Thursday, 23 March 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes March 2017


WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 13th MARCH 2017 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT
Mick Tomlinson (Ch) and twelve members. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Muriel Atkins, Allan Harris, Christina Taylor, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

The chairman briefly commented on two items of correspondence received, one concerning a committee member who had stepped down, and the other concerning a member's funeral.  Replies had been sent and it was hoped that the W&WRA could now move on.  

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (13th February 2017), which had been circulated were agreed, adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1) 36, Westgate Bay Avenue.   Chris Wyer (Westgate CAAG) reported that there are ongoing enquiries concerning the trees and a reply is expected shortly..  
2) 147, Sea Road.  It was noted that planning permission is not normally required.
3) NHS.  Future planning may include four major surgeries for Thanet, but smaller surgeries will be kept.
4) Barnes Car Park Rubbish.  This had been cleaned up but subsequently a great deal more rubbish had appeared.  Tony Sykes noted that a proportion was of containers from MacDonald's who could be asked to supply/sponsor litter bins.  Mick Tomlinson had requested notices in 2016 but so far these had not been forthcoming.
5) Car Park Charges.  There is to be an enquiry into the increased car park charges.  Among others the new charges at Dreamland and St Mildred's Bay will deter locals and visitors.
6) Local Plan Consultation.  The period  of consultation has been extended.
7) Manston Public Enquiry.  This starts on Tuesday 14th March at the Council Chambers.
8) Westbrook Promenade Repair.  This is in hand.
9) Bus/Cafe.  There is a double decker bus by the Nayland Rock in use as a cafe.  

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

KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
The report had been sent in and was read out.
February had been a busy month dealing with the usual items, highways, rubbish,
fly tips, parking, untaxed vehicles etc.
Laura is available in the weekdays, tel no 07969 583922 and by email laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk  there is also a notebook stored in the Bake House for concerns from residents that  require Laura's attention.


New PCSO Tom Daley had not been seen as yet, and it was agreed that he should be invited to look in at the Bake House to meet some of the residents.

CORRESPONDENCE

1) Police Community Messages (by email).  Cold callers had been experienced in the area claiming to be deaf and selling paintings/drawings, and also members had had callers selling items for “Lighthouse” ex servicemen.  Both are scams.    

PLANNING  
1) 11, Cliff Avenue.  This is  a large house converted for use as a play school for handicapped children.  The owner had all the necessary qualifications but had failed to apply for planning permission or change of use.  This would have to be retrospectively applied for or another premises sought.
2) 7, Old Crossing Road.  Application for erection of rear extension.
3) 159, Sea Road, (Bickley).  Application for two storey side and rear extension.
4) 48, St Benets Road.  Application for erection of extension with dormer windows.
5) 17, Norman Road.  Retrospective application for lantern window GRANTED. 
6) 4, Bowes Avenue.  Application for alterations to roof to facilitate loft conversion together with three roof lights to front and one dormer window to rear elevation.
7) 5, Gordon Grove.  Application for erection of porch to front elevation.
8) 5, Beach Houses, Royal Crescent.  Application for change of use from care home to one 1-bed, one 2-bed, and one 3-bed self contained flats.
9) West Bay Cafe.  Application for erection of first floor extension with terrace and modifications to public steps to create disabled access. GRANTED.
10) 31, Rancorn Road (was Abbeyfield).  Application for change of use from sheltered housing to five self contained flats with single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatories. GRANTED.
11) 1, Westleigh Road.  Application for erection of one 2-storey building following demolition of existing garage. GRANTED.

TREASURER'S REPORT   
In the absence of Sam  Secomb there was no new report.  As reported at the last committee meeting the bank balance stood at £5,781, and the accounts were being prepared for auditing.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Pat Sawyer-Jones reported the next issue should be out at the end of the month.  Our editor Muriel Atkins will be moving away and will be much missed.  

SUNSHINE REPORT
It was reported that Elsie Wellingham, wife of Ron Wellingham had passed away the  previous week.  Mavis will be sending a card to Ron on behalf of members.

MEMBERSHIP
No special items to report.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 1st April at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be an illustrated talk “Westgate-on-Sea in the 1950s” by Sally Whitworth, the Heritage Centre's Newsletter Editor.

Margate Civic Society: Next meeting is Thursday 6th April when a talk will be given “Dalby Square Townscape Heritage Initiative and Margate Coastal Park” by Sam Causer, Lecturer and Architect.

PRESS & SOCIAL
No reports. 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Westgate Library. It was reported that a footfall count is in progress and residents are encouraged to use the library as much as possible.
2) Fences.  Chris Wyer reported that several properties had had fences put up at the interface between the garden and the roads in Westgate Bay/Westbrook Avenues.
3) Litter.  It was noted that that recently there had been publicity for Broadstairs on Radio Kent for litter picking sessions, and that it would benefit Westgate/Westbrook in a similar way.  Shortage of litter bins had been noticed by the  Westgate litter pickers.
4) New Street Trees.  Concern was expressed about the  lack of follow up maintenance for new trees by St Saviours.
5) Garden Recycling.  There had been problems when the  collecting vehicle had been unable gain access to Hockeredge Gardens, and on days when garden recycling had been refused to residents taking it to the amenity site.
6) East Kent Councils.  A full council meeting takes place this week which will end up with a vote on whether to join with the other councils as one authority. This should save up to 6M£ in the first year.
7) Nominations Sheet.  After the meeting this will be posted in the Bake House so that a new committee can be elected at the AGM on 8th May  

NEXT MEETING
 Monday 10th April, at the Bake House, 7.00pm for 7.15pm. 


There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.45pm.

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.