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Launcells Parish Council

Minutes January 2023

Monday 9th January 2023

The meeting of Launcells Parish Council was held on above date at 7:30pm, in Launcells Parish Hall.

Councillors Present:

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

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 and Approve Apologies.


Cllr Wingard and Cllr Stokes send their apologies.
Cllr Tape did not attend.

Confirm the Minutes of the previous Meeting.


It was resolved to approve the minutes and ratify all decisions made at the meeting held on Thursday 24th November 2022. Proposed Cllr Whittle. Seconded Cleave. 3 in favour. 4 abstained, due to not being present at the previous meeting. The Chair, Cllr A Whittle, signed them as a correct record.



  1. i. Cllr Whittle declared an interest in planning application PA22/10589 and PA22/10590.



  1. To note approved dispensations relevant to items on the agenda.
    1. There were no dispensation requests.

Matters Arising.


  1. ICO registration is completed and a direct debit set up.
  2. NatWest signatory paperwork has been completed.

Public Participation.

(3 min reminder per item per person?)


There were no members of the public in attendance


01.23/07: – all correspondence circulated via email.

  1. CALC Safeguarding Meeting Follow-Up.
  2. Town & Parish Council Newsletter.
  3. Chief Executive’s Bulletin.
  4. Town & Parish Council Briefing: Proposed Devolution Update.
  5. NALC Newsletter.
  6. Keeping Cornwall Updated.
  7. Community Housing Conversations.
  8. Cornwall AONB Monumental Improvement Newsletter.
  9. Severe Weather Emergency Protocol.
  10. Proposed Deal for Cornwall – Information.
  11. Keeping Cornwall Updated.
  12. Police and Crime Commissioner Survey.
  13. NALC Newsletter.
  14. Street Trading Renewal Application. Agenda 12.
  15. Council Tax Referendum Principles.
  16. Highway Consultation. Agenda 15.
  17. Keeping Cornwall Updated.



a) Decision Notices/Updates:

  1. PA22/08900 | Proposed extension to cow cubicle shed | Thorne Farm Bridgerule Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 7HD. WITHDRAWN.
  2. PA22/09229 | Demolition of stable building and new build self-contained annex | Springleaze Bridgerule Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 7HB. WITHDRAWN.

b) Planning Applications/Appeals:
Any late planning applications received will be discussed but not decided under this section.

**Cllr Whittle left the room**
**Cllr Allin chaired the meeting.

(i) PA22/10589 | Proposed agricultural shed to cover existing silage Pit - Shed 1 | Land North Of Thorne Farm Bridgerule Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 7HD.
It was unanimously agreed that there were no objections to the application.
Proposed Cllr Allin. Seconded Cllr Cleave.

(ii) PA22/10590 | Proposed Agricultural Shed to cover existing silage Pit - Shed 2 | Thorne Farm Bridgerule Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 7HD.
It was unanimously agreed that there were no objections to the application.
Proposed Cllr Allin. Seconded Cllr Cleave.

**Cllr Whittle returned to the meeting**
**Cllr Allin stepped down.

Bus Stop Lighting.


It was agreed to contact the contractor and request work be started. If there is a difference in the quote Launcells Parish Council will pay the difference – this was resolved at the last meeting (Minute 584.24/11).

Red Post.


The CCTV is installed and a sign has been placed underneath the camera warning of the presence of CCTV. A CCTV policy was circulated to the Councillors prior to the meeting: Data is stored on the card; a live feed is connected to Cllr Pollards mobile; data will be stored for a maximum of 2 days; the CCTV is only directed at the Sign and only footage of damage / removal of the sign will be viewed. The ICO checklist was agreed by the Councillors and permission will be requested by the owner of the fence by the CCTV for permission to place a small sign warning of CCTV.

It was proposed by Cllr Whittle that Launcells Parish Council adopt the policy. Seconded by Cllr Allin. Unanimous. The Policy will be added to the Parish Website.

The Insurance Status of the Red Post will be checked.

Highways / Launcells Cross.


Alan has not yet spoken to O Jones re the mirror on highways policy but is meeting Oliver 25th January and will discuss this then. The Clerk has not yet liaised with Cllr Cleave re letter to landowner concerning the hedge.

Cllr Allin has spoken to the owner of the hedge on the corner and he is happy for that to be taken back in order to improve visibility.

L Street Trading Renewal application.

Mr Desmond Petersen Woodall Products - Layby on A3072 between Stratton and Redpost, Bude.


It was proposed by Cllr Hargreave that Launcells Parish Council object to the application due to obstruction of the lay-by. Seconded Cllr Cleave. Unanimous.

Hersham ‘Dangerous Dogs’ Issue


There have been several incidents of a dog attacking - a number of dogs have been sent to the vets. Cllr Pollard was informed that the dog has now been removed from the area. It is suggested that if there are any other incidents then parishioners are requested to report these to the Parish Council.



The Red Post Inn require new defib pads and a battery. The battery is £200 and the pads are £65.

It was resolved that Cllr Whittle purchase these to keep the defibrillator in good repair.

Proposed Cllr Whittle. Seconded Cllr Cleave. Unanimous

Highways Consultation.


The deadline is 13/1 if the Council wish to comment. It was decided there was nothing further to add to the consultation.

Cormac Workshop Sessions.


Cllr Whittle attended the workshop. There is a good reporting system for potholes – the work is done quite quickly after reporting the issue. Cllr Whittle will look at the file and see if there is anything else of use to the Council.

Grimscott Planters.


There has been no response yet from the advert that was placed last week.

Shared Prosperity Fund.


Cllr Whittle and Cllr Wingard viewed the common and think this could be a good project – a walkway round the outside with benches. It was suggested by Cllr Hargreaves that if the Common was cleared of brush it would also allow the natural bluebells to flourish.

Cllr Whittle and the clerk will look into putting in an expression of interest to the “Levelling-up” fund.



There has been no response yet from the enquiry placed last week.

Will review next meeting.

Councillor’s tasks.


There are no updates from the Councillors apart from Cllr Whittle.

The next Councillor contribution to the Parish Magazine will be given by Cllr Whittle.

Cllr Whittle attended the CNWP – Cornwall Council are reducing the network areas from 19 to 12. Bude will be combined with Camelford. It has been promised there will be a significant budget. There will be 4 Cornwall Councillors. Cllr Whittle will circulate the final feedback when he has received it.

To receive oral or written reports and authorise any action.


  1. Chairman.
    There was nothing to report.
  2. The Clerk.
    The Clerk requested that if there are any regular emails missing to let her know. Not Graham as yet…
    The Clerk has received a letter forward from NatWest that they have updated the account – although the Clerk nor Cllr Pollard has received anything. The Clerk will apply for online banking and requested details of the signatories.
    Launcells Parish Council received a thank you from St Swithins re the Darley Oak.
    The Microsoft licence has ended. It was proposed by Cllr Whittle that up to £90 be authorised to renew the licence. Seconded Cllr Pollard. Unanimous. The need for a new PC in the mid-term was recognised.



Cllr Stokes has not yet been able to clean the plaque. Will update next meeting



All Councillors in attendance confirmed they are now able to access their new Parish Council emails



The precept has been submitted – this is an increase of 6.8% in the Council Tax.

Finance & Legislation.


  1. Ratification of payments totalling £900.54 as per October schedule. It was resolved to ratify the payments. Proposed Cllr Whittle. Seconded Cllr Hargreaves. Unanimous.
  2. To note Bank reconciliations.
  3. To note Income & Bank Balances as per the schedule and reconciliations.

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


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


6th February 2023

  • Defib training
  • White lines at Red Post

Meeting closed at 8.30pm


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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