Parish Council Update – May 2020

On 3rd April, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the decision was made that Parish Council meetings be cancelled until clear guidance and legislation was provided for meetings to be held via remote conference call systems. The regulations subsequently changed and the  first ever ‘online’ South Petherwin Parish Council meeting successfully took place on 13th May. The minutes from this meeting can be found on the Parish Council pages of the parish website but of note, at this meeting, it was agreed that Launceston Medical Centre Patient Participation Group receive £400 for their PPE appeal and that South Petherwin Parish magazine receive £316.50 to provide businesses with an advertising fee break. Also, although the village public toilets have been temporarily closed, revised guidance provides councils the option to re-open toilets for the use, in particular, of key-workers. Therefore, as soon as hand-dryers and soap dispenser have been installed, and the appropriate risk assessments carried out, South Petherwin toilets will be re-opened.  Finally, at present there is nothing further to report with regards to the proposed agri-business centre at Kennards House, discussions with Sport England are ongoing.

On the Parish Council pages of the parish website you can also fine the April record of decisions, the Parish Council COVID-19 policy document and supplementary Standing Orders. Future Parish Council meetings, under the current restrictions, will be held online; the next meeting is planned to take place on 10th June utilising Microsoft Teams. Everyone, as always, is very welcome to attend – please contact me for details on how to join the meeting.

Unfortunately, as per Government guidance the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (AGM) has been cancelled. Since the Annual Meeting must be held in public, until this meeting is rescheduled, the current Chairman and Vice-Chairman will remain in post. Sadly the Annual Parish Meeting for 2020 has also been cancelled.

We would like to thank everyone for the part they are playing in this health emergency, as key workers, adhering to the government guidelines and helping where you can. In these unprecedented times please contact the Parish Council or the Parish COVID-19 volunteer group if you need help or support.

Thank you South Petherwin, take good care and we are very much looking forward to seeing your ‘in support of key workers’ scarecrows!

Rebecca

South Petherwin Parish Council Clerk: parishcounil@southpetherwinpc.org