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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

81/15 Attendance.

82/15 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.

83/15 Invitation to address the meeting:

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About sixty people attended a meeting in the Withiel Village Hall on Tuesday 12th May to discuss how different users of the local Forestry Commission land can co-exist harmoniously and continue to enjoy the woods in our neighbourhood. There have been concerns locally about the safety of walkers and horse riders who are now outnumbered by mountain bikers who enjoy rapidly descending steep new tracks they have created through the trees in Grogley, Bishop’s and Hustyn woods. The extreme sport of mountain bike ‘trail’ riding has become incredibly popular recently and the woods are widely publicised on the internet as a great venue for enthusiasts to practise their skills.
Roughly half the attendees were bikers and half were horse riders and walkers. Most of the

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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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