP School), Sandra Beardsmore (Chair of School Governors),

D Palk (Dog Control Enforcement Officer), PJ Howson (Clerk), 1 member of the public.




1a.        Declarations of interest.     None.

1b.        Gift Declarations.             None.


2.         Presentation by Claire Bunting, Head of Mevagissey CP School.  Ms Bunting thanked the Council for the grant for a           ‘play lodge’, and outlined the planned improvements to the outdoor facilities at the school within the context of the     School Aims, which include increased numbers, raised standards, and greater collaboration with other schools in the     area. She closed by inviting Members to visit in September to see the improvements made.


3.         Police Report.  No report received.  Also, no reply received to a request regarding the agreed attendance pattern at    MPC meetings by the PCSO.   The Chairman clarified that PCSO Hemming is away and PC Dorman has now moved     on.  He has not been replaced; instead, PC Ken Dunn has had is current Clay Country area extended to include the   area previously covered by PC Dorman.  MPC had not been notified of any of these changes.  Clerk to write to local      police registering Council’s disapproval and asking for confirmation of the current policing arrangements.


4.         Dog Control Enforcement Report.  A report had been received and circulated.  The Enforcement Officer was in         attendance and summarised events to date.  Some early antagonistic behaviour (which has been logged by the            Police) has now subsided following a visit by the Environmental Crime Enforcement Officer.  Generally the DCO    was working very well and visitors have expressed their appreciation.  Several cautions have been issued, but no            Penalty Notices.   Several visitors have said that they had not seen the sign at the top of the concrete slipway.  Proposed by Cllr. Chesterfield, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the sign at the top of the concrete slipway be replaced by a bigger sign, twice the size, with the existing sign being relocated elsewhere in the cove.   Carried.


5.         Points from the Public.  Mr Cedric Maddox produced documentary evidence to support his assertion that CC and    MPC have been misled over the line of the boundary between the curtilage of Steep House and the Paddock, with an            incorrect version of the boundary having been used throughout the planning process which had resulted in invalid             decisions regarding Planning Policy 35.  He wanted to know what MPC proposed doing about it (see Minute 14).


6.         Minutes.

Proposed by Cllr. Arthur, Seconded by Cllr. Feeley that the Minutes of 19 June be Accepted.                                                                                                                                           Carried.

7.         Actions from previous meeting:

Agreed repairs to seating and playground equipment had finally been passed by CC to Cormac for inclusion in their             work programme, but no date set for completion yet.

Cllr Bunney’s request that the street cleaner be given free reign to operate where necessary had been declined by CC,             who said he had to work within the Cory contract, ie daily cleans in ‘Zone 1’.  Other staff cover areas outside Zone 1         through scheduling and ad hoc reports to CC.

Cllr. Bunney is yet to fix a date for a further meeting with CC Highways over the fish loading / traffic arrangements.


8.         Planning.


8a.        PA14/05167 : Rooms in roof addition to existing first floor flat, utility rooms and escape staircase on site of existing            store.  Harbour House Gurnard’s Quay Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6QT.

Proposed by Cllr. Chesterfield, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that Council Opposes the Application because of the        excessive level of alteration  proposed to this important site in the harbour setting, which would result in the building       failing to conserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Conservation Area.                      Carried.


8b.        PA14/04600 : Reinstatement of balcony with addition of steps (to provide access to rear of garden). Resubmission of            PA14/01100. 17 Lavorrick Orchards Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6TL.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Robins that Council raises no objection.                  Carried.


8c.        PA14/04659 : Erection of single storey double garage within the side garden.

1 Higher Well Park Mevagissey St. Austell PL26 6XA.

Proposed by Cllr. Arthur, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that Council raises no objection.                Carried.


8d.        PA14/06187 : Listed building consent for removal of damaged bricks and replacement with local stone to match      existing.  Ship Inn 1 Fore Street Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6UQ.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Chesterfield that Council supports the Application, conditional on       support from the Conservation Officer.                                                                                 Carried.


8e.        PA14/01555 : Remove existing flat roofed single storey garage/store building and erect new two storey pitched roof apartment block (4no. units) for year-round short term holiday let apartments. Addition of one parking bay, etc…

Spa Hotel Polkirt Mevagissey St. Austell PL26 6UY.                       APPEAL IN PROGRESS             Noted.


8f.         PA14/00040 : Removal of Condition 2 on Decision Notice 07/01571 to allow permanent residential occupation of the          10 Holiday Units. Treloen Holiday Apartments Polkirt Hill. Mevagissey.     WITHDRAWN           Noted.


8g.        PA14/04017 : Listed Building Consent to replace current defective roof covering on the adjoining properties at 4     Mount Street/18 Cliff Street using Reclaimed Delabole Scantle random width natural slate laid in diminishing           courses holed for fixing with two copper nails.                                              APPROVED                  Noted.


9.         Premises Licence Application : Tea on the Quay, West Wharf (formerly ‘Expectations’).

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that Council raises no objection.                 Carried.


10.       Finances


Bills to Pay Clerk’s salary £ 646.29    
  Income Tax & NIC £ 210.54    
  Grant to Mevagissey CP School £ 1,500.00    
  Grant to Mevagissey Feast Week Committee £ 450.00    
  Kit for DCO Enforcement Officer £ 35.93    
  TOTAL £ 2,842.76    
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 25,255.26    
  Expenditure last month £ 1,645.62    
  Expenditure since last meeting (road signs) £ 637.44    
  Bank interest added 30/06/2014 £ 3.14    
  Balance (money in bank) £ 23,079.94    
  Unpresented cheques (101100, 101117) £ 104.60    
  Available to spend £ 22,975.34    
  Bank Statements (01/07/2014):        
  Current Account     £ 139.79
  Deposit Account     £ 22,940.15
  TOTAL     £ 23,079.94


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


11.        Devolution – update, including consideration of LMP (Local Maintenance Partnership).

It was agreed at the previous meeting that this should be delegated to a committee to make proposals for consideration by full Council.  The committee has yet to be formed.  The Chairman reported that there are moves within the village to raise money again to keep the toilets open.  The Clerk reported that Cormac have sent a strong signal that if we want our footpaths cut we will have to arrange it ourselves via LMP.  Clerk to organise a “Parish walk” with Cllrs. Facey and Morgan to agree a cutting schedule, and report back to Council.


12.        Litter resulting from seagull attacks on waste sacks – Cllr. Roberts.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Chesterfield that 30 gull-proof sacks be purchased from the St Austell One-Stop Shop and sold at cost price from a local outlet to be identified and agreed by Cllrs. Williams and Morgan; and that the “gull poster” currently displayed should then be amended to include details of the local outlet, and emailed to all Members for distribution as they deem appropriate.                                   Carried.


13.        Settlement of outstanding claim from Liquidator , KPMG, in respect of Follett Stock – Cllr. Shephard.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the final settlement figure negotiated by Cllr. Shephard be paid.  Cllr. Facey also expressed his thanks to Cllr. Shephard, which was echoed by all.                        Carried.


14.        Meeting with Steep House owner on 29 July – Cllrs. Shephard and Daniel.

After discussion, the Chairman asked for a show of hands to indicate whether the meeting should go ahead.

Four people were in favour of the meeting, but seven were against.

Discussing the points raised by Mr Maddox (see Minute 5), Cllr. Shephard said that the current plans showed the new access drive being within the curtilage of Steep House and the proposed curtilage of the barn conversion.  In the light of the failure of CC Planning Department to establish the correct boundaries at any stage of the recent planning Application, it was Proposed by Cllr. Chesterfield, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the Clerk would write to CC Legal Services (cc Cllr. Bunney and CPRE) asking them to investigate the discrepancies highlighted by the history of Planning Applications for this site.                                                                                           Carried.


15.        Local Green Space designation – Cllr. Daniel.  Cllr. Daniel said that sites proposed for this designation did not have to be open to the public, and that the Paddock at Portmellon therefore qualified.  Clerk to look into this and place on the next Agenda.


16.        War Memorial garden – Cllr. Roberts.

Proposed by Cllr. Chesterfield, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that Mr Mark Groom be allotted a budget of £100 to bring the garden up to a standard appropriate to the 100: The Day Our World Changed event on 3 August, to include cleaning and replanting as necessary.                                                                                   Carried.


17.        Affordable housing – report back from meeting with Ocean Housing and Homechoice – Cllr. Roberts

Chairman reported that the Open Day in the Jubilee Hall on Monday had been well received, and that Phase 3 should be ready 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  The appearance of a large sign advertising “Porthillie View” was noted, and the Clerk was actioned to establish the origin of this proposed name.


18.        Grant request from Mevagissey Christmas Lights.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Chesterfield, Amended by Cllr. Morgan that a grant of £450 be paid.



19.        Support for Helston Town Council’s initiative to challenge C.C. on Bank Holiday parking arrangements.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that Council indicates support.                     Carried.


20.        Support for Chacewater Parish Council’s proposal to unite in challenging C.C. over various local concerns.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that Council indicates support, and that Cllr. Facey will represent Council at any meetings which follow.                                                                             Carried.


21.        Hiring of ‘Road Closed’ signs to third parties, including request from Heligan Gardens – Cllr. Morgan.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Hrydziuszka that, without prejudice, free use of the signs be granted to Heligan / Wildworks for the 100: The Day Our World Changed event on 3 August.                    Carried.


22.        Location of highway drains – Cllr. Roberts.   Defer to next meeting.


23.        Issues for Community Network Meeting – Cllr. Roberts.

Clerk to ask for Community Policing to be placed on the agenda.


24.        The meeting closed at 9.30pm.   Date of next meeting  :  21 August 2014







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


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