Thursday, 16 January 2020

Residents Association Continues as New Committee Elected.



Gina May (Ch), and seventy two members.

There were no apologies.

Gina May opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.
The code of conduct was then read out.

The following committee resignations were handed in with regret and read out as follows: Gina May, Jacquie Agnew, Laura Shawyer, Clare Hastings, Mandy Rickett, and Linda Kiddell.

The following nominees had been proposed and seconded and were duly elected:--
Chairman                                 Tom King
Secretary                                 Stephanie Sutton
Treasurer                                  Jane Ashbee-Welch
Editor                                      No Nomination
Social Organiser                      Ron Rolfe
Membership Secretary            No Nomination
Press Officer                           Ash Ashbee-Welch

The new committee members then introduced themselves to those present.

Tom King, the new chairman, expressed his wish that the W&WRA will continue and will be rebuilt, and reviewed some of what it had achieved over the sixty one years of existence.

Accounts.  Richard Banning, of R&B Solutions, and other members asked how members’ money had been spent, value for money and accountability.
Tom King replied that a full set of audited accounts would be made available for the AGM in May as had always been the practice, and would be available on paper or in the magazine when re-introduced.

Website.  A request for a W&WRA website was made from the floor.

Constitution.  This will be carefully looked up and recommendations made to bring it up to date.

For £3 per year subscription what do members get?  In answer to the question Tom King said there were files of issues that the W&WRA had fought on behalf of members, there is social inclusion, and representation and there will again be a magazine, and social events.

Magazine.  Derek Smith a previous editor of the W&WRA magazine said it had been difficult to obtain sufficient copy for this and had had to write up some articles himself.  A newsletter or magazine was an excellent way of maintaining communication with members.

Venue.  Several members from the floor expressed regret at the loss of the regular meeting and coffee place at the Bake House as this had facilitated contact and communication, one member had made many friends there after moving to Westgate.

Road Stewards.  Hopefully this system will be re-introduced.

Noticeboards. The one near “Krusty Cobs” will be in use, and a second one may be sought.

Councillors at Meetings.  In answer to a question councilors will be invited and welcome to attend general meetings.

Next monthly general meeting will be held at the Westbrook Bowls Club on Monday 10th February at 7.00pm for 7.15pm.
The meeting for March will be held in Westgate, and the venues will alternate as before.

Chairman Tom King thanked all for attending.

The meeting concluded at 8.09pm.

Sunday, 20 October 2019




Gina May (Ch), and twenty eight members, including WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford and David Wallin.  Also present Adam Robson from the “News and Directory” publication.

Jo Dungey, Dave Morrish, and Sylvia and Tony Sykes.

During the summer months when people are on holiday, W&WRA items have appeared in the “News and Directory”.  Standing orders are encouraged for the  payment of subscriptions. Members will be attending the remembrance Sunday service at the memorial, all welcome.  The MacMillan coffee morning raised £175.

The minutes of the last meeting, (09/09/19), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a proposal by James Brazier sec. By Joanna Cornford, and signed.

1)      Wheelie Bin (AOB 8).  A replacement for the damaged one had been received from TDC after twenty seven weeks. 
2)      Proposed Travelers Site.  There had naturally been objections from the nearby hotel and residents to this.  Unless sites are provided there will be unauthorized occupation of areas by travelers, and the eviction of these will take  longer as at present.
3)      White VW Van. (Warden's Report 6).  This is still at 181 Westbrook Avenue on the corner with Wentworth Avenue, and causes dangerous loss of site line to drivers.  It is thought to belong to a bankrupt company, and has neither current road tax nor MOT.  The DVLA has clamped it but removal has not yet taken place.

ADAM ROBSON  The chair introduced Adam Robson from “News and Directory”. He told the meeting that he had been approached by WTC to work with them, and the next issue will be by his own company, Hof Media Publishing, and include W&WRA items again this time including membership application forms.  There will be 3,600 for Westgate, and 4,800 for Westbrook and Garlinge, it is hoped to cover all residents.  It was agreed that more copies can be left with WTC offices, the library, and the W&WRA in case any residents are missed out.  There had been problems in Ryders Avenue, Carlton Road, Sea Road, Victoria Avenue, and Adrian Square. It is also difficult to deliver to some flats and gated premises.

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report sent in and read by the vice-chair):
1)      Drains. Laura has again been in contact with the KCC Highways officer about blocked drains.
2)      Cars/Vehicles.  Vandalism has taken place to windows and wing mirrors,  thought to be by youths on mopeds.  Please report on 101 if affected.
3)      Cleaners.  Anyone in need of this service by a pre-checked cleaner can go to Age UK, Zion Place tel01843 223881. A member from the floor said the KCC website can also be helpful in this respect.
4)      Neighbours. Laura asked members to look out for their neighbours especially regarding heating or any that require help to look after themselves
5)      Contact.  Laura may be contacted by email or by phone 07969 583922, and her details are held at the Town Council Offices.
6)      Weeds on Bridge Road.  These are to be cleared on a community pay back scheme.

1)      No new items available.


1)      Police by Email.  Telephone and computer scams still ongoing.  One is claiming to do with TV licences, another about tax rebate others ask for certain buttons  to be pressed .  Vigilance is needed, it was suggested that the answer phone and caller display be used when possible.  Another scam involves items advertised for sale, such as cars when more than one person comes to see it and some form of damage is done so that they try to obtain whatever is for sale much more cheaply. As well as reporting  incidents to the police they can be reported to:

Monthly Report.  Jacquie supplied copies of the report, stating that if any  members required more copies or a copy sent by email she would be happy to oblige.
Members subscriptions are still coming in.
Three meetings rent had been paid to the Bowls Club, and the treasurer thought it may be a good idea to ask for a block booking.
Invoices for use of the Bake House are due.
Storage of some items belonging to the W&WRA in the old air raid shelter, some of which could be of value, requires attention as it is extremely damp, and stored papers have already deteriorated, and other items are likely to be damaged.  Some furniture is being stored in the cinema but this is not in very good condition.  The W&WRA also owns a hostess trolley.  A proposal by James Brazier sec. By Don Eacott that excess furniture be disposed of or sold off was put on hold until an inventory has been carried out.  Joanna volunteered to carry out the inventory.
Jacquie told the meeting that for papers etc there is a filing cabinet for W&WRA use in the WTC offices.
There was then a heated discussion concerning membership and the amount of subscriptions paid which was difficult to resolve as both the offices of membership secretary, and secretary were vacant.   Don Eacott proposed that we accept the books now as they are and then we move forward as we need to work together.
At this point Mandy Rickett was asked by the vice-chair if she was willing to be co-opted to the committee to help, and this was agreed.
Gina told the meeting  that there had been a  great deal of hostility at each meeting, and that she had received from an anonymous source communications of an obscene and disgusting nature by text message, and consequently she and the treasurer would be resigning.
There would be an emergency (extra-ordinary) meeting on 30th October 7.00pm at the Bake House to elect new officers.

The vice-chair then adjourned the meeting at 8.40pm.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019




Julian Dungey (Vice-Chair) who chaired the meeting, and twenty four members, including WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford.

Gina May, Vivien Osborne, Mavis Vaughan, and Cllr Matt Scott.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT (Read out by the Vice-Chairman)
Communications to the W&WRA committee.  Whilst communications and ideas from members are welcome, some have been using social media, but all are requested to use the W&WRA email address: or to send items in writing, C/o St Augustines' Business Centre, 125, Canterbury Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8NL. The new W&WRA mobile number is 07873551901 where messages can be left and calls returned in due course.  If received by 5.00pm on the Friday before the next committee meeting it will be discussed and acted on where possible providing the item is within the remit of the W&WRA. (Committee meetings are currently held on the Monday before the monthly general meetings, next one 07/10/19).

The minutes of the last meeting, (12/08/19), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record subject to minor amendments to the spelling of names, and signed.

1)      Caravans Parked Illegally.  This was reported both in Westbrook and Westgate. James Brazier suggested these be reported to KCC Warden Laura Bungard. 

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report sent in and read by the chair):
1)      Drains. Several drains in Westgate Bay Avenue tend to flood in heavy rain.  Following Laura's report the inspector is to come with relevant people, and hopefully the problem will be dealt with shortly.
2)      Rowena Road.  Dog poo bags are being deposited behind the green utilities boxes, and has continued after clearing.  Residents are asked to watch out for this so it can be stopped.
3)      Travellers Gypsies and Campers.  Various sites have been invaded and these have been reported  to TDC.  Those homeless around the area have also been reported to TDC.
4)      Rubbish Bins.  Residents are requested not to deposit rubbish in any bin                                                                                                      that is already overflowing.  Please contact WTC or TDC
5)      Contact.  Laura may be contacted by email or by phone 07969 583922, and her details are held at the Town Council Offices.
6)      White VW Van parked at the junction of Wentworth Avenue and 181 Westbrook Avenue.  This had been raised with Laura by members as it was causing a dangerous lack of visibility to drivers emerging from Wentworth Avenue, or vehicles turning right into Bowes Avenue.  TDC had informed Laura that it had been “claimed” and not dumped, and at the time both tax and MOT were in date,  It is expected to be removed soon.

WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:
1)      Planning Application for 129, Sea Road.  This is a re-application to demolish the existing building and replace it with flats.  Objections had been forthcoming and Cllr Cornford said it was essential to object with the correct reasons.  WTC planning committee are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).
2)      Speeding Cars.  More speedwatch volunteers are needed, it was reported by members that Westbrook Avenue and The Royal Esplanade often see speeding vehicles.
1)      40, Station Road.  Application for change of use from retail to retail sandwich bar and drinking establishment, with alterations to fenestration, installation of canopy, and addition of WC.
2)      Elizabeth Court, Westbrook.  Members reported seeing footings in front of this building but have not seen any planning applications.  Item to be checked with TDC.
3)      Planning Lists.  Copies were previously supplied for the W&WRA general meetings by a TDC councillor, but have not been available recently.  WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford kindly offered to obtain future copies. 

1)      Notice of Review of Polling Places and Polling Stations.  A consultation period has just started and comments are invited to the TDC.  There is also an email link
2)      Police by Email.  Telephone and computer scams are being tried, and residents need to be extremely vigilant.    Vehicle crime locally has escalated, particularly damage to car windows.

1)      Monthly Report.  Jacquie apologised to the meeting that she had not brought it, but could email copies later in the evening to any members wishing this.
2)      Proposed Children's Christmas Party.  The committee had proposed this for members children and grandchildren.  The Westgate Community Centre would give a special price of £30, and there would be a charge  of £2.50 each to cover the cost of food and presents.  Comments were invited, James felt that a budget should be set, Don suggested the road stewards could put details through members' doors, perhaps with an explanation that the W&WRA magazine is now within the Westgate “News and Directory”.  It was also suggested that road stewards could at the same time check that members had received the new magazine as some roads do not appear to have been completely covered. The meeting did not proceed with the Christmas party proposal.
3)      Literary Festival.  The W&WRA has been asked if one of the speakers for the children's literary event could be sponsored for £100. There would be useful publicity/advertising associated with this, and the proposal was agreed by the meeting.

Joanna Cornford initiated a discussion on where cards could be obtained reasonably.  It was generally thought that KCC Warden Laura would be most helpful with information about local residents who may benefit by a kind word and card.  Joanna reported that Joan Penhallow is now back in Westgate (at Eaton Lodge).

The Vice-Chairman introduced member Clare Hastings who has been co-opted to the committee, and she was welcomed by the meeting.

1)        Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre at St Saviour's Church.  Saturday 12th October (second Saturday) 10.30am, a talk by Dr Dawn Crouch “Streete Court Boys' School and its literary link”.
2)        Margate Civic Society at the Walpole Bay Hotel Thursday 3rd October at 7.30pm, a talk by Amber Butchart “Nautical Chic: High Style on the High Seas”  .
3)        Birchington Heritage Trust at Alpha Road.  Thursday 26th September “A Schoolgirl's War” by Mary Smith.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

1)      New Year Lunch.  Jacquie had made enquiries at St Augustines and passed round sample menus, a possible free date is 12th January, and cost per person £21.
2)      Other Events.  Members were asked to make their preferences known for all age groups.

1)      Kerb Edges.  Chris Wyer pointed out the large number of weeds in roads, and had cleared some near his home with a shovel, there was also graffiti in the shelters.
2)      Domneva Road.  A bungalow had been built so close to another building, that it could make very difficult for fire fighters should they be needed.
3)      Litter Collection by Volunteers.  Members were appalled to learn that litter collected by volunteers had been classed by the amenity tip as industrial waste and refused.
4)      Hedge Cutting.  Heat seeking equipment is being introduced to conserve wildlife.                                                                               
5)      St Mildred's Bay Car Park.  A proposal from a member that the WTC and W&WRA lobby the TDC to dispense with car parking charges in the summer as this is hardly ever used due to unrealistically high charges.  It is suggested that the loss to TDC would be minimal, (under FOI regulations is it possible to be advised of the annual revenue of this car park?), and more visitors would be encouraged and the street parking in the area relieved which has been to the detriment of local residents.
6)      The Old St Mildred's Putting Green.  Provision of picnic tables has been mentioned over the years, what are the pros and cons for this?  Could these be provided from the W&WRA, and be stored in the council hut during the winter?
7)      St Mildred's Bay Toilets.  There is a rumour these may be replaced by portaloos.  If this is correct could we be advised of the situation regarding the shower facilities (required for a blue flag beach).
8)      Wheelie Bins.  The lid of a black bin was broken off during collection and lost in the collecting lorry on 8th April.  Several phone calls were made during the  next few weeks, and TDC instructions were to leave the bin out at the front so that the operative could check the size and type required, also being advised this would take about TWENTY WEEKS.  There has still been no action from TDC, and another call was made to them explaining that whilst out at the front items have been placed in it including recyclables and dog poo, and the rain fills up in the bin so that all the rubbish has to be sorted out in a solution of dog poo, hardly compliant to conditions appropriate to health and safety.  We would ask how long does it take to replace a bin lid?
9)      Code of Conduct.  This as discussed at a previous meeting was put to the vote for adoption, and unanimously accepted.
10)  MacMillan Coffee Morning.  To be held at the Bake House on Wednesday 25th September from 10.00am to 12.00noon.  


Monday 14th October, at the Bake House 7.00pm for 7.15pm.  

The meeting concluded at 9.10pm.