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.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes Oct 2016


 

 

 

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE UNITED SERVICES CLUB ON MONDAY 10th OCTOBER 2016 AT 7.15PM.


 

 

PRESENT


Eighteen members, Westgate Town Cllrs Tom King and Ron Rolfe, and KCC Community Warden Laura Bungard.

 

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

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies had been received from Muriel Atkins, Tony and Sylvia Sykes, Christina Taylor, and TDC Cllrs Carol Partington and Mick Tomlinson who would be delayed.

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The minutes of the last meeting, (12th September 2016), which had been circulated were agreed and adopted.

 

MATTERS ARISING

1)      Westbrook Road Yellow Lines.  Chris Wyer is to phone KCC Highways to check the validity of these.

2)      Zebra Crossing.  One member had noticed no parking cones on the pavement. Cllr Tom King said that parking inside the zig zag lines had been considered safe in the report by Robin Chantrill-Smith, and recommended that the W&WRA request a copy, as the view is impeded by parked vehicles.  Chris  Wyer pointed out that parked vans made it much more difficult to see approaching traffic. 

3)      Electoral Boundary.  The map obtained from TDC by James showed the electoral boundary, which varies slightly from the Town boundary.

 

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

KCC Warden Laura Bungard:

1)      Speed Checks.  These had been carried out in Westgate Bay Avenue and Westbrook Avenue, and some speeding was observed.

2)      Zebra Crossing.  This is causing some concern.

3)      Jewellery Robbery.  This had taken place in Westbury Road when a door had been broken open.

4)      The Elderly.  Some had no central heating or other facilities, help is available in such situations.

5)      Elm Grove Parking Problems.  These occur by the school and the drivers' side of conversations is becoming aggressive and rude.

6)      Multi-Agency Case.  This is proceeding and all agencies involved meet once a week.

7)      New PCSO.  Duties will commence in three weeks.

8)      “Talk Time” in the Library.  This takes place on Monday mornings and more people are welcome.

 

Comments/Questions.  Cllr Tom King suggested enforcement could be used to reduce the school parking problem.

A member asked if vehicles could be checked for valid car tax.  Answer yes Laura can check this.

 

Cllr Tom King WTC:

1)      Westgate Pavilion.  This is on the TDC asset disposal list.  The WTC is concerned.  It has been leased for the last six years and is fully booked up, the lease is due to expire shortly. In this type of situation if the asset can be proved to have community value a period of six months is given for suitable purchasers to buy it.    The second option is for it to be subject to a community asset transfer, and the WTC resolved to make an approach to TDC to express interest in this, which must be done within the time limit. 

2)      Cleansing Operative.  In July the WTC accepted the offer of equipment carts vacuums etc and now needs to employ an operative.

3)      Pancake Race.  The WTC would be pleased to take on the arrangements for the pancake race if the W&WRA were agreeable.  The minute secretary confirmed that this had been agreed and minuted at the February committee meeting, and March general meeting. 

4)      Retirement of Town Clerk.  The lady holding this office was now financially in a position to retire, so that a new town clerk will be appointed to take up these duties.

 

Questions:  In answer to a question about the proposed cleansing operative Cllr King explained that the WTC will be enhancing the service provided by TDC, and that there is a memorandum of understanding that the present TDC services will not be lost.

Regarding Regalia there did not appear to be any left from the old Westgate Parish Council.

 

Cllr Carol Partington TDC:

1)      Westgate Pavilion.  Although unable to attend this meeting Cllr Partington sent information that she had spoken to WTC and the tenant, and hoped that the Pavilion will be kept for the community by either option referred to in Cllr King's report, and is willing to help facilitate this between the TDC and WTC. 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE (by Police Email)

1)      Scam Phone Calls.  These are being received in the South East supposedly from the post code lottery requesting personal details.  The post code lottery does not cold call in this way, do not give any details.

2)      Courier Fraud.   A phone call supposedly from the resident's own bank states that the credit card has been compromised and has the new one been received in the post?  Of course the answer is no, so that the caller says the new one will be sent by courier and the old one is to be handed over to the courier.  Money is then withdrawn from the victim's account.  If any doubts contact your own bank making sure that the dialling tone is evident.

PLANNING 

1)      25, Westbury Road.  Application for permission for a dance studio.  There are a few objections. 

 

No new planning sheets obtained  from TDC this month.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT  

In the absence of Sam  Secomb there was no report.

 

EDITOR'S REPORT

The next magazine will be out soon.  The contents and advertising have been co-ordinated by Muriel, and it will be printed by Carol Peters as agreed at the September general meeting. 

 

SUNSHINE REPORT

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

 

MEMBERSHIP

No Report.

 

CIVIC REPORT

Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 5th November at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be an illustrated talk about SirWilliam Orchardson RA 1833 – 1910, who lived for a time in Sea Road.

Margate Civic Society: Next meeting Thursday 3rd November at the Walpole Bay Hotel at 7.30pm a talk “Quex Gardens” by Sue Harris, Head Gardener.

 

PRESS REPORT

None. 

 

SOCIAL

1)      Trips out and the annual festive lunch are being arranged.

2)      Sunday Carvery Lunches at The Swan.  Twenty one members enjoyed lunch out together on Sunday.  Muriel was thanked for co-ordinating the arrangements.  Watch the notice board for future dates.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1)      Litter Bin Outside Piggy Bank Nursery.  Members had heard that this was a very expensive bin.  Cllr Tom King explained that it is on loan and does compact rubbish placed in it so that collections do not have to be so frequent.

2)      Road Sweeping Vehicle.  Members had noticed that this could only clear about one third of the road due to parked cars.

3)      Chris Wyer observed that Westgate Pavilion still does not have a disabled friendly entrance.

4)      Walmer Castle, Canterbury Road.  Permission has been granted for three flats, and from the new year the downstairs will be a members only club.

5)      The meeting expressed a wish of good health to chairman Mick Tomlinson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING

 Monday 14th November, at the Westbrook Bowls Club, 7.00pm for 7.15pm.

 

 

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.21pm.