July 2020 Minutes

Minutes of Meeting held on Zoom on 7thJuly, 2020

  1. Cllr. Osborne chaired the monthly meeting which was held on Zoom with Cllrs. P Chapman, C Smith, I Franklyn, D Adey, C Pallett, County Cllr. Nicky Chopak and one member of the public attending.
    Apologies received from Cllr. A Vogel.
  2. Declarations

    There were no declarations of Interest/Dispensations in respect of this Agenda.

  3. Minutes

    The minutes of the previous meeting were Emailed to Councillors to read. These were agreed by Councillors and signed by the Chairman as correct.

  4. Balance

    The balance at the bank was £9299.84 in the Current A/c and £5795.18 in the Primrose A/c.

  5. Code of Conduct Consultation

    It was noted that a Code of Conduct consultation 2020 will run for 10 weeks from 8th June to 17th August 2020.

  6. Planning PA19/08073 -

    Outline Application for Industrial Units on Land South of the Old Wainhouse Inn – Cornwall Council had approved this with Conditions.

  7. Accounts to pay-

    • Mrs.M Cowling – Internal Audit - £50.00
    • Ballynet – Website fees £185.00

    Proposed we pay Cllr. Chapman Seconded Cllr. Adey
    Unanimously agreed.

  8. Police & Crime Commissioner

    Councillors Advocate Scheme – County Cllr. Nicky Chopak advised that the Network have a Representative.

  9. Planning Email

    This Email was forwarded to all Councillors recommending that Local Councils put procedures in place to consider their responses on planning applications electronically.

  10. Local Bus Timetable

    The Clerk had obtained the new Bus Service timetable and had put this on the two notice boards and sent it to the Journal for the next edition.

  11. Email – Cllr. A Vogel

    This was forwarded to all Councillors and reads as follows:-
    With reference to last month’s meeting (June)

    • No 5 on the agenda I was given. Giving the Chairman and Clerk the powers to make all decisions without consulting other councillors or anyone at all ( I believe this was passed). I was led to believe the clerk was impartial and had no voting powers, is this legal? What is the point of having a parish council, this doesn’t seem democratic.
    • No 6 on the agenda I was given. Standing orders. Last year I was quite vocal with my opposition to anyone recording a parish council meeting on a device connected to the internet. As a compromise it was agreed to ask for a month’s notice, which was passed. We were told from the start that we had to pass the Standing Orders as they were LAW, (according to County Councillor Nicky Chopak). If the Standing Orders were law why were we even discussing them and where was the paperwork to confirm this? I feel that members of the public may feel intimidated from speaking up at a Council meeting if they are being recorded, especially if the person doing the recording they are in dispute with.
    • Zoom. Not all parish councils in Cornwall are having meetings via zoom. As a parish councillor I have been reminded by the chairman that if I don’t attend 6 meetings then I will no longer be a councillor. I feel that I am being discriminated against because I don’t have latest technology.
    • County Cllr. Nicky Chopak said that as there cannot be more than six people at a meeting at present with no face to face contact on-line meetings are likely to continue until the end of the year..
  12. Councillor matters

    1. It was mentioned that another good Journal had been delivered to every household in the Parish.
    2. It was agreed to give the Journal £750 as in previous years this to be put on next months Agenda.
    3. County Cllr. Nicky Chopak reported that the Stratton MIU will be kept open until April.

The meeting ended at 8.00pm when the Zoom time ran out.