Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, I Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe and G Townshend.
             The 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 – None.

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 requested.

c. 30mph road markings – It was noted that this had been done

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 this day.

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 out.
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 Guyzance Junct
6. Although not strictly Acklington Parish Council I think that Dave Barras should be congratulated for his efforts with the Fusiliers March.

7. Finance:
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 24th February 2015 was £
b) payments for the month
  Cheque No Payee Reason     Amount
  *000380 The Pelican Donation £50.00
  *000381 Village Hall Donation £500.00
  *000382 Citizen Advice Bureau Donation £20.00
  *000383 Royal British Legion Wreath £15.00
    000384 E Brown Salary/Expenses Jan/Feb £107.69
    000385 HMRC PAYE Jan/Feb £25.20
    000386 Information Commissioner Subscription £35.00
  Date Debtor Reason     Amount
    HMRC VAT Refund


8. Planning:

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 roads
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 obje ctions.
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 Resident’s 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 Acklington.
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 broadcasting regulations
- the new local Council Awards quality Scheme
- topical employment issues
- NALC`s services
- the planning system
- County Council relationships and opportunities
and more
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 attending properties.

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 Hall

The meeting closed at 8.50pm