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: None.

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 Council’s 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 varnished.
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 their availability.
Northumbria Police would be asked to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council.

66. Finance:

a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 28 February 2017 is Treasurers Account; £940.14, Business Account; £5001.15.

b) Payments The following list was put before members and agreed for payment.
Date Cheque No Creditor Reason     Amount
07.03.17 000448 Information Commissioner Subscription £35.00
07.03.17 000449 Clerk Wages & Expenses £120.43
07.03.17 000450 HMRC PAYE £27.60

c) Receipts

Date Debtor Reason Amount
09.02.17 Lloyds Interest £0.21

67. Planning:

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 – No objections
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 for information.
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 collapse.
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 2016.

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