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 accepted.

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 owned.

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 up.

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 correctly.

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.

7. Finance

a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 6th January was £5582.31

b) payments for the month
  Cheque No Payee Reason Amount  
  000372 Royal British Legion Wreath


  000373 St John's Church Donation £250.00  
  000374 Great North Air Ambulance Donation £20.00  
  000375 Cancelled Cancelled £0.00  
  000376 NCC Grass Cutting £195.02  
  000377 Village Hall Committee Hall Hire £50.00  
  000378 E Brown Salary/expenses Nov/Dec £121.45  
  000379 HMRC PAYE Nov/Dec £25.00  
  Date Debtor Reason Amount  
    Mid Coquet Cluster Refund £40.72  

8. Planning:

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) – APPLICATION PERMITTED

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. APPLICATION PERMITTED

14/03501/FUL – 33 The Village, Acklington NE65 9BL – Single storey extension to rear of property – 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

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 concerns raised

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 submitting.

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 Members.

10.4: Protection of Northumberland's landscape – This document relating to wind farms was noted for information.

10.5: NCC Budget 15-17 – The Clerk would circulate this amongst Members.

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 Members.

10.9: Easy Accounts For Parish/ Town Councils – This was noted for information.

10.10: iNorthumberland Consultation – This was noted for information.

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 out.

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 Hall

The meeting closed at 9.00pm