OF THE ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD
THE ROCHE VICTORY HALL MAIN HALL
ON WEDNESDAY, 12TH MAY 2021 AT 6.30PM
Cllr. D. Inch
Cllr. G. Rowe
Cllr. M. Edyvean
Cllr. Mrs. J.
Cllr. Mrs. S.
Cllr. Mrs. A.
Cllr. Mrs. H.
Welcome and Opening of
the 2021 Annual Meeting:- Chairman
opened the 2021 Annual Meeting and welcomed all.
Members Declaration of
Interest on items raised on the Agenda/Requests for Dispensation:- None.
Annual Report from out-going
Cornwall Councillor:- Chairman read the report received from John Wood
I would like to start off by thanking the Parish Council Members
for all their support and assistance. During my time on Roche Parish Council,
I have worked with and for a great bunch of dedicated hard-working people. I
especially admire those who have been willing from the start to put
themselves forward and been prepared to face an election and all that it
entails. Elections bring out the best and worst in people. When you stand for selection, you
really are exposing yourself to the community and ridicule should you fail to
be elected onto a Parish Council. That is why so few people fail to come
forward at the start but are only too willing and expect to be co-opted
on once the Parish Council is established by the few established members.
It is so easy to criticise especially when you don’t have to be
accountable for your criticism. Take the Precept for example some people
really do want something for nothing, but they are the very same people who
will complain if services are not provided. I never in all my time had an
‘out of the village’ Parish resident complain despite the fact that they
hardly use the village facilities. A farmer’s child why would they use the
park when they have acres to play in, but their parents pay. So, to those who choose to level
criticism come up with your alternative budget and set of proposal but
remember that not one member of the Parish Council is in it for personal gain,
and they all genuinely care about their community. They are trying to do
their best for all age groups.
I taught in the village for 25 years starting 45 years ago Yes,
I was 27 when I started. I taught some young tearaways of the time, but they
matured settled down and those who remained in the village I have enjoyed
witnessing their progress through life. Many are stalwart citizens and doing
their bit for the community by supporting the various institutions.
The Parish Council of its day did moan but they did all they
could to provide what they could so the wheels of the community would keep
turning. No different from today but that life has moved on and expectations
are so very different.
The young no longer have the freedoms that their parents and
grandparents enjoyed hence I agree with and support the Parish Councils
ambition to provide even better facilities for the youth of today. No
resentment from the elders just an appreciation that today’s youth deserve
better and in time they will appreciate what was done for them . When their
time comes as it will, some will stay and be a part of this great community
which I was honoured to be allowed to serve.
To the Chair of Roche Parish Council take your time to co-opt on
those who you genuinely feel have the communities’ interests as their only
reason for coming forward
To Peter Guest your new Cornwall Council representative I say
come forward and ask to join both Treverbyn and Roche Parish Councils it is
the only way you will be able to have a true feel for what is going on in
I will end by saying Thank you. You will always have my support.
My respect but most of all my admiration for all that you do.
from Police:- Report
received as follows from Ps4694 David Mitchell:-
Neighbourhood Police Team
Neighbourhood Team Leader
Sergeant 4794 Dave Mitchell
Neighbourhood Beat Manager
PC 4886 Andrew Barnicoat
PC 5929 Gareth Hawken
PC 6170 Colin Sheppard
PC 7177 Will Chesterfield
PC 7069 Yasmin Vokes
Police Community Support Officer
30499 Julie Carpenter
30047 Wendy Christophers
30528 Natalie Merrikin
30004 Ally Relf
30262 Steve Tibbles
30055 Graham Wade
30449 Jamie Ward
30740 Yasmin Barrott
positive news, roughly a 10% reduction in all crime over the last 12 months.
Almost all crime types are down with significant reductions in dwelling
burglary, vehicle offences and shoplifting.
main increase has been in violence without injury, and this is largely due to
changes in the crime recording rules and the classification of offences, all
harassment/stalking/mal comms offences for example are categorised as
violence without injury which inflates the numbers considerably.
areas which have increased include possession and trafficking of drugs, and
weapons offences which should be seen as a positive thing as these offences
only get recorded when they are detected by officers and demonstrates our
proactive work to tackle drugs and weapon crime. Despite the numbers being up
in these crime categories they are still low by national standards.
Individual crime figures can be found on our website.
Priorities over the last 12 months
of vulnerable people particularly with Covid and significant partnership work
undertaken. Domestic abuse has been a national priority due to the concerns
around increases particularly during periods of lockdown. We have seen some
rises at various times but overall, our sector hasn’t seen the increases that
other sectors have.
Behaviour has been an issue from time to time and has been tacked with
partner agencies such as Helen Toms ASB Officer.
Lines has been a real priority which as a sector we have tackled very well in
terms of executing warrants, charging, and remanding several key individuals
and seizures of drugs. The perpetrators of county lines have continued their
‘business’ but using different tactics, as a sector we have carried out more
drugs warrants than anyone else.
must stress the importance of community intelligence and encourage
communities to report things to us. Information relating to vulnerable
persons being exploited is particularly important right now.
legislation has been introduced and it has been a priority for some time to
deal with reports of breaches. We have utilised the 4 E’s approach, Engage,
Explain, Encourage and Enforce. There have been a significant number of
reports to us placing real pressure to respond and at times we have been
unable to due to other more pressing issues around Threat, Risk and Harm.
year was unprecedented for us in terms of demand. There was approximately a
20-30% increase on our demand and we anticipate the same this year due to the
number of visitors coming down as opposed to going abroad. We are planning
for the easing of lockdown and anticipate real challenges. G7 is taking place
but the impact on local resourcing for this will be minimal.
increase in neighbourhood officers over the last 12-18 months has been a real
positive for the team. There is talk that we may see more staff, but this is
not yet confirmed. We have operated as ‘one team’ for some time now and the
system is working well. There is currently no thought that we will return to
dedicated officers for each area.
national uplift of 20,000 officers has also meant that response staff have
seen the benefits so in terms of staffing we are in a better place than we
were a few years ago.
Chairman’s Annual Report:- Report for 2021 received as follows:-
Another busy year for Roche Parish Council.
A30 Link Road: Work planned for September 2021.
Neighbourhood Plan: In use and being adhered to.
Community Emergency Plan: Updated for 2021 and published.
Playing Field and Hardcourt Area: We have an excellent facility in our village
and area that the Village can now be very proud, the area is well maintained
and is well used.
We are now looking at enhancing the Hardcourt Area further to
include Ball games and plans are progressing with a Skateboard Park.
Public Toilets & Bus Stops: Vandalism has appeared to be
reduced during the last year, we have maintained these assets, with a
cleaning schedule and maintenance plan. Again, keeping the village looking
clean, which further helps the community to respect them.
The Village continues to look smart; we have some very
hard-working Contractors manged by the Parish Council. The Cemetery and Playing Field, we can be
proud of. We have also been working on
entrances to the village itself. He
wished to thank Irene and Monty Northey for all the planting and tidying they
have carried out in the Cemetery.
We have further enhanced or Church and the walkways around the
village, as an example the Avenue and the Cut through from the duck pond, it’s
great that so many people have thanked the Parish Council for this.
We know we have a lot of work to be carried out on all the trees
as part of the Park Project, in the Churchyard, Playing Park and Cricket
grounds, which will be costly, but we are prepared for this, and health and
safety needs to be a condition.
We still have plenty of work ahead on the footpaths – which will
take investment, but this will keep these footpaths in a condition that the
village can be proud about.
Roche Cemetery, we used to get weekly complaints – now we get
notes to say thank you. What a change, the investment we continue to make is
supported by all.
We can be proud to be able to support Village grants and
donations in the last two years total £42,053.20.
We distributed the £10,000 from the Covid Funds from Cornwall
Council to all local organisations.
My sincere thanks to Members for their dedication and support
and to the Councillors who have finished, John Wood, Peter Ames, Irene
Northey, Jane Norris and finally, my sincere thanks to our Clerk, Julie
Burdon, she does a brilliant job, which can be challenging.
Dan Inch - Chairman to Roche Parish Council.
being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 6.40pm
Date: 9th June 2021