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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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

332/14 Attendance.

333/14 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations.

334/14 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters Cornwall Council, PCSO Linda Thomas,

members of the public.

335/14 To approve the minutes of the meeting of 1st October 2014

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North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson attended the October meeting of Withiel Parish Council but held out no hope that he would help stop the spread of wind turbines. He was more positive on better broadband, and on the money Withiel is owed for the solar farm at Kerriers – but on turbines, the shutters are down.

It was pointed out that while Cornwall Council claims it is encouraging the proliferation of turbines because of national policy, other counties have not interpreted that policy in the same way – in fact this tiny parish has more wind turbines than Surrey, Sussex and Kent put together. Mr Rogerson said this was because the wind was in the west, but if you’ve stood on Beachy Head or Box Hill you’ll know there are many places in the Home Counties where wind turbines would be just as valid – or as useless – as Withiel. If the government was doing to the Home Counties what it is doing to Cornwall, there would be a riot.

Mr Rogerson said that the distribution of wind turbines was “unfair” but

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A list of 15 complaints by former Withiel Parish Council Chairman Richard Thomas against Councillor Patrick Malone and Councillor Janet Shearer under the Code of Conduct have been rejected by the Monitoring Officer for Cornwall Council after investigation.

Mr Thomas sought a review of the rejection of some of his complaints against Councillor Shearer, but his appeal was also rejected, with Mr Thomas being described as “disingenuous” for complaining of actions which he had himself effectively endorsed in writing.

Mr Thomas’s complaints against Councillor Malone included

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Draft Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st October 2014, starting at 7:00 pm.

320/14 Attendance Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Cubitt, Cllr Coy. Cllr Malone. Also present: MP Dan Rogerson, County Councillor Chris Batters, Parish Clerk R Turner and seventeen members of the public.

Apologies received from: Cllr Nott-Bower that he would be late due to extended business travel and he joined the meeting at 8.26 pm.

321/14 Declarations of interest and requests for dispensations: None.

323/14 Approval of the minutes of the Withiel Parish Council meeting of September 3rd, 2014.

Proposed Cllr Shearer, seconded Cllr Kirkby, passed unanimously.

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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

320/14 Attendance.

321/14 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations.

322/14 Invitation to address the meeting: Cllr Batters Cornwall Council, PCSO Linda Thomas, MP Mr Dan Rogerson, members of the public.

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Draft Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd

September 2014, starting at 7:15pm.

307/14 Attendance Cllr Kirkby (Chair) Cllr Shearer, Cllr Harper, Cllr Nott-Bower Cllr Cubitt. Also

present: County Councillor Chris Batters, Parish Clerk R Turner and three members of the public.

Apologies received from Cllr Coy (Prior military commitment) and Cllr Malone (Business

commitment abroad)

308/14 Declarations of interest and requests for dispensations: Cllr Harper declared his interest in agenda item 316/14 (a) and agreed to withdraw from the meeting whilst this item was tabled.

309/14 Approval of the minutes of the Withiel Parish Council meeting of August 6th, 2014.

Proposed Cllr Nott-Bower, seconded Cllr Cubitt, passed unanimously.

310/14 Invitations to address the meeting.

Cornwall County Councillor Chris Batters gave a report covering the following:

-Confirmed Ruthern Bridge will be closed 13th October 2014 for essential repair work

-He has sent an email to the county planning officer in respect of recent planning

applications relating to Great Brynn Farm to request that there is no further progress without

reference to Withiel Parish Council. He had also

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Jeremy Steventon Barnes, BT’s Network Director for Superfast Cornwall, and Julian Cowans, Programme Manager for Superfast Cornwall at Cornwall Development Company, came to Withiel on August 26 to explain why part of the parish is not getting a fibreoptic broadband service in the immediate future and to sketch out options for those of us who are among the deprived.

In broadband terms, this was the equivalent of getting the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury along to explain nuances of scripture. We are grateful to them for making the trip, and to Cally Law, whose article in the Sunday Times about broadband in Withiel raised the profile of the issue.

Jeremy and Julian came to Cally’s house at Ketty’s Close to meet a group of Withiel people who find themselves off the fibreoptic ‘footprint’ and were concerned to know how they might best rejoin the modern world. Present were

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Members of Withiel Parish Council are hereby summoned to attend:

Withiel Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 7.15 pm

Members of the Parish and Public are invited to attend

AGENDA

307/14 Attendance. Apologies from Cllr Coy – unavoidable absence due to prior military

commitment.

308/14 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations.

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The march of turbines across Withiel continues, and the worst is yet to come. The three monster turbines on the parish boundary at Roche may soon be joined by a tower of similar size at Great Brynn Barton, the Firkin and Varcoe turbines are running in adjacent fields nearby, the Drake turbine has been joined by the Hawkey turbine and the Piper tower is expected soon to rise between them, while REG Windpower will be erecting five of the tallest turbines in Cornwall on St Breock Down. Across Cornwall hundreds more turbines are in progress, and we can expect little help from our councillors or MPs – Cornwall Council is said to have applied to itself for twelve turbines.

While they are generating fabulous sums of money for their owners – the Dingle Brothers’ fly-built turbine at Bodmin makes them £300,000 a year – the galling fact is that these turbines are practically useless and most will never save the amount of greenhouse gas that was generated in making them and putting them up. The public has been fed a diet of propaganda by well-funded interests; the rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor, and the issue of climate change is

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