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
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
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
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
k. Replacement of grit bin Acklington Road
(101003782171) This request was pending.
19. Standing item Report by County Councillor
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.
Wages / Expenses + seat
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
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 PCs to consider the options
and the implications for budget setting. PCs will be
contacted in advance of the work taking place in your
area at which point the team will be happy to discuss
the Parishs requirements. This was circulated and noted
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
The Clerk was requested to query what happened to last
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
23.8: Play area inspection This was discussed under
23.9: Parish Training presentation: S106 agreements and
planning enforcement The presentation was circulated
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