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Mevagissey Parish Council Minutes – September 2019



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

On Thursday 19 September at 7pm


Present              Cllrs. M Roberts (Chairman), J Blackmore, J Daniel, M Facey, J Gann, L Hereward, J Morgan, G Shephard, P Simpson, J Whatty.


In Attendance      Cllr. J Mustoe (Ward Member), P Howson (Clerk), Jo Harley (Gilbert & Goode), 8 members of the public.




1a.        Apologies were received from Cllrs. Robinson, Barron, Florence and Nathan.


1b.        The Chairman reported that the lighthouse pier would be closed for three weeks from 28th October for re-surfacing.   Pedestrian access to the steps to Polkirt Park would remain open.


  1. There were no Declarations of Interest or Gifts.


  1. Stuart Douglas, Lindsay Wright, David Palk and David Gange spoke on agenda item 15, suggesting various compromises to the existing Portmellon beach dog ban.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 August 2019 be accepted.                                                                                                                         Carried.


5a.        To receive the Clerk’s report.

  • The police website shows 18 crimes reported in July as follows: 7 x anti-social behaviour (Leatfield [4], Penmeva View, School Hill and West Wharf); 2 x criminal damage and arson (under investigation in West Wharf, investigation complete but no suspect identified in Cliff Street); 2 x other theft (under investigation in Penmeva View and River Street car park); 1 x shoplifting (under investigation in West Wharf); 1 x theft from the person (investigation complete but no suspect identified in Fore Street); 5 x violence and sexual offences (under investigation in Penmeva View, Penwarne Lane, River Street car park and Valley Road car park, and investigation complete but no suspect identified in River Street car park);
  • Closure of Old Road between the Tregiskey crossroads and the mini-roundabout has been requested for 21-22 October between 07:30 – 18:00 so that Cormac can carry out jetting works (to be confirmed);
  • A meeting between the Clerk, the Ward Member and Cormac’s Countryside Access Team agreed allocation of funds for improvements to the public rights of way (PROW) network in the parish. This Council would need to arrange some of the work with a local contractor and forward invoices to Cormac for payment. There would be no cost to this Council;
  • A summary of the Council’s responsibilities under the Local Maintenance Partnership (LMP) was given.


5b.        Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. Blackmore that the Council approves the funding arrangement made with           Cormac for PROW improvements.                                                                                                             Carried.


  1. The Ward Member presented his report, including that:
  • He had a meeting with the Clerk and Cormac to discuss the Parish Council acting as a go-between to enable better value for the £13,500 Rights of Way Improvement money recently allocated to Mevagissey Parish;
  • He has another meeting scheduled with Cornwall Council’s Director for Neighbourhoods to see if there is any interest in devolving Kiers Car Park to the Parish Council and Surgery;
  • The Community Action Group has done work in the Church Lane closed cemetery, Kier’s car park, the Cliff Street planted area by the garages, and the Heritage sign opposite Valley Road PC;
  • He got Cormac to cut back the side growth on the path up to Polkirt Park;
  • Cormac had got the owners of the hedge on Portmellon Hill to cut back the obstructive side growth;
  • He had established that Cornwall Council do not permit the launching of jet-skis on their beaches, and that clients of the nearest commercial jet-ski operator are accompanied by an instructor who does not go near Portmellon Cove;
  • He has some ideas for the next round of community highways funding which the Parish Council should now be considering;
  • His motion for better beach management has just been adopted by Cornwall Council as part of the new waste regime and maritime strategy refresh.
  • He has also co-presented a motion to improve the processing of ‘blue badge’ applications.


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


  1. To consider Planning Applications.


7a.        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 Mevagissey St Austell Cornwall PL26 6PF

Proposed by Cllr. Facey, Seconded by Cllr. Shephard that the Council has no objection to the proposal.    Carried.


7b.        PA19/07066 : Retrospective works for the erection of a glass and stainless steel balcony extending a short distance from dormer window to edge of roofline to the rear of the property. 28 Tregoney Hill Mevagissey PL26 6RE

Proposed by Cllr. Gann, Seconded by Cllr. Whatty that the Council objects to the proposal because it does not harmonise with the surrounding area (NDP Policy D1) and intrudes into the privacy of adjacent properties.         Carried.


7c.        PA19/07227 : Renovation of one outhouse into garden room and replace existing decking with composite decking with glass balustrade. Landscape of whole garden area. 2 Coastguard Station Mall Access To Coastguard Station Mevagissey PL26 6QP

Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council supports the proposal.                                  Carried.


7d.        Update on PA18/09651 – 26 residential units, Vicarage Hill. New documents had been received this week from the applicant and circulated to members. Jo Harley of Gilbert & Goode (the applicant) answered questions put to her by the Council.


7e.        In reviewing the issues raised by PA19/05123 (Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a new dwelling with garage incorporating self contained studio flat over) it was accepted that if a proposed new building is within the curtilage of an existing dwelling and is conditioned to remain ancillary to that dwelling, then it would not be subject to the principal residence restriction under Policy HO1 of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP); but that if at some future date it became a separate dwelling then it would become subject to that Policy.


7f.         To review planning enforcement cases: EN19/00832 : Alleged works not being carried out in accordance with         approved plans. Steep House, Portmellon. This is still at Step 6 – working to find appropriate outcome. Cllr. Simpson asked that the intense and widespread public resentment over this case be minuted.

EN19/01320 : Alleged installation of stand-alone solar equipment. 7 Battery Terrace. Step 4 (investigations           underway) has completed, now at Step 6.


7g.        The following planning applications have been approved (included for information only):


PA19/05419 : Variation to extend middle floor level with extended slate roof slope and addition of small    conservatory. Land East Of 5A Church Lane.

PA19/05491 : Retrospective Listed Building Consent to paint original stone rubble exterior and installation of        secondary glazing (internally) to original sash windows  1 Jetty Street.

PA19/05471 : Proposed alterations and associated improvements to the lower ground floor rear elevation of 14        Polkirt Hill and alterations/refurbishment of the Old Net Loft (and Listed Building Consent PA19/05472).

PA19/05756 : Listed building consent for replacement of ground floor kitchen window. 9 Bank Terrace.

PA19/03796 : Change of use of ground floor from residential to restaurant. 2 Polkirt Hill (and Listed Building       Consent PA19/03797).

PA19/03836 : New layout for car park for four cars plus three sheds. Beach House, Portmellon.

PA19/05123 : Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a new dwelling with garage incorporating self-    contained studio flat over. Tater-Du (Come-By-Chance), Trevarth


7h.        The following planning decision has been received (included for information only):


PA19/06468 : Non Material Amendment for the Installation of Roof Solar Panels to Front Elevation of decision      PA17/12093. Longpoint, Chapel Point Lane, Portmellon.                        NOT ACCEPTABLE AS AMENDMENT


  1. To approve the monthly finances.


Bills to Pay Salaries £ 666.53
HMRC (PAYE & NIC) £ 182.58
Operate Valley Road PC September 2019 £ 978.54
Operate West Wharf PC September 2019 £ 1,039.58
Extra consumables at West Wharf PC September 2019 £ 184.80
Extra attendance at West Wharf PC 24/08/19 – 05/09/19 £ 427.14 (paid)
Valley Rd PC cistermiser upgrade £ 178.00 (paid)
Coast Path 3rd cut £ 322.62 (paid)
Office costs (phone) £ 10.00
Inland footpaths 1st and 2nd cuts £ 721.97 (paid)
West Wharf PC electricity 04/06/19 – 01/09/19 £ 68.43
W. Wharf PC August waste collections £ 93.66
New door handle for W. Wharf PC disabled unit £ 115.80
TOTAL £ 4,989.65
Accounts Amount available to spend as of last meeting £ 69,828.58
Expenditure last month £ 5,199.84
plus extra attendance at West Wharf 10/08/19 – 24/08/19 £ 460.00
           Valley Rd PC water costs 04/07/19 – 01/08/19 £ 480.26
           Mevagissey Rowing Club (grant for Shanty Festival) £ 1,000.00
West Wharf PC door money £ 4,630.00 Received
Balance (money in bank) £ 67,318.48
Available to spend £ 67,318.48
Bank Statements (01/09/2019)
Current Account £ 3,897.12
Deposit Account £ 63,421.36
TOTAL £ 67,318.48


It was noted that the new door handle for W. Wharf PC had been added since the agenda was published.

Proposed by Cllr. Simpson, Seconded by Cllr. Daniel that the accounts be accepted and the bills paid.      Carried.


9a.        Proposed by Cllr. Simpson, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that agenda item 15 be brought forward so that interested members of the public in attendance would not have to wait any longer.                                                   Carried.

9b.        The suggested variations to the Portmellon beach dog ban were considered.

Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that the Council responds to Cornwall Council’s Public Space Protection Order (dogs on beaches) consultation with a recommendation that the Portmellon beach dog ban be reduced to the period 1st July – 31st August.                                                                                              Carried.


  1. Cllr. Gann reported that he has arranged a site meeting to look at zero-carbon housing and will report back.


  1. Cllr. Facey reported that the extra cover arranged for the public toilets during the holiday period had worked quite well and he hoped to repeat the exercise next year.


  1. Cllr. Shephard reported that the Climate Emergency Working Group (CEWG) had met twice and Megan Whatty had set up a Facebook page which was now being monitored for feedback.


  1. Cllr. Simpson said that the pavement along the frontage of nos. 7-13 Polkirt Hill was a hazard to vehicle tyres and inadequate as a pavement and should be removed. This did not find support, but the Ward Member will ask CC Highways to repair the broken paving slabs.


  1. Proposed by Cllr. Daniel, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that a donation of £200 each should be made to the St John Ambulance, the Merlin Centre and the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.                                                 Carried.


  1. The problems caused by launchings and jet-skis at Portmellon were discussed, but because the slipway and the beach are privately owned there is little that can be done. Comparisons with Gorran beach are irrelevant because that is controlled by Gorran Parish Council on a lease. The Clerk will approach the owner of the slipway to establish whether any restrictions may be possible.


  1. Cllr. Whatty presented the merits of allotment gardens and thought there was sufficient demand for the Council to find a way of providing them. Proposed by Cllr. Whatty, Seconded by Cllr. Facey that residents should be invited to register an interest with the Clerk.                                                                                                 Carried.


  1. The meeting ended at 9.50pm. Date of next meeting: 17 October 2019.









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

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