Parish Council Statement 21-Dec-2016

I am sure you will have heard that at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the parish council on the 28th November, it was decided not to proceed with the transfer of Millennium House to the Pensilva Community Association. I know that those who supported the proposed transfer and gave their time to putting some of preliminary arrangements in place will be disappointed by this decision.

Prior to the EGM the parish council sought a legal opinion on the proposed transfer and the subsequent payment of a substantial amount of the parish tax precept to PCA to assist with running Millennium House. The legal opinion was that without certain preconditions having been met, the lease to PCA and the offer of money was extremely likely to be unlawful. In order to demonstrate that the council had obtained good value for money and met the requirement of its own standing orders, it was believed that the parish council should undertake a valuation and public marketing exercise. In effect this would involve inviting tenders from other bidders, this would be both expensive and offer no guarantee that other bidders would have the same community interests as PCA. Moreover, it seems very unlikely that this formal process could be completed before the election of a new parish council in May 2017.

The parish council believed it would be unwise to enter into an expensive tendering exercise that could extend beyond the life of the present council. In the meantime the income of Millennium House had shown some improvement and hopefully this would continue. The parish council with the help of staff and volunteers will now continue to manage Millennium House and work to improve its financial position. In May a new parish council must be elected, at that time and if they so wish parishioners will have an opportunity to elect a new council with a mandate to pursue a different course of action. We would urge all those who have an interest in the future of Millennium House to consider standing for election in May.

Signed,

St Ive Parish Council

21st December 2016

Resignation of St Ive Parish Councillors

After the EGM of 28th November 2016 from which three Parish Councillors left precipitately, Parish Councillors Peter Dipper, Peter Haimes, Ivor Vaughan and Ruth Wilson have resigned from St Ive Parish Council and Cllr Corney has stepped down from the position of Chair. Because there is less than six months to the next election it is not possible to recruit replacement councillors. This leaves only five councillors where there should be thirteen.

Grants of up to £300 available for energy efficient home improvements

For people who spend most of their time at home, keeping warm in winter (and cool in summer!) is an important part of staying healthy and happy.

Community Energy Plus has recently embarked on a new project called Smart Warmth to help vulnerable and low income householders keep warm in their homes so that any health issues are not made worse living in cold or damp conditions.  I would be most grateful if you would please promote these grants to your clients in order to help them enjoy warmer, healthier homes.

How you can see information about these grants

A leaflet about Smart Warmth Grants and the advice and support offered by Community Energy Plus is here Smart Warmth Grants

Also see the information about Smart Warmth Grants on the Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/CommunityEnergyPlus) and on twitter (www.twitter.com/CEPCornwall).

Eligibility

People may qualify if they live in a low income household which is struggling with its energy bills and a member of their household suffers from a long term health condition.

What types of things can be funded?

A variety of practical measures to help you keep homes healthy and warm in the winter (and cool in the summer!) and reduce energy bills, including:

  • Heating repairs (eg broken boiler)
  • Window repairs or replacement
  • Draught proofing
  • Extractor fans and dehumidifiers
  • Chimney balloons and chimney sweeping
  • Hot water cylinder jackets and pipe lagging
  • Portable heaters (eg oil filled radiators)

The measures and help available will be dependent on individual need and circumstances and must be for home improvements which cannot be funded by other sources.
We can’t fund anything that is the responsibility of a landlord but for more information about what might be eligible, please give them a call.

How long is the funding available for?

Limited funding is available now and must be spent by October 2016, funding is allocated on a first come first served basis.

How can people apply?

Contact Community Energy Plus on Freephone 0800 954 1956 or 01872 245566, alternatively email at: advice@cep.org.uk

Election of a Parish Councillor

Notice of Election

Election of a Parish Councillor for St Ive Parish Council – Pensilva Ward

 Notice is hereby given that:

1. COUNCILLORS TO BE ELECTED

An election is to be held of ONE Councillor for the said Parish Ward.

2. NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination papers may be obtained from the Deputy Returning Officer at Cornwall Council, St Austell OneStop-Shop, Council Offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR (01209 614298), during normal office hours, who, upon request, will prepare for signature a nomination paper.

3. DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination papers can only be submitted in person on any day after the date of this notice, but not later than 4 pm on Thursday 7 April 2016  to the following locations on the specified dates and times:-

31 March, 4, 5, 6 and 7 April to the Deputy Returning Officer, Room 11, Cornwall Council, St Austell OneStop-Shop, Council Offices, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm

1 April to the Deputy Returning Officer, Cornwall Council, Luxstowe House, Liskeard PL14 3DZ between the hours of 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm

4. POLLING DAY

If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

5. ABSENT VOTING

Applications to vote by post or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 April 2016 if they are to be effective for this election.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 April 2016, except in cases where unforeseen illness, incapacity, occupation, service or employment occurs after that time, in which case applications may be received by no later 5.00pm on Thursday 5 May 2016.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Room 8, Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR.

Kate Kennally, Returning Officer – 30 March 2016

Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR

Bus stops near Parkfield, St Ive on A390

The Parish Council is looking at bus stops for the A390 near Parkfield, St Ive. The smaller will be more likely to be affordable and therefore actually installed. If you have comments, please also tell the Parish Clerk. I normally see people waiting here to head West towards Liskeard via Pensilva. Do we need another for going towards Callington?

2-Bay bus shelter 3-Bay bus shelter

Closure of 1st Pensilva Scouts

Closure of 1st Pensilva Scouts

1st Pensilva Scout Group

From the Group Scout Leader:  Barry Hocking

Group Closure

It is with regret that I announce the closure of the 1st Pensilva Scout Group.

Efforts to increase our youth membership and adult support have not resulted in achieving the number required to enable us to continue.

In consultation with the East Cornwall District Commissioner it was agreed that the Group would close after the meeting on 9th July.

There are groups in Callington, Stoke Climsland, Menheniot, Liskeard and Upton Cross.  Information about joining these groups is available by email:

enquiries@cornwallscouts.org.uk