Minutes – January 2022

Minutes of the meeting of South Petherwin Parish Council held on Wednesday 12th January 2022, at 7pm, in South Petherwin Methodist Hall.

Present: Cllr P Parsons (Chairman), A Finnimore (Vice Chairman), Cllr A Barham, Cllr J Barlow, Cllr J Butler, Cllr A Jasper, Cllr R Kneebone and Cllr M Screech.

In Attendance: Linda Coles, Parish Clerk, and Cllr Adrian Parsons, Cornwall Councillor.

There was one member of the public present.

1. Chairman’s welcome.

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting and wished everyone a Happy New Year.                 

2. Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Rogers.

Cllr A Parsons, Cornwall Councillor, gave apologies for being late to the meeting.        

3. Declarations of Interest.

a) Agenda Items. None declared.

b) Gifts. None declared.                   

4. Consideration of written requests for dispensation.

None received.                   

5. Unitary Councillor’s Report. Item deferred because Cllr not present.                   

6. Public Participation.

The member of the public gave some background details to the planning application for Treguddick Manor. There is a concern that the conditions of the previous application have been disregarded and the safety of the road junction and lack of proper warning signage has still not been addressed. Traffic movements are higher than the TMP suggests and it is reported that the business is operating outside of its agreed opening hours on occasion. Following the original planning application, it was stated that Planners did not want to see any further development of the site. Cllr Finnimore said that if conditions of the previous application are not being adhered to this is an enforcement issue. Cllr A Parsons said that the latest update is that there are concerns that Cornwall Council should be enforcing the conditions. There has been no objection to the first plans from Highways England so there are no justifiable grounds for Cornwall Council to object to them; hence planning permission granted with conditions. There was much further discussion.                   

7. Response to Public Participation.

Not applicable.                   

5. Unitary Councillor’s Report.

Cllr A Parsons said that he had nothing much to report as it has been quiet since Christmas. Sixteen of the thirty lights at Plusha are not working.

Cllr Parsons will let the Clerk have details so that she can ask for the Parish Council to be included in the consultation regarding safety from Kennards House to Plusha. Action – Clerk

There are three interested parties in saving the Leisure Centre at Launceston.

8. Planning.

a) Planning applications received before the agenda was finalised:

PA21/11670, Treguddick Manor, Road from Treguddick Lane to Poadsmill Hill, South Petherwin, Launceston. Orangery extension and slate hanging to Treguddick Manor, conversion of Far barn to ancillary accommodation to Manor, conversion of near barn to gym, workshop and office for Manor – ancillary domestic space. Reconstruction of ruined reading room and granary – ancillary domestic space.

Cllr P Parsons has been in contact with the architect and asked for clarification on whether this is a business or a domestic application. It is reportedly for accommodation for staff and the owner of the business is said to be moving down to live on this site. The plans were looked at and discussed. Cllr J Barlow proposed support of the application, seconded by Cllr A Barham, three votes for, four against and one abstention. Cllr R Kneebone proposed objection to the application, seconded by Cllr M Screech, four votes for, and four abstentions. It was RESOLVED to accept the second motion and object to the application for the following reasons. There is not enough information on the Orangery and reconstruction of the Reading Room and Granary. There is no objection to the renovation of the house as it is but the plans are considered to be overdevelopment of the site which will attract more traffic movements that are unsustainable with the junction as it is.

PA21/11671, Listed Building Consent application for the above planning application. Council chose not to deliberate on this because it had objected to PA21/11670.

The secondary issue of traffic management, raised in public participation, was discussed. It is felt that more signage is required on the slip road and National Highways need to look at making the junction safer. Possibly an investment in this structure should be made by the business before any further development of the site is considered.

b) Planning applications received after the agenda was published: None.

c) Planning decisions notified by Cornwall Council:

PA21/03019/PREAPP – Closed – advice given.

d) Other Planning Matters.

Enforcement for PA18/10887 Treguddick Manor. The Clerk will contact Cornwall Council and asked if the conditions are being adhered to and whether Condition 7 for the Traffic management Plan has been lifted. Action – Clerk

9. Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 8th December 2021.

It was RESOLVED that the above Minutes are a true record of that meeting. Proposed by Cllr Barham, seconded by Cllr Butler with all in favour.

10. Matters Arising from the above Minutes

No matters arising.                 

11. Highway and Footpath Matters.

a) Trelinnoe Gardens/Close footpath adoption. The Clerk will progress the Modification Order to adopt the footpath. Cllr Barlow reported that the footpath which runs parallel to the B3254 and joins the path at New Den needs maintenance. Action – Clerk The Chairman and Cllr Barlow will walk the path and see what needs to be done. Action – PP/JBa

b) Speed Awareness Campaign. A date is waited for the commencement of works at Daws House. The Clerk will chase Oliver Jones. Action – Clerk

c) The Traffic Calming Feasibility Study. The Clerk has requested a walk through with the Cornwall Council Officers but has heard nothing beyond the email received stating that the Study was now closed and improvements will be subject to funding. The Clerk will contact to find out what is happening. Action – Clerk

12. Dog Bins.

Cllr Finnimore said that there is a problem with dog fouling in the chapel car park. The Clerk has also received an email about this. There is a dog bin opposite the chapel gates. A piece will be put in the Parish Newsletter. The Clerk will chase BIFFA regarding the new bin and also contact Cornwall Council to see what it can offer. Action – Clerk    

13. Parish Council Notice Boards

It was RESOLVED to adopt the Notice Board Policy, as circulated by Cllr Barham for consideration. Proposed by Cllr Barham, seconded by Cllr Jasper with all in favour.                 

14. Correspondence

a) Invitation to Cornwall Community Flood Forum Warden Taster Training Workshop. Noted.

b) National Highways notification of tree works on A30. Noted

c) Citizen Advice winter update. Noted

d) Platinum Jubilee Preparations. This was discussed and a Working Group was set up to include Cllr Jasper, Cllr Butler and Cllr Barlow. The Clerk will look at insurance implications etc. Action – Clerk

e) Speed Restriction Order. Traffic Regulation Act 1984 S.14: Temporary restriction of Traffic. B3254 Tiny Meadows to Hendra Lane; 24th January to the 1st February 2022 for South West Water. To view the map and associated documents please refer to: https://one.network/?tm=124061196

f) Email received from the Methodist Chapel regarding dog fouling in its car park. Already discussed. Clerk will reply to the Chapel. Action – Clerk

15. Finance

a) Payments. It was RESOLVED to make the following payments, proposed by Cllr Barham, seconded by Cllr Butler with all in favour:

  • Online – L Coles, Clerk’s salary etc. for December
  • Online – HMRC, PAYE for Clerk, December
  • Online – A Peerless, December toilet cleaning – £56.00
  • Online – EDF Energy, electricity for toilets – £37.66

      Receipts: None

b) Bank Reconciliations. It was RESOLVED that the bank reconciliations for December are correct, proposed by Cllr Barham, seconded by Cllr Barlow with all in favour. As at the 31st December 2021 the bank balance is a total of £34,125.94.

c) Grant Application from St Paternus Church. The Clerk has sent the correct forms to the PCC but has not received a completed application as yet.             

16. Any Other Business

Cllr Barlow has been approached by a resident regarding the lighting over the ‘Give Way’ sign by Corner Cottage which is not working. The Clerk will report. Action – Clerk

A question has been raised by another resident about anti-social behaviour in the village.

Cllr Barlow reported that the tree by the toilets is growing at a perpendicular angle and is coming over the roof of the building.

The Clerk will chase a new reflective bollard for Willow Villa, to replace the broken one. Action – Clerk

17. Items for inclusion in future meetings

  • Grant for St Paternus Church
  • Coffee Morning Action – Clerk

18. Date of next meeting.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 9th February at 7pm in the Methodist Chapel Hall.

There being no further business to transact the Chairman closed the meeting at 20.38 hrs.