2011 Parish Assembly Minutes

Draft Minutes of the Parish Assembly Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,

Acol on 18th April 2011 at 7.00p.m.
Present:          Councillors Miss Bransfield (Chairman), J. Inchley, Dr. H. Mitchell and Mrs E O’Reilly
Also present: Mr C Hibberd (KCC), Cllr. M Roberts (TDC) and Roy Wade (Clerk)
            Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B. Hall
            The Minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2011 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
            Matters arising
            There were no matters arising.       
130.    CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR 2010/11
            The Chairman read from prepared notes on the duties and functions undertaken for the year 2010/11 (copy attached appendix A) and paid tribute to the many diverse organisations within the Village and the works they undertook to make Acol an even closer community. The Chairman made particular reference to the works undertaken by Bob Lawrence, Tree Warden, David Hayfield and Brian Hall for emergency rectification to play equipment, Cllr. Dr Mitchell for the Play Equipment Group and funding monitoring, Iris Osborne for the Village Hall Management Committee, Thanet Rural Regeneration Group, Speedwatch and W.I., and Jon Inchley for the Village Hall Management Committee, the Village Voice and KIACC.
            Finally the Chairman paid tribute to County Cllr Charles Hibberd and Cllr Mike Roberts (TDC) for their commitment and support to the Village.
            Mr Lawrence made reference to the Cummins development and the continuing inconvenience caused to the Village by the lighting at the development not being properly positioned. Cllr Roberts expressed his support of the position and undertook to raise this matter with TDC Planning.
            Iris Osborne reported upon various issues relating to the well being of the Village and the work undertaken by volunteers within Acol.
            Concerns were voiced over the reduction to the Village bus services especially the difficulty of residents being able to attend the QEQM Hospital for appointments.
            Cllr Roberts reminded the meeting that Eastonways had lost the bus contract to Stagecoach and that KCC had negotiated reductions to the bus subsidy whereby the services had been reduced. Cllr Hibberd was still investigating the issues involved and would report to a future meeting
            It was agreed that the Annual General Meeting is held on 23rd May 2011 at 7.00pm and Members noted the report of the Clerk that as 5 residents had applied to serve on the Parish Council and that accordingly there would not be an election.
Time concluded: 8.00pm