Saturday, 25 February 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION meeting February 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE MONDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2017 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT
Mick Tomlinson (Ch) and twenty six members, and WTC Cllrs Tom King, Dave Morrish, and Ron Rolfe. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Derek Smith, Stephanie Sutton, Mavis Vaughan, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (9th January 2017), which had been circulated were  amended, agreed, and adopted.

MATTERS ARISING
1) FIDO Dog Excrement Clearing Vehicle.  Several members expressed concern as to the efficiency of this as it has been seen moving at speeds in excess of 25mph. 
2) 36, Westgate Bay Avenue.  Members had observed the removal of trees from the site by the developers.  Chris Wyer (Westgate CAAG) reported that there had been agreement to remove those at the side but not the tree at the end of the site.  Don Eacott pointed out that the developers need to be made aware that the flints and wall material should be stored ready for the replacement wall as agreed.  
3) Westgate CCTV.  The W&WRA has always been supportive of this and made an annual contribution, and had invited the Town Council now that we have one, also to join in with this responsibility, one way in which the two organisations could be seen to be working together for local residents..  WTC Chairman Tom King pointed out that correct procedure would be to write a formal letter to the Town Clerk for consideration.

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

WTC Councillor and Chairman Tom King:
1) NHS Modernisation.  Suggested plans for Thanet are to have four super surgeries to cover everybody.  This has only just come to light and will need discussion at patients' forums.  There is to be a meeting with Dr Tony Martin on 21st February in the Global Generation Church building where it is hoped more information will be forthcoming. 

TDC Councillor Mick Tomlinson:
1) Westbrook Issues.  There is awareness of the following problems, Fido Vehicle, promenade seating breaking up, graffiti, shelters, which are being looked at, but no action taken due to financial restraints.  Cllr Tom King said
that in Westgate the WTC was trying to remedy this, and now had two new sweepers who will also remove graffiti, fly tips etc in addition to the services already supplied.
2) Dog and Duck Site.  Work has commenced for the luxury flats to be built behind which there is a proposal for a small terrace of houses and a car park.
3) Promenade Damage.  Recent damage near St Mildred's Bay and also in Westbrook near the new houses are the responsibility of TDC.  Fly tips occur regularly by Barnes car park behind the beach huts.  Cllrs Mick Tomlinson and Ash Ashby had  observed this and emailed appropriately and will follow this up.

KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
The report had been sent in and was read out.
January had been a busy month, with helping vulnerable elderly, dealing with fly tipped rubbish, parking issues in and around St Mildred's Road and Station Road, advising on security, highways issues (potholes, lines refreshed), and untaxed vehicles.  There is a new service in Thanet called “Kent Karrier” which is a dial a ride service with a joining fee and a small fare for each journey, eligibility applies, Tel 03000 413567.   Details in Bake House and Library.
Laura can be contacted on her mobile phone 07969 583922.

Mick reminded the meeting that by using the internet and typing in DVLA and a vehicle reg number it can be quickly determined if a vehicle is taxed.

Members' Questions:
A dance school had been set up in Westbury Road, and in spite of objections from neighbours just a few feet away had been passed on the grounds that it would be good for children.   Had sound proofing been a requirement it could have made a considerable difference for local residents' quality of life.  Cllr Mick Tomlinson agreed to follow this up.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT.
1) Annual New Year Lunch.  Mick congratulated the organisers on an excellent event which had been enjoyed by all.
2) Local Plan.  This is to cover the next thirty years, and includes the removal of Manston Airport from the plan.  Residents are invited to make their comment. Don Eacott expressed concern that the same consultants were used for the plan as were employed by the building developers for Manston.  The local plan is on line.  Thanet now has 9,500 new builds (dwellings) to come, several members expressed concern about an adequate water supply.  On Wednesday there is a drop in at King Ethelbert School.  Cllr Dave Morrish felt the consultation was confusing, and the WTC would be carefully considering objections.  There is to be a meeting at Westgate Pavilion on 4th March.  


CORRESPONDENCE
1) Parking on Yellow Lines at the T junction of Lymington and Linksfield Roads.  This is causing problems for residents and making it difficult or impossible for emergency vehicles such as fire engines to reach certain areas. There is also a grade 2 listed flint wall in poor condition nearby.
2) Police Community Messages (by email).  These include warnings about cold callers looking to repair faults on resident' roofs, loan sharks, vehicle thefts, and scam phone calls purporting to be from BT to reduce certain charges and requesting bank details to do this.  Never give bank details out over the phone.  There have been bogus callers claiming to be from Dyno Rod working in the area and needing entry to check water pressures.  The police are pleased to say they have had good success in arresting a number of burglars, vandals, and people with knives and guns.    

PLANNING  
1) 39, Elm Grove.  Application for single storey side/rear extension and rear dormer window following demolition of garage.
2) 102, St Mildred's Road.  Application for erection of single storey rear extension.
3) 225, Canterbury Road.  Formation of vehicular access.  GRANTED.
4) 9, Pembroke Avenue.  Single storey rear extension and UPVC windows and porch. Permission GRANTED.
5) 147, Sea Road.  Application for erection of decking to rear garden. 
6) 11, Westonville Avenue. Application for erection of garage and flat above following demolition of existing garage and roof alterations.  REFUSED.
7) 139,  Sea Road.  Application for erection of two storey side extension, and side and rear extensions, enlargement of balcony area to front, and alterations to front fenestrations.  CALLED IN.
8) 3, Lymington Road.  Application for installation of extraction flue to rear.
1) 93 – 95 Canterbury Road (Goodwins).  Change of use of warehouse to mixed storage unit factory workshop and office space. Cladding on front elevation. GRANTED.
2) 1 – 16 Turnstones Court.  Replacement of windows and doors.  GRANTED.
3) 17, Meadow Road.  Application for erection of two storey side and front extensions, single storey rear, and dormers to front and rear following demolition of existing garage and conservatory.
4) 32, Station Road.  Change of use of land for use as garden for the nursery school.
5) 4, Queens Road.  Erection of single storey rear extension.  GRANTED.

TREASURER'S REPORT   
In the absence of Sam  Secomb there was no report.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Muriel Atkins reported that the next magazine issue will be in March.  

SUNSHINE REPORT
No report, except that Mavis is unwell.

MEMBERSHIP
Christina had no special items to report.




CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 4th March at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when the AGM will take place, followed by a short talk by Dr Dawn Crouch about the pews of St Saviour's Church.

Margate Civic Society: Next meeting is Thursday 2nd March when a talk will be given by Lee Ault “Rites of Passage: Birth, Marriage and Mourning”.


SOCIAL 
1) Music Quiz.  This was offered by Chairman Mick Tomlinson
2) Lunch at the Swan.  Next one 26th February.  

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Pancake Race.  In answer to enquiries it is hoped to reinstate this by 2018.
2) Bridge Road Car for Sale.  This had been observed again, and as well as taking up road space it was not fair on valid traders who pay their rent.  Mick Tomlinson agreed to follow  this up.
3) Westbrook Avenue Grass Verge Parking.  This appeared to be happening again, KCC had already booked quite a few offenders.  
4) Rubble in Westbrook Road.  Chris Wyer reported rubble on the road, skips, and parking on yellow lines.  
5) Committee.  It had been reported that a member of the  committee had been overheard to criticize the other members in a certain way, but the chairman said these things can be taken out of context, and the committee memberss work very hard, and any disharmony should be avoided.  The chairman said that he would look into and try to resolve the problem.  



NEXT MEETING
 Monday 13th March, at the Westbrook Bowls Club, 7.00pm for 7.15pm. 


There being no other business the meeting concluded at 9.00pm.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Westgate and Westbrook Residents Association Meeting Minutes January 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE UNITED SERVICES CLUB ON MONDAY 9th JANUARY 2017 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT
Cllr Ash Ashbee who kindly chaired the meeting, and seventeen members. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from the chairman Cllr Mick Tomlinson, James Brazier, Janet Smith, Sylvia Sykes, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (12th December 2016), which had been circulated were  agreed and adopted.

MATTERS ARISING
1) TDC Local Planning Meeting.  Councillors had been given copies of the proposals in a document which exceeded one thousand pages, and only five days to check this through.  UKIP had amended the entry for Manston Airport land to “mixed use”. The plan was then sent to the cabinet which had passed it, so that in effect in the Draft Local Plan Manston Airport no longer exists.  There is now to be an eight week consultation with the community, and comments and objections will be collated and sent back to the cabinet and scrutiny committee, if ratified this will then be put to the full council for a vote in June.    Any houses proposed for the airport land will not cause a reduction in the  number of houses proposed elsewhere.  A DCO is being sought by the company Riveroak, for which the Secretary of State has permitted an environmental study.  Meetings in support of Manston Airport are taking place at the Winter Gardens on 4th February, and the AGM of the Save Manston Airport Group takes place on 5th February. 
2) Westbrook Avenue Crossing.  Cllr Ashbee told the meeting that the reason for the delay is that KCC are not willing to start the consultation whilst the enquiry into the road death is still ongoing.  This is further complicated by the election in May when new KCC Councillors will be elected.  For the time being it as hoped to use a flashing speed sign when available. 
3) New PCSO.  His name is Tom Daley and he will be taking up duties in Westgate shortly.

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

KCC Warden Laura Bungard:  Laura's report was read to the meeting.
Laura did not have anything out of the ordinary to report, and had attended the usual call outs, and wished everyone a happy new year.  



TDC Councillor Ash Ashbee:
1) Dog Excrement.  Cllr Ashby has asked for more bins along the coastal paths as some have been lost.  It had also been noticed that sometimes the speed of the FIDO machine was too great to collect the excrement efficiently. 
2) Paper and Card Recycling Collections.  Sometimes bits of this are blown away in the wind during collection, but the crews have to leave this as such delays in retrieving it would make it impossible to complete their round.

CORRESPONDENCE
1) Westgate CCTV.  A letter had been received from Rogers and Hambidge concerning the  expenses of upgrading this equipment, and requesting a financial contribution of £180.  Whilst the W&WRA has always been supportive of this over the years the meeting suggested that we should contact the Westgate-on-Sea Town Council  to  invite them also to contribute to this.  Cllr Ashbee also suggested that some of the local traders and KCC might also be asked to help, and a comprehensive system of four cameras could be set up.  Cllr Ashbee to make enquiries.  If the WTC do not agree to assist the matter will be brought back to the next meeting.    

PLANNING  
1) 18, Gresham Avenue.  Application to build a cattery was passed in spite of some objections.  However a licence will be required and Cllrs Ash Ashbee and Mick Tomlinson will be speaking to the licensing officer.
2) 3 & 5 Royal Crescent.  Application for extension at the rear.
3) 93 to 95 Canterbury Road.  Application for warehouse and cladding.
4) 4, Queens Road.  Application for single storey extension.
5) 49, Westgate Bay Avenue.  Several members had noticed the ground being prepared for building, and the Holm Oak trees on the site which had been badly pollarded a year or so ago had been taken out.  This being in the conservation area had caused concern that the work may have been carried out without proper planning permission. 
6) Mountain Ash Trees on the Verges.  Some of these had been attacked by a fungus and had to be removed.
7) Soft Verge Trees.  Cllr Ashbee said that KCC will plant trees at the request of residents, but there is a charge of £140 + VAT.

TREASURER'S REPORT   
In the absence of Sam  Secomb the report given on 19th December to the committee was read out.  The bank balance stood at £5,502 and all bills are paid up to date.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Muriel Atkins was warmly congratulated on the production of the magazine.  

SUNSHINE REPORT
No report.

MEMBERSHIP
Christina had no special items to report.


CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 4th February at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be a pictorial journey of Sea Road about the houses and people who lived there.
Margate Civic Society: Next meeting is Thursday 2nd February at the Walpole Bay Hotel at 7.30p.m. When a talk will be given on “The Medway Queen, Heroine of Dunkirk” by Mr & Mrs Bathurst from the Medway Queen Preservation Society.


SOCIAL 
1) Festive New Year Lunch.  Eighty seven are now booked and paid.
2) Lunch at the Swan.  A booking is to be made for 26th February, details to follow on the Bake House notice board.  

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Post Boxes Refurbishment.  No further news has been forthcoming.
2) Bridge Road Railings.  It is hoped that KCC will supply some paint, and that the community pay back team will use this for the railings.
3) Bridge Road Cabinets.  Some cabinets had been sited on the Garlinge side of the bridge which could be dangerous to pedestrians.
4) Barn Crescent.  It was reported that there was a large amount of weeds and rubbish in this road.
5) Pancake Race.  It was agreed to check with the WTC Town  Clerk that this is in hand.
6) Tree Work Green Notices.  These do not seem to be deployed, especially for listed trees or those in a conservation area. 
7) Rancorn Road Parking.  There has been dangerous parking on the bend, so that double yellow lines have been put in.
8) Recycling of Plastic Materials.  A request was made for a plastic recycling receptacle in St Mildred's car park.
9) Loggia Building.  In the forthcoming asset disposal auction this building is not included, (Westgate Pavilion is on the list).  




NEXT MEETING
 Monday 13th February, at the United Services Club, 7.00pm for 7.15pm. 


There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.50pm.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Westagate and Westbrook Residents Minutes November 2016

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2016 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT
Fifteen members, and Westbrook District Cllr and Westgate Town Cllr Ash Ashbee. 

In the absence of Mick Tomlinson, Don Eacott agreed to chair the meeting.

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Mick Tomlinson and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (10th October 2016), which had been circulated were  amended as shown below, agreed and adopted on a proposal by Pam O'Toole sec by Maureen Eacott.

MATTERS ARISING
1) The map supplied by James had shown the electoral ward boundary, which is the same as the Westgate-on-Sea Town Council boundary. (Correction to Matters arising (3) in last minutes). 

REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC.  PCSOs and Wardens.
Cllr Ash Ashbee:
1) Westbrook Avenue/Rancorn Road Parking and Blind Spot.  Cllr Ashbee had called Mr Robin Chantrill-Smith requesting double yellow lines, as visibility is often obstructed and double decker buses use this route.
2) Speed Checking.  This had been carried out with KCC Warden Laura and other councillors on various roads, and was noticeably worse opposite Bridge Road.
3) Possible Crossing in Westbrook Avenue.  This would be delayed due to the fact that the inquest into the fatality has not as yet been completed.  Unfortunately the allowance that KCC Cllr Jeff Elenor was prepared to put towards this has to be used by January.
4) Local Officers.  KCC Warden Laura has been seconded to St Nicholas temporarily.  A new PCSO is being appointed to Westgate. 
5) Manston Airport.  This is being written out of the local plan by the TDC leader.  A considerable sum of money was paid to Avia for their report which was negative about the airport, however it may be noted that this company has an interest in Heathrow.  The over view and scrutiny committee will be meeting, and members of the public should be present if possible.  Pro airport campaigners hope that River Oak will be successful with their DCO.   There would then be a local plan consultation before going to full council for voting.
6) Westgate-on-sea Town Council.  A possible increase in the precept and structure of the  council had been discussed.  A new clerk will start in January. The most concerning issue is dirty streets.  The meetings are now video recorded and can be viewed.  The meetings in future will be live streamed to the Bake House so that those unable to reach the conference room by the stairs will be able to see the meetings.  Westgate Pavilion future is an ongoing item, the WTC could acquire this for a nominal amount but there would be large repair bills, and this would need under writing perhaps by a trust.
7) TDC has a 1.7M£ shortfall in the budget, and are considering savings from Ramsgate Harbour, reducing the number of toilets, and perhaps running a lottery.

Comments/Questions.  As a result of the ruling party failing to honour their election pledge re the airport Cllr Ashbee had left UKIP and  after some time as an independent has joined the conservatives who do support the airport.
Barnes Car Park Large Bin.  A member asked where this had gone.  Cllr Ashbee explained that this extra bin is only put out in the summer.  A request has been put in for more dog bins.
One of the shelters had lost some of its roof sheets but unfortunately the Charter Trustees are not allowed to use money for such purposes.

KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
Though not able to get to this meeting Laura indicated that she had had a busy and varied month.  Youths had been hanging around the station, and there were several homeless people in the shelters and by one of the churches.  Any problems resulting should be reported.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
A message had been received from Mick that a supply of light weight stackable chairs were available free of charge to the W&WRA, and on a show of hands members were unanimously in favour of receiving these.
There were still no offers from members to take over the position of vice-chairman.

CORRESPONDENCE
1) Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.   Tony Sykes had received information that a grant has been applied for and should be available in October 2017 for increasing the numbers and training for the WASPS group at the Westbrook Undercliff.  The object is to prepare the area with suitable planting and reduction of some weeds for bumble bees to thrive.
2) Police email messages this month warned of scams sent by text supposedly from banks or BT requesting personal details.  

PLANNING  
1) West Bay Cafe.  Application for another storey.
2) 18, Gresham Avenue.  Application to build a cattery.  There had been some objections, and Cllr Ashbee said she would speak if asked to do so.  

TREASURER'S REPORT   
In the absence of Sam  Secomb there was no report.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Muriel reported there had been a slight delay but the magazine would be going to print shortly, proof reading had been completed.  

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that two get well cards had been sent out to members this month.

MEMBERSHIP
Christina reported that as yet there had been no IT help with the computer records.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 3rd   December at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be an illustrated talk about Kingsley Wood MP who worked with famous war time leaders and lived in Ava Lodge in Westgate Bay Avenue for a time.  The talk will be given by his biographer Hugh Gault and Jane Gallagher from the University of Kent.
Margate Civic Society: Next meeting Thursday 8th  December at the Walpole Bay Hotel at 7.30pm and will be a Christmas evening with wine and a quiz.

PRESS REPORT
None.  

SOCIAL 
1) Festive New Year Lunch.  This is arranged for Sunday 15th January, forms with menu choice are in the Bake House and are required back by 10th December.  Raffle prizes are requested.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Remembrance Sunday Service at the Memorial.  Pat Sawyer-Jones and Sam Secomb were warmly thanked for making arrangements and presenting the wreath on behalf of the W&WRA.
2) Bake House Signage.  This was much needed as many people were unaware of the Bake House and the events held there.  A small hanging sign or flag would help draw attention to it.




NEXT MEETING
 Monday 12th December, at the Westgate USC, 7.00pm for 7.15pm. 


There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.24pm.