2015 September Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,
Acol on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 7.00p.m.

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

Also present: Councillors Crow-Brown, Gregory and Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council).

There were no residents or members of the public in attendance.

32.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Sir Roger Gale M.P., Councillors B Grove (TDC) and R. Latchford (KCC), and PCSO Craig Raisbury

33.       MINUTES
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 20th July 2015 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

34.       MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
No declarations of interest were made.

35.       REPORT OF THE COMMUNITY WARDEN/POLICE
No officers were in attendance. However the Chairman reported that she had held discussions with PCSO Raisbury who had advised that the recent monitoring of vehicles through Acol was part of the investigations into the Parkway station project and the police speed checks were part of a Speed Awareness Week.

35.       CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
The Chairman reported upon the following:
(i)            UK Power – the Company had stated that it was not their intention to lay the cables underground.
(ii)           The Street – a lamp post had been damaged, which had been reported to Kent Highways and subsequently repaired.
(iii)          Southern Water – No response had been received to the Chairman’s correspondence in respect of the ongoing problems at the pumping station in Crispe Road.. The matter had been referred to Sir Roger Gale MP who had written to the company.  A further report would be made to the next meeting.
iv)         Kent Highways (Crispe Road) – The Chairman would discuss with Paul Valek (Kent Highways) the problem of caravans using Crispe Road and whether “Single Track with Passing Places” signs could be placed at the Seamark end of both Crispe and Plumstone Roads.

36.       CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk had no further matters to report upon.      

37.       PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PLANNING MATTERS
No applications had been received since the last meeting.

38.       PAYMENTS SCHEDULE/FINANCIAL MATTERS
(a) RESOLVED: That the following payment be approved and payment made
Cheque No       Payee and details                                    Amount

530                  Recreation Ground – grass cut                  £64.94
531                  H.M.R.C. PAYE                                       110.00
532                  R Wade – ¼ salary                                   440.00
533                  Ladywell Accountancy                                35.00                                    

(b) Audit of Accounts – The audit of the Parish Council’s accounts had not as yet been completed.

37.       RECREATION GROUND – FENCING
Councillor Hayfield reported that the new fencing will be delivered in the next few days and would be stored in Einar Willett’s barn until it was erected on about 20th September. Members were also advised that Einar had kindly offered to strengthen the wooden supports with steel plates and to burn on to the woodwork “Acol Parish Council”.
RESOLVED: That the position be noted and the Chairman be delegated the authority to accept the quote for the works to be undertaken by Einar Willett.

38.       REPORTS BY COUNCILLORS CROW-BROWN, GREGORY AND LATCHFORD
The Chairman reported that Cllr. Latchford had advised that a governmental order had been made designating Manston for use in connection with Operation Stack.

Cllr Crow-Brown also reported on the order which would be in place for 9 months and come into force on 3 September.

Cllr. Gregory reported on (i) the increase in the booking of hotel space resulting from the development of the Turner Gallery and the re-opening of Dreamland; and (ii) the rumours concerning the re-introduction of a ferry service from Ramsgate were without foundation.

39.       REPORTS BY MEMBERS
Cllr. Mrs. Osborne that (i) it was proving difficult to restart the Speedwatch initiative, (ii) an item would be placed in the Village Voice seeking volunteers to be part of the scheme and explaining the benefits to the Village, (iii) Thanet Rural Regeneration Group  – Adrian Verrall (TDC Planning) had been invited to attend  – next meeting; and (iv) Thanet Area Committee – , Cllr Jonathan Sexton, Chairman of Thanet’s Standard’s Board had been invited  to attend the next meeting.

Other Members had no matters to report.

The next meeting is confirmed as 3pm on Tuesday 3rd November.

Time concluded: 7.50 p.m.