Meeting 03/17, 14th February 2017

Present: Cllrs Row, Eddy, Trudgen, Laity, Mrs. Scrase, Vincent, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Hosking & Read Apologies: Cllrs Britten & Mrs. Reynolds Visitors: Matt Alcock, Tamsin Woodhead, Dr & Mrs. Adam Price, Mr. & Mrs. Clive Goodhead, Cllr Sue Nicholas CC and the Reverend Paul Benney Prayers:  The Reverend Benney led the Council in Prayers 032. […]
  • Present: Cllrs Row, Eddy, Trudgen, Laity, Mrs. Scrase, Vincent, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Hosking & Read
  • Apologies: Cllrs Britten & Mrs. Reynolds
  • Visitors: Matt Alcock, Tamsin Woodhead, Dr & Mrs. Adam Price, Mr. & Mrs. Clive Goodhead, Cllr Sue Nicholas CC and the Reverend Paul Benney
  • Prayers:  The Reverend Benney led the Council in Prayers

032. Public Participation.

Mr. Alcock introduced himself and explained that he and Ms Woodhead had bought the Marazion Gift Shop. He outlined his plans in relation to planning application PA17/00658, having produced a sample of the roof tiles to be used.

Dr. Price spoke about his planning application PA17/00872.

Mr. Goodhead read out a statement explaining why Dr. & Mrs. Price’s application ought not to be approved.

Cllr Row brought up the fact that there were a number of roads badly covered by mud, caused by tractors leaving muddy fields. Cllr Nicholas said that she would speak to County Highways about this.

Cllr Nicholas CC reported:

  • With regard to the campaign to have “no smoking” signs in playgrounds, following the successful trial, the signs are to be introduced generally. She enquired whether the Council would like some free signs. The Council readily agreed.
  • She had contacted Highways about parking problems at the bottom of Trevenner Lane, and at other points in Trevenner Lane and asked them to quote for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for double-yellow lines. Cllr Nicholas produced a plan showing where the proposed lines would go, and discussed costings.
  • As to the Pelican Crossing that used to be by the Godolphin Arms, she had now received photographic evidence of its existence, as well as minuted evidence produced by Cllr Row. She is now trying to ascertain if the TRO for it was still extant.
  • She briefed the Council on the bid for Truro to be a City of Culture, and advised that this has been taken back to Cabinet.
  • Cllr Scrase reminded the Council of the meeting at the Godolphin Arms on 1st February, concerning Coastal Erosion and the Dunes. Cllr Nicholas said that funding has been allocated and a Project Manager appointed. She also said that she had photographs showing where erosion of the Dunes had taken place.

033. Mayor’s Report. The Mayor, being on leave, was unable to present a report.

034 Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 24th January 2017. The Minutes having been circulated previously it was proposed by Cllr Row, and seconded by Cllr Trudgen that the minutes were deemed to be a true and correct record, carried unanimously.

Matters arising from previous Minutes.

035. Minute 022a and 022c. (Moss and Roman Bridge). The clerk briefed the Council on e-mails he had received from CORMAC.

036. Minute 027c. (“The Battle’s over – a Nation’s Tribute). The clerk briefed the Council on Mr. Davey’s response to the Council’s suggestion. It was then proposed by Cllr Mitchell, seconded by Cllr Laity, that only the Beacon be lit. The clerk will advise the Pageantmaster accordingly.

037 Minute 021. Cllr Row reported that he had spent a couple of hours with Mr. Barrie Reynolds, and that further investigations will be undertaken.

Finance

038 Correspondence.

  • Request from Rotary Club of Mounts Bay for a donation. It was proposed by Cllr Row, seconded by Cllr Eddy and resolved that in pursuance of the power conferred by section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 (a “S. 137 Resolution”) and being of the opinion that the expenditure satisfies the requirements of this section and is in the interests of the area or its inhabitants and will benefit them in a manner commensurate with the expenditure, the Council approved the payment to Cornwall Air Ambulance of a grant of £50.00
  • Letter of thanks from Cornwall Air Ambulance. This was noted.

039. Statement of Accounts (Estimated)

  • Current Account £100.00
  • High Interest Business Account £140,007.53
  • NS & I Account £1,795.62

Petty Cash spent in January   

  • Mrs. Eddy (Civic Service supplies) £20.00
  • Cllr Britten (money for electric meter for Neighbourhood plan meeting) £5.00

Payments

  • James D. Jacoby (Salary)
  • HM Revenue & Customs (Tax and NI)
  • South West Water Ltd (Folly Field WC 01.12.16 to 30.01.17) £860.28
  • Cornish Heritage Builders (fencing Folly Field playground) £102.96
  • 1st Office Equipment Ltd (photocopier) £57.10
  • Sailflags (Notice board) £132.00
  • Mr. Vaughan Glover (playground report) £35.00

Receipts – None

It was proposed by Cllr Row and seconded Cllr Eddy that the Statement of Accounts be accepted as a true record, and that the invoices be passed for payment, carried unanimously.

040 Planning

 Applications for Planning Permission. Before the following applications were considered, Cllr Read declared an interest and left the room, remaining outside until all had been considered.

  • PA17/00658. Construction of replacement rear dormer and balcony, replacement of rear roof cover for Spanish slate and associated works. Star House, 2 Market Place. Mr. & Mrs. Woodhead. It was proposed by Cllr Laity that the application be supported. This was seconded by Cllr Vincent and carried by 7 votes in favour with 1 abstention
  • PA17/00021. Extension, balcony and Juliet balcony on the east elevation and a Juliet balcony on the west elevation and associated works. 41 Godolphin Terrace. Miss S. Gray. Before this was considered, Cllr Mitchell declared an interest and left the room, returning only after the decision had been made. It was then proposed by Cllr Trudgen, seconded by Cllr Laity, that the application be supported. This was carried by 6 votes in favour with 1 abstention
  • Re: PA17/00872. Demolition of existing dwelling to allow for site boundary remedial works and creation of a new dwelling & associated works. Dysons Wood, Rosehill. Mr. & Mrs. Price. Before this was considered, Cllr Trudgen declared an interest and left the room, returning only after the decision had been made. The clerk then read out the letter received from F. M. Tudor. It was then proposed by Cllr Laity that the application be opposed on the grounds that (a) a site meeting is needed because, amongst other things, the plans were inadequate with no datum (b) it is in an historic location within a Conservation Area (c) there are overlooking issues (d) the size of the building represents overdevelopment of the site. This was seconded by Cllr Hosking and carried by 6 votes in favour with 1 abstention
  • PA17/00668 (and, for Listed Building Consent, PA17/00669). Partial removal of an archway to allow for the installation of new doors and associated works including internal excavations and alterations, removal of external steps and the blocking in of a previous doorway. Godolphin Arms, West End. Mr. Ramon van de Velde St. Aubyn Estates. It was proposed by Cllr Trudgen, seconded by Cllr Laity, that these applications be supported. This was carried by 7 votes in favour with 1 abstention

It was noted that the following applications for Planning permission had been approved by Cornwall Council

PA16/11583. Karen Cooper and Bruce Roxburgh. 3 St. Michaels’s Reach, Oates Road. Remove existing first floor cantilevered balcony and extend existing ground floor bedroom with new balcony over.

  • PA16/11172. Mr. Marcus Price. Silver Mine, Market Place. Proposed change of window design and change of fenestration material at first floor.

041 Correspondence

  • E-mail from Mounts Bay Sailing Club re. Pest Control. The Council voiced the strong opinion that it was very much against the proposals on safety grounds and the clerk was instructed to reply accordingly. The clerk was also instructed to remind them that the Dinghy Pen should be fully cleared each winter and that 6 fence panels by the Folly Field toilet need replacing.
  • Receive and approve Mr. Glover’s playground report of 1st February 2017. This having been previously tabled, was noted.
  • E-mail from the Mayor of Penzance, dated 6th The clerk was instructed to reply in terms that the Council would not join the suggested group.

Councillors’ Reports

042. The clerk drew the Council’s attention to the photograph, supplied by Cllr Reynolds, of a car parked in North Street, having gone down it the wrong way. Cllr Nicholas explained that this is because the “No Entry” markings on the road have faded away. She has asked County Highways to repaint it.

043. Cllr Laity briefed the Council on clearing work in the Council Chamber and the Clerk’s Office. Cllr Laity mentioned that there were many award certificates that needed to be put up. Cllr Row thought that the Town Trust had authorised them to be put up in the main hall. He will verify this and, if so, Cllr Laity will put them up.

He also explained that work needed doing in the clerk’s office and that certain items needed to be bought. He read through the list he had prepared. He also explained that it might be necessary to have someone professionally able to do so, to come and deal with the transfer of the SAGE and IRIS programmes to the new computer.

It was then proposed by Cllr Row that the Council agrees to all the items on Cllr Laity’s list being carried out. This was seconded by Cllr Trudgen and carried unanimously

044. Cllr Row reported on the moss in the Memorial Garden. Having spoken with Mr. Barrie Reynolds, it was clear that now was not a good time to spray the moss as 2 dry days beforehand were needed, as well as 2 dry days thereafter. He pointed out that the spray would kill the moss but wouldn’t remove it.

Cllr Hosking said that Cllr Trudgen had kindly spent time removing a fair amount of the moss, and expressed the Council’s thanks for this.

045. Cllr Hosking raised the question of the Council providing a defibrillator somewhere in Market Place, given that the one in the Town Hall was locked away and that other publicly available ones were at the School and the Godolphin Arms. She said that the Ronnie Richards Memorial Trust now had a new, i-pad, version which can be used on a child. Cllr Row expressed the view that a defibrillator should be situated outside. Cllr Hosking will obtain more information and report back.

046. Cllr Laity briefed the Council on the first meeting of the toilet subcommittee.

  • As it was very urgent, Mrs. Rescorla had arranged for Mr. Nicholas to effect a temporary repair to the floor in the “gents” toilet. Cllr Eddy will ask his son who had dealt with a similar sort of floor in his restaurant, with a view to having these urgent repairs done.
  • It was suggested that Mrs. Rescorla be authorised to spend up to £200.00 on urgent repairs without having to come back to the Council for authorisation each time.
  • The bushes outside the gents need trimming back to (a) let more light in and (b) to let air better circulate to avoid damp problems

It was proposed by Cllr Vincent that the floor in the gents be repaired, that Mrs. Rescorla be authorised to spend up to £200.00 on essential repairs as the need arose and that the bushes be trimmed back. This was seconded by Cllr Laity and carried unanimously.

Cllr Eddy said he would resign from the toilet subcommittee

Cllr Row explained that he had cut back more ivy and that the ivy previously cut was now dying.

047 Clerk’s Report

  • Cornwall Association of Local Councils. Suggested substitution of new Standing Order 13 for existing Standing Orders 13 and 14. It was proposed by Cllr Laity, seconded by Cllr Row, that this be done. Carried unanimously
  • E-mail from Marazion Carnival Committee requesting use of the Folly Field. The Council agreed to this request, on the usual terms. The clerk is to write back accordingly.
  • E-mail from Mr. Andrew Davey re. Folly Field car park. The Council considered this and asked that, before any permanent decision is made, the clerk write to Mr. Davey to ask for a plan of what was proposed regarding the loss of parking spaces.
  • Folly Field playground. The clerk’s e-mail, previously circulated, outlining his conversation with Mr. Glover was discussed. It was agreed that (a) the fencing ought to be left in place until Easter (b) brand new picnic tables and bench should be supplied, although the form of them was yet to be decided, in respect of which Cllr Hosking will get more information.
  •  The clerk mentioned the request that he had received from a journalist at the BBC for information as to the apparently steep percentage increase in the Town’s Precept since 2013, and the response given

 048. There being no further business the Mayor closed the meeting at 21.35 hours.

Town Mayor