Draft Minutes of the Meeting held at the Village Hall Acol on 18 February 2013
Present: Councillor Miss Bransfield (Chairman), F. Fox, J. Inchley and Bob Norris.
Also present: Cllrs. Hibberd and Jarvis (KCC) and Roberts (TDC) and Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council)
68. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Dr. Mitchell and Miss Wright (TDC) and Tony Gander (Community Warden).
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Meetings held on 17 December 2012 be approved and signed by the Chairman.
70. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No declarations of interest were made.
71. REPORT OF A POLICE OFFICER/COMMUNITY WARDEN
No police officer was in attendance to report.
Tony Gander, Police Warden, had reported problems with speeding traffic through the village. He and PCSO Raisbeck will carry out speed checks.
72. RENEWAL OF LEASE ON ACOL VILLAGE HALL
The Clerk reported that the lease had been signed by the Chairman and returned to the Solicitors for the Diocesan Board. In respect of the surveyor’s fees the Council had not received and invoice for these costs.
Finally in response to a question from Cllr. Norris the Clerk reported that he had invoiced the Village Hall Management Committee for those legal fees paid by the Parish Council.
73 .CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
The Chairman reported on:
(i) the telephone kiosk appears to have been decommissioned and BT Payphones have been asked to reinstate it, due to its being within the conservation area and TDC had previously supported its retention.
(ii) An Air Pollution study was being undertaken by TDC. Cllr Jarvis received the Parish Council’s approval to to his proposal to press for eco friendly buses being operated throughout the villages and the Chairman has put forward the previous suggestion for a By-Pass for Acol and Birchington. This survey is available for completion by all members of the public by 14th March.
(iii) Plumstone Road had been resurfaced by Kent Highways.
(iv) Sand/grit bin outside the Chapel was in need of filling with the grit provided. Volunteers would be sought.
74.RECREATION GROUND/APEG REPORT
The Chairman of APEG was not in attendance and no matters were reported. The Chairman reported that Serco had quoted for the cutting of the hedge on the northern boundary of the Recreation Ground and it was agreed that alternative quotes would be sought from Quex Estates, Roy Bailey and Bernard Clayson.
75. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
(i) The Cummins application was not available and will be accessed on line.
(ii) The Planning Inspector had passed the application for 2 Church Cottages.
76. FINANCIAL MATTERS/PAYMENTS SCHEDULE
RESOLVED: That payment be made in respect of the under-mentioned matters:
Cheque No. Payee/details Amount
446 Serco Feb grass cut 66.28
447 R Wade Salary 400.00
448 Inland Revenue PAYE 100.00
77. REPORTS FROM CLLRS. HIBBERD/JARVIS & ROBERTS (TDC)
Cllr. Hibberd reported that the KCC precept would not be raised even though government grants had been cut and that services would be maintained at current levels.
Cllr. Jarvis reported that KCC would consider in 2013/14 a cut back in street lighting.
Cllr. Roberts reported that the TDC had held its budget making meeting and also that Cllr Miss Wright was recovering and would attend the next meeting.
78. REPORT OF MEMBERS
Cllr. Inchley reported that little had been discussed at the last meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee.
Cllr. Fox reported that the Crown and Sceptre was now closed but was once again on the market to sell.
79. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the Parish Assembly and Annual General meetings would be held on 22 April 2013 at 6.00p.m.
Chairman of the Council
Signed 22 April 2013