15th December 2020
Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police: Kennall Vale Woods parking problems
The Police are aware that this year has been particularly bad in relation to the parking problems both on Cot Hill and Kennall Park.
Parking on Cot Hill itself would not constitute a parking offence as long as the cars are not blocking the road. The Police are aware from social media that parking has been unacceptable at times and has completely blocked the road. In these incidents the advice would be to report this matter to Police through 101. Depending on the circumstances it could not warrant a 999 call.
The options available to the Police would be to conduct a Registered Keeper check and see the owner of the vehicle can be located. If there is a significant obstruction to the highway (and the owner cannot be located) Police can consider arranging for the vehicle to be recovered (if proportionate). In these circumstances however, it is likely that by the time the Recovery Agent arrived the owner would have returned from their walk. Should this be the case then Police can look at enforcing a Fixed Penalty Notice for obstructing the highway. This is an option, but quite often in these cases people have not parked with any malice, they are just genuinely oblivious of the impact of their parking. A lot of the time this will result in education and words of advice being passed to the driver. The decision on whether the driver is issued a Fixed Penalty is down to the discretion of the attending Officer, weighing up the circumstances as they are presented.
Police are not responsible for the implementation of Parking Restrictions on Cot Hill, but placing restrictions here is likely to increase the impact of the 2nd issue, and that is parking on Kennall Park. The Police are aware that Kennall Park gets heavily congested with cars parking anywhere they can and that there have been issues with cars blocking residents driveways etc. Social Media has also shown vehicles encroaching over people’s driveways, making it difficult to get out but not impossible. Where a driveway is completely blocked then this matter can be reported to the Police (through 101) who would be able to make enquiries and take any actions that were reasonable and proportionate at the time.
The Police completely understand the frustrations of residents not being able to park outside their own house, but there is no given right to a dedicated ‘on road parking’ space for residents. Therefore anyone visiting is able to park on Kennall Park (so long as they are not obstructing the highway). Kennall Park is not unique to this issue and Police receive reports of these issues across most local Policing areas.
The Police are aware that there have been consultations with CWT, Stithians Parish Council, Highways / Cormac. From a Policing perspective we would fully support incentives that ease the parking issues within the village and would be happy to be involved in any consultation process where appropriate
24th November 2020
Statement from Parish Council: Kennall Vale Woods parking problems
The problem of car parking in the area around Kennall Vale Woods has been a long standing concern for the Parish Council. In November 2019 the Council held a parking consultation with residents, to collect views and put forward possible solutions to parking problems in this area and other parts of Ponsanooth. While we are aware that parking problems elsewhere in the village arise from lack of both road space and on-drive parking, the issues on Cot Hill at Kennall Vale Woods are different and arise from visitor pressures. Put simply, the more that visitors arrive at the Woods the greater the parking pressure is. Recent efforts to restrict parking on Cot Hill at the entrance to the Woods has simply displaced the problem to other nearby streets in the Village such as Park Road, Kenall Vale and Cot Wood.
This year has been particularly challenging due to an increase in visitors to the Woods and other visitor attractions and destinations becoming unavailable. We are aware of websites promoting the beauty of the Woods for visitors. It has been said that the Woods should simply be closed for a period of time to provide a deterrent effect, however the Parish Council believes this is just a sticking plaster solution and does not offer any long term solutions. The Woods are highly cherished locally, and provide an important recreational resource for residents of Ponsanooth, whose residents already fare less well off than our neighbouring Parishes in terms of access to the countryside through a network of rights of way. When compared to neighbouring Parishes we have far fewer paths and trails. Ensuring there is access to the outdoors is even more important for people's well being during 'lockdown' events. It is not easy to enforce a system where the woods are closed to visitors arriving by car but available to Ponsanooth residents.
While the problem of parking is entirely experienced in Ponsanooth, it should be remembered that the Kennall Vale Woods is located in Stithians Parish Council area (the Woods' entrance roughly demarking the Parish boundaries). Over the last 18 months we have written to Cornwall Council in response to their Boundary Review consultation, to seek changes to the boundaries of the parish councils so that the Woods would be located within our Parish, meaning that from a local council service perspective it would become more effective if the problem and the solution lie within the same Parish. However despite our pleas Stithians Parish have rejected any alterations to the boundary, meaning that Cornwall Council have deferred making a decision on this request until next year at the earliest.
So, set against the above challenges in July this year the Council resolved to take a more proactive role in the issue, and a number of actions have been identified and are now being worked on:
The Council believes that the delivery of a car park would provide a permanent solution to parking pressures, however this is likely in itself to give rise to a number of further challenges, such as securing access to land, then working up designs, as well as finding the cost (and maintenance) of the car park, and in all likelihood will not be delivered in the very short term. Nevertheless the Council believes that by working closely with all concerned it is likely to identify both short term and longer term solutions to the problem. In the meantime please continue to forward any thoughts or concerns regarding this issue to us so we can continue to build up an effective case for change.
11th November 2020
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
Recently parking and littering near and around the village of Ponsanooth has been an issue due to influx of visitors to the Cornwall Wildlife Trusts nature reserve at Kennall Vale. The issue is recurring and problems increasing and the Council are aware of this. Cornwall Wildlife Trust are currently working closely with St Gluvias Parish Council, Stithians Parish Council and neighbouring land owners to create an action plan to improve the problems.
Please report any concerns in the mean time, this will help highlight the extent of the problem. https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/report-it/
If you have any problems reporting here please contact the Clerk
Need help deciding if it is a police matter? check this document.
Consulation from CORMAC solutions for proposal of pedestrian crossing facilities at Ponsanooth
Please see the two attachments below.
Please send in your comments or objections, specifying the grounds on which they are made, they should be addressed to: Engineering Design Group, CORMAC Consultancy, Radnor Road, Scorrier, Redruth, TR16 5EH.
To arrive no later than: 28/08/2020 Please quote reference EDG0913
Copies of the draft proposal and plans are available for inspection by appointment only at: CORMAC Reception, Radnor Road, Scorrier, TR16 5EH Please contact us on the details below to arrange an appointment. Copies of the draft proposal and plans are available for inspection by appointment only at: CORMAC Reception, Radnor Road, Scorrier, TR16 5EH Please contact us on the details below to arrange an appointment
Respond online here
Update and recent Parish Events.
9th July 2020
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
Recently parking and littering near and around the village of Ponsanooth has been an issue due to influx of visitors to the Cornwall Wildlife Trusts nature reserve at Kennall Vale. The issue is recurring and the Council are aware of this. Cornwall Wildlife Trust are currently working closely with St Gluvias Parish Council, Stithians Parish Council and neighbouring land owners to create an action plan to improve the problems.
Update on Ponsanooth Pedestrian Crossing and Road Upgrade
4th June 2020
St Gluvias Parish Council have received an update from the Transport and Infrastructure department in Cornwall Council regarding the crossing and road upgrade.
Reveiwed designs are due to be drafted and consulation stage by July. .All being well public consultation for the new crossing will be undertaken in July ( Subject to receiving approvals to proceed, should COVID restrictions still be in place.)
The upgrade will include the installation of the vehicle activated speed cameras which have been funded by the Falmouth and Penryn Commnuity Network Panel.
VACANCIES FOR COUNCILLORS
Two vacancies still exist for Councillors to serve on ST GLUVIAS PARISH COUNCIL for a period ending May 2021. Persons interested in serving should submit an application, in writing, together with the signatures of two persons willing to act as a proposer and seconder, to the Clerk to the Council at the address shown below to arrive not later than 31st December 2019.
Qualifications for Candidates:-
Persons eligible for consideration must be ages 18 years or over and:
The vacancy will be filled by co-option at the meeting to be held on the 11th January 2019.
19th November 2019 CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
CHAIRMAN - Councillor Mrs Marilyn Ferris
Cornwall Community Governance Review public engagement meetings
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
FALMOUTH AREA – Parishes being focused on: Falmouth, Budock, Penryn, Mabe, St Gluvias, Mylor, Perranarworthal – in Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Area
Falmouth Town Council
The Old Post Office, The Moor, Falmouth. TR11 3QA
Falmouth Police Connectivity Plan 2019
Take a look at the Police Connectivity Plan to find out more about Police work in the area.
Update on the proposed Pedestrian Island scheme for Ponsanooth, from the Transport and Infrastucture Team, Cornwall Council.
CORMAC has undertaken the additional trial holes required for the design of the scheme, but unfortunately, there is a delay, within the labs industry the official geotechnical report is expected back in around 3 weeks’ time. Once received, the designers should be in a position to understand whether there needs to be a design review.
They will also be able to update us on the construction cost and programme, we are looking to combine this with the scheduled resurfacing scheme to minimise disruption and avoid duplication of traffic management costs. Given the potential 3 week delay on the information and possible need to tweak the design, a meeting is due in the next 4 weeks with the Parish Council, date to be confirmed.
Regarding the widening of the footway, we understand that this could provide an improvement for the community, however, the existing carriageway width in this area has vehicle tracking issues, and following the Road Safety Audit, it was necessary to re-align the carriageway. Due to the insufficient carriageway width, this is why, it would not be technically viable to undertake a footway widening properly. With the new location of the bus shelter, this will provide a positive outcome, reducing the length of walk to where the existing shelter is sited.
European Parliamentary Elections
Notices have been published on the European Parliamentary Elections page of the Cornwall Council website:
Ponsanooth Pedestrian Facilities - Update
St Gluvias Parish Council as a client of Cornwall Council have been working closely with Cormac Solutions LTD during the consultation for EDG0913 Pedestrian refuge and bus shelter.
The Cornwall led consultation closed on the 21st December 2018
The next stages will be:
The consultation and the above will inform the structure and outcome of the scheme which are in final design stages.
If you have any questions about the scheme and design please contact Project Manager Adam O’Neil on 01872 327228 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Neighbourhood development plan which was due to be held on the 5th February 19 is postponed. A new date will be published very soon.
Penvose Farm student village and associated works Planning Application.
Please refer to Cornwall Council's on line planning register to view and comment on this live application. The register can be found in the link pasted here and please add the reference PA16/11983 at the search prompt http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=planningregisterlink&utm_campaign=planning
Ponsanooth bus shelter - October 2016
After weeks of negotiation with Cornwall Council, funding has been provided to pay for the materials to repair the roof of the shelter which this parish council will now take on responsibility for the future. The repairs themeslves were carried out by our new councillor, Jonathan Kearsley.
Hedge cutting - October 2016
Please ensure that hedges bordering the highway are cut so that they do not overhang and cause the highway. We are currently looking at problems throughout the parish.
Dog mess problem - October 2016
Dog mess is becoming an increasing problem in Ponsanooth. Please ensure that you pick up after your dog. There are fines that can be imposed on dog owners if they fail to do so. Please help us to keep the village nice for everyone.
Laity Moor Fingerposts - September 2016
This project is now complete, having had recast fingers and repainting.
Defibrillators - September 2016
The Parish Council has now purchased 2 defibrillators for the parish. These are based at Treluswell Four Cross garage next to the air and water machines and outside the village shop in Ponsanooth on the wall bordering the road. Thankyou to the owners at both these locations, Mr and Mrs Turner and Ms Firminger respectively, for their permission to site these on their property. In the event of needing to use these devices, you would call the emergency services who would provide the access codes and talk you through using them.
What to do if you spot a faulty drain - Mar 16
Contact our parish council clerk or raise the issue directly with Cornwall Council (phone 0300 1234 100)
The following link provides advice for landowners
Volunteer Speed Watch group for Ponsanooth - Nov 14
This group of volunteers would be fully trained to monitor speeds in the village using speed cameras with the aim of identifying motorists that are speeding. Anyone wishing to take part in this group should contact the clerk or let Ash Pearson know. We need a minimum of 6 people to get started.
Traffic calming - Aug 14
Applications have now been made to Cornwall Council for traffice calming measures in Ponsanooth. The requests include;
A zebra crossing is still desired for the future and a voluntary lollypop rota is being investigated.
Firefighter strikes - Aug 14
Cornwall Fire and Rescure Service advise us that - Firefighters are planning to go on strike at various times between the 9th and 16th August 2014. In the event of fire, you should still get out, stay out and call 999 - you will get an emergency response.
Roskrow Barton Solar Project - Aug 14
An exhibition is to be held of plans for a solar aray on land at Roskrow Barton on Monday 8th September 2014 between 5pm and 7.30pm at Ponsanooth Hall. Everybody is welcome.
Police alert regards a national scam - June 14
OP Fardel is Devon and Cornwall’s response to a professionally run national scam that is attempting to defraud people, many who are vulnerable due to age, out of thousands of pounds. The offenders are tending to exhaust opportunities in one particular area of the country before moving onto another. Within our force area Torbay has been targeted but within the past few days West Cornwall, in particularly Helston has been the focus where a number of victims have transferred money into the offenders back accounts. Within the last 48 hours we’ve received reports of over £130000 being taken.
The MO is for the offenders to call the victims purporting to be a police officers from the MET and are investigating a crime relating to fraudulent activity on the victims bank account. They then convince the victim to either transfer their savings into another bank account or they obtain their bank details allowing them to withdraw money.
The priority when dealing with these matters is to prevent loss, safeguard the most vulnerable members of our community and increase awareness at the earliest opportunity.
Please ensure the following initial actions are taken:
IF MONEY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED, IF CAUGHT EARLY ENOUGH (WITHIN 24 HOURS) MONEY MAY BE RECOVERED..please contact the police asap.
Ponsanooth flooding - Feb 14
Following the tragic flooding of the Post Office and General Stores in Ponsanooth, the Parish Council are very pleased to see the opening of a temporary facility now in place and wish to covey thanks for the donated log cabin, to all the volunteers who have supported the shop, to Michelle for keeping things going and everyone else who has helped out in this challenging situation.
The parish council has attended meetings with Cornwall Councillor Michael Keogh, South West Water and Cornwall Council staff with regards to the drainage issues in Ponsanooth and it is with thanks that the roads have now been swept and the drains cleared. CCTV observations have been made, in a number of drains, the findings of which will be posted on the Council website at a later date.
Lower Treluswell Flooding - Feb 14
Severe flooding also occurred in February in Lower Treluswell where 5 cottages were flooded. The stream that used to supply water to the well which was used for beer making when the brewery was in existence, flooded the road. Assistance was requested from Cornwall Council who sent Blue watch Falmouth Fire Brigade who started pumping water out and eventually got on top of this situation.
The parish council has been in contact with Cornwall Councillor Michael Keogh and Cornwall Council staff to look at how the situation can be avoided in the future. Camera inspection of the pipes which take the stream to the Praze drainage system on the B3292 and into the Penryn river, is being carried out. Further updates will be posted on this website at a later date, as soon as further information is known.
Ponsanooth Street Lighting - Sept 13
Due to the ever increasing costs of the street lighting in Ponsanooth, the Parish Council has made the decision to change suppliers for the electricity. The move will mean the costs are approximately halved to an average £853 plus VAT per year. The decision has also been made to change the lit times of thirty of the lights to come in line with one existing light in the parish, the cost for this change will be approximately £60 per light but the saving will recover this expenditure in about 2.5 years.