Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, T Corson, E
Critchlow, G Orr, A Sharpe, G Townsend and County
Councillor J Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
1. Apologies for absence G Budge, I Monkhouse, L
2. Declarations of interest in items on the
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 2 September
2014 were agreed and signed as a true record.
4. Standing item Public Questions
5. Matters arising there from
a. Replacement posts for road signs The Clerk would
chase this up.
b. Chicane damage The chicane had been repaired
c. National speed limit sign at Acklington Road/North
Broomhill The signs had been replaced.
d. Acklington Road; thinning out the trees/shrubs back
to the fence in prep of new bus shelter at North
Broomhill The Clerk was trying to have the weeds cut
back as they were limiting accessibility to the
e. Footpath from the dog bin to the bridge The
footpath was becoming extremely narrow. The Clerk had
requested Highways to edge the grass that was causing
f. St. Omer Road street sign The sign has now been
installed as requested.
g. 30mph road markings The Clerk had been pursing the
re-painting of the road marking at the junction to
h. Edging between path and road at Churchill Way This
was clarified as the edge of the carriageway breaking
down at approx. 2-3 Acklington Drive.
i. RAF Acklington Memorial Cllr Sharpe informed that
ACT would be meeting in the next week and she would
raise this for discussion.
j. Cutting back of vegetation at small second bridge
towards Guyzance It was noted that this had been done.
k. Frequency of NCC emptying litter bins The receipt
of this information was still pending.
l. Bench installation for bus shelter at cross roads/new
recycled plastic benches Cllr Newton had the seat and
bench and would progress the installation in due course.
m. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road The Clerk had put a request in to Right of Way
Officer for the footpath to be cleared. It was agreed
that the link to the Public Right of Way website should
be added to the Parish website and included in the
Pelican. A3 copies would be put in the noticeboards.
n. RoSPA recommendations As the repairs were no risk,
they would be progressed for the Spring.
o. Affordable housing; terms of occupation It was
agreed the Clerk would forward the contact details of
NCC Officer Mark Ketley to Cllr Barras to query the
application process for the allocation of housing.
6. Standing item Report by County Councillor:
Cllr Watson informed that now that the Amble bus shelter
was near complete, he anticipated the paperwork for the
North Broomhill bus shelter to be received in January so
this could be progressed.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 4th
November was £5079.31
b) payments for the month
To consider any issues arising The year end audit was
complete with the only matter arising being the
allocation of the non-recurrent grant into the precept
budget rather than any other income. This was noted and
no further action was required.
a. To report on any planning decisions:
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. GRANTED
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) GRANTED
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. GRANTED
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 raised.
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
c. To consider any planning matters:
14/03220/FUL Cooksburn Mill, Acklington NE65 9AE
Change of use of land at Cooksburn Mill to accommodate
construction of 4 new holiday chalets The Members had
no objections but there were concerns expressed about
the adequacy of roads in the area and the cumulative
effect of all the developments. The Clerk would request
Highways to carry out an assessment of the roads.
14/03501/FUL 33 The Village, Acklington NE65 9BL
Single storey extension to rear of property The
Members had no objections but felt this was bordering on
over development and would therefore like to see no
further development in the future.
9. Requested Agenda Items
Review of Risk Assessment The risk assessment was
adopted with no amendments.
Review of Policies The Clerk would review the policies
for approval at the January meeting.
Draft Budget It was agreed to circulate previous
years figures and bring the draft budget back to the
January meeting for consideration.
Remembrance Day Service The Clerk informed the council
that Mr Parker had given permission for access to the
War Memorial at Guyzance Bridge for a Remembrance Sunday
10. Correspondence Received
Warkworth with Amble Royal British Legion - To consider
covering the hire cost of the Village Hall on 9th
November for WW1 display The £50 hire fee was agreed.
Alnwick Playhouse Request for financial support
towards running costs It was agreed that the Parish
Council could not financially support the Playhouse on
this occasion due to the limited budget held.
St. John The Divine Parochial Church Council Request
for financial support towards the upkeep of the
churchyard Pursuant to Local Government Act 1972,
section 214(6) the Members agreed to a donation of £250.
Legalcare Request for Financial support The Members
agreed not to financially support this cause, feeling
that other existing charities already provided this
Great North Air Ambulance to consider budgeting
towards a grant of financial support in the year 2015/16
It was agreed to consider this whilst setting the
NCC Northumberland Local Heroes The information
requesting nominations in recognition of act of
neighbourliness in communities was passed to Cllr Sharp
to display in the village hall.
Clerks & Councils Direct - November 2014 - This was
received for information.
NCC New Town & Parish Council website and @ask mailbox
The Clerk informed of a website for Town and Parish
Council with quick links and explained that NCC had
decommissioned the mailbox. The Clerk was due to attend
a Clerks Forum with the Executive Director and would
raise concerns regarding the removal of the mailbox.
NCC Rough sleeper pro forma no further action as
there were no known rough sleepers in the parish.
NCC Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy The
Clerk informed that the next stage of consultation would
commence on 12th December through to 11th February.
NCC Consultation on the future of the Acklington
village phonebox As part of BTs programme of removing
low-useage phone boxes, the continued provision of a
phone box in the village was now up for review. The
Clerk had queried the level of useage and had been told
that 23 calls had been made from the phonebox but it was
unclear what period of time this covered. The Members
agreed that they would like to keep the phone box but
would also like to see more accurate data on its recent
NCC Parish Precepts The letter informed that the
deadline for submission of the precept request would be
2nd February 2015.
11. Urgent Items
Cllr Sharp informed that two flower tubs needed
replacing at the crossroads in Acklington and would
check with ACT if it was willing to share the cost.
Cllr Corson requested an update on the installation of
goal posts in Churchill Way, this would be brought back
to the January meeting.
Concern was raised over an overgrown bush obstructing a
footpath in the village which was forcing pedestrians
and wheelchairs onto the road. The Clerk would pursue
this with the property owner with a view to having the
bush cut back.
12. Items for next agenda
Review of policies
13. Next meeting
TUESDAY 6th JANUARY 2015 at 7.30 pm in Acklington
The meeting closed at 9.15pm