Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, T Corson, E Critchlow, G Orr,
I Monkhouse, A Sharpe and L Welch.
County Councillor Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
PC Paul Dent
3 Members of the public present.
1. Apologies for absence G Budge.
2. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2014
were agreed and signed as a true record.
4. Business expressly required by statute
Parish Council vacancy Co-option of Councillor: The
three candidates; Nell Gair, Martin Townshend and Isobel
Lillie introduced themselves providing their background
information and detailing why they would like to join
the Parish Council. The Clerk circulated voting slips to
the Members which were completed and returned to the
Clerk. After a count the Chair announced that Martin
Townshend would be appointed as Parish Councillor. The
Clerk would contact Martin to arrange the completion of
the necessary paperwork.
5. Standing item Public Questions
PC Paul Dent Northumbria Police
PC Dent introduced himself as the beat manager for the
Morpeth area which included Acklington; while he would
attempt to frequent meetings more often, he explained
that he would not be able to attend on a monthly basis.
The Clerk had informed PC Dent in advance that the
Council were concerned about speeding through the
village and whether he had any thoughts on how 30mph
limit can be more effectively enforced/policed. The
Clerk also asked how the parish compares to the
surrounding area in terms of reported crime.
PC Dent advised against speed bumps/pillow recommending
chicanes as the best method in his opinion of slowing
traffic. He explained that he often has a presence in
the village with a laser device and will continue to
enforce the speed limit by this method. He detailed the
Community Speedwatch which can be done in teams of 2
volunteers in which Northumbria Police provide the laser
device. He noted a cluster of Morpeth area Parish
Councils who had purchased their own laser device system
which cost in the region of £3000, Northumbria Police
continue to cover the on costs in terms of maintenance
of the device.
Regarding crime figures PC Dent informed that statistics
are available to be viewed on the Northumbria Police
website based on postcodes and types of crime. There is
normally a monthly delay in the statistics being
published. He provided the statistics which were
extremely low but did not include HMP Northumberland in
the figures. Road traffic offences are low and
Northumbria Police had recently had three good results
in arresting known rural criminals.
PC Dent suggested the Parish Council invites the Manager
of Sodexo to a meeting after a year of the privatisation
of the prison service for details of any incident
PC Dent informed of telephone number 101 for non-urgent
issues and 999 for urgent. The Clerk also had his email
address for any particular issues the Council may wish
The Chair thanked PC Dent for taking the time to meet
with the Council.
PC Dent left the meeting.
6. Matters Arising there from:
a: Replacement posts for road signs Cllr Newton was to
provide details of the locations of the posts to the
b: Chicane damage The Clerk informed that NCC had this
repair on a job list and it should be complete within 2
c: National speed limit sign at Acklington Road/North
Broomhill The sign should be replaced within the next
d: Acklington Road; thinning out the trees/shrubs back
to the fence in prep of new bus shelter as it may be
several months before the bus shelter was purchased,
this would be returned to the agenda nearer the time.
e. Footpath from the dog bin to the bridge The Clerk
would continue to chase this up with NCC.
f. St. Omer Road street sign The sign should be fixed
in place by NCC within 2 weeks.
g. 30mph road markings The Clerk would continue to
chase this up.
h: Edging between path and road a Churchill Way The
Clerk explained that this issue was not visible to her
on a visit to Churchill Way. Cllr Barras believed the
edging was from Acklington Drive towards the grit bin.
The Clerk would investigate further.
i: RAF Acklington Memorial The Clerk and Cllr Watson
had met with Clair Hutchings of Sodexo who had explained
that the organisation were keen to be involved in the
project and help in any way they can re: providing
materials or work through their workshops. Cllr Newton
suggested a sub committee be formed to discuss the
project further which interested parties invited to
attend. Cllr Sharp would contact Acklington Community
Team to establish their interest in being involved.
Mrs Hutchings had also stated that Sodexo would continue
to help with community projects where possible.
j: Cutting back of vegetation at small second bridge
towards Guyzance it was noted that this had not been
done and was particularly bad, the Clerk would ask this
to be done asap.
k: Frequency of NCC emptying litter bins The Clerk was
attempting to get this information through the Locality
l/m: Bench installation for bus shelter at cross roads -
New recycled plastic benches The Clerk had ordered a
brown recycled plastic bench for the bus shelter and a
brown recycled plastic seat for the crossroads
locations. Delivery was anticipated within the next
n: Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road The Clerk would ask the Definitive Rights of Way
for a copy of the map and also to request the landowner
clear the path.
7. Standing item Report by County Councillor
County Cllr Watson had nothing to report on this
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 2nd
September was £5079.31
b) payments for the month
Expenses for July and August
Wages for July and August
a. To report on any planning decisions:
13/03908/FUL Brainshaugh Farm Creation of 2 no. new
holiday cottages to existing farm steading - no
objections APPLICATION PERMITTED.
14/01595/FUL - 20 Churchill Way - Two storey side
extension to form garage and bedroom no objections
b. Planning matters pending:
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) Concerns were raised by the
Parish Council and conditions suggested.
14/02089/FELTPO - Land At Beechgrove And 5 Acklington
Village - Tree Preservation Order application to reduce
weight in 1 area of Horse Chestnut and dead wood (T1);
Removal of Sycamore Tree (T2) No objections.
c. To consider any planning matters:
14/02194/LBC - 5 Guyzance Village Guyzance - Listed
building consent for demolition of existing garage and
greenhouse to rear and construction of a new garage/log
store and greenhouse The Members considered this
application and had no objections.
14/02447/FUL - Acklington Park Acklington - Erection of
a steel portal framed agricultural general purpose
building for the storage of small machinery, equipment,
feed and fertiliser The Members considered this
application and had no objections.
14/02486/VARYCO - The Hemmel Bank House Farm Acklington
- Variation of Condition 4 (windows) and Removal of
Conditions 5 (permanent residential accommodation), 8
(agricultural use/holiday let) and 9 (no overnight
accommodation) of planning permission A/2010/0132 -
Restoration of hemmel building. Building to be used for
agricultural storage only and will include camping
accommodation as amended by email dated 1st June 2010
This application was circulated amongst Members for
comments to be submitted to the Clerk.
10. Requested Agenda Items
To consider RoSPA report and recommendations therein
The Clerk detailed the medium risk issues highlighted
in the report. It was agreed to delegate up to the total
of the Play area reserves fund to investigate and carry
out repairs. Cllr Newton would arrange a date to meet
with other interested Cllrs and the Clerk on site to
discuss the issues.
11. Correspondence Received
NCC Local Transport Plan Programme 2015-16 The
priorities as highlighted last year would remain with
the addition of requesting the resurfacing of Churchill
Way. Cllr Watson suggested the request for Churchill Way
be investigated as part of the Section 106 agreement for
the housing development there.
NCC Wellbeing and Community Health Services request
for info on facilities and amenities The Clerk had
already provided the information that had been
First Northumberland Town & Parish Council Conference
25th September The Clerk informed that the Conference
was now fully booked.
FCERM Local Flood Risk Strategy The Members
identified Felton Road on the S bend, up to Bank House
Farm and the junction towards Morwick from the Eastern
Crossroads as areas susceptible to flooding from fields.
Northumberland Strategic Housing Land Availability
Assessment - Notice of site assessment consultation
The Members had no comments.
NALC Details of AGM The Clerk would circulate this
information by email
NALC e-news July 2014 The Clerk would circulate by
Temporary Road Closure C102 Acklington Junction to
Guyzance Lee Junction
Community Action Northumberland Training for
Chair/Clerk/Councillors The Clerk would forward the
training information to the new Councillor.
12. Urgent Items
Cllr Barras informed that he had commented personally to
a consultation of the changes to rail franchising
stating he wished for the local services to be retained.
Cllr Barras enquired when the new houses on the land
west of the Village Hall would be ready and how can
people access the letting scheme for them. County Cllr
Watson stated that he already questioned the letting
arrangement with the Planning Department; Homes for
Northumberland had no information on the scheme for the
site. The Clerk would check the conditions of the
planning applications and Section 106 agreement for
13. Items for next agenda
Review of Risk Assessment
Review of Policies
14. Next meeting
TUESDAY 4 November at 7.30 pm in Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 9.15pm