Sunday, 5 August 2018

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Minutes July 2018


 

 

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 9th JULY 2018 AT 7.15PM.


 

PRESENT


Ray Taylor (chair), and fifteen members. 

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies had been received from Pat Castle, Dee Hooper, Mick Tomlinson, Mavis Vaughan, and WTC Cllr Matt Scott.

 

Ray Taylor then Pat Sawyer-Jones to read ouit an email received from Mick Tomlinson who expressed concern that the large number of council items and meetings arising at present, make it impossible for him to carry out the duties of chairman of the W&WRA as he feels he should, and consequently will be stepping down.  Mick is still prepared to help,  advise, and support the W&WRA as much as possible.

Comments from the floor included the wish to express our thanks and best wishes, and how it is a good  thing to have a councillor regularly attend our meetings.

Following a discussion, it was suggested from the floor that the committee co-opt Ray Taylor to fill the office of chairman, and Mick Tomlinson be vice-chairman.  On a show of hands all, bar one member who wished not to vote, were in agreement.  

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The minutes of the last meeting, (11/06/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Viv Osborne sec. by James Brazier, and adopted, and signed.

 

MATTERS ARISING

1)      Grass Verges.  Comments from the floor included concerns that site lines had been obstructed and a risk of fires had arisen due to lack of cutting.

2)      Canterbury Road.  Some resurfacing is to be carried out near pedestrian  crossings.  The speed camera near the golf course although appearing to be partly obstructed by trees is working. 

3)      Cleaning Machines (“Gluttons”).  James Brazier reported that these had been stored in the shed in Boundary Road but had been stolen during a break-in, and an insurance claim was now being made.    

 

 

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

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (sent by e mail and read out at the  meeting).

1)      Blocked Drains.  KCC is aware and working on this problem.

2)      Cigarette Butt Container at Corals.  This is to be replaced.

3)      Tents at Westbrook Undercliff.  TDC are aware and have details of the six homeless people who are not from Thanet and must therefore return to the councils of their last known address for help.  Laura and Gordon Hunt of TDC are working to effect enforcement for removal of the tents.

4)      Bins in Westgate.  With the considerable increase in the number of students in the summer Laura has requested that the  bins be emptied more often.

5)      Parking Enforcement Officers at St Crispins School.  This has been requested due to on going problems.

6)      Contact/Availability.  Laura is available to talk whilst on her rounds, also her phone number is 07969 583922 and e mail is laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk, or a message can be left in the Bake House or Library.

 

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 

Ray reported on the recent 60th anniversary celebrations.

The final cost had been £905.  Ticket sales, tombola etc had raised £351 resulting in a net cost of £554.

It had been a very good event.  The children from King Ethelbert School had done very well with their music and singing especially as it was their first public function, and Ray had congratulated their teacher.  The “Blend” singing group had also been very appreciated.

Sylvia Sykes thanked the committee and workers who had worked hard to put the event on so well.

A letter of thanks congratulations and a donation had been sent to the K. E. School, and this was fully endorsed by the  meeting.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1)      Police emails warned of bogus callers in the area who try to trick their way into homes to steal valuables and money.  Rogue traders are also in the area. It is always wise to check up on unknown callers before allowing them into your home.  To report suspected rogue traders call Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506.

2)      Ray added that information about scams is now on the W&WRA facebook entry.

 

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

There was no new information available.  The meeting asked that Mick be requested to forward copies of the planning applications.

Members had enquired as to the work being carried out at the site of the former Meade Electrical premises.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT  

No Report.  

 

EDITOR'S REPORT

Ray Taylor reported that the next magazine was almost ready for printing.  In answer to a question he confirmed that a contact list for councillors is included.

 

SUNSHINE REPORT

No Report.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Christina reported that the road stewards now had collected almost all the subscriptions.  Some members had been lost but new ones had joined.

 

CIVIC REPORT

Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 4th August at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, illustrated talk by member Colin Osborne “100 years of a Westgate Family”.

 

Civic Society: Summer break, the programme resumes in October.

 

 

SOCIAL REPORT

1)      Sunday Lunch.  The list is now on the notice board for the next lunch.

2)      Cancer Coffee Morning.  To be held at the Bake house on 28th September.  

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1)      Proposed New Houses.  Ray had been asked by a WTC councillor what the W&WRA intended to do concerning the new houses.  Ray had suggested that the WTC and the W&WRA should work together, and this was endorsed by the meeting. In the Minster Road area 2,500 houses are proposed.  It was hoped that the local residents' views and opinions collected at the original consultation meeting will be given full consideration

2)      Gypsy Caravans and Horses.  These had arrived opposite Palm Court, and fires had been seen.  Concern was expressed that the situation could escalate. 

3)      Litter and Dog Excrement on Pavements.  This had become very extensive and at an unacceptable level.  Embarrassment had been caused when groups were on guided tours in the town.  A litter bin for the Sea Road/Roxburgh Road area had been requested. 

4)      Westgate Station.  Rumours of closure had been heard and enquiries made but no information was as yet forthcoming.

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING

Monday 13th August at The Bake House.  

 

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.40pm.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION Minutes June 2018




MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 11th JUNE 2018 AT 7.15PM.


PRESENT

Mick Tomlinson (chair), twenty members, and TDC Cllrs Sam Bambridge and Carol Messenger, WTC Cllr Matt Scott, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting. 

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Pat Castle, and Sylvia and Tony Sykes.

The chairman thanked all involved with running the AGM, as due to the clash of dates with Mayor Making he had been unable to attend.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (14/05/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Carol Messenger sec. by Mavis Vaughan, and adopted, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      Post Boxes.  Mick had followed up information provided by Tony Snow, and had received the information that they would be refurbished, but no date was given.
2)      Blocked Drains.  A number had been reported, and there was concern that when the grass was eventually cut the amount of cuttings could cause additional blocking.
3)      Road Repairs.  Members had seen circles on the tarmac of Canterbury Road between George V Avenue and the BP garage indicating areas for repair, but   Mick informed the meeting that it was not due for complete resurfacing.   


REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC. PCSOs and Wardens.
TDC Cllr Sam Bamford:
1)      Parking.  Both Sam and Cllr Carol messenger had had a private meeting with Cllr Bayford, and in view of the very large number of signatures received against the proposals there would be no parking charges in Westgate.
2)      Westgate Pavilion.  This had been purchased by a community group, and would continue to be available to Westgate and the London School of English.
3)      Manston.  The DCO is to be re-submitted at the end of the month.
4)      Grass Verges.  KCC are two to three weeks behind with this due to new staff being under training and machinery breakdown.  (KCC are responsible for the verges, and TDC for open spaces and parks).
5)      Virgin Cable Laying.  This had caused problems in some areas, and is under the responsibility of KCC, but TDC may be able to help with problems if contacted.  The level of repair is supposed to be “up to standard”, there have been several different contractors involved.  Concern was expressed in case drains became blocked with the debris.

WTC Cllr Matt Scott:
1)      Councillor Vacancy.  Names have gone forward for consideration for the position.
2)      Monthly Surgeries.  These take place on the third Saturday of the  month at the library from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Questions.  James Brazier asked if the pavement cleaning machines were in use.  These had been seen at work.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 
1)      The chairman expressed thanks to members and to Ray, vice-chairman for standing in when he was unable to attend due to clashes with other meetings.
2)      Parking Proposals.  People power and our two councillors, and over five thousand signatures submitted to TDC had resulted in withdrawal of the proposals for Westgate and Birchington.  Also Westbrook had been exempted from the proposals.  The Transport Board meetings who make the decisions consist of County, District and Town Councillors together with officers, and councils are not permitted to use parking fees for other projects. 
3)      Street Cleaning.  Mick thought this was a disgrace.  The question of other towns such as Herne Bay being so much cleaner than Thanet arose, here we have bins overflowing and fly tipping litter on buses etc.  Some thought it could be lack of civic pride, and the charges made for removing rubbish.
4)      Housing Numbers.  Twenty thousand houses are planned, two government inspectors are present as the local plan  did not make the deadline.  Some are planned over the ground of Margate Cricket Club, but this is part of the route of the Tivoli Brook.
5)      Barnes Car Park.  On the village green area are three tents in residence, with lack of facilities in the immediate area this is proving unhygienic.  Both Westbrook councillors have emailed TDC but the officers have told them to ask them to move on which is unsatisfactory.
6)      Beach within Reach.  There is concern about the Margate depot as Leisure Force have sacked the beach inspector who looks after the stock and do not intend to find a replacement.
7)      W&WRA 60th Anniversary.  Ray reported that the slide show, food, plates, tombola, and entertainment are going ahead.  Those helping to set up will meet at 11.00am, and the event will open at 1.00pm.

CORRESPONDENCE
1)      Police emails warned of thefts from and of cars.  One had been stolen from Westgate Bay Avenue when the thief had entered a hall and picked up a car key.  Scam telephone calls are being received, and residents are reminded never to give out their credit card or bank details.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS
1)      38, St Mildred's Road.  Change of use to upper floors to flats with insertion of rooflight, and ground floor for cycle and refuse storage.  GRANTED.
2)      3, Marilyn Court, 73, Sea Road.  Installation of replacement windows with partial infill of original window opening.  GRANTED.
3)      Land North West of Seabathing Hospital.  Erection of ten 2 bedroom dwellings with parking access and landscaping.  REFUSED.
4)      Land North West of Seabathing Hospital.  Application for listed building consent for demolition of part of western boundary wall to facilitate vehicular access from Westbrook Gardens.  GRANTED.
5)      Lockwoods Yard, The Grove.  Application for erection of 2/3/4 storey to existing factory creating offices and light industrial use with parking together with demolition of existing paint store.
6)      Lockwoods yard, The Grove.  Application for listed  building consent for erection of part 2/3/4 storey extension as in (5) above.
7)      3, Lymington Road. Change of use from micro-pub to restaurant. GRANTED.
8)      3, Mutrix Road.  Application for erection of single storey side and rear extension.
9)      27, Station Road.  Application for erection of one two storey building for workshop/office following demolition of existing building.
10)  Westgate-on-Sea United Services Club.  Retrospective application to replace three timber framed single glazed windows with UPVC double glazed windows.
11)  39 – 41, Sea Road.  Change of use of existing care home buildings to eight 2 bed flats, one 6bed dwelling and a 26 bedroom supported living accommodation.
12)  201A, Westbrook Avenue.  Erection of single storey 2 bed annexe to rear following demolition of existing buiilding. GRANTED.
13)  16, Cliffe Avenue.  Erection of canopy to rear.  GRANTED.
14)  105, Sea road.  Installation of dormer window and balcony to first floor front elevation.  REFUSED.
15)  1/1, Beach Rise.  Retrospective application for the replacement of two timber windows to UPVC French doors to rear elevation.  GRANTED.
16)  155, Sea Road.  Single storey rear extension with balcony over external stairs , first floor infill extension with balcony to front elevation and alterations to fenestration above garage.  GRANTED.
17)  2/58, Westgate Bay Avenue.  Erection of external staircase and canopy to rear elevation following removal of existing.  GRANTED.
18)  1, Meadow  Road.  Erection of single storey rear extension.                                                                                         


TREASURER'S REPORT  
As given two weeks ago at the committee meeting.  Bank balance £5,750, more subscriptions had come in during April, and with the tea money there had been an income of £418.  

EDITOR'S REPORT
Ray Taylor reported that the next magazine will be ready about mid July.  Any articles will be very welcome.  The facebook following is growing.

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that just one thank you card was sent this month. 

MEMBERSHIP
Christina reported that most of the subscriptions were now in, and thanked the road stewards.
GDPR.  The self assessment questionnaire had shown that there was no requirement for the W&WRA to pay any fee, and as we are non profit making no need to register, but we must follow the rules.
Christina is our data controller, and any member has the right to be “forgotten” if required and requested.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 7th July at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, illustrated talk by member Pat Orpwood on Freddie Lonsdale, playwright and London Theatre Manager, who had important links with Westgate-on-Sea.

Civic Society: Thursday 14th June at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, Mr Rod LeGear will give a talk “Margate Caves and Thanet's Underground Heritage”.


SOCIAL REPORT
A box is provided in the Bake House for returning the questionnaire in the magazine about events that members would like to have.
A music quiz is being arranged for July.
Next Sunday lunch at the Swan is on 24th June list for names in the Bake House.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Power Cuts.  A useful contact phone number is 115 from which information about the cut and likely duration is given if possible.
2)      Abandoned Car.  This was reporteed to be in The Grove.  Mick suggested contacting the TDC site, putting in the details, and this should then be removed. 
3)      Margate Town Council?  Mick confirmed tht there were no immediate plans to create a  Margate Town Council.
4)      New Miles and Barr signs showing “slow down”.  This was a new gimmick, and has been reported.



NEXT MEETING
Monday 9th July at The Bowls Club.  

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.30pm.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION AGM and short meeting May 2018


                       AGM


MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBOOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 14th MAY 2018 AT 7.15P.M.

PRESENT
John Pye, (acting chairman), twenty four members, and TDC Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Sam Bambridge, and Carol Messenger, and WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford, Hannah Scott, and Matthew Scott.
John welcomed all to the meeting.

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Cllr Mick Tomlinson, Janet Smith, and Christina ans Ray Taylor.

MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM (8th May 2017)
These as circulated were adopted on a prop. by Don Eacott, sec. by Sam Secomb, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
None.

CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS
This 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 year has been busy dealing with problems at Barnes Car Park, and ongoing issues of the homeless, and planning applications for large housing developments.  However Westcliff House on Sea Road should be brought back to life with a good development.
The delay in the DCO application for Manston Airport has caused concern.
The Charter Trustees have agreed to draw a line on the financial situation with Westgate-on-Sea Town Council.
The Diamond Jubilee (60th) Celebrations in June are being prepared, a great deal of work is going on in the background.  The chairman also thanked all members of the committee for their hard work in their respective offices.
The  Data Protection Act is a new issue to be dealt with.
Car parking, the KCC is applying this but ward Councillors will be able to give guidance on how to object.
Mick thanked all members for supporting him especially as there are occasions when there is a clash with council meetings and he cannot attend.  He looked forward to continuing with the friendly meetings for the forth coming year.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Sam Secomb presented the accounts for the year.  Dennis Jarvis had again audited them, there had been just one receipt missing for a small amount.  Sam pointed out that due to the financial year end being brought forward to allow the accounts to be completed for the  AGM nine months are compared with twelve months.  A surplus of £1,301 had been made, and this allowed for expenditure for the diamond jubilee celebrations. 
New committee members elected this evening will be requested to fill in details for the bank.

SUNSHINE REPORT
Mavis reported that forty eight cards had been sent pout to members over the year.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
The following nominees had been proposed and seconded, and were duly elected :--

Chairman                                   Mick Tomlinson
Vice-Chairman                         Ray Taylor
Secretary                                   Pat Sawyer-Jones
Treasurer                                   Samantha Secomb
Minute Secretary                       Chris Whittingham
Editor                                        Ray Taylor
Social Organiser                        Vivien Osborne
Membership Secretary              Christina Taylor
Sunshine (Visitor) Friend          Mavis Vaughan
Press Officer                             Pat Castle
Committee Members                 John Pye
                                                  Matthew Scott

ANY OTHER (AGM) BUSINESS
None.

The acting chairman then closed the AGM at 7.55p.m.


MINUTES OF A SHORT GENERAL MEETING HELD AT WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB FOLLOWING THE AGM ON 15th MAY 2018 AT 7.50 P.M.

In the absence of Mick Tomlinson, it was agreed for John Pye to take the chair.

MINUTES OF THE LAST GENERAL MEETING (9th April 2018)
These were circulated, amended, and adopted on a prop. by Jane Ashbee-Welch sec. by Samantha Secomb, and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
1)      Post Boxes. Tony Snow pointed out that whilst it was good that local post boxes were to be refurbished, no start date has as yet been announced.
2)      Cars left parked in Rowena and other roads.  These had had police notices attached, and if still left would be towed away.
3)      Rough Sleepers.  Cllr Ash Ashbee said there were questions of whether they were actually homeless or had chosen to be homeless and sleep out.  Cllr Carol Messenger reported that at the NEM the previous week the police had been aware of the campers.
4)      Cable Laying.  Chris Wyer reported recently the engineers had been seen to push a vehicle out of their way and damage had been caused.
5)      Flowers and TDC funding.  This year no grant will be supplied by the TDC. A discussion followed as to the possibility oof the W&WRA paying for flowers, but the unanimous opinion was that it would be unfair to raise the subscription of all members to pay for Westgate flowers, especially as many members lived in Westbrook.  A fund raising event was suggested.  It was noted that TDC would plant bulbs that had been purchased and donated.  Cllr Joanna Cornford offered to find  out if the  WTC could help.
6)      Westbrook Undercliff.  Tony Sykes reported that all the shrubs planted by volunteers, as part of the Bumble Bee project, were in flower and leaf. 
 
COUNCILLORS/PCSO/WARDEN REPORTS
WTC Cllr Matthew Scott:  Objections to the proposed parking charges should be sent to TDC individually.  The WTC are very much against the new parking proposals.

TDC Cllr Carol Messenger pointed out that objections must be sent to arrive by 29th May.  There had been two hundred objections from Minnis Bay residents.
It was felt that if present parking regulations were enforced, the fines would produce more money than parking meters.
TDC waste and recycling now work with a split shift to give better bin clearance, there will be more bins some larger ones and some “smart” bins which will notify the TDC when full.

WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:  A vacancy existed on the WTC for a councillor, and nominations are invited. (James Brazier pointed out that nominees must live within three miles round Westgate).  The new chairman is Cllr Martin Pennington.

TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:  Westbrook traders are meeting to discuss the proposed parking charges.  On the new TDC website residents can type in “parking charges”, and can then find a link for objections.
TDC had cleared up well after the storms, and the traffic wardens are proving very vigilant.

KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report for April sent in and read by the acting chairman).  Issues involved:
1)      Long term car parking.  Working with Gordon Hunt of TDC on cars in Rowena Road.  These are to be removed immediately.
2)      Young Man asking for bus fare, but lives in Westgate and requires money for other reasons.
3)      Pot holes, these are being filled in by KCC Highways, but blocked drains remain a problem.
4)      Rubbish/Bins.  Reports sent regularly when necessary.
5)      Vulnerable elderly visits continue.
6)      Requests for yellow lines now go direct to KCC, a there is no one currently iin post at TDC.
7)      Contact details for Laura: Tel 07969 583922, Email laura.bungard@kent.gov.uk

PLANNING
1)  Lockwood's Yard.  James Brazier pointed out that there were two applications, one for listed consent, and one for the general outline  of the proposal.  Chris Wyer had been pleased to see this included reinstatement of the  Victorian letter box.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Sam informed the meeting that there was £6,700 in the bank account, a bit higher than usual as the years subscriptions are coming in, and the anniversary party budget was included.
The charge for the renewal of the public liability insurance was £540.

EDITOR'S REPORT
Copy, script and articles for the next edition are required.

CIVIC REPORT
Westgate Heritage Centre.  The next monthly meeting is on Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am in St Saviour's Church when there will be an illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch “The Story of Three Will” Part III.

Margate Civic Society.  Next meeting on Thursday 14th June at 7.30p.m. At the Walpole Bay Hotel when a talk will  be given “Margate Caves and Thanet's Underground Heritage” by Rod LeGear MCIfA (Vice president Kent Archaeological Society, Chairman, Kent Underground Research Group).
James informed the  meeting that the recent Town Pride awards had included 35 Sea Road, Westgate and the former Nurses Home at the Sea Bathing Hospital.

SOCIAL REPORT
Ideas from members are invited, forms and suggestion box are in the Bake House.

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Ray Taylor's report was read out by the acting chairman.
The food has been booked half from Frederick's and half from Angelo's.  Bands poets, and artists are booked.  The Neighbourhood Steering Group will have a display stand, and there will be a tombola.  More tickets should be promoted to members, and names of those coming noted.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1)      Canterbury Road.  Members had noticed signs on the road near George V Avenue, hopefully indicating that repairs are soon to be carried out.  
2)      Rancorn Road.  James had noticed an electric car charging bay had been set up on the north side of the  road.  Apparently planning permission cannot be refused for these, and the resident would  have had to pay for it.
3)      Committee.  Cllr Ash Ashbee thanked all the committee for their hard work during the year.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 11th June 2018  7.00pm for 7.15pm, at the Bake House.

There being no further business, the meeting concluded at 8.52pm.