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Thursday, November 14, 2013

ST MABYN PARISH COUNCIL October 2013

 Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 1st October 2013 in the Memorial Hall, St Mabyn at 7.30pm.
Present:  Cllrs. M Grigg (Vice Chairman),  Mrs A Bunney, Mrs P Lloyd, M Menhenitt, R Clarke, R Chadwick, Mrs C Bray, S Collop.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk) Thirteen members of the public
In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr M Grigg (Vice Chairman) conducted the business for this meeting.
1.Public Session:  Members of the public had attended the meeting to raise their concerns about the proposed wind turbine at Treblethick Farm (PA11/10027 for Mr Ian Lobb).  The Council reiterated that this application was not on the agenda and not available for further consultation as the process had been carried out in December 2011 / January 2012.  However, Councillors respected the comments made and the fact that some residents were not living in the village when the application was first presented.
Despite comments that the applications process had not been carried out correctly the Clerk confirmed that the planning department had followed the consultation process as with all applications but the application had been pending for several months and the applicant had now decided to proceed.
The previous comments from the Parish Council objecting to this application would be considered.
This application was being presented to the Cornwall Council Planning Committee on the 7th October 2013 and members of the public were encouraged to write directly to the planning department expressing their objections.

Other matters raised were the results of the traffic speed check.  The Clerk reported that the Radar Class figures had been received from Cornwall Council and were available at the meeting for the public to read.
Dog Fouling continued to be problem around the village.  A request for more dog bins was made, and locations of the existing bins was explained.
Police:  No report received.
Cornwall Council: No report received.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. A Finnnamore (Chairman) and Cllr J Rowe (Cornwall Council).

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4.   Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting and Closed Session held on the 3rd September 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Vice Chairman.

5.   Matters Arising:
Item 1 Police  - The Council approved the letter drafted by Cllr R Clarke to be sent to the Chief Constable.
Item 6 Planning Matters PA11/10027 Mr Ian Lobb, Treblethick Farm – Installation of a 50kw wind turbine.  Councillors considered the comments made in the public session of this meeting and agreed that many months had passed since the consultation process.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to the planning department expressing these concerns and asking that the consultation process be repeated to enable new residents to comment, should they wish to do so.
Cllr S Collop agreed to attend the Cornwall Council planning committee meeting on the 7th October 2013 and reiterate the concerns brought to the Parish Council by local residents.
Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA13/07973  (neighbouring parish)  INRG Solar Ltd, Land at Kelly Green Farm, St Tudy –
Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar arrays together with inverter stations, landscaping, stock fencing, security measures, access gate and ancillary infrastructure.
The Parish Council resolved to strongly object to this application owing to the visual impact it would have on the landscape, and to object to the misuse of good agricultural land that would be taken out of production should this be permitted.  St Mabyn Parish Council fully supported the objections submitted by St Tudy Parish Council.

Planning Decisions:   No decisions reported.
Item 9 Playing Field:  Cllrs.M Menhenitt and M Grigg will liaise to carry out the trimming of the boundary hedges.
Item 13 – To appoint a Parish Council representative onto the Memorial Hall Committee:  Councillors were advised that the next Hall meeting was being held on the 17th October 2013. The Chairman will be asked to attend if other Councillors are unable to do so.
Item 13 – Provision of electricity to street light on path between Church and St Mabyn Inn:  The Clerk reported that the Chairman had spoken with the new owners of the St Mabyn Inn and they were happy to keep the electricity supply connection for the street light on their premises.
7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issues as Part 2 of these minutes.
8.  CC Local Maintenance Project - Footpaths:  Nothing to report.
9.  Playing Field – Inspection Reports:  Cllrs R Clarke and M Menhenitt reported on the inspections recently completed.  The bins had been emptied but there was litter around the field. The barrier outside the main entrance gates had been damaged and broken off.
The Clerk reported that Outdoor Play People would carry out an assessment of the work required to the equipment and surface areas
Local resident Mrs Halworth continued to dump rubbish from her garden into the playing field, ignoring previous letters asking her not to do this.  Cllr Mrs C Bray has also endeavored to contact her, without success.   A further letter will be sent also indicating that the Parish Council will seek to recover costs should they have to pay a contractor to remove any garden rubbish.
The bag of salt at the entrance will now be dumped and costs will be obtained for a grit bin, filled with salt.
10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Cornwall Core Strategy document, the advantages of creating a parish plan / development order and to consider forming a committee. 
The Clerk and Cllr M Menhenitt will attend the Neighbourhood Planning Seminar on the 3rd October 2013 and report back.
11.  Correspondence: 
Superfast Cornwall -  Notification of the Superfast Cornwall Fund for local businesses.
12.  Parish Council Vacancy.  No applications received.  The vacancy will continue to be advertised.
13.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting, if available:  No report received.
Update following the problems with the sewage system from Mabena Lea:  Nothing to report.
The Parish Council agreed to monitor this.
The report by Cornwall Council following the traffic monitoring exercise in Station Road. As reported under Item 1 of this meeting the speed radar figures had been received and did not identify any serious speeding problems.  However, it was felt that the recording data was incorrectly positioned too far down the road.
To consider providing a Parish Council Notice Board in Station Road:  Cllr M Menhenitt will contact Cormac Solutions (Highways) to seek their consent to erect a new notice board on the pavement against the hedge and next to the existing notice board.
Provision of electricity to street light on path between Church and St Mabyn Inn:  Discussed under Agenda Item 5 of this meeting.
14.  Parish Matters / Any other Business: 
a)  Western Greyhound 561 Bus Service:  It was reported that this daily bus service was to be withdrawn leaving no public transport visiting the village, local areas and towns.  It was agreed to send a letter to the bus company seeking clarification, and copy this to the Cornwall Councillor responsible for transport.
b)  Public Toilets:  A report had been received about the condition of the public toilets, the standard of maintenance being carried out, and facilities provided.  Councillors were asked to look at the toilets and agreed that this item be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
15.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 5th November 2013.
16.  To close the Meeting:  There being no further business for this meeting the  Vice Chairman asked Councillors to remain for a closed session.  The time being 9.08pm  
17.  Closed Session – to discuss further confidential correspondence and advice received from the County Council Solicitor and any other outside organisations.  To consider payment to the Clerk for additional hours worked dealing with legal matters and to consider the reimbursement of any expenses incurred by Councillors during this time.  Minutes recorded separately.

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