MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS - Tuesday
7th January 2014
At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington
Village Hall on Tuesday 7 January 2014
Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, L
Craig, T Corson, G Orr, A Sharpe and L Welch.
County Councillor Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
1 Member of the public was present.
52. Apologies for Absence: Cllrs E Critchlow and
I Monkhouse - Illness
The Chair wished all a happy new year.
53. Declarations of Interest on the Agenda
54. The minutes of the meeting 5 November 2013
were agreed and signed as a true record.
55. Standing Item Public Questions
56. Matters Arising from the meeting on 5 November
a. New posts for signage A letter had been sent to NCC
regarding the condition of the posts and the health and
safety concerns. A further email was sent to NCC on 24th
December reporting the 30mph speed limit sign at North
Broomhill which appeared to be sheared off at ground
level and the urgent need for other road signs
throughout the village to be inspected. This was chased
up again on 7th January. Cllr Orr reported that the sign
had been removed that morning. It was agreed that an
urgent report would be made to Barry Rowland, stating
that it was unacceptable that the posts be left in such
condition which was dangerous in terms of pedestrians
b. Trees in Quarry Avenue and on the new land The
trees would be checked in the spring.
c. No dogs signs at Play Area Cllrs Newton and Barras
offered to install the 2 no dog signs on posts at the
d. Over grown trees at Guyzance Bridge to Brainshaugh
no progress following request to NCC
e. Request for coal trucks at the entrances to the
Village Cllr Budge advised that coal trucks were
almost finished and ready for delivery.
f. Guyzance Landslips - The carriageway reconstruction
works at the Guyzance cottage was initially delayed as a
result of NWL delaying their water main diversion works
due to a mix up in notifying some of the affected residents
of the stop to their water supply. NCC planned to open
the road during the Christmas holidays 24th December to
6th January but may have to close the road again for a
short time in the new year to complete the repair. NCC
Highways apologised for this delay which has been out of
their hands and promised to work as quickly as possible to
reopen the road.
g. Bus shelter stop Acklington Road NCC had cleared
the hard stand at the bus stop of weeds and grass. The
Clerk was making enquiries about the placement of a bus
57. Report by County Councillor The items
County Councillor Watson had to report were discussed
under matter arising from the previous meeting.
a. Financial Summary
The balance on account at 9 December 2013 is £3936.16
The following list was put before members and approved
Date Cheque No
Royal British Legion Wreath
GN Air Ambulance
Farmway Trading Ltd Posts
B & Q
The Clerk explained that cheque no 000350 covered PAYE
for the Nov/Dec wages but also the re-issuing of
previous cheque no. 000338 and 000341 (338 & 341 were
subsequently destroyed at the meeting. This was as a
result of no employer payment book being received and
the requirement for the payments to be made direct to HM
Revenue & Customs rather that the regular method of
paying via the Post Office.
Non re-current grant
a. To report on any planning decisions:
13/01306/VARYCO - Guyzance Hall remove cond 2
restricting the number of events objections GRANTED
12/03345/FUL Land West of Village Hall - 4 no. new
build affordable units GRANTED
12/02766/FUL Cavil Head Conversion of traditional
farm buildings to 11 no. residential units (in
conjunction with 4 no. new build affordable units) -
13/02120/OUT Land West of 14 Churchill Way Nine
3-bedroomed houses - objections
13/03043/FUL 5 Bank House Farm ground floor
extension no objections-REFUSED
13/03052/FUL 4 Bank House Farm ground floor
extension no objections - REFUSED
13/03062/FUL 3 Bank House Farm ground floor
extension no objections- REFUSED
13/03097/VARYCO - Plot 12 Bank House Farm remove cond
3 change to permanent residence - objections
13/03104/VARYCO - Bank House Farm remove cond 2
change to permanent residence objections
13/03069/LBC 5 Bank House Farm Re-submission- ground
floor extension to south of property along with no.s 4
13/03064/LBC 4 Bank House Farm - Re-submission- ground
floor extension to south of property along with no.s 5
13/03063/LBC 3 Bank House Farm Ground floor
extension to south of property along with no.s 4 and 5
13/02356/FUL Land West of 14 Churchill Way Proposed
residential development for nine three bedroomed houses
Cllr Craig expressed her concern over conditions being
revoked on applications which resulted in residents
being subjected to unacceptable working hours. She urged
for careful consideration of wording on future
applications concerning the removal of conditions.
b. To consider any planning matters:
13/03530/FUL 5 Bank House Cottages Proposed first
floor rear extension (resubmission of A/2011/0021) It
was resolved that there were no objections.
13/03908/FUL Brainshaugh Farm Creation of 2 no. new
holiday cottages to existing farm steading It was
resolved that there were no objections.
60. Requested Agenda Items
Draft Budget Final consideration. It was resolved that
the budget for 2014-15 be set at £4750.
Chicane Damage The Clerk reported this to NCC in
November and again on 7th January.
Signage Field House Close Cllr Barras stated that
the estate was not identifiable enough due to a lack of
street name signage, which often caused confusion for
delivery drivers. It was resolved to request that NCC
provide adequate signage indicating the range of house
numbers per sign.
Meeting with Sodexo The Clerk had arranged for a joint
meeting to be held for Acklington PC and Amble TC on
13th February 2013 this would start at 5.30pm. The press
and public would be welcome to attend this meeting and
the Clerk would details the time and venue in the next
61. Correspondence Received
DEFRA Common Agricultural Policy Consultation This
consultation concluded on 28th November.
Acklington First School request for financial support
for toddler group Cllr Sharpe informed that the
Community Team had agreed to provide funding for the
first 2 months of the year. It was agreed to defer this
to the March meeting of the Council.
North East War Memorials Project It was agreed not to
contribute any funds on this occasion.
NCC Winter Services. The Clerk informed of the
position regarding the provision of grit bins and
circulated the information leaflets among members.
NCC - Working with Town and Parish Councils
NALC December e-news This was noted for information.
NALC Change to subscription formula The Clerk
informed that the increase for 2014-15 was 5% which was
inline with the previous year increases.
St. Cuthberts RC First School Amble Consultation It
was agreed to support the views of the Governors and
note that any pupils would be welcomed to join
Acklington Village First School should such a transition
62. Urgent Items
Cllr Corson reported pot holes at the entrance to
Churchill Way and one in front of the bus shelter.
Road marking needed redone, road sweeping had not been
done for some time and the bins at the playground had
not been emptied.
Cllr Barras would attend the next meeting of the British
Legion on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Clerk informed of the recent Playground Inspection
Course she attended, where it was state that playgrounds
should be inspected once a week and records retained for
63. Items for Next Agenda None.
Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40pm
Next meeting: Tuesday 4 March at 7.30pm in Acklington