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Launcells Parish Council

Minutes February 2023 (DRAFT)

Monday 9th February 2023

The meeting of Launcells Parish Council was held on above date at 8:00pm, in Launcells Parish Hall.

Councillors Present:

Chairman Cllr Whittle, Vice-Chair Cllr Allin, Cllr Cleave, Cllr Elliott, Cllr Minter, Cllr Pollard, Cllr Hargreaves, Cllr Wingard, Cllr Stokes.

Also in attendance: Clerk Julie Gray.

0 members of the public were present for the meeting.

Cllr Whittle opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

Record of Apologies.


Cllr Tape cannot make the meeting tonight.

Confirm the Minutes of the previous Meeting.


It was resolved to approve the minutes and ratify all decisions made at the meeting held on Monday 9th January 2023. Proposed Cllr Whittle. Seconded Cllr Pollard. 7 in favour. 2 abstained, due to not being present at the previous meeting. The Chair, Cllr A Whittle, signed them as a correct record.



  1. There were no Declarations.



  1. There were no dispensation requests.

Matters Arising.


  1. Street Trading objection.
    The objection was confirmed, and Cornwall Council will be in touch in due course with a date for the Hearing, where we will be invited to attend and speak in support of our objection.

Report from Cornwall Councillor Chopak.


Cllr Chopak is absent due to annual leave.

Public Participation. (3 min reminder per item per person?)


There were no members of the public present.


02.23/35: – all correspondence circulated via email.

  1. Invitation to CALC AGM.
  2. Bude CNP Highways Scheme.
  3. CareNow Volunteers.
  4. Bude Community Network Panel Meeting.
  5. Information Request – Value of Parish Councils Survey.
  6. Camelford Community Network Panel Invite.
  7. Keeping Cornwall Updated.
  8. RCHT Patient Leader Launch.
  9. Local Planning Training.
  10. BCNP Agenda.
  11. Keeping Cornwall Updated.
  12. NALC newsletter.
  13. Town and Parish Council Newsletter.
  14. Chief Executive’s Bulletin.
  15. Tamar Toll Action Group.
  16. Planning News.
  17. NALC Chief Executive Bulletin.



  1. Decision Notices/Updates: 
    1. APP/D0840/W/22/3301213 re PA21/04977 | Change of use of land to dog training/exercise area | Mapowders Farm Stratton Bude Cornwall EX23 9NR.
  2. Planning Applications/Appeals:
    Any late planning applications received will be discussed but not decided under this section.
    1. PA22/11471 | The installation of a timber lodge to be occupied by a traveller and the installation of a sewage treatment plant | Land South Of Kitts Farm Stratton Bude Cornwall EX23 9NR.
      The application was unanimously refused. The Parish Council cannot support this application because: -
      1. It's not appropriate in an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV).
      2. The use of existing buildings etc is for agricultural/equine use and there would appear to be no agricultural need for residential development.
      3. Other similar applications have been rejected and to allow this would set an unacceptable precedent.
      4. Erecting a so called "Eco Lodge" is hiding the reality of possible speculative development.
      5. The junction of the small unclassified road with the fast section of A3072 is already a hazard without encouraging further residential development close by.
      6. Proposed Cllr Whittle. Seconded Cllr Pollard.
    2. PA23/00299 | EIA Scoping Opinion request for an extension to the quarry | Pigsdon Quarry Launcells Bude Cornwall EX23 9LQ.
      The Launcells Parish Council unanimously agreed that an independent opinion from the Environmental Agency should be obtained prior to any application.
      Proposed Cllr Hargreaves. Seconded Cllr Whittle.
    3. ​​​​​ PA23/00206 | Proposed car port | Barons Barn Hobbacott Lane Marhamchurch Bude Cornwall EX23 0EX.
      Launcells Parish Council unanimously agreed that there were no objections to the application.
      Proposed Cllr Hargreaves. Seconded Cllr Whittle.
    4. PA22/11393 | Outline application for a phased development of up to three dwellings, with all matters reserved except for access. | Land North Of The Granary Marsh Farm Howard Lane Stratton Bude Cornwall EX23 9TF.
      The original application was for 3 buildings. It is unclear whether the present application is for 4 therefore this shall be clarified by Cllr Whittle. If for 4 the opinion of the closest residents shall be sought.

Bus Stop Lighting.


The Clerk contacted contractor with a view to starting works. Due to the quote being before November 2022 the contractor needs to requote. He will contact manufacturer then supply us with the new quote.

Red Post.


Cllr Whittle has now placed the signs warning there is CCTV.

The Parish Council insurance covers audio-visual and photographic equipment, camcorders and videos.

The Clerk will supply Cllr Whittle with the ICO number.



Launcells Parish Council is happy to take on the LMP contract this year. The estimated grant is £102.32.

History Club / Hall Committee.


For information – the Parish Hall Committee has declined the option of fitting an external door to the history room due to the starting of a children’s gym, which leads to safeguarding issues. It was suggested that the Parish Council invite the Chair of the Hall Committee and the Chair of the History Club committee to the next meeting to discuss options.

Cllr Whittle will liaise with Sue Littlejohn.

May Meeting Date.


Both the 1st and the 8th is a Bank Holiday - the Parish Council are happy to attend on Thursday 4th May.



Cllr Whittle has ordered new pads and a battery. The pads have arrived, and the battery is on back order. Cllr Whittle will find out if the defibrillator works with the new pads. If it does not work Cllr Whittle will advertise it is out of action at this time and to use the one at the Parish Hall.

Highways / Launcells Cross.


BCNP reviewed the Highways Scheme and the Grimscott scheme is confirmed.

Cllr Pollard stated there was flooding on the road and he has emailed Cornwall Council. He received an email that they were aware there was something wrong and were investigating it.

Cllr Whittle contacted Cornwall Council that the white lines at Red Post are faded and need renewing. Response received stated that the white lines were good enough. Cllr Whittle will take some photographs and send them.

Cllr Whittle hasn’t had chance to speak to Oliver yet re mirrors on the roads.

The Clerk has collaborated with Cllr Cleave and sent a letter to a landowner requesting the trimming of the hedge to enable better view of the junction.

Cllr Allin will also speak to another landowner to request the cutting of the hedge on the other side of the road.

Grimscott Planters.


No volunteers have come forward.

The advert will be placed in the Magazine again. It was suggested that it be made clear that there will be no cost to the volunteers for plants etc. Gateway to Grimscott paid for the planters and bulbs.

Tamar Toll.


The Parish Council received an email from the Tamar Toll Action Group. They are requesting support from all Parish Councils in Cornwall to help abolish the tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Ferry.
It was proposed by Cllr Whittle that we support the Group only as far as having the Ferry stopped being subsidized by the Toll and it to be used solely for the upkeep to the Bridge as this will reduce the cost. Seconded Cllr Pollard. Unanimous.

Shared Prosperity Fund.


The full application had to be in by the end of January therefore there was no time to make an application.



It was suggested that the Parish Council liaise with the Hall Committee to consider celebrating the Coronation in some way.



Cllr Whittle attended the talk at the Falcon Hotel in Bude.

No clear answers were given, and it was encouraged that everyone take part in the online consultation that ends on 17th February.



There were 2 people interested. Due to the lack of interest this idea shall be shelved and maybe looked at in the future.

Parish Magazine Contribution.


Cllr Wingard will contribute to the Magazine this month.


To receive oral or written reports and authorise any action.


  1. Chairman.
    There was nothing to report.
  2. The Clerk.
    The Clerk will obtain Cllr Allin’s signature for online banking and complete the application.
    The Clerk pointed out that the Cllrs do not have to reply to planning emails – they are for consideration at the meeting.

Finance & Legislation.


  1. Ratification of payments totalling £1406.28 as per January schedule. It was resolved to ratify the payments. Proposed Cllr Hargreaves. Seconded Cllr Wingard. Unanimous.
  2. The Clerk does not at this time have up to date bank statements – when received she will send out the Bank reconciliations.
  3. To note Income & Bank Balances as per the schedule.

Urgent Matters raised with the Chairman since the Agenda was published.



Date of next meeting and note items from Councillors for the Agenda.


6th March 2023


Meeting closed at 9.08 pm


During the meeting it may arise that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential or special nature of the business to be transacted and the press and public will be instructed to withdraw.

When this arises, the Chair will recommend to consider passing the following resolution: “to resolve that in view of the confidential or special nature of the business to be discussed, the public are excluded and instructed to withdraw.”

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