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Another remote Zoom meeting was held on 1st July 2020 by Altarnun Parish Council which centred on planning matters. However the clerk opened with news that Cllr Catherine Richards had resigned as an Altarnun Parish Councillor after seven years in the role. As a result a casual vacancypursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972has been created and the council now awaits either an election or a co-option process to fill the shoes of a very experienced councillor. If anyone has the ambition to serve as a parish councillor now is the chance and should state their intentions to the clerk or one of the current councillors.

The clerk also reminded that the Public Rights to inspect the councils records for the year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 will run until 13th August 2020. Any applications must be made to the clerk in accordance with the notice published on the councils web site.

In the correspondence section of the meeting it was noted that potholes on certain carriageways remain unrepaired. A problem throughout the parish and the good news is Cormac also wrote to advise the resumption of highway surface dressing operations which should see these outstanding repairs attended to in the not too distant future. Rest assured the Altarnun Parish Councillors and County Councillor Parsons are fully aware of the local issues and will continue to maintain pressure on Cormac to prioritise Altarnun Parish if possible

The meeting resolved to support the two planning applications it had been asked to comment upon this month, being;PA20/04696 ProposalDemolition of existing stone built store and construction of an extension to a dwelling to provide accommodation for elderly parent. LocationLower Tregunnon, Fairfields Cottage Road from Treoryan To Lower Tregunnon Altarnun ApplicantMs K Ellis and

PA20/03712 Proposal:Construction of a new 3-bedroom dwelling Location:Trewint Farm Road from Westmoorgate to Trewint Altarnun PL15 7TG Applicant:Mr And Mrs Andrew Greenaway.

The latter, a development within an ongoing infill scheme where the council asked the planning authority to ensure this application was for a dwelling in keeping and sympathetic with the neighbouring dwellings, permissions for which have also recently been sought. The former was accompanied by a good design and access statement which illustrated that the proposed development to be a small scheme that would ensure the materials used would match those of the existing house.

From the number of decisions reported it would appear that the planning department at Cornwall Council is also resuming more normal operations, there were five, and all had been supported by the Altarnun Parish Council when asked to comment and subsequently approved by Cornwall Council.

PA/2003556 – Approved.Location4 Thorn Close Altarnun Launceston PL15 7QZProposal Alterations and improvements including conversion of garage to bedroom, hard standing for vehicles and alterations to windowsApplicant Ms Allison Robins

PA20/03495 – Approved.Location:Trewint Service Station Altarnun Launceston PL15 7TFProposal:Alterations and extensions to existing closed petrol station kiosk to reopen the Petrol StationApplicant: Mr Singh

PA20/02975 – Approved.Location: Bodmin Moor Services Shop Access to Garage South Of The A30 Altarnun Launceston PL15 7RR. Proposal: Rear extension to the existing filling station sales building, to house new toilets.Applicant: Motor Fuel Group

PA20/03146 – Approved.Location:Barn SW Of Rivendell Altarnun Launceston Cornwall PL15 7SAProposal: Conversion of existing annexe and barn into new dwelling. -Applicant: Mrs Nicola Lawson

In closing and following the council being advised that Altarnun Community Primary School had attained a ‘Good’ rating following an Ofsted inspection in March this year, the clerk advised he had written to the school to acknowledge their success and hoped that the council can find a way to help heighten the profile of such a valuable community asset, perhaps with the publication of local interest pieces relating to the school and those associated with it on the council web site.

It was confirmed the next meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th August 2020.

The parish clerk can be contacted or by phone on 07841780397.

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