At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington
Village Hall at 7.45pm on Tuesday 5 May 2015
Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, E
Critchlow, G Orr, A Sharpe, M Townshend and L Welch.
County Councillor Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance Miss E Brown
2 Members of the public were present.
1. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Cllr Orr proposed Cllr Newton for the Chair, this was
seconded by Cllr Budge.
Cllr Newton was re-elected as Chair unanimously.
Cllr Budge proposed Cllr Critchlow for Vice-Chair, this
was seconded by Cllr Orr.
Cllr Critchlow was re-elected as Vice-Chair unanimously.
2. Acceptance of Office by Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The Declaration of office remained in place from
3. Apologies for absence.
Cllr Monkhouse unable to attend due to work
commitments. The apologies were agreed.
Cllr Corson Cllr Budge said he had spoken to Cllr
Corson who had informed him that he was resigning from
the council with immediate effect. The clerk pointed out
that Cllr Corson had not attended a meeting for 6 months
and had therefore ceased to be a councilor under the
Local Government Act 1972, Section 85, which states: If
a member of a local authority fails throughout a period
of six consecutive months from the date of his last
attendance to attend any meeting of the authority, he
shall, unless the failure was due to some reason
approved by the authority before the expiry of that
period, cease to be a member of the authority.
It was agreed the Clerk would send a letter to Mr Corson
informing him of this and wishing him well for the
4. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
5. The minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2015
were agreed and signed as a true record.
6. Standing item Public Questions A member of
the public raised the issue of fencing which had been
installed around the new properties adjacent to Village
Hall. It was pointed out that post and rail fencing had
been specified in the planning application, however high
fencing was now being erected. It was understood the
occupant was intending to build kennels and breed dogs.
It was agreed this matter would be queried with the
planning department, as would the position regarding
outbuildings and sheds. It was agreed that Cllrs Sharp
and Welsh would attend the North Area Committee meeting
to query the conditions relating to the properties,
including the process for letting the houses as
affordable homes (the basis on which planning consent
7. Matters arising there from
a. Replacement posts for road signs The Clerk would
continue to chase the replacement of the posts at the
b. Footpath from the dog bin to the bridge The NCC
Highways inspector had confirmed that this was on the
list to be but could not confirm the timescale. The
Clerk would chase this up.
c. Large tree in river at Guyzance NCC had confirmed
that nothing has been done yet, but they would try to
address this soon as they were waiting on the river
d. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road The clearing of this road was still being chased
e. Affordable housing; terms of occupation This had
been discussed during the public participation section
of the meeting.
f. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial Cllrs were
to check whether the improvement had been carried out.
g. Trees at roadside near the junction towards the
Guyzance Memorial The request to have the trees cut
back had been forwarded to the Highways Inspector for
h. Footpath requiring edging; Broomhill to Acklington
The Clerk explained that this could not be carried out
at present as the grass cutting season had begun and
resources would not allow it. It was agreed that the
Clerk would arrange a meeting with NCC Neighbourhood
Services to discuss both Acklington and Warkworth
8. Standing item Report by County Councillor Watson
Cllr Watson updated on resurfacing works in the
Parish. The new bus shelter on Acklington Road in North
Broomhill was now in place. A query had been raised by a
resident concerned by the plans for the bus shelter.
This had been dealt with by Cllr Watson. The resident
had also queried whether a floral display could be
provided for this part of the village. It was agreed to
locate the remaining coal tub planter at the entrance
sign on Acklington Road. Cllr Watson enquired whether
the Parish were planning on commemorating the
anniversary of VE Day a 3pm on Friday 8th May. Cllr
Sharp would ask the First School if they wished to be
involved and it was agreed to purchase a wreath.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 5th
May 2015 was £4443.49
b) Payments - The following list was put before members
and agreed for payment
Wages / Expenses
shelter + installation
Receipts - The following receipts were noted for
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.
d) Annual Audit
i) Approval of Accounting Statements approved
unanimously by the Council.
ii) Approval of Annual Governance Statement - approved
unanimously by the Council.
a. To report on any planning decisions:
15/00623/COU Guyzance Hall Change of Use to allow
additional guest house use (C1/C3) GRANTED.
15/00063/LBC | Listed Building Consent: Dining Room and
Bedroom extension to rear | 7 Guyzance Village Guyzance
Northumberland NE65 9AQ No objections. GRANTED
15/00062/FUL | Proposed Dining Room and Bedroom
extension to rear | 7 Guyzance Village Guyzance
Northumberland NE65 9AQ No objections. GRANTED
15/00462/RENE | Installation of 16 ground mounted
photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity | The
Old Joiners Shop Guyzance Village Guyzance
Northumberland NE65 9AQ Cllr Townshend would query
with NCC Planning which neighbours were consulted on
this application as to his knowledge only 2 of the
neighbouring properties were aware of the application.
Whilst the environmental aspects were welcome in
general, there was concern that the screening was
inadequate in height. GRANTED
14/03670/VARYCO - 2 And 3 Brainshaugh Farm Cottages
Acklington - Variation of condition 2 relating to
planning permission 14/01123/VARYCO (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).
The variation is to add 4 no. roof lights to rear
elevation and window to side elevation (Chimney stack
side) No objections GRANTED
15/00341/FUL | Proposed first floor bedroom extension |
Little Berry Cottage Bank House Acklington Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 9AP9 No objections. GRANTED
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 - No objections to
the development, but Parish Council 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
c.To consider any planning matters:
15/01224/LBC Listed Building Consent: Replacement of
windows, replacement of lintels and window cill,
repointing, replacement of rear door, relocation of wood
burning stove, replacement of roof guttering and
backboard, installation of stone patio, alteration of
existing garage opening and removal of turning circle
Dye House, Guyzance Bridge NE65 9AB No Objections.
15/01223/FUL - Replacement of windows, replacement of
lintels and window cill, repointing, replacement of rear
door, relocation of wood burning stove, replacement of
roof guttering and backboard, installation of stone
patio, alteration of existing garage opening and removal
of turning circle Dye House, Guyzance Bridge NE65 9AB
11. Requested Agenda Items
Any issues arising from village working day Members
informed that there had been a good turnout for the
working day. It was noted that the seat near the chicane
beyond the Village Hall toward the Railway Inn was now
in need of replacement. It was agreed pending an
inspection to purchase a recycled plastic seat to
Written consent to receiving Summons to Parish Council
meetings electronically The Clerk informed that
Members were require to submit in writing their consent
to received summoning to meetings electronically. The
Clerk would prepare a template for Members to complete.
12. Correspondence Received
12.1: Sir Peter Luff Parliament in the Making The
programme would coincide with the Magna Carta and
Montfort anniversaries. Parishes were invited to
participate in in project entitled LiberTeas that
would take place on 14th June and involve a simultaneous
celebration of freedom and rights by raising a cup of
tea at 3pm. This was noted for information.
12.2: NALC E-news March 2015 This was noted for
12.3: Sir Alan Beith A letter detailing Sir Alan
Beiths retirement from Parliament was noted. It was
agreed to send Sir Alan a letter of thank for his
service and wishing him well in his retirement.
12.4: Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Office -
Introduction Letter This was noted for information.
12.5: NCC - Guidance on use of Social Media by Members
The guidance would be circulated to Members for
information although it was noted that the Parish
Council was not on Social Media.
12.6: NCC - County Council property review and town
plans This would be circulated to Members.
12.7: NCC - Parish Group meetings in May 2015 It was
noted that a meeting with Groups of Parish Councils
would take place on 3rd June in Druridge Bay Community
Centre, Hadston at 7.00pm.
12.8: NALC E news April 2015 This was circulated to
Members for information.
12.9: NCC - VE Day Celebrations / The Tour of Britain
This was noted for information.
12.10: Northumberland Wildlife Trust - Hauxley Nature
Reserve The closure from 7th April until the summer of
2016 was noted for information.
12.11: Mr Raine Bus shelter on Acklington Road This
had be discussed in the County Councillors Report.
12.12: NCC Street Trading Policy consultation The
street trading policy was noted as not being relevant to
13. Urgent Items
Cllr Barras noted that a street light was out. He would
forward the details to the Clerk.
It was requested that the trees behind the new bus
shelter in Acklington Road be cut back. The Clerk would
14. Items for next agenda
15. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 7 JULY at 7.30 pm in Acklington
The meeting closed at 21.10