At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair), D Barras, E
Critchlow, N Gair, I Monkhouse, G Orr and M Townshend.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
County Councillor J Watson.
2 Members of Public
60. Apologies: Cllrs G Budge, A Sharpe. The
apologies were agreed.
61. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda:
62. Standing item Public Questions
Mr Corson raised concerns regarding the lack of
consultation on the fencing for the play area. It was
explained to Mr Corson that the Parish Council had not
yet made a decision on this.
Mr Corson also reported that there were potholes on
Churchill Way, outside No. 8 and at the entrance.
Mr Messa informed that there were currently 12
residences that have had no internet since 29th June
when the cabinet was changed. Engineers from BT Open
reach had explained that there was no fibre here. The
Clerk would contact John Cooper from iNorthumberland to
see if he was able to help.
63. To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting
held on 3 January 17 the minutes were agreed.
64. Matters arising therefrom:
a. C1010/U3088 T junction the sign Cllr Townshend
informed that the loose finger post had vanished from
the north east of house farm and the other finger post
was bent and leaning.
b. S106 Agreements update from Cllr Newton - A letter
from the Chair had been sent to the NCC Planning
Department on the back of application ref: 15/02504/FUL.
Whilst stating the Parish Councils disappointment, it
requested guidance on how the Parish Council could
constructively engage with NCC in the future to avoid
unsatisfactory outcomes to planning applications. To
date only an acknowledgement had been received.
c. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance
Memorial Frustratingly still nothing had been done. A
letter would be sent to the Tree Officer copied to the
Chief Executive of NCC.
d. Edging of footpath This work was now complete.
e. Update on Superfast Broadband The Clerk would chase
John Cooper for a response.
f. Fencing for play area Any decision relating to the
purchase and installation of fencing and gates to the
play area would be deferred to the new council. Concerns
were raised regarding the zip wire, Cllr Newton would
take a look at this. The seats could also do with being
g. Capacity of Acklington webpage Cllr Sharpe was to
provide this information.
65. Standing item Report by County Councillor
Watson Cllr Watson informed of local concern to
housing applications in his division. He was also still
looking into flashing speed restriction signage and
Northumbria Police would be asked to attend the next
meeting of the Parish Council.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 28
February 2017 is Treasurers Account; £940.14, Business
b) Payments The following list was put before members
and agreed for payment.
Wages & Expenses
a. Planning Decisions:
16/03976/LBC | Conversion of external ancillary storage
space into bedroom and store to main house. |
Brainshaugh Steading Brainshaugh Acklington NE65 9AE
No objections - APPLICATION PERMITTED.
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 - As
there were significant trees in the vicinity, Members
felt that any trees removed should be replaced on site
with similar indigenous species APPLICATION PERMITTED.
b. Planning matters pending:
17/00007/LBC | Listed building consent for repointing of
bridge and installation of drainage system | Brainshaugh
Bridge Guyzance Bridge Acklington Morpeth Northumberland
17/00265/FUL | Side two storey extension | Willow
Cottage Bank House Farm Acklington Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 9AP No objections
c. To consider any planning matters: None.
68. Requested Agenda Items
68.1: Panoroma/HMP Northumberland A letter from the
Chair stating concern on behalf of the Parish Council
had been recently sent to Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary
of State for Justice with a copy to local MP Anne Marie
Trevelyan regarding the recent documentary on HMP
Northumberland. A response had not yet been received.
69. Correspondence Received
69.1: NALC - Northumberland May 2017 Elections An
election time table and guidance relating to the
elections and purdah had been received and circulated
69.2: NCC - Pre Application Advice Protocol A response
had been sent requesting a 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.
69.3: Nomination packs for Parish Council elections
Nomination papers would be submitted to NCC between 20th
March and 4th April, there was a requirement for the
papers to be submitted by hand on appointment.
NCC Public Footpath diversion - Proposed Diversion
Public Footpath no.5 - High Park Farm
It is proposed to divert a section of the above public
footpath in the interests of the public due to erosion
of the land. A large area of land immediately adjacent
to the footpath has been subject to a land slip. Several
houses have been demolished and vehicular access of the
track has been stopped. An alternative route has been
provided to the east of the farm, and is the suggested
alternative route for the footpath as shown on the
attached plan. The definitive route of the footpath is
still available but the concrete road that it uses is on
the edge of the landslip which could cause the road to
The Rights of Way Officer was satisfied that the
proposed route is no less convenient for the public to
use and welcomed any comments prior to an order being
made. Comments were requested prior to 28th October
70. 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.
71. Information Items
The following information items were noted.
71.1: Anne-Marie Trevelyan - New pothole fund
71.2: Enews 24 January 2017
71.3: NALC Enews 8 Feb 2017
71.4: Nalc Enews 28 February 2017
72. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 9 May 2017 at 7.30 pm in
Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 8.38pm