Saturday, 3 June 2017

Westgate and Westbrook Residents' Association Minutes of Short Meeting and AGM May 2017


WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

 

MINUTES OF A SHORT GENERAL MEETING HELD AT WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB FOLLOWING THE AGM ON 8th MAY 2017 AT 7.50 P.M.

 

In the absence of Mick Tomlinson, it was agreed for Alan Harris to take the chair.

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST GENERAL MEETING (10th April 2017)

These were circulated, and adopted on a prop. by Ray Taylor sec. Mavis Vaughan.

 

MATTERS ARISING

1)      Radio Mast.  Chris Wyer pointed out that the mast referred to in the minutes is in fact on the tower of the old catholic church.  It was agreed to check with a councillor if a planning application had been submitted.

 

COUNCILLORS/PCSO/WARDEN REPORTS

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report for April sent in and read by the minute secretary).  Issues involved:

1)      Neighbourhood disputes with Gordon Hunt (TDC).

2)      Untaxed vehicles/DVLA.

3)      Cars parked by disability crossing in Station Road.

4)      Insanitary disposal of rubbish/rubbish clearance/fly tips.

5)      Highways potholes, lines to be refurbished.

6)      Vulnerable elderly visits and scam visits.

7)      Assisting police with issues.

8)      Attended clubs and advice and referrals given/made when required.

 

POLICE MESSAGES (by email)

Cars in Westgate have been broken into, do not leave valuables in the car or in sight. Also beware of cold callers.

 

PLANNING

1)      Cinema.  Application to extend hours until 3.00am.  Concern was expressed that there would be a similar request to extend the alcohol licence.

2)      Harbour City Chinese takeaway.  Application for flats and another level at the top.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT

Sam told the meeting that it was prudent to keep over £5,000 in the reserves, and at present this is nearer £6,000 as the subscriptions are coming in.  The banks now have very tight security which makes it a laborious process to change the signature mandate.

 

 

CIVIC REPORT

Civic Society.  Thursday 11th May  at the Walpole Bay Hotel the Town Pride Awards will be presented.

Westgate Heritage Centre.  The next monthly meeting is on Saturday 3rd June at 10.30am in St Saviour's Church when there will be an illustrated talk by Sally Whitworth “A walk further along Sea Road” to include houses of special interest.

Friends of St Saviours.  Quiz to be held on Saturday 13th April at 3.00pm.

 

SOCIAL REPORT

The next committee meeting was asked to consider how the supporters and workers of the Bake House can benefit from the profits made by the social events.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1)      Founder Member.  Don Eacott reported that Mrs Ames one of the few founder members still around has had to go into a care home, and thought that the W&WRA should send her some flowers.  This was agreed.  

2)      Hundreds Farm.  Chris Wyer reported that the land had today been cleared by a machine and a team of workers.  It was not known if there had been planning applications for the site.

3)      Ingram Memorial.  Chris Wyer reported that this had been cleaned.

4)      New Fences.  Chris Wyer reported that several properties had erected fences over two meters high adjacent to pavements.

5)      Pedestrian Crossing.  Concern was expressed about the sight lines for this.

6)      State of Post Boxes.  Tony Snow pointed out that refurbishment of these had not as yet commenced as promised, and needed chasing up.

7)      Rowena Road.  Residents had complained about the derelict state of the garages in the road and it is alleged that rats had been observed here. It was suggested that environmental health department be called and councillors contacted.

8)      Scam letters.  Some had been received by members, and great care should be taken to avoid fraud.

9)      Parking Charges.  Norman Smith brought these to the attention of the meeting.  There is a petition already up in the Bake House.  Objections should be sent to Robin Chantrill-Smith at TDC.  It is thought that Westgate Town Council may be arranging a meeting to support objections, and that the W&WRA could work with them. Details of the best way to send objections are required.

 

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Monday 12th June 2017  7.00pm for 7.15pm, at the Bake House.

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded at 8.30pm.

 

 

                                                                   AGM

 

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

 

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 8TH MAY 2017 AT 7.15P.M.

PRESENT


Alan Harris, (acting chairman), President Norman Smith and thirty four members.

Alan welcomed all to the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES

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

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM (16th May 2016)

These as circulated were adopted on a prop. by Don Eacott, sec. by Tony Snow, and signed.

 

MATTERS ARISING  None.

 

CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS

The chairman's report was read out by the meeting's acting chairman:

Mick Tomlinson first had expressed his apologies for absence, due to  duties at the TDC Mayor making.

The last year has been very interesting as the Westgate-on-Sea Town Council has been becoming established.

The W&WRA had maintained the coffee mornings where many drop in for a chat and it was the chairman's sincere wish that these will continue in a more harmonious way.

A new editor for the magazine is urgently required.

As a Westbrook councillor Mick has had many conversations about members' concerns and will continue to serve and do his best for local residents.

The finances of the W&WRA are in a healthy  condition.

Finally he thanked all  those members who had worked so hard over the year for the W&WRA.

 

EDITOR’S REPORT

Muriel Atkins, who had stepped in as temporary editor and had now moved away near her family, was warmly  thanked for her hard work which had enabled the magazine to be published.  A new editor is now required.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT

Mavis Vaughan reported over the year that ten cards had been sent to members, and two more were about to be sent. 

 

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT 

Christina Taylor thanked the road stewards for all their hard work and assistance.

 

SOCIAL SECRETARY'S REPORT

Muriel Atkins was thanked for her work in this office before moving away.  Pat Sawyer-Jones appealed for more helpers for the coffee mornings in the Bake House.

 

COUNCILLORS’ ADDRESS

There were no councillors' addresses due to the clash of dates with the Mayor Making event.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

The following nominees had been proposed and seconded, and were duly elected:--

 

Chairman                                         Mick Tomlinson and Derek Smith. A vote was taken and after counting both nominees had seventeen votes and there were two abstentions, the casting vote was made in favour of the year's office holder, namely Mick Tomlinson.


Vice-Chairman                                 NO NOMINATION


Secretary                                          Pat Sawyer-Jones


Treasurer                                          Samantha Secomb


Minute Secretary                              Chris Whittingham


Editor                                               NO NOMINATION

Social Organiser                               Laraine Foster and Pam Francis

Membership Secretary                     Christina Taylor 


Sunshine (Visitor) Friend                Mavis Vaughan


Press Officer                                    Pat Castle


Committee Members                       Alan Harris


                                                                                                                         


TREASURER'S REPORT

Sam Secomb told the meeting that Dennis Jarvis had kindly audited and signed off the accounts.  This had been a shorter period (ten months) as the financial year end was now 31st January in order for the accounts to be completed and audited for the AGM.  There were no questions and Sam was thanked for her work over the year.

 

ANY OTHER (AGM) BUSINESS

1)      Derek Smith was asked to think about whether he would be prepared to fill the office of vice-chairman.

2)      Pam and Laraine asked if the profits from the social events could be put towards a free Christmas party for the supporters and workers involved, and it was agreed that the committee would look into how this could be carried out.     

 

There being no other business, the acting chairman closed the AGM at 7.45p.m.

 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION meeting 10 April 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 10th APRIL 2017 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT
Allan Harris (who chaired the meeting), nineteen members, and WTC Cllr Tom King. 

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

The chairman on behalf of members warmly thanked Muriel Atkins for all her hard work not only as social secretary but also for filling the gap as editor and producing the magazine over the past year.  Good wishes were expressed for Muriel's move of home which is shortly to take place.   

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (13th March 2017), which had been circulated were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. By Mavis Vaughan, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1) 36, Westgate Bay Avenue.   Chris Wyer (Westgate CAAG) reported that permission had been granted to remove trees at this site.  Regarding replacement of the wall it was understood that the enforcement officer is monitoring the case.  
2) Car Parking Charges.  Due to the large increases it has been observed that the car parks have been almost empty whilst adjacent roads have been full with parked cars, especially during  the recent good weather.  It was thought that some coast roads are to have parking meters.  

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

WTC Cllr Tom King:
Cllr King gave an update of the work of the council.
A new town clerk had commenced work.
A newsletter is coming out shortly with the WTC report on services that have been taken up and how money has been spent.    Street cleaning and youth services will benefit, the latter for six months with £4,000 as youth funding has been withdrawn and it will take about this time for the application for charity funding to be processed.
Events and Tourism.  The pancake races will be reinstated next year, and the remembrance service and parade will be organised by the WTC with the local churches.  The coastal communities team funding will be managed by Cllr Martyn Pennington, a defibrillator will be obtained for the  town, and beach shelters will receive attention. 
A tipper lorry has been promised from the TDC, training is taking place, and the small amount of street cleaning done by the TDC will then be supplemented.
By 2020 there will be no more support from central government.
WTC will control and protect the football field and community green which are assets which will be managed and kept for the people of Westgate, to this end there is legal work in progress.
A public meeting is to be held on 27th April at the Community Centre at 7.00pm when there will be a presentation and report and questions invited.

CORRESPONDENCE
None.

PLANNING  
1) Cinema Licence Extension Application.  This would have extended the opening times until 3.00am, and has been turned down but may be subject to further discussion.
2) Harbour City Chinese Restaurant.  Application for extension upwards and at the back in order to add four flats.
3) 4, Bowes Avenue.  Members had expressed concerns about the loss of off road parking spaces, and the high fence erected at the front.
4) Radio Mast by Library.  Chris Wyer informed the meeting that there was likely to be an application submitted for this.

TREASURER'S REPORT   
In the absence of Sam  Secomb there was no new report.  As reported at the last committee meeting on 27th March 2017, the bank balance stood at £6,057, all bills are paid up to date, and the accounts should be ready for the AGM.

EDITOR'S REPORT
None.  

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that a few cards had been sent out this month, including one to our Warden Laura following the death of her father.

MEMBERSHIP
Christina reported a delay in production of the magazine, but hopefully these should arrive by the end of the week.  As the AGM will be on the 8th May there was a discussion whether it would be best to deliver the magazines before or after this, the opinion of the meeting was that they should be delivered as soon as possible.  Postal votes for the AGM were discussed, but the present constitution does not make allowance for this procedure.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Next meeting is Saturday 6th May at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be an illustrated talk “Danehurst and William Benet Rogers” by Dr Dawn Crouch.

Margate Civic Society: Next meeting is Thursday 11th May when the Town Pride Awards will be made.

SOCIAL
1) Easter Tea and Party.  This had been enjoyed by members earlier in the day.
2) Sunday 23rd April.  Afternoon tea, book with names on the notice board. 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Dog DNA Identification.  It was reported that TDC were interested in this system which would hopefully reduce uncollected dog excrement.
2) KCC Elections 4th May.  It was noted that no list of candidates had been seen as yet.
3) Westgate War Memorial.  James Brazier informed the meeting that this was now listed grade II, and would therefore have more protection.
4) Westbury Road.  Resident expressed concern about car parking on the  pavement which made it difficult for pedestrians, prams, and invalid transport. Cllr Tom King recommended contacting the town clerk or bringing it to the attention of the Annual Town meeting.  

NEXT MEETING
 Monday 8th May, at the Westbrook Bowls Club, 7.00pm for 7.15pm when the AGM will be held, followed by a short General Meeting.


There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.35pm. 

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.