Update October 2017
The contractor who carries out weed spraying on behalf of the parish council has undertaken the second spray of the year this month. This spray is targeted at publicly maintained foot way beside the highway. The spray they use kills the weed from the root up and usually takes 2-4 weeks to die right back so you should see an improvement in the next couple of weeks. The weeds have not been treated for a couple of years so it may take time to get the parish looking nice again, so bear with us.
Update Aug 2017
The parish council agreed to take over certain services which have not been undertaken by Cornwall Council for the past couple of years. Things like weed spraying and verge management are not essential but do make our villages look and feel more loved.
With verge management we have to be mindful of nesting birds but this is being undertaken in the main villages and we will monitor growth over the summer.
The first round of weed spraying took place in July with most people welcoming our contractor, they will be sprayed again in Sept/Oct this year and the parish council will monitor the results. We are only able to spray public roads and a list of those roads due to be sprayed can be viewed via the link below:-
Gwithian Toilets – Sign Cleaning – Verge Management – Weed Control
February 2017 update:-
The Parish Council (PC) has agreed to undertake verge and weed management within key areas of the Parish to keep villages looking tidy and help reduce possible maintenance costs in the long run. The PC will continue to monitor and report dirty signs to Cornwall Council and will be discussing the future of the toilets with them this month.
October 2016 update:-
This time last year we asked you whether you wanted us to take over some services Cornwall Council (CC) are no longer undertaking. The outcome was very close with almost half those responding not wanting us to take over these services, therefore the Parish Council (PC) did not feel it had a clear enough mandate to undertake the services.
We have seen an increase in complaints in the past year, particularly for overgrown verges in village centres and weeds growing on highway footpaths but we can do little about this if parishioners do not give us a clear mandate to budget for these services.
The PC has agreed to undertake this survey again to see if local opinion is still the same.
If you wish us to take on any of the services we will look to do this by Spring 2017.
You should receive a leaflet outlining this in November 2016. To view the leaflet click the following link:-
or fill the questionnaire out below:-
Create your own user feedback survey
The closing date to complete this questionnaire is 16th December 2016.
January 2016 update:-
Due to budget constraints Cornwall Council has had to make decisions about what services it can provide within the community. The Parish Council receives complaints regarding these issues every year and therefore agreed to undertake a community questionnaire between November and December 2015 to ask Parishioners whether they wanted the Parish Council to consider taking any of these services over. The results are as follows:-
- 183 responses received
- Sign Cleaning – only 52% were in favour of the PC carrying out regular cleaning
- Verge management – only 54% were in favour of the PC carrying out some management
- Weed management – only 54% were in favour of the PC carrying out management
- Gwithian toilets – 78% felt a 10% rise in car parking fees was appropriate. With 8% wanting the PC to take over and 14% wanting no toilets.
At its meeting in December 2015 the Parish Council (PC) approved that as a clear mandate had not been given by Parishioners for items 1, 2 and 3 the PC could not take on responsibility for these items but agreed that the evidence for the Gwithian Toilets be passed to CC and ask them to investigate the possibility of a rise in car parking fees and that a notice explaining the rise be considered.
Below is the detail of the consultation undertaken in Nov/Dec 2015:-
We asked you to consider whether you wanted us to take over more services formerly carried out by Cornwall Council.
You can review the leaflet here and the questionnaire which helped us decide.
The closing date for this consultation was the 9th December 2015.