Thursday, 30 January 2014

Community Network Meeting - mostly rural roads

There was another Truro and Roseland Community Network Meeting on 21st January 2014 chaired by Truro Councillor Charlotte McKenzie.

Councillor Bert Briscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport and Waste, gave an account of the challenge facing the Cornwall on funding the rural road network. This was also recently reported in the news.
"The vast bulk of our productive economy lies down tracks and unclassified roads," he said. "But we are in a world of shrinking resources. And if our maintenance budget is being shrunk we are going to lose the battle. We are talking about beginning to abandon parts of rural roads which are the nervous system of the Cornish economy." (Source: Cornwall councillor's fears on rural roads upkeep. BBC 14th Jan 2014)
Whilst rural roads are extremely important to the farming and leisure community given the current squeeze on finances it is proving difficult to maintain them. In fact Cornwall Council is aware that the backlog of repairs may only become greater.

He asked parish councils to consider talking with the farming community. One suggestion has been to place an additional voluntary levy on businesses that use rural roads to help fund their upkeep. This would be analogous to the BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) schemes in town centres. There also needs to perhaps be consideration about the size, frequency, and speed of vehicles that use the lanes, he said, accepting that this is, of course, a sensitive issue in the rural economy.

A lengthsman at work in Dorset (photo from BBC)
Water damage is the principle reason for deterioration of the road network. Councillor Briscoe talked about the reintroduction of lengthsmen employed by parish councils. A lengthsman would walk a section of road looking for early signs of damage and undertaking minor preventive work - clearing drains and ditches. "Their principal role is to carry out minor highway maintenance on a regular basis, looking after a number of parishes. Each parish has a number of days allocated to this work. The Parish Lengthsman helps to alleviate regular problems relating to the highway." (Source: Parish Lengthsman. Devon County Council)

Also at the meeting there was information on school numbers - there is a boom in children numbers in Cornwall - and also about social services for families and children centres.

Finally, an emergency planning meeting is being arranged for 18:30 March 11 in Gerrans.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Notice of vacancy (Town Ward)

Your parish council needs you!

One of our Councillors (Mrs Pauline Davies) has left her position in the Parish Council because of family commitments. We wish her well. She has served on the council in the past, was co-opted to the last council, and elected in May this year. We thank her for all the work that she has done for Grampound with Creed.

The official notice of a vacancy is now available to download on the Grampound with Creed website and has been posted on all the parish's notice boards.

It has also been reproduced below.






1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Pauline Davies has ceased to be a member of Grampound with Creed Parish Council and that a casual vacancy exists in the Town Ward.

2. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at the Council Offices, Luxstowe House, Liskeard PL14 3DZ (phone 01579 341234) by TEN (or more) electors for the said Ward an election will be held to fill the vacancy.

3. If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by                                          13th February 2014 the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

          DATED this 24th day of January 2014

          (Signed) .........................................................................
                          Clerk to the Parish Council

Mrs. G. Thompson
Clerk to Grampound with Creed Parish Council
12 Bonython Drive

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Grampound Community Fund launched

The first meeting of the advisory panel set up to advise on the distribution of funds from the Garlenick Wind Turbines met on Friday 10th January. The five elected members (Brian Coode, Peter Hardacre, Geoff Hodgson, Roger Paynter, Jane Sloan), the County Councillor (Bob Egerton), and the Parish Council representative (Dean Jenkins) met to agree the terms of reference for the group, considered the criteria for the two available funds this forthcoming year, the likely timetable for applications, and the name of the fund.

Geoff Hodgson was elected chair of the group and the name of the fund was decided as "Grampound Community Fund". Bob Egerton was elected as administrator to the group to liaise with Grantscape the charity chosen by Airvolution to administer the fund. It was agreed that an information notice will be delivered to all residents of Grampound with Creed in coming weeks. Drop-in sessions will be scheduled to help explain the different criteria and the application process.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Flood advice and contact information

For advice call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188 and use quickdial number 160003 (for Grampound with Creed) or 160058 (more generally).

The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed at
Flood Destroy Be Prepared logo

Or log onto Floodline Warnings Direct at

Cornwall Council’s advice is also as follows:
If you wish to report a flooding incident please call it through to 03001234 100 (general) or 0300 1234 222 (highways) and it will be directed to the appropriate service.  If the matter is very urgent and involves threat to life etc please us 999.
Also you can consult our Community Flood Plan (PDF)