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ALTARNUN PARISH COUNCIL Monthly Meeting Report May 5th 2021

Cllr Craig Dowler presided over an extraordinary council meeting on 5th May 2021. This additional meeting ahead of this years slightly delayed Annual Council Meeting, due to town & parish council elections, was busy with our usual business activities including the following five planning applications, which the members agreed to support.

PA21/02351 ProposalConversion of former Barn to dwelling and associated works. LocationTrekennick House Road from Junction North of Hurden to Junction NE of Penhallow Manor Hotel Altarnun Launceston ApplicantMr S Walker & Ms C Templeton.

PA21/03118 ProposalOutline application for the erection of 2 'drive thru' fast food and drink premises LocationLand East of Moor End Altarnun Launceston Cornwall ApplicantMr I Scott

PA21/02868 ProposalAgricultural building to cover existing outside yard area Location1 South Carne Road from Junction North East of Tresmeake To Trekennick Altarnun ApplicantMr A Gillbard

PA21/03442 ProposalProposed alterations and improvements to dwelling including installation of solar panels and air source heat pump, window replacement and installation of slate cladding. Location6 Fairfield Park Altarnun Launceston CornwallApplicantPeter Allen

PA21/03650ProposalReserved matters in respect of PA20/09222 dated 18.12.2020 (Outline application with some matters reserved for the construction of a dwelling)LocationLand West of Twin Trea Trewint Altarnun LauncestonApplicantMr Smith

It was interesting to listen to the councillors deliberations and how keen they are to see developments use renewable and sustainable energy sources and in the case of PA21/03118, recognised this was a great opportunity to create local jobs.

The following decisions from the planning authority were reported:

APPROVED PA20/11348 Applicant: Simon Gillbard Location: Tor View Farm

APPROVED PA21/01148 Applicant: S Medlicott Location: Penpont Brewery

APPROVED PA21/01920 Applicant: Mr & Mrs Hallett Location: Tincotts, Altarnun

Good news reported was that the council had received a clean bill of health from its comprehensive internal audit for 2020/21 and the relevant information will now go forward to be audited by the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd designated external auditor. The information will be published in due course.

More good news, Altarnun has received a further sum of £2446.50 under the Community Infrastructure Levy scheme and that the funds will be reserved to be spent within the scheme guidelines within the next 5 years.

On highways matters, the clerk confirmed that Scott Mann MP was disposed to putting forward the suggested improvements to the Plusha junction as discussed in the April council meeting. The council very much hopes Highways England are similarly disposed to act.

A member of the public came forward and requested that a Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative be set up to monitor the road outside of Altarnun Primary School. Ward councillor Adrian Parsons took swift control and arranged a contact with the Cornwall Council Community Link Officer and within a matter of hours the CWS team agreed a meeting at the school to take matters forward.

Altarnun Parish Council was also approached by a member of the public seeking traffic calming measures and or safety measures on the bend east of Jamaica Inn where the west bound A30 exit slip road joins the old A30. The matter was referred to the local highways manager, who, as ever was keen to investigate and will report back to the council in due course.

With immediate effect the Parish Council will now revert to physical meetings in Altarnun Village Hall following the recent High Court ruling that to meet and make decisions using virtual meeting arrangements is no longer lawful.The frequency of future meetings is yet to be determined, but rest assured all the necessary steps to maintain business as usual will be taken as well as ensuring that the village hall will be safe for members of the public to attend should they choose.