Minutes – March 2022

Minutes of the meeting of South Petherwin Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th March 2022, at 7pm, in South Petherwin Methodist Hall.

Present: Cllr P Parsons (Chairman), Cllr S Rogers, Cllr M Screech, Cllr J Butler, Cllr A Finnimore and Cllr R Kneebone

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

There were no members of the public present.

Item 1. Chairman’s welcome.

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting.

Item 2. Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Barham, Cllr Barlow and Cllr Jasper.

Item 3. Declarations of Interest.

  • Agenda Items. None declared.
  • Gifts. None declared.

Item 4. Consideration of written requests for dispensation.

None received.

Item 5. Unitary Councillor’s Report.

Deferred because Councillor not arrived at the meeting.

Item 6. Public Participation.

No members of the public present

Item 7. Response to Public Participation.

Not applicable.

Item 8. Planning.

a) Planning applications received before the agenda was finalised:

PA21/12545, Land North of Hayes Cottage, South Petherwin, Launceston, Cornwall. Demolition of outbuildings. Construction of a new garage with a gym/home office in the roof space. It was RESOLVED to support this application, proposed by Cllr Parsons, seconded by Cllr Screech with all in favour.

PA22/01444, Land South of Chapel House, Trecrago Lane End, South Petherwin, Launceston. Outline planning permission with all matters reserved for proposed detached dwelling on land adjoining existing dwelling. It was said that the foul drainage could be a potential problem and the proximity to the septic tank; this needs to be looked at for accuracy on the plans. Following discussion a motion to support the application was put forward, proposed by Cllr Parsons, seconded by Cllr Rogers, two votes for, three against and one abstention. Motion failed. A second motion was put forward to object to the application, proposed by Cllr Butler, seconded by Cllr Screech, two votes for, two against and two abstentions. Second motion failed. It was RESOLVED to neither support nor object.

PA21/11670, Treguddick Manor, Road from Treguddick Lane to Poadsmill Hill, South Petherwin, Launceston Pl15 7JN. 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 Parsons has spoken to the Architect. English Heritage did not like the size of the Orangery, changes to the plans were suggested and have been implemented and the plans have been resubmitted to reflect these. Following discussion it was RESOLVED to support this application and PA21/11671, Listed Building Consent for PA21/11670, proposed by Cllr Finnimore, seconded by Cllr Butler, five votes for and one abstention.

PA21/11671, Listed Building Consent for above application PA21/11670.

b) Planning applications received after the agenda was published:

None.

c) Planning decisions notified by Cornwall Council:

None

d) Other Planning Matters.

None

Item 5. Unitary Councillor’s Report.

Full Council has increased the Council Tax by 2.99%. Adult Social Care costs continue to rise increasing from £196m to £256m in one year and as a result Cornwall Council has voted to cut costs by £59m across every department, some of which are listed below:

  • Food waste collections have been delayed for a year
  • Climate Change budget has been cut
  • Rural road inspections will be reduced from 3 routine visits to 2
  • Footpaths will only be inspected every three years
  • There will be no paid Cornwall Council presence at the Royal Cornwall Show

A 30% rise in the Tamar Bridge toll has been approved, cash payment will rise to £2.60 and the Tag will be £1.30.

It has also been announced that the Ships and Castles Leisure Centre, Falmouth, will close at the end of March but Cllr Parsons is hopeful that a provider will be found to take on Launceston Leisure Centre next year.

Item 9. Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 9th February 2022.

It was RESOLVED that the above Minutes are a true record of that meeting. Proposed by Cllr Butler, seconded by Cllr Kneebone with all in favour who had been present at the meeting.

Item 10. Matters Arising from the above Minutes.

No matters arising.

Item 11. Website Issues.

The Clerk and Chairman met with Moorsites to discuss some of the issues highlighted with the website at the last meeting. It is felt that a way forward has been reached.

Item 12. Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event

The Clerk circulated the template for the Commemorative Mugs. These will be ordered. Action by Clerk

Cllr Butler will contact Roddas to see about free cream for the Cream Teas.

There will be a Zoom meeting for the working group on Monday.

The hall for the Coffee Morning has been booked for the 19th March, 10am – 12pm.

Item 13. A30/B3257 Junction at Bodmin Moor Services (Plusha)

The Clerk had circulated a copy of the letter sent by South Petherwin Parish Council to National England and also one sent by Lewannick Parish Council. Copies of these letters have been sent to Altarnun Parish Council, Cllr Adrian Parsons Ward Member, Scott Mann MP and Cornwall Council. The Chairman reported that he had attended the February Lewannick Parish Council meeting, as did the Chairman of Altarnun PC, and the three Parishes are presenting a united front on the issues. All will attend the Community Network meeting on March 17th and ask questions of the National Highways representative as well as pressing for a consultation on the under/over pass solution to the problem at the junction.

Item 14. Highway and Footpath Matters.

a) Daws House Update. The works at Daws House are scheduled to start on Monday 14th March.

b) The Traffic Calming Feasibility Study. It was RESOLVED to complete an Expression of Interest for the Network Highways Scheme to support the Feasibility Study for the South Petherwin speeding problems. Proposed by Cllr Screech, seconded by Cllr Kneebone with all in favour. Action by PP/Clerk

The Clerk has reported the footpath at New Den and Highways are dealing with it.

Item 15. Correspondence

a) Email from resident regarding parking issues in South Petherwin and asking for more yellow lines. This is still an ongoing situation which will be monitored. The Clerk will reply to the resident. Action by Clerk

b) The Clerk has received a thank you note from the Cleaner to Julie and John Barlow for clearing up the mess of paper towels in the toilets. Noted

Item 16. Finance

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

  • Online – L Coles, Clerk’s salary etc. for February
  • Online – HMRC, PAYE for Clerk, February
  • Online – A Peerless, December toilet cleaning – £56.00

      Receipts: None

b) Bank Reconciliations. It was RESOLVED that the bank reconciliations for February are correct, proposed by Cllr Butler, seconded by Cllr Finnimore with all in favour. As at the 28th February 2022 the bank balances total £32,754.67.

c) The Clerk announced that there has been a National pay award, an increase to her hourly rate by 24pence, backdated to April 2021.

Item 17. Any Other Business

Cllr Finnimore said that a Parishioner has contacted him regarding applying for a grant from the Parish Council. The Clerk said that she is happy to email the forms out on request.

Cllr Screech reported that there are potholes and a general repair needed on the right hand side of the road from South Petherwin to Daws House, Cllr A Parsons will report to Highways. Action by AP

Item 18. Items for inclusion in future meetings

  • Solar light at Trelinnoe Gardens footpath
  • CPR Course

Action by Clerk

Item 19. Date of next meeting.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 13th April 2022 at 7pm in the Methodist Chapel Hall.

There being no further business to transact the Chairman closed the meeting at 20.05 hrs.