Saturday, 24 March 2018

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION minutes March 2018




MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 12th MARCH 2018 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Mick Tomlinson (chair) nineteen members, TDC Cllrs Ash Ashbee and Carol Partington.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Bob Loxley, John Pye, Vivien Osborne, Pat Sawyer-Jones, Sylvia and Tony Sykes, Mavis Vaughan, WTC Cllr Matthew Scott, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (12/2/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Ray Taylor sec. by Cllr Ash Ashbee, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      People Homeless or Sleeping Outside.  A member had noticed a tent opposite Westonville Avenue.  Cllr Ash Ashbee informed the  meeting that it was the same man who  had been sleeping in the shelter in spite of having his own flat, and just likes to sleep outdoors.  There is camping again in Margate  by Primark.
2)      Speeding along Local Roads.  Chris Wyer had noticed that if vehicles are parked in the road it appears to slow the traffic.
3)      Planning.  The micro-pub at the Knot may not be going ahead.  The boundary wall of the site in Westgate Bay Avenue is not exactly as it was before.
4)      St Mildred's Bay Car Park.  The blue sign is fixed to a telegraph pole and not the hut.  It advertises motorcycle repairs.
5)      Margate Carnival.  This will not be processing through Westbrook this year, but will be under new management next year.  

REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC.  PCSOs and Wardens.

TDC Cllr:Carol Partington
1)      TDC.  The leadership has changed and is now lead by the conservatives as a minority.  The priority is the local plan, this and development of the economy are urgent. Mick thought the DCO by River Oak seems likely to go through.


TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:
1)      Homeless in Westbrook Shelter.  A request to have the tent removed is being made.  The shelters are being repaired and repainted, and it is hoped to obtain some roofing felt. Cllr Carol Partington informed the meeting that the homeless man outside the Co-op has been offered accommodation but has not taken it up, and should not be offered handouts.
2)      Bumble Bee Project.  The shrubs were planted and mulched, by volunteers, special thanks are due to Chris Wyer and TDC. Lawrence Sampson from the Bumble Bee Trust has sent his thanks.  This is one of only three areas designated in the country.
3)      Barnes Car Park.  It is hoped to get the mess left in the car park by contractors cleared up.  Mick agreed to contact the relevant people.
4)      Westbrook Roundabout (by Station).  This is now maintained by KCC.


KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Sent in and read out at the meeting).
1)      Highways.  Many potholes caused by the bad weather now being repaired.  The obscured view of the crossing in Westgate Bay Avenue continues to be a problem and has been reported to KCC as a potential accident spot.
2)      Trading Standards Visits.  Residents are still sending money to lottery win letters etc which are scams
3)      Social Services Visits continue to be undertaken by Wardens, also visits to properties for residents coming out of hospital.
4)      TDC Reports.  Ongoing regarding rubbish, fly tips, road sweeping, bins. The homeless man outside the Co-op has been served with an order from Gordon Hunt TDC, if causing a nuisance report directly to Mr Hunt tel 01843 577743.
5)      PCSO.  Westgate now has a dedicated PCSO, her name is Susy.
6)      Laura's Contact.  Tel 07969 583922 and laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk (email).


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 
1)      Pancake Race.  This was organised by the Westgate-on-Sea Town Council and had been a good success.
2)      Extreme Weather/Safety.  The Bake House had been closed for a few days.
3)      TDC.  The bins are now up to date again. The streets near Margate station are in a mess, some residents have asked for cleaning  every day but there are insufficient resources for this.  Some lamp posts have been installed with cameras which photograph cars that have been parked on double yellow lines. Events, TDC charges seem rather high for use of their land.  The usual grant has been applied for this year's flowers for Westgate.

Comments/Questions:  Cllr Ash Ashbee pointed out that potholes and their location can be reported on the KCC website, and salt/grit bins can be requested. 

CORRESPONDENCE
Tony Sykes had sent a message of thanks for everyone who had helped work on the undercliff site when one hundred shrubs were planted and the site was given a final rake and litter pick, this included Ray, Don, Tony and Pat Snow, Ash Ashby, Chris Whittingham, and for the expert guidance of Chris Wyer.  The following organisations took part: Thanet Coast Project, WASPS, W&WResidents' Association, Dane Valley Woods Group, and the Bumble Bee Trust.  Tony has put a full report on the blog on http://westbrookwasps.blogspot.co.uk/ (where he also kindly displays the W&WRA minutes).

PLANNING 
1)      Unit 1, 18-20A Station Road.  Application for change of use from storage and distribution to community use.
2)      Westcliff House 37A Sea Road.  Erection of 4 storey front/side and rear extension with balconies, 3rd floor front/side and rear extensions with terraces, 3 storey rear extension with balconies, to facilitate conversion into 27 x 2 bed apartments and 4 x 1 bed apartments with parking and pedestrian access. GRANTED.
3)      10 Royal Esplanade.  Installation of balcony at first floor level. GRANTED.
4)      Waterside Stables, Rowena Road.  Listed building consent for external alterations including replacement of damaged roof tiles and guttering. GRANTED.
5)      3 Royal Esplanade.  Change of use of second floor from hotel bedrooms to 1 x 4bedroom self contained flat for manager/owner accommodation with front extension and balcony.  GRANTED.
6)      21 Station Road.  Change of use of part of building from storage to dwelling house with erection of second floor extension to create 1 x 2 bedroom flat. REFUSED.
7)      17 Victoria Avenue.  Application for erection of 2 storey 2 bedroom dwelling.
8)      176 Westbrook Avenue.  Application for single storey side extensions with two storey rear extension with raised terrace and balustrade fencing following demolition of existing conservatory and extension.
9)      244 Canterbury Road Margate.  Application for erection of single storey rear extension.
10)  3 Lymington Road.  Application for change of use from micro-pub to restaurant.
11)  27 Station Road.  Application for erection of 1 x 2 storey 1 x bed dwelling following demolition of existing storage building.
12)  201A Westbrook Avenue.  Application for erection of single storey 2 x bed annexe to rear following demolition of existing outbuilding.                                                                                      


TREASURER'S REPORT  
Sam is preparing the annual accounts for auditing before the AGM.  Nine months will be compared with the full twelve months due to alteration of the financial year end.  

EDITOR'S REPORT
Ray Taylor reported that the new magazines should be ready by the  end of March.
 
MEMBERSHIP
Christina made an urgent appeal for more road stewards.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 7th April at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, the AGM will be held, followed by a talk by Sally Whittaker Dr Dawn Crouch on part 2 of the “Storey of Three Wills relating to Westgate-on-Sea”.

Margate Civic Society: Thursday 5th April at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, a talk by Mike Bundock, Chairman of the Herne Bay Historical Records Society on “Public Timekeeping on the Isle of Thanet”.
The Civic Society Town Pride Awards had shortlisted two buildings in the area namely the Nurses Home at the Sea Bathing Hospital site, and the new house opposite Westgate-on-Sea war memorial.


DIAMOND JUBILEE (2018)
Ray Taylor informed the meeting that the special event will take place on Saturday 23rd June at the Community Centre from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.  There will be a finger buffet with tea/coffee and seating inside and out.  No structures are to be put up on the green, which belongs to TDC. Entertainment is being arranged, from King Ethelbert School a drum band, group, and singing, also a ukulele group, and the Blend singers. Local artists and other groups may run displays. There will be a slide show of W&WRA activities and people over the years.  Tickets will be £2 adults and £1 for children.

SOCIAL
Music Quiz Friday 2nd March this had been cancelled due to the extreme weather.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Westgate-on-Sea Town Council will be holding a public assembly meeting on 11th April at the Community Centre.
2)      Road Car Sales.  This is taking place opposite St James Church. 
3)      Post Boxes.  These do not appear to have had any maintenance or paint which was promised,and Mick agreed to chase this up.
4)      Garlinge Post Office.  It was noted with regret that this had closed.
5)      The Walmer Castle.  This is now run as a Greek community centre, and is open to all on Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm for teas and coffees, and Friday evenings for a meze style meal.
6)      The AGM will be held on 14th May at the Bowls Club.



NEXT MEETING
 Monday 9th April at The Bake House.

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.55pm.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Bee Bumble Haven Created


100 shrubs planted

Last Saturdays planting at the Westbrook Undercliff Nature Park saw volunteers brave the cold to plant bee friendly shrubs to create a haven for Bumble Bees. 100 shrubs were planted which included hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose.

Planting in full swing
 

 
Loading up mulching 


Job done including mulching which hopefully will help them survive this weeks Artic weather.
This could not have been achieved without the help of volunteers from Thanet coast Project, WASPS, Westgate and Westbrook Residents' Association, Dane Valley Woods and of course the Bumble Bee Trust and Councillor Ash Ashby. Thank you everyone who helped and I hope I have not forgotten anyone.

When these blossom they will provide nectar for bees and hope stem the decline of some of the at risk bumble bees.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Westgate and Westbrook Residents' Association Minutes February 2018

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2018 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Mick Tomlinson (chair) twenty six members, TDC Cllr Ash Ashby, and WTC Cllr Matthew Scott.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Vivien Osborne, KCC Cllr Emma Dawson, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (8/1/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Ray Taylor, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      Signs on Blue Hut at St Mildred's Bay.  There is no further information as yet. 

REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC.  PCSOs and Wardens.

WTC Cllr Matthew Scott:
1)      Regular Surgeries will commence on Saturdays from 17th February at the library 10.00am to 11.30am.

KCC Cllr Emma Dawson: (Read out by TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee):
1)      Speeding on Local Roads.  There has  been a speed survey in Westgate Bay Avenue using a speeding tube, this showed the average speed to be 34mph.  There will also be a pedestrian survey with a possible zebra crossing in mind for the future.  New volunteers would be very welcome for speedwatch.  
2)      Westbrook Roundabout. Landscaping work is to be carried out so this will look pleasant and cared for.  There may be sponsorship help for this.
3)      Westgate Youth Club and  Brownies.  Funding may become available for these.
4)      Canterbury Road and School Pupils.  The possibility of improving bus shelter designs to reduce danger near the Ursuline College is being looked at. 

TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:
1)      Homeless in Westbrook Shelter.  The man sleeping there has refused all help and does have a residence in Cliftonville, this renders it impossible to take action.  After reappearing it does seem that now he is gone.
2)      Barnes Car Park.  Overnight stays in vans cannot be prevented by enforcement.  Those there at the moment do not spread litter but in fact help to clear it  up, one of them works and their presence may reduce drug  dealing, mess, and protect the huts from vandalism.
3)      Manston Airport.  River Oak has completed the  final consultation in Herne Bay. The DCO will be submitted in mid March and the decision will follow after thirty days.  The local plan had been rejected by TDC councillors which would have allowed for building houses on the site.
4)      The Swan.  This local pub/restaurant has been recently refurbished, and looks very good.
5)      Newbuilds.  The council does require developers to repair pavements and verges where necessary after building.


KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Sent in and read out at the meeting).
1)      Highways.  Rowena Road – action has been taken to a new level by TDC, and hopefully the site will be cleared shortly.  The burger van in Lymington Road is being treated as abandoned as the phone numbers on it no longer exist, and it has caused traffic problems.  Reports of pot holes and blocked drains being dealt with.  Request for double yellow lines made for Gordon Grove/Cuthbert Road junction.  Ongoing with reported vehicles being checked for tax etc, the two near Westgate Bay Avenue often reported are OK and legally parked.
2)      Rubbish and Fly Tipping.  This is cleared quickly when reported.  The local officer for Westgate is Karolyn Goodall and if there is any evidence of fly tipping this should be reported to her on (01843)577065.
3)      Care Navigator Work.  Laura works on this which is a service provided for the elderly/vulnerable and includes neglect, accommodation, mental health, scam victims etc.
4)      Laura's Contact.  Tel 07969 583922 and laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk (email).


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 
1)      Local Plan.  As well as Manston other items were rejected.  Councillors are finding it difficult to contact officers.
2)      Budgets.  These were passed and the council tax will be going up by 2.99%, in band D this increase is £6 per year.  The precept for Margate Charter Trustees will increase by70-80% as there was no increase in the previous year.  Grant funding for voluntary organisations is cut to £65,000, the funds for floral enhancements in Westgate may be cut.  The budget for “Your Leisure” for work on the Winter Gardens has been taken off.  The Westbrook shelter (made famous by T.S. Elliot) will not now be refurbished.
3)      Planning.  Where there could be Government intervention is on large housing estate applications, this could be taken out of the planning committee's control.
4)      Margate Carnival.  There may be a change of heart so that the route will be completed by coming through Westbrook.
5)      Old Toilet Site by Strokes. This was originally sold for £250,000,but is now on the market for £450,000.   


CORRESPONDENCE
From the police by email: Phantom Debt Fraud.  Members of the public have received calls requesting payments for “Phantom” debts.  These are cold calls by someone purporting to be a debt collector or bailiff, and may claim to be working under instructions of a court to recover funds.  They may request payment by  bank transfer and make threats if refused.  Always make vigorous checks, and report suspicious calls to www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

PLANNING 
1)      Ales of the Unexpected, 105 Canterbury Road.  Amendment of opening hours GRANTED.
2)      14, Domneva Road.  Application for replacement of timber windows with white UPVC windows.
3)      The Knot, 20 Beach Road.  Application for variation of planning permission, change from public house to 4 one bed flats, 3 two bed flats, and 3 letting rooms with parking bin and cycle stores, with micro pub on ground floor and first floor extension and erection of 3 town houses with associated gardens and parking.  GRANTED.
4)      174, Canterbury Road.  Application for change of use of part of ground floor to 1 one bed flat with single storey rear extension.
5)      Westerly, Carlton Rise.  Application for balcony to front, side and rear elevation over existing garage, with door at first level.
6)      38 St Mildred's Road.  Application for upper floors from 2 flats to to 3 one bed flats and 2 two bed flats with rooflights.
7)      97 Sea Road.  Variation of planning consent, erection of two storey front side and rear extensions, creation of balconies and external stone and timber cladding with fenestration alterations.


TREASURER'S REPORT  
No report.  

EDITOR'S REPORT
Ray Taylor reported that preparations were in hand for the March magazine.

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that Vivien Osborne had had an accident to her knee, and that Mavis herself had been unwell.
 
MEMBERSHIP
Christina reminded members that the new Association's year will start in April.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 3rd March at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, the AGM will be held, followed by a short talk by Dr Dawn Crouch on some of the heritage centre's interesting artefacts.

Also on Saturday 24th February, as part of Screen South's “100 Miles – 100Years” First World War Walking Trails Project, the Westgate-on-Sea Walking Trail will be launched at St Saviour;s Church at 11.15am by Sir Roger Gale MP.  The heritage Centre will be open that day from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  100Walkers are sought.

Margate Civic Society: Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, a talk by Rod Le Gear on Kent Underground Research Group and Archaeological Society. 


DIAMOND JUBILEE (2018)
Ray Taylor informed the meeting that the special event will take place on Saturday 23rd June at the Community Centre from 12.00noon to 5.00pm.  There will be a finger buffet with tea/coffee and seating inside and out.  No structures are to be put up on the green, which belongs to TDC. Entertainment is being arranged, from King Ethelbert School a drum band, group, and singing, also a ukulele group, and the Blend singers.  There will be a slide show of W&WRA activities and people over the years.  Tickets will be £2 adults and £1 for children.

SOCIAL
Music Quiz Friday 2nd March at the Bake House £2.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Bumble Bee Project.  Tony Sykes informed the meeting that the green by the Barnes Car Park had been prepared by spraying the Alexanders, and that one hundred trees/shrubs (hawthorn, blackthorn, and dog rose) were coming and would be planted on Saturday 24th February from 10.00am by volunteers.
2)      Westgate Golf Club celebrates its 125th anniversary shortly. 
3)      The Boundary Wall of a site in Westgate Bay Avenue has not been replaced as before.
4)      Tea Staff Thursdays.  Due to Vivien's accident volunteers are urgently required to serve tea/coffee on Thursday mornings until she can resume duties.



NEXT MEETING
 Monday 12th March at The Bowls Club.

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.38pm.