Withiel Parish Council’s money from the solar farm at Kerriers has finally been lodged with Cornwall County Council and is now available for community benefit projects. The first applicant will be the Playing Fields Committee, who have ambitious plans to improve the Village Hall.

Parish Council Chairman Sue Kirkby, who has been pursuing the new owners of the solar farm for this ‘Section 106’ money, reported to the January meeting of the Parish Council that £35,000 had now been paid, and that the County will hold the money while the Parish Council vets applications for grants. Anyone in the community can apply, she added, but the stipulation is that any project must benefit the whole community.

Councillor Simon Coy, who chairs the Playing Fields Committee, told the council that an application currently being worked up would seek some £10,000

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Draft minutes of the meeting of

Withiel Parish Council

held at the Village Hall on

Wednesday 7th January 2015,

which opened at 7:15 pm after the Chairman had paid tribute to the late Mrs Katherine Liddicoat.

1/15 Attendance: Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Coy, Cllr Malone.

Cllr Nott-Bower. Also present: County Councillor Batters, PCSO Linda Thomas, Parish Clerk

R Turner and two members of the public.

 

2/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations. None.

 

3/15 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters, Cornwall Council, PCSO Linda Thomas,

members of the public.

County Cllr Batters reported no issues pertaining to Withiel in the last month and reflected upon the last 12 months where he was complimentary of the way that Withiel Parish Council had worked closely with himself and the County Council to resolve issues.

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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 7th January 2014 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

1/15 Attendance.

2/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations.

Councillors and members of the public co opted to serve on Council committees and sub committees who have registered a Disclosable Pecuniary in relation to any item of business being transacted at a meeting, shall leave the room whenever the item is being discussed Councillors and members of the public co opted to serve on Council committees and sub committees who have declared a non Registerable interest, in relation to any item of business being transacted at a meeting, shall leave the room whenever the item is being discussed.

3/15 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters Cornwall Council, PCSO Linda Thomas, members of the public.

4/15 To approve the minutes of the meeting of 3rd December 2014

5/15 To consider matters arising from minutes of 3rd December which are not agenda items below.

6/15 Footpaths

a)  To report on Cllr Shearers meeting with the local ramblers group.

b) To approve the issue of invitations for quotations for 2015 footpath cutting schedule.

c) To approve writing to land owners requesting permission to place signs (as provided by Cormac Solutions Ltd) on paths within the boundaries of their property.

7/15 Neighbourhood plan

To discuss the way forward and to approve a meeting of interested parties on 4th Feb at 6.00pm prior to the normal monthly meeting.

8/15 Kerriers Solar Farm S106 payment.

To discuss the grant forms now available and to discuss any potential projects to fund.

9/15 Correspondence – various.

10/15 Invitation of members of the public to address the meeting.

11/15 Dates of next normal meetings 4th February 2015, 4th March 2015 and 1st April 2015.

Robin Turner

Withiel Parish Clerk

26th December 2014

 

Telling TalesDecember 2014

This month’s book, Telling Tales by Alan Bennett, does exactly what it says on the cover. Bennett, one of the country’s most highly acclaimed wordsmiths, tells ten autobiographical tales about his childhood in Leeds, which he describes as a provincial city which life generally tended to avoid.

In several of the tales Bennett details the causes of his frustration as a youth – he knew that his family was very ordinary (not working class, but certainly not middle class) yet at the same time different from others.

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Withiel Parish Council has reduced its precept for 2015, meaning that people in Withiel will pay less tax to the council next year. The precept has been cut by £250, a small saving for every household. Councillors discussed cutting the precept even further, but decided in the interests of prudence to maintain a stronger reserve. With the County Council facing cuts of £194 million, the economic situation is far from clear.

From a financial standpoint the last year has been very successful for Withiel. The council’s inadequate cash reserves have been rebuilt and now meet the guideline of 50 percent of the precept. While a careful rein has been kept on spending, a major benefit arises from the fact that Councillor Simon Coy acted as Clerk on an honorary basis, reducing our biggest item of expenditure to near zero. This situation could not continue indefinitely, but

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Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd December 2014, starting at 7:15 pm.

347/14 Attendance: Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Coy. Cllr Malone. Apologies: Cllr Nott-Bower, out of county on business and County Councillor Batters. Also present: PCSO Linda Thomas, Parish Clerk R Turner and six members of the public.

348/14 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations. Cllrs Coy and Harper advised the meeting that they were using recording devices for their own benefit.

349/14 Invitation to address the meeting: Members of the public. None

350/14 To approve the minutes of the meeting of 12th November 2014. Proposed Cllr Shearer and seconded Cllr Malone. Vote unanimous.

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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

347/14 Attendance.

348/14 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations.

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Draft Minutes

of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council

held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 12th

November 2014

starting at 7:20 pm

after the reading of some parish notices including a tribute and minute’s silence led by Cllr Coy to the late Ivan Martyn, an ex councillor and parish clerk .

332/14 Attendance Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Coy. Cllr Malone, Cllr Nott-Bower. Also present: PCSO Linda Thomas, County Councillor Chris Batters, Parish Clerk R Turner and ten members of the public.

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathNovember 2014

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953 she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream of becoming a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther’s life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into serious depressions. She grapples with difficult relationships and a society that refuses to take her aspirations seriously.

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The intractable problem of motorcycling in Cork Woods, which has defeated Parish Councils for years, seems to be coming to a resolution, Withiel Parish Council believes. At its November meeting, clarity was obtained for the first time on who owns what land, and Councillor Harry Harper said he had stopped the motorcycling in his fields and the portion of Cork Woods he owns.

The Council is also pushing ahead with the Neighbourhood Emergency Plan and has begun planning for next year’s precept, and is warning that with Cornwall Council facing budget cuts of £194 million over four years, services they currently provide may disappear. If town and parish councils take the work on, they’ll have to pay for it themselves.

The meeting opened with a tribute to the late Ivan Martyn. Councillor Coy said Ivan had given years of service to Withiel Parish Council as Clerk and as a Councillor. He brought to the Council the benefit of his wide legal experience and a wealth of local knowledge, and was instrumental in getting the Village Hall built. A minute’s silence was observed in recognition of

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