2013 September Minutes

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

Also present: Cllr Roger Latchford (KCC), Cllr. Miss Linda wright (TDC) and Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council)

22.       MINUTES

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Meetings held on 8th July 2013 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

23.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Dr. Mitchell and Tony Gander (Community Warden).

24.       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

No declarations of interest were made.

25.       REPORT OF A POLICE OFFICER/COMMUNITY WARDEN

No police officer or Community Warden was in attendance, but the Chairman read from an email submitted by the Community Warden.  He is carrying out speed checks in the village from time to time and will be carrying out a security marking event in the village at some time in the immediate future.  When a date is set, notices will be posted around the village.

26 .      CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

§         Highways.  The Chairman reported upon her concerns at the closure of Village roads and the traffic congestion caused when the Sound Island Event was recently held at Quex Park.  The Chairman intends to discuss this matter with Mary Walsh and Kent Highways, particularly the matter of there being no consultations with Acol Parish Council and report to a future meeting thereon.

§         Reports had been received of serious flooding in Plumstone Road following the recent torrential downpours.  This matter has been reported to Kent Highways and their response is awaited.  Dilnot Lane was also subject to a deposit of mud washed down The Street by the flood.

§         Another report was submitted concerning demolition of part of a fence by a lorry exiting Plumstone Road via the narrow strip of lane between Su-Jim and The Old Forge.  This matter will also be addressed with Kent Highways.

§         The “Unsuitable for HGVs” signs have been replaced at the beginning of Minster Road.

§         The broken street light opposite Vine Cottages has not yet been repaired.  This has been reported to Kent Highways and repair is still awaiting.

§         “Birchington” still appears on a direction sign to Acol in Tothill Street.  This was missed when all other signs were changed and will also be changed “if considered appropriate”.

§         Recycling.  There had been a meeting in Minster last week that was deemed unhelpful.

§         Joint Transportation Board.  The Chairman will attend tomorrow’s meeting.

§         Thanet Area Committee.  Mr Valek of Kent Highways had attended and reported on the Highways Works Programme 2013/2014.  Most emphasis was on the plans for the forthcoming winter period and arrangements that are in place for snow clearance, if necessary.  Weed spraying should be done once a year, but the Chairman pointed out that ours was not done this year.  He reminded members present that applications for a slice of the Members’ Highway Budgets should be made as soon as possible.

§         Thanet Rural Regeneration Group.  The Chairman was unable to attend the last meeting that was attended by an Officer from Kent Fire and Rescue.  A report to this meeting will be made when the Minutes are produced.

§         Disclosure of Pecuniary Interests.  There is now a requirement for a new form to be completed by Parish Councillors for inclusion on the TDC website as well as being displayed on the village website.  A new form has been received and will be circulated to members.

§         Community Solar Parks.  The Parish Council has been approached by an organisation that advises on solar parks for the use of a community and of funding that is available.  Members agreed that more information would be helpful and a spokesman for the organisation will be invited to a future meeting.

27.       CLOSUREOF VILLAGE ROADS

The Chairman reported upon this in the previous item.

28.       RE-DECORATION OF VILLAGE HALL

The Vice-Chairman, as Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, reported that the Village Hall had recently been re-decorated and thanked all those volunteers who had helped with this work.

29.       RECREATION GROUND/APEG REPORT

The Chairman of APEG was not in attendance and no matters were reported.

30.       PLANNING MATTERS

The Clerk had no matters to report upon.  It was reported, however, that the residents at 1 Summerfield Villas were experiencing fly-tipping problems on the adjacent field.  The Clerk will investigate with the land owner.

31.       PAYMENTS SCHEDULE

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

Cheque No.              Payee/details                                   Amount  

      463                       Inland Revenue PAYE                      100.00  
      464                       R Wade Salary                                 400.00

Council was also advised that the bank balance at 1 September 2013 was £6253.39 including those payments referred to above.

The Clerk also reported that KCC grants were available to the Parish and asked for Members views. The Chairman indicated that she would discuss with the relevant village organisations.

32.       REPORTS FROM CLLRS. LATCHFORD (KCC), ROBERTS AND MISS WRIGHT(TDC)

Cllr Roger Latchford emphasised the need for Acol to submit an application for funding from his Member’s Highway Budget.

33.       REPORT OF MEMBERS

Cllr. Inchley reported that at the last meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee it was reported that Bristows will shortly be operating from a depot at Manston.

Cllr. Fox reported that he had moved to Birchington to an address less than 3 miles from Acol and that he would continue to serve as a parish councillor until the next parish elections.

34.     DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 4th November 2013 at 2.00p.m.

Time concluded: 18.55

Chairman of the Council
Signed 4 November 2013