Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,
Acol on 6th September 2010 at 7.30 p.m.
Present: Councillors Miss Bransfield (Chairman), B. Hall, J. Inchley and Mrs. O’Reilly
Also present: Cllr. C Hibberd (KCC) and Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council) and 3 residents.
85. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mike Roberts.
86. MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING
The Minutes of the meeting held on 21st June 2010 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
The Chairman has received comments from the new owner of Rosebank, not yet resident in the village, who was upset by the report in the June Minutes concerning his hedge. An apology has been sent to him as it was discovered, following the last meeting, that the hedge had already been cut back. This item will, therefore, be permanently removed from the June Minutes.
87. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
No matters were raised for registration.
88. REPORT OF THE POLICE
No officer was in attendance to report.
89. REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN
The Chairman reported that:
i) Funeral of Councillor Tapsell – She had attended the funeral of Councillor Tapsell, the Chairman of Monkton Parish Council and the Thanet Rural Regeneration Group.
ii) Village Hall Refurbishment – Funding to allow for works to be done to the ceiling, the heating system and lighting had been received and the hall will be unavailable for two weeks while these are completed.
iii) Playground – Application for funding – The funding application, with the kind support of Councillor Hibberd, has been approved by KCC and should be received shortly. The play equipment has been ordered and is being manufactured.
iv) Road Sweeping within the Village – The Chairman expressed the general frustration of the Village in that a TDC road sweeper was never seen in the Village. Accordingly the Chairman had emailed Councillor Martin Wise (TDC – Cabinet Member for Highways) and the road was subsequently swept. The Chairman had also asked Cllr Wise whether the ‘Pay Back’ litter picking team operating in Ramsgate could be directed to Acol. Furthermore she reported the litter bin that had been abandoned by the Chapel of Rest some time ago and this was then removed.
v) Highway Matters – The Chairman expressed her continuing annoyance that the highway concerns of the Village were not being addressed by KCC.
Councillor Hibberd said that he would speak to Cllr Nick Chard (KCC Cabinet Member for Highways) to see whether he and Mike Smith would attend the next meeting of the Parish Council.
vi) KCC Highway Report Numbers – The Village Voice now publishes the KCC phone numbers for residents to be able to report highway and street lighting issues. Villagers were asked to notify the Parish Council if no satisfactory response was received.
vi) Sat Nav – usage by HGV drivers – Following the continual concern caused by HGV vehicles driving through the Village because their sat nav equipment directed them through Acol Members were advised that Government was looking at this problem; and
vii) Speedwatch – The Chairman had conducted two speedwatch exercises in the Village and there were several incidents of vehicles travelling in excess of 40/50 m.p.h. Members were also advised that further volunteers were needed to undertake the appropriate training.
90. CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk reported upon:
a) Haine (Westwood Housing) planning application – The Clerk sought Members’ views on amendments being sought to the application whereby some of the infrastructure works would not be put in place until the sale of some of the units. The Clerk was instructed to make the comments that the details of the original approval should be undertaken and the infrastructure put in place.
b) Attendance by The Leader of the Council and Chief Executive (TDC) The Clerk reported that he had not been able to arrange for the Leader and Chief Executive (TDC) to attend the meeting, but will continue to try to find a mutually convenient date.
91. PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PLANNING MATTERS
There were no matters to report.
92. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
RESOLVED: A) That the under-mentioned payment be made
Cheque no. Payee and details Amount
371 SERCO – grass cut 63.00
372 Cllr Miss Bransfield – expenses 23.83
373 R.Wade – salary & expenses 583.45
374 Support Network Services 25.00
B) That invoices submitted between meetings continued to be paid so long as the expenditure relates to an approved item with the Council’s budget; and
C) The bank balance at 1 September 2010 in the sum of £6807.53 was noted.
93. REPORT OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR HIBBERD
Councillor Hibberd had previously reported upon highways and funding matters.
94. MATTERS OF REPORT BY MEMBERS
(a) Cllr. Hall had no matter for report.
(b) Cllr. Inchley reported (i) that the next meeting of KIACC would be held on 17th September 2010 and that it would be open to the public; (ii) Manston Airport had introduced a new web site for receipt of complaints and consultations would commence in September on new night flying proposals; and (iii) Refurbishments had been made to the Village Hall as reported by the Chairman and these works had been funded by grants from various sources.
(c) Cllr. Mrs. O’Reilly reported that Einar Willett had now cut back the hedges in Plumstone Road and that following the recent rains the drains in that area needed cleaning.
(d) Concerns have been expressed by residents over the flight arrangements from Manston and that flights to Manchester were not being supported.
95. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The Chairman advised that only two residents had offered views on meeting times and the Parish Council has, therefore, decided that evening meetings were acceptable in the summer and afternoon meetings would be held when darkness falls early.
A sewing class has now booked the hall for Monday afternoons and Parish Council meetings will take place on Thursdays, with the exception of 9th May.
It was agreed that the next meetings of the Parish Council would be held on:
(i) Thursday 11 November 2010 at 2.00 p.m.
(ii) Thursday 13 January 2011 at 2.00 p.m.
(iii) Thursday 10 March 2011 at 2.00 p.m.; and
(iv) Monday 9 May 2011 at 7.00 p.m. – AGM and Parish Assembly