Present: Cllrs Laity, John Nicholas, Collins, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Hosking, Trudgen and Clayto
Apologies: Cllrs Read, Vincent, Mrs. Edmonds & Britten
Visitors: Cllr Sue Nicholas CC and Rev Paul Benney
Prayers: The Reverend Benney led the Council in prayers
237 .Public Participation. Cllr Sue Nicholas updated the Council on the following
- She asked whether councillors had received Derek Thomas’ e-mail invitation to a conference on 27thSeptember. The clerk confirmed it had been circulated.
- The Police Liaison meeting had been very interesting. It discussed the proposed merger of Devon & Cornwall Police with Dorset Police. There may be bases in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset rather than one in Exeter as at present. She reminded councillors that there was a consultation on the website. In relation to police matters she also advised that Neighbourhood Watch schemes were still very active.
- In January Mrs. Hernandez, the PCC, had said she would consider re-opening the Police Station in Penzance. The Community Network Manager has e-mailed her in pursuit of this.
- The Double Yellow Lines consultation notices should have been posted. Residents should respond with comments, both for, and against.
- The matter of fencing and trees on a verge is still being pursued with Cornwall Council’s Property Department.
- She briefed the Council regarding the action taken following the visit of a Planning Officer to a property in West End that is the subject of a planning application.
- She is still working on the reinstatement of the Zebra Crossing at the Godolphin Arms
Cllr Trudgen raised:
- The fact that the Red River is overgrown and the warning bollards aren’t there. This work is normally done alternately by the Estate and CORMAC. Cllr Nicholas will investigate further
- The fact that caravans and campervans get caught by the Friends’ Meeting House. The sign (“Unsuitable for HGVs”) at the bottom of Virgin Hill needs to have added something along the lines of “also includes caravans and campervans” and “don’t follow your satnav”.
Cllr Reynolds enquired whether farmers, who were having their hedges cut by CORMAC were being charged, as it was unfair that those who had them cut by CORMAC should have them done for free when those who did as they should, had to pay for them. Cllr Sue Nicholas said that they should be charged and, on Cllr Collins saying that they weren’t, Cllr Sue Nicholas said she would investigate.
Cllr Hosking mentioned the fact that she felt the chicane by the Old Manor Office should be moved. Cllr Sue Nicholas said this would be prohibitively expensive.
Cllr Laity asked if Cormac could remove the Pampas Grass near the entrance to Godolphin Drive. They had previously cut it. The clerk was instructed to write to Cormac
238. Mayor’s Report. The Mayor reported to the Council on the functions and events that she had attended since the date of her last report
239 Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 24thJuly 2018.The Minutes having been circulated previously it was proposed by Cllr Laity, and seconded by Cllr Trudgen that the minutes were deemed to be a true and correct record, carried unanimously.
Matters arising from previous Minutes.
240. Minute 222(b)(Top Town Beach). The clerk, having previously circulated Mr. Gordon’s reply about the closure of the beach, this was noted.
241.Minute 222(c).(Steps at Oates Road). The clerk having previously briefed councillors on the result of the Index Map Search at the Land Registry, it was agreed that nothing further could be done.
242. Minute 224(c). (Town Notice Boards). The clerk, having previously circulated Mr. Elliott’s reply to his e-mail concerning the Board at Wheal-an-Wens, Cllr Reynolds agreed to have a word with him.
243 Minute226. (Picnic tables at Gwallon Lane playground). The clerk reported on his previously circulated e-mail from Mr. Glover, confirming that the picnic tables were quite safe within the playground.
244.Minute 224(a).(Donation Box signs). Cllr Laity reported that Mr. Glover had now fixed these in position. Cllr Laity wondered whether it would be a good idea to put “Donation Box” on each box and will investigate obtaining lettering to stick to the boxes.
245. Minute (Maypole Garden Wall). Cllr Laity reported that, at the recent meeting which he and the clerk had had with Lord St. Levan, the need for the base of the wall to be repaired was brought to the attention of Lord St. Levan
246. Statement of Accounts (Estimated)
- Current Account £100.00
- High Interest Business Account £61,322.48
- NS & I Account £97,930.17
- Petty Cash spent in July £0.00
- James D. Jacoby (Salary)
- HM Revenue & Customs (Tax and NI)
- Marazion Town Trust (half year’s chamber and Museum rent and insurance) £3,080.00
- Vaughan Glover (playground inspections and fix Earth Anchors) £ 250.00
- Richard Tucker (gardening work etc.) £ 75.00
- Complete Business Solutions Group Ltd. (toner cartridge) £ 35.99
- Cllr Derek Laity (to reimburse for purchase of bollard) £ 90.00
Toilet Box donations to 26.07.18 £357.00
It was proposed by Cllr Trudgen and seconded Cllr Reynolds that the Statement of Accounts be accepted as a true record, and that the invoices be passed for payment, carried unanimously.
Applications for Planning Permission.
PA18/06442. New detached dwelling and detached garage. Land north east of the Gew, the Gew, West End. Ms Cattran. Prior to discussion of this application, the Clerk read out the e-mail of objection received from Dr. M. Brown. After discussion it was proposed by Cllr Hosking that the application be opposed on the grounds that (1) the dwelling is too large for the plot and so represents overdevelopment and (2) the design is out of keeping with the Conservation Area within which it lies. This was seconded by Cllr Clayton and carried unanimously.
PA18/07309. Listed Building consent application for the installation of lead tray to rear brick chimney. Rookery Lodges (East and West), West End. St. Aubyn Estates. It was proposed by Cllr Laity, seconded by Cllr Hosking and carried unanimously, that the application be supported.
It was noted that the following applications for Planning permission had been approved by Cornwall Council
PA18/03508. Mr. & Mrs. Heckford. Pine Haven, Green Lane West. Proposed extension to include balcony, addition of car port and associated works
PA18/05615. Jane Weller. Chymorvah East, Turnpike Road. Alterations to the existing lounge windows to create one large door and window opening, formation of dormer window, installation of roof windows, and alterations to the vehicle entrance with revised parking layout.
- Receive and approve Mr. Glover’s playground inspection reports for July. These having been previously circulated, were noted and approved
- Letter dated 2nd August 2018 from Mr. & Mrs. Rich and e-mail from Mr. Storer, dated 7th August 2018. These having been previously circulated, were noted.
249 Councillors’ Reports
- Green Lane Allotment. Cllr Laity briefed the Council on the previously mentioned meeting with Lord St. Levan, but before there were discussions on the Allotment, Cllr Laity (who is its tenant from the Council) declared an interest and left the room. The clerk advised that following the meeting he had written to the Land Registry to ask for the application to register to be put on hold while discussions were held. The Land Registry had responded by saying that the Council could withdraw its application, and resubmit it later, or ask for the matter to go to a Tribunal and then ask for a 6-month stay to negotiate. He advised the latter. Cllr Collins, after discussion, proposed that the Application should go straight to the Tribunal and as the Council had a strong case, there should be no negotiation. This was seconded by Cllr Hosking and carried unanimously.
- The matter of the leaking Velux Window in the toilet was mentioned, and whether it was possible to do anything about it. It was recollected that Cllr Read was going to investigate this.
250 Clerk’s Report
- West Penwith Community Network Panel. Expression of Interest for Highways Projects. Given that there is a great deal of thoughtless, haphazard, parking in Market Place, it was felt that the marking out of parking spaces on the cobbles would be a good thing to put forward for this. The clerk was also asked to write to Cormac about the repainting of the Zebra Crossing by the Church.
- Silver House bus shelter. This is to be deferred to the next meeting as it was something Cllr Britten wished to mention
- Code of Conduct training. The clerk previously circulated written report was duly noted
- Notification of receipt by NS&I of deposit. This notification having been previously circulated, was noted.
- Car Park and Beach Box lease. It was reported that progress is under way and that a draft lease should go to the Estate’s solicitors shortly. It is hoped that it will be ready for signing soon and with this in mind, it was proposed by Cllr Trudgen that the lease, when ready, should be signed by any two Councillors in the presence of the Clerk. This was seconded by Cllr Reynolds and carried unanimously.
251. There being no further business the Mayor closed the meeting at 21.00 hours.