Meeting 07/20, Tuesday 12th May 2020

Present: Cllrs Laity, Mrs. Hosking, John Nicholas, Clayton, Mrs. Reynolds, Walsh, Vincent, Collins, Britten & Read Apologies: Cllr Trudgen and Cllr Mrs. Sue Nicholas CC Visitors: Canon Nigel Marns and Dr. Malcolm Brown (both as Zoom participants) Prayers: Canon Nigel Marns led the Council in Prayers 082. Public Participation. Dr. Brown spoke in relation to […]
  • Present: Cllrs Laity, Mrs. Hosking, John Nicholas, Clayton, Mrs. Reynolds, Walsh, Vincent, Collins, Britten & Read
  • Apologies: Cllr Trudgen and Cllr Mrs. Sue Nicholas CC
  • Visitors: Canon Nigel Marns and Dr. Malcolm Brown (both as Zoom participants)
  • Prayers: Canon Nigel Marns led the Council in Prayers

082. Public Participation.

Dr. Brown spoke in relation to planning application PA19/09749, giving an exposé of the various problems and inconsistencies with plans and works.

083. Mayor’s Report.

The Mayor updated the Council on

(a) the meeting, that had taken place the previous evening, of the Marazion Covid Support Group; things were running smoothly and Cllr Sue Nicholas CC had agreed to match fund, details of which had been sent to Cornwall Council

(b) the Zoom meeting that he had had with 16 other Cornish Town Mayors and

(c) on the VE Day commemoration at which he had laid a wreath at 11.00 hours, and which had been videoed by Mr. Elliott for publication on Social Media. Although the event had not been publicised, several people, all observing Social Distancing, had attended.

084. Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 28th April 2020, and also of the unofficial Zoom meeting held on 14th April 2020. These Minutes having been circulated previously it was proposed by Cllr Vincent, and seconded by Cllr Walsh that both sets of minutes were deemed to be a true and correct record, carried unanimously.

085. Matters arising from previous Minutes.

a. Minute 423(b)(vii) of 19/19 (Removal of excess soil from the cemetery).Cllr Collins reported that he had met a farmer who was prepared to take the excess soil free of charge. Cllr Collins will check to make sure that the farmer has an appropriate licence to remove soil

b. Minute 430 of 20/19 (replacement of noticeboard). Cllr Trudgen, being absent, this is to be carried forward.

c. Minute 432(b) of 20/19 (Moss on paths in Memorial Garden). Cllr Collins reported that he has spoken to Mr. M. Heather, who has purchased the salt for the mossy paths. He will also tend to a shrub that needs trimming. Cllr Collins said that he would like to ask Mr. Heather to carry out various other works to tidy up the Memorial Garden. After discussion it was unanimously resolved (on the proposition of Cllr Collins, seconded by Cllr Hosking) agreed that Mr. Heather be so instructed.

d. Minute 462(b) of 22/19 (Asset Risk Assessments). These were dealt with one by one:

    • Beacon Brazier. Cllr Colins will arrange for items in the Brazier to be burnt along with the wooden crosses from the War Memorial.
    • Bus shelters. Cllr Nicholas will paint over the graffiti on the West End bus shelter. The future of that bus shelter will be addressed when the Covid situation allows.
    • Cemetery. Nothing pressing is required
    • Folly Field. This is to be deferred until Cllr Trudgen is present.
    • Folly Field WCs, East End Garages and Maypole Gardens. Nothing pressing is required.
    • Memorial Garden. Such work as is necessary is in hand.
    • Picnic benches. These are satisfactory.
    • The WCs at the Square. Works are in hand.
    • Clerk’s Office. Nothing pressing is required.
    • Miscellaneous items. Only some routine maintenance is required, which isn’t pressing.
    • Seats. Cllr Collins reported that seat 10 needs attention (by the Wishing Well) and that seats 16 and 17 need varnishing. The base is loose on one of the seats on the Folly Field, but nothing is urgent.

It was agreed that this agenda item could be carried to the “items deferred” list

e. Minute 022 of 02/20 (VE-Day celebration). This has been covered under the Mayor’s report and can come off the agenda

f. Minute 026(c)(i) and (ii) of 02/20. (Folly Field toilets) It was reported that the floor has now been done. As the plumber is now at work, Cllr Vincent will contact him with a view to having the work finished.

g. Minute 050(iii) of 04/20 (Operation London Bridge). This is to be carried to the “deferred items” list

h. Minute 049(i) of 04/20 (flaunching in drain serving WCs in the Square). Cllr Read reported that he will contact Penwith Drain and Tank company, now they are back at work, to have the camera survey undertaken.

i. Minute 064 of 05/20 (planting of cleared bed in the Folly Field). Cllr Collins reported that he will liaise with Mr. Heather over this.

j. Minute 078 of 06/20 (RoSPA report re. Football Field playground). This is to be covered later, under the item in Councillors reports.

086. Items deferred until end of Lock-down

It was noted that action on the following items are to be deferred until the situation with the Covid crisis and lock-down permits action

a. Minute 398 of 18/19 (Old lamp posts)

b. Minute 418 of 19/19 and 393 of 18/19 (Governance Review)

c. Minute 423(b)(vi) of 19/19 (Refurbishment of undertaker’s hut at the cemetery)

d. Minute 013(a) of 01/20 (Litter bins)

e. Minute 053(a) of 04/20 (Painting the Dollan)

f. Minute 062(b) of 05/20 (Letter from Marazion Playing Fields Association)

g. Minute 066 of 05/20 (Stone at entrance to Warspite Way)

Finance

087. Statement of Accounts (Estimated)

  • Current Account £ 100.00
  • High Interest Business Account £ 66,057.30
  • NS & I Account £189,673,02

Petty Cash spent in April £0.00

Payments

  • James D. Jacoby (Salary)
  • HM Revenue & Customs (Tax and NI)
  • Children’s Hospice South West (S. 137 donation. Minute 079(b) of 06/20) £100.00
  • Mr. Mike Kearon (S. 137 donation re. MCSG. Minute C007 of COV01/20) £200.00

Receipts – to be advised in due course

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

088. Planning

a. Applications for Planning Permission. Before the following applications were discussed, (a) Cllr Read declared an interest and left the room where he was seated for the Zoom meeting. Before PA20/03255 was discussed, Cllr Vincent also declared an interest and left the room in which he was seated.

  • PA20/03255. Change of use of guesthouse to a single residential property. Blue Horizon, Fore Street. Mr. Michael Platt. It was proposed by Cllr Collins that the application be supported. This was seconded by Cllr Clayton and carried unanimously.
  • PA19/09749. Construction of a two storey, detached dwelling, together with associated works (including the erection of a detached annexe) with variation of conditions 2 and 5 in respect of decision PA18/03096. Beach Walk Retreat, North Street. Miss Sally Cattran. It was proposed by Cllr Collins that the application be opposed on the grounds set out in Cllr Laity’s letter, and the exposition illustrated by Cllr Collins. This was seconded by Cllr Walsh and carried unanimously. The Council expressed very considerable annoyance and frustration that their views had been repeatedly ignored and that activities had taken place that were inconsistent with previously approved plans. It was accordingly proposed by Cllr Collins that a copy of the Council’s submission be sent to the Head of Planning. This was seconded by Cllr Vincent and carried unanimously.

b. Application for Planning permission approved by Cornwall Council

  • PA20/00711. Mr. And Mrs. Burlton. 24 Godolphin Terrace. Extension and alterations.

089. Correspondence

a. Letter dated 4th May 2020 from Victim Support, requesting a grant. It was proposed by Cllr Reynolds, seconded by Cllr Walsh and resolved that in pursuance of the power conferred by section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 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 Victim Support of a grant of £50.00.

b. E-mail from Cornwall Council Streetworks re. proposed closure at Green Lane on 27th July. This was noted

Councillors’ Reports

090. Playground subcommittee

  • South West Play (“SWP”) Quote SQ3058 for new equipment at the Gwallon Lane playground (“GLP”)
  • SWP Quote SQ3057 for repairs to existing equipment at GLP

Cllrs Read reported that he was surprised at the amount of the quotes, both for new equipment and for repairs, and didn’t feel able to recommend their acceptance. Cllr Collins was of the same opinion and it was agreed that the subcommittee would do some further research. Given the likely amount involved, it was appreciated that three quotes would be needed.

091. Cllr Reynolds updated the Council on various allotment matters.

092. (Approval of tender for works to the Memorial Garden Wall). The draft tender having been previously circulated, was approved. The clerk was asked to issue it, and councillors volunteered to deliver them to the names mentioned as tenderers.

093. Cllr Walsh (a) said that the wording on the War Memorial, under the plaque with names of the Fallen, was obscure and that he would clean it. As this belongs to the Town Trust, he agreed to liaise with the Secretary first (b) agreed to paint the redundant Telephone Box at West End, which was now the property of the Council.

094. Problems with footpaths were raised, after which the Clerk was given instructions.

095. Clerk’s Report

a. Annual Audit. The clerk updated the Council on the situation concerning the Annual Audit

b. Ratification of Delegated Decision 04/20 to support planning application PA20/01936. Amendment to previous approval PA19/04143. Proposed garage and rear extension and associated works. Sowenna, Gwallon Lane. Mr. & Mrs. S. Harvey. Although academic now, as consent had already been granted, it was resolved unanimously (on the proposal of Cllr Walsh, seconded by Cllr Clayton, and with Cllrs Read and Reynolds declaring interests and taking no part in the vote) to ratify the decision.

c. E-mailed letter from BHIB Insurance Brokers dated 4th May, confirming insurance renewal for 12 months from 1st June 2020. This having been circulated previously, was noted.

096. Confidential

(Redacted)

097. There being no further business the Mayor closed the meeting at 21.30 hours.

Town Mayor