At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November 2017
Present: Cllrs J
Newton (Chair), N Gair, S Ingleby, G Orr, P Roberts, A
Sharpe and S Thorpe.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
Sgt I Forster Northumbria Police
Members of the public - 1
49. Apologies for absence: Cllrs D Barras, E
Critchlow and S Thorpe. County Cllr J Watson
50. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
51. To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting
held on 5 September 2017 The minutes were agreed
as an accurate record.
52. Standing item Public Questions
Northumbria Police speeding and any other issues Sgt
Iain Forster was welcomed to the meeting.
He introduced himself as the neighbourhood police
Sergeant with 25 years experience. He was based in two
offices; Morpeth and Amble and covered rural
Northumberland from Amble to Alnmouth and west from the
coast to Cambo.
Specifics to Acklington; very quiet in terms of crime.
Only 5 recorded crimes in the last 6 months, he provided
details regarding the types of crimes.
Only 1 incident of anti-social behaviour recorded in the
last 6 months.
Sgt Forster encouraged the reporting of any incidents or
Two officers are dedicated to the prison a CID officer
and a Neighbourhood Officer.
The prison was discussed; the police have joint
operations with Sodexo. Sgt Forster did not believe the
residents of Acklington had anything to worry about
regarding security at the prison.
The Council raised concerns of speeding through the
village, Sgt Forster was not aware of any complaints
regarding speeding in Acklington. The Council provided
times they felt that speeding was the biggest issues. He
would get his team to do some speed checks.
Sgt Forster would forward information on community speed
Cllr Gair noted that foliage was obscuring one of the
30mph signs as you enter the village via Acklington
The Clerk informed that NALC had circulated information
informing that NCC were proposed to conduct a tendering
exercise to establish one point of contact for the
manufacture, installation and maintenance of interactive
speeding signs which would ensure competitive signing
Costs may still be prohibitive for a Parish the size of
Acklington and while the County Councillors contribution
may help towards the cost the Clerk queried whether the
police community grants could help part fund this.
Mr Mezza raised concerns of cars parking blocking
footpaths near the park which resulted with prams and
pushchairs being forced onto the road to get passed. Sgt
Forster said a fixed penalty notice could be issued for
obstructing a footpath. He would look at this issue
53. Matters arising there from
a. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance
Memorial Cllr Gair informed that some council officers
had been on site at the location following the September
meeting but no action appeared to have been carried out.
The Clerk would once again query with NCC a timescale
b. Purchase of memorial bench The memorial bench was
under construction ending the receipt of payment which
would be signed off this evening.
c. NALC webpage for Parish Council The webpage was up
and running and the Clerk was populating it with
d. Play area repairs and maintenance A quotation had
been received for a new climbing frame with appropriate
safety surfacing and one for the embankment slide. The
Clerk was looking at compiling a grant application to
Awards for All.
The zip wire required some attention; Cllr Newton was
prepared to fix this with help.
e. Declaration of compliance completed for
54. Standing item Report by County Councillor
a) Financial Summary - Treasurers Account at 7
November £6333.85, Business Instant Access Account
||Solway Recycling Ltd
||Laptop, software, Printer /
Wages and expenses
x extra grass cuts
Grass cutting (St Omer & play park)
||Community Action N'ld
Great North Air Ambulance
Sub station charge
d) Notice of
conclusion of Audit It was recommended that the
accounts be approved at the May meeting in the future to
comply with the period for electors exercising their
a. To report on any planning decisions:
17/02726/FELTPO | Tree preservation order
application to fell Ash tree | Oaklands Acklington
Village Acklington NE65 9BN - Whilst the Parish Council
would prefer that the tree remains if it could be pruned
we do not object if it is essential to fell it. The
Parish Council are keen to protect the greenery of the
village and would request that if the tree is felled 2
similar species are donated to the parish to be planted
in a public This application was amended to a TPO to
prune 1 ash tree following comments from Parish Council
and tree officer, the works were subsequently permitted.
b. Planning matters pending:
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
17/02046/FUL | Extension of the existing 1 bed
cottage into the rear garden to create an additional 2
no. bedrooms, bathroom and orangery/ living space | Ivy
Cottage Acklington Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9AP No
17/02916/VARYCO | Removal of condition 3 (holiday
use) of application 13/03908/FUL | Brainshaugh Steading
Brainshaugh Acklington NE65 9AE No objections
c. To consider any planning matters:
17/03732/FUL | Proposed side two storey extension
| Willow Cottage Bank House Farm Acklington
Northumberland NE65 9AP Clarification is required as
the existing plan does not appear to show an extension
of Nursery cottage, this proximity of the his proposed
extension could therefore have an impact on the
neighbouring property, Members also felt that this was
an overdevelopment of the site.
17/03663/FUL | Proposed erection of 2no Dwelling
houses | Cavil Head Farm Cavil Head Road Acklington
Northumberland NE65 9DF Members object to the level of
development on this site, which is rapidly becoming
entrenched in housing.
There is concern of loss of privacy for the neighbouring
Has a change of use been applied for? This was
previously a recreational/leisure space with cafe
following significant grant funding in the mid 2000's
from One North East's Rural Development fund which was
administered by Northumberland County Council and
intended to create jobs and support local businesses.
Were there no conditions on this funding?
57. Requested Agenda Items
57.1: To consider retrospective approval of an
application to the Transparency Fund to the purchase of
a dedicated Parish Council laptop, Office 365
subscription and printer/scanner Retrospective
approval was agreed.
57.2: To consider preliminary budget discussion The
Clerk requested an indication of the priorities for the
next financial year.
An increase in a donation to the church towards grass
cutting was discussed; Cllr Newton read out a letter he
had received outlining the difficulties in meeting these
expenses. With the news of the imminent school closure,
annual donations towards Toddlers and swimming could
potentially be diverted.
58. Correspondence Received
58.1. Amble Town Council Neighbourhood Planning
(circulated with agenda) It was noted that unless
Warkworth or Togston joined Ambles Neighbourhood Plan
that Acklington could not partake in it as there would
be a gap in the Neighbourhood area.
The Council noted this information and asked to be kept
informed of any developments.
58.2. NCC - Consultation - Northumberland Area
Special Educational Needs School Place Planning Strategy
(Circulated by email 20.10.17)
58.3. CAN Request for support Pursuant to
Local Government Act 1972 Section 137 a donation of £15
58.4. Great North Air Ambulance Request for
support Pursuant to Local Government Act 1972 Section
137 a donation of £20 was agreed.
58.5. Resident of Guyzance Concerns about dog
fouling in Guyzance The Clerk had informed of the NCC
Green Dog Walkers Scheme and the possibility of locating
a post mounted waste bin.
Cllr Ingleby would look at where a bin could be located.
Cllr Newton informed that he had carried out a temp
repair on the dog bin at the crossroads but noted that a
new bin and post was required. The Clerk requested a
photograph of the road sign it was suggested the sign be
59. Information Items:
NALC Enews 12 September 2017
NALC Enews 19 Sept 2017
NALC Enews 26 September 2017
NALC Enews 10 October 2017
NALC Enews 17 October 2017
NALC Enews 24 October 2017
60. Items for next agenda
61. Next meeting: Tuesday 9 January 2017 at 7.30
pm in Acklington Village Hall
It was resolved that under Section 100a4 of the Local
Government Act 1972 that member of the press and public
be excluded for discussion of the following items to
Public version of Private:
62. Operation London Bridge Has Fallen Plans
relating to the possible activation of this Operation in
the future were discussed.