A council meeting was held on Tuesday 10 August 2021.  Following advice from Cornwall Council it was felt that we should continue to hold large meetings in Harrowbarrow Village Hall where we can maintain social distance.

Last year we were overwhelmed with offers from people to help with our Covid-19 Volunteer Scheme.  We have decided to continue to offer a low-level service for people who temporarily find they are unable to go shopping or collect prescriptions, walk their dog or who need help getting to medical appointments.  We will be asking volunteers to have a DBS check but if you are interested in helping (or have offered previously and wish to continue) please do get in contact with us and please let us know if you do require any help (this does not have to be covid related).

At the last month’s meeting the Parish Council supported the CEE Bill (Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill) in an effort to reverse the climate and ecological breakdown we are facing in this country and across the planet.  The Parish Council feels it needs the UK to take responsibility for its fair share of greenhouse gas emissions, to actively restore biodiverse habitats and to stop damaging our natural world through the production, transportation, and disposal of the goods we consume. We received a letter from our MP, Sheryll Murray to acknowledge our support and we hope that she, herself, will support the Private Members Bill when it is motioned in Parliament. If you would like to find out more about the Bill and see how you can support visit https://www.ceebill.uk/bill

In line with our pledge to help tackle environmental problems, we have set a date to remove plastic from our cemeteries in Albaston and Calstock.  This will take place on Thursday 26 August 2021, and we welcome anyone who would like to help us with this task.  We will be there from 1000-1400.  If you still have plastic items on graves that you visit, please could you take them home with you and consider planting bulbs placing small shrubs in earthenware pots in their place?

Another project we are undertaking to help with the climate emergency is our Forest for Calstock Parish Committee which continues to put in bids for trees and we have ordered a mixture of trees to plant on Calstock Playing Field, St Ann’s Playing Field, and the Millennium Green at Albaston.  We are hoping to plant during National Tree Week towards the end of November.  If you are interested in helping us plant the trees and look after them, we would love to have your details. We will be sharing management plants and planting schemes on our website in the next few weeks.

Our Delaware Ward Members and our County Councillor have been working on road safety issues along the A390.  Funding has been secured from the Caradon Community Network Panel for some mobile speed cameras and a community speedwatch group is likely to be set up in the next couple of months.

We are also going to contact Devon Highways to ask about Newbridge, Gunnislake which is looking very untidy and overgrown.  We are keen that people have a good first impression of not just our parish but Cornwall as a whole.

Please remember that our councillors are unpaid and give up their time voluntarily.  They represent the views of the local people and do so within a democratic process.  Not every collective council decision will be popular with every resident and visitor to the area, but no councillor should receive personal attack or defamation of character. We would like to thank our councillors for the work they do and wish those who are experiencing ill health at the moment all the best with their recoveries.