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ALTARNUN PARISH COUNCIL Monthly Meeting Report February 2021

Councillor Debra Branch chaired the February meeting of Altarnun Parish Council and welcomed County Councillor Adrian Parsons, who delivered a mixed bag of good and bad news. His feeling was that the maximum permitted increase in council tax will be invoked for 2021/22 as the counties budget has been severely tested, not surprisingly, over the last year. Likewise this year will undoubtedly bring its financial challenges and there is the welcome or unwelcome, depending on your viewpoint, G7 meeting planned for June in the west of the county. Cllr Parsons, in answer to a members question, did not have any briefing information around the cost of policing or other associated costs that the taxpayer may have to bear.

On more positive notes, whilst the impact of Covid has bitten the county hard, mass vaccination centres are being established and opened. Cornwall has been revealed to be one of the best performing areas in the country for delivering the Covid vaccine. A second mass vaccination centre opened at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on 1st February. It joined the mass centre at Stithians Showground as well as vaccination centres in 13 other locations across Cornwall and two in pharmacies in Roche and Truro.

He went on to mention that the Cornwall Council strategic planning committee are due to hear arguments for two large developments at Hayle Harbour and Pydar Street, Truro which will potentially have large economic consequences in those areas and beyond.

Finally, he confirmed that the government is pushing ahead with plans to hold local government elections in May, however the situation prevailing at the time will determine whether these will take place.

Altarnun councillors have, over the last few months been debating the merits of installing bus shelter at Bolventor. On the face of it the benefit is clear. However, during the evaluative process, other factors such as traffic management, location, planning directives and routes to finance have highlighted that the final decision must be made unerringly. Agreement was reached to place the matter on hold until at least September 2021.

This month’s planning matters saw councillors unanimously agree to support a retrospective planning application for permission to retain a farm building at Tor View Farm, Altarnun submitted by Simon Gillbard, noting that pre planning advice had been taken. It was reported that planning application reference PA20/1642 had been approved by the authority for the conversion of a garage into an artists studio. The applicant being Richard Sharland.

The parish council noted two pre application cases that were submitted to Cornwall Council during January, the first for Meadowside Barn, Trewint, relating to a proposed two storey extension and the second to the development of a residential property on land situate on the north side of Hollybank, Treween.

Elsewhere in the meeting, councillors agreed to invite quotations for the cutting of parish footpaths on a three year fixed term and fixed price basis with the closing date for responses being 26th March 2021.

Donations were approved for the upkeep of the cemeteries at St Nonnas and Holy Trinity, Bolventor. Both will receive £120. With donations in mind, the parish council is keen to support local groups and organisations looking for grant funds to assist with projects and will welcome applications, via the clerk, for consideration. At present a figure up to £500 could be available.

Altarnun Parish Council meetings are to continue via Zoom until at least until May 2021. The parish clerk can always be contacted at clerkaltarnunpc@gmail.com or by phone on 07841780397 for submissions, queries and information as to how to join the remote council meetings.