At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair) D Barras, E
Critchlow, N Gair, S Ingleby, A Sharpe and S Thorpe.
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
Members of the public.
21. Apologies for absence – County Councillor
Watson had sent his apologies as he another meeting to
22. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
– Cllr Barras declared an interest in 17/01969/VARYCO as
it was adjacent to his own residence. Cllr Ingleby
declared an interest in 17/01821/FUL as she was the
23. To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting
held on 16 May 2017 – The minutes were agreed as a
To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting
held on 6 June 2017 – The minutes were agreed as a
24. Co-option of Parish Councillor – Paige
Roberts was unable to attend the meeting due to illness
but had expressed an interest in the vacancy. She grew
up in Warkworth and has lived in Acklington for 3 years.
She used to be a primary teacher but now works as a
civil servant. The Members agreed unanimously to co-opt
Miss Roberts onto the Council. The Clerk would
correspond with Miss Roberts and arrange the signing of
25. Resignation of Parish Councillor – Cllr
Besford had expressed his regret at having to resign due
to other commitments. The Clerk would advertise the
notice of casual vacancy.
26. Standing item – Public Questions – None.
27. Matters arising there from
a. Superfast broadband – This item would remain on the
agenda to monitor the progress of superfast broadband in
b. S106 Agreements – update from Cllr Newton – This
would be removed from the agenda.
c. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance
Memorial -As the tree lies outside the highway but does
present a potential hazard to road users. It will
require a Highways Act s154(2) notice serving on the
landowner to have the tree made safe. Such a notice will
need to come from NCC Highways and had been requested.
If the notice elicits no action and NCC need to
undertake the works themselves they should reclaim the
costs from the landowner. The Clerk had asked to be
informed on when the notice is served and any timescales
d. NALC webpage for Parish Council – A NALC webpage had
been set up but still required a lot of work.
Councillors were reminded that their photos were
required for the NALC site as well as for updating on
the Acklington Village site.
e. Response to school closure consultation submitted and
this was acknowledged. Cllr Gair informed that the
Governors were planning to meet on 13th July for an
extraordinary meeting to discuss the responses received
and put a proposal to the cabinet.
28. Standing item – Report by County Councillor:
a) Financial Summary - Treasurers Account at 30th
June £3793.88 and High Interest Account £5001.93
Play area Inspection
Wages & Expenses
d) Annual Return – The
exercise of public rights commences on 5th June 2017 for
a period of 30 days to include the first 10 working days
of July and will end on 14 July 2017. The submission
deadline for the return of the annual return and
supporting documentation is 10th July 2017.
a. To report on any planning decisions:
17/01745/FUL | Addition of single-storey Glass
Canopy to rear elevation of property | Elderflower Cavil
Head Farm Cavil Head Road Acklington NE65 9DF – No
Objections – APPLICATION PERMITTED.
b. Planning matters pending:
17/01108/FUL | Change of use and conversion of
barn to one dwelling and provision of solar array – Land
North of Brainshaugh Cottage, Acklington – Non
17/01670/FUL | Development of 24no. dwellings
including 6no. three bedroom affordable homes, new
access and landscaping Land West Of Village Hall
Acklington Village Acklington Northumberland
17/01821/FUL | Full planning permission - change
of use of land from agricultural to residential, for
garden use. | Sunrise Cottage 1 Guyzance Village
Guyzance Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9AQ – No Objections
c To consider any planning matters:
17/02049/FUL & 17/02050/LBC | Proposed timber
decking adjacent to home office | The Old Joiners Shop,
Guyzance Village, Guyzance, NE65 9AQ – Whilst the Parish
Council do not object to the application, any working
times on the site should be sympathetic to those in
17/01969/VARYCO | Land West of 5 Acklington
Village, Acklington Village | Variation of condition 2
(approved plans) pursuant to planning permission
14/03464/FUL to allow upper level accommodation within
the roof space, including increased ridge and eaves
height – Members have no objections.
17/02098/OUT | Outline application for demolition
of existing metal outbuilding and construction of
detached four bedroom dwelling, including accompanying
car parking, landscaping, gardens and other ancillary
works at site | Land North Of 18 Acklington Village
Acklington Village Acklington Northumberland – Members
object to the development of a greenfield site that has
been used as a garden for some time. The house it not
proposed to be built on the footprint of the farm
building that is to be demolished. Members feel this is
a case of ‘garden grabbing’ There is concern that the
development is beyond the curtilage of the village and
an attempt to open up the rear of the site for the creep
of further developments. –
31.Requested Agenda Items –
31.1: Consideration of fencing for play area – The Clerk
would obtain design and costings for the fencing of the
play area, an application would be submitted to County
Councillor Watson for consideration of a contribution
from his Small Schemes allowance. The fencing was
required in order to make it an offence for any person
in charge of a dog to take or allow that dog into any
area it is excluded from, namely:
(i) all enclosed children’s play areas within the
administrative county of Northumberland at any time.
31.2: Request to delegate any urgent repairs identified
in the Playground inspection to the Clerk, Chair and
Vice Chair – inspection due June 2017 – The inspection
had been carried out and the report received by the
Clerk within the last week. The report would be
circulated to the Councillors.
32. Correspondence Received
32.1: NCC – Public Footpath Diversion Order – Footpath
No 5 - The County Council confirmed this order on 5th
32.2: RoSPA Play Safety Inspection Reports – The report
would be circulated to Members along with the reports
from the previous 2 years. Quotations would be requested
32.3: Community Regeneration Team - Contact with the
Community Regeneration Team could be established via
Iain Hedley following the creation of new Local Area
The Team, will cover rural regeneration and social
enterprise, and will support Town and Parish Councils
within the LACs.
32.4: N'land CC Environment & Local Services - Highways,
Neighbourhood Services and Partnerships
A meeting with the new cabinet had taken place where the
following was discussed.
Verge Cutting and Weed Spraying – extra resources have
been allocated for this year and there is a hope that
will continue in future years. Cllr Sanderson did make
it clear that verges and weed treatment would be treated
equally in the urban as well as the rural areas.
Pothole repairs are being progressed but this are dealt
with on a priority basis. It may mean that potholes on
very minor roads which are not seen as a danger will be
treated as low priority.
The Members’ Small Schemes will continue. Local Councils
should therefore raise possible schemes with their local
County Councillor at the earliest opportunity. Returning
County Councillors are allowed 12 months to spend unused
allowance from last year. New County Councillors do not
have the ability to use funds unspent by their
Changes are being made so that Local Councils will be
given advance warning of the commencement of works under
LTPP and Members’ Small Schemes
NALC asked that consideration be given as to the best
method of alerting Local Councils to temporary traffic
regulation orders in general.
The various partnerships with Local Councils will
continue unless they are not working well. NALC
requested that financial reporting be improved and this
is to be investigated by the County Council. The new
administration are not opposed to the concept of the
The County Council would like ideas on how there could
be a cost-neutral method for the smaller Local Councils
to seek enhanced services.
The review of the cemeteries payment made to Local
Councils/Joint Burial Committees to mitigate
“double-charging” is being worked on by the County
Council. [This is the payment based on the deficit in
the costs for the County Council’s cemeteries].
We were informed that the County Council is moving to a
position where there will be no deficit in the operation
of their cemeteries. NALC requested that the figures for
forthcoming years be released as soon as possible so
they can be factored into budget discussions. We were
informed the figures should be available in a few weeks.
Commuted Maintenance and Adoption of Small Green Spaces
NALC raised the passporting through of any commuted
maintenance payments received from developers for
infrastructure and green space maintenance. Appropriate
County Council officers will be invited to the next
meeting scheduled for early October.
32.5: Acklington Parish Council – Insurance Renewal 2017
– The renewal was agreed.
32.6: NCC - Green Dog Walkers Campaign - On the 3rd July
2017 the Council launched a new Campaign to promote
responsible dog ownership in Northumberland. At the core
of the campaign is the Green Dog Walker Initiative that
encourages both local environmental groups and motivated
individuals to sign up to the Green Dog Walker pledge.
The Campaign focuses on the issues of dog fouling (being
a Green Dog Walker) together with dog control and public
safety. Dog fouling can have a significant impact on our
environment and presents a serious public health risk
from for example Toxocariasis an illness of humans
caused by dog roundworm that is found in dog
faeces and can lead to blindness in humans. As regards
public safety there have been dog attack incidents
locally including an incident in 2016 in a park in Blyth.
This campaign will form an important part of the County
Council’s overall approach to dog control. Their
commitment to effective enforcement will continue as
before with targeted enforcement patrols at identified
problem areas across Northumberland.
The Campaign will seek to promote Northumberland as a
welcoming place to responsible dog walkers whether
residents or visitors but also emphasise that
Northumberland is not a place that tolerates
irresponsible dog owners again whether residents or
visitors. The philosophy behind the Green Dog Walker
Initiative is to change public attitudes so that it
becomes socially unacceptable to fail to clean up
after your dog i.e. they should leave only pawprints.
The Green Dog Walker Initiative relies on volunteers for
its delivery and uses a nonconfrontational ‘keep it
friendly’ approach to encourage responsible dog
ownership. Talking to dog walkers, offering free poop
bags and in turn encouraging them to also sign up to the
green dog walker pledge. The group or individual
provides the “on the ground” work to sign up further
Green Dog Walker support kits will be provided to local
community groups, individuals, and schools who want to
take an active role. The toolkit includes a supply of
campaign guides, pledge brochures, armbands, doggy bags,
Individuals who sign up to the pledge will be provided
with the armband and a supply of campaign poop bags and
leaflets to encourage other dog walkers to sign up.
32.7: The protocol for the future event of the death of
a senior national figure was discussed.
33. Information Items:
33.1: North Northumberland Local Area Council, Thursday
29 June from 4pm, Northumberland Hall, Alnwick
33.2: Local Government Pay Claim 2018-2019
33.3: NALC Enews 16 May 2017
33.4: NALC Enews 23 May 2017
33.5: NALC Enews 30 May 3017
33.6: NALC Enews 6 June 2017
33.7: NALC Enews 13 June 2017
33.8: NALC Enews 20 June 2017
33.9: NALC Enews 27 June 2017
34.Items for next agenda
Cllr Thorpe – Cars speeding through village
Invitation to police to attend next meeting.
35. Next meeting: TUESDAY September 5th 2017 at
7.30 pm in Acklington Village Hall
Acronyms for organisations:
NCC – Northumberland County Council
CAN – Community Action Northumberland
NALC – Northumberland Association of Local Councils