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Withiel Parish, Cornwall

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Withiel Parish Council’s April meeting was notable for raised voices and robust discussions of everything from wind turbines to ASBOs. The Council decided to express its opposition to the construction of a new wind turbine at St Wenn. During the discussion Councillor Malone produced documents showing that Cornwall Council had set aside £16 million and was applying to itself for planning permission to build wind turbines on its own land – something that had been described as “balderdash” by County Councillor Chris Batters at a previous meeting. In a frank exchange of views, Councillor Batters told Councillor Malone to take it up with Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive Andrew Kerr, who had told him (Batters) that such claims were “balderdash”.

A forceful exchange of views also arose when Councillor Harper requested that the text of a notice rescinding an ASBO be read out at the meeting. The Chairman,

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Draft minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st April 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with the Chairman thanking all present for attending.

41/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Kirkby (Chair), Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Malone, Cllr Nott-Bower and Cllr Coy.

Also in attendance: County Councillor Chris Batters, Parish Clerk R Turner and eight members of the public. Cllr Cubitt joined the meeting at 7.17pm.

42/15. Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations. None.

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Withiel Parish Council has objected to a plan to establish another wind farm in the area, this one of five turbines 360 feet tall at Scotland Corner above Rosenannon. The Council has told Cornwall’s planners that there are already 41 turbines visible from the Downs above Withiel, which is probably a greater concentration of turbines than anywhere in Britain, and more are in the planning process. Not only is the cumulative impact ruining the landscape, and thus affecting tourism and property prices, but the local Grid is unable to cope with the random, intermittent generation

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Draft Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 4th March 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with the Chairman thanking all present for attending.

25/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Kirkby (Chair), Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Malone, Cllr Nott-Bower and Cllr Coy.

Also in attendance: Parish Clerk, R Turner and three members of the public.

26/15. Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations. Cllr Harper advised he was recording the meeting for his own benefit and Cllr Malone confirmed the meeting was being recorded by the council.

27/15. Invitation to address the meeting: Members of the public.
Mrs Mathers introduced herself to the meeting as the applicant of

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Draft Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 4th February 2015, which opened at 7:15 pm with the Chairman thanking all present for attending.

12/15 Attendance: Present – Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt,Cllr Malone and Cllr Nott-Bower.

Apology received from Cllr Coy who was out of the country on a prior engagement.

Also in attendance: County Councillor Batters, PCSO Linda Thomas, Parish Clerk R Turner and four members of the public.

13/15. Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations. Cllr Harper advised he was recording the meeting for his own benefit and

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February’s Parish Council report began with an unscheduled contribution from Anna Hoyle, who thanked the people of Withiel for their help after her home in Retire burned down last year. People might notice, she said, that she was wearing some of their clothes… she had been left without a stitch, and the community had rallied around to provide for her needs. The insurance assessor had remarked that nothing like that would have happened in Cardiff, where people would be looting her house rather than trying to help her get back into it. “It made me realise what living in Withiel parish was all about, and that is why I wanted to be here and not put in a house in St Austell,” Anna said. “I’ve been her for 30 years, and I belong where I belong.”

She had a cautionary word about insurance. “Check that your insurance covers cob buildings. I had to fight my insurance company because they said

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A meeting to discuss a Neighbourhood Plan for Withiel, held before the February Parish Council meeting, attracted 15 people who endorsed Council Chairman Sue Kirkby’s suggestion that work should continue this year on producing a Plan for the area.

The Government is promoting the production of Neighbourhood Plans, which it says will be taken into account when important decisions affecting parishes are taken. The Withiel Plan will eventually form part of the Cornwall Local Plan and will establish where development can be expected to take place, among other things.

The work on bringing the Neighbourhood Plan to this point

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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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