- Present: Cllrs Britten, Mrs. Hosking, Row, Mrs. Mitchell, Eddy, Trudgen, Vincent, Laity & Read
- Apologies: Cllrs Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Scrase
- Visitors: Reverend Paul Benney and Cllr Mrs. Sue Nicholas CC
- Prayers: Reverend Paul Benney led the Council in prayers
345. Public Participation. Cllr Nicholas reported on the following:
- The grant towards the playground is going through Cornwall Council
- The meeting concerning the roundabout at the eastern end of the by-pass is yet to be arranged, and costings are awaited.
- Community network panels, the possibility of smaller clusters and the new Fire Chief.
- A sub-group at Cornwall Council is scrutinising the Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
346. Discussions then followed during which the following were mentioned:
- The former Zebra Crossing outside the Godolphin Arms, and the finding of pictorial evidence to prove it was there.
- The good work Cormac were doing in clearing along the cycle-path.
- The excellent work done in in clearing the gulley at Rosehill, although it was mentioned that it hadn’t gone far enough and that it ought to have regular attention.
- Cormac had very efficiently seen to the clearing of the blocked gulley at the Gwelva
- A broken drain cover in School Lane, which was a danger to the children, had been reported to Cormac by a councillor
347. Mayor’s Report. The Mayor reported to the Council on the functions and events he had attended since the date of his last report.
348. Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 22nd November 2016. The Minutes having been circulated previously it was proposed by Cllr Trudgen, and seconded by Cllr Eddy that the minutes were deemed to be a true and correct record, carried unanimously, but with Cllr Britten abstaining, as he had not then been present.
Matters arising from previous Minutes.
349. Minute 341. (Christmas lights). Cllr Eddy reported that although the Council had authorised the acquisition of some new Christmas lights, he and Cllr Mitchell hadn’t been able to deal with this as he had been indisposed. However, as the existing light display was excellent, this wasn’t a problem
350. Minute 338. (Folly Field playground). Cllr Trudgen reported that he had collected the new signs which he would shortly fit.
351. Minute 341c. Cllr Trudgen also reported that, regarding the toilets at The Square, there had been a catastrophic leak in the summer which the Estate’s plumber had fixed. The consumption of water had reduced from 15 cubic metres per week to 2 cubic metres. He reported that a syphon and ballcock was needed in the “ladies” as well as a water reducing “hippo”. It was proposed by Cllr Row, seconded by Cllr Vincent, that Cllr Trudgen be authorised to deal with this.
352 Correspondence. None.
353. Statement of Accounts (Estimated)
- Current Account £100.00
- High Interest Business Account £131,272.91
- NS & I Account £1,795.62
- Petty Cash spent in November £0.00
- James D. Jacoby (Salary)
- HM Revenue & Customs (Tax and NI)
- St. Aubyn No 9 Account (right of way to cemetery extension) £ 50.00
- The Society of Local Council Clerks (annual subscription) £177.00
- Beard (sexton’s fees for interments of Mesdames Kidner & Best) £540.00
- H&A Recycling Ltd (trade waste emptied 29.11.16) £ 31.14
- Multesign Systems UK Ltd (signs for playground) £ 74.00
It was proposed by Cllr Hosking and seconded Cllr Mitchell that the Statement of Accounts be accepted as a true record, and that the invoices be passed for payment. Carried unanimously. The Mayor also mentioned that he had asked H&A Recycling to remove the bin in September, and would pursue this with them
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.
- PA16/10624. Improvements to landing stage including increase to height. Gwelva Landing Stage. Mr. Ramon van de Velde, National Trust. It was proposed by Cllr Trudgen that this application be supported. This was seconded by Cllr Vincent and carried by 8 votes in favour with 1 abstention
- PA16/10742. Change of use of land to permit overflow car parking between 1st March and 31st October in any one year – pasture at other times. Land for seasonal car park, overflow parking, Green Lane. Mr. A. Davey St. Aubyn Estates. It was proposed by Cllr Eddy, seconded by Cllr Hosking, that the application be supported. This was carried by 8 votes in favour with 1 abstention
- PA16/11172. Proposed change of window design and change of fenestration material at first floor. Silver Mine, Market Place. Mr. Marcus Price. It was proposed by Cllr Vincent, seconded by Cllr Hosking, that the application be supported. This was carried by 8 votes in favour with 1 abstention.
Application for Planning permission approved by Cornwall Council. It was noted that the following had been approved
- PA16/08424. Mr. & Mrs. Chadwick. The Old Stores, Fore Street. Demolition of existing garden shed and construction of pottery shed/domestic studio
- PA16/09223. Mrs. M. Galibraith. Annedh Lowena, Turnpike Road. Retention of dwelling to include ancillary accommodation on the lower ground floor.
- PA16/09289. Mr. A. Hearn. Rosemerryn, East End, Turnpike Road. Removal of part of glazed roof and replace with natural slate roof covering to match existing slatework
- PA16/07243. Mr. L. Charlton. Spinnakers, Wheal an Wens. Erection of a rotating spherical pod on roof.
- PA16/08907. Mr. Christopher James Menear. Seacrest, Leys Lane. Additional works to create first floor amenity/roof terrace area and installation of roof light (previously approved PA15/11538)
- PA16/10253. Mr. & Mrs. G. Beckett. 6 Godolphin Terrace. Rear two-storey extension including extension of existing balcony and installation of side windows on ground floor
- E-mail from Helston Town Council regarding “Tour of Britain”. This was noted
- Letter from Public Protection at Cornwall Council regarding changes to Dog Control Orders. This was noted. Cllr Nicholas advised that the Council could make representations asking for any changes, but if they didn’t, the situation would remain the same.
- E-mail from Cornwall Council Streetworks, regarding a 24-hour road closure in Green Lane. This was noted.
356. Cllr Mitchell reported on a conversation that a clerk had had with an allotment holder at Island Field about a mirror to allow better visibility when leaving, the removal of rubbish and the access. It was decided that the clerk should write to the allotment holder, liaising with Cllr Mitchell over the terms of the letter.
357. Cllr Row expressed concern that the Folly Field toilets were still open, notwithstanding the Council’s resolution that they be closed. The Mayor explained what had happened and as it was felt that, perhaps, it might be wise to keep them open, the clerk suggested that the Council set aside the Standing Order that precludes the re-visiting of a matter until after 6 months, and that they then resolve to leave the toilets open pending further consideration. Cllr Laity then proposed that the relevant Standing Order be set aside. This was seconded by Cllr Row and carried unanimously. It was then proposed by Cllr Trudgen, seconded by Cllr Row, that the toilets be left open. Carried unanimously. The Mayor asked that the Folly Field toilets be put on the next agenda.
358. Cllr Laity felt that the meeting with Lord & Lady St. Levan had been a really useful one and that, perhaps, when the Playground was ready to be reopened, they be asked to carry out the re-opening. The clerk was also asked to put the “top” playground on the agenda. Cllr Nicholas explained why a new one hadn’t been provided by Guiness Trust.
359. The Mayor reported on proposed dates for the Open Meetings to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan. The proposed dates were 18th January in the School and Community Centre and 19th January in the Town Hall. The Council expressed itself content with these proposed dates, which were still subject to confirmation.
360 Clerk’s Report
Civic Service. The clerk mentioned the fact that there were cards for delivery and that he still needed the hymns to prepare the Order of Service
Henfor Bus Shelter. The clerk reported that he would shortly need to instruct solicitors to deal with the legal work relating to the new lease. He proposed to instruct Stephens Scown but needed the Council’s approval. It was then proposed by Cllr Row, seconded by Cllr Laity, that Stephens Scown be instructed to undertake this work.
Set Precept for the year 2017/2018. The clerk reminded councillors that he had previously circulated his Precept Report. There followed considerable discussion as to whether the Precept should be increased at all and if so, by how much. There was a body of feeling that as things were likely to become more financially difficult for many, the precept should be left at its present rate. There was also a body of feeling that the Precept should be increased by a small amount each year, to avoid the situation that had pertained with the Precept having been left at a low rate for several years, after which it had been necessary to introduce some substantial rises.
- Cllr Trudgen then proposed that the Precept be increased by 2% (i.e. by £1,040 to £53,040). As there was no seconder, this proposal lapsed.
- Cllr Vincent then proposed that the Precept be increased by 1% (i.e. by £520 to £52,520). This was seconded by Cllr Row
- Cllr Eddy then proposed that the Precept be left at its current rate. This was seconded by Cllr Mitchell.
- A vote was then taken on Cllr Eddy’s proposal. It was defeated by 6 votes against with three in favour
- A vote was then taken on Cllr Vincent’s proposal. This was carried by 6 votes in favour with 3 against.
361 Citizen of the Year award. After consideration of the nominations received from residents, it was proposed by Cllr Row that Mary Brigid Greenwood-Penny receive this award. This was seconded by Cllr Trudgen and carried unanimously.
362. Consider tenders for the brickwork at the Folly Field toilets. The clerk reported that 4 letters had been sent out inviting bids and that 2 responses had been received, which he then tabled. After considering these, it was proposed by Cllr Laity that A. B. Paving’s tender be accepted. This was seconded by Cllr Read and carried by 8 votes in favour, with 1 abstention
363. There being no further business the Mayor closed the meeting at 21.00 hours.