St John Parish Council

St John Parish Council covers the settlements of St John village and Freathy/Tregonhawke, as well as the farms and businesses within the overall parish.

The population of the parish is approximately 400 people, and the parish is the smallest parish council in Cornwall.

The boundaries of the parish are shown on the map presented on this website.

The Parish Council owns no assets, and is responsible for the upkeep of the public footpaths shown on the parish map.

The local Cornwall County Councillor responsible for the parish is George Trubody.

St John PC works closely with the other four parishes on the Rame Peninsula (Millbrook, Sheviock, Antony and Maker with Rame) with several initiatives driven by the “Cluster” of parishes including the Rame Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Community Fund

The parish receives an annual Community Fund of £3000 each year from British Solar Renewables in respect of the Freathy Solar Farm,

This annual sum is managed by the St John Parish Council and will be used on behalf of the Community.

If you have any ideas for using this funding, then you are invited to add your suggestions on the Contact Us page of this website.

If you do this then we would request that you give as much detail as possible and also say whether you could assist the PC in implementing your idea.

All suggestions will be considered at the next meeting of the Community Fund Committee.

Click here to see the last minutes of the Community Fund Committee,

Draft minutes Solar Committee meeting 15th April 2021

Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Rame Peninsula NDP has now been approved at the 4th May Referendum.

The documentation is available on the ramepeninsulaneighbourhoodplan.com website

See:-
https://ramepeninsulaneighbourhoodplan.com/final-submission-documents/

Chairman’s Annual Report for 2019/2021

We were unable to hold a parish meeting last May on account of the pandemic, this report therefore covers two years.

Finance

It has been a fairly quiet two years owing to pandemic restrictions. However, I am delighted to report that we did manage to progress our normal business, assisted most ably by our Clerk. We instigated some financial changes under the emergency by use of online banking, although this did rely on some retrospective authorisation of invoices. We resumed paper authorisations after the first lockdown was lifted. We advised CC that we did not require any emergency Covid funding, and furthermore we were able to release some emergency donations to two Covid help groups, (as authorised by CALC). We have been able to manage our finances prudently and have again agreed not to increase the Precept on the Council Tax  for both years in question. Having reduced activity over the last eighteen months our finances remain healthy with an end of year balance of approximately £5000 (excluding the Solar Fund account).

Planning

The Parish Council has supported planning applications in St John for Gooseyford Cottage, St John Inn, The Mill, Home at Last, and Village Hall. All these were successfully approved although the VH was subject to a re-submission. We have also supported developments at Stone Farm and the DS Smith factory. Several chalet reconstructions were supported and no seriously controversial issues noted.

Community Transparency

We have improved transparency with updates to our parish website, bulletins in the local newsletters and improved notice board coverage in Freathy. We believe that we have been able to reach out to the community better than before, although remain disappointed that more parishioners do not take advantage of the opportunity to come and talk to us at our meetings.

Environment

I am pleased to report that the flooding incident caused by a failed fishing lake dam was satisfactorily resolved. We have, during the lockdowns, continued to improve the condition of footpaths and repaired stiles. We have organised several work parties to clear blocked drains and repair unstable gravestones. We have looked into further anti-speeding measures in St John but have decided that mobile electronic speed devices would not be appropriate for our 20mph limit.

Cllr Hoskin has attended meetings relating to the Military Road clearway and liaised with CC on parking difficulties affecting access for emergency vehicles. We have paid CC to repaint the yellow no-parking lines in Freathy.

We discussed climate change in the light of public reaction (Extinction Rebellion) and concluded that it would not be appropriate to declare a Climate Emergency for our parish, although we did agree to make funds available should a community group be formed to try to make a difference to the global climate problem.

Memorial Garden

Our only property responsibility is the memorial garden in St John, and we have continued to maintain this through gardening and stone cleaning, and I would like to thank Cllr Everard for his special efforts in this regard. We erected a Christmas tree with appropriate lighting in the garden this year and this was very well received by the community as it helped to raise spirits during this pandemic emergency, so much so that this will hopefully become a regular seasonal experience. We also erected a Christmas tree with lighting in Freathy, which was very well received by residents.

Solar Fund

We have continued to receive regular £3000 contributions from British Solar Renewables and are delighted that we have been able to fund local community projects. These have included contributions to St John VH (in helping fund significant improvements for the community), donations to Freathy Sports & Social Club, improvements to the coast access footpath at Tregonhawke, improvements to St John Church and funded a defibrillator in Freathy.

Correspondence

We have been disappointed and hurt to receive personalised criticism from one parish source. Refusal to come and discuss matters left us no alternative but to record the facts surrounding their criticism in the minutes of the December 2020 meeting. We consider this matter to be now closed; we will continue to treat any future matters relating to this source in a respectful and unbiased manner.

Finally

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all councillors and in particular to Bob (Trick), who has put many years’ service into our community, and to Chris (Trevitt) who has ably supported our council over the past four years. I would also like to thank Caroline for the excellent and efficient service she has given as Clerk particularly considering the difficulties over the last two years, and also to Roy for his help in looking after the interests of Freathy residents.

I am delighted to welcome two new younger councillors Ben (Crane) and John (Tanner) who will I hope bring fresh contributions to our PC.

Derek Richards