Minutes of the meeting of Michaelstow Council Meeting held in the Treveighan Methodist Chapel on Thursday 7th July 2016
Present: Cllr. J. Marshall, Clr. R. East, Cllr. A. Button, Simon Mitchell (Parish clerk). Dominic Fairman, PCSO Stephen Edser
- Public Session: Attending was Police Community Support Officer [PCSO] Stephen Edser who Cllr ffrench Blake had invited to talk about the migrant worker situation at Michaelstow Manor. PCSO Edser had read the May minutes concerning the series of complaints outlined in the May minutes. PCSO Edser reported that although the holiday park aspects of the business were run by the Jesson’s an entirely separate properly registered ‘gangmaster’ company had brought in migrant workers to service the labour intensive agricultural and food processing work in Cornwall and are renting accommodation from the park. They had been staying in a caravan park in Newquay and their present accommodation was an improvement on this. There were now about 30 workers left at Michaelstow and although PCSO Edser knew the situation was under investigation from the planning department he had no knowledge of the planning situation. The workers had two key contact people and he would supply their details.
The chairman told PCSO Edser that there had been two applications for permanent residence, both not approved. He was concerned that there might suddenly be 100’s of workers there. The PCSO thought that they were a good, hard-working, compliant gangmaster company. He reported that since beginning of December to date that there were three incidents reported that were linked to Michaelstow Manor 1) single traffic incident 2) A worker reporting someone coming on site to try and sell “dodgy goods” to them and 3) The Gangmaster representative calling over a dispute between workers. The parish council agreed to increase communication with PCSO Edser and the contacts he would supply.
There was a discussion on the relative merits of migrant workers to service farm labour in Cornwall and a general agreement that it was neccessary given the industrial nature of farming.
Mr Dominic Fairman was attending the meeting as he was standing in the election on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. Dominic Fairman was standing in the by-election and was knocking on doors and meeting people. He said that if he was elected he would come to some meetings and could help with issues, such as the poorly draining road or ‘mushroom man’ that local people had told him about.
- Members declaration of interest: There were no interests declared.
- Apologies for non-attendance: Cllrs ffrench Blake and Whitby had given their apologies.
- Approve the minutes: The minutes of the June meeting were approved and signed.
- Matters arising from the above minutes:
Michaelstow Community Fund and Michaelstow Church Friends bank accounts were discussed and the signatories for the bank accounts for these are to be: Michaelstow Fund: Cllr’s Whitby and Marshall and the clerk. The Church Friends fund signatories were to be Cllrs Whitby, Button and the clerk.
The clerk reported he had contacted Cormac again. They had visited the blocked underground drain that causes a pool of water to gather on the road at Clarkswell corner [turn to Michaelstow Churchtown]. He thought the water was coming out from the land at Lower Tradarrup, lower down the hill than the drain and hence still trickling down the road. The council asked him to contact Cormac again.
- Planning: There were no planning issues.
- Accounts: Financial Matters
- Invoices & Payments: clerks salary of £269 paid in arrears by standing order July. 01.Bank Balance: all payments cleared to £4797.63
Mr Sanders: An invoice received for £308 from Mr. Sanders for 22 hours, April & June
Locum work for clerk: Final cheque from St Tudy PC made payable to MPC for £202.21.
Stationery used: £11.48 Payroll admin: £15 payable to Diane Malley [cheque]
Employers NI: £43.49 & Clerks NI: £38.80 [cheque for £81.79 payable by 15.07]
Cheque to clerk for balance of £93.94
- LMP: Cornwall Council Local Maintenance Project. Cllr Button confirmed that Mr. Sanders had scarified the green.
- Community: Network / Correspondence. There were no letters or emails that needed action by the council.
- Parish Matters and Items for News: There was nothing for the newsletter. The Parish Council discussed the Annual General Meeting scheduled for the 6th October and re-instated the talk on the Church that was cancelled last year.
- Date of next Meeting: Dates for year’s meetings 2016 – 17:
01.09 – 06.10 – 03.11 – 01.12 – [05.01] – 02.02 – 02.03
The next meeting was set for Thursday 4th August.[corrected]
- To Close the meeting:
Cllr Marshall closed the meeting at 20.24
These minutes were signed as correct on Thursday 4th August, with one alteration in 11 – the date which was wrong.