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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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.
No planning reports to hand, (Carol Messenger used to provide the copies).
CORRESONDENCE TREASURER'S & EDITOR'S REPORTS MEMBERSHIP
No further information.
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.