Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes October 2017




MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 9th OCTOBER 2017 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Mick Tomlinson (Chair)  thirty five members, and TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee, and WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford and Tom King.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Bob Loxley, Sam Secomb, Christina and Ray Taylor and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.  

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (11/09/17), which had been circulated were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Chris Wyer sec. by Pat Sawyer-Jones, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      TV Interference.  Information is still awaited.
2)      Barnes Car Park.  The current notice still reads the same as before.
3)      Road Speed Limits.  Some 20mph maximum speed areas have been introduced outside schools and at other spots.
4)      Defibrillator.  This has been obtained by the Town Council, and the location   for it is to be announced shortly.  Tony Sykes pointed out that there is information on the TDC website regarding the location of defibrillators in Thanet.    

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

TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:
1)      Manston.  The DCO will be submitted in November, when there will be twenty eight days for the government to take it forward.
2)      Draft Local Plan.  This goes to scrutiny next  month, and there will be four workshop meetings.  The final plan will go to full council in January 2018.
3)      Local Issues.  Councillors are aware of parking issues.  Advice from the consultant (formerly the asset manager) regarding Westbrook shelters is for local councillors to “adopt” them, for which there is a process.  It would now be an appropriate time for the KCC to reconsider installation of a zebra crossing in Westgate Bay Avenue.  Netting repairs are needed for part of the St Mildred's Bay tennis courts.   

It was noted that further accidents had taken place in Westbrook Avenue where speed was often a factor.  A question from the floor enquired if meters were to be introduced in Westbrook, this would be up to KCC.  There are twelve parking enforcement officers in Thanet.

WTC Cllr Tom King:
1)      Town Clerk.  Tom reported with regret the resignation of the  Town Clerk, and said that it may prove difficult to obtain a replacement.
2)      Local Items achieved and ongoing include entertainment on the green for bank holiday, litter equipment and insurance obtained for Westgate against litter group, funding of Westgate youth project, planting tubs and flowers, responsibility for the allotment gardens, contribution and support for Christmas lighting, restoration of shelter at West Bay, provision of defibrillator, responsibility and maintenance of Lymington Road recreation ground and changing facilities.
3)      Future work would include the neighbourhood plan, provision of a beacon, St Mildred's Bay children's playground if grants available, “Westgate in Bloom”, and the remembrance day parade.
4)      Civic Society.  A complaint had been made by Cllr King to the chair of the society that the newsletter had been used as a political platform, as the charities commission require a non political basis. 

Questions arising included some knot holes in the shelter wood, litter in roads and the dual carriageway.  The litter problem was being tackled by Westgate TC supplementing the cleaning of roads already covered by TDC.  The question of dog walkers on the St Mildred's green was raised should a playground be installed.  Cllr King pointed out that there were no children's recreation facilities north of the Canterbury Road.


KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
Laura had sent in a report which was read out.  Issues dealt with included highways, potholes, lines for repainting, blocked drains, untaxed vehicles, flytipping, elderly vulnerable residents, and parking.    Laura is available by phone or message on 07969583922.  This number is also available at the Bake House. 


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson:
1)      Scam Phone Calls.  A particular one to avoid engaging with shows the first three numerals 011.  Residents are advised not to answer as the call time proves extremely expensive.
2)      W&WRA MacMillan Coffee Morning.  This had raised £330, and all the helpers were warmly thanked.
3)      The Foreshore.  Residents are asked to report anything strange, particularly if people are coming ashore in the dark hours.  The police number is 101.
4)      Barnes Car Park.  Issues and comments from local residents re motor caravans have been noted, the signs are back up and the situation is being monitored. Officers (not councillors) have to deal with this.
5)      Bridge Road.  This is in a disgraceful state, KCC and Railtrack are supposed to be responsible for upkeep.  This is being followed up.
6)      Remembrance Day Parades.  New regulations make organising these events very difficult.
7)      Children's Play Area St Mildred's.  Previous applications for this have been refused.  The nearby road was thought dangerous for children.
8)      Margate Charter Trustees.  In dividing the finances/assets owned by the Charter Trustees between Margate and Westgate Thanet Finance Dept advice had been that £22,000 was to be paid to Westgate plus a further £30,000, and two trophies.  Following a complaint by a member of the public, an investigation by a clerk and others had been made at some length, and a meeting was held to come to an agreement as to the correct figures to be agreed between Margate and Westgate.  The Charter Trustees produced a “public interest report” (available on the website), which was given consideration and agreed and a letter sent to Westgate-on-Sea Town Council requesting return of the overpayment of £18,382. 


Questions/Comments:  Cllr King said that with the division of assets £50,000 had been offered, accepted and banked, and had understood that the Charter Trustees meeting had decided to draw a line under the matter.  Cllr King also alleged that the newsletter of the Civic Society had been political in nature.  Member James Brazier said the newsletter had only reported the facts.  Cllr Ashbee told the meeting that no solitor's or auditor's letter had been produced which lead to the decision change.  Cllr Tomlinson said this was as advised by TDC officers.
At this point Cllr King left the meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE
1)      Neighbourhood Engagement Meeting (NEM).  Next meeting to be held on 1st November at 6.30pm at Garlinge Junior School.
2)      Police Email Messages.  Beware of bogus phone calls, at present the caller pretends to be from the government and must test the durability of double glazing for which a charge will be made.  Do not engage with caller or give personal details.  Also door sellers with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers of dubious quality, beware.

PLANNING 
1)      4, Tyson Avenue.  Erection of two storey pitched roof side and rear extension with balcony at first floor rear elevation. GRANTED.
2)      8, Royal Esplanade.  Variation of condition 2 attached to planning permission for erection of dormer window with french doors and installation of balcony to front elevation to allow for the design of the dormer window to be changed.  GRANTED.
3)      161, Westbrook Avenue.  Erection of single storey side and rear extension. GRANTED.
4)      33, Norman Road.  Erection of two storey side extension.  GRANTED.
5)      20, Wesdtcliff Gardens.  Erection of ground first and second floor rear extensions with balconies at first and second floor levels, additional side windows, and insertion of full length dormer window to to front. GRANTED
6)      21, Westcliff Gardens.  Erection of ground, first, and second floor rear extensions with balconies at first and second floor levels, additional windows, and insertion of full length dormer window.  GRANTED.
7)      10, Carlton Road West.  Erection of porch to front elevation.  GRANTED.
8)      160, Canterbury Road.  Alterations to roof to rear from hip to gable, erection of two dormer windows GRANTED.
9)      29, Domneva road.  Variation of condition 2 attached to planning permission for erection of single storey side and rear extensions and installation of balcony to first floor front elevation following demolition of existing garage to allow alteration to fenestration within the ground floor rear elevation. GRANTED.
10)  1, Sussex Mansions.  Retrospective application for the installation of wooden stairs and decking platform to rear extension.
11)  Jurrasic Jungle, 174, Canterbury Road, Margate.  Application for erection of attached two storey dwelling together with installation of replacement shop front.
12)  14, Domneva Road.  Application to replace existing timber sliding sash windows with white UPVC sliding sash windows and replace existing facia, sofit, gutter and downpipes to UPVC.
13)  Royal Seabathing Hosp. West Wing.  Application for variation of condition 36 of planning permission, change of use and conversion of hospital to residential units together with extensions and the erection of a five storey wing, to enable alterations to the design of the approved car park to serve the west wing to provide an 86 space ground level car park with pantechnicon turning  area.
14)  4 and 5 Beach Houses, Royal Crescent.  Application for change of use of No 4 from single dwelling house to 2 self contained flats including conversion of roof space of No 5 together with alterations to roof, installation of balcony to first floor front elevation of No 5 and to ground floor front elevation of Nos 4 and 5, and installation of external staircase to rear garden of No 4.
15)  Land North West of Former Seabathing Hosp.  Erection of ten 2 bed dwellings with associated parking, landscaping and access.  REFUSED.
16)  32, Bowes Avenue.  Erection of two storey rear extension, single storey side extension, porch to front elevation and first floor front extensions together with alterations to front bay window.  GRANTED.
17)  11, Westonville Avenue.  Erection of part single, part two storey rear extension and single storey side extension to existing garage.  GRANTED.
18)  Land Adjacent to 36, Westgate Bay Avenue.  Variation of condition 2 of planning permission for the erection of of three terraced dwellings to allow for the reposition and enlargement of two dormer windows to front elevation, and three dormer windows to the rear elevation, and alterations to internal layout to increase the number of bedrooms. GRANTED.

Mick reminded members that details may be seen on line using the “Thanet Planning” search box.

TREASURER'S REPORT  
Sam's report was read out by the minute secretary:
The bank balance at 30th August stood at £6,723.  As at end of August nine of the twenty four advertisers in The Record had paid their invoices for the year,
A request for the buildings insurance premium to cover the period to 28th September 2017 has been received and is for £230.54.
All bills are paid up to date.

EDITOR'S REPORT
No report. 

SUNSHINE REPORT
No report.
 
MEMBERSHIP
No report.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 4th November at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, “Westgate Bay”, an illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch. 

Margate Civic Society: Thursday 2nd November at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, “The Vikings are Coming” a talk by Imogen Corrigan. 

PRESS REPORT
Pat Castle reported that she had sent details of W&WRA meetings and the MacMillan coffee morning to the local press.

W&WRA DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY 2018
Due to the length of this meeting and the time, it was agreed to hold over discussion  of details until the next general meeting.

SOCIAL
1)      Quizes.  Mick offered to run another quiz either one afternoon or evening in October/November.
2)      Sunday Lunches.  A good number of members enjoyed the lunch on Sunday.  The next one to be held is on 5th November at The Swan, list for names will be in the Bake House.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      New Cable Laying.  Members had noted that maintenance hatch covers over junction boxes were bright yellow and therefore not always in keeping with the local area.  Also some of the trenches were sinking and could become a trip hazard.  It is understood that in these instances further surface material will be added to keep the ground level.
2)      Alleyway by Margate Station.  Chris  Wyer  reported this to be very dirty. 
3)      Bottle Banks in St Mildred's Car Park.  Members reported that two of these have been removed.

NEXT MEETING
 Monday 13th November, at the Bowls Club.


Monday, 25 September 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING SEPT 2017


MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2017 AT 7.15PM.



PRESENT

Seventeen members, and WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford.
Members were welcomed to the meeting especially on such a wet evening, and unanimously agreed to Ray Taylor taking the chair in the absence of Mick Tomlinson. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Don and Maureen Eacott, Vivien Osborne, Tony and Sylvia Sykes, Mick Tomlinson, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard. .  

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (14/08/17), which had been circulated were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Tony Snow sec. by Mavis Vaughan, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      Barnes Car Park.  Tony Snow clarified the position regarding notices.  The original notice stated “no parking for camper vans” has now been changed to  “no parking or camping overnight”.  A local resident had been seen clearing up rubbish.     


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

WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:
1)      Amendments to Street Markings.  Cllr Cornford drew the meeting's attention to various roads Dunstan Avenue, St Benet's Road, and other adjacent roads where there is to be a change of  single /double yellow lines.  Full details may be seen on the TDC website.
2)      Westgate Pavilion.  This is now declared an asset of community value.
3)      Recent Town Council Meeting.  There had been a good attendance at the recent meeting in the new venue, (Christ Church Hall).  The Town Clerk has resigned, and the post has been advertised.
4)      Westgate Flowers.  It was hoped to include hanging baskets next year provided volunteers can be found to water them.  If W&WRA members can do this the appropriate baskets will be labelled “maintained by the W&WRA”.  Chris Wyer thought that use of water retention gel would help. It might be possible to use hydrants if permission is agreed.  The hanging baskets had not been very good this year, this was due to funding confusion which caused late planting.   


KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
Laura had sent in a short report as she is on holiday.  There has been considerable involvement with the removal of untaxed vehicles.  Laura is available by phone or message on 07969583922.  This number is also available at the Bake House. 

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson: (read by Ray Taylor):
1)      Mick had expressed his apologies about missing the W&WRA monthly meeting but had been called to attend an emergency extraordinary meeting of the Margate Charter Trustees.  This was to discuss monies that had been paid from Margate to the then new Westgate-on-Sea Town Council, about which a complaint had been received.  The basis on which the sum was worked out was not very clear.  Mick will give full details  at the next meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE
1)      Westgate Community Centre Quiz.  Saturday 23rd September 7.00pm £3.00 per person.  Bring your own food and drink.
2)      Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  Funding has been secured for  this project which will commence in the Autumn.  Any additional volunteers will be welcome to join the Westbrook Group.  Full details will be given presently.
3)      Police Email Messages.  A reminder that police will never request your bank details or send somebody round to transfer money or collect your cash book/pin no/or cheque book.  Any calls of this nature are scam.     

PLANNING 
1)      Tower House, 125, Canterbury Road.  Application for new external fire escape spiral staircase torear of building and erection of outbuilding.
2)      11, Westonville Avenue.  Application for part single, part two storey rear extension.
3)      Westcliff House, 37A, Sea Road.  Application for four storey front/side and rear extension with balconies, with alterations to fenestration to facilitate conversion into twenty seven 2-bed apartments, andfour 1-bed apartments with  parking and new pedestrian access.
4)      Land Adjacent to 36, Westgate Bay Avenue.  Application for variation of condition 2 of planning permission F/TH/15/1202 for erection of three terraced dwellings to allow for reposition and enlargement of two dormer windows to the front and three to the rear elevation.
5)      11, Cliff Avenue.  Change of use from residential annexe and rear garden to school (temporary).  GRANTED.
6)      97, Sea Road.  Two storey front side and rear extensions, and balconies to front and rear.  GRANTED.
7)      Land to rear of 15, Victoria Avenue.  Erection of two storey detached dwelling.  GRANTED.
8)      38, St Mildred's Road.  Installation of two condenser units to the rear.  GRANTED.
9)      10, Mutrix Gardens.  Erection of single storey rear extension.  GRANTED.
10)  Gate Lodge, Hundreds Farm Stables, Canterbury Road.  Application for two storey side extension.
11)  33, Minster Road.  Application for erection of single storey rear and side extension following demolition of existing.
12)  31, Rancorn Road.  Variations of conditions 2 and 4 of consent F/TH/16/1502, change of use from sheltered housing to five self contained flats with single storey rear extensions following demolition of rear conservatories. GRANTED.
13)  12, Westcliff Road.  Erection of first floor rear extension, and dormer to side elevation.  GRANTED.
14)  Vodafone, 44, Station Road.  Erection of 14.4 metre monopole with three antennas to replace existing monopole. GRANTED

TREASURER'S REPORT  
Sam's report was read out by Ray:
The bank balance stood at £7,378.  Bills for Young's Nursery and the magazine printing had been paid.  £1,289 had been deposited on 21st August which consisted of subscriptions, sales of the chairs, and quiz and tea takings.
Some advertisers had queried receiving invoices when they believed that they had already paid.  Christina Taylor thought this could be due to the fact that the invoices for last year had been sent  out late, and this year's had just gone out, and she would be checking this with Sam.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Ray Taylor reported that articles for the next issue were coming in, any more would be welcome.
The facebook page was going well. 

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that just one get well card had been sent this month, which was for our treasurer Sam who had been injured in a fall from a horse.
 
MEMBERSHIP
Christina reported that subscriptions had mostly been paid, and there were thirty eight new members this year so far.
Members expressed their thanks for the excellent tea party and music provided to thank the  road stewards and tea/coffee staff for their hard work.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 7th October at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, “Roxburgh Road”, an illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch. 

Margate Civic Society: Thursday 5th October at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, AGM followed by a talk on “the Secret Gardens of Sandwich” by Steve Edney, (Head Gardener at The Salutation). 

PRESS REPORT
Pat Castle reported that she had sent notice of  meetings and a photograph to the Gazette.

W&WRA DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY 2018
It was agreed that a sub-committee should be formed from the membership.  The actual date of inauguration was nor known at present, but it would seem  sensible to hold the celebrations in the summer.  Possibly the Community Centre or the new centre at the Walmer Castle may be suitable venues.  Ray invited everyone to send in their ideas.

SOCIAL
1)      Party 2nd October.
2)      A MacMillan coffee morning will be held at the Bake House on 29th September.
3)      Sunday Lunches.  The next one to be held is on 8th October at The Swan, list for names is in the Bake House.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Repaired Shelter.  Wood knots had come out of the side giving a tatty appearance.  Cllr Cornford said that the Financial and General Purpose committee would be dealing with this.
2)      Punch and Judy Show.  This had been much enjoyed by all.  Chris Wyer was concerned in case an ancient covenant had been contravened. 
3)      Dual Carriageway A28.  It was noted that gutters and drains near the central reservation were blocked.  This should be KCC responsibility, but if no action is taken the subject could be brought up with WTC who will press the matter with KCC.  Members' suggestions included parking bays where the kerb is wide, and speed restrictions of 20mph.
4)      Parking and Residents.  Due to the charges in TDC car parks, notably St Mildred's Bay car park, cars are parked in nearby roads, (Beach Road, Sussex Gardens etc) to the inconvenience of residents whilst the car park remains almost empty. (It was noted that the multi storey car parks in Ramsgate and Margate are free on Saturdays).
5)      Defibrillator.  A member asked where in Westgate this is kept.  Cllr Cornford agreed to find out.
6)      Westgate-on-Sea Town Council. The new office is now up and running.  The W&WRA had requested a donation towards the fund raising MacMillan's coffee morning.  It was noted that there was no mention of the W&WRA in the WTC website, this being due to a contact allegedly saying that it was not required, but it has not been possible to identify the contact concerned.


NEXT MEETING

 Monday 9th October, at the Bake House.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK Residents' Association Minutes August 2017


 

 

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 14th AUGUST 2017 AT 7.15PM.


 

 

PRESENT


Mick Tomlinson (Ch), thirty six members, and WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford.

 

The chairman welcomed all to the meeting. 

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies had been received from Janet Smith.  

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The minutes of the last meeting, (10/07/17), which had been circulated were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Dee Hooper, and adopted, and signed.

 

MATTERS ARISING

1)      Barnes Car Park.  It was reported that notices had been put up indicating that  camper vans are not to be parked there overnight.    

2)      Westgate Pavilion.  No further information.

 

 

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

 

WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:

1)      Town Council Meetings.  These are now to be held in Christ Church Hall, and are open to all, there is full and easy access without stairs, and it is hoped that many residents will come.  The next meeting will be on 5th September start time 7.00pm.

2)      Newsletter.  The latest copy is now out.

3)      Nominations and requests for the two vacancies on the council should be made in writing. 

 

CHAIRMAN''S REPORT TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson:

1)      Parking on the Royal Esplanade.  A number of taxis and two mini buses had been left on the road for several weeks.  TDC were aware of this and the road tax, insurance and taxi licences were all in order.  One large vehicle had been  left in Barnes Avenue.  These had been used for the transport of disadvantaged children to school.  The company had become insolvent and most of the vehicles had been removed by transporter lorries.

2)      Parking Charges.  It was noted that the  car park at St Mildred's Bay is usually empty since  charges were introduced, but this is controlled by TDC and it is very difficult for local councillors to take action.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

3)      Post Boxes.  The chairman had been chasing this up, but as yet no  reply had been received.

4)      Developments.  There is no further information on the buildings of the old British Legion and the  Catholic Church in Canterbury Road.  At the Sea Bathing Hospital there is an application for ten terrace houses with high roofs, (this may be seen on line).  The old  toilet block on the promenade at Westbrook have plans in, and will include support for the road.  The Westbrook roundabout has now been cleared and is respectable.

5)      TDC Volunteer Policy.   A large booklet has been produced concerning volunteers for events on council land.  There will be a requirement to fill up forms.  The document may be seen on line.  The chairman will keep the W&WRA informed when more is known.  This may affect the Westgate Against Rubbish group and the Westgate Town Council.

6)      Re the Pavilion and the Lymington Road recreation ground, there is no information as yet

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Police email for residents' information:  Vehicles have been broken into and items stolen, be wary of leaving windows open in your house, there are scam phone calls being made in the area.   

 

PLANNING 

1)      160, Canterbury Road, Westgate.  Applcation for alteration to roof, two dormer windows, and single storey rear extension following demolition of existing, and erection of single storey porch to the front.

2)      20, Westcliff Gardens.  Application for erection of ground, first, and second floor extensions with balconies, additional windows at the side, and full length dormer window to front.

3)      16, Cuthbert Road.  Change of use of basement and ground floor from retail to one 1-bedroom flat, removal of shop front and installation of two windows and rear conservatory.  PERMISSION GRANTED.

4)      21, Westcliff Gardens.  Application for erection of ground first and second floor extensions additional windows to side and full length dormer window to front.

5)      44, Royal  Esplanade.  Application for erection of one 4-bed detached dwelling following demolition of detached bungalow.

6)      Westgate Golf Club.  Erection and display of non-illuminated freedtanding sign within car park.  PERMISSION REFUSED.

7)      11, Old Crossing Road.  Erection of single storey front extension. PERMISSION GRANTED.

8)      Castle Cottage, Sussex Gardens.  Application for listeed building consent for installation of French drain.  PERMISSION GRANTED.

9)      27, Elm Grove.  Application for change of use from one dwelling to two 2-bed dwellings with erection of dormers to front and rear, and raising the roof.

10)  83, Sea Road, (St Cecilias).  Application for erection of two storey building incorporating garage to ground floor and one studio flat to first floor following demolition of existing  boundary wall.

11)  4/5, Adrian Square.  Replacement of three single glazed sash windows to front with double glazed vertical slider windows.  PERMISSION REFUSED.

12)  Former Nurses Home RSBH.  Change of use of part of basement to one 2-bed self contained flat.  PERMISSION GRANTED.

13)  4, Bowes Avenue.  Retrospective application for erection of 1.8M fence to front boundary of property.

14)  20-21, Roxburgh Road.  Application for erection of five garages including access onto Edith Road.

15)  10, Carlton Road West.  Application for erection of porch to front elevation.

16)  43, Rancorn Road.  Installation of balcony to rear elevation. PERMISSION GRANTED.

17)  46, St Mildred's Road.  Conversion of former takeaway and residential to retail and three self contained flats, with erection of additional storey to front, and rear extensions following demolition of present rear extensions, also erection of single storey dwelling to rear following demolition of garage. PERMISSION GRANTED.   

Mick reminded the meeting that as a councillor on the planning committee, he cannot make any comment on planning issues but any residents concerned may contact their ward councillor or town councillor.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT  

No new report.  The accounts are in a healthy condition..

 

EDITOR'S REPORT

Ray Taylor reported that magazines had gone out, and copy for the next issue is required by the end of September.

On behalf of members the chairman warmly thanked Ray for producing the magazine.

James Brazier's kind offer to proof read was gratefully accepted. 

 

SUNSHINE REPORT

Mavis reported that there had been three bereavements this month and the appropriate cards had been sent on behalf of the W&WRA.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Christina thanked all road stewards for distributing the magazine copies.  There is to be a thank you  tea party on Friday 1st September for road stewards and tea/coffee staff.

 

CIVIC REPORT

Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 2nd September at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, “Childhood memories of the chalk cliffs and stacks around West Bay.” 

Also for the next two weeks there will be an Art exhibition and a Heritage Centre exhibition in St Saviour's Church.

 

Margate Civic Society: Regular meetings will resume in the Autumn. 

Heritage Open Day 9th September there will be “open house” for the Town Hall Buildings.

On Red Ensign Day 3rd September, there will be a service by Margate  Town Hall at 12.00noon.

 

PRESS REPORT

Pat Castle reported that she had given details of this meeting to the Gazette for inclusion in “Down Your Way”, and they had been  published.

 

W&WRA DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY 2018

The chairman reminded members that this was approaching, and any ideas are welcome for the celebrations.  It was agreed that a sub-committee should be formed from the membership.  A larger venue may be required, and plans should move forward for the celebrations.

 

SOCIAL

1)      A tea at “Strawberry Fields” is arranged for 23rd August.

2)      A MacMillan coffee morning will be held at the Bake House on 29th September.

3)      Other social events to be announced.

For forthcoming events watch the notice board and book your place.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1)      Bunnings Warehouse.  This is a new establishment which is willing to help in the community, and could supply items for BBQs or volunteers to help with jobs.

2)      Westgate Town Council Truck.  James Brazier noted that this had been left outside the depot and wondered if it was to be parked there regularly.  Joanna Cornford did not know but suggested such queries could be answered at the next WTC meeting.

3)      Bumble Bee Trust.  Tony Sykes informed the meeting that funding has been awarded and more details will follow.

4)      Millie's Beach Bar /Restaurant.  Several members reported the opening of this in St Mildred's Bay and commented how well it had been designed and the good selection of food and drinks available.

5)      Recycling Collections.  Chris Wyer reported that the recycling in his road had not been collected for a month, and other members in Westbrook had been missed out the previous week.  Unfortunately there had been problems with TDC phones, but the reason given on their website was due to vehicle breakdown.

6)      Bridge Road Weeds.  Don Eacott reported that these are now large and numerous.   Cllr Ash Ashbee has been chasing  this up with KCC.

7)      Railway Foot Bridge.  Dee Hooper said that the graffiti had been painted over, but not very well, and many lights were still not working and the non-slip surface was coming up.

8)      Rowena Road Derelict Garages.  No further information was available.

9)      Margate Town Council.  The process has started towards forming this, and any comments should be made to TDC by 21st August.

 

 

NEXT MEETING

 Monday 11th September, at the Bowls Club.

 

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