Parish Council meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic
The declaration of a National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic means that St. Mellion Parish Council have not held any public or closed sessions since March 2020. The vital need for social distancing amongst the healthy and self-isolation for the elderly and vulnerable is paramount and the need to refrain from meeting physically has therefore been confirmed as essential.
At the time when lockdown was declared, it was not legal for Parish or Town Councils to meet remotely, necessary powers were therefore delegated as appropriate or permissible. However, in April 2020 the legislation which regulates Parish Council procedures was updated to allow for remote meeting options within the Local Government Act.
St. Mellion Parish Council will therefore recommence official meetings in July 2020 via remote conferencing software. Public participation is welcomed, so if you wish to join in, please contact the clerk in good time of the meeting so that you can be sent all the information that you need and provide details of any topic you wish to raise during the Public Session.
You will then be sent the following:
- Remote Meeting Access Code
- Remote Meeting Regulations
- Documents relating to items on the agenda
Climate Change and what you can do to help
At the April 2019 meeting, St. Mellion Parish Council voted the declare a climate emergency in response to the IPCC Report on Global Warming. This commits the council to make all Parish Council operations carbon neutral by 2030 and by working with parishioners, stakeholders and neighbouring communities, to reduce the carbon footprint of St. Mellion parish. You can find ways to reduce your own carbon footprint using this helpful leaflet (pdf)
St Mellion Parish Council Community Grant Scheme
St Mellion Parish Council has set up a ‘Community Grant Scheme’ using the £25k compensation payment received from the developers of the Newton Ferrers solar farm.
The scheme is intended to assist projects run by community and voluntary groups in St Mellion parish and can be used to support a range of activities (e.g. community facilities, local environment projects, etc.). Grants of £100 to £5,000 are available for individual projects and can be used to ‘match fund’ financial support from other sources.
For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07878 368857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning Applications - the role of the Parish Council
Your local council serves as a community contact for the Planning Department of Cornwall Council. All registered planning applications relating to St. Mellion parish will be discussed at meetings of the council. Public comment is encouraged via the public session at meetings and/or via the online planning register on Cornwall Council's website.
The Parish Council is invited by Cornwall Council Planning Department to offer a local veiwpoint and an opinion as to whether any given planning application is supported by the Parish Council on behalf of the local community. Please note that this opinion is not binding in any way and the Planning Department is under no obligation to heed the Parish Council advice.
You can find out more about the Parish Council role, access the online planning register and details of the planning process in general by visiting the 'Useful Links' page and clicking on 'Cornwall - planning'.