Welcome to the parish of St John
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION 6th May 2021 at Antony Village Hall polling station
What have the Parish Councilors been responsible for:-
Achievements in St John and Freathy that councillors have been responsible for over the past several years have included taking an active role in developing theRame Neighbourhood Development Plan, and the Rame Traffic Studies, involving liaison with Cornwall County, Antony, Sheviock, Maker with Rame and Millbrook PCs (Rame Cluster parishes).
They have pursued Cornwall County (and Cormac) on flooding and road cleaning, speeding, parking problems (along Military Road), dealt with planning applications (successfully supporting all those in St John Village and most of the chalet developments in Freathy), supporting two major solar farms whilst successfully objecting to two overpowering proposed wind turbine developments in our parish. They have liaised with CC Planning Enforcement regardingunauthorised development, including serious flooding failure of an unauthorised dam.
To aide transparency they have set up and maintained your new parish websiteand created new noticeboards in St John and Freathy. They have provided sound financial management enabling a freeze to the Precept on your Council Tax for several years and arranged donations on your behalf to many local charities.
Your Councillors have successfully negotiated a funding agreement with British Solar Renewables granting the community £3000 pa, and allocated this funding to a range of projects, from defibrillators to improvements to footpaths, improvements to Freathy and St John community halls, St John church etc.
The Councillors have enabled the upgrading of our local infrastructure including footpaths, steps, styles etc and annual vegetation clearing, new finger post, bus shelters, and new road signage covering speeding and Neighbourhood Watch in St John, Clearway signage on Military Road, yellow lines in Freathy and significant upgrading and maintenance of our War Memorial garden (PC’s only physical land asset) and improvements to St John Church graveyard and drainage. The Councillors are responsible for winter gritting, and this past winter have endeavoured to lift morale during this difficult period with two new Christmas tree displays, both in our St John Memorial Garden and in Freathy village.
In order to maintain our wonderful environment, the councillors liaise with The Wildlife Trust and The Woodlands Trust in respect of woodland management and have physically worked with them in clearing woodland.
Most of this work has been undertaken by Councillors themselves, including physical work in the parish environment, in many cases assisted by ad-hoc working groups where time has been willingly given by parishioners, effort for which is extremely appreciated.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO EVENTS OR MEETINGS AT THE VILLAGE HALL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
IF YOU ARE IN FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING THIS CURRENT CRISIS YOU MAY WANT TO APPLY TO THE RAME COMMUNITY FUND
This fund aims to help individuals, living in the five Rame Peninsula parishes (including St John) who need some financial support to assist with immediate, short term or emergency situations. This could be for purchases of things like clothing, bedding, furniture or other household equipment or appliances. Also help can be offered with transport costs or to pay bills. However in the current crisis help will be mainly for essential items, food or electricity keys. If you live in St John and wish to find out more about how to apply for support then please visit www.ramecommunityfund.org.uk for application forms and further information or e mail email@example.com or contact Mrs Megan Keys on 01752 823119 where any enquiry will be treated in the strictest confidence.
If you are a resident of St John and would like to donate to this local charity then you can pick up a leaflet from the BT phone box in the village. Alternatively you can just transfer a donation to Rame Community Fund sort code 08-92-99 at account 65623697.
The parish comprises two settlements, St John and Freathy, together with residential houses and farms set in a rural landscape classed as Area of Great Landscape Value, and situated between the two AONBs of Rame and the Tamar Estuary.
The village of St John is a narrow ribbon type hamlet of some eighty cottages and houses, situated in a narrow wooded valley. Many of the cottages are traditional stone cottages up to 400 years old and for this reason St John is a designated heritage Conservation Area, the limits of which are the tops of the surrounding hills that can be seen from the village itself. The Conservation Area is significant in preserving the character and appearance of the village, and provides planning protection from inappropriate development.
The twelfth century St John-in-Cornwall church is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The listed building has a Norman tower and fifteenth century chancel and nave. St John-in-Cornwall church has a delightful graveyard, which abounds in beautiful spring flowers.
St John Village Hall
The St John Village Hall is a pro-active centre for the community, providing the venue for several activity clubs, and which hosts many social functions throughout the year, from Guy Fawkes displays to popular wine tasting evenings, childrens’ fun days and various quiz and themed events.
The popular St John Inn has now been refurbished and owners Rob and Gill are there to welcome you on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
St John’s Lake, just north of the village is a tidal creek recognized for its importance to many overwintering wildfowl and wading birds and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There is an unusual tidal ford still maintained on Gooseyford Lane.
Freathy village (together with smaller settlement of Treganhawke) is a chalet village, comprising chalets erected prior to the Town & Country Planning Act and in which there are tight restrictions on the development of new chalets as well as alterations to existing chalets. There are approximately 120 chalets, 40% of which are used as holiday homes. The resident population of Freathy is approximately 115. Freathy is in the south of the parish, which is designated as Heritage Coast. At Freathy there is a lovely sandy beach accessible only by steep footpaths, which lead down from the South West Coast Path.
The landscape is mainly used for farming including sheep, dairy and flowers and crops. Tourism is important to the area and many visitors come in the summer to stay in the holiday chalets on the cliffs at Freathy and Tregonhawke and the Whitsand Bay Holiday Park. There is a small polythene products factory adjacent to the B3247.