OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 6th March 2012
Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, L Craig, E Critchlow, G Budge,
T Corson, I Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe and L Welch.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Mrs L Hamlin
70. Apologies for Absence: County Councillor J
71. Declarations of Interest on the Agenda Cllr
Budge, Ministry of Justice Land
72. The minutes of the meeting 3 January and 26
January 2012 were agreed and signed as a true
73. Standing Item Public Questions
Mrs Lillie raised the issue of dog fouling which is
getting out of hand especially along Bunny Lane this
is also affecting the residents undertaking litter
picking. Clerk stated that this is an issue through the
county, the dog warden has been contacted and she has
requested that details of offenders be sent to her
either direct or via the clerk with as much information
as possible so letters can be sent to offenders.
A mattress has been dumped over the hedge at Bunny
Lane which was reported by Mrs Lillie to NCC however as
this is on private land NCC will not remove it.
Ms Lillie raised the issue of the Christmas tree being
removed without her knowledge which had caused some
frustration as she has taken the trouble to get a permit
to allow access to the tip. Cllr Critchlow said he had
removed the tree and apologised for any confusion
caused. Cllr Critchlow had the ground stakes and ties
for the tree.
74. Matters Arising from the meeting on 3 January 2012:
Item 58 Parking signs at Play Area NCC has stated
that no parking signs cannot legally be put up on the
lamp post by the play area, however they have provided
residents with stickers to put on offending cars. Mr
Mezza, a resident of Churchill Way, confirmed he has
received these polite notices. Mr Mezza also provided
details of a car which had been parked on the footpath.
These will be forward to the police.
Item 18 20mph limit around Play Area Cllr Mr Watson
is still pursuing this.
Item 23 Asset maintenance Cllr Barras asked for
volunteers to do some work on benches during the village
clean up on March 24th. Cllr Sharpe confirmed that ACT
has purchased 4 new barrels which will replace some of
the damaged ones.
Item 45 Bus Shelter repainting NCC has inspected the
bus shelter and confirmed they do not intend to repaint
it. The Parish Councillors to arrange painting of this
in the near future.
Item 51 Ministry of Justice Land update Cllr Budge
left the meeting at this point. Mr Loader of MoJ has
confirmed this matter goes before the Asset Disposal
Team today. Cllr Budge returned to the meeting.
Item 64 Update following meeting re Warkworth Farm
Shop Mr Clippendale is looking to reopen the shop in
the Spring. The farm is working well. He is looking to
develop the buildings at the back of the shop which are
falling into disrepair. Initially it was proposed these
be holiday lets however he would like to convert into
residential properties. These will include affordable
housing within these properties comprising 12 units of 2
and 3 bedrooms.
Northumberland Estates still have the mineral rights to
the land and this area is still being looked at under
The Parish Council raised concerns about the future of
the Defra Footpath and Mr Garland will go back to Mr
Clippendale on this issue and also the opening up of
Millennium Walk. Clerk to request an update on the
Item 66 Road to Guyzance update request Mr Thorn of
NCC has reported that the road to Guyzance is being
looked at under the NCC land slips budget however he
does state there are other areas in Northumberland also
being reviewed which take a higher priority. A permanent
repair will be very costly so in the meantime they will
continue to carry out stop gap repairs.
Item 66 Update on situation with 30mph flashing sign
there have been issues with the existing contractor and
a new contractor is in the process of being appointed.
Once the new contractor is appointed Stefan Bell has
requested that Acklington be a priority for the sign.
Item 66 Request for No1 Bus to come through the
village Arriva has confirmed their position has not
changed in relation to the No1 Bus there is no spare
time in the schedule to add a diversion without adding
an extra bus to the cycle to make the timetable work and
the revenue would not be enough to cover the cost and
that is before the get into the issue of the turning
Item 66 A1 junctions meeting - Friday 16 March, 7.30,
Swarland Village Hall
Item 66 Footpath at bottom end of Millennium Walk
The Clerk has reported that cutting back of this
footpath is required to NCC. The work has not yet been
undertaken so Clerk to pursue.
75. Report by County Councillor
The decision about council tax has been taken. No
increase from NCC only increases will be in Parish
Council precepts and police costs.
Unfortunately my group could not get support from other
parties to hold an increase in the maximum charges
payable for home social care to a small increase of £30
making the maximum per day payable of £150. The current
administration and other parties actions resulted in
charges rising to approx £250 per day maximum to those
that pay for their care.
The roads in the area are still a major concern to me
and I continue to press for adequate repairs to be
carried out particularly in the Guyzance area, I have
been assured that repairs are in the plans for next
I fully support the idea of taking the land on offer
from the Ministry of Justice but would add that the PC
needs to take into account the permanent cost of cutting
the grass and maintaining the area.
a. Financial Summary
The balance on account at 6 March 2012 is £3,082.99.
The following list was put before members and approved
000287 L Hamlin 45.34
000288 PAYE 166.64
000289 Information Commissioners Office 35.00
000290 Cancelled error on cheque
000291 Felton PC recharges 18.28
000292 Mid-Coquet Cluster 46.80
000293 Community Action Northumberland 12.50
000294 Great North Air Ambulance 25.00
000295 Age UK Northumberland 20.00
c. Receipts None
a. To report on any planning decisions:
11/01740/FUL - 1 Cheevely Steading - Demolish and
reconstruct extension - APPROVED
11/03185/FUL Adj to 5 Guyzance Village conversion to
form new dwelling and garage - APPROVED
11/03193/FUL Adj to 5 Guyzance Village time limit
extension to A/2008/0480 - APPROVED
11/03248/TREECA 7 Guyzance Village works to
ornamental cherry tree APPROVED
11/03141/FUL 8 Guyzance Village restoration of
tradition building - WITHDRAWN
b. To consider any planning matters:
11/02908/FUL 8 Guyzance Village installation of
replacement oil tank to be discussed at Council
Chambers on 1 March
12/00574/FUL 8 Guyzance Village resubmission of
restoration of building within curtilage of 8 Guyzance
Village - circulated for comments
78. Requested Agenda Items
Queens Jubilee Celebrations - a couple of meetings have
been held and it has been agreed to hold a street party
in the garden outside the village hall with a pooled
supper, a church service in the afternoon with a ceilidh
and BBQ or hog roast in the evening. The children at the
school will be making decorations for the village hall.
It was proposed that all the children in the parish
should receive a commemorative gift and a request for
the Parish Council to pay for this was put forward. It
was agreed in principle however approximate costings
would be required for a decision to be made. Cllr Corson
stated that a picture of the Queen should be put in the
Village Hall and Cllr Sharpe to take this back to the
Neighbourhood Plan for Guyzance a request has been
submitted for the Council to consider developing a
neighbourhood plan for Guyzance Conservation Area. The
Clerk has responded that a neighbourhood plan must cover
the whole of the parish not one specific area, however
there is no reason not to progress with a plan for the
whole parish. Funding would have to be sought for a
plan. The Clerk is attending a neighbourhood plan
meeting on 13 March and will report back her findings.
Light outside Village Hall Cllr Critchlow raised the
issue of no street lights being outside the Village Hall
and asked if this could be raised with NCC. Clerk to
contact NCC. Also light 52AA is still permanently on.
Clerk to report to NCC.
Resurfacing of Churchill Way Cllr Corson has been
informed by a resident that Churchill Way is to be
resurfaced in the summer and asked why the Parish
Council had not been informed. The Clerk stated that as
far as she knew there was no work planned but will look
into it with NCC. Cllr Corson also stated there are a
number of pot holes that need filling and line markings
repainted. Clerk to contact NCC however she did state
that anyone can report a pot hole and it will be filled
by NCC within a week.
Policy Review The Publication Scheme and Risk
Assessment were reviewed and agreed.
Dog Fouling Reported on above.
79. Correspondence Received
NCC Joint PC and NCC meetings (North Area 12 March 6pm
in Stannington Village Hall)
NCC Letter in relation to applications to carry out
works on protected trees. In future Parish Councils will
only be informed if there is a TPO on the tree. Clerk to
ask for a list of trees covered by TPOs in the parish.
NCC Devolution of Local Services agreement letters
has been received for taking on responsibility for bins
and bus shelters. It was agreed these letters be signed.
Letter from Mrs Jackson in relation to trees in her
garden a complaint was received from Mrs Jackson
stating her trees were dying due to weed killer put on
the childrens play area. The Clerk wrote to Mrs Jackson
stating that weed killer had not been used and that the
weeds had been strimmed which was evident by the
continued growth of the ivy along the fence. No further
correspondence has been received.
Letter of thanks from Acklington Village Hall Committee
and year end accounts
CAN Donation request It was agreed to donate £12.50
Great North Air Ambulance donation request - It was
agreed to donate £25
Age Concern Donation request It was agreed to donate
Morpeth Northumberland Gathering donation request no
Peel Energy invitation to discuss planning application
for Blue Sky Forest Wind Farm Cllr Critchlow will try
80. Items for Circulation
CPRE Guide to Neighbourhood Planning and Spring
Clerks and Councils Direct
81. Urgent Items
Planning Portal the Clerk reported that she is
attending a meeting at NCC with the Head of Planning to
discuss the proposal that from 19 March all planning
applications will be via electronic form only with
responses being sent electronically and the various
issues relating to this decision.
Cllr Sharpe raised an issue relating to 7 motorbikes
riding around Rake Lane area and frightening horses.
There was a 4x4 parked up with a bike trailer on the
back. It was agreed that this is a police matter and the
horse rider is the relevant person to report this issue.
Cllr Corson asked what is happening with the footpath
alongside the Village Hall. The Clerk confirmed this was
a permissive bridlepath under a Defra scheme which comes
to an end in September 2012. The Parish Council has
requested the land owner if he is willing to keep this
pathway open after this date. However there is no legal
right to use to path after September 2012 unless Defra
wishes to continue its agreement with the land owner.
Cllr Orr stated that garden waste is being dumped on
the grass verge along Acklington Road in North Broomhill
which is causing damage the snowdrop flowers. Also the
verge is becoming overgrown and bushes and trees need to
be cut back. Clerk to contact NCC.
Cllr Sharpe reminded Councillors that the Acklington
village litter pick is taking place 10am 12 noon on
Saturday 24 March from the Village Hall.
82. Items for Next Agenda - None
Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 pm
Next meeting: Annual Parish Meeting Tuesday 1 May at
7.30pm in Acklington Village Hall