MINUTES OF ACKLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING -   Tuesday 1st July 2014     


Present:

Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, T Corson, E Critchlow, A Sharpe and L Welch.
County Councillor Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
1 Member of the public present.


1. Apologies for absence G Orr, I Monkhouse.

The Chairman announced that he had received a letter of resignation from Cllr Craig who had decided to stand down due to work commitments. The Clerk would prepare a notice of vacancy and inform the elections office.


2. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda

Cllr Budge declared an interest in planning application 14/01595/FUL this being a neighbouring property to his own.


3. The minutes of the meeting held on 6 May 2014 were agreed and signed as a true record.


4. Standing item – Public Questions

Miss Lillie asked where the seat from Dobson’s corner had gone. Cllr Newton explained that it was rotten and had been temporarily relocated to inside the bus shelter. A new coal tub planter had been put in place of the seat. It was noted the rotten seats should be removed from the bus shelter and a permanent seat or bench installed. In the meantime the Clerk was requested to order a new recycled plastic bench for Dobson’s Corner.


5. Matters arising there from

a. Trees in Quarry Avenue and on new land –Cllr Barras would cut back some of the branches.
b. Chicane damage – The Clerk had once again reported the damaged chicane.
c. National speed limit sign at Acklington Road/North Broomhill – The Clerk had enquired with NCC whether it was a legal requirement to have signage on both sides of the carriageway.
d Acklington Road; thinning out the trees/shrubs back to the fence in preparation for a new bus shelter –The Clerk had requested NCC to carry out this work.
e. Footpath from the dog bin near the village hall to the railway bridge - the verge required cutting back as the over growth had made the footpath very narrow. The Clerk would request NCC cut this back.
f. St. Omer Road street sign – this still required to be re-instated – the Clerk would chase this up.
g. 30mph road markings – The Clerk had requested the road marking be updated.
h. Removal of notice board at Guyzance – Cllr Newton confirmed this had now been removed.
i. RAF Acklington Memorial - The Clerk would liaise with Cllr Barras regarding proposals and arrange a meeting with the other parties.
j. ‘No dogs’ signs – Cllr Corson was asked to consult with his neighbours about the location of the signage and circulate and comments/feedback to the Cllrs via email. The signage should be put in place before the school holidays.


6. Standing item – Report by County Councillor

County Cllr Watson had received a quote for the bus shelter and assured the Council that is has not been forgotten about.


7. Finance:

a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 4th June was £5596.61

b) payments for the month

Cheque No    Payee       Reason                 Amount
000359         E Brown    Salary/expenses  £117.02
000360         HMRC        PAYE                    £26.60
000361         NALC        Subscription         £98.49
000362         AmbleTC   SLCC                    £8.28
000363         J Newton  Compost              £23.47
000364         Zurich       Insurance            £243.80


8. Planning:

a. To report on any planning decisions:

14/01011/FUL - Field House Farm Acklington - Proposed demolition of existing utility room, outside store, WC potting shed and conservatory; Provided on existing footprint, new entrance lobby, utility room, WC and sunroom; addition of orangery to link existing kitchen and dining room – APPLICATION PERMITTED
14/00146/FUL -West House Guyzance - Re-modelling works to existing building. Internal layout changes including breakthrough between house and existing private swimming pool. Remove and/or replacement of windows to existing swimming pool area for new dwelling – APPLICATION PERMITTED
13/03097/VARYCO - Plot 12 Bank House Farm - Removal of condition 3 of application A/2007/0544 (Conversion of 2 no. redundant out-buildings to form 1 no. holiday cottage) - permission allowed under A/2007/0544/ - APPLICATION PERMITTED
14/01090/LBC - Brainshaugh Steading Brainshaugh Acklington - Listed Building Consent for the creation of 2 new holiday cottages from existing farm steadings – APPLICATION PERMITTED
14/01123/VARYCO - 2 And 3 Brainshaugh Farm Cottages Acklington - Variation of condition 2 relating to planning permission 13/02461/FUL (Demolition of cottages 2 and 3, replaced with new 4 bed dwelling and detached double garage, new vehicular access and associated hard and soft landscaping throughout) - Amendment relates to reduction of width of double garage, repositioning of garage and site access – APPLICATION PERMITTED

b. Planning matters pending:

13/03908/FUL – Brainshaugh Farm – Creation of 2 no. new holiday cottages to existing farm steading - no objections
14/00008/REFUSE – 3 Bank House Farm - Appeal against resubmission – Ground Floor extension to south of property with Nos. 4 & 5 – no objections
14/00010/REFUSE – 4 Bank House Farm - Appeal against resubmission – Ground Floor extension to south of property with Nos. 3 & 5 – no objections
14/00011/REFUSE – 5 Bank House Farm - Appeal against resubmission – Ground Floor extension to south of property with Nos. 3 & 4 – no objections
13/03104/VARYCO - Land Situate At Bank House Farm - Removal of condition 2 of application A/2006/0373 (Conversion, subdivision and alteration of vacant buildings to create 11 no. permanent holiday cottages)
14/01250/FUL - Land West Of 14 Churchill Way - Proposal for the creation of 5 detached family homes on vacant land at Churchill Way, Acklington with associated car parking (re-submission)

c. To consider any planning matters:

14/01595/FUL - 20 Churchill Way - Two storey side extension to form garage and bedroom – the deadline being 13th July, the application was given to Cllr Sharpe to be circulated among the Members.


9. Requested Agenda Items

Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal road, It was agreed that the Clerk would ask the Rights of Way Officer to clarify whether there is a right of way across the coal road and what can be done to make it more accessible as at present pedestrians cannot get beyond the coal road.


10. Correspondence Received

a. NCC/Parish Council meeting; one Cllr and the Clerk – Tuesday 15th July at Druridge Bay Community Centre – Cllr Newton would check his diary, if unavailable, Cllr Critchlow would attend with the Clerk.
b. Draft Sustainable Communities Act Proposal - The Right for Parish and Town Councils to Sell Electricity – The Members noted this proposal.
c. Heritage Lottery Fund: WW1 Fund / Northumberland Archives event at Woodhorn 10th July – This was noted for information.
d. CANNY news May 2014 – The Clerk would circulate via to Members via email.
e. NALC e-news June 2014 – The Clerk would circulate to Members via email.
f. NCC – reporting litter thrown from vehicles – The Clerk had circulated this to Members via email, detailing the procedure for reporting litter thrown from vehicles; including cigarette butts.
g. Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group ‘Healthy Leaflets’ – The leaflets would be available from the Village Hall
h. NCC – The way we register to vote has changed – The leaflets would be available from the Village Hall
i. Amble Town Council – Invitation to WW1 Service 2nd August – As the Chair and Vice Chair were unavailable, Cllr Sharpe agreed to attend on behalf of the Parish Council.
j. The Lieutenancy of Northumberland – Invitation to a service of Commemoration to mark the outbreak of WW1 3rd August. As no Members were available to attend, apologies would be offered.


11. Urgent Items

Positive feedback had been received regarding the new coal tub planter at the crossroads and a request had been received from a resident of Acklington Road in North Broomhill for a planter to be located there. It was agreed the council would investigate the availability as it was unclear if HMP Northumberland was able to provide any more planters following recent management changes.
Cllr Newton said he had received feedback that the planter made it more difficult to see vehicles approaching the village from the direction of North Broomhill. It was agree to monitor this.
The vegetation at the second small bridge towards Guyzance was in need of being cut back, the Clerk would request this.
The edging between the path and the road at Churchill Way needed re-filling.
Feedback on the post 16 transport was requested.
Street light 56AA was reported as needed repairs
The Clerk was asked to request details on the frequency of the litter bins being emptied in the Village.


12. Items for next agenda


13. Next meeting

TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER at 7.30 pm in Acklington Village Hall

The meeting closed at 8.30pm