Minutes of the meeting of Withiel Parish Council (WPC) held at the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st November 2017 which opened at 7:15 pm with Cllr Shearer welcoming and thanking all present for attending.

Present: Cllr Shearer (Chair), Cllr Cubitt , Cllr Harper, Cllr Hoyle, Cllr Nott-Bower & Cllr Coy.

Also present: Mr Robin Turner (Parish Clerk) & six members of the public.

147/17 Apologies for absence: Cornwall Cllr Chris Batters, Cllr Malone (Business commitment)

148/17 Members Declaration of Interest and any requests for dispensations:

No declarations were made.

149/17 Invitation to members of the public to address the meeting:

Mr Nick Mather introduced himself to the meeting and spoke in favour of planning application no. PA17/09280, subject of agenda item 153/17.

Mr Ben Woods introduced himself and his client Mr Edward Piper, applicant of planning application PA17/09280. Mr Woods volunteered to provide further information to the members in respect of the application should it be required. None was requested.

Mr Trudgeon introduced himself as husband to Mrs Tracey Trudgeon, the applicant of planning application PA17/09045, subject of agenda item 153/17. Accompanying Mr Trudgeon was his son. Both spoke to provide a rationale for the application and answered members questions.

Cllr Shearer read a report forwarded by Cornwall Cllr Chris Batters which highlighted and stressed the importance of members attending the Electoral Review Meeting at Bodmin on 28th November 2017. Cllr Hoyle confirmed this sentiment, explaining that this may be the unique opportunity for informed local influence to be exercised in respect of shaping future electoral geographical boundaries and failure to do so may impact adversely on the community of Withiel and it’s surrounds.

150/17 To approve the minutes of the council meeting held on 4th October 2017.

Cllr Cubitt proposed to approve the minutes of the meeting of 4th October 2017, seconded by Cllr Hoyle. It was resolved unanimously to approve the minutes of the 4th October 2017. Cllr Shearer signed the minutes.

151/17 To consider matters arising from minutes of 4th October 2017 which are not agenda items below. None.

152/17 Finance matters.

-Responsible Finance Officers report

The clerk reported:

-That from the Neighbourhood Development Plan, Locality Grant of £4929 a remaining sum of £3873.90 is available to spend.

-Accounts payable

  1. Cornwall ALC Ltd £2 Chq no.100590. Conference attendance fee.

Cllr Shearer proposed this payment and Cllr Coy seconded the proposal and it was resolved by an unanimous vote to make the payment.

153/17 Planning: To consider and approve a consultee comment for the planning applications listed below and any others received prior to the evening of the meeting.

-Application PA17/09280

Proposal Conversion of existing storage building to a residential dwelling

Location Land West Of Tregustick Barn Tregustick Road Withiel Bodmin

Applicant Mr Edward Piper.

After discussion Cllr Coy proposed the the following consultee comment:

‘Withiel Parish Council could not identify a harm to the proposed conversion.’

Cllr Harper seconded the proposed comment and it was resolved that the comment be submitted to the Planning and Sustainable Development Service.

-Application PA17/09045

Proposal Construction of Rural workers dwelling

Location The Stables Retire Lane Retire Bodmin

Applicant Mrs Tracey Trudgeon

After discussion Cllr Cubitt proposed the the following consultee comment:

‘Withiel Parish Council was not furnished with a demonstration of need for a permanent rural workers dwelling on this site nor was a clear business based or financial justification given as to why the application was submitted. We further note that the application included the retention of a mobile home which was granted a temporary planning permission in 2014 and this permission expired in April 2017. Without further information evidencing a business activity, we can make no further comment on this application.’

Cllr Shearer seconded the proposed comment and it was resolved that the comment be submitted to the Planning and Sustainable Development Service.

154/17 Planning: To report planning decisions of the planning authority received prior to the evening of the meeting.

There were no planning decisions to report.

For further details about any planning decision, note the reference number and go to the Cornwall Council website http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/

155/17 Neighbourhood Development Plan.

No further update to that reported in October 2017.

156/17 Broadband.

In discussion members concurred that they believed that works were currently being undertaken to install and upgrade services in and around Withiel as previously reported and expected.

157/17 To approve a section 137 donation of £20 to The Royal British Legion Remembrance Day by payment of cheque no. 100589.

Cllr Cubitt proposed the donation and Cllr Hoyle seconded the proposal. It was resolved that a donation of £ 20 be made to The Royal British Legion Remembrance Day by payment of cheque no. 100589.

158/17 Bodmin Community Network Panel Meeting 11th October 2017

Cllr Shearer reported on and summarised the business conducted at the meeting.

159/17 Correspondence. (For information only)

-St Breock Wind Farm Community Fund meeting 15th November 2017 – advised.

-Grow Nature Seed Fund £500, matched funded, grant – advised.

-Police Notices:

i)Reported stolen in Crantock – Mini Cooper, registration WK63KYO.

ii)Reported, multiple thefts from vehicles in Bodmin. Police advise be vigilant and wary everywhere and at all times.

-Footpath amendment. Cornwall Council has resolved to make an order under Sec.53 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to add a public footpath from Footpath 6 Withiel to Footpath 5 Withiel at Retire. File reference WCA 481. Full report, available to consult, can be found at:


-Cornwall Preventing Extremism & Terrorism conference. 13th November 2017, St John’s Hall Penzance – advised.

-Localism Summit 29th November 2017, Liskeard Council Offices – advised.

160/17Advise dates of next meetings as being 6th December 2017, 3rd January 2018 &

7th February 2018.

These dates were confirmed.

Cllr Shearer closed the meeting at 8.32 pm.


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