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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – November 2019


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

On Thursday 21 November 2019 at 7pm

Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Blackmore, M Facey, N Florence, J Gann, J Morgan, K Robinson,

                        G Shephard, P Simpson, J Whatty.


In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (Ward Member), P Howson (Clerk), 1 member of the public.




  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs. Daniel, Hereward, Nathan and Barron.


  1. Cllr. Robinson declared an interest in agenda item 7b (Longpoint).

Cllr. Whatty declared an interest in agenda item 7e (Mevagissey House).


  1. Chris Blamey spoke on agenda item 21, asking the Council to consider means by which the fish lorry might be parked closer to the harbour to reduce the distance currently travelled by the fork-lift truck during loading. This is a         particular problem at this time of year because of the large quantities of fish being landed. Proposed by Cllr. Facey,             Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that agenda item 21 be brought forward to follow agenda item 7.                   Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Simpson that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2019 be accepted.                                                                                                                                Carried.


  1. To receive the Clerk’s report.
  • The police website shows 8 crimes reported in September as follows: 5 x violence and sexual offences (3 under investigation in Beach Road and 1 in Valley Road car park, and 1 unable to prosecute in Penmeva View); 1 x            criminal damage and arson (investigation complete, no suspect identified in Beach Road); 2 x anti-social behaviour in Leatfield;
  • Road closure: 4-5 December at Portmellon, just north of the Rising Sun Inn for works by South West Water. Diversion via ‘lorry route’;
  • He had circulated details of CC’s consultation on the Schedule of Proposed Changes to the Housing Supplementary Planning Document;
  • He is still awaiting details and costs for the shrub for the memorial garden (minute 2019/10/16 refers).



  1. The Ward Member presented his report, including that:
  • He laid Cornwall Council’s wreath at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday;
  • The double yellow lines have completed on Portmellon Park, but not yet on Bodrugan Hill; also done on School Hill bar two places where cars were parked, and re-done in Wesley Court;
  • He has asked Ocean Housing to complete the guttering on Meadow Street Flats;
  • Cormac have agreed to replace broken wood on benches in Penwarne Lane and Cliff Park;
  • He will be presenting the argument against the Vicarage Hill development at Central Planning on 25 November;
  • He will be co-presenting to Cornwall Council a motion to supply companion bus passes to carers for disabled people on 26 November (currently disabled people can get passes but not their carers);
  • He thanked harbour staff and volunteers for the well-attended harbour clean at half-term.


The full report is on the Parish Council’s website.


Cllr. Whatty had received a local proposal to replace the bench in Penwarne Lane in memory of Hugh Hannah and   will refer the proposer to the Ward Member.


  1. To consider Planning and Licensing Applications.


7a.        PA19/07852 : Form decking and undercroft storage to infill void at rear of house. 4 Pentillie Way Mevagissey PL26 6QY. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council has no objection.             Carried.


7b.        PA19/08688 : Application to vary condition 2 in respect of decision PA17/12093 to add in-roof solar panels to the development. Longpoint Chapel Point Lane Portmellon Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6PP.

Cllr. Robinson withdrew for this item, having declared an interest.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Gann that the Council Objects to this application. The applicant claims that solar tiles would not be compatible with the Feed In Tarif (FIT), but this is not a planning issue and, in any case, the FIT scheme closed to new applications in March of this year. There is also evidence that there are solar tiles available which would have been compatible. On the other hand, the proposed alternative panels would be visible to the seaward side of the South West Coast Path, particularly because the property is set below the level of the path.                                                                                                                                                            Carried.


7c.        PA19/09185 : Demolition and replacement of existing amenity block and utilities building. Heligan Caravan And Camping Site Pentewan St Austell Cornwall PL26 6EZ

Proposed by Cllr. Morgan, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Council Supports the application.              Carried.


7d.        PA19/08774 : Listed Building Consent to remove a disused and damaged chimney stack completely, and restore the position it took by replacing with slate tiles to match the rest of the roof. 2A Chapel Street Mevagissey PL26 6SS

Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Simpson that the Council Supports the application.                        Carried.


7e.        PA19/09631 : Proposed tree works to T1 Oak. 8 Roberts Close Mevagissey PL26 6DX

Cllr. Whatty withdrew for this item, having declared an interest.

Proposed by Cllr. Simpson, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the Council Supports the application provided that no pruning cuts are greater than 50mm in diameter and that the work is carried out by a qualified tree surgeon under the supervision of the Tree Officer. Amendment Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the Council is also concerned by the possibility of further cutting of the ancient trees in this location. The proximity of the properties to these protected trees was acknowledged when they were built, and the welfare of the trees must take precedence over the amenity of householders. Amendment carried. Substantive motion carried.


7f.         The Council considered Ocean Housing’s planning application (PA16/09985) to update S.106 affordable housing clauses on their sites (incl. Shipbuilder Close), which had been decided without consultation or notification. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Affordable Housing Officer (copied to the Housing Portfolio Holder), asking on what grounds the application was decided and expressing concern at the potential loss of affordable housing.


7g.        An update was provided on current planning enforcement cases. These will no longer be minuted following legal    advice that identification may be in breach of data protection legislation.


7h.        After consideration of various planning issues the Clerk was instructed to request a further meeting with the Group   Leader of the Area Planning Team.


7i.        To consider licensing application LI19_007057 : Sale by retail alcohol. Boddingtons Berries.

Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council should make no objection.                  Carried.


7j.        The following planning application has been approved (included for information only):


PA19/06023 : Extend and expand existing deck area at the rear, replace existing panoramic picture window with      bifold doors and replace existing lintel and roof. Netherway Penwarne Lane.


  1. To consider proposals for the next phase of the Community Network Highways Scheme.

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Gann that the Ward Member be asked to consult with the fishing         community and the Community Network Panel to evaluate possible schemes for enabling fish loading to be carried          out closer to the harbour.                                                                                                              Carried.


Further possible candidates for the Highways Scheme included:

    • Re-positioning the ‘Give Way’ sign on leaving the one-way system by the Valley Road PC;
    • Introduction of weight restrictions in Cliff Street following the recent obstruction of emergency vehicles;
    • Steps to improve visibility at the Tregiskey crossroads:
    • Signage on Polkirt Hill to direct pedestrians via Cliff Park;
    • Provision of a ‘give way to oncoming vehicles’ sign on Fore Street by The Ship Inn.
    • Double yellow lines on Lavorrick Orchards from the junction with School Hill to where the road levels out.


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 666.74
HMRC (PAYE & NIC) £ 182.38
Little Nippers (grant towards children’s Christmas party) £ 200.00 (paid)
Operate Valley Road PC November 2019 £ 978.54
Operate West Wharf PC November 2019 £ 1,039.58
Weed spraying (2nd treatment) £ 378.00
Valley Road PC hygiene services December-March £ 201.16
West Wharf PC hygiene services December-March £ 245.73
W. Wharf PC October waste collections £ 93.66
4 x delegates to Planning Conference £ 60.00
Remembrance Sunday wreath £ 20.00
TOTAL £ 4,065.79
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 99,469.65
Expenditure last month £ 3,012.87
West Wharf PC door money £ 2,265.00 Received
Balance (money in bank) £ 98,721.78
Available to spend £ 98,721.78
Bank Statements (01/11/2019)
Current Account £ 3,562.99
Deposit Account £ 95,158.79
TOTAL £ 98,721.78


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

  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the draft Budget for Financial Year 2020/21 be agreed following amendments to show increased spend for Community Land Trust and Miscellaneous grants. Carried.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Florence that the Precept for Financial Year 2020/21 should remain at the current level of £75,000.                                                                                                             Carried.


  1. Cllr Gann provided an update on the Community Land Trust, with good progress on several fronts.


  1. Cllr. Facey reported that costs were awaited for replacement of the cistern in the West Wharf disabled toilet, and the hedges around Valley Road PC would be cut back this month. West Wharf PC is now closed for the winter except for the disabled toilet.


  1. To consider whether to close the West Wharf disabled toilet during the winter months (Cllr. Facey).

Deferred to next meeting.


  1. Cllr. Shephard reported that the Climate Emergency Working Group would be meeting again soon.


  1. To consider whether to participate in the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day co-ordinated by the SSAFA Armed Forces charity. Deferred to next meeting. It was noted that the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the anniversary.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Florence, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council offers support in principle to the Friends of Pendower regarding the anticipated development of the beach hotel site, and remains in contact to hear what further assistance may be provided.                                                                                     Carried.


  1. There have been 13 expressions of interest in allotment gardens. The Chairman suggested a possible site and the owner will be approached. Cllr. Whatty offered to place a notice on the Council’s website aimed at landowners.


  1. The Council was minded to accept the Air Ambulance’s invitation to visit and meet the crew, but not until Spring next year.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Robinson that a donation of £80 be made to the Royal British Legion’s ‘Poppy Appeal’.                                                                                                                         Carried.


  1. Cllr. Whatty suspected that some of the social rented properties in the parish may not be prioritised for locals, and that the Council should obtain clarification on this. Cllr. Gann agreed to take this up at his next meeting with the Affordable Housing Officer.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Morgan that a further grant of £500 be made to the Mevagissey Christmas Lights Committee.                                                                                                 Carried.


  1. The meeting ended at 9.50pm. Date of next meeting: 19 December 2019.







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