Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, I Monkhouse, G
Orr, A Sharpe and L Welch
County Councillor - J Watson
The Parish Clerk in attendance - Miss E Brown
1. Apologies for absence
G Budge, E Critchlow and G Townsend. The apologies were
2. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda
Cllr Barras declared an interest in planning
application 14/03464/FUL - Land West Of 5 Acklington
Village Acklington as this neighboured land that he
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 4 November 2014
were agreed and signed as a true record.
4. Standing item Public Questions
Miss Lillie commented that the dog waste bin at the
cross roads required replacing, she also raised concerns
of the increase in dog fouling along the main route
through the village. It was agreed that the Clerk would
contact the dog warden to see if anything could be done.
A note would be put in The Pelican encouraging residents
to report irresponsible dog owners who did not pick up
after their dogs. Members were aware that the majority
of dog owners picked up after their dogs and those who
did not were a small but irresponsible minority.
5. Matters arising there from
a. Replacement posts for road signs The Clerk was
continuing to chase this up.
b. Acklington Road; thinning out the trees/shrubs back
to the fence in prep of new bus shelter at North
Broomhill This would be carried out by the contractor
when the work to erect the bus shelter takes place. The
works would likely commence after the frost. It was
agreed that the Clerk would do a letter to the residents
adjacent which Cllr Watson agreed to deliver.
c. Footpath from the dog bin to the railway bridge The
Highways Inspector had visited the site to look at the
footpath in early November but the Clerk had not
received any updates since this. This would be chased
d. 30mph road markings This had not yet been done.
e. Edging between path and road at Acklington Drive
This had still not been done.
f. RAF Acklington Memorial Cllr Newton informed that
the WW1 Lych Gate to St John the Divine Church was in
need of repair. Suggesting that the repair be
investigated prior to the creation of a new memorial.
The Clerk informed that she had been involved in the
restoration of both the Amble and Radcliffe Memorials
and would be willing to help with any grant funding
request for Acklington.
g. Cutting back of overhanging trees at small second
bridge towards Guyzance This had been done. Cllr
Sharpe raised concern of a large tree in the river just
passed the first bridge and the damage it may do to the
structure of second bridge. The Clerk would report this
to the Environment Agency.
h. Frequency of NCC emptying litter bins The emptying
appeared to be more frequent.
i. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road The Clerk was unsure if the right of way had been
cleared as requested. Cllr Barras would take a look the
next time he was passing.
j. RoSPA recommendations It had been agreed that any
repairs would be deferred until spring. A village
working day was agreed to take place in mid February, to
consider any repairs and also install the no dog signs
at the play area.
k. Affordable housing; terms of occupation As there
was no sign of advertising in the village, the Clerk
would enquire with NCC what involvement they have in the
lettings procedure and how is it being monitored
6. Standing item Report by County Councillor
Cllr Watson informed that Warkworth was currently
receiving a ground swell of planning applications for
housing. He also informed of the NCC Local Plan: Core
Strategy and encourage Members to attend the
consultation drop-in sessions being held.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 6th
January was £5582.31
b) payments for the month
Royal British Legion
Great North Air Ambulance
Village Hall Committee
a. To report on any planning decisions:
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) APPLICATION REFUSED
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.
14/03501/FUL 33 The Village, Acklington NE65 9BL
Single storey extension to rear of property
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
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. rooflights to rear
elevation and window to side elevation (Chimney stack
side) No objections
14/03464/FUL - Land West Of 5 Acklington Village
Acklington - New bungalow in land previously contained
within 5 The Village, Acklington No objections but
c. To consider any planning matters: None.
9. Requested Agenda Items
9.1: Review of Policies It was agreed to defer the
review of Policies to the March meeting.
9.2: Draft Budget Members consider the draft budget
and agreed unanimously to increase the precept from
£4750 to £5000.
9.3: Guyzance Memorial Request Cllr Newton had
prepared a letter to send to Mr Parker asking if it was
possible for the ground around the Guyzance Memorial to
be improved with hardcore or paving. Cllr Watson said he
would take this up as a Member of the British Legion. It
was agreed that at 11.00am on 17th January a small group
would place a wreath at the Memorial to mark the 70th
anniversary of the deaths of the ten young soldiers
serving with the 10th Battalion, The Duke of
Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) who died while
crossing the river during a training exercise. This
would be a small respectful service.
9.4: Donation to The Pelican Pursuant to Local
Government Act 1972, Section 142 it was agreed to donate
the budgeted amount of £50 to The Pelican for the cost
of the Parish Council page.
9.5 Donation to the Village Hall Pursuant to Local
Government Act 1972, Section 133 it was agreed to donate
the budgeted amount of £700 to the Village Hall.
10. Correspondence Received
10.1: Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy Full
Draft Plan All Members were encouraged to view the
plan which was available in hard copy, on CD and online.
Cllr Sharpe took the hard copy for reading. The deadline
for comments was 12th February. The Clerk requested any
comments be returned to her by 6th February so that she
could circulate a response amongst Members prior to
10.2: Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy Drop in
sessions The Clerk had circulated the dates
electronically. She reminded that the most local session
was to be held on 19th January between 14:00 and 19:00
at Fourways 2 in Amble
10.3: Northumberland Core Strategy consultation
workshops The Clerk would circulate these dates to the
10.4: Protection of Northumberland's landscape This
document relating to wind farms was noted for
10.5: NCC Budget 15-17 The Clerk would circulate this
10.6: Schedule of Town & Parish Council Meetings 2015
It was noted that Rural Areas were to meet with Locality
Officers in May and November.
10.7: NALC - Parish Clerks Salaries The Clerk informed
of a National Pay Award of 2.2% in a 2 year pay deal.
This would be payable from 1st January.
10.8: Learning Together now available The link to this
new NCC e-service featuring modules on public speaking
and chairing meetings would be circulated to the
10.9: Easy Accounts For Parish/ Town Councils This was
noted for information.
10.10: iNorthumberland Consultation This was noted for
10.11: Citizens Advice Bureau Request for donation
Pursuant to Local Government Act 1972, Section 137 it
was agreed to donate £20 to this worthwhile service.
10.12: NCC Winter Services This document detailed
the policy information for winter services including the
locations of grit bins in Acklington and Guyzance. The
detailed locations of grit bins and how get the filled
would be detailed in the Pelican along with policy
information such as that they are for the use pf public
roads rather than private drives.
10.13: Community Action Northumberland December 2014
This was noted for information.
10.14: Archaeology in Northumberland Volume 21 This
was noted for information and tabled in the Village Hall
for the public.
11. Urgent Items
Cllr Sharp informed that the week before Christmas the
street lights from the Village Hall to the junction to
the bridge had been flickering and although someone came
out to look at them at New Year, they are now completely
Cllr Barras informed of potholes on the road to the
prison from the crossroads. A dip on this road was also
prone to flooding due to poor drainage.
Cllr Newton queried the whereabouts of the speed camera
as It had not appeared in the village for some time now.
The Clerk would contact the Northumbria Safety
Partnership for information.
12. Items for next agenda
Review of policies
13. Next meeting
TUESDAY 3rd MARCH 2015 at 7.30 pm in Acklington Village
The meeting closed at 9.00pm