Saturday, 10 August 2019

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION July 2019 Meeting




MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 8th  JULY 2019 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Gina May (chair), twenty seven members, including WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford,   and David Wallin.

APOLOGIES
There were no apologies.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (10/06/19), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Joanna Cornford, sec by David Wallin and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
Gina reported to the meeting that vice-chair Bob Micallef has resigned due to receiving verbal and physical threats.  There is now therefore a need to co-opt a member to this position.  There were no offers from the floor.

REPORTS Cllrs, PCSOs, WARDEN'S:
KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report sent in and read by the chair):
1)      Drains. Laura has been checking these especially after the recent heavy showers. Some are blocked with earth and leaves, and have been reported.
2)      Potholes.  Also monitored and these are filled in a relatively short space of time.
3)      Vulnerable Residents.  Laura continues to visit those who have little family, friends, or support.  There are some good agencies available who can arrange fire alarms checks, occupational health, walkers annd frames, doctors visits, a friend to have coffee with, and light bulb replacement (chargeable).  These services are busy at times, and it would be good if all neighbours kept an eye on any help that could be given.
4)      Contact.  Laura may be contacted by email laurabungard@kent.gov.uk or by phone 07969 583922, and her details are held at the Town Council Offices.

PLANNING
There were no local planning applications in the W&WRA area.

TREASURER'S REPORT (Jacquie Agnew)
1)      Westgate Day, 21st July.  £15 had been paid for the W&WRA pitch in Adrian Square where there will be a stall with tables, and Lorraine Hambidge kindly offered to lend a gazebo.  Volunteers were requested to assist manning this.  It was hoped the banner could be found or a new one made for the event.
2)      Wednesday Coffee Mornings.  The takings from 27th February to 26th June were £161 which was not enough to pay the two hours rental for each of the eighteen days, total £271, so this has so far been subsidised.  The treasurer asked members if they were happy for this to continue.  Many thought this was a vital link and had not been sufficiently promoted.  The prices of tea and coffee 80p and 90p compared well with other outlets.  Following a discussion during which it was agreed to advertise the mornings in the magazine, which now will be delivered with “News and Directory” to all in Westgate and Westbrook, a proposal to review the situation in four months was made by Don Eacott sec by Laura Shawyer and carried with none against.
3)      Cash Figures.  Monies in – subscriptions £1883, Refreshments £161, Easter Egg hunt £7,  the latter was not designed as a fund raiser but had given everyone of all ages a great time and resulted in some new members.               Monies outgoing – petty cash £709, “News and Directory” £350, Westgate Day £15, postal address £144 (A business address at St Augustines for security as we no longer have a full time base).

SUNSHINE REPORT
Joanna Cornford reported that four cards had been sent out to members this  month, and would be happy to receive phone calls concerning members in need.  (Gina [chair] had phoned GDPR and checked that is OK to use the address of a member to wish them well).

SOCIAL REPORT
Social organiser Linda Kiddell told the meeting she was going to resign.  She had taken early retirement from school work, and was hoping to do voluntary work in the community in addition to her work with the Global Church. Linda said she had received moans and complaints, possibly by small groups spoiling things, and she did not wish to be part of this or give time to moaners. She intended to seek other voluntary work in the community. At this point Linda left the meeting.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION
Gina informed the meeting that several committee members had received nasty and threatening communications which was totally unacceptable.
James Brazier and Don Eacott agreed and hoped there would be more positivity in the future.
There were now several vacancies on the committee to be filled. Gina introduced Julian Dungey recently co-opted to the committee.
Comments and suggestions were invited, there were no further offers to serve on the committee forthcoming, some members expressed the hope that more younger people would serve on the committee.
James Brazier queried the necessity and expense of employing an auditor for checking the last five years, and several members agreed and thought we should start afresh.  Sylvia Sykes recommended that we should appoint a fully qualified auditor for the this year.  All agreed that balances for the year end carried forward should be shown on accounts.
Don Eacott suggested that plans for events be made for twelve months ahead so that all members can be kept informed in good time.  Gina replied that this was in fact now being done, a date in mind being the VE day anniversary on 8th May 2020.
Gina asked for support and help for the committee in order to continue, and this was agreed unanimously on a prop by Tony Sykes sec by Lorraine Hambidge.
Gina pointed out that the constitution needs to be updated by adding provision for codes of conduct, child protection safeguarding etc, and suggestions for these would be brought to a future general meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Westgate in Bloom.  Chris Wyer said that with all the effort being made it seemed such a shame that many roadside trees had been cut down and left as ugly stumps.  This is apparently the responsibility of KCC.
2)      Tree Planting. Many of the new trees have been lost either to vandalism or when contractors cut the grass.
3)      Canterbury Road Surfacing.  Chris Wyer said that the 3.2million£ project to resurface this road was to have included the part of it by the BP garage.  WTC Cllr David Wallin thought this is to be completed a little later.
4)      St Peters R C Church Site Development.  Chris Wyer said there is a great deal of traffic caused by those working on the site, and the design is brutal.  Both the WTC and Westgate CAAG have sent in objections.
5)      Litter Collection on Dual Carriageway.  Concern was expressed for the safety of the volunteer collecting from the central reservation.
6)      The Grove.  Overhanging shrubs were obstructing the footpath.  KCC would be the enforcing authority, but due to nesting birds there is a reluctance to cut hedges/shrubs at this time of year.
7)      Gypsy Caravans.  A few had arrived with several horses on the Westbrook cliff top by the sunken gardens, which will be reported to TDC.  

                                        

NEXT MEETING
Monday 12th August, at the Bake House 7.00pm for 7.15pm.  

The meeting concluded at 9.15pm.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION June 2019 Minutes






MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 10th  JUNE 2019 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Gina May (chair), twenty two members, including WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford,  Bob Micallef, Matthew Scott, and David Wallin.


APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Tim Bentley, Lorraine Hambidge, Bob Loxley,  Pam O'Toole, Laura Shawyer, Sylvia and Tony Sykes, Christina and Ray Taylor and Sheila Williams.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (13/05/19), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Christine Smith and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR: (Gina May):
Election of Committee at the AGM.  On examination of the constitution it appeared that several nominations had been made at the AGM and not fourteen days before this.  In order to regularize this those members were subsequently asked to stand down and offered reinstatement with co-option by the committee so that the end result would be the same.  One member had resigned in writing. The new committee would shortly introduce themselves.
Gina stated she will work to make the W&WRA inclusive and welcoming, and able to address needs,  and be part of the community.  Ways of increasing the membership with all ages will be sought, and the W&WRA needs a unique identity, and to work with WTC.
There is a need to modernise and bring the constitution up to date adding child protection, safeguarding and inclusion etc which will then enable applications for grants to be made.
There is a need for a permanent multifunctional space.
There will be some dramatic changes planned, the magazine as a separate entity will cease and will be incorporated with a local circulation together with joining forms.
Coffee mornings, there is a need to increase attendance at these.
Others possibilities are to run stalls at local fayres and revive the Westgate one, Christmas party, and to take back the pancake races which could be relaunched in 1950s style.  VE Day celebrations with baking and talks for local schools.
Gina herself is keen to promote books, and is fighting for the library, and has been arranging a book festival, with Terry Waite speaking at one of the events, and should being in money and tourism into the  area. 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW COMMITTEE
Chairperson, Gina May then introduced the new committee to the meeting.

            Vice-Chairman:                       Robert Micallef
            Treasurer:                                Jacquie Agnew
            Minute Secretary:                    Chris Whittingham
            Social Organiser:                     Linda Kiddell
            Sunshine Friend:                     Joanna Cornford

The  position of membership secretary is vacant and being covered by the treasurer and chairperson at present.
Each member of the committee then briefly introduced themselves to the meeting. (Committee member Laura Shawyer was unable to attend this meeting).
Pat Sawyer-Jones indicated that she would be resigning from the committee, but was willing to co-ordinate the rota for staffing the weekday refreshments. The Vice-Chairman asked her to take time to reconsider resigning, and welcomed her offer concerning the refreshments rota.
Jacquie then told the meeting that she was looking at a “cloud” based system for the membership records.  Jacquie also recommended that an independent auditor check through recent records for transparency.
GDPR Compliance. Members are required to give their permission if they wish to be contacted by the W&WRA, and forms to that effect were distributed, and will  be available in the Bake House.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre:
Tuesday 11th June at 2.00pm in St Mildred's Bay a short event of remembrance of the Royal Naval Air Service Station Westgate  as the bench donated is handed over to the Chairman of WTC Cllr Martyn Pennington, and special guest Jacqueline Ingram.  Then moving on to Sea Road where the second bench is installed in the gardens by 17 and 25 Sea Road, (sites of VAD hospitals).
Next meeting Saturday 6th July at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, when there will be an illustrated  talk by Dr Dawn Crouch - “How Westgate celebrated the Peace in 1919”.

Civic Society:  
Evening meetings  resume in October.
Saturday 22nd June is Civic Day when many places of interest are open, and there is a walk round the  Old Town of Margate led by Robin Colyer starting at Droit House at 2.00pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                        

NEXT MEETING
Monday 8th July, at the Bowls Club 7.00pm for 7.15pm.  

The meeting concluded at 8.01pm.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes of May 2019 meeting





MINUTES OF A SHORT GENERAL MEETING HELD AT WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB FOLLOWING THE AGM ON 13th MAY 2019 AT 7.55 P.M.


MINUTES OF THE LAST GENERAL MEETING (8th April 2019)
These were circulated, confirmed, and adopted.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      Thanet Coast Project.  Tony Sykes asked all for continued support for this project which has been threatened with cuts to the only paid position of organiser, Tony Child, who works with one hundred volunteers to look after the coast, environment, and public awareness of the beaches.
2)      Rough Sleepers.  Chris Wyer asked how the new grant to help the council resolve the problem is going to be used.  (See below in councillors' reports).

COUNCILLORS'/PCSO/WARDEN REPORTS
WTC Cllr David Donaldson introduced himself, being newly elected, and hopes the WTC and W&WRA will work together.

TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:   
1)      Thank You.  Ash thanked all for their support and will continue to work hard  for the area.
2)      Rough Sleepers.  The recent grant will help the dedicated team who look to finding more permanent accommodation, and also to help in cases of alcohol and addiction problems.
3)      Visitor Information Centre and Thanet Coast Project.  These are now under review and discussions.  When the new positions and sub-committees on TDC are arranged shortly, hopefully Ash may be able to resume this briefing with coastal matters and will report back next meeting.
4)      Canterbury Road Resurfacing.  KCC contractors are carrying this out at night. Comments from residents are about the difficulty in negotiating the works when directions are not clear.  However it seems that good and necessary work is being done.  Ash agreed to pass on these comments.
5)      Sea Front Grass Areas.  Some parts are not mowed short in order to support Bumble Bee conservation, the undercliff grass is cut only once a year for this and other wildlife conservation.

A question from the floor concerning the woodland area at the end of Tivoli Park Avenue asked what is intended for this area.  Ash thought it could be for a KCC recreation area but would check and find out.


TDC and WTC Cllr Matt Scott:
Cllr Scott apologised for arriving late, due to another meeting, and said he is always ready to help residents when needed.
The WTC AGM is on Wednesday at 7.00pm in the URC hall, and is open for the public to attend.

WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:
Cllr Cornford thanked all who had voted in recent elections.
Incident Reporting.  This is  very important and tel 101 should be used to make the report as it will then be logged.

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report for April sent in and read by the chairman).  Issues involved:
1)      Contact.  Details for Laura are held at the Town Council Office, or messages can be left at the library.  Phone number 07969 583922 and email address laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk.
2)      General Duties.  The month has been busy with the usual items, vulnerable visits, referrals, drains, pot holes, neighbour disputes, and pot smoking etc.
3)      Linksfield Road by the Park.  Anybody seeing pot smoking, youths on mopeds/petrol scooters in the park causing a nuisance please call the police on 101.  There is a need to know where the moped/scooter drivers live so that their use of these vehicles can be discussed.
4)      Rowena Road.  Poo bags are being left behind the Virgin Media junction boxes.  Please report this to TDC so that it can be stopped.

PLANNING
No planning reports to hand, (Carol Messenger used to provide the copies).

CORRESONDENCE   TREASURER'S  & EDITOR'S REPORTS   MEMBERSHIP
No further information.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre.  The next monthly meeting is on Saturday 1st June at 10.30am in St Saviour's Church when there will be an illustrated talk by Sally Whitworth about the Hockeridge Hotel.

Margate Civic Society.   James informed the  meeting that at this year's Town Pride Awards the winner was Brompton Villas, Westgate Bay Avenue.  There was also a second nomination in Westgate.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Stephanie Sutton reported to the meeting the death of Eileen Cunnew who had given great service to the W&WRA over many years, serving as secretary and president during this time.  
2)      Easter Egg Hunt.  This had been very successful and enjoyed by all.
3)      Wednesday Coffee Mornings.  More members were requested for this as at present the takings are not sufficient to pay the rental.
4)      WTC Surgery.  Cllr Matt Scott reminded the meeting of the surgery on the third Saturday of the month at the library, 10.00 – 11.30am.
5)      Speedwatch.  More volunteers are required, and it is hoped to monitor Westgate Bay Avenue and Lymington Road.
6)      CCTV Cameras and Safety.  Following discussion Ash Ashbee considered that two cameras correctly positioned could cover Westgate.
7)      Tennis Group.  James Brazier said the new member Derek had started the group on Sunday afternoons at St Mildrerd's Bay and it was worthy of support.
8)      Two Memorial Benches via Westgate Heritage Centre.  James reported that  location problems had been resolved, and they would shortly be placed, one in St Mildred's Bay by the memorial, and the other in the gardens by Sea Road near to the site of the old Ivyside Hotel (which had been a VAD hospital).


DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 10h June 2019  7.00pm for 7.15pm.

There being no further business, the meeting concluded at 8.40pm.