2011 Chairman’s Report to Parish Assembly

The Chairman reported as follows:

Reports from Local Groups:
Acol Art Group
Acol Horticultural Society
Acol Village Hall Support Fund
Acol Walkers
Keep Fit
Kent International Airport Consultative Committee
St Mildred’s Church
Thanet Area Parishes Committee
Thanet Rural Regeneration Group
Village Hall Management Committee
Women’s Institute
Sewing and Quilting Groups
Thanks to local voluteers:
Bob Lawrence – Tree Warden and AHS
David Hayfield for the fireworks and along with Brian Hall for the emergency rectification of the play equipment.
Dr Helen Mitchell – Acol Play Equipment Group monitoring and funding.
Iris Osborne – Village Hall Management Committee, Thanet Rural Regeneration Group, Speedwatch and, more recently, the Women’s Institute.
Jon Inchley – Village Hall Management Committee, Village Voice, KIACC
Sam Hodgson – Bingo and Village Support Fund Draw
Also thanks to Cllrs Charles Hibberd and Mike Roberts.
Events in 2010-2011
June 2010:        Directions to Birchington removed from signage
                            Light pollution from Cummins – there was no 2m bund with trees as promised. Cllr Roberts to look into.
Sept 2010:        Sat Navs – HGVs using units for cars and using Acol as a Rat Run. The government are supposed to be looking at? *
                            Road Sweeping? The Chairman asked Cllr Wise if the ‘Pay Back’ Team could litter pick in Acol. No response.
                            The TDC Leader had offered to attend APC meetings, but none of the dates suggested had been suitable.
Nov. 2010:         Bus Service – we were advised “service through Acol would be kept”
*Jan 2011:        Nick Chard / Cllr Hibberd to investigate.
  • A meeting is planned with Thanet Earth to discuss their progress with addressing the light pollution problems in the village.
  • The village hall will be used for the Local Elections on 5th May
  • Parish Clerks are now to be employed and liable to PAYE. The Chairman wrote to HMRC concerning the discourteous manner in which this information became available. No response to date.
  • Serco – the Parish Council has undertaken a new contract. There is no increase in price and the Council is completely satisfied with their service.
  • It is noted that TDC has fined a fly-tipper who was caught dumping in Plumstone Road.  A fine was imposed.
  • There is still no reply to our letter to the TDC Leader dated 6th January 2011.
  • A grit bin will be purchased in the new financial year.
  • The new road signs will be purchased in the new financial year.
  • Quex Estates have approved the use of the Rec for parking for the Crown & Sceptre event over the Royal wedding weekend and the boot fair.
  • The Council Tax notice advises a Precept increase for Acol, but this is an anomaly due to the fact that some people have reductions or are exempt from paying Council Tax.
  • The Street will be closed, from Crispe Road to Plumstone Road, on 10th and 17th May for Highways to carry out resurfacing and white lining.

Report concludes