Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, I
Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe and G Townshend.
Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
1. Apologies for absence: Cllrs E Critchlow, L
Welch and County Cllr J Watson.
No apologies had been received from Cllr T Corson.
2. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 6 January 2015
were agreed and signed as a true record.
4. Standing item Public Questions None.
5. Matters arising there from
a. Replacement posts for road signs This was ongoing.
b. Footpath from the dog bin to the bridge Highways
Officer, Lee Baxter, had informed that he had logged a
job in the system to do some small repair works on this
footway. Unfortunately he could not give a time scale on
when this work might take place. An update would be
c. 30mph road markings It was noted that this had been
d. edging between path and road at Acklington Drive
The Clerk would chase this up.
e. Large tree in river Members were concerned about
the potential damage to the bridge as a result of the
large tree in the river. The Clerk would chase this up
with the Environment Agency.
f. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road The Clerk would chase the clearing of the
footpath through the Rights of Way Officer.
g. RoSPA recommendations and village working day Cllr
Sharpe informed that the Community Team would be
carrying out a litter pick between 10.00-12.00 on 11th
April. It was agreed to carry out the repairs to the
Playground, and site the 2 new seats and new planter on
h. Affordable housing; terms of occupation S106
Officer, Heather Proudlock had informed that she
assesses applications for affordable housing, in
consultation with her housing colleagues. This is to
check the obligations of the S106 agreement are being
complied with. Heather had contacted the agent, George
White, and they have been corresponding regularly with
her colleagues in the affordable housing team and they
have agreed details of prospective terms. Heather was
not aware this was taking place so is now putting
regular meetings in the calendar so they can meet to
work closer and monitor the affordable home obligations.
Members expressed their concerns that 3 of the 4 houses
are now occupied by tenants that have not gone through
the correct process. The Clerk would query whether any
enforcement action be taken and whether the occupiers
applications will be assessed retrospectively.
i. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial It was
noted that the repairs had not been done yet.
6. Standing item Report by County Councillor:
Cllr Watson had forwarded a report which the Clerk read
1. Funding for bus stop applied for, awaiting approval
from finance at NCC, builder ready to proceed.
2. Had contact about footpath at Station from resident
of The Shunthouse, followed it up and found the work was
as a result of the PC asking for it to be done in 2012
3. Council Tax will go up by 1.99% after budget decision
by full Council, I voted against it.
4. Final figures for the cost of recent repairs to land
slips etc. for Acklington were ; GUYZANCE COTTAGE C100
£90,000, GUYZANCE BANK C100 £195,000, FACTORY BRIDGE
C102 £120,000 TOTAL OF £405,000
5. On the LTP for next year is work on roads at
Acklington to Nth Broomhill, Acklington to the Trap,
Acklington Park bridge to U 3088 Jct, Carriageway
resurfacing C107 Acklington to Prison, B6345 junct to
6. Although not strictly Acklington Parish Council I
think that Dave Barras should be congratulated for his
efforts with the Fusiliers March.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 24th
February 2015 was £
b) payments for the month
Citizen Advice Bureau
Royal British Legion
a. To report on any planning decisions
14/03464/FUL - Land West Of 5 Acklington Village
Acklington - New bungalow in land previously contained
within 5 The Village, Acklington No objections but
concerns raised APPLICATION PERMITTED.
b. Planning matters pending
14/03220/FUL Cooksburn Mill, Acklington NE65 9AE
Change of use of land at Cooksburn Mill to accommodate
construction of 4 new holiday chalets - No objections to
the development, we are concerned that the current
infrastructure of highways is inadequate and would
request Highways to carry out an assessment of the
cumulative effects of developments in the area on the
14/03670/VARYCO - 2 And 3 Brainshaugh Farm Cottages
Acklington - Variation of condition 2 relating to
planning permission 14/01123/VARYCO (Variation of
condition 2 relating to planning permission 13/02461/FUL
- Demolition of cottages 2 and 3, replaced with new 4
bed dwelling and detached double garage, new vehicular
access and associated hard and soft landscaping
throughout - Amendment relates to reduction of width of
double garage, repositioning of garage and site access).
The variation is to add 4 no. roof lights to rear
elevation and window to side elevation (Chimney stack
side) No objections
c. To consider any planning matters:
15/00063/LBC | Listed Building Consent: Dining Room and
Bedroom extension to rear (as amended: 09/02/15) | 7
Guyzance Village Guyzance Northumberland NE65 9AQ No
15/00062/FUL | Proposed Dining Room and Bedroom
extension to rear | 7 Guyzance Village Guyzance
Northumberland NE65 9AQ No objections.
15/00341/FUL | Proposed first floor bedroom extension |
Little Berry Cottage Bank House Acklington Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 9AP9 No objections.
15/00462/RENE | Installation of 16no. ground mounted
photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity | The
Old Joiners Shop Guyzance Village Guyzance
Northumberland NE65 9AQ Cllr Townshend would query
with NCC Planning which neighbours were consulted on
this application as to his knowledge only 2 of the
neighbouring properties were aware of the application.
Whilst the environmental aspects were welcome in
general, there was concern that the screening was
inadequate in height.
9. Requested Agenda Items
9.1: Review of Policies The Financial Risk Assessment
was agreed with no amendments.
10. Correspondence Received
10.1: NCC Residents Festival It was noted that the
Residents Festival, which enabled residents of
Northumberland to free and discounted entry to various
attractions would take place on 21-22nd March. Some
leaflets would be left in the Village Hall.
10.2: NCC Learning Together The Clerk provided
details of 19 e-learning modules designed for
Councillors and Clerk that could be accessed for free.
10.3: NCC Tax base The Tax base (an assessment by
the billing authority of the number of converted to Band
D equivalents (the average band), after properties,
allowing for non-collection and new properties, on which
a tax can be charged) would remain at £209.33 for
10.4: NCC Letter from Deputy Leader The letter from
the Deputy Leader detailed the efforts of NCC to improve
communications throughout 2014.
10.5: NCC Flood Risk Strategy - NCC has been
developing a Local Flood Risk Strategy for
Northumberland, which they are required to do by the
Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The Strategy will
be their key policy document which will set out how the
County Council will manage flood risk across the County
in the future.
An invitation is extended to share views on the draft
Strategy before it is submitted to the County Council's
Overview Scrutiny Committee and Policy Board for
approval later in 2015. The draft strategy and its
supporting documents can be viewed online on the NCC
website via the following link: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=17422
Alternatively, hard copies of the draft Strategy are
available to view in local libraries.
The consultation will close on Friday 24th April.
The Clerk would forward this information to the Members.
10.6: Baliffgate Museum Consideration of financial
support The Members were unable to support the museum
due to financial constraints.
10.7: NALC E-news January 2015 The e-news had been
circulated to Members for information.
10.8: NALC Roadshows The Clerk detailed the roadshows
which would cover the following topics,
- the new `transparency` and website requirements, for
all local councils
- practicalities arising from the new filming and
- the new local Council Awards quality Scheme
- topical employment issues
- NALC`s services
- the planning system
- County Council relationships and opportunities
The dates would be circulated to Members.
11. Urgent Items
Cllr Newton The Old Shunthouse Correspondence had
been received from Mr Traynor at The Old Shunthouse
raising concerns regarding the creation of a footpath
from The Railway Inn to Acklington Cattle Mart which NCC
had informed was put in place following a request from
the Parish Council. Members clarified that the request
from the Parish Council was actually for the footpath
from th Railway into the village and it appeared that
the work had been done on the wrong side of the bridge.
Cllr Newton would reply to Mr Traynor to this effect.
Cllr Townsheld Trees at roadside near the junction
towards the Guyzance Memorial appeared in a dangerous
condition, undercut with roots exposed on the verge. The
Clerk would report this to NCC Highways requesting the
safety of the trees be surveyed.
Cllr Orr Fieldhouse Close signage A further request
for property numbers to be added to the street signs as
there was still a lot of confusion from delivery drivers
Cllr Sharpe - Footpath narrowed Broomhill to Acklington
The footpath running parallel to the B6345 was
extremely narrow due to the verges of either side of it
and required edging. The Clerk would put in a request to
NCC for the work.
12. Items for next agenda
13. Next meeting
TUESDAY 3rd May 2015 at 7.30 pm in Acklington Village
The meeting closed at 8.50pm