Mevagissey Parish Council Parish Council News

Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – November 2016


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

On Thursday 17 November 2016 at 7pm.


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Arthur, A Chesterfield, J Daniel, N Florence, M Facey, J Morgan, H Nathan, G Shephard, D Speed, J Whatty.


In Attendance      Stewart Gynn (Interim head of Mevagissey CP School), Sandra Beardsmore (Chair of School Governors),                           PCSO Julie Carpenter, Cllr. J Mustoe (CC), P Howson (Clerk).




  1. The Chairman welcomed Cllr. Nathan to her first meeting following her co-option to the Council; and welcomed back Cllr. Arthur following his absence for health reasons. Apologies were received from Cllrs. T Barron and K Robinson.


  1. Cllr. Daniel declared a possible interest in item 10f (PA16/02892/PREAPP).


  1. PCSO Julie Carpenter reported that there had been just one crime during the previous month: the burglary of a dwelling in the Valley Road area. A rear door had been broken with a brick, and wine and a gas smart box stolen.          Detection is ongoing.


  1. Sandra Beardsmore, Chair of the School Governors, invited all Councillors to a special rehearsal of the nativity play on 5th December, and to the Community Tea Party on 6th December, before introducing Stewart Gynn, the new     interim head teacher. Mr Gynn, who is on secondment from Bishop Bronescombe C of E School, said that the             children at the school make it a special place to work in, and he is very much enjoying it. The Chairman replied    that the Council was pleased to continue working with the school, and that members always enjoyed their visits.


  1. Public participation. There were no members of the public present.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October be accepted.                                                                         Carried.
  2. The Clerk reported that:
  • A copy of the Mevagissey data from the Homechoice Register was received today from CC and forwarded to Cllr. Florence (Chairman of the Affordable Housing Working Party);
  • CC will be charging for the local council elections next May on a cost recovery basis. They estimate for Mevagissey about £3,900 if the election is contested, or £420 if not.


  1. The Ward Member reported that:
  • The post box to replace the one removed from the old Post Office should be in place within five weeks;
  • The fly tipping in front of the war memorial on the morning of Armistice Day was reported to CC Enforcement;
  • He has written to the CEO of Lloyds Bank regarding the proposed closure and set up a petition for objectors;
  • He thanked the volunteers who joined in the work in the Battery Park area over the weekend of 5-6 November;
  • He organised a team to tidy the War Memorial and gardens prior to Remembrance Sunday, when he laid a wreath on behalf of CC;
  • Mevagissey CP School had agreed to resume the maintenance of the raised flower bed on Valley Road;
  • Following a site meeting with residents re. the Cliff Street landslides, engineers are now surveying prior to carrying out agreed works;
  • The works at the Valley Road playground are due to complete this week;
  • He reported a mains leak in Church Street, which was fixed overnight;
  • He is still waiting for Cormac to weed the footway at Wesley Court, a month after they had said they would do it.


The Chairman thanked Cllr. Mustoe and noted that the Remembrance Sunday service, at which he had laid a wreath            on behalf of the Parish Council, had been the busiest that he could remember, with the church and the square packed.


  1. To receive Correspondence.
  • Letter from Cruse Bereavement Care thanking the Council for their donation.


  1. To consider Planning and Licensing Applications. The Chairman reported that his application to join the Cornwall Planning Partnership, which had been supported by the Council, had been successful.


10a.      PA16/09155 : Proposed erection of a dwelling and detached garage. Land North Of 22 Portmellon Park Portmellon             Park Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6XD.   This has been invalidated and removed from the planning register.


10b.      PA16/09786 : Change of use from A1(retail) to A3, A5 and A1 to continue use as a gift shop and to add use as a cafe           and takeaway. The Candy Shop East Wharf Mevagissey PL26 6QQ.

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


10c.      PA16/09249 : Construction of raised decking outside kitchen window on west elevation between house and cliff face             with wood-effect plastic decking and a glass and chrome rail to match existing Juliet balconies, new access door from     existing landing. 2 Bosuns House Little Meva East Wharf Mevagissey PL26 6QQ.

Proposed by Cllr.Shephard, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that the Council supports the application.             Carried.


10d.      PA16/02537/PREAPP : Pre application advice for new build low energy architect designed 5 bedroom dwelling.     Former Seapoint Hotel Battery Terrace Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6QS. Review of site meeting on 4 November.            The prevailing view was that if there is to be a modern building on this prominent site, it would be better for one of          these high-quality designs than some bland, nondescript building, with a preference for Option 3 from the Pre-         application report. It was noted that the applicant’s architect had proposed a further meeting in December.


10e.      PA16/10188 : Submission of details to discharge conditions 3 and 7 in respect of decision notice PA13/10126.

Land At Polkirt Hill Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UX (NOTE: this is not a consultation). The Council expressed concern at the proposal in the CTMP to route heavy vehicles along the old coast road between Portmellon and the development site. Existing signage at Portmellon directs heavy vehicles via Portmellon Park because of weight             restrictions on the old road, and it was felt that this should be reflected in the CTMP. Cllr. Mustoe will pursue this.


10f.       PA16/02892/PREAPP : Pre application advice for proposed re-furbishment, subdivision and development of the      existing building into a mixed use development of commercial and residential. 24 Fore Street Mevagissey St Austell       Cornwall PL26 6UQ (NOTE: this is not a consultation). The Council was generally supportive of the proposals,             subject to sight of a full planning application.


10g.      The following planning decisions were noted:

  • PA16/08593 : Proposed extensions and balcony. East Paddock, School Hill. Approved.
  • PA16/02290 : Two storey extension. Pentillie House, School Hill. Appeal against Refusal Dismissed.


10h.      The LPA has asked the Council to state which planning policies had informed their objections at the previous         meeting to planning applications PA16/08455 (single storey dwelling in Church Lane) and PA16/08750 (Compass            Point, Polkirt Hill). Cllr. Facey declared an interest in PA16/08455 and left the meeting for this item. The Council             agreed to leave the decision on PA16/08455 to the planning officer, and Cllr. Mustoe was given guidance on calling             PA16/08750 in to committee.


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 647.38
Envelopes & postage £ 10.43
HMRC (Income Tax & NIC) £ 207.67
Tanya’s Courage Trust (grant) £ 100.00
Memorial wreath plus donation to Poppy Appeal £ 75.00
Valley Rd. PC electricity supply 01/04/16-01/10/16 £ 275.23
Valley Rd. PC water charge October 2016 £ 263.24
Web services £ 350.00
TOTAL £ 1,928.95
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 58,763.03
Expenditure last month £ 3,293.33
Unpresented cheques £ 360.00
Balance (money in bank) £ 55,829.70
Available to spend £ 55,469.70
Bank Statements (01/11/2016):
Current Account £ 455.41
Deposit Account £ 55,374.29
TOTAL £ 55,829.70


The addition of the charge for Web services, not shown on the agenda, was noted.

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


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the proposed budget for 2017/18 is agreed and that there should be no increase to the precept.                                                                                        Carried.


  1. Cllr. Shephard summarised the meeting of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group (NDPSG) earlier this month, notably that it was not proposed to change the content of the Plan, although CC had asked for structural        changes to make it more user-friendly for their officers. A further meeting is planned for December.


  1. Cllr. Florence reported that no changes to the sections of the NDP dealing with affordable housing were proposed, and there were no other issues. Interest was expressed in the work of the Cornwall Community Land Trust, who will        be invited to address the Council in the New Year.


  1. It was agreed that expressions of interest would be invited locally for the provision, from 1st April next year, of cleaning and / or maintenance services for the Valley Road public toilets.


  1. Cllr. Facey reported that the RNLI Report on beach safety at Portmellon Cove had been received, and quotes for the recommended signage and personal rescue equipment obtained. Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr.     Florence that expenditure on these items up to £2,000, including installation costs, be approved.              Carried.


Note: Cllr Mustoe had to leave the meeting at this point.


  1. Cllr. Whatty will circulate his report on town twinning for discussion at the next meeting prior to reaching a decision on how to respond to the approach from La Roche Bernard in Brittany.


  1. The review of the effectiveness of existing yellow line parking restrictions was deferred to the next meeting to give members time to list their areas of concern.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Florence, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the Council will in future consider applications for donations or grants only from organisations either based in the parish or providing a service to the parish.          Carried.


  1. As part of CC’s review of Service Level Agreements, they had suggested that the Parish Council may wish to assume responsibility for the maintenance of the closed churchyards at St Peter’s Church and at The Cemetery, Church Lane.   It was agreed that any delegation by CC of their statutory responsibilities should be accompanied by an offer of             funding sufficient for the discharge of those responsibilities. The Clerk will pursue and report to the next meeting.


  1. The proposal from Helston Town Council for a bid to be made for a Cornwall stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race, at a likely cost of c.£200,000, was considered. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur, that the Council supports the Tour of Britain cycling race coming to Cornwall and passing through our Parish.      Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Florence, Seconded by Cllr. Arthur that the Council should not sign up to the new Pre-Application Planning Protocol developed by the Cornwall Planning Partnership and Cornwall Council.                        Carried.


  1. Ongoing efforts by Cllr. Mustoe and Steve Double MP to contest the decision by Lloyd’s Bank to close the Mevagissey Branch were noted. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Clerk should write to        the bank, asking them to reconsider.                                                                                               Carried.


  1. The meeting ended at 9.40pm. Date of next meeting: 15 December 2016.












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

Leave a Comment