Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall
Acol on 18th February 2009 at 6.30p.m.
Present: Councillors Miss S Bransfield (Chairman), J Inchley and Mrs E. O'Reilly
Also present: Cllrs C Hibberd, S Ezekiel and R Latchford. Roy Wade.
48. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Hall and Ms Shingleton.
49. MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING
The Minutes of the meeting held on 8th November 2008 had been approved and signed by the Chairman.
There were no matters arising.
50. MEMBERS' INTERESTS
No declarations of interest were made.
51. DISCUSSIONS WITH LEADER OF THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL
The Leader and Cllr Latchford addressed Council and outlined proposals being pursued for the further economic regeneration of the area including proposals to build another hotel, the further development of the Cummins site. In respect of the Cummins proposals the Leader was aware of the traffic and environmental impact on Acol and outlined that ongoing discussions were being held to alleviate these problems.
Council was advised that the rate increase approved by TDC at 4% was the lowest in Kent and on the level of increase set by KCC which would impact on rates payable.
The Leader reported that the Turner Centre project was on track and that negotiations were being held to determine the future use of the site. Finally Cllr Ezekiel made reference to the new S106 agreement entered into to control the usage of Manston, particularly night flying, and the initiative to refurbish several hundred properties within Thanet.
(Note COPY OF THE Leader's presentation will be forwarded to all Members)
52. CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
A) (RED) PHONE KIOSK
The Chairman reported that she had made representations for the retention of the red phone box within the Village and that it should be retained by English Heritage.
B) MEETING WITH KEITH FERRIN
The Chairman reported that following a meeting with Keith Ferrin (KCC Cabinet Member for Transportation), Mike Smith had been instructed t prepare a new signage strategy for the Village and was looking at the possibility of making Margate Hill a one way route.
C) TRAFFIC SURVEY
The Chairman indicated that she would print out the details of the survey for consideration at a Special Meeting
D) PIPKIN MAINTENACE SYSTEM/WHITE LINING
The Pipkin system was still not operating properly and the problems with the painting of white lines had been caused by a faulty machine being used. Kent Highways have promised to rectify the defects.
E) STREET LIGHTING
In response to a question from Mr Norris the Chairman accepted that the light had not been repaired and that she would continue to "chase up" the repair.
F) RECREATION GROUND
The Council was still pursuing the replacement of the "spring elephant" and enquiries had been made to Cllr Hibberd in respect of obtaining the necessary funding to undertake this project.
G) VILLAGE PLAN
Cllr Mike Roberts (TDC) had been asked for grant assistance of £250 to be spent on preparing a Village plan.
H) MANSTON AIRPORT
TDC had been advised of the concerns of the Village over the S106 agreement and the impact of night flying on residents.
I) DIGITAL TV RECEPTION
Representations had been made concerning the poor digital TV reception signal and an undertaking had been given that the signal would be iincreased.
H) PARISH ASSEMBLY MEETING/ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The meeting would be held on 14 April 2009.
53. CLERK'S REPORT
The Clerk reported:
Visit to KCC Highway Unit – it was agreed that as the visits were for only one hour that Acol would not be represented. It was also noted that Ms Annalies Mortlock, the KCC Parish Liaison Officer, had indicated that she was not able to attend evening meetings.
54. PLANNING APPLICATION/PLANNING MATTERS
The Chairman reported that she had formally complained to TDC that the Parish Council had not been consulted over the latest development proposals by Messrs Cummins.
55. BUDGET/PRECEPT FOR 2009/10
Council noted that the budget/precept requirements for Acol had been submitted to TDC
56. REPORT OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR CHARLES HIBBERD
A) KCC RATES MEETING
The KCC rates meeting would be held on 19th February 2009 and the proposed increase was 2.6%.
B) HIGHWAY SALTING ARRANGEMENT
The KCC had laid down 23 tonnes of salt during the cold weather and had not run out of supplies.
C) COMMUNITY GRANTS
The grants scheme would continue on the same basis as for the year 2008/09 and each member will have an allocation of £2500 to allocate. Cllr J Inchley thanked Charles for his kind assistance for securing the grant to enable the Village Hall kitchen to be refurbished.
D) POT HOLES
The KCC would be undertaking an intensive programme of filling pot-holes from 1 April 2009.
57. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
RESOLVED: That the under-mentioned payments be made
Cheque no. Payee and details Amount
100331 R Wade. 20% salary £400.00
100332 J Inchley, Village Voice £13.00
100333 Audit Commission, 2008 fee £184.00
100334 Quex Park, Rent for Rec £40.00
100335 Miss Bransfield, expenses £36.53
100336 R Wade, balance of salary £400.00
100337 J Inchley, Village Voice £6.50
Time concluded: 8.35 p.m.