With an advertised vacancy on St Mellion Parish Council, I’ve been reading up this morning on how the co-option process works. Â If ten parishioners formally request an election there will be no co-option but for the purposes of understanding the process, I’m assuming this won’t happen. The co-option procedure is well documented at various places… Continue reading Parish Council Co-Option Process
Yesterday saw the first regular Parish Council meeting since 9th July. Â Although meetings happen on a monthly basis, August is the annual exception and no public meeting takes place. Â In the intervening period, the council have clearly been anything but idle. First of all, we got the excellent news that the planning application for the… Continue reading No Solar, No Access
Two weeks ago today, I blogged about my concerns on how St Mellion was considering spending the Section 106 money provided by St Mellion International Resort. Â That Blog entry contained a letter that I’d sent to Christine, The Parish Clerk. Â Despite Christine forwarding it to the Parish Councillors, I’ve not had a reply from them… Continue reading Section 106 – Two weeks today
Yesterday saw the planned, informal meeting in St Mellion to discuss the need for allotments. Â Allan Cavill from the National Allotment Society came all the way from Taunton to talk about allotments in general and specifically about St Mellion’s wish to establish allotments within (or near to) the village. Prior to the meeting I was… Continue reading Problems with me carrots!
On the 13th September 2007, a Section 106 agreement was signed by four parties: Caradon District Council Bennelong Golf (St Mellion) Ltd Nat West Bank Cornwall County Council The agreement relates to planning application E2/06/01399/OUT that grants St Mellion International Resort permission for a number of enhancements, including the construction of 265 houses. Although a… Continue reading Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting
The A388 runs from Bideford in Devon to Saltash in Cornwall. Â It forms the main commuter route from Launceston to Plymouth and passes through Callington on the way. Â It’s an extremely busy road, thanks in part to its linking the A38 and A30; the two major arterial routes in Cornwall. Â It’s also home to a… Continue reading Callington to Saltash on a bicycle
To extend my recent blatherings about St Mellion Parish Council, I thought I’d do a short post on the recent issue the council had to address in order to remain quorate. Â First though, what exactly does “quorate” mean? In order for an organization or government body to conduct business, there must be sufficient eligible voters… Continue reading The need to be quorate
It’s been just over a month since I first expressed my opinions on the St Mellion Parish Council elections. There have subsequently been two monthly public meetings of the council and I’m pleased to say that I found them energetic and constructive. The new clerk, Christine, is bursting with enthusiasm and seems to already have… Continue reading A month on in the parish
Following my previous post regarding the Parish Council elections, Iâ€™d like to proffer my thanks to Alan Twist for his concise comments.Â Alan, please accept my apologies for the false supposition that the Solar Farm was the driving force behind the collaborative efforts of St Mellion Park.Â I did hear rumours of the precept issue… Continue reading St Mellion Parish Election 2013 – Response to Alan Twist
Sat here today licking my wounds after being defeated in yesterday’s Parish Council Elections. Â As a rule, voter apathy surrounds these elections and even a 30% turnout is considered respectable. Â That’s assuming voters are even required to turn out. Â More often than not there are an insufficient number of candidates to mandate an election! Â St… Continue reading St Mellion NIMBYs (Ltd)
Following the passing of Darcy earlier this year, today we lost Missy. She was the runt of the pack, much smaller than Darcy and almost a different species compared to the monster that is Tommy. After some rough calculations, based on when Lou and I got together, we’ve decided she was about eight years old.… Continue reading Another Ferret loss
Don’t know why I’ve left it six months to publish this article. Oh well, better late than never! This was a walk undertaken by Tim Clayton, Colin Kelly and myself. We started from Welcom Bay on the 11th September 2011 and spent three days walking to Tintagel where Tim had to leave us due to… Continue reading Welcom Bay – Perrenporth
Just a quickie to say thanks to the driver from Burcombe Haulage who stopped in St Mellion village on the A388 during rush hour to let me cross over with my dogs on Monday evening. Apologies to the commuter zombies who were forced to wake up for 5 seconds and apply the brakes.
Last year I Blogged about the death of our Ferret Womble. Today it’s the turn of her long-time partner Darcy. Darcy was a polecat and always the wildest of our flock. When visitors wanted to hold one, Darcy was the chap who stayed firmly in the pen or we’d have suffered the embarrassment of taking… Continue reading Last year Womble, this year Darcy
I recently discovered that Sue Appleby (our neighbour), is a follower of my Blog. She describes it as interesting but a bit Victor Meldrew-ish. So I’m no longer just a cynic, I’m also a grumpy old man. I would vow to write more technical posts and less rants but the technical posts are usually also… Continue reading Hi Sue!
This morning Lou discovered that our ferret, “Womble” had died in the night. She’s been looking weak lately and old age was taking its toll on her. Lou thinks she was about 11 years old. We got her from the RSPCA‘s Little Valley Animal Shelter in June 2005 after seeing an advert on the BBC… Continue reading Bye bye Wimble Womble
Since moving into the village of St Mellion, almost two years ago, I’ve walked our dogs, Ollie and Murphy two or three times every day in some local fields. Sadly (for me) today is likely to be the last time as the fields will be mostly gone by tomorrow. The land has been purchased by… Continue reading Goodbye Green Fields
As part of our home refurbishment, Lou and I chose Terracotta tiles for our living room floor. This proved such a success with us that we went on to lay them in the hallway and are now doing the kitchen. Part of the attraction of Terracotta is the quirkiness of the tiles, with no two… Continue reading Terracotta Tiling
No sooner did I Buy fuel oil than the boiler falls apart. Sods law or what? The first hint of a problem was the electrics tripping out. The cause was quickly narrowed down to the boiler and taking the cover off revealed why. The Flow Switch has developed a freaky fault where water was running… Continue reading Broken Boiler
I’ve been putting off ordering heating oil ever since we moved in. Now the tank is sucking on air and I can’t put the inevitable off any longer. Just ordered 900 Litres from Keltic which should be delivered on Monday or Tuesday next week. Just for the record, the cost was 28.95P/Litre which equates to… Continue reading First oil order