Monday, 4 January 2016









Richard Charlton, (chair), twenty five members, Thanet District Cllrs Ash Ashbee and Carol Partington, Westgate Town Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Richard Charlton, and Tom King, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.


The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.



Apologies had been received from KCC Cllr Jeff Elenor and TDC Cllrs Sam Bambridge and Bertie Braidwood.



1)      Richard told the meeting that the editor, Derek, would be stepping down after the spring issue of the magazine, and that the committee had co-opted Mike Linder as editor elect.

2)      Volunteers Shop.  A cheque for £100 with a letter had been received, Richard read the letter out, and it was somewhat difficult to  understand exactly why it had been  sent as throughout every third or fourth word was “volunteer”.  This volunteers trust did not appear to be registered with the Charity Commission, so a decision  was taken to return the cheque with a polite letter.

3)      Planning Reports.  These were not now being sent by TDC, but Cllr Carol Partington agreed to forward copies to Richard for the W&WRA.



The minutes of the last meeting, (9th November 2015), which had been circulated, were adopted on a prop. by Tony Snow seconded by Mavis Vaughan.



1)      Business Rates Refund Application.  The TDC had now been informed that the W&WRA had been hiring the room, and the landlady had supplied proof of this so that the refund should be forthcoming in the not too distant future. 

2)      Railway Footbridge Lights.  Richard agreed to contact Cllr Bertie Braidwood to see if the repairs were in hand.

3)      Litter Bags in Birchington.  Chris Wyer had contacted the group and been advised that they would be tidied up.

4)      Post Boxes.  It was pointed out that most of these were in need of repainting.

5)      Westgate Library.  Enquiries had been made as to the poor state of the building, but Property Services Dept said there were quotes out to rectify this.

6)      Briary Close Hedge.  An entrance had been made through this for agricultural purposes.  The old entrance was at no 11 but due to developments was no longer usable.

Comments and questions: The post boxes and library should be looked after by the Westgate-on-Sea TC.  Laura Bungard has her office in the library and there have been repairs quoted for the roof and a new boiler fitted.  Chris Wyer said it would be good to have a lift at the library when finances allowed.



WTC Cllr Richard Charlton:

1)      8, Westleigh Road.  There is a problem with this planning application.

2)      War Memorial.  There is no formal memorial to indicate that the Lymington Road playing fields themselves were given as a memorial to those who lost their lives in WW1.  Abigail Carden pointed out that the allotments are also part of this memorial.

3)      Lighting Issue Survey.  Full night street lighting was voted for and KCC are rolling out the new lights.

4)      PCSO.  At present there is no PCSO for Westgate.

5)      Westgate TC.  Any resident who wishes to address the TC may do so providing a request has been made to the clerk.  The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month.

6)      Division of Assets.  There had been no agreement yet regarding the division of assets between the Charter trustees and Westgate Town Council.


Cllr Ash Ashbee:

1)      Road safety.  The recent tragic death of a school child was much in the  minds of all, and Cllr Ashbee was trying to sort out issues as to whether a further zebra crossing on the Westbrook side of Boundary Road might help and would be subject to consultation with TDC.  The issue of speeding traffic in Westbrook Avenue and possible use of speed signs and dummy cameras has arisen.  There had been yet another accident on Saturday at the Margate end with injuries resulting, and a car had crashed into the hedge by the tennis courts.  Residents had also been aware of speeding cars colliding with stationary vehicles during the night.  It was thought that the drivers were avoiding the number plate recognition cameras in Canterbury Road. A request had been made for 10mph signs and a car park arrow for the Barnes Car Park. Richard said that letters to the press, debates and meetings were needed.

2)      Westbrook Bowls Club.  The club is congratulated on obtaining a grant for improvements.  Membership is open to all the annual fee being £10.


Cllr Carol Partington:

1)      Road Safety.  Following the recent fatal accident Cllr Partington had been in touch with TDC safer neighbourhood dept, and following a certain number of reported accidents certain measures can be taken so that the whole picture is looked at and measures put into practice such as safety training for children.  The new zebra crossing is good but there is some concern that the nearby legal parking obstructs the road view of those crossing.

2)      Refuse and Recycling.  Requests for more bins in St Mildred's Bay Car Park have been made as the contents have been spilling over.  Dispensers for dog excrement bags will be sited.  Waste collection strategy is being looked at again, some smaller trucks will be used and plastic inserts for wheelie bins will be tried.

3)      8, Westleigh Road.  The developer's application for six flats would cover a large area on a not so large plot, this went to appeal and was refused.  It was resubmitted with a doorstep play area and modifications and subsequently accepted.  There had been concern to check that correct procedures and planning law had been followed. WTC Cllr Tom King suggested that the overview and scrutiny committee should be asked to look at this, and WTC Cllr Ash Ashby felt this was very important as the site was on Sea Road at the front.


KCC  Warden Laura Bungard:

Laura reported working with the elderly with regard to heating and living alone, and had reported to Age UK.  There had been break-ins in Canterbury Road, The Aqua Club, and Westbrook Cafe.  Vehicle problems, if no MOT then the insurance is void and the vehicle can be moved.  Anyone can “check a vehicle” on the internet, the details flash up and when necessary can be reported.


CORRESPONDENCE  Volunteers letter and cheque—see chairman's report page 1.


PLANNING  8 Westleigh Road—see top of this page (item 3).



Bank Balance stands at£6,441.

Bake House Rental due to rise from £235 to £260 per month.

Accounts:  Two items were queried from the floor, after verification of which the accounts should be formerly adopted at the next general meeting.



The new magazine issue delivery is almost complete.



Mavis reported that four cards have been sent out to members this month.



Christina thanked all road stewards for their work..



Civic Society. No meeting in January.


Westgate Heritage Centre.  Saturday 9th  January at St Saviour's Church 10.30am when there will be a talk about the Huckstep family. (Second Saturday of Month).



Jane reported:

1)      Recent Events.  Lunch at the Golf Club, forty five members had enjoyed this, Jane thought that a smaller choice of menu would reduce the delay in service to the tables. The outing to Pole Hill Garden Centre with Carol Peters had been a good success, and members had enjoyed the nativity play at Minster Abbey.  The Christmas lights switch on had seventy stalls present and a good crowd, but had been windy. Thanks are due to Birchington volunteers who helped keep the streets clean.

2)      Christmas Social in the Bake House Tuesday 15th December.  This will be with a fish and chip order (collected together but each member pays for their own), with mulled wine, tea/coffee, and crackers supplied.  Also members welcome to bring their own drinks.  To accommodate a larger number of members two sessions will be held, one lunch time and one evening, at present the bookings are ten for lunch time and twenty two for the evening.

3)      New Year Lunch at St Augustines 10th January.  There are eighty bookings to date.

4)      Items planned:  Quiz in February, Outings start in March.


Comments from the floor:  The discount on Mondays scheme is not shown in the magazine,  Westgate may need more Christmas lights.



1)      Westgate Against Rubbish.  Ray reported fourteen bags of rubbish were collected.

2)      Bake House Tea/Coffee Prices.  In view of rising costs the committee had recommended moderate increases of 20p to 30p.  Following a short discussion this was proposed by Stephanie Sutton seconded by Dee Hooper and agreed unanimously. 

3)      The Nott Pub.  Chris Wyer informed the meeting that there is to be a planning application for town houses in the car park and a micropub in part of the old pub.

4)      Westgate Community Centre Association.  Abigail Carden reported that £350 had been raised during the Christmas lights party towards repairs.  There will be an Easter event for children for which volunteers will be needed.     



 Monday 11th January, at the Westbrook Bowls Club 7.00pm for 7.15pm.



There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.50pm.



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