At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July 2016

Present: Cllrs E Critchlow(Chair), G Budge, I Monkhouse, G Orr, A Sharpe, M Townshend and L Welch.
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown

14. Apologies: Cllrs, D Barras, N Gair and J Newton. County Councillor J Watson. The apologies were agreed.

15. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda:

16. Standing item – Public Questions – None. The Clerk noted that an offensive notice had been placed in the village noticeboard relating to the result of the EU Referendum. This notice was not the views of the Parish Council. The Council were reluctant to restrict public access to the noticeboards and agreed to add a disclaimer stating ‘APC provide this noticeboard for the community however the contents may not be the views of the Council or endorsed by the Council. If anything displayed is found to be offensive please contact the Parish Clerk.’

17. To approve and confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 3 May 2016 – the minutes were agreed.

18. Matters arising therefrom:

a. Replacement posts for road signs –The sign post signalling the right turn to Guyzance would be checked by Cllr Critchlow and Townshend would be checked to see if repairs had been carried out.

b. Resurfacing of footpath from dog big to bridge – Cllr Sharpe informed that the resurfacing had taken place in 3 stages and was now complete. Weeds were noted to be growing through the first sections. The Clerk would report this to NCC for weed killing.
Concerns had been brought to Cllrs regarding the footpaths on both sides of the B6345 from the Village Hall to the crossroads. The paths were extremely slippery when wet due to moss and could do with surface repairs in places.

c. Goal posts update – The mini soccer goals had been delivered to the contractor with parts missing. The company insisted that the delivery had arrived in full so would not send replacements without additional monies being sent. The Clerk was negotiating with the company. The Council requested the contractor be asked to help cover this cost.

d. S106 Agreements – An update would be requested from Cllr Newton over whether a response had been received to the letter that had been agreed to be sent at the March meeting.

e. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial – The work was pending.

f. Trees at roadside near the junction to Guyzance Memorial – It was extremely disappointing that no responses or actions had been taken regarding this.

g. Edging of footpath – It was extremely disappointing that no responses or actions had been taken regarding this. As this and item f had been outstanding for in excess of 18 months, a letter would be sent to the Head of Services expressing the Parish Council’s dissatisfaction.

h. Playground repairs update – The repairs had been carried out although clarification was required as to whether they were done before or after the RoSPA inspection as some issues were still outstanding.

i. Resurfacing of Village Hall car park – This had been resolved by the village hall.

j. Cllr Sharpe – Attendance at Sodexo meeting – Cllr Sharpe informed that the meeting had been constructive.

k. Replacement of grit bin Acklington Road (101003782171) – This request was pending.

19. Standing item – Report by County Councillor Watson – None.

20 Finance:

a) Financial Summary  The balance on account at 9th June 2016 is Treasurers Account; £2982.90, Business Account; £5199.01.

b) Payments  The following list was put before members and agreed for payment.
  Date Cheque No Creditor Reason  Amount
  05.07.16 000422 E Brown Clerk's Wages / Expenses + seat £131.36
  05.07.16 000423 HMRC PAYE £30.28
  05.07.16 000424 NALC Subscription £114.30
  05.07.16 000425 ATC Subscription £7.00
  05.07.16 000426 Playsafety Ltd RoSPA Inspection  
  05.07.16 000427 Beck Groundworks Playground repairs £618.00

c) Receipts

21. Planning:

a. Planning Decisions:
16/00328/FUL | Change of Use of the Farm Shop (A1) and Cafe (A3) to two residential dwellings (C3), and associated works on land to the north to provide access road and layout alterations to existing development. | Cavil Head Cavil Head Road Acklington Northumberland NE65 9DF – No Objections. – APPLICATION PERMITTED.
16/01084/FELTPO | Tree Preservation Order: T1 (Beech) remove 1no. limb overhanging drive; T2 (Sycamore) remove 2no. lower limbs over garden; T3 (Beech) fell - in severe decline; T4 (Lime) re pollard to approximately half present height | Merlin House 7 Acklington Village Acklington Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9BJ – Members had no objections to the application but would like to see a similar species of tree planted in replacement to the tree that is planned to be felled. APPLICATION PERMITTED.

b. Planning matters pending:

c. To consider any planning matters:
16/01891/LBC – The Old Vicarage, 37 Acklington Village, Acklington NE65 9BL – Listed building consent for a new roof over kitchen – No objections as long as conservation requirements are met.

22. Requested Agenda Items –
22.1: Superfast Broadband update – The Clerk would request an update on the installation of superfast broadband in the village.
22.2: Cutting back of trees – It was agreed to ask Mr Orange to do a walk about with Cllr Barras to identify which trees required work.

23. Correspondence Received:

23.1: NCC - Street lighting costs for additional items – a schedule of costs for additional items in respect of the LED street lighting modernisation programme. It is hoped that this will help PC’s to consider the options and the implications for budget setting. PC’s will be contacted in advance of the work taking place in your area at which point the team will be happy to discuss the Parish’s requirements. This was circulated and noted for information.

23.2: Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy - Proposed major modifications consultation – Members were aware that the consultation documents could be access online and the deadline for submissions was 27th July.

23.3: Local Transport Plan 2016-17 – Members noted that Churchill Way was in very bad condition and needs looked at.
The Clerk was requested to query what happened to last years requests.
It was noted that
a) Acklington Village – A new road surface was required
b) C101 (first corner after the turn off to the C101) had a large pothole.
c) C100 the road was uneven with ridges on the corner.

23.4: Information re Household Waste recovery Centres – This was noted for information as it did not have a direct effect on the Parish.

23.5: NALC and SLCC Salary Scales 2016-18 - New salary scales had been published to come into effect from 1st April 2016 and 1st April 2017.

23.6: Acklington PCC – Increase in churchyard maintenance costs - With a precept of only £5000, all funding is sparse and is already committed from the budget for this financial year.
Members would be grateful for further information on the amount of contribution increase from the Parish Council that the PCC in mind and this will be considered when setting the precept for the 2017/18 financial year.

23.7: Director of HMP Northumberland meeting with Local Councillors - 21 July Cllrs Orr and Critchlow may attend.

23.8: Play area inspection – This was discussed under matters arising.

23.9: Parish Training presentation: S106 agreements and planning enforcement – The presentation was circulated for information.

24. Items for next agenda – None.

25. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 6 September 2016 at 7.30 pm in Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 9.12pm