Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

122/15 Attendance.

123/15 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 Dis-closable Pecuniary interest 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 Registrable interest, in relation to any item of business being transacted at a meeting, shall leave the room whenever the item is being discussed.

124/15 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters, Cornwall Council, PCSO Andrea Crocker, members of the public.

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Inaugural Pub Evening

 

Withiel Parish Council welcomed back Councillor Sue Kirkby, who has been absent through illness since May, to the August council meeting. Sue has relinquished the chairmanship but remains a hard-working councillor and a fount of good counsel. We also welcomed our new MP, Scott Mann, who spoke and took questions for more than an hour. Mr Mann, a former Wadebridge Town Councillor who still sits on Cornwall Council, characterised the main local issues he receives emails and letters about as broadband, transport, housing and wind turbines – and he received some 60 letters a day. Nationally, the salient issues

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Draft minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 5th August 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with the Chairman Cllr Shearer thanking all present for attending.

107/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Shearer (Chair), Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Nott-Bower, Cllr Malone, Cllr Coy, Cllr Kirkby and Cornwall Cllr Batters. Also in attendance: Scott Mann M.P., PCSO Andrea Crocker, clerk, R Turner and five members of the public.

108/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations:
Cllr Shearer and Cllr Coy’s interest was declared in respect of agenda item 116/15 and advised they would leave the meeting when this item was tabled.

109/15 Invitation to address the meeting:
Scott Mann MP. Mr Mann introduced himself as the recently elected (May 2015) Conservative Parliamentary representative for North Cornwall. He spoke and answered questions

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Withel Panto LOGO

R E H E A R S A L S

Adult Full Cast:  First Rehearsal

Tuesday 15th September

6pm Withiel Hall.

Future rehearsals will be every Tuesday, but not everyone will come each time.


Children:  First Rehearsal

Sunday 20th September

2pm Withiel Hall.

Future rehearsals will be every Sunday at 2pm.

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End of the year. That’s the estimate for when we’ll hear whether and how Withiel’s broadband problems are to be overcome. It seems that however much time passes the answer is six months off, but that’s what Superfast Cornwall’s Julian Cowans told the Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting in July.

Parish Councillors Janet Shearer and Pat Malone attended the meeting, in Blisland. We heard that the £131 million main phase of Superfast Broadband is winding up with 95 percent coverage for Cornwall. That leaves 30,000 households with primitive broadband or none at all, and

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New concerns about the creep of industrialisation from the A30 towards Withiel were expressed at the July meeting of Withiel Parish Council, and in particular the storage of shipping containers in two places north of the old A30. Council members have received complaints about the containers, and a member of the public attended to voice concerns that they were unsightly and unsafe.

Council Chairman Janet Shearer had visited the site at the request

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Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st July 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with Cllr Shearer thanking all present for attending.

96/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Shearer (Chair), Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Nott-Bower, Cllr Malone and Cllr Coy. Apologies Cllr Kirkby (ill health) and Cornwall Cllr C Batteres. Also in attendance: clerk, R Turner and one member of the public.

97/15 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for

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The June Parish Council meeting began with the news that another application for a wind turbine in Withiel has been rejected by Cornwall Council’s East Area Planning Committee. The turbine, at Great Brynn Barton, would have been halfway between the Varcoe and Firkin turbines and the two monsters on the A30 at Roche. Councillors Coy and Cubitt had attended the Planning Committee along with County Councillor Chris Batters, with Coy and Batters speaking eloquently against the application. They said there are already 21 turbines within three miles of the site and many more are planned. Having visited the site, councillors voted against the turbine by 14 – 1. Councillor Cubitt commended Councillors Batters and Coy for having done a superb job.

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DOT TriffidsHave you ever described an odd plant in your garden as a triffid? John Wyndham’s novel brought the term into our vocabulary in 1951, and it entered the Oxford English Dictionary, rather late I think, in 1986.

What is it about triffids that catches the imagination? More than a few of our readers had been terrified by the book in their teens and a couple chose not to read it again. Wyndham combines a calm objective narrator with scenes of mayhem, tragedy and horror. The narrator, Bill Masen, wakes up in hospital, knowing it’s a Wednesday and wondering why it feels so much like Sunday.

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