the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 November 2016
Present: Cllrs E Critchlow (Chair), D Barras,
N Gair, I Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe and M Townshend.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
County Councillor J Watson.
37. Apologies: Cllrs G Budge, J Newton -
The apologies were agreed.
38. Declarations of interest in items on the
39. Standing item Public Questions None.
40. To approve and confirm the minutes of the
meeting held on 6 September 2016 the minutes were
41. Matters arising therefrom:
a. Road restriction signs It was noted that
the road restriction signs towards Guyzance looked worse
for wear and would be monitored for further
b. Resurfacing of footpath from dog bin to bridge
County Cllr Watson has met with the Highways Officer
and NCC were not prepared to improve this footpath as it
was no worse than other footpaths. This item would be
removed from the agenda.
c. State of footpaths both sides of B6345 from
Village Hall to crossroads The NCC operator had
returned and removed the remainder of moss from the
footpaths however the paths were now covered in autumn
leaves. Once the last of the leaves have fallen NCC
would be requested to clear.
d. S106 Agreements update from Cllr Newton No
e. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial The
contractor had promised to carry out the works prior to
f. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance
Memorial Still no works had been carried out on
the trees or to the footpaths in item g. These items
would be chased up for urgent action.
g. Edging of footpath NCC had promised that
this work would be carried out when the grass cutting
season was complete; it was believed that the last cut
had now taken place. The Clerk would contact the Officer
who had stated they work would be done and request
confirmation of when it would be carried out.
h. Playground repairs update The Clerk would
chase up the contractor to arrange the works.
j. Replacement of grit bin (101003782171) reported
30/06/16 and 31/08/16 - It was noted that a
replacement bin had still not been provided and the
Clerk had chased this up again prior to the meeting. The
salt in the grin was of no use as it had been soaked by
the rain and as a matter of health and safety the grit
bin required replacing with winter fast approaching.
County Cllr Watson would chase this up with NCC.
k. Cutting back of trees Cllr Barras had met
with the arborist who had provided advice at no charge.
The cherry tree at the sub station was the biggest
concern and should a crack appear immediate removal
should be carried out. Some of the trees on St. Omer
Road were overhanging the road and it was agreed that
the lower level of branches should be trimmed. A
volunteer group of Councillors would attend to the trees
on the weekend of 19th November. Cllr Barras would send
Cllrs a reminder email prior to the date.
l. Update on Superfast Broadband An update on
the release date for Guyzance would be requested.
m. Public spaces Protection Order for the Control of
Dogs The Public Spaces Protection Order proposed
to make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog
to take or allow that dog into area it is excluded from,
all enclosed childrens play areas within the
administrative count of Northumberland at any time.
RoSPA provided guidance on the suitable types of fencing
for play areas, the Clerk informed that any fencing
should also have two gates as this was required for
Members felt that some local residents may object to the
erection of fencing but unless dog fouling was stopped
then the Council would have no choice for the safety of
the children. Funding for this project could potentially
be a request from the County Councillors Members Small
Schemes in the future.
n. NCC Annual conference Cllr Sharpe felt the
event was dominated by information and presentation
about the larger Councils, and that smaller parishes
were not given the opportunity to talk.
42. Standing item Report by County Councillor
Cllr Watson had been querying the whereabouts of the
flashing speed limit signs. The response received from
Highways stated that this was not the only areas having
issues with the lack of the signs. These signs have been
failing across the region for some time now, being
damaged and unserviceable beyond reasonable economic
repair. It was being debated within NCC and it had been
suggested that any surplus monies from the digital
procurement group could be a possible way of renewing a
number of the failed signs.
Cllr Watson would liaise with the vicar regarding the
Remembrance Day arrangements for Guyzance Memorial.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account
at 26 October 2016 is Treasurers Account; £4550.11,
Business Account; £5200.09.
b) Payments The following list was put
before members and agreed for payment.
3 Extra cuts
Wages / Expenses
a. Planning Decisions: None.
b. Planning matters pending: None.
c. To consider any planning matters: None.
45. Requested Agenda Items
45.1 Draft Budget for 2017-18 precept
The Draft was discussed and a further version
would be circulation to Members for
consideration at the January meeting. 11.2: To
consider repairs/replacement of noticeboard
46. Correspondence Received
46.1: NCC A New Way to Report Local Issues
This information would be circulated to
46.2: NCC - Proposed Footpath Diversion,
Acklington Footpath no.5 - High Park Farm
It was 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 had 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 plan (circulated at meeting). 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.
Members were requested to provide comments and
after consideration it was agreed unanimously to
agree to the proposed course of action.
46.3: NCC - Town & Parish Council Local
Services Liaison Meetings A cluster
meeting for the Hadston area was to take place
at the end of November/start of December between
14.00 and 16.00, these meetings would take place
once every 6 months. Member commented that their
preference would have been an evening meeting
due to Members work commitments. Acklington
Village Hall would be suggested as a venue.
46.4: Acklington PCC Funding request
An amount of £250 was agreed as per what had
been budgeted for the current financial year.
The Council would re-look at this when setting
the future budget. The Clerk would be looking at
the areas cut by NCC under their existing
contract and could also request a quote for the
cemetery on behalf of the PCC, details on the
frequency of cuts would be requested.
46.5: NCC - Parish and Town Council Planning
training event invite The details of
training events would again be circulated,
Members wishing to attend should contact the
46.6: NCC - Waterside Bridge - U3041
As part of the ongoing review of the countys
bridges the County Council are proposing to
assess Waterside Bridge, a single span masonry
arch structure which carries an unclassified
road over Mere Burn at the point of confluence
with the rivet Coquet. The culvert appears to be
used mainly by farm traffic. The assessment of
the culvert is vital to identify whether it can
accommodate the traffic load.
The works will involve trial pit to the crown of
the arch to collect important information about
the bridge because there is no archive
information. The works will require a road
closure over the bridge and are estimated to
take approximately 1 week.
The works have not been currently programmed and
therefore, advice on any factors that should be
taken into consideration whilst planning the
works, particularly with regard to the timing
and those affected by the road closure was
required. Members had no comments to make
regarding this proposal.
46.7: NCC - Forthcoming consultation on
Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy -
consultation on further major modifications to
the Core Strategy will take place between 11
November 2016 and 23 December 2016.
The proposed further major modifications seek to
address areas of concern and comments received
during the consultation process and also to take
account of the Councils submission of an
expression of interest to central government
regarding the development of a garden village at
Dissington. As well as a new chapter relating to
the garden village proposal, the proposed
changes include modifications to the Green Belt
to take account of the Garden Village proposal,
changes to the proposed employment site
allocations and safeguarded land north of
Lancaster Park and south of Coopies Lane and the
current planning status of land adjacent to the
A1/Morpeth Northern Bypass.
Alongside the consultation on the proposed
further major modifications to the Core Strategy
it is proposed to consult on a re-drafted South
East Ponteland Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The SPD has been amended to takes account of
feedback on the initial draft in November and
December 2015 and changes to the education and
46.8: NCC - Parish Precept Requirement
2017-18 The precept request should be
submitted to NCC by 27th January 2017.
46.9: Vera Baird Rural Domestic Champions
and future public meetings The letter
detailed that there a now some trained Rural
Champions and more are welcome and can receive
further detail by contacting Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Public meetings are to be held to which anyone
is welcome to attend to talk to Vera about their
priorities for policing and the meetings are to
be held at County Hall, Morpeth at 5.30pm on
23rd November and The Kings Arms in Berwick at
5.30pm on 1st December.
46.10: Northumberland Age UK General
funding request Pursuant to Local
Government Act 1972, Section 137 Member agreed
to grant a donation of £20.
46.11: Great North Air Ambulance General
funding request - Pursuant to Local
Government Act 1972, Section 137 Member agreed
to grant a donation of £20
47. 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
48. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 3 January 2016 at 7.30
pm in Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 9.50pm