WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK
MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BAKE HOUSE ON MONDAY 12th JUNE 2017 AT 7.15PM.
Mick Tomlinson (Ch), twenty one members, TDC Cllrs Ash Ashby, and Carol Partington, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.
Apologies had been received from Stephanie Sutton, and Janet Smith.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (the short general meeting held after the AGM on 8th May 2017), which had been circulated were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Ray Taylor, and adopted, and signed.
1) AGM. Don Eacott apologised to the meeting that as acting chair during the committee election he should have exercised the casting vote, which would have been the same according to conventional practice in favour of the office holder.
2) Radio Mast Planning Application. It was confirmed that the application was for removal of the mast.
3) Hundreds Farm. Outline planning permission has been granted for a sixty four bedroom care home.
4) Briary Close. Planning application has been refused.
5) Proposed Parking Charges. A very large number of complaints have been received by the council.
REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC. PCSOs and Wardens.
KCC Warden Laura Bungard:
Laura reported on the numerous issues this month which included two homeless people in Westgate (now in hand with Gordon Hunt of TDC), youths hanging around the station, PCSO Clare monitoring this, drugs and housing issues. The drop kerb opposite the fish and chip shop often obstructed by parking, (this is also a breach of blue badge conditions). DVLA and tax issues. Scam calls for gardening work, often these are made from a mobile and no land line is available.
Questions/Discussion: The Youth Club this is now for special needs children and is at the Community Centre, Camper Vans in Barnes Car Park, Gordon Hunt dealing with this. Cold caller calling to sell items, stating they have a pedlar's licence, TDC do not issue these and do not buy from them.
Our new PCSO is settling inn and hopefully will be able to attend some W&WRA meetings. One member pointed out that cars are parked on Canterbury Road near St James Park road which are for sale.
TDC Cllr Ash Ashby:
1) Parking. There are petition copies for signing at local shops. The pre-consultation period is now finished. A Joint Transportation Board Meeting is to take place on 22nd June. This will include local KCC Cllrs, and TDC officers, the proposals could then go to the cabinet in July ready for public consultation. (On street parking fines can only be used for local facilities and not to raise money).
2) Manston & River Oak Strategic Planning. Consultations/Presentations will be run at various venues in Thanet during the month.
3) Speed Gun Sign. Following support from Jeff Elenor and Ash Ashby this now will stay in Westbrook.
4) Other Local Items. Tennis courts at St Mildred's Bay, a response is due from TDC concerning the removal of wire. Problems with campers in Barnes Car Park are being addressed. Thefts from cars on drives in Westbrook have occurred.
TDC Cllr Carol Partington:
1) Manston. Copies of the consultation document are in local libraries.
2) The Pavilion Lymington Road. The Town Council may take over management of the site when issues with local football clubs have been agreed.
3) Minster Road Trees. Those removed were diseased and dangerous, and there is a possibility that any replacements could also become diseased. A response is still awaited.
Questions: Rowena Road. As recorded in the minutes of the May general meeting, residents have complained about the derelict state of the garages in the road and possible rat infestation, Cllr Carol Partington agreed to follow this up.
Cllr Carol Partington also suggested that invitations should be sent to the newly elected KCC Cllrs for the monthly general meetings. James Brazier said it would be good if a councillor from WTC could attend these meetings as local residents are very interested to hear news from the Town Council. This should be easier to arrange in the future as the WTC will be meeting on Tuesdays. Mick Tomlinson agreed to write to both councils.
TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson:
1) Carlton Cinema Licence. An application to extend the hours to 3.00am has caused concern. Mick explained to the meeting that since 2012 their licence is from 9.00am to 1.00am for films and alcohol sales. The extended time would be for Wednesdays or Thursdays a maximum of twelve times a year. Mick will speak when the application is considered.
2) Blue Storage Hut at St Mildred's Bay. Control of the old putting green area has been offered to WTC, (TDC Cllrs had not been informed which would have been the normal protocol).
3) Flowers for Westgate. It is now quite late in the year to set these up. A proposal by Cllr Ash Ashby sec by Cllr Carol Partington that the W&WRA write to WTC to see if they would provide flowers was agreed unanimously.
4) Quiz Evening Friday 30th June 7.00pm. Mick will run this, entry will be £2 those attending should bring their own food and drink.
From the Police (by email). Scam phone calls have been received purporting to come from HMRC. Give no details and check with your own tax office direct. Cold callers to the door have asked to use the resident's phone, they use a premium number which runs up a considerable bill do not be intimidated. There have been thefts from cars in roads and drives in the area. Do not leave valuables in cars.
There is a police open day at Maidstone on 2nd July to which all are welcome, a poster was passed round and left in the Bake House.
1) 200, Linksfield Road. Application for single storey side extension.
2) 117, Canterbury Road. Application for removal of flagpole. Granted.
3) 53, Canterbury Road, Margate. Application for external alterations to house and flats with removal of shop frontage and installation of new entrance. Granted.
4) 2, St Saviours Court. Application for installation of window to ground floor side elevation.
5) The Knot, 20, Beach Road. Application for alterations to roof to accommodate one three bedroom self contained flat.
6) 7, Old Crossing Road. Application for erection of conservatory to rear. Granted.
7) Bickley, 159, Sea Road. Application for two storey side and rear extension. Granted.
8) 11, Cliffe Avenue. Application for change of use from residential annexe and rear garden to school temporary until September 2018.
9) 49, Canterbury Road, Margate. Application for single storey rear extension. Permission granted.
10) Westcliff House. (Information via Westgate CAAG), Application for an add-on to the front of building, sufficiently low so that Ellingham would be unaffected.
In the absence of Sam Secomb there was no new report. As reported at the last committee meeting on 22nd May 2017, the bank balance stood at £6,118, all bills are paid up to date.
This position has remained vacant to date, but Ray Taylor said that he is willing to help in this capacity, and was warmly welcomed.
Mavis reported that a letter of thanks had been sent to a retiring road steward.
Christina warmly thanked road stewards for their hard work in magazine delivery and subscription collection. Some members had been lost due to death or moving away from the area.
Westgate Heritage Centre: A special “Victorian” evening will be held on Wednesday 21st June when there will be readings from letters written by early Westgatonians. Next monthly meeting is Saturday 1st July at St Saviour's Church at 10.30am when there will be an illustrated talk on Henry Weigall or Louis Wain by Jean Osikoya.
Margate Civic Society: Regular meetings will resume in the Autumn. Saturday 17th June is “Civic Day” when many events will be taking place including a litter pick in Sea Road/West Bay, and a Summer Fayre at St Saviours Church.
1) Sunday Lunches at the Swan are enjoyed and the next one is scheduled for 23rd July.
2) Tuesday 27th June a “Wimbledon Tennis” party with a quiz will be held at the Bake House at 3.00pm.
3) Quiz Night at the Bake House will be held on Friday 30th June at 7.00pm conducted by our chairman Mick Tomlinson.
For above events watch the notice board and book your place.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Road Sweeping. Chris Wyer pointed out that TDC only appear to sweep roads when requested to do so.
Monday 10th July, at the Westbrook Bowls Club.