MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS - 4th
Present: Cllrs D Barras, E Critchlow, G Budge, L
Craig, T Corson, J Newton, G Orr, A Sharpe and L Welch.
County Councillor Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance Mrs L Hamlin
29. Apologies for Absence: Cllr I Monkhouse
30. Declarations of Interest on the Agenda None
31. The minutes of the meeting 3 July 2012 were
agreed and signed as a true record.
32. Standing Items Public Questions and
Presentation from George F White on proposed house
building at Cavil Head Farm
Mrs Lillie raised the issue of the new signs being put
on existing rusty posts by NCC. CC Watson stated he had
noticed this and would raise it with NCC for the posts
to be replaced.
Mrs Lillie asked what is happening with the bus shelter
painting. The Clerk stated that in the March meeting it
was stated that NCC would not undertake painting of the
shelter. Mrs Lillie offered to undertake this painting
and the Chairman thanked her for this.
Mrs Lillie stated the hedge needs cutting back to up
Millennium Walk and the grass, the Clerk to contact NCC
on this issue.
Residents have raised the question about the lack of
grass cutting and the Clerk explained that the cutting
of the large area of land that was in the ownership of
Ministry of Justice could not be cut by the Parish
Council until ownership transferred to the Council. This
has now happened and the Clerk has contracted with NCC
to undertake the cutting and this took place today and
will be cut twice monthly during the cutting season.
Mr Gardner of George F White then presented the plans
for Cavil Head.
The original proposal was for 12 houses of 1, 2 and 3
bedrooms to include some affordable housing however
following discussions with NCC Planning Officers this
has been amended to 11 rentable houses and 4 affordable
houses to be located away from the Steading. It is
proposed these be located on land adjacent to the
Village Hall. This is due to NCC being of the view it is
more appropriate to have affordable housing in the
Cllr Craig stated she applauds the affordable housing
but how does this fit with existing planning policies.
Mr Garland stated that NCC has not as yet adopted the
Core Strategy to cover affordable housing therefore the
Alnwick District Council policy still applies.
Concerns were raised over where the access would be for
the affordable housing and it was stated this would be
on the Village Hall side of the chicane. The Councillors
felt that this was an unsuitable site for an access road
due to being so close to the chicane and this area is
problematic still with speeding.
Cllr Barras asked where the demand is when there are 8
or 9 properties for sale. Mr Garland stated these houses
are for rental only, not to purchase and not to be
Cllr Newton asked if the housing could be released for
private ownership at some point in the future. Mr
Garland said there was nothing to prevent the houses at
the Steading being transferred to private ownership in
the future, but there would probably be a requirement
that the rented affordable housing would remain so in
The issue of the footpath alongside the Village Hall was
raised and whether this would remain as the parish is
losing its footpaths for walking. Mr Garland stated the
issue is still arising that users of this pathway are
abusing the right with dog fouling issues and people
deviating from the footpath onto other land.
Cllr Newton asked if the application would be 2 separate
applications and it was felt that it would be one
application as the work would generally have to be
staggered to ensure the affordable housing element was
adhered to and developed in conjunction with the main
Cllr Barras asked what renewable energy provision is to
be included. Mr Garland confirmed that there would be a
minimum of 20% as per government guidelines however the
Steading would have biomass with individual boilers and
possibly solar panels for electricity and it was hoped
that the same technologies could be used for the
affordable houses as well.
Cllr Newton summarized the discussion stating that is
would seem the Councillors did not have many concerns
about the Steading development other than lack of
pathway to the village from the Steading however there
are a number of factors to think about in relation to
the affordable housing, especially in the access and
extending the boundaries of the village. He also thanked
Mr Garland for informing the community of the plans at
such an early stage.
33. Matters Arising from the meeting on 3 July
a. Ministry of Justice Land update - The land transfer
has now been legally completed and the paperwork is
being logged with Land Registry.
b. Light outside Village Hall the Clerk is still
waiting to hear back from NCC on this and will chase
this up. CC Watson stated it was important to progress
this while where are still funds available.
c. TPOs within the Parish Details have been received
by the Clerk from NCC and there are only 3 TPOs within
d. Issues at The Hemmel The Clerk has received
confirmation from NCC that the camping barn and premises
have been subject to national non domestic rates
(business rates) since September 2011.
e. 30mph Flashing Speeding Sign Acklington are not the
only area having problems with the flashing signs. NCC
have compiled a list of problem locations which have
been forwarded to the new contractors and has asked that
the contractor inform NCC when rotations are carried out
so NCC can go and check the signs are working.
f. Grass Cutting and Play Area maintenance quotes
Further grass cutting quotes were obtained for the new
land and NCC were still considerably cheaper so the
Clerk has requested NCC undertake the cutting. The
contractor for the play area met with Cllr Barras and a
list of snagging issues were highlighted. These have now
been completed and a new contract for maintenance and
checks up to the end of the financial year has been
issued. Cllr Corson asked if the zip wire had been
tightened and the Clerk confirmed that Geko has
undertaken this work.
g. Speeding through Acklington - The Clerk has requested
Speed Watch Coordinators undertaken more speed checks
through Acklington and requested these take place in the
mornings and evenings when speeding seems most prolific.
h. Judicial Review of NCC The Clerk obtained advice on
undertaking a judicial review of NCC in relation to the
car parking charge issues from NALC. It was agreed
following the advice of NALC not to pursue this course
i. NALC Membership update it was agreed at the last
meeting to no renew the membership of NALC however
subsequent to that meeting it was agreed between the
Councillors that it would be advisable to continue with
membership and subsequently the renewal was paid.
j. Footpath Issues NCC has confirmed today that they
will look into the Haul Road, Green and Rake Lane issues
however they have no control over the permissive path
alongside the Village Hall.
34. Report by County Councillor
CC Watson has managed to get Council to put the C100 on
the list for works to be done. The road will be
resurfaced but not rebuilt. Some pot holes have been
repaired recently along the road.
a. Financial Summary
The balance on account at 4 August 2012 is £3,901.80
The following list was put before members and approved
000304 L Hamlin 84.13
000305 Felton Parish Council recharges 14.36
000306 Donation to Parochial Church Council 250.00
000307 Donation to Village Hall 700.00
000308 BDO LLP 480.00
000309 Geko Landscapes 178.50
It was agreed the Clerk write to BDO LLP to see if there
is a possibility in reducing the fees incurred for the
audit considering the circumstances that the Parish
Council had to take on the finances for the play area
c. Receipts None
d. Audit There were no matters arising from the audit.
a. To report on any planning decisions:
12/01502/FUL Weir on Coquet Repair & improve
existing fish pass - APPROVED
12/01735/FUL West House, Guyzance conversion to 4
bed property - APPROVED
b. To consider any planning matters:
12/01718/RENE Lane East of East House Farm, Warkworth
- 67m single wind turbine
12/01848/FUL The Hemmel photovoltaic Panels and
12/02305/LBC 37 The Village internal alterations and
orangery to rear
A letter of response has been received from Ms Robinson
of NCC Planning Department following the Clerks letter
raising concerns about the development within Guyzance
and how this may impact on the Conservation Area status.
Ms Robinson states that all considerations have been
given in relation to the applications on how they will
impact the village and other than the hall there have
only been 3 further applications for works. She also
confirmed that the owner and NCC have come to an
agreement on the installation of passing places along
the C100. Cllr Craig stated the delivery vehicles are
not using the access through Lodge Road, they are still
coming through the village due to the bridge needing to
be reinforced to allow large vehicles to pass over it.
The application stated that the road had to be fit for
purpose and this is not the case. Clerk to relay this to
37. Requested Agenda Items
Adoption of Code of Conduct it was agreed to adopt
the Code of Conduct and the Clerk stated that all
members interest forms have to be with the Clerk by end
The Risk assessment was reviewed and agreed.
38. Correspondence Received
NCC Core Strategy Events A feedback session is
being held in Stannington Village Hall on Tuesday 25
September at 7pm. Clerk to be informed of any
NCC Local Transport Plan 2013/14 Top 3 priority
request. It was agreed to keep the three requests as per
NCCs list 1) improve/extend footpath to railway
station; 2) 20mph limit around childrens play area 3)
resurface road from Acklington to Guyzance. It was
agreed the issues of the road surface at Churchill Way
should be a separate and more urgent matter. Also a pot
hole outside No 12 Acklington Drive needs repairing.
NCC - Ice Cream Van application for Acklington it
was agreed there were no issues relating to this
NCC Joint PC and NCC meeting Morpeth Town Hall on
Monday 8 October at 6pm
NCC Dog Fouling Campaign dont stand for it NCC
has put up new stickers around the village for this
Magistrates in the Community- the Magistrates have
asked the Parish Council to host a public meeting to
inform residents of the role of the magistrates. It was
felt there would not be enough interest in this to
justify holding a public meeting.
Parochial Church Council donation request it was
agreed to donate £250.
Letter from Mrs Duffield re grass and hedge overgrowth
The Clerk has responded to Mrs Duffield informing her
of the situation with regard to the land ownership and
that this should now be resolved.
Clerks and Councils Direct to circulate.
39. Urgent Items
Cllr Budge raised the matter of the Remembrance
Service at Guyzance. It was agreed to ask Rev Barras if
she is happy to undertake this again in November and if
so Cllr Barras to forward details to the Clerk and the
Clerk to write to Rev Parker informing him of the
service. A wreath to be arranged by CC Watson.
Cllr Corson asked that the drains be cleaned out and
the roads swept in the village. Clerk to contact NCC.
A complaint has been received about signage for the
Cart Shed and this has been removed by NCC as it is
40. Items for Next Agenda None
Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm
Next meeting: Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm in Acklington