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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
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 received an email from a member of the
public who reported that ground works in connection with a pending planning application at
Great Brynn Farm had already commenced. He acknowledged that whilst this may be the
case, the county planning enforcement team are unlikely to become involved before the
planning application has been decided. If the application is eventually refused, then
enforcement would then look into the matter. There was no apparent recourse at this time.
-An email had been received from Jason Drew, county Environmental Protection Officer,
that reported reversing vehicle alarm noise was much reduced of late. The complainant
stated he would continue to monitor the position and if it became an issue in the future,
Jason Drew has agreed to prioritise providing noise monitoring equipment.
– Damage to Whitehay Bridge was acknowledged and scheduled to be repaired by Cormac.
311/14 Matters arising from the minutes of 6th August and are not agenda items below:
- Cllr Shearer read Cllr Malone’s report dated 28th August 2014 following a meeting with
super fast Broadband consultants regarding the delivery of the service to the areas of Withiel
which are currently blighted. In summary , the funding of a fibre optic service is the issue
and therefore in the short term alternative solutions are being sought for consideration.
- Cllr Kirkby requested that the recovery of the public consultation questionnaires on
Neighbourhood Planning circulated to the Parish during August was commenced week
ending 6th September and be carried out by the councillors. Cllr Kirkby volunteered to
collate the results.
312/14 Finance: Cllr Kirkby confirmed the bank balance to be £3021.98 credit
-To approve issue of cheque number 100497 in favour of Agave Landscaping in the sum of
£200,to replace cheque number100495, per minute 291/14, which has been misplaced. Also
to sign a stopped cheque instruction to HSBC Bank in respect of cheque number 100495.
Proposed Cllr Nott-Bower, seconded Cllr Shearer – vote unanimous
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-To approve issue of cheque number 100499 in favour of Parish Clerk in respect of two
months salary plus expenses, not to exceed £325. To be paidrom clerk’s precept. Proposed Cllr
Nott-Bower, seconded Cllr Shearer – vote unanimous.
– Cllr Kirkby invited Cllr Shearer and the rest of the councillors, including herself, to report their
findings having walked the parish footpaths during August. The relevant issues were discussed and
the information gathered by Cllr Shearer to ensure the paths under the Parish Councils’ remit are
maintained to order and that the local landowners are also contacted, as necessary, to advise them of
their obligations where way markers, stiles and gates need attention.
314/14 To consider the future use of the Parish telephone box.
It was discussed that the prior suggestion of using it as a library may not be sustainable as in wet
weather the books may degrade. Alternative suggestions were sale, relocation to school playground
and to carry out further research and report back to a future meeting for further deliberation.
315/14 Public Access Defibrillator for Withiel provided by FLEET. To consider making a budgeted
provision for its financing and ongoing costs either directly, or by sponsoring a suitable fund-raising
Full discussion centred around the proposal of installing a defibrillator at the village hall with the
telephone line and router required for ongoing online monitoring of the device. Costs are estimated
at £300 per annum monitoring fee plus telephone line rental and ISP subscription.
No decision was made but the council was in full agreement to the concept and providing funding
within the 2015 precept. ,subject to the other Parish stakeholders, being the Church and Village Hall
Trustees, participation in the scheme.
a) Application PA14/04165 – Applicant: Mr & Mrs E Harper
Location – The Barns, Withielgoose Farmhouse, Withiel, Bodmin PL30 5NW. Proposal:
Conversion of traditional stone built barns to 2 residential dwellings.
Cllr Harper withdrew from the meeting during the discussion of this item. There were no issues or
objections raised and the council’s approval was proposed by Cllr Shearer and seconded by Cllr
Cubitt – vote, unanimous.
b) Application PA14/07518 – Applicant: Via agent
Location –Unit 10 Cornish Gateway Services Victoria Roche St Austell Cornwall PL26 8UF
Proposal – Installation of a 600W Micro Wind Turbine with an overall height of 5 metres.
There were no specific issues or objections raised other than by Cllr Nott- Bower who considered
the scheme to be contrary to its intention by probably having an adverse environmental carbon
impact. The councils approval was proposed by Cllr Kirkby and seconded by Cllr Harper – vote 4
to 1 in agreement, Cllr Nott-Bower against.
-Email from MP Dan Rogerson’s office received following WPC meeting 6th August 2014 offering
to attend the October meeting to discuss general matters arising including planning applications. His
invitation has been formally accepted and it was agreed that the agenda for this meeting will be
formalised to accommodate his attendance to allow maximum benefit of his time for both the
councillors and members of the public in attendance.
Letter received from Planning and Enterprise Service read by Cllr Kirkby re Great Brynn Farm
confirming Cllr Batters report noted above.
-Email received from county advising of an Intention to issue a temporary road closure order for the
Location: Road From Junction South East Of Lower Grogley To Ruthernbridge, Ruthernbridge,
Bodmin &Road From Ruthernbridge To Penmenoth, Ruthern, Bodmin
Timing: 20th to 31st October 2014 (24 hours, weekends included)
Reason: repairs to damaged bridge.
More information has been requested including proposals for diversions etc.
-Email and business plan received from Mr & Mrs S Rolfe regarding their proposal to purchase land at Withielgoose, to establish a CIC (Community Interest Company) trading as a counselling,
psychotherapy and environmentally-friendly Centre designed to help vulnerable (at-risk) men,
women and young people. They wish to position their scheme with the council ahead of any
planning application and it was agreed to invite them to the WPC November meeting as members of the public to allow them to put forward their proposals personally.
318 /14 Invitation to members of the public to address the meeting.
Without prior notice or reference, as a member of the public in attendance, Mr John Partridge
requested that the minutes of the August meeting, at which he was also present, be amended in
respect of item 298/14. He stated that he was misquoted in the August minutes and did not
comment on the ongoing issue of vehicles reversing at Great Brynn Farm. Cllr Kirkby agreed to
consider his request and this will now be an agenda item at full council meeting as soon as possible,
to allow all members to consider the circumstances.
319/14 Date of next ordinary meetings: Wednesday 1st October, Wednesday 5th November &
Wednesday December 3rd 2014.
It was discussed that it may be difficult to raise a quorum on Wednesday 5th November and it was
therefore proposed by Cllr Nott-Bower and seconded by Cllr Harper that the November meeting be
postponed one week to 12th November 2014. Vote – 4 in favour with Cllr Cubitt abstaining.
The chairman closed the meeting at 9.02pm and thanked all those who had attended.
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