MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS - 3rd
Present: Cllrs D Barras, E Critchlow, G Budge, L
Craig, T Corson, I Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe and L
The Parish Clerk in attendance Mrs L Hamlin
17. Apologies for Absence: Cllr J Newton and
County Councillor Watson
18. Declarations of Interest on the Agenda None
19. The minutes of the meeting 1 May 2012 were
agreed and signed as a true record.
20. Standing Item Public Questions
Mrs Lillie raised the question that grass is being cut
at the Village Hall and can it be arranged for the grass
to be cut in the Churchyard. The Clerk confirmed that
the Village Hall grass cutting is not the responsibility
of the Parish Council nor is the Churchyard and this
request should be put to NCC by the Church direct. Mrs
Lillie asked if the Parish Council donates money to the
Church and the Clerk confirmed that an annual donation
is made for the Church to use but there is no
stipulation on how this money is spent. Details of the
contacts within NCC were given to Mrs Lillie.
Mrs Lillie confirmed that a soakaway has been installed
by NCC at the field opposite the Railway Pub which seems
to have alleviated the flooding issue. The Clerk
confirmed that she had also request works be undertaken
here and will remove this from the pending list.
21. Matters Arising from the meeting on 6 March
a. Asset Maintenance temporary repairs have been
undertaken on the bench at the crossroads. Planters have
been tidied up and repairs undertaken.
b. Ministry of Justice Land update including query on
road responsibilities MOJ has confirmed all the roads
are now the responsibility of NCC. The paperwork for the
land transfer was sent to MoJ at the beginning of June
and we are awaiting the final documents to come through
for the transfer.
c. Light outside Village Hall 3 residents were written
to. One did not respond, one had no objections and one
did object. It was agreed that the Clerk would speak to
Neil Johnson about installing a light on the post
outside the hall and see what could be done to alleviate
any light issues into residents properties. This is a
safety issue for those using the Village Hall and
parking along the road outside for events.
d. TPOs within the Parish NCC has still not responded
with this information. Clerk to ask CC Watson if he can
progress this issue as the Clerk is not getting a
response from NCC.
e. Hedge Cutting along Acklington Road this has still
not been undertaken by NCC however it may be an issue of
time of the year for nesting. Clerk to pursue.
f. Issues at The Hemmel The Enforcement Officer has
reported that as far as camping is concerned there is no
legal powers for NCC to stop this. It has permitted
development rights for no more than 28 day per year. In
relation to the Circus NCC were unaware of this last
year but again this is covered under the 28 day rule as
circuses move around the country. They did ask for
details of size and whether it is due to come back to
the area. Councillors confirmed that they had called the
police last time camping was at the Hemmel due to the
noise and a bonfire at the site. It was agreed to inform
NCC ever time such an event occurs. It was also agreed
that the Clerk ascertain if business rates are being
paid here as revenue is being generated from camping
g. 30mph Flashing Speeding Sign this is once again not
working and the Clerk to contact NCC and report this.
h. Standing water outside the Railway Inn covered in
public questions issue now resolved.
22. Report by County Councillor
CC Watson has been in touch with NCC about his concerns
for the road to Guyzance and its bad state of repair.
Orders have been placed for more patching works.
Residents have been contacting CC Watson with concerns
of the turbine application all calls have been
CC Watson would like to know if the light outside the
village hall is to be installed as he does have some
money remaining from his members scheme. Clerk to update
CC Watson on this issue.
a. Financial Summary
The balance on account at 3 July 2012 is £4,323.98
The following list was put before members and approved
000299 Central Design (for mugs already paid) 325.20
000301 David Hall Joiner (Already paid) 200.00
000300 L Hamlin 103.58
000302 Zurich Municipal Insurance 225.00
c. Receipts None
d. Insurance Quotes the Clerk contacted Zurich, Came
and Company and Alliance Insurance. Zurich has
maintained cover at a cost of £225.00, the other two
organizations were over £300 for the same cover. It was
agreed to renew the insurance cover with Zurich.
a. To report on any planning decisions:
11/02908/FUL 8 Guyzance Village installation of
replacement oil tank APPROVED
b. To consider any planning matters:
12/01502/FUL Weir on Coquet West of Cauld House
Repair and improve existing fish pass no objections
were raised, it was noted that this is the only one of
this design in the country. Fishermen up stream have
been critical of the fish pass but the repairs should
address this issue.
12/01735/FUL West House, Guyzance conversion to 4
bedroom property concerns were raised and will be
forwarded to NCC, these include confirmation of where
the septic tank is to be housed, conditions applying to
working hours and where deliveries can be made. It was
also raised that as yet the conditions for installing
passing places had still not been adhered to from
previous planning approval. Clerk to report to NCC.
12/01718/RENE Lane East of East House Farm, Warkworth
- 67m single wind turbine It was agree to object to
this application based on the grounds of access to the
site along unsuitable roads, impact on the views from
Warkworth Castle, interference from telecommunications
mast, adjacent to a Conservation Area. Clerk also to
write to CPRE to inform them of this proposal and the
In general the Clerk to write to NCC and inform the
Gazette over the concerns for all the planning approvals
within Guyzance. The village is a conservation area and
was given this status due to the character of the
village which is being dramatically changed due to all
the planning approvals with the result the village will
quadruple in size and will change from purely
residential to include a large amount of commercial
development. With each application being submitted
individually there is no need to provide affordable
housing and this should be addressed. Also there is a
need to repair the C100 which has deteriorated
dramatically since the extra traffic from these
developments has started to use the road.
25. Requested Agenda Items
Parish Precept for 2013/14 Cllr Corson asked that
the Parish Council agree not to increase the precept for
next year. The Clerk stated that this would be discussed
in the November meeting when the precept is agreed. The
Council would like to keep the precept the same however
as yet no information has come from NCC as to what, if
any, extra services will be passed onto the Parish
Councils to fund.
Free parking in Northumberland Cllr Corson asked why
no action was being taken to equalize the parking
charges across the whole of Northumberland and that the
County Councillors and Sir Alan Beith should be lobbying
for the same charges across the County. The Clerk
confirmed that these discussions have been ongoing
across the County for over a year now and NCC will not
be moved on changing the charges.
Grass Cutting Quotations Quotes have been sought by
the Clerk for maintenance of the play area from August
onwards and grass cutting charges for the new land soon
to be acquired. It was agreed the Clerk would contact a
fourth supplier for quoting on grass cutting and if this
quote is higher than the cheapest quote the Clerk has
the power to allocate a contract to the cheapest
supplier. It was also agreed that Cllr Barras would
undertake a site visit with the play area contractor to
undertake a snagging list before the contract is
Meeting with Mr Garland re development at Cavil Head
Farm Mr Garland would like to hold a meeting of
Councillors and also public to present the proposals for
the development of Cavil Head buildings for housing. It
was agreed that they should attend the September meeting
to avoid clashing with holidays and ensure that most
Councillors can attend. Clerk to contact Mr Garland to
inform him of this.
Church Lych Gate discussions are progressing on
this. Cllr Barras is meeting with church wardens to
discuss further. A specialist conservation contractor is
needed to provide advice and quotes so that a grant
application can be submitted. The aim is to have this
work undertaken in time for August 2014 as this was the
end of the First World War.
Speeding through Acklington complaints of speeding
through the village have been received and speeding is
getting worse. Speed Watch checks have been undertaken
but not at appropriate times. It was agreed the Clerk
would contact the speed watch team to request more
checks at more appropriate times. It was also agreed
that Councillors must take details of those using
excessive speed and forward details to the police.
26. Correspondence Received
NCC Changes to on and off street parking tariffs
structure there appears to be no thought put into the
parking tariffs other than for financial gain. The
changes in some areas are illogical, we should be
looking to encourage tourists to the area however the
parking charges would deter both tourists and residents
from visiting some areas. It was agreed that the Clerk
look into asking for a Judicial Review of NCC in
relation to the inequality of parking charges in the
County, this would require the backing and support of
the other Northern Area Parish Councils. Clerk to
contact relevant Councils.
NCC Local Transport Plan Programme 2012/13 3
priorities submitted to NCC were 1) Pedestrian safety to
have footpath extended to railway station this has
been added to directory of requests for future
consideration 2) 20mph zone requested, especially at
Churchill Way added to directory of requests however a
20mph limit with no traffic calming would need to be
funded by the PC or County Councillor 3) Rebuild road to
Guyzance passed to Highway Strategy Manager the road
maintenance programme is focused on roads that are shown
to be in the greatest need. It was agreed the footpath
is a top priority and also it was agreed to undertake a
door knock along Churchill Way and St Omer Road to gain
residents support for a 20mph limit in this area. Clerk
to provide petition for Cllrs Barras, Corson and Sharpe
to undertake this door knock.
NCC date for next joint NCC/PC meetings the next
meeting is Monday 8 October at 6pm venue to be
Audit Commission appointment of external auditor for
2012/13 no objections to this appointment of BDO.
NALC Membership Form It was agreed not to join NALC.
Northumberland Theatre Company donation request
none to be made.
Amble Town Council Natural Burials leaflets For
CPRE Summer Leaflet and CAN Newsletter for
27. Urgent Items
Cllr Corson thanked Cllr Welch for the grass cutting
it makes a huge different to sight lines from Acklington
Road to Broomhill.
Cllr Corson reported that since the field at Bunny
Lane is being used for horses there has been a reduction
in fly tipping here.
Cllr Barras reported that the Right of Way to Coal
Road is impassible. Clerk to report to Footpath Officer
Cllr Critchlow reported that Green Lane and Rake Lane
footpaths are being used by quad bikes which are
damaging the footpaths. Clerk to report to Footpath
Cllr Barras reported that the permissive path
alongside the Village Hall is overgrown as is the
footpath to the rear of Mr Pickerings old property.
Clerk to check whether NCC has any influence over
getting these pathways cleared.
Cllr Budge reported there has been some fly tipping at
the end of Churchill Way. Clerk to report to NCC.
Cllr Sharpe informed the Council the final meeting of
the Jubilee Celebrations Committee is to take place on 9
July at 7.30pm. The Committee would like to thank the
Parish Council for donating the mugs for the
Articulated Lorry Parking In Acklington A complaint
has been received about a vehicle parked in St Omer Road
however unless it is causing an obstruction no action
can be taken.
NCC Traffic Regulation Order at Acklington First
School it was agreed the Council has not objections to
this regulation change.
The Clerk reported that HRH The Prince of Wales will
be in Warkworth, Amble and Red Row on 23 July. Further
details to follow which will be emailed to Councillors.
A report has been received about a low hanging tree
branch in St Omer Road. Clerk to investigate.
NCC Local Development Plan Core Strategy a request
has been made to have NCC attend a meeting. Clerk to
arrange a meeting for a number of Parish Councils to
attend a special meeting if NCC will agree.
28. Items for Next Agenda Adoption of Code of
Chairman closed the meeting at 9.25pm
Next meeting: Tuesday 4th September at 7.30pm in
Acklington Village Hall