MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - Tuesday
3rd May 2016
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held at 7.25pm on
Tuesday 3 May 2016 in Acklington Village Hall
Present: Mr M Townshend (Chair), Mr D Barras, Ms
I Lillie, Mr G Orr, Mrs A Sharpe, Mr J Watson and Mr L
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
Apologies: Mr Monkhouse Mr J Newton, Mr E
Critchlow, Mr Budge
1. Minutes of the meeting held on 5 May 2015 were
accepted as a correct record of the meeting.
2. Chairman's Report
It was noted that Cllr Townshend was sitting in as
Chairman in the absence of he Chair or Vice Chair. He
read out a report provided by Cllr Newton.
Reflecting on what has happened over the last year is
invariably an interesting exercise. As is so often the
case, there has been a mixture of things which have
worked out well and others which did not quite work out
in the way we would have liked.
In my view the most significant issue we dealt with over
the last 12 months was the proposed development of the
Pearson’s garage site and adjacent paddock.
For a village of the size of Acklington this represents
an important development and I am pleased that as a
consequence of our representations and those of others,
we managed to secure a reduction in housing density to
make the scheme a little more consistent with a rural
However, it was deeply disappointing that our request to
be involved in discussions around the section 106
agreement was disregarded and we were unable to secure
any direct financial benefit for the community. It was
an experience we will have to learn from when it comes
to making such representations in the future.
On the upside, the creation of 16 new homes - if and
when a developer can be found to take on the project –
will bring an influx of new families into the village
which can only be positive for the parish.
I also note that the new homes at Cavil Head farm are
now coming onto the market. Interestingly they appear to
be available for private ownership rather than rented
accommodation which, unless I’m mistaken, is slightly at
odds at what we were told when the plans were originally
put forward. However, I have to say I have no issue with
this I think this will be more beneficial from a
Looking back over the year, I think we have some
positive achievements to our credit, particularly in
view of the limited powers and financial resources at
We gained a new bus shelter for North Broomhill, two new
benches for Acklington village, some badly needed ground
works at the Guyzance memorial and some improvements to
the footpath from the village towards the railway
But as always there’s a long ‘to do’ list and tasks for
the next 12 months include:
• A new bench and coal planter to be installed at North
• Maintenance and improvements for the playground
• Paving for the Guyzance memorial
• Installation of goal posts on the green at St Omer
We will also continue to deal with those issues which
never go away, such as the perennial problem of speeding
through the village, the poor condition of roads and
paths around the parish and the unwillingness of a small
but selfish number of dog owners to act responsibly.
And as always, we will continue to be open minded but
vigilant regarding any plans or proposals which affect
the fabric of our parish.
While it would be entirely wrong to succumb to nimbyism,
it is important to protect the aspects of our immediate
environment that we value.
For that reason I hope that whoever takes over the
ownership of Guyzance Hall brings with them a strong
sense of custodial responsibility and a desire to be
part of our community.
At the risk of repeating what I have said many times
before, it is the strength of community spirit which
makes our parish such a special place to live.
I will also stick with tradition and extend my sincere
thanks to those people who have supported the parish
council over the last year, including our clerk Elaine
Brown and our County Councillor Jeff Watson.
Speaking personally, I have always found Jeff to be
extremely supportive of this council, as demonstrated by
the many projects has helped to deliver of the years. In
fact had it not been for Jeff, I think it’s fair to say
many of these projects would not have happened at all.
Finally I would like to thank you, my fellow parish
While many people have strong views on what the Parish
Council should or shouldn’t be doing, very few are
prepared to step up and commit the time and effort
For that reason I express my deepest gratitude for your
commitment and support and look forward to working with
you in the year ahead.
3 May 2016
3. Any questions, comments or resolutions
The Annual Parish Meeting closed at 7.30 pm