2013 November Minutes

Present: Councillor Miss Bransfield (Chairman), J. Inchley and Bob Norris.

Also present: Cllrs. Latchford (KCC) and Roy Wade (Clerk)

35.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE     

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Fox and Miss Wright (TDC) and Tony Gander (Community Warden).

36.  MINUTES

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Meeting held on 2nd September 2013 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

37.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

The Chairman declared an interest in the item concerning footpaths as the land in question was adjacent to her property, likewise Cllr Norris.

38.  PRESENTATION FROM ADAIR GIULIANO OF STERLING ARCHITECTURE AND JOHN RODGERS IN RESPECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER CROWN AND SCEPTRE PUBLIC HOUSE

A précis of the transcript is attached.

39.  REPORT OF A POLICE OFFICER

No police officer was in attendance to report.

40.  CASUAL VACANCY – RESIGNATION OF COUNCILLOR DR MITCHELL

The Chairman reported upon a letter of that she had received from Dr Mitchell who has reluctantly resigned due to her business commitments. Dr Mitchell had served the village of Acol since September 2009 and the Council paid tribute to her contribution to the Council particularly in respect of the setting up of the APEG Group and the works undertaken in the Recreation Ground.

RESOLVED: that (A) Thanet District Council be advised of the casual vacancy; and (B) the Council record its appreciation of the commitment given by Dr Mitchell to the work of the Council and the community of Acol.

41.  RENEWAL OF LEASE ON ACOL VILLAGE HALL

The Clerk reported that he had written to the Diocesan Board enquiring whether the Parish Council could now acquire the freehold of the Village Hall. Council would be kept advised

42.  CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Chairman reported on (i) an application for funds for the refurbishment of the roof to the Village Hall which was being supported by Councillor Roger Latchford;  (ii) the community spirit of Mrs Stagg who had collected rubbish throughout the Village. It was suggested that much of this litter was generated from the McDonald’s restaurant in Minster. The Clerk was asked to write to the Company to see whether they would extend their policy of collecting rubbish to Acol; and (iii) volunteers were needed to undertake the Speedwatch training.

43.  RECREATION GROUND/APEG REPORT

In view of the resignation of Dr Mitchell no report was made. However the Clerk reported that he had spoken to Roy Bailey who would cut the hedge on the northern boundary of the Recreation Ground once the rains had stopped and the ground was firmer.

44.  FOOTPATHS

The question of whether or not a footpath exists within the village was raised once again.  It has previously been established that there was a path used by farm workers between Acol and Monkton farms that ceased use in the 1960s.  No official footpath has ever existed between The Street and Plumstone Road.  The Clerk agreed to ask Mr Willett, the owner of the land in question, if he would be prepared for a length of the footpath to go over his private access road.  The Chairman pointed out the potential danger to any walkers from farm traffic and caravans accessing the farmyard and caravan park.

45.              PLANNING MATTERS

The Chairman reported that only one planning application had been received for a greenhouse to which no objections were raised and that the approach to develop a solar farm within the parish would be referred to the next meeting.

46.             PAYMENTS SCHEDULE/FINANCIAL MATTERS

The Clerk reported that he had attended the Parish Seminar at TDC and warning had been given that in the year 2015/6 the burden for maintain the recreation ground, presently funded by way of an agency payment from the District Council may fall on the Parish Council. District Council was facing the prospect of having to save several million pounds and the Clerk tabled a report on this matter which had been prepared by the Chief Executive Office (TDC).

Members were also advised of the financial position of the Parish and on those payments needed to be made.

RESOLVED: That payment be made in respect of the under-mentioned matters:

 

Cheque No

 

Payee

Details

 

Amount

VAT

Total

467

Serco

Grass cutting for October 2013

54.12

10.82

64.94

468

R.Wade

¼ salary £400 and memory stick £22.99

419.16

3.83

422.99

469

Inland Revenue

PAYE

100.00

100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

573.28

14.65

587.93

 

Receipts:

Re-imbursement from Acol Village Hall Management Committee of £750.00 in respect of surveyor’s fees.

Acol Parish Council balance – 1 November 2013 – £9482.24p.

47.  REPORTS FROM CLLRS.LATCHFORD (KCC) & MS WRIGHT (TDC)                  

Cllr. Latchford reported that (i) there was a shortfall of £300m in KCC funding needs and the matter was to be considered by the Transformation Board;

(ii) he had supported the grant application in the sum of £1500 for the Thanet Rural Regeneration Board;  (iii) if the Parish Council were to support the creation of a footpath any funding sought  from KCC could only be paid to the Parish Council;  and (iv) he will support the funding application from the Parish Council for roof works to the village hall.

48.             REPORT OF MEMBERS

Cllr. Inchley reported that Manston Airport had been sold for a nominal sum of £1.

49.             DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 13th January 2014 commencing at 1.30p.m.

 

Time concluded:15.15

Chairman of the Council