Parish Council meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic
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 and from July 2020 St. Mellion Parish Council used this option to allow meetings to take place again. This temporary legislation was revoked on 6th May 2021, meaning that it is no longer possible to hold a legal meeting via remote means.
As this is an election year, the Parish Council is legally obliged to meet between May 10th and May 24th to process new councillors. In order to do so as safely as possible under Covid 19 restrictions, the meeting will take place on the 18th May at 6:30pm in the Parish Church, where social distancing measures can be successfully followed.
A scheme of delegation will be approved at this meeting to allow business continuity without the need to meet physically. Once Covid 19 restrictions have been fully lifted the Parish Council will continue to operate normally and will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August and December) in the Church Hall at 7pm.
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 email@example.com.
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'.