Minutes of the Council Meeting held at 7.30pm on
Tuesday 3 January 2017 in Acklington Village Hall
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair) D Barras, G Budge, E
Critchlow, G Orr, A Sharpe and M Townshend.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
County Councillor J Watson.
49. Apologies: Cllrs N Gair, I Monkhouse - . The
apologies were agreed.
50. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda:
51. Standing item Public Questions None.
52. To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting
held on 1 November 2016 the minutes were agreed.
53. Matters arising therefrom:
a. Replacement posts for road signs monitoring at the
C1010/U3088 T junction the sign had been knocked and
bent. The Clerk would report this to NCC.
b. S106 Agreements Cllr Newton would circulate the
letter prior to sending.
c. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial The
improvements were now complete.
d. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance
Memorial Despite repeated requests, still no work had
been carried out. The Clerk was requested to once again
contact Paul Jones and copy in the Chief Executive of
e. Edging of footpath This was also still outstanding.
f. Playground repairs update The repairs were now
g. Replacement of grit bin (101003782171) reported
30/06/16 and 31/08/16 The grit bin had now been
h. Cutting back of trees A group of volunteers
including Cllrs Barras and Cllr Newton met on 19th
November for the works on the trees at St Omer Road
covering those between No. 8 down to the bus stop path.
All were thanked for their efforts.
i. Update on Superfast Broadband An update was still
j. Public spaces Protection Order for the Control of
Dogs It was agreed that the Clerk would pursue quotes
for fencing at the play area to include 2 x pedestrian
gates and a gate way suitable for the grass cutters to
access. The fencing should meet RoSPA specifications.
k. N'land ALC Transparency Training Acklington
attended by Cllr Sharpe and the Clerk Transparency
requirements were discussed including the need for
historic minutes to be retained on websites. NALC were
offering a free web portal for Parish Council also. It
was agreed to query the capacity for storage of
documents on the Acklington Community site.
54. Standing item Report by County Councillor
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 23
December 2016 is Treasurers Account; £2019.90, Business
b) Payments The following list was put before members
and agreed for payment.
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Wages & Expenses
a. Planning Decisions: None.
b. Planning matters pending: None.
c. To consider any planning matters:
16/03976/LBC | Conversion of external ancillary storage
space into bedroom and store to main house. |
Brainshaugh Steading Brainshaugh Acklington NE65 9AE
16/04327/FELTPO | Tree preservation application to fell
one Beech (T1) due to proximity to property and access
road. Limbs considered to be architecturally unsafe.
Replanting in situ not ideal for above reasons. |
Beechgrove Acklington Village Acklington NE65 9BY
Members queried whether the property design had ever
been approved. As there were significant trees in the
vicinity, Members felt that any trees removed should be
replaced on site with similar indigenous species.
57. Requested Agenda Items
57.1: Consideration of May meeting date due to 2017
elections It was agreed that the May meeting would be
held on Tuesday 9th May.
57.2: Consideration of precept request for 2017/18
Members agreed to increase the precept to £6200.
58. Correspondence Received
58.1: Northumberland CVA - Members agreed not to support
this request on this occasion.
58.2: NCC - PLANNING APPLICATION VALIDATION CHECKLIST
CONSULTATION Deadline 24th January The Clerk had
circulated this to Members for any comments.
58.3: Consultation to Changes to Planning Protocols
DEADLINE 29th December The Clerk had circulated this
to Members and comments has been submitted to request
the commitment in the protocol that s106 money will be
applied to the benefit of the area immediately affected
by any development and not simply siphoned away into
county wide projects.
58.4: Request To Complete & Promote Dependant Carers'
Survey To Member Councils In Your Areas Members agreed
to support this request in principle.
58.5: Mr Mezza Dog Signs The letter raising concerns
on the erection of the dog signs without consultation
had been replied to out of meeting by the Chair,
informing that Members of the public are very welcome to
attend Parish Council meetings.
59. Items for next agenda Report on Pension
providers for Auto Enrolment Staging date which was May
2017, although the Declaration of Compliance was to be
complete by February 2017.
60. Information Items
The following information items were noted.
60.1: NCC Archaeology in Northumberland Volume 22
60.2: NCC- Winter Services leaflet
60.3: 2017 Election re-charges
60.4: Parish Council Planning Training presentation
61. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 7 March 2017 at 7.30 pm in
Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 9.50pm