At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 January 2016
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair), D Barras, G
Budge, E Critchlow, N Gair, G Orr, A Sharpe, M Townshend.
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
54. Apologies for absence: Councillors I
Monkhouse and L Welch had submitted their apologies. The
apologies were accepted.
Apologies were also received from County Councillor
55. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda:
56. Standing item Public questions None.
57. Minutes of Last Meeting - The minutes of the
meeting held on 3 November 2015 were agreed as a true
58. Matters arising therefrom:
a. Replacement posts for road signs Cllr Newton was
still do this but was waiting on the weather improving.
b. Resurfacing of footpath from the dog bin to the
bridge Improvements had been made from the chicane up
past the dog bin but still needed doing from the chicane
towards the village. The works appeared to be a gradual
job and would be monitored.
c. Goal posts for play area The Clerk would forward
prices to Cllr Sharpe before 15th January so she could
inform ACT; the organisation were prepared to make a
donation towards the posts.
d. Play area maintenance A quotation had been received
from a contractor for the repairs identified in the
RoSPA report. Cllr Barras would look at the quote and
liaise with contractor. Funding would be looked at in
the interim period.
e. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road It was agreed to remove this from the agenda.
f. Affordable housing; terms of occupation The NCC
Affordable Housing Officer had investigated the matter
further and referred to previous correspondence he had
received from the Agent which stated
I can confirm we have been undertaking marketing of the
properties for rent along the agreed lines. We have some
interest in the properties at the Affordable Rent and I
am now in a position to confirm our preferred bidders
for the properties. All have been asked to confirm their
eligibility and this is set out below as received.
Despite making it apparent that it would be preferred to
have interest from the village of Acklington and
contacting the Parish Council, we have not had any firm
interest from the village itself (except one
individual). However, there has been a lot of interest
from residents of adjoining parishes. Encouragingly all
of the interested parties have children which would be
of benefit to the local school.
Members requested copies of the correspondence that was
sent to the Parish Council by the Agent as none had been
received and also copies of the terms of eligibility
should the properties become vacant.
g. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial County
Cllr Watson had funding available to carry out the
improvements which were likely to be done in the spring.
h. Trees at roadside near the junction towards the
Guyzance Memorial No response had been received from
the NCC Tree Officer, although the Clerk was aware that
a site visit had been carried out in early October. No
works had taken place either. The Clerk would continue
to chase this up. Cllr Townshend was happy to meet the
Officer at the site if necessary.
i. Footpath requiring edging; Broomhill to Acklington
The Clerk had been informed that the NEAT team would be
dealing with this.
j: New seat for Acklington Road As the skip was still
in place a seat had not been ordered. This would
continue to be monitored with a few to installing the
bench once the weather improves.
59. Standing item Report by County Councillor
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 31st
December 2015 is Treasurers Account; £210.98, Business
b) Payments The following list was put before members
and agreed for payment
Wages / Expenses
a. To report on any planning decisions:
15/03263/PRUTPO | Tree preservation order application to
crown lift lower branches of one Sycamore to
approximately 4 metres in height and crown thin by
approximately 15% | 25 Acklington Village Acklington
Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9BL Members had no
objections. APPLICATION PERMITTED.
15/03445/FUL | Retrospective application for garage
doors on a previously approved carport | The Old Joiners
Shop Guyzance Village Guyzance Northumberland NE65 9AQ
Members had no objections. APPLICATION PERMITTED.
15/03381/FUL | Erection of conservatory to single storey
kitchen wing | Brainshaugh House Brainshaugh Acklington
Northumberland NE65 9AE Members had no objections
15/03382/LBC | Erection of conservatory to single storey
kitchen wing | Brainshaugh House Brainshaugh Acklington
Northumberland NE65 9AE Members had no objections.
15/02860/FUL | Retrospective change of use from garden
room to business premises. | Field House Farm Acklington
Village Acklington Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9BY
Members had no objections. APPLICATION PERMITTED
b. Planning matters pending:
14/03220/FUL Cooksburn Mill, Acklington NE65 9AE
Change of use of land at Cooksburn Mill to accommodate
construction of 4 new holiday chalets. Parish Council
position: No objections to the development, we are
concerned that the current infrastructure of highways is
inadequate and would request Highways to carry out an
assessment of the cumulative effects of developments in
the area on the roads.
15/02504/FUL | Demolition of existing garage buildings
and the erection of 17 residential units | Acklington
Garage 9 Acklington Village Acklington Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 9BY - Members considered this
planning application at their meeting held 1st September
2015. Members had no objections in principle to the site
being developed into housing although expressed the
We believe the layout needs to be re-assessed due to an
intrusion on neighbouring properties, particularly in
relation to proposed plots 6 & 7 - it was felt that due
to the elevated level of land that bungalows would be
more suited to houses which would be overlooking
existing single storey properties.
Members had concerns regarding access to the site due to
the close proximity to existing junctions on the B6345.
Members believed the density of the properties to be in
excess of the site i.e. urban density within a rural
Members would like clarification on the future of the
existing stone boundary wall alongside the paddock.
Members had concerns relating to drainage and whether
the existing system could cope with an increase from a
site of this size.
It is understood that an offsite S106 obligation is to
be discussed with the applicant. Acklington Parish
Council would like to be involved in all elements of
this discussion to ensure the wider community benefits
from the proposed development.
c. To consider any planning matters:
15/04080/FUL | Proposed Garden Shed (as amended
18.12.15) | The Old Joiners Shop Guyzance Village
Guyzance Northumberland NE65 9AQ Members had no
objections to this development.
Members queried the planned screening for the solar
panels at the above site which were not yet in place.
The Clerk would make enquiries.
62. Requested Agenda Items
62.1: Draft Budget, consideration of setting precept
An additional £100 was added to the grass cutting
heading and it was agreed to set the precept at £5695
62.2: Guyzance Memorial service 18th January The
Durham Light Infantry were organising a service to be
held at 11am. County Cllr Watson as a Member of the
British Legion had more information.
62.3: Consideration of donations:
Acklington Village Hall Pursuant to Local Government
Act 1972, section 133 a donation of £700 was agreed.
Great North Air Ambulance Pursuant to Local Government
Act 1972, Section 137 a donation of £20 was agreed.
St Johns The Divine Churchyard Maintenance Pursuant
to Local Government Act 1972, section 214(6) a donation
of £250 was agreed.
Northumberland Citizens Advice Bureau - Pursuant to
Local Government Act 1972, Section 137 a donation of £20
Acklington 3,2,1 Toddlers Pursuant to Local Government
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, section 19 a
donation of £100 was agreed.
63. Correspondence Received
63.1: Residents Panel The Clerk had received
correspondence from HMP Northumberland regarding setting
up a meeting incorporating local councillors and
residents committees of Acklington, Amble, Chevington
and Warkworth which could be held twice per year. It was
agreed the Clerk would set this up in consultation with
Cllr Sharpe who was also a Member of ACT.
63.2: Consideration of donation to churchyard
maintenance a letter of request towards the annual
maintenance had been received and this was considered
with other donation as above.
63.3: Consultation on Proposal to amalgamate James
Calvert Spence College South Avenue and James Calvert
Spence College Acklington Road The deadline for the
consultation was 16th February. The Clerk would
circulate this to Members and any comments should be
returned to the Clerk so that the Chair with the Clerk
could compile a response.
63.4: Animal Boarding Establishment NCC were carrying
out a formal consultation on the draft policy which
would run until 31st January 2016. Members had no
64. Items for next agenda
Cllr Barras - The dip in the road to the prison was
still requiring attention and a big pothole was
appearing The Clerk would chase this up.
Cllr Sharpe informed the Parish Council of a car
collision at the crossroads in the village. Concerns had
been raised by a resident that the coal tub planter had
caused a visual obstruction, thereby contributing to the
crash, but further enquiries to the police confirmed
that this was not the case and the accident was the
result of driver error.
Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 1 March 2016 at 7.30 pm in
Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 21.15