2016 January Minutes

Draft Minutes of the Acol Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 12th January 2016 
in the Village Hall, Acol, at 3.00pm.

Present:           Councillors Miss Bransfield (Chairman), D Hayfield, J Inchley and Mrs. I Osborne

Also Present:   Cllrs Crow-Brown and Gregory (TDC).

50.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllrs. Grove (TDC), Hall (Acol P.C.), Latchford (KCC), Community Warden Gander and PCSO Raisbeck.

51.       MINUTES
RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the Meeting held on 12th November 2015 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

52.       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
The Chairman and Cllr. Hayfield disclosed an interest in the tree surgery works at Orchard Cottage.

53.       REPORT OF THE POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDENS
No officers were in attendance but the Chairman advised that PCSO Craig Raisbury had reported incidents of hare coursing and fly tipping within the vicinity of the Village.

54.       CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
The Chairman reported as follows:
(i)      Cummins Development – A response had not yet been received from TDC.
(ii)     Land Adjacent to St Mildreds Church – the Chairman sent an email to TDC concerning the Planning Approval Amendment submitted by the new owners, but no reply had yet been received.  A letter will be sent to the Planning Inspector.
(iii)    Horse Chestnut tree at Orchard Cottage, The Street – TDC Conservation Planning had approved tree surgery works to crown the tree.
(iv)    Forge Cottage, The Street – No objections had been raised to a single-storey rear extension.
(v)     Southern Water – They had carried out tests to the pumping station in Crispe Road which had shown that the pump was working 90-100% efficiently, except at times when there was a break to the electricity supply.  Further investigations will take place concerning waste from the industrial estate and another update sent in due course.
(vi)    Kent Highways Survey – A detailed response had been sent in response to the Kent Highways Traffic Survey, concerning the performance of Kent Highways, and the Parish Council’s comments had been well received.
(vii)   Birchington PCC – Acol PC have applied to pay an annual rent for the land upon which the Village Hall is built, instead of quarterly.  No response has yet been received.
(viii)  Acol Christmas Tree – Thanks were expressed to Cllr Hayfield, Norman Chidwick, Mike Baldery, Bob Lawrence and Tony Perkins accompanied by Carla and Matilda, for putting up the Christmas tree and lights.

55.       RECREATION GROUND – REPLACEMENT OF FENCING
Cllr. Hayfield reported that the fencing was ready for erecting once the ground had dried out and also that the volunteers were ready to help.

56.       CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk had no further matter to report upon.

57.       FINANCIAL MATTERS/BUDGET/PRECEPT
RESOLVED:
(A)    That payments be made to:
        Cheque No           Payee & Details                                             Amount
            540                  TDC Election costs                                         308.83
            541                  R Wade 4/4 salary                                           440.00
            542                  Quex Park Estates – Recreation field rent           60.00
            543                  J Inchley – Village Voice                                    81.25
(B)    That the budget as amended and in the sum of £3970.00 (as attached to the minutes) be approved and submitted to the District Council for approval; and: 
(C)    Provision be made from the reserves for the provision of 2 CCTV units and monitoring equipment and the Clerk to investigate further and report to Council thereon.

58.       REPORTS OF COUNCILLORS CROW-BROWN AND GREGORY (TDC)
            Cllr Crow-Brown:
            (i)      TDC Budget – A local tax increase of 1.97% on a Band D property is proposed, as they have liabilities of £14m;
            (ii)     There was interest in the future of Manston Airport but he was not permitted at this stage to give more details;  and
            (iii)    An article in the Guardian had shown that house prices in Margate were rising by 11% pa, the highest in the South East.
            Cllr. Gregory:
            Reported upon proposals for compiling the register of electors whereby each person within the household
            would be required to complete a separate form.

59.       MATTERS FOR REPORT BY MEMBERS
            Cllr. Hayfield  – no further matter for report.
            Cllr. Inchley – the Christmas dinner for senior citizens had been a great success.
            Cllr Osborne – expressed disappointment at the poor response to the reinstated Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

60.       DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS
            It was agreed that the next meeting would be held at 3pm on 8th March 2016.

Time concluded: 16.20pm