MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE TOWN HALL BUILDING MONDAY 8th JUNE 2015 AT 7.15PM.
Richard Charlton, (chair), twenty eight members, District Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Samantha Bambridge, Bertie Braidwood, and Carol Partington, Westgate-on-Sea Town Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Richard Charlton, Joanna Cornford, and Tom King and KCC Community Warden Laura Bungard.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Abigail Carden, Rosalind Morton, Ron Rolfe, Derek and Christine Smith, and PCSO Sean Ritchie.
No special items to report.
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (11th May 2015), which had been circulated, were amended then adopted on a prop by Don Eacott sec by Stephanie Sutton, and signed.
There were no matters arising.
The chairman asked councillors to introduce themselves and give any relevant reports or information.
Cllr Carol Partington: Improvements were being planned for the waste/recycling collections, and poop scoop and street cleaning machines.
Cllr Bertie Braidwood: He is Vice-Chair of the licensing committee, and on the standards committee and looking forward to serving the community in Westgate.
Cllr Ash Ashbee (Westbrook): [Read out for her due to losing voice] Surgeries will be set up to meet and talk to residents. A large bin has been requested for Barnes Car Park, litter, and green algae on slipways will be given attention.
Laura Bungard KCC Community Warden, also giving information from PCSO Sean Ritchie:
1) Sea Road speed checks. 434 checks were carried out of which 12 were speeding, including one taxi driver.
2) Youths at Westbrook last Friday. An emergency dispersal order was obtained and thirty five youths dealt with.
3) Other items that have required attention: One neighbourhood dispute, drugs in a field near the Ursuline College, fly tipping, waste/recycling problems, vulnerable adults, and break ins at Station Road and St Mildred's Road.
Sam gave the report: The accounts for 2014-2015 are with the auditor, and will be ready for the next general meeting.
There will be a revenue of £830 to come in for the coming year's advertising in the magazine.
The bank balance stands at £3,884, and signatories for the bank are being brought up to date.
Copy for the next issue is required by 20th June.
New road stewards are urgently required.
Richard told the meeting that at present the W&WRA still had no press officer.
Jane Welch said that following approval at the next committee meeting events would be organised which would include some local events and trips and possibly some longer trips with Carol Peters coaches. Other options could include two hour sessions with lessons at the local Golf and Bowls Clubs. In winter movie evenings/afternoons maybe with a meal could be considered.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Westgate Bay Avenue Crossing. Cllr Bertie Braidwood offered to contact KCC Cllr Jeff Elenor regarding progress/problems with this.
2) Westgate-on-Sea Town Council. James Brazier asked if there was a report from meetings. Richard Charlton said as yet there was not much to report, as finances and administration are being sorted out before actions can be taken. The dates of meetings will be displayed outside Fredericks, the next one being on the 6th July. Arrangements would have to be made for copies of planning applications to be supplied to the Town Council from the TDC.
3) Thanet Local Plan. The question was raised if any developments are taking place, the next step is to collate all the letters received into the most common responses before the plan is looked at again.
4) Westgate Town Green. Graham Rickett is setting up a committee to run this, they now have a treasurer, and litterpicks will be organised. Being a town green people have a right to use it.
5) Litter Bins. Chris Wyer pointed out problems with cigarettes stubbed out in areas indicated on litter bins, but with the cigarette ends being blown about creating more litter. The litter bin by the bridge had disappeared. Warden Laura had phoned about this and hopefully it would be back soon. Some dog bins had also vanished. Cllr Ash Ashbee said there are new bins being produced with bag dispensers.
6) Car Parking. Members had observed parking on pavements and double yellow lines. Warden Laura said that parking on the double yellow lines is a TDC matter, whilst that on the pavements is a police matter.
7) Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting. To be held at the Bake House on Sunday 28th June from 10.00am.
8) Neighbourhood Engagement Meeting (NEM). Next meeting to be held at Birchington Village Centre on Wednesday 12th August at 6.30pm.
Monday 13th July, at the Westbrook Bowls Club.
There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.04pm.