Welcome to the official website for St Keyne Parish Council
Notice of Public Rights
The annual return (Audit for the year 2019/20) for the parish council has been completed.You can see a summary of the auditors report and an Explainer on a summary of the auditors report and an Explainer on this page.Page down to 'Notices' [27/6/20]
Community Emergency Plan
The council's Community Emergency Plan is available to download here. The plan is not designed to deal with local emergencies affecting only one householder or when the emergency services can deal with it without parish council involvement.
Boundary Review of St Keyne & Trewidland
Cornwall's Electoral Review Panel met last week to discuss final recommendations for changes to the parish boundary, and to move the village of Trewidland into St Keyne. Councillors on the Panel supported officer advice to: change the boundary; create a ward of Trewidland with four parish councillors and a separate ward of St Keyne with five councillors; change the name of the parish council to 'St Keyne & Trewidland Parish Council'. Cornwall Council will hold an Extraordinary Meeting on 3 November 2020 to vote on the recommendations. We will post the results of that decision here. [15/10/20]
Climate Change Action Group
On 17 September 2020, Menheniot Parish Council declared a climate emergency, and is leading a group of active and engaged residents to create an action plan. The councillors of Menheniot recognise that the issues that affect them will also impact on the other parishes around them and are inviting any concerned residents in St Keyne and Trewidland to join the group. If you'd like to know more, please email the Menheniot Clerk's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01579-342437. [21/10/20]
Grants & DonationsThe parish council is pleased to announce that from November 2017, it has set up a fund to award small grants and donations to voluntary groups in the parish. If you meet the criteria that councillors have set (read our Frequently Asked Questions) and can accept our Terms & Conditions, please write a letter to the Clerk explaining how you will use the money. Applications must be made at least one week before the date of the next council meeting.
St Keyne Lawn Cemetery
The parish council maintains a small lawn cemetery adjacent to St Mary's Church. Visit our Lawn Cemetery page for more information.
If you have any issues with potholes, dogs, abandoned vehicles, graffiti, flytipping or planning, the easiest way to report it to Cornwall Council is to go online. Download this guide to logging your complaint - Cornwall Council will acknowledge your complaint and give you a reference number so that you can track its progress.
St Keyne Parish Council Privacy Notice
Your privacy is important to us and we take care to protect it. We will only share your data in very specific circumstances. Follow this link to view and download the council's General Privacy Notice . If you have any questions about your data privacy, contact the Data Protection Officer using this our enquiry form.
COVID-19 Information & Advice
Temporary arrangements to manage 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. There will be no public meetings of the council or its working groups for three months. The timetable for monthly meetings will be retained, but held online and in real time. Download details of the new measures here. You can still apply for grants and donations or raise other issues by email or phone and you can email your own councillor at any time. Your Councillors details are here. [30/3/20]
Lockdown Heroines (and Heroes)
During these extraordinary times, we are always happy to share good news about good people. So from all the councillors of St Keyne, a big thank you goes to Carol Beaver who has made 400 face masks to donate to health and care workers, and to Jim who has made it his personal mission to clean up every public sign in the parish.
COVID-19 Community Fund
At their meeting on 12 May 2020, parish councillors agreed to set up a fund that would be able to receive requests and make donations to mitigate the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are part of a group that could benefit from a donation of money or would like to nominate a group for one, please contact the Clerk's Office or telephone 01579-342437. Read more about the fund here.
The Parish Clerk has delegated powers and responsibilities during the national emergency. You can view a copy of Register of Delegated Decisions here. [22/6/20]
Have published a COVID-19 Community Toolkit. Download a copy here. [15/4/20]
The parish council will be holding a public virtual meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 7.30pm. Residents can take part in the meeting using their telephone. If you would like to come to the meeting, please contact the Clerk's Office beforehand so that we can send you your access codes. If you prefer to write in with any questions or comments, please use the Clerk's email address. You can download a copy of the council's meeting calendar for 2021 here.[21/01/21].
Residents who wish to comment on planning applications can still do so. This explainer sets out how people wanting to comment on planning matters can do so. We will post details of any applications we receive here, and set out the timetable for decision making.[31/3/20]
The council is publishing regular newsletters explain what it is doing during the lockdown. Copies are being delivered to every home in the parish or you can download the November 2020 copy here. [24/11/20]
Reopening of open spaces
We are pleased to announce that the play area at Jubilee Park will reopen on Wednesday 15 July. You may continue to use the rest of the space for exercise and dog walking. Longlands recreation ground is still open for excercise, and the Lawn Cemetery is open to visitors. Please observe NHS advice on social distancing. [15/7/20]
St Keyne Parish Council meets monthly to manage the affairs of the parish. If you need to contact any of the councillors or raise an issue for discussion at the meeting, use this our online enquiry form to contact the Parish Clerk.
How the Parish Council spends your money
Every November, parish councillors will agree what their spending plans are for the following financial year. This means that they set a budget, and then separately agree how to fund the work.
Their first action will always be to examine what funds are remaining in the council's current and savings accounts. Some of these funds may already be ringfenced for projects in the parish or to pay for existing expenses. Any difference between the cost of maintaining parish services and whatever free money there is will be met by way of a local tax. This is called the 'precept' and is set by councillors at their November meeting. The precept is collected by Cornwall Council along with your council tax. If you need information about ways to reduce the amount of council tax and precept you pay, follow this link to Cornwall Council's advice pages.
This Briefing Note explains how the budget and precept were set for the financial year 2020-2021, and includes highlights of the council's spending plans for the next year.
About the parish
The parish of St Keyne lies on the edge of the Looe valley between the parishes of Liskeard (to the north and east) and Duloe (to the south and west). It is one of the smallest parishes in the country. In the 16th century it consisted of one estate, Lametton, which in 1911 was divided into separate lots and sold to individual buyers.
The village of St Keyne has a railway station, the 'St Keyne Wishing Well Halt', on the branch line to Looe. You can read a short history of the well that the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society has written. The St Keyne Village Hall and Social Club hosts a variety of activities and events and there is a large recreation ground on the outskirts of the village.
The Church of St. Keyne on the southern edge of the village dates back to the 15th and early 16th centuries and there are indications that, in earlier times, a Norman church once stood at St Keyne.
Saint Keyne is said to be responsible for the construction of St Keyne’s Well, situated just outside the village, which was the old baptismal well. In Victorian times the holy well at St Keyne had the reputation of conferring supremacy to the marriage partner who first tasted it.