MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 11th JULY 2016 AT 7.15PM.
Mick Tomlinson (chair), eighteen members, Thanet District Cllrs Ash Ashbee and Mick Tomlinson, Westgate Town Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Tom King, and Ron Rolfe, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Muriel Atkins, Sam Secomb, and Mavis Vaughan.
1) Committee. New committee members are needed especially to fill the posts of vice-chairman, magazine editor, and press secretary. The work of editor requires time and experience and will be filled as soon as possible, and the chairman asked for patience and understanding concerning the delay of the next issue.
2) Waste/Recycling Collections. There have been some problems with these, there have been staff shortages and some bins filled with incorrect contents which cannot be taken to recycling. In the case of the latter a sticker will be placed on the bin giving the reason.
3) Council Tax Support Scheme. This will be changing and details will be explained at the Gateway on Wednesday and Thursday.
4) Super East Kent Authority. This possibility is to be discussed with leaders and chief executives of Thanet, Canterbury, Ashford, Dover and Shepway councils. There will not be a decision for some time, and if it goes ahead would not be in place until 2020. Details will be shown on the internet.
5) 24-26, Westbrook Road. Following enforcement some occupants had left, but some had come back. In spite of objections planning permission had been granted for flats. Concern was expressed from the floor that the property was now up for sale.
6) Margate Cemetery Trust. More volunteers are required for the one morning per week.
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (13th June 2016), which had been circulated, were amended and adopted on a prop. by Don Eacott seconded by Tony Sykes.
1) Westgate-on-Sea Town Council. Mick said he would be inviting the Town Clerk to address one of our general meetings, and any councillors from the WTC are always welcome to represent the council at W&WRA meetings.
COUNCILLORS' / WARDEN'S / PCSOS' REPORTS
TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee:
1) Application for 139, Sea Road. This has been called in.
2) Bridge Road. KCC are to clear the banks, then the pay back team will paint the railings as arranged by Cllr Ashbee.
3) Barnes Car Park Large Bin. This has now been put in place.
In answer to a question from the floor concerning a possible second pedestrian crossing for Westbrook/Westgate Bay Avenues, Cllr Ashbee said that the inquest had only just been completed, and the exact location for the crossing is not yet decided.
WTC Cllr Tom King:
1) Town Council Meetings. These took place on the first Monday of each month at the Town Hall and are open for the public to attend.
2) Different Councillors are to be seconded out to local organisations including the W&WRA.
3) Progress so Far. The first fifteen months had been difficult, plans were in hand to manage finance and general purposes, and talks were continuing with TDC to acquire equipment for services. It is hoped to remove rubbish graffiti and weeds. Events that will go through the WTC include the pancake race, remembrance day parade, and the Christmas lights. Grants had been made to restore the chimes in the clock in Christ Church tower, and for cleaning equipment for use by local residents, and to the Westgate Community Centre, and Westgate's Christmas lights. TDC had offered the “games hut” in St Mildred's car park, and a cleaner truck and barrows are available for a nominal amount. Tom believed that an active Town Council should be very helpful during tough financial times.
KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Laura had brought her report but had to attend an incident urgently, and the report was read by the chairman).
1) In the month of June Laura had been involved with: 13 Highways issues, 9 rubbish/dog fouling/fly tips, 14 vulnerable residents/mental health etc., 8 parking/cars for sale in prohibited roads, 11 youth groups/nursery/clubs, 7 referrals/social services, 6 advice, 5 ASB/graffiti, 7 DVLA, 5 police, and a few other items.
1) Police Information by email. Male doorstep callers in the area selling dusters etc no ID displayed. Do not get involved, if suspicious call 101 and give description.
2) Online Financial Scam. Message comes in “have restricted your access to online banking, and now require verification process”.
3) Telephone Scam. UK Call Guard Service offers protection from unwanted calls for £199. Available free from TPS. Do not get involved.
4) Letter supposedly from the bank asking that you call them. Only phone your bank on their correct number known to you.
1) 29, Domneva Road. Application for single storey extension to rear elevation, and two storey extension to side.
2) 72, St Mildred's Road. Application for change of use from retail to ice cream parlour.
3) 139, Sea Road. This application has been called in.
4) Premier Inn Westbrook. Proposed window replacement.
5) Land West of Hundreds Farm House. Outline application for erection of 64 bed care home including access.
6) 1, Tyson Avenue. Application for single storey rear extension, loft conversion, front porch, and internal alterations.
7) 60, St Mildred's Road. Application for change of use from retail to children's nursery.
8) Walmer Castle. Application for change of use from pub to Greek bar and restaurant.
9) Station Road (new units). Application for change of use from retail to educational purposes in one unit, and to bar and restaurant in another unit.
10) 27B, Ethelbert Square. Application for change of use from storage to a two bedroom dwelling.
None. A new editor is urgently needed.
Christina said there was no new information other than new members were joining steadily.
Westgate Heritage Centre: Next meeting is Saturday 6th August at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be a talk by Dr Dawn Crouch “Westgate in 1916” concerning the effects on the Town of another year of war.
1) Continuing with outings, lunches, and a music quiz in September.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Rubbish in Westbrook Road. Cllr Ashbee suggested the best option was to report this to a local councillor.
2) Allotment. The allotment previously rented by the W&WRA has been given up, which is why it may look derelict.
3) Car sales in Roads. Cars have been seen for sale in Canterbury Road, which is a prohibited road and therefore illegal.
4) Grass Cutting Frequency. This is budgeted at eight cuts per year.
5) Signs at junction of Hengist Road and the Dual Carriageway. Cllr Ashbee agreed to raise this at the Joint Transport Committee meeting.
6) Foot Bridge between The Grove and Station Road. This appeared to have been painted but not very professionally. Enquiries are ongoing.
7) Canterbury Road. Trees and shrubs from gardens on the North side of the road are obstructing the pavement. The council is writing to the owners.
8) Westgate Against Rubbish Group. Next litter removal is on 23rd July, meet at the station.
Monday 8th August, at the Westgate Town Hall, 7.00pm for 7.15pm.
There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.41pm.