OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - Tuesday 3rd
Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, E Critchlow, G
Budge, T Corson, G Orr, A Sharpe and L Welch.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Mrs L Hamlin
55. Apologies for Absence: Cllrs Craig and
Monkhouse, County Councillor Watson
56. Declarations of Interest on the Agenda Cllr
Budge, Ministry of Justice Land
57. The minutes of the meeting 1 November 2011
were agreed and signed as a true record.
58. Standing Item Public Questions
Mrs Lillie raised the issue that not all residents were
aware of the Remembrance Service being held at the
Guyzance Memorial. Mrs Lillie was informed that notices
had been put on the notice boards, information was put
on the web site and announcement made in church however
the Clerk confirmed that for this years service
notification would also be put in The Pelican.
Mr Mezza reported that there were issues with parking at
the play area and also children playing ball games at
the front of the play area with balls landing on
garages. The Clerk stated that there is no legal action
that can be taken about parking however Clerk to check
with NCC if they are okay for a sign to be put on the
light post beside the play area asking users to be
mindful of residents. In terms of ball games there is no
ban on ball games in this area and if balls go onto
garages and are retrieved this is trespass. Residents
can put notices up covering their property and also a
message will be passed to the children via the sports
club and information to be put in the Pelican about both
issues. The situation will also be monitored.
59. Matters Arising from the meeting on 1 November
Item 5 Planters at Seat by Inglenook these have now
Item 47 Overhanging branches at Bank Top Cottages
the bottom branches have been removed however NCC needs
to use a cherry picker for the higher branches and
arrange for the road to be closed.
Item 18 20mph limit around Play Area CC Watson still
Item 23 Asset maintenance defer to the Spring
Item 37 Play Area Update Benches have been
installed. Matting has been installed under the
roundabout, small adjustment had been made to the zip
wire. Cllr Newton has also undertaken some turfing in
the play area.
Item 45 Bus Shelter repainting Still waiting on a
response from NCC.
Item 45 Dog fouling signs New signs have been
Item 45 Leaf collection- NCC has undertake collection
Item 51 Ministry of Justice Land update Despite
chasing NCC a firm figure has still not been confirmed
for grass cutting. MoJ is coming to Acklington on 11/12
January and want a response by then. It was agreed to
meet with MoJ to discuss taking on this land and Clerk
to arrange the meeting.
60. Report by County Councillor - None
a. Financial Summary
The balance on account at 3 January 2012 is £4,720.69,
however there is an unpresented cheque of £1,459.20,
leaving a balance of £3,261.49
The following list was put before members and approved
000285 L Hamlin £119.28
000286 L Welch (Christmas Tree) £60.00
c. Receipts HM Revenue and Customs £571.55
a. To report on any planning decisions:
11/02498/LBC - 8 Guyzance Village - remove brick
partition, plasterwork and skylights APPROVED
11/02142/FUL - Guyzance Hall - Resubmission of 11/00482/FUL
b. To consider any planning matters:
11/01740/FUL - 1 Cheevely Steading - Demolish and
reconstruct extension Clerk to ascertain what is
happening with this application.
11/03185/FUL Adj to 5 Guyzance Village conversion to
form new dwelling and garage
11/03193/FUL Adj to 5 Guyzance Village time limit
extension to A/2008/0480
11/03248/TREECA 7 Guyzance Village works to
ornamental cherry tree. Clerk to check with Cllr Craig
if there are any issues with this application, if not
then no objections to be submitted.
11/013142/FUL 8 Guyzance Village - Restoration of
traditional building situated within the curtilage of 8
Guyzance to provide ancillary residential accommodation
in connection with existing dwelling. A copy of an
objection letter from a resident was presented to the
Council. It was agreed objections to be submitted.
11/02910/LBC 8 Guyzance Village installation of
replacement oil tank (retrospective) no objection
Mr Neil Armstrong also informed the Parish Council of an
application for the prison, there are internal
alternations to be made which will not be visible but
the external fencing is to be changed. It was agreed
there were no objections to this application.
63. Requested Agenda Items
Golden Jubilee Celebrations ACT are making
arrangements for the celebrations and will be contacting
relevant village organizations for their
support/involvement. It was agreed, in principal, that
the Parish Council would support the celebrations and
Cllr Sharpe to report back to the Council on
64. Correspondence Received
Alnwick Playhouse donation request no donation
Vitalise donation request no donation given
NCC Highways Services in Winter Publication for
NCC Mobile Library consultation information was
given in the Pelican for residents to respond to this
HM Prison Service confirmation of name change for
Independent Monitoring Board request for volunteers
details to be put in notice boards.
Letter of thanks from The Pelican for donation
Letter of thanks from the School for donation
NCC Travellers Liaison Service for information
CAN training Event 1 - Introduction to Planning and
Event 2 - Localism Act training dates to be circulated
to Councillors, if anyone is interested please contact
the Clerk for bookings to be made.
Mr Garland of George F White has request a meeting
with the Parish Council to discuss future plans for
Warkworth Farm Shop/Cavil Head Farm. Clerk to arrange a
suitable date and circulate details to the Councillors.
65. Items for Circulation
CPRE Planning Explained
War Memorials Trust Bulletin
Archaeology in Northumberland
CAN News x 2
66. Urgent Items
The road to Guyzance has dropped further. Clerk to
report to NCC and ask for an update on what action is to
The water in the village had been cut off for 2-3
hours, this was due to a burst pipe in St Omer Road, the
water is now back on but was running brown for a few
The 30mph flashing sign has not been in the village
for some time, Clerk to contact NCC to find out when it
will be back.
Cllr Corson asked that the No1 bus come into the
village. Clerk to contact the bus company to make this
request however it has been requested in the past and
refused and with ongoing cuts it is unlikely that the
bus company will agree to this request.
The bollard at the West end of Acklington had been
knocked over. This was reported to NCC who replaced the
bollard within 48 hours.
The bridge at Guyzance has been repaired, vegetation
has been cut back and warning signs have been installed.
A request was put forward for Sir Alan Beith to be
contacted to see what can be done at the A1 junctions
following the recent fatality. Clerk to contact Sir
Alan. The Clerk also reported that a village meeting is
being arranged in Swarland and will update the
Councillors when this date has been arranged. This
meeting will consist of Sir Alan, Highways, NCC, Police
and other relevant bodies.
Footpath at the bottom end of Millennium Walk is
impassable. Clerk to contact NCC to request they contact
the land owner.
Coal Road there are issues of people going too far
down this road and not keeping to the loop when walking
and this could raise issues. This is not a public right
of way and the land owner could stop people using this
road if consideration is not given to the use of this
area. Councillors to speak to those people who use this
Cllr Welch stated Acklington is being considered again
for opencast. It was agreed Acklington is still on the
list within the Strategic Development Plan however this
plan has not been finalized. Situation to be monitored.
67. Items for Next Agenda - None
Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm
Next meeting: Tuesday 6 March at 7.30pm in Acklington