Lessons from the lockdown – over to you

We realise that the Covid-19 situation is far from over, but over the last 6 months, parish councillors have been working hard to make sure that all our residents who needed help and support got it. We did this by delivering a critical-contacts list to every household in the parish in early April. We’ve written articles for the parish magazine, our website, put up posters and posted on social media to keep our people as up to date as we can with what we and other people can offer.

Was it enough for you? Was there something that we missed out on? Were you left out of the support we could have given? Please let us know where we could have done better, and if there’s anything in the future you might need while the situation continues. Please telephone 01579-342437 or send an email to the Clerk’s Office clerk@menhniotparishcouncil.co.uk before 25 September please. [8/9/20]

Local Government Act 1972

Menheniot Parish Council | Notice of Vacancy In Office Of Parish Councillor

1. Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Justin Malkin has ceased to be a member of Menheniot Parish Council and that a casual vacancy exists on the Council

2. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at 3S, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY (phone 01209 614373) by ten (or more) electors for the said Parish an election will be held to fill the vacancy.

3. If the Returning Officer receives fewer than ten written requests for an election by 8th October 2020 the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

4. As a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)

(Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020 should an election be requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 (the date of the next ordinary elections) the vacancy will therefore be kept open and the Parish Council will be unable to fill the vacancy.

Dated this 18th day of September 2020

Signed John Hesketh, Clerk to the Parish Council


Reopening of playgrounds, toilets and outdoor gym

We are pleased to announce that the playgrounds at Merrymeet and Menheniot are now open for you to use again. Thanks to your local councillors, all the equipment has been safety checked, and you can use the play areas from Tuesday (14 July 2020) morning onwards. However – children need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult, and everyone needs to take personal responsibility for their own actions. The posters we have displayed by the entrances are a reminder that we are still under lockdown and we all need to take common sense precautions. Download a copy of the precautions here that we ask you to observe.[13/7/20]

Covid-19 Information & Advice | New Community Fund

Parish councillors are aware that the current lockdown is impacting on its communities in many ways and have set up a fund that would be able to receive requests and make donations to mitigate the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The council has already made donations to the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank and Liskeard Young Farmers recognising that both groups are serving more people during the emergency and their costs have increased. 

Councillors recognise that not every group of volunteers will be constituted, and that some will only have short term aims for the duration of the lockdown. However, applications are welcome from all types of volunteers and volunteering groups, and councillors will make their decisions on a case by case basis. Please read our FAQs here and contact the Clerk’s Office if you would like to nominate a group for a donation. As with all parish council funding, it cannot make donations to benefit individual people or to projects whose life is beyond that of the current emergency. [9/6/20]

Cornwall Council have published a Covid-19 Community Toolkit. This pack is to support you and your community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, to help you and others in your community to support each other as much as possible during this time. We know that many established community groups already have great resources, and we hope this toolkit helps more people to offer community support. Download a copy here. [14/4/20]

The parish council’s home page will contain updated information about what is happening across the parish. Each article contains links to more information on our dedicated page. More here. [28/3/20]

Food suppliers

Liskeard Town Council have released a list of food and other shops with details of what they’re selling, opening hours, phone numbers and delivery details. More here.   Menheniot Spar asks that requests for deliveries made before 1pm 01579 342266 [28/3/20]

Medicine & Doctors

Information from Rosedean, Oaktree and Quay Lane  surgeries about prescriptions and doctors updated. More here. [3/7/20]

Compassionate advice & support

If you know someone who is suffering during self-isolation, there are ways to support them and yourself through this period. The NFU in Menheniot and Liskeard Young Farmers are on hand to help you. More here  [7/4/20] List of organisations offering telephone advice and support, including the Methodist Church at Menheniot and St Lalluwys available to download here. [2/4/20] The September edition of Menheniot Parish & Village Magazine is published today. Download your copy here. [7/9/20]

Needing help or support?

Our April Newsletter was delivered to every household in the parish. Download a copy of  it here.

Included with the Newsletter were be two printed signs you might find useful.  The first is a double sided  ‘I’m OK’ sign. Put the green side in your window if you’re alright. Turn over for red if you need help. We are recruiting a team of volunteer Community Helpers who’ll be looking out for red signs. The second is one that explains where deliveries can be left is you are self isolating. Download them here: OKsafetysigns | Leave deliveries [25/4/20]

Domestic Abuse continues during the lockdown. If you or someone you know needs help, this Safety-planning-guide- might help. [25/4/20]

Be a Community Helper

If you’re on the mailing list for our Boundary Review Newsletter, you’ll have received an extra version on Tuesday afternoon inviting you to help set up a network of helpers – be our eyes and ears across the parish to help us support vulnerable people.  Check your mailbox now, and please forward to your social networks. You can view a copy here and subscribe. [31/3/20]

Volunteer Cornwall | Offers of Help

Many local organisations including charities are currently struggling to cope with the volume of requests for support.  Volunteer Cornwall is leading the coordination and recruitment for new volunteers and we have been asked to actively promote this approach, using them as the first place to make an offer, either as an individual, a group or a business.  Volunteering to fill some of these gaps and anything you can do via your social media to advertise this would be very helpful.

Volunteers – In the first instance please visit:

https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/coronavirusvolunteer [21/4/20]

Managing council business

For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, the parish council has put special arrangements in place to ensure that the business of the council may continue. You can still make applications for grants and donations, comment on planning applications and raise issues with your councillor. More here.[28/3/20] Planning: your questions answered We are today publishing details of three planning applications that councillors will agree a response to on 16 April. If you want to comment, please email the Clerk’s Office before Monday 13 April. Details of the applications can be seen here. [6/4/20] You can still submit planning applications and comment on them. Visit our Planning page to download an explainer. [31/3/20] Cornwall Council planners are making temporary changes to their publicity and enforcement processes. Read more here. [3/4/20]

Closure of playgrounds, toilets and outdoor gym

Please note that due to government restrictions we have closed all public facilities across the parish. More here. [24/3/20]

Allotments remain open

The parish council has taken advice from the National Allotments Society and agreed to keep the allotments open for the forseeable future. More here. [28/3/20]

Back in Business – operating safely during the Coronavirus pandemic

Details of Government support for businesses can be found here.

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub have a huge amount of information and guidance on their website, keep checking it for updates as news comes out:  Growth Hub website

Cornwall Council website has information for businesses making plans to reopen. [1/6/20]

Menheniot Boundary Review: Consultation closed 24 March 2020

The council’s submission was sent to the Electoral Review Panel as part of its consultation.
Thank you to all our residents and supporters who also made their own submissions directly. The Panel is due to publish the results of the consulttaion, together with final recommendations by June – this may delayed because of the current COVID-19 situation. [12/4/20]

The Review Panel is inviting residents to comment on their proposals to move the boundary around Tencreek Farm from Menheniot in Liskeard. If you don’t agree with this – and last May, 97% of the people taking our parish survey said they didn’t agree – it would help the parish and the whole community if you wrote in to say that. The Newsletter contains and link to the Panel where you can complete a feedback form. It also explains what the questions in the form mean – you might find it helpful to read those before submitting your comments. Alternatively, you can write directly to the review panel at CGRs@cornwall.gov.uk

If you want a paper copy of the feedback as a Word document or have any questions about it, call the Clerk’s Office on 01579-342437 (answerphone for out of hours) [4/3/20]

Cornwall Council Extraordinary Meeting On Tuesday 10 December, Cornwall councillors met for an extraordinary meeting to consider the recommendations of the Electoral Review Panel, and agree to take them forward for a formal consultation. Although the Panel had met previously on 15 November when they agreed to support keeping the existing Menheniot boundary around Tencreek Farm, a late amendment to the full council meeting meant that there was a full debate on Liskeard Town Council’s original proposal to include Tencreek within its boundary. Liskeard amendment agreed Unfortunately for Menheniot, the amendment was supported by a majority of the Councillors present. This means that the consultation that launches shortly will include a boundary change that would move Tencreek Farm into Liskeard. However, nothing else changes and the proposal does not include Bolitho Farm or the houses at Island Shop which will remain in Menheniot. The parish council’s response Councillors are disappointed that this amendment was carried in the meeting, and will be discussing it in full at their next public meeting on 16 January 2020. The parish council’s Boundary Review Working Group will be get together and pick over the minutes of that Cornwall meeting and take on board any comments you might make direct to us. The consultation Nothing will be finally decided by the Panel until these proposals have been put out for a full public consultation that will last 12 weeks (it closes on 24 March 2020). Once your Councillors have met and agreed what its strategy should be, we will publish a further newsletter with details of how you can best make your opinions known. [12/12/19]

Public Meeting Liskeard 23 Sep 2019
Last night, the Electoral Review Panel held its sixth public hearing as part of its own consultation with town and parish councils across the county. Members of the panel hosted this event at the Liskeard Public Hall and heard summaries of submissions from Liskeard Town Council, Menheniot Parish Council, St Keyne Parish Council and Dobwalls & Trewidland Parish Council. Acting on your behalf, the Chair of Menheniot Parish Council, Cllr Jerry Tucker presented this summary of the council’s submission., followed later by Cllr Eve Easterbrook who delivered this response on Liskeard’s submission. Liskeard Town Council subsequently sent in their own written reply to our presentation. Read it here. [20/10/19] Newsletter
The latest We are Menheniot newsletter will be published shortly. In it, you’ll find details of what progress the Electoral Review Panel of Cornwall Council have made with our submission. We are also including a link to a summary of the Questions & Comments you made during our survey back in July. In total, we received almost 150 comments from you, and we can now publish the council’s answers in full. Download a copy here. [23/10/19]

Submission published

The final version of the parish council’s submission to Cornwall Council was approved by Menheniot councillors at their public meeting last week. You can download the complete version here. The submission consist of four separate documents: the main report and three appendices.

Governance Review Submission July 2019

Appendix 1 We are Menheniot final June 2019

Appendix 2 Shoppers Survey final June 2019

Appendix 3 Consultation & Engagement

Liskeard Town Council have also published their submission. Follow this link to view their report.

What happens next?

The Electoral Review Panel have from 18 July to 26 November 2019 to consider these submissions and formulate draft recommendations. The conclusions and advice will be available from 27 November 2019 onwards for comment through a public consultation. We will post updates on this website, and publish a monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to here. (22/07/19)


Community Governance Review 2019

Cornwall Council is carrying out a review of parish council boundaries. This is happening across the county, and every parish council is obliged to consult with its own residents about whether or not they want theirs changed. Liskeard Town Council wants to change its boundary with Menheniot, along the north-western part of the parish that would include the settlements of Bolitho Farm, Island Shop, Tencreek Farm, Tencreek Cottage, Cartuther Barton and Keyes. This would take out about 590 acres of housing and farmland from Menheniot, the equivalent of about 8% of all land in the parish. You can read about their proposals in Liskeard’s Notes  here and download a map here showing the areas that might be affected (Cloak Park is not included). At the Menheniot Annual Parish Meeting held on 9 May 2019, the Liskeard Town Clerk presented this statement. Following representations to Liskeard, their proposals have been amended, and the land area and numbers of residents impacted has been reduced. You can visit their website here to download their maps and listing (20/06/19)


Annual Audit: Notice of Conclusion 18 September 2020

The annual return for the parish council has been returned by its external auditors after assessment and deemed to be satisfactory. Residents always have the opportunity to inspect the annual accounts of the council, and can do so Monday-Wednesday 9am to midday with prior notice. You can see the auditor’s Conclusion Notice. [pdf]


Report It

If you have problems with potholes or waste collection, bus shelters or planning, here’s a quick guide to who-does-what and how to take action.

CC REPORT IT BLUE MPC Report It-page-001

Menheniot Neighbourhood Development Plan 2020/21

The parish council has completed the final draft of its Neighbourhood Plan. If you’d like to stay connected to our work, send us an email and we will include you in our mailing list for bulletins. The plan has it’s own dedicated website. Visit it here, and bookmark it for future reference. You can also find us on social media. Search for #MenheniotPlan on Twitter or follow us on Facebook.

Accessibility Statement

The parish council is currently working to ensure that the website is compliant with appropriate laws and regulations. You can read more about what we have done and plan to do on this page [16/9/20].

Menheniot Council Privacy Notice

Your privacy is important to us and we take great care to protect it. We will only share your data in very specific circumstances when we have your consent. Follow this link to download the council’s General Privacy Notice. If you have any questions about the privacy of your personal data, contact the Data Protection Officer using this webform. [/one_half_last]

Groups & Activities

Details of the various groups operating and activities available in the parish can be found here.


Events going on in and around Menheniot parish are posted here